VWL/Eastern Fantasy Cruise/AKV CL all wrapped into a fabulous b-day trip - Complete

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  1. Pinkocto

    Pinkocto DIS Veteran

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    I'm sure they fixed it long ago, my cruise was 6 weeks ago. And I just took the Dramamine when I felt sick and the rocking didn't bother me anymore.

    You're going to have a magnificent trip!!!
     
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  3. MEK

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    That Rain forrest room looks so amazing. I remember how much you raved about it the first time.

    Ugh - so sorry you felt sick. What a bummer. I hope you felt better quickly. Your dinner looks so yummy.
     
  4. Pinkocto

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    Day 2 of the Cruise, 3 of vacation:

    Today was daylight savings time and thankfully our phones changed on their own even though they were in airplane mode. I woke up around 7:30 but snoozed until 8. The main priority of the morning was to go to the DVC meeting at 9:00 so I jumped in the shower. Mom woke up shortly after and asked me to go grab us some drinks while she got ready. I've said it before and Ill say it again, I really did not like having to go through Cabanas each time I needed to go to the beverage station. The distaste for the situation lessened throughout the cruise but I still didn't like it. I got mom a coffee and myself a soda.

    We were both very surprised how many people turned up for the meeting. I was sure everybody would sleep in and we would have a better chance at winning some prizes. Oh well, it was not to be. We still had a good time and were glad we went. I asked the representative if there were any rumors when the Grand Floridian Villas would start selling and for once I got a vague response instead of the usual we dont know. He said the rumor was later this year in the Fall. Excellent! DVC meeting complete we headed up to Cabanas for breakfast. In the elevator I had a Dis Meet! A friend from our cruise thread recognized me and said hi. That was a wonderful surprise.

    There were tons of people up in Cabanas; it was actually a little difficult finding a seat. We automatically went outside at first but it was so windy we went right back inside.

    My plate; cheese omelet, hash browns, and French toast

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    Moms had sautéed mushrooms, yogurt, French toast, and pineapple. the picture is blurry so I'm going to skip it.

    She also got some Krispy Kremes

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    Looks like I went back for some pastries as well

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    We were sitting next to a couple and the lady looked so sick. We started chatting and she had been seasick all last night and this morning. We gave her some tips and hopefully she felt better soon. We never saw either of them again. We finished up with breakfast and headed out to the beverage station to take some drinks back to the room. It was so windy!

    When we got back to the room I tried to change our room clock to daylight savings time. It was impossible. I think we must have had a faulty clock because what I was doing should have worked. Mom saw I was getting frustrated and went out to see if our room steward was anywhere close. Thankfully he was and saved me from destroying the clock. Not really but I was getting very frustrated. Crisis averted we settled in and enjoyed a few hours in the room. I went out on the balcony and there was what appeared to be a carrier pigeon on the railing. We were quite far from any land so I hope it was ok.

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    Mom went out and read on the verandah for a little bit and I caught up in the journal. She eventually came inside and we started watching Ratatouille. I started getting a little hungry around noon so headed out for some snacks. I needed to put some money on the shipboard account so I headed there first

    There was hardly any line which was great

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    Mission accomplished I figured I'd pop up to the Future Cruise desk and see if I could rebook the cruises we had planned. Unfortunately she could only do one. This surprised me because in January they said they could do two. We never ended up doing anything on the January cruise because the desk was always busy and I figured we would just wait a few months and rebook on the Fantasy. Big mistake on my part. I gave her the info for my transatlantic cruise and she sad she would get a quote to me.

    I then headed up to grab myself a snack. Mom didn't request anything but I knew I had better get some extra fries for her and a piece of margarita pizza for myself. I really like the pizza on the Dream/Fantasy. The pizza on the Wonder was not as delicious in my opinion. I ran into Mike and Kathryn our tablemates. They had gone to Chimpanzee the night before as well but had actually fallen asleep so headed out before it ended. I caught them up on the ending.

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    We continued to watch Ratatouille but I fell asleep. We wanted to go to a Metabolism Seminar at 2:00 and she didnt wake me until 2:00 so we were late to that. I didn't even think about setting an alarm because I didn't plan on falling asleep. Oh well, we were just a little late because we raced up there. It was fascinating and we were both glad we went.

    After the seminar it was 2:45 and time to check in for my massage. They directed me back to a relaxation room after I changed into my robe. I have to admit the robe was not quite large enough for me and hugged me in all the wrong places. I was very self conscious and then missed my name being asked for. A CM had come through the room and asked for somebody but it sure didnt sound like my name. Probably five minutes later she came back in the room and walked right up to me and said why didnt you say anything when I asked for you? It wasnt mean at all but I still felt bad. I truly didnt hear my name called. Her name was Melissa from England and made me feel very comfortable throughout the massage. It was a fabulous experience and Im really glad I did it. I was very relaxed for the rest of the cruise. Someone on our cruise meet had mentioned they always do a massage early in the cruise so they are relaxed for the rest of it. I completely agree and will probably do this every cruise now. Somehow the time flew by and the massage was over. She brought me the check but had forgotten to include the 20% off so had to go back and change it. I then went and changed into my clothes and found mom in the RFR. She was relaxing on a lounger and I sat and relaxed with her for a few minutes. She was starting to get hungry so we headed out to grab some snacks.

