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Old 07-22-2013, 08:57 AM   #1
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Wonderful Panama Canal Sept 2014

All Panama Canal Cruisers - Sept 2014!
I will do my best to keep this post updated with all current information. If you know of an event you'd like to do, please let me know via PM, or e-mail to DisneyMouseHouse@disboards.net and I will add both the info and a link to your post (so that you can keep that post updated) about the event. I've listed the events in alphabetical order, hopefully that will help you to locate what you're looking for......this first post is getting rather long - hehehe!

The old thread, in case you'd like to read the posts, is located here:
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3065230

And now, on with the info (and I've copied a bit of this from David's original first page)

Itinerary:
Date Port
9-12 San Diego, California All Aboard by 4:00 pm
9-13 At Sea
9-14 Cabo San Lucas, Mexico 11:15 am - 4:30 pm
9-15 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 10:30 am - 3:45 pm
9-16 At Sea
9-17 At Sea
9-18 At Sea
9-19 At Sea
9-20 Panama Canal (cruising canal) 6:00am - 6:00pm
9-21 Cartagena, Colombia 9:30am - 5:45pm
9-22 At Sea
9-23 At Sea
9-24 Cozumel, Mexico 8:00am - 5:45pm
9-25 At Sea
9-26 Port Canaveral, Florida 7:30am


Car Pool
Signup sheet for car pooling to the port from one of the Disneyland hotels & from one of the Disneyland area hotels the day of the cruise. It is for anyone staying at one of the Disneyland Hotels or a hotel nearby before the cruise that would like a ride the morning of the cruise to the port in San Diego. For any questions, please PM mmbl
Please sign up here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...uaXOp7iW0/edit


Cruise Meet N Greet
TENTATIVE INFO: Organizer: kdeans1010 - Date: Sep 13th (first sea day) Time: TBD Place: Promenade Lounge (???) - keep in mind that all this info is tentative - will post changes when this info is finalized!

Facebook Group (Secret Group)
Padalyn's post with info here: http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...3&postcount=14
Please PM Padalyn with your FB e-mail address so that she can add you to the group. This group is closed to all except those participating in this cruise, so it will be determined that you "belong" before adding you! Thanks!


FE Group Exchange - Sign Up Here:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1bOd...Qn_Qg/viewform
I will update this list as more participants sign up. I have been trying to keep up with it pretty regular. If you want to participate in the FE Group Exchange, please fill out the form that's linked above. I am thinking at this point the list will be split, but not sure into how many as it will be determined by the final number. Cut off will be about a month to six weeks out, that should give everyone plenty of time to get their FE Gifts together.
RULES:
1) HAVE FUN
2) No further rules, when in doubt see rule #1 - hahaha!
We do ask you give to everyone on your list. If you would like to be included in BOTH lists, PLEASE send me an e-mail or PM me here. It's totally up to you whether you give a cabin gift, an individual gift, or a combo of both. It's also up to you when you make your delivery. I do encourage you to do so before the last day of the cruise as I do know how difficult it can be to fit in "just one more thing" when you are trying to pack your bags on that last day.
For more info, contact me (DisneyMouseHouse) at DisneyMouseHouse@disboards.net. Here is a list of those who have signed up so far:
davidls
thnlk
Dsnydaddy
DisneyMouseHouse's mom and dad
DisneyMouseHouse/EjeG
Disneynanny
missjudit
sbennett
Ksquires
omd13
Padalyn/Halloween_Gryl - both FE groups if they split
dennisbryce
FresnoFamily
KDeans1010
davidshiz
MMBL
wcrbkw
chrisandedfromCT
Yukongirl123
KyCruisinSusan
VA-NanaTink
JimmyL47
Julylady
Ggfred32
smith2615
CrockettTraveler
EMKAmartin - both FE groups if they split
Madipatamy
lynandandy
Brixton
OT150
Disneygirlplanner
(last update 1/21/2014)
"A FE is a fish extender. There is a little fish outside your stateroom door where stewards can put stuff like invitations, papers, etc. A fish extender is something you hang from that fish with one pocket for each person in your cabin. Then, everyone signed up for the fish extender exchange makes or buys small gifts for the other people on the FE group. Throughout the cruise, you deliver little presents to other guests and they deliver things to you. When you decide to start delivering your FE gifts is all up to you. It is a fun little thing to do and you will get some really special cruise souvenirs that other people have made. There are sometimes get togethers with the FE people and it can be a great way to make friends and meet these DIS personalities in person. Also, wandering the ship to see all the decorated doors and unique fish extenders is a great way to spend some spare time. Some people make really magnificent displays."


