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Old 10-26-2012, 12:27 PM   #16
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I really enjoyed reading the start of your cruise trip report we will be taking our DD 12 on her first DCL next August on a 7 day Mediteranean Cruise really cant wait
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Old 10-26-2012, 04:40 PM   #17
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Fabulous pics coming into San Francisco! I so wanted to do one of the Pixar cruises, but DH wasn't interested in the itinerary. At least I talked him into going on another cruise, but seeing your pics was really fun!
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Old 10-26-2012, 06:16 PM   #18
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Old 10-26-2012, 08:47 PM   #19
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Beautiful pics of your trip into San Francisco! That has to be one of my favorite cities I've ever visited, it would have been amazing to sail under the golden gate!
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Old 10-27-2012, 01:32 AM   #20
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My Mom's and my head are in your first pic of day 3.

Going under the bridge and seeing it so clearly was definitely a highlight for me.
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Old 10-27-2012, 01:38 AM   #21
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I really enjoyed reading the start of your cruise trip report we will be taking our DD 12 on her first DCL next August on a 7 day Mediteranean Cruise really cant wait
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Fabulous pics coming into San Francisco! I so wanted to do one of the Pixar cruises, but DH wasn't interested in the itinerary. At least I talked him into going on another cruise, but seeing your pics was really fun!
Thanks! My DH wasn't thrilled with it at first either, but it grew on him and he really enjoyed San Francisco.

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Beautiful pics of your trip into San Francisco! That has to be one of my favorite cities I've ever visited, it would have been amazing to sail under the golden gate!
It was very cool!

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My Mom's and my head are in your first pic of day 3.

Going under the bridge and seeing it so clearly was definitely a highlight for me.
Too funny! I totally agree, going under the bridge was a definite highlight for us too.
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Old 10-27-2012, 01:34 PM   #22
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Enjoying your TR. Great shots of the Golden Gate Bridge, too.
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Old 10-27-2012, 10:58 PM   #23
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Day 3 continued

Our plan as a group today was to take the DCL tour of Muir Woods and Sausalito. We met in Studio Sea at 9:15 AM, got our Pumbaa stickers and were escorted to the terminal and to our tour bus. We were so excited to see the city and drive over the Golden Gate Bridge. We learned a lot of interesting things about the city from our tour guide Diane on our way to the woods.



The woods were breathtaking and very enjoyable.













Besides being awe struck with the California Redwoods we also saw a deer.



Before long, we had to board the bus again and head to Sausalito. We had lunch and walked up and down the main street enjoying the views of Richardson Bay and the city.











It was such a clear day, that we even had a lovely shot of the Wonder.



After our tour, we were dropped back at Pier 35.



After a short bathroom break, we walked over to Pier 39 to look around.





We had great, clear views of Alcatraz from the pier.



DD really wanted to see the Sea Lions so we spent some time there.





We ran into our DNeighbors so we headed over with them to Boudin’s for some fresh sour dough bread. I loved how they shaped the loaves into animals.







I also loved these little gingerbread skeletons.



We bought a small sour dough bread turtle and DD and I shared it. It was so yummy. After we ate the bread, we walked back to ship and went through security to get back onboard. The Wonder was docked on the other side of the building this trip.

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Old 10-27-2012, 11:02 PM   #24
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Day 3 - Concluded

Our dinner that night was at Parrot Cay. We were seated right next to the window with a view of the city. By now, Luan and Sasha became DD’s best friends. Every night for dinner, without fail, Luan would bring her a Strawberry Mango Smoothie.



and Sasha would bring her strawberries, no matter what was offered on the menu. She was definitely spoiled.

But, Sasha didn’t ignore us adults either. Every night he would bring extra desserts for us to either try or share.

After dinner, L took DD and DNeighbor’s DD to see The Odd Life of Timothy Green at the theater. You mean we have another evening for ourselves? I brought my tripod with me so I dragged DH up on deck 10 with me to get some night shots of the city. It was absolutely beautiful.





(I later found out the Coit Tower was bathed in orange lights in celebration of the Giants advancing in the play offs).



After we got our photos, we headed down to Cadillac Lounge for a drink. We ended up talking to the bartender for a little bit as he recognized DH from the Martini tasting from the day before. It seemed to be a slow night, the place was practically empty.

DD had already run into 2 teachers from her school while onboard. While we were sitting at the Cadillac Lounge a gentleman came up and asked me if I worked at a specific school, I am actually a volunteer, but I said yes. He recognized me because he used to teach at my DD’s middle school and I worked with his DD in Kindergarten where I volunteer. It truly is a small world. I was amazed at how many people from Arizona were on board this cruise.

After our drink, we went to pick up our DD from the movie and headed back to our room for bed. Our towel animal was a peacock.



Next: I left my hat in San Francisco!

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Old 10-30-2012, 12:46 PM   #25
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Day 4 - I Left My Hat in San Francisco

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
San Francisco, CA

We woke up to another beautiful day in San Francisco. We went up to have breakfast at Beach Blanket. I walked around on deck 10 and took some photos.











