Disney Dream Part 3

 

Gggoooodddddd morning! The next day of our cruise was less eventful (Nassau day in which we stayed on the boat)  We woke up the next morning after Castaway Cay  pulling into Nassau. Having already been here, we decided to take advantage of a less crowded boat.

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We ate breakfast at the Royal Palace

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watched the ship dock

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and rode the aquaduck! Funny story, my mom HATES roller coasters, anything of the sort. She hates the small drop on Pirates of the Caribbean. She was SO nervous about the aquaduck since it shoots you up and down. Two people ride together, they went after Bobby and I, and she screamed the whole way down. It was so cool to be above the ship looking out at the water! We then went to relax by the adult pool. of course all the chairs were taken so we went to the upper deck for an hour or so, then decided to head to the buffet to get lunch. After that, we did our shopping for souvenirs, and walked around the art galley where we both decided to get a cute print framed.

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There are a bunch of hidden mickey’s in it that are fun to find, and the frame has Mickey’s all on it. We hung it by our staircase so I always see it coming down the stairs!

As the ship left we used my super duper zoom lens and got some good shots.

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That night was pirate night, aaarrrggghhh! We are goofy and like to dress up and have fun with it.

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I know I don’t match and I really don’t care. Just so you know. Smile

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dad bought a sword in WDW so he would have one for pirate night. No lie.

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Nice one Bobby…

we had time to kill before fireworks, so we went back to the room for awhile, and look what we found! a towel birthday cake for Bobby and a card from our room host. Just don’t eat the towel.

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Fireworks at sea!

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There was a buffet after, but I was too tired and full so I went back to the room to watch a movie and fall asleep. bobby, of course, went to the buffet and came back with a Turkey leg, fajitas, and some dessert…ha!

next up is Day at sea and Palo brunch!

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So last night I was supposed to go on a run with TNT. It rained on and off all day and night, so I don’t even know if they ended up running. Bobby has been complaining of his back hurting all week, and that it was getting worse. It was so bad yesterday the only comfortable position was laying down. It hurt so bad to drive he could barely talk on the phone and had to pull over to get out and stand up on his way to work. I forced him to call a Dr. today and he finally found one who could see him today. Apparently it’s just a bad muscle strain but he is in bas shape and can barely walk, so I decided to stay home with him. Poor guy. They gave him some muscle relaxers and pain pills so hopefully it will start to heal!

So due to this I went out and ran an easy 2 by myself. in the rain. and the humidity. It was gggrrrooosss! I also did level one of 6 weeks to 6 pack. my abs are already getting flabby again. I worked to hard for that to happen!

QOTD: Would you rather have awful back pain or awful knee pain?

Disney Dream part 2

 

Back to the Dream! Ok I left off the afternoon we got on the ship. That night we had dinner at Animator’s Palate.

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and the next morning we woke up pulling into Castaway Cay!

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I know, I look very very sleepy. I literally jumped out of bed, threw on my swimsuit and was ready to hit the beach!

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Serenity Bay. aaahhhhh

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adults only…bliss!

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a great day!

we lounged around that evening

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and had dinner at Enchanted Garden

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and for fun, of course, an “eat your salad” picture.

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Our next cruise day is Nassau!

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Last night, Bobby and I went to the gym and did chest, tri’s, and legs, and 20 minutes on the bike. It STORMED thunder and lightning while we were there, and the power even went out. On Twitter this morning I said I was going to do a rain dance…I guess it worked! We have needed rain! Tonight I meet up with my TNT group for a run, it will be my first time getting to run with them!

QOTD: What is your favorite food to eat at the beach?

The Disney Dream Part I

Hola! Happy Saturday friends! I hope you are staying cool wherever you are. it is hellaciously (is that a word?) hot down here….heat indexes of 108ish. So yucky! So, let’s think about something fun, like my Disney cruise! So, Memorial day weekend Sunday, we woke up ready to get on the Mickey boat! we ate breakfast, packed up, and headed out. But not before feeding my ducky friends a farewell snack.

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is it safe? should we trust her? She has macaroons!!! YES!

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yes I was totally feeding the ducks macaroons from Narcoossees. Don’t judge. They enjoyed it. My mom kept freaking out waiting for one to spontaneously combust or something. Oh, mother….

