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Old 04-21-2011, 10:53 AM   #166
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I hope you don't have any trouble with the storms - those sky's look awfully dark!

I can't wait til you get on the ship!
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Old 04-21-2011, 11:09 AM   #167
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You're getting so close!!! I'm on the edge of my seat!
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Old 04-21-2011, 11:22 AM   #168
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I hope you don't have any trouble with the storms - those sky's look awfully dark!

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You're getting so close!!! I'm on the edge of my seat!
I know, I'm just about there. I need to edit more photos to continue though.
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Old 04-21-2011, 11:38 AM   #169
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wow! I made it finally!! I've been reading the dining report. I'm glad after 12 pages you haven't boarded! I'm anxious to see how your trip was compared to ours!

So sorry about all the mishaps! I hate when those things happen, but,you just have to go with it I guess!

Love the cute pictures and messages Claire got! My DD Paige has the same Belle PJs. Your matching shirts are cute too!

We had a meal at Fishlips last summer when we stayed at Ron Jon's Cape Caribe resort. I have seen those maps - I think all the local hotels there use them! We were not too impressed with the food there, but it's great to watch ships go in or out. Plus we saw dolphins and a manatee in the water!

Can't wait to hear more!
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Old 04-21-2011, 11:42 AM   #170
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OH NO!!! Do not like the sound of that, I hope the storm didn't come or passed quickly
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Old 04-21-2011, 11:52 AM   #171
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I'm not doing a good job at reviewing my posts today. Here is a picture I just added to the last update. Walking around Residence Inn

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Old 04-21-2011, 11:59 AM   #172
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wow! I made it finally!! I've been reading the dining report. I'm glad after 12 pages you haven't boarded! I'm anxious to see how your trip was compared to ours!

So sorry about all the mishaps! I hate when those things happen, but,you just have to go with it I guess!

Love the cute pictures and messages Claire got! My DD Paige has the same Belle PJs. Your matching shirts are cute too!

We had a meal at Fishlips last summer when we stayed at Ron Jon's Cape Caribe resort. I have seen those maps - I think all the local hotels there use them! We were not too impressed with the food there, but it's great to watch ships go in or out. Plus we saw dolphins and a manatee in the water!

Can't wait to hear more!
I'm having a heck of a time getting time to get all the picture editing done! But I'm working on it.

We like Fish lips, but like I said, I would try something different, most likely DESSERT!
It was dark when we went, but that would be so cool to see dolphins and manatees.

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It's all a mystery isn't it?
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Old 04-21-2011, 12:10 PM   #173
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All caught up!!! It is super cool that you got to see the ship coming in! You woke up for a reason!
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Old 04-21-2011, 12:18 PM   #174
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Enjoyed the update. But I'm sitting on pins and needles wondering how that weather turns out.
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Old 04-21-2011, 01:27 PM   #175
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Yes please keep it coming. Enjoying your TR so far.
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Old 04-21-2011, 02:16 PM   #176
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I drove over to the Terminal. It was very close and signs directed you exactly where to go, but it was really hard to pay attention to signs when the big beautiful ship came into view!!!!
I couldn’t take a picture as I was driving, but let me tell you, it was gorgeous. We were ALL in awe and the excitement went a level higher. I think I just kept saying “look how big it is!”
I parked along the drop off/pick up spot and we unloaded what we needed. We gave 3 bags to the porter and I tipped the guy, I think somewhere between $6 and $10. Dad asked the guy where he should pick us up Sunday and he said the same place.
We said our good byes and made sure Dad had his maps. Dad then headed off to Kennedy Space Center.
We made our way to the terminal. Again I didn’t have my camera out and we walked really fast. I did manage to snap one picture on my phone before going in.




When you walk in on the ground floor you go through security just like at the airport. No full body scanners though, and you don’t have to bag your liquids. But everything comes off like at the airport.(though I don't think the shoes came off)
There was a stack of pizzas coming in right behind us. The pizzas didn’t have to go through x-ray, but the delivery person did. I know I made some smart remark to the person, like “Oh thanks I’ve been waiting for those”.
After security we made our way upstairs. At the top of the stairs there was a guy at a high table/booth type thing. We stopped there and he had us fill out papers to state that none of us were sick.
We also got our boarding number here. It was number 8 which I was happy about. I have heard there a different ways they determine which number you get. One being that when you preregister online and pick an arrival time, that will coincide with your boarding number. For us this was not true. There was just a stack of cards and the guy just took the one off the top and handed it to us.

I took a quick picture of Claire on my phone.



We then went to check in.





I was nervous about the birth Certificates and prayed nothing would go wrong. We went to the line and there was basically NO line at all. We were pointed to one of the CM’s and we went right over and handed over our paperwork. Everything looked fine and they took a picture of each us. The CM was very friendly and full of excitement. We were handed our KTTW cards and on our way.

We saw that Mickey had come out for a meet and greet, so Claire and I got into line. Mom took a look at the line and basically said no way, so Mom took our carry on and found a spot to sit.



Mom was out of sight for awhile. We couldn’t see where she was sitting, but we needed something from one of the bags she had (might’ve been the autograph book.)
After a bit she came back over (I think I actually called her). We got what we needed and she went and sat back down.



I took some random shots while waiting.



The archway was jammed packed the whole time. I could never get a chance to take a decent shot.



It was pretty crowded in the terminal, though I have to admit it wasn’t quite as bad as I had imagined it would be. None the less, there was still a LOT of people in there.

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Old 04-21-2011, 02:28 PM   #177
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All caught up!!! It is super cool that you got to see the ship coming in! You woke up for a reason!
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Enjoyed the update. But I'm sitting on pins and needles wondering how that weather turns out.
Well........ Most of the trip was beautiful, but we did have a bit of rain at times...how's that for a sneak peek?

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Yes please keep it coming. Enjoying your TR so far.
Thanks. I am working at it!
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Old 04-21-2011, 02:37 PM   #178
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Claire is so cute. I love your pictures. I will really enjoy another installment before working all weekend.
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Old 04-21-2011, 02:43 PM   #179
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I agree - the ship is huge and beautiful! The check in process is so slick! Oh, we preregistered for a time of like 11:00 - 12:00, (we did not get there then), but it did not seem to matter. That terminal gets very crowded! I think for our next cruise we will wait until later to show up. Avoid the crowds, no waiting...This time, though, it was a brand new ship, and we wanted to see all of it!!
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Claire is so cute. I love your pictures. I will really enjoy another installment before working all weekend.
I now have to keep the Princess happy and color eggs. Hopefully I can get something else up tonight or tomorrow morning. I know everyone wants to see the ship!

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I agree - the ship is huge and beautiful! The check in process is so slick! Oh, we preregistered for a time of like 11:00 - 12:00, (we did not get there then), but it did not seem to matter. That terminal gets very crowded! I think for our next cruise we will wait until later to show up. Avoid the crowds, no waiting...This time, though, it was a brand new ship, and we wanted to see all of it!!
I was so excited as well. And a little nervous about getting there and what to do. I am happy we got there when we did though....and for a reason that I didn't even know till later on in the day.
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