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Old 01-28-2008, 10:05 PM   #1
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Stealing the Magic for 2 - WB Panama Canal - Updated 7/5

Introduction to the Big Adventure

Hi there, and welcome to our adventure! My DW is Tigger1221 (Jill, 23), and she is the one who drags me on these adventures. My name is Matt (24), and I made the wonderful mistake of marrying a Disney nut. We’ve been married since June of 06, so this cruise is our 2 year anniversary celebration.


Well our adventure begins around Sept. 15th or 16th, 2006. I can’t really remember. We were on the 10 night Wonder cruise on our honeymoon – and having a blast. Somehow Jill convinced me that we needed to go ahead and book our next cruise – because we would be getting such a great deal! She really knows how to push my financial buttons, and we’ve been married less than 3 months!

So off we go to the reservation desk, and got in a long line. I look at the other guys that are there, most looking like they don’t think they should rebook until they get their final bill on this cruise to see how much DW charged to the room (It was only a few dollars, I promise! Then why do we now own 15 pieces of art and a thousand pins?) . But we did it; we rebooked our cruise (me having to provide a piece of plastic other than my KTTW card). We actually reserved a room on the Magic for one of the Med cruises, but I think we both knew we wouldn’t be going. The base cost was around $5,000 for a cat. 12, and that was without airfare, tips, etc. At the time she was still in school, and I hadn’t found that high paying job that was supposed to come right after college. So, we booked it in hopes that when the 2008 dates came out, something better would come along.

And boy did it come along! Dates were announced, and I was excited to see the 15 night cruise. I had heard all about the previous sailing through the PC, and really wanted to do that. “Oh, but why don’t we go on the 7 night?” Jill asked, “And then we can go to Disneyland too!” I pointed out that after the 10 night, I didn’t think I could do any less. I mean, who wants to be pampered for just a few days right? So the 15 night it was. Once small hitch though, I started my first fulltime post-college job as a contract employee on Jan. 02, and did not know if I would even be employed past the 6 month contract period. We figured that we could always cancel if we had to, but hoped that we didn’t!


Honeymoon Beach, St. Thomas


To be continued...

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Old 01-28-2008, 10:12 PM   #2
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Continuation of the Introduction to the Big Adventure

Jill read all about it on the Dis and got up (or never went to sleep! ) to book our cruise the moment they were available. And she did! She even got a room number, something she tells me we were lucky to get – because they stopped giving them out. We also got into one of the lowest price tiers. She might be getting a massage at the spa for that one.

Anyway, she booked online because the phones were slammed. Around a week later she called to see if we could transfer our Med. reservation (including the incentives) to our PC cruise. She was told that she could, but that they would have to cancel the one she booked online, rebook it (at a MUCH higher rate) and then we would get the 10% and $200.00 stateroom credit. That would have cost us more money that we would have saved, so we just ended up canceling the Med and transferring the deposit. Lesson learned: don’t give Disney free use of your money for a year if you don’t plan on calling them to transfer your reservation.

In June, the time for the Med cruise came and went (and how I have loved reading the trip reports from those cruises!). It was sad to realize that we could have been on it. May of 2008 seemed so far away!


Let's just say Match Your Mate is a fun game - if you're not being forced to play

July and August, 2007. The letter arrives in our mailbox. An extra $200.00 charge for PC taxes has been added to your bill. Our total taxes on the bill showed up as $295, so I figured that a) they didn’t charge us for them in the first place because they paid for them or b) they did not know how much they would be until then. I am certainly glad there were only two of us going, cause per person that fee could add up quick! Jill ended up switching our reservation over to Dreams Unlimited – they are great! They ended up giving us a $400 stateroom credit, and when Disney decided they would go ahead and pay the taxes, DU still gave us the same amount! Awesome service and we will be booking through them again.

To be continued...
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Old 01-28-2008, 10:18 PM   #3
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Continuation of the Continuation of the Introduction to the Big Adventure

By this time I had been hired full time, and would get 2 weeks of vacation in 2008, which means we had better make the most of this cruise! I for some reason thought that when Jill said we needed to fly in the day before, that meant Thursday night, so that’s what I planned on. The Monday after the cruise is a holiday, so I don’t have to work that day. Which means we have a Friday before the cruise and the rest of Sunday after getting off the ship free. Hmmm, wonder what we will be doing! Part of Thursday and Friday we will be at WDW, staying at the Swan and Dolphin (thanks Amex Starwood points!). Then after the cruise, we’ll be heading to Disneyland on Sunday and staying at the Candy Cane Inn, and then flying back on Monday. Jill has been to Disneyland, but I never have so it will be new to me!

Wow, that’s a lot of blabbering to lead up to this: if you want to see the 15 night Panama Canal Westbound cruise through the eyes of a young married couple with no kids (except for two kitties), stay tuned!


Chrissy says she's been practicing her hammock skills for Castaway Cay… wait, who’s not going?!


KMX says that she gets the bed to herself while Matt and Jill are gone!

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Old 01-28-2008, 11:23 PM   #4
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aww i cant wait to read more about it. I would have loved to book this one but darn the military ruined our plans sending dh away LOL.

What ports did you hit on your 10night in 06?
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Old 01-29-2008, 08:39 AM   #5
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Matt, can't wait to read your report....OH WAIT...I can't wait to LIVE your report.

See you on the MAGIC!

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Looking forward to this. In fact - looking forward to the whole cruise and meeting you both!!!
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Looking forward to the full report..loved all the pics including the two kitties Look forward to meeting you.

It's nice to finally get our packets...it'll be here before we know it.

Just started to look into the candy cane inn...we may consider staying there depending if its walking distance to the gates.
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Just started to look into the candy cane inn...we may consider staying there depending if its walking distance to the gates.

The Candy Cane is COSER to the entrance than the Disneyland hotel is! GO FOR IT.

Sorry, for the interruption and commercial, Matt.
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Can't wait to meet you & Jill on this amazing cruise....will look forward to reading your updates too.
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Old 01-30-2008, 01:49 PM   #11
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aww i cant wait to read more about it. I would have loved to book this one but darn the military ruined our plans sending dh away LOL.

What ports did you hit on your 10night in 06?
Let's see... Castaway Cay, Barbados, Antigua, St Thomas/St John, and St. Lucia

Thank your husband for his service (and your service too!) I hope you guys have great fun on your cruise!

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Matt, can't wait to read your report....OH WAIT...I can't wait to LIVE your report.

See you on the MAGIC!

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Looking forward to this. In fact - looking forward to the whole cruise and meeting you both!!!
I just had a horrible thought - what if after close to 4000 pages of talking to each other, we get on the boat and having nothing to say?! LOL That will never happen!

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Looking forward to the full report..loved all the pics including the two kitties Look forward to meeting you.

It's nice to finally get our packets...it'll be here before we know it.

Just started to look into the candy cane inn...we may consider staying there depending if its walking distance to the gates.
The kitties are please with your comment and have decided not to eat your post. While they do not like candy canes, they would stay at the Candy Cane Inn (only because it is close to a mouse population )

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The Candy Cane is COSER to the entrance than the Disneyland hotel is! GO FOR IT.

Sorry, for the interruption and commercial, Matt.
Not a problem! Got to fill the time somehow

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Can't wait to meet you & Jill on this amazing cruise....will look forward to reading your updates too.
Getting closer every minute, we can't wait either!

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I just had a horrible thought - what if after close to 4000 pages of talking to each other, we get on the boat and having nothing to say?! LOL That will never happen!


Getting closer every minute, we can't wait either!



Can you imagine this lot becoming speechless once onboard?
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Can't wait to hear about your cruise. We're also a young married couple with two kitties. So, it'll be nice to see the cruise through similar eyes.
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I can't wait to read some more of your report!!! We went on our 1st cruise this past November. It was the 4 night Wonder and we rebooked onboard for the 7 Night W. Caribbean this coming November . Would love to find a 10-nighter but I haven't seen any yet through Disney. The other problem though is our DD would have to be out of school for that time already. I don't think the school system would like it too much if she was out for 10 or 11 days . Looking forward to more of your TR!
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Enjoying your report. See you on the ship.
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