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After my mother died in 2006, I decided to take the the money I inherited from her and do for my grandchildren what she did for my children. Of my 10 living grandchildren, two were much older (age 26 and age 24) and the oldest one had been on a trip with my mother.

The first grandchild went to Ireland in 2007 when he was 13 almost 14. The only flaw in the trip was the lack of other teens on the trip as he was very social.
Picture taken after lunch in Caherdaniel

Picture taken after lunch in Caherdaniel

So for the second grandchild, we took a cruise in the Mediterranean in 2008 He was also 13 almost 14
My grandson sitting on a step stone in Pompeii with the site map

My grandson sitting on a step stone in Pompeii with the site map


The cruise worked out well for me. It was much less stressful.

So following that model, my third grandchild and I did a Baltic cruise in 2009. She was 12, almost 13.
My granddaughter and me in mid June in Tallinn

My granddaughter and me in mid June in Tallinn

The fourth grandchild said specifically that he did not want to go to the Caribbean so I asked if he would like to go to Alaska or Hawaii. He was interested in volcanos and WWII, and he picked Hawaii. We also visited Yellowstone before we did the Hawaiian cruise in 2010 when he was 12.5
Grandson taking luggage out to the car from the Old Faithful Lodge

Grandson taking luggage out to the car from the Old Faithful Lodge

Bob and I went to Alaska in the spring of 2011

The fifth oldest grandchild and I did a cruise around Australia in 2012 when she was almost 13
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Bob and I did a Caribbean cruise on the Maasdam in the winter of 2013

When it came time to do the sixth trip with granddaughter A (sister of the grandson that went to Hawaii), I had already done the Baltic, the Mediterranean, Hawaii and Australia with grandchildren, so I considered the possibility of doing the Caribbean in 2013 And I also thought I might do the cruise on Disney - a cruise line that was aimed at children and a line that I had not previously used.

So this was a Disney cruise. I also thought that Disney would be able to deal with my granddaughter's severe gluten allergy. She cannot even eat french fries that have been fried in the same frier that has been used to fry the breaded chicken nuggets. And in this particular area, Disney delivered.

Disney cruises in the Caribbean are only one week long, so I picked two cruises with two different itineraries on the same ship. Doing this is called going back-to-back. In the case of Disney, it is very unusual to do B2B. A Disney cruise is more expensive than the other mass market lines. They include soft drinks in the price, but I do not drink soft drinks (and neither did this grandchild). They also have Disney Character Meet & Greets but most of these were for the younger guests

People who do Disney parks or cruises are usually rabid Disney fans. I am not. Disneyland in Anaheim when Walt was still alive - yes. Since then, not so much.

Some of things about this cruise were good, but there were enough problems to make me even less of a Disney fan than I was before.

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Flying to Orlando

BWI to Houston to Orlando


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I decided to rent a scooter from Special Needs at Sea like I had done for the Alaskan cruise, even though they had totally failed to be reasonable for the Australian cruise in 2012. Unfortunately, they weren't much more reasonable this time.

Wednesday 5 June 2013

Packed Tuesday of last week and weighed the suitcase (the big brown one). It was almost 50 lbs. Then other things had to be put into it - the extension cord for the scooter, which was heavy, and it ended up being 52 lbs. So I took the mouthwash (which I know I don't use up the whole bottle) and emptied about 3/4's of it out into the bigger bottle, and I also took out a raincoat which was in a package, and it ended up at just about 50 lbs. The carryon is heavy too.

This Tuesday all I had to do was finish packing my carry-on and be ready to leave at 6:30 am on Weds. My plane was at 10:45 and I was figuring that we'd need to leave about 7, but Bob wanted to be there at 8:45 so we left about 6:30
Route 5 - leaving

Route 5 - leaving


He was complaining about the hour
St Joseph's church

St Joseph's church


and also about the fact that there would be some rush hour traffic up at the Baltimore end. But we were actually there near 8:30. I found a place that said it was for unloading handicapped and we parked there, but had to walk across the bus lane to the check in. I was wearing my hat (with a chin cord), my passport case on a cord around my neck, my camera vest, and my camera, and I had put the camera vest on over my seat belt, and I was completely bound into the car. I had to take the camera vest and all the stuff on top of my clothes off to get untangled.
waiting for a wheelchair

waiting for a wheelchair


So we walked across and I went to a lady whose badge said she was a Southwest employee and asked for a wheelchair and then Bob put me in line and left.

