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Old 04-24-2011, 09:53 PM   #1
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Crusin' to Alaska May 24th, 2011 (Lots of photos, menus, ship docs)

I decided to edit this first post so that people looking for specific information could jump straight to a section without having to hunt through each page.

Day 1: Departure - Pg 3
Day 2: At Sea - Pg 4
Day 3: Tracy Arm - Pg 4
Day 4: Skagway - Pg 5
Day 5: Juneau - Pg 6
Day 6: Ketchikan - Pg 6
Day 7: At Sea - Pg 7
Day 8: Home - Pg 8
Navigators, Other Informational papers and Shopping guides - Pg 8
Menus and Meals: Day 1, 2 & 3 - Pg 8
Menus and Meals: Day 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8 - Pg 9


May 24th, 2011 Disney Wonder 7 Night Alaskan Cruise
Our cruise is exactly one month away, (well, 29 days, 5 hours, 17 minutes, but who’s counting) so it seems like a good time to start a pre-trip report. We received our cruise documents and it is finally feeling really real. I have been reading other DIS member's trip reports and checking out all the great photos for a while now and I thought I’d try my hand at it. Even though we will be on the 4th Alaskan cruise out of Vancouver, and there may be several trip reports posted before mine, hopefully I will be able to bring some new, interesting information or photos to those cruising after us.
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Cast of Characters

I guess I should introduce our merry little band. My name is Dawn, the DW, and yes, I am a Disney addict. My husband finds it amusing since many years ago I told him that I didn’t understand how people could get so absorbed in the Disney life. Then I found myself researching our trips to WDW when our kids were young. I wanted to make the experience super special for them so I began learning more and more. It was exciting to find a great deal or learn a tidbit that I could share while walking through the parks.
It was in 2005 that I was really bitten by the Disney bug. We went to Disneyland for the first time during the 50th Anniversary celebration. Walking in Walt’s shoes was an enchanted experience for me and I’ve been hooked ever since.


Me on Castaway Cay. This is the life!
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Old 04-24-2011, 10:02 PM   #4
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My DH, Ryan, is a big Disney fan too. Even though he teases me about my addiction he secretly loves that I’d prefer to spend vacations at Disney than anywhere else. He also feeds my habit by sending any work associates interested in learning about planning a Disney vacation my way so I can assault them with oodles of suggestions and advice.

DH and Ariel. (Should I be worried?)

Our DD, Josilyn, is almost a teen now (12 ½), and our DS, Chance, recently turned 10. They have been “surprised” with a Disney vacation roughly every 12 to 18 months since they were 5 and 3 years old. (Can you say spoiled?)

Drinking right out of coconuts picked from a palm on Castaway Cay.
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I am already a member. I'm looking forward to FE and hopefully getting on board in time to make the meet.
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Dawn, DW and I are on the June 21 Alaskan cruise. I will keep an eye out for your post-trip report. We are curious about the menus and other ship activities that are different then what we get out of FL to the caribbean. I believe you have inspired me to do a pre-trip report as well.

Have fun...like I need to tell you that. Please, please don't forget the post-trip report!!!!

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Dawn, DW and I are on the June 21 Alaskan cruise. I will keep an eye out for your post-trip report. We are curious about the menus and other ship activities that are different then what we get out of FL to the caribbean. I believe you have inspired me to do a pre-trip report as well.

Have fun...like I need to tell you that. Please, please don't forget the post-trip report!!!!

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Absolutely! I promise to take good notes and post the Navigators.
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Old 04-25-2011, 06:14 PM   #8
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Cruise History

I did not have an easy time convincing anyone to try a Disney cruise. DH gets motion sickness, but he’s a trouper so he agreed to get a sea sickness patch. They apparently work well because he enthusiastically agreed to cruise again. (With Disney of course)
The kids were also not easy to talk into taking a cruise; even a Disney one. Both kids love the action of the parks and felt sure that a cruise would be boring. After some negotiations we agreed our first Disney cruise would be a Land & Sea vacation. We started with 4 crazy days at WDW which included 18 straight hours on New Year’s Eve at the Magic Kingdom ringing in the 2010 New Year. (I’m glad we did it, but I’m not sure I’d ever do it again. OMG… the crowds!) Then we hopped a cruise bus for a 4 night Bahamas cruise on the Disney Wonder.
After the Bahamas cruise my family apologized to me for not letting me book a 7 night cruise. No one wanted to get off the ship and they were begging to go again. My son LOVED the Oceaneer lab and it was all we could do most days/nights to get him to come out of there.


