Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Where's this year going?

Wow, the middle of May has come and gone.  In a week, my boys will be out of school for the summer.  Next Saturday we’re heading out to Southern California for the weekend.  We’re going to Knotts Berry Farm, courtesy of some friends of ours.  Maybe even SeaWorld if we have the time and we feel like it.

In July, we have Deportation 2011, our annual trip to Mexico.

Somewhere either this fall, or next spring, I have to fit in a Graduate Cruise with Princess Cruises, to celebrate my reaching the highest level of training they offer.

Hopefully the travel agency will start going, and eventually I want to quit my day job and become a full time agent.  Such goals.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Upcoming Plans

Wow. 3 months until Deportation 2011, Almost 6 months until the birthday trip to Knotts to celebrate Matt’s 12th…and just over 11 months until Spring Break 2012 and our cruise to Puerto Vallerta again!  Busy year.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Video from when we were departing Los Angeles on March 13th.  There is a treat for Disney fans about 0:58 into the video.

Day 8 - We don't wanna leave!!!

Arriving back in Los Angeles and leaving the ship.

Day 8 - We don't wanna leave!!!

Day 7 - At Sea

One last day on the ship. Tomorrow we are back in LA.

Day 7 - At Sea

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Post-Cruise illness

Well, my oldest son has come down with Strep throat, a sinus/ear infection and his asthma is acting up. Seems that he had too much fun on the cruise. Thanks to modern medicine, he will be good as new in no time.

Day 5 - Lost At Sea?

Dear diary,

I fear we are lost. We spent the morning floating in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Finally the Captain figured out which button started the engines and we are now cruising along at about 500 feet per hour. We’re just barely making headway.

One of the officers was explaining it in the Cove Cafe this morning. He said that we cannot be close to Cabo when we do the fireworks. Oh, did I forget to mention that the Pirates in the Caribbean show is tonight?

So, we are basically cruising in large leisurely circles in the mouth of the Gulf of California. The seas are mostly calm, with a gentle roll to them.

It’s now 1:30pm ship’s time and I’m sitting in the Outlook Lounge, overlooking the Quiet Cove pool. This is what I am looking at.

View of QC Pool

About 60deg off the starboard side, I can see mountains on the distant horizon. There is a light haze on the horizon and some whispy clouds in the sky, but it is a perfect day to be on the water.

I am seeing a LOT of people sporting sunburns from yesterday in PV. There were a lot of people who took advantage of beach excursions, but did not appear to have taken advantage of sunscreen, Two little girls at dinner last night were trying to use ice packs to cool their burned faces down. Poor, unhappy kids.

A little while ago, there was a gathering of Princesses in the lobby atrium. The line started forming about 11:45 for a 12:15 appearance. It snaked across the lobby and down the hallway past Triton’s and into the Art Gallery. About 12:00, Cruise Director Clayton, the ultimate SCM, came by and handed out “guaranteed photo” tickets to the first half of the line. He said that if we wanted to leave the line, as long as we were back by the end of the appearance, about 12:30, we would be guaranteed a photo with each princess. I don’t think anybody left the line.

SCMs came around and handed out cookies, and we all waited. There is a lot to be said of Disney Magic, when a little girl who is a bit tired, probably hungry from not having lunch yet, and really not into standing patiently, starts jumping up and down and cheering when she sees a Disney Princess approach.

When the Princesses came down the stairs, there were a LOT of excited smiles on the girls in line, both young and old. DW had her picture taken with Tiana, Belle, Ariel, Cinderella and Snow White. Now she is only missing Lilo and Stitch.

Since the ship is only making headway (barely moving) the stabilizers are not engaged. There is a very slow side to side roll with the ocean waves. I’m watching the water in the QC pool move from side to side, and a bit of front-to-back motion as well. We’re moving a little faster now, probably to combat the motion some.

Later this afternoon, we are going to watch “Gnomeo and Juliet” in 3D and then “Mars Needs Moms”, the new Disney movie, also in “Disney Digital 3D,” whatever that means.

We’re back from the movies, and dinner. “Gnomeo & Juliet” is really cute. The first two photos are in the Buena Vista Theater, before ”Gnomeo & Juliet” started. “Mars Needs Moms” is a feel-good movie that will bring a tear to your eye, like any good Disney movie should. We also had a meeting with Pirate Minnie, so DW had another photo taken.

I have seen a few 3D movies over the years, but the Disney Digital 3D is the best technology I’ve seen.  It was awesome watching, even if you have to wear the glasses.

I want to take a minute and talk about the Pirates menu tonight.  I was very unhappy with it. I ordered the Steak. It was more like a thick slice of roast beef, and it came with some sort of potato-like thing that didn’t taste good.  I ordered a side of the Captain Jack BBQ Spare Ribs, and the sauce was horrible I had one bite, and left the rest on the table. DW had seafood pasta and she said that it was good, so that’s something.

I captured a so-so picture of another DISBoard cruiser in the WD Theatre, before “Mars Needs Moms” started.  And we snapped some photos of our servers in their pirate attire, too.

