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Old 08-28-2012, 09:14 AM   #586
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I get the last day doldrums too. On our trips the last day Chad & I always get in silly arguments because we are at the end of vacation & tired. I don't think I get many pics the last day either.

Brunch looks good. I'm glad you & the Judies enjoyed it.

Can't wait to hear what cruise you booked!
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Old 08-28-2012, 08:39 PM   #587
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Sounds like y'all had a wonderful breakfast!

I can't believe it was already the last day though. But, I'm really looking forward to hearing on what cruise you decided on!!
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OMG!!!! Where are you going on your next cruise!!?? I'm so excited for you guys!! You should give us a hint!!

Loved the pictures of Willow on stage!! and Pooh on that Mickey for being in the way!!

Cant wait for more!!
I thought I did give a hint!

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I get the last day doldrums too. On our trips the last day Chad & I always get in silly arguments because we are at the end of vacation & tired. I don't think I get many pics the last day either.

Brunch looks good. I'm glad you & the Judies enjoyed it.

Can't wait to hear what cruise you booked!
Oh yeah, it is really hard not to get all grumpy and argumentative when a fun vacation is ending, isn't it???
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36. Some New Cruise Plans, Some Treats, Some Swimming and a Show (Day 7)

When I last left you, The Judies and I were finishing up at Palo, and they had offered to get DD while I headed to the re-booking desk.

Well, it was challenging to heave ourselves out of Palo after all that food, but we did eventually get rolling. And when I got to the re-booking desk, there was no line at all. So I sat my now decidedly wider butt down in the chair and told the lovely CM manning the desk that I was somewhat torn between the Transatlantic and the Panama Canal cruises but leaning towards the Panama Canal. He immediately said, “Oh, the Panama Canal. Definitely!” So I booked it! It took all of about 10 minutes.

After that, I headed back to the stateroom to show DD what Selcuk had made for her. She (and Pluto) were quite pleased!




It being a lazy at-sea day, I decided it was a great time to take DD swimming again. She was thrilled. I can’t remember what The Judies did - I know they did not go with us. I think they may have gone to play the last or second-to-last round of Bingo. I took DD up to the Mickey Pool, which was decidedly more crowded than on previous days (although still nothing like the pictures I have seen from the Caribbean cruises). She had a great time, and I enjoyed reading some more Hunger Games.




At some point, I had to drag DD from the pool because it was getting close to our next planned activity for the day. I am guessing that we must have grabbed lunch sometime around now as well - maybe took it back to the stateroom so that DD could nibble while getting cleaned up and changed. Once that was all accomplished, The Judies, DD and I made our way to the Walt Disney Theater to see the last-night show. This was the only show that The Judies attended - actually, it was only the second that DD and I attended. I will make sure we see more of them next time because we really enjoyed those we did see.


Not sure what we did after that, but I do have some pictures from the verandah. Hey, I think that’s Canada over there!






And who’s that?


Oh wait! I know what we were doing. Packing. Tomorrow we would be back in Seattle, so we had to have everything packed - all big suitcases had to be placed in the hallway by 10:00 p.m. So we were packing up, knowing that we were going to want to enjoy dinner and the evening without freaking out that our bags weren’t packed. I don’t think we got it all done at this time, but we got a good head-start, and we knew we would be back to our staterooms well before 10:00 since we had to get up early the next morning to disembark and then to drive the 5-hour drive home.

Anyway, now you know what cruise I booked! HOWEVER, do you know whether I've kept that cruise or traded it in for another????

Up next: 37. Good-Night and then Good-Bye (Day 7)
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Old 08-28-2012, 11:54 PM   #589
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Brunch looked awesome! Sounds like there's not a bad meal to be had a Palo!

Panama Canal sounds cool! Though I'm so geographically challenged that I couldn't even venture a guess at how long/what kind of weather you have/etc. I suppose that I could have Googled it, but I know you ladies well enough by now that I'm ok with sounding dumb.

Willow didn't get the pool to herself? No fair!

Is there a regular casino on board like other cruise lines or just the Bingo?

I'm bummed that it's almost over! Thank goodness there's a PTR to look forward to.
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Old 08-29-2012, 01:43 AM   #590
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You booked it! So of course now I'm wondering WHICH Panama Canal cruise? Westbound? Eastbound? Miami? Galveston? With or without Castaway Cay? The Transatlantic is cheaper than the PC but since you're already on the West Coast I guess airfare adds a pretty bundle to the TA... Are you planning just you and Willow? So many questions! Living vicariously!
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Old 08-29-2012, 07:35 AM   #591
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Panama canal cruise! how awesome!

