Discussion in 'Disney Cruise Line Trip Reports' started by JenGC, Sep 16, 2010.
Victoria on our verandah
Victoria and Goofy during Brunch
Gotta love Minnie!
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Yeah, just so nobody is confused Jen's group and our group did a back to back (4d/3d) so the reports will include the 9/26 4 day as well as the 9/30 3 day.
They did have some computer issues and even though the Webmiester group was in the Castaway Club line, it took about an hour to get through. Then our IDs wouldn't print. They had to take our pictures 4 times before they had one that would print...ack!
Once we were onboard, we went to Parrot Cay (the sit-down buffet). As Jen said, they try to push everyone upstairs to the mass hysteria buffet on deck 9, but we were savvy sailors and knew to insist that we would wait. Of course 2 minutes later we were called and told to hurry so that no newcomers would see us gettign seated. Half the tables were empty when we got in. I guess it makes sense, they can't fit everyone in there.
Food was great, just as we remembered...saw a bunch of leis and speculated at who was who from the DIS. We pegged Jen and Victoria by Victoria's hand made sailor outfit (adorable!) but waited to say hi until the meet.
We went to our room after we ate and dropped our stuff. Then we went to the meet in the Promonade Lounge. We ended up being a bit more shy than usual and sort of inched in...then we started meeting a bunch of folks and chatted away until we had to go to the lifeboat drill.
After that it was normal cruising for us. We were placed with a nice family with 3 girls (one was a niece) with the youngest being Peanut's age. Turns out they lived an hour from us...kinda cool.
To sum up the first 9/26-9/30 cruise, it was a lot of fun. Our last cruise was a 7 day and we could definitely feel the slight 'rush' of a 4 day.
Food was great. I practiced my portion control strategy where if I wanted 2 of the items of a course, I'd order both and not finish either. (I used to finish one and not have room for the other)
We ended up booking one night at Palo and a couple of hours at the spa. Both were excellent as usual. Roy was our server and he had been with the Wonder since a month after it first sailed. We talked with Marco (the Palo manager, not the ship captain) for a long time and he said he'd book us at Palo for our second cruise of the B2B for any day we'd like. We took him up on it and he guaranteed us a window seat on the Nassau day (we don't get off the ship there, yuckie).
The Wonder hit a tropical depression and we missed both opportunities to get to Castaway Cay. That stunk but we figured we'd have a shot on the 3 day.
I'm a sailor , so the rockin and rollin didn't bother me...it actually helped me sleep better. Spent each evening enjoying a cigar on deck 5 starboard or deck 9 at the adult pool, depending on my mood. Probably one of my favorite parts of each day....
We got in all the character pictures that we wanted but didn't bring the autograph book as we had gotten all of the signatures we wanted on the previous cruise....until we saw the newest princess, Tiana. Oops! We'll get her next time!
We did buy an awesome embroidered pillow from Jen for Peanut. Jen was so kind as to drop at the front desk to have all the characters sign. (Minnie embroidery with Mickey/Minnie/Donald/Daisy/Pluto/Chip&Dale sigs). Thanks Jen!!!
I'll see about posting a pic of it signed and a link to Jen's Etsy page later.
One thing we did this cruise differently than the previous ones was that we talked to the staff more. Asked about how long they'd been with DCL, if they had family, where they want to go next, etc. It was very impressive to learn about them.
There was a server that we had for breakfast in Triton's and I'm curious if anyone had her as their "Main" server for dinner. She is from India and her name was Amita. She was so awesome with Arden that we tried to get her for our second cruise as our main server, but the dining rotation didn't work out... She told us that she had 2 kids, 8 and 5 back home. She wanted to switch to the Dream when it went active so that she could stick with 3 & 4 day cruises. Apparently she can only talk to her kids between sailings, and the Wonder was heading to the West coast for extended cruises. Hearing that just broke our hearts, so we wrote a letter and gave it to the manager at the front desk telling them how great she is with kids (Peanut LOVED her) and that we hoped they'd grant her request.
Ok, hands are tired.....I'll write about the second leg (3 day) another time.
Jenn, lemme know if this is for all of us or if I'm hijacking your trip report! ;-)
You're not hijacking at all! I am doing a complete one because it just seems like it would be really disjointed. You do the same thing and we will compare notes! This is a GROUP trip report. Just to keep everyone honest
I'd be chatting about our trip...but I'm a little busy in the ER...yes ER on my vaca...this is one place I can say we have not visited in orlando before...DHs ear started bleeding like 7 hrs ago, and hasn't stopeed...so here we sit in Celebration, FL in the ER...fun fun!!!
Oh my gosh Rebekah! What in the world is wrong? Have they said?
No, we are still just sitting here...we've been here about 30 mins...this is after we went to urgent care and they said that our insurance probably wouldn't pay for it...doctor hasn't even come in yet...
I'm So Sorry... Was it a busted eardrum? I wonder what would have caused that? Is he in much pain... Oh I hope not!! Let us know how it goes.
I'm still rocking... when is this going to stop!!! O I know how to stop it, I need to go on another cruise!!!
How did they know you made it???
