August 9, 2011 (8/9/2011) Taking the Wonder to see the AMERICAN CHILD

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  1. jilljill

    jilljill <font color=blue>Collects Disney men!<br><font col

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    Thought I would start a thread for this sailing.
    I've already emailed my TA to book us on this sailing when bookings open on 9/21.

    Meet your cruisers:

    1. jilljill - Barb
    DH Jay
    DD Alexa will be 17 when we sail

    2. Caropooh - Carolyn
    alanapapa - Andrew (DH)
    DD Alana will be 17 when we sail
    DD Kathryn will be 12 when we sail

    3. Pongo&Perdita - Nancy 47
    DH - David 48 (atoc)
    DD - Megan 14
    DD - Emma 8 (atoc)

    This will be our 9th DCL cruise:
    1,2,3,4 Bahamas
    5 Panama Canal Eastbound Crossing
    6 Western Carribean
    7 Mediterranean
    8 TransAtlantic Westbound
    9 Alaska

    4. starwood
    31Buzz - Mike (DH)
    Darthvader92 - DS will be 19 when we sail

    5. JLSE50 - Jan
    DH Tom

    6. JoeSchmieg - Joe (FE Organizer)
    DW - Andrea
    Celebrating 7th Anniversary

    7. USUKMama - Sophia
    DH - Rich
    DS-10
    DS-7
    DD-4

    8. MagicMe - Melodie
    Mom (aka Nana/Bernice)
    This cruise will make #5 so once completed - I'm gold!!!!!


    9. TheDisneyGirl02 - Amy
    DBK1029 - Dave (DH)
    This cruise will make #3 for them. Dave is my DS and Amy will be my DIL in less than 3 weeks!

    10. Janet
    DH - Walter
    DD - Beth (eeyore10479)
    Janet and Walter are Amy's parents and Beth is her twin sister. They are newbies to DCL (although they did cruise the Big Red Boat once).

    (8-10 are a happy family that will be sailing together)

    11. alexandmaddie - Kristi
    DH Gerald
    DD Alexandra (16)
    DD Madeline (11)
    DS Benjamin b(9)

    12. amy2girls - 37
    DH- 40- (WOW!!! big year in 2011!!!)
    DD- 11
    DD- 9

    13. Mulan's Ma - Linda and
    DD - 11 at time of sailing
    It's our 3rd Disney Cruise--we sailed on the Magic both times it came to LA. This is our first time on the Wonder.

    14. Mulan's Ma parents

    15. Mulan's Ma friend
    DS (7)
    DD (11)

    (13-15 are friends and family sailing together)

    16. disney06 - Allison
    DH - Ken
    DD - Cassidy (will be 9)
    DD - Caitlyn (will be 11)
    Cabin 2 - Grandma

    17. Bzzelady-Chris (the great vacation planner...my DH calls me Mrs. Disney!)
    DH - Brian (willing to go along for the ride but already fretting because this trip means that he will have to give up Mustang Week in Myrtle Beach for 2011)
    DD - AJ (will turn 12 on the last night of the cruise-when told of the cruise plan, her official comment was, "I don't think so...I'm a tropical girl!")

    18. DM - Jane (wanted to see Alaska but her idea of roughing it is a hotel without room service...thank heavens for DCL)
    DD - Dave (Alaska outdoors veteran but never been on a cruise ship)

    (17 and 18 are travelling together)

    19. rsjj -
    DH
    DS - 12 at time of sailing
    DS - 9 at time of sailing

    20. Disney Fans - Kelly
    DH - Stefan
    DS - Christian aged 9 as of 10/1/09
    DS - Daniel aged 7 as of 10/1/09
    From Dallas, TX booked 2 cat. 11's on deck 6, main dining

    21. vacationsitis - Sumita
    DH - Chris
    DD - Asha (13 during the cruise)
    DD - Amy (11 during the cruise)

    22. disneytraceyl - Tracey
    DH - Bill
    DD - Kayley (age 7 at time of booking)
    DD - Kyley (age 3 at time of booking)

    23. akeogh - (turning 40 2 weeks after cruise)
    DH - (40 at time of cruise)
    DS - (10 at time of cruise)
    DD - (almost 8 at time of cruise)
    DD - (5 at time of cruise)
    2 deck 2 inside cabins

    24. dato63 - John
    DW - Deb
    DD - Makayla (will be 7 when we cruise)
    DD - Madison (will be 7 when we cruise)

    25. aimay73 - Aimee (36)
    DH- Dennis (38)
    The Alaskan cruise will be our 4th DCL, and my first trip to Alaska (DH has cruised there once)!
    Cruising with DH's parents and brother

    26. Rat-a-too-ee: Dyan (38)
    DH David (45)
    This will be our 4th Disney Cruise:
    #1 = Bahamas
    #2 = Mediterranean
    #3 = Western Caribbean
    #4 = Alaskan!
    #5 = ???

