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Old 02-06-2007, 09:02 AM   #76
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We will we have over 1G of memory sticks cleared and ready go, I hope that is enough for a three night!
I hate to say it ashman, but that might not be enough! My first cruise was a 3-night and my boyfriend and I had over 500 pictures! Just a heads up. Have a WONDERful time and make sure you start that trip report as soon as you get back! I can't wait to hear how you all enjoyed yourselves.
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Old 02-06-2007, 09:11 AM   #77
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I wish I was going, too! Have a little extra fun for all of us, okay?

I hope you have a wonderful trip full of Magical Memories and Pixie Dust.
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Old 02-06-2007, 09:39 AM   #78
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We will we have over 1G of memory sticks cleared and ready go, I hope that is enough for a three night!



My precious mom got that for me for Christmas. It didn't work like it was supposed to and that sweet woman got up at 6 am the next day to exhange it because we had to leave early that day. Thanks mom! (PS My kids cheat but love it when they beat dad!)

As far as pictures of me? Just remember you asked for it![/QUOTE]

Aren't Mom's wonderful?????

Does shutters have the photo places where you can download your pics to a CD? Must ask that...

& yes... we will all brace ourselves for your picture. Make sure it is something very goofy looking and having fun!!!
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Old 02-06-2007, 04:22 PM   #79
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Hey Ashman,

Have a great time on your cruise. Enjoy every minute!! And take some good notes so you can continue/start/finish this trip report properly!
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Old 02-08-2007, 09:52 AM   #80
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Ooooooooooooh Oooooooooooh You're there!!!! Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


SO????????????????????????????
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Old 02-09-2007, 09:24 PM   #81
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Hope you are having an awsome time! Can't wait to hear all about it when you get back.
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Old 02-10-2007, 11:30 PM   #82
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I hope your cruise was everything you hoped for! Let us know how it went.
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Old 02-11-2007, 05:00 PM   #83
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Weeeeerrrrrreeee Baaaaaaackkk!

Just got off the plane, great cruise good trip home. I will hopefully get the first installment up tomorrow!
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Old 02-11-2007, 05:18 PM   #84
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Welcome back!!!

Hurry Hurry!!!

We've been wondering all weekend!!!
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Old 02-11-2007, 07:03 PM   #85
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Welcome home! I can't wait to read your TR.
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I can't wait to read about it.
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Old 02-12-2007, 10:00 AM   #87
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The Trip Report Begins!

Well at long last the time has come to get this trip report underway! No a bit of a warning, some trip reports are straight to the point cliff notes type. Others are like the scene from “Airplane!” “Bring me up to step, I want to know everything that happened to this point.”

“Well first the earth cooled, then the dinosaurs came, then they died because they got to big and fat, then the Arabs came driving their big shiny cars” You get the idea. This is probably going to be one of those trip reports.

It is now the eve of the cruise, all bags are packed except for the toiletries that will be needed in the morning. We get the kids to bed and remind them, if you wake up tomorrow don’t get out of bed until we tell you! The last thing we needed was them up at 1:00 AM raring to go!

I guess that was what did me in. The kids went to sleep no problem at all! Me on the other hand not so good. It was shades of that old Disney World commercial where the sister tells the brother to go to sleep and he says, “I can’t I’m too excited!” they then cut to the mom and dad who say the same thing! I never really got to sleep that night, I tossed and turned and snatched sleep in 15 to thirty minute increments. We had the alarm clock set for 3:55, at 3:45 I decided to get up and take my shower. I get dressed in the bathroom and when I get out there is Sweet Child grinning ear to ear, dressed and ready to go! Our plan was to eat breakfast pack the car and hit the road at 4:30 AM, we pull out of the garage at 4:28 YEEESS!

Reminder for our readers, at this point, the girls still don’t know they are getting ready to get on the plane for the first time.

We pull out of the subdivision, my wife looks at me with a grin and says, “My heart is leaping out of my chest!” The gas light goes on, Sweet Child exclaims, “Dad! The gas light is on we need more gas, we have a long trip to Florida!” I smile and say don’t worry honey, we will get gas before we run out. Sweet Child then asks, “Dad, can we take a shortcut?” Yes honey in fact we can! I turn in to the airport. “Dad why are we turning into the airport?” “You said you wanted a shortcut right? Well here we are!”

