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Old 08-19-2012, 04:46 PM   #1
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Ropin' Some Magic In the Western Caribbean

Hi, everyone. This will be an unusual trip report (I hope.) It is my idea to have several of the posters from our cruise meet thread go together to give you a group trip report. Hopefully, we will be able to give you the perspective of several different families. We hope to offer lots of pictures (including pictures of rooms and activities.) Some of us will be doing different excursions or in my case staying on the ship!

I am Paula (Piper) and I am a "senior" so I am going to tell you about my experiences from my viewpoint. I also use an ECV on a daily basis and have a HC veranda room reserved. I will be travelling with my sister, Nancy who is 11 years my junior.

Here are some pictures to introduce my sister and I.Here I am

And here is my sister with her granddaughter (her first)

I am going to close for a few days to give other people a chance to introduce themselves. Hopefully, we'll soon have a variety!

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Old 08-19-2012, 08:49 PM   #2
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It is so great to see you Looking forward to meeting you on the cruise. My family would like to participate also

Here is a recent picture of us

Jason, Tammy, Colby (16), Cassidy (12) and Caleb (6)

We are so excited about this cruise!!

We are Disney World addicts and go several times a year ~ we recently sailed for a 3 night preview of the Disney Fantasy (this was our first cruise ever) ~ it was an INCREDIBLE experience and left us wanting more!! We are so thrilled to be on this 7 night cruise~

My name is Tammy and this trip is especially exciting for me in that I will be finished with a 2 year internship for my license as a professional counselor the day before we sail. I have 3 beautiful children and a sweet husband that you can see pictured above. We also own a travel agency

My husband's name is Jason and he works in managment at AT&T. He loves travelling to Disney as much as I do He coaches our son's T-ball and is an avid golfer and pin collector.

My son, Colby, is 16 years old. He's a Junior at Evangel Christian Academy and plays basketball and baseball. He loves the Denver Broncos. He has big aspirations in life. A big pin trader and wants to be a Big Wig of the Magic Kingdom park. You will find him at the vibe, basketball courts, and wherever there is food.

My daughter, Cassidy, is 12 years old and a sweetheart!! She loves to sing, fix her hair, paint her nails, and is always looking for a fun time. You may be able to see her sing Karaoke in the evenings, draw at the Art of Animation, swim in the pool and she loves DISNEY TRIVIA!

Our sweet son, Caleb (6), is a joy to our family~ He loved hanging out at the Kids Club while on the Disney Fantasy. He also loved the Mickey Mouse waterside and hot tub. Our amazing server, Peter, brought him all the french fries he could eat last sailing and Caleb is counting on that for this cruise also. You will also probably find him getting ice cream throughout the day.

We are also so happy to have very special life long friends traveling with us. They are blessed with 6 precious children who are so excited to go on the cruise. We are looking forward to this time together!

We have not decided what excursions we will go on yet, but are looking at the Nachi Cocum in Cozumel. We are open to suggestions

Looking very forward to meet new friends on this sailing

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Old 08-20-2012, 10:13 AM   #3
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This will be our 2nd Disney cruise. We took a 3 night Bahama cruise in 2009. It was great, but not nearly long enough!

Our perspective is a family with tweens/teens.

A little about us...

My DH just enjoys relaxing on the ship. Having a drink, soaking in the hot tub, etc. He's pretty laid back.

I like to see and do everything!! Sometimes my vacations are so exhausting I need another one just to recover! I love the shows onboard and watching movies in the theater. I, too, like the hot tub and a nice tropical drink. I'm going to bring workout clothes on this cruise so we'll see if I get around to going to the gym on board or not. As of right now, I have really good intentions!

My DS is 14 and will be hanging out in the teen area this time. He's very excited. He also likes the sports deck and is a very frequent visitor to the ice cream machine!

My DD is 9, almost 10. She'll be in the kids area. Last time we cruised she was 6 and was only in the oceaneer's club. From what I understand, they have changed things up a little and she will be able to go to either the club or the lab. She still likes meeting the characters and she loves to swim.

And we all LOVE the food!

Or plans for this cruise are:

Cozumel: We have booked the Cozumel Highlights and Ruins tour. It includes a tour of Mayan ruins, a tour of a tequila factory and some sightseeing.
If we aren't too tired in the afternoon, we may do a little shopping or visit the chocolate factory.

Costa Maya: We are just going to explore on our own... maybe some shopping or swimming in the pools, or maybe head down to the beach for a massage.