Linked Dining
A few of us on this cruise are in the "Golden Years" that you hear about. We're young at heart, though, and love Disney. While we were accompanied by our children and grandchildren on our first Disney cruises, we're flying solo this time around. I wonder how many more are in the same category as us. We'd love to be able to arrange to sit at a table with other "Golden Agers" when we set sail on the EBPC cruise. If you are interested just send a PM, (Private Messaage), to Karen, (kayaker35), and she will add you to the list, and before the cruise will make arrangements with DCL to seat all together. The list is also open to families, Karen will keep the list and pair you up with others sailing with families.

Palo Group Brunch
There is a link to the sign-up form. Private room is limited to 12-14 ppl seating, adults only. We will not know dates for sure until about a month out or maybe a bit less, so please be patient. Right now we are at almost at full capacity for TWO brunches, so if we reach 42 ppl, we will try to make three groups.
Here is a list of the people that have signed up so far - if you DON'T see your name on the list, and want to be included, please sign up on the form linked below:
DisneyMouseHouse/EjeG
OMD13
davidls
MMBL
Thnlk
KyCruisinSusan
missjudit
KDeans1010
Bellecruiser
JimmyL47
kerstfan1
smith2615
susie2
lynandandy
(last update 1/21/2014)
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Htf...UggBk/viewform


Photo Walk
A great way to exchange ideas and tips and tricks for getting that "special shot" - led by EjeG (my DH) - for more info, read the post here: (it will be updated with info as we get closer to our cruise!)
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...74&postcount=3


Post Card Exchange
Disneynanny has volunteered to host a postcard exchange. Info is being collected on the Facebook page (see info above) but if you don't have a FB account, you can send her a PM and she will add you to the list.

Private Tastings
A quick poll was set up here to see if we have enough interest to put together a private tasting event - please take this very quick poll. If we have enough interest, we'll start a sign-up form.
Info:
Tastings:
Champagne Tasting - $30.00
Martini Tasting - $18.00
Beer Tasting - $15.00
Mixology Tasting - $15.00
Tequila & Margarita Tasting - $15.00
Cognac Tasting - $20.00
Whiskey Tasting - $20.00
Wine Tasting: $15.00
New Chocolate Tasting - $30.00
Minimum on the tastings is 25 ppl, max of 40 people.......
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1hGc...VGawU/viewform

Out of the 11 responses we've received so far, this is where this stands (ppl could vote for as many as they'd like)
Champagne - 7
Martini - 5
Mixology - 4
Tequila/Margarita - 6
Wine - 5
Chocolate - 9
Beer - 1
Whiskey - 6
Cognac - 3

Again, I would definitely be up for setting this up for our group if there was interest - min of 25, max of 40 ppl per private event. Looks like the chocolate one is the most popular.
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Old 07-22-2013, 09:32 AM   #2
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Here are some cruise graphics done by David for our personal use as we would like (magnets, t-shirts, the possibilities are endless!)







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Old 07-22-2013, 12:28 PM   #3
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Photowalk

For those that are interested in attending one or more photowalks, it would be great if you signed up using the following web address

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1mKO...fqkU4/viewform

There is no obligation to attend once you have signed up and it's free to attend, anyone is welcome, no matter what camera equipment or photography skill levels. Need help to improve your photography I be more than happy to give pointers and suggestions.

