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Old 12-06-2013, 06:01 PM   #10
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We had a plan!

Yes! The day had finally arrived! Nate set the alarm for 7 on his I Pad and I woke up to Si Roberston from Duck Dynasty “It’s on like donkey kong, it’s on like donkey kong, it’s on like donkey kong” I didn’t even know that was one of his sayings. So we got dressed and went down for breakfast and Joh and Gary and family were already there. Everyone else trickled in shortly after. We had PAT for 10:30 and the plan was for Gary and Nate to drop us all off at the port with all the luggage and return the rental cars. Nate rented at Budget and Gary at Hertz so they were going to get gas and return Nate's car first and Gary would drive them both to Hertz where they would catch a cab together to the terminal. Simple flawless plan….no chance of being held up. I’ll let you in on the reason for such a plan. The Last cruise we stayed at the Radisson and took the free shuttle which was a disaster! We had booked it for 11:00 and we didn’t get on the shuttle until after 12:00 and the lobby was complete mayhem with angry cruisers all waiting to get their trip started. Meanwhile Joh was having her own issues with getting to the terminal. Joh and family were dropped off by Gary at the terminal and he was going to return the car and catch the free shuttle back. Joh checked in and scored a low boarding number… I can’t recall but maybe a 3 or something. Anyway Gary dropped off the car and for whatever reason the shuttle was backed up and he wasn’t going to be able to get to the port for another 45 minutes or something crazy like that. So he decided to catch a cab but Joh had all the cash with her. He called her several times so she could meet him outside to pay for the cab but Joh’s phone was in her bag and she did not hear it. The whole time she was wondering where Gary was and was getting a little hot under the collar as they were calling the boarding numbers. Anyway he finally arrived and they got on the ship but not as soon as they could have been if they were all together. This is not a big deal in the grand scheme of things but to us crazy Disers who over plan and obsess about details it can make us cuckoo. So this plan was conceived months before to avoid such problems. So just weeks before Rob and Jen still had not booked their flights or transfers due to an issue with Rob’s work which meant there was a possibility of them not being able to go and not even knowing until just 2 weeks before. I know right…. Most of us would be losing our minds! (hmmm wait a minute that actually WAS us and we WERE losing our minds!) So I gave them all the info of where we were staying and how we were getting to the port and they decided to rent at Budget as well. So I ran it by Joh and Gary to see if Rob and Jen could get in on the transfer deal too. Joh and Gary were fine with it so now they could split the cab fare 3 ways. I filled Rob in on the plan and we were all good to go. We planned to meet out front at 10:00. Rob and Jen have a toddler so they were running a bit behind and then he had to go potty lol (he’s so darn cute I could kiss his face off!) but we got in our cars around 10:15 and got to the terminal in 5 minutes. The guys dropped us off and we got in the growing line to get into the terminal. While we were in line we saw Wendy and Rich and they walked around to the front of the terminal into a door there and went straight up! I asked her once we were through how she was able to just go in that door and if it was for platinum members….she said no it was open so Rich said lets just try it and it worked! So we got up to the terminal which is not too busy yet and I got in line to check in while Cassie stood in line with Gabe for a Mickey pic. So I checked in and scored a 2!!! Joh got a 2 as well and Wendy who was before us got a 3! I saw that Jen was still checking in and had her hands full with her little one and was looking a little frazzled. I went over and told her I would get in line for Mickey with him and she was so grateful. The time was passing and we were wondering where they guys were. Joh was texting Gary and I was texting Nate but it did not seem to go through… I did notice the days prior that it was a bit slow to sending and receiving… maybe because of our international packages for our phones? Anyway Jen was not able to check in because Rob had forgotten to sign the cruise document. So Jen… being from the US and had no trouble texting let Rob know that he forgot to sign and they couldn’t check in without a signature. Joh said she should have just forged it but I guess that’s kinda hard to do right in front of them . So Rob came up to sign the docs… all by himself. Joh made a bee line for Rob to see where Gary was and she was informed that he wasn’t here yet because he took the shuttle….. huh??? It was 2011 all over again. So Joh was pissed to say the least. So now they are calling boarding numbers and yep ours passes…on to 3…4…. So Rob went and signed the docs and guess what…. He got a 1!!!! I said to Rob… lets just keep that to ourselves .
Not long after Garry arrived on the shuttle and Nate apologized for the miscommunication and Gary said “No problem mate but lets not tell the girls.” Nate and Gary head into the terminal and Joh storms over to the guys and said “I’m right pissed! We had a plan!” So Nate decided to slink into the shadows and find me. By this time it was starting to get crowded and now reunited with Nate we gathered the kids and we got in line to board. While we were being herded like cattle through the picture process I got a text from Joh apologizing for her response to the previous events and said she appreciated that Nate waited for Gary. I responded it was all good and that Nate was just too scared to come up without him.(He had read some of Joh’s previous trip reports lol.)
So here’s what happened… Nates version anyway. They all had to go fill up before returning their cars so they went to the gas station. The pump would not take Nate’s credit card because it was Canadian so he had to go in and prepay. He told the guys to go a head and he would meet them at Budget. He got there and Rob had returned his car already and said “come on…we can catch this next shuttle and it’s leaving now.” Nate asked about Gary, and Rob said that there’s a free shuttle at Hertz too. Nate was a bit confused thinking that they were suggesting they all take the shuttle from Hertz? Anyway once he got the car returned the shuttle guy was rushing Nate along and Nate said what about Gary? Rob told him that he already left for Hertz. So Nate was a little uneasy as he was fully aware of why there was a plan in place. So once they got dropped off at the terminal Nate told Rob that he was going to wait until Gary got there. (I married a smart man) Rob decided to wait too until…. he got the text from Jen saying he forgot to sign the documents. Rob definitely felt the chill in the air when Joh confronted him asking where Gary was. Joh shortly after apologized to Rob and Jen for losing her cool and all was well. I did fill Rob in later about the 2011 incident and the reason for the plan and he was like Eek. Ok… so he didn’t SAY “Eeek” but ya know that face that goes with it… he made that face. He was just thinking why would ya just not take the free shuttle?! Now he knows.

Here are some pics at the terminal

Next up….. Who needs food…. I’m going on the AquaDuck!

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