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Old 09-10-2013, 10:14 PM   #31
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We're already in South Florida ... that's why I couldn't resist booking this cruise ... LOL! So close ...
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Old 09-11-2013, 06:53 AM   #32
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Just booked this am (YAY!) very excited ... I'm in if you start an FE group and is there a facebook page? This will be our 3rd cruise Myself, DD14 and DD9 (10 on Jan 29) Glad I found this thread!
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I have a DS who is 15 and will be in Vibe also! Yes we have a FE List! Small but sturdy. I will add you to the list.

We had a facebook thread last cruise and it really got the husbands involved in meeting each other. I think it's a good idea. Although, once we got on facebook, the message board thread kinda fell by the wayside.

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We are surprising the kids and not telling them about the cruise at all.

We are planning on telling the kiddos we are heading to the airport but instead head to the port. I am going to video our son's face as we drive up because I am sure there will be much screaming and tears flying! (from all of us) LOL
I'm doing the same thing. Although I'll be saying its time to drive home. I've decided to roll the dice and stay in Orlando and leave the morning of the 2nd at 6 am. That way the kids will probably be sleeping from a late night in the parks and not realize I'm going the wrong way. Planning to be at the Port by 10 am.

It's hard keeping my mouth shut. I'm a single mom and usual blab blab blab about the trip as I'm planning it, "....and we're gonna stay here and go there...." Luckily, teenagers are so self-absorbed they don't hear me anymore!

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We are driving down too. It will be the 3rd time driving down to Florida and although I love to fly, driving is much more affordable.

Here is our survival plan:

We leave at 4 am. We take lots of snacks for the kiddos, bring a picnic breakfast and lunch that we eat on the fly so we can get as far as possible on the first day. The kiddos have DVDs ipods, DSs etc... to keep them busy. We also pack a wrapped gift (ie a movie and a box of candy) for each time we stop for gas. The kids love the little gifts and it keeps them quiet and amicable until we get to our next stop.

We priceline our hotel about an hour before we plan on stopping using a mobile app and we eat dinner at Cracker Barrel because its fast, good and convenient to the freeway.

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Wow, You drive from Ontario!!! I have nothing to complain about driving from Cape Cod!

We plan on leaving around 1 or 2 am Christmas Day. I know, talk about Holiday Quality Family Time! We are gonna celebrate on the Eve with my extended family and then head out.

The boys all want Playstation 4's anyway, which is all they are getting 'cause they are so expensive and they are contributing 1/2 of it while I pay the other half. So Christmas isn't the little kids surprise and joy thing it used to be for us. So we are shaking it up and going to WDW and Universal, which we've never done at Christmas 'cause my mom job is working in a chocolate shop and no one's allowed to take vacation before Christmas.

Osborne Lights, Gaylord Ice here we come!

oh, and a surprise cruise :wink:

I will take your priceline advice asI keep mapping where I should stay and it's not working out.

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We're already in South Florida ... that's why I couldn't resist booking this cruise ... LOL! So close ...

You're so lucky! No flying, no driving! I'm green with envy!
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Old 09-11-2013, 07:03 AM   #33
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Mine is a Christmas surprise!

On our June Fantasy sailing we had a facebook page and the kids were all text messaging each other - we then had a huge meet and greet the first day in the DLounge - and a group mixology. It was a totally blast! Plus just walking around the ship you were always bumping into to someone you "knew" - we had a small community! LOL!

We're also sailing to Alaska in July 2014 ... and that facebook page is slow to get going ... my past June one is still active though - we made friends for life on that cruise
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We are slowing down on our last cruise's facebook page. The biggest post lately was who rebooked and when.

We also had a private mixology class that was HUGE and pretty raucous, frankly.

I'd be up for that again. Although, maybe I'm wrong but I don't think this cruise is gonna book up much more. Nobody wants to go to Miami when the Magic is sailing back to PC the next day.

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I think Florida Peeps might ... the only reason I'm going it because it's out of Miami - I figured it was a great chance to see the new stuff! It's like a cruise to nowhere really ... I won't even get off in Nassau (ick) Dream stopped there - but I will for Key West ... cool place! It might be freezing too ... January 2012 we were on the Dream and wore coats and long pants the first 3 days ... on Castaway Cay we were dressed for winter with scarfs ... luckily it was a double dip trip and by the end of the week when we went back it was sunny and warm. Of course we are Floridians so below 75 we're freezing our buns off!

I read in one of the post the Christmas decorations will still be up - that is SO COOL!
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I think Florida Peeps might ... the only reason I'm going it because it's out of Miami - I figured it was a great chance to see the new stuff! It's like a cruise to nowhere really ... I won't even get off in Nassau (ick) Dream stopped there - but I will for Key West ... cool place! It might be freezing too ... January 2012 we were on the Dream and wore coats and long pants the first 3 days ... on Castaway Cay we were dressed for winter with scarfs ... luckily it was a double dip trip and by the end of the week when we went back it was sunny and warm. Of course we are Floridians so below 75 we're freezing our buns off!

I read in one of the post the Christmas decorations will still be up - that is SO COOL!


