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Old 12-15-2011, 07:53 PM   #1
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“Viva Mexico” - Suite life on the Wonder – A trip report (12/4 – 12/11 2011)

Index

Introductions and the beginning
Hilton Inn LAX at El Sugundo
Day 1 - Of Upgrades, waits and Embarkation
Day 1 continued - Settling down
Day 2 – Captain’s gala
Day 3 – “The day we were charged for Gluttony”
Day 4 Las Caletas – Castaway cay of the west (Almost)
Day 5 - Beaches, Dolphins and pirates to boot
Day 6 -Twin cities of Cabo and San Jose
Day 7 - Day of indulgence for the Adults





Introductions and the beginning

Before I begin, let me confess to a couple of things.

Our first trip report remains incomplete, was hardly able to add two installments and life got in the way (Yes that’s the excuse I am sticking to). I do promise, I will finish this report (fingers crossed)

I have another confession to make… I have no idea what the title means, just that it sounded cool to say it. So, if I have managed to offend anybody over it or for that matter let me extend that disclaimer to the rest of the report, please do not take it to your heart. It was not intentional.

Now that we have that out of the way, let’s begin..First the roll call
Mr. Goofy, yours truly, a.k.a “Moi”,
Mrs. Goofy a.k.a. “DW”,
Adorable a.k.a. “DS6” and
Huggable a.k.a “DD3”.

The roots of this trip began a year back. December 23rd 2010 was the day we bid adieu to “our” ship, “The Wonder”, after a blissful 4 day trip to Bahamas. Pictures from our previous trip…


As the view of the ship from our bus disappeared we realized we haven’t had enough of it yet. The foundation of this trip was laid then and there. We have been looking at sailings, ports, cruise lines. Finally we zeroed in on the January sailing to MR on “our” ship, cost wise and logistics, it made sense. Notice how we gave fair chance to the other ships / cruise lines before picking the one ship we wanted to sail . I had exhausted my vacation days for this year and so I took the next possible option, January 2012. Paid the advance and started doing the necessary research, then august happened….
Life has a way of throwing curve balls at you all the time, what you make of those curves is strictly dependent on you. Got busy job hunting and managed to land another one within a fortnight of searching. A job change meant my vacation got erased and I start afresh. Nothing dare come between me and my vacation . I took this opportunity to move our dates to December; this also meant I could use the Kids Sail free program. So emails flew left and right to our TA’s and before long we were booked on the December 4th sailing and had saved some money in the process (wait, till you hear the plans I have for that saved money).

Being the obsessive planner of vacations that I am, I started pouring over each and every detail. Thanks to the information from this board, there was always something new to learn. We had booked on Categroy 5C, nothing less than a balcony would do for us. I have heard people say they hardly ever used their rooms, not us. Ours is family which makes very good use of the stateroom.
As about our other requests, we wanted the early dinning. The reason for that, see below …



We had asked for the dinning rotation “PTTAPTA”. I figured, if the events followed the set schedule then this rotation would put us in Tritons for Formal and semi formal dinner and in Parrot key for the pirate night. This was suggested by yet another disboard member. We had also requested for a separate table. As days passed by, I found myself spending more and more time on disboards, gathering as much information as I could. Full payment day came, and payment was duly made. This also meant I could now make reservations. These was our itinerary

Palo Dinner – Third night.
Las Caletas – Puerto Vallarta day.
Dolphin Encounter – Cabo first day.
Coastal highlights tour – Cabo second day.
Palo brunch – last sea day.

This was our first palo outing too. Since this was our second trip on the wonder, we decided to do things that we didn’t have time for the last time around. Being a weeklong trip, we figured it would be more relaxing (Boy were we wrong!! ) . Yet another action item in our list was to deck up for the formal and semi formal night. We are not used to dressing up for dinner, so figured it would be novel to try this out in this trip. This also meant, we had to start digging deep in our wardrobes for the suites and dresses. Got dinner dresses for DD3 and suites for DS6, thanks to black Friday.

