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Old 07-19-2012, 08:05 PM   #1
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Magic 7/8-7/13 ~ We're heading to Canada, eh? COMPLETED: 9/1/12

Hello out there! Welcome to my first official Disney Cruise Line Trip Report! My name is Laurie and I loooooooooooooove to cruise! I am married to Jerry, and I have been able to convert him to a cruise lover as well! We have a beautiful daughter who is just shy of turning three years old. She a big Disney fan, she especially loves this guy ----> . I'm sure my Disney brainwashing has had absolutely nothing to do with that! Here we are on Embarkation Day:

This was our DD's first cruise and our first Disney Cruise. We usually cruise with Royal Caribbean. But, when we saw Disney was going to leave from NYC, we just HAD to book it! We are so glad that we did, because it was a great experience! We took the 5 Night cruise to Canada, stopping in Halifax and St. John. So, here in this thread, I will chronicle our journey on board the Disney Magic! So, sit back and enjoy the trip!
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Old 07-19-2012, 08:06 PM   #2
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Chapters:
Introduction
Embarkation Day Pt. 1
Embarkation Day Pt. 2
Embarkation Day Pt. 3
Embarkation Day Pt. 4
First Sea Day Pt. 1
First Sea Day Pt. 2
Halifax Pt. 1
Halifax Pt. 2
St. John Pt. 1
St. John Pt. 2
Last Sea Day
Debarkation
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Old 07-19-2012, 08:31 PM   #3
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Embarkation Day ~ Sunday July 8

Sunday, July 8, 2012:
Today is the day! We packed up the car last night and we were ready to hit the road at 7:30 am. We were making pretty good time as we had a Port Arrival time of 11:30am. Our ride was pretty uneventful. We stopped in CT for a potty break and we were back on the road. Around 11am we hit the city, and around 11:15 we were in the port area.

This is where I made the first mistake. We drove right by the parking lot entrance . This wouldn’t have been such a big deal if there weren’t a triathlon going on which shut down some streets. It took us about 25 minutes to circumnavigate back to the parking lot entrance .
Once we were up on the parking deck, we waited in a line of cars for about 10 mins. Our view from the line:

There were dogs sniffing the cars before they were allowed into the lot. Once we were cleared we paid the $175 to park for the 5 days, parked, grabbed our luggage and headed to the elevator. We got off of the elevator and entered the terminal around 12:00. We went right to the check in line and waited maybe 10 mins. We were checked in and given boarding number 7 . Lucky for us they were already up to boarding number 15. With that said, we caught a glimpse of Statue of Liberty Minnie, and walked right up the gangway. We had our embarkation photo taken and continued on to the ship. There was a little back up once on deck, but we were announced and welcomed onto the Disney Magic within a few minutes .
We decided to eat up in Topsiders. It was CROWDED. By the time we found a seat, the line for the buffet was huge. I quickly ran to Goofy’s Galley and grabbed myself a salad and some fruit for DD. I got back and DH jumped in line and was back to the table in 10 minutes. Once we finished eating it was around 1:00. Here, DH can be seen locking our car from the ship, lol:

Our staterooms would not be ready until 1:30. We explored deck 9 and 10 and decided it was way too hot to be up there.



Continued in next post...

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Old 07-20-2012, 12:05 PM   #4
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Hi! Great start and looking forward to the next installment! Ever since we got back from ours, I have been addicted to NY-Canada TRs! My kids were in NYC on July 8th (they stayed longer than me and DH) and saw the Magic in port on their way to a museum!

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I love this picture because it is the skyline of NJ just below the GW Bridge, from the West Side Drive, and it's very near to where I grew up! Thanks for the !
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Old 07-22-2012, 12:12 PM   #5
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Glad I could give you a smile! I'm hoping to post more this week!
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Old 07-22-2012, 12:31 PM   #6
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Embarkation Day Pt. 2

We made our way down to deck 6.

A crowd started to form at the roped off hallway. We were waiting patiently to get to our cabin so we could drop our bags. Finally they were letting people into the hallways and we made our short trek to our cabin.


I was excited to have booked a sideways inside cabin. I have read great things about these cabins and that there were more room in these because of the layout. We loved this layout compared to the traditional inside layout. When you entered this room, the couch was straight ahead. The bathroom and the closet were across from one another on the left hand side. The TV, steamer trunk and vanity were across from the bed on the right hand side.



We were getting acquainted with our room when we heard luggage being delivered. We were surprised it was happening so soon! I was able to unpack and have everything in its place before our 4pm Muster Drill. Around 3:45 we started to head up to Muster Station F. We were so happy not to have had to wear life jackets! Cassie was less than impressed with the amount of time we had to stand around and the loudness of the ships horn.
Once we were free we headed up to the Sail Away party! This was a blast! There was lots of singing, dancing, celebrating and character sightings! Cassie was dancing along with the characters and having a blat. The ships “When You Wish Upon a Star” horn blasted, the confetti was shot off and we were officially underway.
Link to Sail Away video.

To be continued in next post!
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Parking cost

There were dogs sniffing the cars before they were allowed into the lot. Once we were cleared we paid the $130 to park for the 5 days, parked, grabbed our luggage and headed to the elevator.

