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Old 07-16-2007, 08:02 PM   #46
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Great pre-trip TR, can't wait to hear the post Tr.
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Old 07-16-2007, 11:07 PM   #47
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Well we have gone and done it....We booked the '08 5 nighter.
Make sure you read the meet thread for that one. The amount of stuff they're planning is amazing. PJ breakfasts, meets, stateroom tours, wine and cheese tasting in the Roy Disney suite, etc... I think the grass skirt fraternity is the best idea I see on there though. I WILL be taking part in that one. Wanna do that on Sept 23rd?

That thread is almost always on the first page of the meet board.

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Just got finished reading your first TR the other night, and was going by that. I've been watching for giant mutant sharks swimming underneath the ice on Ice Road Truckers ever since I finished your report.
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Old 07-28-2007, 05:47 PM   #48
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Episode 10: Changes...

Remember how I said in my first post that we would have to make changes to our hotel reservations a few hundred times between now and the cruise? Okay, I lied. Only one. We just switched from spending the night before in a bed and breakfast in Titusville to staying on property. Looks like weíre going to be at the Pop Century resort the night before. We figured weíd go ahead and get started with the Disney feel as soon as we got to Florida, so we decided to do that, and eat at our beloved Pei Wei in Orlando the night before. MmmmmÖI can taste the Kung Pao right now.

Meanwhile, Iím bound and determined to get a meeting of the grass skirt fraternity together for this cruise. Iíve already picked up a grass skirt and lei to wear. I might be the only one, but Iíve decided Iím going to wear one no matter what. If you see an idiot at the Sailaway Party on September 23rd wearing a grass skirt and looking like a dope, thatíll be me. Hopefully, Iíll have had just enough beverages to make me not care. Iíve got to try a grass skirt drink, though, and see how those taste first, or else Iíll stick with my normal cruise drink Bahama Mama.
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Old 07-28-2007, 06:36 PM   #49
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Remember how I said in my first post that we would have to make changes to our hotel reservations a few hundred times between now and the cruise? Okay, I lied. Only one. We just switched from spending the night before in a bed and breakfast in Titusville to staying on property. Looks like weíre going to be at the Pop Century resort the night before. We figured weíd go ahead and get started with the Disney feel as soon as we got to Florida, so we decided to do that, and eat at our beloved Pei Wei in Orlando the night before. MmmmmÖI can taste the Kung Pao right now.

Meanwhile, Iím bound and determined to get a meeting of the grass skirt fraternity together for this cruise. Iíve already picked up a grass skirt and lei to wear. I might be the only one, but Iíve decided Iím going to wear one no matter what. If you see an idiot at the Sailaway Party on September 23rd wearing a grass skirt and looking like a dope, thatíll be me. Hopefully, Iíll have had just enough beverages to make me not care. Iíve got to try a grass skirt drink, though, and see how those taste first, or else Iíll stick with my normal cruise drink Bahama Mama.
LOVE Pei Wei.
We would go way more often if we lived a little closer......but every time I'm up that way I want to stop in. Of course, then I look at the Starbucks next door and I'm like, "does garlic and ginger broccoli go better with a raspberry mocha or a vanilla frappaccino?"

I love the grass skirt idea. Pictures, please.
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Old 07-29-2007, 09:59 PM   #50
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I love the grass skirt idea. Pictures, please.
Comes from the Double Dip thread for Sept 2008. There's a group that does it on all the special cruises, apparently. Pictured in the post I'm linking to are Bob and Scott, who I believe are the founders of the DCL Grass Skirt Fraternity.

Just in case you don't know...a grass skirt is gin, grenadine, pineapple juice, and something else I can't remember right now.

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Episode 11: Skiing on the beginner slopes

Like a snowball rolling downhill, time keeps ticking along. The number of days until the cruise continues to count down. Only problem is that the hill isnít very steep and the snowball just got passed by a turtle. I keep doing a virtual cruise in my head. 6 weeks from this moment Iíll be getting a cabana massage. 2 months from right now Iíll be just boarding the ship and heading towards lunch. 5 hours from now Iíll be enjoying a cool beverage on my back deck. (I guess that partís not really cruise related, now is it?)

So, I figured I would share with the board some of the little things I do to pass the time until my next cruise.

1) Buy Evian water and carry it around in a strap. At a NASCAR race.
2) Use H20 shampoo. Only problem is that Iím out, and even the metrosexual in me canít justify spending $14 on that small of a bottle of shampoo.
3) Make Bahama Mamaís in our Disney cruise glasses. Iím talking lots of Bahama Mamaís. Co-workers think I have a new kind of cologne, but itís just the rum. (Speaking of cologne. I just found the best one on the shelves right now. Believe it or not, it turned out to be Paris Hilton for Men. Ethical decisions abound.)
4) Listen to the Castaway Club CD. Iíve also started listening to DISradio some at work. I really like it when they play the soundtracks from rides that donít exist anymore. Makes me all sentimental and crap.
5) Review navigatorís and see if thereís anything I want to do that I missed in the 1,000 previous times I looked at it.
6) Watch the DCL show on the Travel Channel
7) Watch ANY cruise ship show on the Travel Channel
8) OkayÖI just flat out watch the Travel Channel. Samantha Brown is hot, in a goofy sort of way.
9) Make door magnets.
10) Sing Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah as loud as I can in the office and make everyone think Iím possessed.
11) Read my passporter again. I just bought one for WDW just because I was getting tired of reading the DCL one.
12) And when I absolutely run out of ways to waste timeÖI do some work. Itís not like Big Blue is paying me to write trip reports, now is it?

