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Old 01-28-2012, 01:07 AM   #796
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Aww , sad to see this is your last night, but you have more to look forward to!

I didn't know about that little after show until after our last cruise - We will have to look for it next time.

Did you say what Itinerary you booked and I missed it?

We are planning a big family WDW trip in 2013 too. We are thinking mid-June, after school gets out, but we have to use our points by July 31st, so not a big window there. When are you thinking you will be there?
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The tutu guy is pretty funny, but what's up with the guy in a diaper???? Oh My! At least he had nice (although shaved) legs. I bet that is one fun show to be in.

Watch out for the falling keyboard. Yikes!

Remind me never to eat a Mickey bar if Jeff is around.

I totally remember when Nicholas was in that stage right before he turned into a teen. I have pictures of him at Disney world and I cherish them because from then on he lost his little boy looks.
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Old 01-28-2012, 08:05 AM   #798
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What a lovely last night with hot tub time, a gorgeous sunset, dinner, and a fun show! Just wonderful and magical like you said!
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Old 01-28-2012, 01:02 PM   #799
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Oh - what a great last evening!
Thanks for sharing the budget too - that's really helpful!

We are really trying to figure out when to go - I think we may just put a deposit down and decide later if we should switch dates.
Trying to figure if there's any advantage to July over August or June. I'd like to go later in summer because then we'd avoid missing too much ball. But it's not that huge a deal. Maybe we'll just pick the cheaper one!

DH found a cruise from LA to Vancouver that goes during his 50th b-day. It would be so fun for us to do that - but it's in May and we couldn't take the kids out right before the end of school. I was fine with just the two of us going! I doubt that will happen though.
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Oh the last day. But, it sounds like it has been a great one!

That last show looks hilarious! Do they do that on all the ships? I don't recall ever hearing about it... (thought, I haven't looked too much into it all!)
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Old 01-28-2012, 03:47 PM   #801
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Aww , sad to see this is your last night, but you have more to look forward to!

I didn't know about that little after show until after our last cruise - We will have to look for it next time.
We wouldn't have known either , were it not for our tablemates. I think they were going to be gold after this cruise.

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Did you say what Itinerary you booked and I missed it?

We are planning a big family WDW trip in 2013 too. We are thinking mid-June, after school gets out, but we have to use our points by July 31st, so not a big window there. When are you thinking you will be there?
Nope, I didn't say

Well I think we are looking at July, maybe around the 4th. It is NOT remotely the time of year I want to go but am hoping it's better than late August for lightening as that was a bummer. I can deal with the heat, and the rain, but closed pools makes us crabby! With the ages of the kids that will be going, and differing break schedules, our options are limited.

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The tutu guy is pretty funny, but what's up with the guy in a diaper???? Oh My! At least he had nice (although shaved) legs. I bet that is one fun show to be in.
They were tennis shorts (not a diaper) but he had them all rolled up so it really did look like a diaper! I didn't know the tutu guy but our tablemates did and were dying over him.

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Watch out for the falling keyboard. Yikes!

Remind me never to eat a Mickey bar if Jeff is around.

I totally remember when Nicholas was in that stage right before he turned into a teen. I have pictures of him at Disney world and I cherish them because from then on he lost his little boy looks.
What's kind of cool to me is the surprise of seeing them now. I haven't noticed that in other updates but this day for some reason he looks all little boy and I'm loving it.

Yeah, Jeff can be a little warped at times.

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What a lovely last night with hot tub time, a gorgeous sunset, dinner, and a fun show! Just wonderful and magical like you said!
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Oh - what a great last evening!
Thanks for sharing the budget too - that's really helpful!

We are really trying to figure out when to go - I think we may just put a deposit down and decide later if we should switch dates.
Trying to figure if there's any advantage to July over August or June. I'd like to go later in summer because then we'd avoid missing too much ball. But it's not that huge a deal. Maybe we'll just pick the cheaper one!
Late August will be cheaper, that's why we picked it! July and August are warmer than June. I'd do a deposit as soon as you can on the most likely date if it were me. I'm dying that I can't do that for the Med!


