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Old 06-20-2014, 11:21 AM   #31
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May I ask what camera(s) you use? Thanks for the great trip report! I was on the trip one week before you and love the airport photos...I didn't think to take any there!
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May I ask what camera(s) you use? Thanks for the great trip report! I was on the trip one week before you and love the airport photos...I didn't think to take any there!
Canon D50 DSLR. It was something I hadn't seen much of, so I took lots, and the girls were in a willing mood. I do NOT have a lot of pictures from around the ship as you can find so many of those elsewhere.
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Bonus photos!

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Scott finally got me his photos, so here are some bonus photos.

View from Stanley Park Panorama


Panorama from Northside.


Eye of the Wind




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Cruise Day 1

Cruise Day 1 - Let's get on this Boat!

Monday Morning! Wide awake at 6am. Needless to say, all my grand ideas of getting back to Stanley Park this morning were thrown out the window. According to my FitBit it was 24,000 steps over the last two days, and that is a TON for me. Just getting to Canada Place and on the boat as soon as possible seemed like a good idea.

I sent Emma and Scott down for breakfast (Tim Hortons again), I popped downstairs lobby for the last of free wifi. Pack, pack, pack (no more weight limits!). Checked out of the hotel, and started the walk to Canada Place. The good news is, it's downhill, and only a couple of blocks. But it is Monday morning and there are people working and such!

We had the earliest Port Arrival time of 11am. We left the room at 9:30, and were at the water by 10:05. Managing two kids hauling luggage through lights took longer than intended.





Walked to Canada Place NO problem, I totally do it again. But if you do walk, be aware that the ramp to the terminal is on the far left facing the terminal. FARRRRRR Left. We were headed down the steps (because we couldn't see the narrow ramp) but there was a person giving directions. There were actually two cruises leaving today, ours and an NCL ship.

Down, DOWN and around on pretty narrow ramps/sidewalks. Right when you go inside the glass doors there will be a spot to drop off your luggage. There are separate spots for Disney and the other lines. The port lady thought they weren’t going to start until 11am, but they were taking luggage by 10:15. Which is a good thing because there was literally no room to sit and wait right here. There were literally two chairs.

After that you walk some more and get in a big long line for the metal detectors. All the cruise lines are together here. This lines wasn’t moving yet. There’s a spot to buy Canada souvenirs, and binoculars. There was no sense of order here. The put us in rows, but the rows were open at both ends. So we really didn't know which way to face. Then later they came back and closed them up so they were one snaked line. But that means that some people that got in behind you, were now in front of you. Just odd.

Right at 10:30 the line for the metal detector started moving, and went pretty quickly. Then it was on to US customs. There was one line for US and Canada residents, one line for everyone else. It went pretty quickly, We were out of there just before 11am (our Port Arrival Time). I know lots of people complain about the gruff customs officials, but the whole identical twin thing always makes them smile. They always do a double take when they look at the passports and give us the "how on earth do I tell them apart?" look.

Here’s where we split off from the NCL people, and on to all the happy Disney folks! We picked up two Navigators, and were directed right to window 3. NO WAITING! This was huge for us, as the last time we cruised was out of Galveston and they had huge computer issues. We waited for over an hour just to check-in. It was horrible.

KTTW cards - Table 9, PTTAPTA rotation, muster station N, and then there’s an “03” listed. Anyone know that that means/stands for? We didn’t know. Although maybe it was because we went to window 3? And boarding group 4, YAY!

After getting our KTTW cards, our Castaway Club lanyard (Woo-Hoo! 1st Silver Cruise!) We went and sat down as directed. I left Scott with the carry-on luggage, and we went to check in at the kids club. We only had to wait for two people before the girls were getting their bands. As the girls are 11, they have bands for the Lab/Club , but I anticipate they’ll be mainly in Edge. We’ll see.
And yes, the Wonder has the new yellow bands like they have in the parks, and they only work in the Lab and Club.

After that we sat for quite a bit, and then we heard Mickey was here (no annoucement, just heard another family talking about it), so the girls and I walked over to get our picture taken. One with my camera with the girls, and then I jumped in for one. Last time there wasn’t an Disney photographer there, so having an official one was nice.

My picture....


Their picture (and this is why we get the photo package!).