    Mom had fruit

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    And I had some olives

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    Then we stopped into the Cove Café to see what goodies they had

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    I somehow managed to miss getting a picture of the little carrot cake I got. It was quite tasty. Mom passed this time around. But we would be back several times over the course of the cruise. We sat down for a few minutes and had a nice chat with an older couple. We ended up talking about how rocky it had been and the gentleman had missed dinner he felt so ill. Last night was a doozy!

    Mom wanted to see what the new adult only area looked like so we headed up there. It was still really windy and quite brisk. It was closed at the moment but I still got some pictures. We looked forward to returning when it was warmer.

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    They had these chairs strapped down

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    The new family wading pool

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    They never stop cleaning, they're amazing!

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    Quiet Cove, the adult only pool area

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    She was trying to get out of the wind

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    Outside of the Cove Café

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    Adult only hot tubs

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  5. dgbg100106

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    Everything was beautiful. Love all the details.

    Glad you got the massage and enjoyed your experience.
     
  6. Pinkocto

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    Oh that Rain Forest Room is a little slice of Heaven :cloud9:

    Thank you :) The dramamine kicks in really fast, by the time we got to dinner I wasn't sea sick at all. And any other time I started to feel it again I would take one and was fine.

    Every meal we had on this cruise was really delicious.
     
  7. Pinkocto

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    I totally agree, I just loved all the details.

    I had been so stressed from work and the massage melted all that stress away. I'm glad I didn't cancel it.
     
  8. Pinkocto

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    We meandered our way back to the room. We had missed the show and as a result pretty much had the ship to ourselves. Of course I had to take more pictures.

    Smoothie and icecream area

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    They usually had chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, and banana

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    One of two beverage stations. Sodas on one side, coffee on the other

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    They had the Princess Diaries playing on the big screen. As cold as it was there were still some kids watching from the pool

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    I just love the theme of Cabanas

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    How cute are these guys!

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    Another attempt at the mural

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    I couldn’t help it, I always like to see behind the scenes things

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    Aft stairway to our room

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    Donald is such a character :)

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    the mural looks really cool, next time you take pictures, like of the ice cream list, and it is a reflective surface, cover the flash with your hand, or turn it off, same with the mural, it should help. As long as there is enough light.
     
  10. Pinkocto

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    Thanks so much. I'll have to remember that. On the big camera I have the flash off but I completely forgot with the little one.
     
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    I know you had asked before about taking pictures, hopefully I did not offend you?
     
  12. Pinkocto

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    No not at all, I appreciate all the tips. I only started to go picture crazy in the last few years so still have a lot to learn.
     
  13. lchute1158

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    I am planning do to a birthday cruise on the same eastern Caribbean with a resort stay before and after! Thanks
     
  14. jenseib

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    Finally caught up. I am loving your pictures.

    I agree that the clocks onbaord are impossible. It wasn't just you. I had a time change to oand we never figured out how to change the stupid thing.
     
  15. Pinkocto

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    That'll be a fabulous trip! I would love to be on vacation on my actual birthday, my trips are always before. What resorts are you planning on?
     
  16. lchute1158

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    Well i was thinking AKV for 2 nights before.. And not so sure on the backside.. Even considering vero beach if the weather was good for some beach time...

    I havent read through all of your posts... But did you do any excursions?

    And any pics of the veiw or pool at akv?
     
  17. Pinkocto

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    Thanks so much :)

    I'm glad it wasn't just me :) I was about to destroy that horrible thing! I hope they change them. I'm sure they were trying to get nice clocks with the iPhone/pod docks but I'd much rather have a simple one. In December when I stayed at OKW they had a survey question if I would mind having a more simple clock, one without a docking station. So maybe enough people are complaining how horrible they are.
     
  18. Pinkocto

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    AKV is fabulous, I haven't posted that portion of this trip but there are lots of pictures of the pool area on my September TR, there's a link in my signature.

    This is just day two of the cruise, so still have another seaday before getting to St Thomas. We did an excursion to St John but I do not recommend it.

    Vero Beach is on my list, but the weather in January can be iffy in Florida.
     
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    I am all caught up again. The Rainforest Room really is gorgeous. We always skip the sail away party and usually end up in the Rainforest Room. It would be perfect if we could watch from the heated lounger while we were leaving.

    I am sorry that it was rough throughout the cruise. I would have been in my element. Actually, I could do with a decent night sleep right about now. Let's hope that we can some waves on the way to Vancouver.

    Dinner looked gorgeous.

    I showed Graham some of the pictures and he started to wonder if maybe we should do a split stay on the Fantasy and Vero Beach at some stage. I did not show him the adult pool though ;). I do however love the adult hot tub.

    Corinna
     
  21. Leshaface

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    Wow, I can't believe it was rough the entire trip! That's a little strange, I always thought water would be rougher in the Summer/late Summer months :confused3

    Those clouds are dark and black in your photos! I don't think i've ever seen an empty family pool area like that before. Crazy! And there's not many people out wandering the decks. Very strange.

    Thanks for including the Adult area :thumbsup2 Love that there is more room to lounge and relax than the Dream! Glad they made this change to it.
     

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