The shock and the fog from the early morning wake up time is slowing the reaction time, it hits them right out the time I dump DW, kids, and the luggage at the curbside. I go park the car and come back to two kids with HUGE grins on their faces. We get checked in and go through security, and wait.

“Dad why can't we go right now?”

“Sweetie flying on the plane means a lot of hurry up and wait!” I say as several other grownups around us start laughing!

Shot of the girls while we wait:



And a shot of them on their first plane ride:





We push back a bit late due to some frost on the wings. I don’t see her and she didn’t say a word but I tell my wife “Don’t worry hon we will make our connection. Remember she is the planner and wants everything to go just so, I am the dreamer who thinks it will all work out. We have a 35 minute connection window in Atlanta.

We take off, it is still dark so the city lights are still shining. “OOOOOO its so beautiful, it great! Thanks dad for taking us on the cruise, and for flying us!”

Okay the trip can end now! They were so happy and exciting it was a blast.

We land in Atlanta and start booking it for our gate. We about as far away from our connection as we could possibly be. We get to the gate with 10 minutes to spare but they are loading. I look at my wife and say, “Don’t worry hon the bags probably beat us to the gate.

We land in MCO and go to baggage claim. While there we meet up with our driver from MH Transportation. I booked them based on a recommendation of several Dis’ers, and once again the Dis did not disappoint! They were great on both legs and I would not hesitate to use them again.

We get all three of our bags, give my wife a wink and we are off! While in the car Mini Me retorts, “Dad, I am too sleepy I got up too early!”

“Go ahead and take a nap darling”

“But what if I am asleep when we get to the ship, will the man take me to the ship?”

Well she take me up on the offer and the poor thing nods off then and there:



We get to the terminal at 10:45 and get a number three boarding pass!


I will be back soon with more! Thanks again for reading and for your well wishes for my trip!
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Old 02-12-2007, 10:54 AM   #88
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I'm hoping to take my nephew to WDW in August and it will be his first flight too!!! I'm so excited right now.... IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII Can't sleep!!!

Keep it coming!!! We want to relive it with you!!!
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Old 02-12-2007, 11:06 AM   #89
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To the Terminal, To the Ship!

To the Terminal, To The Ship!

I have heard how people describe coming over the bridge and seeing the ship for the first time. I didn’t know what to expect or what it would be like, but when I saw her for the first time, I was in the immortal words of Lafayette the dog from the Aristocats, “Plum goose pimply all over!” Sweet Child was speechless, Mini Me was still asleep! We get to the gate, a porter gets our bags, I tip him and they are gone!

We get in line at the gate with ID and tickets in hand, when I see it for the first time, someone else’s kids having a temper tantrum. I’m thinking to myself, “Glad it’s not me” and move on in.

We go through screening, by now the girls are seasoned pros and go through without any coaching from us at all! We get our boarding number and head up the escalator. For those of you who have gone before, you know what that’s like. For those who haven’t its hard to explain but it just feels nice. We get to the top and Sweet Child exclaims, “Dad, I think I’m dreaming are we really here?” There is no wait at check out and I go up to the CM at the counter and get checked in without a hitch. We have First Seating, Second group, APL rotation.

Big Cruise Tip Hint! Fill out your stuff online and do your Bahamas Immigration Forms ahead of time. There was two families checking in on either side of me when I got to the counter, I was done before both of them! Another hint, get the passports, one lady was having a major time with her birth certificates, passports much easier for everyone!

We get the kids checked in for clubs, when we see it, the first character sighting! It was Pluto! The kids rush over to see him and it is over before we can get the camera ready! A valuable lesson, always have the camera and keep with the person who has the kids!

A little later on we see Minnie:



As we are getting our pictures, I look over to check in which now looks like the Chicago Stock Yards, the more clueless are pouring over the various forms that they didn’t do ahead of time. I smile smugly to myself as I turn my gaze of disdain from the hapless fools who either don’t know the Dis or didn’t heed its teachings, a return to my vacation.

Before long they call boarding groups 1 and 2 to board the ship. The Group 1 didn’t get their own separate call, I guess non had checked in yet. We got to the terminal shortly after 11 and were on the ship in no time!

