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Old 04-12-2013, 08:33 PM   #316
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Let's have some fun

So as we get closer to sailing together, I think it would be great to have a short question and answer session.

I will start it off. Some of the questions may have already been answered, but it so hard to go back and look at times.

Where are you from?

Florida

How long have you been cruising?

First one was in 2004, took a long break until 2011, then one in 2012 and this will be the fourth one.


Have you booked any excursions?

No we will mostly likley walk to the Pirate's museum in Nassau, and then look for the Starbucks, so I can log onto my class as I am in my last class towards my Masters Degree.

What are you looking forward to the most about this cruise?

Seeing my kids faces when they realize we are cruising. Priceless.

What are you least looking forward to about this cruise?

Seeing my kids faces when they realize we have to get off.

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Old 04-12-2013, 10:49 PM   #317
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Where are you from?

Anchorage, AK (originally from Pittsburgh, PA and lived in Houston, TX for a few years)

How long have you been cruising?

First one was in May 2010 and we've been cruising every year since. This cruise will be number 8 for me and number 9 for Clint.


Have you booked any excursions?

No. We are thinking about walking to the Queen's Staircase and checking out the fort in Nassau.

What are you looking forward to the most about this cruise?

Being in the Disney bubble!

What are you least looking forward to about this cruise?

Waking up early :-p
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Old 04-12-2013, 11:57 PM   #318
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New to DISboards

New to the DISboards. Just signed up for this cruise about two weeks ago. This will be our fourth cruise, all Disney, but didn't realize there were any special things between passengers, like special lanyards and FE stuff.

My wife Karen and I are originally from SW Pennsylvania, but have lived in Florida since '87. Staying in 8576 on recomendation of travel agent. I won't be spending much time on veranda since I get extremely motion sick and will be the passenger wearing sea bands, the behind the ear patch and eating bonine.

We both collect pins and hope they still have the pin board out every evening for trading. Our last cruise was in 2008, so we're really looking forward to this one. Karen would like to do a 7 day cruise around October and is already checking out the prices. Karen considers this her birthday cruise, even though her birthday was near the first of March.

Hope to meet up with some of you.
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Old 04-13-2013, 12:50 AM   #319
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New to the DISboards. Just signed up for this cruise about two weeks ago. This will be our fourth cruise, all Disney, but didn't realize there were any special things between passengers, like special lanyards and FE stuff.

My wife Karen and I are originally from SW Pennsylvania, but have lived in Florida since '87. Staying in 8576 on recomendation of travel agent. I won't be spending much time on veranda since I get extremely motion sick and will be the passenger wearing sea bands, the behind the ear patch and eating bonine.

We both collect pins and hope they still have the pin board out every evening for trading. Our last cruise was in 2008, so we're really looking forward to this one. Karen would like to do a 7 day cruise around October and is already checking out the prices. Karen considers this her birthday cruise, even though her birthday was near the first of March.

Hope to meet up with some of you.
Welcome to the cruise!! Also, welcome to Disboards!! We are here to answer any questions you may have and to have fun together on board.

They will have pins out for trading, and they will have pin trading with the officers one night.
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Old 04-13-2013, 12:55 AM   #320
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Lanyard name badges have been printed!!! Last thing on the to do list is pack next weekend!
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Old 04-13-2013, 10:10 AM   #321
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A few introductions...

Hi Everyone,

It has been so fun to read through this thread and hear that there are so many others on our cruise who are every bit as excited as we are. First things first:

EmptyLot - Anthony (31), Tiffany (29) - 9548 - Late

This is the MV for both of us and Disney was the only option in our minds. We live on the west side of Orlando, about 15-minutes from WDW. I know this will make many of you jealous, so apologies in advance, but this has allowed us to spend a lot of time in our "happiest place." Many evenings, we just go down for dinner and to people-watch. The busy days and occasional long lines don't bother us, because we know that we can just come down another day. OK, OK, for those of you that are still freezing your butts off in Michigan, I'll stop. My point is that for us, it's more about the Disney atmosphere as opposed to the mad dash to take it all in. I know we are very fortunate.

