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Old 06-09-2013, 08:25 AM   #211
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Fun update Ellen. Glad Tim found a friend to chill with. I'm hoping Joshua has such luck. Looks like you had a good balance of mommy/son time and you time.

And you went to the gym? Good girl! I always say I'm going to work out on vacation but never do.
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Hi Ellen!

Enjoying your report - entertaining and informative as always! Hoping you are having a great summer so far. It was so nice to meet you and spend a little time getting to know you. Thanks for the advice on DVC as well - haven't bought yet, but still considering it. Lots of changes here - I'm changing jobs - going full time. (Yay! More money for DCL!) We are looking to sell our home and buy another. Busy, busy, busy. So glad you and Timmy enjoyed your mommy and me cruise!

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How awesome that you had such great table mates. A match made in heaven. I am so glad it worked out so well for Timmy too. I have heard things about how Disney does such a great job at pairing people up and I just wonder how the heck they do it.

I wonder too how the cm's recognize everyone. I was in a port and our asst. server came over saying high to me and I had no clue who she was in her normal clothes. I thought it was so nice. Of course I tend to have a big mouth at times and I do have a unique hair color, so that probably helps.
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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.

How would they know if Evie was my sister? Or Tom was my brother?

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.

It took me til my 4th cruise to have breakfast in the dining room- sorry I waited, ESPECIALLY for the muesli I had on the last day- OMG, it was amazing, I am still dreaming of it!

How lovely that you has such great servers!

It does make a big difference.

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.

We are planning on 2 cabins for August '14 on Allure- we will have just been on the Fantasy in January, so unless my kids decide they want to do the same vacation twice in a row, we need to try something else.

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.

Timmy is the same, and he is 14- LOVES the DCL clubs. Tyler says he will go on any cruise, any time- but that Disney was better by far.

When he gets older though, RCL is definitely going to be the way we go.
This will most likely be our last family cruise for a while- in 8/14...sniff sniff....

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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 !!!!
LOL, Rosie- you would LOVE NCL, it's a smokers paradise! And I agree, it was very cool we were sitting with those people.

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Ah, just what I needed, another Ellen update!

Hi Karin!

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.

I am sure she did- at the end she said this was quite lovely. I said pretty much the same!

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. )

Yes, you DID! But I kept getting lost on the way to the Dining room! And I was totally thinking of you when I was enjoying my eggs benne.

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.

WOW!!! 5x!!! I want to ride at night next time- hope it's not freezing for NYE-

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 )
I need to find your PTR! Are you all ok?

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What about So Cal? Need any help?

Ironically, SO Cal is our downtime on vacation- although how Disney anything can be the relaxing part is kind of crazy! I think by then we will be in RnR mode- so planning some nice meals at DL (Napa Chef's Table, Cathay, Cata), Pods & Boys going to an Angels game the night I see you, maybe a day at the beach (which one?) or at least a few hours, a day at Knotts BF.... lots of time at Trader Sam's (because it looks like a blast!) and I might do the walk in walt's footsteps, too. Drea & family are coming for the weekend, so I am guessing that will fill in the blanks!

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".

WOW- how was it confirmed?? Who keeps the dossier? Do they read our TRs?
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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.
I seriously can't wait for that!

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Oh Ellen - I miss your TR's, so I am happy to see you are bumped this morning.

How can you miss me? I feel like I never shut up!

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

She is- inside and out- she and her hubby just got off the ship for their break between contracts- We are planning to get together in NYC. Can't WAIT to hang out with them!!!!!

Yay to Timmy for meeting his alter-ego.

It was the best! Avery was such a great kid!

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.

Baseball season has been on sabbatical the past few weeks- there is always a little break between the spring and summer teams- it will be rearing its nasty baseball head again tomorrow til the beginning of August. Perfect timing, as I am hosting a PTA end of year meeting at my house tomorrow night and installing the new officers. No problem.

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.

