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Old 12-26-2013, 10:47 PM   #601
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I love your photos from the water. Makes me wish I was there.

I hope you had a Merry Christmas.
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Mmm - another Royal Court breakfast! I loved that place so much! The omelette looks especially tasty today.

Still a wee bit jealous of your adult cabana-enjoying CC style! That place is just so amazing.

Oooooh, you’re getting close to “our” cruise, aren’t you????
YES, lots of RC breakfasts for us. Planning on having even more in just 7 weeks.

We LOVE those Cabanas. They are really a safe haven for us. My eyes don't like all that sun too much, so being in the shade is such a blessing. Not to mention that the Cabanas are GREAT just in itself.

Yes, "our" cruise is just one more trip report day away.


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Great update Karin
We are doing a double dip to CC at the end of next year. I think I am going to try for a cabana - I know that it's pretty impossible to get one but you never know your luck!
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Oh, a double dip! They are SO much fun! I envy you.
I am keeping my fingers crossed for you for getting a Cabana. They are a lot of fun.


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Having been a bit behind, let me just say this... YUM! All of your food pics always make me hungry. Such yummy things....especially the deserts.

Cruise food is wonderful .... only downside? There is TOO much of it and you want to try it all.

Your day in St. Thomas looked like it ended well. What a beautiful setting!

St. Thomas was a beautiful day and the Banana Daiquiri was the icing on the cake!

Thanks for sharing the trivia regarding the wine. I had no idea that she and her husband owned that.

You are welcome, Ann! If you ever get to Napa, Silverado is worth a visit. It is beautiful there and they do wine tastings too.

Your kitchen tour looked like it was very cool!

We loved the kitchen tour! So much we did it again the next cruise.
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I have yet to make it to Serinty Bay. Some day I will get there...though it might not be till Claire is 18. LOL
Oh Jen, I guess you need to sign up Claire for some fun activity on CC next time, so you have time to check out Serenity Bay. It is BEAUTIFUL!!!

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Thank you! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas as well!

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If you are ever in California, and you go to Napa, you can visit the Silverado Vineyards. It's a breathtaking area and you can partake in the hot springs and mud baths in Calistoga. I used to work at a summer camp in the hills between Calistoga and Santa Rosa.
You might have missed the post where I talked about visiting the Silverado Vineyards.
When we went to California in 2006 we made a point of spending a few days in Napa and visit a few wineries. I had found out about Silverado some time before that and it was the number 1 priority on my list.
It was beautiful and I can tell you that we had a really FUN wine tasting.

We bought a few bottles of Silverado to take home in our carry ons and a few days later the "no liquid" rule came out. We had a suitcase full of nicely bubble wrapped bottles to send home then and I am proud to say they all made it.


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I love your photos from the water. Makes me wish I was there.

I hope you had a Merry Christmas.
Oh, I can so understand wishing to be there - I cannot wait to get back there too! Only ONE visit for us this year.
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Day 10, August 16

Back to Paradise - Part 2

We took showers, dried ourselves off and when a server walked by we flagged him down, to order some drinks. He soon was back with our two



Konk Koolers, dark rum, light rum, passion fruit juice, pina colada mix, orange juice and crushed ice.
So we sat out on the loungers and enjoyed the view, sipping our cool drinks.



We opened a bag of the chips that were there and nibbled those along with some fruit out of the fridge. Drinks finished we decided to take one more dip in the ocean before we headed to the Barbeque Station for lunch.
So we headed out and drifted about for a while,







when we saw someone entering our Cabana. Now, we have seen strangers walking up to the Cabanas and looking around before, but something about these people seemed different. They stayed out on the deck and were looking towards us  well, that was when we recognized who they were, Jean and Paul. We waved, they waved back and headed towards us. We did the same and met in the middle of the ocean. And after some laughter about how they had tried to find us, we stayed in the water together floating around a bit and chatting about every day events in our lives. And while we were just having fun in the water we saw some stingrays in the water again.







We chatted and laughed for quite some time, then headed back to the Cabana.
We all took showers, dried ourselves off and had a drink out of the fridge. Jean and Paul had already had lunch and time was running out for lunch, so we all walked down to the barbeque station, where Jean and Paul said their goodbyes and we headed to the buffet.
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yummy salads and some grilled Mahi Mahi, while Tom got



some salads as well and he wanted to try a hot dog. Tom got some drinks, and we just sat there and enjoyed our food.
While we were finishing up, some cast members came by to let us know that there were a few minutes left before they closed the buffet and if we wanted anything else they would just bring it to our table. What a nice gesture, but we were full and let them know that we were about to leave.
We made a restroom stop and then walked along the waters edge back to our Cabana. We sat out in the sun for a while, applied more sun screen and then decided that we wanted to take one more dip in the ocean before it would be time to head back to the ship. So we walked down to the ocean and walked a way out. The tide had come in and the water was higher than before, so we did not have to walk so far out. We floated around for quite a while, enjoying the sun and the beauty of the island







before we knew it was time to head back to the Cabana. Again, we took showers and sat on the loungers for a while until we knew it was time to pack up our stuff and head back to the ship.
Bags in hand we headed out the back door and down the few steps and Walter, our Cabana host, was already waiting with his golf cart. We told him that we had forgotten to bring cash, but we would leave a tip for him at Guest Services.
Walter took us to the tram, which was already starting to pull away, but stopped when they saw us coming.
There were just a few people on and when we got on one guy commented that they must have seen our lanyards and hit the brakes, cant leave behind a good customer. We all had a good laugh and in no time made it back to the stop for the tram to the ship.

To be continued ............
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Belated Merry Christmas to you and Tom! Hope you had a wonderful day.

I always love reading about your days on CC and the awesome cabana experience. I didn't realize the cabanas had showers. Nice.

