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Old 01-28-2013, 05:28 PM   #1
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The dreaded "Walk of Shame"

Think about it. The months (in some cases years) of planning your dream cruise vacation. The anticipation of pulling into port and seeing your disney ship for the first time and knowing you will spend the next several magical days on it. Walking into the terminal for the first time and checking in to get your KTTW and lanyard. Next, walking through the yellow mickey head shaped gateway, down the long hallway all the while seeing the welcome banners. Having the CM's announce your family as you walk into the huge beautiful atrium. And that is just day 1. You know there is so much to explore, eat, and be entertained with. Then it hits you like a ton of bricks. You picture the last night of your cruise. Packing all of your clothes and personal belongings back into the suitcases. Carefully wrapping the fragile souvenirs or FE gifts you got so they don't break. Knowing that in the morning, your vacation will be ending and you will be making the seemingly long journey off the ship, through customs, and back to reality?! The "Walk of Shame" (see below) as myself and my brother calls it (I'm sure some of you do too). "Dis" brothers and sisters, its enough for your humble narrator/author of this thread, to be sad before even setting foot on the ship. Will I be spending my 7 day vacation with a "countdown" clock in my head? Everyday telling myself: 6 days left,5 days lefts, 4 days left, etc...Taking away from the happiness and the carefree life I should be living on the cruise? After spending the last few months of my freetime here on the disboards, reading cruise trip reports, there's no questions the saddest part of all of them is when they describe their feelings on the last night and disembarking day. Lets call this post an "intervention". What can I do to help with my fear? How did you guys handle it? Or how will/would you handle it?

*Walk of shame* So a few years back, myself, DW, DS, DD, brother, and sister took a trip to Disneyworld. As we pulled into our resort on the magical transportation bus we looked around and saw famililes pulling their luggage up to the stop to be picked up. Me and my brother noticed the look on their faces of sadness and disappointment. I hate to say this, but we laughed and dubbed it "The walk of shame". We told each other that was going to be us in 5 days. And sure enough thats what happened. On the last day of our trip, after checking out of POR, we were on our way outside to the shuttle stop to wait to be taken to the airport. On the way, we looked at each other and started laughing because we knew the next set of families, pulling up on the bus, were now looking at the expressions on our face and laughing.
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Old 01-28-2013, 05:34 PM   #2
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The only way we can handle it is to book another cruise while onboard. That gives us something to look forward to.

It also helps to go to WDW for at least a day (or DLR if we're on the west coast) to help ease us out of the funk. Otherwise we're depressed for at least a month.
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The only way we can handle it is to book another cruise while onboard. That gives us something to look forward to.

It also helps to go to WDW for at least a day (or DLR if we're on the west coast) to help ease us out of the funk. Otherwise we're depressed for at least a month.
i agree 1000%...we booked our next (5th) Disney cruise on our 7 night Fantasy WC last August...even with that my daughter was in tears the entire day we left the ship....we surprised her the next day; as she thought we were driving to the airport instead I pulled into WDW for a four day stay...by the time that was over we were all ready to go home!!!

one last thing about the walk of shame (pain is a better description) when you exit the ship and are heading to get your luggage don't turn around as those signs with Mickey that say "see you real soon!" are double sided and say "welcome aboard" for the next set of cruisers....
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Old 01-28-2013, 11:10 PM   #4
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The only way we can handle it is to book another cruise while onboard. That gives us something to look forward to.

It also helps to go to WDW for at least a day (or DLR if we're on the west coast) to help ease us out of the funk. Otherwise we're depressed for at least a month.
Yeah, that helped the 1st time I went on a cruise. I did the land and sea package. So just knowing that because the cruise was over didn't mean I was going home yet. However, not so much this time...

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We actually swing by to visit our next room on our last morning on the ship. To say "see ya real soon!"
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I know exactly what you are talking about with the Walk of Shame!

I don't find myself counting down until the cruise is almost over. We have done two 7 night DCL cruises so far. I go for the gusto and enjoy every bit of the cruise for the first 5 days or so.

Around day 5 I starting going into "countdown mode." That's when I start thinking "only a couple days left" and that it's time to start assembling things to repack in the suitcase.

The only cure for this is to book another cruise! And I am working on that really hard!
I will definitely look at booking another while on board. Maybe that will help. Thanks.

