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Old 05-28-2009, 12:28 AM   #1
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The triplets sail again – Mom’s Day Eastern 2009

Introduction

Well we have all heard the stories of pirates finding their favorite waters and sea lanes to ambush. This will be no different as the cry rings out “Avast me hearties, the triplets sail again. And this time there be a fourth to share the plunder in honor of their moms".

As we start this tale, be warned that it will not be as filled with adventure as the last. Nay this voyage was more about recuperation and restoration than pillage and plunder. But as there seems to be a void in Eastern Caribbean tales, and I promised my muse (disneyzell) to carry the torch, we will attempt to make it through another round of my ramblings.

As before, this will be based on my recollection and opinions and I will not even try to live up to the abilities of other story tellers on this site. So let’s get started shall we.


Cast of Characters

DH (37) – This report will once again be started by me although we “share” DW’s id. She will also pop in occasionally to “correct and supplement” my information.

DW (39 on the boat) – She once again was mostly content to take a backseat in the planning. As usual, she just requested beach time. She did strongly suggest that she would like to play bingo and do some shopping on the islands.

DD (6) – She is still our little princess, but she is acting more the part as she gets older. She also turns more tomboy every time she gets around her “guys”.

Traveling buddies – We still refer to them as neighbors even though we live in different towns. These guys were beyond swamped before this cruise with a new job, new town, new house, and oh yeah; a new child.

DNH (38) – Still one of most laid back people I know, but definitely in need of a vacation. I still need to take him up on the tattoo offer.

DNW (39.9999) – I still think she wants to be the Grand Pubaa Planner, but just doesn’t have the time that the rest of us slackers do. As always, one classy lady.

DNS1 (6) – Still the spitting image of his father. He seemed to want to hang out more with his Uncle (me) which is pretty cool for someone who lives in a house of estrogen.

DNS2 (6) – This kid is still a gear-head and even made sure the sand castles had a place to park the sand trucks and buggies. More on that later.

DND (2) – The newcomer of the crew who was finally old enough to help hoist the sails. Make no mistake, this swabbie could make everyone scuttle.


Planning Stages

So most people who take a Disney cruise and like it will go ahead and book another trip while on board to take advantage of discounts and ship-board credits. For whatever reason, we are not those people. Maybe it was the shock of how much we were already spending on board, or being to busy chasing characters for autographs. Whatever the reason, we decided to wait until back on land to plan our next voyage.

So as we finished our first trip report / scrap-booking session in Dec 2007 and the new dates for 2009 were posted, we decided that we needed to plan our return trip to the islands. We first started looking at trying to book a Christmas Holiday or Rodeo Break (it’s big in Arizona) in early 2009, but none of the school breaks seemed to line up. Plus the prices seemed to be a little expensive for the dates we were looking at. In the end we decided we would like a little warmer weather and a week off from Kindergarten would not stop the march of our next supreme ruler. So it was settled that the May 9-16, 2009 Eastern Caribbean would be our next boat to commandeer. At the time, we did not realize that it was Mother’s Day, DW birthday, and DN’s 15th anniversary (almost) so we were taking care of all kinds of celebrations.

This cruise plan started with the neighbors from the beginning so there was no trying to convince other people to go or linking dining and excursions at the last minute. Although we did have some issues trying to book the excursions and shipboard activities online for everybody. Disney claims that is was probably user error and that we didn’t confirm all of our excursions. I claim that their website had a hiccup and lost our reservations. Whatever the real cause, they were very helpful and we ended up getting everything that we wanted anyway.

We attempted to take a much more mellow approach to the planning this time. Don’t get me wrong, I still did lots of research on the different islands and excursions. I just didn’t constantly bombard our group with information and try to plan activities for every waking moment and half of the non-waking moments. Some other group members even got into the experience a little and came up with their own research and recommendations. We eventually came up with a handful of activities that we would like to try at each port and would go with the flow as the day arrived. I have to admit that there were times when I would feel the urge to become the obsessive planner again, but I think for the most part I stayed pretty calm.

