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Old 04-21-2012, 05:27 PM   #1
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June 10, 2013 - 7 Day Alaskan Cruise on Disney Wonder

Greetings Everyone!

I have been trolling the internet looking for all information I can on Disney Cruises as this will be our first cruise EVER! I came across this wonderful treasure trove of information and noticed a Meet had not been set up for our cruise. So, even though I am a newbie, I guess I can start it and hope some of you will join and tell us what in the world to do.

The Banks family looks forward to meeting all of you!

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Old 04-22-2012, 04:20 PM   #2
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Welcome to our cruise tread! We are so excited to meet everyone. This is a place to share infomation and develop new DISfriends. Please send the following information so we might add you to the list.



Cruise Meet & Greet: June 10 Location & Time TBA

Here is are the DISers cruising with us thus far:

*Your Dis name: TheBanksFam
In stateroom (ages of kids too): DH(me), DW, DS(5) and DS(3)
Cabin Number: 2110
Early/Late dining: Early
FE? (Yes/No) Yes
Celebrating: 13th Wedding Anniversary

Your Dis name: WDWEPCOT
In stateroom (ages of kids too): DH, DW, DD(18)
Cabin Number: 7620
Early/Late dining: Late
FE? (Yes/No) ? Have not decided yet
Celebrating: First Cruise and getting to see Alaska!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

dis name: e&bmom
In Cabin: Me, DH, DD(19), DS(15 1/2)
Cabin:7038
Dining: early ( but probably switching to late)
FE: Probably not
Celebrating: Being together!! DD will have finished her first year of college.

*dis name: Bookite
In Cabin: Me, DH, DS (11), DD (9)
Cabin:6606
Dining: main
FE: Absolutely
Celebrating: 4 anniversaries, ours is the 11th and our friends and her parents and bro were all married on the 17th (crazy, right?).

*Dis name: ccarabear23
In cabin: me, dh, ds(6), ds(3)
Cabin:6601
Dining: main
Fe: yes
Celebrating: our anniversary on the 17th (4 couples in our group have anniversaries this week)

*Dis Name: ccarabear23 (2)
In cabin 6611 - brother and wife and dd 3
Fe: yes
Celebrating: our anniversary on the 17th (4 couples in our group have anniversaries this week)

*Dis Name: ccarabear23 (3)
In cabin 6605 - mom and dad
Fe: yes
Celebrating: our anniversary on the 17th (4 couples in our group have anniversaries this week)

*Dis name: Allyse
In stateroom (ages of kids too): DK(me), LK, and AK(15)
Cabin Number: 2588
Early/Late dining: Late
FE: Yes
Celebrating: 20th Wedding Anniversary

*Dis name: Alexanders
In stateroom (ages of kids too): JA (me), HA, and AA (9)
Cabin Number: 8000
Early/Late dining: Late
FE: Yes

*Your Dis name: APinCA
In stateroom : me, DH, DSIL
Cabin Number: 5524
Early/Late dining: Early
FE? Yes
Celebrating: DD's graduation; friend's bday, etc

*dis name: Linda and Gil Skeen
In Cabin: Me, DH
Cabin:6604
Dining: main
FE: Absolutely
Celebrating: 2nd Disney Cruise. Being with grand kids and kids. 6 C. F.

*dis name: Linda and Gil Skeen (2)
In Cabin:DH Skeen Jr, DW, DS(6), and DS(3)
Cabin: 2629
Dining: main
FE: Absolutely
Celebrating: 2nd Disney Cruise. Being with grand kids and kids. 6 C. F.

*dis name: Linda and Gil Skeen (3)
In Cabin:DH & DW
Cabin: 6602
Dining: main
FE: Absolutely


*dis name: Big Jack 2002 (1)
In Cabin: DS (adult) Bill
Stateroom: 2128
Dining: Main
FE: Yes

*dis name: Big Jack 2002 (2)
In Cabin: DH Jack and DW Barbara
Stateroom: 2130
Dining: Main
FE: Yes

*dis name: Big Jack 2002 (3)
In Cabin: DD Cassie(17), DD Allison (15), DD Kendall(12)
Stateroom: 2132
Dining: Main
FE: Yes

*dis name: Big Jack 2002 (4)
In Cabin: DSister, DD Kate, DH Dale, DS Tony(17)
Stateroom: 2134
Dining: Main
FE: Yes

*dis name: Big Jack 2002 (5)
In Cabin: DH Michael and DW Loretta
Stateroom: 2098
Dining: Main
FE: Yes

*DIS Name: travelingrlz
In Cabin: Shellee (me), Whitney (DH), (DD18), (DD12)
Cabin: 2116
Dining: Early
FE:YES!!

*Dis name: Awaken
In stateroom (ages of kids too): DW (me), DH, and DS (8)
Cabin Number: 8532
Early/Late dining: Main
FE? (Yes/No) Yes
Celebrating: First Disney Cruise and DSs 9th Birthday

*DIS name: 4berts
In Stateroom: DH (Doug), DW (Bridget), DD (12, Makenna), DS (10, Brady)
Cabin Number: GTY
Dining: Main
FE: Yes
Celebrating: Our first trip to Alaska!!

