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Old 01-11-2013, 08:37 AM   #16
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Sigh, no. We need to turn our attentions to domestic needs for a while. But, I must admit I looked at prices. It's just so tempting. Did you???


I am really enjoying your posts! We are leaving in 2 weeks for our Disney Dream 4 night cruise. So excited!!! Love your pictures!!!!

Thanks! I hope the weather continues for you. For us mid-westerners, it was as close to perfect as you can get!
I had already booked the New Years Eve Fantasy cruise for December, 2013 (and glad I did early cause prices have skyrocketed), so I just booked a dummy date onboard that I can move to something else eventually - probably not till summer 2015 when my son graduates. We had so much fun, I'm ready to go again NOW!!

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I had already booked the New Years Eve Fantasy cruise for December, 2013 (and glad I did early cause prices have skyrocketed), so I just booked a dummy date onboard that I can move to something else eventually - probably not till summer 2015 when my son graduates. We had so much fun, I'm ready to go again NOW!!

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You know, it's HARD being back. Besides the dismal weather, one of our first food venues after disembarking was a Taco Bell. It took 20 minutes to get our order, the bathrooms were awful, and you could tell they just didn't give a rip. It was like a slap in the face of reality.

Now every night I ask my wife where my towel animal and chocolates are on the bed.
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You know, it's HARD being back. Besides the dismal weather, one of our first food venues after disembarking was a Taco Bell. It took 20 minutes to get our order, the bathrooms were awful, and you could tell they just didn't give a rip. It was like a slap in the face of reality.

Now every night I ask my wife where my towel animal and chocolates are on the bed.
No kidding. I've been freezing today and beside the fire for hours. You need to kick it up a notch and try Chipotle. Much better than Taco Hell. They even serve margheritas and have clean bathrooms. Maybe what we really need is to make every day life more like a Disney cruise. Hmm - food for thought. Maybe I should sign up for towel folding lessons . . .

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No kidding. I've been freezing today and beside the fire for hours. You need to kick it up a notch and try Chipotle. Much better than Taco Hell. They even serve margheritas and have clean bathrooms. Maybe what we really need is to make every day life more like a Disney cruise. Hmm - food for thought. Maybe I should sign up for towel folding lessons . . .

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One additional note, for those who remember way back when, our family was one of the host families on the show Fans Guide to Walt Disney World on the Travel Channel/Discovery HD way back in 2004. You can watch that show still today on You Tube, but its quite dated. Im that over-planner that so many loved to hate. This cruise would be our first trip w/o the kids at a Disney venue. Because of the wonderful advice here on the DIS boards, all the planning I did made for a fantastic trip. Lets start out, shall we???

I actually do remember watching that episode. I downloaded it and burned it on dvd so the family could watch before we went to Disneyworld a few years back. Nice to see you again. Enjoying your TR!!!
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Enjoyed your first day....looking forward to day 2....I agree with you and the verandah....I love the verandah rooms....they are the best.
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I do remember that show on Travel Channel, I wish they still had Disney shows but I haven't seen one in a while. Enjoying reading your TR and seeing pics. Our first Disney Cruise was for our 10th anniversary, without the kids, and the next year we took them!
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Part 4 - Day #2 AM

Day #2

So our second day was completely at sea. This is a less usual itinerary (usually at sea days are on the last day), but I really prefer this schedule. This way you get a full day to explore the ship and really get to know her. The night before we ordered room service for the morning – it became our daily wake-up call. Each day we requested a carafe of hot water and two chocolate croissants. We called it “First Breakfast” in the Hobbit style, followed by “Second Breakfast” in Cabanas.


It was a partly-cloudy and warm day and the sea was very calm. We sat outside and watched a couple of ships that were nearby with binoculars, then got dressed and headed to Cabanas.


This was followed with some more ship exploration. The Christmas decorations were still up. It really looked nice.



We visited our friends in the shop and I tried on hats.


These were two shirts we finally purchased.


The public restrooms on Disney cruise ships have been noted many times before – I agree, they’re really attractions in themselves!




Then it was time for the diaper dash. Let’s just say this one wasn’t even close.


We then rode the Aqua Duck (lots of fun), jumped in the adult pool, and sat out to get some sun.


Trying to do our "King of the World" line.


We went to the spa to check out the Rainforest area to see if we’d be interested in the day pass. I was a little disappointed in the staff at the counter – they acted like they weren’t interested in us, and when I asked about the Rainforest area, she told me about all the parts (the showers, saunas, heated chairs, and whirlpool), but then added on a scrub. I recognized the price was elevated. We told her we’d “think about it” and walked out – I’m SO glad we did (you’ll see why later).

By now it was time for lunch – again at the Cabanas.


