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Old 10-04-2011, 11:22 AM   #691
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oh the tears...I know the tears. I can only imagine how much worse it is on a cruise ship
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Old 10-04-2011, 11:26 AM   #692
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can we rewind time and go back?? I really want toooooo!
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Old 10-04-2011, 11:46 AM   #693
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See Ya Real Soon!

They say that all good things must come to an end. But what I want to know is... who are "they?" What made them say this? Did they never travel? Never have any fun? Because I personally think that all good things should NEVER end! Just sayin.....

We have been extremely blessed to have taken some wonderful vacations over the years. So I'm not sure why this one stands out so much as The Best. Maybe because we no longer lived only 2 1/2 hours from the Happiest Place on Earth and could no longer head to Disney for a day? Maybe because we were not fully settled into our new life in SC?

I have no idea what it was. But it really was the best vacation we have ever taken as a family.

So when we woke up bright and early on debarkation day, to the sound of the engines screaming in reverse, we looked out and saw..... Florida.

Now I never thought I'd ever say this, but it was the ugliest sight I've ever seen!!!!!!

And I'm convinced that ole Captain John threw those thrusters just about as rough as he possibly could. He was TRYING to throw us out of bed. Literally. However, some of us were really holding down the bed, trying to make this vacation last as long as possible.

Wake Up Ally - Video

Is that not the saddest thing ever????

Or is this????



Do y'all really care what was on the "See Ya Real Soon" menu? It was slop. It might as well have been.



And I really hope they rename the menu. I personally like "Get the Hxxx Off Our Ship" or "Don't Let the Gangway Hit you in the Aft!" Yeah, that's my favorite.

And it was the only time the ship seems crowded. As everyone left whichever dining room they were assigned, and they were all scrambling for the best hiding places. I really don't think they would have noticed a couple stowaways. We wanted to hide under the beds and "haunt" our cabin for the next guests....

But again, they were onto us.

A few final pics of Ally and Tori.....





Who, by the way, will be sailing with us again in 2012!!!! So excited to get Ally and Tori back together again! We have requested seating with Tammie and Tori for dinner, and are planning on a couple excursions too!

So that is the plus.

The minus?



And the very very bitter minus?



Whoever said, "A picture is worth a thousand words" really had it right.

A few parting thoughts. Just book the darn cruise already!!!! It is an incredible adventure.

And don't forget the toilet paper for the shows.....

I made a movie when we got home, set to music, if you are interested.

Our Magical Disney Cruise - VIDEO

This one does NOT have food porn, I will upload that one shortly......

Thank you so much for following along! I loved all your comments and hope you enjoyed it as well!

See you for our family trip in December and our re-cruise in March?
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Thank you for posting Kara, it's been a real pleasure to read.
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Love, LOVE the video. Thank you for taking the time to create a trip report and sharing your wonderful cruise with us.


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Old 10-04-2011, 12:52 PM   #696
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For some reason, it just wasn't much fun dressing for dinner this night. And for the 7th night in a row, I had flat hair. Could be because of the reverse vacuum cleaner upholstery attachment that they call hair dryers? That is my one tip for people. Bring your own hair dryer if you have super thick hair like I do!!!!!

Yeah that! It took forever for me to dry my hair with that thing. I frequently gave up and wore it up in a clamp.

Waaa!!! It's over?!?

Our first Disney cruise stands out as our best vacation ever. We have been on one DCL cruise since then, but somehow that first one is still the standout. Maybe because it was all so new and magical.

Seriously, it was. On our last night of our first cruise, my husband and my kids were out on the verandah (as we were speeding towards Florda...sob) and shouted to me in the room "Jane! Get out here! Dolphins!". And right there were many, many dolphins leaping in and out of the water right over the stabilizers that were directly under our balcony. It was unreal. It was amazing.

My family are total cruise converts now. They were all nervous about whether or not they would like it and now they are all in love.

Our next one is the 7 day Eastern August 25, 2012.
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Old 10-04-2011, 01:42 PM   #697
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Thank you for posting Kara, it's been a real pleasure to read.
So glad you enjoyed it. Now go and enjoy YOUR cruise!!!

