April 28th Dream Bahamas Cruise

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  1. EmptyLot

    EmptyLot Earning My Ears

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    Hi Everyone,

    It has been so fun to read through this thread and hear that there are so many others on our cruise who are every bit as excited as we are. First things first:

    EmptyLot - Anthony (31), Tiffany (29) - 9548 - Late

    This is the MV for both of us and Disney was the only option in our minds. We live on the west side of Orlando, about 15-minutes from WDW. I know this will make many of you jealous, so apologies in advance, but this has allowed us to spend a lot of time in our "happiest place." Many evenings, we just go down for dinner and to people-watch. The busy days and occasional long lines don't bother us, because we know that we can just come down another day. OK, OK, for those of you that are still freezing your butts off in Michigan, I'll stop. :) My point is that for us, it's more about the Disney atmosphere as opposed to the mad dash to take it all in. I know we are very fortunate.

    Tiffany and I have a long history with Disney. I spent much of my childhood in the Orlando and Tampa area, and feel like my siblings and I grew up in the various theme parks. One of the things that brought Tiffany and I together was our affection for the Disney parks. I worked up what became an elaborate marriage proposal via park-wide scavenger hunt within the MK (For the sappy among you, click here for our written accounts of the day).

    Our wedding wasn't Disney-themed per se, but we did hide Hidden Mickeys in things, and created Fast Passes to dismiss tables for dinner (photo here). We also had a live jazz trio that played Disney tunes throughout the reception.

    Since we've been married, we've been making our rounds at the WDW resorts. We spent our wedding night in a suite at the Grand Floridian (thanks to the no-charge upgrade from the CMs!). So far, we've done Wilderness Lodge (3x), Animal Kingdom Lodge, All-Star Music (clearly these are in no particular order), Polynesian, Yacht Club and the Dolphin. Wilderness Lodge is definitely our favorite, but we're big outdoorsy people anyway, so that probably makes sense. Technically, the cruise is supposed to be our 2-year anniversary celebration, but I don't think we'll be able to resist a resort stay that weekend as well, since the cruise is two weeks before the actual day. :) We have our sights on Port Orleans - French Quarter or a repeat of the YC.

    So that's us. We love to travel and do it as much as we are able. We spent 2 weeks in Europe for our honeymoon. We did some of the obvious things, like DL Paris, but also so not so obvious things like tour many of the locations shown in Epcot's "France" movie, and two days hiking around the Matterhorn. The real one. :) Are we fanatics? Sure, I suppose you could say that. But other than on boards like this one, we tend to stay pretty subtle about it. Disney is definitely special to us and something that we enjoy together.

    On a side note, we may not know much about Disney cruisin', but if you guys ever have any questions about the WDW parks or resorts, feel free to ask away. All our friends and family do, and we're passionate about helping everyone experience the very best Disney has to offer and appreciate it the way we do.

    Tootles for now, we'll see you on board!
     
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  3. DaPanMan

    DaPanMan Mouseketeer

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    Thanks for the heads up on the angry Donalds. I found some. I did Google and search the Dis, but I have no idea what I was thinking about when I put in the search terms, but was only getting regular Donalds. :confused3

    Where from?

    Mid-Michigan, supposed to get snow today. :( 14 Days and counting at least. I'm READY!!!

    How long have you been crusing?

    This is our second cruise. First was in Feb. of 2010 with the kids on the Wonder.

    Shore excursions?

    We don't have anything planned for Nassau. If we get off the ship, just walk to the Queen's staircase or something relatively easy. At the Cay, we're feeding the stingrays. Otherwise, its just enjoy the weather and have fun.

    What do you look forward to most?

    Getting away from everything. Celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary and we are going without the kids. :cool1: They are none too happy about that at all.

    What do I look forward to the least?

    Getting off the ship. Although, we're spending 2 more days at the World before we head back to reality.
    When I get back, I have to start back to work and school, NO THANKS!!! :furious:
     
  4. AEIceDogsMOM

    AEIceDogsMOM Earning My Ears

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    Where are you from?

    Bruce County Ontario Canada

    How long have you been cruising?

    We haven't this is our first!

    Have you booked any excursions?

