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  1. The restaurant is Maria & Enzo's - brand new in 2018 over at Disney Spring (fka Downtown Disney). Nice place to eat but expensive if you are not on the Disney dining plan. I got the 16 ounce steak that was $44 and I think my margarita was around $13 and dessert was $12? All that were covered by the Disney Dining plan - only we had to pay was the mandatory 18% tip (watch people chime in about tipping policy and a big debate ensue). No way cheapo dad would spend this kind of money out of pocket. First 4 pics from dinner at Maria & Enzo's. Pic #5 is the various desserts from Be Our Guest restaurant at Magic Kingdom #6 is MK night time light projection show #7 is being with my new 70,000+ BFFs as all of us are in line during the holiday rush. Cruise lines mean nothing after this. #8 is the new Slinky Dog ride #9 is Avatar land #10 is Navi River ride #11 is Nemo show #12 is holiday parade #13 is River of Light night time show seating area Last one is MK holiday lights ceremony right before they have the fireworks Have fun on your Disney trips. When the boys were young, we bought annual passes to Disneyland 2 years in a row. We went there every chance we could to maximize value. I could navigate Disneyland with my eyes closed. Our new bucket list is to visit the remaining Disney parks in rest of the world - Tokyo/Paris/Hong Kong/Shanghai - so that's where we will be when we go overseas in the upcoming years.
  2. Hi, Bob, How are things? I see from your signature you have been active on your cruise activities. We have a new bucket list in trying to visit all the Disney parks in the world – Tokyo/Paris/Hong Kong/Shanghai – so that will be our top priority while we sprinkle in few cruises here and there. Need to visit the Disney parks before I am too old to walk/be on these roller coasters as the old ticker isn't what it used to be. Don't want to make CNN headline as "Old man died on DIsney roller coaster from too much excitement..." I will likely have to vacate my self-proclaimed title as cheapo dad as after all these expensive international trips, I will likely have spent all of the kids’ inheritance... Keep that spreadsheet calculator handy as by time I write my next trip report, I will have many digress topics such as Utah rad trips/DisneyWorld/Overseas visits to ramble on from the past two years. I may be at post #300 talking about those trips instead and not even gotten to day 1 of boarding the ship…
  3. Haha, guess all my trip reports since the 2014 cruise has become one massive blob of continuous vacation journal with me dropping in my latest travel pictures. But I guess nobody is ready this trip report to find out about the old 2017 cruise itinerary anyway. I will add few more pics tomorrow. WDW is different type of vacation. I used the phone app to track how many miles we walked for the 8 nights there – over 60 miles. That averages to be 7.5 miles/day. Actually the walking part was hard but not painful. The painful part is standing in line after some walking. Maybe it’s the distribution of the body weight on your feet as you walk so not one spot is always being pressured but somehow standing in line for a long time is a killer on my feet. I’m always so happy to be back at the hotel nightly to take off my shoes and rest my feet. In the old days, the only ways you can attach pictures was to upload them at some third party site (like Flickr or Shutterfly) and then link/copy them over. Painful process. This new process (well, new to me as I haven’t been around here for months), you just attach it as if you are sending an email and the system lines up the pictures for you. The only drawback is I typically like to comment on each page but now I can’t go in between pictures to write something. Small trade off, I guess…
  4. Hi, Joan, Actually we were thinking of doing the Anthem this summer as WDW was always on the books for December 2018. But now we are looking to go overseas this summer instead of the cruise so that pushes the cruise into 2020 as we don’t have the budget for 2 big vacations per year. That’s why we are looking to go to Alaska next summer even though we have already been there twice. Would only be going to try out Ovation as that ship is typically in Asia other than the summer period and we have yet to experience the Quantum class. I’m almost done with the Shutterfly web page. Takes a lot of time to sort the pictures and add in useless comments from the trip that nobody cares to know. I will forward this weekend.
  5. We have been to Alaska twice in the past. Once with Princess on the one way north bound journey from Vancouver and once with Celebrity on the round trip from Seattle. The one way trip is preferable to me since you see more things but since we are only going on this cruise to experience Ovation since she is typically only in Asia, we will settle for the Seattle round trip. I might see you in the Alaska forum later on as it's been a few years since we went there. Need a refresher course if we do go...
  6. No choice. Kids are only out of school on 12/22. So it was either WDW during Christmas or pay even more to RCI for their holiday sailing prices. I got more food/drinks for what I paid at WDW than I would have received from the cruise.
