Chapter 8 - Sea Day and time to go home

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Chapter 8 - Sea Day and time to go home
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Mon, 12-10-2012 - 2:24pm

So, it was a sea day - but we still had to get up early.  Why?  Cuz it's our Character breakfast day!  YAY!    We head down to Parrot's Cay - it was fun.  The servers made a variety of headwear for us.

Bows made from napkins

Eric made John a nice pair of Dumbo ears - aint he cute?

Okay, I hate to post this one. . .but Eric claimed my long dark hair reminded him of Tiger Lily (Peter Pan), so I got an Indian headdress.  

A little from Aladdin (the monkey's hat)

And of course the characters came by

Dale

Minnie

Maddie saw someone at another table with Goofy ears, so she asked if she could have some - and Eric whipped her a set right out!

Then Chip came by

And of course - Goofy

Now Mickey was on his way over to our table and Maddie's ears slipped off.  Tiago grabbed them and put them back on for her really quick.   She didn't realize until she saw the pic later that there was something slightly wrong with her ears.

After the fun breakfast, I took the girls to the kids club.  John and I went back to the room to lay down.    

We woke up around lunch time.   We went and got the girls to get them something to eat - and tried to the Seafood buffet at Parrot Cay.    After which we went. . .shopping.    Both girls got some more toys, and then I let them each pick one piece of jewelry for a souvinior.    Makayla wanted a pic of her new ring. .

We then took the kids back to the kids club (again), while we went back to the cabin to start packing.    After a while the kids called asking us to come get them.   They were tired.    I watched tv while the 3 of them all laid down.

Tonights dinner was in Parrots Cay - the farewell dinner.  It was nice.   Eric came over and told us that he would miss us - he said we were fun.  He actually teared up.  Now, some people will say it was for a tip - and maybe it was - but the man worked so hard, and seemed so geniuine with our kids I'd like to think he meant it.    Denny came over and offered Maddie a job if she wanted to stay on the ship.  LOL.  She thought about it, she adored him so much.

The last night of the cruise all the servers came out wearing vests made from the flags of their countries.   John told Eric he liked his and wondered if he could get one. . Eric told him that he didn't think they came in his size.  LOL.  He then told him to keep an eye ebay.  LOL

Denny is from Jamaica, but as he is leading the parade he held the USA flag.

We were invited to join in by twirling our napkins overhead

Tiago and Maddie danced a bit. . .

After dinner we went down to. . . yup, the dance party.  The girls wanted to say good bye to the performers -  Sharon & Will.

We went back to our room, made sure everything was packed & suitcases were outside of the room.    We planned to skip breakfast in the morning so we could sleep a tad longer.

Getting off the ship was the hardest/longest disembarking we had ever done.    And once we got off the ship we had a hard time finding our luggage.  We had never done the luggage this way on a cruise before - normally we have them checked in to the airport for us, but I don't think DCL offers that - and we are not flying anyhow.

Once we did find them (incidently when I got home I bought a new set of luggage - ORANGE - should stand out a bit more than our navy ones did), the shuttle for The Galvez was waiting for us outside.  We got on, nice driver - he asked the girls how they liked their lunch tour!  LOL   When we got to the Galvez the hotel already had all our cars pulled out waiting for us - along with people to get our luggage moved from the shuttle to our car.   It was a really nice touch in our minds.  No waiting.

We were on our way out of Galveston by 9:30. . and home by 11:00 am.   Not bad at all.

As is normal for my vacations, we didn't see/do everything that I had wanted to.  This was the M&Ms birthday trip - and for the most part they picked what we did.   The kids club and the dance party were major hits for them. . .

 

  

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Fri, 02-01-2013 - 4:47pm

Thanks for the info.  I had a great time reading your trip reports!

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Tue, 01-29-2013 - 5:47am

We have never tried Royal Caribbean, but they get really high reviews for the teens/tweens.   And if you join a roll call for your ship/sailing you'd be able to find out if there are other boys/girls your children's ages on your cruise. . . and often they have a meet & greet on the ship, so they could meet each other first.   That may help them feel easier about going into a kids club. 

 

  

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Mon, 01-28-2013 - 5:37pm

I LOVE the headgear on everyone!  What a neat trick!

I was glad to hear your "review" of the cruise lines.  Since my kids are 12 and 14, the kids clubs wouldn't matter, but I wonder how the tween/teen scene would be.  The bad thing is, with their ages this year, they couldn't go to the same club.  Mitchell would be teen and Meredith would be tween.  Not sure that they would go without knowing someone else, even if it was just their brother or sister LOL!  They are both shy when it comes to kids who are strangers; they don't make friends on vacation Frown

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Mon, 12-17-2012 - 3:24pm
Interesting and good to know. Although, after I emailed you my questions, DH told me that he had NO interest in trying a cruise. So I guess I may never get to experience any of it myself. (Unless I take a girls' cruise with my mom or kids or friends or something - that would be cool!)

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Tue, 12-11-2012 - 10:22am

Well, for the food, the laid-back feeling, the price, the shows & the size of the stateroom we loved NCL better.   We could get a two bedroom suite on NCL for what we paid for a balcony room on DCL.  And NCL does not have assigned dining areas/times, nor do they have formal/semi-formal nights.   So I think they just fit us better.

However, for the kids club - DCL really would be hard to beat.   The decor in the rooms, the staff trained so well.    It was nice having the kids beg to go to the kids club for a change.

I'm glad we did DCL, but I don't see us doing them again.  Although the Fantasy still looks awfully tempting.  :)    It would be nice to find someone in between the two (less formal than DCL, but better kids club than NCL).    We have two cruises booked next year - another one on Norwegian (Hawaii) and one on Carnival (Caribbean).  Carnival will be a first for us, so who knows.   

 

 

  

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Tue, 12-11-2012 - 9:08am
Wow - what a lot to pack into one trip! I'm glad you had fun. I'm curious, though - how does it compare to your other cruises? As in, which cruise line do you prefer? LOL at the driver asking how the "lunch tour" went!

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Mon, 12-10-2012 - 9:01pm

Oh no, it's over!!!!  I had such a great time reading your report, thank you for sharing!

The final sounded really nice.  A little bit of Disney, a little bit of relaxing, and a lot of family time...what could be better than that. 

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