Tuesday (St. Maarten): My parents set off to shop. We took the kids to the Mickey pool which we basically had to ourselvesthat was cool. Later that morning we took the kids to the club and we went into St Maarten for about an hour to shop. We were constantly solicited by people (I think they were pushing time shares) which was a huge turnoff. Got back on board and decided to leave the kids in the club while we sunbathed for a bit. That night was Pirate Night in Parrot Cay. We all wore our bandanas. DS and my dad both had eye patches. Everyone had fun being a pirate and whooping it up at dinner. The kids wanted to go back to the club after dinner, so we planned to pick them up there in time for the deck party. The pirate party was awesomewe all had a blast, the music was great, and the fireworks were really cool. It was a late night again for the kids but I am so glad they didnt miss this deck party. Wednesday (St Thomas): Early immigration call (7:15 am) meant waking the kids and schlepping them down in their PJs. It was not a big deal though. We decided to do breakfast in Parrot Cay for a change of pace. Then we all set off for shopping in St Thomas (you will notice we did no shore excursionsfor us, the destination was the ship, not really the ports). My parents are avid cruisers and have a particular jewelry shop in St Thomas they always frequent. So of course my DD got 2 new pairs of earrings courtesy of her grandfather. Went back to the ship, kids went off to the club and we sunbathed on deck 10 (by now we had a spot we headed to each day). We got the kids and watched the sailaway from my parents verandah. Then dinner that night was in Lumieres (DS was so tired he fell asleep for a few minutes!). Went to see Michael Harrisons show with my parents and DD (DH took DS to the room in hopes that hed get to bed earlyno dice!). DD absolutely LOVED Michael Harrison. I thought he was OK but she still is talking about him and his tennis ball. Later that evening was Wonderland in the Atrium which, if you like the Alice in Wonderland characters, is not to be missed. We had fun with the Queen of Hearts (I love her character and the CM assigned to her was surprised that she actually had a fan). Due to an unanticipated medical emergency, the ship had to dock in San Juan. The captain said hed update us the next day on how this stop would affect our CC day on Friday. Thursday (at sea): I woke up really early and had a chance to work out and then take photos all over the ship (I wanted shots of all the restaurants, etc with no one in them). We had our character breakfast in Parrot Cay. The food was nothing great but we had a great time with the characters. DD had her hair braided onboard. We tried sunbathing/swimming but it was quite windy and not so sunny. The captain told us we would arrive at CC around noon instead of 9:30. Bummer, but better than nothing. Took the kids to the club after lunch and DH and I headed to the spa for our Exotic Rasul treatment. Now I had read a lot about this treatment on this board. I have to say, we had fun, but I dont know how you people had x-rated fun. The steam room was waayy too hot and the outside room bench was waayy too narrow. We were expecting a few bowls of muds/lotions/potions but instead it was one bowl of mud, and then a basket of half-empty bottles of their skincare line (most of which were not conducive to slathering on and then sitting in the steam room). We did have a good time, but it was not quite what I expected. Later we headed to the theatre to watch our kids Celebrate the Journey with the D-Sea-U graduation. This was totally adorable and I would advise that you dont miss it. Plus the kids get cute t-shirts and Mickey graduation caps. Sea was very rough todaywe heard many were sick. We had been taking ginger capsules and were fine. The kids took nothing and were fine. DH and I decided we were having so much fun that we needed to rebook the 4 of us to do it again. We want to cruise again in 2 yrs so we rebooked for next February and will switch it to 2008 when we can. Woo hoo!! Dinner was again in Animators Palate. We had my most favorite dessert of the weekthe chocolate lava cake. Yum. A word about the foodwe had relatively low expectations for the food, but we were pleasantly surprised. Most of the food was really very good. And the service was outstanding throughout. My parents cruise most often on Princess (this was their first Disney cruise too) and said the food and service was as good if not better than Princess. Disney Dreams was tonight. What a great show! Friday (Castaway Cay): We all slept in since we knew we were getting in late to CC. But the captain made up time so I think we arrived about 10:15 am. There was a huge bottleneck getting off the shipthis was a little stressful. We got on shore somewhere around 11:30. Kids went for a dip in the ocean and then we all had lunch on the early side at Cookies BBQ. This food was not good, but I think part of the reason was that they had to prep it onboard and bring it onto the island due to our late arrival. The kids spent some time in the club on CC and enjoyed it while we enjoyed some quiet time. Once we retrieved the kids, I wanted to get some professional family shots of us on the beach but by that time (3:30 or so) there were no photographers around. I was not happy about that. We got back on the ship around 4 pm. When I looked out our cabin window a bit later, there were photographers by the post office and ship. I was upset that we missed these photo opps, but oh well, better luck next time. We did get a couple of shots by Mt. Rustmore in the a.m. and then we had some other family take a shot of us on our way back to the ship. Dinner was at Parrot Cay and we had to say goodbye to our amazing servers Noemi and Ana. We were really sad!! Then we sent the kids with my parents to the talent show while we did some packing. We all went to the farewell show together. I am such a sap but the faith, trust, and pixie dust thing just got me misty eyed again. It was a great show (except I was unimpressed with Gary Delana). Later that evening DD and I went down to the lobby for the last kiss goodbye with the characters. This was a great chance to have some time with LOTS of characters. DD was so tired though that we didnt stay for the final photo opp of them on the steps. I again was sad that our great trip was coming to an end Saturday (disembarkation day): Got up and had breakfast around 8 am in Topsiders. We got off the ship (again, I cried) and very quickly were reunited with our luggage. It was a very very smooth process for us. Our driver met us at the curb and we headed to the airport. And that was it! We did not meet any one from the DIS board--I did mention it to people I happened to meet, but none of them were from the group here. Oh well!! The trip was absolutely amazing and exceeded all of our expectations (and I had learned a LOT from being addicted to the DIS boards). I will be happy to answer any questions!