In about 5 minutes a young lady came with a wheelchair and she went to the desk apparently to ask how to check in. She took my ticket. and said I didn't need my ID (which I knew was wrong) so I continued to get it out. She came back for it. The man took it all and weighted the bag, ticketed it, and gave her a boarding pass. I emptied my water bottle and we put the cane and my carry-on in the chair with me and she took me to the security line where they inspected my passport carefully.

When we got to the scanner she said to me "I've saved you some time - I told them you couldn't walk." She managed to get the computer out of the bag, and ran that and the carry on and the cane through the screening. Then they came back for my water bottle and then my hat, and then again for my passport case and camera and put those through. Then they came back again and made me take the camera vest off (they had previously thought it was some kind of medical device) and put that through. Then they wanded my hands, and I had to put all that stuff back on. She got the computer back into the carryon and took me to the gate (filling the water bottle from a drinking fountain on the way).
In a wheelchair waiting for the plane

In a wheelchair waiting for the plane


I was at the gate by about 8:45. I had nothing to do for 2 hours. I did get out my computer for a bit but the wi-fi apparently was not free. A plane came in to the gate and disembarked the passengers many of whom appeared to be a school group from A.J.Bell School wearing matching T-shirts (about 8th or 9th grade I judged - they were too well behaved to be 7th graders and too big to be 6th graders, but some of the boys were too short to be a higher grade.)

They started to board a little before 10. No one came to help with the chair so I got up (stepping on one of my shoelaces and untying it as I did so) and walked down the gangway, which was short. The male flight attendant asked if I wanted help with my bag, and I said yes, so he took it and put it someplace, but I didn't know where it was. I sat about three rows back, but I think I could have sat at the bulkhead because I didn't have anything to put under the seat. But there was enough room without that.

A tattooed man dressed in flip flops, shorts and a wife beater shirt came and sat in the aisle seat and took out an ipad and put it on the tray table and started playing computer games. The plane was fairly full and took over a half hour to board but apparently no one wanted to sit in between us (!!!} so we had no middle seat companion.
IMG_8749.JPGFrom the plane

From the plane

IMG_8755.JPGOn Southwest

On Southwest


They gave us a bag of cheese nips and some peanuts, and I had a glass of cranapple and my seat mate had water and two mixed drinks. I talked to him a bit and he is apparently in construction - lives in the Houston area and was coming from a job in Mass. I think it was his company that built Cracker Barrel. His company does a lot of Darden

I set my camera time back an hour, but didn't set my watch. They had taken my whole ticket when they gave me the boarding pass, so I didn't know what time we were to get there, but I thought it was close to one, and my watch said that's when it was and we didn't seem to be getting any closer to to ground. So I set my watch, but now my watch and camera did not agree. Maybe I had not reset my camera from our last trip or maybe I didn't save the change.
Reliant Stadium and Astrodome

Reliant Stadium and Astrodome


When it came time to get off I had to have the flight attendant find my bag. and then I asked if my wheelchair was there and it was. The man (whose name was Paul) pushed me up the ramp and then was finding other people to do other wheelchairs (there were 4 of us). He pushed me through the terminal and I thought I saw my granddaughter (it was a tall thin girl) and waved to her, but it wasn't my granddaughter Embarrassing.

I spotted my grandson in an orange T-shirt with my granddaughter near baggage claim. They came on the loudspeaker saying that the Baltimore bags might take awhile because there were so many of them, but the plane was going on to Phoenix and they had said the on ground time was to be only 40 minutes and I had seen two huge carts of bags for the new people to be loaded so I knew they were going to be moving as fast as possible, and sure enough the loudspeaker lady said that it wasn't going to be so long and bags started to arrive. Paul said that his company did all the passenger assistance at Hobby - it wasn't done by the individual airlines.

Got the bags and Paul took us out to a holding area for wheelchairs and the kids called my daughter and she came to get us. She had the youngest granddaughter with her in the car - the kids had a half day today. She had a chicken sandwich from Chik-fil-a for me to eat which was welcome.

