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Old 06-14-2012, 04:21 PM   #76
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Day 15 – Cruise Day & Leaving Disney – Sunday 29th April 2012


There wasn’t much to do this morning apart from pack up the rest of our belongings and make sure we were leaving everything clean & tidy.
We still had a refrigerator full of juices, some beer etc so when we left a tip for mouse keeping, I put a little note with it in the hope they might be able to take it home. It seemed such a waste to throw it away!!



The bellboy came a little too early to collect our luggage as I wasn’t ready yet but he was happy to give us an extra 30mins till he returned.
Once we were all packed up and done we finally left our room for the last time at 9.20am. Goodbye….sniff, sniff!

We decided we would take a walk to Downtown Disney and pick up some sandwiches from Earl Of Sandwich as we hadn’t been there yet. We stopped on the way to browse in the shops and Kade had a go on a Train-go-round type ride.



EOS was fairly busy when we arrived. We got two Swiss’n’ham sandwiches and a Brownie & Cookie the headed back to catch the boat.
Once we arrived back we stopped by at Artist’s Pallate and bought Kade some Mac’n’Cheese and a couple of sandwiches in an effort to use up some of the leftover meal vouchers.
I think we ended up getting it down to 5 left over in the end.
We finished up using our remaining snack credits by buying some candies then went to wait in the lobby for our cruise coach!
There were four other families/couples waiting to board the coach too and we were all gathered together before going to queue outside.

The coach finally arrived about 12.35pm and we all got on ready to set off for port.



We passed the time by watching the video’s they played on the small screens. The journey took about an hour and 10minsbefore we caught the first glimpse of the Disney Dream!! It looked HUGE!!!!!
It was soooo exciting to see it and I could hardly wait to get off the coach and onto the ship.



Check in was fairly straightforward with the usual security process but thankfully didn’t take too long before we were boarding.
As we approached the entrance of the boat we were so surprised with the greeting you got as they announced each family’s name before applauding to welcome you aboard! :good vibes

The ship was just AMAZING! I just couldn’t believe it was a ship really.





We thought we’d go up to our room first before having an explore around.
Our luggage was already outside our door when we got there.
The room was fantastic and although it was small we were very pleasantly surprised at how much storage space you got!













We got settled into the room and I unpacked and put our things away as it was announced an emergency drill practice would take place at 4pm so we thought we’d hang around here before going down for that.
At 4pm on the dot, the alarms went to signal the drill so we made our way down with hundreds of others to our assembly point.
This done we headed off for a look around before making our way to the top deck.
A few drinks were in order to celebrate so Marcus ordered a gin & tonic for me, a beer for him and an apple juice for Kade.
We kicked back and relaxed for a bit taking it all in and watching the crowds start to build ready for the show on the deck below.







After getting another drink we made our way down to join the party. All the characters came out on stage and danced with a big celebration countdown when we were ready to set sail.

Once we’d set off we went for a look around before popping to guest services to see if there was any chance of changing our dinner reservation time as we were down for the later times of 8.15pm and with Kade, we felt it was a bit too late for him. They said we would need to speak to our head server this evening to see if they could change it for us.

After this we went down to the theatre to watch ‘The Golden Mickey’s’ show as that was about to start.



Once we were seated and waiting for the show, two cm’s approached us and asked if Kade would like to participate in tonight’s show as 1 of the seven dwarves!!! Of course he agreed straight away and when the show began, one of the cm’s came up and motioned for Kade to go and join them and six other little ones that had been chosen.
I was so proud when when Snow White came out holding Kade’s hand with the others in tow and they all paraded round the stage wearing false beards
When they were done he came running back up the aisle to join us and got some high fives from the people sat close to us
Now I am kicking myself as we only got a video of this and no pic's and as I don't know how to put a video up I can't show you.....sorry!

After the show we headed to get a pic with the mouse and his mrs then made our way slowly to Dinner which was being held in Animators Palate.