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Love, LOVE the video. Thank you for taking the time to create a trip report and sharing your wonderful cruise with us.


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<sigh> it's over...... Thank you for reading along!

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Yeah that! It took forever for me to dry my hair with that thing. I frequently gave up and wore it up in a clamp.

Waaa!!! It's over?!?

Our first Disney cruise stands out as our best vacation ever. We have been on one DCL cruise since then, but somehow that first one is still the standout. Maybe because it was all so new and magical.

Seriously, it was. On our last night of our first cruise, my husband and my kids were out on the verandah (as we were speeding towards Florda...sob) and shouted to me in the room "Jane! Get out here! Dolphins!". And right there were many, many dolphins leaping in and out of the water right over the stabilizers that were directly under our balcony. It was unreal. It was amazing.

My family are total cruise converts now. They were all nervous about whether or not they would like it and now they are all in love.

Our next one is the 7 day Eastern August 25, 2012.
I know!!! We are now "worried" that the next one won't be as great! I know, I know, it will still be great, but it's also kinda like that first trip to WDW with your kids. There's only one "first time."

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What... you cry?
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Ok - I am now sad after reliving the last night of the cruise. We did not go to the last show. I knew I would have been a blubbering mess also.

I agree - this was truly the best family vacation that we have taken. I wish our Spring Breaks would have lined up. It would be great to cruise with you again.
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Old 10-04-2011, 02:22 PM   #699
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What a great ending. I can't wait to get home to see your video. Why is everyone posting such wonderful things today that I can't see!

I guess I really need to take your advice and just book the darn cruise. I think I'll save it for Nicholas' graduation present. Thanks for helping me get my you know what in gear for that!
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Imagine this...I'M CRYING!!!!! Don't know how I'm going to be able to stand this next May! Seriously, great TR, just loved reliving it with you! Love and miss ya, Kara Jean!!!!
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Wahhhhh!!! Is it really over? That last pic of Ally is so sad. I'm so glad you get to cruise again with her buddy. Mascara in cleavage. Lawd! Been there. Thanks for sharing every detail. See ya real soon!
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Oh, I feel the sadness
But what an AMAZING trip you had
Thank you so much for sharing it - as a cruise newbie it has fed all of my needs to see more and more and more.
The movie is INCREDIBLE - how'd you DO THAT??!!
Is it too soon to start your PTR for the next cruise?
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Kara Jean, so sad your cruise is over I have to say that I also cried the first time I saw "until we meet again" It was a little easier the 2nd time around, but still so sad.

I think this vacation was your best to date because it was a DISNEY CRUISE! I know you can enjoy another line, but there is just something so magical about Disney. I think you will miss Jack on "that other ship." Congrats on booking, though!

I look forward to further adventures of the McSparklesons!
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Oh no, it's all over, you're done. I wanted you to be finished and now you are I want it to be starting all over again. It has been an absolute pleasure to read your trippy and thank you for taking us all along with you (metaphorically speaking).

I have bought a travel hairdryer (super, extra powered) with dual voltage specially for 'The Merica' There is no way whatsoever I could cope with 7 nights of trying to dry my hair with that pathetic excuse of a dryer on the cruise.

Am now popping back to Jen's trippy to check for updates (despite the fact I only checked 10 minutes ago and there wasn't one) and then I am going to check out your pre-trip report for your next 'Best Vacation Ever'
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Oh no, it's all over, you're done. I wanted you to be finished and now you are I want it to be starting all over again. It has been an absolute pleasure to read your trippy and thank you for taking us all along with you (metaphorically speaking).

I have bought a travel hairdryer (super, extra powered) with dual voltage specially for 'The Merica' There is no way whatsoever I could cope with 7 nights of trying to dry my hair with that pathetic excuse of a dryer on the cruise.

Am now popping back to Jen's trippy to check for updates (despite the fact I only checked 10 minutes ago and there wasn't one) and then I am going to check out your pre-trip report for your next 'Best Vacation Ever'
Pleeeasse, after you use your travel hairdryer, if it works well for thick hair, share its maker and model. I always end up with __appy looking hair when we travel because I can never get it dry with hotel dryers.

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