    Just the stingrays at the Cay. Gonna play the rest by ear. Kids think they just want to stay on the ship.

    What are you looking forward to the most about this cruise?

    Have no idea...

    What are you least looking forward to about this cruise?

    2 days in the car with 3 kids on the way there and on the way back... :crazy2:
     
  5. LuvtheEars

    LuvtheEars DIS Veteran

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    Where are you from?


    Oregon for the first 24 years of my life then North Carolina


    How long have you been cruising?


    First one on the Wonder in 2007, Magic 2008, Wonder 2009, Wonder Back to Back 2010, Magic 2011, Dream 2011, Fantasy 2012, Magic 2013 and this will be cruise #10!


    Have you booked any excursions?


    No - I don't plan to get off the boat in Nassau and just a beach day at Castaway Cay.


    What are you looking forward to the most about this cruise?


    Aqua Duck, food, Castaway Cay, no work, sun, Castaway Cay, food. . .


    What are you least looking forward to about this cruise?


    The 9 hour drive each way.
     
  6. LuvtheEars

    LuvtheEars DIS Veteran

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    Still no room # yet. I'm starting to wonder if OGT is Deck 4 chairs. :rotfl2:

    :rotfl2::thumbsup2:rotfl2:
     
  7. hamm1207

    hamm1207 Alaskan DIS Veteran

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    Those deck 4 chairs are some of my favorite! Too bad there is not a secret deck 7 aft area like on the wonder/magic. Or is there and we just haven't found it yet...
     
  8. riverratmommy

    riverratmommy Earning My Ears

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    Where are you from?
    We live outside of Atlanta GA
    But, I'm from NW PA & hubby grew up outside of Rochester NY
    MIL & FIL are from SE PA originally but they now live outside of ATL too

    How long have you been cruising?
    I cruised in 2005 on RC with my roomies in college, but for hubby, our son MIL & FIL it's the very first - I'm excited for all of us :)

    Have you booked any excursions?
    Yep, we are doing the submarine boat thing in Nassau & then hubby and FIL are going fishing at Castaway Cay ( MIL got spa stuff for us so she wanted something fun for them too haha)


    What are you looking forward to the most about this cruise? Our son's face when he meets Mickey! (& pretty much everything else!)
     
  9. randomiam79

    randomiam79 Mouseketeer

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    Where are you from?

    Tampa Bay, FL

    How long have you been cruising?

    first on carnival in 2005, then a couple Alaska cruises on HAL. Switched to Disney in 2008 (i think) and never looked back. 3 Eastern Carribean on the magic, a 4 and 5 night on the Wonder, and a 4 nighty on the Dream. Its been a year and a half and were going thru withdrawals! Had a baby in November though so we had to give up cruises for about 9 months lol

    Have you booked any excursions?

    No - We don't plan to get off the boat in Nassau and just a beach day at Castaway Cay.

    What are you looking forward to the most about this cruise?

    Kids going to the Oceaneer Club, Lab, and Small world nursery, us going to Quiet Cove! Being treated like gold by the crew and CMs, and treating them the same way of course!
    The shows, Castaway Cay (including 5k), and not having to cook for 4 days!

    What are you least looking forward to about this cruise?
    The Bill! Haha, and leaving the ship of course although this time were heading to OKW at WDW for 2 nights after the cruise so that will help ease us back into reality!
     
  10. LuvtheEars

    LuvtheEars DIS Veteran

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    There was a lounge in the top of the smokestack on the Fantasy that we found. You take the elevator (or stairs) to the edge and it's there. Great views! We found it during the day and never did visit at night.

    Not quite as nice as the deck 7 area, but pretty cool. :thumbsup2
     
  11. shoediva

    shoediva Earning My Ears

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    Hi neighbor, we live in Brandon. We thought about extending our vacation with a few days with WDW. But our daughter's class s going to legoland on Friday and she wants to go.
     
  12. LuvGoldens

    LuvGoldens Mouseketeer

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    Where are you from?
    Winnipeg, Manitoba

    How long have you been cruising?
    this is our first Disney Cruise. Have sailed on Celebrity and Royal Caribbean a handful of times

    Have you booked any excursions?
    No plans for any excursions

    What are you looking forward to the most about this cruise?
    Seeing the ship for the first time and being immersed in all things Disney for 4 wonderful days!

