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Old 06-16-2013, 07:27 AM   #451
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I have yet to get over to Serentiy bay. I really want to explore it someday. I hear Captain Jack shows up there quite a bit.
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You are so awesome!! Thank you so much! VERY EXCITED!!
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You're welcome glad to be of any help. All the CMs up there are great, our favorite though is Elaine from Scotland, she's just amazing.
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I have yet to get over to Serentiy bay. I really want to explore it someday. I hear Captain Jack shows up there quite a bit.
It's wonderful, a totally different feel than the rest of the island. Problem is that it get a lot of waves so the water is much choppier than in the protected family lagoon.
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Old 06-19-2013, 06:34 PM   #454
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Hi Dawn, here's the link to the CL pictures. They start on this page and continue onto the next one. Hope you have a fantastic trip!!!

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I had to sneak a peek too. It looks incredible. I could literally make a meal out of hummus, veggies, cheese, and pita chips. Did they have pita chips? I saw the sweet chips.
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Old 06-19-2013, 06:36 PM   #455
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Whew!.... think I'm all caught up now! Didn't realize how very far behind I was. Vacation tends to get in the way of my Dis time


Nice pics at Castaway Cay! The colors are beautiful. Too bad about the wind, but at least it was sunny.



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... I only bought 50 points, but that will allow me to go every third year at Christmas. Of course there's always the 7 month option but this will guarantee Christmas which is most important. I've already changed this December trip to VGF and there will definitely be a TR when that rolls around.

I'm so excited!!!
Congrats to you!!! Let the bananas dance!! That really is awesome. And like you, I'm surprised that the points weren't more expensive. Can't wait to take a peek inside those villas!!! We've bounced around the idea of buying into DVC, but the numbers don't work out. We would have to buy LOTS of points for our family of 5....maybe one day.
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Old 06-19-2013, 07:28 PM   #456
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I had to sneak a peek too. It looks incredible. I could literally make a meal out of hummus, veggies, cheese, and pita chips. Did they have pita chips? I saw the sweet chips.
Oh yes, very delicious pitas. Oh my goodness, the the olives, cheese, and humus are so delicious. Every evening the have a couple special hot appetizers but I'm just as happy with the cold ones. See why I had some resistance changing reservations in December
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Whew!.... think I'm all caught up now! Didn't realize how very far behind I was. Vacation tends to get in the way of my Dis time
I understand completely! It's easy to get behind and hard to get caught up again I hope the vacation was magnificent!!!

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Nice pics at Castaway Cay! The colors are beautiful. Too bad about the wind, but at least it was sunny.
Thank you it was a really gorgeous day. We probably could have set up shop at the family beach, but we liked the idea of heading back to the ship once we decided on it.

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Congrats to you!!! Let the bananas dance!! That really is awesome. And like you, I'm surprised that the points weren't more expensive. Can't wait to take a peek inside those villas!!! We've bounced around the idea of buying into DVC, but the numbers don't work out. We would have to buy LOTS of points for our family of 5....maybe one day.
Thank you thank you thank you!!! I'm so excited!!! They are absolutely gorgeous!

One thing that helped with DVC was that I knew how much I'd be putting away each year for vacations, this way I'm guaranteed better accommodations with that money.
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Hi. I just found your trip report. Loving it!!! The best part is that my DD and I were on the same cruise! The pictures are awesome and makes me remember our trip. Even though you saw parts of the ship I never did (DD was 8 at the time.) Its also when I bought into DVC (AKV). Looking forward to our first trip in 2014. Can't wait to hear about your time AKV CL. I'm still considering it for next year.
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Hi. I just found your trip report. Loving it!!! The best part is that my DD and I were on the same cruise! The pictures are awesome and makes me remember our trip. Even though you saw parts of the ship I never did (DD was 8 at the time.) Its also when I bought into DVC (AKV). Looking forward to our first trip in 2014. Can't wait to hear about your time AKV CL. I'm still considering it for next year.
Welcome Jennifer! Very cool, wasn't that a fantastic cruise!!! We had such a good time.

