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Old 02-20-2012, 09:58 PM   #1
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Browns vs. the Mexican Riviera, March 4-11, 2012 (completed 3/20; added Navigators)

I've been reading trip reports since we booked our cruise back in September of 2011, so I decided that I ought to start one up myself. First, the cast of characters:

Me: Erin, stay-at-home mom, Disney fanatic
Mike: The husband, works in video games
Elliott: Age six
Oliver: Age three (and a half)

This is me and Elliott:


Mike:


Oliver:


We are also traveling with my sister, Meghan, her husband, Jason, and their three (and a half)-year-old son, Lucas. We all live in San Diego, so we will be driving up to the port. My family will be heading up on Saturday and spending the night at the Crowne Plaza in San Pedro. I decided it would be a lot less stressful to head up the night before, and we got the $65 rate on Priceline, so I feel like it's worth it!

This vacation was actually Elliott's idea. He was obsessively watching the DCL show that's on Netflix's instant streaming, and he begged to go. I told him that I thought it would be too expensive, but suggested to my husband that we use our next tax refund to go on a vacation of some sort; the last year or so has been extremely difficult and I thought we could really use something fun to look forward to. I started looking into cruises on other (cheaper) lines, and on a whim decided to price out Disney. I was surprised to see that it wasn't actually too bad and we were in! We booked ourselves in the cheapest inside room and then convinced my sister that her family should come along.

Before too much time had passed, the KSF was announced, with our sailing as the last date, and we were able to upgrade to a 9C and still save about $1000. I was tempted to go for a verandah, but my kids are wily and I had images of them swan diving off the side of the boat, so I decided to skip it for my peace of mind.

I've spent the last six months researching and planning, learning everything the DIS boards had to teach. I want this vacation to be something the kids will always remember, and so I am doing everything I can to make it special for them. I called ahead to request the dining rotation that will put us in Triton's for formal night, and Parrot Cay for pirate night. We'll be participating in the FE. I'm already stockpiling scrapbooking supplies (though I've never made a scrapbook before, and I am completely intimidated by it all!) so that I can put together an album for us.

I started buying supplies for the FE almost immediately, though I ended up putting it off as real life spiraled out of control. So now I'm scrambling to get everything finished in time! This weekend I was sick, so I took advantage of being stuck in bed to get a big chunk of the work done. I still have maybe 30% of the gifts left to make, and the actual fish extender. The only thing I'm nervous about is the extender, so I'm leaving it for last and will do something simple if my (originally very elaborate) plan doesn't work out!

Links to posts:
Scans of additional papers (movie schedules, tv channels, etc.)
Saturday night in San Pedro
Day 1 (Part 1)
Day 1 (Part 2)
Day 2 (Part 1): Sea Day
Day 2 (Part 2): Sea Day
Day 3 (Part 1): Sea Day, Palo
Day 3 (Part 2): Sea Day, Palo
Day 4 (Part 1): Puerto Vallarta
Day 4 (Part 2): Puerto Vallarta
Day 5 (Part 1): Cabo San Lucas
Day 5 (Part 2): Cabo San Lucas
Day 6 (Part 1): Cabo San Lucas
Day 6 (Part 2): Cabo San Lucas
Day 7 (Part 1): At Sea
Day 7 (Part 2): At Sea
Disembarkation
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Old 02-20-2012, 10:42 PM   #2
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Hope everything works out!
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Old 02-21-2012, 02:41 AM   #3
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Bless your heart. Life sure does get in the way of having fun.
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Old 02-21-2012, 02:27 PM   #4
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Today my friend let me know that even an expedited birth certificate won't be able to arrive until after we leave for the cruise, so it looks like (as long as he continues in the right direction) Mike will be coming on the cruise with us. The kids will be thrilled, and hopefully it will now more resemble the dream vacation I had originally planned for us all.

Now, to update my packing list and plans to include one more person! I'd planned out a suitcase configuration based on just me and the boys, and now we'll have one extra, bigger person, and he'll be taking up a seat in the car that otherwise would have been loaded with bags! I also need to figure out what he will wear on formal night and pirate night. Today I remembered that I have dressed up as Wendy from Peter Pan before, so I will probably just pack that dress for me. It's a bit of a simple/less recognizable costume, so hopefully I don't look like I'm just wearing a nightgown to dinner!
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Old 02-21-2012, 03:20 PM   #5
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Hey, fellow 3/4 cruiser! I am excited you're doing a TR. I considered it, but I'm not sure if I will or not. We'll see!

I'm sorry for Mike's struggles. I hope that he is able to come along (I already made up his birthday FE gift!) and that the cruise is the family vacation you've dreamed of!
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Old 02-23-2012, 04:16 PM   #6
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Erin,
i am going on the MR cruise two weeks after you, i just wanted to let you know that i have dealt with similar struggles and am passing alot of positive energy your way. Have a wonderful time on your well deserved cruise.
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Old 03-21-2012, 12:41 AM   #7
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Thank You For Helping Me Relive a Magical Vacation

Erin,

You are quite the blogger. And a great photographer to boot.

It was our first cruise, so we were not so adventurous at the port of calls...we did enjoy quiet time on the ship.

We will be prepared for our next cruise on the Disney Fantasy in November 2013.

Cheers,

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Old 03-21-2012, 04:35 PM   #8
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Thank you so much this was a GREAT trip report. We leave in a few weeks and you have given us so much to look forward to.
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Old 03-22-2012, 01:59 PM   #9
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Best TR Ever

I have to thank you for passing it forward as you stated earlier. You get an A++. Not only did you pay it forward for those of us about to cruise you get an A+++ for being the best DIS poster of all time. I am a certified Project Manager and I have to say you managed every detail of your cruise with some serious skills. And how you found time to think of us simply amazes me. Thank you so much for the excellent pictures and passing it forward.
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Old 03-22-2012, 04:39 PM   #10
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Thanks for the great trip report. Not taking a MR cruise- but we're doing the PC in December and were wondering what it's like cruising the West Coast.

Did you like your serving team? Would you recommend them? We don't know anyone on the Wonder and are looking for server recommendations. Thanks.
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Old 04-02-2012, 04:16 PM   #11
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It has been an absolute pleasure to read your TR and view all the fantastic pictures of your family. Thank you for sharing!
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