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Old 09-10-2012, 01:45 PM   #91
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We will be joining all of you. This will be our first cruise and a little holiday surprise for the kids.

Me (Brian), DS (10) and DD (4)
Welcome to the party-in-progress, Burger! You've got a couple of lucky kids - have you broken the news to them yet?
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Old 09-10-2012, 08:57 PM   #92
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Thanks for the welcome - they know we are going somewhere when we got passports. I haven't decided when or how to give them the news. Getting excited - booked MCO Hyatt on reward points for the day before and managed to get tickets on Southwest on their lowest fares.
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Old 09-10-2012, 09:36 PM   #93
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We will be joining all of you. This will be our first cruise and a little holiday surprise for the kids.

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Thanks for the welcome - they know we are going somewhere when we got passports. I haven't decided when or how to give them the news. Getting excited - booked MCO Hyatt on reward points for the day before and managed to get tickets on Southwest on their lowest fares.
Welcome!!! I'll add you to the list on the front page as soon as I have a second! We're flying Southwest and staying at the MCO too! Not flying in until late on the 1st so I'm glad we're staying at the airport!
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Thanks for the welcome - they know we are going somewhere when we got passports. I haven't decided when or how to give them the news. Getting excited - booked MCO Hyatt on reward points for the day before and managed to get tickets on Southwest on their lowest fares.
You know about DCL's phone call from Mickey announcing your cruise? This is how I told my wife!
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Old 09-15-2012, 09:32 PM   #95
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Have the newbies added to the list!!
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For those that have cruised before...

If you drop-off family at the port and then one leaves to drop the rental car, can you go through the security gates separately? Specifically the first one by the parking garage where you have to give room number and show id?

We didn't know you could this summer, so DH waited with the 2 girls outside until I got back from dropping car. It only took 45 minutes, but 4 y/o DD was about to drive him nuts waiting on the sidewalk.
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For those that have cruised before...

If you drop-off family at the port and then one leaves to drop the rental car, can you go through the security gates separately? Specifically the first one by the parking garage where you have to give room number and show id?

We didn't know you could this summer, so DH waited with the 2 girls outside until I got back from dropping car. It only took 45 minutes, but 4 y/o DD was about to drive him nuts waiting on the sidewalk.
Yes - you can go in separately (or at least you could when I last cruised in '09). Our family did the same thing a few years back. DH dropped us off and took the car back to the hotel.

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Yea!!! Paid in full again!! I was paid in full before but decided to add Disney transportation to the port at the beginning of the cruise so I just now paid that off! Oct 4th I can start booking excursions!
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We're waiting until the wire - keeping final payment in savings. It will feel good to have that taken care of, though. Looks like we're going to drive down - our daughter in the College Program will be returning home with us, and we'll need to pack her up. Should be a fun trip down - just the DW & me!
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Yes - you can go in separately (or at least you could when I last cruised in '09). Our family did the same thing a few years back. DH dropped us off and took the car back to the hotel.

Jodie
Thanks, Jodie! I think the wait will be much more tolerable in the building. Once we went in, everyone did a bathroom stop and then check-in and boarding went very quickly since they were already past our number. She didn't get to see the ship model or anything while there.

Now if I can just keep this to myself for another 99 days, 14 hours the girls will have an awesome Christmas surprise!
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Old 09-19-2012, 08:28 AM   #101
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Old 09-22-2012, 09:31 AM   #102
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Was paying bills this morning and adding up the money I'm saving for vacation! With my Disney rewards money, Discover cash back bonus and also money that I've been transferring to my "secret" vacation fund bank account I should be able to come home from vacation with no bills!

I'm really debating on weather or not to do the Sea Lion excursion or not. It will save a big chunk of change if I don't and we honestly can entertain ourselves without excursions, but I do know that the girls would like it. I was thinking of giving it to them as a Christmas present if I do.
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I think we've decided not to do any excursions - we know how to get to the beach in Nassau, and that's about all we care to do on that day. We might rent snorkel gear at CC - we're looking at shorty-suits at the dive shops now. I understand the water will be a little chilly.

Does everyone know what tomorrow is???
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I think we've decided not to do any excursions - we know how to get to the beach in Nassau, and that's about all we care to do on that day. We might rent snorkel gear at CC - we're looking at shorty-suits at the dive shops now. I understand the water will be a little chilly.

Does everyone know what tomorrow is???
Sunday?

I found a walking tour in Nassau that we may do and I maybe the pirate museum if we don't do the Blue Lagoon thing. I change my mind every day.
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Old 09-22-2012, 11:01 AM   #105
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Has anyone been to Atlantis? I would really like to see it as we have never been. My question is, is it worth doing an excursion or should we just hail a cab?
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