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Old 12-03-2012, 05:03 PM   #1
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EB Panama Canal Wonder December 9th

We don't sail until Sunday (YAY!) But I'll kick our TR off here with some info, then fill in with the details of how everything went when we got back.

This is our FIRST EVER! Disney Cruise, and the first cruise for all of us except dh. Our cast includes:

Dh (Floridian, stuck in NJ)
ME (Born of the Tundra, stuck in NJ)
DD 5 and DS 3 (Both Born in NJ)

Don't ask how we ended up here in NJ, sometimes even I don't know!

As it turns out from the Meet page, there are a lot of rum drinkers on board. So much that we've started asking "Why is the rum gone?" I'll have to remember to pick up some extra in San Pedro, while I grab champagne and wine for the weeks ahead. Overall I'm really excited to meet some other disers though - they've put tons of effort into the FE (ooh, I still have to add string to mine!) and done things like organize a book exchange etc.

We've been talking about a Disney cruise for a long time, especially as I tend to do a lot of work while on our annual WDW vacations. This year I won't be able to get cell reception, so dh thinks he will monopolize my time.

We booked an 11B back in March, but when Disney released IGT rates we grabbed one! Luckily we were assigned a 10A on Deck 7 - sweet! At $81pp/night it is a deal we couldn't pass up!

Here's our itinerary for the week:

Sat, Dec 8th - fly out from Newark to LAX 6:30 am (eek!).
- Arrive 9:50 am, Taxi to San Pedro
- Lunch with my dad (he lives in the LA area)
Sun, Dec 9th - Embark
Monday, Dec 10th - Start our Wonder marathon, where we plant to walk/run 26.2 miles over 15 days (seems unlikely, but hey, we must have goals right?)
Tuesday - Cabo (we're planning to stay on board)
Wednesday - Puerto Vallarta - (also on baord)
Thursday - A group brunch for 12 in Palo at 10 am, first formal night
Friday - Room Crawl!
Saturday - Palo Dinner for Dh and I, 7 pm
Sunday - Open, Semi-Formal Night
Monday - Open (Panama Canal Crossing - I hope there's some interesting stuff).
Tuesday - Cartagena tour for dh and I 9:45 am. Pirate dinner!
Wednesday - We receive our Panama Canal certs at 9am, and Dh and I have brunch schedueld for just the two of us at 10 am
Thursday - 4 pm, Champagne Girls! We're meeting in our room and eaching bringing champagne to share so that we can try different things. I'm packing some surprises for the girls! Right now we have 11 so hopefully I can upgrade our room at port, otherwise it will be snug. This is also the last formal night, so we'll be all dressed up to spill our champagne!
Friday - Costa Maya - we're taking a tour of the ruins, and it just happens to be December 21st! Exciting!
Saturday - Open
Sunday - Disembark

Sunday/Monday December 23/24th.- hang out with Dh's family. We're staying in the Miami area, then fly out Christmas morning.

Whew! What a trip!

We've had all sorts of exciting things happen here as we plan for Christmas. I've packed the Bonine - I just hope my kids don't get seasick! The packing is relatively smooth so far - we got the kids passports this summer, although I still have to find dh's. I think I know where it is. I printed the labels for our FE gifts today, and of course left off my Dis name, so had to write it by hand. Hopefully it's legible!

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