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Old 02-25-2013, 06:53 PM   #1
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"That wasn't as annoying as I thought it would be", Dream/Bahamas/2.7.13

Hello Hello.... My pre-trip report is here. I'm Molly, and along with Robert (DH) and Eamon (DS) we went on a short cruise at the same time as my extended family! That's enough info, right?

I need to go pull my first TR-type post from the end of my PTR now.


Oh wait...the title. If you looked at my PTR, you might notice the enthusiasm from my heart and head wasn't really over the top. There were many reasons for this, and a lot of it stems from being a slightly odd Disney fan. I like Disney, I just don't particularly like the song and dance and character aspect (apart from Jack Sparrow b/c he's been so fun with my son)...and I was worried I couldn't get away from the parts I don't overly-like. So my title reflects that, in my understated way of saying things, it was better than I expected.
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Old 02-25-2013, 06:55 PM   #2
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I'm noticing that with each day that passes I remember more AND less...less of the difficult stuff and more of the good stuff. So that's nice. But I also find that along with remembering less difficulty, that means I don't know what on earth was taking us so long to do things, and why it seemed time just zoomed forward.



Oh well, we left on the 5th of Feb from Seattle. Our first flight started with difficulty, since just as we thought we were about to take off (we had backed away from the gate!), they realized that the airplane's door (this plane had a door between first class and coach) wouldn't lock. We were just about at the front of the Coach section and got to watch all of this unfold. It involved the doors on *both* sides being opened, maintenance guys boarding the plane, having to *drive* the plane back to the gate (not far at all, but the tow trucks had already gone so we actually turned on the engines and taxied for those feet), and then the maintenance guys worked for a solid half hour. The whole experience put us late by an hour, which didn't make me totally happy. I used the time to look up other United flights that evening from our connecting airport, and what flights left the following morning both from Seatac and DC. (my time on the Transportation forum was of good use!) Doing that felt like action to me, and action made me feel less nervous, so it was good.

Ultimately, though, they got the doors fixed and closed, we took off, and ended up making up half an hour in the air. Not only that, but a Flight Attendant noticed my nerves (caused by the pilot letting us know that our entire flight would be full of turbulence so the seatbelt light would probably be on for most of it) and ended up having an in-depth discussion with me about turbulence, what it is, what it does, etc. Said that although air and water aren't the same thing, they ACT in basically the same ways, and somehow his explanation really worked for me. I was about to go on a cruise, after all, and I wasn't overly scared about that...


Anyway, ultimately we did get all the way to MCO. As we discussed getting a luggage cart or two (one would consider that we overpacked, except I truly do not know what we could have left behind...we used all of it!) a porter appeared. Since we had never used Disney's Magical Express before, this was nice, because he took the bags and led the way! We got right on to a bus, waited about 5 minutes, and we were on our way. We were the second of 3 stops (the people going to the Grand Floridian were last, poor things). They got a Bell Services person from somewhere, and he rather noisily escorted us and our bags on his golf cart to our room at POR.

Our Royal Room, river view, was perfectly nice. It was a corner room on the second floor, nearly as far away from anything as we could get, and it was complicated getting to our rooms, but it was nice and quiet as well. I loved the look of the "mansions" and adored the resort, and would totally stay there again, though I wouldn't need the "royal" room in the future, and neither would DH or DS.

The 6th passed quickly; Robert spent most of it in the room, sleeping or resting, because his achilles injury had become a knee problem had become a hip problem. He was relying heavily on a cane and absolutely refused to rent a scooter. He just could not see past his embarrassment of "big guy on a scooter", as he put it, issues, and didn't get that he would have enjoyed his time more if he'd gotten wheels.

Oh well, like I said, the 6th passed quickly. Part of it was spent by me and Eamon picking up our Annual Passes and spending a bit of time in Epcot.

The following morning found us packing and repacking, leaving some things with Bell Services for the time of the cruise and having other things picked up by the cruise people. When you have DCL transportation booked from a Disney resort, they come by between 8 and 10am and pick up your checked luggage, even if you aren't in the room. Pretty neat. Robert was there, and ended up feeling pressured by the guy for a tip, which was really too bad. Like I said, they would have picked up bags even if the room had been empty, so that REALLY isn't a position that should expect a tip. And I'd told Robert NOT to tip (but left him money for the Bell guy to pick up the bags we were leaving), but he started taking ibuprofen that day, and wasn't remembering things. Neither of us takes that sort of thing very often, so when we do it's VERY powerful for us.

After bags were picked up (and after Eamon and I got back from whatever it was we were doing when Robert was alone having the bags picked up), we vacated the room, took our carryons with us, and went to get some food. Some say to not eat, to wait for the ship...that won't work with us. So we had "create your own" omelets and shared a mickey waffle, had some coffee, etc. At last it was time to make our way slowly to the spot to meet up for our bus.

I did some last minute shopping, realizing I truly did need the Heys rolling carryon bag in a disney cartoon theme, because I was sick and tired of carrying things on my shoulder. I had resisted the siren call of that bag for literally years, but was finally talked into it.

Our bus was picking us up at 11:30, if I recall correctly.





This picture makes his backpack look a LOT bigger than it was, LOL.




From the inside, the "wrap" is yellow.




The ride felt pretty quick, and soon enough I was seeing this.






As the bus approaches, it almost seems to drive nearly all around the ship. Obviously you can't drive ALL around it, but you do get many views on your way to the depot parking spots!




The building appears to have grown smokestacks and an aquaduck.










