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Old 02-09-2013, 01:18 PM   #46
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Old 02-09-2013, 10:13 PM   #47
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Our fave vacay (surprisingly) was a trip we took last fall to Iceland. It was one of those spur of the minute, super cheap ticket trips. Can't recommend it enough, just spectacular !
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Old 02-09-2013, 10:29 PM   #48
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Disney of course but we also love cruising because there is so much for everyone to do. We like Celebrity the best. We also go to Lake Placid every Thanksgiving with extended family and just love it there that time of year
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Old 02-10-2013, 07:09 AM   #49
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Not sure where you are coming from, but a trip to New England is awesome. Boston has so much history, great food and is a true "walking" city. The coast of Maine is absolutely beautiful with rocky and sandy beaches. Lake Winnepesauke in New Hapshire (near Mount Washington) is where I spent many a summer growing up. Rhode Island has Newport and all the great big old mansions. And you can pretty much drive through all of it in a few hours, so you could even park yourself somewhere and do daytrips (with a rental car) and see so much!
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Old 02-10-2013, 08:21 AM   #50
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Another vote for a cruise.

The ships are so big, you can spend much of your vacation just exploring them. And most of the on-board activities are cheap, if not free. And the opportunity to visit different places and cultures when you're on shore excursions.

Cruised twice and can't wait to go back. Hoping for 2015.
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Old 02-10-2013, 03:46 PM   #51
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Cape Cod...the beach, clamming, lighthouses, whalewatching, museums, lots of great seafood, beautiful sunrises and sunsets.

South Florida & the The Florida Keys...great beaches, snorkeling, museums, boating, great seatfood, beautiful sunrises and sunsets.
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Old 02-10-2013, 05:23 PM   #52
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Our family favorite is cruising. We usually go Holland America or Celebrity and a week to the Caribbean or Bermuda is cheaper than a week in WDW.
We also love Hawaii and Williamsburg.

We did not have passports the first several years but do now. You can get on the ship for most itineraries with an official birth certificate and drivers' license. If you miss the boat in a port or have a medical emergency in which you are hospitalized and left behind, you will have problems. The more I read on cruisecritic about people without passports, the more I feel lucky that we did not have problems when we sailed without.
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Old 02-10-2013, 05:55 PM   #53
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Some of our favorites:
Road trip to Cedar Point, stopping at Dorney Park on the way there and at Hershey Park on the way home.
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Florida but not Disney: Busch Gardens Tampa, Sea World, Universal
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Old 02-10-2013, 06:14 PM   #54
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Our family has always been a WDW family. Then we decided to change things up and went on a cruise. Haven't been back to Disney since.

We love cruising. We've been on 7 so far. One with Holland America, 2 with Disney, 2 with Norwegian and one with Royal Caribbean. LOVE IT !!!

We also decided to go to Tennesee one year (2010) and loved it. Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area. We rented a cabin for the week, went to Dollywood (by no means was it Disney) but cute and the water park there. We're taking a break from cruising this year and going back to Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg and renting the same cabin (it was beautiful). This year though we're doing a lot of sight seeing, a couple dinner shows, museums, a few things on the strip (mini golf, go karts, etc).

By the look of your screen name, I'm assuming you're from the Pocono area??? Just wondering, because on our way home from TN, we're stopping by to see my mom & sister who live in the Poconos.
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Old 02-10-2013, 06:26 PM   #55
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Anyone know the tricks for doing disney cruise without breaking the bank
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Old 02-10-2013, 07:20 PM   #56
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OK, so dh said he would like to go somewhere else before we go back to disney .... Although it is crazy talk , I realized he probably does get a vote With the kids we have been to Atlantis, loved it but a bank breaker, Ocean City Maryland, Rocky Mountain NP, coastal NC, SC, and GA, Fire Island and of course WDW. All were great, but Disney and Atlantis were our favorites. What were your favorite family vacations so far?
Other than some you mentioned, we enjoyed Niagra Fall, Canada and Aruba.
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Wait for a Kids Sail Free offer.

Other than that, I don't know of any. We are a DVC family, so we rent our points when we want to go on a cruise.
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Old 02-11-2013, 09:37 AM   #58
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Our family has always been a WDW family. Then we decided to change things up and went on a cruise. Haven't been back to Disney since.

We love cruising. We've been on 7 so far. One with Holland America, 2 with Disney, 2 with Norwegian and one with Royal Caribbean. LOVE IT !!!

We also decided to go to Tennesee one year (2010) and loved it. Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area. We rented a cabin for the week, went to Dollywood (by no means was it Disney) but cute and the water park there. We're taking a break from cruising this year and going back to Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg and renting the same cabin (it was beautiful). This year though we're doing a lot of sight seeing, a couple dinner shows, museums, a few things on the strip (mini golf, go karts, etc).

By the look of your screen name, I'm assuming you're from the Pocono area??? Just wondering, because on our way home from TN, we're stopping by to see my mom & sister who live in the Poconos.
Yep, We're in the cold and icy Poconos!
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Old 02-11-2013, 10:53 AM   #59
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As a child, my favorite vacations were to Colorado--Estes Park, Colorado Springs, Denver. I see that you are on a mountain, so this might not be something you are interested in. Visited WDW twice as a kid--and though I loved it--and love taking my kids--our trips to Colorado are the most memorable.

I would never take my kids to Vegas EVER. I had the same experience as a pp. I have only visited once, for a week with my DH. We stayed at the MGM (there for a conference), but went out in the evenings, into the night. There were huge billboard trucks driving up and down the street with almost nude women all over them. Every 10 feet at night was a man handing out business cards with naked women and phone numbers for "escort services" on them. Mom and pop shops that printed t-shirts that we walked by with extremely inappropriate language/pictures on them. I don't know how many kids I saw in the smoke filled casinos at 2AM in the morning, sitting/sleeping in strollers while their parents gambled. Not my idea of a family vacation. I have no desire to go back. There are TONS of places I would rather spend my money.
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Old 02-11-2013, 04:20 PM   #60
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Wait for a Kids Sail Free offer.

Other than that, I don't know of any. We are a DVC family, so we rent our points when we want to go on a cruise.
I will have to check into that. We usually rent points when we go to Disney World do you rent points out every year and how much a point.Thanks
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