The idea of door magnets was appealing, but…sounded too complicated for me. Yes, I am a bit challenged when it comes to anything related to arts and crafts. I ended up ordering a customized door magnet from ebay. Just for kicks, I thought I would try and see how good my two left hands were at making them. I was a bit surprised to see how easy they were to make, once you get a hang of things. I got some of the designs from our disboard contributors. Sincere thanks goes out each and every one of them.

Then came the transportation and hotel arrangements. We had decided that we were going to fly in on the Friday, spend a day in LA before embarking on Sunday. When your bags fly for free, why would I choose any other airline?, so Southwest it was. After much research and deliberation, I went ahead and booked the Hilton garden Inn at El Sugundo. The easy access to the train, the friendly shuttle drivers and the relative safety of the area were the selling points. A more detailed review of the hotel will follow. We booked the super shuttle from residence to the airport and back and from the Hilton Inn to the port and back from the port to LAX.

As days went by, I started thinking about a possible port upgrade. Pictures of the one bedroom suites were pretty tempting. The initial reports were that it cost around $1600 to upgrade from a Category 5 to the suites. I shelved that idea as that was outside our budget. When the MR sailings started again this winter and reports of port upgrades started filling in, I was surprised to hear that it was just $800+ to upgrade. I started making plans to be prepared for a possible upgrade (Note the “I” whenever I talk about the port upgrade, more on that later). (To be continued…)

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Old 12-15-2011, 11:29 PM   #2
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Old 12-16-2011, 11:55 AM   #3
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Hilton Inn LAX at El Sugundo

Hilton Inn LAX at El Sugundo

Ever wondered how slow time goes by while you are counting down your days to your vacation and how fast it does while you are actually on your vacation?

Finally, after what seemed like a lifetime the day arrived, A short flight from DEN by southwest left us in LAX around 8:00 pm. The travel from the airport to Hilton Inn was painless and true to all the reports in tripadvisor, the shuttle driver was super friendly. I would recommend this hotel to anyone. Once we checked in, we ordered food from the in-house restaurant. This was very convenient.



The restaurant here offers breakfast, lunch and dinner and unless you bought your room with the breakfast package it will cost you money. It was though a really good breakfast with some very good options, not the usual stale doughnut routine that masquerades as continental breakfast. The front desk staffs were very friendly.

Our plans of spending a relaxing day in the pool evaporated the minute we touched the water, it was too cold for comfort. Instead Saturday turned out to be a day we spend catching up with one of our family friends. It was day of shopping and going up and down the fashion district. We even managed to snag a cute dinner dress for DD3 (her second) at a good price. We retired early to bed as we had a morning shuttle to catch.

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Day 1 - Of Upgrades, waits and Embarkation

Day 1 - Of Upgrades, waits and Embarkation

You know your kids are really into the vacation if they get up early in the morning without a struggle. Breakfast was again at the hotel restaurant. Even as we were in the middle of it, I spotted the super shuttle drive in. He was a good half an hour early. Luckily we were done packing before our breakfast. Within an hour we were heading to the port and I was wondering whether we would be at the port before the help arrived. As it would turn out, all south bound exits on 405(or was it 105) were closed and we had to circle around a few time to find a detour. All in all we were at the airport by 10:00 and we were certainly not the first ones.

After taking care of handing over the luggage and filling up the health forms we found ourselves in front of the check in desk. Once the check in lady got our details, I leaned over the desk and whispered in her ear “Are there any upgrades available”. This was a trick I had learned from disboards and I had secretly practiced this maneuver quite a few times and I have to say I was pretty successful . Even as my elation was taking flight, I heard my DW’s voice from behind, “What upgrades ?”. Oops….

You see, in all the excitement and preparation of the trip, I forgot to discuss about the upgrade opportunity with DW. A very big Oops and a possible deal breaker. I turned around to see her more bemused then angry, she was enjoying the predicament I was in, and being the good sport that she is, she played along. All she said was “This better be good”. Once at the upgrade desk, the DCL staff began pouring over the available suites. Apparently the midship ones were already gone, so we had to settle for the aft HA accessible ones. So “8602” it was, our home for the week and true to the recent reports, it was just 800+ for the upgrade, “Score!!!”. Finally my dream of sailing concierge was coming true .

