We just got back from a simply marvelous, well deserved, mental health vacation and I thought I would share it with my fellow DISers who have been so kind in providing informaton and tips. Bear with me as I am not up to the standards of Father Force, Ashman or Zwiehund, but I hope to keep you entertained and informed. Cast: Me 42, Disneyholic and Obsessive Trip Planner DH 46, reluctant Disney convert, DD 7, Disney veteran and our little Princess. Shares Moms obsession with Disney DNeighbors, DNH, DNW, DNDD(15) DNDD(12) Background A little about myself: I am a Disneyholic. I was raised at Disneyland. I was even ready to go work for them one Summer, until reality set in and I accepted a Summer internship in my field of study. Even though I lived in Arizona, my family would go there almost every summer. My husband, on the other hand, had only been to Disneyland 2 times in his entire life by the time I met him. Well, it didnt take me long to fix that! He is now a Disneyland veteran with 2 trips to Disney World to boot. My DD, on the other hand, is filling her mom's shoes quite well with a trip to Disneyland for every year of her life. I am also a planner. I love to plan things months, if not years, in advance. I will pour over brochures, watch videos, watch the travel channel and search the internet researching vacation spots relentlessly. My DH's favorite chant is: "Gimme an "A"; gimme a "N";, gimme another "A"; gimme a "L", what does that spell? You get the picture. Anyway, he has wonderful vacations because of it, so it's all in jest. Now, I have watched, like many of you, the Travel Channel special on the Disney Cruise Line. Like you, I have watched that show many times salivating over the opportunity to one day sail on that beautiful vessel. But, my DH was very difficult to win over. "It's too expensive."; "Our daughter's too young."; "There are other places I want to go first."; yadda yadda yadda. Finally, last year (March 2007), our dear neighbors, whom we travel to Disneyland with on occasion, went on a land/sea package to Disney World and the DCL. Now, I have to tell you I was very jealous because I wanted to stow away in their luggage. Regardless, they had a wonderful time and highly recommended it to us. That being said, in the meantime, I had been spending a lot of time researching a trip to Hawaii in the summer of 2008. My DH's father had promised my DH a trip to Hawaii upon his college graduation. Twenty years later, we were going to take him up on it. We were going to ask our neighbors if they wanted to go too. Anyway, our neighbors got back and not even a week later they booked their second cruise, a 7 Day Western Caribbean cruise for March of 2008. Now I have my DH's interest. "Wouldnt it be nice if we could go on a cruise with our dear friends?" Aha, gotcha!! So, guess what happened next? You got it! Aloha Hawaii, Hello Mickey! We booked our first Disney Cruise for March 2008 over our DD's spring break. We have a Category 7 room, obstructed verandah on Deck 7. (Thanks Barb & Tony) Remember where I mentioned I pour over the internet researching trips, well in April, 2007, I ran across the DIS boards. I lurked for a while and then I signed in. Boy, was that addicting. To this day, I check the boards every day. Next: The planning begins!