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Old 04-22-2013, 01:32 PM   #16
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Looking forward to reading the rest of your trip report. That's awesome that you were able to do a 3 generation cruise together. And your baby is adorable - such gorgeous eyes.
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Old 04-22-2013, 01:36 PM   #17
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Staying and Playing

Gramma and I had already been to Nassau before so we opted to stay onboard and enjoy the ship:

We opted to have breakfast at Cabanas and Lilly made a mess with Rice Krispy's

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But she's cute so the CM's forgave her.



My breakfast:



Lilly's breakfast:





Tugged:



At 8AM we headed to It's a Small World Nursery for the open house. We didn't use it this time but I'm sure we might in the future:



DISbaby had a lot of fun in here:







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After playing, since we were on Deck 5 Midship, we had to start the Midship Detective Game. We decided to save the puppies, got the materials and headed back to the room for DISbaby's morning snooze. We made a quick stop at Guest Services to rent a Bottle Sterilizer ($50 deposit credited back when returned).





To be continued.
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Old 04-22-2013, 01:55 PM   #18
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Staying and Playing - Part II

Views from our Verandah:







DISbaby napped for about 30-40 minutes. She's not a good napper most days. So after getting her taken care of we decided to head to the Oceaneer's Club open house so she could play in Andy's Room. Those handwashers are pretty awesome too:







I also showed DISbaby where Tinkerbell lived:



After we continued on our quest to save the Puppies!!



We actually finished pretty quickly by doing all the art on one level of the ship then moving up or down according to where the other art was.

Lilly really loved the enchanted artwork on the ship.

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It was time for lunch so we headed back to Cabanas. MMM.....cheese!



Gramma was too fast:



After Lilly was ready for another nap. So we headed back, settled her down and I decided to go off ship for a few minutes:



I had considered going to find some rum but after a brief walk around the port decided to get back on board. It was busy and hot and I just wanted to be on that beautiful ship.

I got back on and went to Deck 11/12 to take some pictures and get some ice cream:





DISbaby was still asleep by the time I got back to the room so I watched Pirates on demand in the room while Gramma enjoyed the verandah.



The Allure was docked too and she is one BIG ship:



To be continued.
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Old 04-22-2013, 01:59 PM   #19
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Looking forward to reading the rest of your trip report. That's awesome that you were able to do a 3 generation cruise together. And your baby is adorable - such gorgeous eyes.
We definitely had a good time and thank you! She's a sweet heart...usually a really happy, good baby.
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Old 04-22-2013, 02:28 PM   #20
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Staying and Playing - Part III

I forgot to mention that someone left bubbles for DISbaby. We also got a nice gift from Angel's Momma and their crew (So thank you!!!)

After DISbaby woke up we enjoyed the verandah for awhile, blew some bubbles and decided to go up for a drink.

We split a Bahama Mama so we could each have a cup to take home.





Then I decided to give Nemo's Reef a go so I went upstairs and changed the two of us into our swimsuits.





The water was warm but DISbaby was having none of it:



So I handed DISbaby off to grandma and rode the Aquaduck. I was nervous but it was a blast. The water was warm on it too. I don't know what we did after that since the next picture I have is us dressed up meeting Belle:



We took a few pictures with her and waited forever to try and get pictures in front of the Dream backdrop but the photographer thought he was a professional and was taking a million pics of a family in front of us so we opted to head to dinner instead. Tonight we were in Animator's and it was fabulous!!!

My favorite pic of DISbaby from this night:



We had a great seat in a corner area with a great view of the screen where Crush comes:



More to come...dinner!
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Old 04-22-2013, 02:38 PM   #21
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Dinner

Our wine for the night which we carried over to the next night...it was a strong, good wine.



Gramma and I both had the Truffle Pasta Pursettes and Trio of Veal:





We also shared this:



DISbaby was enthralled by the screens and the interaction. She just loved it and couldn't keep her eyes off of Crush and the other characters. Gusti also entertained her so we could enjoy our dinners without worrying too much about her.

He made her an origami frog:




I tried to tell her fish are friends, not food but she wouldn't listen.



I had the walnut financier dessert (delish!) and Gramma had the sundae in honor of my grandpa (Perry...which is also why DISbaby has a Perry doll).





Then we danced:




After dinner we wandered around the shops, DISbaby does not like hats:



And went back to the room for the night where we fell asleep to Villians Tonight on TV.