We were on a cruise in January 2012 too and it was freezing! It was the coldest day Key west had experienced in years. We got off the ship in shorts and tshirts and spent the morning shivering as we rode the trolly. We will be better prepared this time. Seeing this cruise as a cruise to nowhere is very smart. We booked this cruise only for the new features. I can't wait to see all the updates, especially the aquadunk. I don't care if we get off or not either although I agree about Key West, it is super fun!! I love the vibe there.
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We were on a January cruise in 2005. My 40th birthday! There was a huge snowstorm screaming up the East Coast and the water was choppy in the Caribbean. I didn't get off the ship at Key West 'cause it was so soon after boarding and we were still exploring the ship. However, then we couldn't dock at Grand Cayman or Castaway Cay because of the choppiness (old dock at CC, new one probably doesn't have the same issues)

We swam in the pools in our short wetsuits and were the only one's in the pools. I swore I'd never sail in January again, but here I am, doing it again. We are just interested in the Magic, though you've got me curious about Key West now.

I was thinking about doing Blue Lagoon or Paradise Island water park in the Bahamas 'cause we have never gotten off. Seven cruises and we've never gotten off!

Maybe I'll just research Key West instead. What besides the trolley is great about Key West? Just walking around or touring it? Or anything specific?
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Fun in Key West

If we are not doing the trolley we just get off and walk around for a few hours. The Trolley is great because you can get on and off at your leisure. There are coupons on their websites to get a discount.

These are a few of the to do's in Key West:

Aquarium
Butterfly Conservatory
The pie guy
Truman's house

The beaches are not great but we sometimes head over just to walk around and see the water.

Cheap souvenier tshirts, trinkets etc...

Great bars and restaurants on Duval St.
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The Pie Guy???

Now that sounds interesting!

I will look online for that trolley coupon as my kids would like to ride a trolley, I think.

Here is our itinerary for our cruise:

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1 Miami, Florida — 4:00 p.m.
2 Nassau 7:00 a.m. 2:45 p.m.
3 Key West, Florida 11:00 a.m. 4:45 p.m.
4 Miami, Florida 7:30 a.m. —

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I just noticed that we don't have Key West first thing like on the other cruises we did.

We only have five hours to look around though. That makes me nervous about missing the boat.

Look at Nassau too. 7 am to 2:45. Ok that's at least seven hours. Very tight schedule if you think about it.

Disneycruise dot com doesn't have any Concierge Cabins available right now. So, somebody is booking cabins. Just not the lower cabins.
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Champagne Brunch

I just called Disney to find out if brunch will be offered on the cruise. I was expecting that the answer would be no since there is no sea day. The castmember said that the ship will have brunch on the port days and that when our window opens in a couple of weeks we can book it.

Super cool!! The Key West Day would be a good day since we arrive at 11 am.
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C'est facile! You click on the "+ symbol at the bottom of the first post you want to quote (and the second post, and the third post etc) and on the last post you want to quote, you click Quote

and Voila, you have multi-quoted! *** c' est pas facile .... testing one two , does it work, i kepp hiting the submit reply but it doesnt seem to work , lets try again . ......
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[QUOTE=pershing;49486256]C'est facile! You click on the "+ symbol at the bottom of the first post you want to quote (and the second post, and the third post etc) and on the last post you want to quote, you click Quote

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IT WORKED !!! Thank you SO SO much PERSHING ... now i will keep it up with all of you
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We are slowing down on our last cruise's facebook page. The biggest post lately was who rebooked and when.

We also had a private mixology class that was HUGE and pretty raucous, frankly.

I'd be up for that again. Although, maybe I'm wrong but I don't think this cruise is gonna book up much more. Nobody wants to go to Miami when the Magic is sailing back to PC the next day.

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I am on a roll with that + sign instruction Another family for our FE group. I will have them set up an account on the website and introduce them to all this. They are a family of 4, Dubois family DW,DH, DD (12), DD (14).
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I have been resisting the FE thing this time since our trip is a surprise and I don't want the kiddos to know I am up to anything but as you all know resistance is futile so...

SIGN ME UP!!!

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I just called Disney to find out if brunch will be offered on the cruise. I was expecting that the answer would be no since there is no sea day. The castmember said that the ship will have brunch on the port days and that when our window opens in a couple of weeks we can book it.

Super cool!! The Key West Day would be a good day since we arrive at 11 am.
Yeah, No :no: They fibbed. Gold Castaway Member here and no Palo Brunch at least available for prior reservations. I checked in at 12:01 am last night and looked for it.

Maybe they will offer it on the ship, but that's not usual how it goes. Or maybe those pesky Platinum Members booked it all up! (and Concierge)

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I am on a roll with that + sign instruction Another family for our FE group. I will have them set up an account on the website and introduce them to all this. They are a family of 4, Dubois family DW,DH, DD (12), DD (14).
Yeah, more people. Will add today!

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I have been resisting the FE thing this time since our trip is a surprise and I don't want the kiddos to know I am up to anything but as you all know resistance is futile so...

SIGN ME UP!!!

Yes! Resistance is futile.....I will assimilate you when I add barbeaujo's friends to the list.

Hey, at least you know there won't be a ton of people to put stuff together for. I'm in the same position, hiding stuff. Although boys don't notice much around them.

I booked the Dolphin Encounter at Blue Lagoon. We've never done it before and I want a beach experience since there is no Castaway Cay. It leaves at 7:45 AM!!!!! Probably since we are leaving port at 2:45. No meandering on the Blue Lagoon beach this time around!
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