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Old 04-21-2011, 09:11 AM   #1
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Alaska on the Disney Wonder

Alaska on the Disney Wonder
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My kids, ds13 Wesley, ds12 Dillon, dd10 Madilyn, ds8 Austin, ds5 Winston
And my Dad
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A 7 night cruise to Alaska with two days in Vancouver pre-cruise
When?-
Sunday May 29th- Tuesday June 7th
Where?-
We fly into Vancouver, Canada on 5/29 and board the Disney Wonder on 5/31
Why?-
My dad has always wanted to go to Alaska and this trip is his birthday gift. My ds12 and I have also wanted to go to Alaska for years and all the kids are excited to cruise as well.
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Looking forward to hearing all about your trip. I would to go on a Disney cruise to Alaska!
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Alaska on the Disney Wonder
How this trip came to beÖ
Well, it started with me planning a different trip. I have this ďthingĒ where I take each kid on a one on one trip round about their tenth birthday. When planning for Dillonís trip he asked to go to Alaska. When I was researching my dad said repeatedly that if we go he is going also, as he has always wanted to go. After some research I soon realized Dillonís Alaska trip was out of the budget. Wesley had turned ten the previous year and we had only spent a few days in Washington, DC
and not too much money- a trip to Alaska was going to cost too much money and take much longer than a few days. I told Dillon and he was happy to change his trip to WDW. After that trip
(we had a great time) was over and done it was time to start planning Madilynís one on one trip. She wanted to go on a cruise. In the process of researching her cruise, I got super excited about the idea of cruising- I have never been on a cruise before. I realized that cruising would not only be a great trip for us girls, but also for the whole family. For Madilynís trip I decided on a 4 night Carnival cruise that I am still planning for the end of this summer. Carnival had great prices and had a port in driving distance to us. Of course I looked at DCL in the process, but decided that to spend that much money plus travel out of state- it was not in the cards for a one on one trip. However, I immediately knew it would make for a great family vacation! I originally looked into a Bahaman cruise. But then I found out DCL was preparing for Alaska cruises for the summer of 2011. I knew this would be perfect! I talked to my sister and brother about the three of us going in together for my dadís birthday. Everyone was on board! My sister and her family (her dh and her 3 kids) plus my brother. Well shortly after making the decision I knew we needed to go ahead and book so we could get the best rate. Well, my sister and brother were not ready yet. So, I booked myself and the kids plus my dad. The more time that went by and they didnít book the more I knew they were likely not going. And that is exactly what happened; they officially backed out. No worries, I am still super excited to go and so are the kids and my dad!
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Let the planning beginÖ
Once I was fully booked, I still had well over a year to plan. When booking the only real decision to make was the date. My kids get out of school for the summer May 20th. I seriously considered the May 24th sailing. But I decided that it would be easier to get ready if we had a week off (I also work at the school) to pack and do any last minute errands. So, I booked for May 31st. Several times I considered changing it to the 24th just because it would not only get us there sooner, but I thought that the ship might be less crowded the earlier in the season we went. But I kept it as is and that paid off because we ended up missing almost a monthís worth of school this school year due to snow. We live in Georgia so I really had not been worried about make up days when I booked the cruise as GA is not exactly a snowy state; there have been several years that we got zero snow. But this year we got a LOT and because GA is not prepared for snow the whole state, including the schoolís close down. I was SO glad I had gone with the 31st sailing because there were a lot of rumors about make up days. In the end we are still getting out on the 20th, so it would have worked but I sure would have been stressed worried about it if I had booked any sooner.
At about a year out from the cruise, airlines began releasing their flight schedules. I had done research on the previous yearís flight costs and had a ballpark amount of what I planned to pay for airfare. Well, last yearís amountís could just be thrown out the window because the prices were significantly more for this yearL. I signed up with multiple websites to receive information if the flight prices were to drop and I was flexible with my dates so as to get the best deal. I visited airline websites pretty much every single day. They did drop some, but not very much. I told myself if they had not dropped by the end of the year (December) that I was just going to have to suck it up and get the flights. I had been told with international flights that the prices tend to go up rather than down as it gets closer to the flight dates, so I didnít want to take any chances. Just before Christmas I purchased our flights. I had to get 7 tickets and it was not cheap, not even close- but at least we were goingJ. I was actually pretty frustrated with the prices I had to pay but I eventually got over it. I knew going into this trip that flights from Atlanta to Vancouver were going to be high; but I had hoped for a decent deal. It was a relief to have them purchased all the same. I was able to enjoy Christmas knowing the major expenses were done and paid for (the cruise was PIF and the flights were purchased). But once Christmas was over I got into serious planning mode; making plans for Vancouver, and planning excursionsJ.
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