Our original plan was to take the DCL bus tour of the city. After reading a couple of reviews from previous cruises, we decided against this and ventured out on our own. We decided to go on a hop on/hop off Red Bus Tour. While it was convenient having somebody else drive you through the city, I was less than impressed with the tour. First off, we were given ear buds, but the sound system didn’t work for the first seven stops of the tour. So we didn’t get any information about the city. We went through downtown on our way to Union Square.





Saw a cable car on Powell Street.



We passed by Civic Center. While we were stopped here, a technician came onto the bus and fixed the sound system.



We passed through Haight/Ashbury.





We decided to get off the bus at the Golden Gate Park. My original intent was to walk around and see the Flower Conservatory. However, DD had other plans. We ended up going into the California Academy of Sciences.



It was actually very cool. I enjoyed the Rain Forest exhibit with its many butterflies







and the aquarium.







We also enjoyed the Foucault pendulum.



We ended up having lunch there. After lunch we took a look at the baby ostriches. They were so cute.



After a couple of hours at the museum we boarded another bus outside the DeYoung Museum



and headed towards the bridge.

Next: Day 4 continued.
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Old 10-30-2012, 06:11 PM   #26
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Wendy...I am loving your trip report. We were on the same cruise but I love reading other people's trip reports.

I'm sorry you were disappointed with your hop on/hop off tour. If you ever visit San Francisco again, I highly recommend the Comprehensive San Francisco Tour Company's Premium City Tour. It was 5 hours and we saw so much of the city I feel that I really have seen San Francisco. We did this tour on our first day and our tour guide was Jan and she was fabulous. It was nice to be able to ask a local (she has lived all her life in San Francisco) about how to get to places we wanted to see the next day (like the Disney Store and what was the best cable car to ride). My Mom and I thoroughly enjoyed our time in San Francisco and I think the highlight of our two days was this tour. Here's a link to their web site:

http://www.sanfranshuttletours.com/s...isco_tours.htm
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Day 4 - Continued



I was so focused on trying to get a good clear picture of the bridge that I forgot I was wearing my DCL visor. Just as we started over the Golden Gate Bridge, I felt the wind whip my hat right off of my head onto the road. I was really ticked off at this point. As we went back over the bridge, there was my red hat, flattened in the middle of the street. I certainly couldn’t laugh about it then, but it has become funnier as time goes on. Fortunately, I was able to replace it easily.







We got off the next stop at the Palace of Fine Arts.



This was a beautiful location and we enjoyed walking around and taking pictures.







Afterwards, we got back on a bus, but the top of the bus was full. We waited a couple of stops and went on top. We stopped in front of Chintatown.



We then rode the bus around the rest of the tour and got off at Pier 39.







On the way back to Pier 39, we spotted the Oracle catamaran out on the bay. San Francisco is hosting next year’s America’s Cup races and they were out practicing. Funny thing is, we read a week later that this catamaran was capsized during another practice run and damaged. We even saw video of it on YouTube.



We walked to Fisherman’s Wharf.



On the way we ran into our DNeighbors and L. They had ridden a cable car, visited Chinatown, North Beach and climbed Coit Tower. After we talked with them, we headed towards Ghirardelli Square. DD and I were after their famous hot fudge sundaes. DH wanted to stop at the Maritime Museum and look around, so we parted company. We got our ice cream and met up with him a little bit later. We did some souvenir shopping and headed back to the ship.

Dinner tonight was in Animator’s Palette. It was the night of the show, which everybody enjoyed. I also enjoyed the drink of the night.



The meal was also delicious as usual.

After dinner, we headed to Shutters to get some photos. We got a photo package through AAA when we booked our cruise. We also ran in to Frozone and L got a photo with him. DD, DH and I then went around the ship and took pictures. Then DD got to meet Flit and Atta from It’s A Bug’s Life. Afterwards at 9:30 PM DNeighbor and her DD joined DD and I at Who Wants To Be A Mouskateer? Unfortunately, we weren’t selected to play, but we had fun.

After the game show, we headed up to Deck 10 to watch us leave San Francisco and go back under the bridge towards open water.





It was very windy and cold, it even started raining as we went under the bridge.



Then it was bedtime.

Our towel animal was a turtle.



Next: Princesses, Trivia and Pixar, oh my!
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Following along. I am loving the pictures!
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This is a great trip report!! And wonderful pictures! Especially love san fran at night. Stunning! Would like to have seen the flattened hat!

Thanks so much for sharing! I would love to do this in the future if it's offered. Can't wait to hear more about it!
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Hi there!! Loving your report and pictures - we were on the cruise too! (Met you on the photo walk in Ensanada!) And like someone else said, I'm enjoying reliving through your photos!!
I was one of those on Deck 10 early on our San Francisco morning!! It was freezing standing there, but boy - what a view!!
I will follow along eagerly awaiting your updates!!
Thanks for doing the report!
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