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Old 10-07-2012, 08:28 AM   #376
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I'm sorry for the lack of updates this week, work was really crazy. I promise at least one will be up tomorrow.

I wanted to share some more exciting news. I was doing my obsessive checking of the DCL website and came across a short January cruise that was too good of a bargain not to book. So I'll be doing a 4 night on the Wonder January 24th. Hopefully you guys won't think I'm too crazy. I'm really excited about this and now have something else to plan
Yay for you! If I had the available time and money, I would go for it!
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Old 10-07-2012, 09:30 AM   #377
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I'm sorry for the lack of updates this week, work was really crazy. I promise at least one will be up tomorrow.

I wanted to share some more exciting news. I was doing my obsessive checking of the DCL website and came across a short January cruise that was too good of a bargain not to book. So I'll be doing a 4 night on the Wonder January 24th. Hopefully you guys won't think I'm too crazy. I'm really excited about this and now have something else to plan
That is great news! Go while you can.
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Old 10-07-2012, 10:11 AM   #378
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Whoop, That is awesome! Congrats!
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How exciting!
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That is great news! Go while you can.
Thanks so much everybody

On one hand I'm thinking I'm indulging myself a little over the top, but on the other I'm thinking what's the harm?

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That is great news. I understand exactly how you feel. This is how I felt when after nearly giving up on this, I got to book our November cruise.

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This was not even on the radar, but I had really wanted to see all four ships eventually and this makes it happen much sooner. I'm really excited I decided to go for it. I waited a few days, asked my boss first about the time off and then booked it. It wasn't posted as a GTY room but that's what it is for now. Can't wait to get my room assignment. It will be a perfect weekend getaway. Now I need to read up on the Wonder
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Old 10-07-2012, 10:43 AM   #379
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Thanks so much everybody

On one hand I'm thinking I'm indulging myself a little over the top, but on the other I'm thinking what's the harm?



This was not even on the radar, but I had really wanted to see all four ships eventually and this makes it happen much sooner. I'm really excited I decided to go for it. I waited a few days, asked my boss first about the time off and then booked it. It wasn't posted as a GTY room but that's what it is for now. Can't wait to get my room assignment. It will be a perfect weekend getaway. Now I need to read up on the Wonder
As David and I always say.... "who is going to give you what you want, other than yourself" If you want to do it and can, then by all means go for it!

Since we have no children together, we are spending all our money and not leaving anything for anyone else.

So go for it, do what you want and enjoy life to its fullest.
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Old 10-07-2012, 11:03 AM   #380
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As David and I always say.... "who is going to give you what you want, other than yourself" If you want to do it and can, then by all means go for it!

Since we have no children together, we are spending all our money and not leaving anything for anyone else.

So go for it, do what you want and enjoy life to its fullest.

This is exactly how I've come to think. It's only been in the last few years that I've been able to treat myself and I'm still getting used to it.
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This is exactly how I've come to think. It's only been in the last few years that I've been able to treat myself and I'm still getting used to it.
I think that is brilliant and I am happy for you... Enjoy all life has to offer!
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Old 10-07-2012, 11:51 AM   #382
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Back to the morning of Day 2

We met R & M in the CL around 9:30. I was glad to see them there because I thought it would be difficult to get them to take advantage of the breakfast offered since it was only open until 10:30 and they are late risers. Well it seems that it was difficult to get them to take advantage of the breakfast because R decided he wanted a hearty breakfast and bought one at the Mara. UGH! The words written in my journal were ‘Well you can lead a horse to water…’ They had just woken up so mom and I went down to the pool and relaxed for about an hour. I did a little DISing, didn’t want to get too behind while mom probably read a book. When we had left R & M I had asked them to call us when they were ready and we’d meet up downstairs. Around 11:30 I texted them that we were heading down to the shop and would wait for them. I was getting antsy and couldn’t believe what was taking them so long. When we got downstairs we saw them coming towards us. Apparently they had gone down to the bus stop to wait for us and since we had never shown up they came back to look for us. What craziness. THEY were to call US when they were ready to go, not just meet up at the bus stop…. And then M realized she had not put on sunblock so went back to their room to do so. A good twenty minutes went by and mom and R started wondering where she was and maybe they needed to go find her and what if she had missed us and gone down to the bus stop. I felt like I was in a TV show or something. It was just so bizarre. She’s a grown woman and could find us where she left us, why were they panicking. Regardless, mom and R headed down to the bus stop to look for her.

