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Old 11-29-2009, 01:16 AM   #16
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The pharmaceutical company has been kind to our family. It means that I can work with a decent wage but have enough time and flexibilty to be there for my family. No way was this possible with medicine. Besides, its alot less stressful!

Well, the news is out. The cat 12s are ridiculously cheap. Should we rebook to help offset the expensive "extras" of our holiday? The frugal wife wants to do it. The fearful husband says no. He needs the balcony for seasickness. Sigh...decisions, decisions!
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Old 11-29-2009, 01:28 AM   #17
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Are you on the Jan 2011 Panama Canal cruise as well? I thought I have seen your name on the meet list. We live in Sydney and have an almost 6 year old son. Currently booked on PC crossing, but seriously considering cancelling and booking the April 24 Med (with the current amazing deal).

Enjoy your cruise, and hope to see you there!
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Old 11-29-2009, 01:30 AM   #18
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Yes we are! Looks like we'll be meeting up on one cruise or the other, maybe both...
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Old 12-01-2009, 05:21 PM   #19
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Malta

OK, Malta is set. After being convinced that we're going to potter around Malta, we organised ourselves a private tour. LOL! DH really wants to see the Blue Grotto and we discussed doing this ourselves. In the end, because of limited time and travelling with 3 young children we decided to let someone one worry about the logistics and just enjoy our day. DCL didn't have any excursions that covered all that we wanted to do. The only DCL port adventure that comes close is Highlights of Malta but that didn't include a visit to the Blue Grotte. DH managed to bargain the price down and got entrance fees to St John's Co Cathedral included. I am so proud of him! So here's the plan...

Full Day Private Tour with guide, for 7 passengers (incl. 2 children and 1 infant - to provide baby seat), on April 26th, 210

Suggested Itinerary

0900hrs pickup direct from cruise ship

0915hra - 1115hrs Valletta (visit Barraka Gardens, Triq Repbulikka and St. John's Co. Cathedral)

1145hrs - 1230hrs Blue Grotto (with time to the optional boat trip)

1259hrs - 1400hrs Marsaxlokk Fishing Village and Lunch Break

1430hrs - 1545hrs Mdina Medieval City

1630hrs/1645hrs return to ship


Total Price EUR395.00 including entrance fees into St. John's Co. Cathedral. So once you take into account all the entrance fees. We are essentially paying the same price for "Highlights of Malta" but we get a our own mini-van with a private guide and we get to see the Blue Grotto.


And...we've decided to play it safe and keep our current rooms. It's just not worth the risk to have DH feeling sick and vomiting the whole trip.
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Old 12-01-2009, 09:47 PM   #20
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Cool on Blue Grotto! What is it?? I need to look it up! I'm sending you great pixie dust so that staying at the category you are you'll get a massive upgrade and it will make for a very non-nauseous ride!!! Keep the plans coming, I may just have to mimic everything y'all plan!

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Old 12-07-2009, 04:15 AM   #21
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The one thing I love about cruising is that it is one of the few "places" where there are still formal dinners. Weddings these days are getting more and more casual and it seems cruising is set to go that way too. But before that happens, I am taking the opportunity to wear the beaufiful dresses that I own but don't get to wear too often.

Seeing as it will be impractical to drag a ball gown all the way over to Europe, I am selecing my slim-line range, one of which is my cheong sam. My aim is to try and "squeeze" back into my cheong sam, last worn at the reception on my wedding day. Tailor-made for me with specially embroidered fabric, the photos don't do it justice. I have been yearning to fit back into this dress for long time.

The progress after baby number 3 has gone better than expected. I just need to maintain my current weight and try not to pig out too much over the next few weeks. The exercise has taken a back seat ever since I returned to work but has been resusciated as of today!

What is not obvious from the photos is that the slits on the side of the dress come up 2/3 up my thighs...so I'd better get cracking on the toning! Pity you can't do much about cellulite...

Wish me luck!
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Old 12-07-2009, 08:26 AM   #22
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Oh! That is a beautiful dress!!! It will just glow with that Mediterranean moon shining on you! Way to go on losing after #3!! Blast away those chubby little cellulite cells with exercise!! It's going to be a wonderful celebration of family and you'll all shine! Now, what are you dressing the kids up in? I just can't see packing suit jackets...no room!!

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(Oh, and dh told me today that his company would actually let him work in Australia for 6 months...but with the horses I just can't see it happening! )
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Old 12-08-2009, 02:18 AM   #23
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Oh, it would be wonderful if you were able to come to Australia for 6 months. Hypothetically, where would you husband be working in Oz?