When we got to her house, my grandson tried to get my computer to print on their system - he could get my computer on line, but couldn't get it to print. So using her computer, we printed the Special Needs at Sea form that they were hysterically asking for (even though I had already paid them) and faxed it back to them with a signature and printed the wheelchair reservation at Disney among other things My son-in-law came home and we had dinner and then a swim in the pool.

6 June 2013

Mostly today we got my granddaughter packed, and did other chores preparing to leave. It rained pitchforks at one point with some hail
front door-rain pouring down outside

front door-rain pouring down outside


so we didn't go swimming again. I will have to wait to test out whether the other entrance and exit to the pool will work better for me. To get out yesterday, I had to ask my grandson to give me a hand to get my foot over the last step up.
xIMG_8765.JPGYoungest granddaughter and Star over my daughter's mantle

Youngest granddaughter and Star over my daughter's mantle


I canceled the reservation for lunch at Epcot because I thought that $90 each (the new price for tickets for one day) was too much to pay just for the privilege to eat lunch (which I would have to pay for additional)

2013 June 7

This was an interesting day, full of problems to solve

My daughter waked me up at 4 and I groggily got ready to leave at 4:30. First my son-in-law had to move his car out of the driveway because that's where his car is parked - they can't get two cars in the two car garage very easily. Besides which, my grandson went out to practice driving yesterday afternoon and parked in the middle of the garage.

We got to the airport by 5, but there was no curbside check in for AirTran. So my daughter let me out, and I walked in and asked. They said they would have to call for a pusher, or I could just take a wheelchair and my granddaughter could push. So I did take a Southwest wheelchair (a man helped me unfold it) and went in.

However there was still a problem of checking the bags because my granddaughter couldn't push AND manage both of the big bags. So we went in and they said we would have to wait. I sent my granddaughter back to get the bags, but in the meantime my daughter had parked in short term parking. She brought the bags in, and the guy who was steering people into lines told her to check the bags. She did it WITHOUT having any photo ID as I hadn't given her my passport.
Granddaughter and me early a.m.

Granddaughter and me early a.m.


We went through the security check-in
airport check in at 5:50

airport check in at 5:50


and they pushed me to the gate. I got into conversation with a lady there, and completely forgot to ask my granddaughter to get the water bottles filled and get some breakfast.
Hobby Airport from a wheelchair

Hobby Airport from a wheelchair


We pre-boarded - in seats A and C on the short side of the plane. The flight was pretty full (with a lot of kids) and they kept asking for people to move to the exit row "so that families could sit together". This continued until we were on the plane when they finally offered to give someone a free trip anywhere AirTran flew. (AirTran had merged with Southwest just before this trip) We left a little late (there was a 15 minute delay because the fight crew hadn't finished their rest time).
IMG_8772.JPGOn the plane 6:40 and taking off

On the plane 6:40 and taking off

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When we arrived at the airport, the wheel chair lady pushed me up the ramp to where the Disney buses were loading.
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They loaded the luggage onto the bus and took us to the All Star Resorts - first to Sports, and then to Music where we got off
All Star Resort

All Star Resort


and last (after we got off) to Movies. I picked Music because my granddaughter plays the guitar

We gave our luggage to the bell man and they gave me my scooter and I checked in. We went to our room and waited for our luggage which came eventually. I tipped the bell man (and I've tipped the wheel chair pushers the same also) $5.00.
xIMG_8805.JPGGranddaughter taking photos of the resort decorations

Granddaughter taking photos of the resort decorations


The scooter was very rabbity even when turned down to the most turtley so I had a hard time controlling it. It came with directions, which I didn't read, and a poncho.
Scooter

Scooter


Our room has two double beds and a TV and a small fridge and a little table.
Granddaughter's panoramic photo of Disney resort hotel

Granddaughter's panoramic photo of Disney resort hotel

Sign pointing to the Piano Pool

Sign pointing to the Piano Pool


IMG_8798.JPGMickey in towels on the bed

Mickey in towels on the bed


We went to the hotel restaurant (which was a food court)
Clock in the Food Court

Clock in the Food Court


and I thought since they had a grill where stuff was made up for you that maybe we could get a hamburger or something without a bun. It turns out that they have a special gluten free cook. So we both got a bacon cheeseburger and fries - hers with a special gluten free bun and a dedicated fry fryer,
Gluten free

