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Old 03-01-2013, 08:14 AM   #76
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Yet more wonderful pictures
Love the ones of Nemo's Reef
I see you have started a cruise food thread as well .... yummy!!
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Old 03-01-2013, 04:27 PM   #77
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Yet more wonderful pictures
Love the ones of Nemo's Reef
I see you have started a cruise food thread as well .... yummy!!

Thank you!

Pictures from the aqua lab next!
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Love your report and pics! Question, in this pic from BBB, what is the skirt/dress that looks like it has the DCL logo on it???
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Old 03-03-2013, 08:16 PM   #79
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Love your report and pics! Question, in this pic from BBB, what is the skirt/dress that looks like it has the DCL logo on it???
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i think the outfit you are referring to is the "cruise minnie" dress/skirt combination that is offered on the ship only.

did you mean the white top??

thanks for reading along!
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Old 03-08-2013, 05:58 PM   #80
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I love reading your trip report and am enjoying your pics! Emme is so cute!
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Fantasy in less than 2 weeks - advice?

Hi, my family (DH, DD12, DD15) are sailing on the Fantasy (Caribbean) on March 23rd. I am starting to pack/prepare. Any tips or advice? Did you use a room key necklace? Do you take you passports into the ports? Packing tips? None of us have been on a cruise before.

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Old 03-10-2013, 05:25 PM   #82
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I love reading your trip report and am enjoying your pics! Emme is so cute!

thank you! just returned from a 3 day surprise trip to disney with my parents! they haven't been in 20 years & they were so excited about the surprise trip. i will be updating soon!



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Hi, my family (DH, DD12, DD15) are sailing on the Fantasy (Caribbean) on March 23rd. I am starting to pack/prepare. Any tips or advice? Did you use a room key necklace? Do you take you passports into the ports? Packing tips? None of us have been on a cruise before.

Thanks a lot!!

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apologies for the delayed response as i'm returning from a trip to disney.

we cruised in january so the weather was all over the place. it was also my first cruise so i had no idea what to pack so i basically packed everything. in actuality, i only needed half of what i brought on the trip.

i wore 2 outfits a day. a day outfit and then changed for dinner. because i knew the weather would be a bit erractic (it went from being cool & windy to 85 degrees the next day), i over packed. i was really glad that i brought my hoody & yoga pants just to lounge around in.

we stayed in concierge so i didn't have to worry about water, soda etc. we also had access to sunscreen but i still brought 2 bottles of my own (yet i still managed to burn in san juan! )

i really regretted bringing shampoo & conditioner as it took up precious space in my bag. the toiletries that were supplied were fantastic! i do recommend bringing your own face & body lotion however. the hair dryer supplied in our bathroom was awesome too!

i brought 6 pairs of shoes when i only needed three. i wore my running shoes, flip flops & dressy crocs for the entire cruise.

the room key necklace was really handy as you had easy & quick access to your room key for opening the door & picture moments. i also packed our drivers license inside the room key necklace which made it very accessible when we left for port. i did not take our passports as it took up space & i had a fear or losing it or getting it stolen. i've had my passport stolen before in canada of all places. once we scanned our KTTW to leave the ship for port, i took the necklace off & tucked it away in a safe space in my bag. once we got close to the ship, i put the necklace back on as you have to scan your KTTW card to re-board the ship.

my room was ready at 130pm but i still packed a day bag which had sunscreen, bathing suits, & a few other essentials for when we boarded the ship. a lot of people took advantage of the pool & aquaduck while the room was being prepared. you can also bring a bottle of wine or 2 with you in your carry on bag!

i'm assuming the weather for you will be really warm. if you go to san juan, brings lots of sunscreen & drink lots of water. i was slathering sunscreen on during my day (i didn't pay for an excursion, i did my own FREE tour of the fort which is in walking distance from the ship!) & drinking lots of water, but the sun in san juan was brutal in late january. there's also a CVS across the street from the port so you can stock up on essentials & bring them back on board with little ease since it's a very short walk from cvs to the boat. i took advantage of the picture kiosks and made thank you photo cards for my concierge team while in san juan.