We were introduced to our servers and shown to a table for 6. It was then we realised we were to be seated with another family (again) which included mum, dad and a little girl a similar age to Kade from Atlanta. Luckily I was feeling a lot better than the last time this happened and we were all happy to chat away.
I skipped starter and had Black Cod on a Corn Mash with Almond cake to go.
Marcus ordered Ravioli to start followed by 3 way veal for main and a Sweet Goodness for dessert. Kade had Cod & fries with peas but didn’t eat too much.
During the meal, our head server came over and said he would try his very best to rearrange our time to the earlier slots for the rest of our stay.

The meal and service was faultless although it was a little overshadowed as Kade got very tired and a bit grumpy because it was way past his bedtime at 9.45pm and had been a long day for him.

After our meal we made our way back up to the room at about 10.30pm. Kade had his bunk bed all made up for him which he was excited about and I think he’d actually got himself a little overtired by this point as then he couldn’t sleep and was bouncing around like an idiot!





We eventually all settled down and tried to get to sleep although by this point I couldn’t help noticing how much I could feel the ship moving!
Outside the wind was really gathering pace!!!
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Old 06-14-2012, 05:39 PM   #77
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This is a brilliant review. It looks like you and your family had an awesome time. Can't wait to see what you and your family did on the cruise home.
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Really enjoying this that bunk bed is so cool!!!
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Thank you Linda :good vibes

I have just seen how many TR's you've done then I did a stupid thing and started to read one......well you had to drag me away as Kade wanted putting to bed, the cat wanted feeding and Marcus wanted a brew

As soon as I've done writing mine and get a bit of spare time back, I'm going to read the whole of them. Yay
Oh my word, I am sorry to be the cause of a tired child, a hungry feline and a thirsty hubby

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Old 06-15-2012, 06:45 AM   #80
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This is a brilliant review. It looks like you and your family had an awesome time. Can't wait to see what you and your family did on the cruise home.
Thanks very much, really appreciate you reading


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Thank you tigger Yeah, the bunk bed was cool....I wanted to sleep in it


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Oh my word, I am sorry to be the cause of a tired child, a hungry feline and a thirsty hubby
It's me neglecting my chores me finks.
Seriously though does anybody else find reading TR's slightly addictive??
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Old 06-15-2012, 07:04 AM   #81
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Day 16 – Nassou – Monday 30th April 2012

Awoke this morning after having a pretty sleepless night last night!! The boat had been extremely rocky throughout the night and when I got up to go to the loo it felt as though I’d had one too many
Marcus was reading the weather on his phone this morning and discovered that it had been force 9 gales which explained why it had been so rough!
It didn’t help that I had a bad tummy all night after the late meal so I was actually really glad when daylight came.

We ended up getting up at 7.30am and breakfast was brought up to our room as we had left our little cards out the night before with our choices on. We had a continental breakfast of Cereal, Croissants, Pastries, Juice and Coffee.

We went out onto the balcony as it said on the little television that we would be docking in Nassau at about 9am but the weather out was terrible It was windy and was lashing it down and that was forecast all day!











As we arrived in Nassau, it looked lovely but the weather was still really bad so no one really wanted to venture off the ship just yet apart from a few brave souls!







Marcus had registered Kade in the kids club yesterday and seeing as we couldn’t do much this morning, we took him down and dropped him off. We had to carry the little cordless phones around with us while he was there so they could contact us at anytime if they needed to.

Because no one was venturing out just yet, the ship was packed. Marcus & I went to get a coffee then decided to watch ‘John Carter’ in 3D. We had just settled down to watch it when the text went on our phone to say Kade wanted to be collected! We left straight away and when we got there it turned out he was a bit scared as they were sounding the horns for a practice drill which were quite loud to him and it was super busy in there with all the kids so he wanted mummy

Once we collected him we had a browse round the ship before going back to the room for a while. The rain was still quite heavy so there wasn’t much point venturing out just yet.
At 11.45am we went up to get some lunch at Cabana’s. It is buffet style and the choice was so vast. The counters seemed endless and everything we had was superb!
I had King Prawns and salad with Carrot Cake for dessert. Marcus got a pizza, chicken, chips and some red snapper followed by cheesecake (!)
Kade had Crab Claws, prawns and bread etc followed by a chocolate layer cake and ice cream. It was all delightful.