Maybe we should just leave that last question aloneÖ(Sorry about being late with this report, boss. Iím just really slammed right now.)

If you have any more suggestions for how to pass the time, please post them. Iím tired of actually working.
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Old 08-10-2007, 11:57 AM   #52
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FLA Resident Rates

FYI-I put this on the Sept. 23 thread-
Thursday, I got an e-mail from my TA that said there were Florida Resident Rates available on the Sept. 23 Cruise. I was able to upgrade to a Cat 5 (from a Cat 6) and get a $175.00 refund There is limited availability.
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Old 09-01-2007, 07:09 PM   #53
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Itís time to get excited, finally, if I wasnít already. The bags are out, clothes are coming back from the dry cleaners, and college football has started. Thatís my queue for the fact that the cruise is coming soon. I think even the in-laws are starting to get excited.

We overpack. Thatís a realization that Iíve come to. We have one suitcase thatís the size of a small elephant, and itís going to be absolutely slammed. Then we have a nice hang up bag thatís full. My athletic bag is the maximum size allowed as a carry-on, and itís going to be full. Weíre probably going to need one more bag, and this is only for a 4 night cruise. I canít figure out what to leave behind, though. One set of clothes for each day, one set for dinner each night (and weíre both only taking one pair of dress pants), a bathing suit and t-shirts for lounging around, and then our various sundries like snorkeling equipment, grass skirt, underwear, etcÖand all these bags are packed. We wanted to be able to drive just one car to the port but I donít think we can do that with 4 people and our bags considering all we are taking. The biggest car weíll have is one of those mini-SUVs, and I never realized that those didnít really have a lot of luggage space until after we got it. I hate to see what packing for the 5 day cruise next year will be like.
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Old 09-05-2007, 06:26 PM   #54
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Just wanted to say:

YES! We're sticking around an extra day to do EPCOT too!

Now back to your normally scheduled programming.
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Old 09-10-2007, 09:19 PM   #55
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Invest 91L

With all the things I've stressed out about on this cruise, the possibility of us being affected by a tropical storm is the last thing to think about, but there's a potential storm brewing out there that has me concerned. The models seem to be starting to show a scenario that has it in the Bahamas area while we're on our cruise. This is my worst case scenario for my cruise starting to rear its ugly head.

If you know how to read the tropical models for storms, look at invest 91L. 7 days from now it puts the storm due east of CC, and on a westward bearing on a timeframe that puts it in our area right during our cruise. I don't need this.

Just something else to worry about...
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Old 09-10-2007, 09:39 PM   #56
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Mozart....

PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Don't mention this to Joel....

PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The guy has much more to worry about than a tropical storm!!!!

They're going to have to pick the guy up off the deck if there's a storm... Crystal or not....
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I saw the storm that you are talking about this morning. My favorite weather site is www.weatherunderground.com go to the tropical section and it has several different computer models. I am concerned.
We will just have to wait it out until closer to departure.....I need a drink!!!

On a positive note we received our cruise documents today

We are getting close
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[QUOTE=Mozart;20603525]Itís time to get excited, finally, if I wasnít already. The bags are out, clothes are coming back from the dry cleaners, and college football has started. Thatís my queue for the fact that the cruise is coming soon. I think even the in-laws are starting to get excited.


AHHH ! College Football. Its here at last. The only thing I have to look forward to other than this trip report. It stinks right now cause I Do not have anything planned (vac.). No cruise, no parks. I am just plain sad!!!! I am living through all of you all trip reports. Its giving me hope that someday me and the mouse will meet again.

Loving the pre-trip report. Keep them coming. You and ashman are in a class by yourselves. Can't wait til your trip report. Make sure we get pics along with the report. Can't beat Ashman in the tub, though!
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Mozart, with much luck and pixie dust it will take a sharp turn and leave you with nothing but stunning sunny days in the Bahamas. A few years ago, it happened to some friends of ours.....they diverted to Cozumel and got lots of free drinks.

Here's hopin'!
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Well, Ingrid doesn't exist anymore so that's one bullet that we've missed. But now, there's a system developing off the coast of Florida that they think could be a problem. It's supposed to move into the Gulf of Mexico sometime soon, so it may be well west of us. I'm still watching the tropics very closely, though.

Now I have to figure out how I'm going to handle the drive on Saturday. Clemson plays NC State at noon, and I have to figure out how to keep up with the game since I'll be on I-95 and I-4 while the game is going on. Is there a sports bar at Downtown Disney? I'm trying to think of someplace the game might be on so I can watch it once we get there.

Had our official Bon Voyage party on Sunday night. The menu featured grape and goat cheese pizza, Italian chicken, Sweet Potatoes with sour cream and onions, and Parmesan Asparagus. I love every one of those recipes. The highlight of the evening was when we announced to the in-laws that we were buying them a cabana massage. At first they thought we were just joking. They've paid for so many condos in Hilton Head in the past that we felt like we owed them one. It's not the same thing as when we bought my parents a complete cruise, but then again it's not their 50th wedding anniversary either.

We leave in 3 days, cruise in 5. I'm worthless at work right now. My boss might say that's no different than normal, though.
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