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Aisling
12-26-2005, 09:36 AM
Hi Disers!

No one from our Dis group has started a thread, so I thought I'd just come by and say hello. Everyone is so busy having a fantastic time, theres no time to really sit and post.

The Magic is unbelievable. The CMs are really giving it their all for us to have a great time. I hardly know what to say, so much has been going on and we haven't even reached our first port yet!

Capt. Tom is as handsome as ever. Capt Thord is here too. And Ducky Williams is on this cruise!!!Will see him later on.

My 13 yo LOVES the teen club, and he thought he wouldn't when I told him about it. My 20 year old has met a bunch of kids his age, from a gethering that was scheduled for 18-21 year olds. DCL has really covered all bases.

The sea is calm, overcast, humid, warm but not hot.

Rich Purpura the magician/comdeian is HILARIOUS! If you know who John Pinet is, Rich is just like that.

I got the $89 internet package...didnt go with the wireless. There are always available terminals, even with a full ship. For a full ship, I sure don't know where everyone is, because there are no crowds anywhere! I'm always able to get a lounge chair by the pools!
The Dumbotron is going to have Monday night football on tonight, and that should be fun.

So far no negatives, only A- plusses galore!

Hi Tiggerwannabe, Domiii, jgalecpa, lynntarrant, havencruiser, kkb, trinibj, nskjerven, minniegirl, grimgrinnin, a fantastic group of Disers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'll be back later.
Big big thanks to verandaman Andy for taking the time to post the Magic at the port and two palms. Very special to be able to have these photos.

mommasita
12-26-2005, 11:35 AM
Hi, sounds like a Magical Xmas cruise...I hope you all enjoy your time onboard... :sunny: :sunny: :sunny:

budwmn
12-26-2005, 01:48 PM
Thanks for the update! :)

I have two questions for you:

1. What movies are playing on board?

2. There's been a discussion of how often they wash the bedspreads on board the ships. If you could find out, we'd love to end this debate.

Thanks for your help! Hope you continue to have a fantastic vacation! :sunny:

BuzzBoyMom
12-26-2005, 02:13 PM
Hope you are having a wonderful time.

Wishing you calm seas and lots of fun!

MrsMork
12-26-2005, 02:36 PM
Thanks for posting. We watched Monday night football on the Dumbotron on the 12/10 cruise and it was awesome! Duckie Williams sailed with us last year and his sessions are truely Magic, don't miss them. Have fun!

WDWLVR
12-26-2005, 02:52 PM
Sounds like your cruise has gotten off to a great start. I agree go and see Ducky's presentation - you won't be disappointed!

tiggerwannabe
12-26-2005, 05:03 PM
Tig here! Posting before dinner...we have the late seating ;)

We've managed to run into all the DISers we'd planned to meet onboard and are having an awesome time!

Thank again VM for the port photos, gave me chills to see them :goodvibes:

We'll have to check on your sheet question for you and you will all have trip reports coming out of your ears when we all return :faint:

Hope you all had a great holiday, we dock back at port canaveral on new years eve. Alot of us are headed back to Orlando for the NYE holiday. My girls and me are going to HOB to see sevendust, my Mom and Nskjerven's group are going to Cirque. Some are going to the parks and some are going home :(

This is truly a Magical Experience, thank you Aisling for starting our live thread :hug:

TTFN,

gotta head to dinner---

~colleen~

tiggerwannabe
12-26-2005, 05:05 PM
Oh yeah, I'll get the movie list from our room and post it for you in the next day or so...

I know Chicken Little, Narnia, I'll be home for Christmas, and Flight Plan are playing, gotta check the list for the rest ;)

~TTFN~

LAMPSKIES
12-26-2005, 05:27 PM
Hey all, have a Wonderul sailing and keep that ship hopping.....us Turkeyday disers are looking for a group to show us up! :rotfl2: keep an eye for Pikey and tell him us Turkeyday sailors are still cheering for him.....especially "tink"....he'll understand.

tiggerwannabe
12-26-2005, 05:30 PM
A bit of detail for you all...

Got onboard about 1, Mom's a repeat cruiser (castaway cay club member) so check in was quite easy...we went right to Parrot Cay for lunch, I had fried shrimp and veggies. We went topside to find our DISer friends and managed to find quite a few.

