Southwest Splendors: The Good, The Bad and the Thunderbird

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  1. sayhello

    sayhello Have Camera, Will Travel Moderator

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    Have a fabulous time, kjd469!!!! Can't wait to read when you report back in!

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  3. kristilew

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    KJD - have FUN!!!!!!!!!

    glassslipper - breakfast is included every day. Also, the ABD bus does a run into town in the afternoon. They time it well to take in everyone who wants to see the imax and all the helicopter folks. They drop off the imax people, drop the helicopter people, swing back and pick up the imax people, take them back to the canyon, then go back and get the helicopter people. They will explain all this ahead of time and let you know your options.

    They also ran into town for pizza on the second night we were there. I don't know if they do this every trip or if this was special b/c it was Maura's bday. They met out back of El Tovar to watch the sunset at 7, then took whoever wanted to go in to the pizza place, which everyone who went said was great.
     
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    Oh, and we walked right into El Tovar at 11:35 for lunch (and were ready for it, having breakfasted at 6:30.)

    When the train arrived at 11:45, many people headed straight for the restaurants, so it was more crowded then, but I still didn't see a long wait.

    There did appear to be a line at lunch time at Bright Angel, and there was a very long line at the ice cream place all afternoon.
     
  5. glassslipper2004

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    Kristilew and everyone - thanks so much for all this info. I am feeling rather better about our trip, back to my original excitement. I think it always helps to have more information, rather than less, to get your expectations in line. This board is always an excellent source of info.

    Can't wait to hear more from everyone else who'll be going too.
     
  6. AdventureLover67

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    kristilew-Thank you so very much for your detailed and what appears to be open minded review! We have been considering this trip for some time and you answered many of the questions I had.:thumbsup2

    I really, really, REALLY want to go to the one in Peru but maybe we will wait on that. It's kind of like the year we went and stayed at the Beach Club (at a reduced rate) and let's just say we find ourselves comparing all others to it and everything comes up short!:goodvibes
    It's better to feel up graded over down graded any day of the week.

    Thanks again for the review!
     
  7. kristilew

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    Well, thank you for the kind words! I heartily recommend doing SWS followed by the Peru trip. There was a couple on our Peru trip who had done just that and they were thrilled.

    We, too, got a great deal at Beach Club, last October, and have actually not scheduled another trip to the World b/c we can't bear the thought of staying anywhere else now. To make it worse, they surprised us with an upgrade to Concierge level, so all hope is lost. I totally agree with your analogy.

    SWS, however is a great trip. And a great one to do with kids. Or, a great one to do with adults only who like beer ;) Let us know what you book!
     
  8. AdventureLover67

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    Well, to be honest we have a 20 year old so we would most likely book an adults only trip. I, like you, like children but we only have one and love her to pieces but we found ourselves drawn to the 18+ section throughout our DCL cruise last year and think that suits us best so I'm glad they offer an adults only with the ABD.:goodvibes

    Have you tried a Disney cruise yet? They do offer several military discounts (somehow I think that might apply to your family, but I could be mistaken, too!:confused3). Either way, they are wonderful and in my opinion, well worth the money. However, once again, we got a surprise upgrade which spoiled us! So wonderful but how easy it is to get spoiled!!:laughing:

    I shared some of your review with my husband last night and we are going to have to decide which trip will be next, DCL vs. ABD. Too bad we can't afford both!!:lmao:

    Are you planning any more trips at this time? We will be staying for 3 days at the Animal Kingdom Lodge prior to the cruise this year, so I'll let you know how it compares to the BC!:woohoo:
     
  9. kristilew

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    Cruises are not the deal for us, between DH being claustrophobic and me being able to relax for about 10 mintues before I get bored and have to "go do." (You're right about the military discount though: you picked that up from my reference to on-post hotels.)

    We are tentatively looking at the Egypt trip for next year, but also seriously looking at Classic Journeys' Morrocco trip. Booking either has to wait for a couple of months as some other "stuff" in our life is a little unsettled at the moment. Leaning toward the Egypt ABD, assuming there are still slots left by the time we are ready to book.:upsidedow

    We do have a house rented on St. John, BVI, in April, :cool1: and are looking at some little trips as well. Of course, WDW is always a contender, but we are misisng food and wine festival this year :sad1: in favor of a long weekend in the Outer Banks.

    Keep us posted on what you decide! (And I'd love to hear a BC/AKL comparison!)
     
  10. AdventureLover67

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    Too funny...we seem to have a LOT in common!:goodvibes

    I would love to go on the Egypt ABD but hubby says "no way" to that one. I've always had a thing about the Pyramids, Sphinx and archaelogical stuff. It's one of my dreams to go at some point in my life but since there are so many other places on that list, I suppose I can wait!;)

    Have you ever considered one of the volunteer vacations? I've done a bit of research and would love to go to the one on Easter Island. There is also one in Peru that looks interesting! India is also on that list.:cloud9:

    We live in Virginia (5 years) but have not been to Outer Banks as of yet. It sounds beautiful though and maybe one day we'll get there.

    Good luck with your choices and as soon as we decide I'll let you know. I'll also let you know the BC/AKL outcome!!:goodvibes
     

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