Tammie, it was really impressive in those kids areas. REALLY.

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

Unless you smoke!

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!"
They must have alot of people thinking its a parfait, would be my guess.

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Loving the pictures of the Dream. What great tablemates! Nice for Timmy to have someone to chat with.
Hi Kristi! It was AWESOME- he had SOOOO much in common with that kid, and he really was a very nice boy. Nice even for me to talk to!

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Love that you booked another cruise! You have so many fun future trips - Disney and other- in the works!!

I'm insane- I already know where I want to go in 2015 - on a Windstar cruise in the Caribbean with Pods. I clearly have BIG issues and REALLY need a job to pay for my vacation fetish!

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

It rocked!

So glad Timmy found a friend and enjoyed Vibe.
Yes he did!

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Fun update Ellen. Glad Tim found a friend to chill with. I'm hoping Joshua has such luck. Looks like you had a good balance of mommy/son time and you time.

I bet he will- just make SURE he goes the first night when they do all the ice breaker stuff. That's when all the kids hook up, and the staff is very encouraging to that end. It makes it much harder if you wait til the next day, because all the kids are buddied up by then. KWIM?

And you went to the gym? Good girl! I always say I'm going to work out on vacation but never do.
I ALWAYS go to the gym on vacation- I love working out in the different space, and on a ship it's the best because you are looking at the ocean while you work- it's a pretty great experience. I would look like a supermodel if I had access to ship gyms all the time!
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Hi Ellen!

Hi Bette!

Enjoying your report - entertaining and informative as always! Hoping you are having a great summer so far. It was so nice to meet you and spend a little time getting to know you. Thanks for the advice on DVC as well - haven't bought yet, but still considering it. Lots of changes here - I'm changing jobs - going full time. (Yay! More money for DCL!) We are looking to sell our home and buy another. Busy, busy, busy. So glad you and Timmy enjoyed your mommy and me cruise!

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It is not really summer here yet- we get out of school 6/21- because we go back after Labor Day (this year not til 9/9 because of the Jewish holidays- woohoo!!! That's an extra vacay for us to visit family in Fla!Congrats on the new job- happy to answer any DVC questions when you've got them again!

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How awesome that you had such great table mates. A match made in heaven. I am so glad it worked out so well for Timmy too. I have heard things about how Disney does such a great job at pairing people up and I just wonder how the heck they do it.

I was very impressed by our group!

I wonder too how the cm's recognize everyone. I was in a port and our asst. server came over saying high to me and I had no clue who she was in her normal clothes. I thought it was so nice. Of course I tend to have a big mouth at times and I do have a unique hair color, so that probably helps.
I do know on other cruiselines they post pics of the passengers so the crew can get to know them- I will ask the next time I see a DCL CM (which hopefully should be soon!).
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Tell us how you really feel about smoking. You guys really did hit the table mate jackpot. I do love a sit down breakfast...the buffet really doesn't do it for me.

I've never been in the gym on the ship except to stand around to wait for the spa raffle on the first day.

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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.
Oh, I love Boulevard! You have such great taste (pun intended)!! I may have mentioned before that we go to Boulevard's sister restaurant Prospect quite a bit so we are big fans of Nancy Oakes. As for dim sum, you are in luck! You are within a short walk of one of the best dim sum restaurants in the city called Yank Sing at the Rincon Center location (lunch only). Their signature dish is the Shanghai steamed dumplings. So yummy! The other dish we like is the crispy pan fried noodles. It's not on the menu or the carts they push around, but you can order it from the waiter. It's a good idea to make a reservation - ask for a table inside. The tables in the courtyard can be quite loud. Yank Sing is pricey for dim sum. If you want to watch your budget, two items I suggest you avoid are the sea bass ($19.00) and peking duck ($5.75 a piece! ) unless of course you are big fans of either. If you just want a place for Chinese food in Chinatown (no dim sum) I suggest R&G Lounge. It's not great, but not bad. The best Chinese restaurant in the Bay area is actually in a city south of SF at a restaurant called Koi Palace. Given your packed schedule, I'd say it's not worth the drive.