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Ya I know what u mean its so sad I didn't want to leave I wish every day was disney day
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It is not shameful, I plan some thing else even if its not disney
Yeah, maybe we can call it "walk of sorrow" or "walk of sadness"

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i agree 1000%...we booked our next (5th) Disney cruise on our 7 night Fantasy WC last August...even with that my daughter was in tears the entire day we left the ship....we surprised her the next day; as she thought we were driving to the airport instead I pulled into WDW for a four day stay...by the time that was over we were all ready to go home!!!

one last thing about the walk of shame (pain is a better description) when you exit the ship and are heading to get your luggage don't turn around as those signs with Mickey that say "see you real soon!" are double sided and say "welcome aboard" for the next set of cruisers....
Yeah, I'm more worried about the kids. This will be their first cruise. Thanks for the info. I will not be turning around on the way out. The pain will be too much.

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Wow that is so me!!!! I think about how many days left from the second we are on vacation. Goal is to try not to but having a future cruise or vacation date usually helps. My DD will start kindergarten this year so our plans are TBD so it's sad
Good to know I'm not alone. It will be a while after this upcoming cruise before we are able to go on another one. But who knows, maybe I will book a dummy date.

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Agreed. I like this view SOOO much better on embarkation day.

Seeing the "See you real soon" sign makes me so depressed. However, the pic of the terminal makes me excited for the arrival.

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OP, I thought for sure this thread was going to be tales of those who packed everything and had to head for home in their pajamas


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the funny thing is, arriving for departure day is when Port Canaveral looks so nice but when you leave the ship after the cruise is over its such an "ugly" place....
not looking forward to that at all.

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It is not shameful....but more sad if anything.

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Ditto for booking another cruise onboard! It will be great to visit Disney every year (the Parks or Cruise). If not, being able to visit another city or country every year helps a bit.
Sounds like joining DVC would be a great option.

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I plan the next vacation as we are driving home. My DH laughs at me, but he now knows I will have something great planned for the next year.
Lucky DH!!!
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Old 05-30-2013, 01:37 PM   #5
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I think the worst way to do it was the way I did it last time:

I had a purple inflamed swollen ankle from a fall the night before (yay alcohol and dehydration! That's a bad mix there!) and had to walk out. I had all my luggage (and because I'm awesome and fly Southwest it meant a lot of luggage) and zero bra (because once again alcohol and packing.... somehow my uncle told me to put away my clothes that I had left out to wear the next day and I packed my bra for the plane ride over), super Port Canaveral heat, and my uncle (because if you can't guess now he's not the hero of this story.) kept knocking his suitcases into my very swollen and painful ankle. Walking through the gangway, getting all the luggage from the place where customs is (which is like a dungeon. Not very Disney magical!), and schleping through the airport on a Disney hangover and a hurt ankle.... not amazing. Oh and because I was even more awesome going through security in the airport, I forgot I had my Key to the World card in my pocket and was irked that I had to take off the shoe that took me 20 minutes that morning to put on, so when they told me there was an anomaly and I'd need a pat down... well I lifted my shirt to what I thought was my tummy (where the yellow spot on the scanner was showing) Nope! A lot higher. A couple we met on Castaway Cay the day before was like "you looked so pissed off and irritated. The TSA just became the T and A."

That day was a big walk of shame "how not to go on a Disney vacation!" "how not to use your nursing judgement and forget the signs and symptoms of heat stroke!" :D
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I think the worst way to do it was the way I did it last time:

I had a purple inflamed swollen ankle from a fall the night before (yay alcohol and dehydration! That's a bad mix there!) and had to walk out. I had all my luggage (and because I'm awesome and fly Southwest it meant a lot of luggage) and zero bra (because once again alcohol and packing.... somehow my uncle told me to put away my clothes that I had left out to wear the next day and I packed my bra for the plane ride over), super Port Canaveral heat, and my uncle (because if you can't guess now he's not the hero of this story.) kept knocking his suitcases into my very swollen and painful ankle. Walking through the gangway, getting all the luggage from the place where customs is (which is like a dungeon. Not very Disney magical!), and schleping through the airport on a Disney hangover and a hurt ankle.... not amazing. Oh and because I was even more awesome going through security in the airport, I forgot I had my Key to the World card in my pocket and was irked that I had to take off the shoe that took me 20 minutes that morning to put on, so when they told me there was an anomaly and I'd need a pat down... well I lifted my shirt to what I thought was my tummy (where the yellow spot on the scanner was showing) Nope! A lot higher. A couple we met on Castaway Cay the day before was like "you looked so pissed off and irritated. The TSA just became the T and A."

