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Old 12-10-2013, 02:56 AM   #31
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Old 12-10-2013, 03:41 AM   #32
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Mixology and formal night…. Maybe not a good idea Part 1

I woke up at 6:30 Sunday morning! What is up with that? I work night shifts which is what I prefer as I’m a natural night hawk and I don’t like to get out of bed in the morning….so WHY CAN’T I SLEEP IN! For whatever reason I can never sleep in while I’m on vacation. If I was at home and not working I would be dragging my butt out of bed at 8 and I would consider that to be early! Nate got up with me and we went out on the balcony to see if we could see any flying fish. It worked out quite well that we were up early since we had planned to go to the church service at 9:30 at Outlook. At home our church has two services with one being at 9:15 and one at 10:45. We always mean well trying to get to the early one but like I said…I’m not a morning person and it usually involves me rushing and herding the kids out the door to get to the late service on time. This was a new experience for me. We took our time and let the boys roll out of bed at 8:00 and made our way down to breakfast at Enchanted Garden. We had plenty of time to spare and made it to the service ON TIME! It was a pretty good service too which was lead by…I think his name was Jerome. He was the head butcher on the ship. Once the service was finished the boys decided they wanted to do the Aqua Duck. It wasn’t as busy as I thought it would be on a sea day. Once they had enough of the water Gabe asked to go to the kids club and Luke agreed to go with him. On our way back from dropping off the boys we bumped into Joh and Sian along with Daniel in front of the Detective agency desk and that just happened to be the time of Jack-Jacks Incredible Diaper Dash. We stayed for a bit to watch the first race which was hilarious!

Here’s a pic of that just before the first race



After that we strolled around and decided to check out shutters to find out where our album was.We were green Minnie 50. We were getting a little hungry and decided to go to the Royal Court for a nice romantic lunch. We just placed our order and we get “the text”. So we text Cassie and asked her to pick up the boys for us. She did but the boys wanted us so we told her to bring them on down to the Royal Court for lunch. So much for the romantic lunch. After lunch we decided to do the detective agency thingy. With this activity you go to the detective desk and choose a case, there’s the case of the missing puppies, the case of the missing show and the case of the plundered paintings. We chose to do the case of the missing puppies. You sign up at the detective agency desk and get a badge, which you activate by holding it up and it reads a 2D scan code. You also get a map of the ship and a list of suspects. The map shows you where all the enchanted paintings are. Once you find the paintings your badge triggers it to show you a clue to help you solve your case. It was really quite cool and the boys had a blast being Detectives! If we ever chose to go on the Fantasy without kids someday I would totally do this again! It did take a little over an hour but you don’t have to do it all at once. You can do the same one throughout the whole week. I bumped into Holly, aka Ohio while we were “on the job” and she was solving her own mystery. She was telling me that they had 14 different scenarios or something like that! I quickly shushed her. It was fun but I could see our whole cruise turning into us becoming super sleuths. We finished just in time to get them an ice cream and headed back down to the kids club so Nate Cassie and I could head to Skyline for our private mixology session. I was REALLY looking forward to this. The class was arranged by Joh on fb and there were 3 classes to choose from. I knew that someone from my city was also in our class but I didn’t know who. So when Debbie looked at me and said the name of our church I knew that she was the one! Lol AND we actually GO to the same church and know a lot of the same people. It was a hoot talking with her and we chatted for a while after the session. She’s an early service gal so we will never see each other again.

Here’s Wendy, Debbie and myself. One for the church bulletin board.


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Here's Nate making his drink.



Here’s Wendy double fisted with Rich



Joh double fisted….anyone else notice a pattern here?



One with my DD Cass.


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Your knee...my flip flop.

Love reading this, wish we were there now. Wind chill is around -20. Yuck
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Great report Char

The funny thing kids do huh? I kinda had to laugh about Luke and the vibrations in kids clubs. Sounds just like my Kira

It sucks that we never got to cruise together but maybe one day I will get the pleasure of meeting you and your family, you all seem like such sweethearts

P.S. I like Cassie's lanyard at the mixology class
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Haha... that's so funny! Too bad it was formal night...I would have loved to stick around and chat with everyone. It takes a lot of effort and time for me to get spiffed up....especially after a few too many cocktails.

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Love reading this, wish we were there now. Wind chill is around -20. Yuck
Me too Kelsey. Writing this makes me feel like I'm there again though. We are siting at -14 with wind chill but that is Celsius so that's like 7 fahrenheit. So -20 would be rather chilly!
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Great report Char

The funny thing kids do huh? I kinda had to laugh about Luke and the vibrations in kids clubs. Sounds just like my Kira

It sucks that we never got to cruise together but maybe one day I will get the pleasure of meeting you and your family, you all seem like such sweethearts

P.S. I like Cassie's lanyard at the mixology class
Awww.... thanks Cass. I was really looking forward to finally meeting you too. I was bummed when we had to cancel our b2b

Yes Cassie's lanyard was awesome wasn't it! We had several to choose from each day. We had yours, we had our silver AND our fb group had halloween ones. Since Bobby and Gerald were newbies and didn't have any I gave them the little boys lanyards since they don't wear them. If you look closely at the pics of diner, Bobby and her son Lane are wearing yours too. I made sure they had your business cards in them too and look what happened! Well it wasn't just your card... I DID tell them you were the best TA evah!
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Great start! It looks like you guys had a blast at Mixology!
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Great start! Cant wait till the end when you guys get off the ship so WE can get on!!
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Great start! It looks like you guys had a blast at Mixology!
Hiya PrincessTrisha!!! Glad your following along. It was great to get to meet you in person!