Right about the time we were finished with Mickey they announced the "Family of the Day". Then Group 1…. and then 2…… and then 3 & 4 together! Woo hoo!

We did stop and get our picture taken as we anticipate buying the cd. We had several taken all of us, all of us, all of us thumbs up, just the girls, just the adults,… Last time we only had two, but then again the computer problem cost us over an our in line so they were way behind.









There are more, but I'll spare you....

We were announced, welcomed back, and directed right to Parrot Cay. Yummy food, yummy dessert. I love DCL's cold soups.


After that, and a bathroom break, the girls were off to Edge, and I went to Triton to book a Mixology. There were four tables/computers/lines in Triton's. This is where you booked Mixology and other bar classes, as well as booked spa appointments, booked Palo reservations, and all MDR issues. I should have done this on the WAY to lunch as there was now a line. Not a bad one but there was a group of 29 people that were trying to arrange spa appointments for the woman, and alcohol for the men.

Turns out there was only one offered Mixology offered all week. That was a surprise to me. Several of the others, but only Mixology was on Sunday (Sea Day 2, and last full day of the cruise) at 2pm. There was also a Father's Day special for three classes (a specific three) all on Sunday, Father's Day for $25. Since each class is $15, the FD special is a good one, but that's a LOT of alcohol in one afternoon.

With that booked, I stopped by Guest Services to get tickets for the Friends Tea. It is offered on Tracy Arm Day, and Sea Day 2, both at 4pm. Since I didn’t think I should be doing the Tea, right after the Mixology, I chose Tracy Arm Day. They would not let me get tickets for four, only one of us could accompany the children. This was another change from last year when we originally had three adults accompanying the girls, but my dad gave back his ticket an we made it just the girls, my mom and I.

It still wasn’t 1:30, so Scott and I sat in the sun at the Adult Pool until it was time to meet the girls in the room.

The girls beat us there, and we found out tickets to Character Breakfast on Saturday, at 8am (our Ketchikan Day, but we aren’t scheduled to arrive in port until 11:15). We also found our notice of our Stateroom credit for rebooking on our last cruise and another from our TA. Yay for spending money.

No luggage yet, but the girls discovered the Lego Movie on TV, and Scott discovered the bed for a nap. An I sat here and typed out today’s activities for this Trip Report.
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Cruise Day 1 - Part 2

Cruise Day 1 - Part 2

Monday afternoon
Back up... some more info.... We're in room 2112 (easy to remember). It's just forward of the Aft elevators, and just aft of the laundry. Last year we were on Deck 1 of the Magic, so the single large porthole is a step up for us!

I did not take pictures of the room. There are hundreds of such pictures on Disboards if you want to see them there.

For my friends and family, here is some info on the room layout.
http://www.wdwinfo.com/disney-cruise...-oceanview.htm



The room is surprisingly large for a cruise ship. The couch turns down to become Emma's bed. Kate's bed comes down from the ceiling

Back to the report....

It wasn’t much later that I discovered the luggage was here. So there was much unpacking. I’m always surprised that this room for everything, especially with all of our winter gear. But the girls are able to get everything put away in all of the desk drawers, and all of the formal clothing for all four of us was hung in the closet. Scott and I split the drawers by the closet, and the jackets/hats/ mittens are were in the top shelf above the TV. Cords, sunscreen, all the bigger “stuff” goes on the lower shelf above the TV, and the small stuff goes in the desk drawer.

Suitcases will fit underneath the bed. You *may* have to lift up the bed frame to get them under there, but it will work. Scott also threw our first load of laundry in. Yes, it’s only the first day of the cruise, but we’d been in Vancouver since Saturday and worn much of our short-sleeved clothing already! Laundry room was very close to us (between aft and midship elevators), and Scott said easy to use. Scott went to throw the clothing in the dryer, and someone else was taking theirs out and offered Scott the rest of the time on the dryer.

We spent a bunch of time messing with the wave phones too. We added each others phones into the contacts under the names 1-Kate and Emma and 1-Mom and Dad so they would show up first on the contact list. We also added them to the shortcut list.

We also met our room host. I will not name him, as I was unimpressed with our service. We had a young lady last time who was WONDERFUL. Our rooms were ready quickly, she checked if we needed anything every time we came back to the room, she took care of our few requests with ease and grace. Not so much this time. Our room was eventually cleaned and that was about it....