Whew Ellen! You sure know how to do a town right! It sounds like you've hit the highlights in terms of seeing and eating your way around the Bay area. There are a few other restaurants not far from your hotel that you might want to check out. Certainly not destination restaurants, but if you happen to be nearby and need a place to eat then Heyday (http://heydaysf.com/about-us/) is good for a quick bite. It's the SF version of a fast food restaurant (organic, locally sourced, sustainable . . . yadda yadda). The chicken is delicious! The other restaurant on your way to the ballpark is called Townsend (http://www.townsendrb.com/index.html). Not a must do, but a good neighborhood restaurant that does serve consistently good breakfast/brunch. For drinks and a pretty view along the Embarcadero, I would recommend the Waterbar (http://www.waterbarsf.com/). The oysters are great, but the entrees not so much, especially for the price.

I was walking past the Embarcadero near your hotel recently and I noticed that there's a bike rental place nearby. Not sure where you're renting from, but if you're picking up at Fisherman's Wharf you might see if you can drop off at the Embarcadero location. That way once you get off the ferry you are practically home. That gives you more time to take a nice little break in Sausalito and get some tasty ice cream at Lappert's. Although the BEST ice cream in SF (really anywhere!) is Mr. & Mrs. Miscellaneous, especially their lemon poppyseed, earl gray, and blueberry cream . . . but I digress.

Your story about your table mates gave me a good chuckle because it reminded me of our experience. On our Disney cruise to Alaska we were at a table with 2 other families. One had a 4 year old son and the other family had a 16 year old boy. I got to the table first and the 16 year old was looking forward to meeting my daughter. Imagine his surprise (and disappointment) when my 3 year old DD showed up. He was such a nice young man and I did feel bad for him that he was "stuck" with two preschoolers the whole week. Anyway, looking forward to reading more!
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serious table mate jackpot! I do think they are very good about matching folks up. We had amazing luck on both our cruises with compatible families and like aged kids. On our Alaska Cruise the E's hung with our table mate kids for much of the tirp. Really wonderful!!! And even more so at Tim's age, it can really make a trip for someone.
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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!

OMG that is sooo cool. I meant to do that when we went in May on our Dismoms trip but I forgot. Yet I hear Buzz and Woody dont do it anymore. Anyhow how fun for the kids.

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

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).
Same here... Now my allergies act up when Im around it and i get all stuffy es no bueno!


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-

Ok- so it was like Timmy was meeting the West Coast version of himself- it was CRAZEEEEEE AWESOME!!!!!!!
That is AWESOME!!! I hate to say it but im not sure the boys will have much in commen when we meet up in August.. other than age, ipods in the ears, and maybe checking out girls LOL

Life of Pi. And Steve says, "David Magee?"
Btw FINALLY saw this... when I rented it the boys and E just looked at me like really??? ... we now own it LOL We finished watching it and were just in aww.

Timmy tried •Marjoram Scented Organic Chicken
Half a Chicken served with Baked Sweet Potatoes and Sautéed Baby Spinach
it looked really good!

For dessert, I decided to go sugar free-•Strawberry Cheesecake
With Whipped Cream and Fruit Coulis
sugar free and you go to the gym.. your GOOD!

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!
THATS my girl.. I have taught you right LMAO

, 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!
TEAR, your making me proud!

See you soon with Day 2 in Nassau!
even readding that city name, freaks me out still LOL Dont go to the post office alone I tell ya LOL

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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,
Its not enought time to really take it all in and explore it on a port day. We did it and I regret it.would have rather just sat on the beach and let J parasail. oh well next time lol

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
WOW talk about carbo loading, that would be perfect for me after a day/night of drinks LOL

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
my fav on vacation

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

Funny thing about this particular booking...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. 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.
SOOO whats the actual date and how many days now... just wondering

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!
OMG its huge (thats what she said LOL) Im guessing the Fantasy is that big also.. the one thing I hated about the Magic is they were so small when i needed to iron a shirt or 2 for dinner (carni was like that also)

So much for being in port, looks like no one wants to go to Nassau, huh?
Maybe they heard about my postal issue too!

