Discussion in 'Disney Cruise Line Trip Reports' started by karajeboo, Apr 11, 2012.
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Soooo very excited! This will be the best NYE EVER!!!
I know. Jeff is the one who sold me on the idea of a NYE cruise - but only on DCL. No way would I want to be around a bunch of crazy drunks on NYE with Ally. But a bunch of crazy Disney lovin drunks is just fine! Notice there are no inside cabins available? We loved our inside this trip, and I booked an outside family stateroom for NYE. Hoping to downgrade into an inside stateroom but I have a feeling that when they release those rooms that they will be even HIGHER than rooms that are selling now....
Jeff is really regretting suggesting NYE!
Hey, I used that song last year in my movie!!!! Already working on the TR, the Shutterfly photo book AND the movie! It keeps it all alive for me!
I'm trying to get some video uploaded to youtube but my connection is really slow today. But y'all know how the McSparklesons love some video with their photos.....
Well if there's one this this McSparkleson is lacking, it's patience. Well, and what Angelina Jolie has from the neck down.... from the neck up, for that matter. But that's another story.
So I'm not waiting for my videos to all upload to youtube. There aren't any great ones from this first day anyway. Unless you want the back door shot of Kara and Ally entering the ship. It's not pretty - trust me. Or you could ask the spanx......
But I digress. It's time. So.. just sit right back and you'll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip, that started from South Carolina, and ended on a ship.
Hey look Dad! I got your poetic talents!!!!
But it was fateful. If by fate you mean, that we are even more hooked to cruising than we were a year ago when we stepped off this same ship. If by fate you mean, that Ally may never go to college because we spend all her tuition money on cruising. If by fate you mean that we will have to work until the day we drop dead because we spend our retirement on cruising.
If that's what fate means? Well, it was definitely another fateful trip.
So on Thursday, March 29, I get up in the morning after barely sleeping the night before, get Jeff and Ally off to work and school, and go about obsessing over every little thing I may have forgotten.
As soon as everyone was gone, I ran Buckeye to the kennel, a new kennel almost in the NC mountains, with a lovely view from the rocking chair front porch. Very Norman Rockwellian, in a canine sort of way. I was nervous because he would be at a new kennel, but it was a referral from a friend so I felt good about it. But I just HATE leaving my baby for a week. Working from home leaves Buck and I together all day long and I miss my boy when I'm gone.....
But screw that, cause I'm going on a cruise!!!!
After I dropped off the dog, I swung by Jeff's office to trade cars with him - I wanted his mini van to take the dog, who sheds a LOT! Once I got my car back, I ran those last minute errands and then took the car to get cleaned so we could start out nice and fresh!!!!
On the way back home, about an hour before Jeff is scheduled to get home so we can go pick up Ally, I hear a loud chime from the car, look at the dashboard, and there is some check engine message!!!!
WHAT?????? I have no idea what it said, it was in German. Or something like that. All I read was, "honey, you ain't taking this car to Florida!" With a German accent of course.
But I can assure you that the call I made to Jeff was not in German. It was in my best Redneckese, complete with #'s, @'s, *'s, &'s and when you put it all together it went like this:
"The *&%$#%& check engine light just came on in this *&#@$% car! Yah. Farfurgnugen."
We were less than one hour to take off. Yes, take off. As in, "take off you hoser, eh?"
Jeff was home in about 30 minutes with a clean minivan ready to roll. He's an okay guy. And once he walked in the door, my blood pressure came down significantly.
We actually picked Ally up from school 30 minutes before they got out. Actually 34 minutes, because the cut off time for taking kids out early is 30 minutes before the end of the day.
Although, I AM the PTO president, and as Telly Savalas once said, "membership has its privileges." But he's bald. And I'm just one crazy mother, as in mother of a child at this school, not mother farfurgnugen, for even considering a stint as PTO president. But I knew I'd be safe grabbing her anytime a bit early. Yes, I'm playing THAT card!
As soon as Ally got called out of class and I saw her coming down the hall, I did what any responsible parent would do.....
I started jumping up and down and yelled, "hurry! we're going on a cruise!"
And surprisiningly, Ally started jumping up and down, too! She may have even given me her best "Superstahhhhhh!" pose, but I can't remember.
Then she walked outside and said, "What is THAT doing here?" when she saw Jeff's minivan. See, we just got a "new" car in December, and put a little work into it, got new tires, and were really excited to drive the "new" car to Florida. And we're McSparklesons. And it's a very McSparkly car.....