Gluten free


and me just regular.
Regular

Regular


Cost $18.00 and we drank our own water.
At this point I decided that we both needed a nap, so I asked for a wake-up call at 3:15, and we both lay down and had a nap.
Pool at the All-Star Resort

Pool at the All-Star Resort


We got up from our naps got ourselves together and went out to get the bus to Downtown Disney. They put the scooter on the bus (it was a kneeling bus) - the driver put it on himself as he was afraid that if I did it, I would run off the side of the ramp. He strapped it in and also put a shoulder harness on me while I was sitting on it.
Grandmother going to the Disney bus

Grandmother going to the Disney bus

DSC02006.JPGMe and the Scooter strapped into the bus

Me and the Scooter strapped into the bus


My granddaughter sat on the seat next to me, but an ENORMOUS woman came and asked her to move over so she could set next to the scooter side and would have more overflow space. Which she did.
bus to Downtown Disney

bus to Downtown Disney


I didn't realize that there were two stops at Downtown Disney until we got to the first stop, so we got off at the second stop
Main street

Main street

xIMG_8819.JPGPlanet Hollywood and Balloon ride

Planet Hollywood and Balloon ride


and made our way down to the Cirque de Soleil (CdS) building.
xIMG_8823.JPGCirc de Soleil building

Circ de Soleil building


I had been told to get there at 4:45 so as to be in line for the 5:30 opening
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but I misunderstood and thought I was to go up the elevator at 4:45 and all that was meant was to get in line. So we went off and went through a few stores . I looked in the Cirque de Soleil shop first.
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T-shirts

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Masks


And then we looked at the House of Blues. I tried to explain who the Blues Brothers were - I knew John Belushi was one of them, but it was difficult for me to do as I've never seen the movie.
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House of Blues gift shop (no photos inside)

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House of Blues

We went up the elevator in groups and found our seat and one of the ushers took the scooter and parked it and gave me back the key.
xIMG_8840.JPGSeating area before the show

Seating area before the show

It was a very good show although I don't know if I would consider it 'good value' as it was what I think of as expensive. It was really a circus show.They started out with two clowns and the two clowns also did the entre-acts. After the clowns (and people were still being seated) the main characters came in on the level right behind our seats and paraded down to the stage. There were some smoke effects at the beginning. The set was like a haunted castle.
ceiling

ceiling

I am not able to recall the order of the acts, but one of the first ones was with skipping ropes - kind of a combination of those double Dutch rope jumping teams and the ribbon routines of rhythmic gymnastics. There were some high wire and slack wire performers. A cleaning lady type (a la Carol Burnett) came out and various parts of the stage went up and down. There was a clown bit where they were apparently on the moon and the graphic on the sky was the earth.

There were four little girls who did a routine with something that looked like wooden spindles and rope. They had a couple of men doing trick bicycle riding. There were aerialists (all men although some of them had a cute red ruffle around their hips) on the trapezes. There was a trampolining section where people bounced up to the tops of a 'building' and back down. And there was a beautiful man (probably conceited as he was SO good looking) who did a kind of rope flying act- sort of gymnastics on red curtains which came down from the ceiling. He had four girls with him.
ticket

ticket


The band and the singers were inside the castle formations on the side. Live music I think. Also there was a sketch where the princess kisses a frog - the frog was a special spotlight and sound effect.

When they came back for the curtain calls, the princess had a prince with her.

The show lasted about a hour and a half. They brought me the scooter key and after we got down the elevator we started to go back to the bus.
Fultons Crab House

Fultons Crab House


I originally thought that we could eat there, but I after reading some of the menus, I decided against it.
Granddaughter with camera in Downtown Disney

Granddaughter with camera in Downtown Disney


I had seen that there was a gluten free bakery, so we went to that and she bought some donuts and a cupcake.
Gluten free donuts

Gluten free donuts


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Fountain


Then I started having problems with the scooter. No matter how far I turned to rabbit, it was turtle and sometimes would just stop dead. So I would wait and take the key out and put it back and turn it on, or I would put it into free wheel and push a bit and then get on and drive another little way.

