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Old 01-09-2013, 09:23 AM   #1756
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I have sent Sarah a PM as well and haven't heard from her yet.
If this is the right Sarah. She's a big dork on her first forum. I just signed up under thread tools today. Otherwise, I have been scrolling through here in the mornings ere my youngest wakes up.

I am not ignoring posts, but I am not seeing all of them either. I am on the FB site if that helps. I am hoping to be better at this with practice. Thanks for your patience.

This is a big step for us, and it is so great to meet all of you in advance.
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Old 01-09-2013, 09:30 AM   #1757
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I am also having trouble. I finally figured out that I sent the first message to myself and not Sarah. I am still waiting for her to reply to my second message. My biggest concern is that I did something wrong again and that she didn't get the second message either. This is all new to me.
LOL! I am the wrong Sarah, so please ignore that post. I am also trying to sign my trio up for FE, so please send me a note if it works out for you.

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Old 01-09-2013, 09:50 AM   #1758
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Hello!
I grew up in the Panhandle, Guymon, but we are a Sooner family now. We live just south of OKC in Norman.
My daughters are 8 and 3 with a 6yr old brother in the middle.

I had not thought about spending the night. Is that necessary?
We normally just fly in, grab the DCL bus, and roll out to the boat. (This way I only have to watch kids, rather than kids and luggage.) I am new to taking DCL out of Galveston, though. Total rookie.
Okay, guess I'll have to forgive you for that crimson color. We drive through Norman to go visit parents/grandparents.

Just make sure you take the first flight of the day if flying in the morning of the cruise. Out of 10+ cruises I have only done that once, and was still on pins and needles. My previous post on air delays might show why LOL. Plus I have had baggage lost, and if that happened for this cruise, it would not be pretty. Not much shopping along the way after boarding the ship. We just go a day earlier and eat the hotel room cost - consider it insurance and we sleep easier (nerves). It's always cool waking up early and watching the ship sail into port though - love doing that in Fort Lauderdale.

I booked a last-minute cruise on DCL out of Galveston this past November, but still went down the afternoon before. Luckily I just had my 2 year old with me and she's a light packer.
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Old 01-09-2013, 10:12 AM   #1759
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REALLY????? So you are implying that we might be stuck in Chicago? That would more than suck. So, let me get this - if we do get out of Chicago, we could arrive in Hobby up to 3 hours late?

Way too much stress for me now...I was so stressed yesterday just because of Jet Blue - now this?
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You're connecting through O'Hare? Are you changing planes or just stopping in Chicago? It can be a mess for connections, I don't believe you will be stuck in Chicago... too many options for that but I do think you could be delayed which could throw off your already tight schedule.

I'm sorry, I didn't mean to cause any stress. I just wanted you be prepared.
If it is the flight I think it is, It is Midway, stop over with no plane change.

So I use to be a huge stresser-I stressed about everything all the time, as a kid, my stress gave me the shingles all the time. I also happen to be a very detail oriented. So fast forward, to my wedding, I had planned a huge, black-tie affair a year in advance down to every small detail. I had it planned so that there would be no chance of drinking and driving, everything (hotel, church, reception, rehersal dinner place, bridesmaid luncheon) was all within a block of each other, one block off the river. Three days before my wedding, Tropical Storm Lee rains on New York and floods the Susquehanna River causing a manatory evac of the city of Wilkes Barre, leaving me two days to plan a whole new wedding. Everyone thought I was going to lose it but instead of stressing, I went with whatever happens, happens and shocked everyone! I got married in front of family and friends and that was all that mattered. Not one of my plans worked out, the flowers couldn't be delivered, the tux shop was flooded, our priest couldn't come (he was to busy trying to save the church), the squash which our soup was supose to be served in, wasn't delivered, we did have the table clothes, chair covers, shashes we picked out but in the end it all worked out. And I can say I got married in a church with standing room only (our 150 guests had to fit into a church that sat 40) with a priest who didn't know our names.

So I am now a changed person and when I travel, I go with the flow and hope it works out and if it doesn't, I will make do.
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You're connecting through O'Hare? Are you changing planes or just stopping in Chicago? It can be a mess for connections, I don't believe you will be stuck in Chicago... too many options for that but I do think you could be delayed which could throw off your already tight schedule.

I'm sorry, I didn't mean to cause any stress. I just wanted you be prepared.
Airtran connects at Chicago Midway, not O'Hare. I've never flown into or out of Midway, but I imagine it has fewer problems with delays than O'Hare.

To the person considering flying in the day of the cruise: DON'T! There is only one port stop between Galveston and Madeira (on Day 11 of the cruise), and that is at Castaway Cay - with no commercial airport. If you should "miss the boat" out of Galveston - you will miss over half the cruise.
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Unfortunately it could happen with any airline. Are you able to take an earlier flight so there are backup flights later just in case? Any flight attendant, pilot or dispatcher could give you more scenarios than you want to hear about the possible "what-ifs" they have encountered. Not just plane maintenance, but weather (spring thunderstorms), other passenger medical emergencies, waiting on a group of connecting passengers who had weather in their area, etc - and waiting too long or a diversion could put a flight crew too long to be legal to fly, then looking for a replacement crew per FAA guidelines.

