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Old 06-07-2013, 05:45 PM   #196
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Hi Ellen! Antonio LOVES the kids areas.....there are so many amazing things to do there. Speaking of the Toy Story room, they have the kids pretend they are toys and the counselor shouts "Mom is coming" and they all drop to the floor, then she shouts "Sid is coming" and they all run around screaming then hide. It's so funny to watch.

OMG, that is HILARIOUS!!!!!! I love it!

Miss you -- you're right, the weather here is horrible this weekend! I can't believe how cold it is. Our pool opened yesterday, so here it is the first weekend of "summer" and we're running around with coats on. Ridiculous! I hear it's going to warm up this week and next should be in the 80's, so perhaps we can get some swimming in then. The water will be frigid, although that won't matter to any of the kids.

Miss you, too! We should definitely plan something in July-

I didn't know that a tornado was reported at the port that day. Holy cow! I can't say I'm surprised considering how windy it became. I'm glad we were indoors at the time. We walked through the atrium during sailaway and it was just way too crowded, so we skipped it and went straight through to the kids club and I guess that's when you snapped our picture!

You didn't? Alex told me when I went to Pink after Sail away- and yes, it was CRAZEEE crowded, it was smart not to stay-

Enjoy the rest of the weekend -- tell Tim that Antonio says hello!
Timmy says hi back!

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Andy's room is awesome! Toy Story is still one of my family's favorites.

Us too. I think it is Sean's favorite by far.

Cool rainbow.

That's neat they brought the sail away party inside; Disney thinks of everything. It does look very crowded though.
It was NUTS! But MUCH better than no sail away, most definitely.

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The kids clubs are just fabulous. I too have done a sail away party in the Atrium. From what I was told, we were the first ones to do it on the Dream....lucky us.
Right- lucky you! If you look at the webcam pics, there are very, very few who are as lucky as us.
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Old 06-07-2013, 05:58 PM   #197
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LMAO, you are RIGHT!! I actually had guilt that I was letting you down not having a DOTD!

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BLEH on the weather and frankly double BLEH on the inside party...I'd have been hightailing it out of there too...it makes me want it to be five o'clock just looking at those crowds. Fun tour of the kids area, I really hope at some point my boys like the teen club, the tween one just didn't do it for them but K did love the teen one. I wish they'd been young enough to really use the kids ones, they look amazing.
Timmy loved Vibe- he had such a great time on this trip, I hope your boys will like it, too!

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Did you leave April 22 or March 22. If it was April 22 I missed you again by 2 days.

I said April? DUH- it was March. And it is SO nice to see you, OhMari!

Edit, just got caught up. Your first post says you left on April 22, but then I read the rest and you kept referring to the week before Easter.

You always write the best descriptive TR's. My sons grew at the age of 13/14 too. My son actually fainted one day when he was that age. We had him checked out and they found out he needed to drink more water to keep his blood pumping. He grew so fast, the blood was pumping to slow from his legs and back to his heart and to his head. He was always light headed and dizzy and tired. Water did the trick.
Aww, thanks! And what fantastic advice- I bet Timmy is NOT drinking enough water- thank you for the tip, we will give it a shot!
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2 Things about your TR that just made my day are:


** SEE POSTING #162 FOR THIS ONE**
1) "my calendar says its
Moscato or margarita Monday
Tequila Tuesday
Kettle Juan Wednesday lol or wine down Wednesday
Triple Shot Thursday
Fudge Friday (what I drank all week I need some sweets now) lol

Which usually leads to Sloppy Saturday and Sleep it off Sinday lmao "





and now this one:

Originally Posted by toniosmom
Hi Ellen! Antonio LOVES the kids areas.....there are so many amazing things to do there. Speaking of the Toy Story room, they have the kids pretend they are toys and the counselor shouts "Mom is coming" and they all drop to the floor, then she shouts "Sid is coming" and they all run around screaming then hide. It's so funny to watch. OMG, that is HILARIOUS!!!!!! I love it!






ANYWHO -

Now ONLY if I could have "Andy's Room" for my spare bedroom decor.......
the "Tojo toilet" (near DL Tokyo) in my Master bedroom bathroom.......