We probably would have been OK getting to the buses this way except that when I got to the other end of Downtown Disney I turned the wrong way to get to the buses and ended up in parking lot B. I called the scooter company and they have no hours after 8 and it was 8:30. So I called the hotel and they called Downtown Disney and said they would come in a golf cart.

Eventually two people (black man white woman) showed up with brooms. They said the golf cart couldn't take the scooter so they were sent out to see what the problem was. By this time the scooter was almost impossible to push (I have concluded that there was some fault which made it have an internal brake) and it would only beep at me when I turned in on.

The two of them pushed me ON the scooter to the bus. These two employees were the only ones who were really helpful.

Then the bus driver put the scooter on the bus and we went to the hotel. The bus driver pushed it OFF the bus and I pushed it around the corner to where the scooters were.
IMG_8803.JPGGuitars and Jazz Inn at the resort

Guitars and Jazz Inn at the resort


The hotel people couldn't give me another scooter and they didn't have a working wheelchair. So I let my granddaughter go back to the room and get food and waited while they brought a wheelchair over from All Star Sports. Then they said that they couldn't push me to the room, that I'd have to get my granddaughter to do it. So I footed and pushed myself to the restaurant/food court and found her where she had gotten another gluten free cheeseburger and fries for herself.
granddaughter getting herself dinner

granddaughter getting herself dinner


And she pushed me back to the room.

I ordered myself pizza, but they only delivered large and I did not feel like going back to the food court for an individual pizza. I only ate one piece.

Next I booted up the computer to see if I could log on. The computer just had a little 'waiting' blue circle on the wi-fi signal. So I called the Disney computer person who couldn't figure out why there was a problem. So I called the Geek Squad. After we got it settled that they could NOT log into my computer and fix the problem remotely if I couldn't even get online, she said she would go do some research.

I got tired of waiting and called back, and while I was talking to the guy, the computer came back and said there was a network available. But I let the guy talk me into having the computer completely checked, and left him to it and went to sleep. I waked up about a hour later with the computer in safe mode and the session expired because they couldn't log back in. So I tried to get the computer to connect again and could not. So I went back to bed.

Thus ended June 7th

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Fighting with Fantasy

Disney's Newest Ship


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8 June 2013

There had been a piece of paper that said we should have our luggage tags on the luggage and be ready for them to pick them up at 8.In the morning, I waked up fairly early. Last night when I read the scooter instructions it said that it had to be in neutral with the key OUT of the lock in order to push it. Neither of my scooters has instructions like that.

I tried the computer again and this time it found the network and allowed me to log on again. I wrote up the activities of the 7th and posted them - my granddaughter waked up and took a shower. Housekeeping knocked just before 8 and said she thought we had left. A little while later the man came for the luggage. I ate two pieces of pizza and my granddaughter ate a couple of her gluten free donuts that she had from yesterday. I called the scooter place to explain what had happened and the end result was that they refunded my money.

Just before we left, I got on line and posted one photo of my granddaughter on Facebook.
Waiting for the bus to go to Fantasy-granddaughter grimaces for the camera

Waiting for the bus to go to Fantasy-granddaughter grimaces for the camera


We were to be in the lobby 15 minutes before 11:15 (which would of course be 11:00) to get the bus to the ship So I left at 10:45 - we had trouble getting around the maid's cart that was blocking the path. My granddaughter (who weights only about 1/3rd as much as I do) was pushing the wheelchair. Uphill was hard for her. On the way I used her phone to call the front desk (the number was in it from yesterday) and asked them what we had to do to check out and she said we didn't have to do anything and could keep our keys as souvenirs. All the keys are ones that you press to a rubber pad to be read. You don't swipe them anyplace.
Waiting for the bus to the ship

Waiting for the bus to the ship


We got to the lobby and checked in with the clipboard man. The lobby was full of people checking in and waiting for their rooms. I asked the clipboard guy if we could have a wheelchair at the port and he said OK. When the bus came, they gave me a front seat on the right side of the bus - I think they made someone else move so we could sit there. I returned the wheelchair to the bell desk.

The bus driver put a video on the screen about the ship which lasted until we got to the ship. There were wheelchairs for two of us - a man with a cane (his wife pushed) and me. My granddaughter pushed. Disney does not push wheelchairs. They will carry luggage, but not help people. We went through the entrance scan and got ourselves up the elevator to check in. They took a photo of both of us at once for the key card.

