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Old 09-26-2010, 09:15 PM   #1
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Park Commando's Sailing The Rocky Seas, Our 1st Cruise 9/19, with pics UPDATED 11/06

Hello All, we had an amazing time on our first cruise and I wanted to share our wonderful experience with everyone.

Let me introduce the cast to you. My name is Angela . I’m 32 and am a Disney nut. My husband Mitch is 32 and is into things like golf, football, and relaxing. He is not as big of a Disney freak as me but he does enjoy everything Disney. Then there is our son Scott 12, he is my handful, especially right now. He knows everything; mom knows nothing. He loves to read, play video games and his new obsession is Facebook. And last but not least is our daughter Haley 4; she is my bashful child (I don’t know where she gets it from) and loves the Fab 5, Cinderella, Tinkerbell and pretty much anything Disney.



So how did we book this cruise, you ask. OK you didn’t ask, but I am going to tell you anyways . DH and I have been visiting the Parks since I was 18 years old. We lived in South Florida until about 7 years ago when we moved to Georgia and used to head to the parks about 4 times a year at a minimum. We loved the parks, loved staying on property. After moving to Georgia we cut down on our trips to about twice a year that drive just was too much to do. DH and I had talked about a land/sea trip for quite some time but it never seemed to work out between money and time off from work, so it always ended up being a land only vacation. Plus every time I would look up a cruise that initial price gave me sticker shock. I was so used to breaking up the cost of our trips by booking a hotel room for 4 days, and then a month later I bought the park tickets, and so on. So when I looked up a cruise and for four days it said $1800+ Well this year when DH and I started talking about our family trips, DH nixed the multiple trips to Disney Parks saying he did not want to do the 16 hour drive there and back multiple times this year and doing the parks commando style. He was interested in doing a relaxing vacation this year. Then DS pretty much put his foot down on not doing the parks this year . What was I going to do, I needed my Disney fill and DD loves all things Disney. With that I looked into the cruise, hmm we get all things Disney, this beautiful ship, entertainment, and dining. DS gets to swim; play at the beach, DD gets to see Mickey, Minnie, Donald and the gang, and DH gets his relaxation. This seemed to be a fair trade off. So I booked us on the 4 night Wonder for Sept. 19-23rd to Bahamas in a cat 11 gty about 6 months out.

After I paid the deposit and looked at the brochures and picked up the Passporter (I tried to wait for the 2010 version, but it seemed that thing was never coming out so I purchased the 2009 version) I was kind of lost, now what . No planning dinner arrangements, no planning which parks to attend what day, no downloading touring plans. Planning is part of the fun for me. What do you mean no planning!!! Then I lived on the DIS cruise forum . I started reading trip reports and asking loads of questions. Joined our cruise meet, and oh yeah started planning our trip .

One of the exciting things we did for the cruise was purchase our passports. DH and I really debated this topic pretty heavily. I knew that we could cruise to the Bahamas with just our birth certificates and drivers license, but with DD’s asthma (sorry reactive airways according the doctors) we decided it was best to get the Passports just in case something happened and one of us had to fly home (Murphy’s law and all, we seem to get hit with that a lot).

After our great passport debate it was time to start making magnets, join the cruise meet, and start looking at the ports and any excursions. DH and I intensely looked over the excursions, since DH’s only experience on a boat was a fishing trip with a bunch of guys from work and he got terribly sea sick and neither of the kids had been on boats we decided that we would not book any excursions this trip and just test out the waters!! Not to mention the last year has been crazy hectic for both DH and I at work. It has not been unusual for the both of us to put in 80+ hours a week and we both were looking forward to some relaxation and not a crazy commando vacation .

Our plans for the trip were as follows:

Leave Saturday morning around 8:00am and drive down to the port. Have dinner and relax by the pool.

Nassau was going to be a slow day, play it by ear kind of day.

Castaway Cay was going to be a relaxing beach day; this was the day I was most looking forward to.

