Unpack and repack

Trip Start Oct 23, 2010
Trip End Nov 02, 2010

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Instead of flying out to Lima Peru this morning was spent unpacking the warm clothes needed for the Andes Mountains and repacking the summer clothes for the Bahamas. It is hilarious because even with lighter and smaller clothes we are packing almost twice as much for the 4 day Cruise than we did for an entire week in Peru. This is what I love about not having to fly. I am not stressing about if I am over the weight limit, if they are going to charge me for my bag, if it will fit in the overhead compartment. I pack what I need with a couple of extra shirts and pants in case I spill red wine all over myself and need a change of clothes.

The entire reason that we decided to do the Disney Cruise is that I have sailed 5 times with them. That means we will not feel pressured to do anything on or off of the boat. We have done all of it and now we can just relax. There is no planning necessary, we know everything available and where everything is. It is a good thing since we had only a couple of days to throw everything together. We also live about an hour from port so it is easy to get there.

I am getting especially excited because we were upgraded to a level 4 Deluxe Ocean view Family Veranda room. Biggest room we have ever stayed in and we have never had a veranda. This is going to be great because we are traveling with friends. I packed some games and we will have plenty of room for socializing in the room. I packed Dirty Minds, Would you Rather, and Truth or Dare. We also packed 2 liter of vodka. The best thing about Disney Cruises is that they don't restrict you bringing liquor on board. They also offer free sodas on deck 9. This is a huge money saver when most cruises charge almost 10 bucks a drink.

One might think that a Disney Cruise is just for families but it is one of my favorite cruise lines. They have a pool that is for adults only, 18 and up. Their private island has a beach that is for Adults only and Disney seems to recognize those traveling without children and usually puts that type of guest at the same tables for dinner.

I am really starting to feel good about this. One might say it is a string of bad luck. Having to reschedule because of mudslides and then losing the entire Peru vacation all together but somehow I think this might be karma.

Our friend Ray lost his mother this year to cancer. He was very close to her and they often took Disney Cruises together in fact the last thing they did together before she was diagnosed was go on the Mediterranean cruise with Disney. Since she passed he has been pretty much staying home except to go to work. One of his co-workers finally said he was going to see if he could get off from work so that they could do a cruise. Ray thinking that there was no way his friend could get off said okay. Surprisingly the vacation time was available so Ray said if he could get vacation he would go... He really didn't think he could get the time off so when they told him it was available he no longer had an excuse.

We didn't know any of this until I posted a status on facebook saying that we lost our Peru vacation and booked the Disney Cruise. Ray calls us and tells us the news. We have talked for years about going on a cruise together but it took mudslides and bankruptcies to make it happen and now we are going to be there to support our friend as he trys to move forward with his life. Things really do happen for a reason.  
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