10 Day Land & Sea, WITH TWINS, WDW & the Fantasy with 8 month olds (REPORT DONE 5/4!)

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  1. Dan29racing

    Dan29racing Earning My Ears

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    Pulled into Cozumel around 8am on Wednesday. We wern't planning on being at our private beach until 1030ish so we took it easy and decided to take the kids to sitdown breakfast at Royal Court. We wore the kids in our packs all through the meal the kids did great. The entire serving staff loved them so much they seemed to almost destracted by the boys. We met up with Ginger(Paul was still sick :worried:) and headed off to Mr Sanchos. I think we got screwed by a cabbie. I thought it was supposed to be set prices but we paid $28 bucks there and $17 back, but I guess we paid for speedy service with the first cab, cause he drove soooooo fast! Mr Sanchos was great, wonderful attentive staff and we were only bugged a few times by outside vendors. The food and drinks were included and all you can eat and drink in the $45 dollar charge and both were very good. The food wasn't prepaired until you ordered it which surprized me! I was expecting heat lamp type food. They had swinging beds. They worked great for boys to roll around on, and Austin and I got some nap time in a hammok too!!! Water cold but not terrible, pool water was fridgid though. I would recomend Sancho's to anyone! Tonight we had Polo dinner with Jelena again. It was wonderful and for the first time I ordered the souffle, yummy! We ran out of time at 10 and had to leave early to pick up the twins, so we did not get to have the Limoncello shot.:sad: Boys did great with the SMN staff despite having been in there twice today, and they did the one awake one asleep game(It seemed like every night we picked up the boys, one would be wide awake and want to play for another hour and one would be fast asleep and stay asleep all night) I have to tell you that the two giant verandas with the door open between them was so convenient. I could take a fussy baby out there and walk or sit and comfort him and the sound of the rushing water and wind would put him right back to sleep. The dreaded propeller vibration really was not that bad. We were kinda scared after reading about how bad it could be on the boards, but other then when leaving some of the ports, the slight vibrations(only at certain times) actually helped the babies and myself sleep!

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    Mr Sancho's
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    Back to the ship!
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    Jackson(the awake one tonight) before bed
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    Tomorrow, day at sea(not as rough this time)
     
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  3. Dan29racing

    Dan29racing Earning My Ears

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    Had breakfast and coffee in the room and relaxed on the verandah with the boys. We then put them into SWN and tried to have adult pool time. However, it was too cold and windy, AGAIN! We ended up having lunch from Flo's(man do I love those chicken fingers) and coffee in the Quiet Cove Café. I loved the buy 5 get one free coffee card there and I finally remembered to try the snacks and deserts they have for you. They were not great, I expected the selections to have more flavor, but everything was good. We picked up the boys at SWN and did the Muppet detective agency before the Jack Jack Diaper Dash. It was fun and a workout but I found having to go back to Pepe's door twice a real pain. It was then that someone had a bright idea to take a close up picture of the door the first time so you didn't have to go back twice. Wish I had thought of that!!! I had seen the Diaper Dash on the Dream and thought it would be so much fun with the boys! I called every exercise we had the kids to from lifting their heads, to rolling over, to their first attempts at crawling, Jack Jack practice!!! Alas, the boys were just starting to move toward crawling, but had not really crawled with any consistency by the time the cruise rolled around. This really helped us keep close tabs on them, but it was a problem when you want to win a race. We decided to enter them anyway just for the picture opportunity and to see if they would move at all. The cast members were great, they put the two in their own heat and the "winner" was the first to get some part across the Start line. Austin melted down immediately, but Jackson looked so focused and eventually got BOTH hands across the Start line to advance to the finals where he did, well, nothing. Oh well! Had drinks in Ooh La La before dinner. I really liked the décor, it was a vast improvement over Pink on the Dream. Dinner tonight was back in Royal Court, entire serve team continued to be amazing, best we have ever had. Server Hervey, Assistant Server Parwata(Bagus), and Head Server Ali. Jenny was very upset that she had missed the lunch menu at Royal court(cause we forgot) because the raspberry crème brule is one of her favorites. So we asked if there was any way she could have one at dinner. They brought us, not 1, but 3 raspberry creme brule's from the lunch menu! SWN staff have fallen for the boys, they hate giving them back at night especially Gina. Best of all, BOTH boys were asleep tonight!!!

    Playing on the Verandah
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    Jack Jack Diaper Dash
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    FOR THE WIN!!!(kinda)
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    The service on Disney can't be beat
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    Shhh, they are sleeping... Gina was so excited she wanted to take a pic of them sleeping in the nursery.
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    Tomorrow: Castaway Cay
     
  4. bitlerzx4

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    love this!!!
     