We hung out in the room until about 3:40 and we headed up to the lifeboat drill, with a quick stop by the laundry. Scott went to restart the dryer, but it would not start. None of them would start. It got stuck on the “processing” stage. We have no idea if this was related to the muster activities or not. But odd timing. With nothing else to do, we left the wet clothing there, and headed up to muster point “N”.

Last cruise our muster station was in the theater, so being out on deck was a different experience. Over half of our fellow “N” cruisers were already there. We met some more of the green-shirters (over 28 of them were celebrating grandma’s 70th birthday, and most if not all were 1st time cruisers). There’s also a large Asian family with over 35 people. We heard about another group that sailed at Christmas that were 70 members strong. WOW! Can’t imagine trying to organize that.

Muster Drill was over, and Scott went down to deal with laundry, the girls and I headed up to 10 to get spots for the Sail Away party, with a stop at the soda machines. I’m still trying to rehydrate after all the walking (and sunburn) in Vancouver, so only water for me. It was neat to see the Eye of the Wind from this distance.

It's there, I promise


The girls got their blue pom-poms and enjoyed the dancing. It was quite warm on deck as the sun was shining. Scott arrived, the dryers were still not working, but he let our room host know. Scott also took our damp clothing and put it in our laundry bag back in the room.





We saw several sea planes take off and land during the party, and the Norwegian cruise ship left at 4:30.



Jimmy the Cruise Director came out....


And then the main attraction...


And the family/adult counselors (We played lots of trivia with JD aka Jelly donut on the right in back, and "Brunette Sarah" did our tour later. There's also a "Blonde Sarah" in the same group. The second from the left is Andy, (I think!!! Someone correct me!!!). He's a very funny Brit. I played trivia with him too. All three were pretty awesome)



The Wonder left the dock promptly at 5.


Our Facebook group had a meet-up scheduled on deck 10 (somewhere) at 5:15, but I wanted to stay and see us go under the Lion’s Gate bridge.














I know it’s an optical illusion, but it does appear that we don’t clear the bridge by much! We’d heard on our tour that an aircraft carrier has made it under that bridge (at low tide, removing one antennae), so I know we had plenty of room.

The girls headed to Edge, Scott went back to check on the dryers, and I met up with my Facebook group. Met several people, and heard about Miss S’s wedding tomorrow at 4pm on the Deck 7 "Secret Deck". Her wedding dinner is the early seating at Triton, so we’ll be able to see the wedding party tomorrow (which makes me smile). It was almost time for dinner, so I headed right to Parrot Cay, the girls and Scott arrived at almost the exact same time.

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Cruise Day 1 - Part 3 - Dinner

Dinner –

*Warning - there is very, very little food porn in this Trip Report. I enjoying conversing and everything else that goes along with dinner, and don't get out the big camera for each and every course*

We were the early seating (5:45pm), Table 9. We had peeked earlier at brunch, and knew we were at an 8-top (as we expected). Last cruise we were a party of six and had a table to ourselves. I had not requested anything specific regarding dinner arrangements, and would take what Disney chose for us.

I will admit that I was disappointed at first. When we arrived, only one of our fellow diners was at the table. It was a grandmother traveling with her three granddaughters. The table was set with our family on one side of the table (adult, child, child, adult) and their family on the other side (adult, 8-year old K, K's 11-year old sister S, and their 11-year old cousin M who was going to turn 12 on the cruise. Well, I quickly realized it didn’t make sense to the adults on the corners of an 8-top, so had Emma switch with me. That allowed the adults to converse, and put my lefty on the outside corner so no one would be bumping elbows with her (poor lefthanders, no one wants to sit by you!).

S, 11-year old #1 showed up before we ordered, but the other two wwer nowhere to be found. Grandma did not know where they were. I know the servers took care of the other tables waiting for ours to be complete, but eventually we did get to order.

Our Asst. Server was S***** from Indonesia, and our Server is Lavendra from India. It is, of course, overwhelming that first night. Both of my girls wanted the adult menu as well as the kids menu. Last cruise they were about half and half, but I was really impressed with their ability to try new things this time around.

