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Old 10-13-2012, 11:30 AM   #376
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Good evening friends? i am curious as to who is confirmed for Lou Mongello's WDW Cruise 2.0. my hubby and I are booked for those dates (the Dream on Nov 4 for 4 nights). in order to attend we had to use DVC points, so unfortunatly we are not eligible for his "extras". anyone else sailing on this?
it will be our second Disney Cruise. our first being the August weekend getaway on the Magic
Hi, We are part of the WDW Radio group. Since our DD lives in Fl we were able to get the Fl resident discounted rate. We are also DVC members and had debated using points for the cruise as we were on cruise 1.0. We will probably use the points for his 1 week cruise next year.
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Old 10-14-2012, 12:35 AM   #377
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We just received our absentee ballots yesterday. Guess I ought to get to it and send them. But more importantly . . . I NEED TO START ON THE FE STUFF! Gonna be a race to the wire.

(I'm too excited to sleep!)
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I voted today since on election day I will be on the beach at Castaway Cay!
Ours are sitting on the counter! (Amongst too many other Saturday errand bags...and lots of "stuff" for FE...)

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Hi everyone! I just booked this cruise 2 days ago for myself, DH and DS 8 and DS4. - soooo unlike me, I am a consummate planner. Were NJ people, so we've had this week ear-marked for vacation since June. Our original plan (and original flights) were to fly to MCO, have three nights at the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal, and then drive to Marco Island and do 4 nights there. About a month ago, I started to get dis-enchanted with the beach part of our vacation. I wasn't thrilled with the hotel I had booked (trying to save $$) and then when I decided to book the hotel I really wanted, it was sold out. I also was starting to fear I had greatly underestimated our food costs, and cost for any excursions we wanted to do.
Last month I spotted a great rate on an IGT for the Dream but flight times were not working out. (Also DH was NOT onboard with the plan - he really wanted to see "real Florida", and he is afraid that after going on DCL we'll be too spoiled to go back to NCL, our usual line!)
Then 2 days ago, the Dream had VGT rates and the flight times were doable (not fabulous mind you, but doable). Somehow I caught my husband in a weak moment and he said, "Go for it!"

So, now our plan is PHL-> TPA on the 3rd, drive to Universal and spend the afternoon there. Stay at the Wingate near Universal, and drive to port next day - Planning on using Park N Cruise or Radisson (anyone else??).
No excursions planned, and thinking of heading to Junkanoo beach for just a few hours in Nassau (let me know if anyone wants to come with us - not expecting much except free beach and a view of the ship!)

Hoping to disembark first thing on Thursday so we can head over to the Hard Rock and have most of Thursday and Friday to enjoy the rest of Universal and the Hard Rock pool.
Can anyone confirm that we can self-disemark with our own luggage ( not having to put it out the pm before?).
Then Sat am we drive back to TPA - this is where the flights get wonky, I was able to switch my husband and son's flight easily to our desired flight time out of TPA, but when I went to switch the final reservation (mine!), the point cost doubled and I don't have enough points to get on. I know I can buy points, but it would be $150 and my budget is at it's ABSOLUTE limit. So, I fly home 6 hours later. Eh, there are worse thing, right? I keep checking the flight, hoping the points will come down and I will get on with them.

Whew! Wrote a book!

Cannot wait! 22 days!!!


Edited to add UPDATE: I just checked the flights again and I got on the flight with my husband and kids!!! Yay!!!!!
Yay! You found us! Welcome!

Glad to hear you got flights switched - gotta be such a relief!

Not sure I can answer many of your questions as I'm a total cruise newb! But I'm learning lots from asking questions and reading other trip reports.

I think we are going to use off site parking too. But if our rental car rate goes down, the extra money saved might go to parking at the port. Seems so crazy to pay for a rental car to be parked, but its almost double to do two separate reservations, or to do one reservation and then pay for transfers.