After lunch we went back to the room and as I was so tired from the lack of sleep last night, I had a little nap while Kade and daddy went to watch ‘Chimpanzee’ at the cinema.

On their return at 2.45pm we decided to venture off the ship and have a look round Nassau. We were determined to set foot on Bahamian soil bad weather or no bad weather!
The rain had actually eased quite a lot but it was still very windy and we walked into the town. There were plenty of big named shops around and we had a good browse round but bought nothing in particular.







We walked through the market and found that you got accosted to buy at every turn



We bought Kade a little wooden toy before leaving. On the route back to the ship we just bought some local Bacardi rum cake and a t-shirt for Kade.

As we were coming back we got a good look at the ship. It really is hard to comprehend the size until you are stood next to it!!!





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Once back onboard we got a call from someone to say they had managed to sort our dinner reservation times to the earlier slot of 5.45pm which was so much better for us so we were very grateful.
So when it was almost time we went slowly down to the ‘Enchanted Garden’ and got in line to be seated.



The restaurant felt so posh inside and I was instantly regretting not changing into something a little more dressy. Still the restaurant had a mix of people ranging from shorts & tee’s to dressed to the nines!
Our servers were introduced to us and they were lovely and looked after us superbly for the duration of our stay.

Please excuse the quality of these two pic's as Kade wanted to take them!


Racheal our dining room assistant server


Warren our dining room server

I ordered Lobster Ravioli for starter with Fried Scallops for main followed by an ice cream Sundae.



Marcus had Tomato Soup followed by Seabass and Lemon sponge for dessert.



Kade shared my starter, had Salmon for main and a Mickey Ice Cream for dessert.




Even the ketchup came out looking like the boss!!

Marc & I shared a nice bottle of Merlot. It was all fantastic and we really enjoyed it.

After Dinner we went back up to the room briefly, left a tip for Mercedes, who was our mouse keeper, then went out to catch the ‘Villains’ show that was on tonight before catching a quick pic with Lilo & Stitch.





It was very good and we all agreed it was a great show.

We went back to our room and retired to bed at a reasonable hour feeling excited about our day tomorrow at Castaway Cay!
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What! lemon sponge, not cheesecake. Really enjoying reading your families trip report.
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What! lemon sponge, not cheesecake. Really enjoying reading your families trip report.
I know, amazing isn't it?? I actually think it wasn't on the menu! That can be the only excuse
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Day 17 – Castaway Cay – Tuesday 1st May 2012

Awoke this morning after a much better night last night as it was so much calmer so got a good night sleep.
Breakfast arrived at 7.30am and was the same continental brekkie as yesterday. We ate breakfast then went out onto the balcony just in time to see us docking in at Castaway Cay!
The waters looked so beautiful and clear, just like you imagine a paradise island





The weather was overcast but at least it was dry and warm.
We got showered and dressed and put our swimwear underneath our clothes and headed off the ship to explore CC.





On the way down the first person we saw was Jack Sparrow with only a couple of people in line so we stopped off for a pic.



Marc hadn’t booked any events in advance however it looked as though many of them had been cancelled anyway due to the weather but he thought he might run on ahead to see if he could get us booked on the sting ray excursion so Kade and I slowly wandered down stopping again when we spotted Pluto.



Marcus came and found us not long after saying they were fully booked so we decided to grab some loungers on the beach and had a little dip in the sea, even though it was a tad on the cold side for me!



Later we ventured up to the big water slide they have but the slide plunged into quite deep water and as Kade doesn’t swim properly yet, we had to give it a miss



Instead we lounged around on the beach enjoying a drink and people watching.





