Discussion in 'Completed Trip Reports' started by Timon, Nov 5, 2009.
I think we might try the Residence next time.
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We understand Cass.
Love this photo.
Hiya Junior... just got caught up with your report. Sorry I didn't get to it sooner! Where to begin? Sheesh... you have a lot of great pics, and some that really touched me and though I know a lot of the story already, it's great to have pictures to go along with it. Stories really ARE better with pictures. Thanks for sharing your trip with us, though I'm not looking forward to the cruise part, cause I know how stressed you were.. and well, I love you, goddammit! Can I say that on the disboards??? I guess I'll find out when it's denied posting, or I'm banned.
Here are some of the highlights for me from your pics....
I really got a kick out of the one with Kira pulling the stroller over her face. That was so our Tira! And her sticking out her tongue. I bet Rob loved that one.
And of course, you looking like the third, no, make that fourth wheel! I almost peed my pants laughing at that one. BTW... how many eee`s in peeed??? Can I say pee? So, yeah... great pic of Rob and his wife Belle, and daughter Kira. But who's the chick on the left? Can I say chick??? LOL Bet I made you laugh! Just returning the favour, scizzor mine!
I can hear Kira telling Aurora that she's wearing her Princess Aurora dress! Kids are great, aren't they? And the one with the eyes at Cindyrella, that's priceless, Cass.
And of course, I must comment on the Rob dressing for winter while you're in shorts and a T! LOL Too funny, but that's Rob to a .... well, T!
However, for some reason the pics with Kira and Belle made me get all weepy... guess it's cause she's just so darn cute, and even with her Miss Tira attitude, I still love the little dootball!
But the pic of you and her on the people mover just made me cry like a baby! Like your friend said, "Just a picture of a mom with her daughter" Eh???? As if. Nice one, Jun! If she can, you know she's smiling down on ya... and that one would have touched her so very much.
Now, no more making me cry!
To be continued......
that was a great nite!!
it was soooo great to see everone again!!
guess we're in the minority. the residence was great, but we liked the raddison better. really liked those sleep number beds they had there. but hey, to each there own eh?
Day 10 Part 3
October 24th - Disney Magic
Like always, they announced our family when we boarded the ship and then Bernie and I headed to Rockin Bar D while the rest of the crew made their way up to Topsiders.
When we booked our Palo dinner online, we weren't able to get the same time so we wanted to change them. Got that all sorted out and then met everyone at Topsiders.
I'm not a huge fan of the welcome aboard buffet so I wanted to get Pluto's and Bernie did too! I got a hot dog and chicken strips and that's when I realized that they also used whole wheat buns
I have no idea what retard came up with that fabulous idea but he or she ought to be shot! I just don't get it...if I am eating a hot dog, chances are I am not counting calories so why give me a fatty, greasy wiener and then a healthy bun?
I ate really well for the previous 6 months so that I may splurge on this trip and enjoy some bad stuff but after trying that bun I knew that I wouldn't be eating as many hot dogs as I usually do on the ship. Good thing I also enjoy those yummy strips!
Everyone seemed pretty happy about their food and I think everyone was happy to be on the ship. Kira stuck pretty close to Bailey because the man with the big scary beard was nearby
Little did we know that they would be best friends by the end of the week
After lunch it was almost time for the rooms to be ready so we made our way to the forward elevators on deck 5. Kira was getting tired and Rob just wanted to sleep.
Waiting for 1:30
Right at 1:30pm they opened the doors that led us into the hallway of our Secret Porthole Room
Although I came to hate the location of the room throughout the week, I really loved the room!
I loved that the window was lower than normal porthole rooms and Kira loved sitting and standing on the little ledge.
Waiting for us in our room were 2 great gifts. Nancy and Chuck (cntkg1 and Charlie Tuna) sent us a basket through Shirley's The Perfect Gift which including a ton of stuff that was so useful during that week and they even gave us some gorgeous embroidered shirts for us and an embroidered pillow case for Kira along with some Sharpies. Talk about thoughtful!
Kira was thrilled when she opened it, she was beyond happy!
The other gift was from our friends Mike & Robin (dyerneeds & Tart Annihilator) and it was a DCL Excursion Kit. It was this fantastic blue bag with a really cool travel mug with a compass built in it!
We felt SO spoiled!!
Kira took all her little treats and put them under the desk and claimed that as her play area.
Then she put her juices from N & C in the little refrigerator and boy did these ever come in handy during the week!