Another thing that we did differently this time was get involved with the DIS Cruise Meet Thread. This was a lot of fun and I highly suggest it for anyone planning a cruise. It is a great way to meet other cruisers and get pointers for any questions you might have. Of course it also leads to more planning, especially if you want to participate in the FE exchange, but well worth it. We had a great group of people and several who stuck out whether for their tips, advice, and planning; or just for their wit and humor.
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Old 05-30-2009, 01:06 AM   #2
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Getting to Cape Canaveral

Day 0 – Getting to Cape Canaveral

So not only did we plan a cruise for early May, but we also ended up having TONS of other activities going on in the weeks leading up to the cruise. We were either out of town, had guests staying with us, or had some end-of-the-year kindergarten festival to attend right up until a few days before the cruise. And as we all know, it is hard enough to pack suitcase these days with nothing but time.

We once again had our handy spreadsheet that listed tips, things to buy, and what clothes to wear each day and therefore pack. It may sound a little over the top, but these spreadsheets really do help you think about what you really need and not over pack. As we collected things we would need, we made a pile in the guestroom. Of course since we had guests before the cruise, this pile would move to the office, our bedroom, and back to the guestroom. I am quite surprised that something didn’t get lost in the shuffle.

Since we weren’t taking scuba gear this time, I figured we would only need 2, mayyybe 3 suitcases for all of the necessities. I also didn’t take a suit (used the second tux shirt with a tie) so I figured that would help lighten the hanging bag which was included in the count and could be used for princess dresses. DW reminded me that we were taking FE gifts and more sand toys (we brought the sand toys, neighbors brought sunscreen) and would probably need 4 bags. I told her no way, but guess who was right? I still think she must have left extra space to require that 4th bag. Actually, I think the biggest reason was that we were watching weight and breakables (think bubblewrap and boxes) since we had two cases of cactus jelly to pack for FE gifts. And once again, coming back required an extra bag. Of course part of that was because of Mother’s Day and birthday gifts, and rum (the pirate elixir of life), and t-shirts, etc.

As Friday morning arrives, we are remarkably organized and calm. We take DD to school, gather up and pack the last few items, and I see who is still left on the cruise meet (I mean I check into how things are going at work). We begin the epic journey at about 11 am as we pick up DD and head for the airport (She gets credit for a full day if she is there past 10:57). Check-in at the airport is very smooth (typical for mid-day), and everyone is in a good mood including the TSA and border patrol agents who said they would be glad to take DD for a weeklong training. Clearly they were all single and hadn’t spent much time with a 6 year-old princess.

Since we still like to fly AA, we made the mandatory stop at DFW before continuing on to Orlando. The entire trip was pretty smooth and nothing out of the ordinary happened this time (last time included a Make-A-Wish family). Of course we still had time for the Skylink tram which DD loves.

Being the seasoned travelers that we are at MCO, we decided that it would save some time if DW collected that bags while I went across the walkway to Avis and picked-up the rental car. This worked pretty well with a few small caveats. DW called me just as I was pulling out of the parking garage to say that they had the bags and were waiting by the curb. Perfect I said, I will be there in a few minutes. Well I was, along with the 4000 other cars picking up and dropping off passengers. Holy Cow, I have never seen so many people in one place since Times Square a few years ago. Surprisingly, everyone is fairly patient and friendly in letting cars in and out of pickup lanes, and I pull into the curb on the first go-round. As I get out of the car, DW has a puzzled look on her face. It seems that instead of the Mazda 626 and booster seat that I reserved, I had pulled up in a Mitsubishi Eclipse with a full harness child seat. After a couple of seat and luggage adjustments, we have everything loaded and ready to go, albeit a little snug. DW was still shaking her head but DD and I thought it was a cool little car and we felt like Orlando Drift.

