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Old 07-22-2013, 08:22 PM   #31
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Great report so far. As a Seattle native I enjoy hearing what people think of our city. This is definitely the very best time of year to be here! I'm sure you did nothing wrong in Steinbrueck park-sadly that's a place that many choose to avoid because of what you experienced.

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What a great last minute trip! Really looking forward to hear more about it.

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Old 07-22-2013, 08:57 PM   #32
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Let the WONDER Begin!

As we boarded the ship, the Disney Wonder welcomed the S_____ Family! But, I barely heard the announcement because I was so intent on heading to Wavebands to request first dining. A cast member started to tell us our lunch choices, but he could tell I was a mom with a mission, so he sent us on our way. As I went to Wavebands with DS, my DH and DD went to Guest Services to snag reservations for 2 to the Tea Party with Disney Friends. They were able to reserve spots for me and my DD on Sunday, our at-sea day. The other choice was 4PM on Tracy Arm Day, but I didn't want the tea party to interfere with our enjoyment of the scenery on that day.

I made it to Wavebands as quickly as I could (I love how the adult district is decorated on the Wonder). I was expecting a long sheet of names on the waitlist, but there was only one name above mine. Either I was second, or there were full pages somewhere else that I couldn't see. The dining manager told me we would get a call between 4-5 letting us know if they could accommodate our request.

After leaving Wavebands, we went to eat lunch. We chose Parrot Cay over Beach Blanket. We like Parrot Cay for lunch on Embarkation Day because it doesn't seem as crowded. Also, you are seated at a table and a server brings your drinks. Since we had several carry-on backpacks with us, I liked being seated rather than carrying our bags through the food line and finding a seat. When we were sufficiently stuffed, we went to explore the ship. My DH and I have sailed on the Magic and the Dream, and the kids have sailed on the Dream. The Wonder was new to us, so we were excited to check her out.

(For the record, my kids prefer some of the bells and whistles on the Dream. It does have a newer feel, and they like features such as the Detective Agency. However, my husband and I prefer the classics. They have a more intimate feel and don't seem as crowded to us. All are fantastic, but I think the Wonder earned a special place in my heart!)

We walked back to the atrium and stopped for a picture. See? We didn't need to see the entire Chihuly exhibit in Seattle! We have our own Chihuly right here!


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We stopped by the kids clubs to pick up wristbands, wandered around for a few minutes, and then it was time to go to our stateroom. We were in 6608, and we loved the location. It was a starboard 5C, but the room next to ours was a 5B. The room was categorized as aft, but it was between the aft and mid elevators. We were also just down the hall from the laundry room, which I liked a lot. We thought it was a great location.

At this point, my DD changed into her bathing suit, and DS and DH headed to the sports deck. It was about 78 degrees and sunny in Vancouver, so it was a lovely day to be on deck!


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While many kids swam throughout the cruise (even next to the glacier on Tracy Arm day), I didn't think the pools were ever too crowded like they can be on the southern cruises. My kids swam more on this cruise than they did on our Bahamian Dream cruise!

We had just eaten lunch, but it didn't take long for my DD to need some ice cream! Both my kids made good use of the self-serve ice cream machine!


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Old 07-22-2013, 10:55 PM   #33
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Did he go to the glacier by helicopter? We were on that excursion with a grandmother and grandson.
No, they only saw it on the Tracy Arm day.

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Old 07-23-2013, 08:56 PM   #34
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Great trip report! We are sailing next June to Alaska so I'm loving the details and photos.
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Old 07-23-2013, 09:35 PM   #35
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Still here, reading along and enjoying very much, so thank you for taking us along with you on your trip.

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Old 07-23-2013, 09:45 PM   #36
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We did the DCL Alaska cruise last year and loved it, including our 2 day pre-cruise stay in Seattle. Looking forward to reading more about your adventure!
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Old 07-23-2013, 11:22 PM   #37
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About 3:30, we went back to the room so DD could clean up before the mandatory life boat drill. I was hoping our bags would be there, but no such luck. DH and DS returned to the room as well, and we all headed to our muster station. We were assembly group M, which met on Deck 4 starboard. Outdoor muster stations can be uncomfortable in warmer temps, but it was a beautiful day in Vancouver, and everyone was in good spirits. The drill was over very quickly.

My kids enjoyed the Adventures Away party on the Dream, and my DD wanted to attend on the Wonder as well. DS, however, wanted to go back up to the basketball court. On the Dream, we were right in front of the stage for the party, but this time DD and I decided to try the view from one deck up (Deck 10 on the Wonder). DD LOVES streamers and confetti, so she was thrilled that they were handing out streamers. (That we saw, they didn't have streamers on the Dream, but they have handed them out on both our Magic and Wonder cruises). DD got a blue, gold and red streamer, and she now has them displayed in her room. (She is also a hoarder. )


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We had a fun time at the party. I may be 39, but these guys sure do make me happy, especially when I am spending seven nights on a cruise with them!


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After the party, we all met up in the room. Our luggage had arrived, so DH and I unpacked while the kids watched either the Disney Channel or a Disney movie. Can I just say how much I love that there is always something the kids can watch on the stateroom television?! Also, I love that Disney owns ESPN, so my husband gets his favorite channel, too.

DH and I started taking non-drowsy Dramamine the night before the cruise. We took one a day, and we never had any issues (I try to be proactive because I am sensitive to motion sickness issues). After the sail away party, we gave the kids a children's Dramamine just in case. We didn't give them one every 4-6 hours as the package suggested because the kids' version isn't non-drowsy, but they did ask for them once or twice during the trip, and we also made them take one before some of our excursions. They did not experience any problems either, so this was good!