Emma ordered the Spiced Tomato Soup and the Braised Jerk Seasoned Pork Chop. Kate ordered the West Indies Romaine Salad (dressing on the side), Corn chowder (off the kids menu) and the Caribbean Roasted Chicken Breast, probably because it came with sweet potatoes. I had the same soup and salad as Kate (yes, I ordered the soup off the kids menu!) and the pork chop that Emma ordered. Scott had the tomato soup, Baked Crab Martinique, and Creole Crusted Grouper.

I tried Scott’s crab dip, and it was quite yummy, and not too crabby. The salad was basically a Caesar salad with spicy croutons (good!), Kate took so long with her salad they didn’t bring her her chowder. I did get mine, and it was fine. As it was off the kids menu, it didn’t have a lot of flavoring.
It was during the first course that the other two grandchildren arrived. The little one ordered a salad and soup. The oldest ordered mac-n-cheese. The servers did their best to catch the girls up. The little one also asked for mac-n-cheese once she saw her cousin’s.

As much as I was disappointed with our table mates at the beginning, it was actually wonderful for my children. They loved talking to the other girls, and my normally shy Emma was talking up a storm. They had school and books, and all sorts to talk about. Kate on the other hand was having a bit of an off night. She didn’t eat a whole lot, and was uncharacteristically less talkative then her sister. The two that were late for dinner, took off again before dessert was ordered. *I suspect now that Kate was dealing with the motion of the boat. She never talked/complained about feeling bad, but I do think she has some motion issues).

My girls each ordered the Tropical Sundaes, I had the Paradise Coconut Pineapple Layered Cake, and Scott had the Warm Sticky Date Pudding. The girls loved their sundaes, I thought my cake was too gelatinous, Scott enjoyed is pudding, but it was too datey for me. The best thing to me was the coconut macaroons from the sundaes. The girls didn’t want them, so Scott and I each had one. Yummy!





Lavendra made jokes with the girls that there were no Sundaes, they had to ordered Mondays. To 11-year-olds, this is hilarious.









After dinner we stopped for pictures in the lobby, spoke to an officer at the meet and greet, and hit the shops. There were officiers in the lobby before and after each of our dinners. I don't remember that from last cruise (just during the captain's reception).

This picture was taken by the same photographer that took our photo at boarding. We remembered her, and she remembered us (twin thing).





There was no line, and our photographer took a whole bunch of photos (I promise, I'm sparing you some of them).


At the shops I picked up a set of Alaska nesting dolls, an Alaska pin, the Alaska scrapbooking set, an Alaska Tervis tumbler (only saw the small size) and the 2015 scrapbooking set, and a few gifts as well as the blanket (Only available for $20 if you spend $XX. I can't remember what the threshold was but I met in both stores, so I have one more as a gift!). We ran into both Tiana and Rapunzel wandering around (they would pose for pictures, but not for long, and there was no photographer).



Rapunzel is a "very good friend" of Kym who is "Earning her Ears". This means Kym is new to the ship, only been on for a few weeks. Kym has stunning red hair, so I'm surprised Ky is not a "Friend of Ariel". Kym and I chatted quite a bit in character lines.

Then it was back to the room. We were skipping the All Aboard show this evening as we saw it on the last cruise.



I went down the hall to ask the room host for another Navigator (two children, one Navigator does not always go well), but he said no. He had just enough. OK then. When I asked last year, I got one, and then had two on the bed each night after that. I never had two Navigators on the bed, we'd have to wait until the next morning and grab one from Guest Services.

I was actually ready to head to bed, but the girls wanted to Edge for the “getting to know you” activities as well as the planning event (Profiles at 8:45, Ice Breakers at 9:30, The Download at 10-10:30 ). It turns out the planning event is really planning as the Edge counselors had the week planned out, but they did go over a lot of the rules. I’d heard from other cruisers that this was a rather important night to be in the clubs, so I happily let them go with instructions that they MUST be back in the room by 10:45. This was their first test with curfew. They walked in the door right at 10:45, and made it into bed safe and sound.
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Great update! I can't wait to get back on the Wonder. It was my first ship back in 2000.

I love Andy. He was on our cruise on the Magic out of NYC in 2012.