As we are leaving the airport we decide to call the neighbors to see if they were settled in (this was 10:30pm and they were a few hours ahead of us). They reported that they were just getting into Cape Canaveral because they had spent over two hours at the Cracker Barrel getting dinner. WOW!!! We just don’t seem to have very good luck stopping at restaurants on road trips. They were pretty wiped out and wanted to crash at the hotel, so they would talk to us in the morning. Oh, I’m sure you will.

Again, since we were seasoned Florida travelers (one other trip 2 years ago), and we had a zippy little sports car, the drive over to Cape Canaveral was pretty short. Another thing different that we did this time was get a hotel on the beach. I watched specials on the different travel sites until one day the Hilton Cocoa Beach showed up with a killer deal. You may ask why we booked something on the beach since we were getting in so late. Well, you will just have to wait until the next installment to find out. As we are driving through town we spot the ABC Liquor store and it appears to be open. We figure that the neighbors were probably too worn out to stop and it would be less stressful if we go ahead and stop tonight. We pull in and the store clerk is very helpful in recommending the proper refreshments to quench our crews thirst. She even asks which boat we are on as certain bottles will make it past security on other boats.

Check-in at the hotel was very smooth although the parking seemed a little bit remote. I can definitely say that this one is on the recommend list. After lugging the bags to the room and getting the princess ready for never-never land, I was wide awake as expected. Since DW was looking a little weary, I decided to go down and see what was happening at the hotel lounge. There were only a few other guys but they were watching the basketball game, and since I am a Lakers fan (goes back to Magic, Kareem, Worthy, and Rambis) I decided to sit and have a beer. We started chatting and one of the guys was actually there to watch the shuttle launch. This is the second time I have just missed a launch when going on a cruise and the bartender said there is a very good view from the hotel walkway on the beach. This guy for the launch actually works for the company who make the engines for the shuttle. How cool is that ?!?!? Sorry, a little of the engineer geek showing up. He mentioned that this is the first launch he has seen, but he has been to the test facility in NC where they only have 1 of the 3 engines going, and that is deafening and shakes the ground from a mile away. Again, how cool is that ?!?!?!?
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Awesome recount so far!

Thanks so much for sharing. I'll be anxiously watching for more...
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Awesome recount so far!

Thanks so much for sharing. I'll be anxiously watching for more...

Many thanks. I will try to get a new post up soon, before your next cruise. That will mean I can't read all of your past reports, which will be tough.
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Can't wait to hear more.

Hopefully I won't string you out too long, but no promises.
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Many thanks. I will try to get a new post up soon, before your next cruise. That will mean I can't read all of your past reports, which will be tough.
*L* Well don't rush on my account. I'd rather you do it right and include all of that marvelous detail than to rush just to get it all done by June 20th. I'll be watching! And thanks for taking a peek at mine too!
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Sounds great so far......
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Day 1 – Finally Getting Back on the Boat

As I may or may not have mentioned, I am a pretty light sleeper in general and it usually gets worse when there is something exciting about to happen. This day would start no different as I was awake by 6 a.m. (which was 3 a.m. in my time zone), and of course the rest of my crew is still sleeping like normal people who have only gotten about 5 or 6 hours sleep. I decided there was no use fighting it and would get dressed, start some coffee, and head over for a stroll on the beach.

So now for the explanation of why the hotel on the beach, and no it wasn’t just to say we did it. We had decided that since we already had our dining linked and didn’t have any urgent changes that needed to be made, we would have a leisurely morning and let the kids play on the beach. I know, I know, that is blasphemy coming from a true DIS’er, but it actually was pretty cool. Now don’t get me wrong, it is also pretty cool getting to port early and checking out all of the stuff in the cruise terminal, but we were on a much more mellow path this time around.

