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View Poll Results: What do you enjoy/look forward to most about a repositioning cruise?
Different Ports of Call/Itinerary 44 38.26%
Variety of entertainment 14 12.17%
More opportunities to dine at Palo 8 6.96%
More Sea Days 84 73.04%
New and different dinner menus 20 17.39%
More interaction with cast and characters 19 16.52%
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Old 05-30-2013, 03:57 PM   #16
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Off to a great start! Too bad Lynda was so rude about you guys being treated as concierge.

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Thanks, Jill - I think we "met" on the Dis last year through my trip report on the Fantasy? I know Lynda is a great concierge - she wouldn't be with DCL if she wasn't, but DSis and I definitely felt like we were persona-non-grata with her. Whenever I saw her (which was not that much at all) but when I did see her I would say hello and I swear she never recognized me. I felt like I was invisible to her. It was uncomfortable. DSis and I did make a lot of effort to make sure they knew, that we knew, we weren't concierge. Any requests came from my parents only and DSis and I didn't go to the concierge only event (we went to the second one because Rodrigo pleaded with us to come).
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Interesting. The cast member at the top of the stairs told me the elevators were for disabled only. It made sense to me - there are so few elevators and so many people boarding at once. It was fine. I survived. It was an adventure!
Sorry now I am confused. I needed no elevator. I just walked right over to Studio Sea after they announced our names. Are you saying you wanted to use the elevator? Still wondering who forced you down the stairs? In terms of check in, I maybe the Platinum member that caused the delay. For some reason my KTTW would not print. My wife's printed just fine. It seemed mine caused the system to crash. It took about 30 min for me to get my KTTW card, and honestly the girl checking me in could not have been any nicer. I really do think she was embarrassed. So to those out there in concierge or my fellow Platinums, I am sorry. My fault.

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Old 05-30-2013, 04:19 PM   #18
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In the Stateroom

After the concierge meeting we went to our staterooms. Here's some photos to scroll through - our rooms were 8524 and 8522, though we often tried to open 8520 - sorry about that!

first the one-bedroom suite -








there is a tv in the bedroom and in the living room.





there are two bathrooms in the suite. This is the smaller one in the hallway and near the living room. This was "dad's bathroom".

This is the second closet - in the hallway opposite the bathroom - also designated for dad.





mom's walk-in closet



mom's bathroom

still in "mom's" bathroom

only the one-bedroom suite had the aftersun and the sea salt scrub.

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Old 05-30-2013, 04:20 PM   #19
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Now to DSis and my room - 8524
our bathroom

this is the hair dyer in our room. I brought a travel hair dryer from home that I was able to plug into the desk/vanity.



proof that my suitcases fit under the bed.

I really missed the tv that was here on the Fantasy, where the mirror is on this ship.

full-length mirror









Unlike on the Fantasy, the dividers between stateroom verandahs were able to be fully opened.
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Sorry now I am confused. I needed no elevator. I just walked right over to Studio Sea after they announced our names. Are you saying you wanted to use the elevator? Still wondering who forced you down the stairs? In terms of check in, I maybe the Platinum member that caused the delay. For some reason my KTTW would not print. My wife's printed just fine. It seemed mine caused the system to crash. It took about 30 min for me to get my KTTW card, and honestly the girl checking me in could not have been any nicer. I really do think she was embarrassed. So to those out there in concierge or my fellow Platinums, I am sorry. My fault.

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Yeah we were directed down the stairs above Tritons that go to the atrium (the ones the characters use). I guess if you were headed to studio sea you would just go there and not down the stairs. But we were heading to beach blanket for lunch so I think we ended up going down the stairs then walked by Tritons and the Promenade lounge to use the aft elevators to go up to the buffet. So yes we went down to go up but that seemed to be how they were directing us. On another thought maybe they were directing us to the stairs because of the concierge meeting in the Cadillac Lounge which is on the third floor. It was our first time on the Wonder and as they say never do anything for the first time.
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Maybe. No one directed me anywhere. Maybe because I was wearing my Platinum lanyard. I vaguely remember the CM just saying "you know the drill". So I never went to the stairs, and just walked to Studio Sea. I never even told the I was going there. Maybe they saw that gold room key and like you said wanted to get you to the reception.
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Old 05-31-2013, 02:06 PM   #22
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Getting Settled

One of the first things I do onboard is begin writing postcards. We got two postcards in each stateroom and I promptly began filling them out in hopes of mailing them from Castaway Cay. I had never done this before and it was on my DCL bucket list.


These postcards have yet to arrive at their destinations. Ill let you know when they arrive!

While Im writing post cards, DSis is unpacking. She discovered right away that two of the drawers would not open. So she called Dad over to check it out. I left them and went to the Guest Services desk to mail my postcards.



Here I am in line at Guest Services. This line was pretty beastly that first afternoon. This is where you have to go to book things like the drink tastings and where I went to get some stamps for my postcards  see I didnt use my parents concierge  at least not all the time! (We did book all of our drink tastings and spa treatments through the concierge during our meeting in the Cadillac Lounge.)


