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Stan Skipper

Age: 40

Occupation:Military

Number of Cruises: 5

Cruise Line: Disney

Ship: Disney Wonder

Sailing Date: October 13th, 2005

Itinerary: Bahamas

My wife, son age 8, daughter age 5 and I sailed on the Disney Wonder 3 night cruise from 13-16 Oct 2005. Awesome trip!! My 5th cruise, Sally’s 3rd, and the kids 1st. We drove from Disney World to Port Canaveral on Thursday morning. The trip took about an hour and a half and several dollar bills and quarters to pay the tolls. We arrived at the terminal around 11:00 and were on the ship eating at the buffet by noon. Toured the ship, changed our dinner times from late to early, had our kids cards deactivated at guest services so they could not be used for charging, checked out the Oceaneer’s Club and Lab, and went to our cabin at 1:30. We then went swimming and played basketball until the 4:00 boat drill. Make sure you carry what you need in your carry on luggage as far as swimming suits, sunscreen, etc.

Nassau – the place looks like it has cleaned up a bit since my last visit several years ago. We took the kids on a horse and buggy ride through town and then went to the straw market. The kids and I headed back to the ship to hit the pools while Sally stayed and shopped. With a short cruise like this I wanted the kids to enjoy the ship and do all they could onboard. They spent several hours in the afternoon at their clubs.

Castaway Cay – beautiful island, great beach, wonderful food, etc, etc. We swam, rode bikes, played games, danced, and just enjoyed the day. Very nice place!! And they provide you with towels.

Club and Lab – Disney Cruise Line does this very well. We felt very safe leaving our kids in this program. The beepers are a good sense of security and our kids looked forward to going each day and night. Both kids stayed in the clubs each night until closing time at midnight. Nice break for Mom and Dad!!

The only regret I have is that the time flew by way to fast. Take the four day cruise if your plans allow for that extra sea day. We carried bottled water on board in our luggage and utilized the free soda station a lot. We really enjoyed our balcony room as it gave us time to sit and relax with our kids and watch the sights go by. Overall great cruise – nice weather, very friendly crew, good food, shows were fun, and plenty of opportunities for pictures with Disney characters. The kids are hooked now, they want to know when we are going cruising again… I guess cruising as a couple is a thing of the past or at least until they are grown up. Feel free to ask any specific questions:

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