Tiffany and I have a long history with Disney. I spent much of my childhood in the Orlando and Tampa area, and feel like my siblings and I grew up in the various theme parks. One of the things that brought Tiffany and I together was our affection for the Disney parks. I worked up what became an elaborate marriage proposal via park-wide scavenger hunt within the MK (For the sappy among you, click here for our written accounts of the day).

Our wedding wasn't Disney-themed per se, but we did hide Hidden Mickeys in things, and created Fast Passes to dismiss tables for dinner (photo here). We also had a live jazz trio that played Disney tunes throughout the reception.

Since we've been married, we've been making our rounds at the WDW resorts. We spent our wedding night in a suite at the Grand Floridian (thanks to the no-charge upgrade from the CMs!). So far, we've done Wilderness Lodge (3x), Animal Kingdom Lodge, All-Star Music (clearly these are in no particular order), Polynesian, Yacht Club and the Dolphin. Wilderness Lodge is definitely our favorite, but we're big outdoorsy people anyway, so that probably makes sense. Technically, the cruise is supposed to be our 2-year anniversary celebration, but I don't think we'll be able to resist a resort stay that weekend as well, since the cruise is two weeks before the actual day. We have our sights on Port Orleans - French Quarter or a repeat of the YC.

So that's us. We love to travel and do it as much as we are able. We spent 2 weeks in Europe for our honeymoon. We did some of the obvious things, like DL Paris, but also so not so obvious things like tour many of the locations shown in Epcot's "France" movie, and two days hiking around the Matterhorn. The real one. Are we fanatics? Sure, I suppose you could say that. But other than on boards like this one, we tend to stay pretty subtle about it. Disney is definitely special to us and something that we enjoy together.

On a side note, we may not know much about Disney cruisin', but if you guys ever have any questions about the WDW parks or resorts, feel free to ask away. All our friends and family do, and we're passionate about helping everyone experience the very best Disney has to offer and appreciate it the way we do.

Tootles for now, we'll see you on board!

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Old 04-13-2013, 10:46 AM   #322
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Thanks for the heads up on the angry Donalds. I found some. I did Google and search the Dis, but I have no idea what I was thinking about when I put in the search terms, but was only getting regular Donalds.

Where from?

Mid-Michigan, supposed to get snow today. 14 Days and counting at least. I'm READY!!!

How long have you been crusing?

This is our second cruise. First was in Feb. of 2010 with the kids on the Wonder.

Shore excursions?

We don't have anything planned for Nassau. If we get off the ship, just walk to the Queen's staircase or something relatively easy. At the Cay, we're feeding the stingrays. Otherwise, its just enjoy the weather and have fun.

What do you look forward to most?

Getting away from everything. Celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary and we are going without the kids. They are none too happy about that at all.

What do I look forward to the least?

Getting off the ship. Although, we're spending 2 more days at the World before we head back to reality.
When I get back, I have to start back to work and school, NO THANKS!!!
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Old 04-13-2013, 10:55 AM   #323
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Where are you from?

Bruce County Ontario Canada

How long have you been cruising?

We haven't this is our first!

Have you booked any excursions?

Just the stingrays at the Cay. Gonna play the rest by ear. Kids think they just want to stay on the ship.

What are you looking forward to the most about this cruise?

Have no idea...

What are you least looking forward to about this cruise?

2 days in the car with 3 kids on the way there and on the way back...
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Old 04-13-2013, 12:26 PM   #324
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Where are you from?


Oregon for the first 24 years of my life then North Carolina


How long have you been cruising?


First one on the Wonder in 2007, Magic 2008, Wonder 2009, Wonder Back to Back 2010, Magic 2011, Dream 2011, Fantasy 2012, Magic 2013 and this will be cruise #10!


Have you booked any excursions?


No - I don't plan to get off the boat in Nassau and just a beach day at Castaway Cay.


What are you looking forward to the most about this cruise?


Aqua Duck, food, Castaway Cay, no work, sun, Castaway Cay, food. . .


What are you least looking forward to about this cruise?