AND.........

the heated recliners from the Vista Spa & Salon in my living room.....


WOW!!!!



I'd be set!!




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2 Things about your TR that just made my day are:


** SEE POSTING #162 FOR THIS ONE**
1) "my calendar says its
Moscato or margarita Monday
Tequila Tuesday
Kettle Juan Wednesday lol or wine down Wednesday
Triple Shot Thursday
Fudge Friday (what I drank all week I need some sweets now) lol

Which usually leads to Sloppy Saturday and Sleep it off Sinday lmao "


This girl Drea is even more funny in person, if you can imagine that!


and now this one:

Originally Posted by toniosmom
Hi Ellen! Antonio LOVES the kids areas.....there are so many amazing things to do there. Speaking of the Toy Story room, they have the kids pretend they are toys and the counselor shouts "Mom is coming" and they all drop to the floor, then she shouts "Sid is coming" and they all run around screaming then hide. It's so funny to watch. OMG, that is HILARIOUS!!!!!! I love it!






ANYWHO -

Now ONLY if I could have "Andy's Room" for my spare bedroom decor.......
the "Tojo toilet" (near DL Tokyo) in my Master bedroom bathroom.......

AND.........

the heated recliners from the Vista Spa & Salon in my living room.....


WOW!!!!



I'd be set!!




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I decided to go say hi to my friend Alex who was over there in Pink-





Seriously, how cute is she??? She really rocks that brown UPS uniform, doesn't she? I believe I had a glass of Moet Ice- but I don't have a photo, so maybe I didn't. It was great to catch up with her- and spend the first of MANY hours in Pink visiting. Then I went to check on Timmy. On the way, I saw Freedom of the Seas sailing next to us-





Kara would be sailing on her for spring break one week from that day. I actually am thinking about cruising on her next summer, but I think we are going to try Allure instead- it will be our last family cruise for a while, because Tyler doesn't think he will want to cruise if he can't meet kids in the teen club after he turns 18. (Right now we are booked on NCL Breakaway, which I am 90% sure I am going to cancel, even though it would be soooo convenient, sailing out of NY. Several things I am reading on CC bother me about her, most especially all the smoking- it is pretty much allowed everywhere, and the Casino is open to the atrium, so the smoke permeates most of the indoor spaces. I gave up smoking before I got pregnant with Sean, and I really just do not like the smell now- sorry if that offends anyone).

Back in the cabin, I woke Timmy and got ready for dinner. Tonight we were in EG, and we were pretty curious to see who our tablemates would be (on all of our other cruises we had our own table). We were second seating at 8:15 (I don't think I would ever do the earlier seating if I didn't have to, it's just too early for me personally). As it turned out, we were with 2 other families similar to ours- A Grandmother and grandson who was a year younger than Tim and a Dad and son. As soon as we were seated, we were brought a bottle of red wine- my TA, Marilyn had sent us one- so nice of her! Of course I asked the other adults if they would like to share- and Steve did. Then he ordered a white, and we all had a glass of that as well- this table mate situation was going pretty well! Actually, he and I alternated nights after this, and we all enjoyed the wine together- Grandma apparently didn't understand how the monetary system worked, and just said thank you each time. Really it was ok, she was so sweet, and I absolutely adored her grandson- he was a fantastic artist- I just think I would have had a hard time doing that myself.

The BEST part of our tablemates was, however, Steve and his son, Avery. I swear, we felt like Disney must have bugged our homes to find out about us to match us up! Tim and Avery's first conversation went like this-

Avery- So what are you into?
Tim- I like sports.
A- Me too! Baseball is my favorite- I'm a huge Yankee fan.
T- Me too!
A- We are going to a Yankees Spring training game the day we get off the ship-
T- We went to a Yankees Spring training game yesterday!
A- Do you play?
T- Yea- on 2 travel teams, one for my middle school, one AAU.
A- Me too! I play 1st base and pitch.
T- Me too! I play 1st Base and pitch!

Ok- so it was like Timmy was meeting the West Coast version of himself- it was CRAZEEEEEE AWESOME!!!!!!!

