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Old 07-29-2013, 08:53 PM   #16
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Old 07-30-2013, 03:34 PM   #17
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Smile Cruise Meet & Muster Drill

We scurried up to Goofy's Sports Deck for the cruise meet. I had planned it & thought it would give the kids a chance to play some bball while the adults mingled. On our way to the meet, it began to rain.

So our cruise meet was a bit soggy but obviously great to meet some of the fine folks who made our group so fun. The rain sort of interfered & the meeting spot was definitely not wise. Too much space & the bball court was occupied by other kids. I have heard you can reserve the D Lounge or the Tube at no cost for a meetup & would opt for this next time. Maybe even plan it for the first sea day when there is not so much going on.

We then retreated to our stateroom to watch some Disney movies while we waited for the muster drill.

I confess to watching too much tv in our stateroom while on vacation but I click the On-Demand channel & start with 101 Dalmations & end with the Winnie the Pooh. I watch when I am getting ready; when I am getting the kids ready; when I am getting ready for bed and when I wake first thing in the morning. Just love that aspect of the Disney ship.

Our muster drill station was in the Buena Vista Theater (where we would return for Bingo, Cozumel excurstion & Monsters University). Now this is the way to muster drill - in the air conditioning & in semi-comfortable seats. No problem & done in 15 minutes.

Back to the room to prepare for dinner at the Enchanted Garden. So happy to see all of our luggage - all it. We had six suitcases & three boxes (silly I know but the Fish Extender gifts took up quite a bit of room).

Our first dinner at Enchanted Garden was lovely. We had a great table - right by the window. It was absolutely perfect. I always ordered one of the signature coctails & they did not disappoint. Not much to report on dinner. Scallops were fine. Bread didn't look great so I passed.



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Old 07-31-2013, 01:37 PM   #18
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beer exchange

This was a GREAT Idea!! Thanks for arraigning this. I will definitely plan on doing this again on our next cruise! We exchanged for some beer that I would never be able to get on the East Coast. A++++
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Old 08-01-2013, 04:24 PM   #19
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Smile Beer Mug, Funnelvision, Teen Beach Movie

We had the kids wear their swimming suits under their clothes to dinner because we would all be swimming at some point after dinner. We dropped the two youngest (9 & 7) to the Oceaneers and escorted our oldest (11) to the Edge. He walked in & walked right back out & requested to go back to Oceaneers. They were playing an ice-breaker game at the Edge and he didn't quite feel up to it. So back to Oceaneers.

Then Steve & I visited the adult pool and purchased our Beer Mugs!



The Beer Mug is 22 oz & cost $15. You then get the 16 oz price for the rest of the trip. If you don't want to carry it around, you can give the mug to your bartender or server & they will give you a card that will get you a new mug for the next time. We took full advantage of this program. The beers on the Fantasy weren't great. We ended up drinking a lot of Amber Bock because it was the best beer we could find on Deck 11. We would occassionaly go to the Irish Pub on the 4th Deck for beer as well.

We were the only people at the adult pool. I mean the ONLY people in the entire area (hot tubs included). They allow you to have the beer mugs near the pool (we thought it might be verbotten due to the glass) but apparently not. So we swam and induldged in our favorite pastime - talking about our kids! It was absolutely lovely and a ritual we repeated numerous times. druing the cruise. Oftentimes, our lives are over-run with the kids and work, etc. . . .Rarely do we get time face to face with no time pressures. It was the gift of the the trip for me.

After drying off, we went to get the kids at the Club. They were quite happy to go swimming, AquaDucking, movie-watching & pizza eating. Side note: my kids were never unhappy leaving the club and this is different than the Dream. We had to pull them out of there kicking and screaming. This time, they did not seem to participate in many of the activities - rather they were watching movies & playing on the computer. They didn't NOT want to go to the Club - they just didn't necessarily want to stay there.

Teen Beach Movie was on tap for the movie. I can't say it was the best movie ever but it wasn't the worst either. We were viewing with my SIL & BIL & their three kids. The kids would grab us if they wanted to go on the Aqua Duck or they would just swim in the pool & watch the movie.