Those drinks look awesome and lunch looks like a hit!
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Mmmm, Konk Koolers. I wish I had one now!

I love Serenity Bay...Love the cabanas but wish they were more affordable!

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Belated Merry Christmas to you and Tom! Hope you had a wonderful day.

I always love reading about your days on CC and the awesome cabana experience. I didn't realize the cabanas had showers. Nice.

Those drinks look awesome and lunch looks like a hit!
Thank you, Mary Ellen!
We had some lovely and lazy holidays.

I am glad you enjoy hearing all about CC - I sure talk about it a lot. But the island is really beautiful and we just LOVE the Cabanas. Yes, they have sweet water showers and some pretty comfy chairs, a fridge stocked with icy cold drinks and cold towels and as many towels as you care to use. We just love the convenience and the cabana is such a wonderful thing to have for my sensitive eyes. Getting out of the sun for a while is key when I want to stay on the island as long as we do.


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I love Serenity Bay...Love the cabanas but wish they were more affordable!

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I promise to have a Konk Kooler just for you in February.

Serenity Bay is just our heaven on earth! And I DO hear you on the price of the Cabanas.
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Hi Karin! I hope you and Tom had a great Christmas!

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Pretty close on my TR too. Just finishing up the second to last WDW day. One more WDW day to go and it will be August 17 and we’ll be boarding the Fantasy!!!

Ahh - that’s the life. Sitting at your cabana sipping frozen drinks. Wish I was there now!

Your beach lunch choices look very tasty.

What a great CC day!
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Hi Karin! I hope you and Tom had a great Christmas!


Pretty close on my TR too. Just finishing up the second to last WDW day. One more WDW day to go and it will be August 17 and we’ll be boarding the Fantasy!!!

Ahh - that’s the life. Sitting at your cabana sipping frozen drinks. Wish I was there now!

Your beach lunch choices look very tasty.

What a great CC day!
Thank you! We had a pretty laid back and relaxed Christmas.
Guess you and Willow had a fun time too. Any pics?

I need to head over to your TR and read up on your latest adventures. I am trying to put together the planning for the first day of our DLRP trip at the moment and it takes a while.

Isn't CC so beautiful? And we love lunch out there at Serenity Bay - very peaceful and sometimes they have different options than Cookie's!
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konk koolers always look yummy! What a nice relaxing day on the island. And how fun to have Jean and Paul to spend time with.
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Oh to be at CC right now would be so wonderful! I'm so sick of cold weather & snow!

The lunch looked very tasty, I especially like the tomato cucumber salad they serve at Disney restaurants.

The cabanas are so nice, but I saw where they are increasing the price to have one. I guess Disney is running short on funds! LOL
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konk koolers always look yummy! What a nice relaxing day on the island. And how fun to have Jean and Paul to spend time with.
Konk Koolers not only look yummy, Ann! They are sooooooo good! The perfect island drink.
It was so fun to spend some more time with Jean and Paul. We had so many things to catch up on. When we sailed in 2009 their daughter and son in law were on their honeymoon (YES, with mum and dad in tow ) And now they have a little girl of their own. We loved hearing all about it.


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Oh to be at CC right now would be so wonderful! I'm so sick of cold weather & snow!

The lunch looked very tasty, I especially like the tomato cucumber salad they serve at Disney restaurants.

The cabanas are so nice, but I saw where they are increasing the price to have one. I guess Disney is running short on funds! LOL
Doris, you have no idea how much I long for some sun and warm weather, too. I just don't like the winter.

They increased the price for the family beach cabanas by 10% which makes them really steep, but some of the excursions hiked more than 30 - 50%. Guess they must be real tight with all the "money savers" they put in place lately.
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Great Update on CC !!! I loved Serenity Bay last May too !!! This May it will be my beloved Disney again with Carol in tow !!!
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Thank you! We had a pretty laid back and relaxed Christmas.
Guess you and Willow had a fun time too. Any pics?

I need to head over to your TR and read up on your latest adventures. I am trying to put together the planning for the first day of our DLRP trip at the moment and it takes a while.

Isn't CC so beautiful? And we love lunch out there at Serenity Bay - very peaceful and sometimes they have different options than Cookie's!
We had a little health stress leading up to Christmas, but it all turned out okay. And now we have another week off to just hang out and have fun. Thanks to your little reminder, I just posted some pics from our Christmas.

Oh, the planning! So much work but so much fun!!! Our trip is coming up FAST too - I really need to buy that second AP and then finalize our few dining reservations and plans to meet up with a friend on our first night. So excited to tell Willow that we are going back to DLR for her birthday! And so excited to read about your DLRP trip!!!!

Yes, I was blown away by CC. I am not a huge beach lover, but that was just wonderful. I bet Serenity Bay is fabulous! How about next time, you hang out with Willow, and I will go relax and enjoy all the adult amenities? No? WHAT??
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Doris, you have no idea how much I long for some sun and warm weather, too. I just don't like the winter.

They increased the price for the family beach cabanas by 10% which makes them really steep, but some of the excursions hiked more than 30 - 50%. Guess they must be real tight with all the "money savers" they put in place lately.
I would like to join the group who wish they were on Castaway Cay right now! We don't get back there until September! Might even be longer than that if we use the cruise we currently have booked as the placeholder for 2015 that it was originally meant to be. I am not so patiently waiting for the rest of the 2015 schedule to come out so we can make some decisions.

I saw your mention of the excursion price increases on your planning thread. I didn't realize the increases would be that much. 30 to 50%? What are they thinking? All I can say is that I guess we will be planning more private excursions from now on. We already do some privately but we do like the convenience and security of booking with Disney, especially when we have a shore time in port or we are in a port we aren't as familiar with the port we are visiting.
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