Ths DIS is a great place to ask Disney Cruise Line questions and share tips.
Dreams Unlimited Travel - The official sponsor of the Disney Cruise Forums Dreams Unlimited Travel - the official sponsor of the Disney Cruise Forums  

Go Back   The DIS Discussion Forums - DISboards.com > Disney Cruise Line > Disney Cruise Line Forum > Disney Cruise Line Trip Reports
Find Hotel Specials & DIScounts
 
facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates
Register Chat FAQ Tickers Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read



Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 06-13-2014, 11:13 AM   #1
Tinker326
DIS Veteran
 
Tinker326's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 1,569

(UPD 11/19) Yo Ho, Yo Ho- Rum and Sharks for Me!An Eastern Fantasy TR May 31-June 7

DisFriends- Welcome to another Trip Report. I have moved from the land to the water (inhabited by ferocious man-eating sharks) and here we will record our adventures on the High Sea!

We had Pirates, we had Rum, we had treasure galore. All on the crystal blue Caribbean Seas. We lived dangerously, perched precariously on top of an underwater world filled with Jaws.

Oh, sorry. Did I divert? Let me mention this as a preface. My greatest irrational fear are sharks lurking in the ocean. It haunts my mind whenever I enter a body of water. I spent considerable time pre-vacation talking about it on my PTR. And I, of course, (as every smart person should do) researched all shark attacks occurring in areas I would be traveling to.

It's only natural, you see, that the shark makes it into my TR title.

Anyways (I ramble)... 7 glorious days were spent on the Disney Fantasy.



From May 31st-June 7th, 2014



Within the confines of these pages I will report in minute detail our adventures with Rum and Sharks. Oh, and right... you know, all the stuff in between.

I even took notes so 7 months from now I'm not making things up like I did in my last TR. Here will reside the table of contents for quick access to our fun:

Castaway Characters 6/13/14
How the Cruise Came to Be. And Travel Day 6/18/14
We Board the Ship 6/19/14
Exploring and Sailing Away 6/22/14
And Then There was Dinner. And a Sea Day6/27/14
Formally Formal Night 7/6/14
Braids and Fish Eggs 7/10/14
Where Am I? Who Am I? 7/13/14
Dinner and Roy 7/28/14
A Port. And Some Airplanes 8/1/14
And That Wraps St.Maarten 8/14/14
Pirate Night Part Uno 9/2/14
Pirate Night Part Dos 9/2/14
Snorkeling with Jaws 9/9/14
Drunk Old Lady 9/22/14
Return From Neverland 11/14/14
A Little Birdie Told Me To Enjoy The Pool 11/19/14

Please sit back, enjoy the ride. It may be a long one... Ask the bar staff to bring you the Drink of the Day to relax while your read through my humble adventure. Yo Ho, Yo Ho.. A Shark-Filled Pirates Life for Me!



Next up... Cast o' Castaway characters (aka- the ones that didn't get eaten by Jaws)

Last edited by Tinker326; 11-19-2014 at 10:05 AM.
Tinker326 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-2014, 11:14 AM   #2
Tinker326
DIS Veteran
 
Tinker326's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 1,569

Castaway Characters

Let's introduce you to some characters. Castaway Characters that is. Oh, I'm so clever..arn't I? Using the pun on Castaway Cay.... clever, shmever...that's me!

Me. Who am I?

Hi. I'm Nicole.



Oh look. Rum. In my hand. Sweet. (shh. I think it's Vodka but we'll pretend it's rum since that's the word in my TR title)

I'm the Dis Freak in the family. I love Disney lots. Although that love has lessened with Mickey Mouse's new girlfriend 'the magicband'. I am working on getting past that to bring back the pixie dust that keeps me going. I'm sarcastic. Like...a lot. I ramble... like...a lot. I love to take photos. Scrapbook. Read. Oh, and travel. Yes, I love to travel. This was our 3rd Disney Cruise (Magic & Dream previously). Likely our last (cue the sighs, cries & disbelief...don't worry, I'll likely eat my own words in a few years!) I'm a bad speller (sorry). And, as mentioned, I have a fear of sharks. I run. I am not great at it. But have done one RunDisney event with 2 more in the works. Feel free to join over in the PTR for fun run talk.