Is the $130 for the at the pier parking, or away from the pier. I checked the pier parking prices and it says it is $35 a day.

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There were dogs sniffing the cars before they were allowed into the lot. Once we were cleared we paid the $130 to park for the 5 days, parked, grabbed our luggage and headed to the elevator.

Is the $130 for the at the pier parking, or away from the pier. I checked the pier parking prices and it says it is $35 a day.

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I'm sorry! I'm not sure what made me type $130. Maybe it's because I wish we had only paid $130. We indeed paid the $175 at the pier. Sorry for the confusion!
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Embarkation Day Pt. 4

After dinner we saw that Minnie was doing a meet right outside, so, we hopped in line to meet Minnie. This was Cassie’s first character experience. We didn’t think she’d be afraid, but, we went with her anyway. Minnie was so excited to meet Cassie and she “commented” on our Anniversary pins! Unfortunately, we don’t have any pictures of this because we didn’t have our camera on us and we didn’t like the way the professional pictures came out . We then went to check out the gift shops as they were open now and we bought a Stitch doll for Cassie. We also stopped at Guest Services to add our Disney gift cards to our onboard account . After, we headed to the theater to see the Adventures Away show. We enjoyed the show, but, we were tired after a long day of traveling. So, we went back to the room and called it a night.
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1st Sea Day

This morning we woke up around 7:30am. One of the downsides to an inside room is not knowing what time of day it is or what the weather is like. I woke up a few times overnight wondering if it were morning already! Once we were showered and ready to go we went down to Parrot Cay to check out the breakfast buffet.

The breakfast was okay, but the food seemed to be on the cooler side.
After breakfast we went to the shops again to look at everything again as they shops were very crowded last night. As soon as we walked into Treasure Ketch, I saw it and instantly fell in love with it! A DCL Dooney & Bourke bag.

With it having been our wedding anniversary yesterday, Jerry decided to buy it for me! When we left the shops we decided to peek in on the Princess gathering. Cassie really isn't into the princesses yet, so, there was no real need to go. Which was good because this line was MASSIVE! People line up half an hour before the start time!



We looked around the ship a bit more and ended up on the pool deck. It was cool and very foggy.

Not a pool day for us! We decided to get lunch while we were up here. Today we tried out Pluto's Dog House and Pinocchio's Pizzeria. We got chicken tenders, vegetable pizza and cheese pizza. All three were yummy! It was around Cassie's nap time so we started to head back to the cabin. While we were walking past the gazebo we saw Mickey leaving his meet and he stopped to wave at Cassie. Jerry was able to snap a quick picture, it was great. Cassie was so excited!

Once Cassie was up from her nap, it was off to Flounder's Reef Nursery for her and Palo's High Tea for us. Cassie ran right into Flounder's without even looking back!

That was a relief for me, now, I could really enjoy tea time!
We went up to deck 10 to Palo. There were only two other groups in there at the time. I, of course, forgot the camera again ! You'll have to use your imagination on this one! As soon as we were seated our server Andrea came over to us with a tea menu. I looooooooooooooove tea . Jerry, not so much! But, he was a trooper and came along for the ride . We both ordered the Oolong tea; it was the one Andrea had suggested. While we waited for our tea we were brought a plate of finger sandwiches. There were two each of salmon, ham, egg salad, cucumber and one other one that is escaping me. Our tea came and Andrea told us to let it steep a bit; he'd be back to pour it soon.
As promised Andrea came back, he poured our tea and off he disappeared again. He was back soon, this time he brought some freshly made scones, cream and jam . We had the choice of a plain scone or a raisin scone. Jerry chose the plain, I chose the raisin. They were DELISH! As if we hadn't had enough to eat, Andrea brought out a tiered serving tray with desserts ! There were gingerbread pyramids, éclairs, chocolate covered strawberries, kiwi & blueberry tarts, strawberry tarts and a mango tart. We, of course, finished every last bite of those and I finished a few more cups of tea. On the way out we were admiring the wine cellar and saw a very different type of bottle. We asked the host what it was and he told us it was Grappa, an Italian spirit. He said it was very strong and that if we were coming back to Palo for dinner we should try it! I thoroughly enjoyed the high tea experience. Jerry liked it to, but, he's not a tea person. I'm sad to hear that Disney is doing away with tea .
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Old 07-27-2012, 11:11 PM   #11
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Laurie

Enjoying your report. Very nice. It is fun reliving the magic. We were supposed to be down the hall from you on Deck 6, but closer to cruise time changed to deck 7. But we were seated at table 47, which may have been close to your table. 10 of us. I wish I had met you. But you look very familiar, so we must have passed each along the way, those 5 days. Glad you had a wonderful time. We have so many great memories. Looking forward to more of your report.
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Parking cost

There were dogs sniffing the cars before they were allowed into the lot. Once we were cleared we paid the $130 to park for the 5 days, parked, grabbed our luggage and headed to the elevator.

Is the $130 for the at the pier parking, or away from the pier. I checked the pier parking prices and it says it is $35 a day.

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Thanks for sharing my family is going on the same cruise next Sunday
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Old 07-29-2012, 07:40 AM   #15
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What a nice afternoon for just the 2 of you!
It was very nice. I've never experience high tea before and it was just lovely!
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