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Old 05-01-2014, 12:13 AM   #76
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I was hoping to do something involving snorkeling at Puerto Rico but we met a guy from there who basically convinced my husband that we must see as much of the area as possible.
I am sure we will tour St.Maarten. DS and I likely won't get to snorkel there. I will continue to research and obsess. It's not like I already searched for gluten free food in St.Maarten, you know like two months ago... of course not - that would be crazy! #canthideyourDISside!
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Old 05-01-2014, 12:16 AM   #77
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Elmo2200 did you happen to find any gf foods on St Maarten? DD and DS are gluten intolerant.
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Old 05-01-2014, 12:31 AM   #78
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Yes, by reading trip reports, travel books and searching the internet. I used copy and paste to put the info in a word doc so I can take it with me. It has 8 restaurants so far. The document notes what kind of GF food the restaurant has, if it is cash only, if it is open for lunch, what part of the city it is in, etc. I haven't done San Juan yet. After all my careful research DH will probably have me just wing it at an unknown restaurant. What can you do?
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Old 05-26-2014, 09:11 PM   #79
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Hi everyone! I'm so happy I found this thread. My DH and I have been married 21 years and are parents to 3 girls ages 6, 8, and 9. The Jan. 3, 2015 Fantasy will be my family's first cruise. I'm so excited but also overwhelmed with making sure I don't miss anything or mess up any plans from FEs to port excursions, on-board activities (my girls are dying to do Bippity Boppity Boutique, it's the whole reason we chose Fantasy!), pirate night costumes, etc. I'm new to DIS, new to DCL, new to all these acronyms and plan to spend the next 6+ months absorbing as much as possible from you more experienced travelers. Thanks for sharing all your info!

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Old 06-17-2014, 12:28 AM   #80
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Looking forward to January 3rd 2015! Is there a fish extender group for this cruise?
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Old 06-23-2014, 10:26 AM   #81
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Hope everyone is enjoying doing well!
We have one more major trip coming up very soon then hopefully I will go back to cruise mode! I seem to have chilled out now that we've done a few. I haven't worked on FEs in a long time. I hope to get back to sewing. I was focused on a quilt that should be finished up to binding tomorrow.
Dreaming of cruise food! Must have 4 course dinners!!!!
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Old 06-24-2014, 07:32 PM   #82
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Still here! 192 days!!! Woohoo
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Old 07-06-2014, 02:16 PM   #83
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Hi All!

We are a family of 5 (DH - BigAWL, DD13, DD11, and DD8(on the cruise). We booked this cruise on our Med cruise two weeks ago as a surprise for our girls. So shhhhhhhhh don't tell them!!!! I'm going to try and keep it a secret until Christmas at Grandma and Grandpa's! We bought DCL t-shirts on our cruise and pins and we're planning to put them in a big box as a surprise present Christmas morning.

Look forward to getting to know everyone!

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Old 07-18-2014, 08:15 PM   #84
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Hi all,

Just put a deposit down on my first DCL cruise!

We are Disneyland annual pass holders, and have been to Aulani twice (so awesome!)...and while we are Diamond members on RCCL, we've never been on a Disney cruise.

Our little group consists of DH & me, DS(6), and Grandma! We will have connecting cabins, and DS is excited to be with Grandma next door. We are excited about that too :-)

I'm not on FB, so not sure I can participate in the whole FE thing (and I also don't know much about it).

But we are excited about the trip!
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Old 07-22-2014, 02:26 PM   #85
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Welcome Lisa!! There is a ton of information about everything FE on the DIS! The kids especially enjoy delivering little goodies and finding goodies left for them. It is great fun plus I get exercise and see different parts of the ship. Surely if you would like to join it can be done without facebook.
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Welcome Lisa!! There is a ton of information about everything FE on the DIS! The kids especially enjoy delivering little goodies and finding goodies left for them. It is great fun plus I get exercise and see different parts of the ship. Surely if you would like to join it can be done without facebook.
Thanks for the welcome. I'll keep reading about FE to see if I can figure it out :-) I'm not understanding whether you have to give gifts each night of the cruise, or if you just give one gift? And if there are "guidelines" as to what you are supposed to give as gifts?

DS is staying in the connecting cabin with Grandma. Maybe we could just put him on our FE rather than having two different FE's?
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Old 07-22-2014, 10:57 PM   #87
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Lisa - Our family usually delivers goodies just once. Some give small things multiple times. Each family decides for themselves.
There are lots of threads that talk about what kinds of things people give. If you are looking for trouble just search fish extender on Pintrest!!
Basically, we hang a pocket organizer outside our door. You can easily search instructions for making one or even buy them on ebay or etsy. I made ours ages ago but need to make another one now that the kids are older.
BTW, You only need one FE for your connecting cabins. HTH
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my family will be on the Fantasy January 3, 2015 cruise!
does anyone know if there is an FE group started anywhere?
and if not, does anyone have interest in joining me?
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We are finally getting in cruise mode! Lately we have been purchasing swimsuits for the cruise while they are on clearance. I would sure hate to hunt for one in December!
We just can't decide how to spend the two days before the cruise. It will be crazy in Orlando but the kids want to see Harry Potter at Universal so we may drive from Cape Canaveral. We will likely stay in an inexpensive place in Canaveral then book the cruise parking package for the night before the cruise. Only if we can get an early shuttle otherwise we may use a parking lot with shuttle for the first time. I hope to make ressies that can be cancelled then decide closer to the date.
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We just can't decide how to spend the two days before the cruise. It will be crazy in Orlando but the kids want to see Harry Potter at Universal so we may drive from Cape Canaveral. We will likely stay in an inexpensive place in Canaveral then book the cruise parking package for the night before the cruise. Only if we can get an early shuttle otherwise we may use a parking lot with shuttle for the first time. I hope to make ressies that can be cancelled then decide closer to the date.
We are struggling with this as well. It seems a shame to fly all the way from Los Angeles to Orlando and not go to WDW (my DS is too young for Harry Potter), but the days prior to the cruise are crazy! We can't really go on NY's Day or Jan 2nd, right? I mean...the crowds will be outrageous, and I don't see how we'd get to see much of anything. Unfortunately, we can't stay after the cruise as school starts back up. Ugh!
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