A Shutterfly Photo book of our Disney Cruise

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Is the Internet a Drug?

A plus or not of cruise is the ability of having the Internet or not having it. The point of a vacation is to have a break from the things that consume your life everyday:cleaning, laundry, cooking, dishes, working, which for most include the Internet.
The Internet-our key to the out side world. It use to come in the form of newspapers & and evening news. Excycpedias and magizines. Now most Google what they need to know. Don’t get me wrong, I love to read the newspaper, and when I get a chance I watch the evening new. But I LOVE the Internet. I LOVE how easy it is. The high when I find what I’m looking for. The awesome feeling of connecting with someone new. I love think of cool Facebook statuses and twitter messages.
But I did not realize how addicted I was till this cruise. I had brought my iPhone along on our for port exsurction in Halifax. On the way back I wanted to stop at the indoor Farmers Market. As we went in I guess I was the only one who saw the sign…FREE WIFI….

My heart start pumping a little faster as the little voice inside me said “YES!”. I calmly took out my phone to check it out-found the wifi and before I knew it all those glorious little dings started coming through. Facebook, email, twitter. I buffered my phone in hope that know one noticed anything. After I knew it worked, I let my teen and hubby in on my little found secret. Not really a secret-the sign was there when we walked in-
Soon my son and hubby where nose deep in their phones getting what quick dose of of internet for free we could get.
I realized at that moment that the Internet was almost like a drug. The need for quick fixes, the need for what was going on. The need for it.
This was vacation. The need for our family time was more important. That family time is becoming so rare. And as our oldest is getting ready to to graduate next year and more out, this is our last family vacation together.
The next day we lucked out of our 5 hour tour at St. John. We had a bus with WiFi in it. So our need for quick fixes, became not as important. My son and girlfriend got many hours of texting in. We got limited use-we could check email and Facebook.

This Disney Cruise I was going to blog more-but family trumped that. Our next Disney Cruise will be overseas next year. We will be leaving the two little ones behind. We will most for sure have Internet on the boat. Just to keep in contact with them.

Is the Internet a drug? It could be seen in the same addiction as a drug, gambling, or any other addiction. The same need or want for it. Walking or searching for that signal. At home we pay, and get it 24/7 without thinking about it. But when you have to pay a high amount for it, how much is it worth to you?

Used wisely the Internet is a resource beyond its weight in gold! Just at what price are you willing to pay?

Proudly, we did not buy Internet minutes aboard…although very tempting. We survived with our limited access for the 4 days. But that breakfast at port…all of us, with our phones out, checking out the world…and so it begins again.


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Fish Extenders-What are They?

We are getting ready for our third Disney Cruise. Now I am on the DISboards, but do not follow much.  But my husband does.  He asked me what a FE was.  So I looked it up. FE was for “Fish Extenders”  But what were they?

Basically they where pockets that hung on the fish hangers outside the door where people would exchange gifts.  Groups got together before the cruise  to form FE groups.

So I researched more and we decided this cruise we would participate in the FE with about 20 other families.  Of course I also decided to make my own…cause nothing I do has to be easy!  So with a vision, some help from the kids to pick out their fabric for their pockets and a wonderful friend to help me finish it along with these great back packs.  Now, mine are far from perfect, but for first time around, and making from a picture, I would say not bad!!

Fish extenders


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Off Road Eating

If there is one thing we should have learned by now watching the food channel it is you should eat at all small town diners and restaurants you can.

And most trips we do not do this. We stay close to an exit. But today I said let be bold. More like Alton or Guy.

So we ate local BBQ! And it was very good, and flavorful. Beats Hardee’s or McDonalds!

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Disney Family Cruising Tip: mom and dad take time to goto Palo one night. You need reservation and it does cost a little extra-but well worth it.


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Packing the Car in a Storm

We are going on a Disney Cruise. We are driving to New York City to cruise on the Disney Magic. I have been working on packing for a week…got the suitcases down Monday. (just a note-don’t do that with a drumstick ice cream cone..just saying).

We had most everything packed-once my husband got home today we zipped everything closed and started to load the car….

AND IT STARTS TO STORM!!!

Whew…an interesting way to begin! But we are tucked in-all snug as a bug!

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And so we begin our journey to New York to cruise Disney Magic.

Cruise packing tip: pack a carry on bag with bathing suits and other needed items because your luggage will not be at your room right away.


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A Little Bit of Magic Heading to New York City

Well it is no secret that cruising and Disney are talked about on a regular basis here in this house.  My husband Dan is well umm addicted to cruising ( I like cruising) and we love Disney (I was there from the beginning!)  Disney cruises bring the best of both worlds together for us.

Right now as I type my husband is on another computer watching the Disney Cruise Ship Magic head up to New York City on Mariner Time.  Just seems not too long ago we were waiting for the arrival of Fantasy in New Your City.  We follow the building of that ship and her journey over.

We have been on two of the Disney Cruise ships now, Wonder and Dream.  Magic we get to go on in September for a 5 day cruise of New york up to New England and Canada.

