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Old 11-12-2012, 11:57 PM   #1
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Well, it happened!...the Dream 2/7/13.

Just realized there are separate pre and post TR sections here. I'll start a TR there!


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It was a dark and stormy night.

No no. I don't even remember the details of how this all started; I just know that my Floridian cousins started talking about their Dream cruise Feb '12 (they were allowed to talk about it, considering we went to visit them at their home the DAY they disembarked!), and how they are taking one in '13, and I'm fairly certain they asked if we wanted us to join them. We took it as such, at least, and so we are. Cousins, my aunt, altogether, and it won't be around the time of an election (we have some diametrically opposed views that aren't discussed)...it's should be fun.

We were going to bring my MIL, who said she wanted to cruise. Just after getting the go-ahead from her doctors (she has a few pre-existing conditions) and of course getting the expensive pre-existing condition waiver insurance (not available through DCL b/c of the waiver AND because we're in WA), she started having a series of strokes. Oh FABULOUS. So now, along with everything else we're all worried about with her, she can't go. No one, including her doctors, is comfy with that. At least for the next year or so. If everything has stabilized by then and her doctors say OK, then OK. But for February? No, not happening.

So now it's back to the cousins and our little family 'o 3. I'm Molly, the DH is Robert, and we have an 8 year old named Eamon. (said with a long "A", then "mun"...it's Irish)

So that's the partially bare-boned, partially too-much-random-information, rundown of the cruise plan.

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Very exciting! We loved the Dream! So tell more about the cruise...how many nights, what category are you thinking of, booking on your own or through a TA?

Will stay tuned! Cruising has become our family's favorite way to vacation. A good blend of family time- kids time on their own- and ADULT time!

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Old 12-08-2012, 05:58 PM   #3
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Hello hello!

We booked through Mouse Unlimited (I got a post deleted recently for just giving the name and not the URL, so I'm figuring the rules are the same everywhere?), and when we first booked, we got a 4B (I think) cabin. We wanted a verandah, we wanted some room. My MIL did NOT want a verandah, so we got her a big porthole room.

When she realized she couldn't go, that freed up some money. At the same time, I found a Concierge room for not THAT much more than we were already paying. I mean, it's more, but it wasn't overly high in our opinion. Plus, Robert loves staying concierge/club whenever we can. It doesn't even have to make financial sense for him; for me, I'm always adding up what we get vs what we pay. Like at Disneyland, I work out the lattes I can get in the concierge lounge, the chocolate covered strawberries, the waters, etc. When I noticed that the concierge level lounge on the Dream includes an espresso machine, I realized that it must be the same kind they have at the Disneyland lounges, and I realized that I could count the lattes towards the extra money. And then I read that there is some "free" (ha! *included*) booze and the value got better.

By the time we decided to go for it, that room wasn't bookable online. AUGH! I had written MU already, though, and she found a CM who would work to get that room, and get it they did. Whew.


We also have a pre-and-post cruise WDW stay, plus Universal. We figure that it's a long flight out there...might as well make the most of it.


During the cruise itself, I think most of it will consist of relaxing, hanging out with my relatives (I have a feeling I will barely even see my son or his second cousins, since this is the ONE year they will all be the right ages to be together in the club, which is why we decided to jump on this opportunity instead of waiting until 2014), and looking around the ship. I'm SURE that we'll go find a pretty beach, and maybe hit the pirate museum in Nassau. Other than that, I don't anticipate excursions or big plans.

My one big complication is that I want to bring some Oregon wine out to my aunt, and I haven't yet figured out the best way to do that. The winery won't ship to Florida, so I'll have to check it on the plane, which is scary! Then I'll have to carry it on board the ship. So I can't really have an entire case, LOL. I doubt that even my aunt could drink a whole case in 2 nights.
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Old 12-09-2012, 03:55 PM   #4
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Yay!! Joining in the fun with you! I'm really interested to hear your before and after thoughts on DCL.
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Old 12-12-2012, 12:21 AM   #5
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Oh yay!

Talked to my cousin tonight, that was nice.