My DH did a deployment once where they left from Florida, went all the way around the tip of South America and then sailed back through the Panama Canal. He says it was really cool, and that Panama was a nice place to visit overall (I don't know if you have any port days there, but if you do, he gives it a thumbs up!) Plus if you are doing the re-positioning cruise, you'll go all the way through (some Panama canal cruises only go halfway).

If I hadn't gotten pregnant, one of my plans during this deployment was to take a re-positioning cruise, since they are so reasonably priced, and being a SAHM I have the time. I can't do one now, so I'll have to live vicariously through you! I'm really excited for your plans!
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Old 08-29-2012, 08:08 AM   #592
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Panama!!! My mom and I were deciding between that and Hawaii!!!! We chose Hawaii though because we figured we probably wouldn't go there otherwise unless someone in our family moved there! So we were ALMOST on the same cruise.

We might book the Panama one while we're on our Hawaii one...if they still have it again! So glad you guys are going on another one!!!! I am SO excited to hear all about that one!!!
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Old 08-29-2012, 01:56 PM   #593
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Sounds like a nice day on the ship. Well, as nice as the last day can be!

I'm very curious as to wether or not you have kept that Panama Canal cruise.
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Brunch looked awesome! Sounds like there's not a bad meal to be had a Palo!

Panama Canal sounds cool! Though I'm so geographically challenged that I couldn't even venture a guess at how long/what kind of weather you have/etc. I suppose that I could have Googled it, but I know you ladies well enough by now that I'm ok with sounding dumb.

Willow didn't get the pool to herself? No fair!

Is there a regular casino on board like other cruise lines or just the Bingo?

I'm bummed that it's almost over! Thank goodness there's a PTR to look forward to.
Brunch was really good. A lot of people will tell you to pick brunch over dinner, but I preferred dinner. Again, that may be due to the fact that I'm not a big breakfast eater though. Brunch was great though!

You are so funny. Weather at the Panama Canal = HOT. VERY hot.

No casinos on Disney ships. But there are a lot of trivia games and things to keep everyone busy - we didn't do any this time, but we will be doing a LOT more stuff next time. :boohoo:

Probably going to wrap this up tonight. I can't wait to start the PTR!

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You booked it! So of course now I'm wondering WHICH Panama Canal cruise? Westbound? Eastbound? Miami? Galveston? With or without Castaway Cay? The Transatlantic is cheaper than the PC but since you're already on the West Coast I guess airfare adds a pretty bundle to the TA... Are you planning just you and Willow? So many questions! Living vicariously!
Leaving Miami, arriving in L.A. First stop is Castaway Cay. Airfare on the TA would add a LOT, but I still plan to do it one day. Although I have to admit that I would feel VERY Titanic-y on that one - all those days with no land in sight.

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Panama canal cruise! how awesome!

My DH did a deployment once where they left from Florida, went all the way around the tip of South America and then sailed back through the Panama Canal. He says it was really cool, and that Panama was a nice place to visit overall (I don't know if you have any port days there, but if you do, he gives it a thumbs up!) Plus if you are doing the re-positioning cruise, you'll go all the way through (some Panama canal cruises only go halfway).

If I hadn't gotten pregnant, one of my plans during this deployment was to take a re-positioning cruise, since they are so reasonably priced, and being a SAHM I have the time. I can't do one now, so I'll have to live vicariously through you! I'm really excited for your plans!
The Panama Canal is definitely a bucket-list destination for me. I can't wait to go! But will it be next year, or have I changed things up since booking???

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Panama!!! My mom and I were deciding between that and Hawaii!!!! We chose Hawaii though because we figured we probably wouldn't go there otherwise unless someone in our family moved there! So we were ALMOST on the same cruise.

We might book the Panama one while we're on our Hawaii one...if they still have it again! So glad you guys are going on another one!!!! I am SO excited to hear all about that one!!!
See, I am much more likely to go to Hawaii on vacation, so the PC cruise would be a top choice for me (obviously ); that said, I would love to do the Hawaii cruise too. I can't wait to hear about it!

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Sounds like a nice day on the ship. Well, as nice as the last day can be!

I'm very curious as to wether or not you have kept that Panama Canal cruise.
I bet you are VERY curious.
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37. Good-Night and then Good-Bye (Day 7) (Part 1)

Well, this is it - the end of our cruise. Having gotten a good head start on the packing, we headed for our last dinner on the Wonder. We were at Animator’s Palate tonight for the ‘Till We Meet Again dinner.