Keep in mind, Jeff is GM of an auto auction. I will never have a new car. In fact, I never know what kind of car I will have. But I've always had "fun" cars, and a minivan is not fun.
At all. It's like driving around with a neon sign on top that flashes "M - O - M"
That must be kind of awkward for Jeff......
But all things considered, the minivan was better for Ally, because we stowed all the seats in the back except for hers, so she could get into all the bags on the floor with ease, to get out games, movies, etc. As much as I hate this minivan, it is very practical for trips.
So by the time we left Ally's school, it was just after 2pm and our original goal was to go through the parent pickup line and get her just after 2:30 so we were 30 minutes ahead of the game. Go McSparklesons!!!!
We traveled in the usual McSparkleson way.
And Ally was scared to death of what we'd do next.....
Ah yes.... the joys of McSparklson travel.
We drove. And drove. And drove.
We got off I-95 at our exit just after 10pm and taveled over the IC, and we were just ready to get off and check into our hotel when Jeff looked off in the distance and saw a ship in port, all lit up.
"There she is." Meaning.... The Disney FANTASY!
When we sailed last year, our shuttle driver informed us that if a ship is in port overnight, there's usually a problem.
Well, the only problem tonight was that we were going to delay our checkin because we were nosy and wanted to go check out Disney's newest ship, set to make her maiden voyage the day AFTER we set sail!
So we drove until we came up just abreast of her and the funnel vision was going, there was music playing, looked like a great time! If I can figure out how to get the photos off my iphone I will post them. But don't worry, we saw the Fantasy THREE different times this trip and I took a ton of pics of her.
We finally left to get checked in to the Country Inn and Suites in Cape Canaveral, and while Jeff unloaded bags under the portico, I went in to check in.
That's when I texted Jeff that I changed my mind and would NOT be cruising DCL this trip. There were 14 - yes 14! - ankle biters running around the lobby. Jumping on furniture, running, throwing food, crying, and last buy not least, climbing on the valet carts!!!! As in SWINGING from the top bar of a valet cart!
I believe a shuttle had just dropped them off from WDW or some equally child friendly HELL, and I was just lucky enough to get in line behind them.
Although, there wasn't really a line. More of a squiggle of cookie crumbs that attached said ankle biters to their sad, haggard parents.
Next thing I know, I see the front desk clerk offer cookies, YES COOKIES, to these already overly sugared beasts!!!! I leaned into the woman in front of me and said "I think they've already had enough sugar...."
I thought she was going to fall over laughing!!! Poor thing was just waiting in the cookie crumb squiggle line for some towels!
As quickly as they arrived, they were gone. And it was just me and my counter girl. That may not be politically correct, calling her a counter girl, but after what I just went through reliving the crumb line? It's all I've got, folks!
She was wonderful, apologized all over herself, and gave me a kick butt corner room on the 4th floor facing the port!
And now I leave you in a way I never have before. With NO pictures in this installment!!!! But I promise I will make up for it real soon!!!!
Off to a good start. So what ended up being wrong with your car?
ROFL.....I only hope that my mom sense of humor will be as sharp and witty as yours.
I'm here!!! Now you may proceed.... Oooh I love my minivan...my Disneymobile....so many Disney decals on it that my Ally is embarrassed to be seen in it! They are wonderful on trips. Yay for getting an early start! We made Ron watch the clip that Ellen posted a link to about the staterooms...he said he would love to do a cruise..."It looks like fun!" I think we may have him reeled in.
Since we were on the same cruise can I just steal your report and change names and pictures?
Looking forward to reading all of your report!
It was an AWESOME trip wasn't it?
Glad the ankle-biters were gone quickly and you could move your check in along! I feel bad for the parents...sounds like they had a rough start already!
OMG no i had a comment on it also.. cuz I know i had some witty comments about Angelina... and Kathy Bates and mine is gone too
why would you utter such mean words Kara.. I thought I knew you better.. LMAO
was it like AHHHHH and the angels came down
Let the party begin or is it trip report? I am here now so lets join the fun
Great update. Thank goodness all the little ankle biters weren't put in the room right next to yours.
Is this cruise just the three of you are is the whole McSparkleson clan on board?
The only reason I am forgiving you for not posting any pictures in this instalment is because of the promise of photos of the Fantasy.
You must have been on the same cruise as our friends, Jules and Ian, from Wales. Did you meet them? They would have been in the bar
Well, my color button is still broken, but at least I made it to the last page, and hopefully I am posting! Nice that Jeff could commandere a mini-van so your trip would not be interrupted!
