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Old 08-24-2013, 10:25 PM   #1
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Sunglasses, a drink, and a good time - A surprise Disney Dream Cruise PTR 10/3/13

Hi Everyone!

I'm Shana and just recently got married at Walt Disney World to my amazing husband Sean.
Here's a pic from our wedding day!


We do live in Florida and due to so many friends and family coming from all over the US and Europe for our wedding day, we decided to skip out on a honeymoon to spend time with them, as we wouldn't know when we would see them the next time.

Needless to say, once everyone had left, Sean and I were really missing the fact that we didn't ever have time for just the two of us to enjoy being married and quickly made plans to go on a honeymoon later on this year. As time went on and schedules got busier, those plans were scrapped too and we both were feeling the blues. Additionally, we had just paid for the entire wedding and finances were on the tighter side. Although we had cancelled our initial idea of a honeymoon, which was to be at Disneyland, we both still had approved time off that we had requested previously.

Being the planner that I am, I went to work on something new that the two of us could do that wouldn't break the bank, but would still give us that honeymoon feel! I checked our finances, put some money aside and booked us on the Disney Dream 3 night Bahamas Cruise on 10/3/13!!!!
The awesome thing about this is that Sean has absolutely no idea! He thinks that we are doing a staycation here in Florida! He's going to lose his mind when he finds out!!!

We will be at WDW on 10/2 anyway, as this is my Birthday and we are going to Food & Wine that night and staying the night as well. The next morning I have a reservation at Cape May Cafe at the Beach Club. After breakfast, I plan on having us go back to our hotel room, pack our bags, and then I want to schedule a free call from DCL to announce the cruise. I plan on having DF answer the phone so he can hear the call. I'm pretty sure he will be quite confused at first and not know what to do. I then want to get a DCL T-shirt, hand that to him to put on, and then we make our way to Port Canaveral!

It's going to be very hard to keep this secret, but I am so excited for this cruise, especially after having read all of these TR, that I can't wait to see his face!

We are both going to be first time cruisers and the fact that it will be a Disney cruise makes it that much more special! We had been meaning to do a cruise for years, but just never got around to it!

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Old 08-24-2013, 10:43 PM   #2
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Just under 5 weeks to go...

Okay, so with less than 5 weeks until the Cruise (I booked it 3 days ago) I am overwhelmed with all of the information that's out there.
I did end up purchasing the Passporter's Guide to Disney Cruises, and that helps out a lot, but I still feel very unprepared!

My next mission is to make an itinerary for the 3 night cruise. Something I can print up and have handy, maybe of must-dos and any sort of excursions that we will be doing. Right now I haven't quite figured out what we are doing as far as excursions are concerned, but I am leaning towards the Atlantis tour in Nassau. I don't really want to swim with dophins or anything, as that's something that I can do here in Florida too; I am much more interested in doing something or seeing something that I can't see or do here at home. Sean and I love aquariums and it looks like there is a pretty big and beautiful one at Atlantis. As far as Castaway Cay is concerned, I also haven't yet figured it out. I am thinking we will just lounge in a beach chair, maybe get some snorkel gear and that will be our day. Any suggestions are more than welcome, however!!

I have also been actively reading up on the way dining works on the Disney cruise. I know there is rotational dining (we have the second seating), but I also want to fit Palo in somewhere there. I did read that some people had made and early ressie at Palo for appetizers and/or drinks and then still headed to their normal dining rotation or vice versa. I just don't want to miss anything!! I am pretty sure we will cruise again and that there isn't enough time to see it all, but I want to do the most that I can!

As mentioned before, I also want to either order DCL tshirts for Sean and I directly from the Disney Store or have some made. I always wear some sort of Disney shirt to the parks so it's only fitting to wear one on our way to the port.
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Old 08-25-2013, 07:07 PM   #3
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How exciting! Congratulations and best wishes!
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Old 08-25-2013, 07:27 PM   #4
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Congrats to you both. Don't forget your passports!
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Old 08-26-2013, 09:18 PM   #5
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Awesome Surprise from DCL

I logged in on DCL tonight to look at some shore excursions that DH and I can do and ended up booking the Discover Atlantis and Beach day excursion during our day in Nassau and then I just did the float rental on Castaway Cay. DH and I have gone snorkeling before and I think we would much rather enjoy just relaxing on the beach or floating in the water. If all else fails, I may buy our own snorkel gear, as the rental seems a little pricey.

