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Old 01-11-2014, 02:42 PM   #1
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Wonder West Coast B2B May 2014 Concierge - COMPLETED!

Pre-Trip Report


Me: 40-ish; compulsive planner. Lover of all things Disney and a huge fan of cruising DCL. (hmmm… does that sound like the other 1,000 DISers on these boards?) My two pups are even Disney-fied: Meet Figment the cocker spaniel / Pekinese cross (after the purple dragon from Journey Into Imagination at Epcot)

And here’s Gracey the puggle (after Master Gracey of the Haunted Mansion – my favorite ride)

DH: 40-ish; happy to let me do most of the planning. Lover of all things Star Wars, but has become a Disney lover (at least Donald Duck) through being married to me for nearly 23 years, so he is thoroughly converted, and is especially happy now that Disney owns Star Wars. I am so very lucky to be married to someone who understands my Disney obsession and knows how much fun a Disney vacation is! Here are the two of us meeting the famous duck on our last cruise on the Fantasy:

DS: age 12 (in March 2014). Lover of video games, reading, complicated Lego sets. Very laid back child. Loves the Edge, as he finds it much more entertaining than Oceaneer Club/Lab. He has grown up with a Disney vacation under his belt nearly every year. As a result, he will probably grow up to want nothing to do with Disney. ) Just kidding, he’s always very happy to tag along – such a smart, easy-going, happy guy. He’s never thrown a temper tantrum in his life, and loves to meet other “dudes” that share his interests – don’t they all at age 12?? I would compare him to Mickey Mouse if I were to compare him to any Disney character. (here I send a quick prayer to God in heaven that he won’t turn into a demon the moment he enters teenage-dom)

DMIL and DFIL: Lost their son (DH) to the military when he was just 18, and they don’t get to spend nearly enough time with us, since we have relocated a few states away. We are so excited that they have decided to join us on the final leg of our B2B cruise. There may be a real possibility that they will not think as fondly of me as they used to as we continue through these planning stages. I may be a little too much “cruise director” for them. I am glad they’re anticipating the FE, though. They assure me they’re ready to go!! I have to keep reminding myself to let them create their own cruise experience, but:

- We must, must do Palo brunch on our first sea day.

- Oh, and we must schedule Palo dinner all together.

- Oh, and we must ask them to come join us for breakfast on our verandah a time or two.

- Oh, and they should…. (see what I mean??) Sigh. Can’t be helped.

Cruise details: This will be our 4th and 5th DCL cruises. We were looking for an easier way to get to Gold level, and thought it would be interesting to do a back to back. So we are booked on the May 17, 2014, 2-night “Cruise to Nowhere” out of San Diego, followed by the May 19 California West Coast Cruise 5-night from San Diego to Vancouver, BC. I’ve been toying with writing a trip report for the past two cruises, but I’m kind of lazy that way, and I usually have some post-cruise blues, so I avoid the DIS Boards for a while after we cruise. However, I think this one is urgently needed, since there is not much information about these west coast cruises, and it might actually help my fellow DISers out. I know it has been frustrating to me (compulsive planner that I am) to see the lack of any detailed information about these cruises. The in-laws will be cruising in a 6A aft stateroom, 6652, with a larger, curved whitewall verandah. I am really looking forward to checking out the living space of this room. We have always sailed concierge rooms with extra living space, and I have always wondered if I’d be able to downgrade and still be comfortable. If we could manage it, we’d be able to cruise more often, that’s for sure. These vacations are EXPENSIVE! (just sayin’)

We are booked in 8532 on the Disney Wonder, the same 1-Bedroom Concierge suite we had on our very first Disney Cruise in 2007. What a wonderful room. This is a “sideways” 1-bedroom mid-ship, and we loved the layout. Nice to have our son sleep in the living room rather than the master bedroom. It makes it feel more like home. We also love having the triple-wide verandah, as we always spend quite a bit of time out there.

On the Fantasy, we loved the 1-bedroom on the bump-out verandah, stateroom 12512, and I have to say that I may not be quite as in love with the Wonder after experiencing the Fantasy and the Dream. Two of our favorite things are missing on the Wonder: the concierge lounge (with its wonderful espresso machine, savory breakfast treats and pre-dinner booze fest – LOL) and Remy (we love both Remy and Victoria and Albert’s at WDW, because we’re kind of foodies whenever we get the chance.) Palo is lovely, but Remy…… oh, my!

Next up….. planning, planning, planning. The 120-day mark is right around the corner now! (next week!!)

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