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Old 02-20-2012, 10:58 PM   #1
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Browns vs. the Mexican Riviera, March 4-11, 2012 (completed 3/20; added Navigators)

I've been reading trip reports since we booked our cruise back in September of 2011, so I decided that I ought to start one up myself. First, the cast of characters:

Me: Erin, stay-at-home mom, Disney fanatic
Mike: The husband, works in video games
Elliott: Age six
Oliver: Age three (and a half)

This is me and Elliott:



We are also traveling with my sister, Meghan, her husband, Jason, and their three (and a half)-year-old son, Lucas. We all live in San Diego, so we will be driving up to the port. My family will be heading up on Saturday and spending the night at the Crowne Plaza in San Pedro. I decided it would be a lot less stressful to head up the night before, and we got the $65 rate on Priceline, so I feel like it's worth it!

This vacation was actually Elliott's idea. He was obsessively watching the DCL show that's on Netflix's instant streaming, and he begged to go. I told him that I thought it would be too expensive, but suggested to my husband that we use our next tax refund to go on a vacation of some sort; the last year or so has been extremely difficult and I thought we could really use something fun to look forward to. I started looking into cruises on other (cheaper) lines, and on a whim decided to price out Disney. I was surprised to see that it wasn't actually too bad and we were in! We booked ourselves in the cheapest inside room and then convinced my sister that her family should come along.

Before too much time had passed, the KSF was announced, with our sailing as the last date, and we were able to upgrade to a 9C and still save about $1000. I was tempted to go for a verandah, but my kids are wily and I had images of them swan diving off the side of the boat, so I decided to skip it for my peace of mind.

I've spent the last six months researching and planning, learning everything the DIS boards had to teach. I want this vacation to be something the kids will always remember, and so I am doing everything I can to make it special for them. I called ahead to request the dining rotation that will put us in Triton's for formal night, and Parrot Cay for pirate night. We'll be participating in the FE. I'm already stockpiling scrapbooking supplies (though I've never made a scrapbook before, and I am completely intimidated by it all!) so that I can put together an album for us.

I started buying supplies for the FE almost immediately, though I ended up putting it off as real life spiraled out of control. So now I'm scrambling to get everything finished in time! This weekend I was sick, so I took advantage of being stuck in bed to get a big chunk of the work done. I still have maybe 30% of the gifts left to make, and the actual fish extender. The only thing I'm nervous about is the extender, so I'm leaving it for last and will do something simple if my (originally very elaborate) plan doesn't work out!

Links to posts:
Scans of additional papers (movie schedules, tv channels, etc.)
Saturday night in San Pedro
Day 1 (Part 1)
Day 1 (Part 2)
Day 2 (Part 1): Sea Day
Day 2 (Part 2): Sea Day
Day 3 (Part 1): Sea Day, Palo
Day 3 (Part 2): Sea Day, Palo
Day 4 (Part 1): Puerto Vallarta
Day 4 (Part 2): Puerto Vallarta
Day 5 (Part 1): Cabo San Lucas
Day 5 (Part 2): Cabo San Lucas
Day 6 (Part 1): Cabo San Lucas
Day 6 (Part 2): Cabo San Lucas
Day 7 (Part 1): At Sea
Day 7 (Part 2): At Sea
And the the boys: Elliott (9), Oliver (6)

March 4-11, 2012, Mexican Riviera on the Wonder
Trip Report

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