Disney Information Station Logo

Go Back   The DIS Discussion Forums - DISboards.com > Disney Trip Planning Forums > Disney Trip Reports > Pre-Trip Reports and Plans
Find Hotel Specials & DIScounts
 
facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS UpdatesDIS email updates
Register Chat FAQ Tickers Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read





Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 10-04-2011, 08:59 AM   #1
prattpak
DIS Dad #479
Big tiki add those of us that have given our names on here
 
prattpak's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Westminster, CO
Posts: 1,644

She deserves a cruise...RIGHT?

She deserves a cruise…right?
This is my first attempt at writing a pre-trip report so go easy on me, for crying out loud.
Let me introduce you to the cast first and foremost.
I am Mark or Prattpak on the boards…
My wife is Wendy and she is what this is all about and for….
Then there is our good good friends Kris and Marianne shown here over amped about Disney….. notice their apparel that is from our WDW trip in December. There will be NO scarves, coats and or gloves in this trip report!!!
Later to join us, post cruise, will be my Brother in law Josh shown here on our very first trip to WDW…..over amped to be at MK.

This trip started getting planned in January shortly after our return from WDW. My wife would be graduating with her degree in Emergency Management and she really deserves this. We knew we wanted to celebrate and celebrate the right way. Since we are addicted, obsessed, NO, PASSIONATE about Disney we decided that we should do it in style.
We have never done a Disney Cruise (DCL) so I started researching it. Having just completed my Disney’s College of Knowledge for the travel agency (Fairytale Journeys) I work for it was kind of all new to me. (Not the case anymore, I’m pretty fluent in DCL now). We knew we wanted to do a land/sea vacation and started piecing it together.
We got Kris and Marianne on board (pun intended) as well. Kris and Marianne like us have NEVER cruised before. We found an AMAZING price on a deluxe ocean view room with extended verandah.
Now with the cruise we learned that it is a floating all you can eat buffet. Which for Kris and I was a hands down clincher to buy. Mickey Mouse chocolate dipped ice-cream delivered to your room, for free??? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!?!!?! It don’t get no better then this!
There is so much to look at when booking a cruise. What category do you want? What type of room? What dining do you want, late or early? Do you want any shore excursions? Do you want fries with that? Do you know the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?
Thank goodness for the Dis!!! So many people answering soooo many of my stupid newb questions. But that’s what this community is all about. That’s what I love about the boards.
So fully loaded with my rookie knowledge of cruise we set sail on booking everything I was told to book.
Beautiful room with extended veranda, Check. Late dining so we don’t have to rush back on board from excursions, check. Nassau excursion to Atlantis, check. Booking our room a day later then Kris and Marianne so we are on exact opposite ends of the ship,,crap, check!
We thought we would be ok if we just waited til the morning to book, ehhhhh WRONGO!
So now we are in the bow, whereas they are in the aft. We are starboard and they are port! Swell! One small hiccup no big deal …right?
So we are hooked and booked for the 4 night Bahamas cruise with stops in Nassau and at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay!
Did I mention yet that it will be my wife’s Birthday to!! AND there will be no kids coming with us? WOOT!!! That’s right, that’s they other part of my wife’s celebration! Kid free for 10 days!
Part 2 the Land portion of our trip will be at Disney World of course. We have booked a room at Caribbean Beach Resort (CBR). This is when my Brother in law Josh will be joining us. We have 6 day tickets with park hopper options and the Deluxe dining plan. All ADR’s were made at 180 days out at 5am MST. Yes I’m that thorough! Didn’t want to miss out on the meals we had sit down and planned. (Those would change 3-100 times before we leave of course).
Going to WDW with my BIL is a whole new game. If you hear the screaming coming from the rollercoaster rides October 13th-18th, well its more then likely him. He is a riot to go on rides with.
We are going to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party the first night we are there and this has proven to be a logistical nightmare. My BIL flies in at 3pm and his costumes as well as ours wouldn’t be to the room til 5 or 6pm so now we have to plan on packing them on the ship with us. Then repacking them in our backpacks to take to the resort when we disembark from the ship. Oh well that is a minimal headache and we wont let it slow us down.
If you have never been to MNSSHP, it is, as Stacy says, A MUST DO. It is a blast! We are all dressing up as Jedi’s, except me I’m going as a “retired, fatter” Han Solo. He did shoot first by the way.
As for as meals go we have , hopefully finalized, all of them. We have :
Tony’s Town Square (dinner)
Tusker House (breakfast)
Ohana’s (breakfast)
Le Cellier (dinner)
Raglan Road (dinner)
San Angel Inn (lunch)
Sci-Fi Dining (lunch)
And of course Cinderella’s Royal Table for the last night.
So there is our pre-trip. I will try to return post trip and right the elusive post trip report. Thanks for reading!
__________________
Member #479 DIS Dads
Me (Mark), DW (Wendy), DS (Christian), DD (Libby), DS (Robin) Sweet NEW logo
She deserves a cruise, right?
prattpak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2011, 09:21 AM   #2
jason4024
DIS Dad #541
I am sure you will get your fill of man things to do around these parts
 
