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Old 09-22-2013, 09:19 PM   #91
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Great report so far!

Hi Karin,

We sailed with you on the Dream last year. I am really looking forward to reading your trip report as we are also looking at DVC and a month long vacation is a dream come true! We will live vicariously through you as your trip report continutes!

Your business class portion sounded amazing, love the food porn!!! (amazing minus the delay!)
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Old 09-22-2013, 11:07 PM   #92
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What a day! So glad you had the lounge! Can't wait to read more!
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Old 09-23-2013, 06:07 AM   #93
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We were on the Western sailing in August, wonder if it was the same one. Looking forward to reading the rest of your trip report.
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Old 09-23-2013, 07:04 AM   #94
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Eek, what a loooooong travel day Karin!

At least you had a nice lounge to relax in and some yummy snacks to keep you going

You must have been exhausted when you finally arrived at OKW!
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Old 09-23-2013, 10:07 AM   #95
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So glad you finally made it to Disney!
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Old 09-23-2013, 01:23 PM   #96
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I'm glad you made it finally on your flight to disney , and wow we never get any food that looks that good even when they served food back in the day ???
That was a long day ,

did the airline give you guys anything for the extremely longer then anything wait ??

Checking in packages are awesome but we were suppose to be the surprise checking in ? after a long day im surprised you brought everything into the room before going directly to bed ??
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Old 09-23-2013, 01:23 PM   #97
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Goodness! I can't believe how long you had to wait in the airport. Thank goodness you had the lounge to wait in. I can only imagine what it would have been like if you hadn't.

I'm with Mary Ellen....did you receive any sort of compensation for the long delay? I would hope so.
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Old 09-23-2013, 01:40 PM   #98
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WOW I can not imagine such a long travel day!!! But the food did look yummy!!
I can not wait to read more!!!
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Old 09-23-2013, 10:55 PM   #99
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Hi Karin!!! Joining in!

Okay, seriously, I thought the low point of the travel day was getting STRUCK BY LIGHTENING!!!

But no - it got worse. Oh my goodness! What an awful day - I'm so glad that you had the world's longest vacation EVER to make up for it!

Can't wait to follow along.
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Old 09-24-2013, 12:07 AM   #100
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I'm here! Now off to catch up
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Uhhhh hit by lightening! I've heard about that 'possibly' happening, but never knew of anyone that that had happened to.

Oh. My. Gosh. I cannot BELIEVE the day you had at the airport. Thank goodness you had the lounge, otherwise, that would have sucked even more!

I love the 'Planes' napkins. Too bad I don't know what it says on the napkin

A studio with 2 beds?!

Also, I think it's really great that you travel with your brother and that you guys get along so well and both love Disney. My brother and I are the exact same way. I believe we'll be doing a Disneyland trip in Nov with him and his wife, DH, DS, DM and I so that will be fun!
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Old 09-24-2013, 01:29 AM   #102
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Oh My. That is one LONG travel day! Good think you have a 30 day vacation to recover from it. Just kidding.

so what did you compensation end up being? Just curious.

Hey - and at least if you have to wait all day to fly you were fed really well.

I would love to have a flight with that cool map on it. Can't get that for a 2 hour flight.

Isn't the studio at OKW the best? It really is huge, especially compared to BLT.

So glad you finally made it. Now get some SLEEP!
Figure in the 6 hour time change and we were up and about for more than 24 hours. It was indeed a LONG travel day.

We really were SO lucky to have the lounge on that trip. I would have been more than miserable would I have had to sit at the gate all day.
Oh, and we love that screen too. Such a wonderful thing to check how far you have "gone" while being asleep.

We were pretty impressed with the size of the studio. So far we have always had a 1 bedroom at OKW and were kind of "scared" to get a studio, but it was really nice and roomy and it costs a lot less points.