The first time around in 2010, we reached the port at around 1:00 pm. Boarding had already started and we were following the majority of the traffic in, the entire boarding process was such a breeze. This time around, we were done with our check in and security by 10:30. Which meant we had to wait in the concierge lounge till boarding started. Not sure what the norms were for boarding but it was a good two hours before boarding started. Some photos of the concierge lounge.



Contrary to what I had in the forums. The concierge still had to go for the kids club check in along with the rest. We got that done and the kids got to take the regular photos with Mickey when he came out.

Two hours was still too much time and the kids were getting restless. Luckily before a full blown riot ensured, they call out for embarkation. After the usual emabarkation photos we were announced into the ship.



Once inside we were directed to the concierge reception at cadilac lounge. We were told “Mike” was our concierge and we waited for him to show up. Half an hour later and there was still no sign of him. We figured it would be better to finish lunch and then return to the lounge as the kids were getting hungry. Parrot key had the usual buffet-style embarkation lunch. The kids filled up their plate more with desserts then real food , this would turn out to be a recurring theme, and since they were on a vacation we didn’t mind it that much. Even as we were returning back from lunch, we heard the announcement that the rooms were ready. We finally got to meet Mike, and in terms of requests - We wanted to know if it could be possible to switch the cabo excursions between the two days, the coastal highlights tour was cutting it really close the last tender on the shorter Cabo day and that was making us uncomfortable. Also we wanted to know if we could enroll the kids in the ginger bread house contest. We were shortlisted for it and Mike assured us he would take care of it. That was the last we heard of that, he didn’t even bother to get back to us about it and we were slightly miffed by that.

After that we headed up to our room. 8602 was pretty big, the common area was pretty spacious, we found the castaway club gifts on the bed. The fridge was stocked with soda and water and the first of the concierge complimentary plate was on the dining table. The “wow” factor though was the balcony, it was big and wrapped around the aft of the ship, extending a panoramic view of the wake of the ship. There was a bit of a privacy issue from the beach blanket buffet traffic but nothing that troubled us much. There were half a dozen lounges stacked in the balcony and yes there was enough place to pull them all out.





The kids took their time enjoying the fountain show on the pier from the balcony, as I completed exploring the room. I found a couple of bath robes for the adults and two pairs of extra comfy slip-ons.

The last time around, the kids were not too interested in visiting the children clubs and of course the fact that we had to leave DD3 who was 2 then in the nursery and leave DS6 in the club mattered. This time though, both could go to the club and they showed a bit more inclination. We wanted to make use of the open hours on the sail away day and give the kids a better idea of the kind of activities that happen there. By the time we reached the club they were already closing down for the safety drill.

Soon it was time for the safety drill and we headed down to animators palate. Immediately following it was the sail away party. The sail away party was nothing new to us, so I was not too interested in it. DD3 though can’t pass up an opportunity to shake her legs and flaunt her moves. DW decided to stay back with her while DS6 and I headed up to the front of the ship and watched the ship leave from the port.





(To be continued…)

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Old 12-17-2011, 01:47 AM   #5
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Hurry up!!!! We are boarding in less than 48h and I am LOVING your TR so far.

We'll be concierge too so I am looking forward to hearing more about "Mike" and the perks...

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Old 12-17-2011, 09:43 AM   #6
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Hi Katherine,

Here is my opinion on concierge. I would definitely
do a port upgrade to any of the midship ones or 8602/8102
any day . The 800+ was worth just for the room. About the perks

We did ask the concierge for a change in our port activities ,
The option they gave us was not very suitable and they had only
one option , so it was not very usefull.

We were pretty miffed that Mike didn't get back to us about
The gingerbread house contest.

The daily compliments were OK. DW and DD are vegetarian,
And two of those had meat in them.

The robes and slippers were super comfy, we used those a lot.

They have an extensive collection of DVDs but we didn't
have the time for it.

The room wa well stocked with soda and water. Our family
doesn't drink soda, we called up for more water regularly and mike
Brought over enough every time.