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we even tried to get them to come into the room…but apparently guests have tried this number before. We thought it would be a fun surprise for the maid. I’m kidding. sort of.

Anyway, so we drove the hour or so to the port, and got our first glimpse of the Dream! Now funny story time. When you get to the port and check in, you are given a card with your boarding number on it. numbers go from 1 to maybe late teens early twenties? I don’t even know. Anyway, 1-3 are coveted and hard to get. I think 1 may even be concierge only? Anyway, we have gotten 6-9 in the past, and we get there about 30 minutes after the dang port opens, some people are just nuts and get there before it even opens! Anyway, since this ship is SO BIG, Disney decided to try something new and make people sign up for arrival times in 30 minute blocks to help not have so many people arrive at once. BUT, they were totally NOT enforcing it, which drives me bananas. So, we got the second earliest boarding time and even got there a few minutes early. When we checked in, I told the lady that we had been given a 9 and how upset I was because I got up early on the morning we could pick arrival times so I could get the earliest time, hoping to be able to get an early boarding pass. I was really nice to her, and told her we even wore our matching name shirts hoping to get lucky and be given a good number. She then says “don’t worry I will take care of it” and opens a drawer and PULLS OUT A NUMBER ONE PASS! I tried to say calm but I was FREAKING OUT on the inside!!! I thanked her profusely, I was SO EXCITED to be among the first people out of 4,000 on the boat!
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holding up my boarding pass which I held onto the whole morning with a death grip.

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It was so comical, people started gathering around the ropes in herds, like it mattered where you stood. You can’t get on until your group is called, and NO ONE from that huge herd of people had a number one pass! When they called our number we had to wade through a sea of people to get to the ropes. We were the SEVENTH family to get onboard. eeekkk!

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oh, dad. So silly.

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we immediately went to find food at the buffet.

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then my mom and I snagged us Palo brunch reservations, and then we were off exploring!

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interesting.

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I looked at my watch and realized it was time to go find our rooms! we were on deck ten, in verandah rooms.

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funnily enough, our rooms were also connecting rooms, which I didn’t know but was nice.

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we explored some more…this ship is gorgeous.

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ok that’s all for now because…well…I’m sleepy. Smile Legit excuse, huh? More next time! Oh and for those of you loathing the Disney posts…we will get back to regular fitness topics soon, I promise, hang in there! (but seriously, how can you loathe Disney? Does not compute.) Oh, and 3 months from today I am going back. heh.

QOTD: Have you ever been on a cruise? Which line? did you like it?

Now We’re Cruisin!

 

HOLA! I’ts Friday eve! I hope you are all doing well. I was having a great morning and then something happened that rattled me, and I shouldn’t have let it…it really upset me and ruined my day, and I REFUSE to let that happen today!

I have some GREAT news for Disney fans! yesterday, Disney announced the rest of the 2012 DCL (Disney cruise like) itineraries, and they are a doozie! Lots of new fun to be had! Ok, so check this out: 

New York Sailings
Beginning May 25, 2012, the Disney Magic® will sail a total of 20 cruises from New York.
* 8-night Bahamian cruises include a day at Disney’s Castaway Cay and a stop at Port Canaveral, gateway to the Walt Disney World® Resort. As part of this itinerary, your Client will receive a one-day Park Hopper® Ticket and roundtrip transportation between the ship and resort.
* 5-night Canadian/New England cruises will visit Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Saint John, New Brunswick.
* 2-night cruises are perfect for Clients looking for a quick getaway at sea over a weekend.

Seattle Sailings
Beginning May 28, 2012, the Disney Wonder® will sail a total of 14 cruises to Alaska from the Port of Seattle, Wash.
* 7-night Alaskan cruises will call on Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan plus Victoria, British Columbia.

Galveston Sailings
Beginning Sept. 22, 2012, the Disney Magic will sail 12 cruises from the Port of Galveston, Texas.
* 7-night Western Caribbean cruises will visit Costa Maya and Cozumel in Mexico, as well as Grand Cayman.