As for Nassau, I think we are going to do a short walking tour since its just me and my DH - hoping that goes ok...haha. I've heard good reviews about that beach though - and I hear its really close to the ship!
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Old 10-14-2012, 08:39 AM   #378
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I think we are going to use off site parking too. But if our rental car rate goes down, the extra money saved might go to parking at the port. Seems so crazy to pay for a rental car to be parked, but its almost double to do two separate reservations, or to do one reservation and then pay for transfers.
Thanks for pointing me here! I am literally bouncing with excitement! We're not cruise newbies, but DCL virgins for sure :-) There are definitely some differences! I promised my husband I would keep the price as low as possible, hence no excursions on Nassau, but I have to at least spend an hour or 2 at a beach, just hoping the vendors aren't too, too pesky.
Also, the reason for off-site parking. I really would love the convenience of parking right there, because we want to get off the ship first thing because we want to get started right away at Universal Studios that am. We'll see!
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Old 10-14-2012, 09:14 AM   #379
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I cannot believe that we are getting so close! 18 days from today and we will be leaving and 20 days from today we will be cruising.

FE gifts are done and packed and so are our door decorations!

I am thinking of going to the spa one day if anyone would like to join me! I would love to meet with some people who also want to relax. Not quite sure what day, but just planning on doing the day spa. Maybe during our Nassau day after we have the Richard Sherman (WDWRadio Group) event.

Let the packing begin!
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Old 10-14-2012, 01:24 PM   #380
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I cannot believe that we are getting so close! 18 days from today and we will be leaving and 20 days from today we will be cruising.

FE gifts are done and packed and so are our door decorations!

I am thinking of going to the spa one day if anyone would like to join me! I would love to meet with some people who also want to relax. Not quite sure what day, but just planning on doing the day spa. Maybe during our Nassau day after we have the Richard Sherman (WDWRadio Group) event.

Let the packing begin!

So jealous that your FE gifts and door decorations are already done! Congrats on that!

Day at the spa sounds amazing, but probably not doable on this trip with all the other things we are doing.

And the packing will begin very very soon! Just need to get the suitcase...ya know...minor detail!
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Old 10-14-2012, 02:50 PM   #381
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I cannot believe that we are getting so close! 18 days from today and we will be leaving and 20 days from today we will be cruising.

FE gifts are done and packed and so are our door decorations!

I am thinking of going to the spa one day if anyone would like to join me! I would love to meet with some people who also want to relax. Not quite sure what day, but just planning on doing the day spa. Maybe during our Nassau day after we have the Richard Sherman (WDWRadio Group) event.

Let the packing begin!
20 days?!? Is that all the time we have left of waiting? woohoo!!! Although I am still busy with school that I can't celebrate just yet - still having to write a final paper that is due this week..aaggghh!!

But...FE's are done! I had so much fun putting it together - seeing that it's our first Disney cruise, thus first time with FE's. My husband is actually shaking his head at me commenting that I spent too much time making them "FOR SOMEONE ELSE." I told him I didn't care - it was fun and I was having fun.
I did decide not to make my own fish extender so I just forked up the bucks and ordering from etsy, and it looks good! I also ended up making my own door magnets - just to see for myself how they're done, so I think we're set!

I haven't yet told my girls that we're going on a cruise. They think we're going to meet up with cousins at Cocoa Beach for a couple of days and then visit WDW - so I know they'll be super excited when they find out we're actually be boarding the ship instead! While they are not truly Disney fans I do know that they love cruising - plus they know about the Aquaduck. I can't wait to try that one.

Since I will be a solo parent I do plan on spending some time at the spa. I'm thinking of purchasing the Rain Forest package for those days when the kids are in their clubs and I'm left to my own devices - namely the big movie screen or the ebook.
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Old 10-15-2012, 07:58 AM   #383
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This cruise better come fast...I'm so excited! .....and I keep thinking of things to add to my fish extenders...I will be broke if I don't stop soon!
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It's been forever since I posted here and I feel like I should go back and read the entire thread to try and remember who everyone is.