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You're too funny Dawg! Hey... where's YOUR report?! Cass is kicking your butt!
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Mixology and formal night…. Maybe not a good idea! Part 2

On our last cruise Joh, Nate, my sister and I had booked a martini tasting and again it was right before dinner on formal night. I did not over indulge as I discovered I was not a huge fan of martinis except for the fruity or chocolate ones. There were a lot more of the “other” ones that I did not finish but my sister was more than willing to help me out. I think she “helped” out a lot of people at our table. Well we practically had to roll her out. She did make it to dinner and you can’t even tell in the pics that she was loaded. Now I was not NEAR as bad off as she was after this mixology class but I was definitely VERY happy. I liked all the drinks! I got ready for dinner and helped the boys get ready. Evan showed up just 10 minutes before we had to leave and threw on his suit complaining the whole time. I was a little worried because I’m a bit on the clumsy side and I’m not very good with heals AND being a bit tipsy. Thankfully nothing embarrassing happened. I’m sorry to disappoint… my clumsiness always makes for a good story. I can’t tell you too much about dinner as I don’t remember much… we were at Enchanted Garden that much I know. Anyway here are a few pics from formal night.

My handsome boys. Doesn’t Evan look impressed!



A sleepy little Logan



Gary teaching the boys how to tie a Windsor knot while Anna finds it quite boring.



Luke and Daniel



Cassie and Sian



Here we are with most of the girls. Evan took off after dinner (of course!) so I was upset that I wasn’t going to be able to get a nice family pic while everyone was all dressed up and decided that I could at least get a nice mother daughter pic. While we were in line Jen and Bobbie were walking by and stopped to talk so I said we should get a pic with the ladies. Well we just kept collecting friends as they came by. While the photographers were posing us ladies the Captain came over and was looking on smiling and I could kick myself for not asking him to join us in the pic. I’m bummed though that we were missing Wendy and Sian.



Evan did show up later while we were still in the lobby and I couldn’t believe my eyes but he was still wearing his suit! So I was able to get this.



On to the show! This night it was Aladin and it was fantastic! I really enjoyed this show a lot. After the show the adult entertainment was a hypnotist which I thought would be intriguing. Nate was not feeling the best and decided he would stay back with the kids and he assured me he was fine. (I get a little paranoid about his health because he always downplays his symptoms.) I went to the show and gave him strict orders to text me if he felt any worse. I met up with the gang and we went to the show. Ricky Kalmon, the hypnotist gathered his volunteers and then invited the audience to try and “go under” as well. Joh said to me “I’m going to do it.” So I thought what the heck I’m going to try as well. I guess I did hold back a bit as I was praying that I wouldn’t make a total fool of myself and not be aware of it. So once he had everyone on stage under he invited everyone who attempted to go under in the audience to stand up so I did….all by myself. I mean other people in the audience did stand up but not Joh! He asked if anyone who was standing if their feet felt hot and if they did to come up and he would shake their hand which would immediately cool them down. I did not feel the heat which was fine with me because they were added to the volunteers. There were a few obvious fakers but some I thought might have been truly under. I don’t know... I’m not convinced. It was definitely entertaining I can say that much! So that was the end of the first day at sea and I can tell you I was pretty tired. I think I was asleep by midnight.

Next up…. Grand Caymen!

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Out of all my lanyards that one was my favourite. It went with most of my outfits lol
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You're too funny Dawg! Hey... where's YOUR report?! Cass is kicking your butt!
Wont be a report from Underdog or his Sweet Polly this time. You know us, we're pretty boring.

Nice formal night pictures. Something about a lady in a red dress that just screams Jessica Rabbit! One of these cruises im going to get Robin to wear one.
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Wont be a report from Underdog or his Sweet Polly this time. You know us, we're pretty boring.
WHAT!But you have fans COUNTING on you!!!