The CM would not let me ride with my camera, so I left to get rid of it.
what was the reason you couldnt take it?

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.
NO WAY.. thats cray cray

Oh man, I really need to cancel that cruise! I don't like that ship at all, can you tell? ).
Yet you were trying to get me to book it.. THANKS lol

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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.
When he gets older though, RCL is definitely going to be the way we go.
We have friends that love RCL, their kids love it (the larger ships that is) but Ya Im with you if I had a younger one I would probably do disney still.. Now we are all about the ports and Disney doesnt seem to venture off much.

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I ALWAYS go to the gym on vacation- I love working out in the different space, and on a ship it's the best because you are looking at the ocean while you work- it's a pretty great experience. I would look like a supermodel if I had access to ship gyms all the time!
You would be the exception.. I would have to get my hourly DOTD's and hit the buffets LOL

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HA ditto... I knew I liked you!
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I would LOVE to, but I think we will have baseball endlessly then. Have you seen all the stuff on CC about the Breakaway in the past few days? Looks awesome (except for the smoking-yuck!).
I've been watching a lot of stuff on the Breakaway. Looks like I will be staying away from some areas -- hate the smoke. I'm a little concerned about the reports that there is a long wait at the MDRs. Our big group won't be doing much in the specialty dining rooms, so the MDRs are going to be it for us. Even the buffet set-up (two long lines instead of stations) is not going to be much fun at all. I'm hoping they re-work that prior to November. Regardless, I will be trying the slides and the ropes course.

Things have been nuts around here lately -- we need to do that lunch one day, but it's going to have to wait until July. June weekends are crazy between baseball and various family obligations.

Have you seen the RCCL Quantum that will be sailing out of Bayonne late next year? I may have to try that one in a couple of years. I wish DCL would come back to NYC for a little while. We couldn't sail last summer but would definitely do it if they came back to this area.
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Tell us how you really feel about smoking. You guys really did hit the table mate jackpot. I do love a sit down breakfast...the buffet really doesn't do it for me.

I've never been in the gym on the ship except to stand around to wait for the spa raffle on the first day.

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Hey- I understand people like to smoke- I just don't want to smoke with them! I gave it up 20 years ago before I got pregnant with Sean- then smoked socially with girlfriends for a couple of years- quit for good before I had Tyler. Both my parents dies from smoke related diseases- my father from lung cancer, my mother from a stroke (and when she had that stroke, they also found she had bladder cancer, which is also common in smokers). After all that smoking reality 101, 2 & 3, I was off for life! It's just really too bad the design of the ship allows the smoke to permeate every indoor public area. So I guess if I still smoked, I would LOVE Breakaway- but since I don't, I won't!

And yes- we TOTALLY hit the jackpot with the tablemates- it was excellent!


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Oh, I love Boulevard! You have such great taste (pun intended)!! I may have mentioned before that we go to Boulevard's sister restaurant Prospect quite a bit so we are big fans of Nancy Oakes. As for dim sum, you are in luck! You are within a short walk of one of the best dim sum restaurants in the city called Yank Sing at the Rincon Center location (lunch only). Their signature dish is the Shanghai steamed dumplings. So yummy! The other dish we like is the crispy pan fried noodles. It's not on the menu or the carts they push around, but you can order it from the waiter. It's a good idea to make a reservation - ask for a table inside. The tables in the courtyard can be quite loud. Yank Sing is pricey for dim sum. If you want to watch your budget, two items I suggest you avoid are the sea bass ($19.00) and peking duck ($5.75 a piece! ) unless of course you are big fans of either. If you just want a place for Chinese food in Chinatown (no dim sum) I suggest R&G Lounge. It's not great, but not bad. The best Chinese restaurant in the Bay area is actually in a city south of SF at a restaurant called Koi Palace. Given your packed schedule, I'd say it's not worth the drive.

