Day 8- Now It's Time to Say Goodbye...

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Day 8- Now It's Time to Say Goodbye...
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Tue, 11-01-2011 - 10:05am

We were up early because you had assigned breakfast times and then they kicked you off the ship from there. Ok, so not really but yea, they did. We were assigned 6:45 *yawn*. Luckily we had gone to bed at a decent time-as did most passengers I would think as so many people had a rough day at sea. I saw sooo many room service trays outside doors that day-probably as many in that one day at sea as I saw combined the rest of the days. Our neighbors didn't do too well and they had 2 young kids that weren't feeling too hot either. They were in their cabin alllll day and the grandmother was running food down to them from Cabanas and the pizza place all day. We ended up giving them the rest of our little toys so the kiddos had something to do.We felt for them.

Anyway, we were up, dressed, and heading out our cabin (for the last time-Waaaaaa!!!!) by about 6:30am. You have to take your carry on luggage with you to breakfast because I wasn't joking when I said they kick you off the ship after breakfast. LOL

So we made our way to Royal Palace (meal FIVE here) because you go to breakfast in the same place you were assigned dinner the night before. We met Tara and Allan and had our "Get Off My Ship" breakfast, oh, errr, they called it "Farewell Breakfast" but we knew what it was-get off my ship. We enjoyed breakfast and said our final goodbyes to our serves-sniff. sniff. There were lots of hugs and well wishes all around.

Once we left Royal Palace we were right there at the point of departure and we headed off our beautiful ship kicking and screaming. Ok, so only kicking and screaming in our heads but we did NOT want to leave. It was worse than riding the sad bus-going down the sad gangplank. Once off the ship (sniff. sniff.) you are brought into the customs area where you find your luggage. If you have a lot of luggage it is well worth paying the porters at the bottom of the escaltor to find and bring your luggage! They will roll it right through customs for you and out to the curb if you need them to. Again, well worth the money if you have several bags. We had one bag per person and kids old enough to hump thier own suitcases so we went and found our luggage on our own. They have it divided up into different areas-we were Grey Daisy, Tara and Allan were Black Mickey. It was not the easiest to find and assemble all your luggage so again, I recommend the porters-Tara and Allan got a porter for their luggage. We waited a very short time to go through Customs-our luggage had already been checked so all they had to see was our Passports and we were on our way. It really wasn't too bad.

We headed out to the curb, found which stop to meet our shuttle back to the Park N Cruise for our vehicles and I called them to let them know we were off the ship. There was one other family riding the shuttle with us and what do you know, they were DISers AND retired military. LOL We had three retired military- Army, Navy & Marines. :) It was a fun ride back and we all agreed that we really liked Park N Cruise and would use them again. It was easy, they were very friendly and efficent, and only 1/2 of what the cruise terminal charges. Score!

So that was it. We were offically done with our cruise. :( If we hadn't been heading to Disney I would have been depressed-not that I wasn't a little depressed just to be off the ship-but it would have been much worse. Never will I just head home after a cruise-too darn depressing. LOL

I thought I'd share the rest of my photos from the ship. Just some random shots here and there. :)

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Tue, 11-01-2011 - 10:21am

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Tue, 11-01-2011 - 11:08am

Nope no formal night-and that is a plus for our family. We are not formal people in any way shape or form. In fact, that is one thing I have to watch for when booking a cruise-we want to avoid formal as much as possible. LOL If we went on a 7 day and there was a formal night I am pretty sure we would skip it and eat at the buffet or order room service. It's not anything we are comfortable with.

I didn't get to ride the AquaDuck but that is a reason to return right? I am just happy that Robbie and Adam got to ride it-for the adults it was just another experience but for Robbie-he had been wanting to ride it since he first saw it so I really, really wanted him to make it on there. :)

I really am going to be rooting for the Fantasy for you in 2013. I think you will fall in love with the ship and have a fantasic time. I do think the girls will love it onboard-bumping into princesses, princes, princesses spending time with them in the kids clubs, and they have special princess gatherings in the atrium where they can mix and mingle with all the princesses on board. :)

Oh! Ya know what I forgot to show you? The goodbye show with the characters. It was basically a gathering of almost every character on ship-including princesses-and the kids get like 20 minutes to meet and greet as many of them as possible. Here is the introduction of the characters:

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Tue, 11-01-2011 - 11:22am

YES!

 

  

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Tue, 11-01-2011 - 11:35am

I gotta tell ya, Robbie turns 10 in April so he is 9 1/2 and he was totally into the characters still. He is starting to question more and more if they are real (if there is a Santa, if there is a Toothfairy, etc) so I know the end is near, but he was totally into it this trip. I think being in that environment they tend to regress a bit and still get excited about the characters. Seems like there were plenty of "older" girls meeting and greeting the princesses. :) Of course, Robbie has a Disney crazy Mom (he'll tell you that too LOL) so I think he caught some of my excitement over seeing the characters. ;)

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Tue, 11-01-2011 - 11:53am

I really like knowing that Kim.

 

  

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Tue, 11-01-2011 - 12:09pm
Aw, I'm sad it's over too. Boo.

It looks like you all had such a really wonderful time. I'd love to hear Robbie's take on what all they did in the kids' club that made him love it so much.
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Tue, 11-01-2011 - 12:13pm
What? No Cindy? That's weird!!!
Fun!!!
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Tue, 11-01-2011 - 12:15pm
Well don't tell Prince William that Kate isn't real- it might be kinda hard on him;)

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Tue, 11-01-2011 - 1:38pm

I was thinking I needed to ask both Adam and Robbie what they did in the kids club/teen club. I know one of Adams favorite activites was making the movie "Zombified" every night. At first he was convinced that it was a real movie that Disney was going to release. I didn't tell him otherwise. It still turned out to be one of his favorite activites.

I know Robbie loved when Stitch visited the Club-the interactive Stitch that is. He is like Crush-ineractive on a huge screen. Robbie loved it. There was something else he HAD to be a part of also-on Pirate night.

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Tue, 11-01-2011 - 1:56pm
It all sounds really fun. Hannah just made a volcano for school;)

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