Now that she had explored the room, it was time for a nap. I told Rob that I would come back just before 3pm to get them for the first official DIS BOBer meet at the Mickey Pool.
I explored the ship, took some video and pics and got her registered at Flounders.
I got back to the room at 2:50pm to find ALL of our luggage out in the hallway blocking everyone!!!
Went in the room hoping to see Rob awake so he could help me but he was dead to the world. I even called him 3 times and he never even stirred.
Well, this luggage couldn't stay there so I had to drag it all in by myself. There were 4 large, very heavy suitcases, a full sized stroller and our massive car seat.
Let me tell you, this was not an easy task for a chick who has no strength in her hands because of Lupus! I can't put much weight on any joint or else I can do serious permanent damage. It also didn't help that the door wouldn't stay open and no one was awake to help me with the door. I also had like zero room to put it all because Kira was still sleeping over on the couch.
I was sweating buckets and my hands were hurting and I was getting really grumpy!
I had been waiting to see our stateroom host since we first got to our room but never saw him. I asked 2 different DCL CM's who passed by the hall and they both said that he was on a break (first time was at 1:40pm and the second time was at 3pm)
On all 3 of our past cruises, as soon as we got to our room we saw our host and was able to make a few requests and stuff and normally they are always around, especially the first 2-3 hours.
I had a few things I wanted to talk to him about but mostly it was because I needed to ask him if he could store our car seat. The thing is huge and wouldn't fit in the closet. The only place big enough I could find for it temporarily was the bath tub.
Just as I was dragging in the last bag into our room, he showed up. I waved him down and asked him about the car seat. Let's just say that he wasn't very helpful.
He kept telling me to store it in the closet. And I kept telling him that it didn't fit and that we already have a full-sized stroller in there even if it did fit.
He obviously didn't believe me and so he came in the room and opened the closet and tried fitting the car seat in.
Ok, at this point I was getting REALLY aggravated. I was tired, hot and sweaty, all my joints were sore and now he was just pissing me off!
It was now 3:15pm and we woke up Kira and Rob because we were both in the room arguing about this stupid car seat.
As soon as Rob spoke to him, he was all "Oh no problem sir, I take the car seat for you!"
Well then why the HECK couldn't you take it for me????????????
Just as he was leaving the room, I asked him if he could bring a bed railing for Kira tonight before 11pm, he said "Sure, no problem!"
So after we changed Kira's diaper and Rob got ready to go, it was already 3:30pm but we thought we would go up and see if anyone was left at the meet.
We ran into Heather and Rick and they said everyone had pretty much gone so we just turned back around and went to our room.
To be continued...
Day 10 Part 4
October 24th - Disney Magic
I was able to unpack about half of our stuff before the life boat drill started. It was nice to finally be mostly organized!
Kira helped me put all of our magnets on the door and she loved seeing them every time we came back to our room!
Time to get suited up!
She did pretty well with the life vest, it really helped that when we put it on, I gave her a sucker! Good thinking on my part!
She was even able to walk down the stairs, no problem!
We ended up being right next to Steve, Laura and Stu and Leah! Rob and Steve share birthdays and they also have similar interests. I wish we could have spent more time with them on this cruise, they are such nice people!
We were also lined up with Walt & Di but they were in front of us and I couldn't get a pic of them.
So remember that good thinking on my part? Yeah well, obviously I didn't think it through too well because she was really well behaved...until she finished the sucker half-way through the drill!
She started to have a meltdown, which was understandable because we were in the sun with this huge, uncomfortable life vest on and even I was on the verge of a meltdown!
The CM let us leave 2 minutes early so we ducked out and took off her jacket and went back to the room.
While I unpacked, Rob slept some more.
I asked him if he was going to the Sail Away party but he didn't answer me so I just continued on with the unpacking.
I thought I would miss having that nice trunk with shelves in the room but I actually didn't! We found enough space for all our stuff and it was nice having that extra floor space at the end of the bed!
I got so busy with unpacking I looked out and realized we were moving!!! Crap, another thing missed
I really wanted to see us sail out of the channel so I took Kira down to deck 4 and we hung out there for about 45 mins.
She had a lot of fun running around and sitting on the comfy blue chairs.
We went to Plutos and got some supper for Kira. She doesn't eat buns with her hot dogs so it worked out for us, I just asked for 2 wieners, no buns and some chicken strips. We got some fruit at Goofy's Galley and some milk at the drink station and found a table.
That is when I realized that there is no juice available at the Drink Station. For some reason I thought there was but I was so wrong.
