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Old 02-07-2012, 01:09 AM   #1
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Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Tallahassee, FL
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First Timers on a DREAM Anniversary Cruise 2/2/12

I've never done a trip report and haven't posted much--soaking it all in. I have learned so much from other's trip reports, maybe this will help someone.

Our Backstory:

Dave and I are high school sweet hearts. We graduated in 1984 from Cocoa Beach High School. Back then, there were no cruise ships out of Port Canaveral other than one and 2 day cruises to no where. I did a one day our senior year, but that was my only cruising experience.

We were married in May 1987 and with our 25th anniversary coming up, we decided to cruise for something different and exciting. So, the search began and I had quotes from every major cruise line that sails in Florida. But I kept looking at DCL site and wishing we could afford that. In May it would have been $1600 for a 3-nighter. Just was not going to happen. We don't DO credit cards--we pay cash or it doesn't happen.

I was just about to book a RCI cruise, feeling like I was "settling", when a friend texted me to check disney, that FL resident rates had opened up. The rate was almost HALF the cost of the RCI. FINALLY, a cruise I could get excited about! We sat on the hold for 48 hours -- I was unsure about celebrating in Feb for a May anniversary--and then booked it. It was 78 days from sailing.

We will just celebrate early!!

So, those 78 days passed by so fast with holidays, 2 DDs bdays, and a major history fair project in the middle. I have been reading the disboards and learned SO much by reading questions, answers, and trip reports.

Suddenly, it was time to pack! Aack!

This was the plan:

Stay the night at Cocoa (not cocoa beach) Holiday Inn Express (nice place if you want a cheaper alternative), then a friend of ours would drop us off at the port on Thursday am. He would also pick us up on Sunday. PERFECT.
Paula & Dave

1st Cruise 3 night DISNEY DREAM 2/2/12
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