At long last we were parked and off the bus. Gathered our carryons and managed to be last in the line of people from our bus to get into the building. Went through a form of security then up the escalator. All this while I had been texting back and forth with my cousin; they had driven in from Daytona, and were onboard as soon as they were allowed to be.

This ultimately felt like an advantage (in getting settled) that we never really recovered from. Like I said, it FELT like that...the reality was that we all got our rooms-ready notice at the exact same time (just as we got on board, basically), but they had had an hour or more to wander around the ship that we just never made up for. I probably would not take the resort-to-port bus in the future, and would likely just start from the airport, no matter how that had to happen, because the resort buses leave much earlier. Either that or I would rent a car or book a limo-type service. Especially if we used Concierge again (you can board whenever you want) or got a great boarding number.

I know that I was overwhelmed by the terminal! And I felt like we were rushing, so I had a hard time really taking it all in. I tried to get us to stop at the restrooms (right near the escalators) but the others wanted to get to checkin; for Concierge passengers it's allll the way actually past the spot where you enter the ship. So we get up there, show them our boarding documents etc, took pictures for our keycards, E got his wristband for the kid's club... Then we realized that we did really want the bathroom before going on board the ship. Just felt better to do that. But that meant going all the way back, when the concierge boarding staff wanted to escort us to the next stop.

They were polite about it and I was glad to have insisted on the break.


Made our way back, found a boarding person, and they let us in the side door to the picture area.




This meant we did not get to walk in to that giant Mickey head entrance. Boo to that. Got our initial pictures taken, moved along towards the ship.

As we were introduced I spied my family, and they let out a big cheer for us, which was kinda neat.

We all hugged, admired how everyone looked (they have changed their diets as well so we all looked much more fabulous than we did last year!), then realized our rooms were ready and split back up. This was HARD on the kids, and I wish someone had taken a moment to think of a better idea. But what's done was done.


From what I recall, we were shown to "our" area and sort of walked in to the Concierge lounge. Then they disappeared and we had to figure out what to do next. Pretty quickly, however, the staff noticed us and sat us down to go over everything. Robert procured us cappuccinos (and E some water), which was nice.

E took a picture of this chair in the lounge.






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And now I must take a break, to continue with the kidlet's schooling! If I find photos on my phone or on Robert's camera later I'll add them in and make a post about it.

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Old 02-25-2013, 07:25 PM   #3
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The turbulence would scare me spitless. I would love to take a cruise and actually was planning one but Scotty gets such bad vertigo that I realize that it is a no go. Sigh. So I shall live vicariously by reading my friends trip reports.


I love Eamon's picture of the chair. I love seeing the different upholstery that Disney uses.
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Old 02-26-2013, 08:40 AM   #4
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Love your writing as usual so happily following along!
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Old 02-26-2013, 03:48 PM   #5
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The turbulence would scare me spitless. I would love to take a cruise and actually was planning one but Scotty gets such bad vertigo that I realize that it is a no go. Sigh. So I shall live vicariously by reading my friends trip reports.


I love Eamon's picture of the chair. I love seeing the different upholstery that Disney uses.
Weird weird weird thing. My aunt gets vertigo really bad, but it went away 100% while on the cruise. She also uses a cane because of horrid knees (and she can't have one of them fixed because she has a big strawberry-type birthmark all around that knee that's basically one big mass of blood vessels), but didn't need it for one second of the cruise.

We've told her that she might have found a place for a new profession, since she felt so great while out on the water!

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Old 02-26-2013, 06:15 PM   #6
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[B]When I stopped yesterday, we were in the concierge lounge, chatting with one of the CMs there. Perfectly lovely lady from England, made us feel quite at home. Which is saying something; DH has noticed that I have a pretty high amount of anxiety when doing fancy things. So for me to feel comfy in there was pretty nice.

They personally give you a folder with all sorts of info in it. You get a Welcome Aboard letter and schedule, telling you when the lounge is open, what sorts of snacks to expect at what times, what sort of gatherings they have, when you can use the concierge sundeck, and various amenities. This is all lovely to have written down. We went on to our stateroom after a bit of refreshment and getting our packet.






This made me ridiculously happy.




The reason is that Robert's the DVC owner and has a different last name than I do. And I'd made the booking, with my name as lead guest. Nor did we book with points. And still, they figured it out.


Room number alone.





I'm still not sure if this was from Concierge or my TA!




Apparently I didn't go through and take pictures of everything in order. Or even of everything. Which is a huge bummer right now. But you know how that hallway picture was all glossy? That's what the wood is like inside the cabin, too. Just a bunch of glossy wood. Which was really swanky-feeling to me.








Looking towards the verandah...




Michelle, here's a closeup just for you. How did I know you would want to see the textiles? Oh and the couch is VERY different from the fabric on the couch in my cousins' room.




This is what the dropdown bed looks like when it's not dropped down.


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Old 03-16-2013, 05:31 AM   #7
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I've really enjoyed this TR and appreciate you taking the time to do it

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Just wanted to say hi neighbor! Thanks for a great trip report.
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Essentially he has just given a name to an otherwise unnamed charter. Another example is that Legolas is going to be in the next movie instead of another nameless elf charter.
Thanks for the info! It is definitely appreciated.

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Enjoyed the TR. Just a note, you mentioned using an iPhone to take photos and also mentioned (maybe in jest) to bring a small recorder to keep track of what you did. Well, the iPhone has one built in that you can can use just for that reason called Voice Memos. I'm certain that most smartphones these days have something like that. With that said, I may try that on my cruise in May.
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