I asked if we could have help pushing the wheelchair up to the ship and the lady said - well how about switching the wheelchair for a scooter. And my scooter was there right next to where we checked in. It was not in my room. I did not realize it at the time but this was a bad omen.

We got on - they announced us and I said were my granddaughter and her grandmother, so that's what they announced.
IMG_8890.JPGAtrium and Character appearance

Atrium and Character appearance


We went to a bank of elevators near our room (everyone else was going up to the Lido (they call it Cabanas here.) But I wanted to drop our bags first. We had to wait about 15 minutes (until 1:30) until they opened up the staterooms.

When we got to the stateroom I tried to get the scooter to go in the usual way but the hall was too narrow and I could not get a straight shot at the doorway which was even narrower than on Carnival.
way to get from Enchanted Garden area to our room

way to get from Enchanted Garden area to our room


IMG_8942.JPGHall and our door

Hall and our door


When the stateroom attendant (from Jamaica) helped us get it in the hall the space between the bed and the wall was too narrow for the scooter and the bed is fixed in place. All the furniture is built in and can't be moved. We tried collapsing it but it was too tall to fit under the bed. My granddaughter called her other grandmother (her other grandfather has a scooter just like it) and talked to her about how to disassemble it, but to no avail. We couldn't figure it out. So I decided we would just leave it in the hall of the stateroom.

Our bags hadn't arrived, but we went to lunch. The Navigator plan of the day said that the Enchanted Garden was open until 2 and it was 1:45, but in the time it took to get the scooter back out of the stateroom, it closed. This is too bad because it is right on our floor not far from our room. So we went up to the pool deck to eat.
having lunch 14:22

having lunch 14:22


My granddaughter got a big salad and slices of pineapple
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Salad

and also ordered chicken strips with rice breading and gluten free fries, which were brought to her. I had a Sandwich

Sandwich


and then I got a smoothie which I realized after I got it was a for-pay drink and was $4.46. We saw an old hairy guy in a bathing suit and cap taken off in a wheelchair.

I went down and asked for dinner to be changed to early and they said OK that they would do that.

Then it was time for the drill. We were station G.
Lifeboat Drill

Lifeboat Drill


One thing very nice about this ship is that the doorways out to the promenade deck are almost level - no big lump in the doorway to get the scooter over. When we went out there we saw the Carnival Dream and the Ecstasy, and some of the Coast Guard boats. My granddaughter asked how she would know if they sounded the emergency signal and I said she would hear it.
IMG_8860.JPGCarnival Dream and people lining the deck of Carnival Ecstasy

Carnival Dream and people lining the deck of Carnival Ecstasy


After the drill we scootered/walked all around the deck once to see what was to be seen. Then we registered her for the Castaway Club. In common with other children's clubs on ships, one group is ages 8 to 12. My 12 year old granddaughters are not interested in being in a group with 8 year old boys. So this section is too young for them. Disney in addition has a 12 to 14 year old group.

I went up to the excursion desk and had a long talk with a South African lady in charge of excursions and she wanted to know how I was going to manage the excursions if I couldn't take the scooter. I said that I WOULD manage, whatever it took. This was an on-going problem. Disney did not want to let me do any excursions because I had a scooter. They made it as difficult as possible for me - I think hoping that I would give up and just stay on the ship. If that was their goal, it did not work.

I went and signed a form that allows her on and off the ship when I'm not there. They called me again about this all worried. I said that I wanted her to be able to go back to the ship and get something for me, or to go on shore and get something that I had left behind. That she wasn't going to jump ship and run off with her boyfriend. On a previous cruise, I wanted my granddaughter to go back on board and get something but since I had not signed a permission ship in advance, she couldn't. So this time, I was going to be prepared.

