The Sea Witch Stole My Voice! Our Two Week Land and Sea Adventure! COMPLETE 4/12

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  1. Lifelong_Dreamer

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    I opened the door and got my first glimpse of the room that was going to be our home for the next week.

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    We had booked a Cat 6 stateroom which can sleep up to four people. The queen sized bed can be separated into two twin sized beds, the couch can be turned into a bed and there is another bed that can be pulled down from the ceiling by the stateroom attendant.

    I was very pleased. I was a bit afraid ahead of time about how big the room was going to be but really I didn't think it was small at all. It was nice and roomy, plenty of space in there for Mom and I both to spread out and have personal space.

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    There was also lots of storage room for all our stuff, no worries on that front. The closet had lots of room, there was a dresser and steamer trunk and then the desk also had lots of storage space as well.

    This is the steamer trunk

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    The only part of the room that was a bit cramped was the entry hallway, only one person at a time in that area of the room.

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    The tv was great. It was on a pull-out stand and could swing around for better viewing according to where you were in the room. So you could adjust to watch from the bed, couch, verandah. Also under the tv is a mini-fridge that was pretty small but could hold a couple bottles of water etc.

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    Almost all of the rooms on the Disney cruise ships feature what they call split-bathrooms. Basically you have two bathrooms in your room. One has the toilet and a sink and the other has the shower/bath and a sink. This makes it much easier for getting ready in the morning/evening.

    The bathrooms were rather small but that is to be expected on a ship, if it had just been one joined bathroom there would have been more room but then you would have lost the advantage of the split bathrooms.

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    There was a sign over the toilet reminding you to always close the lid before flushing. If you think that Pop Century has turbo toilets just wait until you see these ones!

    There was also lots of storage room in the bathrooms.

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    The blowdryer however is pretty ineffective. Especially for somebody like me. It takes at least 30 minutes to dry my hair with a regular blowdryer. So ladies, if a blow dryer is important to you bring your own!

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    The bedside lamps

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    We went out onto the verandah and were so happy to see that it had stopped raining!

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    View of the room from the verandah

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    The closet

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    The safe was located in the closet as well as the lifejackets for the room.

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    You can see what I mean about Port Canaveral not being all that pretty....

    That is the Kennedy Space Center you can see off in the distance. If it had been a nicer day we would have had a better view of it.

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  3. Lifelong_Dreamer

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    More of the bathroom

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    When you first enter your room you will find waiting for you on your desk the Daily Navigator for the day (schedule of activities), excursion tickets if you booked any before boarding, Onboard credit chits (cash that you can spend onboard that has been placed there by you, your travel agent, Disney etc). We had two chits one from Dreams Unlimited for booking our cruise through them and another from Disney as we had made the reservation through their online booking system. Also there will be a schedule of the movies that will be showing in the movie theatre during your cruise and also a list of the movies that will be showing in your stateroom.

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    Since I had taken a picture of pretty much every corner of the room we decided to go sit out on our verandah and look over all the information we had been given so far.

    We saw Disney buses arriving with more passengers.

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    So people were just arriving at this point and Mom and I had already boarded, arranged our Palo dining, had lunch and were now relaxing in our room. The advantages of renting a car and arriving early.

    The room service menu

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    You can also order items not on the menu, for instance you can get Mickey ice cream bars through room service and as you can see they are not on the menu. Room service is free of charge and offered 24 hours. There are select items that carry a charge and that will be noted on the menu. So all room service costs you is the tip unless you want one of the "premium" items.

    While Mom and I were reading over our info our bags arrived at the room. That was quick!

    Mom was going crazy because pelicans and hawks kept flying by and Mom just loves pelicans.

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    By the time Mom and I had finished going over all the reading material we had been given it was time to get ready for the mandatory safety drill. The ship can not sail unless every passenger attends and is accounted for.

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    You can see the big letter F on our jackets. That meant we had to report to muster station F. The directions on where to go are clearly marked in your room.

    Oh yeah, I had also taken a moment to decorate our door at some point with the magnets I made. I did not go all out like some people do but I did get a lot of comments on it from people passing in the hallway. People really liked the Mickey ears I had made for the door.

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    I had made an extra pair of ears in case mine got stolen as I had read here on the boards that kids (adults too probably) like to take them from time to time. Luckily that never happened. I had also put our room number on all the magnets to discourage somebody from taking them. Again we didn't experience any sort of problem with people stealing or messing with the magnets.

    So Mom and I went off to find our muster station which was located on Deck 4. We were the first people to arrive at our station. We were lined up, tallest in back by cabin number. Since Mom and I were first we got to be at the end of the row and were given the very serious task of not moving an inch no matter who told us to. We soon saw the reason for this as everybody else started to arrive, that deck was packed and each muster group only had a limited amount of space.

    I think the drill only lasted a total of 5 minutes, it was really fast and easy. As soon as they released us Mom and I were hurrying back to our room. We had to dump the life jackets in the room and then we were going to hustle on up to deck 10 to grab a good spot for the sailaway party.
     