*DIS Name: Suzanne Lewis
In Stateroom: Me, DH, DS(14), DD(10)
Cabin Number: 7588
Dining:
FE: Yes
Celebrating:

*DIS Name: Cindy Girl (1)
In Stateroom: DW(36), DH(41), DS(6)
Cabin Number: 6130
Dining: Main
FE: Yes
Celebrating: my grandmas 95th birthday an my parents 48th anniversary

*DIS Name: Cindy Girl (2)
In Stateroom: DH(68), DW(66)[48th Anniv6/12], Birthday Girl[6/24](94)!
Cabin Number: 7138
Dining: Main
FE: Yes
Celebrating: my grandmas 95th birthday an my parents 48th anniversary

*DIS Name: Cindy Girl (3)
In Stateroom: DS(35), DD(64)
Cabin Number: 6132
Dining: Main
FE: Yes
Celebrating: my grandmas 95th birthday an my parents 48th anniversary

*DIS Name: Cindy Girl (4)
In Stateroom: DD(adult), DD(adult), DD(adult)
Cabin Number: 7638
Dining: Main
FE: Yes
Celebrating: my grandmas 95th birthday an my parents 48th anniversary

*DIS Name: Cindy Girl (5)
In Stateroom: DW, DH, DS(7), DD(9)
Cabin Number: 6118
Dining: Main
FE: Yes
Celebrating: my grandmas 95th birthday an my parents 48th anniversary

*DIS Name: charwac1
In Stateroom: DW, DH, DD, and DS
Cabin Number: 7634
Dining:
FE: Yes
Celebrating: DD & DS's birthdays

*Your Dis name: WinnieM
In stateroom (ages of kids too): me, DD(adult), DGD(17)
Cabin Number: 5522
Early/Late dining: Early
FE? (Yes/No) Yes
Celebrating: granddaughter's graduation, friend's bday

*Your Dis name: djmats
In stateroom me & DH
Cabin Number: 5024
Early/Late dining: Early
FE? (Yes/No) Yes
Celebrating: hs graduation, bday & friends bday

*Your Dis name: UncleB
In stateroom: me & DH
Cabin Number: 5022
Early/Late dining: Early
FE? (Yes/No) Yes
Celebrating: hs graduation & friends bday

*Your Dis name: ajzwahlen & growingupwithdisney
In stateroom: Me: Amanda, DD Hailey (15), Mom linda, and sister Melissa
Cabin Number: ?
Early/Late dining: Early
FE? (Yes/No) Yes
Celebrating: My sister finishing her doctorate

*Your Dis name: dailymeel
In stateroom: Amelia, Jess, Jenn
Cabin Number: 2100
Early/Late dining: Late
FE? Yes Please!
Celebrating: Everything in LIFE! and FIRST CRUISE EVER! and for Jess&Jenn, first Disney Experience.

--Late Adds--

*Your Dis name: TheAuaisFamily
In stateroom (ages of kids too): DH (Alex), DW (Mayte), DS (Gabe - 6), DD(Julie - 4)
Cabin Number: 8026
Early/Late dining: Early
FE? Yes


DIS Name : Galaviz
Cabin: 8540
In Stateroom: DW, DH, Mikayla (DD 11), Riley (BFF 12), Courtney (niece 17)
Early/Late dining: ???
FE? Yes

Your Dis name: PirateMcGee
In stateroom (ages of kids too): DH, DW, DD (d for dad?) all kids at heart
Cabin Number: 7130
Early/Late dining: Early
FE? (Yes/No) Yes (I my first time and an attempt to make one)
Celebrating: 2 graduations (1 bs degree and second a travel agent certification)

* Denotes Fish Extender Participant

***Fish Extender List is NOW CLOSED***


Please feel free to make any comments or suggestions as we are new at this!

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Old 04-29-2012, 01:26 PM   #3
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I have added your thread to the cruise meet list

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Old 05-07-2012, 09:14 PM   #4
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So glad you started our meet thread (Thanks) - Please add the 3 of us to the cruise! DH, DD (18), and myself. It will be our first cruise ever! I have found tons of information from the Vancouver thread - spent the whole day reading every post. I have been reading all the excursions offered and looking at all the options with Disney and outside of Disney.
Trying to find a hotel for the night before in Vancouver - well I found one - it is the price I have problems with - waiting for the dates to be open to start looking for a deal. The hard part is finding airfare - can't decide if I want to fly into Seattle or fly into Vancouver. How is your planning coming?
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Old 05-09-2012, 06:16 AM   #5
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So glad you started our meet thread (Thanks) - Please add the 3 of us to the cruise! DH, DD (18), and myself. It will be our first cruise ever! I have found tons of information from the Vancouver thread - spent the whole day reading every post. I have been reading all the excursions offered and looking at all the options with Disney and outside of Disney.
Trying to find a hotel for the night before in Vancouver - well I found one - it is the price I have problems with - waiting for the dates to be open to start looking for a deal. The hard part is finding airfare - can't decide if I want to fly into Seattle or fly into Vancouver. How is your planning coming?
How exciting. Yes, I have read a lot of the Vancouver thread too. I am kind of waiting for several of this years trips to come back and report to see if anything has changed. Since Disney's Alaskan voyages are still fairly new, I am expecting there to be at least a few changes and new ideas.