The 9 hour drive each way.
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Old 04-13-2013, 12:33 PM   #325
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If you don't get it before you you get to port you can always post it on my door. We've never done an inside stateroom before, so we don't plan on upgrading.
Still no room # yet. I'm starting to wonder if OGT is Deck 4 chairs.

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When you figure out how to manufacture more time to make another FE hanger PLEASE let the rest of us know the secret ! You could become a very rich lady.
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Old 04-13-2013, 01:15 PM   #326
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Still no room # yet. I'm starting to wonder if OGT is Deck 4 chairs.



Those deck 4 chairs are some of my favorite! Too bad there is not a secret deck 7 aft area like on the wonder/magic. Or is there and we just haven't found it yet...
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Old 04-13-2013, 01:43 PM   #327
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Where are you from?
We live outside of Atlanta GA
But, I'm from NW PA & hubby grew up outside of Rochester NY
MIL & FIL are from SE PA originally but they now live outside of ATL too

How long have you been cruising?
I cruised in 2005 on RC with my roomies in college, but for hubby, our son MIL & FIL it's the very first - I'm excited for all of us

Have you booked any excursions?
Yep, we are doing the submarine boat thing in Nassau & then hubby and FIL are going fishing at Castaway Cay ( MIL got spa stuff for us so she wanted something fun for them too haha)


What are you looking forward to the most about this cruise? Our son's face when he meets Mickey! (& pretty much everything else!)
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Old 04-13-2013, 03:05 PM   #328
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Where are you from?

Tampa Bay, FL

How long have you been cruising?

first on carnival in 2005, then a couple Alaska cruises on HAL. Switched to Disney in 2008 (i think) and never looked back. 3 Eastern Carribean on the magic, a 4 and 5 night on the Wonder, and a 4 nighty on the Dream. Its been a year and a half and were going thru withdrawals! Had a baby in November though so we had to give up cruises for about 9 months lol

Have you booked any excursions?

No - We don't plan to get off the boat in Nassau and just a beach day at Castaway Cay.

What are you looking forward to the most about this cruise?

Kids going to the Oceaneer Club, Lab, and Small world nursery, us going to Quiet Cove! Being treated like gold by the crew and CMs, and treating them the same way of course!
The shows, Castaway Cay (including 5k), and not having to cook for 4 days!

What are you least looking forward to about this cruise?
The Bill! Haha, and leaving the ship of course although this time were heading to OKW at WDW for 2 nights after the cruise so that will help ease us back into reality!
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Those deck 4 chairs are some of my favorite! Too bad there is not a secret deck 7 aft area like on the wonder/magic. Or is there and we just haven't found it yet...
There was a lounge in the top of the smokestack on the Fantasy that we found. You take the elevator (or stairs) to the edge and it's there. Great views! We found it during the day and never did visit at night.

Not quite as nice as the deck 7 area, but pretty cool.
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Old 04-13-2013, 05:39 PM   #330
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Where are you from?

Tampa Bay, FL

How long have you been cruising?

first on carnival in 2005, then a couple Alaska cruises on HAL. Switched to Disney in 2008 (i think) and never looked back. 3 Eastern Carribean on the magic, a 4 and 5 night on the Wonder, and a 4 nighty on the Dream. Its been a year and a half and were going thru withdrawals! Had a baby in November though so we had to give up cruises for about 9 months lol

Have you booked any excursions?

No - We don't plan to get off the boat in Nassau and just a beach day at Castaway Cay.

What are you looking forward to the most about this cruise?

Kids going to the Oceaneer Club, Lab, and Small world nursery, us going to Quiet Cove! Being treated like gold by the crew and CMs, and treating them the same way of course!
The shows, Castaway Cay (including 5k), and not having to cook for 4 days!

What are you least looking forward to about this cruise?
The Bill! Haha, and leaving the ship of course although this time were heading to OKW at WDW for 2 nights after the cruise so that will help ease us back into reality!
Hi neighbor, we live in Brandon. We thought about extending our vacation with a few days with WDW. But our daughter's class s going to legoland on Friday and she wants to go.
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