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April 7, 2008

3 Night Disney Wonder Cruise Getaway Part 4

The 3 night cruise really is over way too quickly. Only 2 full days on the ship and those fly by.

The reasons to do a 3 night cruise would be:
It's over a weekend (less time off from work)
It's short if you aren't sure about cruising.

I can't see any other reason to do it. I think it was my last 3 night cruise for a long time.

Today is Castaway Cay day. The water was very rough and it took the Captain a good long while to get the ship docked. Also, because a weather system was coming later in the afternoon, it was announced we'd be leaving the island earlier than usual.

Sometime go up on Deck 9, port side, and look down to Deck 8. There is a small area where the Captain will steer the ship into a dock. It's quite fascinating especially when you realize he's using a "joystick" to maneuver the boat.

Captain Docking at Castaway Cay

Captain Docking at Castaway Cay

Masayo and Mamoru headed out early to go snorkeling.

Masayo and Mamoru


Beci, Linda Mac and Linda Lou joined them at Serenity Bay, adult beach.

Here is Linda Mac enjoying a cool beverage.

Linda Mac


I decided to do a training walk for my Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. I walked a good bit of the trails on the island but it was getting increasingly hotter and more humid. After 2 hours, I finally decided I had enough. I saw some neat views along the way, but didn't have a camera with me. Take a walk down the bike trails sometimes.... it was lots of fun.

I headed back to the ship to shower and get lunch. I enjoyed sitting on my balcony and just relaxing. Maybe I just should have called this the Balcony Cruise.

As more and more clouds rolled in the skies got darker and darker. Soon the rain began, and it was quite hard. I then looked out and saw everyone from the island trying to get back to the ship. It was quite a site. I even found all my friends walking back as well.


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We decided to go see the Disney Dreams show this evening, so everyone got ready and met at the Walt Disney Theatre.

On our way, we found Goofy in his tux in the atrium. Masayo is such a Goofy fan so we stopped and took pics of Masayo and Mamoru with the man!!!!

Goofy, Masayo, Mamoru

Our final dinner was in Animator's Palete.
Animator's Palete

All too soon, we had to get back to our cabins, finish packing and call it a night.

It was a WONDERful cruise, just way too short.....aren't they all?!

Related Links:

Navigators from the 3 Night Cruise

Castaway Cay Photo Gallery

Disney Cruise Reviews

April 1, 2008

3 Night Disney Wonder Cruise Getaway Part 3 Nassau

One of my favorite things about a balcony cabin is the ability to order Room Service Coffee and just relax watching the sun rise and set. On this morning, there were plenty of clouds, but the sun did shine through.

Nassau Sunrise


We arrived in Nassau and I had, from the beginning, no intentions of getting off the ship. At 8am I went to my Vista Spa appointment for a stone massage. I really love these massages and it was just what I needed to get my body to relax.

View from our cabin on Deck 8:

Nasssau

Nassau

The ladies spent a great morning together in the cabin, chatting and sharing stories. Not sure where Mamoru was. LOL.

Eventually we made our way to Tritons for Lunch. This was definetly a lazy lazy day. Just relaxing and enjoying. I can't honestly recall what we did during the afternoon. I know I thought about going to a movie, but never got there.

The 3 night cruise was already going WAY too fast!! Tonight was Pirate night, but we had reservations for Palo so no Captain Hook for us!

LindaLou and Deb at Palo


Zoran was our server and he was great as always. We met Zoran several years ago in the main dining room and he has since been "promoted" to Palo. We always request a table in his section.

Zoran and Deb


One thing we noticed in Palo is that it was much more crowded and the servers seemed to have much less time for each table. We are guessing it was because on the 3 night, they try to accomodate as many cruisers as possible.


Here is the sun setting in Nassau.

Nassau Sunset

Tomorrow our last day on board and Castway Cay!

Related Links:

Navigators from the 3 Night Cruise

Nassau Photo Gallery

Disney Cruise Reviews

March 24, 2008

3 Night Disney Wonder Cruise Getaway Part 2 Embarkation Day

This would be LindaMac's 2nd Disney Cruise and Masayo and Mamoru's FIRST cruise!!! Beci, LindaLou and I have stopped counting LOL!!

Masayo and Mamoru had no idea Linda Mac would be joining us. After enjoying our breakfast at Gaylord Palms, LindaMac, Linda Lou and I were picked up by Happy Limo in a stretch. We headed to the Boardwalk to surprise Masayo and Mamoru. Surprise them we did!

Masayo and Mamoru


During our ride to the Port, I pointed out one place where we could see the Disney Wonder!
I still get excited when we see the DIsney ship off in a distance and I still get goosebumps when I check my bags with the porters and head inside the terminal.