And do you remember how I said no parks this year , well… I was able to convince DH to extend the trip a day and attend MNSSHP for Thursday we got off the ship.

The final countdown began, we were 6 weeks out and final payment was due around July 4th. We paid the final payment and we were in countdown mode. Then it happened, DD broke her arm. Her and I were sitting on the couch watching tv, she was in a goofy mood that afternoon and I had taken this picture of her with a birthday hat on and sunglasses.



I then got up to check on dinner and DD started to jump on the couch, as I came around the corner to sit back down I saw her take a nice little flip over the side of the couch and onto the floor . Oh the screaming, it was terrifying. DH immediately rushed her over to the Urgent Care Center where they promptly took pics and sure enough she broke it in two places just above her wrist. The next day we took her to the Ortho and they said 6 weeks in a cast, 6 weeks, we were only 4 weeks out from the cruise. Luckily the doctor said she would be in a full arm cast for 4 weeks and then the Thursday or Friday before we left for the cruise they would swap out her full arm cast to a short arm waterproof cast that she would have to wear for about two weeks . Crisis averted.



Then it happened again, it was the weekend before we were leaving and I was out running last minute errands and DH was out helping his sister with some remodeling project for her house when he called and said his battery was dead . The bright side was that it happened the weekend before that we could just handle it and not next weekend when we were stuck at a rest stop off of 75 waiting for tow truck. So a hundred dollars later and we were set to drive down to Florida.

I hope you are still with me I know this was an extremely long introduction.


Up next: Meltdowns and potty breaks, oh my…

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Old 09-26-2010, 09:21 PM   #2
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Old 09-27-2010, 09:26 AM   #3
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Old 09-27-2010, 09:34 AM   #4
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Day 1-Traveling to Port Canaveral

The plan today was to wake up around 7am and be on the road at 8am driving straight through to PC, have dinner and relax to make it an early night, tomorrow is the big day.

Why is it every time you want to leave early is the only time your kids sleep in?? DH and I packed up the truck around 7:30 and finally woke the kids about 8:00. We finally got on the road around 8:30 and started heading south. Our first stop Chick Fil A for some yummy chicken minis. If you have never had the pleasure of tasting chicken minis, let me tell you are missing a little piece of heaven.

Back on the road with your tummy’s full we began to start making some good timing and then it hit!! The constant potty breaks. It amazes me how every time you get 10 miles down the road someone else has to go potty and the conversation goes a little something like

Adult: “didn’t we just stop?”

Child: “yes”

Adult: “didn’t I tell you to go to the bathroom?”

Child: “yes”

Adult: “so how do you have to go now?”

Child: “well I didn’t have to go before”

Ugh!! DH says next time we are flying. With our gazillion potty breaks out of the way we were still able to make it to PC around 6:00pm.







I had booked a room at the Radisson at the port for $79 on Priceline. I figured this was a pretty good deal since parking at the hotel was free and the shuttle was free. Parking at the port was going to be $60 so in my fuzzy math; this was a great hotel for $19!!

Check in was a breeze, we had a standard room which was very nice:









After unpacking the car we decided to head to dinner. On one side of the hotel you had Zachary’s a Greek diner and on the other side you have Kelsey’s Italian both within easy walking distance. We opted to try Kelsey’s since DS wanted pizza. The restaurant was nice, service was a little slow. Unfortunately I didn’t take any pics because DS decided to have one of his meltdowns where everything was bothering him. I think he was tired from being up late the night before and all the traveling that day. DS had the pizza and said it was alright, I had the veal parm which was ok. DH had the calzone and enjoyed it and DD has the spaghetti and meatballs that she really seemed to enjoy. All in all it was a decent meal and our total was about $45.

Unfortunately because of DS’s breakdown we called it a night and I got the kids bathed and sent them off to bed. DH and I took turns going down to the pool area. The pool was crawling with people, mostly cruisers sailing either Royal or Carnival in the morning. The pool area was amazing. The pictures on the Radisson’s website are pretty accurate; actually I think it looked a tad bit better in person. There are 3 waterfalls, a koi pond. I was disappointed the kids didn’t get a chance to enjoy it.

