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Old 11-08-2013, 10:14 AM   #16
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I'm a single female and usually participate in the Fe exchange! Usually the FE organizer takes info including whether you are adult only or have kids and people sometimes customize their gifts around that. You should participate....there shouldn't be a requirement to be at the meet....generally the only reason you would want to be there (outside of meeting people!) is to get any cabin changes, etc.

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Old 11-08-2013, 11:09 AM   #17
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Tons of cruisers participate without kids. We've participated in two FE's so far and I delivered gifts to many a two pocket FE. Some were couples without kids, some were siblings traveling together w/out kids, etc.

I've never organized an FE (which is the harder job), but being just a participant is not really that hard to do. The hardest part is figuring out what you want to give. And delivering the gifts does take some time (depending upon how many cabins are participating), but I kind of enjoyed it since I got to walk all around on different decks and saw areas I normally wouldn't have been to otherwise.

I usually make one gift bag per stateroom and I ship them to the port ahead of time by regular mail so I don't have to pack anything in my luggage. The box has always been waiting for me in our stateroom.

I'm happy to answer any questions I can for you if you think you might want to do the FE and want to know more. First thing you would have to do is join your meet thread and see if their is an FE group started.

I think you might have read some really harsh threads. Everyone on our two prior FE groups were really nice and there were absolutely no expectations about how much or how expensive the gift had to be....just that if you signed up, you gave something. I loved everything I got from silly stickers to fancy scrapbook.

Thank you for clarifying a lot of things! I broke my one rule when it comes to reading reviews and judging things too far in advanced. I read SO MUCH and the negative things just stick in my mind. Thank you in advanced for any questions I might have! I'll definitely be PM'ing you in the near future about the FE's! lol

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I'm a single female and usually participate in the Fe exchange! Usually the FE organizer takes info including whether you are adult only or have kids and people sometimes customize their gifts around that. You should participate....there shouldn't be a requirement to be at the meet....generally the only reason you would want to be there (outside of meeting people!) is to get any cabin changes, etc.

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Since I have the backing of good advice and experience from 2 great gals, I'm going to do it for sure!! Thank you for advice and insight!! I now can't wait to start writing about my first adventures with the FE's! Now to find my meet group!!
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Thank you for clarifying a lot of things! I broke my one rule when it comes to reading reviews and judging things too far in advanced. I read SO MUCH and the negative things just stick in my mind. Thank you in advanced for any questions I might have! I'll definitely be PM'ing you in the near future about the FE's! lol



Since I have the backing of good advice and experience from 2 great gals, I'm going to do it for sure!! Thank you for advice and insight!! I now can't wait to start writing about my first adventures with the FE's! Now to find my meet group!!


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Old 11-09-2013, 08:14 AM   #19
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Old 11-13-2013, 09:16 AM   #20
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DCL Commericals

I don't really have anything new to report other than that I have the fabric and supplies for my fish extender. I'm making it hopefully next week and I'll be posting about the process soon!


I do however want to comment on the awesome radio and TV commercials that DCL has put out recently! Here in Chicago I listen to Eric & Kathy on 101.9 The Mix and every morning for the past week I've heard the DCL radio commercial at least twice per morning. I smile every time I here the, "Captains Log..." lol I've also seen the new DCL TV commercials on the Travel Channel! They look great! They also make we want to be on vacation right now!!

ONLY 5 MONTHS TO THE DATE!!
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Old 11-15-2013, 09:26 AM   #21
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For The Love Of Flying!!

For anyone going to the Orlando area for Easter break and flying in, I suggest booking flights now! We actually booked our flights about a month ago on Southwest, but I looked at the flights still available today to see if they had any deals, and most were either sold out for the "Wanna get away" flights!! The cheapest to get home on Easter is $425 from Orlando to Midway-Chicago!! Yikes.... Let me share my experience with booking flights for this trip...





We like flying Southwest. They have great fares, no baggage fees for the first 2 bags, great customer service, and we like Midway-Chicago MUCH better than O'Hare. We could have booked flights out of O'Hare when we decided to take the vacation back in August but we convinced my In-Laws to try Southwest because of cheaper flights. (Even though the In-Laws are much closer to O'Hare.) Well, at least we got them a little cheaper... If we booked United or American out of O'Hare back in August, we could have gotten the same price as our Southwest flights (that includes the baggage fees). Instead I sat at the computer on Oct 14th (When Southwest released the flights for our dates) and fought a bloody battle for our flights. I found our times and filled out all the personal info and CC info, but by the time I hit "Process," the prices went up! I quickly redid the info and hit "Process." It went through this time, but we ended up having to pay $200 more than the first price and went over our $2,000 budget for 5 people by about $70. Not a big deal but a little bit of a bummer. I went back 5 minutes later and the price jumped another $57 per ticket!!



