2011 Disney Trip – Day 12

Day 12 – January 14, 2011 – Castaway Cay

Today is our last day of the cruise!!! Sooo sad, it’s almost over! Today was the day we were heading to Castaway Cay.

A little over two years before this day we were here…..

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Everytime I visit Castaway Cay I replay my wedding day in my head. Best day of my life!!!

We had breakfast and then we were ready to head to the beach! Sadly it was very cool and very over cast. 

We made the best of it. On our way to the gangway we ran into these guys!

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Once we got off the ship we saw a beautiful bride. Ahhh what I wouldn’t give to relive this day!

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We also ran into this guy. I love when we see Captain Jack. He is always so funny. Disney does a great job casting.

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You can see in this picture the overcast. One of the risks of cruising in a low crowd, low cost season!

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We only had a few minutes to wait for a tram to head to the family beach.

We boarded the tram and I tried to get the kids to pose for a few pictures. LOL
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We were heading to our seats, near the slides and saw this. 
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I love the aisle. Look at this….Ahhhh…memories…. 
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Ok OK…Back to the trip report.

We set up our stuff in a good location. It was way to chilly to go swimming. Alyssa did not even have an interest in it. So we hung out, listened to music, read a bit and played.

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We got lunch from Cookies Too….It was good as always. 

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We headed over to take a picture in the spot we said “I DO”

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Ok, I slipped another one in. I can’t help it. This is what I do the whole time I am on the island.

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My sister recreated my walk down the aisle.

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Austin didn’t want to take part in the reenactment. 

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My sister decided the kids needed a nap. So Pete and I headed to the Adult Only beach when the rest of the family went back tot he ship.

I laid on the hammock a while, but the skies were getting darker and darker.

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We were the only people on the beach. It was dark and chilly!

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We hopped a tram back to the ship. Two last pictures before we got back onboard for our last night.

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We got back on the ship and got ready for our last night. My sister and family attended the show. Pete and I did not. 

Alyssa spent lots of time in our room. We loved having the little visitor.

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Before dinner these two were out posing for pictures.

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Dinner was casual tonight. Thank goodness since we had packed up almost everything to put outside our room.

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Orange Roughy, best meal I had all week in the regular dining rooms (not including Palo)

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The farewell is always so much fun. We rushed around to get final character pictures before I got a good spot in the balcony to get the group picture!!

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My first visit with Princess Tianna. I love her!

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Group Picture!!!

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Alyssa collected lots of Mickey Confetti. 

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We were greeted with these little guys. What a nice surprise for our last night.

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We had a visitor before bed.

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She came bearing gifts…

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We ordered room service for the last time. I had cruises all week without a Mickey Bar. I wanted one before I got off the ship.

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We headed to bed. Tomorrow was the day we were heading home.

2011 Disney Vacation – Day 11

January 13, 2011 ~ Day 11

We started today off with a little princess Meet and Greet!!!

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We walked around the ship for a while and then Pete and I settled into some chairs waiting for our Tea Party with Alice. We were lucky. We had the sweetest princess going with us.
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The Tea Party was fun even if we did have bad seats. This tea party started a love of Alice for Miss Alyssa. 

Today was pretty low key. It was nice, they had a Matinee showing of Disney Dreams. We didn’t make it to that show, but were ready at 6:00pm for your show. 

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After the show, Pete and I ran back to our room to get dressed for dinner.

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Dinner was stressful. Poor Alyssa was over tired, Brandon was sick and Laura was handling it all by herself. After a threat of going to Bed Alyssa was in much better spirits.

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Austin was in a great mood during dinner!

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After dinner Pete and I took a stroll on Deck 4. My favorite place for quiet!

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We ended the day with a movie. I can not remember which one. 

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We headed to bed, a big was up for tomorrow…Castaway Cay!

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Visitors

So my Mother-in-Law and Sister-in-Law are coming on Thursday for 8 days.  I can not wait to see them.  I hate that they live so far away.  It won’t be all fun, they are coming for my father-in-laws funeral.

Tonight Pete and I cleaned, spring cleaned, we moved furniture and moisturized the leather furniture and even polished the kitchen cabinets.  We planned where out new Christmas Tree was going to be set up….look at this baby… CHRISTMAS TREE

I love it.  It should be delivered in a few days.

I also ordered flowers for the table, mantle and the guest room.  I just love having flowers in the guest room when people stay.   Lets them know we are happy they are here.

Tomorrow night Pete will steam clean the floors and I will do the bathrooms!  I love getting ready for guests!!!

Look at this amazing picture of my inlays that I took in April!  I love it…I love the “love” that they had after 45 years of marriage!

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Since August??? Really?

Wow, I am now the winner of the bad blogger award!  It’s been since August since I have posted.  DO I have anyone even reading this anymore.  So lets play catch up!

I still need to finish my January 2011 trip report and start and finish my August/September 2011 trip report.  I hate this. These are my memories and I need to get them written down!  Lets not even talk about my pictures that have been/have not been uploaded and edited.  I MUST get this all done before January when we are heading back to Disneyworld for Alyssa’s 4th birthday.  We are staying at the Boardwalk hotel in a 2 bedroom villa.  I am very excited.  It is going to be MAGICAL!