I will plan on doing at least 2 walks, one being a sunrise walk and the other being a sunset walk. I will try to work around scheduled ship activities, to make sure say the sunset walk isn't on pirate night. If there are interests I could also lead a during the day indoor walk to photograph the ships interiors.

For the sunset/sunrise walk I highly recommend having some form of tripod, it's not required but sure makes life nicer and easier

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Old 07-22-2013, 06:45 PM   #4
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I wonder how well my monopod would travel in my luggage It shouldn't be to long, should it?
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Great job with that first post Beverly! I was working on FE gifts today and spouse couldn't believe it, reminding me we still have 14 months to wait, and several trips before that. Party pooper! Thanks again for taking this on!
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We have ideas for our FE gifts. I don't know...

Who is doing yoga on the boat? I'd be down to do that.
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Thanks for restarting the thread. This has been one active group!
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Palo Group Brunch

Just an FYI for all you curious - looks like we'll be on for Palo Brunch as here is the info I received from my direct contact at DCL (copied and pasted directly from her e-mail). I had also asked about any alcohol tastings just in case anyone would be interested in maybe getting a private tasting going for any of these:

And, I quote:
In regards to your question regarding Private Group Brunches, on the Disney Magic & Wonder, we still offer them, but not on Disney Dream & Fantasy. You can fax your request to:
Embarkation & Travel Services
Cruise Activities Specialist
Fax: 407-566-6910
Or I can be able to assist you as well. They will process your request 30 days prior to sail date.

Palo Private Room - Max Capacity: 14 Seats
Minimum 12 Guests/Maximum 14 Guests

Tastings:
Champagne Tasting - $30.00
Martini Tasting - $18.00
Beer Tasting - $15.00
Mixology Tasting - $15.00
Tequila & Margarita Tasting - $15.00
Cognac Tasting - $20.00
Whiskey Tasting - $20.00
Wine Tasting: $15.00
“New” Chocolate Tasting - $30.00
Minimum on the tastings is 25 ppl, max of 40 people.......
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Great job with that first post Beverly! I was working on FE gifts today and spouse couldn't believe it, reminding me we still have 14 months to wait, and several trips before that. Party pooper! Thanks again for taking this on!
Thanks guys - yes, we've been EXTREMELY active and since we're only allowed 250 pages, I probably see yet another thread somewhere in our future.

Just waiting on IrishCowboy to close the old thread and link the stickys here, but he also may be waiting for David to confirm, as I know that there are times that it's caused hard feelings if the ppl involved don't agree - but this is NOT the case here...........we've got a GREAT group!

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Just an FYI for all you curious - looks like we'll be on for Palo Brunch as here is the info I received from my direct contact at DCL (copied and pasted directly from her e-mail). I had also asked about any alcohol tastings just in case anyone would be interested in maybe getting a private tasting going for any of these:

And, I quote:
In regards to your question regarding Private Group Brunches, on the Disney Magic & Wonder, we still offer them, but not on Disney Dream & Fantasy. You can fax your request to:
Embarkation & Travel Services
Cruise Activities Specialist
Fax: 407-566-6910
Or I can be able to assist you as well. They will process your request 30 days prior to sail date.

Palo Private Room - Max Capacity: 14 Seats
Minimum 12 Guests/Maximum 14 Guests

Tastings:
Champagne Tasting - $30.00
Martini Tasting - $18.00
Beer Tasting - $15.00
Mixology Tasting - $15.00
Tequila & Margarita Tasting - $15.00
Cognac Tasting - $20.00
Whiskey Tasting - $20.00
Wine Tasting: $15.00
“New” Chocolate Tasting - $30.00
Minimum on the tastings is 25 ppl, max of 40 people.......
I think the chocolate tasting would be awesome!
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One of the things that I love to do when anticipating a cruise is watching the cabin availability and analyze the likelihood of upgrades. Since my Alaska Cruise is over, I've moved onto the PC cruise. Here's what I found today.