Up Next: Finally on the Mickey Boat & Some Rocky Seas, did we get sea sick??
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Old 09-27-2010, 01:49 PM   #5
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I'm along for the ride! Can't wait to read more... Oh, my gosh! I LOVE that picture of your DS in post #1! I have seen that EXACT same look on my DD's face before. She knows it all too...

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Old 09-27-2010, 02:14 PM   #6
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Love your report....we are in the planning/dreaming stage and your family sounds a lot like mine, so it seems like a 'true blue' report! Hope you had a great time.
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Old 09-27-2010, 07:38 PM   #7
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Enjoying your report. Can't wait to hear more.
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Old 09-27-2010, 09:30 PM   #8
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I'm along for the ride! Can't wait to read more... Oh, my gosh! I LOVE that picture of your DS in post #1! I have seen that EXACT same look on my DD's face before. She knows it all too...

Thanks for following!! It's amazing how they know everything, most days I don't even know what to say to him. That is a pretty constant look on his face!! Kids.

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Welcome, we had an absolute blast!! One of the best vacations in awhile. If you have any questions please ask. I asked lots before our cruise and would like nothing more than to pay it forward.

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Old 09-28-2010, 07:23 AM   #9
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I LOVE your TR so far! Cant wait for more!
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Hi Angela! Ok I just realized I totally passed you guys somewhere on the cruise casue I remember seeing your dd's cast and it hit me afterwards. Maybe it was on CC? Your car trip sounds like mine was, those darn bathroom stops!!! We stayed at the Sheraton Four Points, was that next to the Radisson? I thought I saw a Radisson sign.
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Hey, Angela!!! What a great start to your report! I can't wait for more. I'm sad that we didn't get to meet onboard. Did y'all make it to the DIS meet?
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Thank you so much. I hope to have an update by this weekend!

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Hi Angela! Ok I just realized I totally passed you guys somewhere on the cruise casue I remember seeing your dd's cast and it hit me afterwards. Maybe it was on CC? Your car trip sounds like mine was, those darn bathroom stops!!! We stayed at the Sheraton Four Points, was that next to the Radisson? I thought I saw a Radisson sign.
LOL, her cast kind of makes her hard to miss!! Those darn bathroom breaks, they were killing me. The car rides definitely seem the same, I forgot to mention all the eating even though I packed the car full of goodies they still had to constantly get food everywhere we stopped. I have been enjoying your TR, love those housewives!! I am not sure where the Sheraton is, but I bet that was nice!!

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Hey, Angela!!! What a great start to your report! I can't wait for more. I'm sad that we didn't get to meet onboard. Did y'all make it to the DIS meet?
Thank you for reading, I loved your last TR when you did the spa treatment. I thought of you when they announced the deal on Wednesday and wanted to go book a few services, but... We were not able to make the DIS meet , DS was having one of his fits and we needed to calm him down. I was really disappointed, but for the enjoyment of others I thought it best that I bailed out!!
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Great trip report! We were on the cruise with you and it will be great to see what your experience was! I started our own trip report this afternoon while DD was taking a nap. Since the cruise she's been telling me I'm tired and then will put herself to bed. LOL. I think we saw you guys at the hotel and then again at the terminal. You cute little DD's cast was easy to spot. There was just so much to do and see it was hard to really get to talk to anyone.
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Great TR, subbing in and can't wait to read more! The hotel looked great! So you do not need to pay to store your care during the cruise just by paying for one night as well as free shuttle? That is a screamin' deal!
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I had booked a room at the Radisson at the port for $79 on Priceline. I figured this was a pretty good deal since parking at the hotel was free and the shuttle was free. Parking at the port was going to be $60 so in my fuzzy math; this was a great hotel for $19!!
That's an awesome deal, I'm looking for the same kind of deal for our Feb cruise. Can you tell me what you put in to win that bid? Also did you have to call the hotel after you won to get the free parking and shuttle to port?
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