We finally got to AK around 12:00. Thankfully there was hardly anybody there, it was wonderful.



This was a normal occurrence. I got impatient waiting for them and finally just sped ahead. R probably had to stop for yet another smoke break even though he had just had one at the resort. Ok, I won’t harp on this subject any more, but just know that this happened all week. One of the huge reasons I don’t think I’ll be inviting them on any other trips.



No crowds, it was perfect.







I had to stop and look at the spoonbills for a few minutes. After that we headed right to the Safari.



We were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the anteater. He’s usually hiding whenever I pass so it was a nice treat to see him.








Just a reminder, this was M’s first time in AK and R’s second. They really enjoyed it.



Yes, she was definitely in a posing mood that day.



I had never seen this bridge before which was pretty cool. I’m constantly finding new things in all of the parks.

I was just loving the lack of people, felt like it was our own personal park.







We took a detour to the FOTLK because it started in less than 7 minutes. I couldn’t have planned better timing if I wanted to.



They absolutely loved the show. I usually don’t catch this one because the seats are so hard but it really was nice.

I think these are just so cute!







A very rare mother/son photo. Might need to get this framed for mom.



Love the Disney details.



I never noticed all the animals on the tree before. I was given a hard time for taking a picture of the trash can…



I find this guy quite impressive.



Harambe was hosting some authentic African tunes.



Some guests were really enjoying themselves.



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Old 10-07-2012, 11:59 AM   #383
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Wow, I've never seen it so empty! How nice!
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Old 10-07-2012, 12:01 PM   #384
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Starting on page 17. Your pics are fantastic! Can't wait to see it in person very soon.
Welcome! thank you so much I wanted to keep the PTR and TR together, so I could just have the one link.

I couldn't see your ticker on my phone. 7 days, how exciting!!! I hope you love it!
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the crowd was pretty light, I must say that we took David's Sister and her husband with us, and I am not sure I could handle that again either... We had friends join us last year too and it is just too hard to wait on people when you want to get going. With our friends we just decided to meet up with them after we all go to the parks and it just worked out much better. We let them go on about their way we went ours and meet up for lunch/dinner or special things we wanted to do together.
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Old 10-07-2012, 12:08 PM   #386
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Wow, I've never seen it so empty! How nice!
It was just perfect. Despite the heat I'll definitely go back in September, practically everything the whole week was a walk on.
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As many times as I've been to AK, I have never seen that suspension bridge. Do you remember where it's located?
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Old 10-07-2012, 12:22 PM   #388
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People in GTY status usually get their rooms assigned between 35 and 45 days prior to sailing. Some people get their assignments earlier and some later.

I love all the photos and the clever detail. It was great that it was so empty even though you got there relatively late.

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the crowd was pretty light, I must say that we took David's Sister and her husband with us, and I am not sure I could handle that again either... We had friends join us last year too and it is just too hard to wait on people when you want to get going. With our friends we just decided to meet up with them after we all go to the parks and it just worked out much better. We let them go on about their way we went ours and meet up for lunch/dinner or special things we wanted to do together.
The biggest problem was that they didn't want to go off on their own until much later. They weren't comfortable with the idea. It did finally happen and things were a bit smoother. I kept telling myself that it was their vacation too and I couldn't force them to go any faster. I guess I was just trying to make everybody happy but by the end I had a little bit of a breakdown...
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As many times as I've been to AK, I have never seen that suspension bridge. Do you remember where it's located?
It was in the Oasis, near the parrots. There is a path connecting the two sides of the Oasis that I had always passed right by. Don't think I had ever noticed it was even there. I usually always stop and enjoy the animals, but somehow had never noticed that area.
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