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DH found a cruise from LA to Vancouver that goes during his 50th b-day. It would be so fun for us to do that - but it's in May and we couldn't take the kids out right before the end of school. I was fine with just the two of us going! I doubt that will happen though.
I hear you, I had a momentary dream of SWW next May over memorial day until I realized that several of the kids on the trip will have End of Course tests which are HS requirements right when we would have gotten back. Missing school and coming back to a grad req test didn't sound like a good idea. Sad though.
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Oh the last day. But, it sounds like it has been a great one!

That last show looks hilarious! Do they do that on all the ships? I don't recall ever hearing about it... (thought, I haven't looked too much into it all!)
I have no idea on the show, definitely on the Wonder for the 7 night trips but I need to look into it for the shorter ones. It's funny, I know the family shows but didn't even think of recurring "adult" ones. It was hysterical and a very fun end to the night and week.
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Old 01-29-2012, 08:23 AM   #803
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Wow! What a trip!!! I bet you guys will remember these adventures forever!!

Love that your kids are old enough and that the ship is a safe enough environment that they could go off on their own sometimes! I don't think you went overboard on those sunset pictures at all! What a perfect last evening.

I am more and more intrigued by the cruise experience. It really looks like an amazing vacation!!
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Old 01-29-2012, 10:03 AM   #804
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Your cruise just looks great! I think we will be spending more time in Feb checking out the adult club shows bc we have seen the Dream entertainment twice now. The main stage farewell show was not like the one in the adult club needless to say love it. Also really like how you got the cheese plates!!! And actually got photos!!! we just ate them too quickly, ha!!! Looks like everyone had a wonderful time. Sunset, hot tub, kids exploring on their own all good stuff, and our final dinner was like yours, a great end to a great trip. So glad to see all the fun, and look forward to your next trip!!!!
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Wow! What a trip!!! I bet you guys will remember these adventures forever!!
We will, it was a great trip!

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Love that your kids are old enough and that the ship is a safe enough environment that they could go off on their own sometimes! I don't think you went overboard on those sunset pictures at all! What a perfect last evening.

I am more and more intrigued by the cruise experience. It really looks like an amazing vacation!!
That was definitely a highlight for them! Thankfully they didn't abuse it, but I was very happy that there were wave phones. It sounds cheesy but there really is something for everyone on a Disney cruise.

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Your cruise just looks great! I think we will be spending more time in Feb checking out the adult club shows bc we have seen the Dream entertainment twice now. The main stage farewell show was not like the one in the adult club needless to say love it. Also really like how you got the cheese plates!!! And actually got photos!!! we just ate them too quickly, ha!!! Looks like everyone had a wonderful time. Sunset, hot tub, kids exploring on their own all good stuff, and our final dinner was like yours, a great end to a great trip. So glad to see all the fun, and look forward to your next trip!!!!
We need to remember about the cheese plates, I could do that every night! Looking forward to your next trip as well! I probably have one more update and then a new PTR
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Booked all our hotels this weekend. We went for the Monaco, Glorietta Bay Inn and Blue Horizons in Vancouver.
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I love your TR Bye Byes. Very bittersweet.

What a great cruise!

Looking forward to reading your wrapup.
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I nearly missed your till we meet again post!
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Booked all our hotels this weekend. We went for the Monaco, Glorietta Bay Inn and Blue Horizons in Vancouver.
Oh I hope you like them! I'm not familiar with Blue Horizons. If you haven't already, definitely sign up to be a Kimpton One Touch member, their frequent travelers club. It will get you some nice little extras for free. The Monaco is a little bit of a further walk to some things but is just lovely, I was actually just there on Friday!

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What a great cruise!

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Thanks Dee! Hard to believe I'm at last morning and wrap up.

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The dreaded...disembarking

The last day! It’s hard to believe, a mere 5 months after the fact, I’ve reached the last day of our WONDERful cruise. Hey, that's a fast TR for me!

