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Old 02-11-2009, 05:33 PM   #1
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December 11, 2010. 7 Night Western - Magic

I've been loitering for a month or so hoping someone else had started this, and then thought hang it, I'll start one myself.

A little about us. We have paid a deposit on the 7 night western cruise on the Disney Magic leaving December 11th 2010. There are 4 of us, myself and my wife and my 2 daughters who will be 17 and 14 at the time. The cruise will be in the middle of approximately 5 or 6 weeks in Florida, so it's a big occasion for us. Whilst we would have celebrated our anniversary in August of that year, this is our 20th Wedding Anniversary present to ourselves.

We come from a small rural village just outside of Sydney in Australia. While we've been to the West Coast and Disneyland a few times, we've never been east to WDW. In addition this is our first ever cruise as well, and we wanted our first to be a DCL cruise (and we just couldn't wait until the Alaskan cruise come to fruition).

These boards seem a good way to at least get to know of some other people who will be on the same cruise prior to sailing, which for us is a good thing. We're not really a very outgoing family so having contact before will be helpful. It's always nice to have someone to say g'day to as you pass them and have a quick chat about what they've seen or done that day.

So that's it. G'day to all the 12/11/10 cruisers, we're looking forwarding to chatting with you over the next 20 months or so and to meet you come the day. If you're a regular DISer or cruiser, I'm sure we'll be able to utilise your experience as well.
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Old 02-14-2009, 12:38 PM   #2
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Thanks for starting a site! I've been waiting for someone to do it!!

We rebooked onto this cruise on our Eastern last December. We last did a Western in Dec 2005 that ended up with a modified schedule due to a hurricane wiping out Cozumel the month before we went.

There will be me, DH, DS (who'll be 6/almost 7) and DD (who'll just turned 4). Two of our friends are also booked on this cruise as well with their DD who'll be 10.

Looking forward to meeting everyone over the next 2 years!!
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Old 02-15-2009, 04:03 PM   #3
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G'day HallsofVa and thanks for replying. It's going to be handy having someone around who is experienced to pick up the odd tip or 2. Although we do like to just wing it and experience things as they happen, it's also beneficial to be able to understand the finer things like formal dining etc before we get on board.

And thank you for putting the link into the list as well. I've never struck a minimal post condition before, but I suppose that'll come and go quickly. Look forward to "chatting" with you and others who pop by over the next 20 months or so.
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Old 02-19-2009, 08:11 PM   #4
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Now I know there are other people booked on this cruise. Several from last December's cruise said they rebooked. So where are you???????? Or are you holding out posting until after the release plans for the new ships to decide whether to cruise in 2010 or 2011??

Hope all are well.
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Old 03-02-2009, 06:49 PM   #5
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Definitely quiet this far out. Given the flurry of activity on the other dates I thought there'd be more here. Maybe we'll have the ship to ourselves
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Old 03-02-2009, 07:19 PM   #6
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I know there were several others from the cruise this past December who also rebooked for this one, but several of them said they're waiting for the 2011 dates to be released to consider moving the cruise out a year, especially if either of the new ships they started building today will be ready by then.

That's okay, we can still have a good time!

My DH and I have been reliving the cruise experience recently - I ordered some of the shampoos, conditioner and body wash we had on our December cruise from the company who makes them for DCL. So now I imagine being back on board everytime one of us showers with the stuff!
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Old 03-02-2009, 07:58 PM   #7
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I know what you mean by reliving trips past. Only having been to DL in Anaheim so far, we often listen to the music or do something that puts our mind back there. I'm at work now listening to park music as I type this!

Even things like having a coffee will put us back there and we start talking about it. I'm hoping, and expecting that our cruise experience will do the same. But I'm also scared that it will be as addictive, not all that cheap to do these trips from Australia at the moment.
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Old 03-20-2009, 06:33 PM   #8
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Hi everyone, we just booked today for this cruise, we went on the 3 day wonder in December past and just rebooked this one, I kno w we should have done it onboard.
It will be my family of 4 and my mom and sister.
arje, you are bringing your 2 daughters 14 and 17, I am bringing 2 boys, 14 and 17, what are the chances of that. the time will fly as we all plan together, maybe we should do fe exchange, I didn't on my last cruise but people sure seem to have fun with it.
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Old 03-23-2009, 06:01 PM   #9
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G'day newrygirl, glad you can join us here. Having a family of similar ages to us will be handy for sure. And with more cruise "veterans" to call upon as time progresses will also be very useful. Looking forward to chatting over the next year and half and meeting up on board.
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Old 03-24-2009, 08:57 PM   #10
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Welcome newrygirl! Can't wait to get to know you better as we countdown to this cruise! Alas my kids are on the younger side of you two, but I'm sure there'll be others! You guys should start some penpal correspondence or something!

So did you feel the 3 day just wasn't long enough? Our first cruise was a 7 day Western, and we were worried it was too long, and ended up hating having to get off, so I don't know if we'll be doing anything shorter anytime soon!
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Hi HallsofVA,
The 3 day was our first cruise ever and yes it was way way too short, I feel like i hardly saw anything, we also have done 10 days at Disneyworl before the cruise so by the time we boarded the ship we were all pretty tired. I can see why people say that once you go on a Disney cruise you are hooked, I can't wait to go on the 7 day one, I just wish I had booked onboard for the discount and onboard credit, although I did use DU and got their onboard credit. I see for one of your cruises you upgraded to the Roy Disney suite, I bet that was awesome. I can't wait, hopefully time flies but then again why wish for life to fly by. We are going on a vacation to Ireland for 2 weeks in July so that is something to look forward to. i am so happy to meet you all, thanks for welcoming me.
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Old 04-08-2009, 09:46 AM   #12
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My family will be going on this cruise in December. It is a big year for all of us so we just wanted to do something nice for everyone. My oldest daughter will be 15 and our youngest daughter will be turning 13 on the vacation. My husband and I will be celebrating 16 yrs of marriage. We live in Missouri and have been on one Disney cruise back in 2003. We have been wanting to come back sooner but we could just not make it happen. We look forward to getting to know everyone through this board and if anyone has any girls close to my daughters ages maybe they can chat.

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Old 04-08-2009, 10:08 PM   #13
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G'day krisngreg. We'll have 2 girls, and our youngest will be 14 on the cruise (15 the following March), so I'm sure that perhaps they'd be glad to start chatting. newrygirl will have a boy the same age as well, so some of the kids might be able to get to know each other. Look forward to chatting and meeting up!
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Old 04-21-2009, 10:09 PM   #14
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Posting to bump us back up to the 1st page. Where is everyone??

We need to get some of the super profilic posters that I've had on my last 2 cruises to get our page going and keep it active. Anyway, I hope everyone is having a good year!
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Old 04-22-2009, 12:42 AM   #15
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I have to admit to not being a prolific poster early on. But that will change. I suppose being still 597 days until we sail ...

Which does raise one discussion point. We've all been hit hard with the crunch, and one of the other issues we face on the under side of the world is the exchange rate. I made a decision to pay the balance at a certain rate, to maximise my cost, but we are at that rate now, which presents me a dilemma. Is it too early to pay the balance this far out. Has anyone paid in full so early, and if so is there any benefits or pitfalls with doing so?

And now that this is my 10th post, I am now allowed to send PM and insert links - woohoo.
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