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  1. Tinker326

    Tinker326 DIS Veteran

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    That's why I really wanted to stress this was MY opinion only. :)

    Like I said- Dis does offer a standard no other cruise line can match. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that I'm in the middle of rearing three kids & have absolutely zero time to myself- EVER. If I'm not selling my soul to my company at work.. I'm dealing with the kiddos.

    And so when I dream of adult only.. I dream of adult only. :) Eating dinner with a whine-free, scream-free, tantrum-free,no running kids, no snot & all that. And being confined on a ship.. it's hard (even with the adult areas) to really break away from that just because the sheer number of kids on a Disney Cruise.

    It really could totally change in 10-20 years for me. Right now, I want a resort on a beach with a drink.. and no floaty armbands in sight.... :)
     
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  3. colachdec

    colachdec Mouseketeer

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    I am joining in this TR! Love reading about your adventures on the Fantasy. We sailed on her last year and loved it!
    We're from Chicago , too ( well, Naperville) so I knew those chairs in the terminal at O'Hare
     
  4. Tinker326

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    Thanks for joining!! :welcome:

    Naperville is pretty darn close to me- in fact, my daughters are over at a Girl Scout camp right now in Naperville... glad to have a local person join in!
     
  5. Victoriasmom98

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    Ok, Nicole.....cubicle world is driving me nuts today....isn't there a new update from you I could read??? Pleeeeeeeese!!!!! :confused3
     
  6. Tinker326

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    I had very grand plans of updating earlier this week however I found a new obsession and have been somewhat engrossed in the daily doings of the Women's Litchfield Prison System.

    For those who have no idea what the heck I'm talking about- I promise that does not mean I was in jail. No, no.. just obsessed with Orange is the New Black show. Like the rest of the country I was sucked right in.

    This has had the unfortunate result of me pretty much neglecting everything the last 5 days outside of work. And doing things like "can I make my kids dinner in 15 minutes? and shower then in 5? So I can get back to another show".

    For those of you silently shaming my parenting. Eh, I get it. The good news is I'm almost done and can return to parenting duties. Also, your honor, I'd like to state for the record I do not watch this show in full view of my children - I watch it on my computer with headphones. Thank you- goodbye (anyone who watches knows why this is an important statement). Anyone who doesn't watch it- should.

    OK- Prison rants over.

    Back to the report with some cute pictures and stuff. You know ,when I WAS being a good parent and not neglecting my children for prison women.

    So. It was finally our first dinner on our first day. We had gotten early seating (5:45pm) and our rotation was AERAERA Which means we were in Animator's Palate, then Enchanted Garden, then Royal Court. For non-cruisers- Disney has three restaurants on board and you rotate each night. Your serving staff moves with you. Our rotation, in my opinion, was the best one! Got you in Animator's 3 nights.

    So we dressed and headed down to Deck 3 to find the restaurant. On the way, we passed portholes. Love me some good porthole pictures. I probably took 100. The bad news is my lighting was never 'great'. So none of them are anything to write home about.

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    We were handed our sanitizer wipes and seated. Our table number was 19 for the cruise.

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    The serving staff was already one step ahead of us before we sat down and even met them. They had water with the kids names on it......

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    Aww look, this my cruise friends, is my favorite of Char's W T F looks. (Remember I told you were working on that picture smile!).

    Our wait staff introduced themselves and I have pictures later. But the server was Renauldo from the Phillipeans and Asst server was Gilbert from Tanzania. Renauldo was good at his job. No complaints really...but Gilbert- oh Gilbert was WONDERFUL. He was so, so good! I can't say enough about this man!

    I used this time as well to do an impromptu world geography lesson with my children (see, good parenting right?) on where Tanzania was. Based on the blank looks on their faces I would hazard to guess my children didn't care all that much. But, hey, I tried......

    Anyways- food p#rn.

    I will use this time to state as well that I was mostly underwhelmed by the Disney food. This was agreed by all of us in our party. (um..mom and DH). I think this is a trend on many cruise lines & not Disney alone. Back in our heyday of first cruises (eh, circa 2005/2006) the food was better even on Carnival ships.....

    I will say this first dish I had probably was in my top two favorite of all food I ate on this ship. Had I known this later in the cruise, I would have taken the time to order 19 servings of it. But it was still early, and so I only ordered one.