Thank you AGAIN for all the tips- I was thinking of Yank Sing, and did see it was so close- but then saw a bunch of bad reviews of it being too pricey and not worth it- but who knows where these reviews come from- so I am THRILLED to hear you recommend it! Thanks for the advice!

Whew Ellen! You sure know how to do a town right! It sounds like you've hit the highlights in terms of seeing and eating your way around the Bay area. There are a few other restaurants not far from your hotel that you might want to check out. Certainly not destination restaurants, but if you happen to be nearby and need a place to eat then Heyday (http://heydaysf.com/about-us/) is good for a quick bite. It's the SF version of a fast food restaurant (organic, locally sourced, sustainable . . . yadda yadda). The chicken is delicious!

The menu looks great! Sounds like a good spot to p[ick something up!

The other restaurant on your way to the ballpark is called Townsend (http://www.townsendrb.com/index.html). Not a must do, but a good neighborhood restaurant that does serve consistently good breakfast/brunch. For drinks and a pretty view along the Embarcadero, I would recommend the Waterbar (http://www.waterbarsf.com/). The oysters are great, but the entrees not so much, especially for the price.

I will keep both in mind- the waterbar looks especially pretty for a cocktail with Pods.

I was walking past the Embarcadero near your hotel recently and I noticed that there's a bike rental place nearby. Not sure where you're renting from, but if you're picking up at Fisherman's Wharf you might see if you can drop off at the Embarcadero location. That way once you get off the ferry you are practically home. That gives you more time to take a nice little break in Sausalito and get some tasty ice cream at Lappert's. Although the BEST ice cream in SF (really anywhere!) is Mr. & Mrs. Miscellaneous, especially their lemon poppyseed, earl gray, and blueberry cream . . . but I digress.

I got a groupon from Blazing Saddles, I think- not sure if that was the one you saw?

And wait....Lappert's- is that like Lappert's in Hawaii??? OMG- we LOVED that place in Kauai last summer! I just looked- it does seem to be similar- same awesome flavors- thanks for pointing that out, we will DEFINITELY be having ice cream in Sausalito!


Your story about your table mates gave me a good chuckle because it reminded me of our experience. On our Disney cruise to Alaska we were at a table with 2 other families. One had a 4 year old son and the other family had a 16 year old boy. I got to the table first and the 16 year old was looking forward to meeting my daughter. Imagine his surprise (and disappointment) when my 3 year old DD showed up. He was such a nice young man and I did feel bad for him that he was "stuck" with two preschoolers the whole week. Anyway, looking forward to reading more!
Awww....poor kid! I hope he found some buddies over in Vibe! And some older girls!

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serious table mate jackpot! I do think they are very good about matching folks up. We had amazing luck on both our cruises with compatible families and like aged kids. On our Alaska Cruise the E's hung with our table mate kids for much of the tirp. Really wonderful!!! And even more so at Tim's age, it can really make a trip for someone.
I am sure Disney does its best, but I am also pretty sure we seriously lucked out. It did make the trip for Tim. Every night after they left, Steve would go on and on about how much his son liked my son- and of course, the feeling from our end was mutual. Pretty cool!
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Ok- so it was like Timmy was meeting the West Coast version of himself- it was CRAZEEEEEE AWESOME!!!!!!!
That is AWESOME!!! I hate to say it but im not sure the boys will have much in commen when we meet up in August.. other than age, ipods in the ears, and maybe checking out girls LOL

Timmy is actually really happy he'll have another kid his age to hang with- he is friends with all different kids of boys- although I think his best friends are sports kids, he is friends with all different groups of kids. He's like his Mom- he finds something he likes in just about everyone.

