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Old 06-19-2012, 03:47 PM   #1
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We never thought our Dream cruise was possible but now it is!

Hi Everybody! This is my first time doing a pre-trip report so here goes nothing...

First I will give you a list of the crazy characters.

I am Elise. A stay at home mom who will be the BIG 4-0 in August!
My amazing hubby Yair who is an engineering tech for an awesome company (more on that in a bit) & a full time college student!
Our 18yr old daughter Arianna She doesn't know what she wants to be when she grows up!
Our 4 yr old son Noah . He swears he's a pirate. But there are days that he thinks he's Michael Jackson, or a cowboy, or maybe a waiter? (He walks around in a tuxedo sometimes )
My mom. We'll call her Mimi since that's what Noah calls her. She's a high school teacher. Very brave of her!
My dad, Mike . He's retired so he pretty much hangs out w/ me on most days!

So, 5 years ago we were blessed when my husband started working for an amazing company. This place is very family conscious & looks after its employees! Upon getting his employment contract we read it & realized that one of the "perks" was that on his 5 year anniversary he gets a certain $ amount. But that this money can only be used for a family vacation!!!
As you can imagine, we thought of all the places we could maybe go. Well, in January we hit the 5 year mark & I started really thinking of where we could go. Because we have a young child, Disney has always been our choice for vacations. Plus the fact that we live in SW Florida is a plus because we get lots of great discount! We've always wanted to do a Disney cruise but it is just too expensive for us. So of course I thought... Here's our chance!
We have always celebrated our son's birthday at Disney. It's in October & we love the MNSSHP. We always take my parents because honestly, it's just not the same w/o them. So imagine the disappointment on my parents faces when we told them that this year we would not be able to be at Disney for our son's birthday.. Of course no questions were asked as they always look at our trips as a gift.
A few days later, I happened to find a cruise planning video I had received about a year earlier. I added it to a stack of dvd's my son was taking to Mimi's house. When we get there, he asks her to put it in. As always, both my parent sat on the couch to watch it w/ him. Obviously they had no idea why he wanted to watch that video. But never the less, they watched.
As they were watching, my mom makes comments about how she wishes she could take Noah on a Disney cruise. While my dad responds w/ some wise crack like "sure let me go rob a bank first"!

Well needless to say, I could NOT hold in my excitement any longer! I told them of our plans & I think my mom may have fainted! All my dad could say was "No Sh*t!". Mind you, my father never curses. So when they asked us how & why we were taking them, being my father's daughter I simply replied " Because we want you to experience all the things we couldn't as kids!" As you know we were all !

That was 3 months ago & w/ the exception of $600 ( hubby's job pays for spouse & kids so we paid the difference) our trip is completely paid for !!!! Now I am just trying to plan our Disney stay for before & after our cruise! our sail date is October 14,2012!

I will be back w/ updates as I go along planning


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Old 06-20-2012, 08:11 AM   #2
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What an awesome place to work!!! My husband and I are very envious.

Great start.
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Old 06-20-2012, 09:24 AM   #3
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How wonderful! What a great experience to share with your parents. We took our first cruise with my parents and 16 other family and friends. Our DS was so happy to be with his Papa and Meme on his first cruise!
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Old 06-20-2012, 05:54 PM   #4
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@Skyw: Yes, we feel very blessed to be a part of that company. They will do the same for 10, 15 & 20 years of service! Maybe when our son is older we can go see other parts of the world but for now we'll stick w/ THE WORLD!

@pooksma: Disney is so much more fun w/ my parents! They took my siblings & I a few times when we were younger. But as you can imagine w/ a large family it was very difficult for them to completely enjoy themselves w/o worrying about money. So this is my way of giving a little Magic back to them. Plus seeing them enjoy it w/ my son is priceless!
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Old 07-17-2012, 02:45 PM   #5
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Here is a picture of the Countdown Calendar we made! This will help Noah keep up w/ how many days are left!
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Old 07-17-2012, 02:50 PM   #6
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My wonderful husband surprised me w/ a quick weekend trip to my 2nd favorite place om earth... St. Augustine! We had a great time & on our way home we stopped at Disney's Boardwalk for dinner!!! We were able to see one of their room & I fell in love w/ it. We will be definitely staying there for a few nights after our cruise! Now I'm just waiting for the FL Res rate to come out so I can reserve it!
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Countdown calendar looks great! Its still one of our fav things to do.
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Countdown calendar looks great! Its still one of our fav things to do.
THANKS! We went w/ the Fab 5 since Noah is turning 5 while on the cruise!
We are VERY excited! I started doing some clothes shopping today!
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Wow, what a great company your husband works for! Hope your trip is very magical!
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Old 08-21-2012, 07:20 AM   #10
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53 more days till we leave for our Dream trip! I've been up since 5:30 am because I kept having dreams about The Boardwalk. That's where we will be staying before & after our cruise!
I ordered my son's cake from Boardwalk Bakery yesterday. Pirate Mickey themed. I hope it's as delicious & beautiful as the one we ordered from them a couple years ago.
We promised our son a "very special" surprise if he was extra good in school. (It's his 1st year) I booked a limo to take us from our hotel to the port. Ok, ok, maybe its more for the adults than for him. But he will love it all the same. I requested some balloons to fly out from the moon roof when they pull up to get us! If I didn't mention it before, this will be my 1st "real" vacation. So I'm gonna make the most of it.
I will be back w/ more updates later!
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Wow, what a great company your husband works for! Hope your trip is very magical!
Thanks! Yes it is a great company! We may not be able to take this cruise had it not been for them. At least not right now.
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WOW!!!! I've been looking EVERYDAY for a FL Res discount & finally it has showed up! & what a discount it is. We are getting a 50% discount for the entire trip & we are now in two adjoining deluxe veranda stateroom on deck 10!!!! We were on deck 2 oceanview room before. We definitely got a bit of Pixey dust This means that we have $2000 left over for our 3 days at Disney before & after our cruise! I am so excited! we are less than 40 days away!!!!
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Old 09-27-2012, 01:07 PM   #13
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15 more days until we leave for our trip!!! We are all anxiously waiting. We have received our passports & the rest of our travel documents. Now I just have to buy a few more things & I will be ready to start packing.

We have added two more people to our trip. My ex-sister-in-law & her 11 yr old daughter who is like a niece to me are joining us. Yes I know the "ex" part may throw some people off. We get lots of "confused" looks when we introduce each other to others. He husband is my ex husband's brother. Thank goodness that somehow we managed to stay close through a "not so friendly" divorce because I love her, her husband & my 2 nieces.
We are very happy to be going together!

Oh I almost forgot, w/ the $2000 we had left, we got season passes for myself, my DH & DS. MNSSHP tix for everyone & 3 nights at Art of Animation! Pixie dust for EVERYONE!!!
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Wow, that's great!
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