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Old 09-24-2012, 10:34 PM   #151
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sweet.. Whats the temps like in AZ ?
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Old 09-24-2012, 11:59 PM   #152
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We also went on the Shopping tour of Ensenada. Many complained about the smell, but we were whisked into one of many buses right off the ship, so I guess I was more focused on getting on the right bus. The tour went to an old winery that they actually just put the labels on the bottles at now. They had a nice little tasting, and there was some interesting artwork. We drove past the local college, and then toured their conference center that used to be a casino. We were then taken to downtown where they told us to stay within an 8 block area as these were the only stores that accepted dollars instead of Pesos. I was disappointed that we only were allowed one hour here. We had a beer and nachos and we could not get the server to bring a bill or tell us what we owed. I guess they were hoping we drank more. We had to rush back to the bus, and did not get any time to look in the shops.

Great to be back home in sunny warm AZ! Now researching Vacation Club!
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Old 09-25-2012, 12:03 AM   #153
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The San Diego Trolley tour was great! It was nice to have the hop on, hop off option. The downtown was so clean and safe, and very walkable. Lots of nice little areas to grab a lunch and a beer, or just people watch. We felt like celebrities with all the news crews around.

I think this is my 10th post. Sorry about all my ramblings to get here!
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Old 09-25-2012, 12:20 AM   #154
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https://www.icloud.com/photostream/#A2JtdOXmGKNvpjHere is a picture of the Pixar wine glasses. They do not come in the wooden box though:

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Old 09-25-2012, 12:33 AM   #155
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Very cool!!
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Old 09-25-2012, 01:19 AM   #156
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We were on the 9/16 cruise also and had a wonderful time. In SF we rented a car and went to Muir Woods one day, and the other did a hop on/off tour. Did not get off on SD, even though I planned to originally. Did not get off in Ensenada - but did enjoy watching the seals and sea lions from my balcony, even though they were loud and stinky. It was strangely foggy in Ensenada the whole time we were there. We just enjoyed the ship so much we decided to stay on both days.

Pools were very warm and a lot of people were swimming. Lookout cafe was great. The shows were really excellent - the cast and production is so good. We really enjoyed the John Lasseter and Jay Ward presentations. We are spending a few days at Disneyland right now, and we went to Carsland today and my son kept pointing out things that Jay Ward told us about. As someone else posted earlier, however, if you go to the book signing, get there early.

I had read some negative reviews of the food so I was pleasantly surprised. Our servers (Agnelo and Oksana) were also excellent, as was our room steward Dom. I eat gluten free and the chefs and the servers were so attentive and careful to make sure that I didn't get any contaminated food. Honestly, I felt a little guilty they were being so careful! I had no negative incidents - i.e., I didn't get sick the whole cruise. It was awesome!

But something I just found out about although many of you may already know (seems the majority of people I talked to on our cruise were from California) - but Carmageddon 2 is coming this weekend!! For those of you who don't know:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/0...n_1907578.html