She ate both wieners and one strip and some fruit and I ate the rest of the strips.
It was almost time for the Welcome Aboard Show so we went back up to the room to see if Rob was going to the show but he said no.
Kira and I went down to the theatre (deck 5 forward was nice for that, really close to the WD Theatre!) and found some seats on the end of a row pretty close to the stage. I wasn't sure she would last the whole show and I didn't want to bother anyone when we left.
She loved seeing the characters and she lasted most of the show. When she started to act up, we left.
Back to the room to get ready for dinner. I didn't think Rob was going to go but when we got back to the room he said he was feeling better and wanted to go to dinner.
We dropped Kira off at Flounders at 8pm and watched her play for a few minutes. I had been telling her about Flounders for months now and so she knew that we would drop her off to play, go for supper and then pick her up. I had made reservations for 2-3 hours every night so that she could have fun while we had a nice relaxing dinner.
She was so excited to go, she didn't even say good-bye to us!
I took these shots earlier when no one was in there.
We made our way down to Animator's Palate and we found our tablemates...Sean, Bernie, Bailey, Gary, Nancy, Chuck, Tony & Stacy. We were shown to our table and figured out the best seating arrangement.
It was hard because the table was so long so if you sat on the end, you couldn't really hear much of the conversation.
I was worried about our servers because the last cruise, our serving team was horrible!!!!!! On our first night (we brought Kira because she was only 10 months old then) it took 45 minutes to get her some milk, they didn't have a high chair for us and it took an hour to get her some food which was cold.
So I was pleasantly surprised to see this when we got there...
They were all ready for her!!! WOW!
They were sad to hear that she wasn't going to be with us during dinner but I told them that it was actually a good thing and that they just didn't know it
We were introduced to our dining team Orlan and Cindy who were absolutely FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!
Orlan was soooo funny, he had us all laughing the whole time! He was the perfect server for our bunch! Cindy was sad not to see Kira because she has a 2-year-old at home that she was missing.
He did something that I've never seen a server do...he asked us all what we like to be called....he had our names on his list and he went around to each one of us and said our names and then we told him what nicknames we had. When he got to me he said "Catherine" which is my full name but I go by Cass, which he had a hard time pronouncing so I told him "Just like a$$ with a C"
So then he said it really slowly and softly and it came out all sexy and smooth so everytime he said "Cassssssss" , I replied with "Ooooooooorrrrlan"
Like I said, we laughed the whole time!
We had a fabulous time, great food, great service and even better company!
I should mention that Bernie & Sean had delivered all their FE gifts that day which were these totally awesome lanyards with "I'm with BOB" written on them. They were so comfortable and they were a great way to spot BOBers all over the ship!
After a wonderful dinner, it was time for dessert. Sadly my all-time favourite dessert was no longer on the menu but I had read reports that if you request something that they had all the ingredients for then they could make it for you within 24hours. Well, I spoke to the head server Wira (easy to remember...Kira with a W ) and asked him if there was any way he could arrange for us to have a Peanut Butter Pie. He said he would speak to the kitchen staff and see what he could do.
So after a wonderful dinner, we checked on Kira and she was doing great so we still had an hour before we had to pick her up so we went back to our room and changed clothes and then went down to Rockin' Bar D for Disney Quest.
We were hoping for a encore performance from our underdawg, Mike and we weren't disappointed.
Our group was so big so we had to split it up and surprisingly, Gary became our leader for the game. He was a good leader, he was sitting right on the aisle and the dude is young and is super fast!
Of course the best part was the finale where they guys parade around in women's attire and accessories LOL!
Thankfully, I brought my camera this time
Mike and Gary doing their final pose on the end. LOL
It was time to pick up Kira so Rob told me to stick around to watch Match Your Mate while he got Kira and put her to bed.
MYM was fun and we even had a BOBer couple participating! If I remember correctly, they had been married for 42 years and they ended up winning!
Back to the room after the show and found out that our host hadn't brought a bedrail for Kira.
We improvised and put the little bench next to her so she wouldn't fall out.
Here is our room when we went back to change clothes...
Both my babes were sleeping when I got back so I changed into my swimsuit and went up to the hot tub and pool. I was just getting comfy in the hot tub when I saw the CM covering up the pool. It was midnight already and time to shut her down! I wish they would keep it open until 1am.
Oh well, time for some sleep, it had been a looooong day and I needed some rest!
Thanks for remembering
Sure, now you're making ME cry!!! Thanks for reading Doobers!
