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Old 03-03-2014, 03:26 PM   #1
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„Did you feel pressured to provide only EXCELLENT ratings?“ … a Feb TR, 10/19 Day 8





AND …….


here we go again!
Another trip over and we have some fun memories to share.



Who, do you ask, is WE?



Well, first off there’s my dear brother Tom, mailman for the Austrian postal services and lover of all things Disney.

Then, there is me, Karin, teacher at a small Austrian country school by day and number cruncher and Disney vacation planner by night.

We both grew up reading Disney cartoons, but living in Europe we never “lived” Disney. In 1992 Tom and I planned our first visit to California and decided to spend a day at Disneyland during our visit. Once we had walked under the train station and had laid eyes on the castle we both were hooked.
In 2000 we went to WDW for the first time and in 2009 we went on our “once in a lifetime Disney cruise”. Well, we loved cruising so much that in February of 2014 we went on our 13th Disney cruise.

So, what does this trip include?

A VERY short stay at the Villas at the Grand Floridian,





A four night Bahamian cruise on the Disney DREAM,







and

A short WDW stay to experience the new FastPass+ system.











WE had an awesome vacation and a LOT of photos to prove it, so can I interest you to come along as we relive our February 2014 trip?

PS - don't come hungry ....... there will be a lot of food to be reviewed.
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Old 03-03-2014, 03:27 PM   #2
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Day 1, February 15
Here we go again ……….. - Part 1
Here we go again ……….. - Part 2
Here we go again ……….. - Part 3
Here we go again ……….. - Part 4
Here we go again ……….. - Part 5
Here we go again ……….. - Part 6
Here we go again ……….. - Part 7

Day 2, February 16
„Are you on a Disney cruise right now?“ - Part 1
„Are you on a Disney cruise right now?“ - Part 2
„Are you on a Disney cruise right now?“ - Part 3
„Are you on a Disney cruise right now?“ - Part 4
„Are you on a Disney cruise right now?“ - Part 5

Day 3, February 17
Champagne and Mickey Bars on the veranda - Part 1
Champagne and Mickey Bars on the veranda - Part 2
Champagne and Mickey Bars on the veranda - Part 3
Champagne and Mickey Bars on the veranda - Part 4
Champagne and Mickey Bars on the veranda - Part 5
Champagne and Mickey Bars on the veranda - Part 6

Day 4, February 18
Big ship – beautiful small island - Part 1
Big ship – beautiful small island - Part 2
Big ship – beautiful small island - Part 3
Big ship – beautiful small island - Part 4

Day 5, February 19
Lazy day gone busy - Part 1
Lazy day gone busy - Part 2
Lazy day gone busy - Part 3
Lazy day gone busy - Part 4

Day 6, February 20
„We did not expect you quite that early“ - Part 1
„We did not expect you quite that early“ - Part 2
„We did not expect you quite that early“ - Part 3
„We did not expect you quite that early“ - Part 4
„We did not expect you quite that early“ - Part 5

Day 7, February 21
We CAN stick to our plans …. - Part 1
We CAN stick to our plans …. - Part 2
We CAN stick to our plans …. - Part 3
We CAN stick to our plans …. - Part 4
We CAN stick to our plans …. - Part 5

Day 8, February 22
Better than expected! - Part 1
Better than expected! - Part 2
Better than expected! - Part 3

Day 9, February 23
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Old 03-03-2014, 03:39 PM   #3
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Joining in! Every time I read one of your reports, I think "We've got to give cruising another try."
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Old 03-03-2014, 03:42 PM   #4
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Joining in! Every time I read one of your reports, I think "We've got to give cruising another try."
Yippie! I have a reader!
Great to have you here and you should definitely give cruising another try - it IS such a relaxed way to spend your time. Imagine ... something lovely and bubbly on the veranda.
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Yippie! I have a reader!
Great to have you here and you should definitely give cruising another try - it IS such a relaxed way to spend your time. Imagine ... something lovely and bubbly on the veranda.
We took a Disney cruise a couple of years ago and, unfortunately, ran into a couple of not-so-pleasant castmembers followed by my husband's epilepsy showing it's ugly head. We're thinking that we'll be booking a May, 2015 cruise if they will ever come out with the itineraries.
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Old 03-03-2014, 03:49 PM   #6
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I'm here!

Can't wait to read all about this adventure!

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We took a Disney cruise a couple of years ago and, unfortunately, ran into a couple of not-so-pleasant castmembers followed by my husband's epilepsy showing it's ugly head. We're thinking that we'll be booking a May, 2015 cruise if they will ever come out with the itineraries.
We have yet to run into those "not so magical" CMs on one of the Disney ships, but I do understand as our friend Michelle had a "not so fun" experience with a "character handler" in 2012. They cruised again this February, same time as us, but on the Fantasy and had an great time.
And I absolutely see where falling ill on a cruise can be so frightening.

You are not alone in waiting for DCL to release the rest of their 2015 itineraries. We would love to do another b2b on the Fantasy in late August, early September 2015. Tom and I are hoping that they keep their prices somewhat "reasonable" so we can afford them.
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I'm here!

Can't wait to read all about this adventure!

Jill in CO
Yeah, Jill! I am so happy to have you here.

I should be able to start it off tomorrow (it's already close to 11pm here). So please stay tuned.
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and ............ did you feel pressured to provide this rating?
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Following along!
So glad to know that you are in for the trip!

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Yes, you did, Jen! It's awesome to know that you are here as well.

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