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Cruising – It’s our Last Night!

We were all having dinner together on the last night to celebrate Victoria’s birthday.  We were in the Enchanted Garden Restaurant.  Almost everyone chose prime rib for their dinner, but I made a special request:

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Yep, I had the kid’s cheeseburger.  They even brought it out 10 minutes ahead of everyone else, so I could run off to the kid’s club and play.  I chose to stay at dinner …

Tori branched out on her food choices this trip – here is her prime rib.  She liked it.  She also liked the ribs at Castaway Cay.

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The waiters sang Happy Birthday, and delivered a special birthday dessert.

 

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It was another fun-filled day, and we were all ready to get some sleep after dinner.  We had to pack our bags and leave the suitcases outside our cabin door so they could be unloaded from the ship early the next day.

I took a few photos of the luggage unloading early in the morning:

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On our last trip with the kids, getting off the ship was a nightmare because there was a holdup in Customs.  This time, it went very quickly.  We all met at the restaurant at 8am for a quick breakfast:


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Before we could blink, we were off the ship, through customs, and waiting curbside for our pickup.  The van came shortly, and we had a safe trip home.  It rained almost all that day and the next – we even had some flash flood warnings at home.  The kids had a day to relax and pack before beginning to head home.  Beth stayed an extra day, and had a chance to visit with Todd’s parents as well.  It was a great trip.

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I think Tori said it best, in her thank you note to us:

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Thanks for following along on our family adventure!

Disney Cruise – Day 4 – At Sea …

We woke to some early morning rain and lots of clouds.  It never really rained hard, so the kids were able to get lots of pool time in.  Today was “Adult Day” at Palo – the restaurant that serves a delicious brunch.  The girls were happy to be rid of us for a few hours.

A photo of the adult pool – no one felt like swimming at 6:30 am.

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We went to brunch/lunch at noon, and had lots of good things to choose.  There is a buffet with assorted breads, seafood, desserts, and more.  Plus, you can order off the menu if you want a hot entrée.  It was all delicious, and as usual, Catherine and Beth filled up on seafood, Mark had pasta, I had pizza, and Lou had eggs.

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The girls enjoyed their time alone – they did some shopping, watched a movie, and checked out the ship.  They spent the afternoon enjoying themselves in the pool.  One of the lifeguards said they were so happy, he invited them (and Mark) to play mini-golf on his break.  They enjoyed a full afternoon.

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Beth and I did some shopping as well – I got some new shoes:

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We arranged a birthday celebration for Victoria, since this was the day she turned 11.  She was surprised and happy:

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The weather continued to be drizzly – but not too bad.

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We’ll pick up with our last Dinner on the Dream in the next post.

Click HERE to see if we made it to our last Disney Dream Dinner. 

Cruising & Eating – Day 3, Part 3

Beth and I were up on the 13th deck and I randomly snapped some photos of people coming back on the ship:

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The group in the middle, which you can’t really see in this photo is the Holmes family – it seemed even random snaps would find them.

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We had an important date with Mickey:

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Mark & the Girls went to the early dinner seating, while Catherine & Beth joined Lou and I for dinner at Remy – this is another of the special restaurants onboard.  It has a French Theme, and it’s a nice experience but we still like Palo, the Italian restaurant better.

Christmas decorations were still up in the atrium:

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They had to try again, getting their pose just right:
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The glamor shot …

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We had a nice evening:

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Catherine wanted to go dancing after dinner … I don’t think any of the rest of us were up for it.

A couple photos from the ship before we turned in for the night. The pool is covered because this was supposed to be the Pirate Party & Fireworks.  The fireworks were postponed to the next night because of high winds and rain.

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And, some photos from the next morning – early.  It was very windy.

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Click HERE for a rundown on Day 4 cruising.

Cold Castaways – Day 3, Part 2

Even though it was chilly and breezy, we found the kids enjoying the beach.  They said it was warm in the water, and we chose to take their word for it.

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The Dream, waiting for Castaways to return – many people chose to not get off the ship, or to stay for just a short while.  I’m glad the weather didn’t deter our group; no doubt having the cabana helped make the day more enjoyable.

 

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Pelican Plunge – the water slide.  I was hoping we could get the girls over there, since I wanted to get some action shots.

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Lou and I took a walk over to our favorite hang out – the Heads Up bar.  Not very busy today.  We went for spicy Bloody Marys instead of our preferred Pina Coladas – a small concession to the cool day.

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The girls enjoyed themselves on the beach:

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This photo says it all; “Yes, I’m having funnnn, as a stand here shivering…”

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It was time for lunch at Cookies Too, the bar-b-que joint near our cabana.  Lunch is always good here – burgers, hot dogs, ribs, and salads.

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Lou decided to head back to the ship.  It was raining off and on, and he got slightly wet on his walk.  The rest of us meandered back to the cabana (there may have been a stop for more ice cream).

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We were at the beach, and the kids weren’t going to let a little bad weather hold them back.  I grabbed a shot of the impressive turtle Olivia made – quite clever:

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Then the girls headed back into the water, while Mom & Dad watched from the sidelines.