Los Angeles Sailings
In addition to 7-night Mexican Riviera cruises, the Disney Wonder will set sail on Disney’s first-ever voyage to Hawai‘i on April 29, 2012.
* 15-night Hawaiian cruise departs from the Port of Los Angeles and includes stops at Hilo; Kahului, Maui; Honolulu, Oahu; Nawiliwili, Kauai and Ensenada, Mexico.
* 7-night Pacific Coast cruises will call on San Francisco, San Diego and Ensenada, Mexico.

The Disney Dream™ will continue to sail 3-, 4- and 5-night Bahamian cruises. The new Disney Fantasy™ will offer Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries, beginning with the maiden voyage on March 31, 2012. Sail dates for both ships are now available through December 2012.

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WHOAH that’s a lot of information, I know. SO basically these sailings are fairly limited, and you can start booking them TOMORROW! So those of you living in New York, Texas, and LA, DCL is coming for you! A lot of people will be happy to know the Alaskan cruises are now going out of Seattle for next summer, that will save a lot of $$ on airfare for people!

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If you have never been on a Disney Cruise you are totally missing out. I was even skeptical until I went, and I am definitely a convert! I don’t even have kids and it’s awesome. Disney does such a great job of having adults only areas on the ship and on Castaway Cay, I honestly didn’t even see kids all that much! And, if you have kids, Disney has THE BEST kids clubs around. I have seen kids CRYING because they didn’t want to leave the kids club and go with mom and dad. The clubs are open late, and they will even pick kids up at the restaurants midway through dinner so they don’t have to sit through a long boring dinner.

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Ok sorry about that, I could ramble on and on and on about DCL, if you ever want me to just ask. Smile If you would like a quote for a cruise from now until the end of 2012 I would be more than happy to give you a free no obligation quote. Just e mail me at heather AT travelwiththemagic DOT com. Of If you would like a Disneyworld quote, non Disney quote, anything! Also Disneyworld has some discounts on deluxe hotels out for summer right now!

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Ok moving on, I promise!

So last night I made Bobby do my 6 weeks in 6 pack video with me since he was making fun of me for being sore. heh. This morning the first thing I said to him was “are you sore?!” He said he was. YAY! Now maybe he will take my DVD more seriously Smile I know he was always proud of me but it was still fun to torture him.

I am starting to see a difference in my body from doing the DVD. It’s a SMALL difference, but I am starting to get a LITTLE bit of ab definition. (NOT a 6 pack though!) hopefully that will become more obvious in the next 2.5 weeks. I would hate to not be able to post my before and after photos because there is no difference!

Ok, I have to go to Target and spend all my money, then clean bathrooms. Oh joy! (and of course do my ab workout!) I hope everyone has a great day!

QOTD: Does your significant other workout with you?


Two Months From Today…

I Will be on vacation!!!! Woo hoo! I finally get to head out on the Disney Dream. So. excited. See, last summer we cruised our first ever Disney cruise with my parents and had a BLAST. We rebooked onboard for this summer, and at the time it seemed so far away, I can’t believe it is getting so close! This trip is going to be so much better because, well, hello, we will be on the new ship, the DREAM, and, last year my mom was suffering from a shoulder tear AND a frozen shoulder, and my dad who never gets sick had an awful cold. They were pretty pathetic!

We are actually going to Disney world for three nights before the cruise so we can get one more use out of everyone’s annual passes. We are going to share a room in the concierge building of the Polynesian!

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The last time we stayed here was for the Disney half marathon over a year ago, and it was SO COLD we didn’t get to enjoy the resort, pool, etc. So we are looking forward to walking the grounds and relaxing this time around!

So, three nights at the Polynesian, then we are driving to the port to get on the MICKEY BOAT! The Disney Dream set sail on it’s Maiden Voyage in January, and we are excited to be on the first double dip (two stops at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay) that the Dream goes on. We LOVE Castaway Cay, and so going twice is right up our alley!

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Ah, bliss! Upcoming vacation is what keeps me going, so I am literally counting down the days on my dry erase board on my refrigerator until the trip! we are excited!

Ok, Bobby and I 5 hours unpacking/cleaning out the garage, so I am going to go take a shower and relax! Have a great weekend everyone! Stay tuned, a giveaway is coming up hopefully next week!!!

QOTD: What is your favorite vacation destination?