Just some of the delays I have been on as a passenger include: a man complaining of tightness in chest (diverted takeoff, return to terminal, then coerce the man off the plane... and he had previously had a heart attack and didn't want to get off yet had no clue medical care is much better at ground level versus 35,000 feet in the air), some jerk in a business suit who refused to get off his cell phone (return to terminal from end of runway and deplane the idiot who became hostile), a plane that looked nice to a flock of birds... one getting sucked up in the engine so when we landed it had to go for maintenance (that wasn't a nice smell...), a faulty light on an airplane in air (we had to turn around to DFW after already being around our destination because AA had no maintenance facility where we were landing - that 45 minute flight arrived 6 hours later... which we ended up having an emergency landing at DFW complete with fire trucks waiting on us - my first flight with my 2 year old by myself of course), a luggage bin latch that would no close correctly because a passenger used a fist to "help" it close by pounding it (so bags had to be offloaded for that bin), and don't even get me started on the Aloha Air flight that was 8 hours late to go from Maui to Kaui (and our luggage arrived over 24 hours later - that we got to drive 45 min back to LIH to pick up ourselves just sitting there in the terminal). None of these were weather related or planned delays. Those are just some of the delays I have experienced (granted out of hundreds of flights, so still a small percentage). Not to scare you, but some things that are completely unplanned can wreak havoc on a schedule. That's why I suggested considering an earlier flight if possible.

Ugh, just thinking through some of my delays - coming home from the Virgin Islands this Spring the girls and I got stranded in Miami on AA. Finally got out of there and overnighted at Orlando, but of course we arrived after every restaurant had closed. Another one of those I was thankful for whatever snacks I had stuffed in my bag. (one of those trips where it was cheaper to buy a ticket to Orlando vs Miami although the plane had a connection in Miami - that was over a 2 hour delay)
Mandy - I am very well aware of what can happen with flights. Trust me on that one! I dated a flight attendent for a few years...so I heard all the horror stories. As well as my own horror stories - I have traveled quite a bit. Ask me about my planes, trains, and autos story some time!

That being said - no, there really aren't any earlier flights that we can afford. They all are over 700 for the two of us, and we are stretched as tight as we can go. This new booking cost us our onboard DVD most likely. We had booked the Jet Blue flight on rewards points - now we had to pay over 450 for the airfare. I am graduating that morning - the ceremony is from 8am to 2pm - there is just no way we can make any of the afternoon flights. We have looked at this for months - even after we booked the Jet Blue flight (we were on the 245 flight - had to move it an hour later when my school announced the graduation date and time - 5/17!) Jet Blue lost the bid for the 9pm route completely - not reassigned - just lost the bid.

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You're connecting through O'Hare? Are you changing planes or just stopping in Chicago? It can be a mess for connections, I don't believe you will be stuck in Chicago... too many options for that but I do think you could be delayed which could throw off your already tight schedule.

I'm sorry, I didn't mean to cause any stress. I just wanted you be prepared.
We are connecting through Midway (I think that is O'Hare - right?) we are not changing planes - we are on the ground for about an hour I think. Air Tran isn't telling us the time exactly - I figured it out from the times of the other flight (I can find the Southwest flight from Chicago to Hobby as a solo flight - but not the PHL to Chicago - go figure).

I realize no one is trying to cause stress - it happens. This just all happened so fast, I was sitting in an orientation lecture for a new job - just found out I won't be scheduled to work for a month (ouch...lost shifts = lost money) and then the Jet Blue email hits my phone. I spent my lunch hour on the phone with Cathy (my wonderful, amazing fiance) who managed to calm me down, locate a flight and book it. She is new to travel and the websites...me? I live for Kayak and Orbitz...

All is good on the stress level. I am just not familiar with Southwest as a carrier. I have used them once in 20 years...and that was a bit of a mess (not with the airline - all the connections I had arranged fell apart and I ate a Taxi ride from Port of LA to Long Beach Airport - not cheap!).

So, I am going to roll with it - worse case? We have to fly in that morning and beat feet to the port! Been there, done that...really didn't want a t-Shirt!

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I should have put mine that way - not meaning to cause stress. Just be prepared for whatever could happen.

I have Spirit Air booked this Spring, and I know they are not that good, but they were half the price of anyone else for our routing (international). Dreading that flight for sure.
I can imagine...good luck with that one. We are doing the Icelandic Air - new airline to me also.

If I can warn anyone - please be careful booking on SAS - the seats are VERY small. I am not huge, but I was sitting on one cheek for the whole flight. I think the heaviest person that could fit in those seats wears a size 12. Not a fun 7 hour flight. In the AirBus 370 the configuration was 3 - 5 - 3...ouch!