DH.



Not so much a Disney lover. A Disney tolerater is a better word. Although it's not a word actually because spell check won't correct it to anything. Anyways.... he likes steak. (see above picture of two plates of steak) and beer and cruises and Pirates. And so.. along he comes on a Disney cruise with us. Although his "Wish Upon A Star" would be that Disney add a casino to their boat. Ha! His role on this vacation was to protect me from sharks. But I think he had too much beer for that to ever been a reality should a shark made an unlikely appearance.

DD #1- Rebecca



Tweeny 12 year old. She loves all the Magic and Wonder and pixie dust that surrounds us at Disney. She's an accomplice in all my Disney Dreams. And if I can throw a sentence about Fantasy in here, I'll have managed to get all four Disney ship names in her description. Um.. It's her Fantasy to be a princess when she grows up. Look, I did it. Again, let's marvel at my cleverness. She still loves characters and all that jazz. I love experiencing the joy of Disney with her.

DD #2- Sarah



9 year old polar opposite of her sister. She tolerates Disney like her dad. Mostly because she likes rides, adventure & vacations. And she loves ice-cream on the Lido Deck. Boy does she love that ice-cream! She has no use for Princesses, Pink or character meets. A complete tomboy. She's fiercely opinionated and stubborn to boot. But has the most inquisitive mind you will ever meet. I love seeing the world through her eyes because she notices and questions things I never would. She's amazing with that.

DD #3- Charlie Girl



My beautiful 5 year old China girl! She joined our family about 2 years ago. We had some hard times as she came from a hard, hard place... but she has overcome so much! She's my hero. The fact that she can smile, laugh, love and trust when she's gone through more than most adults- well, it's amazing! She's sweetness personified. We took her to Disneyworld in November (see TR link below) and I think she loved this cruise more than that vacation! She enjoyed everything... the water, the food, the adventures, the shows... she cried when we were leaving the boat "I don't want bacation to end" (she can't say her 'v's')

Last but not least. My mother.



Those following over from my TR will be happy to know that this was attempt #2 to sell my mother to Pirates. Will we be successful? Mom is mom. What can I say. I love her, I enjoy her. She adores her grandchildren. But she's a little bit of martyr and a little bit of crabby. And has low tolerance for many things. Like children (see the problem coming in.. on a Disney ship). She had never been on a Disney Cruise before and she wanted to join us. She also really, really loves Chip and Dale. Like my husband, she wishes for a casino on the boat. However, she was a wonderful accomplice in my rum drinking.

And there you have it. The castaway group of characters on this adventure!

Last edited by Tinker326; 06-13-2014 at 12:22 PM.
Tinker326 is offline   Reply With Quote
|
The DIS
Register to remove

Join Date: 1997
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,000,000
Old 06-13-2014, 11:34 AM   #3
Twoboysnmygirl
DIS Veteran
 
Twoboysnmygirl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 6,346

WOOT!

I'm first! I'm first!

TweedleDee beats Ann. Neener!

I cannot WAIT to hear every little detail!

and you had me at RUM.

Let's DO this!!
Twoboysnmygirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-2014, 12:25 PM   #4
Tinker326
DIS Veteran
 
Tinker326's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 1,569

Quote:
Originally Posted by Twoboysnmygirl View Post
WOOT!

I'm first! I'm first!

TweedleDee beats Ann. Neener!

I cannot WAIT to hear every little detail!

and you had me at RUM.

Let's DO this!!
Tweedle is First!

Ann better get her so we can do Mockingbird.

RUM. CUPCAKE.
Tinker326 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-2014, 02:57 PM   #7
Dis_Yoda
DIS Veteran
 
Dis_Yoda's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Naples, FL
Posts: 2,795

I'm in!