also for your castaway cay day...leave the ship bright & early! we made our way to castaway cay close to 10am and I feel like i wasted so much time as there was so much to do. given we had a cabana but i still wished i started my day just a tad earlier so i could have taken advantage of all there is to do.

in terms of food, don't be afraid to order more than one appetizer or entree. i didn't like most of the entrees during dinner so we ordered 3 or 4 entrees and split it between the two of us. 3/4 were usually bad so we split one and re-ordered if we were still hungry. also, cabanas has an awesome LUNCH. i really enjoyed my lunch at cabanas. it had great variety and i thought the food was great.

if you haven't already, try and book palo brunch. it was very delicious and for $20, it was a total steal.

for the captain's gala and formal night, don't feel the pressure to super dress up. i saw everything from ball gowns & tuxedos to shorts & polo tops to people in their sunday best. my mom and i just wore simple dresses both times and didn't feel under dressed or over dressed.

also, if your kids are into the characters, wake up early and meet the characters when they begin at 9. the lines are way short!

i will post some more packing tips as soon as i unpack from this trip.

just remember that when you enter the terminal, there is baggage check where you can just drop your bags off. however, once you leave customs, you have to take all your bags back to your car (there are people who can help you with your bags but work for tips) but the more you pack with you, it's a total pain to re-pack to go home.
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Old 03-10-2013, 06:35 PM   #83
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What a wonderful review of your trip! Your family is beautiful- it was neat to see the joy in all of your eyes in the pictures! I loved how you included food all day in each recap- food is important to me your post has made me even more excited for our upcoming cruise- it's our first one!
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Old 03-11-2013, 10:13 AM   #84
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What a wonderful review of your trip! Your family is beautiful- it was neat to see the joy in all of your eyes in the pictures! I loved how you included food all day in each recap- food is important to me your post has made me even more excited for our upcoming cruise- it's our first one!
Thank you! I'm behind in my posts as I'm catching up on my dining reviews but I will be posting aqualab & st Thomas/st John pictures this week.

Enjoy your cruise...you will have a blast!!
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Old 03-11-2013, 11:43 AM   #85
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emmebear, I've been following your dining reviews, and wanted to see your photos and journey from your cruise! What a wonderful experience you and your mom and daughter had! The photos are beautiful as always, you have a great eye for photography and photojournaling. What a great way to document your memories for your family to look back on!

We've done many WDW trips, many as mother/daughter trips and even a couple with just me and my DS. I've always wanted to do trip reports but have been so intimidated to try.

There's SO much to comment on, we'll leave it at what an incredible experience, so many fun times to be had, and special moments.
The one thing I really must comment on was your 1/2 spilled Stella. Indeed a tragedy. I love Stella!

Thanks for sharing!
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emmebear, I've been following your dining reviews, and wanted to see your photos and journey from your cruise! What a wonderful experience you and your mom and daughter had! The photos are beautiful as always, you have a great eye for photography and photojournaling. What a great way to document your memories for your family to look back on!

We've done many WDW trips, many as mother/daughter trips and even a couple with just me and my DS. I've always wanted to do trip reports but have been so intimidated to try.

There's SO much to comment on, we'll leave it at what an incredible experience, so many fun times to be had, and special moments.
The one thing I really must comment on was your 1/2 spilled Stella. Indeed a tragedy. I love Stella!

Thanks for sharing!

Thank you so much for following along & for the lovely comments! I'm a self taught photographer & I do photography as a side job (weddings, portraits etc). I love it! It gets cumbersome at times to take pictures while at Disney but I'm so glad I did afterwards as I create photo books for memories.

Try a trip report...no need to be intimidated as its your experience & it will be very useful to others. You can do it!

I just returned from surprising my parents with a trip to Disney and considering a trip report. My parents first trip back in 20 years!

The spilled Stella was very tragic.
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Old 03-11-2013, 06:08 PM   #87
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Love your trip report! Going on a girls trip with my cousin and a friend on the Fantasy April 13th-20th (Western carribean cruise). Can't wait to hear more from your trip. The Fantasy looks absolutely BEAUTIFUL

Are there any things that are a "must-see" or "must-do" on the ship that you would recommend?