So far, except for dinner tonight, everything has been wonderful. Tomorrow we are back in Cabo, and it’s the Captain’s Gala, and Semi-Formal night. I don’t think we’re going to stay up for the Pirates show and fire works tonight, though.  DS11 will go to the show with The Edge crew, though.


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Trip Report - Day 4, Part 1

I forgot to post the link to this. I finished it this morning.

Trip Report - Day 4, Part 1

Trip Report - Day 4, Part 2

Trip Report - Day 4, Part 2


I am currently posting my trip report at  However, I’m thinking about continuing them right here on tumblr.  Now sure yet.  Or I might post them in both places.

I’m just concerned about character limits that tumblr might have for postings.  Need to do some research.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

My attempt at a Trip far.

My attempt at a Trip far.

Finally made it home

Thanks to a couple of extra stops for lunch and restrooms, and an hour delay in construction traffic west of Phoenix, we finally made it home about 8pm.

We were VERY disappointed that there was nobody here to seat us for our 8:15 dinner seating. I guess we will adapt back to the real world.

I’m editing photos and hope to have the first couple of days online sometime tonight!

Headed for Los Angeles

Cell signal!

Despite a 28knot headwind and 12ft seas, we are only going to be a couple of hours late getting back to port. We were supposed to be there by 7am, but we’re still outside the outer breakwater. I can see the lights of the port, so we’re getting there.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Ready for the emergency drill

Mickey Mouse is IN DA HOUSE!

Our first Cruise Navigator!

Looks like our dining rotation is APPTAPT.

Boarding Group 4!

Now the waiting begins

We’re Here
The Cruise Terminal check-in area

It's Here!

I see from my email that the Wonder docked this morning at 6am! It’s all ours now.


Once we check out of our hotel this morning, any additional posts from Departure Day will come via Smartphone camera postings, until I can find a Internet Hot Spot in Cabo on Tuesday, or Puerto Vallarta on Wednesday…or cough up the money to get online on the ship.

I plan to take a LOT of photos of the port facilities as well as the ship. I even brought my media credentials in case someone wants to give me a hard time about photos.

The first of many (hopefully) Food Porn shots from our trip.  Fresh shrimp with potatoes, onions, peppers and seasoning.

Courtesy of the San Pedro Fish Market

The Disneyland Monorail says “Don’t miss the boat!” Today is Embarkation Day! Yesterday was fun with the family, but today the real vacation starts!!!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

San Pedro Fish Market

Eating great fresh seafood and listening to aweful kariokee (as soon as they learn to sing, I’ll spell it right.)

Temporary home...

We made it to the hotel for the night. Now we’re headed out in a few minutes for an afternoon of fun.

Cruising through Palm Springs on the I-10 freeway. Yessika is driving.

Only 1 day left!!!!!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Woo Hoo!!!!!

Live Video Feed from KHON in Hawaii

Watching the live feed from Hawaii, praying for little or no damage from the tsunami. The video from Japan is just heartbreaking.

Live Video Feed from KHON in Hawaii

2 Days Left!!!

Berth 93 at the Port of Los Angeles Cruise ship Terminal.  The new home of the Disney Wonder. This is the passenger drop-off area.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Almost Time!!!!!!  4 Days to go

Pre-cruise sickness

I’m working my way through allergies and Yessi came home tonight with a fever. Not good.

Sick or not, we’ll be there on Sunday! We’ll bring a carry-on full of Allegra if we have to.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Do I really need to bring this?

I’ve decided to toss the laptop into the pile to take with us.  Rather than purchase extra memory cards for the cameras, it’ll be easier to offload them to the computer every day or so and keep on going.

And, I’m sure I’ll be up a night since I’m used to working nights. That will give me an excuse to find a corner somewhere and edit photos, etc.

Or work on them while my most-beautiful wife prepares herself for a royal appearance at dinner each night.

Anybody missing a giraffe?

We went to Ross looking for ONE additional suitcase for our cruise.  We came home with a matching set of 360deg spinner giraffes.  I watched them for quite a while last night, and I swear I saw one of them move.

I guess they won’t be hard to spot on the baggage carousel the next time we fly anywhere.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Final weekend day to pack.

While I still have Tomorrow off, as a family we only have today off together. DW and I are off Friday, but not the kiddos.

So, after a quick nap for me (after working all night), we’re heading out for the final clothes shopping, returns/replacements, and the Fish Extender last minute items.

I need to pull together a “Don’t Forget” list. Any ideas?

  1. Sunscreen

  2. Cameras w/chargers

  3. Spare SD cards

  4. Binoculars (if I can find them)

  5. Extra suitcase 

  6. Etc.

Goodbye to Mariner of the Seas!

On January 16th, we were at San Pedro eating dinner when RCCL’s Mariner of the Seas made her final departure from the Port of Los Angeles.

Can’t wait!!!

Graphics and photos leading up to departure

 This is the Picasa site I use to store my photos. I’m pretty sure I’ll max it out within the first couple of days.

Graphics and photos leading up to departure

Saturday, March 5, 2011


I had a site setup, but I think this will work better for our cruise.

We are leaving on a 7 night Mexican Riviera cruise next Sunday, and this is where we will post photos and update what’s going on when we can.