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Old 04-01-2014, 08:21 AM   #136
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The important thing for the kids in this age group is to go to the meet n greet ice breaker on the first day. 4 cruises and they've always done something fun to get everyone engaged. One cruise, it was divide off by birth month without speaking. My niece kept wondering around and couldn't find a group to associate to. She finally went to a counselor and they called out for May. She was the only person in there with a May birthdate. Lol. She said she felt goofy, but someone yelled out for her to come join them and they made her an honorary December. She made fast friends with that group. She'll be 16 in a few weeks and finishing her sophomore year.
Well, if they do birth months again, she won't be the only May My son's bday is May 1st.

The teens we have seen around the ship on our various cruises have always looked like they were having fun. I've tried to point this out to him, but I think we're having teenage angst over this He will certainly go to the first night icebreaker - I think it has made a difference at every age and every club to be there that first night.
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Old 04-05-2014, 01:30 PM   #137
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I added your family to the list. You can email me at lcprice34 at verizon dot net and I will send you the link to the google doc.

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Old 04-13-2014, 10:18 PM   #138
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We are cruising that same week on the Fantasy too. I have been on several cruises but this is my family's first Disney cruise and we are so excited. I have 5 year old twins and my little guy will be a 2 weeks shy of his second birthday. My parents will also be joining us.
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Old 04-13-2014, 10:23 PM   #139
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Can someone help a rookie out and explain what this fish extender thing is that everyone is talking about? Thanks so much!
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Old 04-13-2014, 11:01 PM   #140
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Can someone help a rookie out and explain what this fish extender thing is that everyone is talking about? Thanks so much!
It is like a secret Santa gift exchange with others on the cruise. You sign up through the message board and exchange information. You'll be given details of everyone in the group and any specifics to preferences or allergies. You can decide to give a gift to the whole cabin or to each individual, the choice is yours. Here is a link to a gift idea thread.

http://www.disboards.com/showthread....errerid=438881

You will make or buy a pocket organizer to hang on the fish hook that is outside of your cabin door. Most will make one pocket per person in the cabin. If you google or search on this board, you'll find a lot of pictures.
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Old 04-14-2014, 07:21 AM   #141
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It is like a secret Santa gift exchange with others on the cruise. You sign up through the message board and exchange information. You'll be given details of everyone in the group and any specifics to preferences or allergies. You can decide to give a gift to the whole cabin or to each individual, the choice is yours. Here is a link to a gift idea thread.


You will make or buy a pocket organizer to hang on the fish hook that is outside of your cabin door. Most will make one pocket per person in the cabin. If you google or search on this board, you'll find a lot of pictures.
This sounds like so much fun! Has anyone ever had an issue with items being stolen from their pocket organizers?
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Old 04-14-2014, 10:41 PM   #142
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This sounds like so much fun! Has anyone ever had an issue with items being stolen from their pocket organizers?
Yes, there have been some suspected issues of items missing, just like reports of magnets being stolen off of doors. It is good to get by and check them regularly.

In my opinion, there's not really a way to tell though what you should get and shouldn't get, so it would be hard to tell if something had been taken. I don't personally keep a list or count of how many deliveries we received compared to how many we took. The kids and I are just excited every time we look and find something in it.
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Old 04-22-2014, 11:54 AM   #143
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I posted on facebook, but I wanted to share here as well. I'm looking into the possibility of setting up a Champagne Girls event for us (My opinion is that men should be welcome too). If you're interested, please sign up here:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/...=sharing#gid=0

We need at least 30 participants before DCL will do this for us.
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Old 04-30-2014, 07:54 AM   #144
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We would like to be included in the FE list also!

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Scott-sent you a PM. I've added you but need a little more info, please.
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Old 04-30-2014, 08:13 AM   #145
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Hi Everyone,

we just moved a dummy booking to this sailing!!! yes!! We did this bc my DH's boat SHOULD be in, and my kids have off from school!!!

Me: (41 at time of sailing) Disney freak foreva!!! (think slight boston accent) was a SAHM, just recently got a job.. yay me!!! so, now I am an Accountant again. this will be my 10th Disney cruise!!!

DH: (40 at time of sailing) AD Coast Guard, also Disney freak (though, not as big as me ).. 7th cruise

DS: (5 at time of sailing) Loves all things Cars and Disney.. oh and Pirates, LOVES pirates, (esp Jake) 5th cruise (I know.. I have an issue)

DD: (4 at time of sailing) loves all things princess... and randomly kissing people in the hallways of the ship.. (yes, this happened for real on our last cruise (10/12/13) 5th cruise (now you know I REALLY have a problem)

We are interested, my DH and I in the mixology class for sure and the FE group.