I wa surprise that concierge did not have priority tendering .

Getting the restaurant menu for room service was a good perk , although mike
goofed it up once and it arrived late.

Let me know if you need any more information.
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Great report so far! We are on the Wonder in a midship suite in just a few weeks, so I look forward to your info about Concierge. Thanks for showing the pics of the hotel the night before too.

I can't believe that balcony!! WOW!
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Great report so far! We are on the Wonder in a midship suite in just a few weeks, so I look forward to your info about Concierge. Thanks for showing the pics of the hotel the night before too.

I can't believe that balcony!! WOW!
Have a great time...Since you are going in Jan, you will have a better luck with the whales.
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Day 1 continued - Settling down

Once out of the port, the ship picked up speed. After the sail away party, we headed down to the children’s club and got the general tour of both the lab and club. The kids loved the slide and we breathed a sigh of relief. Things were looking up for us, this time around.

Then it was dinner time and we headed down to Parrot cay. Ours was table 67 and we were introduced to our dinning team, Balwan from India, Jermey(Not sure of the spelling) and the head server’s name eludes me. Balwan was very impressive; Jermey not so much and we hardly saw our head server. Jermey even managed to mix up our drinks with the next table once. I guess it is all a part of being human I understand. What thought was not impressive was her attitude. She tried to be friendly, but you could see she was forcing it out, it didn't come naturally for her.

If at all there is one thing that I can never remember, it is the food we had. So right through the report, you will see me ignore details of the dinner. After dinner, walking back to the room, we realized it was time for the Holiday tree lighting ceremony. We stopped over to see Mickey and pals help the chosen kid light up the tree and it was time to head back.



Heading back to our room, got to meet our host, Philip from India. After the introductions, I enquired whether we could get a couple of robes for the kids as I didn’t find any in the room. Within five minutes he was back with two robes. Over the seven days, the kids really took a liking for him (Of course the extra chocolates he left behind every night helped). Here is a collection of the different towel animals he made. The kids loved the elephant.



Meanwhile the luggage had also arrived, and DS6 insisted that the first order of business should the decoration of the door. So there it is.



I left the request with room service for coffee in the morning. This will be a recurring thing right throughout the cruise. Once every other noise in your room dims down, the only thing you hear is the wave beating against the ship and the creaking of your stateroom as the ship surges forward, it is amazing how quickly you get so used to that. Not one to miss the sunrise, I left the blinds to the balcony window open and we drifted off to sleep in no time.

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Day 2 – Captain’s gala

Day two dawned on us with the ring of the phone; room service was on its way with our coffee. Remember I had left the blinds open to watch the sun rise, it would have been nice..if only our stateroom balcony was facing east !!! . Anyhooo..we will have our share of the sunrise on our way back.

Sunrise or not, starting the day with coffee in the balcony with the view of the ocean would be enough to relax anybody. This was an experience even the kids did not want to miss.

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We as a family start our whale watching really early in the morning !!! . Talking of whales, if at all there is one bummer in this trip it was that. We had to settle for dolphins but who is complaining !!! Everyday in the morning, the beach blanket people would have seen a family, all in robes, having a quite time in their balcony, I guess the PV day was the only day we didn't do it as we had to leave early for the excursion.

After a very relaxing breakfast, just a floor up in the beach blanket buffet, DS6 an avid movie watcher, wanted to see Cars 2 3D , never mind we have done that routine twice already, we headed down to the Buena vista theater. The kids again had a good time in the movies. After that we decided to hit the pool. By this time, the sun had also broken through the clouds and the day was showing signs of coming to life. The rest of the afternoon was spent in the pool. Pool, Pizza and Minnie mouse to give you company, the kids had their share of fun.



DW got into the pool with the kids while I took this opportunity to get a few laps under my belt in the quite cove. After that I joined the family in the goofy pool. You can tell you are having a good time, when you spend three – four hours and it feels like just minutes.