It'll definitely be interesting to experience DCL, that's for sure. I'm trying to be neutral about it all; I don't want my "but I love RCCL" defenses to be so high that they mess me up, but I do need them, since the cost of DCL is really too much to do often, especially since I do like a longer cruise than this one.
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Old 12-22-2012, 09:20 PM   #6
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This trip seems further away right now than it did at 70 days. The mind is a funny thing.

Amid all the sadness in the world, we managed to eke out a decent little day, for which I am glad. We don't celebrate anything on the 25th, though we were both brought up opening gifts, etc, on that day. A few years back it started feeling hypocritical, so we started doing gifts, etc for solstice/yule instead, since we can definitely celebrate the days getting longer without having to have any Beliefs!

Therefore, today was lovely, with our sweet boy being so happy and smiley. I got a couple jewelry boxes (bought for myself, LOL, on major clearance at Pier 1) and while I was moving things around, I got reacquainted with my late mom's costume jewelry and Native American jewelry, as well as my 80s stuff and my few nice pieces. Robert got a couple movies he's been yearning for. It was a good, quiet day. And did involve some extra hugs while thinking about others in the world who are having much, much different days than they anticipated 2 weeks ago.




Felt I should add more trip-talk.

I don't think we'll be doing any big excursions. Or they call the Port Adventures with DCL, right? I think we'll walk around the safe-feeling parts of Nassau, maybe put our feet in some pretty sand and go back to the ship. And at Castaway, I want to do the 5K (if they'll let my son walk/jog it, too, DH can walk it as well), maybe a bike rental with my cousin and her husband, and just relax. With luck we'll be able to find the time to do the detective thing and explore as much as time allows. We don't know if DS will want to be in the club all day, or with us. That will basically be up to him, to an extent.

We do have late seating arranged, because that works for my cousin's family AND we'll still pretty much be on pacific time. We don't have our reservations linked though...it works better for family if they just sit with themselves, so we don't want our tables together. It would, however, be lovely to be in the same dining room. Maybe this would be something for concierge to look into....
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Old 12-22-2012, 10:37 PM   #7
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Oh yay!

Talked to my cousin tonight, that was nice.

It'll definitely be interesting to experience DCL, that's for sure. I'm trying to be neutral about it all; I don't want my "but I love RCCL" defenses to be so high that they mess me up, but I do need them, since the cost of DCL is really too much to do often, especially since I do like a longer cruise than this one.
No kidding!! I'm still having a really tough time swallowing the cost of this cruise we are supposedly going on in August. I keep telling myself I only turn 40 once, I can't think of anything that would be cheaper yet "bigger" (without involving a lot of planning and effort) and that if I wait until I turn 45 who knows what will happen. The kids are only young once, and while they would likely enjoy a Disney cruise in 5 years, I'll be wishing we had done it once when they were young too. But enough about me!!!
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Definitely....I can barely believe E is 8!
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Old 01-01-2013, 01:14 AM   #9
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Probably would be easier if I would update my avatar picture on that other site. Now that I'm having pictures of myself taken again, maybe I will after our trip! Although man he sure was cute during that trip.


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Not sure if these will be helpful for the cruise, but I got a couple of those sweater hanger holder things for closets. $3 each at Target in the dollar section. I hope they help us in this complicated trip beyond the cruise.


Here is as much of a pre-trip report as my brain can deal with, regarding the OTHER stuff.

Rooms:

2/5-7 PO Riverside - Royal River view room.
cruise
2/10-12 Hard Rock Hotel at relatively faboo AP rate.
2/12-15 AK Kidani 1 bedroom.
2/15-18 SSR 2 bedroom with the extended family!
2/18-20 VWL studio.

Whew!

Food:

nothing fully planned (apart from beignets on the 6th*, then Richter Veggie burgers at UO and giving potato leek soup at the Three Broomsticks another try at IOA) until...

2/13 MK, CRT lunch. My guys like princesses. DS notices that they are pretty, younger, females, and likes their attention. Unless they change their menu tomorrow, then the likelihood of us cancelling goes really high. The menu changes I've seen hinted at aren't really good.