jason4024's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Coaldale, PA - 1,068 miles north of the happiest place on Earth
Posts: 726

Sounds like a great excursion. Wonder who could have talked you into writing a trip report? Can't wait for the post-trip report, as long as there are no prattpak swimsuit pictures. Have a great time and a Mickey bar for me!
__________________
jason4024 is offline   Reply With Quote
|
The DIS
Register to remove

Join Date: 1997
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,000,000
Old 10-04-2011, 09:25 AM   #3
prattpak
DIS Dad #479
Big tiki add those of us that have given our names on here
 
prattpak's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Westminster, CO
Posts: 1,644

Quote:
Originally Posted by jason4024 View Post
Sounds like a great excursion. Wonder who could have talked you into writing a trip report? Can't wait for the post-trip report, as long as there are no prattpak swimsuit pictures. Have a great time and a Mickey bar for me!
Wife made me promise to leave the lime green speedo at home. SO parents kids its ok you can come out of your hiding places and enjoy the beach with us!!!
__________________
Member #479 DIS Dads
Me (Mark), DW (Wendy), DS (Christian), DD (Libby), DS (Robin) Sweet NEW logo
She deserves a cruise, right?
prattpak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2011, 09:47 AM   #4
FreezinRafiki
DDC 322
Cold enough for ya?
Shocking, isn't it. Oh, wait, thats a taser
 
FreezinRafiki's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Racine, WI
Posts: 6,113

Have a great time on the cruise! I'm on the Halloween sailing, so if you could get your TR done before that, I'd really appreciate it. Thanks!
__________________
FreezinRafiki is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2011, 09:48 AM   #5
prattpak
DIS Dad #479
Big tiki add those of us that have given our names on here
 
prattpak's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Westminster, CO
Posts: 1,644

Quote:
Originally Posted by FreezinRafiki View Post
Have a great time on the cruise! I'm on the Halloween sailing, so if you could get your TR done before that, I'd really appreciate it. Thanks!
This year right? Ill see what I can do.
__________________
Member #479 DIS Dads
Me (Mark), DW (Wendy), DS (Christian), DD (Libby), DS (Robin) Sweet NEW logo
She deserves a cruise, right?
prattpak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2011, 09:53 AM   #6
afwdwfan
DIS Dad #460
You should always make room for a loophole when you need it
 
afwdwfan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Indiana
Posts: 10,399

I don't think it's that big of a deal that your cabins are on complete opposite corners of the ship. I've heard it isn't very big anyway.

Looks like a fun trip!
afwdwfan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2011, 09:56 AM   #7
prattpak
DIS Dad #479
Big tiki add those of us that have given our names on here
 
prattpak's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Westminster, CO
Posts: 1,644

Quote:
Originally Posted by afwdwfan View Post
I don't think it's that big of a deal that your cabins are on complete opposite corners of the ship. I've heard it isn't very big anyway.

