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Old 08-11-2007, 06:23 PM   #31
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It's a good thing you decided to finish this since I had read the entire thing already! lol
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Old 08-20-2007, 04:23 PM   #32
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Where's the rest?! I was really enjoying this!
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Old 08-20-2007, 07:05 PM   #33
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what happened? I was enjoying the TR.
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I just found this today and was really in to it!!
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Old 08-20-2007, 10:36 PM   #35
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I couldn't view the pictures from work, but I can view them from home. You have got the most gorgeous children!!!

Okay, so... we're waiting. More TR, please!
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Old 08-21-2007, 11:29 AM   #36
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Trying to get back to it

Sorry all - we just had 5 days of non-stop activity surrounding my husband's 20 yr high school reunion - he was quarterback so we spent hours, heck, days with the team and their spouses reliving the glory days - even pulled out an old VHS of a game - that got the boys all worked up. Work's gotten busy too but I will try to get something up soon. I'm excited to have readers!!
And thanks for the compliments on my kids BabyFavorite !
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Old 08-21-2007, 12:45 PM   #37
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Subscribing....although I am going on an Eastern, love to read all I can on any disney TR.....and I too concur, your children are adorable.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2007 - Cozumel Continued

Sorry for the VERY long delay but figured I still had written record of our trip so I'm posting it for any readers still hanging on . . . I still don't have all my pictures up but will add them in later.

Yes, so today was my dream come true. I was going to be swimming with dolphins. I tear up just thinking about it. I was going to be a marine biologist as a kid, memorized Island of the Blue Dolphins and I wear a necklace with 3 dolphins on it to represent my 3 kids. I’m in heaven.

Our whole travel party has decided to just spend the whole day at Chankanaab Park – a short 10-15 min cab ride from port. This is where the Dolphin Discovery complex was and the park was packed with other things to do – it’s on the beach for snorkeling with gear rental available, there are pools for swimming and sunning, bars and food service. It’s a great place to spend the day. We booked this on our own, there was an online coupon for a couple dollars off each person for Park Admission so we used that as well.

Our excursion time is 12 noon so myself, DH, DFW & DFD head over the check in. We wait for over half an hour in the heat because the staff is running late. That was a drag. We start really complaining about being late and we all get the brush off as its Mexican time – relax. They finally call our group in to watch the introductory DVD showing us what we’ll encounter and how to behave around the dolphins. Finally it’s time to get suited up in lifevests and venture into the water. DF, DMom & DDad were going to try to come take pictures and video but got stopped at the dock. DF paid the security guard to allow them to come in and bingo – they’re in. Don’t remember our trainer’s name, she was lively though. And I’d have to check the video for the dolphins’ names – I was just so overwhelmed. I think they were overbooked or something because most of the swim groups went into the biggest middle pool but we were escorted into one of the side small pools – I was disappointed about that. Anyway, we head into the water and stand on metal grates off to the side as we’re introduced. We have about 8-10 people in our group.

We get to pet the dolphins, “hug” them and kiss them for photos, do the dorsal fin pull with the 2 dolphins and then the foot push up out of the water – that was the coolest!




We also then swam out in the middle, watch them jump and dance for us and we got to touch them more.

It felt really short and rushed and hard to do in the small pool but it was an experience of a lifetime!

After the swim, we rejoin our group back on the beach. DF’s in-laws watched all the kids – so thankful for that! We ate a little since we were starving from waiting so long passed lunch for our swim. Food was ok but pricey. We should have just left for the ship as the rest of the day wouldn’t work out so great. DS was running around in the sand playing baseball with himself, as he often does, when he came over bawling – he has sliced the whole bottom of his toe open on something in the sand – we never found what. Blood everywhere and kids freaking out, we get him calm and bandaged up with napkins, can’t remember if we located band-aids or not. Luckily, DH is a Paramedic Firefighter so he takes care of it but TIME TO GO!

