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a little on the OCD side
very impulsive, which doesn’t bode well for our credit cards!
They don't call me "Clever Claire" for nothing!
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Herts, England
It’s a “Wonder” I survived TR: Day 17 – Goodbye to the Wonder & Hello Poly!!!
Me, 34 – Disney obsessed, Shopaholic & extremely clumsy!
Lee (DH), 35 – aka the Mad Hatter….
24th September 2009 = Day 17
We woke up when the alarm went off at 7am, I had a pretty rough nights sleep again due to my heat rash.
The ship had already docked and this was our view this morning, it is not foggy but the camera lens had misted up and I hadn’t noticed!
We got showered and packed the last few bits in our hand luggage before saying goodbye to our room (well until August 2011, as I managed to get the same room for our Alaskan cruise although we didn’t know that at the time) and went down to Tritons to meet Chris & Raylyn at 8.15am for breakfast. We arrived at the same time as them so chatted whilst we queued to get in the restaurant. They gave us a gift from Hawaii, a box of chocolate covered macadamia nuts & 2 x Liliko’i bars which were passion fruit flavoured cake bars, here is a picture we took later when at the Poly. It was so very sweet of them.
We were shown to our table and ordered breakfast, I had eggs, hash brown & bacon with coffee, Lee had the same plus sausage & ham. After breakfast we said our final goodbyes to Kate & Balwan (our servers) then disembarked the ship with Chris & Raylyn. We collected our luggage and went through customs, we were directed to the Polynesian bus which was also the same bus Chris & Raylyn were getting as they were staying at Shades of Green which is just opposite the Poly. The bus journey was uneventful until we got to the first drop off Port Orleans Riverside, one family got off and the driver unloaded their luggage & ours??? Luckily I was watching out the window as he started to get back on the bus to drive off, so Lee went running off the bus and told him! He was really old and I think a bit deaf as Lee had to explain to him several times that it was our luggage and we were going to the Poly. The next stop was Saratoga and a few more people got off the bus, thankfully our luggage remained on the bus this time but the driver got back on the bus and drove off with the luggage compartment doors still open! One of the bellboys chased us down the road and banged on the drivers window, thankfully no one’s luggage had fallen out. Next stop was the Poly, I was grateful to be getting off the bus as the driver was awful. We said goodbye to Chris & Raylyn, collected our cases that had amazingly survived the journey, then headed into the Polynesian.
We checked in where the cast member kindly upgraded us from a garden view to a lagoon view, which also included a lovely view of the Grand Floridian. We were given some lei’s, room keys etc and then a bell boy took us in a golf cart around to our room #2224 in the Aotearoa longhouse.
We dropped off our luggage and took some photos of the beautiful room.
Our wonderful view….
Some of the lights/lamps:
We then took a walk around the resort, starting with the Great Ceremonial House, we looked in the Wyland Gallery & the shop, Boutiki:
Sept 2000 - I-Drive, Sept 2002 - Kissimmee, Sept 2003 - AKL, Sept/Oct 2006 - Univ PBR, June 2008 - DLRP, Hotel NY, Dec 2008 - Univ HRH, WL & YC, Sept 2009 - OKW, 4n Wonder & Poly, June 2010 - BLT, Nov 2010 - DLRP, Sequoia Lodge, Jan 2011 - Univ RPR, Dream Maiden Voyage & AKV, Sept 2011 - WBTA & BLT, Oct 2012 - Paris & DLRP, June 2013 - 7n Med Cruise, Oct 2013 - Univ RPR, SSR, & Fantasy, May 2014 - EBTA, Sept 2014 - WBTA
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