Then it got even crazier.

So we are talking about where our spouses are (no, he was not married to a CPA who couldn't travel during tax season) and Steve says his wife works for Disney in their TV programming dept (she is an attorney). This cruise was during pilot season, so it would be impossible for her to take time off. I then mentioned that a friend of mine was actually writing a pilot, but for another network. Steve started to tell me how difficult a business it is to break into, and good luck, etc, and I said, well, he actually does already write a lot of other things- in fact, he was just nominated for an Oscar for his latest film, Life of Pi. And Steve says, "David Magee?"

And timmy says, "You know David Magee?"

"Yea- my best friend is his agent!"

OMG- how small is the world, people. I am floating in the ocean on a cruise ship and the guy sitting across from me, a total stranger, knows my good friend from home.

AND his son is the west coast version of Timmy.

Too weird!

Anyway, all of this was going on while they brought out our apps, so no pics to share, sorry! Although I do remember I had •Ahi Tuna and Avocado Tower
With Crispy Noodles and Wasabi Dressing , and it was very, very good. For a main course, I had Prime Rib because our lovely server recommended it- although I no longer see it on the current menu- now it is NY Strip.



Timmy tried •Marjoram Scented Organic Chicken
Half a Chicken served with Baked Sweet Potatoes and Sautéed Baby Spinach



He enjoyed it. Well- the chicken. God forbid he eat spinach or sweet potatoes. I have to admit, I felt a little stupid explaining why I was taking photos of our food- fortunately, I got over myself after this first night.



For dessert, I decided to go sugar free-•Strawberry Cheesecake
With Whipped Cream and Fruit Coulis



It was very light, I enjoyed it. Timmy and Avery took off for Vibe right after our main courses- Avery had also been asked if he would like to hang in Vibe instead of Edge (He was a few months younger than 14) so off they went. I said goodbye to my new friends, and went off to visit Alex in Pink- once again, no photos- but I do know for sure that this time I had a Moet Ice with a lemon peel. Sooooooooo good, that champagne! I decided to go into Evolution to see the Magician after that- but I never made it. When I was walking through Skyline, a girl at the bar screamed, "ELLEN!" and I got to meet the lovely Princess Bette. She was enjoying her second Ooh La La and thanked me for writing about it (along with Kara) in last year's DISmom TR. AND they were making them like martinis- not mojitos- so of course I had to change plans and have one too!



I had a really good time getting to know Bette and her DH- she was such a sweetheart! I wish I had seen more of her on the cruise.....anywho, after that it was time for me to hit the sack- it had really been a very long day. On the way to the cabin-



I really hate how crooked that pic is. In our cabin, Timmy's bed was made up, but he was not in it. I guess he was too busy having fun in Vibe with his new BFF.



That was ok- I had this cutie to keep me company-





See you soon with Day 2 in Nassau!




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Day 2 we would be docking in Nassau- and our plan was to stay onboard and act like it was a sea day. I didn't want to go to Atlantis, I'm saving that for a trip in itself when my boys are in college, and with only 4 days on the Dream, Timmy didn't want to get off anyway. Fine by me! We were going to start our day with something new that I had meant to do on the last cruise, but didn't- have the Table service breakfast in Royal Palace. On the way-



The menu-



Our server from dinner, Heidi, was working here this day, and when she saw us, she escorted us to one of her tables. Timmy was nice enough to join me on this particular morning-





I forgot to mention in my last post, our dinner servers were Heidi and her asst. was Francisco. We thought both of them (and our head server) were fantastic! I was actually very impressed when Heidi recognized us, like she has known us for years. Do they get photos of all their tables or something? Because even the Dining Room Head Server recognized me at CC! I didn't even know who he was, but he knew me! Anyway, Timmy started with a donut-



I wanted to try Mango Mountain Hike
fresh blend of mangoes, honey, granola and low-fat yogurt. When I ordered it, Heidi tried to explain to me that it was blended- but I did not understand until it was put in front of me.