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Old 04-22-2013, 02:48 PM   #22
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Castaway Cay - Part I

We woke up pretty early again and ordered some coffee and bagels for a light breakfast.



Then we sat out on the verandah for a while enjoying the sea air. It was a beautiful morning:



Can you find Mickey?


The first faraway glimpse of Castaway Cay.


Turning to dock, we could feel the movement of the ship and the rumbling that many people have mentioned when they're aft.





Excited!!






Finally we were able to get off the ship.





To be continued....tomorrow...unfortunately it's finals week and I do have to do some work.
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Old 04-23-2013, 08:45 AM   #23
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Sounds like a great time so far!! Can't wait to read some more :-)

Your bubba is so cute & happy.....makes me want to pinch her cheeks lol

What drink does Gramma have in her cup in the Castaway Cay pic? It looks very refreshing!
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Old 04-23-2013, 11:03 AM   #24
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Sounds like a great time so far!! Can't wait to read some more :-)

Your bubba is so cute & happy.....makes me want to pinch her cheeks lol

What drink does Gramma have in her cup in the Castaway Cay pic? It looks very refreshing!
Gramma and I filled our drinks with Diet Coke before leaving the ship. It was so much more convenient then the little paper cups they provide. More to come today.
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Old 04-23-2013, 11:15 AM   #25
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Castaway Cay - Part II

A week ago today we were here:



And now we're back home in 34' weather in the morning...booooooo.

Anyway...we had just exited the ship and were deciding between taking the tram or walking to the family beach. I chose to walk, Gramma hopped the tram and met me at the first stop. It's not a long walk but I wanted to enjoy the quiet of the island for a bit.



We got to the family beach, it was very quiet when we first got there and found a good shady spot near the lifeguard tower. Then we ventured to the water. It was cold at first but warmed up pretty quickly and felt good with the warm air temperature. I was also surprised by how many fish were there just swimming up to you...they are definitely not afraid of humans.









Lilly's first dip in the ocean...she was not impressed. She better learn to love the water because daddy sure does.



It was a gorgeous day.



I had debated bringing my personal snorkel gear and opted not too because I had already packed too much. I ended up renting gear for $25. Way too much for my taste but I really wanted to check out the snorkel area. I also made a stop for water and picked up some Finding Nemo toys for DISbaby to play with. She loves Nemo. I wasn't impressed with the snorkeling. I actually saw more fish in the swimming area. But it was a nice break for me. I was snorkeling for about 15 minutes. And returned to this.





After snorkeling we just lounged on the beach. DISbaby took a snooze, we had some drinks.





Around 11 AM we wandered back to the shopping shack. I bought a Mine, Mine, Mine onesie for Lilly, a Squirt keychain, a Castaway Cay pin and beverage holder and also a small Castaway Cay backpack. Gramma bought a nice shirt for Grampa. We chatted with the young ladies at the shop who were impressed that Lilly and I listened to Bob Marley and knew the songs playing over the speakers. They were really sweet. After we headed to Cookies BBQ for lunch.
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Castaway Cay - Part III

DISbaby had been rubbing her eye. Don't know if she got sand in it but it looked red. Poor baby.



Gramma went to grab her lunch, I grabbed a seat and a highchair for Lilly.

My lunch: The beach uses up a lot of energy and I was hungry.



Again Gramma beat me to the picture:



The ribs were really, really good. We had a bunch of these little guys scrounging for scraps.



We listened as the crab races started. And just enjoyed being on the island. https://plus.google.com/photos/10511...46332700711570

We decided to head back to the ship after lunch. We had been on the island for 4 hours and DISbaby was starting to get tired and fussy. I took a lot of pictures heading back to the ship while Gramma hopped the tram again.













Once back on the ship I headed straight to the Aquaduck for two quick rides while Gramma watched Lilly in the room. That was the best time to ride, less then a 10 minute wait. And it was a beautiful ride, soaring over the water and the views of Castaway Cay.

More to come....Pirate Night fun!
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Ship exploration, Trivia fun...

I went back to the room after riding the Aquaduck and showered with DISbaby to get off the sand that clung to us and get her down for a nap. Meanwhile I took more pictures.