Oh, maybe those ankle biters will be sailing on a Carnival ship! Nice on the corner room - I'll forgive you for no pics - this time.
I love to remember! It's hard to forget... still get misty eyed when I look outside and see... home.
Well, we just got it into the shop on Thursday and they called yesterday to say that the computer told them it's a leak in the manifold. Jeff said that sounded bad but the guy said, "not really" so we are hoping for good news once they actually get in there and tear it apart.
"mom sense of humor!"
I'll do some Ron fishin for you.... Just casually send him the link to this trippie.... we'll get him hooked for sure!!!
And with some creative editing, go ahead and swap out the heads in the photos too!!!!
It was such an awesome trip that we rebooked a "dummy" cruise, but quickly converted it to NYE 2013!
The parents looked exhausted. I'm thinking either long flights, or long days at WDW. I saw some kids with WDW buttons, so I can only assume they came from there.
But of course you had some witty comments, I would expect nothing less from you, Drea!
I have the photos of the Fantasy. Sadly, you all know that angels don't show up in photos... but trust me. They were there.
Well it's about time!!!! We've been waiting on you. Do you have any idea what time it is? Sheesh! I've been saving the photos for you!
Bite your tongue or I'll send Grumpy after you!!!! It was just the three of us... whew! Now NEXT spring break we invited the inlaws to join us..... We are booked on RCI's Freedom of the Seas with an awesome aft balcony. Really looking forward to that ship. And for sure I'll do a comparison of the two lines, ala nenner1 and anewmac...... But mine will be way cooler!
Jules and Ian! You know THE Jules and Ian????? What a small world!!! No, never met 'em.....
The minivan is actually his company car. He had just had the oil changed the week before, and he had someone clean it really fast that day. We were lucky to have access to his car. The sad part is that we just had the "new" car in for inspection, making sure it was a keeper and not a lemon. Put a bit of money into it to get it running perfect, even put on new tires and she drove like a DREAM!!!! We had the option that Jeff could run it right back through the auction and we wouldn't lose a dime, if the mechanic found some major issues, but because they said everything looked good, we let them do some work, and decided to keep her. And here she is back in the shop....
As promised!!! A FIRST LOOK at the Fantasy!
We just pulled into a space across the street from where she was docked. If you are familiar with the port, she was between Fishlips and Jetty Park. So really, she was the last thing you'd see before you made it out of the channel.
This was taken with my phone - too lazy to dig out my camera at almost 11pm.....
If you look real closely, you can see the angels....
It was quite cool to be able to see her like this. I'm guessing there was some function on board for local TA's or something.
But stay tuned for the ENTIRE youtube clip of the 4 minute horn battle as we left Port Canaveral!!!! Jeff couldn't figure out how to press play on the camcorder to get us being introduced, but he got all of the horn battle!!!!
Your trip report is great. We are going on the Disney Magic for the first time for our NYC/Canada cruise August 12th. I can't wait to see and read anything I can about the Magic. We did the Dream for a 3 night cruise last august - it was great but during the hurricane so no Castaway Cay for us.
Glad to see you started your Cruise TR! Can't wait to hear all about it. I just love cruising although I have never been on DCL. I must remedy that sometime soon!
Sorry you had car trouble so close to leaving, thank goodness you had another car to drive. We had the "Check Engine Light" on in our car, it was actually off and on for a while, they said it wasn't a big deal so we waited, but we eventually did get it fixed and it was some valve that needed to be replaced.
That was crazy with all those kids in the lobby, lucky they were gone quick! Great pic of the Fantasy!
I don't think I've ever read anything quite as funny as your first introductory post on this trip report. Hanging on by the tips of my fingers for another update. Thanks for the chuckles.
We were the same way - just had to soak it all in before we left so we'd know all about it when we boarded. Trust me, you can't know it all and it will be so wonderful when you do board, that you'll forget everything you've read and just absorb it all....
The message on the dashboard was weird - "proceed slowly" or something like that. I mean, really? It's just now in the shop, hoping to hear back today what this will cost us. I swear, cars are such a pain!!!
Well helloooooooo McChuckling!!!! Hold on tight because with the McSparklesons ANYTHING can happen!!
Why thank you!!! That is so sweet of you to say, I mean, I did lose some weight before the cruise and I felt pretty good but.... oh, wait, you mean the ship? Yeah, she looks okay too.
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