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Old 06-07-2012, 07:07 PM   #46
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Thanks

I cannot thank you enough for posting trip report and beautiful pictures thanks for sharing

Keep it coming we sail July 28th cannot wait.
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Old 06-07-2012, 07:12 PM   #47
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Day 4 Nassau

DD & I signed up for the dolphin swim at Blue Lagoon. We met at the Buena Vista Theater. There was a very long line outside the theater and then again waiting to disembark. We had to meet at 8:45 but actually did not leave the ship until after 10:30. It was painful to wait that long! We took a boat to the Lagoon. I must say that the Lagoon is very beautiful. We did the dolphin swim after the educational session. I didn't feel that there was much interaction time with the dolphins. I'm not sure if it was just the day or the trainers but they didn't seem too excited by the whole matter. My DD loved it so I guess that is all that matters. The dolphin gave her a present, a rock that he retrieved from the bottom. She was tickled.
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We then went to the beach. It was very nice with inflatable play slides and toys but everything cost extra. I also thought that we received a meal (we did pay $400!) but that was my ignorance. I just didn't feel that the staff were friendly (but, of course, we did just get spoiled by Disney for 3 days). I was disappointed. The day ended with another long, hot wait in the sun for the boat to return us to Nassau.
Meanwhile, DH & DS explored the streets of Nassau and enjoyed the culture.
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DD wanted her her hair braided so we did that. The ladies that braid hair are there all day, standing & braiding hair. I got them a drink and gave her a good tip. The braids are still holding up and it's been almost 2 weeks!
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We then went to the Comedic show- Alfred & Seymour.
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I cannot say enough about this show. We were all laughing so hard! TIP: Don't be late!!
Then it was time for pirates! Arrrrrrrrr! We dressed in our piratey outfits (I made the T-shirts!) and headed to Lumiere's for dinner.
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We went to deck 10 and enjoyed the pirate dancing!
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We were tuckered out but managed to stay awake for Mickey's rescue and the fireworks. We didn't make it to the buffet though and missed out on the turkey legs
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Old 06-07-2012, 07:16 PM   #48
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I cannot thank you enough for posting trip report and beautiful pictures thanks for sharing

Keep it coming we sail July 28th cannot wait.
You are very welcome! I was on the DIS boards every day so I know how fun it is to look at other's trip reports! Especially when it is a new sailing route!
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Old 06-07-2012, 07:18 PM   #49
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Love the photos, especially the one of your dd with the dolphin!
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Old 06-07-2012, 07:19 PM   #50
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How did you make the t-shirts??? They are fantastic!!!
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Old 06-07-2012, 07:46 PM   #51
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Thank you for a great, fun, enthusiastic trip report! The photos and notes are a wonderful preview for our cruise on June 22. Can't wait to see how the rest of the cruise went...

Thanks for sharing some pixie dust with us!
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Old 06-07-2012, 08:16 PM   #52
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Day 5 Castaway Cay- the day I have been dreaming of for years...

Ahhhhhhh! Castaway Cay! Everything and more! I had one MAJOR disappointment on this day Jack Sparrow caught one look at me and wanted me to run away with him. We thought of hijacking the Magic I had given my dear, dear DS the camera to capture this magical moment on film (not wanting to upset my DH who I think was on the look out for that Minnie, lol). Anyway, my DS did not turn the camera on & I did not get the beloved pictures of my almost-island-tryst. Oh well, it will live long in my memories...
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We took the tram to the far end of the family beach. There were lots of chairs and loungers for everyone. We met up with our table-mates and a great time snorkeling, swimming, playing in the sand, and relaxing. It truly is beautiful.
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My son tried out the waterslides. His words: 10 min in line, 30 sec of sliding fun, 30 min trying to get salt water out of your nose and eyes. I didn't try it.
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Shipwrecked?!
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DH and I enjoyed a couples massage in a cabana on Serenity beach. It was heavenly....a cool breeze from the ocean, waves lapping, drooling (teehee).
We stayed on the beach until the last possible moment. Another disney touch...they handed out cool face clothes as we reboarded. What a treat after a hot day!
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We went to the new show Walt Disney: the dream goes on. It was snip-its of Walt's life, his movies, cartoons inter mixed with live casting. It was good, showed some clips of the Sunday night movies that I remember as a child.
Tonight we had our Palo reservation. I had contemplated on cancelling as it was the same night as the show at Animator's Palate. We decided to keep it and the kids were happy to go on their own. Our servers said they would look after them!
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Palo was amazingly good. I had the Portobello mushroom polenta- melted in your mouth, delicious! I also had the lobster ravioli, it was rich & yummy. And of course, the piece de resistance....the chocolate souffle!
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We went to AP after that. Our kids were well taken care of! And we got there in time for the show! Lucky!
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Old 06-07-2012, 08:18 PM   #53
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How did you make the t-shirts??? They are fantastic!!!
Thanks! I found the image on-line, printed it, and made a stencil with freezer paper. I then painted them with fabric paint. It was easy! We got lots of compliments from the crew...they had never seen that design before.
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Old 06-08-2012, 04:29 AM   #55
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Photo-bombed

I saw the image of your son in the water and started laughing... she got photo-bombed.. then I saw your caption!!! Laughed harder. I hope it didn't ruin your pic too much, but I got a good laugh out of it this morning
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I'm in! Great pics and TR so far; you have a beautiful family. I have 2 questions so far:

1) Is the hair braiding on the ship or in Nassau?

2) Was there enough parking at the port? Was there any problems?

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Old 06-08-2012, 10:09 AM   #57
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I'm in! Great pics and TR so far; you have a beautiful family. I have 2 questions so far:

1) Is the hair braiding on the ship or in Nassau?

2) Was there enough parking at the port? Was there any problems?

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!) My DD had her hair braided on the ship. It was pretty busy and you have to make an appt. They were braiding hair both at Nassau & Blue Lagoon but they didn't seem to look as nice. Also, there are more braiders at Castaway Cay and it didn't seem as busy there.

2) There seemed to be ample parking at the pier. It was $280 for the week. Give yourself lots of time to get through the traffic. Our GPS said 18 min, it took almost 2 hrs (but it was the Friday before a long weekend).

The anticipation for a trip is so exciting! I know you will have an awesome time. I rebooked on board so I have something to look forward to!
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!) My DD had her hair braided on the ship. It was pretty busy and you have to make an appt. They were braiding hair both at Nassau & Blue Lagoon but they didn't seem to look as nice. Also, there are more braiders at Castaway Cay and it didn't seem as busy there.

2) There seemed to be ample parking at the pier. It was $280 for the week. Give yourself lots of time to get through the traffic. Our GPS said 18 min, it took almost 2 hrs (but it was the Friday before a long weekend).

The anticipation for a trip is so exciting! I know you will have an awesome time. I rebooked on board so I have something to look forward to!
I may have missed this, but where were you driving from and what route did you take? 18 mins = 2 hours is ridiculous even for NY traffic!
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Old 06-08-2012, 11:28 AM   #59
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Thank you so much for your trip report! We are on this itinerary 8/25. Although this will be our 3rd disney cruise, it's so great to read about your experiences for your first cruise.

My kids are of similar age, DS 13, DD 10, but my DD is not so much a princess anymore. She is planning to "own" dodge ball, so I'm glad to see they still offer that activity.
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Old 06-08-2012, 02:00 PM   #60
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Thank you for sharing your experience with Blue Lagoon. I have the encounter booked so I am not sure how I feel. I think I will wait until we are in Florida to do it. It seems Blue Lagoon is hit or miss.
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