She was so sweet, she was very worried I might not like it because it was almost like a drink- but the flavor of it was so good! Timmy had Disney Cruise Line Breakfast Trio
French toast, Belgian waffle, and buttermilk pancakes served with cinnamon butter, syrup and whipped cream, accompanied with bacon



He probably finished about half- it was a lot of food. I went with Traditional Eggs Benedict
Toasted English muffin with grilled Canadian bacon, served with poached egg topped with hollandaise sauce, grilled roma tomatoes and link sausages



I had not had that in such a long time- and it was very, very yummy. So yummy, in fact, that I had to come back here another morning to have it again! I was really loving this non-buffet brekkie!



Once done, tim rushed off to Vibe....and I did what was MOST important, went to book another cruise!



Funny thing about this particular booking- I know this woman got everything right, I saw her do it. But when we got the confirmation, it was for 2 cabins, one for me & Tim, one for Pods & Tyler. Except.....this was the cruise we were going to take with no kids, and 2 other couples on November 13, 2014- Joan & Peter already had their cabin, and I just needed to get cabins for Pods & I and Evie & Tom. ANd THEN....the next confirmation had Evelyn Tom in that cabin- with Santo Salvo. Except...their name is Evelyn and Tom SantoSalvo- so....how weird! Now, of course, in case you have not heard, we have been switched to October 23rd, in the great Dream/Magic/Wonder/Miami/Port Canaveral switcheroo of Fall 2014. BIZARRE. I also picked up a cool drawstring DVC bag from the DVC desk while I was there. Then changed into gym clothes and worked out-







Then back up to the cabin to change into my swimsuit, passing by the laundry near us on the way-





I bet that room does not see a lot of action on a 3 or 4 night cruise! Up on deck, who should I see but Timmy- who said the door to Vibe was locked, and he couldn't get in (more on that later). So we decided to ride the Aquaduck- the wait was about 30 minutes. So much for being in port, looks like no one wants to go to Nassau, huh?



See where the line began?



The CM would not let me ride with my camera, so I left to get rid of it. But first-



Really, no big deal getting rid of the camera- on the NCL Breakaway (the ship we are cancelling next summer) they won't let you ride the slides with jewelry- so if you can't get your wedding ring off, you don't get to slide. Probably you are allowed to smoke on the slides, though.

Really enjoyed the ride, but when we got off Tim did not want to wait in the line again, and he took off to shoot hoops. I went to have a coffee at Vista Café because Alex was working, and she clued me in about Vibe- the kids who are the right age are issued different room keys when they board that will open the door. (I thought it was odd that a DCL kids club would be closed, even on a port day! Of course, on NCL Breakaway, the clubs are closed til 7pm on Port days. Oh man, I really need to cancel that cruise! I don't like that ship at all, can you tell? ). So I ran to Customer Service, and they issued Tim a new card, which I then ran to the Sports deck to give to him. He was a VERY happy boy!

Me? I went up to be a grown up on the Adult deck.





It was very empty up there- it was also not broiling hot like it was last May. Very nice!

OK- time for a little break- Photobucket is being a royal PITA.... see ya later!




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I bet your booking showed up like that as I think with the new restrictions you can only book 2 cabins on the same cruise if it is family.

I am SO sad we didn't have breakfast at RP, that looks and sounds perfect. Very glad Tim got his correct card, it seems to me that K's was changed at Vibe, it didn't start out that way but they swapped it on her first visit.

How lovely that you has such great servers!

Nice start to the day!
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We are booked on the Fantasy for August 2014. But on Allure, we can get the same itinerary, with TWO balcony cabins for less than the cost of one on the Fantasy.

The only thing holding me back from switching is Michael. He loves, loves, loves the DCL kids clubs. He will only be 8 next year. I think I have to stay with Disney for him, for now. Change is not his thing at all. Guess I will just have to accept that extra cost as all part of the Disney magic.

When he gets older though, RCL is definitely going to be the way we go.
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Ellen I had the exact same breakfast as you !! Twice in fact !!It was delish both times !!!I am a smoker what was the cruise line again !!How neat that your dinner partners were so compatible !!!!
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Ah, just what I needed, another Ellen update!

