Pre-Trip Report So here goes nothing…. I’ve been a TR lurker for many years now and I’ve decided that I’m going to jump on board and add my 2 cents worth. I have to say that it was a TR that finally convinced my dh to book our first cruise back in 2010... so who knows maybe I’ll be able to help some poor soul trying to convince their loved one to book. It’s all about paying it forward. We LOVE Disney so I was sure that a Disney cruise would not disappoint! We are a family of 7 so when we booked our first cruise it was going to be a once in a lifetime trip as those of you with big families know Disney aint cheap! My DH loves Disney but he’s not quite as ….hmmm what’s the word… Obsessed? Ya I guess that fits.He even lovingly mocks me…. “So what’s going on in the DIS world today?” AND has even called it a cult! Don’t judge too harshly though…It’s all just a tough macho disguise. When it came to our first cruise it was actually HIS idea to book on board, saying we are NOT leaving without booking again. So we booked our 2nd cruise for 2011 and it had a great bunch of DISers. That’s where I met Joh … you might know Joh around here as wilmabride and Wendy aka runskyhy. There was quite a few other “characters” on that cruise that I quite enjoyed. So before leaving that cruise we booked again for THIS cruise (are you seeing a pattern here)…. Actually we had booked for a couple weeks earlier as the kids would miss one day less of school because of our Canadian Thanksgiving. However Joh bribed me with her fabulous U.K. chocolate to change our cruise date to hers and that’s all it took… so now you get what I’m all about! So in between our Disney cruises we also have cruised Carnival on the opposite years… but we go sans kids so that’s just a whole other experience and a report that would NOT be allowed on the DIS! (OK…maybe that’s an exaggeration but we had fun.) Anyway we’ve met quite a few characters on THOSE cruises who we really enjoy. So here is the cast for this adventure… there’s me- Char, my DH –Nate along with my DD-22, DS-16, DS-9 and DS-7. Sadly my oldest DS will not be joining us for this cruise as he is getting married next year and has too much to do… not sadly he’s getting married but that he can’t join us. lol We LOVE our DDIL to be. My parents are also coming along for the ride. We are meeting up with Joh and her DH Gary and also Wendy and Rich from our 2011 Magic cruise. Remember how I said earlier that we cruise Carnival too…. well I have some recruits! We will also be meeting up with 2 other couples that we met on last years Carnival cruise and their families. This is going to be AWESOME! Here's a pic from our first ever cruise on the Magic in 2010. That's my oldest on the right with my future DDIL. Here we are on formal night. Here's one of me and my Mom in St. Maarten from our 2011 Magic cruise. And me and my Dad on Pirate night. Here's another from Pirate night with Wendy in the middle and Joh on the right. I look a little crazed here. lol I was looking for a good pic with Gary and Nate sporting their lovely bras on pub night... I'll be sure to find it and share it with you all So this should keep me somewhat occupied while I impatiently wait for our turn to cruise. Stay tuned for more to come on the "little less Copa and a little more Cabana"