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Old 06-09-2012, 08:12 AM   #1
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My 50th Birthday "Surprise" 2 day cruise from NYC - Completed

So here it is for what's worth. I've been thinking about doing this pre-cruise/cruise report for a while, just haven't had time to do it. Don't know if anyone is interested in it, but hopefully I can provide some details for my fellow cruisers to follow

Ok - so......how did we get here??? I mean, here I am writing about my "surprise" cruise and it hasn't even happened yet.....it's very simple...men are not as good as planning surprises as women ( and I know that's very general and doesn't include all men, just the ones I know. )

Let's start with the players - DH - Jim, Me - Mindy, DD - Haylee (11) and DS Sam (11).....a surburban NJ family -

So when DCL announced their cruises out of NYC, we booked a Bahamas cruise for August 2012, we actually were booked on the Fantasy that week but found that this cruise was longer, we didn't need airfare and it was cheaper, so we switched. We looked at some of the 2 night cruises as a lark, but decided they were too expensive for what they offered (so I thought.)

So, if my memory serves me correctly (and it may not, since I'm forgetting things these days all the time) back in December DH told me to put on the work calendar that I needed to take my bday off (June 15th) and when I asked why, he said he was taking the family to NYC for the weekend to celebrate. Sounded like fun. Staying in a hotel in the city, seeing a show or two, some nice dinners...who wouldn't be up for that. When I asked why we were taking the kids his answer was that he thought that they should spend my bday with me...ok...accepted...not another word was said.

Then, February rolls around....well we're about 6 months out from our August cruise and I decide that I need to start investigating excursions. Did I want to take any, what was offered...you know the deal. When I bring up by castaway club account, there was this two day cruise on there....Now...I could have pretended I didn't see it, but how could I look at DH with a straight face when I talked about what he wanted to do in August without admitting it So I kind of played dumb and told him that DCL made a mistake and there was another cruise booked under our name. After he got done being upset that I saw it (not that upset since he knew it was a possibility when DCL said there was nothing they could do to take it off my account) he told me the deal. Now just some background here...I'm the accountant in the family (I am really an accountant, but I pay the bills and am what many term a tight wad with money) DH is the spender. I told him while it was a nice gesture, let's not go, it was too expensive. At which point, he told me it was already paid in full and there was nothing I could do and I actually had never seen a bill for it.

So we were going on the cruise for my 50th and we decided not to tell the kids, just let them think we were going to NYC for the weekend (and they still to this minute believe that.) Well a few weeks later, I was working from home and I get a call from a DCL rep looking for DH. She said that she had been on the phone with him for over an hour and they had gotten disconnected. I gave her his work phone number and then got suspicious. I'm not one that really likes surprises, so if I suspect something's up I usually investigate. Well, low and behold, my little spending DH found out that the Roy Suite opened up and booked it.

Talking about increasing the cost of the cruise!!!! His defense was, this was the only time in his life he'd ever be able to afford it...how do you argue that????

So we're going into NYC Thursday night (staying at the Marriott Marquis) because DH is doing the Hanover corporate challenge in Central Park. I'm coming from work and bringing in the kids. We are going to get to the ship as early as we can (kids think we're going to see the Intrepid). We have Palo dinner booked Friday night, Couples Choice on Sat morn and then Palo brunch. DH had original booked us both with a trainer Sat morning because he was conscious of the fact that he wanted us to work out (he's lost 154 lbs in the last year or so and I've lost about 60) but a really good friend told him the couples choice would be more appropriate.

I've met some friends on the cruise meet board that are also turning 50 and we are having a little sail away party in our suite to celebrate. My intent was never to leave the room since it may be the only time in my life that I'm in it, but DH isn't letting that happen. So I am going to enjoy every short second that I'm in that room and even better is going to be the kids faces when they realize we're going on the ship and then when they see the room....

I will try to give useful information afterwards about parking, activities, etc for all of you taking the future two days out of NYC. I know there's not a lot out there currently.....

Well that's it for now....more later
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Old 06-09-2012, 12:53 PM   #2
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Happy Birthday

Sounds like a wonderful Birthday "Surprise"! We are going on the 2 day cruise in July so I can't wait to hear all about it!!