My daughter liked the lab, and participated in scavenger hunts, science experiments and cooking classes, but she also enjoyed all the family events around the ship. We attended animation classes, played bingo, competed in contests and learned to towel fold. Some awesome family bonding was had by all.

It was an amazing trip and it left us all wanting more.
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Booking Alaska

When I started researching our next Disney cruise I initially found the Mexican Riviera kids-sail-free offer. We used DVC points for our Bahamas cruise and since this time we’d be paying cash my husband was not as quick to jump on board. Unfortunately we hesitated a little too long and the dates we were looking at sold out quickly in the lower category price range. After recalculating the flights, hotels and higher cabin pricing we decided to let the offer pass.
When the kids-sail-free Alaskan cruises were announced we jumped a little faster. The decision was much easier since we live near Seattle and the cruise out of Vancouver B.C. requires no airlines or overnight hotel stays for us. We figured we saved more than $1,000 right there. Then, of course, the kids were FREE! I feel like I hit the lottery in finding this great deal and it was meant to be that the MR cruise didn’t work out.

We decided on a category 9A GTY ocean view stateroom sailing on May 24th. I immediately joined a DIS meet group for our cruise and anxiously waited for our GTY status to be replaced with an actual cabin number. Finally the day came and I was completely shocked and overjoyed to find out that we’d been given cabin #8000. It’s a category 4B Deluxe Family Verandah room with 90 more square feet than our original category. (And did I mention the verandah!) This is our 1st GTY booking so I don’t know how often ships give a category bump that big, but we’re soooo happy about it.
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WOOT WOOT! You are on the cruise just before ours! I'm pretty certain that our husbands are clones! Jumping on for the excitement!
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WOOT WOOT! You are on the cruise just before ours! I'm pretty certain that our husbands are clones! Jumping on for the excitement!
I see yours is a honeymoon cruise. Congratulations! I'd say let's compare notes after you get back, but I think we'll be having very different cruise experiences. (and I blush easily)
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I see yours is a honeymoon cruise. Congratulations! I'd say let's compare notes after you get back, but I think we'll be having very different cruise experiences. (and I blush easily)
Na...We've been together for 10 years...We love the cruise...No blushing
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Arrrrgh!

So I read on another DIS thread that people have been told by DCL that there will not be a pirate night on the Alaskan crusies. Nooooo! Say it isn’t so DCL. I heard they couldn’t have fireworks, but my kids would be so disappointed if they canceled Pirate night. (OK me and DH too)
I have also read that the Food and Beverage Manager on the Wonder confirmed that the Pirate Menu has been replaced by an Alaskan menu, and that the Pirate buffet will be indoors. Does this mean there IS a Pirate night serving the new Alaskan menu or no Pirate night and just a special late buffet?
We are especially hopeful that there is still a Pirate night because Pirates of the Caribbean 4 releases just days before our cruise so we’re pretty sure they will be playing it. My hope is that they are showing it in the big theater ON pirate night. We can’t dress up in our pirate costumes at our local theater, (well I guess we could, but we’d be laughed at by the neighbors) but on the ship it would be expected and cool.
If anyone knows anything please report.
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We're going a few weeks after you. Can't wait to read more about the cruise!
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So I read on another DIS thread that people have been told by DCL that there will not be a pirate night on the Alaskan crusies. Nooooo! Say it isn’t so DCL. I heard they couldn’t have fireworks, but my kids would be so disappointed if they canceled Pirate night. (OK me and DH too)
I have also read that the Food and Beverage Manager on the Wonder confirmed that the Pirate Menu has been replaced by an Alaskan menu, and that the Pirate buffet will be indoors. Does this mean there IS a Pirate night serving the new Alaskan menu or no Pirate night and just a special late buffet?
We are especially hopeful that there is still a Pirate night because Pirates of the Caribbean 4 releases just days before our cruise so we’re pretty sure they will be playing it. My hope is that they are showing it in the big theater ON pirate night. We can’t dress up in our pirate costumes at our local theater, (well I guess we could, but we’d be laughed at by the neighbors) but on the ship it would be expected and cool.
If anyone knows anything please report.
I called DCL a few days ago. (I'm on the same cruise as you, btw) I was told that there WOULD be a Pirate Party, on Juneau night, but no fireworks. Since they're still having the Pirate Buffet, I would assume that to mean the Party's still on, just with slightly different food.

Pirates and Grizzlies and Eagles, oh my!
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