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Can’t believe how grown up Olivia is – braces off and she’ll be 14 in a few months.  Time flies…

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Victoria entertained us with her monster-from-the deep impressions:

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Since the girls were already wet, and enjoying themselves, we convinced them to swim over to Pelican Plunge so we could take some photos of their water slide antics.

They had a lot of fun, as did I, trying to catch them as they came off the slide.  You may remember these, from our first cruise in March 2012:

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Not a lot has changed, but they did pick up a few more style points this year:

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They tried a few more times, relaxing more with each ride:

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That was fun!

Beth and I decided to go back to the boat, stopping for a little shopping on the way.  She was patient as I stopped to grab some more photos of the ship – don’t ask me why I needed more:

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We thought this sign might be misplaced – since it was clearly telling us we couldn’t go back to the ship.

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The gas station (Disney Prop) on the way back to the ship:

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Even though the weather didn’t fully cooperate, our group had a good time on the island; this seems to be a highlight of our two Disney Cruises so far.

 

Click HERE to see what we had for dinner on the cruise.

Castaways Again – Day 3, Part 1

Our destination for Day 3 was Castaway Cay.  This is Disney’s private island paradise.  We actually docked at Castaway Cay the night before, which turned out to be a good thing, because it might have been rough out in the ocean.  The weather had taken a turn to the cold and windy.

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That’s not Castaway Cay, just a jetty of land that forms a nice break for the private beach area.  Here is our destination:

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The kids wanted to get off the ship just after breakfast to grab as much beach time as possible.  Lou and I took our time, and I wandered around taking a few more photos.  It wasn’t raining, but you can see storm clouds building.  And it was chilly – in the 60s.

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Who did I run into, but the Castaways, off for their adventure:

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Lou and I tried to get off the boat at about 10:30am; I say tried, because we got lost on the way to the exit.  We needed Olivia to guide us!  We finally made it off the boat.  Of course, I had to annoy Lou as I stopped along the way for photos (what’s the hurry, it’s not like we’re going swimming 🙂 )  The photos don’t really show how much the wind was blowing, but it was definitely breezy.

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And yes, it is necessary to get a photo of the banner, even if it is the fourth time we’ve been here:

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And, Mickey was there to greet us:

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One of the “cute” bars on the island – you definitely know you are at a “Disney-fied” location when you’re here.  But, they do such a good job, it just makes it a fun place to visit.

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We walked by the first family beach area – it’s almost 11am, and there is no one on the beach.  Hmmm, wonder what the kids are doing?

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We found our way to our Cabana for the day – No. 3, nice and close to the restrooms, but still with our almost-private views of the beach.

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A view from the beach side, as Lou settles in and gets comfortable.  No beach sand for him!

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The cabana next to us was empty for most of the day (cabanas have to be reserved months ahead of time, and there are currently less than 20 on the family beach – there are a few more in the adults only area):

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We’ll pick up with more at Castaway Cay in the next update.

Click HERE to check up on our cold Castaways

Dreaming – Day 2, Part 2

We left off on the last cruise post after having pulled into Nassau, and the girls getting some AquaDuck time.  The kids did get off the ship to check out the shopping opportunities in Nassau.  They seemed to enjoy their time onshore, but weren’t overly impressed.  They did say the vendors in the Straw Market were a little annoying, and they didn’t enjoy haggling over the cost of  a fridge magnet.  Beth had received a coupon good for $100 off of a $500 purchase at Diamonds International (because of her upcoming birthday) – she chose not to take advantage of the coupon.

Lou and I just hung out on the ship, and had a bowl of chili for lunch.  Here’s one of the larger ships heading out to sea.

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Another photo of the pool area – you can see it wasn’t that crowded, and Lou sneaking in a soft serve ice cream cone:

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We were still at port as the sun began to set.

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A postcard view of the Atlantis Resort:

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A house we can see from the ship – I’m not sure how I’d feel about having such a beautiful home near cruise ships coming and going:

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More views as we headed out to sea at about 6pm, and what is more romantic than watching sand & gravel being loaded on a barge in the Bahamian sunset:

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The Holmes family went to the Animator’s Palate Restaurant for dinner, and Beth joined us for dinner at Palo – this has turned into one of our favorite restaurants.  We enjoyed an aperitif in the Meridian Lounge before dinner:

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I think Beth finally figured out it was best not to take the seat across from me if she didn’t want to be my featured model for the evening 🙂

 

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We were seated in an almost private nook area, with an interesting mural of Venice behind us.  The mural lit up with an interesting effect when you took a photo with flash.

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Our servers name was Marco from Montenegro, and he was fantastic.  Everytime we ordered something he said, “OK, but I will also bring a surprise.”  As a result, we each had our selections, plus at least 3 others to try with the appetizer and dessert menu.  He was a lot of fun.

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Marco had us pose for a group photo, and we left Palo with our full tummies.  Beth and I wanted to hit a nightclub or two, but we were a little too stuffed.  (Perhaps it’s time I invested in a better bra …)

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We found an elephant on our bed when we returned to our cabin:

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And, this completes our second day of cruising.

Click HERE to read about our next cruise day.