I'm sooooo tempted to share pictures of the shark hunting two of my coworkers did!
__________________
Upcoming Trips: Disneyland Jan 2015, POP Feb 2015, AKV Oct 2015, DCL Feb 2016
Disneyland: Jan 2015 Hilton Head: Feb 2012
Dis_Yoda is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-2014, 03:39 PM   #8
Imbri
Mouseketeer
 
Imbri's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Michigan
Posts: 249

Yay, new TR! Can't wait to see everything from your cruise!
Imbri is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2014, 04:30 PM   #9
mae5731
Mouseketeer
 
mae5731's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Big D, Texas
Posts: 190

Woohoo! Found it!!! I'm ready to relive the week again!
__________________


mae5731 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2014, 07:42 PM   #10
Tinker326
DIS Veteran
 
Tinker326's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 1,569

Quote:
Originally Posted by Victoriasmom98 View Post
Wow! Way to be a good winner, Karen!!
But I'm still glad your here Ann! Even if not first.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dis_Yoda View Post
I'm in!

I'm sooooo tempted to share pictures of the shark hunting two of my coworkers did!
Yhea! Run Friends!!!

We are hoping to go to Hawaii next year and I'm completely freaking because of the surge of Tiger shark attacks. I already told my DH we are NOT going to Maui since that seems to be where the most are. It's pathetic. I know.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Imbri View Post
Yay, new TR! Can't wait to see everything from your cruise!
Welcome friend! I'm writing this from Traverse City, btw, and wouldn't you know- we've yet to run into a 7-11 now that you brought it to my attention! The nerve!!!

Quote:
Originally Posted by mae5731 View Post
Woohoo! Found it!!! I'm ready to relive the week again!
Hard to believe it was only 2 weeks ago we were starting our vacation. Seems much longer than that, doesn't it?

Glad you are joining along!!
Tinker326 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2014, 09:12 PM   #11
lizzyb
DIS Veteran
 
lizzyb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Canada
Posts: 2,012

Joining in!
__________________
LizJason
DS-Brayden 11 DS-Bryce 8 DS-Brody 5
Oct. 23-28, 2007 Pop Century,July 12-19, 2008 Pop Century, Jan. 23-30, 2009 Pop Century, Jan.23-31,2010 POR, Aug. 28-Sept. 4, 2011 CSR, Aug.13-19, 2012 AoA, April 20-27, 2013 Disney Fantasy, Aug. 3-12, 2014 CR, April 25- May 2, 2015 Disney Fantasy

lizzyb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-2014, 12:48 PM   #12
Linda67
Has a Masters in Margaritas
 
Linda67's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: England
Posts: 5,558

Great start, travel days can be the most exhausting and stressful days but I love that feeling you have when you finally arrive and so do your bags!!
Linda67 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-2014, 01:00 PM   #13
skier_pete
DIS Veteran
 
skier_pete's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Buffalo, NY
Posts: 5,960

I'm kind of the opposite. While I am usually the guy screaming "Let's get going." when it comes to airports I HATE 'em, and usually try to cut things as finely as possible. In our case with a small airport and only 20 minutes from our house, I usually leave the house about 2 hours before the flight, which usually gets us to the gate about 20 minutes before loading.

Overall though, looks like travel was travel and you made it in one piece, so that's always a good way to go!
__________________

1971 - 1982 Many childhood trips May 1997 - Off-site w/ DGF (now DW) October 2000 - Off-site w/ DW - 1st AK
October 14-20,2006 - First on-site (POFQ), first w/ DD3 and DMIL. September 22-29, 2007 with freinds @ POFQ! August 23-31, 2008. Just us 3...dining for free!
December 12-20, 2009 - 40th Birthday trip! Trip Report April 20-25, 2010 - Short surprise trip for DD! Trip Report
October 15-25, 2010 @ AKL Trip Report!
November 11-20, 2011 - Free dining at CBR! PTR! and Trip Report
July/August 2012 Disneyland / Australia TripPTR "I choose to Be Amused" TR
The Disney Trifecta - a PTR for 2013. LINK Trip Reports - ABD: "A Fistful of Fastpasses" WDW: "For A Few Fastpasses More" DCL: "Once Upon a Time in the Carribean"

October 2014 Pre Trip Report- "Let us plan our Escape !" LINK NEW TR
skier_pete is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-2014, 01:17 PM   #14
Tinker326
DIS Veteran
 
Tinker326's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 1,569

Quote:
Originally Posted by lizzyb View Post
Great update!
Thanks!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Linda67 View Post
Great start, travel days can be the most exhausting and stressful days but I love that feeling you have when you finally arrive and so do your bags!!
It is a good feeling. Kinda like 'nothing's gonna stop me now!!'

