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Old 04-14-2013, 08:45 PM   #11
Earning My Ears
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Vancouver, Canada
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Originally Posted by Conorama View Post
Day 4 - St. Thomas - part 2 - Getting back off the ship

After a quick lunch at Cabanas, we headed back off the ship. DH had big plans to buy a new camera, but we didn't have any ambition to shop 'til we dropped. We had done the main shopping strip in St. Thomas 5 years before, and the idea of doing that with a 4.5 year old convinced us to suck up some higher prices and shop at port - still duty free, which was the main deal. I amused Conor at tacky souvenir stores (great for the 4.5 year old set), while DH found his camera, in the space of about 20 minutes.

Here we have cool tourist boy - that is a real Tilley hat - a gift from my sister's in-laws - that thing rocks.

Butterfly farm

Back in the P-K days (pre-kid) DH and I had been to a butterfly farm in St. Martin and so I paid attention when I saw the signs for one "5 minute walk" from port. It was a 5 minute walk for normal humans, but not for a 4.5 year old who has to explore everything, however, we were not on a schedule ( a theme?) so we just meandered.

We arrived just as they were putting on a bird show just outside the shop- cool birds doing cool tricks - since one is supposed to pay to watch this extravaganza (included in the admission), we were good little tourists and went in to do so. I can't remember how much we paid, but it wasn't completely ridiculous - somewhere between $20 and $30 for the 3 of us? (Pales in comparison to the price of Port Adventures)

The farm itself is much smaller than the one at St. Martin, but, again, not a problem for the JK set. There were enough butterflies to keep him interested, and because it was small, we were able to make a quick exit when he decided he'd had enough. We refrained from buying anything in the shop.

My overall review? It's reasonably cheap, and the bird show was cool (birds walking on tight-ropes, etc.) and close to the ship - perfect for killing an hour with little kids - probably would bore older kids to tears, though.

And.... the Aquaduck!

Somewhat to our surprise, Mr. "I go down the Mickey slide slower than anyone else" really wanted to go on the Aquaduck. There was no way we were going to attempt the 20-30 minute line-ups on at-sea days, but a slightly rainy, definitely overcast at-port day was perfect.

Conor is 42 inches tall ... exactly - we know this since they had him take off his swim shoes and his swim hat to measure him - he just made it. I stayed on dry(ish) land to take photos. It was only about 10 minutes when I saw them come out the one side, so I was ready to capture this:

Yes, that is a photo of a boy holding on for dear life, while DH waved happily behind. Conor's declaration after getting off... "I do NOT want to do that again!!!" Too much speed, too many dips. Nope - roller coasters are not in our immediate future. Love my adventurous boy.

We dried the poor bedraggled soul off, got him changed, cuddled him, fed him ice cream, and by then, in typical resilient kid fashion, he was ready for a couple of hours at the club.

I believe DH and I headed to deck 4 to lounge in anticipation of ... PIRATE NIGHT - a HUGE night for us. You can keep your princess extravaganzas and character bonanzas.... we will take pirate night 1,000 times over... coming up next.
Hi. Enjoying your report from a first time DCL cruiser and a Canadian to boot! We're from Vancouver and will be going on our first DCL cruise on the Magic for an EBTA cruise on May 18. I understand how you and othe DISers feel about Air Canada. But having flown an various American Airlines and going to their airport lounges, I will take Air Canada in a heartbeat.

Thanks for sharing pics. It gives us a better idea on what our trip may look like. And yes, we'll take the Princess extravaganza? My twins DD3 and DS3, who will be celebrating their third b-day on the cruise can't wait to meet the Princesses. Even my DS wants to give them a hug...and a kiss. LOL Were there any characters from Disney's Pixar movies (Cars, Wreck-it-Ralph, Monsters, etc). Other than the Princesses, the twins aren't into the classic Disney characters, but they love Pixar.

How did you find the flight? Would appreciate any tips you can give us since it's the kids first flight? Sounds like Conor enjoyed the club. Did you feel comfy (and safe) leaving him there? On your trip, were the kids mostly his age and 3-year olds or was he mixed in with the older 7 or even 8 year olds? I've read in a number of reports that the Mickey pool was often (various times daily) closed due to cleaning due to kids' potty accidents. Did you experience that? Although it sounded like Conor enjoyed e slowest ride on the Mickey slide.

It's the twins first trip. I'm a little concerned with the flight times and how they will do (hopefully no sea-sickness) on the cruise. Thanks in advance.

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