Hey Everyone, The Disboards have been the best thing I have run across in a long time! They have helped me plan our wedding and have since inspired multiple WDW staycations (we're locals) at Disney-owned resorts, planning tips and tricks for faraway Disney vacations, and a good laugh every now and then when reading about peoples fun, exciting and sometimes crazy days with the Mouse. I have since written our wedding PJ and did a PTR for our very first Disney cruise! I would love to write about more trips, but I don't always have the time and would hate to start and then not finish (hence the reason why it has taken me so long to start this TR). I hope that this TR will help someone in their decision to travel, take a walk down memory lane for a similar trip you have done or simply be a nice and easy read during your free time. Without further ado, I am here to report on our first DCL and first cruise, in general! *Here is a link for the PTR that I had made for this cruise* Let's start off with our cast of characters, which consisted of hubby (Sean) and myself (Shana). In case you don't have time or just don't feel like bothering with the PTR, I will give you a brief rundown of how this came about. DH and I were married in July of 2013, but due to so much family coming from overseas (who I hadn't seen in years) and finances being really tight, we opted for a later honeymoon. DH was also unable to take off from work any longer and I was, and still am, in grad school, so the timing just seemed to be off. Anyhow, every year for my birthday we go to EPCOT's Food and Wine festival and spend all day there sampling all the goodies. We also decides that, this year (2013) we would take a few days off and just head to the beach for a romantic getaway, which would be our honeymoon. I was in full planning mode at that time. The more I planned, the more the idea of just going to the beach, when we already live in Florida, appealed to me as a 'honeymoon'. I wanted that feeling of being away from everyone else and being somewhere new. The next thing I knew, I found myself on the DCL website browsing cruises. I needed something that wouldn't break the bank, but would still give us a few days alone. There she was... the 10/3 sailing of the Disney Dream to the Bahamas. The timing couldn't have been more perfect, as my birthday and F&W was planned for 10/2 and I even was able to add MNSSHP, which neither one of us have ever been to, to the end of our trip. There we have it - 5 fun-filled Disney days... and the best part - hubby had absolutely no idea! I booked the cruise on 8/24 and was planning to keep it a secret until the day of the cruise. I am terrible at keeping surprises, but I managed to make it all the way to the day before the cruise. At that point, i just couldn't focus anymore because I was so excited and I just had to tell him; the look on his face was priceless! So, to not bore you any further, I just have a last detail to give: I had worked out the final plan: 10/2 - Check into Art of Animation Resort and go to Food & Wine 10/3 - 10/6 - Disney Dream Cruise here we come!!! 10/6 - Check into Coronado Springs and go to MNSSHP Stay tuned for day 1 of our whirlwind Disney trip!