I spotted a wedding taking place further up the beach and as I love a good wedding I moved a little closer to watch it for a while.



After a while Kade started to get a little restless and wanted to get back on board so we decided to head back figuring that as CC was so busy it would probably mean the ship would be really quiet so we could take advantage of that for a bit.



We took a slow walk back wandering in and out of the shops and caught the little transport bus back to the ship.

Once back onboard we went back up to Cabana’s and had a buffet lunch which was gorgeous as usual. Kade had some banter going on with a guy called Clive who was serving there and took a real shine to him so tried to get his attention every time he walked by.
All the crewmembers were fantastic and helped make the experience everything it was.

After lunch we had a wander round and it was so much better as everywhere was very quiet.














We ventured up to the main pool area and was pleased to see that although it was still busy(ish) it wasn’t rammed so we donned our cossies and got in the pool.



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Kade and Marc went on the ‘Aqua Duct’ water chute several times which they loved whilst I sat round the pool sipping a cold beer.


That's them whizzing down!!







The weather had turned very warm by now even though it was still cloudy.
After we’d had enough here we went back up to our room and discovered some Pirate Headscarves had been left on the bed ready for Pirate night tonight.

Marcus took Kade out for a walk so I took advantage and had some girlie pamper time and got myself ready for the evening.
When they returned they said they had been to play Crazy Golf and met Donald along the way.







Earlier in the day we had seen some guys from the DVC and we had arranged to go to one of the meets tonight to find out more about it so we asked Kade if he wanted to come and sit with us in “boring” meeting, or go and have loads of fun in Oceaneers club! Lol
Needless to say he was swayed to kids club so we dropped him off before making our way down to the DVC meeting. We grabbed a couple of drinks to take in and settled down for the next hour hoping to be tempted by what was on offer.
At the end of the meet we were very impressed by it but when we worked out how much we would initially need to outlay to get the equivalent type of holidays, it seemed an awful lot so we decided against it for now. Maybe in the future, who knows?

At 5.45pm we collected Kade from Oceaneers club and went up for Dinner, which was at The Royal Palace this evening.
It was Pirate night and everyone was dressed in a pirate theme including all the servers, even if it was just a bandanna.





At the table we decided Kade didn’t look piratey enough so I got my eye pencil and attempted a fake moustache and scar on his face although it didn’t look as impressive as I’d thought it was gonna be.



Kade had a Cheeseburger, I had a Jolly Roger Rib Salad and Marcus had Jack Sparrows BBQ Short Ribs on Mash.







I can’t remember what we had for dessert this evening??
Once again our servers superbly looked after us and the whole experience was faultless.

Tonight’s entertainment was the famous ventriloquist ‘Ron Lucas’ which after our meal we headed down to watch. It was a good show and funny although probably the least entertaining for Kade as he started to get a bit restless half way through.







Once the show was done, we went up to Deck 11 to grab a spot ready for tonight’s firework show.
We were in plenty of time and got a spot, which we thought would be ok. 40mins later the place was packed and the build up to the show began.
Now, being amongst the first ones there you would think we would have bagged ourselves some of the best seats in the house to leisurely watch the fireworks wouldn’t you? Wrong!!!! We had actually picked what was probably the most restricted view in the whole place as the fireworks were let off to our right, which had a great big slide blocking our vision. So we could hear the fireworks but not see a blinkin thing

Anyway, firework display over it was time for the pirate show, which was really good and we all enjoyed.







It finished with a disco party and we tried our best to get Kade up on the dance floor for a boogie but he was having none of it so we gave in and retreated to our room.
Mercedes has left a really cool Monkey towel hanging up for us and some yummy chocolate pirate coins on the bed. Arrghh!