Wanted an 8a but they were sold out, went with a 9A I believe... In any event, we have a room number and all..

We currently live in Orlando, but I am originally from MA, DH was born in FL (traveled around and spent the majority of his childhood in WI) and now my kids are I suppose gypsies.. thanks CG.. all joking aside... they haven't spent much time in one place.. seriously!

We are excited to have moved our booking to this cruise!!!
Hi, Kelly!
I would love to add you to the FE group, but I need more information. I think I sent you a PM. Can you check & respond?
Thanks!
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Old 05-16-2014, 06:29 AM   #146
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FB group and FE

Hey guys,
We are so excited to be cruising for Thanksgiving this year. Its our 3rd cruise. We will have a 2 year old and a 5 year old! I would love to sign-up for a FE. Do y'all have a FB group?
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Old 05-20-2014, 12:37 PM   #147
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Eeek! Southwest just opened their schedule up yesterday through the rest of the year. Flying home from this cruise is going to be expensive!

Do to high school schedule, we need to be home before Monday, so looks like we will have to bite the bullet and pay. My parents are thinking of staying in Florida until Tuesday to visit family since the airfares go back to normal by then...
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Old 05-21-2014, 10:46 AM   #148
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We are so excited to be cruising for Thanksgiving this year. Its our 3rd cruise. We will have a 2 year old and a 5 year old! I would love to sign-up for a FE. Do y'all have a FB group?
We do have a FB group. Here's the link:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/529905517044759/
You'll have to request an add but Joanna or I will usually confirm pretty quickly.

For FE, I'm organizing a group-we actually have 2 already. Just message me with the following info, please. (or you can message me on FB after you join that group, if you prefer)
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Eeek! Southwest just opened their schedule up yesterday through the rest of the year. Flying home from this cruise is going to be expensive!

Do to high school schedule, we need to be home before Monday, so looks like we will have to bite the bullet and pay. My parents are thinking of staying in Florida until Tuesday to visit family since the airfares go back to normal by then...
That's a bummer on SW prices. We were pleasantly surprised Monday because we can finally fly nonstop from Dallas to Orlando on SW! Long story, but there was a stupid thing called the Wright Amendment that prevented airlines flying from the Dallas Love Field airport from flying nonstop to any states that aren't adjacent to TX. Gotta love politicians. :roll eyes: Anyway, our flights were a TON cheaper than the last few times we've flown!

Now we just have to purchase our MVMCP party tickets for Nov. 21st and we will be all set until PIF date!
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Old 05-21-2014, 11:27 AM   #149
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That's a bummer on SW prices. We were pleasantly surprised Monday because we can finally fly nonstop from Dallas to Orlando on SW! Long story, but there was a stupid thing called the Wright Amendment that prevented airlines flying from the Dallas Love Field airport from flying nonstop to any states that aren't adjacent to TX. Gotta love politicians. :roll eyes: Anyway, our flights were a TON cheaper than the last few times we've flown!

Now we just have to purchase our MVMCP party tickets for Nov. 21st and we will be all set until PIF date!
I remember the Wright Amendment - I used to travel a lot for work & it was always a pain flying to Dallas. Glad it is finally gone!

We usually have reasonably priced flights. We live near Chicago and have under 1 hour drive to either major airport. There are many direct flights to Orlando. The flights we booked yesterday are more than double what we usually pay - ouch! Some frequent flyer points helped a little, but its still far more than I was thinking it would be.

I so wish we could to the MVMCP party. We used to do this every year the weekend after Thanksgiving weekend. Now, with school schedules, we have only managed it once in the last 10 years. We are flying down LATE on the 21st (after school) so not an option. If this past year was anything to go by, he will have all sorts of tests & projects due those last couple days before the holiday week. Last year, he had very little homework over the week off, so my fingers are crossed for that again this year.
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Old 05-23-2014, 07:44 AM   #150
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This week I have booked flights, bought MVMCP tix, & reserved our rental car. I couldn't believe how expensive one-way, one-day rentals are! Granted, we need a minivan, but the cheapest I found (after entering lots of different discount codes) was on Budget: 11/21-11/22 for $80 and 11/29 for $115. I don't know why that 11/29 number is so high. I'm trying to figure out what else we could do for that day, but we want to go to DTD for a few hours before our 5:00 pm flight.
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