Grand Cayman: We are still trying to decide. I think we are going to explore on our own. Some of the things we might do include the car museum, the Tortuga rum cake factory, a semi sub tour or maybe the Grand Cayman museum. My DH would like to snorkel, but no one else wants to go so he probably won't do it by himself.

I'll be sure to post a review of whatever we end up doing.
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Old 08-22-2012, 08:17 AM   #4
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Hello, I thought I would join in as well.

This will be our fourth Disney cruise, and our third on the Magic. We first went on the Magic in 2007, and so I have a soft spot for her. It will be myself (Michele), my husband Chris, and our son Connor (nearly 10) on this cruise. So I guess I will give the parents of an only child perspective. We love cruising Disney because while we can all be together, it also gives us the opportunity to do separate things. My son can play with other kids and not be stuck with his parents the whole time, and my husband and I get time alone as well.

Chris recently got his scuba certification, so he'll be doing scuba excursions on Cozumel and Grand Cayman. Connor and I just love being on the ship, so at least for Grand Cayman, we'll be spending the day together on board. We may get off at Cozumel and check out Paradise Beach. We are all doing a beach day at Costa Maya at the Almaplena Beach Resort.

Looking forward to the cruise and meeting everyone!

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Old 08-22-2012, 09:01 AM   #5
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Hi, I am Jill and I will be traveling with a friend (Bev) I met on the EBTA last year. This will be our 4th cruise together. Amazing the friends you make on a DCL cruise! Hubby and I will be on the Galveston Inaugural Cruise leaving on Sept. 22. Bev is also on that cruise. She and I decided we needed another week so we are staying on for this cruise and doing a B2B. I live in Fort Worth and Bev lives in Ca.

The last few weeks I have been working on FE gifts. I am making them not only for me but for several of my family members that will be on the Inaugural cruise. We have 5 cabins on that cruise. This cruise will be more of a relaxing cruise for us.

DH and I are both scuba instructors so I have to pack my gear for the Inaugural cruise. I plan to send it back home with him and not dive on this cruise. I think we will just relax and do whatever we decide at the time.
I have 9 grandchildren and sure wish some of them were on the cruise with me. The pic below is a pic of my middle grand daughter and myself on the Panama Canal cruise last year. This will be my 9th Disney Cruise and yes, I am a Disneyholic. I have been to WDW, DL Euro-Disney & Tokyo Disney. I need to make it to China's Disney to make it complete.

Here's the pic of my grand daughter and I. Looking forward to meeting everyone.

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Ropin the Magic 9/29 FE list
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Old 08-22-2012, 11:13 AM   #6
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I am so glad to see others posting on our group report!! We may even have some others join later.

I thought I would post a picture of my sister, brother and I when Nancy was a baby:

Nancy is a very busy lady. She runs my brother's business (he is retired) and has a very high stress job. She is really looking forward to relaxing on our trip. Her husband, Dan is going to dog sit with my service dog Lucy and their dog Pepper. I know Lucy will be a lot happier with Dan than in a kennel!

I am a retired teacher. I've been retired since the close of the 2009-10 school year. I have lived my whole life with challenges. I was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis at the age of 12. I also have Neurofibromatosis, type I, Lupus, Diabetes, and high blood pressure. My mobility has declined a lot during the last few years. I use a forearm crutch and have my own ECV that I use daily at home.

Lucy is my diabetes alert dog. I won't be bringing her on the cruise....I am not sure how she will do being separated form me. She takes her job very seriously! Here is her picture (she is in the basket of my ECV.)

I have been very busy making FE gifts. I will post pictures after we sail so they will be a surprise. I am also making a list of things not to forget to pack. Here is what I have so far:

power strip with extension (to charge ECV at night)
dollar bills for room service tips and five dollar bills for tips for luggage handlers
hangers with clips (for bathing suit drying)
phone & charging cord
Camera & charger
Kindle & charger
collapsing clothes hamper
quart zip lock bags
Fish extenders
FE gifts

That is what I have right now--feel free to add your must packs to the thread.
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Old 10-15-2012, 11:29 PM   #7
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Nice to see all the reports. My cruise isn't till next year, but gettin plenty of tips and ideas. Thanks to all who put in a review.
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Old 10-16-2012, 04:56 PM   #8
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Love the tips

Thanks for all the great tips. My daughter and I leave 12/29 out of Galveston and I am so excited! I am already making packing lists LOL
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Old 10-18-2012, 06:04 PM   #9
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Thanks for the info.
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