Our oldest son - he is 13 - gets a little sick feeling like your daughter on the first night of our cruises. I think it is a combination of the excitement, long day and the new motion. After the first night he is usually good.
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I love your TR. We are going the same time of year next year and bring a 10, 11, and 14 year old with us. It is wonderful to read what you are doing with the twins so we get a better idea of what to expect for all of us.
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Navigator App

Navigator App

While discussing Navigators.... Disney announced yesterday that the Navigator App is available on the Wonder, but really it's been on the Wonder for several weeks and we used it on our trip.

The App is available for Android and iOS, and we have both in our family. You can download the app at any time, but it doesn't do much until you get on the ship other than count down the days until your cruise.

Once you get on board you set your phone to airport mode, turn on the wifi and select DCL-Guest as your wifi. Because your phone is in airport mode, there's no danger of being charged and receiving calls.

The App shows all the activities in the Navigators, and has all the restaurant times. The App has menus for dinner only. It would be nice to have breakfast and lunch menus as well.

If you select and activity, say Meet and Greet with Mickey, the app will show you all the times for that activity. That's very helpful hen you are trying to plan your week.

You can also mark "Favorite" activities and only look at those.

There are some flukes. Dinner main courses were missing for one night. The biggest issue we saw was our final sea day. Times seemed to be wrong all over the place. I had planned based on the app, to attend the second Princess Gathering of the week at 10:30am on Sunday morning. But luckily when I checked the paper Navigator (which I had not been doing), I saw that the gathering was actually scheduled for 9am! I'm wondering how many people they had show up at the wrong time.

Since we got home, I've seen the navigators from the cruise before ours. The times in the App seem to match THOSE times. My guess is that times were changed on board, and were not changed in the app.

Oh... and then there are the iPhone time issues. Scott and another cruiser I talked to in line both had issues with their Navigators showing the wrong time in Alaska. It was an hour off, but not consistant if the app times were an hour early or an hour late. Scott downloaded/reset the app multiple times to no avail.

Having the app on your phone, was a very nice feature, just be sure to double check the paper Navigator!

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Our oldest son - he is 13 - gets a little sick feeling like your daughter on the first night of our cruises. I think it is a combination of the excitement, long day and the new motion. After the first night he is usually good.

Yes, that's basically how I think she is. She never complains about it, but she also had issues with our helicopter ride. I just need to remember to take that into consideration.

Welcome new readers! I'll try and get the Navigators up later today.
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Thanks for all the great info! We had Andy on our Magic cruise in January, and he was fantastic. I'm glad to hear he's on the Wonder and hope he's still there next month!

Two random questions: How much were the nesting dolls? Also, were there any bathrooms near the lines for security and immigration? I tend to get panicky/claustrophobic in some line situations, and need to prepare myself if I'm going to have to wait a long time. :P
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Day 2 - At Sea

Up and at 'em early. I don't know how early, but I know I was awake at 4am. And it was light out.

The girls got up, got dressed and remembered the Fish Extender! So many gifts (Fish Extender is a gift exchange with other cruisers. We had 15 cabins in our exchange).

Some of the gifts are for individual, some are for the cabin to share. There were two pink string bags for the girls, hand warmers for all of us, an wooden ornament, and a quick guide with a location list for


Close up of the chocolate spoons for hot chocolate, Scott's coozie, and *my* (Claimed it!) key fob. So excited to get a key fob, it's the one thing I was really hoping for.


Girls found The Lego Movie again. It basically runs on a continuous loop every two hours on one channel.


I know we went to breakfast at Beach Blanket Buffet, my guess it was just after 8am. Scott and I just had drinks and a pastry, as we had Palo at 10am!

Since we were going to Palo, and the girls were testing their independence, we agreed that they could spend the day on their own. The needed to check in occasionally, and to respond to our texts.

Palo –
Scott and I had reservations for Palo at 10am, and there was a line at 9:55 when we arrived. Can I just say that the Palo bathrooms are my favorite on the ship? By the time I stepped out, everyone else had gone in. This was our first time at Palo for brunch, but we’d been there for dinner on our Caribbean cruise.

For those of you not proficient in Disney Cruising, Palo is the only restaurant you have to pay extra for on the Wonder. Brunch is $25 a head, and you need a reservation. Brunch is a buffet with lots of seafood, pastries, desserts, and you can order entrees as well.