At this time, we also noticed that we had a message on our stateroom phone. Unfortunately, it was the dining room manager letting us know we couldn't switch seatings. He said he would continue to try and move us on a day-by-day basis, and to expect calls between 4 and 5 each day. We were disappointed, but not surprised. Would dinner at 10:15 central time be difficult? Yes! But, who could complain with these views? We were on a Disney cruise!!!!


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Since we had late dinner, we headed to the show at 6:15. The first show is called "All Aboard" and includes part Broadway-style character show and part variety act. My DD loves all the shows, but DS doesn't really care for the Broadway-style kind. We all decided to go to the first show together, and everyone enjoyed it. The musical theater portion of the show was wonderful, and the comedian was hilarious. It was John Charles, a musical comedian. He had written some songs from the perspective of the cruise ship employees which were quite funny. He was very entertaining!


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We didn't get to the Walt Disney Theater until about 6, so we were sitting in the upper section, much to my DD's dismay. This was made even worse when they shot confetti and streamers out, which mostly landed in the lower section. She was very frustrated with me about this, but she managed to sneak down after the show and collect some. These paper streamers did not make it home to be displayed in her room. I just don't know how those could have gotten lost!!! (There may have been multiple nights with streamers; I can't really remember. If this would be important to your child, be sure to get there early for a seat in the lower section!)

After the show, we went to Studio Sea for Mickey Mania, which is a family trivia show. The kids were disappointed that we were not chosen to go on stage, but the cast members are very good to encourage audience participation, so we had a good time, even though the fatigue was setting in quickly.


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Although we were starting to fade, we had made it to dinner time! Our rotation was TAAPTAP, so we headed to Triton's. As we were seated, I immediately noticed that we were at a table for 8. We didn't mind eating with others, but I wasn't sure how it was going to go with two exhausted children. Very soon, our tablemates arrived. They were a delightful family from England. The husband is with the British Navy and has been stationed in D.C. for the last three years. They are about to move back to England, and this cruise was their last hoorah in America. Their daughters were 9 and 11, so all the kids were close to the same age.

Even with the distraction of another family, my DD and DS could barely keep their eyes open. DD fell asleep at the table for a few minutes, and DS ate very quickly and asked to return to the room around nine.

I have no pictures from this meal, but I think I remember what DH and I ordered--I don't remember his opinions of all his food, but I will try. Looking back, this was one of my favorite meals. It was Triton's french menu, and I ordered the Duck Confit (I thought this was good), Market Green Salad (Fine), Aged Angus Grilled Beef Tenderloin (Very Good), and Triton's Sweet Temptations (Very Good). My DH ordered Jumbo Shrimp, French Onion Soup, Seared Sea Bass (one of his favorites from the entire cruise), and Grand Marnier Souffle. We also split a Lobster Macaroni, which we both loved. Don't be shy about asking for an extra of any course. They are happy to oblige! I was also very pleased that they brought the kids' meals much more quickly than ours (they do this at both seatings). Our kids never wanted to sit for an entire 1 1/2 -2 hour meal, so the quick service was helpful. They could leave to go to the room or club, and DH and I could enjoy the rest of our meal at a leisurely pace.

DH and I finished our meal around 10. DS was already back in the room, but DD had roused herself to go to a Lava Flow activity in the Oceaneer's Lab with our tablemates at around 9:15. This was a volcano experiment, and she ended up with half the experiment all over her dress (not-surprising with my DD)! She enjoyed this activity and wanted to stay longer, but we made her go back to the room. I think we got everyone in bed around 10:30 with no troubles falling asleep. We were EXHAUSTED!!!

Coming Up...Breakfast with Mickey!
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Old 07-23-2013, 11:37 PM   #38
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Great trip report! We are sailing next June to Alaska so I'm loving the details and photos.
Thanks for reading. You are going to have a wonderful trip!

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Glad you are still here!

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We did the DCL Alaska cruise last year and loved it, including our 2 day pre-cruise stay in Seattle. Looking forward to reading more about your adventure!
It's great to read the reports before your trip so you know what to expect, but almost even more when fun you've done it because you can relive your experience! Thanks for reading!
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Thank you so much for the review! We are on next Monday's cruise and reading this is getting me even more excited!
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Old 07-24-2013, 12:13 AM   #40
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Thank you so much for the review! We are on next Monday's cruise and reading this is getting me even more excited!
Very jealous! You should be there in peak salmon season. I would love to hear back from your trip! Wish I could say that I will finish my report before you leave, but that probably won't happen. Have a WONDERful time!
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As a 20 something I couldn't imagine sitting down to eat at 10pm EST, much less your kids! I hope your request gets honored
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Well of course your tablemates were lovely if they were from England

Hope you were able to adjust to the new time zone quickly.
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As a 20 something I couldn't imagine sitting down to eat at 10pm EST, much less your kids! I hope your request gets honored
It's funny how different people are. Our tablemates were from DC and on EST, and they were completely fine with late dining. They said they eat late anyway and didn't want to change. Their kids seemed okay, too. That first night was especially difficult for us, and I also don't like eating a big meal right before bedtime. Stay tuned!
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Well of course your tablemates were lovely if they were from England

Hope you were able to adjust to the new time zone quickly.
My daughter is still trying to talk with a British accent after hanging around the girls all week. They loved watching the footage of Kate and William yesterday because they sounded like our tablemates! DD is ready for a trip across the pond!
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I am truly enjoying your trip report so far. The mention of lobster macaroni REALLY made my mouth water
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