First: We booked a Cat 11b (sideways on deck 5) and near as I can tell the price has not budged from the original booking price. I guessing that most of the categories have not changed much either. Historically, PC cruises do not fill up very well. Two weeks during the school year is a tough amount of time off to take.

Second: If you've booked anything between a Cat 10c and Cat 7a you should evaluate if you have actually gotten the best room for your money. Currently the Cat 10c's are running for $4075 (party of two) and the 10a's inexplicably are running $4523. That's between $800 and $1300 more for an inside stateroom and the only thing your getting is a bit more room in the bathroom. But look at the Cat 9B's. Large Portholes and split baths with a pricetag of $4215. In other words, the oceanview will only cost you $200 (or $7 per person/per day) But here's the real deal. Currently there are two Cat 7a cabins available. Price for two: $4495. So, if you booked one of those coveted "secret porthole" rooms then you're paying $28 more for an obstructed view than you would for a verandah. There's the sweet spot. If you miss one of those, you can find a Cat 6a for $4635 which is only $112 more than the obstructed porthole room. (or $8 per person/per day) There's plenty of the 6a's currently available.

Third: Most of the cabin categories are still available. So the cruise is still wide open. I'm betting we won't see any jumps in price for quite some time.

Lastly: Do you have money to burn? There's still plenty of Cat T's for the ripe old price of $13,875 for two, or do you really need a lot of elbow room? How about a Cat S for two at $19,195! Nearly a thousand square feet. Almost as large as my first house. (come to think of it... almost as expensive)

I'm sticking with my Sideways 11B. For the two of us, it'll be just fine. Don't get me wrong... I'll not turn down an upgrade, but it'll have to be a good one. I don't want to be upgraded to a 9C on Deck 1 with two small portholes!
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I think the chocolate tasting would be awesome!
Maybe I should set up a poll and we could do the top two since we've got enough sea days to schedule two private tastings (at least)
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We did the chocolate tasting on our last cruise. We were both very disappointed.

The MC was woefully weak in his chocolate information. He mentioned Hershey as being the creator of commercialized chocolate - completely missed the fact that Milton Hershey developed milk chocolate! The MC was very hard to understand and seemed more interested in telling us about the wines instead of the chocolate. Cathy and I both realized very quickly that either of us knew more then the MC. We felt it was a waste of our time and money. They did a pairing, but only used three types of chocolate (milk, dark and white) they didn't discuss the process, the percentages, the types of white chocolate (not really chocolate at all!) and the contents of chocolate. The varieties (from different areas of the world) or the terrior of chocolate. We would have preferred that the MC discuss chocolate instead of wine.

We are not experts by any means. But, we are aware of how chocolate is processed - the MC didn't discuss nibs or the uses for them. He didn't give any history of chocolate as a form of money or trade etc etc etc....you get my drift.

Unless they are bringing a chocolatier on board - no chocolate tastings for us.

Chocolate, like wine has it's experts....it would be like asking a masseur to discuss computers!
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anyone who wants to join the FB page - please PM me your email address that is attached to your FB account. The FB page is a closed group and can not be located by searching. This was done to provide us with some privacy (on the internet???? LOL!)

there are many folks over there and it is pretty active as well. For those with friends and family cruising that are not on the Dis - just get me their email addresses, I will gladly add them.

I am only adding people via the Dis. This is because there was some strife on the EBTA FB page that caused some frustrations for folks and I would like to keep that from happening.

Thank you for your help - see you onboard!

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2/8/15:.....B2B Magic Cruises - one to be cancelled (EBTA instead!!)
5/15/15:...EBTA northern itinerary
July 2015....Vero Beach for turtle watch!
Nov 2015.....family trip to WDW for Thanksgiving
Past trips: .. .. .. WDW: (no longer counting). . . . . . . . .DLR:5 . . . . . . . . . .DLP:2 . . . . . . . . .The rest? not planned yet!
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im thinking of going on this cruise i only did the dream last year but it will depend on how much this years vacation will be costing me
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