This is on from the Fantasy, but it's very similar on the Wonder.

http://eatingwdw.com/2014/02/14/brun...fantasys-palo/

Our waitress was Judy from Barbados, and she was wonderful. Just enough explanation without being intrusive. We started with mimosas (first one is included in the price of the meal) and then had our tour of the buffet. While we were getting out tour, we saw our first whales! We could make out the splashes, but not the animals (I’m assuming they were humpbacks). When we sat down, we saw more from our side of the boat as well. Oh, and that NCL ship that left 30 minutes before us at Vancouver, yeah we passed that ship right before brunch. It was now behind us.

Back to the buffet…. the amount of choices is horribly overwhelming. So much good food. I tried the scallops, several of the differing cheeses, the grilled vegetables (fantastic), prosciutto and dried beef (a little goes along way) along with two different pastries, and a roll that had prosciutto in it as well.

For our main courses Scott had the tomato soup, while I had the strawberry (I could eat it every day), as well as the eggs Julia (salmon) for Scott and Chicken Parmesan for me. The chicken parmesan and the risotto it was served on lived up to the hype. Wow.

After that we had desserts, along with another pass at the rest of the buffet. The only picture I took was of this plate….


I had a bear claw, and a warm sticky bun (the lovely sauce hardens into a nice caramel once it is on your plate). Desert included a pot de crème, Sacher torte, walnut brownie, and a vanilla cream puff item. I know it sounds crazy for this chocoholic to admit, but walnut brownie was my favorite.

Dress code – most people were meeting dress code. Lots of pants for the women, but some dresses as well. Men were almost all in collared shirts. I did smile at the one gentleman that was in a Mickey t-shirt, tennis shoes and a brown corduroy jacket. The maitre d did like to wander, and was not at the entrance when multiple groups came in. In made things awkward when he had to walk groups all the way back to the front. There was one set of women who came in, meeting the one’s husband who was already seated. She was in jeans and the host did ask her to change. So the dress code was being enforced.
Judy have me two napkin wrapped satchels for the girls (each had two white chocolate dipped strawberries). She had been trying to convince us to come back for dinner, but we really didn’t feel like leaving the girls for dinner, nor did we want to miss one of them meals on our dining rotation.

After various text messages back and forth with the girls When did they have to meet us? No time, but they did need to get lunch. When did they need to meet us this afternoon? No time, but they needed to be showered and dressed for dinner by 5:10. We’ll see how they do with this amount of freedom!

Tuesday – At Sea – Afternoon
After getting changed out of our Palo clothing, Scott and I picked up some reading materials (and my computer) and headed up to Outlook Café to look at the water, read, and write the trip report! We did see the girls in Edge on our way up (joys of having the Edge on the same level as your room). They were busy playing video games, and called us a little while later while on a scavenger hunt, wanting to know where Scott’s hat was for the hunt. I just had water and a chocolate eclair. Scott enjoyed a coffee. (The pastries are free, the drinks you have to pay for).

Let me repeat that, the pastries in Outlook and Cove Cafe (the Adults only coffee and bar area) are FREE! We met lots of people that didn't know that. I saw small eclairs, cookies, carrot cakes, cinnamon rolls. I heard rumors of chocolate covered strawberries but never saw them.

Scott's idea of the perfect vacation. A chair, a book and a beverage (not yet acquired)


At 2pm we headed down to Wavebands for Naturalist Doug Jones talk about whales. I know other people have said it before, but he is REALLY good. I did research on whales and I still learned a ton. My favorite fact: whales evolved from land mammals. Their closest living land relative is the hippo. They also have no idea why whales sing! This session was completely full, with people standing in the back, so get there early.

It’s now almost 3pm, with nothing to do. We pass through the lobby and I grab a navigator to look up something, and I notice that Donald is going to be there at 3, so I jump in line with just Scott. That’s right, we are two adults not afraid to get our picture taken with a character.

Don't ask me why I feel the need to *lean* into pictures. I just do.

Donald is obviously WITH me. But he did at least put a hand out on Scott.

After that we headed to the room. Got to see the stacks and stacks of FE gifts that the girls had already brought in.

Bookmarks, paperclip bookmarks, Perry clothes pins


Bag of New Orleans goodies, coasters, picture frame


Journal - there was one for each girl.