Hearing the horn was truly magical and we were moving immediately afterwards. Verandah Man posted alot of pictures of our sailaway on the christmas cruisin meet thread, you all should check em out :)

Santa found us, the girls and Mom were happy with their presents. John (DH) sent a gift with me with the promise that I wouldn't open it til Christmas...it was a beautiful gold and diamond mickey necklace, I wore it for formal night last night and have it on right now :teeth:

AKL was awesome, the girls thought I was nuts booking it for the one night but were very happy that I did. I hit the hottub first, it was a bit cool out but not too cold for the hot tub. The air was so cool that the pool had a constant cloud coming off of it with the temperature difference between the air and the water.

We got upgraded to pool view, not savannah but very nice. Nan (nskjerven) had concierge and we spent some time up there with her. We hit DTD for a bit, the girls did Disney Quest and Mom wound up at Epcot and DTD that day.

We had breakfast, 14 of us, at Boma's before leaving for Port Canaveral.

Lampskies, where would I find Pikey? Is he a server?

I'll find him for you if you tell me where ;)

missmulan
12-26-2005, 06:08 PM
can anyone on the Magic right now track a server by the name of Plamen from Bulgaria and let him know that there's this article about how wonderful he is in our current and newly released AAA Magazine called "Westways". His picture is featured in it too. Apparently, he was the writer's server on the Magic during the Mexican Riviera sailings. Plamen was also my server on our first cruise. His head server's name was Maclean.

I will be more than happy to mail it to the appropriate people so he can see the article and keep it. :flower:

missmulan
12-26-2005, 06:10 PM
Lampskies, where would I find Pikey? Is he a server? [/b]




Pikey is part of the Cruise Entertainment staff...He did Bingo when I was on the 12/10 Magic.

Verandah Man
12-26-2005, 07:28 PM
Enjoy the rest of your cruise!!! Enjoying the "live" reports!!! :goodvibes :goodvibes :goodvibes

I'm flying down to Florida on Tuesday afternoon (12/27) and will be there until Sunday afternoon. I'm bringing my 13 year old nephew down so he can visit with his dad (my brother) for a few days, they haven't seen each other since August. I might take a ride :moped: down to the port area Saturday afternoon and watch the Magic sail away and take some "LIVE" sailaway pics for a change!!!

lmok
12-26-2005, 08:33 PM
Oh, it sounds like everyone is have such a great time! I hope everything continues for all of you!!!!

Lisa
:earsgirl: princess: princess:

tksbaskets
12-26-2005, 09:11 PM
Thanks for all of the updates! It takes me back to last year. We loved Ducky Williams and Rich Pupura. Take Mary's advice and don't miss when Ducky does his presentation in the Beuna Vista Theater. He gave away all his sketches afterwards. We weren't lucky winners but many of our fellow DISers were.

Enjoy the rest of your trip!! Check in when you can :earsboy:

domiii
12-27-2005, 12:57 PM
Karen and Dom here. What wonderful people our DIS friends are. It was so great meeting everyone after a year of posting to each other.

The ship is just beautiful. Haging a hard time believing it's Christmas, being so used to 30 degree weather back home. Here we are slathered in sun screen, basking in the sun!

Have had a blast with Keyon and Jake (entermainment guys) at some of the activities. We built a gingerbread house yesterday with Jake. Did a walking brief tour with Keyon.

Our servers are GREAT! Cornwall and Ian. Just Fabulous. We joked with them and told them they had to sing for us on Christmas! They sang Oh Holy Night and were pretty darn good. The 12 of us sang, what else, the 12 Days of Christmas for them!

Brunch at Palo yesterday. DO NOT miss brunch at Palo. We ended up in the Palo Room! Very accomodating. Louise is also WONDERFUL! We requested her for dinner on Friday, too!

I find if we are having a great time, the CM will go out of there way to make sure we have a spectacular time!

More later, I am sure.

Hey, Tig and Aisling!

LAMPSKIES
12-27-2005, 02:29 PM
A bit of detail for you all...

Got onboard about 1, Mom's a repeat cruiser (castaway cay club member) so check in was quite easy...we went right to Parrot Cay for lunch, I had fried shrimp and veggies. We went topside to find our DISer friends and managed to find quite a few.

Hearing the horn was truly magical and we were moving immediately afterwards. Verandah Man posted alot of pictures of our sailaway on the christmas cruisin meet thread, you all should check em out :)

Santa found us, the girls and Mom were happy with their presents. John (DH) sent a gift with me with the promise that I wouldn't open it til Christmas...it was a beautiful gold and diamond mickey necklace, I wore it for formal night last night and have it on right now :teeth:

AKL was awesome, the girls thought I was nuts booking it for the one night but were very happy that I did. I hit the hottub first, it was a bit cool out but not too cold for the hot tub. The air was so cool that the pool had a constant cloud coming off of it with the temperature difference between the air and the water.