  7. Hi, Ken, How are things? I have been away from CC as I was busy planning my Utah and WDW trip in 2018 as well as the overseas trip for 2019 so those projects have kept me busy. Maybe by the Fall period I will be hanging out here more to check out Alaska or Caribbean ideas. Cheers, Harry WDW 2018.5.1.pdf
  8. Hi, Thanks for reading my info and it’s always good to meet a fellow cruiser/Disney fan. As for WDW, it depends on your personality and what time of vacation you want. For the 9.8 (out of 10) scale of anal level people like yours truly, it’s fun/a lot of work to preplan your meals 180+ days out and your fast passes 60+ days out (if you stay on site). I booked our dinner reservations 180+ days out. Yes, of course I had a schedule (see PDF) to track where I want to eat when 6 plus months out. Not necessary if you don’t plan on having sit down restaurants. I highly recommend subscribing to touring plans. It’s like $15+ for a whole year’s subscription and you get the app to use while at the park to check time for rides. Book your 3 daily fast passes allotment as the system allows you to do so (60 days or 30 days – depending if you are staying on Disney hotel or not). Some rides like Flight of Passage and Slinky Dog will be hard to get the FP even 60+ days out as the Disney fanatics will be up at 7 AM EST to reserve theirs on first opportunity. But do try to get the fast passes if you can or else you are looking at 200+ minutes of stand by wait no that’s not a typo, it was 3+ hours wait in line at these crazy popular rides during the busy season. As for pictures, yes, I always upload each vacation’s pictures onto its own web site. I typically don’t make those sites public as it’s just for friends and family but if you want to see them, go ahead and email me at cheapodad@outlook.com and I will provide the link by this weekend. Just know as always we took more pictures than most average humans care to look at or that I write more detail info than people care to read. At least with these trip reports, they span over many pages and it takes days/weeks to complete. The Shutterfly site will have couple thousand pictures and all the daily descriptions in one place so it’ll be a bit overwhelming at first glance. Anyway, we were on the Disney Dining plan so we got more food than we can eat. Tons of food pictures – all the food and drinks (yes, that includes free booze and Starbucks as well) shown below are covered by the dining package so it’s as if we were on a cruise eating buffets, if not better. Disney food is not just burgers and fries anymore… WDW 2018.5.1.pdf
  9. Hi, Amy, Haha, didn’t think anyone else cares to check out our Disney pictures. I just posted that one as a post-holiday greetings picture to folks here at CC. Anyway, here are few more pics. Side note – it’s been many months since I have been back at CC and I noticed the format has changed to make it easier to attach pictures within a post. A great time saver for volume picture uploaders like yours truly.
  10. Hi, Fiona, You are welcome although I will be the first to admit I got the idea from reading other cruisers’ trip reports. That spot wasn’t exactly something I “discovered”, but RCI certainly does not go out of its way to tell you such place exists. You have to be on the lookout/curious of “wonder where this path leads to” in order to find it. Certainly not as easy to find it as the huge LABADEE sign by the end of the pier. Anyway, glad you found the spot and is able to take some pictures for your memory sake. It’s always difficult to take a “clean shot” of the entire ship as you can’t take it while you are on it and many piers are hard to angle it just right without other ships being in the way. Sometimes you can do it when you tender from the back/side of the tender but you are at water level. The area at Labadee is higher up in the hills so you have a different perspective. Harry
  11. Hi, Jim, Happy early birthday to you. Wow, how exciting to be on B to B with the family on the big ship. I thought about you last year when they had that big storm making a direct hit to South Carolina area and I was hoping everything was fine with you. No cruise on the books for us again in 2019 (after being land locked in 2018) as we are hoping to fly overseas in the summer but that is not totally confirmed yet - being cheap on hoping the airfare will come down. Earliest cruise would be either summer 2020 to Alaska or our usual late December cruise Caribbean. Hard to plan that far out… Cheers, Harry
  12. Hi, jjjhill, I received an email from cruise critic that says you were trying to PM me for info to the travel web site I used for this cruise? I don't know how PM works here on CC. Just go ahead and email me at the email alias I created (Cheapodad@outlook.com) and I will forward the info to you. Cheers, H
  13. Hi, Thanks for the compliment and actually reading all three installments of my previous cruise experience. You definitely need to go on a cruise if you spent a whole day reading about a ship that you will not be sailing on. Actually, you might be one of the last people to read my first trip report on the Allure from way back. Flickr notified all the users couple months ago (including myself) that if we didn’t give them the ransom amount of annual paid subscription, they will delete our old archived pictures and only keeping 1,000 pictures. In my old trip reports, I had used Flickr exclusively to store my pictures. In the more recent reports, I switched over to Shutterfly after CC changed its format where I can just cut and paste my pictures. Anyway, to make long story longer, I fear my pictures in the old trip reports will be wiped out by Flickr as I am not paying their ransom demands just for them to store my old pictures (which used to be free up to 1TB when they were owned by Yahoo). If that’s the case, then the old reports will be useless. Not that the outdated info is relevant anyway but at least the old pictures provide a historical perspective before they modified the ship. At any rate, we didn’t go on any cruise in 2018 so there will be no new reports to share. We just came back from Disneyworld in Florida few weeks ago. Things may change but unlikely we will cruise in 2019 as we are looking to go to Asia on land based trip this year. Earliest we might see the inside of a ship would be 2020. Have a wonderful cruise on the Allure. I always like them big and round….