2/14 DHS, Brown Derby for lunch (coconut tofu noodle bowl!) and then around 4pm have dessert and tea at the Tea Room at Grand Floridian.

2/15 AK, Tusker House lunch (SO excited, love that place).

2/16, no park planned, but Ladies Tea back at the Tea Room! Loved having tea with my girl-cousins and my aunt on our last WDW trip, and we're doing it again!

2/18 Epcot, Via Napoli for dinner.

2/19 O'Hana character breakfast at Robert's request for seeing-Stitch purposes.



*we were going to go to Epcot that day, ride a ride or two, eat at Sunshine Seasons, and have some school bread* & boozey slushies... But exploring Port Orleans is really calling my name. If we start our park days on the 6th, our Photopass Plus won't go until the 20th and our APs (DVC special) will only take us 6 days into Feb '14. That Feb is when we get access to points again (we've borrowed all but about 33 of them, LOL, so that Feb is when we can *borrow* from '15!). So I'm not sure that "snacks" qualifies as a reason to keep our APs from going much further into February 2014. Know what I mean?

So if we don't go to Epcot that first full day, we'll have beignets at Sassagoulas at PO French Quarter and then sightsee at our resort!



There. That's our pre-trip for the *rest* of the trip.



I hope the hangy thingies actually DO help for the cruise. I know they'll help everywhere else!





*does anyone else wish that WDW had a (free) service where a CM would run into a park and pick you up something like that? rather than you having to use a day from a ticket, or start an AP's use earlier than works best for you?
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Old 02-03-2013, 09:40 PM   #10
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Looking forward to hearing all about your trip!

Not sure if I mentioned it in here, but I cancelled our cruise . Too much money for so much uncertainty. I could get us on the same cruise over spring break in '14 for $1,000 less, so it doesn't seem to make sense to me to spend $1,000 just to go this summer. Now, if prices drop and there is some sort of offer/deal available, I might just go ahead. But otherwise, I think we will try out a 4 day some day to see if we like it.

But your trip report will play a big part in my decision!! I have spent so much time reading trip reports, and all of them have helped in some way. So make sure you come back with details!
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Old 01-08-2013, 11:51 PM   #12
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Got the cruise documents. And bought the wine for my aunt.

Need to buy some wine protector thingies, and pre-order Photopass Plus for the WDW part of the trip.
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Got the ME stuff for our first part of the stay. This is the first time we'll actually use it! Not sure if we're *excited* about it, since we're getting in sooooo late, but it'll be a new thing.
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Bought wine-shippy thing and protectors, ordering PP+ right now.

Robert still has to buy some clothes, unless he wants to have wardrobe malfunctions. Because he hasn't been on AS fast of a track to losing as I have, he feels like he hasn't lost much. I say, 37 is a lot, and he needs to buy some new clothes unless he WANTS to get arrested some day when his pants fall down! I don't want that day to be in the Bahamas.

I actually *might* need to buy some new clothes, because the size I have been probably isn't the size I should be in, as more and more people are telling me my drawers are droopy. Only Eamon doesn't seem to need clothes. Whew!

And all of a sudden Robert is crazy-busy at work. He's getting flack for having such a long trip planned, too. The trip that's been on the schedule for nearly 9 months, and they are finally noticing how long it is.

So much happening, so much to do, my head's gonna explode!
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I've started to get the packing lists going.

I've started to buy all new sizes in my clothes. It was definitely time. Robert's shopping trip is this weekend, fingers crossed for him! He's so nervous that it's all an illusion, that 37 lbs doesn't mean a new pants size is warranted.

Eamon talked himself into some new clothes, too. Hey, he's got to wear nice pants for dinner on the cruise, right?

Still figuring out the specifics of this wine that we bought. Check it in the special wine shipper boxy thing we got, but then we have to change it all out so we can carry it onboard. But the boxy thing (which has a box and a styrofoam thing inside it) looks like a cooler, so if we fill it with E's clothes and check that onto the ship, will it manage to get confiscated? It also has a picture of a wine bottle on it.

Blaaaaaaaah.

I should just start packing what I can and be HAPPY!
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