We got upgraded to pool view, not savannah but very nice. Nan (nskjerven) had concierge and we spent some time up there with her. We hit DTD for a bit, the girls did Disney Quest and Mom wound up at Epcot and DTD that day.

We had breakfast, 14 of us, at Boma's before leaving for Port Canaveral.

Lampskies, where would I find Pikey? Is he a server?

I'll find him for you if you tell me where ;)

Pikey is more like an "assistant cruise director" he is everywhere. Bingo, hot legs contest, 80's night, 70's night......

KKB
12-27-2005, 02:49 PM
First opportunity to post..

PLEASE fly in the day before...it was such a long day...but the Magical Express is THE way to go, and check in was a breeze when you arrive at nearly 3PM!

Our room, cat. 4 is terrific, though our outside cabin for 2 on Princess seemed far more spacious than this for 5!!!

Dinners have been great...but I have been to Palos THREE times in TWO days...brunch was DIVINE on Xmas day I figured that the wives needed a bruch on the 26th..they all thanked me for making sure to go..plus DH & I had dinner last night..I am STILL full today! TOO much food! I am not a chocoholic, but truly the souffle is to DIE for! (so is Anton from Bulgaria :blush: DH also said I couldn't take him home! :confused3

A cruise w/ kids is certainly different! I keep wanting to go out dancining...TOO pooped! maybe tonight....

have met most of my DIS croonies...but have not spent NEARLY enough time w/ them! MIL is looking for more time together than me...

St. Maartem is beautiful...looking forward to coming back w/ our Princess cruise next OCT.

No major differences w/ Princess, except for kids.

Better head,...I need a cocktail!

Kris

lbgraves
12-27-2005, 04:41 PM
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Verandah Man
12-27-2005, 08:26 PM
Louise is also WONDERFUL! We requested her for dinner on Friday, too!


Louise is great, tell her I said hi, Louise was our server in the Palo private room for our DISmeet brunch in August 2004. If you should happen to see Gemma in Palo, tell her I said hello also. I have a photo of Louise and Gemma together, but that photo is on my desk top in New Jersey, and I'm here on my laptop in "chilly" 50* :cold: Florida tonight.

tiggerwannabe
12-28-2005, 06:56 AM
I lost my entire post cause it said "I wasn't logged in" :badpc:

Sorry, the castmembers I spoke to did not know of Pikey and my movie list seems to be lost in our cabin somewhere :(

If you check our cruise meets thread grimgrinnin posted a full list shortly before we came down...

gotta go drag my girls outta bed now to head onto st thomas, I got them up for customs and they went right back to bed...they've had some very late nights all this week.

They are actually enjoying the ship so much they aren't interested in the islands.

They are looking forward to Castaway Cay tho...we have a banana boat ride and glass bottom boat tour booked. They've heard so much about that island they cannot wait to get there :smooth:

I'll bid you all TTFN,

~Have a Magical Day~

budwmn
12-28-2005, 01:56 PM
Thanks for the posts and the current list of movies!

Hope you continue to have a great trip :goodvibes

MrsMork
12-28-2005, 02:11 PM
Was the WDW Christmas Day parade boadcast on the Dumbotron? It appeared that there were live photos of the Magic with the parade on the screen, but we are wondering if it was truly live pictures.

lmok
12-28-2005, 02:43 PM
Tigger,

Could you let us know what you thought of the Glass Bottom Boat tour? We were thinking of this but have not really heard anything.

Lisa
Oklahoma
:earsgirl: princess: princess:

lbgraves
12-28-2005, 03:57 PM
Was the WDW Christmas Day parade boadcast on the Dumbotron? It appeared that there were live photos of the Magic with the parade on the screen, but we are wondering if it was truly live pictures.

Sure, Angie. ;) ;) ;) That parade was all done live. ;) You do know they tape that in early December? I think that with technology they could have easily put anything on the screen in editing once they shot it.

MrsMork
12-28-2005, 05:33 PM
You're spoiling my Magic. :wizard: :rolleyes: princess: I don't know that and Prince Charming is real.

moet7
12-28-2005, 11:34 PM
Hi
Has anyone done any of the excursions on St. Martin or St. Thomas?
If Yes, can you tell me which ones and how they were?
Thanks

jlawall
12-31-2005, 12:07 AM
Thx for posting, say "Hi" to Lynn and Keith from GB (LynnTarrant), we sailed with them last summer and they are terrific!!

Have wonderful trip!

