3 Families doin' a Surf & Turf Trip! AKL CL & Dream...Good-Byes

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  1. Lisa29

    Lisa29 Mouseketeer

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    Great updates as usual.

    My parents and sister went to see Atlantis during their cruise a couple of months ago. They were not impressed at all. They didn't feel safe after leaving the Dream and were done looking round Atlantis after 30 minutes. We have all become 'Disney snobs', nothing really compares to their level of detail, friendliness, cleanliness - basically everything they do is 10 out of 10!

    The also stayed at Boardwalk and loved it. They loved the whole area and being so close to Epcot and Hollywood Studios.
     
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  3. RGirl

    RGirl Change Is Good

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    Hi Heather! Sorry I’ve been MIA so long!

    I love the pool pics while everyone is off the ship. I am seriously considering staying on the ship at all ports in August. :confused3 :laughing: And the glass bottom boat isn’t swaying me away from that idea! :rotfl2:
     
  4. scottny

    scottny <font color=blue>You better have crackers<br><font

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    Just read your report today (thanks for the links) and it seems like a great trip both on land and at sea.

    The DREAM looks like it truly is one.
     
  5. hstrickland

    hstrickland Way Down South...

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    That really is unbelievable!! Truly some Disney Magic for your family....I would have been teary eyed the whole way through :laughing: I bet you made TONS of pictures.


    Yall should try it....they have one that leaves out of New York.:thumbsup2 You wouldn't even have to travel that far to get to the ship.


    I bet she was precious! Minnie Mouse is probably my favorite character. Next year at Halloween, Ava will be a great age for trick-o-treating...maybe she can be one of the princessesprincess: How cute would that be?!



    :rotfl: hmmmm.....ya might be in trouble there. Of course I did make room changes twice :scratchin but not dates.


    You're so sweet....maybe I'll make a guest appearance over there :laughing: I'm off all week, so I'm hoping to catch up on the threads.


    :rotfl: Welcome to the club!;) Bill and I were just talking about the way Disney does things. The cleanliness is such a huge factor for us. I've never been anywhere at WDW or on the cruise that was dirty. You really can't beat a Disney vacation!


    Thanks for the positives about BWI! I'll be second guessing myself from now until we go:rolleyes:


    You, MIA??!! What about me?!! :laughing: I totally have to get back in the groove this week on the boards. Lots of catching up to do for sure. What ports will yall be going to?


    You're very welcome! The Dream was fabulous...no doubt about that!!
     
  6. hstrickland

    hstrickland Way Down South...

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    Day 7
    Venturing Round’ the Dream




    After dropping off the kids at the Oceanears Club, Bill and I made a beeline :hyper: to Cabanas for a bite to eat…as usual, the food was plentiful and quite yummy.


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    A little sushi to get us started….


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    We were so wanting to check out the “adult” section of the Dream, but on our way we got a little sidetracked…the ice cream station would not let us pass by without a taste. One of the small pleasures while onboard….FREE ICE CREAM any time!....ok…well not exactly free;), but you get the point.


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    This is also offered ….for a small price, though.


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    Time to find some kid free space!:dance3: Don’t ya just love this sign??!! We are now moving into the ADULT ZONE!!!!



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    The ship really was quite empty for the most part; so empty that we snagged this lounge for two in the adult area.



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    This area of the boat was really quite cozy. I didn’t make it over here much, but the few times I did, the crowds were extremely low. See….no people.



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    If you’re wanting something hot, or just simply love coffee like me:coffee:, try the ….


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    While inside, you’ll forget that you’re on a kid friendly ship….no children allowed here!


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    After 4 purchases, you’ll get the 5th coffee free. They’ll give you a card on your first visit…just keep up with it.



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    We finally decided to make our way up to the next deck. This is looking down into the adult pool.



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    I would assume that these areas are more crowded when the weather is better….



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    Making our way to the next deck…



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    We captured some great shots up top! Even on this cloudy day, you could see for miles.



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    Just my opinion of course, but the Dream looks sooooo much better than the Carnival ship. Like the captain of the Glass Bottom Boat said…other ships look like floating mild cartons :laughing: ….



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    Continued to the next post!




     
  7. hstrickland

    hstrickland Way Down South...

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    Continued from previous post....


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    The view really was amazing! And each deck was spotless:thumbsup2



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    Looking below, this was one of the teen areas (14-17 years old)…I believe it’s called The Vibe.



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    Bill and I decided to venture inside. We were going to check in on Stephen without him seeing us. We ran into this on the way….Club Level access. But of course we were locked out;) We didn't actually try to go in...quite honestly, we weren't completely sure of our location...just wandering around....



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    So this is the Tween Club….we basically had to bribe Stephen to leave! He wanted to spend his entire vacation here. When we peeked in, he wasn’t there!.....no worries, though. The cast members informed us that he was probably playing basketball. So….guess where we headed?!!:rolleyes1



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    There he is….trying to ignore us!:confused3



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    This area looked like a place for a bit of family fun, but sad to say, we never made it back.


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    The entire ship is so very Disney….of course...every detail, every inch!


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    It appeared that folks were making their way back on the ship….the crowds were starting to emerge around the pool area.


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    And guess who we spotted?! Pop and MaHopie had safely made it back from their Glass Bottom Boat excursion. They were ready for the Aqua Duck!



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    …..and they made it!



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    Up next….more roaming around the ship with pictures!




