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VegasChic, Sis and Family cruise into the New Year!

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  1. VegasChic

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    It’s feels like it’s been forever since I did a trip report so figured I’d start the year off right! Although I haven’t been to Vegas since last May, there has been no shortage of travel getting away somewhere on average every month- it’s been busy to say the least!

    I’m really excited about the cruise portion of this trip where sis and her husband will be joining our family. If anyone deserves this vaycay it is @VegasChic Sis who is more than overdue for a relaxing time away!

    Background/Update-

    We left off our last trip report flying home from Europe after an amazing cruise together on Royal Caribbean’s newest ship, Symphony of the Seas. Sis had begun chemotherapy in October to fight metastic colon cancer. With her first scan to monitor response coming up in January (which can be very stressful) we managed to find a cruise that would fit in on her best days between chemo. No better way to beat stress than enjoying a beach in the Bahamas, right? Our family had already booked a week in Orlando leading up to the cruise so the timing worked perfectly!

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    The plans-

    Our family is already in Orlando getting in some theme park time having arrived back on December 31. Sis and her husband will arrive Saturday night. Our cruise is on Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas. I’m keeping expectations a tad lower for this cruise as I have seen really mixed reviews pertaining to food quality and overall maintenance on this smaller ship so just not sure what to expect. This is a quick four nighter leaving out of Miami with only two stops- Nassau and CocoCay, their private Island.

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    We are SUPER excited to surprise the kids by having booked the Royal Suite for this cruise. It’s the largest suite on the ship and looks more than twice the size of the Owners suite we enjoyed last cruise!!

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    For now we are staying at Disney’s Saratoga Springs and will catch up this trip report over pool time!! Not sure how live I will be, but will update as we go!! Happy New Years everyone!!
     
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    Happy New Year. Enjoy the cruise. I hope you all have a wonderful and relaxing time and the scan shows nothing but good news.
     
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    The Suite looks fantastic. Have a great time!
     
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    Have a great time!

    Any chaotic scenes and/or fireworks to share from the Magic Kingdom on New Year's Eve? Haha
     
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    Have a great time, you guys deserve it!
     
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  6. DRPinVa

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    Happy, Happy New Year to you and family!!!! Here's hoping for a new year full of unexpected surprises and great things!!!! Can't wait to hear about your Disney and cruise travel!!!! Envious!!!

    Our Thoughts :hearteyes::grinning:
     
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    Kewl. More outstanding pictures of pretty places, good food and good drinks.

    Yup.

    Have fun y'all.
     
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    Always love a VC trip report, regardless of the destination. Looking forward to it, and sending lots of good thoughts for the scan.
     
  9. VegasChic

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    Thanks @Elf70! So looking forward to pool time and definitely keeping fingers crossed for the scan!!
     
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    Thanks @newmans! I’ve been paying close attention to your cruise reports as we are doing our first Norwegian cruise (Epic) during spring break! Here’s hoping we all hang onto our underwear this trip!
     
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    Chaos at Disney during the holidays? What chaos?

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    You called it @tringlomane!

    I’m having a hard time seeing my pics in the sun poolside so will do a Park update shortly-not a bad problem to have, but laughed when I saw your post!!
     
  12. DRPinVa

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    Oh my goodness!! That makes your Italy pictures look like there were bare streets!
     
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    You're a beauty VC! All the best to everyone & tell sis to hold onto her luggage this trip xo
     
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    Jim and I send our best wishes for both a great trip and great scan.
     
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    Hope the cruise is wonderful for all, and lots of fun and relaxation for Sis!!

    Loved your last adventurous TR and looking forward to this one, too... Happy New Year!
     
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    I hope you guys have the most fabulous and joyful voyage. I am always praying and thinking of Sis and I miss you guys so much!
     
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    Theme park update!

    We really had dropped the ball when initially planning this trip. We reserved Disney Saratoga Springs as we can get a 2 br villa via exchange with our vacation program but then kinda forgot about it! We had planned a Disney California trip in both October and November so I think anymore Disney and I was mentally hitting a wall. By the time I realized I hadn’t booked the dining/fastpasses, much of the good stuff was gone- whoops!! As I saw entire parks void of any dining options for certain days I realized the crowds we could be up against- yikes! We grabbed what we could and I think everything has actually turned out pretty great so far despite the concerns.

    Our first full day here was New Years Day and the parks reservation system wasn’t showing much for options. We decided to bite the big one on cost and have a day over at Universal. The base fare isn’t so bad there, but if you have any hope of getting on a ride during busy times you need to buy the VIP add on which is more expensive than the ticket itself. Ugh. Anyway, it worked- park was busy but the kids were on rides constantly!

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    The only restaurant that takes reservations inside the park is Mythos. Voted #1 theme park last 6 years- it’s a stop we make every time!

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    Ha, thanks @bebe - did I ever update that her second piece finally did show up but it was weeks and weeks later?! Better late than never I guess!!! After like 6 weeks I had lost hope.....
     
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