Chapstick holders, Micky and Minnie hair clips (a set for each girl)


Minnie bags, goodies from Holland, a paper lantern with a battery operated candle.


BOOKS! Emma was so excited.


Did we cruise with creative people or WHAT?!?!?

Scott went upstairs for a drink and some ice cream. I hung out in the room a bit until I remembered Daisy was going to be in lobby at 3:30. I was meeting Scott at Palo for the “Art of the Theme Show Tour”, adults only tour at 4pm. Well, the line for Daisy was already around corner at Triton’s. Not a good sign, as 4pm was going to be close. I did have a lovely time talking to my line companion. I have to say I felt like this cruise has a VERY high number of 1st time DCL cruisers. I also saw two little girls, around 8 or 9, meet and become BFFs while in line. They even had their picture taken together with Daisy even thought they’d met less than 20 minutes beforehand.



I was about 5 minutes late getting to Palo, Scott was starting to worry about me (he’d apparently gone back to the room to get me as well). But tour guide, Brunette Sarah, was just finishing up discussing Palo and its new floor. We took this tour on the Magic, and I’d say it’s about 50% the same, 50% new information. We still enjoyed it. I did cut off one stop early because I needed to get back to the room so I could oversee the girls getting dressed for dinner. Scott finished the tour and said I missed the discussion of the bathrooms in the Deck Three forward bar area. Apparently they are Sarah's favorite. And yes, I now have discussed "favorite bathrooms" twice in this post.


**** I know some of the pictures are sideways, and one is upside down. I've changed them in Photobucket, and reposted them here but they are still wrong. If anyone knows what I need to do to fix them, let me know.

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Disney Magic Spring Break, March 2013 out of Galveston
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Cruise Day 2 - Dinner


I should mention, that although it seems like Scott and I didn't *do* much, it was actually a delightful day. We were go-go-GO for our two days in Vancouver, and it was nice to just sit and relax. We had a lovely view from Outlook Cafe (Deck 10) and it was comfortably warm. Being out on deck was REALLY windy and therefore a little chilly.

Dinner - Formal Night
Other than texts and passing in the hallways, 4:45 was the first time I’d seen/talked to my children since breakfast! They seemed really happy about that. And I was trying to remember that “It’s their vacation too.” I’d hoped to be inline for pictures by 5:15. But even though they were back in the room before us, they had not started on the getting ready process (which included showers). But now we know 30 minutes is not enough time. I eventually sent Scott and Kate up to get in line, while I finished drying Emma’s hair. When we go there, they were in line for Chip and Dale in their tuxes (yay!)

Tonight was the Captain’s Gala, so they also each had drinks (They’re free!). Emma’s was apple juice with a cherry in it. Servers were walking around with Cosmos, a rum/orange juice drink, and the kid's apple juice with a cherry. Chip and Dale were on Deck 4, in the corner, and the line went around to the elevators. They’d already started the line for Mickey and Minnie too, and stretched down towards the stores. It took the full 30 minute until 5:45 and our dinner time to get pictures with Chip and Dale. We headed right down the stairs and into Triton's for dinner. I grabbed another drink (I wanted to try both!) on the way into dinner.



Triton's is a lovely restaurant. It's the most formal of the three you rotate through. For non DCL addicts - the Disney dining system is unique. We will be Table #9 each night of the cruise. We will have the same dining time, Main dining is at 5:45, (late is at 8:15), same dining companions, and same Server and Assistant Server each night.

We were seated well before our dining companions arrived. The girls arrived first, then grandma because Grandma had waited for the elevator, and it was busy. So once again we started the evening as the last table in our server’s rotation. Everyone’s drinks were ready to go (whatever they’d ordered last night). I frustrated the Asst. Server by just getting water. He really wanted me to order something else.

Tonight was the Golden Mickey Menu.. The girls and I all had the crispy ravioli appetizer, Scott had the Caramelized Bay Scallops. The ravioli was delicious. But Scott’s scallops were just OK. They scallops were chopped really small, and the risotto overpowered them. My two girls were so busy talking with their traveling companions they were eating so slowly, and they were falling behind course wise.

For course two, Scott and I had the Salad of Mixed Baby Greens with and apple cider vinaigrette (it was fine). We’d basically finished our salads and the girls were still working on their three ravioli. Eventually the girls got their Sangria Bisque. They each ate about two bites. It tasted like blueberry soup (and I have one that won’t touch a blueberry) and the other one just wasn’t hungry at the moment.

