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Old 01-23-2010, 09:20 AM   #1
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It’s a “Wonder” I survived TR: Day 13 – The day I have be waiting for!! All Aboard!

The Cast:
Me – Disney obsessed, Shopaholic & extremely clumsy!
Lee (DH) – aka the Mad Hatter….

20th September 2009 = Day 13

Well this morning I was wide awake at 4.30am!!!! I was so excited as it was finally Cruise day! I stayed in bed listening to my ipod so that I didn’t wake Lee too early, then I got showered and woke him up about 8am. Lee got showered & dressed whilst I put the last few bits in the suitcase. I had arranged for the rest of our luggage to be transferred to the Polynesian, although at this point Lee still thought we were staying at Saratoga Springs after the cruise but I had upgraded us months ago & managed to keep it a surprise. The bell boy arrived and took the luggage, thankfully as I had pre arranged it with the desk yesterday the guy didn’t even ask about the resort so no issues there.

We walked up to Hospitality House with the case & holdall that we needed for the cruise & waited on a bench for the FL Tours town car to arrive that I booked to transfer us to Port Canaveral, he soon arrived & by 9.45am we were on our way to the Port. It was an uneventful journey, Lee read his book & I enjoyed looking out the window, getting even more excited for every DCL bus that I saw going back towards WDW, I did start to count them at one point but haven’t made a note of how many but would guess at least 15!

We eventually arrived, after much squealing with excitement from me at the first site of the Wonder all the way down into the Port , I think the driver definitely earned his tip that day having to listen to me Ooooh’ing & Arrrhh’ing. We dropped off our luggage then headed into the terminal after the documents were checked over. In my excitement (I was resembling a cross between Tigger & the Cheshire Cat) I forgot to take some photo’s of the outside of the building, never mind there’s always next time. We went inside and up the escalator where we were directed to the check in desk.
We were called straight over to an available desk where the Cast Member checked us in, unfortunately at this point he asked us where we were staying after the cruise I stumbled & had a look of sheer panic when Lee chipped in with “Saratoga Springs”….. I looked at the guy & shook my head as I said we’re actually staying at the Polynesian. Lee looked at me & laughed then gave me a big kiss & thanked me for the lovely surprise. It was not how I planned on telling him but never mind he was still pleased we would be staying there…..I think it took a matter of seconds before he asked “Do they have Hot Chocolate at the Poly????”

Anyway we were soon all checked in and left the desk with our Stateroom Keys (#7070) along with our dining rotation (Animators Palate/Parrot Cay/Parrot Cay/Tritons) & the all important boarding card (Number 10). We went over to have our security photo taken then wondered around taking lots of pics & admiring the large model of the Magic in the middle of the terminal.

The ears we were desperate to walk through:

I loved all the things on the floor:

There was a huge queue for Captain Mickey, which we waited in for ages but a Cast Member came around & told us that Mickey would be taking a break so doubted we would get to have our pic taken. We decided to leave the queue & go outside on the balcony to see the ship close up, however before we went out I needed to use the restroom. Whilst I was washing my hands I heard someone say “Are you Claire?” I turned round and it was Linda. Linda was the main person other than myself who kept our cruise meet thread here on the DIS going, we also keep in contact on Facebook. We had a quick chat and said our goodbye’s as we were meeting up at 3pm in the Promenade lounge with some other DISers.

I met back up with Lee who was very concerned if I was ok as I was in the rest room for quite a while. (Although I should add that Linda & I were chatting outside of the Rest room but Lee couldn’t see me from where he was waiting).

We went outside to get some pics of the ship….

When we went back inside Captain Mickey had been replaced by Chip & Dale, however the staff looked as though they were getting ready to start the boarding process so we didn’t bother to queue but I did sneak around to get a photo of them.

Eventually they called Boarding Card number 10!!! We walked through the ears, had our photo taken & then up the ramp on to the Wonder. I asked Lee to film with the video camera as we boarded (I knew what was going to happen ) and as we walked onto the ship we heard…..”Welcome aboard the Disney Wonder, the Maguire family” and all the crew clapped and cheered, it was a lovely welcome. We were then directed towards Parrot Cay for the buffet lunch. We were told that all the tables for two were full & they only had spaces for eight so we shared a table with a family of four & another couple. We were seated & had our drinks order taken, I started with a Bahama Mama & Lee had a coke, we helped ourselves to the buffet (sorry I forgot to take photos) I hardly ate anything as I am a fussy eater plus I was too excited, so I stuck to the cocktails.

After lunch we headed up onto Deck 10 & had a walk around looking at all the pools etc, at 1.30pm we decided to go & find our stateroom as we should be allowed in them now. It was a lovely room, in general it was bigger than I expected (other than the toilet & bathroom which were a little on the small size). Whilst we were waiting for our luggage to be delivered we took lots of photos.

Continued below.....

Sept 2000 - I-Drive, Sept 2002 - Kissimmee, Sept 2003 - AKL, Sept/Oct 2006 - Univ PBR, June 2008 - DLRP, Hotel NY, Dec 2008 - Univ HRH, WL & YC, Sept 2009 - OKW, 4n Wonder & Poly, June 2010 - BLT, Nov 2010 - DLRP, Sequoia Lodge, Jan 2011 - Univ RPR, Dream Maiden Voyage & AKV, Sept 2011 - 14n WBTA & BLT, Oct 2012 - Paris & DLRP, June 2013 - 7n Med Cruise, Oct 2013 - Univ RPR, SSR, & Fantasy, May 2014 - 12n EBTA, Sept 2014 - 14n WBTA, May 2015 - 15n EBTA, Sept 2015 - West Coast Road trip & Disneyland

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