Man oh man - Funnelvision is maybe my favorite part of the ship. Movie watching & swimming - a match made in heaven.
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Old 08-06-2013, 10:29 PM   #20
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Sea Day Boot Camp, Walking, Hair

I was wired and woke up around 6:30 a.m. I had pulled out my workout clothes, so I dressed quietly & left to explore the ship a bit. The yoga was starting and the Cove Care had just opened.



Cove Cafe is in the adult pool area & is considered a bar but it serves the fancier coffee as well. They have a buy five, get one free card. I met my brother-in-law there who is an avid coffee drinker. They also have free croissants and baked goods. After getting a bottled water, I went down to deck four for a walk.

What a pleasant way to start the morning. I am not big machine person at the gym & love to walk outdoors. There were both walkers & runners at that time (7:15 a.m.). I saw some crew members and there was a darling young woman who was sketching or writing in the beautiful chairs out there. That was a happy spot for me.

Headed back to the room at 8:15 to check on the family. I had ordered room service for them (coffee, hot chocolate, donuts & pastries). They were happily sipping & eating & watching a movie. I had not ordered room service breakfast on the Dream & wanted to give it a try. It was pretty underwhelming. They were headed to the pool shortly after breakfast & I went for my first boot camp. After boot camp, I headed back to the room to shower before my hair appointment and enjoy some time alone in the room watching a movie.

My hair appointment was at 11:00 at the Salon on Deck 11. I arrived at 10:50 & she was ready for me. My MIL & DSIL had both had their hair done with the same gal. It was her second week on the ship & she was darling. From South Africa maybe? I can't remember. I showed her a picture of what I wanted & she said no problem. She washed & blew out my hair perfectly. I knew that I was going to have to stay inside until the formal night pics because it was super humid outside.

Our Palo brunch ressies for the ladies was at 12:30, so I headed back to my room for final primping.
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Old 08-07-2013, 04:58 PM   #21
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After drying off, we went to get the kids at the Club. They were quite happy to go swimming, AquaDucking, movie-watching & pizza eating. Side note: my kids were never unhappy leaving the club and this is different than the Dream. We had to pull them out of there kicking and screaming. This time, they did not seem to participate in many of the activities - rather they were watching movies & playing on the computer. They didn't NOT want to go to the Club - they just didn't necessarily want to stay there.

We had the same experience with our kids in the kids club this cruise. On all previous cruises we had to drag our daughter out. This time she was excited to go in the first time, but got bored after a short time. She went back a couple of times with the same experience. We also saw much less activity when picking her up. She would always be printing on the computer with her friends when we arrived.

I do not know if this is specific to the Fantasy, or if something was changed over the entire cruiseline.
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Old 08-07-2013, 10:07 PM   #22
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We had the same experience with our kids in the kids club this cruise. On all previous cruises we had to drag our daughter out. This time she was excited to go in the first time, but got bored after a short time. She went back a couple of times with the same experience. We also saw much less activity when picking her up. She would always be printing on the computer with her friends when we arrived.

I do not know if this is specific to the Fantasy, or if something was changed over the entire cruiseline.
I mentioned it to the ladies who braided my daughter's hair & they said they see less kids on seven day trips.
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Old 08-07-2013, 10:30 PM   #23
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Smile The Purse

I thought long and hard about formal night. I looked at lots of dresses online and in stores. I made my husband buy a new suit & rented suits for our two boys. My daughter was gifted a beautiful purple fancy dress for Christmas in anticipation of our cruise.

I found the site Rent the Runway and loved their Our Runway part of their website. You enter your measurements & it shows you real people wearing their rented dresses. So you can see women with big busts or hips wearing these fabulous designer dresses. I really was thinking this might be what I was looking for.

They also have accessories (earrings, necklaces, etc. . . .). So I was looking around the accessories and found this:



Hello Beautiful.

That was it - I was going to have that purse on the cruise. To rent would be $81 for eight days. But I wanted to see if possibly I could own that beautiful thing. It is from three years ago, so there did not seem to be any available retail. There were several on ebay around $250. I decided to go ahead and rent and wear it with a black pantsuit.

There is no doubt I was more excited about that purse than anything on the cruise. When it arrived at my house the day before the cruise, I squealed!

So I was very excited to debut it at our all girl brunch at Palo.



I loved that purse. I got the most reaction out of Cast Members who LOVED it!

And hey - if you follow that Rent the Runway link & end up renting something, I get a credit.

