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Old 04-15-2012, 08:32 PM   #1
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Disney Cruise Report!

It’s just less than a week to go. I would have starting posting sooner, but there has been a lot to do and the last two months practically flew by! (I will try to add art/pictures soon, I'm still trying to finish packing/preparing!)

It wasn’t until Christmas when I started getting excited about our Disney Cruise, I found out it would be on the brand new ship, and the first (official) eastern Caribbean cruise! My parents were being amazing and paying for the trip, myself, my sister, my husband, our son, and of course my parents were all going to go together. We decided on an Eastern Caribbean trip, since my mum was concerned about traveling to Mexico right now. She has always wanted to go on a cruise, so we figured this was the best choice! So we booked Disney’s Fantasy (first Eastern Caribbean) for April 21st – 28th!

Our Fantasy Bound Family
Laurean (Me) – Disney File & Lover of all things animated
Survival Gear: Sketchbook(always), camera, mommy bag of holding, seasickness pills. I am looking forward to relaxing, be immersed in all things Disney, draw a lot and enjoy the Fantasy as much as possible.

Our Dear Son (2.5 years) – Lost Boy in training
Survival Gear: Perry the platypus, blanket from his good friend Linus van Pelt, missing mouse ears –will be getting a new pair on the ship, tiger carry on that doubles as a toddler rider. DS is extremely clever and has been known to break out of multiple childproofed areas & daycares… I hope the Nursery can handle him!

Adam (Husband) - the ‘serious’ one who grew up! XD
Survival Gear: Hawaiian Shirt (always wears these on vacation, sort of a tradition), sunglasses, hat – that will probably be replaced by a new one by the end of the trip!, flipflops, and cigars. His plan is hang out by the pool & the buffet.

Clive (my dad) - A knight and avid jouster in his youth, has been known to cause quite a ruckus at the good old ‘Rose & Crown’ in Epcot, he loves golf, and keeps asking me if there are any ziplining to be had. (He ziplines now? @.@) I suspect he’ll be riding the AquaDuck for sure, not to mentioning hanging out at O’Gills Pub!
Survival Gear: A cool looking hat, sunglasses & white clothing

Ann (my mum) - Southern lady and socialite. She is an avid genealogist (aka dead people gossip), and has been my rock of support with DS. She particularly wants to hang out in Oh La La for drinks.
Survival Gear: big hat, a purse, and probably her ipad. (Since dad got her one, she always seems to have it!)

Mary (my sister) – Rockstar & California roadie. She loves all things music and isn’t a bad singer herself.
Survival Gear: Ruby Red slippers, her ipad, her laptop, and an assortment of fabulous clothing.

The hitch: My parents and sister have never been on a cruise before.

So, I was volunteered to organize and get all the necessary information (which lead me to these amazing boards!) I am the quirky family member who seems to have knowledge in random bits of information, especially Disney, so this sort of thing has become expected of me.

While my family has been on cruises before, we had never been on a Disney one. So, for the new year I was tracking the Fantasy’s building process and learning everything I could including Disboards!

I found our cruise group thread, and I cannot stress enough how amazingly wonderful and cool everyone on our cruise has been! Our group which is on DIS boards & facebook, is so supportive and willing to offer information. They are all amazing people, and I am so lucky to be sailing with them! I highly recommend ANYONE taking a Disney cruise to check out your cruise meet!

Right now, trying to finish my FE gifts.. @_@ My family is packed and ready, it's just assembling everything that has NOT yet backed and putting it in its proper place. @_@ When I get back I plan on posting everything I can! Because even though the Fantasy is a new ship, I've learned so much from reading other trip reports!

Thankyou ahead of time for reading!
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Old 04-15-2012, 09:58 PM   #2
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How exciting 6 more days!! Can't wait to hear all about it
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Old 04-16-2012, 01:42 PM   #3
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Yay!!! Over a year to my Eastern Fantasy cruise!! I cannot wait to hear all the details.
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I still remember my first cruise. WOW
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I love reading these reports.
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Old 04-16-2012, 05:21 PM   #6
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Have a magical time

Be sure to come back and let us know how your trip was


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Old 04-17-2012, 10:27 AM   #7
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Thank you for the comments and those watching. I promise to do my very best and try to be thorough. It's the least I can do with all the wonderful help and advice I have received here.

Getting down to the last few days, I'm trying to focus on finishing my FE gifts and sketch out some door decor. We're pretty much packed - just a bit of tidying here and there.

I'm getting anxious (well, I've BEEN anxious, I'm just trying not to have that turn into nasty stress & panic!) finally Adam has admitted he is really excited too and has been getting involved in planning and just excited talk. I work up to the day before we leave @_@;; So I am trying my best to get stuff completed today.

I don't think DS gets where we are going yet, but he soon will. XD I can't wait to see the look on his face!

Trying not to talk about the trip much at work - as my boss is letting me take a cruise while we are in the middle of rehearsals, tech week and first weekend opening. @_@;;; I have been promising to bring her back loads of Disney tribute! I definitely don't want to sound like I am bragging either, and trying to do as much as I can to help where I can. (But we have a great staff & they will be amazing I know).

My parents and my sister are not packed yet. -_-;; (To be fair, Mum & Dad just bought a new house, so they're in the midst of moving. Sister is going to call and coordinate with me today on her packing and questions she has.)
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Old 04-18-2012, 06:30 PM   #8
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Have a great time!!

POFQ 2007; Disney Cruise "Magic" 2009; Disney Cruise "Wonder" 2009; POFQ 2009; Disneyland 2010; WDW 2010; Disney Magic 2011; Disney Fantasy Maiden Voyage 2012
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Old 04-18-2012, 08:06 PM   #9
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Cant wait to hear more!! Doing an Eastern in Dec !!
current trip report
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Old 04-19-2012, 12:56 PM   #10
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Can't wait to hear all about the Eastern. We're on the Western in 5 more weeks. I'd love to see pix of your drawings too when you return. I love to draw and didn't even think of bringing my sketchbook, but now I might. Happy Travels!
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Old 04-19-2012, 02:06 PM   #11
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we are doing back to back Western and Eastern in Dec and can't wait to hear all about your trip! Have an amazing time!!
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I can't wait to hear more!!
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Old 04-19-2012, 10:44 PM   #13
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Going in December on Eastern, looking forward to your report!
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Old 04-21-2012, 01:31 AM   #15
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dawn>I can't go anywhere withoutmysketchbook.@_@ I'm always worried I will see something I want to draw and missedmychance!

All packed and ready to go, a few more hours and we'll be on the fantasy!
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