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Old 09-10-2010, 09:56 AM   #1
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Cruising the Atlantic with a few HUNDRED of my DIS friends

So I’ve decided to go ahead and start a trip report for my upcoming transatlantic cruise! I'm definitely not as entertaining as some of our trip report writers but I can tell my point of view (hopefully). I will be flying to Barcelona in less than a week and cannot believe now how fast it has come (although ask me a few months ago and I would tell you it’s taking forever to get here)

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I am traveling solo in my own cabin but my DS and DIL will be traveling in the cabin next to me. This will be my fourth cruise (two 4-day and one fantastic magical 7-day Double Dip) and my DS and DIL’s second cruise (they were on the Double Dip with me). My DS (DBK1029) and DIL (TheDisneyGirl02) got engaged just before the Double Dip Cruise – . I mean that literally – they spent a week at WDW before the cruise and he proposed to her in front of the castle.

After a wonderful cruise with our DD friends, we decided we needed to book again. Good timing since the new itinerary came out shortly after our return. We booked the Westbound Transatlantic, joined our DISmeet thread and then waited and waited and waited. We were meeting some old friends and many new friends on our DIS thread. Some of our friends from the Double Dip booked and we were so excited to be traveling with them again. Unfortunately, a few of them had to drop out over time but we still have a few that will be on the cruise. On top of that, we have approximately 300 new friends!!!!

During our waiting period, life continued on and my DS and DIL had their beautiful wedding in October 2009. A great time and the wedding had a few little Disney touches (of course)! So now we only had one year to go…..
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Old 09-10-2010, 06:24 PM   #2
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When I last left you we had one year to go. Late 2009 and most of 2010 were spent on the DISmeet thread . It’s been a VERY active thread – at this very point we are on #9 ready to head to #10. Everyone has been so great! We have so many activities planned (not including the activities DCL will have). Our buddies from the DD, Erik and Jason, kindly offered to head up our lanyard group and have organized, designed and printed out 300 lanyards for the group! We will have the usual fish extender exchange although we had to break this up in groups. Not just for the quantity but to cut down on the weight for traveling purposes! . We also have organized a candy exchange, a post card exchange, a secret mickey and a scrapbook exchange. On top of this, we have tastings organized for just about every alcohol you can thing of . Not to mention our cabin crawl and our champagne girls event. I’m sure I am missing something!

Well, time passed and suddenly, the weeks have sped up like crazy!!! . Booked hotel in Barcelona (I think DISer’s will be occupying over ¾ of the small hotel!!), booked flight (got a terrific sale – one way US Air from Phila to Barcelona for about $450), booked WDW hotel for two nights after the cruise, booked the MNSSHP tickets for 03OCT, and unfortunately, had to book the flight home. The flight home was interesting as I originally booked on AirTran and a couple of months ago, I was just browsing to see (I am OCD and constantly check these things!) and found that my seats no longer matched what I had booked. That was what I noticed first. Then I realized that it wasn’t even the same flight and they had us leaving first thing in the AM. Seriously, after a MNSSHP??? So I called and they had nothing else direct until late in the day and since we were flying home on my DIL’s birthday, we wanted to get back by mid-day so she could go to dinner with her family (especially since the day before is her father’s birthday and she shares a birthday with her twin –obviously – and her Mom!). So we ended up canceling those tickets and actually turned out as I was able to get us on a Southwest flight and I even saved a few bucks!!

So here I sit. It’s one day less than a week from when we leave and one day more than a week from sailing. I think I have most everything together but it’s all in a pile in my spare bedroom. I’ll be spending the weekend separating the pile into smaller piles (you know clothes, shoes, gifts, etc) and then try to mush it all into a suitcase!

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Old 09-12-2010, 07:53 AM   #3
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Hi Melodie .... at last someone else is writing a trip report from our cruise it's getting really really exciting yet anxiety-inducing at our end. Seem to be doing lots of stuff but getting nowhere fast. See you in Barcelona
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Old 09-12-2010, 07:20 PM   #4
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OHHH just happened to see if ANYONE from your cruise was writing a report and found ya YEAH! cant wait to read more Im so excited for you all!!!
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Old 09-13-2010, 12:06 PM   #5
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Well, except for a few of my buddies, I'm talking to myself. But that's okay as I will use this trip report as a guide for when I scrapbook my pictures (probably months if not years down the road!!! )

The last full weekend before we leave on this cruise has just flown by. I did manage to get somethings done!

I'm pretty much packed!!! This is an accomplishment for me as I normally have things in stacks and then pack the night before! I say pretty much packed as there are still those last minute things to throw in (chargers, curling iron, etc).

I organized my candy bags for the candy exchange and the bags for my scrapbook swap. Printed out more magnets (you can never have enough, right ).