We've never tried the sleep beds, last time we were at the Rad, they were crummy old beds
Not sure about the Sleep Bed, but our bed was amazing!!!! Sorry you didn't like the Residence as much as we did.
And it was a fun night, I only wish it was longer
Looked like a nice room...shame about your host. Love the photo with Steve and Rob. I agree they are a great family and hopefully we get to meet them when they are over here in December.
Your dining arrangements worked out well - great group of diners and servers.
Yup, we really lucked out at dinner time
Day 11 Part 1
October 25th - Day at Sea
I love days at sea! They give you a chance to just relax and enjoy the ship.
I set my alarm for 6am because I had wanted to get up to watch the sunrise. I had planned on doing this every morning but unfortunately this was the only morning that it happened
I got up to deck 10 WAY too early and it was still really dark so I walked around a bit and I came across Bernie and Gary! We walked to the front of the ship when the sun was starting to peek through the clouds.
It was so windy up there it was hard to even stand still!
We were getting hungry so we grabbed a table and waited until Topsiders opened for breakfast.
We had a great view!
Breakfast was OK, my eggs were really dry which I wasn't too thrilled about but the company was great as several BOBers joined us at the next table and soon after Sean joined us too.
After we ate, I strolled around the top deck just enjoying the view for awhile.
Around 8:30 I went back to see if anyone was awake in our cabin but they weren't so I woke them up LOL
Kira was in good spirits this morning.
After showers, we went up to Topsiders so Rob and Kira could eat.
I think we headed back to the room for a bit and then Rob mentioned that 9:30 ( I think) was our character breakfast. I wasn't thrilled about going because the food has always been terrible and the character interaction had been kind of crappy but I knew Kira would like it so off we went.
Turns out Gary was joining us for breakfast too and this is where Kira really started to warm up to him.
This was the first time Orlan and Cindy had seen Kira and they seemed genuinely thrilled to see her. I just knew it wouldn't last hahaha
I wasn't all that hungry so only Rob and Kira ordered some breakfast. Kira was already starting to get a little cranky so Cindy decided to give her a chocolate donut. I wasn't too thrilled about it because I try to stay away from the really bad stuff for her but she totally calmed down so I let it slide.
The down side was that it was really messy LOL
So every time a character came by, we would have to hose her down
This is when we realized that we still needed Chip and Dale's signature for Kira's book so Rob ran back to the room to get it for her.
During that time the food came. I looked over at Rob's eggs and they looked sooooo good! You could tell that they were nice and moist, the total opposite of the eggs I had that morning at Topsiders so I decided to steal a taste.
I was trying be all stealthy-like and just sneak a bite but they were so darn delicious I just kept eating them. Then I tried some bacon and that was delicious too and so were the hashbrowns!
I couldn't stop myself. Orlan noticed my pigginess and thought it might be a good idea to get Rob another plate. LOL
Kira didn't eat much of hers but she sure loved having a knife. Cindy had given her a little kids knife and she doing a great job cutting her pancakes!
Rob got back just in time for some signatures and to see the start of Kira unraveling.
She was fine when the characters came but in between, she was a mess!
Here's the good parts
By this time Bernie, Sean and Bailey had joined us. Lucky them!
All Bernie could say was "Wow!"
This was when Orlan started to make us funny hats out of napkins and this is where Kira REALLY lost it.
For some reason she did not want anyone to be wearing these hats!
You can see her hand in this pic, she was screaming and trying to reach it to take it off.
She just kept yelling TAKE IT OFF TAKE IT OFF
So I did.
But then that horrible Orlan made one for Rob and she flipped out again!
And then the worst thing ever happened....he made hats for EVERYONE!!!!!!
Look at her yelling at Rob to take it off. LOL!
That was fun!!!
I just looked at Orlan and Cindy and said "Aren't you glad now that she's not at dinner every night?"
We ran outta there as fast as possible and went back to the room.
To be continued...
Kira looks so sweet with the characters! It's strange how some things freak kids ou, isn't it? My youngest son was afraid of helium balloons, and would freak when a waiter brought them to the table. He would even freak when he heard the helium machine! Just so you know, now he's 16 and not afraid of balloons, so it does pass (even though it doesn't seem like it when they are going through it)!
Day 11 Part 2
October 25th - Day at Sea
Rob wanted to sleep again so I got Kira in her swimsuit and we went to play in the Splash Area for toddlers.
She loved this! I am so glad they added this because that one little Mickey ear was not enough for diaper wearing kids!
She was having fun but then she spotted Julia and Harrison and she was even happier!