And I will apologize again - as you know, my note-taking went out the window on this final day, and I don’t really remember a whole lot. I am trying to piece together what we had for dinner based on an on-line menu, but some things just aren’t adding up.

Anyway, looks like I had a cocktail! I think it could have been the Eclipse - Cuervo tequila, triple sec, lime juice, sugar syrup, and orange juice.


I have NO idea what this is - I cannot find it on any on-line menu. I *think* it was some kind of goat cheese thing, but well, sorry…..


Willow was enjoying some last-night goofing around with Doulson:






Judy 1 had the Garlic and Rosemary-Marinated Lamb Sirloin - with onion, leek, potato gratin, and sun-dried tomato jus. This was GOOD.


Judy 2 had Seafood Linguini Pasta - lobster, scallops, shrimp, clams, and asparagus with a white wine sauce.


I had the plain baked salmon (some kind of “healthy” option that they have every night just in case anyone is crazy enough to try to eat healthy on a cruise ).


Based on my pictures, I’m going to guess that Willow did not eat tonight. In fact, I remember her ditching us for one more visit to the kids club.

For dessert, I ordered a Mickey Bar!


The Judies ordered the Baked Alaska - sponge loaf layered with chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry ice cream covered with burnt meringue. They were not impressed at all having expected a true, flaming baked alaska. So I told them to stop making fun of me ordering Mickey bars and get ones for themselves. They did, and they were VERY glad. Here’s the lame baked alaska:


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37. Good-Night and then Good-Bye (Day 7) (Part 2)

We returned to our staterooms to finish packing and check out our final towel animal - an ant eater, apparently.


At this point, we were docked at Victoria - only for a few hours, although some folks did get off. We didn’t - not enough time. I did get some pictures from the verandah. (Actually, earlier in the evening, The Judies and I had watched the pilot boat pull up next to the Wonder and drop off the pilot for the port; one of the guys on the pilot boat gave us a thumbs-up to our wine glasses! )






DD hung out while I packed.


And then she decided she was hungry. We went up to Deck 9 to discover that the CS restaurants were closed. So we came back to the stateroom and ordered room service for the first time. When I called to order DD’s pizza, the person on the phone insisted that she probably needed chocolate chip cookies too, so I agreed. Right after I hung up, the phone rang, and the room service person was on the other end, laughing. She said, “This is Roni, isn’t it? I recognize your voice from Palo - I was the one who recognized you because your eyes look like your mom’s.” I was laughing so hard now! Anyway, DD and her dinner.


I spent a little time relaxing on the verandah, sad that this would be the last chance to do so.




I think it was tonight that the end of the trip hit DD too - she was crying about having to leave “her” cruise ship.

We skipped our sit-down breakfast the next morning (we had said good-bye to Juni, Doulson and Josep the night before and given them their tip envelopes). While we waited for our luggage tag character (Daisy) to be called so that we could disembark, DD enjoyed her last giant tray of breakfast delights from Beach Blanket.




And soon we were headed home.


And let me tell you - it was much harder to adjust to the lack of movement on land than it was to adjust to the ship. Every time I lay down in bed for the next week or two, I could feel the ship rocking. Only I wasn’t on a ship anymore!

And that’s the end of our first cruise. I hope you will join me in my new PTR, which I will link here shortly! Thank you all so much for reading along and commenting - it has been so fun for me to be able to relive our great vacation with all of you.


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Old 08-29-2012, 11:11 PM   #597
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I don't want it to be over!!!!

Love the pictures of Willow and Doulson from dinner. How sweet.

That Baked Alaska does look lame. How disappointing!

How awesome that the room service CM remembered you-and that Willow loves chocolate! The service on DCL really does sound outstanding.

I can't wait for the PTR to start, I'm not ready to give up one of our places to chat!
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Old 08-30-2012, 09:06 AM   #598
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Aww it's over! I'm super excited to read about your future plans though!

The Panama Canal! Sounds fun if you decided to keep it.

The last day on the cruise sounds about as nice as a last day can be. Vancouver looks pretty that's one of my bucket list cities. Just have to get me on a plane...

I have really enjoyed your TR & getting to know you, Willow & the Judies!
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Sad Sad DAY! No more TR...

But wait!!! New PTR coming soon! HAZAA!!!

I'm glad you guys had fun! To me, Disney Cruise is the only way to go! I can't wait for your PTR!
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NOOOOO!!!! It can't be over!

That baked Alaska is just...pitiful. But the rest of dinner looked yummy.

That's too funny about the call to room service.

Poor Willow....why should she have to leave "her" cruise ship & "her" Doulson? That's just not right.

Ok....where is the PTR?
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