Looks like a fun trip!
Groovertoo is only 5 doors down from me!!! I heard it wasnt that big either!!! Heard it has its own Monorail system in room just to get to the bathrooms!
__________________
Member #479 DIS Dads
Me (Mark), DW (Wendy), DS (Christian), DD (Libby), DS (Robin) Sweet NEW logo
She deserves a cruise, right?
prattpak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2011, 12:25 PM   #8
Grooovertoo
DIS Dad #572
 
Grooovertoo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Highlands Ranch, CO
Posts: 2,019

Quote:
Originally Posted by prattpak View Post
...a “retired, fatter” Han Solo. He did shoot first by the way.
True, he did shot first, but fatter? Retired? Not Han, no way, never.

Quote:
Originally Posted by prattpak View Post
Groovertoo is only 5 doors down from me!!! I heard it wasnt that big either!!! Heard it has its own Monorail system in room just to get to the bathrooms!
Yea....so keep the ruckus down to a minimum bub! It's a family ship after all.
__________________
DisDAD Member #572 Dave Darla & Dana (9)
Grooovertoo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2011, 12:43 PM   #9
prattpak
DIS Dad #479
Big tiki add those of us that have given our names on here
 
prattpak's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Westminster, CO
Posts: 1,644

Quote:
Originally Posted by Grooovertoo View Post


Yea....so keep the ruckus down to a minimum bub! It's a family ship after all.
Im not promising anything pal!! Didnt you read the part about the NO KIDS?
__________________
Member #479 DIS Dads
Me (Mark), DW (Wendy), DS (Christian), DD (Libby), DS (Robin) Sweet NEW logo
She deserves a cruise, right?
prattpak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2011, 12:45 PM   #10
GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
DDC 469
Never mind the Kool-Aid, don’t drink the Beverly!
If it’s still here tomorrow… I may ignore it again
 
GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Along the Nation Ford, SC
Posts: 5,983

Take me with you!!!!

Between the cruise and the time in “The World” y’all should have one mighty fine adventure.

Given a choice between Han Solo’s garb and a lime green speedo… I do believe you made a good choice. Hummmm… Han was basically a pirate, so that costume could pull double duty on the ship. You’d have to explain it to the less educated, but still… Han did shoot first (and wisely so given the adversary at hand and the point blank nature of the encounter) and that ranks as “Pirate” in my book.

“Then that's not much incentive for me to fight fair, then, is it?”


Bon Voyage!
GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2011, 10:10 PM   #11
Wherem I Now
DIS Dad #30
29+85+77+26+95+4=FUN
 
Wherem I Now's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: VA
Posts: 2,641

Hoping for lots of pictures! Ever since our cruise on the Dream in May, I haven't been able to get enough cruise pics to relive the Dream! Enjoy the trip!!
__________________
Mike
#30 King of the house, ruled by the Queen, and overrun by Princesses (18,16,8)

1978, 6/91 DisneyMoon, 10/94 DVL, 10/00 1st trip with DD's, 1/03, 1/05, 1/06 DCL Wonder. 4/06 Bonus day after business trip, 1/07 1st trip for 3rd DD, 6/07, 8/08 "Resort Hopper Trip", 1/09, 10/10, 5/11 DCL Dream, 4/12 OKW, 6/13 DCL Dream & OKW
Wherem I Now is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2011, 10:06 AM   #12
fgtriot
Mouseketeer
 
fgtriot's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 106

Sounds like this is gonna be a ton of fun for you. Enjoy and hopfully I will have my TR done by the time you return.
fgtriot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-17-2011, 12:12 PM   #13
jason4024
DIS Dad #541
I am sure you will get your fill of man things to do around these parts
 
jason4024's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Coaldale, PA - 1,068 miles north of the happiest place on Earth
Posts: 726

I wonder when we will get an update on this amazing trip. I have heard bits and pieces, but the MASSES need to hear it!
__________________
jason4024 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 09:53 AM.

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

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