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Old 11-21-2007, 11:29 AM   #46
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Hey everyone....life has kinda got in the way the past few days but i'm going to work on an update for tonight it'll finally be embarktion day yay!
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Old 11-21-2007, 11:30 AM   #47
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Old 11-21-2007, 01:39 PM   #48
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lol i totally don't know what that means littlekid i'm sorry
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Old 11-21-2007, 01:43 PM   #49
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Old 11-21-2007, 03:53 PM   #50
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Old 11-21-2007, 04:00 PM   #52
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Thanks disneyfaninaz....going to start here in a minute, gotta get those day 2 (embarktion day) photos online :P
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Old 11-21-2007, 04:57 PM   #53
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Part 2: Day 2...It's Embarktion DAY!!!!!

So, day 2 dawns. We were told to have our luggage ready for pickup by 8am. A castmember was there about 8:10 to pick them up. We sat around for awhile, finally got dressed and went over to Old Port Royale where we basically sat around for 3 or so hours. Like I said before, this was NOT my idea. I had hoped we would immediate wake up and get on a bus and be at the port by the time people were starting to get on the ship. Sadly the bus wasn't ready till noon!

Anyways, we sat around at old port royale, had breakfast etc. DH got bored so he started video taping:


Dmom, Dsis and I all got tatoos:


Here's mine up close


well, noon finally rolls around and we meet at shutters (the restuarnt, talk about confusing). A few other families are there too. DH chilled with baby gracie while Dmom got our bus passes and KTTW cards:



We finally get on the bus and we're off, the movie was cute



and as you can see DH is thrilled:


after awhile I start geting anxious. Every hill we go over I keep thinking "are we there yet?!"....finally, i see it....



I actually saw it out of the front of our bus before anyone else. I was just giddy we were finally there! even baby gracie couldn't believe it


We finally pulled into port and I was practically wanting to run off the bus.


We get out and get into the line for security. I totally forgot that I had 2 batteries in my pocket so of course I get beeeeped at security...i couldn't figure out what was wrong so the guy wanded me and we found the batteries. I saw the "discover uncharted magic" sign and wanted to take a picture....well as I took it was i yelled at b/c apparently you can't take pictures in security areas *sigh*


We get up the escalator and i'm exstatic...CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS!!!!
I was totally praying they'd be up on the ship too so that we could get the picture in front of the tree that i wanted so badly.

we got the obligatory picture by the model (which sadly is on Dmom's camera still) and since we pre-checked in at the hotel the day before (did i forget to mention that?) we could get right on board. Here's baby gracie starting to head through:


I started getting butterflies in my tummy...we were finally there! We start across the gangway, and well, Dmom and Dsis were a bit ahead of us.



We start across and then here "welcome the ____ Family!" (with my maiden name!!) I start blushing a ton i'm sure and I shook my head, i said "it's irwin!"....apparently my sister told the dude that we were ____'s too oh well.

We headed immediately to the excursion desk. I HAD to squeeze us into the extreme getaway package on castaway cay! Turns out they could squeeze the two of us in, but would have to deliver our tickets later. So we headed down to our room to drop off my laptop and check it out. Dmom and Dsis are already there. Luckily, Dmom gave DH and I the big bed we plop the laptop down and head up to topsiders for lunch. It was great, we sat outside and we could see NASA!


Since we didnt' get to port till like 1:45 (BOOOO!!!!!! ) we didn't have long before we'd have to be ready for the muster drill. So we head back to the room after walking around a little and find almost all of DH and my luggage! So I start unpacking like a madwoman. Through the whole thing we keep getting littel knocks at the door and finally all 7 pieces are accounted for (yes, 7 for 4 people ). I got out our door magnets I made and put them up on our door.

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Old 11-21-2007, 04:58 PM   #54
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Then, we hear the announcement that our drill will take place in 5 minutes. Of course, Dmom and Dsis take this to mean get your vest on and go....and i'm like NOOOOOOOO i dont' wanna stand in the sun till i HAVE to!....DH finaally pressures me into getting it on and we head up.
again, DH is thrilled....

and so is Dsis (whiney butt)


Trent, our lovely host for most of the cruise stuff, was our assembly leader. After a few minutes we were finally down and DH and I race back down to the room, grab my backpack and the cameras, and then head up to deck 10 to get a spot for the sailaway party. We were one of the few up there already so we were happy I, of course, got myself a sailaway party drink

and so it began:


and then it happened.....WHEN YOU WISH UPON A STAR!....I seriously had tears in my eyes. I couldn't believe we were actually there!

