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Old 04-09-2014, 04:59 PM   #31
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Travel and port.....

It's time! This was taken right before boarding but ya know, it's vacation day!



I'll let you know that every photo with the exception of maybe 5 were taken with my iPhone. I brought the nice camera and had every intention of using it but really, it was cumbersome. The phone is smaller and easier and with just the two of us, it worked out much better. We took a lot of selfies.

Travel day: SLC to Fort Lauderdale airport. Woot woot, it's finally here, travel day! Our plan was to travel from SLC at 8 am with a quick plane change in Vegas and then to Fort Lauderdale landing at 4:50. Guess what? All flights were on time, crowded, and easy. I had been checking in on FB, looking at our meet group, and seeing all kinds of unfortunate layovers. I was feeling pretty blessed to have an easy travel day.

The morning started early with my oldest DD and her friend driving us to the airport at 5:30 am. If felt earlier than it sounds as I was up until late packing. The drive was easy and cold and we couldn't wait to get out of the chilly Utah air.

We arrived at the airport and were through security in no time. I got the pre-TSA screening, awesome, and they allowed Joshua to go through with me. Love speedy security lines.

First stop: Starbucks. Not that we weren't Starbucks junkies before but now that Gabby works there, we're fanatical. Still don't love their pastries aside from their lemon pound cake which is to die for. I was pretending that I was going to watch what I ate until the actual cruise. I blew it when we saw the Popeye's. why are their chicken and busy cuts so darn good?!



We look exhausted because we were. I always start vacations in total exhaustion mode. Is just the way it is.

Some gorgeous lake. I'm thinking Powell but I truly have no idea. Anyone know what lake is near Vegas? Lake Mead maybe?



And the only view of Vegas we'd get this trip.



We had an hour and 20 minutes to change planes which was plenty of time. We even had 15 minutes to charge apparatus.

Back in the air:


We landed on time and grabbed our bags. Our friends were picking us up from Fort Lauderdale, taking us to dinner, maybe a party, and then we were staying the night with them.

They were outside waiting for us when we landed. Amazing, it was so wonderful to see my friends and their children. It's been a few years.

Dinner was Indian which totally hit the spot. I apologize for the lack of pics from this evening but we were just so busy catching up. And honestly, I had about 3 hours sleep and wasn't fit for photos.

Our friends' neighbors were having an outdoor masquerade party and wanted to go. I kindly opted out but they really wanted me to go with them for a drink. I was pooped but it was hard to say no.....again. I was trying to mentally prepare for meeting a yardfull of folks I'd never met when it began to rain. And rain. And pour. Can you say Devine intervention? The party was cancelled. I know that makes me a party pooper but at least I'm an honest party pooper.

We spent a wonderful evening together catching up and celebrating my friend's DH's birthday with delicious wine and cake. The kids played and Joshua crashed out early. Early travel is exhausting. Sorry no photos.

I woke up about 7 am and jumped in the shower, got ready, and then Joshua did the same. Our friends woke up a little later. They made a lovely breakfast of which I was too excited to eat most of it. Here is a pic of the kids at breakfast. Sorry for the look on
Joshua's face. I told him that was the last funny face and from then on nothing but a smile or I was going to kick his aft. Kicking each others afts was a running joke of the trip.



With our luggage all tagged up it, we were eager to leave.



Our PAT wasn't until 11:30 and we wanted to go SO badly. Love spending time with our friends but we had a ship to see.

To burn some energy we took a little walk to the local liquor store. I needed to grab a bottle of rum and a corkscrew for one of my FB cruise meet friends.

Here a pic of our friends' neighborhood. Their area is gorgeous.



Us:



And a quickie of my friend and I. She so tall and just as gorgeous. I hate standing next to her. LOL! She's as sweet as she is beautiful. If you recognize her it's because she was a very famous Israeli supermodel. No really. Like the Cindy Crawford of Israel. She stunning both inside and out.



The next set of photos are on the way to the Port of Miami. It was already 75* and beautiful out. That rain cleared the air they said. Yay for the rain.



There was some giant music festival starting today:



The port!!!





And the first glance of this beauty:



We could have literally jumped out of the car and ran over we were just so happy. Thankfully we didn't because it would have been a long hot run.

As we are pulling up: this is supposed to be a pic of the boat and boarding area. That's the picture showing in Photobucket but the link must have an error. I have checked it 3 times. Strange.



Okay so this next part is a total blur. Once we were dropped off it couldn't have been more than 15 minutes before we were on the ship. It was a crazy fast experience. Like so fast. I snapped a few pics but really Disney is on their game and we didn't have a lot of standing time.

We gave the porter our four bags to check and were light and fancy free walking on the ship. I had a light bag with swimsuits, rum, IDs, and money. It was awesome traveling so light.

We checked in with Daniel, who was vey sweet, he gave us our info, told us a bunch of stuff of which I have zero recollection, and we were on our way.....