Then DSis and I met at the spa/fitness center for the spa drawing. I have never been present (which you must be to win) during one of my previous cruises and so this was another bucket list item to cross off. I didnt win and I was pretty surprised that so many people turned up for this  the place was packed.


Then back to the room and I find Dad like this. He had taken out all of the drawers and found the problem were some broken screws that made the drawers get stuck off track. With his Swiss Army knife (no Duct Tape this time) our MacGyver Dad got all the drawers fixed.


Our stateroom also had a light on the desk that blinked on and off the first week and never came back on the second week and the bunk bed in the ceiling mysteriously fell down one day and one day we came back to the room to see a repairman leaving. There were some stains on the carpet, the couch had lost its firmness, and the countertop had a mark that looked like it said Castaway Cay in reverse stained onto it, but otherwise the stateroom was in pretty decent shape for being as old as it is. And our parents one-bedroom suite was in perfect condition. Their couch was VERY comfortable.

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You all know the drill.

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Leaving Miami



For once I'm not wondering if this is my luggage.

appreciated seeing the security present

Is this gluten-free?



a little late, but they still caught us



feels like a cruise ship highway


No dolphins escorting us out of port today, but instead we believe these to be manatees.


or bubbling boulders.
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That evening

We have the late seating for dinner and the rotation PTA so we head to the theater for the Welcome Aboard show.


Afterwards we run into some people from our hometown and also say hello to the very good cruise director, Jimmy.


And we do a little shopping.



They had very few Panama Canal t-shirts out on the shop floor and there was a major “run” on them. The cast members told some people that these were all that they had, which was not true – even on the last day of the cruise there were plenty of Panama Canal t-shirts and items available. I think they only stock or display so many at a time, so don’t worry if you are on the Westbound or another unique cruise like this, they have plenty of merchandise, even if they seem to “run out” the first night.

Next we go to the 10th Deck to see the sunset




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Jeg snakker lit norsk. min oldemor kom fra Norge, og jeg har søskenbarn som fortsatt bodde der. You are the first person to understand my screen name! Yeah!
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I'm enjoying catching up on your trip report too. thanks for reading and I promise to have better photos soon!
Already amazed at how quickly you are moving with this TR! Lots of great pictures already. I came back from my vacation with 1650 pictures. And then I still regret not getting pictures of some things... You seem to have done a great job!

Love the pictures of your father with the Swiss Army knife! My father would be exactly the same way!!
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Dinner - Parrot Cay - Let the Magic Begin menu



Each night of the 14 night cruise was a different menu. We went to all the dinners except for Pirate Night, when we dined in Palo.

I have photos of the menus since I don't believe special menus are online somewhere else (I could be wrong though). A warning that flipping from "text" setting to "food" setting and snapping photos before our efficient and speedy server took the menu or my tablemates devoured their food was a constant challenge and not all the photos are so great. But I tried!



The second seating on our rotation was maybe 2/3 full and many of the tables near us were empty through the cruise. As another trip report from this cruise mentions, one of the restaurants was not in use second seating.




The Queen - Gin, Apricot Brandy, Bubbly








Prosciutto and Mozzarella Bruschetta - this was okay - tasted pretty salty but that comes with Prosciutto, but the paste was also what I think added to the saltiness.

Mom had the smoked salmon and enjoyed a lot of salmon on this trip.




The crab soup was rich and creamy as are many of their soups.






Mom had the seafood risotto


The rest of us had the Yachtsman steak. I would like to try this dish at the Yacht Club in WDW someday. This was good, but I'm sure not the same. A lot of the menu items were inspired by items at the WDW resort - coming from the mothership's test kitchen in Celebration we were told.



Polly wanted a cracker

Bliss Sundae
(Mom in the background has a pretty big scoop of ice cream on her spoon - think she gave me a scoop of vanilla for my apple tartin)

Apple Tartin
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[QUOTE=Flossbolna;48554277]Very proud to have deciphered your username!! I was an exchange student in Denmark when I was in high school and hence reading Norwegian is quite easy for me. But I would most likely not understand you if you spoke it.

Alcohol usually helps my fluency! I'm impressed you understood the screen name still.


Good luck with your photos and trip report!
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Thank you for your time to write and show lovely photos.

I enjoyed to read and see some photos and love sunset....

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I enjoyed to read and see some photos and love sunset....

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Thank you! We have friends from our first cruise (on the Magic two years ago) that live in Scotland. He looks like Mr. Incredible and she looks like the princess from Brave. Do you know them? Thanks again for posting!
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Thank you! We have friends from our first cruise (on the Magic two years ago) that live in Scotland. He looks like Mr. Incredible and she looks like the princess from Brave. Do you know them? Thanks again for posting!
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Just wonder how times you have been cruising with Disney?

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