    This was the appetizer.. Black Truffle Pasta Pockets in a sauce that I have written down but can't read my own writing (excellent job Nicole!)

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    It was so. very. wonderful.

    Oh, look at this cute little butter knife in the shape of a paintbrush...

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    Next course was salad/soup and I tried the Baked Potato and Cheddar Soup.

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    It was OK. No Panera Soup, that's for sure!

    My main dish was Pennete Bolognese. Some pasta dish. (I like pasta...ok? Carbs are one of my best friends. Right after sugar).

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    Also only, ok.

    I only took pictures of my food because my family was giving me a hard time as it was with that- and wouldn't pose. Plus, their food never changed.

    Kurt and Becca got steak every.single.night.

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    Sometimes they spiced things up by replacing the baked potato with white rice.

    And Sarah and Charlie got Mac and Cheese- every.single.night. (PS- I've been programing a lot lately at work and making database names with periods. SO I like to throw periods in everywhere. It's fun..try it!)

    Mom changed stuff up..but I was too busy shoving my face to get her food.

    Dessert Time came..and all the choices underwhelmed me (I LOVE MY SUGAR TOO!). I decided to try the Crunchy Walnut Cake.

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    It was better than I expected but not fantastic. I'm such a sugar critic. I know my sugar.

    My mom got some ice-cream thingy....

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    And the rest got the tried and true... good old fashioned Mickey Bar!

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    The restaurant ran the "Crush" show (much like Turtle Talk at WDW). It was funny and cute.

    And then dinner was over. The kids were SO crabby from two very long days... but Becca went up to try Edge for a bit. And we dropped off Charlie and Sarah at the club. Mom and I went to deliver our fish extender gifts.

    Finished up and got the kids to go see the first show called "Fantasy Come True" at the Walt Disney Theater.

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    We went up to the balcony (this was outside).

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    And got seats in the very back of the balcony.

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    There will never be pictures of the shows because no pictures allowed. I'm a rule follower!

    This particular opening show was AWFUL. I was so disappointed. Come on Disney- first night.. WOW me with shows. Show me what I overpaid a cruise for! Don't give me a walking, singing commercial of your ship.

    I think I mentioned the kids were crabby. Charlie started crying at some point because Daddy yelled at her to sit down. I was bored out of my mind at the show & so at that point I just got up and left with Charlie to put her to bed. Yes, leaving the show was the better option than staying.

    Anyone interested in a better use of your time- don't go see this opening show. Go swimming in an empty pool up on Lido.

    My entire family agreed when they showed back up at the room. Which, funny enough, I guess I failed to say I was leaving when I popped up and walked out with Charlie. They thought I was taking her to the bathroom and just never returned. Opps. And then we went to bed- crashed.. all of us tired.

    Woke the next morning around 8am. This is, in my family, sleeping in! I got the kids sunscreened up & put on swimsuits... it was Sea Day #1. I love me some sea days!!

    We had B-fast at Cabanas. They have the usual breakfast buffet fare. Some days the eggs were more runny than others. And the bacon was thinner than my husbands balding hair (oh, shoot. did I say that) but it was fine.

    And right after b-fast we headed out to get chairs for the pool! It was pool time!!

    I'd like to take this time to show some examples of my good parenting in an effort to make up for a woman's prision show replacing my motherly affection this week to my children.......

    See, I apply sunscreen.

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    And make sure they are hydrated AND safe with lifejackets.

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    And I give them ice-cream as soon as the ice-cream machine opens up.

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    Shoot, I even remove all traces/signs of children from my mother so she can read in peace. I'm even a good daughter like that.....

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    I am, however, fairly certain that my mother would disinherit me if she knew I posted a picture of her in her swimsuit on this page. So we'll keep it our little secret, ok?

    Becca went up to try the Edge again. And was back down shortly after in a swimsuit. That was her last attempt at Edge. And the girls swam, ate ice-cream and rode the Aquaduck for a few hours. Ah, I love sea days.

    We ate at Flo's for lunch again. And then after lunch we retired back down to our rooms. I showered. Charlie looked cute....

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    Then she and Kurt took a nap. And my older two begged to do this....

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    This is a fun scavenger hunt around the boat to find 'who did it'. The Fantasy offers 3 experiences. Sarah, especially, loved this on the Dream when we cruised... and was anxious to get back on it.