Now you must know, my DW ate a full lunch, but every time we stopped by Flo’s, she HAD to grab a piece of pizza. I present to you, Exhibit A:


After (second) lunch, we headed down to 687 and played “Ultimate Disney Challenge” trivia game. We had a great cast member leading the game, and though I consider myself a Disney aficionado, I was stumped on a few of the answers. They were not easy questions, thus the “ULTIMATE” in the title.


We also went to play bingo – we thought we’d play a single card just for fun. We then found out how much it cost to play, and decided we could easier spend that amount in the gift store.

Ooh – Exhibit B:


In my own admission, I found a trio of wraps that were pretty tasty.


Look at that sky – the whole week was like this!


Nigel got a little fresh.


The evening was one of our most memorable - we celebrated our anniversary and got to be in the "Match Your Mate" game! Stay tuned!
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Part 5 - Day 2 PM

Part 5 - Day 2 (PM)



After a full day, it was time for semi-formal night. We got dressed up and headed to the “Golden Mickey’s.”


It was a lot of fun to get there early and listen to the red carpet interviews. This time we took a seat on the main floor. Again, the show was great and a lot of fun. Afterward, we got some photos with the top Mouse.


Let’s just say, the cast members nearby don’t always do a good job with your camera. Just makes us have to buy those photos in Shutters.


Tonight was our anniversary celebration in the Enchanted Garden. We followed the advice of many on these boards, and got to the dining venues a couple minutes after they opened. We were always taken right to our seats.



Here’s tonight’s meal: Bread – I forget what the spread was this day, but the white bread had cranberries or raisins in them and were GREAT:


Someone had the Romaine Wedge


I had the Lobster Ravioli – delish!


This was a soup DW had. The menu I have says a Curried Carrot and Apple soup, but this wasn’t it. None of us remember this mystery soup.


I had the asparagus crab soup. It was different and good!


DW had the Marjoram Scented Organic chicken. She ALWAYS gets chicken – and isn’t overly excited about it.


I could not chose between the Prime Rib or the Scallops – so they brought me both



Someone at our table got the Sea Bass


Dessert included Banana Foster Sundae


DW of course had chocolate whose name was Sacher.


I had the trio of Strawberry Cheesecake, the Sacher, and I think a mango tart.


We were also given a nice cake for our anniversary


Our table service folks were top-notch.



What you don’t see in photos (and if anyone has a photo of it, PLEASE send it to us). We visited Evolution again after dinner and watched a unique little scavenger hunt followed by “Match Your Mate.” We had planned for a fun evening watching the three couples duke it out, but were surprised to find we were the oldest married couple in the crowd (really???)! So we became “Couple #3” – and eventually won the show. It was a whole butt-load of fun! We never knew that we’d be sharing about a personal story involving a baptismal font with a room full of strangers – but throughout the trip, we kept running into folks who seemed to really enjoy recalling the story.

And, we won two tickets to Senses Rainforest!!! We were SO glad we didn’t buy the passes, but we’re sure the spa would never be the same after our visit (more on that later).


Lobster says, G-Night - come back later for our day at Nassau!
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I am soooo glad we went to Match your Mate!!!
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You didn't happen to take a photo - or know someone who did???
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Part 6 - Nassau - Day 3 Morning

Part 6 – Nassau - Day 3 AM

By now, we were getting quite used to having our wake-up call of coffee and croissants – but this morning, we noticed a little different feel in the engines at about 7:30am. My DW ran to the window and threw open the curtains and yelled “I SEE LAND!!!” The room is nice and dark and tranquil until someone behaves in such a way.

But sure enough, we watched (with first breakfast) the shore go by


The ship did a 180 about-face and backed into its birth.


Ah those poor Carnival folks!


At second breakfast, we had to fend off the buzzards!!! I could have sworn a few of them looked at my eggs and said “Mine, mine, ..mine!”


We got off the ship to spend the morning in Nassau. From the docks, you can really see the size of this beautiful ship!


We went through the short line and ended out with the taxi stands. When they piled 7 more people into the minivan, who did we meet, but some friends from the DIS boards! Small world! We asked to go to the public access area on Paradise Island by the Rui hotel.



We knew this area gave us access to the beach close enough to Atlantis. When those who also got off at this stop crested the hill, they all stopped. It was just that beautiful.


We walked down to Atlantis, and spent about an hour just wadding and sunning.



We then explored the “free” areas around the back of Atlantis. In many spots you can see the fish from their aquariums.




We then walked through this back door into the casino.


The place is quite opulent.


So we decided to go all in and spend a dollar on a single slot machine. First, DW goes…




Then me…


This is why we’re glad Disney doesn’t have a casino!

More about this day to come!!!
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No sorry. We were all the way in the back and I didn't have my camera.
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No sorry. We were all the way in the back and I didn't have my camera.
Dang! Of all the times, we didn't take the camera with us that night thinking "nothing's gonna happen tonight."
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