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Old 08-14-2008, 06:05 PM   #16
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Dinner, The Golden Mickey's and meeting princesses...

We left before the Sail Away party was over because we had Main seating and had to be ready for dinner by 5:45 p.m. It was already after 5:00 when I looked at my watch. We got back to the stateroom and all of our luggage was there. Yay! I quickly unpacked and hung up all of our dinner clothes for the 4 nights. I was surprised at how many hangers they give you. I was expecting less, and had actually packed some extra wire hangers. I also had an over the door shoe holder and it was a godsend for the five days. It definitely helped clear some of the clutter, as well as the girls shoes.
We were all dressed for dinner on time and we headed to Tritons.
Here are the girls in front of the entrance:



Our rotation was TAAP. Since we had 8 in our party, I had been told that we would have our own table, and sure enough we were all seated at table 59 and our first dinner was beginning.



I had heard about the servers being one of the highlights of the cruises, so I was anxious to meet ours. Well, they were great. Nyoman and Oliver were our servers for the cruise and they treated us like royalty! They also took such good care of the girls. We wanted for nothing all week.
We ordered our drinks and DD1 was excited to order a Shirley Temple.



The food was great. Triton’s has a French food theme, so of course Escargot had to be ordered. Don ordered and shared with DD1. She wasn’t that impressed




Dinner went very smoothly, but did last long. We were seated at aboaut 5:45 p.m. and didn’t leave until after 7:45 p.m. The next three nights weren’t that long, thank goodness. The girls were getting very antsy.

The first night was The Golden Mickey’s and we were all going to see that, except for Nana and Lizzietish. They headed back to the rooms.
The Walt Disney Theater is beautiful.


Here's Rina with the girls (my mom is a retired High School Theater Teacher, so she loves these type of shows)




We got there by 8:00 p.m. for the 8:30 p.m. show and found great seats and settled in. We were early enough that servers were wandering around taking drink orders, so we took advantage of that and just waited for the show to start.

And DD1 with our drinks...



The show was great! No flash photography allowed, but I got a few pics with no flash. The pics didn't come out that great, but for what it's worth...




After the show, it was about 9:15 and according to the Navigator, Cinderella and Belle would be in the Atrium at 9:30, so we rushed down and found them with short lines. Actually, we worked the lines...my mom got in one line and I got in the other and it worked out that they saw Belle, and then went over to Rina's line and were there just in time to see Cinderella.






After greeting the princesses, my princesses were exhausted, so off to bed on our first night at sea.

Up next: day 1 at Castaway Cay, stingrays, parasailing, snorkeling and more…
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Old 08-14-2008, 07:32 PM   #17
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Your pictures are great! I am missing the cruise...
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Loving your report!! Can't wait to hear more!!
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Old 08-14-2008, 09:28 PM   #19
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I love this TR... We were on the 4-day Double-dip that left on 8/3... I miss it already... I still need to get my pictures off the camera!!

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Old 08-15-2008, 07:46 AM   #20
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Really loving your trip report so far - your girls are so photogenic. I would love to do a Double Dip - can't think of anything better than 2 days in the most heavenly place on earth
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Old 08-15-2008, 08:58 AM   #21
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love the report. We will be doing out first Disney cruise in Nov on the Magic. I love all the pics your sharring to.

How do you get the horn on the computer for your email? I would love to have that.
I would love to know how you did this as well....how cool!!! My kids would get a major kick out of this!!! Please PM me the details....
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Old 08-15-2008, 09:02 AM   #22
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I just love your trip report and all the pics! I can't wait to read more.....
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Old 08-15-2008, 09:31 AM   #23
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Loving your TR so far

Hi! Great trip report so far! Loving all the details and pics . Your DD's are beautiful and you can tell are having the time of their lives
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Old 08-15-2008, 10:59 AM   #24
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Your pictures are great! I am missing the cruise...
I agree, it's been almost 3 weeks and I'm still in depression over being home.

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Loving your report!! Can't wait to hear more!!
Hopefully the next update will be up tonight! Thanks!

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I love this TR... We were on the 4-day Double-dip that left on 8/3... I miss it already... I still need to get my pictures off the camera!!

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Really loving your trip report so far - your girls are so photogenic. I would love to do a Double Dip - can't think of anything better than 2 days in the most heavenly place on earth
Thanks, my girls love to ham it up for the camera! We also loved 2 days at CC - that's why we chose this itinerary!

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Thanks! Hopefully tonight...I'm a teacher and have to start thinking about getting my classroom ready. We go back next week!