  5. kalel29

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    Nice pics!!! :thumbsup2
     
  6. Dan29racing

    Dan29racing Earning My Ears

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    Castaway today. Last night was the worst night for sleeping. Both boys were up on and off all night. We didn't have time for breakfast as we tried to catch up on some sleep by napping in shifts for an hour or two(although mommy didn't really get back to sleep) after the boys woke up and were fed. The temp was 66 today but it felt much warmer, however water was absolutely fridgid as it had been for the whole cruise. Although it seemed that it was coldest at Castaway. It must have been the wind and waves that followed us everywhere, kicking up colder, deeper water. We got even further behind waiting for Ginger, who never arrived, so by the time we made to the family beach the chair hogs were out in force:mad:. We walked past 80% of the loungers with nothing but a towel or sandals or other junk holding chairs for people who would never arrive. We ended up brokering a deal with a family 4 that had two umbrella's and 6 loungers saved. We took the umbrella and two loungers they weren't using for the 2 hours we planned to be there and them give it back to them when we left.(They never used more than two of their loungers the whole time we were there:furious:) Lunch at Cookies Too, was the most bland food of the cruise, but I was really hungry and it hit the spot. Since it was too cold to swim, and we didn't have anything else planned, we left the others and headed back to the ship. We got back around 1pm, napped and then took back the bottle sterilizer we didn't need. Then we toured the Oceaneer's club to see what was in our future! Had some coffee at the Vista Café(love it here, esspessially before a character meet). We put the boys in SWN an hour early tonight so we could do pub trivia in O'Gills before dinner. Jenny and I WON!!! We got a little Mickey trophy and two DCL key chains! Dinner was at Animators, and the draw your own character show was great. Drawing the characters was really fun especially when you have no talent. The show started slow with the characters just walking along, but then they started dancing and it became so much fun!:banana: Bagus even let Jenny and I have the bottle of wine Ginger got us for our anniversary(yes even though it was in January but he didn't need to know that) with out the corking fee!!! I love these guys!

    Castaway!
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    Touring the Oceaneer's Club
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    Taking a bath before dinner... It was easier to just get in with them then kneel outside the tub and hold them, since they can't sit up on their own yet.
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    Taking the scooter and side car to O'Gills!
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    Our Trophy!!!
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    Our last dinner with the team!
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    Next up: Heading home... :sad:
     
  7. DVC'96

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    Looks like you all are having a great time! :cool1:
     
  8. twentytoez

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    Boys are so cute. I have twin boys too. They will be 8 when we go on our 1st cruise this August. Thanks for sharing your trip. Brought back memories of my boys at that age.
     
  9. Riothecat

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    Hi, we are taking our now 8 month old baby on his first Disney cruise in June so your report is very helpful :) I was wondering how you got on with the food on the ship as I was planning on bringing some Ella's pouches, but was wondering if I needed to or is the stuff you can get for babies on the ship sufficient? TIA :)
     
  10. Dan29racing

    Dan29racing Earning My Ears

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    We brought some formula so my DW could pump and dump following some dinner cocktails and we also brought pouches. The pouches were great because the boys had not been on solids long, it was way easier than asking for purée's, and the staff at Small World Nursery could feed them solids from the pouches if it was feeding time during their stay in the nursery. So my advice would be to definitely bring the pouches. They are small so they don't take up much room and are just as easy to bring back if you don't use them! That being said the crew is very accommodating and can really do anything to help you.
    Feel free to ask any more questions!!!

    Dan
     
  11. Tinked

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    Thanks for all the great info on traveling with an infant (or two). Will be on the Dream and at BLT after with my 10 month old grandson for the first cruise and WDW stay (Although my daughter and I took him to DL for 2 days at 6 mos.) We are signed up for ISW for dinner for 3 of the 4 nights and brunch too. Looking forward too it even more now that I happened upon your trip report. How hard can it be, there is only one of him and 3 of us!:cool1:
     
  12. Dan29racing

    Dan29racing Earning My Ears

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    When we picked up the boys last night they continued their habit of one being asleep and one awake, WIDE awake. But after some playtime Austin slept and of course they managed to sleep through the night till past 7am although Jackson crashed with grandma. Breakfast was at 8 in Animators Palate... You could tell the servers and kitchen staff were off thier game and thinking of the next cruise, but over all it was ok. Disembarkation was not too bad, we had to stand in line in the atrium for about 10 mins not moving, which had me worried, but once the line moved it was zip zop done! Then the fun started with the shuttle from Elegance Transportation(Im pretty sure that was the name, Ill figure it out and update). The van was scheduled for 9:45, which came and went. Then at 10 the driver said he was almost there, then about 15 mins later we got the call that the van broke down and it would be over an hour. We remembered that there was a taxi stand at the exit to the terminal so we checked it out. The sign said $25 per person to airport and they wouldn't charge for the boys so we thought great, and quickly said goodbye to the group! They even managed to get 3 adults, 2 babies in car carriers, 7 pieces of luggage and 4 carry on bags, and one giant stroller into a Dodge Caravan! I wish I had a picture! However when we got to the airport the bill was $114, to which the driver replied that the $25 was for a 4 adult minimum... They didn't say anything about that when we got loaded up... Really erked me off but what can you do?!?!?! :mad: Did curbside check, WONDERFUL! and another $5 dollar tip and it was time to fly home!

    Austin's last late night on the Fantasy!
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    Here is what we had to look forward to when we returned to Omaha... We had two weeks to pack everything up and then move into our new house after we got back!!! So technically, along with our DVC purchase which was finalized about the same time, we moved into our two new homes in the same week!!! :cool1:
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    So there's my report... I hope you enjoyed it and sorry for the delay on the last part, it has been very crazy here for the last month... We LOVED the Fantasy and are so excited for the new Magic referb that we moved a 5 day from the Wonder to the Magic in December of next year!!! Anyway, feel free to ask any questions as the point of the report was to let people know that traveling with young ones, even twins, isn't as terrifying as it may seem!

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  13. mrp4352

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    Thank you for sharing!!! I enjoyed your report!
     
  14. erogers

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    After sending messages when I did the TR on our December cruise with a 9-month-old, I remembered you guys were cruising in March and am glad I found your TR! Looks like you had a great time. The boys are adorable, and congrats on your new house (and DVC)! :-)
     
  15. Dan29racing

    Dan29racing Earning My Ears

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    Thanks erogers and thank you for all your help before the cruise! It really helped make the trip much easier for us :-)
     
  16. ChrisParker

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    Great trip report! Really enjoyed it. :flower3:
     
  17. Dan29racing

    Dan29racing Earning My Ears

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    Thanks everyone :) Oh and BTW not only are the boys crawling now, they are walking!!!! :-0
     

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