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Old 01-17-2014, 04:08 PM   #676
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Day 11, August 17

Let’s try this again – A Fantasy cruise take 2 - Part 2

Soon the first guests entered the ship and we watched and listened for some familiar names, as this time we were looking forward to meet some new DISboards friends.







After a while we started to walk around again a bit





























until it was time to head to the Enchanted Garden for lunch. Since we had been there just in the morning we were greeted with a big smile and a “Welcome back” and then the cast member assigning tables made sure we would be at our “regular table” again. We sat down, ordered our drinks and shared a few sentences with our server before we headed to the buffet. This time we were a little more hungry and we filled our plates with yummy food,





returned to our table and enjoyed our feast. We skipped dessert and instead of it went on another walk around the ship and finally returned to our stateroom.
Raj was in the hallway delivering suitcases and we exchanged a few words before we headed back to our home for the next week. We put our things back into our room, sat outside on the veranda watching the steady stream of guests get on and then finally walked down to La Piazza to book the rest of our tastings. The cast member had a hard time getting the computer to work, then we needed to change the one reservation we had and book some more. It took forever. And while we were standing there waiting, someone from behind asked if we were Karin and Tom from the DISboards.
Yes, we were and we were happy to meet someone from our group. We chatted for a few minutes until our bookings were straightened out, then said our goodbyes and walked over to the Vista Café.





We both ordered a



Cappuccino, made sure that the cast member understood that we wanted the coffee in a china cup and sat down on one of the couches.
They brought the coffee over and Tom picked up some pastries,



an Éclair, a dense, but moist chocolate coffee cake and a piece of brownie. We sat and sipped our coffee and nibbled our baked goods and soon enough it was time to head to the DVC presentation.

To be continued ............
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Old 01-17-2014, 07:40 PM   #677
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Okay - no matter how many times I checked this forum, somehow I still managed to miss you starting to update again! I’m here now!

I’m so glad you get to do the Italy trip; you know I LOVED reading about the last one!!! What a fiasco with FedEX - I’m glad you finally got the certificate! I cannot believe how close your next trip is!!!

I cannot imagine being at the depressing Final Breakfast and know that you weren’t actually done! How wonderful. I am so intrigued with the back-to-back thing because of you - if I can ever find a way to afford it, I am totally going to do it!

It’s amazing to see the terminal all empty like that. And the empty ship!!! What a treat to see that.

The Enchanted Garden buffet lunch looks pretty darn tasty. As do the Vista Cafe goodies!

I need to get in gear here and get my TR updated to 17 August too!!!
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Lunch looks relish and so do those pastries.

How great to be back on the ship just like that. Deja Vu! Did you have the same stateroom both times?

I love that tile artwork. Just gorgeous.
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Great [ix around the ship Karin !!That Cappacinno looked great !! As did those desserts !! Now I see you had 2 of my favs for lunch shrimp and asparagus !!! Yummy!!!
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One of these days I'm going to get to do a B2B! That turnaround day would be awesome! I have thought about it for the 3 day Dream cruise we currently have booked for this fall, but I'm not sure that would be the best choice for us. I know we wouldn't be able to keep our favorite cabin, and I don't especially want to repeat the same itinerary. The 4 day does have a sea day, but I would rather go to different ports. Maybe we can book last minute if they offer some good FL resident rates. No, I haven't shared this thought with DH yet, so don't tell him!

I can't wait to see your WDW plans. Who knows, our paths just might end up crossing at some point. We haven't made many WDW runs lately so I think it's about time to get back to our regular WDW visits. Enough with letting life get in the way!

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I agree...I love that you get to do back to back.....someday. I keep saying that because that way it will come true!!!

The food looks fabulous!
I am cracking up with the amount of money you thought you were going to have to pay Fed Ex. I would've freaked out.

I am so glad Tom is approved to have the time off for Italy. More fabulopus pictures to see!
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Old 01-19-2014, 03:25 AM   #683
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Okay - no matter how many times I checked this forum, somehow I still managed to miss you starting to update again! I’m here now!


You are here now! That is all that counts.


I’m so glad you get to do the Italy trip; you know I LOVED reading about the last one!!! What a fiasco with FedEX - I’m glad you finally got the certificate! I cannot believe how close your next trip is!!!

Italy is such a nice weekend break for us, but it is a long drive for just two days, so having a four day weekend will be awesome - lots of food pics to share.
The certificate did get here in the end, the amount of money on the first note really freaked us out.
Your trip should be just around the corner as well, isn't it?


I cannot imagine being at the depressing Final Breakfast and know that you weren’t actually done! How wonderful. I am so intrigued with the back-to-back thing because of you - if I can ever find a way to afford it, I am totally going to do it!

The "Get off our ship" breakfast (that is what we call it ) is really the biggest letdown of every cruise. The only thing that makes it any better is to know that you will have a much nicer lunch a few hours later when you go back to back.
You really should try sailing back to back. It is just awesome, so much more relaxing that a regular cruise. I am really keeping my fingers crossed that we can pull it off again in 2015.


It’s amazing to see the terminal all empty like that. And the empty ship!!! What a treat to see that.

The empty ship is the best thing ever! Even if it is just for an hour, but the ship feels so different with NO guests on it.

The Enchanted Garden buffet lunch looks pretty darn tasty. As do the Vista Cafe goodies!

I am not a huge fan of Cabanas. Ways are too long for the food to stay warm. In Enchanted Garden at least we have a table assigned and ways are much shorter.

I need to get in gear here and get my TR updated to 17 August too!!!
Knowing the speed you are updating, you will be through your cruise way ahead of me.

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Lunch looks relish and so do those pastries.