We are also doing the budget minded cruise (unfortunately, I haven't been able to get any discounts) so you'll find us lounging on the deck in the Adult area (or on my one splurge day at the Rainforest room - Nassau day probably).

We are also doing the WDW Radio group so I just imagine that we'll do those activities and then relaxing and chatting with our Disney friends.

I'm waiting for my hubby to print off my decorations for the door so I can finish them up. We were only able to participate in one FE group so we did the WDW Radio one and I spent last weekend making the items, I just now have to do some minor work on each one to make it perfect.

We leave in 17 days according to my countdown calendar.

Is anyone else going to any of the New Fantasyland previews before the cruise? I was really lucky and was able to get some D23 passes for 11/3. Can't wait to see it all!!!

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It's been forever since I posted here and I feel like I should go back and read the entire thread to try and remember who everyone is.

We are also doing the budget minded cruise (unfortunately, I haven't been able to get any discounts) so you'll find us lounging on the deck in the Adult area (or on my one splurge day at the Rainforest room - Nassau day probably).

We are also doing the WDW Radio group so I just imagine that we'll do those activities and then relaxing and chatting with our Disney friends.

I'm waiting for my hubby to print off my decorations for the door so I can finish them up. We were only able to participate in one FE group so we did the WDW Radio one and I spent last weekend making the items, I just now have to do some minor work on each one to make it perfect.

We leave in 17 days according to my countdown calendar.

Is anyone else going to any of the New Fantasyland previews before the cruise? I was really lucky and was able to get some D23 passes for 11/3. Can't wait to see it all!!!

I would LOOOVE to see the Fantasyland preview, but we are no longer part of any group that would allow us to see it! We might be in MK on Nov 3 - so we'll see you enjoy from afar! Such a bummer...two years of DLR Premium APs and one year of Premier, and a year of TiW, and nothing that worked or available... We keep telling each other that we picked the wrong year. Hope you enjoy it!
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If DH and decide to rent bikes on Castaway Cay, after we've been to the beach in the morning, than what would we do with our bag? Would we need to bring it back to the ship first?

And also, I should probably know this, but do we bring towels off the ship?
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We've rented bikes before on Castaway Cay but I'm having a hard time remembering what we did with our stuff. I just googled a map and didn't see any lockers listed. Do you have a backpacy type of bag that you can use?

You don't need to bring any towels with you off the ship they are already on the island just waiting for you.

Do you geocache? A friend of ours had a GPS and there were a couple of locations listed for Castaway Cay. We used the bikes and were able to find two of them. It was a great way to spend the day.
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If DH and decide to rent bikes on Castaway Cay, after we've been to the beach in the morning, than what would we do with our bag? Would we need to bring it back to the ship first?

And also, I should probably know this, but do we bring towels off the ship?
After you disembark onto CC, there will be CMs handing out towels. I would suggest grabbing an extra or two (for a family) as we could not find them anywhere else once we were out on the island when you really needed them. Unless someone else can share where maybe they 'hide' them!


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I can't believe how close we are. After this weekend we are so ready for a relaxing vacation. I need to do laundry but DH said I could start packing! I need to finish the FE gifts too. So much to do!
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We've rented bikes before on Castaway Cay but I'm having a hard time remembering what we did with our stuff. I just googled a map and didn't see any lockers listed. Do you have a backpacy type of bag that you can use?

You don't need to bring any towels with you off the ship they are already on the island just waiting for you.

Do you geocache? A friend of ours had a GPS and there were a couple of locations listed for Castaway Cay. We used the bikes and were able to find two of them. It was a great way to spend the day.

Wow - thanks for the geocaching tip! I never would have thought of doing it on Castaway Cay! My kids love geoccahing, so this should be neat!
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