Congratulations on DVC!!!! Very exciting!!!!! I must tell you, if you want CL you must book at exactly the 11 month window. At 8:00 online have your information in so you can hit submit. There are only 5 2BRs up there that can then be made into 5 studios and 5 1 BRs. Very limited. You can always change later if you find you don't want it, but if you do you must pounce! Hopefully I'll get to that portion of the TR this weekend.
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Thanks Pam. Still considering CL, but really think we will go for a SV 1-BDR.

Also, forgot to mention that we also had Martin and Karen as our servers - main dining. From the looks of your pictures we had the table right next to yours. And I agree - Martin wasn't the best. Our first night we didn't get our entrees until all the other tables around us were getting their desserts. He got better as the cruise went along, but no where near as magical as the servers we have had on previous cruises. Which is a shame.
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Thanks Pam. Still considering CL, but really think we will go for a SV 1-BDR.
We did a 1BR for the first time in June and absolutely loved it. The kitchen and laundry for me made the trip that much better.

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Also, forgot to mention that we also had Martin and Karen as our servers - main dining. From the looks of your pictures we had the table right next to yours. And I agree - Martin wasn't the best. Our first night we didn't get our entrees until all the other tables around us were getting their desserts. He got better as the cruise went along, but no where near as magical as the servers we have had on previous cruises. Which is a shame.
What a coincidence! Poor Martin, he just seemed to try too hard. And then took things so personally. I shouldn't have to console my waiter at dinner... That was really bad on your first night. He didn't seem to be able to stage things well.
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Last Day of the cruise continued:

I left off with us leaving Castaway Cay. It was more than a little odd for us to be leaving in the middle of the day, we absolutely love CC, but the wind was getting to me and mom wanted to find some sun to lounge in where I was comfortable too.

First stop, Cove Café to try and find those delicious flourless chocolate cakes from a few days prior. We thought we had hit the jackpot and sat down here to enjoy them





Sadly they were not the same, just regular chocolate cake which was too dry for us. Mom loved the éclair which was mocha filled, and I totally enjoyed the peanut butter bar. Sweet teeth content for the moment we headed to the room. Stopped by the beverage station and walked through Cabanas. I was trying for pictures I hadn’t gotten before but I think these are all probably repeats.



There was nobody on the ship, which was really cool. We did not regret for a moment that we left CC.



One of these trips I WILL sit and watch an entire movie out here, I have only caught snippets.



No line for the Aquaduck, neither of us was in the mood though.



Back in the room we found these. The sure sign that the trip was coming to an end.



There were also our tip slips but there was a name we weren’t familiar with. The one that should have said Karen said Antoinette and I wanted to make sure there hadn’t been a mistake. Mom had been hoping we would find some sun on our balcony but no such luck. So we headed out in search of sun and stopping at Guest Services on the way to see about ‘Antoinette’.

Did I mention how beautiful I thought Guest Services was? I just loved it!



They cleared things up for us; Antoinette is Karen so we left that as it was. Since we were there I added a little onto Fitz’s tip and Jerron’s as well. They both went the extra mile and I wanted to give them a little extra. The others, well, they were not the best as I have already shared.

Mission accomplished we searched for our sun, and where did we find it? The magnificent Satellite Falls fit the bill nicely.



We have yet to get in the water, so must do that next trip on the Fantasy.



We set up shop near the railing where we could see Castaway Cay, it was 2:00. I wrote in the journal and mom might have just lounged. I think she had finished her book and not brought a second one. While we were just enjoying life we saw a true act of heroism. An inner tube escaped from the safety of CC and happily bobbed its way to freedom. From out of nowhere a CM on a jet ski raced out to the rescue. This was not his first rodeo with a wayward tube, he was ready with a rope and just tied the tube up behind him. We were both very impressed. At some point after that we saw Martin walk by, he stopped and chatted with us and checked that we were coming to dinner. It was a little embarrassing for him to see us in our swim clothes only because we see him in a formal environment. He was very nice and asked how our Palo dinner was the previous evening. We assured him we would be at dinner tonight. We stayed until just before 4:00 and left our little piece of paradise.

We decided to head to the Rainforest Room one last time. We wouldn’t have a chance to go after this, we still had packing, the show, and dinner to get to. We made the most out of our last visit. I had managed to go the whole week without trying any of the saunas or showers so I rectified that. I tried each of the saunas and most of the showers. Mom had enjoyed the hot tub for a while and then went to the showers. We met up at the heated tile loungers and sat for a bit. We decided we should head out since we still needed showers before the show, we got as far as the hallway when I heard the whistle. I figured that meant we were leaving CC so we went back into the RFR to watch. Goodbye CC, we’ll see you in January!