At some point the photographer came around for pictures....












Main course – Emma had the NY Strip, Kate had Oven Roasted Tom Turkey Breast, I had the Oven Roasted Duckling, and Scott had the Grilled Ginger-Lime Swordfish. Scott was warned by Lavendra that the swordfish can be dry, but Scott took his chances. Everyone liked their meals, I did take a lot of flack from five little girls about eating duckling!

Our littlest table companion asked for Caesar salad, and even though it was not on the menu (nor anywhere else since we were all on the Golden Mickeys menu), and a Caesar salad did appear. The cousins disappeared before dessert again.

My girls each had the Strawberry Sundae, I mean Wednesday (ongoing joke between them and Lavendra). He also made a puzzle for them out of the crayons and they spent their waiting time figuring it out. I ordered the Sweet Temptations trio as well as the Crepe Suzette (I’m on vacation!) and Scott had the trio. The girls loved their Sundaes and Emma learned not to have stuff left off (Macadamia Crunch) as the other two were ohhing and ahhing about how good it was! The crepes were good, but had way too much sauce for my taste. My trio was missing the crème brulee, so I had to wait for that. The mousse on the Golden Chocolate Award was yummy, but the chiffon cake was dry and tasteless. The raspberry cheesecake was ‘eh’ (I don’t think DCL does good cheesecake, too gelatinous, not creamy), the crème brulee was my favorite (Scott’s too).

After Dinner
After dinner we were on our way to more pictures! We decided to go for the ones on the stairs. The line made a uturn on the back side of the elevators, went between them, and then jumped to the other side of the elevator foyer to the Route 66 sign. They had a cast member standing at the line end, because most people tried to get in line there, not realizing the line extended on the other side.

Drinks were still being served, so everyone had another one. I chatted with some of the other families around me. I got to see the wedding couple again. The bride's 4-year old son was dressed as Prince Charming, it was SO adorable.





After pictures on the stairs, I lost two family members to a bathroom run, Kate and I saw that one backdrop had almost no line, so we wandered over there. Brunette Sarah, our tour guide from earlier was helping out, so we chatted a bit. What I didn’t realize until she introduced us, was this was the line for pictures with the captain! It’s funny to me that it worked out this way, because last cruise I only have a picture of Kate with the captain as well. Emma had refused to go.



This photo was taken by what I was now referring to as our own personal photographer, Marija. She'd taken our boarding photos, our 1st night photos, I think the Daisy or Donald pictures, and now our photos with the captain.

After that we were on our way up to the Golden Mickeys. I did grab another drink on the way.(Yes Mom, that makes four). Plenty of seats, I don’t think it filled up. I’m not a fan of the cruise director inviting everyone to yell and scream at the top of their lungs during his introduction). The show was cute.

I had envisioned another round of pictures, but the girls were done, and so we headed back to the room for a relatively early night. We gain an hour tonight moving to Alaska time.

Since I didn’t see my children between breakfast and dinner I asked for a summary of their day. It was spent entirely in Edge. They played Wii or Wii-U anytime there wasn’t a planned activity. There was a scavenger hunt where they had to find things like a baseball hat, name of an officer, crew members from six continents, vibe phone number, etc. They grabbed pizza for lunch and took it back to Edge for Float Fun Trivia (where they earn parts of a float by answering trivia0. More video games, played spoons and a dice game. Villainous Ventures where they have to solve puzzles, then have a photo scavenger hunt, and a final puzzle. More video games. They stated Brains vs. Brawn, an Amazing Race type game, but didn’t finish as I had called them back to the room to get dressed. They loved it all.


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Pop Century 11/28-12/6 2009 for the girls 7th birthday! Grandma and Grandpa , Sister, BIL and neice (4) came too.
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Disney Wonder to Alaska, June 9th 2014 - TRIP REPORT
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Cruise Day 2 - Navigators

Whoops! Forgot about the additional FE gifts!

Wine glass charms, candy, bottle cap magnets, headband, key chain for Scott, pencils








Pink and blue highlighting is from by the girls.




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Disney Wonder to Alaska, June 9th 2014 - TRIP REPORT
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