Life of Pi. And Steve says, "David Magee?"
Btw FINALLY saw this... when I rented it the boys and E just looked at me like really??? ... we now own it LOL We finished watching it and were just in aww.

I am so glad you guys liked it!!! It is that kind of a movie- really awe inspiring.



And I promise, I did NOT go to the post office in Nassau, LOL!!

The actual date for our 4 nites on the Dream is now 10/23/14. I don't think Joan will be joining us, but she is not cancelling yet. The four of us (Evie & Tom and Pods and I) are planning to go to F&W for 4 nights before hand. Planning to stay at BWV. Why- do you think you and E would come?

I couldn't bring the camera on the Aquaduck because no cameras were allowed. Maybe someone dropped theirs at some point or something so I was not allowed.

I still haven't cancelled the Breakaway next summer, just in case they fix some of the issues- I STILL think it looks like a lot of fun, but between the smoke everywhere, the kids clubs being closed in port until 7pm, and the nickel and diming everywhere, the whole thing is becoming less and less attractive to me. Such a shame. We did book 2 cabins on Allure 8/17 though- so we'll see who wins!

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I've been watching a lot of stuff on the Breakaway. Looks like I will be staying away from some areas -- hate the smoke. I'm a little concerned about the reports that there is a long wait at the MDRs. Our big group won't be doing much in the specialty dining rooms, so the MDRs are going to be it for us. Even the buffet set-up (two long lines instead of stations) is not going to be much fun at all. I'm hoping they re-work that prior to November. Regardless, I will be trying the slides and the ropes course.

I think the long waits will get better- it's all so new, ya know? I think I would just plan on (if it doesn't improve) having someone go down and get the reservation ball rolling and then wait in the bar- so if you want dinner at 7, maybe you should go down at 6, KWIM? Did you see Gambee's review? That one was VERY informative.

Things have been nuts around here lately -- we need to do that lunch one day, but it's going to have to wait until July. June weekends are crazy between baseball and various family obligations.

Yea- us too- it has been insane here lately with Timmy graduating from 8th grade. One thing after another. On top of everything else, I am a little wiped out.

Have you seen the RCCL Quantum that will be sailing out of Bayonne late next year? I may have to try that one in a couple of years. I wish DCL would come back to NYC for a little while. We couldn't sail last summer but would definitely do it if they came back to this area.
Of course! I would have LOVED to have sailed on Quantum next summer, but of course she won't be ready by then. And THAT one will be out of Bayonne, making it even more convenient. I was the same as you about the NYC Magic cruises- just couldn't swing it on a summer when we were already going to Hawaii, not even one of the overpriced 2 nighters to nowhere, LOL! Too bad when they made all the crazy changes to the DCL itineraries for next fall they didn't also move the Magic from Europe back to NYC....that would have solved all of my summer 2014 issues.
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So... I kinds jumped the gun a little there on my last post- I guess I had NOT seen Alex yet, and Tim just went off to see if Vibe was open again, then couldn't get in again, so he went to shoot hoops. I was still up on the adult deck, enjoying the view of Nassau-







I didn't realize at this point that Timmy was not here-



The British Colonial Hilton-



I decided it was time for lunch, and I was going to just go grab a couple of sammies on deck. On the way-



A CM saw me taking pics and asked if I wanted to be in one-



The 666 Deck didn't look so bad on this day at ALL!





As I was walking around, I was surprised to see Timmy shooting hoops again-



He said the door was still locked. I asked him if he was hungry, and he said not yet, but could we play mini golf instead? Yea buddy!





That was quick and fun- very cute!

We decided to hit the buffet at Cabanas instead of just grabbing some sammies or pizza for lunch. GOOD CHOICE. Because on Nassau Day, the buffet has coconut shrimp. And it is YUMMMMMMMMM-OOOOOOO!



The proud Shrimpateers-





Have to run to pick up Sean- he had an overnight at his school last night- I'll see ya real soon with the rest of lunch!

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