Needless to say, if you want deals on airfare for Easter break, there are none. lol I'm just happy that it's out of the way! So what did I book? Our flight going to Orlando is on Southwest at 6:10am and gets in at around 9:20am. Early, but gives us the WHOLE DAY at Typhoon Lagoon! Our flight back to Chicago on Easter Sunday is on a Southwest flight operated by Air-Tran and is at 12:25pm arriving at 2:45pm. This gives us a nice breakfast before the flight and then the rest of the evening at home on Easter before the work week!

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Old 11-15-2013, 11:19 AM   #22
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I'm still stuck in the zone of not wanting to pay more than $1,000.00 for 4 people!

Sadly, I think those days are over. This past summer, the only reason I was able to keep our cost at $1,000.00 for four of us for airfaire was because I had enough Jetblue points to pay for two one way tickets, purchasing the rest of the tickets for the family with cash.

We love flying Jetblue. TV's in the seats for the kids are a plus and it easy to and from JFK for us. Southwest out of Islip is actually easy for us too, but DH hates them. He hates the whole no assigned seats thing. I don't know why it bothers him so much. We've always managed to get B boarding and have never been split up on a flight.
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Old 11-15-2013, 11:45 AM   #23
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I'm still stuck in the zone of not wanting to pay more than $1,000.00 for 4 people!

Sadly, I think those days are over. This past summer, the only reason I was able to keep our cost at $1,000.00 for four of us for airfaire was because I had enough Jetblue points to pay for two one way tickets, purchasing the rest of the tickets for the family with cash.

We love flying Jetblue. TV's in the seats for the kids are a plus and it easy to and from JFK for us. Southwest out of Islip is actually easy for us too, but DH hates them. He hates the whole no assigned seats thing. I don't know why it bothers him so much. We've always managed to get B boarding and have never been split up on a flight.
I wish we could have used our points! My points are right under the one way flight price, so I couldn't use them.

Southwest is also one of those airlines that you love or hate. Chicago is expensive to fly out of and that's always our lowest price option. They're also in our good favor because they upgraded us on our Air-Tran flight for our honeymoon for free. They bumped us up to the business class seats in the front of the plane! (It might also be because they they were trying to squeeze 2 more people on the plane and they knew we would appreciate it more being newlyweds...) lol
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I LOVE SW! Just flew them home today.

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Old 12-30-2013, 01:49 PM   #25
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Welcome Back!

Hello everyone and Happy Holidays!

I had to go on a little bit of a break due to the holidays, but who hasn't? I'm ready to start up again with the pre-trip report and I have a lot to report. My biggest news is that we booked our activities last night! My DH and his family are Gold Castaway Cay so we were able to book all of our various activities at 11:00pm (12:00am EST).

The main thing that we wanted to book was our cabana on Serenity Bay. I sat on the computer refreshing the feed every minute in preparation to grab a cabana as quick as possible. As soon as the portal opened, I went to the Castaway Cay day and found that cabanas 19 and 20 were both still available!! My MIL doesn't like to walk very far so we chose Cabana 19 because it was right at one of the beach entrances. We stayed in Cabana 20 on our honeymoon and even though it's right next to Cabana 19, you still have a little longer of a walk to the beach because you have to pass both buildings. We also chose it because the furniture cushions in 19 are green, and the color green is an obsession of my MIL. lol This is the second time that my DH and I have had a cabana and the first time for my MIL, FIL, and BIL. My MIL was a little hesitant about it because of the price, but when we described all the amenities, she gave in a little. My FIL is pretty excited about it. He's a very quiet man but we know he's excited because he said that we should try it because it's something they've never done before. And finally, my BIL is indifferent...but I think he'll like it!


This one is gonna be ours!!






The next thing I hurried to book was our Palo Brunch. There is only one of these on our sailing because they only do them on the days at sea. I'm guessing that it's very popular on our sailing because there were very limited times. I was able to snatch up the 11:00am time for the 5 of us! This is also something my In-Laws have never done and we easily convinced my BIL and FIL to try it. My BIL has a culinary degree and is a big foodie so he is very eager. My FIL also loves seafood so he was down. The hard part was convincing my MIL to do it. She HATES seafood and she thinks that there's nothing but seafood everywhere on the buffet. Not true! Even though I've showed her the pictures of the buffet tables filled with EVERYTHING, she's still a little wary....oh well.


I'm soooo excited for this!