This was a cute one of my kiddos with my DMom waiting for the taxis.


We hop in a van and car taxi combo to take the 13 of us back to the ship. The kids are losing it, long day of sun and swimming – everyone’s tired – I look back to check on DS and I can see in his face he’s going to puke! Lovely! I get the other kids out of the way and my DH is closest and is in time to get most of it in his hands. Talk about love. Luckily we had lots of towels from the ship to clean up and try to contain the illness. My poor DS is just skin and bones so when he gets stomach sick, he just doesn’t have any reserves of energy by the time we walk back to the ship, he’s vomiting again and has to be carried. Poor guy. We figure it’s from the excitement of the day and too much sugar – he doesn’t do well with too much. We get him back to the cabin and he goes right to sleep.

The rest of the afternoon is a little hazy now that DS is sick. I think my DD’s go swimming with the Grands – not sure what our DF & family did. DS is still throwing up and running a fever. Its getting close to first seating so I ready the DDs for Pirate Night to go to dinner with DDad and DMom as we all had great costumes.




DH offers to miss dinner to stay with DS so I get ready in costume and head down to dinner. It was in Animators tonight. Our great wait staff insists I order for DH and DS to send stuff to the cabin – which we do. By the time I return from dinner, DH is considering the medical center as DS keep throwing up any medicine we give him to get his fever down. We keep the girls away with my parents or in the club. It was lucky we had those adjoining cabins because we could close the doors and keep the girls over there and have them sleep there to avoid exposure. As the Pirate Party approaches, DH takes DS to the medical center, which is now closed. Luckily the very nice ship doctor comes up to check out DS and give him an IV. I took the girls to the Pirate Party but they were cranky and tired from trying to stay up so late.

And this is DD2 learning to make a hook from her finger from Christiaan - he was the best interacting with the kids!

We enjoyed a little dancing but it was pretty windy. They stuck it out until the fireworks and then we booked it to bed in the Grands cabin. I went back out in search of DH and DS. Find them leaving the medical center. DS is quarantined to the room. Concierge is now involved to keep us as comfortable as possible with DS stuck in the room. They send lots of pedialite pops and powerade to the room, menus for the next day and a flat screen with DVD player with 100’s a movies for DS to choose from should he wake up as well as a contact from the club for any activities or toys he might want. The vomiting finally stopped at the medical center so he just came back to the cabin with me and DH and slept. Fever was up and down through the night but no more sickness.

Luckily a day at sea was up next . . .
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Old 03-26-2008, 03:41 PM   #39
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Thursday, March 29, 2007 - Day at Sea

DH woke up to go for a run, I was on DS illness watch. When DH returned, I ventured out to do the same. Since it was a sea day there was no where to be first thing. The DDs went to breakfast with the Grands – do I have the best parents in the world?!!!! I know I do. I met up with them after my run then we went back to the cabins to figure out what to do. DH and I had couples massages booked for 10:30 so after taking the DDs swimming for a bit, we took them to the club while DMom watched the ill boy from the adjoining cabin. He seemed to be doing ok, just sleeping – the whole time. But no more sickness. Whew. The couples massages were squeezed into one room without any ambiance. If it costs extra since it’s a couples package, just skip it. Or maybe do a spa villa – maybe we’ll do that next time. Massages were ok – nice just the same but not the best ever and certainly not romantic like we’d had with other couples massages.

Felt a little pressed for time, we checked on the girls still enjoying the club and having lunch. We went down to check on the boy who had been awake for about 30 mins and drinking some fluids. Good thing. He chose a couple DVD’s to watch but was asleep by the time they arrived – and no, it wasn’t because they took long, he was just out of energy. By now, DDad was back in his cabin to read so he offered to stay with DS so we grabbed some lunch, DDad had already eaten. We just ate by the pool I think. Can’t recall. We pulled the girls back out for a bit to see if they wanted to swim while they could. So they did for a bit and all the grown-ups took turns staying with DS throughout the afternoon and going back and forth to the pool.

