Hey everyone! I've been around the dis for awhile, but this is my FIRST DCL trip report. That's because this is our FIRST cruise, that's right, we've never cruised ever ever ever before. My love of disney has been pretty much my whole life, but DH only learned to love it when we got married. He had never been to disney until our honeymoon! We spent a week with the mouse then and he's hooked The Players on our Trip: Me (Mary, 23) DH (Jeremy, 24) DMum (Cheryl, 44) DSis (Rachel, 11) So a little background on why we're cruising. DMum has always wanted to go on a cruise. In May of this year (2007), DDaddy passed away from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease) at the age of 45. In the limo on the way to the cemetary DMum says to DSis "we are going on a cruise....a DISNEY cruise....we need to get away". Later DMum decided that DH and I would go as well to keep them company. We speak with a travel agent (also a friend at church) and decide that a 7 night Eastern Carribean cruise would be best for us. We also decided that AFTER hurricane season would be ideal. Thus, it is set, we will leave dear sweet michigan and head for orlando florida on November 9th, 2007. Then spend that day in the Magic Kingdom, and spend the night at CBR, then head to the big boat Here's a picture of the whole family from my wedding last year: So it begins, the planning stages. We are a bit divided as DMum is paying for all excursions etc. for Dsis (including using a Disney Visa to get onboard credit for Dsis to use), while DH and I are paying for these ourselves. So far DH and I have an Exotic Rasul booked for Sunday afternoon of our cruise and a snorkeling excursion on St. Thomas (Trunk Bay). Dmum has "private time", a pedicure, and a few other spa treatments booked, as well as both semi-subs at St. Marteen and St. Thomas. Sadly we didn't get to the computer exactly at the 75-day mark to book palo so i'm going to try to book that asap on the ship. I'd really love for DH and I to eat there, so lets hope. So onward we go. Thankfully Dmum bought DH and I a nice luggage set (it's like a bright green ) so it should be easy packing.....ok, i have to show it off: Cute huh? I know we're only a month away, but I haven't started packing yet. DH and I wear our cooler clothes around the house alot. I pretty much KNOW what i'm going to pack, just have to wait for the weather to stabilize here so we can put them "away". Now I guess I just sit back and try to stay calm. I have a lot to do before we take off. I'm a PhD student so i'm writing my thesis proposal (which is due the day before we leave!!! ), plus I'm taking a class where I have an exam next thursday so it will be an eventful time. I hope you all stay with me and read through this month and then my trip report. I will try to give interesting info in the next month.... Pre-Trip Part 2 Overall Impressions Part 1 Part 2: We're getting on the ship!