I am a travel agent for Pixie and Pirate Destinations so if you would like a Disney Quote come on over to our web site or my Facebook page.  I can help you plan a magical Disney Vacation!

This is the Disney Dream!  It was amazing.  I still can not understand why anyone would want to cruise with another Cruise line.

That brings me to other good news.  Only 11 months (almost to the day) until our next cruise,  We will be cruising on the Disney Wonder.  That is the ship we were married on.  We did cancel our New york cruise to be able to go on this one.  Where are we going???

I CAN NOT WAIT!  This is going to be a long 11 months. We are going on a 14 night cruise to the Islands of Hawaii.  But before we step foot on that boat we will be spending two days in Disneyland with wonderful friends of ours!  We will be checking into the …..

During the wait we will have house guests for both Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Pete’s Mom and Sister are coming for Thanksgiving and then his mom is coming back for Christmas.  Pete is so excited, I am too!  I am sad about the circumstances that make these visits possible, but very happy to see my family.

Pete’s dad passed away on October 23rd.  Pete and I spent a week in Arizona helping his mom deal with all of the things you must take care of during such a sad time.  We will be having his funeral on Saturday, November 19th in Pete’s hometown in New Jersey.  I am not looking forward to it.  I hate being sad.  I had a great father-in-law and he will be missed for sure.

On a lighter note….my favorite kids are getting big!!!

Austin is walking (and running) and climbing and just growing so fast.  He is so much fun these days!  I love watching him grow and learn!

Alyssa is growing so fast.  She is already 42 inches tall!  She is also soo smart.  She can write all of her letters and is starting to sound words out.  She is sweet and lovable and kind.  She is a pure joy to be around!

I do not love my new job full time job, but it pays the bills and allows for extras.  Speaking of extra’s …..

Pete bought me a New Macbook Pro for our anniversary…

This baby is Disney-fied and ready to work.  I love it and it makes my Travel Agent business so much more enjoyable.  It is super fast and so portable.

I also bought a Kindle Touch, canceled my order and bought the Kindle Keyboard & Pink light up case.

Kindle Leather Cover, Hot Pink (Fits Kindle Keyboard)Kindle Leather Cover, Hot Pink (Fits Kindle Keyboard)

Life changing purchases!  I love it!

I am really going to work on blogging and keeping up to date on this blog.  I hate the holes in my life story!

2011 Disney Vacation ~ Day 10

So since my husband is in India and I am stuck here I am going to get this Trip Report finished! I have to, we leave for our next vacation in 9 days!

January 12, 2011 ~ Day 10

Today was our Cozumel Beach day. We had made reservations are Nachi Cocom. It is a private Beach club that only allows 100 people a day to use it. It was raining when we got off the ship, but we still had to go or they would charge my credit card. One thing I didn’t like was that they will only charge your credit card if you don’t show up, if you do show up you have to pay cash.

We got off the boat and made our way to the taxi stop. It was a huge long line and I can only imagine how long it would be if it was not raining. We got a taxi and made the 30 minute drive to Nachi Cocom. Our drive was uneventful. Alyssa was so excited about her beach day!

We got there and checked in and discovered my sister didn’t read her emails and didn’t bring enough money. We begged them to just charge the card on file and they wouldn’t. UGH! So Alyssa had to go to the bathroom and we made plans to just head back to the ship. Well a very nice couple who was on our ship offered to lend my sister the money. We accepted and felt like fools but tried to enjoy the rest of our day!

It was so pretty! We sat on the beach some. Alyssa loves the beach!

We went up to the cafe area and ordered lunch. The electricity kept flashing on and off.

Here is a pitcure of my Pretty sister and my nephew.

After lunch we got back in the hot tub. It was too cold to get into the pool. It was all so beautiful. I would go back again for sure.

Alyssa showed off her swimming skills.

I would have enjoyed laying here reading my book for hours.

After enjoying some drinks and some more time in the hot tub we headed back to the ship.

There was a band in the market place playing music and we stopped and listened for a while. The tile floor of the marketplace was sooo slippery. We made out way carefully to the boat and went to shower and all before dinner.

This little cutie came over and spent some time with us.

Tonight was pirate night. Would I get to see the fireworks? I hope so.

Alyssa was a bit scared of Captian Hook, but she can’t wait to meet him this cruise. Thank you Jake and the neverland pirates!

After showering Pete and I headed up to the DVC office. We did it. We bought Disney Vacation Club. Bay Lake Towers!!

We went to dinner afterwards so excited!

Dinner was good.

Alyssa was all decked out in her Pirate outfit. She was excited about the party.

After a fast desert we headed up to the party.

Laura took the baby to their room and I took Alyssa to the top deck to get seats for the party. Pete and Brandon went with us. They were looking at the waves on the side of the ship. It was INSANE. The water was all coming out of the pools, the decks were soaked. We were rocking like no other cruise I have ever been on. Then it happened…the worst! Alyssa coughed twice then threw up all over me and all over the poor unsuspecting people below us! OMG was it a mess. I called to Brandon who took her and went to shower, Pete and I went another way to our cabin. I got in the shower myself and my sister collected my clothes to go wash them.