So except for the last minute flurry, I have been spending time on the cruise thread saying goodbye and safe travels to all those traveling before me. Our on-line numbers will dwindle over the next couple of days.

Tonight's objective - clean! Yeah I'm one of those that prefers to have everything clean and tidy as I walk out the door so I don't have to worry about what it looks like when I walk back in!! I planned this for tonight in case I get home and just flop - I have one more night built in!!!

Wednesday night will be spent traveling around to pick up my DS and DIL and to visit my sister for her birthday so I want to be pretty much wrapped up. Of course, there is that last minute wash!

It's so strange. I've spent the better part of the last two years talking about and planning this trip. Now it's almost here and I'm really having a hard time wrapping my brain around that fact. Guess it will hit me when I'm leaving work on Wednesday, or getting to the airport on Thursday, or at least by when I arrive in Barcelona - right???
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Old 09-13-2010, 12:11 PM   #6
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OHHH just happened to see if ANYONE from your cruise was writing a report and found ya YEAH! cant wait to read more Im so excited for you all!!!
Drea - you would have loved this trip!!! We have private tastings set up (yeah private ones set up in like Animators Palate, etc) since there are so many of us involved. AND, we will have one for wine, cognac, martini, tequila/Marguarita, mixology, mojito and beer tastings. I'm hitting all except for the beer. And apparently we will be the "guinea pigs" for the mojito one since they haven't offered that previously!!!
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Old 09-13-2010, 11:39 PM   #7
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oh man that would be RIGHT up my alley.. probably better though i dont need to be kicking more trashcans.. and i can only get such great pics of mickey at the shows, half blurry half cut off LOL.

Cant wait to see and read more. The plane ride always makes it "real" for me!
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Old 09-14-2010, 12:09 PM   #8
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yay! another brave person who's doing a trippie! I always start them but never finish!

Think I shall just add bits to others! lol


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Old 09-14-2010, 12:25 PM   #9
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Great start, Melodie!!! Love your chatty style - I feel like I'm living it with you... OH WAIT, that's because I am!!! See you on Saturday!!!

I've just posted a basic pre-trippie over on the UK Trip Reports section (clicky clicky!). I'm planning on doing a live, day-by-day account so will no doubt miss loads out - but hey, I wanted to give that format a try...
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Looking forward to hearing all about your cruise!
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Old 10-11-2010, 12:06 PM   #11
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Hi Melodie!!!
I don't know how I missed this before, but I'm ready to hear all about your fantastic cruise!!!!
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ok youve been home for a week.. do we get a sneak peak LOL
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Old 10-12-2010, 09:20 PM   #13
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Oh- this is going to be FUN!! Can't wait to hear all about it!
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Old 10-20-2010, 08:31 PM   #14
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I'm back and ready to continue

Well - as you all know - we are back! I know, I know... it's been almost three weeks since they kicked us off the ship. In fact, she's been through dry dock and is back cruising and I'm just now getting back to my report.

What can I say - I've had a seriously long attack of PCW (Post Cruise Withdrawal)!!! You know the deal - no bed being made then turned down, no meals ready whenever I want, no one cleaning up my crumbs and worse; no comfy blue deck chairs where I can take a nap - I mean relax with the gentle sounds of the ocean. I'll admit, I tried to sneak one of those deck chairs home but there's just no way to hide it and after 14 days on the ship, I couldn'[t afford the oversize luggage charge anyway!! I experienced short bouts of PCW after my two four day cruises and remember having a bit more difficulty after my seven day double dip cruise two years ago, but this has been alot harder!

So I've decided the best way to get over it is to just jump in and continue with my report.

Before I start, I will tell you that I would do this all over again in a heart beat.
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Old 10-20-2010, 08:38 PM   #15
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Last Day at Work

I was excited that it was my last day but knew that I had a lot of work waiting for me. I headed in and started going through my “to do” list that I wanted to accomplish before going on vacation. My co-workers decided to go out to lunch to the Olive Garden (we often go for the soup and salad special) and I was pleasantly surprised when I found that they were treating me as a “bon voyage” for my trip. They’ve been hearing about this trip for 23 months!!! Maybe they are happy that it's finally here and I won't be giving them a constant countdown!!

I had spent a lot of time early in the day training a co-worker to hold down the fort and after lunch I buckled down to finish my to do list. I managed to get quite a bit of it done but it became evident that I was not going to finish. As quitting time came, my co-workers came to escort me out of the building!! I was asked what still needed to be done that they could handle the next day and the one big thing could wait until I returned. So they made sure that I started my vacation on time!!!!

After leaving work, I went home where I finished up a few more things, ate some left overs and then headed to my sister’s for her birthday celebration. After that I had to go up to Quakertown to pick up my DS and DIL along with their luggage, and then back to the house for the night. It was close to midnight when we arrived back. Being a bit excited to sleep, we watched a little DVR and finally headed to bed.
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