Soon, it was time for the formal dinner. We hurried back to our room and got the kids and ourselves ready for the formal dinner. When we left for the dinner, the room looked like a tornado had gone through it. We took our pictures with captain Fabian and the usual picture under the Christmas tree before heading off to dinner. Dinner was followed by more pictures, this time with the background of the wonder at night.



Doing a quick stop in our stateroom , the boys shed of our suits and we were off for the Golden Mickey’s show. The stateroom magically had turned from a area that had to be cordoned off to a well organized space. I made a mental note to tip Philips real good.

I Had heard quite a bit about golden mickeys but we were seeing it for the first time. We were amazed at how many things they handle within that limited space of the stage. When you are sailing other cruise lines, you might comes across aspects of the cruise that are comparable to Disney, and sometime even better, but Disney's show are one thing, I am sure cannot be outdone. After the golden mickey’s it was a lights out for us.

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love the report and question

Love your report keep it coming!!!

Question-Was it noisey in that suite from BBB...in the morning, during day or evenings???
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Forgot one more question

Sorry forgot did you feel more motion in the back???
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Sorry forgot did you feel more motion in the back???
I have nothing to compare to, as both times we had aft rooms. That being said, the motion was nothing that bothered us.
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Day 4 Las Caletas – Castaway cay of the west (Almost)
Today was the Puerto Vallarta day. Our excursion to Las Caletas started off at 7:30 AM. This meant we had to get up early in the morning. I got a wakeup call from mickey at five. As has become the norm, the first thing I did was open the balcony door to peek out. We were still on open waters with the lights of Puerto Vallarta in the horizon. By the time I woke up DW and got ready, heard the familiar ring of room service. Taking the coffee out to the balcony, we got see the ship enter the port. We then got busy packing the stuff needed for the excursion and getting the kids ready.
Puerto Vallarta in the morning.

HAL Oosterdam was there to give us company, not a bad ship, but along side the Wonder, it cut a sorry figure .

Our meet up place was in Studio Sea. Everybody had to have their excursion tickets, the world to the key card and adults needs to have a photo identity. For our excursion, they handed out towels. People doing the Las Caletas excursion remember to pick up towels before you leave. There are no towels at the beach.
The Puerto Vallarta adventures boat was next door in the adjacent dock. Within minutes we had settled down and were off to Las Caletas.
We settled ourselves on the top deck right in front of the captain. The sun was just beginning to rise and it was pleasant. The crew then came around, offering breakfast, coffee, OJ and signing up people for different activities. We tried to get DS to do the zipline but he was in no mood for that. I personally wanted to get a massage but figured I will get there and see how everything else is going. A good decision indeed, once on the beach, we had time for nothing else.
When we did the Bahamas , the highlight of the trip, like for every other Disney cruiser was Castaway cay. The kids loved the time they spent there and would often bring it up in conversation even months after our trip was over. There biggest disappointment was that they wouldn’t go to CC on the mickey boat again this trip. So, it was a no-brainer that we had to do Las Caletas. It remained to be seen whether Las Caletas would measure up to the expectations of our family.
It was a good an hour sailing from the port to Las Caletas, but we hardly felt the time. Hats off to the PV adventures CM’s they kept us entertained right through the trip. On the way in, they dealt with a bit of history, information about the coast and some entertainment. Carlos the main CM kept us in raptures right throughout.

Sights along the cost of PV

Before we knew it, we had arrived at Las Caletas. Even as the boat neared the dock, parrots flew over our boat welcoming us to the beach. The entire population of LC lined up against the coast, welcoming us. The sea was a bit choppy and it took the captain a couple of tries before he could dock the boat. My first impression was that the beach was too small when compared to CC. Then again, it is not like the entire ship was going to get offloaded here and the size proved to be just fine.


On getting off the boat, they offered us breakfast burritos, the likes of which, I have never had. The fast food variety of breakfast burritos that we get back home are a far cry from those that we go here(Or I was simply famished…).
We walked all the way to the farthest end of the beach, pulled up a few beach chairs and settled down. We had a bar attender at our heels even before we settled down. It was still early in the morning for a drink, but who is keeping track . It was a day of tequila sunrises for me.
We all stripped down to our swim wear, the kids got busy making sand castles while DW and I waded into the water. The water was cold as we stepped in and it took a minute or two for our bodies to get used to it. The sea was choppy and we could feel quite a bit of undercurrent. Not being good swimmers, we were very careful getting in.
The kids at the beach.