We fly out early Saturday morning, and I am thinking about changing our hotel the last night from Santa Monica to an LAX hotel because I am so worried. For those of you getting on the ship Sunday, not sure if this will effect you because I am not familiar with the area (we took a transfer from the Marriott LAX to the port) but you may want to double check you plans.
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Old 09-25-2012, 01:23 AM   #157
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https://www.icloud.com/photostream/#A2JtdOXmGKNvpjHere is a picture of the Pixar wine glasses. They do not come in the wooden box though:
I LOVE these! Were they for sale in the gift shops? I collect wine glasses and would love to get my hands on these! I wish I were doing a Pixar cruise now!
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Old 09-25-2012, 01:31 AM   #158
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They had a special shop set up for us. I did not see them in the winery / tasting area for sale. I have seen online pictures of John Lasseter holding the set. They are not on the winery web site either. You could try calling or emailing to ask. We had ours shipped home. They should arrive this week!
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Old 09-25-2012, 01:48 AM   #159
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The Pixar wine glasses were from our shore adventure to the Lasseter winery. They were not available on the cruise.
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Old 09-25-2012, 06:40 AM   #160
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Old 09-25-2012, 08:32 AM   #161
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Sounds like a wonderful cruise. Can't wait til it is our turn. I hope they have some of the pins left for our cruise. Those are a must for our collection.
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Old 09-25-2012, 09:43 AM   #162
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The Lasseter Family Winery was a wonderful experience! Nancy Lasseter and the Cruise ship's food and beverage manager were actually was on the bus with us to the winery. We had a nice tour guide and narrated tour on the mini luxury bus/van. We were welcomed with elegant water in wine glasses in their formal tasting room and wine gallery.
We then toured the winery grounds and process areas. This part was done by the staff that works at the winery. They were very knowledgable, personable, and down to earth. We were able to taste the grapes and check the sugar levels of the different grapes. We tasted wine directly from the barrels.
After this part of the tour we went to the family's private are of the estate. Mrs. Lasseter kindly welcomed us to photograph all that we wanted, but requested we not email or post any pictures from this area. This was so gracious! We wandered the paths to an amazing covered outdoor commercial kitchen where a custom lunch was prepared to compliment the wonderful Lasseter wines. This was not a casual picnic, this was a chef prepared gourmet meal. We did select our food from the selection counter and sat with fine china and fabric linen tablecloths and napkins. We were offered second helpings if desired, and our favorite wines were refilled if desired. The lunch was amazing!
Mrs. Lasseter was available for photos, and offered to autograph some items. They had an outdoor shop set up with some unique items. (we purchased a set of Pixar wine glasses!)
After lunch, Mrs. Lasseter took those who were interested for a walk around Lake Serendipity. She lovingly described the planning and goals of the winery and shared many personal tidbits.
This was truly a private and very personalized tour. I really hate to label it as a tour, as it was an amazing once in a lifetime experience that I will cherish forever.
I was with you on the tour..I wish we all would have exchanged DIS names so we would know who we all are
I agree with the very intimate time at the winery and having Nancy on board with us for the trip was cool. What a stunning property..and the bathroom by the lake was one not to be forgotten
Both of the Pixar talks were very well done.I have been to both Expos and Disneyland Destination Ds and I didn't feel like either was a rehash. John Lasseter was scheduled for 45 minutes then it was bumped to I think 1 1/2 hours but it went over 2 hours..we were VERY late for our Palo brunch and dressed totally out of dress code when we arrived but they very graciously sat us anyway. I also would have liked more Pixar stuff.. I got the Nike shirt and many of the 'special' pins that you needed a wristband for the first day it was released. Then they let you buy 2 per stateroom every day thereafter and there were plenty left, so I can't quite believe the edition size is honored at 500 for all 4 cruises..maybe they will have a new pin for each cruise?
In SF we took the first Alcatraz ferry of the day.. (buy tickets online early..it was sold out as they all are, I think, and there were many disappointed people standing around hoping for standby boarding). The ship docks right by the Alcatraz pier so super easy. We then took a cab to Walt Disney Family Museum and the GPS for that address sends you to the financial district..we kept telling the cab driver to put in the zip code like the directions asked you to do, but he didn't..lots of yelling out the window at other cabs and wrong turns and talking to dispatch..just tell the cab to go to the Presidio then you can follow the signs. The Museum has a list of cabs to call for you to get back to the ship so use that service to return. The Museum is wonderful and so well done. I did find the employees there to be a little off standing and the gift shop didn't have much 'Walt' stuff so a bit disappointed in that.
We weren't told about a guest on the Toy Story night either The ventriliquist guy was kinda annoying at the show so if he is on board next time I'll skip that one. They had a great Pixar art display on deck 5, I think, then art for sale right by Shutters..they added different pictures to that about halfway through the cruise. I ended up buying a Merida by Jim Salvati that just caught my eye every time I walked by. Booked a dummy cruise with no problem. Seas were fine but you could certainly feel it going out into the Pacific more than when you were going along the coaset. Very foggy in Ensenada and yes, stinky. Took a cab to Sea World and back easily and much cheapoer than the Disney excursion cost. No fog on SF days..gorgeous views.
I thought the food was great (in response to a long thread earlier) and the service was truly Excellent
All those waiting for their trips, you will love it and are in for a treat!
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I wonder if you were the lady I was talking to in the little shopping area. I bumped the wooden display box and almost knocked the glasses off the table?
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Old 09-25-2012, 09:54 AM   #164
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We were on the 9/16 cruise also and had a wonderful time. In SF we rented a car and went to Muir Woods one day, and the other did a hop on/off tour.


Which hop on/off tour did you do in SF?
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Old 09-25-2012, 11:14 AM   #165
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I wonder if you were the lady I was talking to in the little shopping area. I bumped the wooden display box and almost knocked the glasses off the table?
I was the one traveling with our son and daughter in law. They were the "kissing couple".
I think we were even at the same table, weren't we? There should be a picture in this photo stream:

I am somewhat new to the boards, so haven't researched enough on how to insert a picture in the post, only a link.
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