We woke up and…went for our walk! Of course. Not exactly the same walking around the deck when you see folks staring fight back at you. And…got a coffee from Cove Café. Of course. The nice thing about second seating at dinner is a later disembarking time. While that might not be everyone’s preference, it certainly was ours! We made it back to the stateroom, finished packing up all of our last items and gathered it all up to head to breakfast. We had swimsuits and such still on our verandah and it was a bit odd to be grabbing our stuff off of it and seeing folks at the terminal watching me! Bags in hand, more than we wished we were carrying (not nearly as organized with the previous nights packing as one might have hoped...especially given all the time I spent on laundry ) we made our way to the atrium.

I had a stop to make on the way, I needed to chat with guest services. I’d had shellacking added to my manicure on day 1 of the cruise. It was supposed to be chip and break free for 2 weeks. At the “if I were not upon the sea” show, I noted one chip and one tear! I was not happy. Normally I’d let it go, I mean a normal manicure I expect to last a couple of days at best but I’d paid quite a bit extra for this and it had been less than a week. We’d tried to go by the spa after getting our coffee but as you can imagine, they were closed. I was at the desk FOREVER. First the CM there couldn’t do anything. Then he couldn’t find a person that could, I needed (understandably) to talk to a spa person. Then the spa person looked up what my excursions had been and mentioned I’d be ziplining. Uh, ok but it’s not like 1) there was a “activity” disclaimer on the claim to last 2 weeks and 2) the chip and tear remotely coincided with the ziplining…it had been 5 days later! The person I spoke to from the spa was, sadly, not remotely friendly at all…almost to the point of calling me a liar. Saying how they would want to inspect and fix it. Well gee, if it happens after you are closed at night and you aren’t open now..what am I supposed to do? Begrudgingly, she offered a prorated credit that I’d supposedly see later. Honestly, had I known the giant headache it would cause, I might have just eaten it. But it was $25 and I only did it based on the claim of 2 weeks. Interestingly enough after this I didn’t get another single chip or tear and the color lasted forever, it just grew out with my nails. I’ve had one other shellacking since and it didn’t last 2 weeks either…maybe a week. So…live and learn I guess. Pro is it does last WAY longer than normal for me, Con is that it costs quite a bit more and it very hard to get off on your own.

That detail taken care of I went to pick up the rest of our shutters pictures and that, as well, took forever. By now my family was seated and had ordered, I had to catch up. It didn’t seem to matter as the food honestly took forever and was kind of the typical breakfast we’d had so far …pretty meh. Still, it was nice to have one last visit with our servers and our table mates. My mom would be picking us up but given the drive time, we hadn’t wanted her to have to leave too early. We’d been told we could check our bags at the hotel if needed and that was our plan. Disembarking was painless and quick (and sad!) but we managed to get our bags and wend our way to the bag check. We only wanted to check for about an hour and they did want to charge what seemed a bit high but if memory serves, I negotiated a slightly lower rate. Bags checked we headed outside, hit Starbucks and wandered around just looking at the Wonder getting ready for it’s next group, seaplanes landing and all the other boat traffic. My mom found us quickly enough and we headed to lunch. We felt we’d kind of robbed her of a decent lunch on the way up with our huge rush at Granville Island Brewing and decided something a little nicer was in order. Jeff had a special place in mind, Caldero’s in Coal Harbor. I’d never been there. While waiting for her, we’d gotten a map from the hotel and it wasn’t more than a 5 minute drive.

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I’d been a little worried when I looked at the menu online that it was a little fancy for lunch but it was just fine, our kind of place…upscale brewpub! With really really great flatbreads and beer. YUM! The boys gave my mom a couple of pins they’d picked up for her (she’d given them money to do so) and talked and talked and TALKED about the trip. Luckily she is a pretty experienced cruiser so she enjoyed hearing about it (though she has never been on a DCL cruise). It was a lovely lovely way to end the trip.

Bellies full, we headed home. My poor mom had to listen to the E’s the entire ride home…Evan talked so much he finally just fell asleep! The border, and the entire drive was uneventful. I spent part of it cleaning up my work email inbox from my phone, talk about a reality check! But given that I'd be going in, first thing in the morning, I knew it would make that part that much easier.

Up next. A full trip recap and summary including souvies, what we’d do again, what we’d do differently and some photo moment highlights!
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