We saw the people with the kayaks get out into the ocean. There are quite a few floats for people to use. The PV adventure photographers were everywhere. They had quite an eye for catching the action on the beach. I got talking to one of the photographers and she claimed, it is rare to see the sea this choppy around here. One of the kayaks that went out was finding it difficult to control and the PV adventure guides had to rush a boat to help them.
The thing about the pics though, it costs $35 and they would post the photos to your house address. Its been around 10 days and we still haven't received the pics.

Choppy or not, we were having a very good time on the beach. The sand here was very different from what you would find in CC or other Caribbean beaches. It was coarse, heavy and found its way all over your swimwear. Once the day got a bit warm, the kids joined us in the water. We had a really good time squatting on the beach close to the water line and waiting for one of those big waves to hit us. Soon we had quite a few people joining us in this routine. One of those waves got too big for DD and she immediately called it quits.
Soon it was time for the nature walk. We got dried, dressed up and Carlos the chief entertainer on the boat was our guide. The nature walk was short, we got to see a few animals. I wasn’t very impressed.
Pics from the nature walk.

By the time we were done, it was lunchtime. We got ourselves a table close to ocean. The buffet was limited but good, I had my nth tequila sunrise to go with my lunch. DW doesn’t agree with my opinion on the buffet and till this day, maintains that lunch was the cause of a day long suffering that ensued for her during the trip.
On our way back, the crew again got busy entertaining us. This time, they went all out, with their wigs and make up. They called themselves the “Backstreet boys of Puerto Vallarta” and mocked renditions of songs that includes those by MJ, Prince, Madonna and of course The Back Street Boys. Their performance was simply hilarious and was a big part of making that excursion truly a remarkable one.

So was Las Caletas comparable to Castaway Cay? In my opinion, it was a good substitute but it would come second only to CC.
Back on the ship, DW wanted to get some rest and the kids needed a nap. Today was the day of the concierge reception at Cadilac Lounge. After a short rest, we got ready and went down to the lounge. They had an assortment of drinks and snacks. The fried jalapeno biscuit was to die for. During the Captain’s gala night, standing in the line for the photo with the captain, we were offered Appletini. This was my first Appletini ever and I was hooked on to the sour taste that goes with it. So, this was the drink I ordered when we were at Palo dinner. When the bar attendant came around at the lounge during the reception, sure enough I ordered an Appletini. Goofy was soon there, and DD got busy. One thing I learned from this experience, it is near impossible to shoot goofy properly when he is being….yeah…goofy. I tried, and you can judge for yourself. Yeah,blame it on goofy.

Mike, our concierge was hardly to be seen and we didn’t bother. We got talking to the first officer Walden for a bit before the kids got too interested in the karaoke mike and the piano and we had to call it quits before they caused some damage.
It was back to the room for us and a bit of a rest for DW, she was certainly coming down with something. It was Animators palate day for us that night and it felt like déjà vu. It was during our Animators palate day during our last trip, DW was not feeling good and we had to cut short our dinner and take the food back to our room. Luckily this time, she pulled through the end.

Anybody who knows me, know how much I crave for Rice. So when Balwan offered to get us Indian food at parrot key the next day, I jumped on that offer. I liked it so much that I went Indian all the way for the rest of the trip.

After dinner, we headed back to our room. I wanted to call it a day, but DS wouldn’t have any of it. He wanted to see the Toy story musical. We had already done that once, but he was not taking no for an answer. DW felt she was not ready to hit the bed either as she had taken a nap in the afternoon between the excursion and the reception. Also, she had promised DS she would get him something in the ship to remind him of this trip. So she offered to take him down to treasure ketch and accompany him to the musical, while I put DD to sleep. That was just fine by me. So I put DD to bed and once she was asleep I went out to the balcony just as the lights of PV disappeared in the yonder.
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