Anyway, even though I really am trying to be quiet, the smell of the coffee brewing wakes DW. She doesn’t really like coffee, but she likes the smell. I tell her that I am going to walk down and check out the beach. She says to have a good time and that she was going to try to catch a few more z’s. After brewing up the morning cup of java, I head out on my adventure. The outdoor setup was pretty cool with a patio area, swimming pool, rental desk, and a private boardwalk to the beach. As I start strolling toward the pier, I am thinking, oh yeah, this was a good choice to start the vacation. As I watch some of the fishing boats gather bait fish and start their day, I make a mental note that that would be an almost perfect start to a vacation. After about an hour of beachcombing, watching some of the surf fishers catch breakfast, and chatting to others enjoying the morning (did I mention that I have never met a stranger), I decided to head back to the room.

DW was fully coherent at this time, but DD wasn’t. To give here a few more minutes of shuteye, we started adjusting any of the packing that needed to be done, putting the luggage tags on, and making sure we had all of the paperwork filled out. We also sent a text to the neighbors to see if they were awake yet. After a few minutes we received a return text that most of them were up. Since DD was also awake, she and I snuck down to their room while DW called to start making plans. It turns out that their room was directly below ours and DW could hear us knocking and the ruckus as the kids saw each other again. As pandemonium breaks out DW says she will head down also. One of the first things we do is hand out the first of our gifts. We had ordered both families green bracelets with the cruise dates to wear. These were very cool and had been set up and pre-ordered by a fellow DIS’er (Thanks again scottie). Since the kids are bouncing off the walls and having a grand time, DNH and I decide that we will just run to the convenience store and pick up some donuts for everyone to eat. As we are selecting the proper sugar tubes, I get a phone call to please also grab a coffee for DNW. It seems that she could not master the art of pouring water and hitting the on button. Actually there were a few fancy features for one or two cups, that could make it a little difficult if you were in the middle of a kid frenzy.

After the proper nourishment of sugar and milk, it was time to head for the beach. When I had been down earlier, I thought the water was pretty cold and the kids probably wouldn’t want to swim. Naturally since we just let them wear shorts, the first thing they did was head straight for the water.







After frolicking in the sand and water for a while, it was time to rinse off and head for the boat. DD was cold by this point and wanted a warm bath so we took her up to the room along with DND, and DNW. The boys wanted to swim so they stayed down at the pool with DNH for a little bit longer.

Our plan for boarding was similar to before. We would drop off the women, kids, and luggage at the port, stock any last minute rations, and return the rental cars. I was a little curious as to how the crowds and traffic would compare to last time since we were heading out later (it was around 11:30 as we left the hotel). It turns out that it was a breeze. We eased up to the curbside checkin with no backups or delays whatsoever. After unloading both cars worth of luggage onto one, I repeat one worker’s dolly, DNH and I head out on our errands. Of course there are several phone conversations to make sure that all is well: are we getting the proper type and amount of libations (good thing we still have two carry-on bags), do we need to get the kids a snack before coming back to the port, how is check-in going, etc. We ended up getting boarding group 16 which sounds like a nightmare but they board so fast that it wasn’t a problem at all. By the time we were dropping off DNH’s car, they were already to group 9 and not slowing down. And by the time we made it back to the port, there was nothing to do but take our picture and get on the ship. It was kind of strange to see the terminal so empty and non-chaotic. The only slight bummer to this method was that being after 1 p.m., the kids were getting pretty hungry, so that would be a top priority. I also still didn’t get to go out the terminal doors to look at the ship. Maybe the old saying of “third times a charm” will hold true.

DW insert – since we had done all our paperwork online, check-in was again a breeze. DNW and I check in together even though we are not all in the same cabin. The cast member informs her that DNH has not signed his passport! What?! Is that going to be a problem? No she says just have him sign it before we get back. Cool! Keeping four excited kids from tearing down the terminal was a bit of a struggle. I think every one of them tried to tear down the blinds.







DD has no fear of Mickey Mouse or any other of the characters (see above, she gets this from her dad), unfortunately DND does not share the same mentality. Needless to say I’m in half the pictures with her and the characters so that DNW can get the pictures. Oh well, I LOVE the characters!! End DW insert.