Deb, LindaMac, Masayo and Mamoru

This cruise was all about relaxing and enjoying friends. Plus, we had the extra bonus of seeing Masayo and Mamoru first experience through their eyes.

Masayo flitted from character to character in the Port. She was grinning from ear to ear.

Masayo and MInnie

Things were pretty hectic for us at the Port. Usually they aren't but we spent time checking on this and that. We were glad when we were finally able to board. Masayo and Mamoru really enjoyed their first moments on the Disney Wonder!
The Disney Wonder Welcomes the Kano Family!

Once onboard, we made our way down Deck 3 to Parrot Cay. Lunch is offered both here and on Deck 9 Embarkation Day. The food is the same, just different setups. We prefer Parrot Cay. The characters were all out during lunch -- Stitch, despite his outfit had a HUGE Badneess Level going on. He mussed everyone's hair at our table.

Stitch, Masayo and Mamoru

After lunch it was about 1:20pm; cabins are ready at 1:30pm, so we went to Deck 7 and wait. Someone sprinkled a bunch of Pixie Dust on Masayo and Mamoru as they were unknowingly upgraded from an inside cabin to one with a verandah! They were speachless.

Entering the Cabin on Deck 7

After dropping them off, we went to deposit our luggage in our cabin. Soon, we all met up again for a tour of the Vista Spa. Masayo, LindaMac, and LindaLou all fell in love with the Rainforest heated stone chairs.

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After seeing all the wonderful spa areas we walked into the Fitness Center. Look who was on the tread mill!

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Then he tried to take my camera!

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Not sure what we did next, but all too soon it was time to get ready for the Safety Drill. Linda Mac and LindaLou were hamming it up before the alarm sounded.

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Immediately after the Safety Drill, it's time for the Sail Away Party.
The Action takes place on Deck 9. For those who want to watch from above, Deck 10 is a great place to hang out.


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Mamoru captured as much as he could on video.


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Dinner this evening was in Parrot Cay. We were so excited to have Egi, our server from December, take care of us. He was awesome as always!!!!!


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March 18, 2008

3 Night Disney Wonder Cruise Getaway Part 1 Gaylord Palms

Every now and again, I need to escape to my favorite place. What? you ask - aren't you there all the time? Yes, it does seem like I"m there quite a bit. But I need to get away to RELAX; not as someone who has appointments or research items or a large to do list.

One of the ways I visit my favorite place and relax is by taking a Disney cruise. I do not plan any meets and just use the time for myself and my friends. No meetings, no research...well, there is always the desire to take photographs.

A number of months ago, several of us decided to take a Winter break and head to the Bahamas; the 3 night Disney Wonder Cruise. On this journey were Masayo and Mamoru (Japan), Beci Mahnken (Washington State), Linda Mac (Florida) and LindaLou and myself (Maryland).

We'd fly down Wednesday after work and then head to the port on Thursday.

I decided to check out my new 2008 advertiser, Gaylord Palms and made a reservation for one night.
While I had toured Gaylord Palms before, I had never stayed there. I did not make any special arrangements with my contact person. I simply made a reservation like anyone else would. The online reservation process worked very well. We requested a Florida View King Non-Smoking room and that was exactly what we received.

The room was really nice and big. We had plenty of area to have our suitcases out and move around!

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There is a resort fee of $16.95 per room per night which includes: daily newspaper delivered to your guest room door; wireless internet access in your guest room and in public spaces throughout the hotel in the three atriums (St. Augustine, Everglades & Key West); in-room high speed internet access; two bottles of Dasani water delivered daily to your guest room refrigerator; complimentary local and toll free telephone calls (up to 20 minutes); use of Canyon Ranch SpaClub fitness center; complimentary scheduled shuttle bus service to Walt Disney World theme parks and a free bucket of range balls at nearby Falcon's Fire Golf Club.

Arriving late like we did after plane travel, I have to say we were very glad to have 2 cold bottles of water waiting for us in the room. We also used the in-room internet service and enjoyed the newspaper.

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The next morning, Linda Mac met LindaLou and I for breakfast at Villa de Flora. It's a buffet which includes an omelet station. I joked with LindaMac that there was an entire area just for carnivors :) There were a wide variety of options to choose from. Our server was quite good.

In fact, all the employees we encountered at Gaylord Palms were above average, some exceptional!

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And after breakfast we toured the atriums. In the St. Augustine area, there is a gator pond!
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I look forward to staying here again in the near future and enjoy more of the resort. Oh, and if you are in the Orlando area during December, be sure to check out ICE! a unique winter experience at Gaylord Palms!

Stay tuned for Part 2 as we gather all our personal belongings and head to the Port!

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