I got out of the shower and got my Pj’s on. Then I heard a little knock on my door. It was Alyssa. She came in and told me she was sorry she “Frowed up” on me! I asked if she felt sick and she said no the wind just got stuck in her throat. She was coughing and she does have the weakest gag reflex ever! So I don’t think it was sea sickness. I do however wish she had eaten less for dinner and maybe skipped desert! LOL She asked me if I would come lay with her and read her a book. I went into my sisters room and climbed into bed with Alyssa. We read one book then she snuggled up to me and fell fast asleep.

Pete and Brandon went to the movies and after about an hour of snuggling I went back to my room! I have never felt a ship move like it did that night!

Traveling

I love traveling.  We have lots of vacations planned in the next year or so, both for our jobs and fun.  A new trip has just been added to the mix.  Pete just found out today that he is going to INDIA for two weeks.  INDIA!!  It’s a work thing and I know he has to go but I sure wish I was going with him. 

 

I am not envious of the 20 hour flight though!  I though 5 hours to Vegas was killer!  LOL  Pete gets home just in time to wash clothes and pack for our Disney Vacation.  We have 2 nights in Disney followed by 7 nights on the cruise and then 2 more nights in Disney!  By the time we get home Pete is really gonna want to sleep in his own bed!!!

2011 Disney Vacation ~ Day 9

January 11, 2011 ~ Day 9

Grand Cayman day! We woke up today and went to Lumier’s for breakfast. It was a good breakfast and the service was great. We really like the sit down breakfasts. It is easier than the buffets with the kids since you don’t have to hold a tray and a kids hand all at the same time. After breakfast we waited for them to announce that the tender boats were starting to take people to the Grand Cayman.

We had no real plan for today. We just wanted to go to Hell and send some post cards.

We got on the tender boat. It was my first time not pulling onto a port. What a neat experience.

OMG the water was the prettiest color ever! We were amazed!

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Alyssa aka “Jessie” really enjoyed the ride.

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Once we got off the boat, we had to walk through a security area.

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Alyssa loves her Uncle Petey!

We were told which tent to return to after we were done on the island. I had done some research and found out that we could get a tour including Hell for about $10 a person. Well once we got here I couldn’t find the sign advertizing that. I didn’t know to bargain. My sister got scared talking to the van drivers and was afraid of getting killed or something (EYE ROLL) so they opted out of going to Hell. Seriously she has little kids to worry about so I understand.

We looked around and there was a shopping area set up with people selling all kinds of items. Like coconuts.

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Look at this cutie pie!

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Pete and I found a guy who took us to Visit the post office in Hell. He was also taking 3 Cast Members to the turtle farm so we got a bit of a tour. We saw some of the pubic beaches and it made me want to go swimming. I will know for next time.

We dropped the CM’s off and then he took us. He told the girls he would be back in about 45 minutes.

We got our post cards and mailed them. Shame on my husband for not knowing his parents address! Then we looked around for a few minutes before heading back to the van. While we were heading back to the Van we ran into Lisa A fellow disboard member, who got her tour for $10 a person. UGH!!!!

This is Hell, Cayman Islands.

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Looks it’s me in Hell!

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The driver left us in the van an went looking for the CM’s at the turtle farm. I snapped this picture!

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Look at the price of Gas!

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We saw some more of the island on the way back to the ship.

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They drive on the wrong side of the road and it was kinda scary!

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We dropped the CM’s off at Wendy’s….yuk….and the driver said he would be back to pick them up since it was a really long walk back to the ship and it was getting very hot out.

Once we got back to the port we looked around a bit, but we didn’t buy anything.

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We went back through security and boarded the tender boat.

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I got some really nice ship pictures from the little boat!

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Look at that water!!!!

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Once back on the ship Pete and I walked around some before grabbing some lunch.

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Lunch was good, we went back to Lumier’s again today.

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If you want to order off of the kids menu, no one even questions it! LOL

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After lunch we headed back to the room. Austin and my sister came over to visit before we headed to the matinée show of Twice Charmed.

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Pete and I took Austin and went to save us seats since no one else was ready. Austin flipped out and cried like a big baby (HA!) so we had to take him back to my sister. I met them at the door and he stopped crying soon as she swooped him up. Figures!

I loved the matinée shows. We had good seats and the show started just about as soon as we sat down!

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After the show Pete and I went to our room to get ready for Palo!!! We got married on the Disney Wonder and had our reception in Palo. It holds a special place in our hearts!

Empty pools on the way to Palo!

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That is the same dress I wore on our wedding night, then again last year on our 1st Anniversary, and on this trip (celebrating our 2nd anniversary).

We checked in and made sure we had Annie Marie as our waitress. If you are on the Magic you should see if she is still on the ship! She was sooo great!

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We started with some Rosa Regale….My favorite!

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Palate Cleaner

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My desert…it was so good. Chocolate and raspberries!!! MMM!

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After dinner we got a picture taken with Annie Marie and Laura and Joe from the Disboards.

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After dinner we walked around and settled on Deck 4 to relax before heading to bed!

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