  4. stacopp

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    Great update- looking forward to more!
     
  5. Lifelong_Dreamer

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    Thanks!
     
  6. GeminiAngel

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    YEA! The real fun is about to begin! How in the world do you make your own magnets? Those are so awesome.

    :surfweb: Can't wait for more.:banana:
     
  7. Lifelong_Dreamer

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    It was pretty easy actually. All you need is to go to your local Staples or similar type of store and in the printer paper aisle they will have packages of magnet paper. Then all you have to do is pop it into your printer and print out whatever you have designed.

    I will admit that the name magnets and one of the others was actually designed for me by a very nice person on the cruise boards. :thumbsup2
     
  8. jordanyosh

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    Do you think cruising will become part of your travelling plans now?

    We love to cruise on the DCL, but it's so expensive. We went on the 7 day Eastern in 05 and are not going again until 2012......

    I LOVE the rooms. You have to expect small, but really with the privacy curtain, you can separate the living space from the sleeping space.

    The bathrooms are so handy with more than 1 person.

    I'm glad you took a ton of pix of the room
     
  9. wvdislover

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    Hey, Lessa! Sorry I've been gone so long, but life has been crazy for the past several weeks. Looks like I've gotten back just in time for the cruise portion of your TR! We went on the Wonder last year, and stayed in a Cat. 6 cabin, too...in Cabin 6054!!!!! What a small world!!! We LOVED the location! Can't wait to hear all about your cruise...we're planning on doing a 7 night to the Western Carribean next time we cruise!

    BTW, I posted a link to my PTR...we leave next week for the World!!! (Not sure how to do it with just the title, though ;))
     
  10. Lifelong_Dreamer

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    I definitely plan on cruising again, don't know when we will get to go again though what with my school expenses. Hopefully it won't be too long a wait!

    Really, I didn't think the cabin was all that much smaller than a room at Pop.


    :laughing: How funny that you were in the same cabin but on the Wonder. It was definitely a great location, right near the mid-ship elevators.

    We will probably do a Western next time as Mom wants to try new ports. We loved the ports that we went to and I would love to return but Mom likes to mix things up.

    I'll have to check out your PTR. :thumbsup2
     
  11. ladybugmom

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    Your cabin looks nice and bigger than the cabins on the 2 cruises I've been on (Royal Caribbean and Norweigian). Girl--you are REALLY making me want to go on a Disney cruise!! Can't WAIT for another update!!
     
  12. Lifelong_Dreamer

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    I remember reading that Disney is one of the leading cruise lines when it comes to room size. They are often praised for their room design and also for the split bathrooms. :thumbsup2
     
  13. princess_momma

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    I love a man in uniform as well!! My guy is deployed for the army right now and we're going on a Disney cruise when he gets out! :love:

    I'm loving this cruise! It looks awesome! I can't wait to go on one!
     
  14. Lifelong_Dreamer

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    I loved the cruise, just wish they were cheaper so I could go more often. I suppose I could always settle for an inside room. :eek:
     
  15. Mysteria

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    Makes me want to go cruising too seeing all the pictures and hearing of your adventure so far....and you haven't even left port yet! :rotfl:
     
  16. Disneyland_Mama

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    Fantastic, Lessa! :thumbsup2 I love all the tiny details you've included!

    Your TR really makes me want to book a cruise, ASAP! :goodvibes
     
  17. englishrose47

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    Great Update Lessa !!! The cabins are much nice and bigger than when I went on the Crnival Cruise !! We did the Western one !!Stopped at Cozumel, Grand Camon and Jamaica !!All I can say about Jamaica is DON"T DO DUNN FALLS!!!!:scared1: Well acually Iliked th rest of the Jamaica tour !!:thumbsup2 In Caymon we did the Turtle Farm Island tour and wet to HELL!!!:lmao: I do wish we had done the tour of the ruins in Mexico but we didn't !! So if I ever do a Cruise I would want to do the Eastern or if the family goes will prolly do a 4 day one !!
     
  18. Lifelong_Dreamer

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    :rotfl: Don't worry, we leave port in the next update. ;)

    You know you can always count on me for ALL the details. :laughing:

    Focker cruise?:cutie:


    I want to do a Western cruise and would definitely do the ruins in Cozumel. I have read and seen pictures of Hell, I know if I ever visit Grand Cayman I will definitely be going to Hell. ;)
     
  19. princess_momma

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    An inside room?! Scandalous!!! You had a verandah right? I don't know if I'd could do just a porthole, even on the outside!!

    I need more updates ASAP!! I leave Thursday...but no pressure. LOL
     
  20. LOVEMY3KIDDOS

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    I was away all weekend...had some catching up to do!!! More great pix from your dad's and the cruise is moving right along! Can't wait for more! Glad to hear that safety thing is short...it would drive me crazy if it were long!
     
  21. FauntleroyFAN07

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    what and how much is a cruise chit?

    how did you get one for booking with dreams unlimited, and with disney, if you book with dreams, what did you book with disney?
     

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