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Minus her "personalities"
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Grand Cayman! Part 1

We wake up early again…. around 7:00. Our plans for that day were for Evan, Gabe, and myself to go to the Turtle farm and Nate, Cassie and Luke were going to do the Dolphin Swim and then Turtle farm. Evan and I had done the dolphin swim on our first cruise in 2010 so skipped it this time and Gabe….well he doesn’t like water. We have a pool so I feel it’s very important that the boys know how to swim. During the summer they are in swimming lessons, which they go to everyday. Gabe still does not have a badge. It usually takes bribing and threatening for him to actually GET in the pool. They all know Gabe quite well at swimming lessons and the instructors all take their turn having to have him in their class. We told Gabe this past summer that if he got a badge we would get him a DS. Well it was becoming apparent at the end of summer that wasn’t going to happen. The instructor on the very last day said to Gabe, “If you just dunk your head under water I will give you a badge…I don’t even care that you can’t do everything. I’ll GIVE you the badge. You will get a DS Gabe if you just dunk your head!” (she did make sure this was fine with us first) He refused. Can you even BELIEVE the stubbornness! Now he was disappointed that he wasn’t going to get to go swimming with the dolphins. I was like… are you serious! You freak out with your bath and you want to swim with dolphins now. Nope… not paying $119 for him to chicken out. So we were going to go our separate ways.
Jen and I booked directly with the turtle farm and it cost me $92 for myself, Evan and Gabe. If we booked through Disney it was going to cost us $92 per adult and $72 per child! That’s a savings of $164! I know I know… we still have to pay for transportation and food but I don’t think it would be $164! On Boatswains site it says it has free transportation but the departures were at 8:30 and 9:45 and returning at 12 and 1:15. Well all ashore wasn’t until 10:45 and we had to tender so I thought we’d have to take a cab or local bus. Then someone on our fb group said they talked with Boatswains saying that people that booked privately could still catch transportation with the Disney excursion people! So I called Boatswains just to confirm and she said it was on a first come first serve basis and I would have to look for someone in teal shirts or a red shirt with an “i” for information (I had to laugh because it made me think of the Incredibles.)
We met up with Jen and Rob and headed down to the theater where we had to get our tender tickets. We were seated in the theater and had to wait for our turn to get on a tender. I think we had the 3rd tender or something but it did seem to take a while. They had old cartoons playing to occupy the kids and a cast member telling really REALLY bad jokes. It was finally our turn to get herded on the tender and it took no time at all to get to the dock.

Here’s the Fantasy while we wear leaving for GC on the tender



Beautiful Grand Cayman!



They had a fenced in area where all the excursion people were meeting and I was scanning the crowd for teal or red “i” d shirts. We were leaving the area heading towards the cab area when I spotted a teal shirt just in front of us! I ran up to him and asked if he worked for the Turtle Farm which he replied yes. So I told him we were told we could get free transportation with Disney if the shuttles were not full. He told us to wait a few minutes and he would be right back. He returned and said to follow him. He was giving us a ride in the Boatswains van. We just had to pick up another staff member in the area and we were off. How perfect was that! He even said he would meet us out front at 3:00 and take us back…SCORE! On our way it started to pour, I think it was about this time that we realized that we forgot to grab towels. It was a good 20 minutes drive and I couldn’t believe our luck when the skies cleared as we arrived. While we entered we bumped into Joh and Gary who had booked the Island Tour.

Look who I bumped into!




Soon as we entered they have this huge lagoon full of adult sea turtles. I couldn’t believe how MASSIVE they were, some that were over 500 lbs!

The adult sea turtles



We moved on from that area to the baby turtles where you can catch and hold a sea turtle but on our way we came across these guys. Evan loves iguanas and had to take a few dozen pics of these guys.



While we were there we bumped into Holly and family! And it was a good thing too…if I had to catch my own turtle I’d still be there lol. Holly’s daughter Brittany let me hold the one she caught.
Jen LOVES sea turtles and collects figures of them so she thought this was WAY cool!



I think this has to be my FAV pic of Logan of the entire trip!



Here’s Evan with the turtle he caught



Here I am with the turtle that Brittany caught for me lol.



The kids were starting to get hungry so we stopped for lunch. I couldn’t believe the prices! Gabe had cheese sticks with fries and a soda and Evan had a large fries, which we shared and a soda. I brought a water with me so that was everything… a kids order of cheese sticks, large fries and 2 sodas for $28!!! Good thing we had free transportation or we might have only broke even with not booking with Disney!

I hope you enjoyed your gourmet cheese sticks kiddo!



Once we were done eating we headed over to the lagoon to go snorkeling. We picked up our equipment and got ready to take the plunge. This was a man made lagoon with some fish and we did come across a little turtle. I found the bottom to be very slippery and slimy so it was better when we got out a little farther where the water was deeper. I didn’t think we would get very far because I did have Gabe with me. I was shocked when he said he would try. I think the fact that Logan was doing it and was way ahead of him kinda motivated him. He still didn’t “dunk” his head but he did try to snorkel. He couldn’t get the hang of it and would panic when he put his face in the water and would come up gaging and sputtering. At one point I asked if he wanted to head back and was so proud when he wanted to finish. I wish we had some pics of that!!! Once we went around the whole lagoon we laid in the sun trying to dry off as best we could since we didn’t have towels. We went to the change rooms to go and get changed and Jen and I used paper towels to finish drying off! We met out front to catch our ride back to the ship. It was a lot of fun but we didn’t get to do everything the farm had to offer with such a short port day. It was a great excursion which we all enjoyed. I would definitely do this excursion again.

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