How do I start one of these again? Oh yes... INTRODUCTION. Greetings Disboardians from medium-town Southern Ontario, Canada. We are the UnDisney Family, who somehow keep getting ourselves onto various DCL cruises. Having hit a Grand Slam in 4 cruises (that was quite unintentional and rather embarrassing), and then having managed to get ourselves to Star Wars Day At Sea ... which then made us all Golden... we booked a "hits many bucket list items"... because, well, if you're Gold, you should at least experience the luster, right? OK. Really what happened is described here, in my one-and-only Pre-Trip Report. Pre-trip report: UnDisney Family in denial about Gold Status -Norwegian Fjords - August 16-26 2018 If you don't want to click though... here's the scoop in brief. First... who are we? We are a family of 3, who (seriously) are just not that into Disney. We still haven't ever been to Disney World or Land, in the US or any other country. There are many movies that we have not seen... including things like Frozen (still) and The Little Mermaid, and so on. There are many princesses we do not recognize. Now- if you've not read before- know that we have no problems with folks who like Disney... whatever floats your boat (ha!) is good for us. It's just not our thing. Despite this, a good friend, (who was on this trip with us with her two boys) convinced us to give DCL a try... from a "just a really good way to vacation" point of view. Since, then, well, see below in my signature.. Uncle Walt owes her a commission is all I can say. At present, we are as follows: DH- who turned 50 on board, and who can't tell one princess from another, except Snow White (perils of being old). Does like Star Wars and Pixar, which he feels have been co-opted by Big Mouse, but he doesn't usually complain much. Me - who is NOT 50 (hee hee hee) - but who is (today anyway) still only 46 (for another week). I have gradually figured out the princesses, if only to avoid them, and I keep getting the Frozen ones mixed up. Conor- who is 10, and now in grade 5, and who loves Tsum Tsums, but not much else of Disney. He is a figure skater, (main source of identity at present!), but he also loves piano, karate, and much to our current consternation, drums. Voila us, on a very inexpensive trip to another part of small-city Ontario, as we saved up $$$ for this trip. (We had a great time with my BFF from high school and her family- so no complaints.) How did we end up on this cruise? Briefly- on Star Wars Day at Sea, we did book a 'maybe' cruise ... but we were going to cancel it, when DH somehow discovered the (misleadingly named) Norwegian Fjords cruise. Initially, it was almost a joke with us (10 days on the Mouse Boat... NAH... we can't do that... just before school starts? And OMG the cost....). Then, we sat down and planned out our next 18 months (this was back in Feb 2017) and realized that this really was a bucket list cruise for us. We both wanted to go to Iceland and Scotland. Conor would be 10 and we felt old enough to really get something out of the trip. We had almost a year and half to plan for the cost. We decided to change our booking, and ponder budgets. As noted in the PTR, we didn't really commit until September 2017, when we booked our flights.... and then, we were in. (More on this in future posts.) Oh, and DCL Queen and her boys, who are great to my kiddo, were also going, so this sold us in the end. And thus, as always, I will pay it forward, by providing our UnDisney thoughts about DCL. I tend to provide a lot of planning details because that's what I crave. I have a lot of marking to do this weekend, and thus, of course, I will be writing posts during my breaks. It's as good a way as any to get started! Next up: Short version of long planning!