Early seating was fast approaching – need to do early with our young kids but man, it seems to cut into the day. Tonight was semi-formal night. DMom offered to stay back with DS this time as he was still just tired and weak and not really eating much anyway. By now he’s more awake and keeping fluids and crackers down. We go to the Captain’s Gala for the free cocktails but don’t do any pictures since our whole family wasn’t together. This would be Lobster night, I believe, in Parrot Cay, which DMom was wanting to eat. We had the menus already so we just let her pick and we ordered for them both from the dining room, DS got rolls, soup crackers, Cheerios and maybe some chicken tenders – pretty mellow since we weren’t sure what would stay down. The fish smell bugged him so much though that DMom had to eat in her cabin with the door closed and the verandah doors open. He was so sensitive and never threw up again.

I’d forgotten to mention that throughout the day, we were getting calls from Concierge staff checking on DS as well as an afternoon check from the doctor on DS. Since he’d stopped vomiting since last night things were looking up – outside of him having nothing in his system and just exhausted.

After we eat, we trade with DMom so she can take the DDs to the production of Disney Dreams. DH and I head back to hang out with DS who is MUCH better and has been awake since the afternoon. He’s kept some food down and finished off all his fluids. About 9pm, we get a call that if he’s better, he’s cleared from quarantine. YEAH ! He wants out of the cabin! We peeked into the Disney Dreams show but didn’t see our family. DS wanted to hit the arcade, which we had been able to avoid the whole cruise so far! So in celebration of his health, we did. On the way, we checked in with the Club. The kids missed the Graduation ceremony from the club with all the sickness chaos. They still gave all 3 kids their shirts and graduation ears – thought that was really nice!! We walked around a little, taking some pictures of DS since he’s been missing from any activity for over 24 hours. At the arcade, he plays his favorite golf game and maybe an NFL one too. I run down to catch my mom after the show to see what’s up. The girls want to go to the club for a bit so we do that and the Grands turn in. I head back up to the arcade and once the game card is empty, the three of us roam around a bit more. Then about 10:30 we pick up the girls from the Club and all head to bed. The girls still sleeping with the Grands just to be safe.

Next up - Dream Beach Day - Castaway Cay !
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Friday, March 30th - Last day - boo ! Castaway Cay - yeah !!!

I’ve been looking forward to this day as my 2nd favorite thing after the Dolphin Swim. Can’t remember if either DH or I hit the gym but not matter. We do awake to DD1 being hot and saying she needs to be sick. YOU’RE KIDDING ME !! She does get sick once and is running a fever so we pile on the meds. I stay with her during breakfast while the rest go up to Topsiders – DS is finally starving! DD1 and I check out our view of the island and wonder if she’ll make it ashore. By the time we’re ready to venture ashore, her fever is gone and she’s not gotten sick again so we attempt. Everyone is very excited but DD1 is a little mellow for her usual perky self. We decide to grab chairs on the family beach and figure we’ll hook up with DF and his family when they come ashore. We take a few pictures with characters and ride the tram to the family beach. The kids run to the water and play for a good hour. Then DD1 poops out. She sleeps most of the rest of the afternoon in the shade – no sickies, just sleep. DH and DS try to snorkel when DF and DFS show up – they don’t go out for long and couldn’t find Mickey because DS was nervous to go out that far. Once back, DH starts in – he’s got a tummy ache and falls asleep next to DD1 for most of the mid-day. The rest of us play in the water and ate lunch at Cookies BBQ by family beach. Ok food. Kept the menu mellow for the kids just in case. DD1 did eat a little but was still sleepy and was getting warm again. DDad & DMom had had enough sun so they offered take DD1 back to the ship. She got sick once more back in the room but then just slept the rest of the afternoon. I played with DS and DD2 for the afternoon and around 3pm, DH had had enough and wanted to go back too. We head back to the ship, taking photos along the way.