Even though we are going to be in Nassau on my 24th birthday, we opt'd to not book any port adventures. I was looking into some of the Greycliff Hotel chocolate making courses or the wine pairing luncheon but we decided to just hail a cab to Atlantis and gamble. We aren't huge on gambling but it's fun to go with the family. Last time we went in 2012 the boys all went to blackjack and my MIL and I sat on the penny slots. It was really fun!


The Atlantis casino is beautiful! A true site to see!

Last time we lost while......

The boys won....but that'll change!!

My favorite picture of Nassau!

Instead, my DH and I decided to book the Couples Exotic Rasul as my birthday present. This is the spa treatment where you and your significant other are locked away for 50 min your own private spa area to exfoliate each other with scrubs and mud. It also has a private steam room and shower. We did this on the Magic back in 2012 ans had a blast!! We decided to leave it for the morning of the day at sea so we can be all relaxed and exfoliated before we stuff ourselves at Palo Brunch. lol




I plan on getting some good pictures of the Exotic Rasul during our tour of the spa on the first day!!

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Have you stayed at OKW before, we stayed there for the 1st time this year & loved it, 1 bedroom villa was so spacious. Relaxing at TL will be a great start to you vacation, especially after such an early start, you'll love Crush N Gusher great fun.

We are doing our 1st cruise in Sept; it'll be good to hear what your MIL thinks of Palo, I'm not sure whether to book or not, we don't do Seafood either.

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Have you stayed at OKW before, we stayed there for the 1st time this year & loved it, 1 bedroom villa was so spacious. Relaxing at TL will be a great start to you vacation, especially after such an early start, you'll love Crush N Gusher great fun.

We are doing our 1st cruise in Sept; it'll be good to hear what your MIL thinks of Palo, I'm not sure whether to book or not, we don't do Seafood either.

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I've never stayed at OKW but my In-Laws have their DVC membership there, so that's like their second home. I'm really excited to be there because out of all the times I've been to WDW, I've never stayed in anything but a basic hotel room on property. It's also been years since I've been to TL so it'll be like going for the first time.....again!

I think my MIL will like Palo overall. There is only one seafood table and very few seafood plated dishes that they offer. In my TR from my honeymoon, I have all the pictures from Palo Brunch and I plan on getting better ones from this next trip. Take a look! They have everything from breakfast/dinner plated dishes to fresh fruit, sticky buns, and mini eggplant parmesan! There is truly something there for everyone! I see you'r doing the transatlantic. I would try both Palo brunch and dinner. You wont be disappointed in either!!
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Instead, my DH and I decided to book the Couples Exotic Rasul as my birthday present. This is the spa treatment where you and your significant other are locked away for 50 min your own private spa area to exfoliate each other with scrubs and mud. It also has a private steam room and shower. We did this on the Magic back in 2012 ans had a blast!! We decided to leave it for the morning of the day at sea so we can be all relaxed and exfoliated before we stuff ourselves at Palo Brunch. lol

We've done this twice! It's not offered on the Fantasy (which we sailed on August 2012 and is the ship for our upcoming August 2014 cruise) which disappointed DH a great deal.

I think last time we left the Rasul and went straight to a martini tasting. Definitely made for a relaxing day!
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I've just finished reading your honeymoon trip report - really enjoyed it thank you. Belated congratulations. I nearly bought that beach towel too, but ended up getting a 'Mine, Mine, Mine' T Shirt instead.

Definitely buying Rainforest passes after your review, going to try Rasoul also You've persuaded me on Palo too; DH will love the desserts if nothing else
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We've done this twice! It's not offered on the Fantasy (which we sailed on August 2012 and is the ship for our upcoming August 2014 cruise) which disappointed DH a great deal.

I think last time we left the Rasul and went straight to a martini tasting. Definitely made for a relaxing day!
We LOVE the Rasul! That's the one thing that we were praying they kept on the Magic and they did!

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I've just finished reading your honeymoon trip report - really enjoyed it thank you. Belated congratulations. I nearly bought that beach towel too, but ended up getting a 'Mine, Mine, Mine' T Shirt instead.

Definitely buying Rainforest passes after your review, going to try Rasoul also You've persuaded me on Palo too; DH will love the desserts if nothing else
Thank you! I'm glad it was some help to you! The Finding Nemo seagulls are somewhat of an obsession of mine. lol I'm glad that you'll be trying everything! You certainly have plenty of at sea days to do so! I've only done the Rainforest room on the Fantasy so I'm excited to report my experience on the Magic. One thing your DH might like at Palo brunch is the selection of Italian plates such as chicken parmesan or the pizzas. I've noticed that those have been favorites for the not so adventurous eater.
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