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Old 08-11-2012, 05:24 PM   #1
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2011 Disney Magic Med Cruise 5/28/11 - 6/8/11

I recently started writing a blog and decided to put together a trip report from my Disney Med Cruise last year. I have included the transportation days also so it actually starts before the cruise date I listed in the title.

I will start by saying I have cruised Disney before but had never been to Europe. That said this would be something old and familiar (Disney Magic) and something new and exciting (Europe).

I will not copy and paste the whole trip report here but I will update here as I add on each day on my blog. The blog also makes it easier because I will be able to add a whole lot of more pictures.

You can find my trip report at www.dis-n-that.com.

My Day 1 of the trip report is up and includes the transportation, flight and precruise hotel stay at the Diagonal Mar Hilton.

Here are a few pictures.

The Disney Magic docked as taken from the highway to our hotel


Photo of the ocean from our hotel room window in Barcelona.


This photo shows the Mall that is across the street from the hotel. The hotel we stayed at was a Disney sponsored hotel which included all transportation.


I hope you enjoy and I will add parts to the post as I add to the blog.

Overall it was a great cruise and I would recommend it to anyone!
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Old 08-12-2012, 05:20 PM   #2
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I just added Days 2 & 3 which include embarkation and the first sea day of the cruise. I didnt have a lot of pictures for these two days but my trip report is included.
I also just added Day 4 which was the Port of Valletta, Malta. This was probably one of my favorite ports. The scenery is just so different with all the sand colored buildings. We took a Disney sponsored tour called Island Panoramic which took us around Malta to see some of the highlights. Stops include Blue Grotto, fishing village of Marsaxlokk and the cliffs of Dingli. Overall this port is definetly an A+ in my book and I am glad this was the first port since it was just a great start to the cruise. I have many pictures on my blog trip report www.dis-n-that.com but I will post a couple of the highlights here.

First picture below was taken from our veranda as the Magic sailed into the port.


This next picture is of a Luzzu fishing boat taken in the fishing village of Marsaxlokk.


Next is the magnificent view of the terraced cliffs of Dingli.


Last picture was taken from aboard the Magic looking out of a porthole with the port shops and cafes of Valletta in the background.
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Old 08-13-2012, 10:30 PM   #3
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Palermo, Sicily

I've just posted another port on my blog and this one was of Palermo, Sicily.


Palermo was not an original port for this cruise but was a replacement port for Tunisia due to the political unrest in that country.

We took a morning tour called "Sights of Palermo". It was a bus tour but in fact most of it was a walking tour. We enjoyed the tour itself as far as all the sights we visited and knowledge of our guide. The one thing we disliked about this tour was that since it was mostly walking we were unable to hear our tour guide much. There were no headsets and earbuds like some other tours. This was the only negative.

We were able to see some fabulous statues along the tour.


We went in several churches/chapel/cathedral's. It was very moving and interesting as far as all the history of religious sites built upon one another.


This photo below was taken from the Magic looking at the city of Palermo. As you can see you are very close to the city at this port. If were going to do it again we would probably take a tour out of the city and do the city portion ourselves.


A big tip here is to get the Gelato! It was a scrumptious treat!

I do admit that I liked the previous port of Malta better but Palermo was a nice introduction to the history and hustle of Italy.
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Old 08-16-2012, 08:10 AM   #4
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Loving your report, its getting me excited for our Med cruise in June. Can't wait for more!
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Old 08-18-2012, 12:04 AM   #5
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Loving your report, its getting me excited for our Med cruise in June. Can't wait for more!
Thank you so much. I hope you have fun on your cruise. There is so much to see in the Med
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Naples, Italy

My next blog post is up for the port stop of Naples.

The Naples port was one I was most looking forward to. We had planned to take a tour to Pompeii and this was the one tour I most looked forward too.

From the ship we could see Mount Vesuvius looming in the distance.


This was the one bad weather day of the whole cruise. From the moment our tour arrived at Pompeii it started raining. We were lucky because we brought disposable ponchos with but others were just stuck getting soaked on the walking tour.

Pompeii was amazing and even with the rain falling it was all, and more, of what I was expecting. There were a few tours there at the same time but because of the rain I think it kept a few extra people away so it didnt seem crowded.

Here is one of my favorite pictures of an empty street Pompeii




This is one of the more surreal sites. The casts left of a body that was encased in ash and discovered from the ash mold it left.


We enjoyed our tour and Naples. Dont forget to get yourself a piece of Pizza while in Naples!!!
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