When we got back to the cabin, the suitcases were there. With her help, I got mine up onto my bed and took out clothes so I could wear something to dinner other than the clothes I'd been wearing. We went to dinner. I found out that our room attendant didn't know that we'd switched to early dining.
elevators

elevators


I wanted to be a table with other people but on this ship it is just as bad as the Pearl was in December (or worse). All families eating together and to themselves. We ended up in the Enchanted Garden at a table for 8 with a family of 5 - two teen age boys age 15 (who weren't there) - one his and one hers, and a little girl of 6 (theirs) from Dallas.
seated at dinner table

seated at dinner table


They had already ordered and the waiter wasn't around so we didn't get the menus for some times. Eventually I suggested to the waiter that my granddaughter get the
salmon and baked potato

salmon and baked potato


on the adult menu, so that's what she did. I had asparagus crab soup which was good, but some bits of crab shell in it, and the
Prime rib which the server insisted on cutting up for me

Prime rib which the server insisted on cutting up for me


The waiter insisted on cutting up our food (both my granddaughter and I). I had a
steamed lemon buttermilk pudding

steamed lemon buttermilk pudding


for dessert which I thought sounded light and it was. They also gave us some gnocchi extra - very very rich chocolate which I ate one of - kind of like fudge. My granddaughter was afraid to have any.
chef's extra - chocolate and apricot ganache

chef's extra - chocolate and apricot ganache


DSC02094.JPGLight in Enchanted garden light which blooms

Light in Enchanted garden light which blooms


At least six times during the meal the maitre d and the head water and a several waiters come and ask me how everything is. I am happy (I guess) that they want things to be good but it is almost too much of a good thing. This was one of the ships where they put an extreme amount of pressure on you to give them a score of 10 on everything.

IMG_9299.JPGGranddaughter

Granddaughter

Now back to my room - I had my suitcase on the bed so the room attendant couldn't really make anything up, but she left us chocolates and a towel animal sloth.
Desk with squid towel

Desk with squid towel

plugs and light switches

plugs and light switches

Disney water

Disney water


The room is very nice, if inconvenient. The bed is a king bed, which I hate
King bed

King bed


IMG_8945.JPGMy bed with the Navigator plan of the day on it and Granddaughter charging her device on the clock radio

My bed with the Navigator plan of the day on it and Granddaughter charging her device on the clock radio


and my granddaughter has to sleep on the couch.
IMG_8893.JPGGranddaughter's bed

Granddaughter's bed

It has a round porthole window ,
xIMG_8881.JPGwhich my granddaughter likes to sit in

which my granddaughter likes to sit in


a TV and a mini fridge. There are two double closets
My closet with safe

My closet with safe


and two bathrooms. One has the toilet and a sink (my bathroom),
IMG_8895.JPGBathroom side of hall and My stuff in toilet bathroom

Bathroom side of hall and My stuff in toilet bathroom

Sink/toilet bathroom

Sink/toilet bathroom


and the other has a sink and a shower/tub. My granddaughter is using that sink.
Panorama bathroom photo

Panorama bathroom photo


IMG_8903.JPGGranddaughters stuff in bathroom with shower/tub

Granddaughters stuff in bathroom with shower/tub


Of course I have to use 'her' shower and she uses 'my' toilet.

Now it was time to park the scooter for the night. We went to where the others were parked charging (outside the Enchanted Garden) but the only plug was a European 3 prong one. So we went under the stairs about 100 yards from our room. . It took four of us (mostly my granddaughter) to figure out where on the scooter to plug it in. In the course of this I found the lever that I think lets you take the battery out.
scooters charging near Enchanted Garden

scooters charging near Enchanted Garden


The normal way they deal with a scooter is that the cabin steward takes the scooter from you when you are done for the day and take it to a charging area for the night and then brings it back in the morning. The scooter still doesn't go in the room of course (If someone was really paralyzed, this would not work at all.) and they don't want it clogging up the hall either. And I did not want to wait for the room steward, so my solution was to let my granddaughter be in charge of bringing me the scooter and then taking it back and plugging it in to be charged. The Disney people did not like me to do this as they said the other children would want to ride too. But I felt my granddaughter would be responsible and also the scooter was only about 100 yards away so there wouldn't be that many children that would see what she was doing.

I got unpacked with my granddaughter's help and we got everything hung up and put away. Then I started up the computer, and eventually it found the Disney system and I got logged on.