Quote:
Originally Posted by skier_pete View Post
I'm kind of the opposite. While I am usually the guy screaming "Let's get going." when it comes to airports I HATE 'em, and usually try to cut things as finely as possible. In our case with a small airport and only 20 minutes from our house, I usually leave the house about 2 hours before the flight, which usually gets us to the gate about 20 minutes before loading.

Overall though, looks like travel was travel and you made it in one piece, so that's always a good way to go!
You just can't do that with O'Hare. I live 30 minutes from the airport. But if there's traffic, accident, construction- it could be a 2 hour trip. Once I arrive, check in and security could be 2 hours long. You just never, ever know with that airport. So I ALWAYS play it safe and am always WAY, WAY early to the gate.
Tinker326 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-2014, 07:52 PM   #15
Tinker326
DIS Veteran
 
Tinker326's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 1,569

We Be Boarding A Ship- Mon'

I wrote that like Jamaica was on the itinerary and it wasn't at all. But I like saying it. So I will. This post is the one where we actually get on the ship.

Oooh. Course, that is all that this post will cover. Because my trip reports are ridiculously long and detailed filled with useless fluff no one really cares about. Until sharks swim along. But that totally doesn't happen in this post. (or really, any of my posts.. so sorry for that disappointment).

Ok. So last post saw us safety arriving in MCO. Bomb and Drug Free thanks to the to O'Hare security. It was late & we went to bed. The alarm rang at 7am sharp (per my handy dandy notes..because lets be honest- I don't remember what I ate for lunch yesterday let alone what time I woke up 3 weeks ago).

7am is not early when you are excited to be boarding a ship. We donned our super cool matching facebook group t-shirts one awesome lady arranged/made for us all.... and headed down for breakfast.

Now, I might have mentioned my tendency for needing to arrive early to all things. Well, our PAT (Port Arrival Time) was 10:45am. I scheduled Happy Limo to pick us up at 9am. It's less than an hour to port. So 9am is even early for this early bird. But dang it- we were going!

Well, the folks at Happy Limo take after my own heart. And they actually arrived right around 8:35. So. Long story short. We arrived at port really, really early.

I could not resist THE VERY FIRST PICTURE OF OUR SHIP!!! THERE IT IS EVERYONE!!!!



Man, that sky does not look good. Please don't rain. Please. Please.

Anyways, we were so early that they were still unloading the previous passengers off the boat. No Porters to take our luggage. So the early birds wait again.



I'll just sit here and look cute mom. Maybe some porter will take pity on us and get our luggage. Nah, they will just glare at us for being so stupid early.

My notes say "Bit by ant" Which now jogs my memory..as I stood there waiting, a d#mn ant bit my foot. And it hurt. Like a shark bite. But not really. More like a red ant bite.

Okay, anyways. I finally sent the hubby down to plead to some bored looking porter to take our luggage. He loaded it up and we tipped good to make sure we saw our luggage on the boat. And then we were herded up to level three of the parking garage to wait in line.

Here is the front of the Disney Cruise Terminal. I love this because no other cruise line has an entrance like this.



You can see the Carnival Liberty boat peeking out behind it. It was a pretty big too. Same size as Fantasy I would say- or bigger. But Fantasy is prettier.

We saw lots of our blue/green shirts. A sea of blue/green I have in my notes. Pretty cool to see that.

And up in the parking lot we waited and waited and waited some more. Remember, we were really early and they were still disembarking last weeks cruise. I felt sad for them. But happy for me. Their ending was my beginning.

Waiting in the garage. Least we had nice scenery in the background!



We finally started moving and in the walkway between the garage and the terminal. We took some pictures....

I think this is my 'f#cking ant bit my toe' face. Or "Stop complaining to me that I got us here 2 hours early so we could wait in line face'.