Disney Cruises work well for our family!  They have more rooms that have a door joining them, so larger families like ours can be together.  And the kids activities are outstanding!  Sorry other cruise ships we have cruise on and still like….Disney by far has this one hit out of the ball park!

And of course being a homeschooling mom, why not a little “disneyschooling” along the way!  Think of the amazing hands on lessons my kids get!  Maybe a little side trip along the way to see the Liberty Bell?

Magic also will be our cruise ship next year when the two older boys, Dan and I head over to Europe!  We are on their first European cruise of the season.  This is a Wahoo Jeremy graduated from High School and Dan turns fifty!  (oh I am having fun with that one on the ship, the things I can do!)

Disney’s best kept secret is how we are able to do all our Disney cruising!  If you do decided to go invest in that best kept secret tell Mickey I sent you his way!

 


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A Lego Cruise Ship

You know my sweet husband is addicted to Disney (well so am I) and cruising. He loves cruising. He loves watching the ships go in and out of the harbors.
And the kids love watching with him. It’s their special time together. With the latest Disney cruise ship out Fanasty they love seeing all about it.
Because Robby made a Disney cruise ship out of Legos today.

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After he showed me he said “mom they should make a Lego cruise ship”. Now there’s something to think about! How many Legos do you think it would take? But on the other hand a themed Lego cruise ship-oh there could be cool rooms!


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Spoiled on vacation-a private oasis.

 

While on our cruise last month Dan was able to book the Private Oasis on Half Moon Cay.  Since we had a group from our church with us, we were looking for group things to do, for all ages. Our older ladies stayed on board the ship and played cards all day long.  There were 4 families that went in on it together and it made the day AMAZING!  You have to at lease have 12 people to rent it, we had 8 adults and 7 children (OK 5 children 2 teens).  I was very leery about this at first.  First it was going to be a little pricey for us with 6 in our family.  Plus, how far was it going to be from everything.  Was it worth it?  But when I saw where it was on the map and how close to the kids stuff I was perfectly fine.  Still having no idea what to expect.

Well, when we got their I could not believe what we got.  It was perfect.  I mean perfect.  There was a staff there catering to our needs only.  We didn’t have to deal with crowds.  We had our own life guard which for me, made relaxing so much easier knowing there was an extra set of eyes on the kids.  The food was yummy, the view breathtaking, and the company perfect.  We had a slide into the water (which was a little cold-but you got use to it), there were rafts and snoring gear for us to use.  The hot tub was great, we had adult time and kid time.   Everything we needed was right there.  It was worth every penny.   Did I mention the bar was including with unlimited drinks.  The kids loved their virgin drinks!  At the end of the day we gals did not want to go.  But off to the ship we had to go.

This was a perfect day to breath in the beauty of God’s creation.

I am going to let the pictures tell the rest of the story.

Carnival Private Oasis Half moon kay

 


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The Best Kept Secret on Carnivnal-Chef’s Table

When Dan and I took our cruise last August he had read something about the Chef’s table.  He was able to get our name on the list and the Chef picked us to join the party.

This Cruise he was able to get us in again and our friends, Mike and Cyndi  were able to join us.  It was a nice evening.  We ate.  We drank.  We drank some more.  We ate some more.  I always say if you want to know what an Iron Chef Judge feels like, this is a great way to see how yummy fine dinning is!

Our tour began with the Chef giving us a history of how he became the head chef.  Then we moved into the kitchen and got to see how everything worked.  There we had a little reception with Champaign and delicious hors d’oeuvres.

From there we had an amazing 7 course meal.

 By this point I had ummm a lot of wine, and barely could finish all the dessert.  After a quick good bye to the other guest we had our picture taken with the chef and left to find the rest of our group.  This whole experience is an extra fee, but one that seems well worth it.  Since they had just changed the menu we have had two different menus.  I will not post what everything is, takes away from the surprise  of what’s next!  If you ask I will tell you.


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Shopping in Nassau-Now Where did the Ladies go?

It was decided.  We were going shopping in Nassau.  After getting to sleep in that morning and having a slow morning-I mean it’s vacation right?  We all met to go shopping.  5 ladies, two teens and myself headed off ship!  Nassau, unlike Freeport, is a little crazy getting into town.  Now I didn’t shop in Freeport, so maybe it was different if I went in a little bit more.

But as we walked through the building to get into town we were approach many times to go on a tour or get our hair braided.  No, no, no, and not today, we finally made our way to shopping.  We hit a few stores and was headed toward the straw market when we realized two of our ladies were missing.

Now traveling with teens most of the time, I like to keep a close eye on them cause they will try to disappear on me every now and then.  But these two ladies, I don’t think they were sneaking away.

So I went back first, no ladies.  I went back to our group- Nancy came back with me, she went one way, I went the other way.  As I was walking to found them I found a quant little alley shopping place-quickly came back to looking for the ladies.  Soon the ladies were found and we were on our way to the Straw Market.

After we headed back to the quant little alley to go shopping in and then off to a few more shops before heading back to the ship.  We were out long enough to have a good time, and be ready for a nap!


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