Disney Dream Surprise Trip arrival and Day 1

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Disney Dream Surprise Trip arrival and Day 1
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Sun, 03-03-2013 - 9:31pm


October 27
We thought the wisest thing to do was to fly the day before---we didnt want to miss our cruise!  The big reveal had been the night before our flight. DD seemed happy but not super excited/shocked as I thought she would be.

Hurricane Sandy had just left the florida area and our flight was on time.  We arrived on time, got our bags and headed to the Hyatt airport. Very convenient. Our room was FAR from the elevators but didnt matter. It was nice and clean.  Our little balcony looked over the atrium --we watched the long lines for security.... We gave DD her homework that her teachers had been nice enough to put together since she was going to miss a whole week of school (ha)  and I went to explore the stores and look for flip flops for DH since he didnt have any and pick up water bottles.  The flip flops were so expensive about $30 ( i usually get 2 for 5 at old navy!).   Finally there was a store Del Sol that had cheaper flip flops that changed in the sunlight. The store was cool. I told the people I would show the to my husband. I went to the room and before dinner I took DD and DH to that store, we bought the flip flops and had a nicerelaxing dinner at McCoys-the hyatt restaurant.
We turned in early--all excited for our adventure to come!

October28
Happy Birthday! It was DH's birthday.  We got up and I went out to find breakfast... Starbucks had a huge line so I went to McDonalds for egg mcmuffinsand coffee.  We ate and finished packing and left. The nice thing about DCL and hyatt is you can leave you luggage IN your room and they will take it for you and you wont see it until it magically gets placed into your cabin! So we headed to check in . I think we were one of the first families there.  There was a separate line for concierge.  We went there and the man was very nice but said concierge guests have to be checked in at the port!! Ugh.  But he asked us if we wanted to be on the first bus  out. Uh, YES!  So he gave us our pass for the bus (chip and dale). We had a LONG wait til the bus.  I went and bought water bottles.  Finallly we were onthe bus!!  They played a video and then there was disney trivia and stuff so we were entertained. And finally--- we saw the port!!  There were a few ships there but I saw the dream!! I was so so excited! (more than DD!). 
We got off, got our carry ons, and went through security.  We were directed to the concierge check in and checked in.  They had trouble printing the cards so it took a while.  They gave us an "invitation" to a welcome reception at the concierge lounge.  Then we were directed to a small lounge area.  We were able to see the ship while we waited and took pics..  I think finally at 11:30 we boarded.  When we were asked for our name-I said Princess Cordelia.  So we were welcomed as Princess Cordelia's family.  As soon as we have our picture taken, someone welcomed Cordelia and told us she would show us to where we had to go.  So we started walking through the gorgeous ship!! I took a pic of C in front of the theatre and then she announced she had to go potty!!!  So we were directed to the bathroom and told to take the elevators to 12.  We checked into the lounge and were told to help ourselves to snacks. I had coffee and a couple little sandwiches while we waited.  Someone from the kids club came. She registered C and gave her a band.  It was nice that we did not have to go.  A spa person camearound.  we got rainforest room passes for the day at Nassau.  She also gave us tickets for the raffle!!  Then finally one of the conciergehosts came by. Andreeia from Brazil. She was nice.  She went over our itinerary and told us the lounge hours etc. She told us the coffee maker has the best coffee!! Finally, we were doneand decided to get a proper lunch at Cabanas.  We headed there (with our onecarry on) and had lunch.  When C was looking at the food options, a CM came to her took a plate and started taking her around asking what she wanted.   Then he took us to our seats and asked what we wanted to drink and brought it for us! A nice welcoming touch. After lunch we decided that we wanted to change so we could ride the aquaduck. Supposedly concierge rooms are ready early and it was 12:30 so we decided to head to the lounge to find out.  We got there and our room was ready!!!  yay!! We went in and I ran around taking pictures! It was so nice! Loved how the toilet is separate from the shower...We changed into our bathing suits and headed to the aquaduck!!  DD was measured for the ride--tall enough to ride but with a grown up. 