We raced to the OTHER side of deck 10 (basically 2 steps from the inside to the outside) because I wanted a picture of the castmembers waving


DH and I stayed up there for quite awhile. He noticed dolphins following us out which was adorable! We were nervous, but so excited too! Oh, forgot to mention, we DID take bonine that morning, but DH refused to take it the rest of the trip and i only took it one other time and we were FINE. So it was wonderful.

Anyways, we headed back to the stateroom to clean up before our show (late late seating = 6:15pm show). Baby gracie watched out the window as we sailed out of port.


We went ahead and got dressed for dinner and then headed to the walt disney theater to watch the All Aboard Variety Show. We had the story of Jeremy the wannabee sailor boy and the musical comedy of John Charles (ABSOLUTELY hilarious, he can play the guitar, almost any song, and mock the singer, it was so funny) and the "Greatest magician in the world......almost" Rich Purpura who was also quite funny. Then and there DH decided that whenever THEIR shows were we'd be there. After the show we walked down and checked out beat street for awhile. We walked into sessions and no one was in there. But the minute we walked in the piano music started....and ended 30 seconds later. This was to be our running joke with the piano man He was really nice. We also headed over to diversions to try to find out who won the UM vs. Wisconsin game (i'm a UM alumnus).....but sadly we missed the score every time we went in there for like 3 days!

Anyways, we headed to dinner at Lumiere's that night. I totally forgot about my camera. But we met Subhash and Gigi our amazing servers and had some really good food. It wasn't my favorite set of offerings, i think i just got the chicken from the lighter fare. After dinner, DH and I changed and then headed back to diversions to try again...we noticed noise coming from Rockin Bar D so we headed over. A game called Magic Quest was about to start, so we joined in. We had number 11. The goal was to bring up your number and another object...and to be creative. Trent was the host (as usual) and it was quite funny. We didn't win, but we were running around and being basically hilarious. We stuck around for Match your Mate just after Magic Quest. Seriously, if you can get picked to be a part of this DO IT. It may be some embarassment (one question was "where was the most interesting place you and your mate "discovered the magic" with an answer being a teeter totter and a church amongst other things) but the prizes are totally worth it. The couple that won was married 35 years and they got a free spa villa alone time! The other couples also got spa treatments for the wives, so seriously, try to participate! They apparently only do this once on the cruise, so DO IT.

We went back to the room and found our towel animal:

I was so happy. We were at sea and without a care in the world.


Coming up next: Part 3: Day 3 At sea, Exotic Ras...ut oh.....
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Old 11-21-2007, 05:24 PM   #55
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Great addition!! I can't wait to hear more!!!
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Old 11-21-2007, 05:40 PM   #56
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thanks, that one was hard lots of pictures. I am a photo freak, i love picture full trip reports
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Old 11-21-2007, 07:16 PM   #57
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thanks, that one was hard lots of pictures. I am a photo freak, i love picture full trip reports
Lovin your report so far! We were on that trip also. I think we saw you and your DH at Who wants to be a Mouseketeer on night 5. My DD was the first one up to play!
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Old 11-21-2007, 07:19 PM   #58
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yeah we went to that one night...can't remember which though....maybe semiformal?

if she was the first one up that means she won until the last question right?
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Old 11-22-2007, 12:10 AM   #59
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thanks, that one was hard lots of pictures. I am a photo freak, i love picture full trip reports
Love your pics. I was comparing some similar ones from our trip in August. What type of camera are you using? We're thinking of getting a new one.
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Old 11-22-2007, 08:31 PM   #60
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Ours is a kodak easyshare z740. Pretty much just a point and shoot kinda model. It works for what it's worth. I don't even remember how much it cost, DH had it when we started dating.

Anyways, Thanks for the compliments on the pics Which ones are similiar?
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