  14. Hi, Thanks for the compliments. Glad the info is useful/entertaining. Yeah, I am one of those people that can get queasy easily. I think I mentioned that I used to take the subway (BART here in bay area) to work for 5 years and if I don’t sit in certain section of the train facing a particular direction, I will have a buzzing headache after the 35 minute ride train ride. Not a good thing when you get off the train with a motion sickness and then have to go to work. Of course the most obvious way to avoid motion sickness is to have as many port days as possible. If you want to get into cruising slowly, try itineraries that don’t go out as far and as long – meaning try 3 or 4 day cruise with 2 ports and only 1 sea day to increase your time on land. Or try 4 or 5 port itineraries instead of 3 ports on the 7 day trips. I know the majority of CC people want sea days but not me. Sea days increase the odds of possible motion sickness and fewer things for me to do as I am not the solarium type. Nowadays I use couple things to try and help with the motion sickness, I use the sea band as I try to stay away from meds since they have side effects. This is supposed to be effective for some pregnant women during their morning sickness as they can’t take meds. Walmart sell them for like $9 or you can get them at Amazon. No harm to get them as the worst thing it will happen is you walk around the ship it 2 wrist bands to wipe your sweat. I have been known to walk around the ports with them on as I forget to take them off when we walk off the ship and my wife looks at me funny as why I need that to walk around the stores. https://www.amazon.com/Sea-Band-Wristband-Anti-Nausea-Acupressure-Sickness/dp/B001F731N0/ref=sr_1_3_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1531961614&sr=8-3&keywords=sea+bands+for+motion+sickness The other thing we have been taking is ginger pills. You can buy them online from Amazon or even Costco online. Ginger helps your queasy stomach when you feel like tossing cookies from the motion. They help in making the stomach less queasy. . https://www.amazon.com/Sea-Band-Wristband-Anti-Nausea-Acupressure-Sickness/dp/B001F731N0/ref=sr_1_3_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1531961614&sr=8-3&keywords=sea+bands+for+motion+sickness Of course, if I really feel the waves, as Joan said, Bonine is better than the original Dramamine as the old formula makes many people too drowsy. I pack these as “just in case”. You can get the generic version from Amazon dirt cheap at 7 cents per pill. https://www.amazon.com/Rugby-Travel-Sickness-Tablets-100/dp/B004FJFF2A/ref=sr_1_8_s_it?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1531961805&sr=1-8&keywords=motion+sickness+pills As for being on the ship, yes, try mid ship, ocean view low on deck 2 is a good thing as you are closer to the water line. I need to look out at the minimum of the Royal Promenade shops and people below so I will never book a completely inside cabin. Had those before and I tossed cookies in them as I couldn’t see outside when the shop was moving and made me really sick during the wavy parts. Hope this helps. I am by no means any motion sickness expert – these are just some of the stuff I know about that helps me. You can do some reading on your own on what might cause motion sickness and see how you can combat it. Harry
  15. Hi, Juliana, Thanks for the kind words. You are not the first person that have mentioned you “stumbled” upon my trip report. I hope you are not injured from tripping over the trip report and falling down. It’s so irresponsible of CC to just leave the trip reports out in the open for people to “stumble” and potentially injuring themselves. If you are somehow injured, go ahead and sue CC and I will be part of the class action lawsuit against them so we can hopefully collect some cash as Cheapo dad needs $$ to pay the greedy mouse in the next vacation…;p Anyway, back to your question of my Utah trip. As I just told Amy in previous post, I haven’t had time to download/upload my pictures yet so it’ll be couple more weeks before I have any new pics to share but not that you are dying to see them since you will be on the Harmony next week so you won't even be thinking of Utah until you get back. We went to Vegas/Bryce Canyon/Zion national park. Byrce is more visually stunning but a lot less people than Zion as it’s more secluded but Zion is more popular as it has more options for hiking. Have a great cruise. Very nice to be on the new mega ship. Cheapo dad can't afford the price premium...
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