     
  8. jennyjinx3

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    Wow lots of great pics Heather! Loving it as usual!:thumbsup2
     
  9. amandaw

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    Love all of the pictures! Looks like y'all really having some nice leisure time just the two of you! :thumbsup2

    Yum....the free ice cream! I loved the banana ice cream they had when we were on the Dream. Did they have it when y'all sailed?

    I love the picture of your mom and dad on the AquaDuck! They seem like such fun, young spirits! :goodvibes
     
  10. hstrickland

    hstrickland Way Down South...

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    :thanks: I finally made my way back over to the RC thread...it's been months! We'll see how much catching up I can do this week.



    Yep! Thanks to the Oceanears Club:woohoo: Love that place!!!


    I didn't try the banana ice cream...actually I don't remember seeing it. I thought that place was going to be an issue with the kids, but fortunately it wasn't. And yes...my parents are quite active; the grandkids help to keep them young.
     
  11. pas130

    pas130 Always missing Florida....

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    :goodvibes It was Thanksgiving or Christmas that we guessed your TR would be completed by ;)

    Great pics as always Heather!!!!!!!!!!
     
  12. hstrickland

    hstrickland Way Down South...

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    Let's go with Christmas...:rolleyes:...still 3 more days of sailing :laughing:
     
  13. pas130

    pas130 Always missing Florida....

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    :rotfl: Sounds good :upsidedow
     
  14. AvasMommy526

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    Great photos! What a beautiful ship, I love the adult area! Its nice that Stephen had such a great place to spend time with other kids! And I love your parents on the Aquaduck!! :goodvibes
     
  15. hstrickland

    hstrickland Way Down South...

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    It was kinda bitter-sweet...while I was totally happy that Stephen was having a blast at The Edge, it was kinda sad that he's not a little kid anymore :upsidedow They really grow up too fast. Enjoy your time with your little one. Jesse and Faith are both moving away from some of the shows on Disney Jr. This morning I asked Jesse if he wanted to watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, and he politely replied..."Mom, you ask me that every day...noooooo." I keep hoping he's changed his mind:rolleyes:
     
  16. hstrickland

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    Day 7
    Venturing round’ the Ship
    Part 2



    Stephanie and her family made it back safely from the Glass Bottom Boat excursion, and the kids were ready to take a dip in the pool.



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    Even though the weather was just fair, they still had a ball!!



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    Stephanie snapped this shot of a fun-loving couple sitting next to the pool…..:rolleyes1



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    While the others were enjoying pool life, Bill and I continued our quest round’ the ship.


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    The atrium is absolutely gorgeous!!! Pictures just don’t do it justice.



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    One of the bar areas of the ship….the bartenders were really good, too. :thumbsup2



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    Venturing down the hall….



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    I love this scene:goodvibes….all because of this man, Disney exists.



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    If you’re into pictures and photography like I am, then you’ll want to make a trip by Shutters…



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    We did purchase the Photo CD, but boy was it a pain in the butt!! If you want to purchase pictures, make sure you do it before the next to the last day of the cruise….unless you enjoy mobs of frustrated people:scared1: We spoke to several cast members, and received 3 different answers. Who knows?!



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    The bookcases house the pictures that are taken throughout the week. When a photographer gets a picture, make sure they scan your room key. If not, they use “face recognition”.




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    Make sure you take a quick peek inside….



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    There were some beautiful paintings and prints in this gallery! If I had extra space at home, I would love to have a room devoted to nothing but Disney.



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    Continued to next post….



     
  17. hstrickland

    hstrickland Way Down South...

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    Continued from the previous post...



    Bill and I peered into several of the bar areas. Did we get a chance to experience the Night Life on the Dream?.......No :upsidedow ….but that’s okay. Our children take precedence.



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    The clubs looked really cool and totally inviting:thumbsup2….



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    This was probably my favorite décor…not Bill’s;) I'm guessing the name doesn't work for him.:confused3



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    Next up…..



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    This is more Bill’s speed….



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    This is one of the clubs that I actually wanted to visit…..



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    The skyline scene behind the bar changes to different cities.



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    Would you believe we actually went to the kid’s club and grabbed the children? :laughing: We wanted to do this activity as a family...


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    It really was fun and a great family activity! Just be prepared to walk a big portion of the ship.


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    Up next….some pre-dinner activities…..



     
  18. WDWaddictt

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    Thank you for your review. It brings back the memories of being of the ship. When we toured the boat I made my DH have a drink with me at Pink. It was a great experience! The detective game was fun. So many things to do on the Dream. So much fun! I would go back in a heart beat.
     
  19. Yellowbellow

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    Stephanie snapped this shot of a fun-loving couple sitting next to the pool…..:rolleyes1



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    So what else are the GrandParents to do while you & Bill are wondering around the ship and Stephanie & Sean are relaxing. We were watching 4 very active and excited kids. :scratchin :stir: But that is what we enjoy doing.::yes::
     
  20. hstrickland

    hstrickland Way Down South...

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    How soon you forget :scratchin...our kiddos were in the Oceanears Club...I'm guessing Stephen was at The Edge:confused3
     
  21. hstrickland

    hstrickland Way Down South...

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    You're right...sooooo many things to do on the ship. We actually needed two weeks on board to get everything done!! Crazy, isn't it?!

    Yall only have 2 months until your AKL trip!:banana: Are you excited, yet??!! Since you're staying in a villa, will you eat in the room more often or in the restaurants?
     

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