Boarding time:



And our first official Navigator. I can't tell you how happy I was to have this in my chubby little hand. I had been pouring over them online and couldn't wait to see them for our specific cruise.



Next up: it's Wonder time!!!! And our total score with cabin 7620. Wow, just wow.


To be continued.........













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Old 04-09-2014, 05:09 PM   #32
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Always love a new trip report! Looking forward to it! Great title too by the way.

and Thank you for joining in. I read the same reports over and over. Hopefully folks will enjoy this and maybe find it beneficial.
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Always love a new trip report! Looking forward to it! Great title too by the way.
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Old 04-09-2014, 05:16 PM   #34
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Hmmm.....looks like there might be a little mis-match in post timing on the Dis again.


Great start! Love the look of the ship and I can't wait to see what you got up to.

Oh.....and I see TWO gorgeous supermodels in that picture.
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Old 04-09-2014, 06:00 PM   #35
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Hmmm.....looks like there might be a little mis-match in post timing on the Dis again. Great start! Love the look of the ship and I can't wait to see what you got up to. Oh.....and I see TWO gorgeous supermodels in that picture.

Yeah, that post shows before and after. Odd.

Thanks friend for the nice words. The ship is stunning. So clean and vibrant. Disney knows what they're doing.

I promise not to drag this report out. I'm working on an update for my Disneyland one too....finally. I've been a slacker.
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Old 04-09-2014, 06:01 PM   #36
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What a great start! I am feeling a little jealous of your trip with just one child. My three are all internationally adopted, and while I love them to pieces, overnights away are just not an option right now. Maybe someday!

I have a request. At some point will you tell us whether you had early or late dining and how that worked out for you, especially in regards to the time change from SLC? We're from Phoenix, and our previous cruises were out of LA. I'm a little worried about early dining feeling REALLY early. Thinking I'll keep it though, knowing it would be easier to change to late later versus the other way around.
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Old 04-09-2014, 06:17 PM   #37
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marciemouse, we absolutely loved late dining! I was leery about late at first and had originally booked early dining. After reading some and looking through some Navigators, late dining would be the way to go for us. Our all aboard times on our port days were 6 PM and 5 PM so dinner at 5:45 would have had us rushing. I won't go into too much detail as I don't want to spoil the report but I would've been really bummed to miss out on some of the times we had between back on the ship and dinner time. It was really nice about 5 PM every day because the pools would clear out and it was very relaxing. Hope that helps you out. 3:45 for dinner would have just been too early and left too much time at night if that makes any sense.

One day you will get to experience those nights away. I have loved all the stages in my children's lives would be lying if I didn't say I love them having some independence. They also enjoy it.

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Old 04-09-2014, 07:17 PM   #38
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I still can't believe I'm home and it's all over. Loving the happy selfies, you guys are so cute!
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Old 04-09-2014, 08:00 PM   #39
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I still can't believe I'm home and it's all over. Loving the happy selfies, you guys are so cute!

I know! How was your first day back at work?

Thanks girl. Such a good time. I can't wait to get to when you first met Joshua. I'm having the post cruise blues today.
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I feel right at home, you're in our cabin and your early start and lack of sleep sound just like how our trips to Disney start.

Welcome aboard! We've enjoyed our time on the Wonder so I can't wait to hear about your first cruise.
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Glad that you were able to post a link from your DL trip report so I can find it. I will be looking forward to reading your trip report on Wonder.

A very nice start to your trip report. I will look forward to reading more from your time on Wonder.
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Old 04-10-2014, 01:32 AM   #42
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Next to my three children its about the most beautiful thing I've seen. You're cruising in 3 weeks? Awesome! What ports?
Yes, we will get on the Wonder on May 2nd for a 15 night Panama Canal cruise. Our ports are Key West; Cozumel; Cartagena; Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas. We set sail from Miami and arrive into San Diego. The excitement is starting to get the better of me.

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Great start to the trip report! I think this is going to be perfect to get me into the right mood for my cruise on the Wonder! Looking forward to many pictures of the beautiful ship!

I did the same itinerary last year as my first cruise and thought it was a perfect first cruise. Seems like you think so, too!
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It's a great itinerary and I'd sail the exact same cruise again in heartbeat. Do you have plans for Cozumel yet?

I have been researching our options for Cozumel but haven't made any decisions yet. Our first cruise on the Wonder in 2013 was to Grand Cayman and Cozumel. We did the Playa Mia Beach Break excursion. Their new water park for little ones was perfect with 2 toddlers. They will be 3 and 5 years old this coming trip so we are considering going back to Playa Mia, but I'm open to other options too.

I am so glad to hear you say that the Wonder is in great condition and being maintained that way. She was beautiful on our first voyage and I'm looking forward to sailing her again
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I am here!!!!! I am hoping that with school winding down I can get back on the dis again
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