And thanks again for the compliments! I just realised that we can bring one suitcase EACH. Wahoo!!!! We're so used to travelling light (2 suitcases amongst the 5 of us) that I've got 2 suitcases engrained in my brain. 3 suitcases will mean that I can pack the boys a jacket each. That should suffice for both semi-formal and formal nights.

What about you? Your little ones are bigger...significantly bigger!
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Old 12-08-2009, 09:57 AM   #24
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Ah yes! I remember those days when we travelled with 2 suitcases! My son (14) now weighs over 185 and is almost as tall as his Dad!! He's linebacker built! My daughters are slight but wearing size 9 ladies shoes and all those dinner dresses take up space! We think we could manage with 5 small suitcases (I don't think we'll ever use our giant suitcase again!) but it's all the extras that take up space (pirate night, autograph books, magnets, nebulizer, hairdryer, shoes, oh my!)

The Australia offices seem to be in Canberra, have no clue where that is in relation to Sydney, they have one office in Sydney but it's more HR..I think all the engineering goes on in Canberra. I guess we could fly all the animals, but finding a farm for 6 months would be tough! The idea of it is pretty cool though!! Since we homeschool it would be a neat adventure!!

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Old 12-09-2009, 05:34 AM   #25
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Hey, Belinda,

I'm enjoying this pre-trippie.

Poster Tara (imhall) lives less than 30 miles from me, here in Alabama. Small world, isn't it?

And I will be on the PC 2011 cruise, also.

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Old 12-09-2009, 09:49 AM   #26
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very nice report. We (me,wife and my 2 kids (9&5) are planning to take the 5/15 11 night cruise. I am definitely getting a lot of information from you guys. If you can share with me any insight on your tour details like which private company and what was the price you paid(was there any room for negotiations etc) that will be just awesome.

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Old 12-10-2009, 05:04 PM   #27
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I'ts been utter chaos lately and I've had to squeeze my DISboards time in bits and bobs! Lynne, thanks for your lovely comments. Do you actually know Tara? I hope you are enjoying your holiday.

Tara, Canberra is about 3 hours drive away from Sydney. LOTS of land around. No problems finding a farm here in Australia!

satish, glad we have more med cruisers! I believe it's been rather quiet on most of the med cruise thread meets. I think I've posted most of the details so PM me if there's anything specific you want to know. Like Tara, I've emailed many, many people and companies. I'm not OCD or anything...
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Old 12-10-2009, 09:43 PM   #28
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No, we haven't met - I saw her post on our Med cruise thread and saw she was from here and PM'd her. She homeschools, my sister homeschools; they use different "umbrella" schools - the groups that oversee attendance, lesson planning, organize standardized test sessions. But, Tara's kids have done debates at my niece's school.

I think it is funny - and amazing - that we both could be communicating with you half-way (? - 2/3 - 3/4 of the way) around the world.
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Old 12-11-2009, 04:11 AM   #29
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Ah, the beauty of the internet! I don't know what I'd do without it

It seems that there are many who homeschool in the USA. It's not that common here. I can't imagine me being disciplined enough for my children! I am going to retire early tonight as we have a massive weekend ahead. A trivia party all day tomorrow for which I have made a mango-misu and brownies. This is followed by my companies annual Family Christmas party held at Luna Park, which is the amusement park right next to the Harbour Bridge on the north side of the harbour (ie the other side of the harbour from the Opera House).

Will update all with photos if I have any energy left!
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Old 12-13-2009, 03:09 AM   #30
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Sanofi-aventis Family Christmas Party Luna Park Dec 2009

We're absolutely buggered but had the most wonderful day today! We headed out for Luna Park at 930 in the morning on a beautiful sunny day at Sydney Harbour. The company had hired a room at the amusement park. It was decked out beatifully in blue and white (company colours!) with areas set up for children of different ages. There was face-painting, fairy floss, free tattoes, Santa, presents, fairies, ballons, food, ice-cream, drinks and most importantly, great coffee! The children (and us!) had a wonderful time with the unlimited rides the whole day. We were too tired to cook so had the most healthy meal to cap off the day, Macca Ds! It's time to flop...

Gonna have to improve our stamina to cope with 8 days of WDW come December 2010!!!!

Beautiful Sydney Harbour! Couldn't quite make out the name of the cruise ship docked at Circular Quay...


Entrance to Luna Park


Some 1930's fun


More 1930's fun!


Mini ferris wheel


Having fun on rides


Lara after having her face painted!


Jonah enjoying the toddler area


The big ferris wheel!


My little monster!


Enjoying our last ice-creams before going home
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