June 9 - Sea Day

We started to eat breakfast in the Enchanted Garden - I walked there from the room, only to discover that it is a buffet. So we went to the Royal Court instead.
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I got the
Eggs Benedict

Eggs Benedict


without the Canadian bacon, some of the runny egg yolk dripped on my shirt. I also ordered a Banana which arrived sliced on a half of the skin

Banana which arrived sliced on a half of the skin


I took a
Chocolate Iced Donut

Chocolate Iced Donut


but it was way too sweet to eat- it was both glazed and iced. My granddaughter had some
gluten free

gluten free


eggs and bacon and sausage but they omitted the hash browns.

While my granddaughter went to scope out the ship, I tried to get the egg off my shirt, and also tried to get photos out of my camera without much success. We can't change the channels on the TV because the remote basically doesn't work. So I called housekeeping and asked for them to fix it.
We went to lunch and saw the last part of the diaper dash. (a crawling event for babies)
People watching the diaper dash

People watching the diaper dash


At lunch one of the waiters took our photo.
Our photo

Our photo


I had the apple walnut salad
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which had a LOT of lettuce in it. I picked out the apple and walnut part to eat. They gave my granddaughter the wrong menu (she gets a special gluten free menu and at dinner they give her the one for the next night so she can order in advance) and she ordered Cobb salad so they substituted
lemon chicken salad with papaya

lemon chicken salad with papaya


She liked that. She also got a
strawberry smoothie

strawberry smoothie


I had
fusilli pasta

fusilli pasta


They seem to stick thin slices of cheese on top of things and warm it a little. For dessert, I had hot chocolate fudge pudding

hot chocolate fudge pudding


(had meringue on top) which at first I thought from the description was a sundae, but it was not. The fudge pudding was quite rich. They gave my granddaughter
a good humor type popsicle in the shape of Mickey's head

a good humor type popsicle in the shape of Mickey's head

We went to the
Port and shopping talk

Port and shopping talk


which wasn't very interesting - I fell asleep. My granddaughter paid attention.

My granddaughter took the scooter and put it in the scooter area. She also walked around the ship some more. She tried going to the various kids clubs. She said the 8-12 one was all little kids, and the 12-14 one the other kids were in cliques and did not talk to her.
One of the dwarfs in the Character Meeting

One of the dwarfs in the Character Meeting


At about 5:15 we started to get dressed for Formal Night. There were people taking family photos, but blocking the passage out to where the scooter was.
me dressed for Formal Night reflected in the elevator doors

me dressed for Formal Night reflected in the elevator doors


We went to the Royal Court, but the family who was to eat with us was not there. They were eating in the Lido rather than get dressed for Formal Night.

The waiters keep asking me if I'm happy so I have been thinking of things to tell them. I've decided to tell the main waiter at our table that when I sit down, I want water and a menu and bread (and my granddaughter will want her bread also). After that we can wait until others arrive to have our orders taken.
formal night napkin

formal night napkin

Waiter's uniforms for formal night

Waiter's uniforms for formal night

non-gluten bread

non-gluten bread


I was not too happy with the dinner last night really but I didn't really want to make a fuss. I had something called spinach and cheese croquet

spinach and cheese croquet


but there wasn't much spinach. Then I had the
lobster and shrimp appetizer (round thing is lobster on top of four shrimp)

lobster and shrimp appetizer (round thing is lobster on top of four shrimp)


They didn't have Bob's favorite cocktail sauce for the shrimp but they did have something that was orange like salad dressing. Then I had
ravioli - salty broth and I didn't care for the mango (orange stuff)

ravioli - salty broth and I didn't care for the mango (orange stuff)


I asked for a spoon so I could at least have the broth, but it was VERY salty. I finally dipped my bread in it. The bread was like a huge popover which had slices, but it came in the basket upside down so I had to turn it over with my fingers to get the slices off. I wasn't very happy with the idea of everyone handling the bread to get a slice

My granddaughter had a
melon and strawberry plate

melon and strawberry plate


(which the waiter cut up for her). Then she had
Stuffed chicken with rice and asparagus which she cut up herself

Stuffed chicken with rice and asparagus which she cut up herself


which looked very good.
Sleeping through dinner (at the next table)

Sleeping through dinner (at the next table)

This time our towel animal was a rabbit.
towel rabbit

towel rabbit

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We are in Grand Cayman tomorrow. We have to put our clocks back to Central time tonight.

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