Notice DH does not have a beautiful blue/green DIS shirt. That, my friends, is his inner Disney kill-joy coming out. Homey don't do matching shirts. And Homey only wears grey, white or dark blue. Or Chicago Cubs apparel. Possibly Chicago Bears apparel if it's winter. Say it with me "Kill-Joy". There. Done.

Anyways. The rest of my cute little family happily wore them. Look at the cute backs. We still love these shirts! Thanks again Angie for making them!



I notice here that my mother commandeered Rebecca to haul her suitcase. Well played mother.

The ship. The ship! (the plane, the plane) Sorry Love Boat this is not.



Through security (no stops for drug or bomb residue this go around!) and into the terminal we went....

Disney terminal.



Now, I know it looks a little crazy. And it is. But for anyone who has cruised other lines and also Disney will tell you how NICE this terminal is compared to other lines. I guess you pay for it... but it is a very nice terminal.

We moved to the Castaway Club line and quickly were up getting our ship cards and boarding number. Group 5. Sweet. (there were like 40 groups).

We went off to sit for a bit. Notes say... "Sarah is cranky".

Capt Mickey was out & Char Girl and Becca wanted to see him. So we got in line....

And it moved pretty fast.... Sarah refused to join in the picture. Hugs for the best rodent around!





Aww, it would have a been a super cute family picture. You know, if Sarah had decided she was part of the family. And Kill-Joy wore a matching shirt.



For those of you unfamiliar with my previous TR let me take the time to introduce you to "Char face" That would be Charlie's forced smile. It's almost funny to watch it's progression in pictures. She's still learning to smile on cue. And many times has a W T F look on her face in pictures. You'll know it when you see it- the TRUE Charlie smile!" This, above, is not it!

They were already on group 3 by the time we were done with Mickey. I rushed my kids out to the deck to gasp and awe at the beauty of the Fantasy.





(Please notice me trying to tickle Charlie to get a real smile out of her. You will also see this a lot in these pictures).

We ran back inside. I snapped a quick picture of the model of the Wonder.



And just like that, our group was called!! In line we went and into the "Magical Mystery Mickey Ears". That transport you into a world upon the shark-ridden sea. But that also serves Rum".



'Doh' just saw DH photobombed my pic.



Past the Magical Mystery Mickey Ears I had to beg and plead for my family to stop for the Embark picture. More like. "Do it now". And so they did.



The white shirt. It's killing me.

And there were these signs...



And..sigh... heavenly sigh.. we were on board.

"Welcome XXXXX Family" Those of you unfamiliar with Disney cruises, they announce each family that walks on their ship over PA. And everyone claps and says welcome. It's cool.

Our Cruise tradition is. Get on board early. Get up to Lido Deck. Find deck chairs. Get Drink of Day. Get Ice-Cream. Put suits on Kids. Let them into empty ship pools (the ONLY time those pools are empty). So we followed tradition.

Drink o' Day. Check. (Oh yes, this one DID HAVE RUM!! It was called The Paradise.)



Ice-Cream. Check. First of hundreds maybe?



Empty Pool. Check. Only time you'll see this site. Look at the beauty of a pool so clean and pee-free.



Kids in swimsuits and into pool!



Based on the pool cliental.. 10 minutes after the empty pee-free pool pic..this pic probably is kids swimming in pee already. Side note- I never set foot in any cruise ship pool. Ugg. But my kids are allowed. Whatever. They are young. Pee does the body good. Makes them tough.

Aqua Duck Time!!!



There they go......





And that is my 25 picture limit.

But wait. Just so you know. My notes say we ate at Flo's (which was the fast food area). I got a wrap. And fruit. Kids got fried junk. It was ok. All food at Flo's was only OK. The fruit was pretty fresh.

Lordy, this was a crazy long update on a time frame that probably spanned 3 hours. It felt like it took me 3 hours to write.

So I guess I'll stop writing now. And let you digest it all. Mon'.
Tinker326 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates
GET OUR DIS UPDATES DELIVERED BY EMAIL



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:47 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Copyright © 1997-2014, Werner Technologies, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

You Rated this Thread: