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Old 01-25-2009, 06:16 PM   #196
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I'm glad you finally posted. I was wondering how much 'life stunk' this cruise. (First time poster, long time lurker)
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Old 01-26-2009, 09:17 AM   #197
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We walk into our cabin for the first time. And I’m the one who gets the shock. There’s nothing in there. No REAS basket. No Castaway Club gift. Nothing from Shirley at the Perfect Gift…

Okay, I’m a liar. It was all there.


I open the door for my wife and let her lead her way into the room. As she approached the table which had the baskets on them, she just turned around looked at me, and said “WHAT DID YOU DO?!?!?!!?! HOW MUCH DID YOU SPEND?!?!??!!?” Then she planted a big fat wet one on me and squealed in delight. Yes, it went over well. She was very happy with everything. And I have to admit that the cheese Shirley included in her basket was fantastic throughout the week as a quick little snack.

First there was Shirley’s basket. It included a bottle opener, bottle of wine, box of nuts, some chocolates, cheese, a cheese knife, and some crackers. After looking at the package and commenting on all the items in it, I went to open the bottle of wine. At this time, I complained that we forgot to get a wine opener. My wife just turns, looks at me, and points to Shirley’s basket. Oh yeah. Look, I’ve shut my brain down now that we’re onboard. Don’t expect me to think.


The REAS package from DCL included a bottle of chilled champagne, 2 robes, a little ice chest/cooler type thing, tongs, 2 glasses made out of white chocolate, some truffles, rainforest passes for the week and a certificate for a free picture at Shutters. Not to spoil anything, but we never got around to using the rainforest passes. Pretty sad, huh?


And here’s a picture of the current Castaway Club gift because everyone seems to always want to know.


It was about this time that our cabin attendant stopped by for the first time. I shall withhold his name because he may have violated DCL policy. He took a bribe. As he went to leave, I pulled him off to the side. “Let’s start things out right. Here’s a $5. Keep us supplied on the H2O products and you’ll get more.”

Yeah, it’s a bribe. Yeah, I’ve got a ton of shampoo and conditioner in my house right now. Whatever works, ya know? Can I help it if DCL underpays their people. Someone at DCL is now looking up who my cabin attendant was so that they can fire him.

COMING UP NEXT: MISSING DOOR MAGNETS, AND WE HAVEN’T EVEN SAILED AWAY YET.
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Old 01-26-2009, 09:32 AM   #198
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You almost had me there- great update.
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Old 01-26-2009, 11:34 AM   #199
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Yay! Thanks for another great update! Happy to read your DW liked your surprise
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Old 01-26-2009, 11:35 AM   #200
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OMG when you 1st said nothig was there my heart dropped for you. You lil teaser!

hmm bribery huh.. will have to remember that for next time!
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Old 01-26-2009, 01:34 PM   #201
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White chocolate wine glasses......ooooo yummy!!!
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Old 01-26-2009, 01:39 PM   #202
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I can't wait for more!!!!

I've spent most of my day off (Mental Health Day) reading your reports and am now a huge fan.
It's been way too long since my 2006 cruise so I need to read more. (Plus it helps to guilt the hubby into another one )
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Old 01-26-2009, 02:43 PM   #203
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hahaha I loved when your wife asked you how much money you spent!! ahahha It sounds just like me!! And no matter what you spent, I know she loved the thought of you going thru so much trouble!!!
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Old 01-26-2009, 05:27 PM   #204
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You never used the Rainforest passes??????

O M G !!!!

I sure hope that means you were having too much fun doing something else!!
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Old 01-27-2009, 07:19 AM   #205
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What a sweetie you are!!! How nice of you to surprise your wife with all that neat stuff. Hope you got rewarded real well!!
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Old 01-27-2009, 07:25 AM   #206
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Old 01-27-2009, 07:50 AM   #207
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You almost had me there- great update.
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Yay! Thanks for another great update! Happy to read your DW liked your surprise
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OMG when you 1st said nothig was there my heart dropped for you. You lil teaser!

hmm bribery huh.. will have to remember that for next time!
Bribery is good. I've found that it works quite well in cases like this. Saves me money in the long run too.

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White chocolate wine glasses......ooooo yummy!!!
Those were so rich they were hard to eat. We couldn't take more than a bite or two of them at a time. They were good, though.

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I've spent most of my day off (Mental Health Day) reading your reports and am now a huge fan.
It's been way too long since my 2006 cruise so I need to read more. (Plus it helps to guilt the hubby into another one )
Thanks for reading. I try. I certainly don't feel like I'm a very good writer but if I can entertain just a few people I guess it's worth it.

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hahaha I loved when your wife asked you how much money you spent!! ahahha It sounds just like me!! And no matter what you spent, I know she loved the thought of you going thru so much trouble!!!
She seemed happy enough. Still wears the bathrobe every night at home so I guess that worked out well.

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What a sweetie you are!!! How nice of you to surprise your wife with all that neat stuff. Hope you got rewarded real well!!
Ya'll are just asking for too much information now.
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Old 01-31-2009, 09:33 PM   #208
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Ummmm, Mozart, where aaarrrrreeee you?????
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Okay, we’ve been on 2 previous cruises, and weren’t able to have Pirate Night dinner in the main dining room on either one of them. This time I had made sure that we would be in the dining room for pirate night. And then…plans blown out of the water. With the change in itinerary I just knew that our Palo’s night was going to be the same night that Pirate Night was scheduled. So, this created a problem for the planner extraordinaire. I went on a mission.

Back and forth and back and forth I went. From the dining room to the cabin steward to guest services trying to find out what I need to know. What night would be Pirate night? It seemed like such a simple question, but it was a simple question that took me nearly an hour to get the answer to. I walked right by the DIS meet in the Promenade Lounge twice, but being the focused individual that I was, I decided to stop by once I got the problem fixed. There were a lot of people there, that’s for sure. Finally, I got confirmation. Pirate night and Palo’s would not interfere with one another. EXCELLENT! What’s next?

The muster drill. We made a promise to each other for the muster drill. This time we wouldn’t make the same mistake we had made for our 4 day cruise last year. For those that didn’t read Season 2, we showed up slightly tipsy for the muster drill last time. We didn’t really make fools of ourselves (I think) but we were late and laughing the whole time. For this week’s trip though, everything went well, we showed up on time, and we took things seriously.

Well, as serious as you can with a big orange noose around your neck.

We wander back to the stateroom and I take a minute to turn on the TV. I wonder. I wonder if I could get lucky. I start flipping the channels and then suddenly I see them. Those bright orange glorious jerseys with Tiger Paws on them. Yes! The Clemson-Florida State game is on the stateroom TV!

I sat down and told my wife that I would not be moving for the next 3 hours, except for halftime. Fortunately, halftime came at the same time of the sailaway party.

P.S. Clemson lost. Dangit.
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P.S. Clemson lost. Dangit.
: ( sad for you but....the Gators beat Vandy!!! As we were sitting in the Sports bar watching the game I see my daughter on TV doing the gator chop. Weird. here we are at sea and my dd was in TN doing the Gator chop for ESPN. very cool memory of our trip!
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