We left for real this time and stopped by Flo’s V8 Café for some snacks, dinner was three hours away and we weren’t going to make it without some sustenance.





We took our food back to the room because the wind had picked up yet again. We put on Toy Story 2 again, we’d been trying to finish this for a few days. After eating we got ready for the show. I started packing while mom took a shower, and she did vice versa. We headed out at 6:10 and made it to the show in time. I think we were hustling. We sat in the balcony as usual. The show was called An Unforgettable Journey. This is what the navigator says ‘Join us tonight as we celebrate our magical voyage, inspired by the words and wisdom of the man himself, Walt Disney. Featuring the Walt Disney Theatre cast, World Famous Disney Characters and the comedy and magic of Magic Dave.’ It was cute but a little corny. Clayton would come onstage between sets and have us clap for the different teams on the ship. That was nice. After the show we stopped at the DVC podium to see about the gift of the day. It was another picture of Aulani. I happen to have several prints of this exact picture and would have left it behind, but mom said she wanted it. Then we headed back to the room where I finished my packing. We also actually finished Toy Story 2. Bags outside we headed down to dinner.

The last dinner was at the Enchanted Garden. It was a fabulous meal all around, we chatted and caught up on the last couple days. We told everybody the amusing story of canceling Palo and rebooking once I saw the menu outside AP. We really enjoyed our tablemates this cruise. Well we have really enjoyed all the tablmates we’ve met, but this group was extra fun.

Mom and I both started off with a goat cheese and potato appetizer. It was so good!



I had an edamame and cabbage salad. Martin really tried to discourage me from getting this, said it was not good. I still wanted to try it. It started off not good because there was no dressing, but after asking Karen for some balsamic it was absolutely delicious!



Mom skipped the salad course.

We both had the seafood pasta but no seafood. Basically linguini with a white wine sauce, very yummy!



Mom also had a phyllo wrapped mushroom/onion/tofu dish. She said it was very good.



For dessert mom had a Mickey bar



And I had the Celebration Cake, which was cheesecake layered with strawberries and white cake. It was very rich but very good.



And then we found out why Martin was making sure we would be at dinner that evening. He brought us both birthday desserts! After my fabulous Celebration Cake it was hard to eat chocolate but I managed to eat some of it.



It was such a lovely dinner. No need to say goodbyes just yet, everybody would be at breakfast in the morning.

I hadn’t seen this beautiful fixture before, it was just outside the Royal Palace.



We happened upon the See Ya Real Soon show and stayed to watch while the characters came down.









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No, it was not this dark, but my camera was not cooperating with me.





Then all the characters did one last meet and greet with everybody who wanted to. We had another mission in mind, one that had eluded us on the Dream and we almost forgot about on the Fantasy, Mini Golf!

Love the details on the elevators





And we were out of luck. It was so windy they had taken all the clubs and balls somewhere. It was just as well, it was too cold to stay out there to play. I did want to take photos though, the course is so cute.



































Exploring done we retreated into the warm safety of the ship



And back to the room at 11:05. Poor Jerron, he needs to go back to towel animal class. At least he tried.



We turned on Toy Story 3 while I filled out the survey, it did NOT only take 5 minutes, more like 20. With that taken care of I caught up I the journal and went to sleep around midnight. Mom had dozed off well before that.
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What a great update!

An empty pool deck looks very inviting.

The goodbye show looks fun. Were the lines long to visit the characters?

Are you a vegetarian? I think it took me all this time to clue in. The phyllo wrapped entree looks delicious. Fair warning, I'm a disgusting carnivore, like marrow loving carnivore. Weird your seafood pasta didn't have seafood.

That pizza! I've got to try that. Hoping the Wonder has it too.

The heated tile loungers sound wonderful. I'm hoping to try the Rainforest Room at least once.

I can see why giving up CL at AKV would be hard but I think you'll be overjoyed with your decision to try the VGF.
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I love all the photos on the empty ship. I love the potato and goats cheese appetizer. The night photos are amazing.

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