She kept climbing up near the Mickey Slide to watch the kids come down it. They really need some type of barrier there! Another girl watched her do this and she followed along and got into big trouble by her mother
While she was playing I got to visit with Lori and Chuck and Sean and Bernie!
After that we went back to the room and got changed and I ordered room service for lunch. I put the TV on for her and she watched some Disney Movies. Thank God for the Disney movies on the TV because she ended up watching a lot of them later that week! She played with her toys in her little area, ate some lunch and watched TV, she was pretty happy!
By that time Rob had just woken up and I was super duper tired and just worn out so I asked him if he could take Kira to the club for awhile and let her play while I napped.
They were gone for about an hour and she had lots of fun. Of course she was best friends with a little girl in just minutes!
Imagine meeting someone and then 20 minutes later hugging them? LOL!
Playing in the Club
I think we hung around the room for a bit longer and then went to Plutos/Goofy's Galley for some supper. She ate hot dogs, (no bun!) chicken strips and fruit.
She was in a funny mood while we sat there and ate and watched the sun set.
I started taking pictures and she made the funniest faces! LOL!
Here's a small sample!
Just then we spotted Bernie grabbing some Pluto's and then her and Sean and Gary came to sit with us.
I got some ice cream for Kira, the first and only time we had ice cream from Goofy's all week, what were we thinking????
She was bonding with Gary a little more every time she saw him! Those two were becoming good pals!
We walked down to the theatre as it was time for the Golden Mickeys. Guess who she wanted to sit beside?
She watched all the show I think and then we went back to the room to get dressed for Formal Night.
We went down to the Atrium to get a picture taken and the lines were all super crazy so we got in line that was the shortest which was the one for Helmsman Mickey.
Kira made friends with a little girl in front of us which helped pass the time. Then she made friends with the girl behind us and joined that little girl on the piano
Here is our Formal Night pic we bought from Shutters
It was now time to drop Kira off at Flounders. She practically RAN there! She was excited to be there and the counselor was excited to see her in her Cinderella Dress. She said that later was the Cinderella Ball and that she was going to take her!!! I think Kira peed she was so happy!
Time for dinner for us and again it was absolutely fabulous!!!
At the beginning of the meal Wira came over and asked us if we could request a birthday cake for someone at the table but then we would give it to Orlan because it was his birthday today!
Stacy's birthday was just a few days before the cruise so Nancy secretly asked Orlan to bring her a cake.
So after dinner, some other servers came over and we all started singing Happy Birthday but we sang it to HIM! He was totally surprised and maybe a little bit embarrassed but he enjoyed it!
When he thought he was singing to Stacy...
And here is a server giving him his birthday button!
And here is our tremendous server team!!!!
Too quickly our dinner was over and we went to pick up Kira from Flounders. She was beaming! She had gone to the Ball and danced with Cinderella!!! She was so happy when she told us all about it!
Here's our bed...
And here's our little princess
By the way, I should mention that we STILL haven't received a bedrail for Kira. So I ended up calling housekeeping when we got back to the room and they said they would bring us one right away.
We never did get a bed rail!
I just moved the little seat next to her again and positioned the table at the end of the bed and that kept her in there.
Rob and Kira went to sleep and I went up to the hot tub and pool This time Sean and Bernie joined me
It was the best part of my day, I love hot tubs and pools (but only at night!) and I love it even more when they're on a ship out at sea!
Fabulous update Cass! Loved all the pictures. I also stole the picture of Orlan and Cindy because mine didn't turn out too well. Best servers evah!!!!
LOL too funny!
Yeah, I don't know why she was spazzing out about the hats, normally she would have loved them!
Let me know if you want the originals hun Thanks for reading all my chapters and please chime in when you want to :
Love, love, love it!!!!!!!! I'm right there with you through all the lows and highs. Your servers sound absolutely fabulous. I love how Kira makes friends everywhere she goes. She'll go far in life with that talent!
I'm planning a "girls only" cruise with some girlfriends for our 40th birthdays in a few years and now I'm thinking of a Disney cruise! Would it be fun for adults only would you say? I think that if I mention the word "Disney" they may freak out! I'm off to Panama this week so I'm going to miss your updates for a whole week. I'm in withdrawal already. Have fun at the party tomorrow!!!
as were ours eh heather?
Cass my dear..i feel obligated to stick up for Rob as far as his illness was concerned. you ladies just have no idea how painfull it is when we men get the "what do they call it?" oh yes... The ManFlu. right?
Robin and i are loving the updates and pics Cass!!
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