Thanks for sharing your trip with us!
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Love your trip report! Going on a girls trip with my cousin and a friend on the Fantasy April 13th-20th (Western carribean cruise). Can't wait to hear more from your trip. The Fantasy looks absolutely BEAUTIFUL

Are there any things that are a "must-see" or "must-do" on the ship that you would recommend?

Thanks for sharing your trip with us!

Congrats on the cruise! Western is ok my bucket list. You are going to have an amazing time.

Thank you for the nice comments & reading my report. I appreciate it.

A must do for me is definitely palo brunch. For $20 a person, it's a total bargain. Not only is the food very very good you also get a complimentary glass of champagne or a mimosa. It was really nice atmosphere plus no kids under age 18. I love my daughter but it was such a treat to eat in silence & have great conversations as well. They also had Alaskan king crab legs on the buffet. Yummy! I asked for a side of butter and went to town. I'll be posting a palo brunch review at some point.

I also wished I could have spent some time in the lounges And get a drink from each place. I was just too tired to indulge in post 11pm activities.

I would grab a drink and just explore the ship. Even though I was on a 7 day I still didn't get to see the entire ship. There's just so much to look at and enjoy.

Another tip is to get on castaway cay as soon as you can. There are so many wonderful activities to partake in. I went on an awesome bike ride and wished I had more time. The water is fantastic as well.

I also loved sitting on my balcony at night and drinking a nice glass if wine. I also enjoyed the quiet mornings on my balcony as well. Explore the ship early in the morning as no one else is up or in your way.

The time passed so quickly for me. I can't wait to go back for round 2 at some point.

Enjoy that cruise...please to a TR. I'd love to read about it!
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Congrats on the cruise! Western is ok my bucket list. You are going to have an amazing time.

Thank you for the nice comments & reading my report. I appreciate it.

A must do for me is definitely palo brunch. For $20 a person, it's a total bargain. Not only is the food very very good you also get a complimentary glass of champagne or a mimosa. It was really nice atmosphere plus no kids under age 18. I love my daughter but it was such a treat to eat in silence & have great conversations as well. They also had Alaskan king crab legs on the buffet. Yummy! I asked for a side of butter and went to town. I'll be posting a palo brunch review at some point.

I also wished I could have spent some time in the lounges And get a drink from each place. I was just too tired to indulge in post 11pm activities.

I would grab a drink and just explore the ship. Even though I was on a 7 day I still didn't get to see the entire ship. There's just so much to look at and enjoy.

Another tip is to get on castaway cay as soon as you can. There are so many wonderful activities to partake in. I went on an awesome bike ride and wished I had more time. The water is fantastic as well.

I also loved sitting on my balcony at night and drinking a nice glass if wine. I also enjoyed the quiet mornings on my balcony as well. Explore the ship early in the morning as no one else is up or in your way.

The time passed so quickly for me. I can't wait to go back for round 2 at some point.

Enjoy that cruise...please to a TR. I'd love to read about it!
Thank you very much for all the suggestions! We were wanting to do the Palo brunch but it is sold out! I think we are going to try to see if there are any openings when we get on the ship...(fingers crossed)! I absolutely love Castaway Cay! The last time we were there we rode bikes and it was sooo nice I think we are going to do the Castaway Cay 5k this time maybe and we are going parasailing too

Ok, enough rambling on from me...

Thanks again!
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Thank you very much for all the suggestions! We were wanting to do the Palo brunch but it is sold out! I think we are going to try to see if there are any openings when we get on the ship...(fingers crossed)! I absolutely love Castaway Cay! The last time we were there we rode bikes and it was sooo nice I think we are going to do the Castaway Cay 5k this time maybe and we are going parasailing too

Ok, enough rambling on from me...

Thanks again!

Castaway 5k...I feel so lazy now!

Keep trying for palo brunch or book as soon as you board. It's so worth it.
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