That day was a big walk of shame "how not to go on a Disney vacation!" "how not to use your nursing judgement and forget the signs and symptoms of heat stroke!" :D
Yes, that's a walk of shame.
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Old 05-30-2013, 02:09 PM   #7
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I think the worst way to do it was the way I did it last time:

I had a purple inflamed swollen ankle from a fall the night before (yay alcohol and dehydration! That's a bad mix there!) and had to walk out. I had all my luggage (and because I'm awesome and fly Southwest it meant a lot of luggage) and zero bra (because once again alcohol and packing.... somehow my uncle told me to put away my clothes that I had left out to wear the next day and I packed my bra for the plane ride over), super Port Canaveral heat, and my uncle (because if you can't guess now he's not the hero of this story.) kept knocking his suitcases into my very swollen and painful ankle. Walking through the gangway, getting all the luggage from the place where customs is (which is like a dungeon. Not very Disney magical!), and schleping through the airport on a Disney hangover and a hurt ankle.... not amazing. Oh and because I was even more awesome going through security in the airport, I forgot I had my Key to the World card in my pocket and was irked that I had to take off the shoe that took me 20 minutes that morning to put on, so when they told me there was an anomaly and I'd need a pat down... well I lifted my shirt to what I thought was my tummy (where the yellow spot on the scanner was showing) Nope! A lot higher. A couple we met on Castaway Cay the day before was like "you looked so pissed off and irritated. The TSA just became the T and A."

That day was a big walk of shame "how not to go on a Disney vacation!" "how not to use your nursing judgement and forget the signs and symptoms of heat stroke!" :D
Talk about being a victim of Murphy's law.
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OMG! I just read the opening post to DH and the first thing he told me was "the op is describing you"! Every night that goes by all I am doing is counting how many days we have left. I brush it off having fun each day, but as each day passes I too am telling my self "5 days left", 4 days left, and it only gets more depressing with each day that passes by!

Hahahaha! This post is great you nailed the cruise blues! We leave in 3 weeks and my sister will be joining us, her first Disney Cruise, in fat her first cruise! I am going to try to not depress her with my countdown. Al though I'm sure she is going to be having so much fun that it will hit her and she will do the same on her own account.
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This thread is so funny.

Yep, I definitely have a different understanding of the term "walk of shame" but I get what the OP is saying. I now have a mental picture of someone sneaking out of a stateroom in the early morning still wearing the clothes from the night before though

I do think "walk of sorrow" or "walk of sadness" fits better
And I do the same thing as the OP. Right about the 1/2 point, I realize that the trip is 1/2 over and start saying to myself "but I still have 3 days...but I still have 2 days" and try to convince myself not to get sad because it is coming to an end. I want to enjoy every minute of it.

It does help to always have another trip planned. I have two cruises planned for 2014 already (one is just a 2-nighter), so that will help with my post-cruise blues next month. I will also book a dummy cruise while on board, just to make sure I have something ready for 2015
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We actually swing by to visit our next room on our last morning on the ship. To say "see ya real soon!"
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I know exactly what you are talking about with the Walk of Shame!

I don't find myself counting down until the cruise is almost over. We have done two 7 night DCL cruises so far. I go for the gusto and enjoy every bit of the cruise for the first 5 days or so.

Around day 5 I starting going into "countdown mode." That's when I start thinking "only a couple days left" and that it's time to start assembling things to repack in the suitcase.

The only cure for this is to book another cruise! And I am working on that really hard!
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It is not shameful, I plan some thing else even if its not disney
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Ya I know what u mean its so sad I didn't want to leave I wish every day was disney day
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Wow that is so me!!!! I think about how many days left from the second we are on vacation. Goal is to try not to but having a future cruise or vacation date usually helps. My DD will start kindergarten this year so our plans are TBD so it's sad
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