Once back on the ship, we checked in on DD1 who was just resting in the cabin with the Grands. DS and DD2 had a little pool time until it was time for dinner. Since it was our last night and DD1 wasn’t hot or throwing up, we all ventured to dinner for our last night. We brought our tips for our servers – they were just wonderful and we so hope we see them again on our next trip. DD1 was asleep at the table and DH didn’t eat so went back to the cabin. We needed to pack up and get our suitcases out. DS and DD2 wanted to go their clubs while I packed – no problem. DS went straight there and DD2 went to the last show with DMom and then brought her back to the cabin to check in. DD1 was still out so DD2 would go to the club alone. After I dropped DD2 at the club, I returned to the cabin. Within 5 mins, there was a knock on the door and when I opened it, all that was there was a huge bag of goodies and a Get Well card for DD1. With DD2 being a twin, you notice when one is missing but the Club staff went above and beyond – there were pictures and crayons to color, bouncy balls, sunglasses, puzzles, a Disney “Brave” award button and a hand written card from her favorite counselors – guess they liked her too. I couldn’t believe it and I stood there and cried, probably from the stress of everyone being sick and all but it still tugged at my heart. DH rolls over and says, “We’ll be back, hon, they just won us all over”. So there, he said it! This had no longer become a once in a lifetime trip – we would come back, someday! I ran right up to the club and thanked them all as I bawled. What a special experience for my kids.

Then it was back to packing. I also had to be sure I got the last of my pictures at Shutters, cuz I knew they took some cute ones at Castaway Cay that day. Man, that place was crazy!! Remind me not to wait until the last minute there again. Back to the cabin and finished packing. I think I was done just about 11pm and went to get DD2 and DS who were just enjoying their time showing no signs of being tired. Oh well, time for bed – since they were the well ones, they slept with the Grands.

Next up - See Ya Real Soon !
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Just read your trip report - LOVED IT!!! Your children are adorable. How scary to have your son sick on the cruise, but glad that they took great care of him and he was feeling better in no time!
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Thanks for the great trip report. I really enjoyed reading it.
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Old 04-13-2008, 06:22 AM   #43
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great report & photos
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Your report has been wonderful to read. You have a beautiful family. Sorry to hear your kids were sick, that will put a damper on the most perfect vacation. Can't wait to read your last day. Your report has really put me in the mood for our cruise in October!!

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Now its time to say goodbye . . .

Our last day - what a bummer. But due to the illness, which now struck me in the night, we were ready to get out of dodge, can you even fathom that?! We rose and went to our designated breakfast time per our early dining rotation - forget what time that was now. All of our travel party was there to say our last goodbyes to each other and our waitstaff. We got right off the ship afterwards and each found porters and got through customs in a flash! That is so the way to go. My DMom & DDad were just a Godsend this day since hubby was still a little ill and I was full blown ICK ! Not fun for a travel day. We checked in for our flight while in line for Disney Express for the trip back to the airport. We even took a picture with our town paper of the kids in front of the ship. Hopped on the bus and just went about our way home. Our flight wasn't until 2pm so we had a long wait at the airport. DH and I just laid around and tried to hold it together. The kids had activity items in their backpacks and the Grands walked them around and they got to finish their Disney shopping but it was a long wait. And we had a wait while in Atlanta for our layover - really just ready to get home now!

Nothing exciting to report on the flight home. The illness just made it hard but luckily we had others to help out and the kids were VERY understanding having each been sick at one point.

But I tell ya, we still had a blast and can't wait to go back. Our return trip is Thanksgiving 2008, booked just 2 weeks after we returned. I'm kicking myself for not booking on the ship!! Oh well. We're still going!!

I'm still hoping to add some more pics, especially our Shutters ones, if I ever get them scanned in.

Thanks for everyone's kind comments - hope you enjoyed it. Figured I'm paying it forward for everyone's great reports that helped us make this a great trip!!
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