I hope it's not too serious. Let us know what happens
Nice jot Webmiester, I enjoyed it.
I'm going to see if I can get mine done by days... I hope I can remember all the mishaps as I tried to forget them on the trip DAY 1 Wed 9-22
After Emma got ready for "school" we gave her the special gift (phone). It took her a bit to understand we were going to Disney but she was elated. The video is on my FB page. 1st thing to go wrong, her phone doesn't work so less than an hour to leave for the airport I'm on the phone with Verizon trying to get that straitened out.
Arriving to the airport and getting on the plane was no problem. Our flight landed 15 minutes early. BUT.. Mears quoted me a price for a taxi of $34, When I asked about the taxi, the guy told me to go in and get 2 adult tickets for the shuttle and not to worry about my daughter, "it will be cheeper". OK cool. I get the tickets and, dummy me, said I don't need anything for my daughter. Turns out you have to pay for 9yr olds and my total was going to be $50 I got nervous about the line forming and just paid. I went outside, found out the taxi would be about $35 and decided not to throw away the money so I went inside and got a refund. We hailed a cab, made a pit stop at walgreens(I'm so glad for), and got to the Royal Pacific(Universal Studios) 1.5 hrs latter than I expected with a taxi bill of $55 without tip.
We were suppose to have 3 hrs in the park but I planned for 2 so we are down to 1.5 hrs to have in the park... I can work with that. GUESS WHAT!!! The park closed an hour earlier than expected. We got 25 min in the park which was enough to get a good taste of Harry Potter and I am glad for that!!
After leaving the park we headed to Citywalk we looked around had dinner at Bubba Gumps(Fabulous), and headed back to swim in the pool a bit before bed. This was a rough but fun day... a was nervous about what else would go wrong on the trip though.
I talked to her last night and from what she said, it was just an ear infection. The doctor didnt explain why it was bleeding but it stopped and they gave him antibiotics. I just hope it heals enough to not be painful for the plane ride home!
Here's my proof! He's just so cool
OK after we left the port I started getting dizzy so I decided to put a patch on. We then went to see the Golden Mickeys. It was a good show but maybe I am just not into musicals. It just didn't hold my attention.
After that, we hand some time until it was time for dinner so we decided to check out the Dooney and Burke purses. Ohhh they were sooo nice! I got a wristlet and the Medium size purse. I bought the smaller tassel one, but it was just too small. I commented to the very nice lady at the check out about how rocky the boat was. She said it had something to do with the warm and cold water coming together right where they sailed and it was this way on every cruise. While I accepted this explanation, I was not happy with it.
We then went to dinner. Our rotation was Tritons, Animator's Palette, Animator's Palette, and then Parrot Cay. (I think that's right anyway) We had Richardo as our server and Andrea (I think that is how it is spelled) as our assistant server. They were both fantastic! They really made the trip special, in conjunction with Wona our hostess. She was amazing and even gave Victoria a gift on her birthday! But that is later.
After dinner it was late and we were exhausted so we went to bed. Wona fixed the bed so Victoria had a bunk bed and she was ecstatic.
Our towel animal of the day, and probably the only one we took a picture of LOL
We were on your cruise. It was a last minute trip, so I didn't get involved with the group. I wish I had, especially after reading your last post because my husband was a doctor in Celebration's ER for seven years (switched hospitals just last year.) We could have made a call and gotten you and your hubby fast tracked! I hope they treated you well and that he feels better soon!
Anyway, we had a blast. We've cruised DCL several times, but had taken a two year break. Now we're "hooked" once again and booked for a March Magic spring break cruise! Oh my.
Keep the reports coming. I love reliving my WONDERful weekend!
Awww I wish you would have posted on the thread too! The more the merrier! Even though I am not Hawky and I am sure she will swoop in and remind me of this!!
Nice to meet you. You could have come up the secret deck and introduced yourself... we would have been glad to take you in.
To everyone - HI! How's it going... Good gracious I have come to realize I hate working...LOL! Can I quit and just cruise all the time. I will never ever take another vacation where I don't take the day after I return off from work. We got home about 8:30 Sunday night, and 6:00 Monday morning was just TOO EARLY... I spent all Monday catching up on 200 emails, in 2 meetings, and prepping for a meeting from 1-5 five on Tuesday. Then, I have had 3 interviews today, the last one, I almost fell asleep on the poor man was so boring. And, an all day meeting on Friday... don't you just LOVE the 1st week of the month.
Marianne, Jackie, Jen - yes, I still feel like I'm rocking... and I have never had that on a short cruise before. I've experienced it on 7 days, but I think I'm going to have to go get some dramamine.
Rebekah - Hope Arthur is okay.
Lisa - Welcome Aboard to this crazy bunch!
Hahha Stephanie, I was thinkin the same thing this morning.
I took what it cost us this time around for the 4/3 back to back and did a cost projection for staying on them for 6 months, or 26 weeks.
Well, it came to just short of $60,000 including ALL expenses. And that's with very little drinking, no excursions and only 1 spa day a week.
I did see an email joke thing once that showed how a retired woman found it was cheaper to live on a cruiseship than a decent retirement home.....hmm....
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