    27. MassDisLovers - Karen
    DD - Meaghan, college-aged
    Friends Jody and Julie

    28. Pooh667 - me - Susan 43
    DH - Carl 43 - our 20th wedding anniversary is during this cruise.
    DD - Cassandra - 13
    DS - Zachary - 13
    We are travelling with our family, another 14 people (#30-35).

    29. LaWalz23 -sister of Pooh667 - Lori 49

    30. Mom of Pooh667 - Mary 76
    Dad of Pooh667 - Ronald 79

    31. Aunt of Pooh667 - Theresa 79
    Aunt of Pooh667 - Carmela 77

    32. Cousin of Pooh667 - male 42
    Cousin's wife - 40
    Cousin's daughter - 7

    33. Cousin of Pooh667 - female- 43
    Cousin's husband - 42
    Cousin's daughter - 11
    Cousin's daughter - 9

    34. Cousin of Pooh667 MIL - 71
    Cousin of Pooh667 FIL - 80

    35. Elfinjojo - Jo
    DH - Rob
    DD - Holly - 9yo
    DS - Evan - will be 7 at time of sailing
    Gold Castaway Club members from the UK

    36. geffric
    DH
    DS - 20
    DS - will have just graduated HS

    37. taramoz
    DM - my mom
    DD - 7 at time of sailing

    38. sister of taramoz
    DH
    DS - 7
    DD - 3

    39. Dlandfan - Stacey
    DH
    DS- 11 at time of trip

    40. Teriyaki (formerly Smackeralchick on VMK) Laurie
    DH--Lindsay
    DD--Chelsea, 16 at sail time
    DD--Kaitlin, 16 at sail time

    40A. Disney-ite - Deb (cousin of Teriyaki)
    traveling with Eric

    41. cdnmomof2 - Cathie
    DH
    DS 9
    DS 5

    42. DizC1288 - Cyndi ~ 5th disney cruise
    Sharon ~ 1st disney cruise
    Marcy ~ 1st disney cruise
    Lucinda ~ 4th disney cruise
    Group of mom's from MN

    43. Makorin - Makoto - 54
    DW - Kazumi - Our 25th wedding anniversary
    DD - Kenji aged 13 - 3rd disney cruise

    44. DustBunny (Corey)
    DH (Ray)
    DD (Holly, age 12)

    My sister, Dland Fan, and her family and our mom are on the cruise also.



    Useful links for Alaska:

    Lumberjack show in Ketchikan http://www.lumberjackshows.com/alaska/alaskaticket.html
    Bering Sea Crab Fisherman's Tour in Ketchikan http://www.cfishadventures.com/default.asp?pageid=2
    http://www.alaska.com/


    Vancouver FAQ thread: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2283011


    American Child by John Denver: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOekV_rDQWU


    LA to Seattle is at least 20 hours of drive time. There are plenty of places to see, but you really would not be able to enjoy them. I (alanapapa) would recommend coming to Seattle a few days early and seeing the sights around here. Mount Rainier and Mount St Helens are easily accessible. You might want to stay overnight at Rainier. Or go down to Portland Oregon. In Seattle itself is the Pike Place Market, The Klondike Gold Rush National Monument, a fantastic Underground tour, and of course the Space Needle.


    Seattle area info

    Here is quite a bit of touristy stuff to do in the Seattle area! I also included a link to Sea-Tac Airport.

    http://www.citypass.com/city/seattle.html

    http://www.graylineseattle.com/

    http://www.portseattle.org/seatac/

    http://www.museumofglass.org

    http://www.spaceneedle.com/

    http://www.pikeplacemarket.org/frameset.asp?flash=false

    http://www.undergroundtour.com/

    http://www.ridetheducksofseattle.com/

    http://pugetsoundwine.org/vineyardswineries.aspx

    http://www.ste-michelle.com/winery

    http://www.empsfm.org/

    http://www.futureofflight.org/

    http://www.museumofflight.org/

    http://seattle.mariners.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=sea

    http://www.pioneersquaredistrict.org/

    http://www.rei.com/stores/11

    http://factorytoursusa.com/TourDetai...ate=WA&Search=

    http://www.nws.usace.army.mil/Public...ename=mainpage

    http://www.ci.seattle.wa.us/tour/water.htm

    Mount Rainier and Mount St Helens would both require a car to get there and would each take most of a day to get to and see.
    http://www.fs.fed.us/gpnf/mshnvm/

    http://www.nps.gov/MORA/index.htm

    Most anything over on the Olympic Peninsula would require a car and a whole day.
    http://www.olympicpeninsula.org/
    http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/


    VANCOUVER NEWS ABOUT WONDER
    http://www.portmetrovancouver.com/en...se_season.aspx



    ALASKA WEB CAMS
    VANCOUVER - August 9 and 16
    http://www.northvancouver.com/webcams/cruisecam/
    (I hope we can get a better one than this, but so far everything else I have found is out of service.)