Compensation - I don't know how this is handled in the US, but here we have to write a letter to the company and let them know. Now, these things are never easy and I have absolutely NO experience with going to court, so we were a bit scared of doing it ourselves.
BUT, there are actually law firms who specialize in those kind of claims. They work on a success based salery.
So, once we were sure we were eligable I picked the highest rated firm and had them have a look at our situation. Two days after I had emailed them, I got an answer. They told us that they were happy to accept our case and that we were most likely to receive a compensation of 600 Euros each. The firm will take 25% if they are successful, but it still leaves us with 900 Euros. So far they have handed in our statement to Lufthansa. I will let you know how it unfolds when we get to know more.


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What a way to start your vacation. I would have been pulling my hair out by hour 5 of waiting.
Well, we were aware of the 7 hour layover in the beginning, it was the extra 6 hours we had to spend in the lounge that really got to us. On the other hand, we got to try all the offerings at the buffet all day long, from breakfast to dinner.

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Oh Karin that was a LONG day !!But seems like once you took off everything went smoothly!!The food on the plane looked awesome !! My mouth is drooling especially that Blue cheese , my favorite !!!
It was a REALLY long day, but once we left Frankfurt, things started to work out.
Business class food is awesome, lots of choices and VERY well cooked.
I loved the cheese plate - it was such a wonderful end to the meal.


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Oh wow!!! That is one of the longest arrival days I've ever read about! Talk about an eventful trip.

I've also been delayed for several hours before but since we had a connecting flight....it resulted in us losing our bags >_<

You're so lucky you at least got to spend that time in the lounge! But man, I can only imagine how exhausted you two were when you finally got to your rooms!

That Old Key West Studio looks very nice! Andrew and I can't wait to try out a DVC room one day. I also see those H20 products. I loved those so much, I asked Mousekeeping for more and even bought a bottle in the gift shop!

Wow, the food you were given on the flight looks VERY good. When you were sleeping, were you able to sleep totally flat? Or did your seat just recline a lot?
It was a pretty long day and we were so happy when we finally got onto the plane and took off.
Having the lounge to have comfortable seats and food helped a lot with waiting for so long, but we were so happy when we finally arrived in the US!

The OKW studio was awesome. We were really impressed with how large it was. And yes, there were H2O products. I love those too. Got myself a huge of bodybutter on the ship. Love to have that!

They do feed you pretty well in business class and there is LOTS of it. And yes, they seats become all flat like a bed and you can really relax and go to sleep easily.
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Old 09-24-2013, 01:50 AM   #103
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I am so looking forward to enjoying the rest of your TR!! My sister and her family were on the Western cruise the same week as you so I'm excited to read all about it!
Welcome!
I really hope you will enjoy our trip as much as we did! It was an awesome time.
Was your sister on the cruise meet thread? That was such a great group.


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Wow...what a long day. At least you had the lounge to keep you busy and what better way than to eat. 12 hours in an airport, we would have gone crazy. I would look at it that it can only get better from here. We have never stayed in a studio in OKW, looks really nice.
It was an extremely long day and I was so worried it would go on like this, but thankfully I was SO wrong. It turned out to be a really wonderful vacation.
Elaine, the studio at OKW was really nice. I love the studios at BLT, but they are TINY compared to OKW. It felt so nice to be "home" and not have to worry about space.


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Karin, I'm ready for bed after reading all of your travel woes of the day.

I'm glad you didn't have to wait too long for your car, and that you enjoyed your studio. Although Mark and I would love to try a one-bedroom at some point, the studio really is enough for us...very roomy. I love the Turtle Pond area and hope we are in that spot next time.
Kathy, we were spoiled the first time we stayed at OKW. I had booked a studio with an AP discount for 9 nights and we were upgraded to a 1 bedroom. Ever since we have never even thought about going back to a studio.
But now that we have to "juggle" our points, the studio seemed to make sense and we were so pleasantly surprised.
We LOVE the Turtle Pond Road area and since we always have a car it is no problem for us that we are far from the Hospitality House.


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My gosh, what a delay! I have made connections through Frankfurt a few times on the way to Italy - fortunately never a delay.

How about that perfect timing to have Business Class for this trip! Thank goodness...it would have felt even longer if stuck in the usual areas of the airport! Nice to have plenty if snacks ...and the Frankfurters (which was what we called,"hot dogs" when I was growing up - never heard my mother use any other term). Hoping to hear if compensation was received for the long delay.