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Just read your TR from start to finish & all I can say is WOW

What a shame you couldn't see the fireworks , the Dream looks amazing , keep dropping the hint to my DH

Can't wait for the next instalment & your little boy is soon cute
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Just read your TR from start to finish & all I can say is WOW

What a shame you couldn't see the fireworks , the Dream looks amazing , keep dropping the hint to my DH

Can't wait for the next instalment & your little boy is soon cute
Thanks Paula!! I'm coming to the end now just 3 days left, but have so much enjoyed doing it

Thanks again for reading!
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Day 18 – Day At Sea – Wednesday 2nd May 2012

Had a lie in until breakfast arrived this morning at 8.30am.
Once we were up and dressed we went down to the main deck hall and got in a line to meet Tinkerbell. She was so small and very sweet.



We had a wander round then decided to go and have a game of Bingo.
Now we are not avid bingo players by any means. I think I played once or twice years ago but Marc claims he has only ever been to bingo twice in his life and on both occasions he won so he was feeling lucky.
We bought an electronic pad and some ‘poke and fold’ ones for $50.
It was a bit livelier than any other bingo halls I’d ever visited with them encouraging you to join in at every opportunity and dance around

Anyway the first game was won by a lady in the front row and she had to get up and do a little dance. When it came to the second game, you can imagine my surprise when the last number on Marc’s card was called!!
He’d only bloomin gone and won!! He jumped up so fast and let out a loud whoop, which I found hilariously funny, but what was even funnier was there were 4 more hollers from around the room too.
They had to share the prize money 5 ways
It still meant he’d won $37 though and kept his bingo-winning streak intact!
The third game was won then the Jackpot was won by the first woman in the front row again!!! She was sure having a lucky day!!

Once we finished here we went for lunch at Cabana’s and as usual had a delightful feast.





After a wander around, Kade was beginning to get a bit bored so we suggested Oceaneers club again which he was happy to do so we dropped him off and decided to get some chill out time so went and found ourselves a couple of empty loungers on one of the decks and relaxed. The sun was really hot today! It was beautiful. Sunny, warm and calm….perfect!!





Later we went down to collect Kade but he had made some friends and didn’t want to come away so we went back to the room and got showered and dressed ready for this evening.

There was an envelope left on the bed with a letter explaining about the gratuities. It turns out you put the suggested gratuity into the relevant envelope and either give it to the cm’s personally or take it to the main reception desk.
We had already been leaving our stateroom host tips as didn’t realize it was done this way but still gave her the full amount anyway and decided to leave this on the bed for her to collect this evening with a little thank you note.
We put the cash in the individual envelopes for our restaurant servers and kept them to one side to take up this evening.

Later we went to collect Kade from OC and came back up to the room to get him changed before heading out for our evening meal which was to be held in the royal Palace again this evening.



We took them up with us and Kade was so excited to be giving them something that he ended up presenting them to them at the beginning of the evening





The meal was just gorgeous! I had marinated tofu with eggplant and courgette.



Marcus had double Lamb Chops on Mash and Kade had roasted fish and veg.



We shared a bottle of Merlot again and dessert was Vanilla Crème Brulee for me, Mango Cheesecake for guess who?, and a Mickey Ice Cream for Kade.





The service had been so excellent throughout our whole stay that we gave them a little extra with their envelopes and said our goodbyes.
We went down to sit in the main hall to listen to the live band while drinking some more wine





After passing some time we went on to watch the last show of our fabulous cruise, ‘Believe’.
We all really enjoyed this show as it incorporated a little bit of a lot of films.









We all climbed into bed feeling very happy but sad that the end of our wonderful holiday was soon to be in sight!

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Fantastic trip report, thanks so much for sharing; and yes they are addictive - you made me late to bed on Thursday night!

Kade is gorgeous, and I'm really impressed with his food choices, he's certainly a fish lover. Talking of food my DH is a cheesecake fanatic too, just wondering how many I need to buy to persuade him that a cruise home would be the perfect end to our next holiday, only concern is my DS is 19 now & DD 17 so I'm not sure if it would appeal to them.

Perhaps I'll wait a couple of years until we only need to pay for two people

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