I think we will fly into Vancouver. Not a 100% yet. We are planning to go two days early. I would like a full day in Vancouver before we board. Plus, my Godparents are avid cruisers and their first Alaskan cruise, the airline lost the luggage and it was delivered when they got to Ketchikan. This was not on Disney and the airline was to blame as they were rerouted because they missed a connection due to weather. So technically the bags went on the right plane, they just weren't on it and by the time the airline got it all straight, they had sailed. They did get some on-board credit to buy some essentials and the first night was formal dining so the cruiseline comped their tuxes. Not a bad deal and since it was two guys, my Godfather and his youngest son. Long story sort, I am going a day earlier just in case.

Yes, I have seen those hotel prices too. I am not sure I want my two DS's (5 & 3) staying at such a hotel. I don't want my first purchase to be a lamp. I am tempted to stay at a hotel that has shuttle service with either DCL or the hotel. I am pretty sure we will use the DCL shuttle from the boat back to the airport. Not sure if DCL does this or not but I think you put your bags outside your room the night before you leave and the porters pick it up load it in the shuttles and the next time you see your bag is at the airport. With 2 little ones, this could save a lot of hassle.

Excursion-wise we are looking at the three port package for younger families. I would kind of like to stay with DIS's packages but we are looking at others through Gray Line. I am sure that we will probably have to build nap time into the equation sometime so a morning activity and then back on the boat maybe the best way to go.

The rest of the planning is going really well. We found Columbia jackets and fleece on sale for the boys and my DW and got them at 50% off so we snatched them up in anticipation. We also purchased some of materials to make our FE. We have some friends who are Castaway Clubbers and have filled us in one some other ideas too. They don't do the FEs though. I told him we were making a FE and he said, "You have been on DISboard!" He said this is "The Place" to find out information.

Welcome to the fun. We look forward to meeting you and preparing for this awesome trip.

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Old 05-12-2012, 12:35 PM   #6
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Here is my info. So looking forward to the crusie!

Your Dis name: WDWEPCOT
In stateroom (ages of kids too): DH, DW, DD(18)
Cabin Number: 7620
Early/Late dining: Late
FE? (Yes/No) ? Have not decided yet
Celebrating: First Cruise and getting to see Alaska!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 05-31-2012, 06:46 PM   #7
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Just found this thread. We are booked on this cruise! This will be our 8th Disney cruise!! We love them!!

Info:
dis name: e&bmom
In Cabin: Me, DH, DD(19), DS(15 1/2)
Cabin:7038
Dining: early ( but probably switching to late)
FE: Probably not
Celebrating: Being together!! DD will have finished her first year of college.



WDWEPCOT- I see you live in Arnold. We are neighbors. We are in Kirkwood!!!

We will probably fly into Vancouver a few days early to tour. DS is very excited to be going to Canada!!

We are very excited about this cruise. We have wanted to see Alaska and love the Wonder!!
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Just found this thread. We are booked on this cruise! This will be our 8th Disney cruise!! We love them!!


WDWEPCOT- I see you live in Arnold. We are neighbors. We are in Kirkwood!!!
Welcome E&BMom! We live in southern Illinois, just across the river. Funny how we are all from the same general area so far.
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Welcome E&BMom! We live in southern Illinois, just across the river. Funny how we are all from the same general area so far.
Very small world!!! Thanks for adding us to the list.
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I think it’s very interesting,thanks for sharing.
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I think it’s very interesting,thanks for sharing.
Missjane, are you going on our cruise?
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There is a good size group of us on deck 6. Dh and I will be taking our 3rd dcl cruise with the kids, it will be my and dh's parents' 2nd and then our bff's from when we were first married and the parents and brother of the wife of that couple will also be going with us. 6 cabins and 21 people total. My il's may cancel, we'll have to see as it gets closer.


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In Cabin: Me, DH, DS (11), DD (9)
Cabin:6606
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Celebrating: 4 anniversaries, ours is the 11th and our friends and her parents and bro were all married on the 17th (crazy, right?).

We are from TN, our friends are from California, and my parents are from Utah.

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I'm with Lara (Bookite). We're in California. This is our 1st dcl cruise. We have four kids so two are in with my parents. There are 21 of us traveling together (we may have a couple more).

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In cabin: me, dh, ds(6), ds(3)
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Celebrating: our anniversary on the 17th (4 couples in our group have anniversaries this week)
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We are from TN, our friends are from California, and my parents are from Utah.
Lara, We are spending our vacation as we speak in Gatlinburg, TN! How crazy is that?! Welcome. I have added you to the list.
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There are 21 of us traveling together (we may have a couple more).
Wow! That is amazing. It is going to be great fun. Make sure everyone signs up so we can get them on the FE list. Welcome. I have added you to the list.
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