Now onto the surprise.. as I was logged into my account, I was filling out the information for the online check in and when I got the end, it gave me an actual room number. I booked an oceanview room and just wanted to see if there were pictures of it online, other than what DCL has on their site. When I googled our room, i kept getting pics of verandah rooms on deck 9 and after asking online about upgrades and how they work, and realizing i initially booked a GTY room, DH and I are now officially in a verandah room. I couldnt be more excited, since that's what i wanted, but figured that oceanview would be just as nice and we would have the extra money for shore excursions. Now it just sort of all worked out!

Thats all for tonight! If anyone has done the Atlantis Excursion, was it worth it? Mainly I wanted to do this one with DH because of the aquarium, as we love aquariums and try to go to as many as we can just for the experience.
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Old 08-27-2013, 12:22 PM   #6
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sound very nice. You are very sweet to do this surprise for him.

Haven't done the Atlantis thing but I am sure you will have a good time.

Don't worry about booking the stuff at CC. You can pick it up there if you want. The DW and I love Serinity Bay, more quiet. It's up to you if you want the privacy. They have their on place to eat back there at the far side of the island.

Call DCL and let them know you want to celebrate your honeymoon on the first night. They will do a shin-dig for you at the MDR.

Any more questions, ask away.....
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Old 09-15-2013, 02:10 PM   #7
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So exciting! Can't wait to hear more.
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Old 09-24-2013, 08:12 PM   #8
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9 days to go!!!

Hey everyone!
in 9 days from right now, DH and I will be sitting in one of the dining rooms enjoying dinner on the first night of our cruise on the Disney Dream! I am beyond excited!! I cannot handle it anymore
Every waking minute is spent thinking about the cruise and how much fun DH and I will have! I already find myself not being able to concentrate much at work and wish it would already be here!
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Old 09-26-2013, 07:49 PM   #9
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Rain, rain go away!

Now that our cruise is getting so close I was able to finally check the weather report and... RAIN with thunderstorms!
I am a little saddened by this because I was hoping for sunny skies, as this is the first vacation that DH and I have taken in 3 years. I definitely won't let this ruin our time, but I am a little bit disappointed!
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Old 09-29-2013, 08:01 AM   #10
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Hey there....I just read through and so now I am here for the duration! I think you have a doozy if a surprise lined up! Have you decided on how to tell him about the cruise yet? You could always say you heard about a great place to have lunch before heading to Vero and drive to the port. When you see the ship exclaim "Omg, let me stop to get a good picture!" Then pull in and get out and drop off the bags before going to park. Hand him his package and say "you might want to open this" lolol
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Today is the big day!! I can't wait to hear how it all went!!
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Cant' wait to hear how the surprise went!
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Old 11-13-2013, 12:54 PM   #13
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We're back!!

Ugh! I am so sorry for neglecting this page, but once we got back from the cruise I have been drowning in school work!

Anyway, I just quickly wanted to say that we had the absolute best time ever! Although the cruise was only a 3 nighter, it was a perfect way to find out if we liked sailing and... needless to say, we LOVED it!!! It was the best vacation we have ever had!

I told the husband the night before my birthday because I just couldnt keep it a secret anymore.. it was eating me alive ahahaha.

I recorded his reaction and when i told him we werent going to the beach for the weekend but instead going on a cruise, he was in shock. he asked me, about 5 times, "what are you saying?" He then walked away into the bathroom and i was disappointed, but he came back out 2 minutes later and yelled that he was going on a disney cruise as if he were a little kid again! It was an epic reaction to say the least. i think he just needed time to process what was happening. He said he has never been this surprised before and couldnt believe that i kept it a secret this long!

I will be back to post some pics and do a recap, but i wanted to let everyone know how the surprise went!
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Hooray! So glad it was wonderful for you!
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Be sure and post the video too!!!
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