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Old 08-14-2013, 02:49 PM   #25
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Love the beer exchange idea! I might need to see if anyone on our cruise is interested. And LOVE Boulevard! We are currently in Topeka (originally Wichita). DH is thinking Free State if we do a beer exchange.
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Love the beer exchange idea! I might need to see if anyone on our cruise is interested. And LOVE Boulevard! We are currently in Topeka (originally Wichita). DH is thinking Free State if we do a beer exchange.
There was a Free State brew at the Beer Exchange!
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Smile Palo Brunch & Formal Night Prep



Headed to Palo Brunch via the hallways rather than out on the pool deck (have to maintain that hair people). My MIL was waiting for me and we went to the lounge to wait for my SIL. I wore a very cute top with very cute shorts (woops!). They were "fancy" shorts but as was told by the hostess that they were not allowed and I needed to change.

Honestly can't believe I made that mistake - I LIVE on these boards before a cruise - I make notes and spreadsheets with everything about the cruise. And I forgot no shorts in Palo. Quick change and back to the restaurant where we were escorted to our table.

My husband & I dined at Palo on the Dream and really loved it. Was really nice to have a meal with just the two of us. But this was my first experience with the Brunch.

Our waiter (from Russia I believe) was very nice but took way too long explanining things. My fault b/c we had to rush through b/c my outfit change caused us to start 20 minutes late. I explained that we only had about an hour for brunch. He just didn't pick up on the cues.

There is a buffet part of the restaurant with desserts, veggies, anti-pasta, fruit and seafood. They were for the most part, in small portions. You were also shown the entrees and the pizzas which could be ordered after you returned from the buffet part. We ordered the grape pizza which I had read about and a meat heavy pizza.

I loaded my plate with desserts because they looked fantastic!



He graciously packed the desserts to go b/c my SIL & I both had to bolt for the Beer Exchange. I

I was underwhelmed by the Palo brunch but it was completely my fault. I had packed in too much for that day & the brunch took the brunt of that. If I had to do it over, I would make sure there was nothing scheduled after and we could just relax and enjoy the food.

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Headed back to our room to get ready for formal night. My dress had been returned from pressing. (I had stuck it in the dry cleaning bag around 4 p.m. on Sat). Cost was $4 and well worth it - dress looked great.

My husband went to work on the boys. We rented their suit from Men's Warehouse for $55 and I am so glad we did. We had bought a suit for my oldest for First Communion and he grew out of that like a day later. Renting made sense to me although my husband balked a bit at first. We were actually at the Men's Warehouse to possibly rent him a suit when we found a suit we both liked & bought it. TIP: The suit was marked at $300 which seemed shocking and I told the clerk so. He offered it to us for $150. Not sure if this is standard procedure but apparently you can haggle at Men's Warehouse.

I dressed my daughter and worked on her hair (wish I had brought the hot rollers). I then slipped on my dress and shoes and we were ready to go.



We had arranged for the whole family to meet by the staircase for photos at 5:00 p.m. - the listed time for photos to begin. My daughter & I went down around 4:30 in case a line developed (it didn't). Ordered drinks (the very yummy Captain's Mai Tai) at the Bon Voyage lounge and commenced people watching.

It does appear they start taking people for photos at 4:45. There are three set-ups. The grand staircase:



The ship reflection/lit:



And moonlight on the deck of the ship:



There are some other opportunities (Goofy, Micky & Minnie dressed up, etc. . ) but we stuck to these three & I was so happy with the results. I really wanted a nice picture of the larger family & one of my family. And I got what I wanted. We stayed in the lobby for around 20 minutes before making our way to The Royal Court for dinner.
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Following along, I have boys near the same age (8&11) so curious to read more about the clubs and their experience. Also, lived in KCK for a LONG while after college and developed a love for the Chiefs! Not many of us outside KS/MO and I ended up with a Bronco loving husband - ugh!! Love Blvd Wheat!
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Following along, I have boys near the same age (8&11) so curious to read more about the clubs and their experience. Also, lived in KCK for a LONG while after college and developed a love for the Chiefs! Not many of us outside KS/MO and I ended up with a Bronco loving husband - ugh!! Love Blvd Wheat!
Ugh - a Broncos/Chiefs marriage: I couldn't do it! Thanks for following along. Hope it helps plan your trip.
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