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We both have Platinum status in the Disney Cruise Line Castaway Club, reside in Indiana (USA), and each work in the higher education field, although Kara has recently branched out on her own and launched her own consulting company.
Our Disney Cruise Line experiences include the Bahamas, Caribbean (Western & Eastern), California Coast, Mexico, West Coast Repo, Alaska (only Kara), and Mediterranean.
Our favorite cruises have been when 1) we got “stuck” at Disney Castaway Cay for an extra 24 hrs(!), 2) the inaugural Pixar cruise with John Lasseter, and 3) a 25% capacity on our Disney Fantasy “Return to Sailing”. Kara also loved Alaska, which she did with her parents.
If you happen to want to see some our previous Trip Blogs:
2006 Land & Sea (our first DCL - 4 night Bahamas)
2013 Gayle’s B-Day Cruise (Eastern Caribbean)
2018 West Coast Repositioning (Vancouver to San Diego)
2021 Return to Sailing (COVID 8 night Eastern-turned-Western)
There are more - we just haven’t gotten them posted with photos!
Things to know about us before diving into this Trip Blog are that I (Gayle) am the Type A “planner”, while Kara is much more appreciative of the broader experience, more able to appreciate new discovery and finding “joy”! Once the trip gets started, hopefully we will be tag-teaming our narrative of the cruise!
Kara: Gayle’s being really kind. I am a total Type A planner in my professional life. I love my calendar, my to do list, and my notebook where I do my own version of bullet journaling. That said, when I’m traveling, I prefer to try to relax. And, because I’m lucky to have a best friend who also happens to be an exceptional travel agent I am more than happy to leave the details to her when we travel. I am incredibly appreciative of all the work she’s put into this trip and every trip we’ve ever taken.
On that note… Disclaimer: I (Gayle) am a travel agent with Authorized Disney Travel Planner agency - Off to Neverland Travel. Contact me today for a no-obligation quote!
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