    What are you least looking forward to about this cruise?
    Having to get off on the Thursday :(
     
  13. randomiam79

    randomiam79 Mouseketeer

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    We keep telling ourselves we are going to do something after our next cruise, other than drive straight home. Kids are off school Friday anyway so we figured why not
     
  14. tinkslite

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    I may have done this wrong, not sure.
     
  15. musketeers3

    musketeers3 Earning My Ears

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    Where are you from?

    Bedford, Virginia


    How long have you been cruising?

    First one was in 2012 on the Dream. This will be our second cruise.

    Have you booked any excursions?

    In Nassau, no. We are planning on walking to the Pirate Museum and the Queen's Staircase.
    In Castaway Cay, yes. We the doing the Castaway Cay Getaway Package.


    What are you looking forward to the most about this cruise?

    Scallops at Enchanted Garden, snorkeling at Castaway Cay, being treated like royality on the ship, the culture of Nassau.

    What are you least looking forward to about this cruise?

    The dream being over and the ride home for 12 hours.


    We booked VGT and still do not have a room number. I told my wife we will be in the engine room.
     
  16. linzjun

    linzjun Earning My Ears

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    Where are you from?

    Buxton, Maine

    How long have you been cruising?

    This will be our first

    Have you booked any excursions?

    We are going to do a dolphin encounter in Nassau, Colton will be 3 so he was to young for the swim

    What are you looking forward to the most about this cruise?

    Colton's face when he sees Mickey Mouse

    What are you least looking forward to this cruise?
    Packing, I have always been an over packer I'm hoping I can control myself
     
  17. hamm1207

    hamm1207 Alaskan DIS Veteran

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    This time in two weeks we will be on board the Disney Dream!!

    If you are going to WDW before the cruise where are you staying and what park(s) are you visiting? We will be arriving in WDW around 12:00 Saturday afternoon. We are staying at the Polynesian and we're going to be at magic kingdom all day.

    After the cruise we are heading to POR (hoping for an alligator bayou room) and we will visit EPCOT on the 2nd and Animal kingdom on the 3rd. Then it's onto the Fantasy on the 4th.
     
  18. kitselaar

    kitselaar Earning My Ears

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    Where are you from?

    Heerlen, Southern part of the Netherlands, Europe
    4 hrs drive of Paris and Disneyland Paris.
    Ton and I are Disney addicted and the kids may join us on our trips, haha...
    We go often to Paris and try to go once a year to the States. We are also DCV members.

    How long have you been cruising?

    Since 2008 with DCL. Last year also with Holland America Line.

    Have you booked any excursions?

    We are going to do a dolphin swim (Ton and the girls) and sealion (Meta & Quinten) encounter in Nassau

    What are you looking forward to the most about this cruise?

    Relaxing.

    What are you least looking forward to this cruise?

    Leaving....


    At first I will go this week to cold and windy London, UK and than packing the stuff for Florida.

    Meta
     
  19. okwmember92

    okwmember92 Mouseketeer

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    Cast: Me=Kim; DH=Dennis

    Celebrating our 50th Birthdays and 30th Anniversary this year! :cool1:

    This is our 4th Disney Cruise, first time on The Dream boat :goodvibes

    2000 With our 2 DS, celebrating our 40th B-Days and 20th Anniversary 4 nights of Wonder!
    2004 With our 2 DS, to enjoy 7 nights of Magic!
    2007 Our first cruise without kids, :banana: celebrating our 25th Anniversary!
    2013 Another cruise without kids, :rolleyes1 celebrating more milestones
    I see a pattern here. :)

    See ya Real Soon!:earsboy:
     
  20. hamm1207

    hamm1207 Alaskan DIS Veteran

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    Welcome to the cruise! :thumbsup2
     
  21. Mddog

    Mddog Earning My Ears

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    Hey all..
    We are from Florida, have NEVER been on a cruise, didn't book excursions, thought about trying Palos.....if they have openings...can hardly wait for this trip....having a hard time not mentioning the cruise to my girls...since its a surprise. Trying to be as prepared as possible.
     

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