    SKAGWAY - August 12
    http://www.wpyr.com/

    JUNO - Aigust 13
    http://www.webcambiglook.com/fullscreen/juneau2full.htm

    KETCHIKAN - August 14
    http://webcamketchikan.com/mega-view-cam-3/
     
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  3. geffric

    geffric <font color=teal>DH thinks I'm funny -- but I tell

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    We are getting a quote on this.. if we take the kids.. will let you know if we decide ...
     
  4. caitlinsdad

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    We are thinking of this one too, but I have to wait to sept 28 booking window, only have 2 cruises under our belt :mad:

    Hopefully the rates will not be thru the roof by then.
     
  5. jilljill

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    According to my TA there are not all that many people that are in the 6+ group of cruisers that get to book early. I don't expect the rates to change much if at all from the 21st to the 28th.
     
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    So much to learn for getting to vancouver
    Flying from Ct, may also go to Calif either before or after cruise.

    Thinking of flying into San Diego, renting car driving up to San Fran stopping a few days along the way. Then flying into Vancouver or Doing the other way around, Not sure but at least just under 2 years to plan:banana:
     
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    Very ambitious plan for CA, I admire you for thinking on it that much this far out. I've read is much cheaper to fly into Seattle and either drive or take the bus/train up to Vancouver. If you do that you will be able to see Seattle a little bit as well.
    Not sure I'd want to do the drive from San Fran down to San Diego after the cruise, that's a tiring trip. We've driven from LA to east of San Fran then to Lake Tahoe then back to San Fran after a Mexican cruise and 3 days at D'land and it was tiring to say the least. If I had to do it again I'd do the touring part before the cruise.

    We'll fly in a couple of days early to see Seattle and Vancouver. Gotta save some vacation time for DH to enjoy our vacation house near WDW.
     
  8. caitlinsdad

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    I would most likely do something the cruise, Been to Seattle before, but never to Calif. Thinking 8 or nine days in Calf. so could spend a couple days in San Diego, Anihem and San Fran, But who knows, just throwing out ideals, depending on money issues could be just cruise. I have heard the train from Seattle to Vancouver is very nice.

    Lots of ideals, maybe just San Fran to Yosimite, then cruise. Lots of time to plan( thankfully) :rotfl2:
     
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    jilljill <font color=blue>Collects Disney men!<br><font col

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    We love San Fran, were just there for a week last month. I'd definately make that part of the CA trip plan if I was doing the planning. Might as well add in D'land since you haven't been there either.

    The prices will be interesting to know for this cruise. Plus, they are going to be reclassifying the cabin categories so we have to get used to that too.
     
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    I wonder what the new categories will be and how will they work
     
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    Proces will make a difference for us.. i hadn't heard about the cabin cat changes.. do you know what gives??
     
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    I know that the 11C they are advertising is what we now know as a cat. 12. Basically there will be the same cat. 4-11 and then A - B - C sub-categories below that will represent different locations on the ship. This will start for the 2011 bookings for the Magic and the Wonder, so I'm guessing it will be in line with how the cabins will be categorized on the new ships.
     
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    I've added a link in the first post for a Lumberjack show in Ketchikan.

    For the Baltics cruise I'm going on next year we've found it helpful to put all links and useful info in the first post so I'm going to do that again for this thread. It makes life easier when looking up things.
     
  14. caitlinsdad

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    Thanks, I did the same thing on our Tortola cruise, at least until we created a web site .
     
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    One step closer to booking, spoke with my TA today, Now heres hoping the prices are not Thu the roof.
     
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    jilljill <font color=blue>Collects Disney men!<br><font col

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    I need to email my TA to see if she has my credit card number or if she needs it. She has our Castaway Club numbers and the ressie number that needs to be transferred from the dummy booking I made onboard this summer.
     
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    The TA now has my credit card number and the authorization to place the deposit on a cabin MOnday morning. She only has 9 clients that are gold or platinum, not many in the grand scope of things. Since I was the first to email her she will do my booking first. :yay:
     
  19. caitlinsdad

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    Sadly mine has to wait until the 28th for me.
     
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    I'll let you know what I find out Monday. What cat. are you looking at booking and for how many people? Also, have you see the thread on the main boards that has the new deck plans and reassigned cabin categories? Here's the link in case you missed it: http://www.yourmagicaljourneys.com/dcl/newcabincat.htm
     
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    In the past we have had a Cat 6 mid ship
    We hope for this again, Looks like it will be a 5B now.
     

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