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05 February 2018 @ 06:39 pm
Vacation Is A Go!  
I can barely contain myself for Saturday, you guys. Because…I am going on a cruise! Just me & Sis. No, no kids! Just 2 middle-aged nerds. It’s my first cruise. And it’s a doozy. A Disney Star Wars 7-night Caribbean cruise!

In case you don’t know what that entails, we start our first day setting sea and then doing a safety presentation followed by like 20 minutes of song & dance with all the Disney characters.

The next day we are doing a Frozen meet & greet, where we will get dress as princesses and rub elbows with Anna & Elsa. On Day 3, we are doing photo ops with Darth Vader & Chewbacca. We are also getting a Swedish couples massage. The day after we will be at Saint Maarten in the Virgin Islands, but as there wasn’t really anything accessible there, we decided to stay on the ship and celebrate Galentine’s Day together by getting facials. Then we hit Saint Thomas island, where we are doing a Coral Ocean Park, half of which is a slightly submerged submarine where we can watch the fish out the portholes. The other half is an aquarium where you can do things like pet sting rays.

And that evening will be Pirate Night. This consists of dressing up and going to either an early evening kid’s show with singing & dancing or a late night Pirates of the Caribbean event on the main deck, which I hear can be a little scary for the youngings, so I’m excited about that. Then there are over-the-ocean fireworks, the only cruise ship allowed to do this because Disney came up with ones that when they hit the water, turn into food stuff for the marine life, thus not polluting the ocean. The next day is Star Wars Day & we will be doing a photo op with C3PO & R2D2, as well as a Galactic Transformation, which is basically cosplay where they help turn you into a Jedi & do photos with a lightsaber. They also have crew from the Star Wars movies doing Q&As, (costume, makeup, etc). And at night an on-deck lightsaber performance of some kind.

That afternoon we also have an adult only French cuisine dessert tasting. The day after that, we hit Castaway Cay, Disney’s very own island. (of course they own their own island, they’re Disney!) Here we can rent sand-wheelchairs, so I can actually go to the beach! That evening we are going to do an adults only Italian dining experience. And then we come home in the morning.

This list doesn’t even contain it all, as there are on board theatre productions - our ship does the Aladdin musical & a Disney original of some kind. A movie theater shows Disney movies all day long & an additional theater will be showing all of the Star Wars movies all day long. There are seven different restaurants, from a Beauty & the Beast inspired ballroom setting to the Animators Palate with animation coming to life right before your eyes and you rotate to a different one each night. There are also multiple snack bars & buffets on every level, all inclusive. There is a scavenger hunt, a detective agency game, characters roaming the halls, several different pools (yes, they have a lift I can request so I can be transferred into any pool I want) plus a mega splash pad play park. They have a fun-club that does dancing, trivia contest, game shows, etc. And several adults only spaces, like an adult only pool, café, nightclub, etc.

And, of course, we got a room with a balcony over the ocean, so downtime will be wonderful too! Like I said, I can barely stand to wait! This vacation has been 2 years in the making - we decided on it a few months after Mom’s heart attack in Fall 2015, thinking we deserved a sister-vacation after several months dealing with so much stress. But between Mom’s health & unexpected financial things, we never quite made it. So now, here at last, we will be setting sail. Sister-vacation is a go!

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Shireboundshirebound on February 6th, 2018 12:08 am (UTC)
Oh wow, oh wow!!!! I'm so thrilled for you guys!
dodger_sister: 80s moviesdodger_sister on February 27th, 2018 10:30 pm (UTC)
I never thought this was a thing that I could ever do - financially or physically. When Sis said she wanted to go on a cruise, I said, "Oh that's nice, who are you going to take with you?" I didn't expect her to say "You," and I certainly didn't expect myself to say, "Okay!". This was a once in a lifetime trip for us both and we won't forget its magic anytime soon!