Aisling
01-01-2006, 08:44 PM
Has anyone done any of the excursions on St. Martin or St. Thomas?
On St. Martin, my 20 year old son did the Mountain Bike Tour through Columbier to Friar's Bay Beach. Chad said it wasn't a smooth and easy ride, more suitable for higher intermediate riders than for lower intermediates. The scenery was diverse, from cliffs overlooking the sea, to people living in poverty, to historical areas where slavery took place, etc. At the end of the tour, they stopped at Friar's Bay Beach for a beer, rum punch, soda, and/or water. My son enjoyed it very much, even with the scratched up arm from the brumble bushes on the path, and would do it again.

Also on St. Martin, my 13 year old son Jesse and I did the Under Two Flags tour. We got on a barely airconditioned bus, drove from Philipsburg to Marigot. The driver was a knowledgeable guide, pointing out all the interesting spots, and slowing down to let us get closer looks for photos. Again, we saw poverty, and I felt uncomfortable when the locals saw us drive slowly through their streets and neighborhoods. The streets are very narrow,and the driver said he has to put vasaline on the bus everyday so it could squeeze through the traffic and houses practically on the road. we did learn a lot about the history and relations of these two separate countries on one island.

St. Thomas...we did the 5-star Trunk Bat snorkle and beach trip. We rode the Leylon Sneed boat to St. John, about 45 minutes. The crew provided us with equipment. We put on the gear, and had the choice of being dinghied over to St. John, to go ddown the ladder and lower yourself into tghe 20 feet of water where we anchored, or to jump the 5 feet from the boat directly into the 20 feet of water. We jumped, and it was scary, but fun. The snorkling was beautiful, coral reefs, tropical fist, and even stingrays were seen by us all. Very cool. We swan to the pristine beach, lolled around on the sand, played in the water, and after an hour, started our swim/snorkle back to the Leylon Sneed. It was a very fun trip.

About Pikey, my son Chad hung out with Pikey, Amy, and Dazzler every night, mainly in Rockin Bar D. I will post some photos.

slindamood
01-02-2006, 11:44 AM
DH and I were on the beach at Jetty Park to see you all off - looked like a great party! :cool1:

We took lots of photos - it was such a beautiful day for sailing. :sunny: I have posted them on a separate thread on the DCL Forum page.

Hope you all had fun - we did the Christmas cruise back in 01 and had a fantastic time. So very special.

Suzanne

minniegrl
01-07-2006, 01:47 PM
Hi
Has anyone done any of the excursions on St. Martin or St. Thomas?
If Yes, can you tell me which ones and how they were?
Thanks


DH (grimgrinnin) and I did excursions on both St. Maarten and St. Thomas.

On St. Maarten we did the Golden Eagle Catamaran. The catamaran was really big with plenty of space for people to sit, although everyone wanted in the front, which did make it a little crowded. It was still a nice ride, though. We sailed to a small island with a beatiful sandy beach. DH snorkeled, while I sunbathed on the beach. I did take a walk back behind some trees because people kept going back there and coming back smeared with some type of mud. I thought that perhaps there was some type of mud bath back there, and so I walked back with two other women only to find that you were supposed to bring your own water to pour into little holes in the ground, to make your own mud, and then smear it on your body. One of the men in their party found a jug of water by a tree, so we used that. We rubbed sandy mud on ourselves all the while discussing how this would be a good funniest videos segment, only to be made funnier if they showed the spot a few hours later with wild animals crapping in the holes. I mean, seriously, we really had absolutely NO idea what we were rubbing all over ourselves! :confused: At any rate, I made my way back to the beach, only to see a new boat unloading its completely nude passengers onto the shore. This was quite a surprise to many of the families that were coming back from the snorkeling end of the beach. :eek: After dragging DH back to the catamaran, we boarded for our return trip. All in all it was a very nice day, although the crew of the catamaran wasn't that personable.

On St. Thomas we did the afternoon Dubloon Sail and Snorkel. I highly recommend this excursion. It was a blast from beginning to end. The ride isn't the most comfortable, but it totally makes up for it in entertainment. It was packed, but we didn't mind it so much. The ride to Buck Island was fun, due in large part to Billy Bones, one of the crew who does most of the entertaining on the trip out. Once we reached Buck Island, I was slightly disapointed to learn that it was not an island with a beautiful beach where I could get out and stroll. It was a very rocky shore, and people are not allowed to swim to it because it is a bird sanctuary. I quickly got over my disappointment when Billy explained that we were in what is called "Turtle Cove" because sea turtles frequent the cove. He explained that if you are very still that they will not see you as a threat and might even come up for air close to you. He said that if a turtle were to come near you, you shouldn't talk or move around because it would get scared and leave, and that you should stick to these guidelines so that everyone has a chance to see the turtles. While I did not plan on snorkeling (I have issues with the breathing procedures required of it), I did still hope that if I swam or floated around I would still see a turtle. By the time I got in the water, most of the snorkelers were already quite a ways down the cove with Melinda, our resident bar wench :worship: , who is also an expert snorkeler and marine life expert. I spotted my husband in the opposite direction and motioned him to me so that I could show him where the rest of the snorkelers were. He had already been hanging out with a sea turtle until a loud group of people came his way. I had high hopes of seeing a turtle that afternoon. My high hopes were shortly dashed when a man who spotted a turtle in my general area started screaming "turtle! turtle!" He then proceeded to splash around trying, unsuccessfully, to move toward the turtle, which promptly scared it away. At that point I decided to just kick back, relax, and enjoy the cool Caribbean water.