Hmmm, maybe this title should have been “Almost getting back on the boat”.
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LOL the picture of the kids on their heads is hilarious. That's exactly what my girls would be doing, actually they do it at home all the time. I'm sure I'll be posting a pretty similar picture come November. Now get on that boat already
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LOL the picture of the kids on their heads is hilarious. That's exactly what my girls would be doing, actually they do it at home all the time. I'm sure I'll be posting a pretty similar picture come November. Now get on that boat already

Yeah, I thought about naming the report "The monkeys sail again".

I thought we were going to have the all aboard posted last night but it turned into a rather lengthy section. So unfortunately, it is still at the publishers being edited for content. Hopefully it will be up sometime this evening.
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Day 1 – Really Getting Back on the Boat

Ok, I ran out of steam before completing the first day during the last session, so let’s get back to it shall we.

Getting the security pictures taken was a little chaotic since DND was staying in our room. Plus the kids were definitely ready to be on the boat. After a quick stop for the first “portrait”, it was across the gangplank and into “THE LOBBY” for our formal welcome and fanfare. Since we were so close to Rockin Bar D and the Guest Services desk, we decided to see how busy it was before heading up for lunch. I know, we are horrible parents for our starving offspring.

I headed off to see if I could make adjustments to our Palo brunch reservations since we had Sunday and DN’s had Monday with childcare also reserved (We weren’t sure DND would be completely potty trained by the cruise). The concierge (P.J.) was very helpful and surprisingly said he could switch all of us to Sunday, but there were no openings for a table of 4 on Monday. I told him that it was greatly appreciated but we were really hoping for Monday because of the childcare (with none available Sunday). He excused himself for a few minutes and came back with a reservation card for the four of us on Monday. Outstanding. In the meantime, the rest of the crew headed over to Guest Services to drop off the photo mattes (Complete with colored pins and chocolate bribes).

Ok time to get some sustenance into the little urchins (and big ones) so we head up to Topsiders. As we are standing in line, we spot the first of our fellow green bracelet wearing DIS’ers. The bracelets would prove pretty handy in striking up conversations throughout the week. I have to admit that I couldn’t remember her name at first (dilmaluvs2cruise) but I did recognize the face from an awesome website that another DIS’er had set up (airtime247). We would actually see each other quite often during the week, partially because our dining tables were in close proximity. As we are nearing the end of the buffet, DNH decided to go in search of seats as it looks pretty packed. Unfortunately, we got separated waiting on new cups and had to wander around a little with one of the servers trying to help us out. Before too long, DNH returns to guide the lost sheep to the tables he had scored by the Mickey Pool. Bonus. The next order of business is to break into the 40 lb bag of adult beverages we had lugged on. There is nothing like a little rum to properly start off a Caribbean vacation. Ahhrrrr.

Naturally, the kids all inhaled their food and announced that they were ready to swim. Since some of the adults were still eating, we convinced them to hang around the Mickey pool for starters. They were fine with this although they weren’t as interested in the slide this time. They also got to try out the new splash zone which DND loved.

It was about this time that we ran into another DIS’er (ufcabear) and had a nice chat. This is another group that we seemed to run into quite often even though they weren’t traveling with children. We also spotted Pluto and ufcabear was kind enough to take mine and DW’s picture.



Using the chaos of the Pluto sighting, DW decided to take the opportunity to slip down to the rooms and see if the luggage had arrived and unload the next of our surprises for the neighbors. We had made door signs for both rooms, although we had played innocent a few weeks earlier when questioned about it. Of course I have to give the proper thanks to all of the people on the DIS boards who share their ideas and blanks for these.










DW insert – Once down in the room I notice that all four of our bags have been delivered, Sweet! I quickly bring them in and then proceed to stick the door magnets and FE’s up and get out before I get caught. I then carefully make my way back up to the pools. DH calls me just as I have reached the Goofy pool. Perfect. End insert.