OKW studios are so spacious and pretty - we visited when the resort was brand new and considered buying....seems like ions ago! Yours and Kathy's TRs have pretty much convinced me to stay there - even without a car.

Looking forward to the continuing adventure of firsts!
It's good you don't know about those kind of delays beforehand. I would not have been that patient, had I known.
But the lounge really helped in "calming down" nerves.

I explained all about the compensation in my response to Mary Ellen (MEK), but so far we have handed it our claim. We'll see what the outcome will be.

We LOVED the studio at OKW. You really need to try and stay there, Christine, it is so peaceful and does not have the feel of a hotel at all. There are internal buses, even if you stay at the further out parts you will have transportation.

I am working on the next update - should not be much longer.
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Wow, what a shock to see what one gets in first class! The little tablecloths were really something, no dirty tables for your meals! Meals looked pretty good, but that seemed to be a lot of food for just sitting on a plane.

I would love to have massage seats when flying, OMG, I'd still be on the plane!
We loved the business class offerings - and we had a peek behind the curtain into first class and that was even better than what we had. But we were pretty happy with what we got.

Those massage seats are awesome and after waking up and setting our seats upright again, it was just what one needed.


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Thank goodness for the upgrade to Business Class! Waiting out in the gate area and not the lounge would have been miserable! Glad you finally made it to OKW.

Jill in CO
I was SO happy we had been able to buy that upgrade. I would have been really miserable if I had had to wait at the gate for 13 hours.

We knew we had arrived when we heard the friendly "Welcome home" at the security gate of OKW. And everything else went like clockwork from there on.


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Hi Karin,

We sailed with you on the Dream last year. I am really looking forward to reading your trip report as we are also looking at DVC and a month long vacation is a dream come true! We will live vicariously through you as your trip report continutes!

Your business class portion sounded amazing, love the food porn!!! (amazing minus the delay!)
Yeah, I remember you from last year!
We had a blast this summer, so much fun and such a relaxed approach to everything, since we had such a long vacation.
Let me know if you have any questions about DVC - it took us a long time to commit, but we really love it now.

I am glad you like the food porn, as there will be LOADS in this trip report.


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What a day! So glad you had the lounge! Can't wait to read more!
It was a long, hard day, but we were rewarded with a month long vacation, so, that more than made up for it.

Lots more to come, SOON!!
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We were on the Western sailing in August, wonder if it was the same one. Looking forward to reading the rest of your trip report.
Our's was the August 17 sailing. So WERE we on the same sailing? We loved to be on the Fantasy, such a beautiful ship and even if it sounds cheesy, but even after two weeks we didn't do or see all of it.

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Eek, what a loooooong travel day Karin!

At least you had a nice lounge to relax in and some yummy snacks to keep you going

You must have been exhausted when you finally arrived at OKW!
I am sure coming from Europe you and I know that we are in for quite some travel time, but this time sitting in an airport for 13 hours AND then having a 10 hour flight "to look forward to" was a bit much. But you are right, the lounge helped to "ease the pain".

We weren't even all that tired when we arrived. Going with Austrian time it was time to get up and we were able to really sleep on the plane. But it was good to finally fall into bed and know that the fun was about to begin.


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So glad you finally made it to Disney!
We were glad too! It had been a long day and we were happy to finally make it there.

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I'm glad you made it finally on your flight to disney , and wow we never get any food that looks that good even when they served food back in the day ???
That was a long day ,

did the airline give you guys anything for the extremely longer then anything wait ??

Checking in packages are awesome but we were suppose to be the surprise checking in ? after a long day im surprised you brought everything into the room before going directly to bed ??
We were pretty happy we had made it there too, Jeff. Especially since any more delays would have cut into our time with you all.

The food in business class was pretty awesome. They do feed you in economy class too and it is pretty nice, but nothing as nice as what we got this time.

Jeff, I explained about our compensation claim in my reply to Mary Ellen (MEK). I am keeping my fingers crossed our claim goes through.

Your surprise made our day, Jeff! It was the perfect sprinkling of to start off this vacation.
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