Little did I know that Gramma had something in mind....so after DISbaby woke up from her nap we went for a walk around the ship and ended up here:



Yay!!! Gramma rebooked for....her and grampa, me, my hubs and DISbaby, and my brother, sis in law and niece may join us as well. She chose the 7 night Southern Caribbean out of San Juan because it stops in Saint Lucia. The only condition was that I had to get as much of my dissertation finished before we sailed. Whoooo-hoooo. I'm also letting Gramma tell my husband because....#1 he's a Disney Party-Pooper, #2 he doesn't like cruises (even though he's never been on one). I'm hoping the stop in Barbados will convince him to enjoy himself because he's always wanted to go there.

After booking we headed straight to the District for Pirate Trivia. I was determined to win at least one game....and I won. And it was tough trivia. I got 16/20 right, the next group got 14/20. I got a cool DCL bag filled with a DCL notebook, water bottle, keychain, DCL bag (which I gave to Grampa) and DCL earbuds. A pretty cool little win...not a Mickey Trophy or medal but still awesome.

I don't have a lot of pictures of this afternoon. Right after trivia Gramma headed to the DVC presentation....again...she's been three times now and still is not convinced. We already have two timeshares passed down by older relatives but I'm hoping someday she'll finally buy into the club.

After that meeting, during which I had to go change DISbaby's diaper and get her into her pirate gear, it was time to meet....him...the greatest Pirate Captain who ever sailed the 7 seas. And he was good....Not the greatest pictures here but we have the good ones which I will post as soon as I get the CD from Gramma.





By the time we'd finished all of this it was time for dinner and we were actually a few minutes late. We told Gusti and Jason that we had been raiding the rum stores on board.

Up next, Pirate Night Dinner and Party!
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Pirate Night Dinner and Party

Crab cakes...they were ok..not my favorite.



Gramma got the potstickers and she said they were really good. She'd also learned to let me take a picture before digging in...lol.



I had Conch Chowder. VERY Good. I mean....really, it's got BACON!



Gramma got some kind of salad...I think it was the Jerk Chicken.



I had the Dijon Crusted Sirloin...YUM!!! Very good. DISbaby ate a few bites of my sweet potato fries.



We shared a portion of the Mahi Mahi...it was ok. The rice was really good.



Gramma had the BBQ Short Rib. Which, amazingly, she managed to NOT get on her white shirt.



We both had the Rum Soaked Chocolate Cake.



After dinner I believe we went up top to the early Pirates Show with Mickey. I parked Gramma and DISbaby and went to get some light up Pirate Glasses because I wanted two to bring home. We filled them with Diet Coke and Sprite. Then we danced and watched the show. Now, I have a huge passion for Irish music...I love it and the music was right down my alley.

DISbaby and her Irish Jig (Sort of).

DISbaby watches Pirates!! She was quite enthralled.

After Mickey and Crew took back the ship we went back to the room because I was hurting.....folks...listen to the warnings about putting on sunscreen...even if you don't spend a lot of time out in the water. I was out for 15 minutes and this was painful.



Yes...15 minutes...snorkeling did that. I learned my lesson. Even gramma got a little red and she applied sunscreen and stayed in the shade. DISbaby was slathered with it and came out unscathed. So, sunscreen it up folks.

Up Next: Our Day at Sea....and the Diaper Dash Debacle.

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DISbaby is sooo big!! And so adorable! I love that you girls did this- and that you all rebooked for that awesome Southern C Itinerary- you are going to love it- so beautiful, and longer cruises are better cruises, too!!

I saw you on your sailaway- very hard to miss with your big green scarf, lol! Then I watched my sad, sad one- it's the dream on March 24th, 2013- don't bother looking for dates, just look at the empty ship sailing away in all the rain. Oh well- we still had so much fun!

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DISbaby is sooo big!! And so adorable! I love that you girls did this- and that you all rebooked for that awesome Southern C Itinerary- you are going to love it- so beautiful, and longer cruises are better cruises, too!!

I saw you on your sailaway- very hard to miss with your big green scarf, lol! Then I watched my sad, sad one- it's the dream on March 24th, 2013- don't bother looking for dates, just look at the empty ship sailing away in all the rain. Oh well- we still had so much fun!

Ellen
Thank you!! DISbaby is such a good baby for sure. And everyone just loved her onboard. I think I was watching your sail away...was that the one where the "tornado" blew through? That was insane!

I am so excited we rebooked...Gramma surprised me with that one. I'm loving your TR too...and I'm looking forward to seeing all the new DISmom pics from Cinco de Drinko coming up.
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