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If this is the right Sarah. She's a big dork on her first forum. I just signed up under thread tools today. Otherwise, I have been scrolling through here in the mornings ere my youngest wakes up.

I am not ignoring posts, but I am not seeing all of them either. I am on the FB site if that helps. I am hoping to be better at this with practice. Thanks for your patience.

This is a big step for us, and it is so great to meet all of you in advance.

Not getting the "big dork" quote??
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To the person considering flying in the day of the cruise: DON'T! There is only one port stop between Galveston and Madeira (on Day 11 of the cruise), and that is at Castaway Cay - with no commercial airport. If you should "miss the boat" out of Galveston - you will miss over half the cruise.
Good point. Not to mention if you have additional plans in Europe afterwards and don't want to fork out one-way airfare at the last minute after the ship has left the port...
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Not getting the "big dork" quote??
I think it ended up being a different Sarah. Unless they were on the WBTA with you and you had a hidden personality I missed
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So, I am going to roll with it - worse case? We have to fly in that morning and beat feet to the port! Been there, done that...really didn't want a t-Shirt!
Good plan! I knew you had such a tight timeframe with 12:15am arrival time and 1:00 rental car pickup. If you are flexible and can go with the flow of something happening, then go with it. You still have the morning's worth of flights. Plus with Southwest recently buying Airtran, that should give you other options should something happen to your flight.

Heck, hubby and I have slept overnight at the airport outside gate C19 in Vegas, and it was one of our most memorable trips ever.
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REALLY????? So you are implying that we might be stuck in Chicago? That would more than suck. So, let me get this - if we do get out of Chicago, we could arrive in Hobby up to 3 hours late?

Way too much stress for me now...I was so stressed yesterday just because of Jet Blue - now this?

I finally managed to get a rental car so we can drive from home to Philadelphia to get on the first leg of the journey - this trip is becoming a trains, planes, and autos trip - I did this a couple of years ago - I really don't want to do it again...please, some reassurance would be appreciated.

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So I am now a changed person and when I travel, I go with the flow and hope it works out and if it doesn't, I will make do.
Wow, what a story! So glad it worked out for you.
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LOL!
I meant me!
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the is the up to date list of those that of pm'd to sign up for fish extender.

Sonjaleigh 3a sonja, DS 23, DD19
Binkytell 2a 2c sarah, DH brian, DD 11, DD 2
Kris3kid 2a Kris, DMum Jackie
Padalyn 2a Cayla, DP Cathy
Tink1987 2a Collette, DH mark
HeatherB819 2a 1c heather, DH Pat, DD 10
wickesy 2a David, DDad Ray
AashleySEG 2a Andrea, DH Jeremy
Missandrea 2a 1c Andrea, Eddie DH, DD 12
Twopeasonepod 2a 2c Lauren, DH Tony, DS 7, DS 7
Cheflawrence 2a 1c Lawrence, DW mary, DS 13
"Yorkshire 3a Eric, DW Kathryn, DD Katrina
Disney fan"
Ladyshopper 1a 2c Jody, DS 15, DD 14
Goofy39.3 2a 1c Adam, DW Heather, DS 5
Squirrel956 2a Dave, DW Diane
RDDoll 2a Rick, DW Tami
FarnMor 2a Vicky, DH Jimmy
Mboekhoff 2a 2c Missy, DH Ross, DD13, DS 11
Rayofredondo 2a Ray, DFriend Jonathon
Margaretstahl 2a Margaret, DH Jack
Thepedersonfamily 2a 2c Melissa, DH Jeff, DD 11, DD 6
Gotomu212 2a 1c Deann, DH Carlos, DS 5
Mandygirl 2a 2c Mandy, DH Curt, DD 6, DD 3
Sumeto 3a Suzan, Dmom Bonnie, Tony
Wildl1021 2a Ellen, DH Mike
Maza 2a Marilyn ?, DH
OKrayslovedisney 2a Sue, DH Tom
Msammon 2a 2c DW, DH, DD, DD
Tigger2on 1a 3c Suzanne, DD 8, DS 6, DS 4
Saracat 2a Sara, DH Terry
cabinfever2013 1a 3c Sarah, DD 8, DS 6, DD 3
Belle2011 Elodie, DH Franck, DD 5, DD2
snowhite7 Loretta


[/COLOR]31 cabins in total with 62 adults and 25 children, im sure this number will rise.




would be so much easier if we could have a new thread with all this info on the first pages for group activities,we
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Is it possible to take the train? I was hoping they could see some of the countryside. I would like to avoid Paris, and see the Alps. Not looking for the fastest route.

Thanks, again.
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The train is possible, but going thru the Alpes would make it probably at least a 4-5 day train trip.
From Barcelona to Amsterdam by train will go thru Paris.

The costs of a trainticket (not the alphes route but straight) would be around ¬300-¬350 per person while a flight costs you about ¬100 per person...
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