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Old 04-18-2011, 06:35 PM   #1
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Wonderful Mexican Riviera Therapy! COMPLETED 10/8 with Galley Pics and more!

So it would appear the Wonder has had the AUDACITY to cruise without us onboard! The nerve...

In an effort to help my DD and I come to terms with real life (which I thought would happen by now!) we've decided to re-live the best week (for us anyway) ever on the Disney Wonder.

Amazing weather,



awesome food...



and lots more pix (including the galley/kitchen tour!)

Oh, by the way, we sailed 2/6-2/13/11 out of the frozen Midwest and into paradise.

Now I can see where this project can become quite a time stealer, so I'm going to do my best to keep it moving along, but be gentle with me... it's my first time.

So here's the cast:
Mom, Dad, DD (teen) and DS (little guy)



Hope you come along for the ride.

And, for all you Tangled fans... "Now's when my life" oops, I mean "thread" begins..."
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Old 04-18-2011, 08:04 PM   #2
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I'm in, I'm in!!!!

Gonna go pop some popcorn in my disney bucket, and

Love it so far!!

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Old 04-19-2011, 11:13 AM   #4
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I can't wait to read your report. I've read all the ones here & I'm ready for a new one. We're booked for Oct so I can't get enough of these reports...makes the cruise seem closer.
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Oh, I'm so glad to see another Riviera report--we are cruising next March and I can't get enough of reading about it!
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Old 04-19-2011, 06:15 PM   #6
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Thanks to everyone for sharing our tale with us! I’ll try to keep it interesting!

My goal is to be posting each evening, as I’ll be writing during the day and my DD will be my editor after school.

Here we go!

On every cruise, our family has “THE Moment.” It's not getting on the plane, or arriving safely at the hotel, though those are nice moments. It's also not getting on the bus on the way to the port or even reaching the terminal and checking your vast amount of luggage. You're getting warmer when you're in the terminal:



And when you can read this sign:


You know you've officially left reality when Goofy brings this concoction to your lunch table, insisting that you try his new "recipe":



AND he has a party when DH actually takes a bite:




No, THE Moment is walking through the doors of Animator's Palate to meet your new best friends (your servers for the week ~ in our case Teody and Agung) and knowing your luggage is safely in your cabin and that the Disney Wonder IS your home for a whole entire week!



You take a deep breath, and, when you see Baloo on the front of your menu, you can hear him saying, "Man, this is really livin'." The Bare Necessities plays in the background...



This is the life...
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Old 04-19-2011, 07:17 PM   #7
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"Ma chere, mademoiselle. It is with deepest pride and greatest pleasure that we welcome you tonight. And now, we invite you to relax. Let us pull up a chair, as the dining room proudly presents

your dinner."

Be. Our. Guest! (Oops. Sorry. DD has a very strange tendency to start going off on Disney song tangents, and it's impossible to stop her... I guess that's what we get for taking her on Disney cruises!)

For appetizers, we enjoyed:

the Ahi Tuna Tartare:


Wild Mushroom Risotto:


the Shrimp and Onion Cheesecake:


Smoked Salmon and Trout with Goat Cheese Salad:


and Butternut Squash Soup:.


For entrees, DH and DD enjoyed

Phyllo-Wrapped Salmon:


and I scarfed down Asian Marinated Beef Tenderloin


And, when we thought we couldn't eat another bite, Teody brought us dessert menus.

I savored the Double-Fudge Chocolate Cake:


Somehow, we did not get a picture of DH's Apple Crumble, and DD got so excited about her sampler that she couldn't hold the camera still, and her picture turned out blurry.


With two and a half adults at our table, we shared lots of dishes! DD's goal was to try as many new foods as she could, and she discovered she loves shrimp. DH rediscovered that he loves salmon. DS discovered that he is not allowed, even on vacation, to order pizza at every meal. And as for me? I discovered that two desserts are better than one... and three are better than two.

Stuffed but blissfully happy, we headed off to the Welcome Aboard show where their motto is to "sing you off to sleep as you digest." (Sorry. DD is insisting that we finish "Be Our Guest"... "Teenagers... You give dem an inch, and dey swim all over you.")

After finally having lived THE Moment, we crawled into bed, full, giddy with excitement, and anticipating the days to come. We slept very well that night, dreaming Disney dreams...


On the next episode of Wonderific Mexican Riviera Therapy...

Napkin hats, Adventures Away, and Golden Mickeys. See ya real soon!

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Loving your trip report (especially the Be Our Guest song lyrics)

Can't wait for more, we still have 19_? days until our own Mexican Riviera Cruise so I'm living vicariously through yours
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(Oops. Sorry. DD has a very strange tendency to start going off on Disney song tangents, and it's impossible to stop her... I guess that's what we get for taking her on Disney cruises!)
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Napkin hats, Adventures Away, and Golden Mickeys. See ya real soon![/I][/SIZE]
Sing away, DD!!!
We're all singing with you!!

Fantastic writing, fabulous pictures, and Love the Moments of family vacations...so glad you're welcoming us along on yours

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Sing away, DD!!!
We're all singing with you!!

Fantastic writing, fabulous pictures, and Love the Moments of family vacations...so glad you're welcoming us along on yours


Thanks for the kind words... It's fun to share our experiences with such friendly people!
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Loving your trip report (especially the Be Our Guest song lyrics)

Can't wait for more, we still have 19_? days until our own Mexican Riviera Cruise so I'm living vicariously through yours

Thanks for joining us on our retrospective! When are you going?
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I can't wait to read your report. I've read all the ones here & I'm ready for a new one. We're booked for Oct so I can't get enough of these reports...makes the cruise seem closer.

Wow! Lucky you! October will be here before you know it, but isn't the anticipation fun???

Hope our report adds to your excitement!
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Old 04-20-2011, 08:23 AM   #14
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Oh, I'm so glad to see another Riviera report--we are cruising next March and I can't get enough of reading about it!

Well, buckle up then! My DD and I are finding out that reliving the experience IS actually quite therapeutic... and she has a knack [that I do NOT possess] for remembering details.

You're so lucky to have your next cruise planned. The anticipation is like a little gift you get each day!
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My DH and I are going on the Oct 30 MR cruise... It's our first cruise to celebrate our first anniversary! (We also got married at WDW)
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