Before too long, DNW notices that someone is missing and asks where she went. I nonchalantly reply that she said something about taking some of the carryons down to the room. She decides this is a good idea so after a few orders to her offspring and topping of the refreshments, she is away also. I hurriedly call DW to ask where she is and say that DNW is on the way. No worries, she is almost back up to the pool and all door signs and FE’s are in the proper places.

The kids had decided by this point that they wanted to swim in the Goofy pool (and more likely sit in the hot tubs). So the guys took turns splashing in the pool and relaxing (sort of) in the tubs, while the ladies helped watch for anyone wandering back to the Mickey pool. We had learned from last time not to spend the whole time playing in the pool before the lifeboat drill so about 3 p.m. we pack up and head for the room. The ladies start herding the children while DNH and I fill up our mugs with soda. When we get down to our floor, we somehow get turned around just looking at room numbers and head the wrong way. We end up going all the way around the ship before getting to our rooms. It wasn’t a total loss as I spotted the door sign of a fellow DIS’er (lyn9856) and decided to knock. They were very nice and had been on holiday at WDW for a week or two already.

When we finally make it back to the rooms, all that I see are the remnants of the cruise baskets we had gotten the kids from Shirley at The Perfect Gift. She did an awesome job as usual. The kids loved them and had the toys everywhere. They girls toted their water bottles everywhere the rest of the week. DW also got a surprise as I had ordered her a bouquet of flowers for Mother’s Day and a pampering gift basket for her birthday which included an autographed photo of Jimmy Buffett.






It was now time for the infamous life boat drill. We didn’t get as lucky as last time and had to go outside on deck 4. It was toasty, but seemed to be over fairly quickly. Time for some more partying at the Adventures Away celebration. Another tip that we had learned from last time, don’t worry about trying to unpack until after the party and maybe even after dinner. We made it to the party in plenty of time for dancing and hearing THE most awesome ship horn in the Caribbean. We also met a cool couple (can’t remember their names) that had been on some awesome scuba dives. Since DW and I are also divers, we were very interested in their tales.

Before we knew it, it was already time to get ready for dinner since we had the early seating at 5:45. I think we may try the late seating on the next cruise since we always seemed to have things going on around the early time and seemed rushed most of the time. The kids club will also come and pick your children up after about an hour into the late seating. This way they can go hang out and you can enjoy a leisurely dinner. Anyway, DD really wanted to stay a little longer and watch us head out to sea. I volunteered to stay with her for a few more minutes while everyone else left to start getting ready. We wandered the decks enjoying the views and the breeze and before we knew it, it was 5:30. Whoa, we better get a move on.

As we got back to the room, both FE’s were stuffed with the first of many, many gifts. This was always a kick to see your FE with all its booty. It was also pretty cool making the deliveries while trying not to get busted. Once inside, DD announces that she is reeaalllyy tired and doesn’t feel like going to dinner. Hmmm, you know I am pretty worn out too (something about rum and sun) and will stay with her. We had also had a snack of chicken fingers and fries during the party, so weren’t very hungry. So while the rest of the crew filed out to dinner, we hung out in the cool room reading books and playing with the new magnetic fishing pole she got. We did eventually get hungry and ordered room service. We also got to meet our room steward: Made from Bali. He was very nice but I think at times he felt a little overwhelmed with all of the people running around in the connecting rooms.

Our dining rotation was APL, so we missed the light show by skipping dinner. We also found out that our server was quite handy with crafts and magic. The twins both came back with ferrets made from napkins that could leap out of their arms. You can already guess what the first thing DD will want when she meets him. Since everyone else was also pretty worn out by this time, we decided to just hang out, unpack, and get some of the FE gifts ready for delivery.

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We had also had a snack of chicken fingers and fries during the party, so weren’t very hungry.
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Enjoying your report! Can't wait to hear more!!!
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