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The Pool Where is The Pool

The Pool Where is the Pool?

We get on board and they offer us to go to Parrot Cay for lunch. I didn’t really want to go to Parrot Cay because 1) I wanted to see more of the ship first, 2) I really wanted to Eat on Deck 9 because I knew the girls wanted to get to the pool and I wanted to be close to the action, 3) I didn’t want to, the Dis taught me I could eat wherever I wanting to on the ship! We make our way to the Buffet which was excellent! I the girls discovered the joys of cruise desserts and Mini Me had her first Parfait.



After lunch we went exploring around the ship a bit. The kids were excited but really wanted to get to the pool. Here is the okay here is your smile can we go swimming look:



We get to the pool and it is practically deserted. The slide isn’t open yet so it’s a good thing we walked around a bit. The girls really wanted on that slide! This was probably the best tip I got from the Dis, pack your suits in your carry on bag. It made DW and I huge heroes! Later that after noon I can remember how many times I heard, “I wanna go in the pool!” “No, sweetie, we can get to our rooms until 1:30!” “But those kids get to go!” Once again, I smile smugly to myself as I turn my gaze of disdain from the hapless fools who either don’t know the Dis or didn’t heed its teachings, a return to my vacation.

Another tip, keep only one day bag with you. I can’t tell you how many people I saw that looked like they were trying to gear up for a run on the Oregon Trail. Send more stuff to the room, travel light. Keeping the suits with us made it less pressing to get to the room.

The weather was beyond belief gorgeous, it was mid 70’s and very sunny.

Here are the kids on their first slide run:





And the pool that they had nearly all to themselves, this was taken around 1



I call this the “Shamu Shot” cuz they look like a couple of marine mammals on the deck of a show!

The pool starting to get a bit crowded after the staterooms were open so the kids tell us they want to check out the Goofy Pool, so off we go! We get there and again, nearly deserted. The kids ask me to go swimming with them (like I’m gonna say no!) so I head to the stateroom to change. I had my suit with me I just thought it would be more comfortable plus I could drop off the bag. I get to our stateroom (7014) and I meet our attendant Wana from the Czech Republic, she is a sweetie who takes excellent care of us during our stay. We have three of our four bags! Murphy’s law dictates the hanging bag with the dinner cloths have yet to arrive. I get changed and head back to the Goofy pool where the girls are in the hot tub. We take the obligatory girls with dad in the hot tub picture (a quirky little tradition)



You may have noticed at this point a dearth of pictures of my lovely wife this is largely due to 1) She is a “backstage” “behind the scenes” kind of girl and 2) she takes better shots than I do. In fact of the nearly 300 pictures we took 142 have Sweet Child in them, 138 have Mini Me in them, 42 have me in the and only 26 bear he dazzling visage of my sweet and precious wife.

The girls then invite me to get in the Goofy pool with them. I step onto the little mini deck of the Goofy Pool and step into a puddle of water and it’s freezing! Not looking forward to the jump in. I jump in and the pool water is almost as warm as the hot tub. My wife heads to the stateroom to change into something cooler. While she is gone we see Daisy. Of Course she has the camera. From this point forward the parent with the kids always has the camera! Mini Me is upset because she doesn’t get a picture. She is a huge Daisy fan. She fears it is her last chance. Its tough being a Daisy fan in a Minnie world! I assure her that we will see her again.

We swim for a bit and then get changed. We explore a bit before the lifeboat drill. It is at this time I make an important discovery. Our stateroom is forward and when we take the stairs up to Deck 9 it puts us out at the Quiet Cove. I realize this and I figure just hurry the kids through and maybe no one will notice. I keep expecting the crew in the yellow jump suits to rip off their name tags to reveal (CDA Child Detection Agency) where my children will be whisked away never to be seen again and my wife and I doomed to the rowing deck to provide extra power. We get through without incident but

ANOTHER BIG TIP…… remember if you in the forward section of the tip you will suffer the same fate did. We trained ourselves to go to the midship stairs but I still felt like I had messed up.

We see almost everything except the Oceaneer Club, we get to the club right as they are closing it down for the lifeboat drill, we got into the doorway and that was it. Turns out that was the closest that the kids ever got to the club the whole trip!

Up Next the Lifeboat drill!
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