    Sarah teamed up with me and chose to do the Stolen Art one. Becca teamed up with Gram and chose to do Stolen Puppies.

    Choosing their adventures...

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    Sarah activating her badge.

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    And off she and I went all over the ship to solve the case of who stole the art!!

    You get clues and complete adventures via ship paintings.

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    Our criminal was Captain Hook. Great fun albeit a lot of exercise. Up and down decks finding paintings. The boat is very big.

    We made plans to come back to do the Muppets one. Guess what? That never happened. Go us!! Woo.

    After solving the crime, Sarah needed to detox and headed to the Club. To go on the computer. Ayi.

    With that, my limit is reached. And I shall leave you wondering where the rest of us went............................
     
  7. momabaarjo

    momabaarjo Cupcakes, Cocktails, & Crap Load of Pixie Dust

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    I just started Orange...after having a marathon finishing Season 3 of Revenge and needed something until Season 4 is released. Can't wait now that you say you are doing a binge...makes me hope that I found another way to neglect my kids this summer and make my dh crazy when I go off to the bedroom at night instead of watching FOX News Channel with him all night.

    Back to the cruise...

    Sorry the food was a disappointment...now that makes me sad, honestly REALLY SAD. I so love to eat fun things, that I have no desire and no patience to make at home. But I could get into a Mickey Bar for dessert!

    Ice Cream in the morning...my kids made me Mom of the Year for that!

    The Midship Detective thing looks fun...they have something like that at Great Wolf Lodge that my boys were dying to try, but mom was not paying for 1 more thing...she can be so mean at times.
     
  8. Victoriasmom98

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    so, I'm wondering what the rest of you were doing.......please continue. I have until 4:30pm and it's only 10:12am. Thanks Nicole!!! :lmao:
     
  9. Tinker326

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    Let me know if you love Orange Tammie. Seriously- I think I like it better than Breaking Bad and I LOVED Breaking Bad. I can't get enough. I can't stop watching...... I need to get through it all so I can parent my children again..but I think I am going to cry when it ends and I have to wait another year for next season. (I am so freaking pathetic!)

    MagiQuest. Ah, I am familiar. My kids love it! :) Midship was not QUITE as intricate as MagiQuest. (Yes, I paid for my kids to do it at Great Wolf- SUCKER on my forehead).
     
  10. Tinker326

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    Now, now Ann- that would take all the fun out of the suspense of making you wait to see what I do.

    Plus, I need to get back to my prison show here when I get another hour to myself. I have priorities. And currently, Litchfield Prison is it.

    Hahahaha!!:rotfl2:
     
  11. Twoboysnmygirl

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    In true Tweedle form you choose a show that I binge watch whenever I can! In fact, I think I ignored my family for a whole three days when the 2nd season came out earlier this month. How could I not? :confused3 Now I wait impatiently for another freaking year until they release more...

    I'm really enjoying this. I just had no clue what went on, on a cruise. I figured people just swam and ate...er...I guess you did do that, but it looks like there are other things to do as well! The adventures look fun and hopefully there were more shows that were actually good?

    You are the bestest parent if you give them ice cream in the morning. Console yourself by watching some more Orange, you deserve it! ;)
     
  12. Tinker326

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    I think the binge watching has some unfortunate side effects.

    I walked into work kitchen two days ago to make my lunch and it reeked of fish. So I made a loud comment about how I really wish people would stop microwaving fish at lunch and stinking up the entire work place. At which time the Russian man taking his fish out of the microwave stared me down and declared it was his fish . I think panicked and told my work bestie I was absolutely sure I was now on the Russian mafia hit list (a la Red's Russian Mafia's ties).

    And I am working from home today and just found myself telling my yapping dog to 'stop being a little b#tch'.

    No children are present in the house to hear that one at least!
     
  13. skier_pete

    skier_pete DIsney-holics Anon

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    We tried to watch OitNB last summer and watched the first episode. Ulana didn't like it (she's more conservative in her tastes) I enjoyed it and wanted to watch more, but haven't had the time. I've had other shows I've been watching on the rare occasions I get the chance (Justified and Orphan Black specifically) and those are on Amazon Prime so I can download them to my Kindle to watch at the Gym, where Netflix I need to be at home.