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Sun, 03-03-2013 - 9:40pm

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Sun, 03-03-2013 - 9:45pm

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I decided to wait with our camera.  I waited and waited... The ride was stopped and I saw the CM who sits at the end climb up into the tube. My heart was pounding..I was so scared that  it was my little princess was stuck in there.. Then the ride started again.  A while later I saw them at the beginning of the ride!  Phew. I ran to the place they came out, took a pic, and handed them a towel!  DD wanted to go again so I went with her....She was so excited to go again... We got on and she tells the young CM---"I'm ready I'm steady".  He laughed as there was a little delay.. Finally it was almost time for our raft to go so he said to C "are you ready? are you steady?" and we were off! It was  fun--i screamed a bit. LOL!!!  When we got off we were COLD!!!!!
C then wanted to go swim in the pool so she and DH swam and I relaxed and had some water and watched themovie they had on the big screen. Then I went to our cabin to change and take the tour of the spa. On the tour, they showed us the rainforest room--and the heated lounge chairs we could use... They looked heavenly. I signed up for a spinning class for the next morning. Then it was timefor the raffle----DD and DH joined me by then. We didnt win anything...We picked up some softserve ice cream and headed to our cabin a bit to relax and call my family. DH also called his family--since none of them had even called him for his birthday and they did not know we were going on a cruise. I was getting a little anxious that our luggage had yet to arrive and we were approaching our sail away time... We met our cabin attendant, Kevin. He told us not to worry as the luggage was still being delivered...We let him know C wanted to sleep on the pull out bed instead of the sofa bed...We had our safety drill at some time too...

It was soon time for thesail away party!! We headed out.. C was dancing along--this nice man next to us asked if she took dance lessons...Then it was time for us to be off!!! We headed to the concierge lounge for drinks.I told the bartender I wanted something girly and she made me something fantastic. DH told her he wanted something that tasted like candy--and she made him something that did!!I I went over to tip her and handed her a $10bill. She said Madam- thats too much!! She brought us a second round of drinks to taketo dinner and we were headed for our first dinner.
Our first night was Royal Palace. We had a table to ourselves!! That was nice.  C's water cup was labelledwith her name.. Cute.... We ordered our meal. I know I had escargots, not sure about my entree.  Our water was nice... He gave recommendations and also came by with a riddle involving the crayons...C ordered spaghetti and meatballs. The food was good, not great... For dessert I had really wanted the grand marnier souffle--I had heard so much about it!! The waiter recommended the crembrulee but i really wanted the souffle... So the desserts came---A special chocolate dessert for DH!! A few of the wait staff sang happy birthday!! And they gave me TWO desserts--the souffle and the creme brule. Both were great...  When we left dinner, we found the boat was rocking  A LOT . I had a hard time walking straight!!

We headed to our room for a few minutes.. I called my sister--she wanted to hear from us every day. And then we went to the golden mickeys.  The show was good--not as good as I was hoping.. I was tired when we were done so we went to our cabin and showered.  I got some milks from the lounge before it closed and DH and I relaxed on the balcony a bit.  C had fallen asleep quickly.  It was a nice relaxing end to a busy but fun day.




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Sun, 03-03-2013 - 9:52pm
Ok. this new ivillage sucks....

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Mon, 03-04-2013 - 7:56am

I wondered if not being able to see the pics was me.   Drats, as it meant maybe when I got home I could see them.

That pic of your DD on the aquaduck is priceless.   Just plain adorable!

Sounds like a great start to your trip. . . .I'm so glad your trip was after Sandy, we were worried here as we didn't know for sure  your dates.

I agree, the new IV sucks.    I love the trip reports.  :(    

 

  

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Tue, 03-05-2013 - 3:05pm

I wholeheartedly second that opinion!  It makes it so that I don't want to come on here.  Plus the fact that it's sooooo slowwwwww. 

BUT, I'm enjoying your trip report Smile

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Wed, 03-06-2013 - 11:14am

I agree, the new ivillage is such a pain!!!!  It seems to make everything so hard.  

Your trip report is great though! I am so excited for it.  Cordelia looks to be having a great time so far and I can't wait to read more!  

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Thu, 03-14-2013 - 10:48pm
maybe i will have better luck when i post day 2 (still working on it)

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Tue, 04-09-2013 - 10:37am
Well, I just now found this (I haven't been coming to ivillage boards much). Cordelia is so much bigger than the last time I remember seeing a picture of her - wow! She's so pretty! Sounds like a nice day - a lot to take in on the first day!