How great to be back on the ship just like that. Deja Vu! Did you have the same stateroom both times?

I love that tile artwork. Just gorgeous.
Lunch is really nice on day one - breakfast before you get off not so much.

YES, we stay in the same stateroom. No packing, everything stays where it is, easy peasy. If you (need to) change your stateroom you need to pack up and they will move everything for you, but I prefer not to do any unnecessary work.

There are so many unexpected nooks and corners to find some amazing craftsman ship around that ship - I am sure you are going to love it.


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Great [ix around the ship Karin !!That Cappacinno looked great !! As did those desserts !! Now I see you had 2 of my favs for lunch shrimp and asparagus !!! Yummy!!!
Thank you, Rosie!
Food is so yummy on the ship. And I just LOVE asparagus - oh, and lets not forget the shrimp and cocktail sauce!


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One of these days I'm going to get to do a B2B! That turnaround day would be awesome! I have thought about it for the 3 day Dream cruise we currently have booked for this fall, but I'm not sure that would be the best choice for us. I know we wouldn't be able to keep our favorite cabin, and I don't especially want to repeat the same itinerary. The 4 day does have a sea day, but I would rather go to different ports. Maybe we can book last minute if they offer some good FL resident rates. No, I haven't shared this thought with DH yet, so don't tell him!

Oh, a three night cruise just calls for adding on a four nighter. Two Castaway Cay days!
Believe me, I was the same way with going to different ports, but since we are stuck with my summer holiday we were stuck with the Bahamian itinerary if we wanted to sail out of Port Canaveral.
So, the ports were no longer our first interest, but you get to enjoy the ship much more and it is just so relaxing not to have to run after a guide during an excursion.
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I can't wait to see your WDW plans. Who knows, our paths just might end up crossing at some point. We haven't made many WDW runs lately so I think it's about time to get back to our regular WDW visits. Enough with letting life get in the way!

Nancy
Now that our plans for WDW and our DREAM cruise have all fallen into place I have started writing out the plans to post on my PTR. I am not sure if I will finish the Paris TR first or just post both, but I guess it might become confusing.
It would be awesome if we were at the parks the same time. We don't have any DISmeets scheduled this trip - now, that will be different.
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I agree...I love that you get to do back to back.....someday. I keep saying that because that way it will come true!!!

Jen, "haven't you" got to do it as a TA experience once?
If you get to do it, you will LOVE it!


The food looks fabulous!
I am cracking up with the amount of money you thought you were going to have to pay Fed Ex. I would've freaked out.

Well, we both DID freak out about the amount! I said NO way can it be that high if the share plus frame and everything is just a fraction of it. But it really was noted without a dot in between and the € at the end, which indicates that this MEANS full Euros. I was pretty relieved once I had spoken to the girl in the FedEx office and she straightened things out.

I am so glad Tom is approved to have the time off for Italy. More fabulopus pictures to see!
He needs those days off in between. And we are both looking forward to our short trip to Italy.
And more pics to share!


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Ah.....coffee tastes so much better in a real china cup!

What a drag that the bookings took so long to straighten out, that is frustrating when that happens but good you got it dealt with and completed.
I finally found someone who agrees that coffee in a china cup tastes a lot better than those styrofoam cups.
Please put Austria on your list of countries to travel to - coffee is a huge part of our culture here - and it is strong and tasty! Lots of different varieties too!

The poor CMs had to struggle a lot with computers not working - it was more of a hassle for them than us.
At least we had time to chat with the other people in line.
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Old 01-19-2014, 04:06 AM   #685
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Day 11, August 17

Let’s try this again – A Fantasy cruise take 2 - Part 3

We sat and sipped our coffee and nibbled our baked goods and soon enough it was time to head to the DVC presentation.
We were handed two



Mimosas and sat down at one of the small tables in the Tube. Soon the presentation was on it’s way





and it was exactly the same as the last one we had seen. It did take longer than we had thought and so again, sadly we missed the DISmeet again.
Soon after the DVC meet we had to get ready for the lifeboat drill. We both picked up our sunglasses before making our way down. It was pretty interesting to use the “backstage” areas to get to our muster station.
We signed in, then stood in line and were amazed at how many people talked over the cast members who were trying to explain the evacuation process. Once the drill was over everyone headed to the lift and stairs and we just joined the masses and walked up to our stateroom.



There was another task still left to do, we had to decorate our door again



and hang up the Fish Extender. Decorations done we headed upstairs again to deck 12 to watch the ship sail out. It did not take long and the ship started to move.





The cast members came out to wave



and we were on our way. It takes a while for the ship to slowly glide out of the port









and we had fun waving and watching people wave back at us from the restaurants and also watching some speedboats getting back into harbour after a race.





It was fun to be up on deck again, with the wind in our faces.



















After we had left the port we walked around a bit and finally grabbed a seat in Currents after picking up a drink of the day, the Ooh La La.

To be continued ............
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Old 01-19-2014, 09:08 AM   #686
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I can't wait to see the pics from this cruise since we have not sailed the Western itinerary.
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I can't wait to see the pics from this cruise since we have not sailed the Western itinerary.
It was nice doing both, the Eastern and Western, but without taking anything away I have to say that the Eastern was our favourite.
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Lots of exciting news, Karin! I'm glad you finally got the Fed Ex sorted out, and Tom has his stock. We gave one to Ryan in a frame when he graduated from college.

Yay for your Mickey Mail!

So cool that you got to just relax and stroll around like you owned the ship on departure day!
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Karin, I have said this before but every single time I look at your cruise pictures, it makes me want to give a Disney cruise another chance. You always seem to enjoy yourselves and take advantage of everything the ship has to offer.
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