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Hi! Great trip report so far! Loving all the details and pics . Your DD's are beautiful and you can tell are having the time of their lives
It was the time of their lives! They were spoiled rotten all week by the relatives and all the great cast members on the ship!
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Loving your report and the pictures are great. My trip is so close and reading yours gets me even more excited.
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Old 08-15-2008, 03:08 PM   #26
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Castaway Cay – day 1

We all slept great that first night and awoke to a very cloudy horizon. We were up early and no land in sight yet. We started seeing land and then “the island” came into sight. With it came a great rainstorm and then a fabulous rainbow. Don went up on the top deck to get some shots.




The skies started clearing and we could see the island. On day 1 at CC the boat pulled in so we could see the island from our verandah. On day 2 we pulled in the opposite and we had an ocean view from our verandah. I thought that was pretty neat, giving each side of the boat a chance for the great views!

Here’s the view as we pulled in, before anyone was allowed off:



We had all agreed to meet at 7:30 for breakfast, and be off the boat at 8:30 a.m., we weren’t excited or anything  We also wanted a fast breakfast, so we went up to deck 9 and had the buffet at Beach Blanket. It was great – lots of food for everyone. Again the servers helped the girls get their trays and drinks to the table. These people know how to keep the parents happy.
The captain made the announcement that we could disembark and we were off…. We got our pic taken as we got off the boat. The ship doesn’t even look real in this pic.



I had read about the family beach getting crowded, and to head all the way to the end. We did that and found great spots by 9:00 a.m. and basically had our area all to ourselves for an hour or so. The girls were so excited, they were in the water before I had my coverup off.
We had come from a beach trip the week before in North Carolina with big waves, and “unclear” water, so they loved the calm and clear water.



Rina, Lizzietish and Don went to get our snorkeling stuff, and floats. We had rented the two day package. During that time, we lost Nana and Bubba again – I think they forgot something on the ship, and had to return to their stateroom.
The girls played around with their snorkel stuff in the water before our Stingray adventure.



We all enjoyed playing in the water for about an hour, then we had scheduled Castaway Ray’s Stingray adventure for 10:00 a.m. Nana and Bubba appeared just in time, and we all headed over to play with the stingrays.
DD1 loved it, DD2 not so much! DD2 and I ended leaving early and heading back to the beach. Everyone else fed the rays and then snorkeled with them in the area. It was great! First time snorkeling for everyone except Rina, Don and I.



After that adventure, we all headed back and Don wanted to go out into the snorkel area and explore. He went off by himself and we all hung back and enjoyed the beach until lunch.

Here's the view towards the boat right before lunch:


Rina, myself and 2 DD's playing in the water:


Lizzietish with the girls:


We decided to head over to lunch before the crowds got too bad. We got there around 11:30 a.m. and had a great lunch.Again, Nana and Bubba said they would meet us there, and never appeared. This was becoming a pattern. We are easy to please when it comes to meals out. If I don’t have to prepare it, and we don’t have to clean up afterwards, then it’s probably going to be a great meal in our books.

Walking to lunch:




On our way back to the beach, I had promised the girls hair braiding. I didn’t want to do the hair wraps that Disney World offers, so we waited for the real Bahamanian hair braiding. They each got two braids and were so proud!




After lunch, Don came back and talked about all of the great things to see out in the snorkel area. He was going to take DD1 out later that afternoon. We all enjoyed more beach time, and found a few characters at a dance party at the Gazebo, but it was really hot and crazy, so we didn’t stay long.
Again, we took advantage of the drink servers walking the beach.

Here’s Rina with her 2 for 1 deal:


Lizzietish and Nana tried the parasailing adventure that afternoon also. Nana loved it, Lizzietish…not so much.
I had decided to head back to the boat earlier than the rest, to get myself cleaned up before the troops came back. I left about 3:00 p.m. and the others came back around 4:00. That worked well, as I was showered and ready to help the girls when they returned.
We all cleaned up, then rested some…

Here are my sleepy pirates after a day on the beach, and before dinner:



...we all were excited for PIRATE NIGHT!

Up next: meeting Captain Jack (2nd in line ), sleepy pirates and fireworks!
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Old 08-15-2008, 03:12 PM   #27
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The horn sounded! I finally heard it live – I had been hearing it on our computer for the past month. My husband found the sound file and made it our email signal. Every time we received email for the last month the horn sounded. Now it was real and we were moving.

13 months of planning and we were on our way!!


Up next: Oliver, Nyoman and the Golden Mickeys!
I have the ship's horn as my email signal too. LOVE IT!! Enjoying your TR!
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Old 08-15-2008, 08:03 PM   #28
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Can't wait for more pics.
Great report.
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Really enjoying your report and all of your pics!! Can't wait to read how pirate night turns out!!

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Old 08-16-2008, 04:06 AM   #30
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Fantastic - Castaway Cay looks just as beautiful as I remember. It's amazing how the sun, sand, sea and fresh air tires you out, isn't it?
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