Enjoy your Birthday trip
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Happy Birthday

Sounds like a wonderful Birthday "Surprise"! We are going on the 2 day cruise in July so I can't wait to hear all about it!!

Enjoy your Birthday trip
Thank you!! I hope to be able to answer all your questions when I return....
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Ok...so it's 4 days until I leave for NYC....got everyone's laundry done...now for the actual job of packing. Not taking anything too dressy. Just some nicer pants and stuff for Palo but that's it. I would do it all in one suitcase, but I want the kids to have their stuff without having to rifle through mine...so I guess we'll take two. Don't know that I'll even unpack, just use things as I go along...who knows...a 2 night cruise just seems so short...
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So, if my memory serves me correctly (and it may not, since I'm forgetting things these days all the time) back in December DH told me to put on the work calendar that I needed to take my bday off (June 15th) and when I asked why, he said he was taking the family to NYC for the weekend to celebrate. Sounded like fun. Staying in a hotel in the city, seeing a show or two, some nice dinners...who wouldn't be up for that. When I asked why we were taking the kids his answer was that he thought that they should spend my bday with me...ok...accepted...not another word was said.

I didn't realize that the kids still don't know!! AND...for what it's worth, I told him the kids should stay home!!

After he got done being upset that I saw it (not that upset since he knew it was a possibility when DCL said there was nothing they could do to take it off my account) he told me the deal. Now just some background here...I'm the accountant in the family (I am really an accountant, but I pay the bills and am what many term a tight wad with money) DH is the spender. I told him while it was a nice gesture, let's not go, it was too expensive. At which point, he told me it was already paid in full and there was nothing I could do and I actually had never seen a bill for it.

Tightwad? I think it sounds better to say "detailed down to the last penny....." And, I got a text soon after she found out that said nothing but "I know."

Well, low and behold, my little spending DH found out that the Roy Suite opened up and booked it.

She promptly called to rub it in, by the way...

Talking about increasing the cost of the cruise!!!! His defense was, this was the only time in his life he'd ever be able to afford it...how do you argue that????

We have Palo dinner booked Friday night, Couples Choice on Sat morn and then Palo brunch. DH had original booked us both with a trainer Sat morning because he was conscious of the fact that he wanted us to work out (he's lost 154 lbs in the last year or so and I've lost about 60) but a really good friend told him the couples choice would be more appropriate.

I called him last week and verbally hit him over the head with a baseball bat. Are you kidding me? No massage??

I've met some friends on the cruise meet board that are also turning 50 and we are having a little sail away party in our suite to celebrate.

Sniff...I tried to come out there....

I will try to give useful information afterwards about parking, activities, etc for all of you taking the future two days out of NYC. I know there's not a lot out there currently.....

Well that's it for now....more later
Cannot WAIT to see the pictures!!!!
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Cannot WAIT to see the pictures!!!!
And it just won't be the same without you

But we do have August to look forward and although it won't be on a cruise - yes I have to do that without her as well..I'll just have to grin and bear it.
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Mindy,
This is such a great story,I am looking forward to meeting you and your family on June 15th.
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And it just won't be the same without you

But we do have August to look forward and although it won't be on a cruise - yes I have to do that without her as well..I'll just have to grin and bear it.
Somehow, I'm sure you'll manage...
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Mindy,
This is such a great story,I am looking forward to meeting you and your family on June 15th.
Suzy
Thanks Suzy...see you Friday!!!
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Somehow, I'm sure you'll manage...
Not well
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So it's T-2 days until I leave for NYC and T-3 until the ship leaves. I just have to get through 3 days of work - which are moving really slowly...

So far, I've packed Haylee, tonight I'll do Sam and tomorrow night me and DH....my only dilemma is how to get the pirate hats into the luggage wtihout them seeing. Also trying to plan how to get their reaction on video without being too obvious about it.
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So what outfit are you packing for Palo??
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So what outfit are you packing for Palo??
Just dressy casual pants and a top for Friday and more casual (probably capris) on Sat. Found out that Friday is pirate party as well....
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Ok - progress has been made...both children are now packed. Tonight we do me and DH and pack the car, so I can book to NYC tomorrow night....the excitement is building.....
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And the weather will be beautiful on Friday.
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