    Anyways, I'm enjoying your Trip Report, but it is helping me discover maybe why I will never become a DCl regular. So far...your trip sounds an awful lot like my trip, even though we were on different ships. It makes me think that another cruise will be the same as our first one, which doesn't excite me much.

    Part of what I like about WDW and what makes it such a great place is that every trip feels really different from the previous one. I don't know why that is, partly because I plan the trips I try to change the style/theme of the trip each time.

    Even our alternate warm weather locale - Myrtle Beach - gets that same "Been there, done that" feel. It doesn't help that I find sitting around the pool/beach to be good for about an hour and a half and then I've had enough of it.

    Enough about me...it's not my TR! I did want to say the opening show on the Wonder was the same - a live action advertisement for the ship. I would not go next time either.
     
  14. Tinker326

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    Yes, I guess I could see how if you were conservative in some areas this might not be the show you would want to sit down and watch. However, I am addicted..........I think I love the way they portray the story behind the crimes- never losing sight of the fact that they did real crimes to get in there.

    A cruise is generally the same type of vacation no matter what line/what you do. Yes, there are different ports to explore which is always fun... but the premises behind most cruises are just what they offer. Food, drinks, sun, water.. (barring Alaskan and such). We like cruises in general because they offer just that.

    I think I liked this cruise LESS than previous cruises because I felt I was too busy and wanted (actually- more like needed) a vacay with nothing except that.

    I won't lie- it's doubtful we'll do another Disney cruise again . The price is just too high for what it is. We saw the new Norwegian boat pull in St. Maarten and ended up talking to someone at beach that was on it- (and had also been on Disney cruises) and he verified that the new Norwegian boat was about half the price of Disney & quite honestly it looked like it has some pretty awesome stuff on it (waterslides, ziplines). We are somewhat eyeballing that ship in the future now that our kids are older.

    I guess we'll see...........right now my eye is on Hawaii for next year. Which has nothing to do with Disney. But probably nothing to do at all because I don't think we can afford the airline tickets there........
     
  15. skier_pete

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    Not that I'm suggesting you should only stay here...but you should consider looking at renting DVC points for Aulani if you are going to Hawaii. It seems like it would be a less expensive way to go. (And I remember how expensive Hawaii was 15 years ago, so I can imagine now.) I wouldn't want to spend my whole trip at a Disney resort, but for a few days it might be a good alternative to paying typical resort prices in the $300-$400 a night range.
     
  16. STLMickeyMom

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    The detective game sounds fun! And the Mickey bars look like perfection right now!

    I'm glad to see you fulfilling all your motherly duties while on the trip! vacation isn't really a vacation for mom, is it? One day..... (Look at all those periods!)

    I haven't watched any of orange yet but I have a friend who keeps yelling at me to watch it. Maybe I'll have to give it a try after all.
     
  17. maggonz9

    maggonz9 Earning My Ears

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    Great report! Love your humor! :lmao: Your girls are so cute and looks like they are having a blast.
     
  18. Tinker326

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    Hawaii, I hope, is in the future. Not Aulani. Aulani is not in my future.

    We will have to rent a house from vbro if we can swing the tickets. I found plenty that sleep five for around 1K a week. Even renting points- that can't be beat.... ;)
     
  19. Tinker326

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    Very true- vacation never really are vacations for moms......

    You have a good friend. You should take her advice & watch the show. You know, just not around your kids! :thumbsup2

    Thanks for joining! :welcome:

    And thanks for the compliments- my kids did have a blast. That is for sure!! :)
     
  20. Jackiemarie21

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    I am so into Orange is the New Black too! I have stayed up wayyyy to late on many different occasions to follow those crazy women!


    Looks like a nice day at sea. I love the laid back feel of the sea days myself, they just scream vacation!
    And I can tell when not watching orange, you are a stellar parent!:lmao:
     
  21. JulieODC

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    I was SOOO far behind in joining your report...but I'm here now!

    Loving it so far! It's so crazy to think that we were literally on that boat that same day. :goodvibes

    You guys must have had a room down the hall from us...we were 7th floor aft, verandah -- 7186.

    And, we had a server named Renaldo from the Phillipines. I wonder if we had the same guy??! Our assistant was a woman named Yuliya though. And I think our Renaldo was spelled differently than yours??

    Can't wait for more! :cool1:
     

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