The ride back was much more eventful. :tongue: We were served banana benders nonstop! Our glasses were barely touched when Melinda would show up and refill it each time. Billy came around and slapped (and I do mean SLAPPED in some cases) a pirate tatoo on each person. He was very good at reading who would be offended if he put their tatoo in a "questionable" location. He pulled the front of my suit down slightly and popped a tatoo on my chest. It was hilarious. Then, the captain, who had barely spoken the entire day, got up and modeled the Dubloon merchandise that we could purchase. After leaving the Dubloon, we followed Billy Bones to purchase our merchandise at the Dubloon shop (which is on the way back to the Magic). The fun didn't stop because they were still serving free drinks in the shop and the crew was just as entertaining inside the store.

Grim and I are not big drinkers, but we were both VERY tipsy by the time we boarded the Magic. It was a really fun day.

We also did excursions on both islands on our last cruise.

On St. Maarten we did the Lagoon Kayaking tour. We were disappointed in this excursion because the description made it sound like it was going to be this beautiful lagoon, so of course we were picturing scenes from "The Blue Lagoon". Talk about disappointing...we were in a bay on the Dutch side of the island, and most of the trip was in a very industrial looking area. I could swear that there was oil floating in the water from all the big, industrial ships around us. The mangroves that we were supposed to kayak through was a strip of vegetation downhill from a busy highway, and while we did get to see some cool jellyfish and a sea cucumber, it was just not beautiful at all. Not to mention that it was really windy and parts of the kayaking were extremely tough....and we weren't beginners. Oh well....bygones.

St. Thomas was a totally different story, or St. John, rather. We did the Champagne barefoot catamaran excursion, which wasn't offered through Disney for our latest (Christmas) cruise. It originates at the Bolongo Bay resort on St. Thomas, though, so if you're really interested, you may be able to book it on your own. At any rate, we loved every minute of this excursion. The crew was fun and personable. We had a great conversation with one of the crewmembers which resulted in her emailing us all kinds of information about St. Thomas. The catamaran sailed to St. John. I think it was Honeymoon Bay (can't remember exactly) which was a beautiful white sand beach. It was truly breath-taking, and most of the island is a nature preserve. We snorkeled down on the preserve end of the beach, and then hung out on the sand for a bit. They served yummy sandwiches, and all types of drinks. The one and only drawback is that is was a LONG ride each way. However, if you love sailing, and I did, its a really amazing excursion.

Ok, that's probably a WHOLE LOT more that you wanted to know, but I got on a roll. :crazy2:

Hi to all my fellow Christmas cruisers! LUMU (ok..that's just something I made up in the spirit of LYMI to let you know that Grim and I love you and miss you! :flower: )

::MinnieMo Minniegrl

tiggerwannabe
01-07-2006, 09:08 PM
Our Glass Bottom Boat Tour was cancelled due to choppy seas :(

Our Banana Boat went out and my crew thought the ride was a bit too mild...me thinks Chad REALLY wanted to see someone fly!

I finally saw Pikey!

Rockin Bar D the last night of the cruise! They did a cool skit and he was the ballerina on the end...If Chad didn't get pics I managed to get 1 or 2 I can post later.

I am currently uplaoding my 300 pics into my photobucket for all to see :teeth:

nskjerven
01-09-2006, 09:35 PM
We did the dolphin encounter on St Maarten, actually on Angullia(sp)

It was WONDERFUL!!! I'd book a cruise again just to do that Dolphin Swim again. Okay it helps to have great company, Jill, are you in again???

My little guy, 5, was nervous about the swimming part and clung to daddy the whole time. No need to worry the life jacket was very safe.

The boat ride over to the island was a bit long, for so early in the morning, yawn...same ride back inthe afternoon was fine...

questions in detail pm me happy to provide more info if asked.

Nan