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Old 02-14-2013, 08:35 AM   #1
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DECEMBER 8, 2014 Dream Mouse Meet!

Let's start chattin'!!! it's never too early!

I'm Stephanie, my DH of 20 years (and counting) and Brian, our 2 kids are Nick and Daniel.

Our stateroom is :10054

This is our second cruise. Our last was in 2009 and we were just beginning to discover and understand my youngest's challenges as severely autistic, so the cruise didn't go well. Disney did it's best to make it as fun as possible for us and they were incredibly accommodating! Didn't hurt that we were in a 1BR concierge room, so my 90% of the time on the ship was spent in that room. Not a bad way to spend time holed up.

This time, we're hoping for a different and better experience. Worse comes to worse though, we'll leave Daniel home w/ Grandma if we just don't think he'll be able to do it. I HATE doing that, but it is what it is. We don't want our oldest to lose out because of his brother. We don't want resentment, especially since Nick may be caregiver to his younger brother when we're gone.

I'm an artist and SAHM. Our last cruise, we did the FE and I gave paintings I did. I'm not sure if I'll do it this time. I was left w/ a pretty bad taste in my mouth from that experience. But you guys can organize one if you like of course!

THERE! More than you need to know about me!
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I have added your thread to the cruise meet list

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Old 02-19-2013, 03:14 PM   #3
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I have added your thread to the cruise meet list

Have a great cruise!
AWESOMENESS! THANKS!
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Old 04-12-2013, 09:55 AM   #4
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I'll be on this cruise as well - solo. Can't wait...
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Old 04-12-2013, 10:13 AM   #5
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I'll be on this cruise as well - solo. Can't wait...
Welcome aboard!!!! It's going to be so painful to wait so long!
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Old 12-15-2013, 06:47 PM   #6
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Hi, Agreed, Never too early to start chatting and planning.
I just returned home yesterday from a 7 day from Galveston on the Wonder - It was awesome, so We booked another cruise while we were on our cruise. Received a 20% discount, so they make it worth your while. I travelled with my BFF of nearly 20 years. She will also be cruising with me on this upcoming cruise on the Dream, along with my aunt.
Has anyone started a facebook page? If not, I don't mind starting one.

Stephanie, do you mind sharing your FE experience. I participated for the 1st time on my cruise last week and thought it was awesome. I enjoyed it as much as the kids.

Talk to everyone soon, Sueane
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Old 12-16-2013, 08:30 PM   #7
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I started a face book page : Disney Dream from Port Canaveral 12/08/2014
Please feel free to join. Once we have enough people, we can start an FE group.

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Hi, Agreed, Never too early to start chatting and planning.
I just returned home yesterday from a 7 day from Galveston on the Wonder - It was awesome, so We booked another cruise while we were on our cruise. Received a 20% discount, so they make it worth your while. I travelled with my BFF of nearly 20 years. She will also be cruising with me on this upcoming cruise on the Dream, along with my aunt.
Has anyone started a facebook page? If not, I don't mind starting one.

Stephanie, do you mind sharing your FE experience. I participated for the 1st time on my cruise last week and thought it was awesome. I enjoyed it as much as the kids.

Talk to everyone soon, Sueane
You are the second to reply to this thread so nothing had been started yet. I thought I was sailing alone until now. Though I see you started a page so that's great. I'll join in a bit.

With my FE exchange I was pretty disappointed. For several reasons. It seems like most famlies only signed up to get free stuff and didn't bother to put any effort into their gifts and make them pretty sad actually. I'll make a point that it's NOT about the $ spent, or even what it is, but effort IMO. It's clear when people just sign up for free stuff and make a point to give very little on their end so they come out "ahead".

There was one group that had 3 different cabins and they wanted FE gifts for the people in each cabin so had extenders on each cabin... the thing is, they only ended up giving one gift from all 3 cabins, and it was a small baggie of old Halloween candy! I felt totally ripped off by that group. That was slimey IMO.

Then, of the 15 groups, I heard thank you-s from 1. ONE! that's rude! I don't care if you like what you get or not, you at least say a thank you! I did paintings for everyone and only 1 person bothers to say thanks. It left a very bad taste in my mouth. Thank you requires no money and very little effort. But for some, it was too much. Sadly, in other gift exchanges, I seem to see the same patterns. GIMME GIMME GIMME and nothing else.
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Old 12-22-2013, 06:53 AM   #9
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Hi!
We are booked for this trip and it will be our first DCL and our first family cruise. It'll be me and DH with 3 kids, DS 13, DD 12 and DS 4. We are bringing grandma and grandpa with us and want to participate in a FE group to add to the magic!

We are staying in 2 rooms on deck 9 and welcome any tips from the veterans ;-)

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Old 12-22-2013, 06:59 AM   #10
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I started a face book page : Disney Dream from Port Canaveral 12/08/2014
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I couldn't find the group page... could you post a link?

Thanks!
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Old 12-26-2013, 07:42 PM   #11
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You are the second to reply to this thread so nothing had been started yet. I thought I was sailing alone until now. Though I see you started a page so that's great. I'll join in a bit.

With my FE exchange I was pretty disappointed. For several reasons. It seems like most famlies only signed up to get free stuff and didn't bother to put any effort into their gifts and make them pretty sad actually. I'll make a point that it's NOT about the $ spent, or even what it is, but effort IMO. It's clear when people just sign up for free stuff and make a point to give very little on their end so they come out "ahead".

There was one group that had 3 different cabins and they wanted FE gifts for the people in each cabin so had extenders on each cabin... the thing is, they only ended up giving one gift from all 3 cabins, and it was a small baggie of old Halloween candy! I felt totally ripped off by that group. That was slimey IMO.

Then, of the 15 groups, I heard thank you-s from 1. ONE! that's rude! I don't care if you like what you get or not, you at least say a thank you! I did paintings for everyone and only 1 person bothers to say thanks. It left a very bad taste in my mouth. Thank you requires no money and very little effort. But for some, it was too much. Sadly, in other gift exchanges, I seem to see the same patterns. GIMME GIMME GIMME and nothing else.
That's awful about the FE group you were in. I'm sorry, I wish it were a better experience for you. I found it to be a lot of fun and everyone in my group was appreciative. There were a couple of families that only did one gift per cabin, but I found those to be the more costly/ time involved gifts. Hopefully you'll give it another chance one day and it will turn out better.
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Old 01-01-2014, 02:30 PM   #12
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I couldn't find the group page... could you post a link?

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x2 Can you pos a link. A search didn't turn up any groups on FB.
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:hiya: My family will be joining you guys. It'll be me (28), DH (33), DS (2) and DD (5), and my in laws.

We went on the Fantasy on Dec 7 and LOVED it so much that we booked another on board. It was seriously the best vacation we've ever been on.
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