Okay, so the alliteration is a bit much, but I'm an English teacher...it's a disease. Just be thankful this trip report doesn't rhyme. Thanks for joining!! We will be boarding the Fantasy (insert angel-light-coming-down-from-heaven-noise here) on August 9, 2014 for a 7-night Eastern Caribbean Cruise (with the blessing - more on that later). ay Port Guest Ashore Guest Onboard 1 Port Canaveral, Florida 3:45 p.m. 2 At Sea 3 At Sea 4 St. Maarten 8:00 a.m. 6:45 p.m. 5 St. Thomas/St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands 7:45 a.m. 3:30 p.m. 6 At Sea 7 Castaway Cay 9:45 a.m. 4:45 p.m. 8 Port Canaveral, Florida 7:30 a.m. A few reasons for this trip report - a) I've read a million others and learned soooo much b) I'm still pixie-dusting/willing/manifesting the trip into being and this makes it more real c) Hoping to meet some of y'all and maybe meet up on the cruise d) It beats the heck out of marking papers!! I hope you'll bear with me but beware - my writing is more John Irving than John Steinbeck. Lots of meandering and parenthesis and backing up and skipping round and just general chatterboxiness. I love to talk and I love to write and this is a bit of both. Let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up. Here is the cast of "characters" and I do mean that word in all the ways. My family - love 'em or hate 'em but there's not much in between. Me - English and Spec Ed teacher, mother of 2, step-mother of 2 more, wife to the DreadPirateRobers (sometimes called Wesley) and Disney fanatic. Went to WDW for the first time for my 30th birthday and have been back about 7 times since. Obsessive-Compulsive trip planner, nothing makes me happier really in terms of leisure activities. Anglofile, lover of all things British, especially Coronation Street, Original Source body wash and Cadbury. Someday we will live in the UK. Like I said, I'm a highschool teacher and I love my job. I mostly love working with troubled kids. It's all about relationships. You gotta love 'em before you can teach 'em. Also a big fan of Adventures in Babysitting, and other 80's movies. And Dexter. Bwa-ha-ha-haaaaa. DH - DreadPirateRoberts or Wesley. We were married last August . I've known him since Grade 9 History on the first day of highschool. It took me a while to come round. He is a writer and IT professional and recent Disney convert. Last summer we went to WDW for our honeymoon, and then came back, got the kids, and took them for a Familymoon. He's hooked. Lovely, lovely, lovely man. Has a slight obsession with cats in ties pictures on the interwebs. Can't wait for the cruise. Here we are, all loved up on our honeymoon ... Now, the children. Oh the children. They have no idea this cruise awaits them. If I can keep it a secret until Christmas it will be a Christmas miracle to be sure. But that is the plan. And for Christmas they will get cruisewear and pillowcases and a call from Mickey. I cannot WAIT. Last year at Art of Animation, dss Christian said to DPR, "The three best times in my life are Disneyworld, Great Wolf Lodge and Medieval Times." So special to us because we took them to all three of those places. Our family is not "traditional" but it works for us! So here they are - Gabe (11) - Reader, loves the Xbox too much, has just started loving Hockey (I almost escaped being a Hockey Mom - you fellow Canucks can relate), doesn't put ALL the laundry in the hamper, funny, loves Macklemore, has a crush on Marta but we're not allowed to talk about it. Loves his step-brother. Christian (11) - Quiet, (a good and calming influence on Gabe!), loves Hockey, testing for a black belt next year in Karate, not as much of a reader but loves the Hobbit and NHL trivia, also doesn't put all his clothes in the hamper (can you tell I'm a bit obsessed with laundry?) and great kid. Cate (9) - Puts her clothes in the hamper!! Loves gymnastics, is also starting hockey next year (Give me strength - three separate games each weekend and they do not sell starbucks in the arena), loves to draw and play with her American Girl (last year's big Christmas present) who is also called Cate. Both Cates will be receiving matching clothes for the cruise. Pippa (6) - The princess. Lives in the moment. Big hugger and clinger to the leg (Thing Agnes in Despicable Me). Also a lover of her Bitty Twins who are named Phil and Lill. Loves gymnastics, so far no interest in Hockey, has more friends than I can keep track of, including all the Grade 6 girls in Gabe's class who think she is "so cute". That girl can work it. Here they all are! DPR doesn't do rollercoasters. So there we all are! Follow along with us as we plan. And when I say we, I mean I plan. It's what I do. By the time we get on that boat, I will know every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse on that ship. Part of the fun for me will be to make everyone's trip as smooth as possible by thinking of every possible outcome, and going with the flow when there's on I haven't thought of. That's us! Thanks for reading!