Isn't that too funny how DCL are able to pick the BEST table mates? We met some of our best friends that way.
But to pick boys who are almost "identical" in their interests is awesome.
Funny about grandma I am sure she enjoyed your company.

Ellen, didn't I always tell you to have breakfast at RP? We just love it there and I usually have the same breakfast you had (exchange the Mango thingy for the strawberry one. )

What a LONG line for the Aquaduck!!! We rode it last in the summer (too cold for us in February) and went when the show and first dinner seating were on. We more or less had it to ourselves. We rode 5 times in a row.

Okay. Guess that's it, I am finally, slowly catching up on all my threads. Not that I have been away, but we had a bit of a natural disaster in our area (see pics on my PTR )
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Hey! How's my favorite San Fran tour guide? Just over two months til we arrive- and I will most definitely be doing a CA TR- I am going to do my best to finish this one in July so that I won't have so many going at once (I also have a DISmoms TR going now. that is a VERY different vacay from this mommy and me one, LOL! No 5:00 problem on THAT trip! ).

I think I have my San Fran stuff just about figured out- for a nice dinner, Pods and I are going to try Boulevard without the boys- we feel like its close enough to the Hyatt to feel comfortable leaving T&T. REALLY I wanted to go to Chez Panisse, I am a HUGE Alice Waters fan, but ultimately we did not feel right leaving the boys with that much of a distance, of course, so we'll save it for a wine country trip in the future. I have the Boulevard cookbook, so I have eaten that food and LOVED it (WOW! Is it a process to produce, but glorious results) so I am happy with Boulevard, I think. I also have Pier 23, Hog Island, Sotto Mare, and Scomas, on my list but I keep flip flopping on Scomas. I just saw a Diners drive ins dives with a cool little diner but the name escapes me- kind of a fusion of Asian and Mexican food? Very cheap, looks amazing! Dim Sum for lunch one day- any place you'd recommend for that?Planning to visit the Ferry Building often! Waffles at Blue Bottle and the pochetta Sammy from Prather Ranch. We have hired White Lion for a 4 hour tour, renting a car to hike Muir Woods one the morning, Alcatraz one morning, bikes over the bridge Sausalito for lunch and ferry back, Giants tour.....also want to do Segways through Golden Gate Park-doing Lands End and the Cliff House for lunch on our way out- hope to meet you Sat morning at the Ferry Building before we head out-really looking forward to it! I hope Timmy can stay awake!
What about So Cal? Need any help?


So I saw you mentioned about the whole random placement of you with the other kid who was Tim's clone. I can guarantee you that this is no random act. I have suspected since 2010 that Disney kept a Dossier on us and that was confirmed at least two years later. I'm not sure what prompts the capture of that Dossier, but things like DVC frequent cruising and other things put you in their "list".
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When we meet up in August I'll tell you my personal experience but I'm sure you're on the list and they knew to place you with others sharing your interests and stuff.
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Oh Ellen - I miss your TR's, so I am happy to see you are bumped this morning.

Alex really does know how to rock that UPS uniform! OMG! That goodness she's so adorable.

Yay to Timmy for meeting his alter-ego.

Food looks amazing and I could go for that breakfast right about now!

Great pictures. Can't wait for me cruise!
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Hi Ellen! How is baseball season going? I'm surprised you had time to update.

May I say WOW! The Dream has amazing detail, especially the kids' area! I don't think I have seen any pics from any other passengers - thanks for sharing those. Too bad about the rained out sail away - looks like they have figured out how to handle it as best they can.

Yeah, the smokey Breakaway doesn't sound too appealing -

I had the same reaction from my server when I tried to order Karin's fav breakfast item - the Tugboat - like she said, a strawberry version of the mango thingy. Thinking it was yogurt and granola, I only wanted that - he kept saying, "no, it's not enough - I bring you a real breakfast!"
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Loving the pictures of the Dream. What great tablemates! Nice for Timmy to have someone to chat with.
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Love that you booked another cruise! You have so many fun future trips - Disney and other- in the works!!

Sounds like your tablemate arrangement couldn't have been any better!!

So glad Timmy found a friend and enjoyed Vibe.
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