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Old 04-21-2013, 12:57 AM   #1
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Allen (47) – 6th cruise on Disney
Debbie (48 ) – 6th cruise on Disney
Connor (16) – 4th cruise on Disney
Elyssa (10) – 4th cruise on Disney

This trip was decided on somewhat last minute (at least, last minute for us). A couple months earlier, our oldest son mentioned that he had seen a Kids Sail Free offer for Disney cruises out of Galveston. Debbie checked it out, and showed Allen. We already had a March spring break cruise scheduled that Disney had decided to change from one 8 day cruise to two 4 day cruises, so we were planning to reschedule it. This worked out great for us, so we cancelled those dates, and booked this cruise. Bonus was that two of our kids would be free! The oldest wouldn’t be traveling with us because it just wouldn’t be possible for him to miss college and that many days of class work. He is in a photography program, and his class work is mostly hands-on rather than lectures, so not really the type of thing you can miss. We’ve promised him he will be back on our next cruise with us. Still, we missed him the entire time. Guess this is what it will be like taking trips as our children grow up and leave home... very weird feeling to have a family vacation with one of the family not there.
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Thursday, February 14th – Travel from Tulsa (Broken Arrow), OK to Galveston, TX

The kids had a full day at school. Debbie had a full day of teaching preschool, and then went to Elyssa's school to do her homeroom mom duty and put on a Valentine's party for Elyssa's class. Allen left work and was on his way home. Everyone made it home around 4pm. We packed last minute items and loaded the car to get on the road to Galveston.

We stopped briefly at a McDonalds just south of Tulsa (in Okmulgee) and got dinner to go. We kept driving thru Dallas and stopped at a WalMart south of Dallas to get a few snacks and buy some cough medicine for Elyssa. She was over whatever she had, but still had the lingering cough that was annoying. We kept driving and breezed thru Houston around 2am. With zero traffic, this is the fastest we have ever driven thru Houston; wish it could always be like this.

We finally made it to the Hampton Inn near the seawall in Galveston just before 3am. This was a great place to stay as we did not have to wake up early to deal with Houston traffic, and we were only 5 minutes from the port.
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Old 04-21-2013, 01:05 AM   #3
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Friday, February 15th – Boarding the Disney Magic

We slept in a little bit but did not have any problem waking up. We packed up everything and put on the luggage tags for the ship. We put everything in the car and then ate breakfast in the lobby which was not very crowded. After eating, we got in the car and made the short trip to the port by driving along the seawall. They have built a boardwalk amusement park where the hotel used to be that was demolished by the last hurricane.

We pulled up to the terminal at 10:30am. We dropped off the bags. Everyone got out and headed into the terminal. Allen drove over to EZ Park which was just a few blocks away, and then took a shuttle over to the terminal. After a short line thru security, we made it to the check in counter. We were hoping that they had upgrades available because we were hoping for a room with a balcony, but they said that the ship was full. Oh well, we had a room with a great window view on deck 7. We had boarding number 7, and we were waiting for them to call for boarding. Then it dawned on Allen  he had forgotten his backpack with his computer and CPAP machine in the car. Doh! So, he went back to the loading area outside of the building and called the EZ Park people so they could take him back to the car. It only took a few minutes, and they took him back. He went thru the car to make sure he had everything this time. Then back to the terminal and thru security. Debbie and Elyssa were in the line for the Oceaneer Lab check-in. It was a long line, but they were almost thru it when he came back. (Yes, we knew we could do this on the ship, but there was nothing else to do in the terminal, so they waited in the line.) Then they started calling numbers, and it was our turn when they finished checking in. We walked thru the long hallway where they took the boarding pictures. Then they scanned our KTTWs before we went up the escalator to the boarding bridge.




From there we made it to the entrance to the ship, and we were introduced onto the ship. We have been on the Wonder several times before and are fairly familiar with the ships layout. We walked to the aft elevators and took them up to deck 9 to have lunch at Topsiders and then explored the ship. Being a classic ship, it was smaller than the two newer ships, but it was still in great shape since it is almost 15 years old. Now that we were on the ship we have now completed the Grand Slam Club (we have now been on all 4 Disney ships) and Allen and Debbie have completed the Grand Slam Plus Club (all 4 ships plus the Big Red Boat).

We walked over to the front funnel to take a look at Vibe (the teen club). This was Connors age group, but he was not interested in doing any of the activities they had. (He wasnt on our last cruise either; he preferred to spend time with us.) Then we went to take a look at the Oceaneer Club and then the Oceaneer Lab (this is where Elyssas age group was located). We played some of the computer games and looked around at all of the activities they had. Then we went to Edge to look at the tween club. This is where Elyssa will be for our next cruise. It was finally 1:30pm, so we went to deck 7 to check out the room. We were in 7510, right next to the forward elevators, and it was super convenient. We did not have any problems with noises or anything else; this was a perfect location, and we would definitely book this room again. This trip we just had one room since there were only 4 of us; the past few trips we had to adjoining rooms since we had 5 or 6 people. So, it was a bit more crowded in the room than we are used to being.

Then we went to the DIS Board Meet at Preludes and met some of the people who are on the DIS Boards. After, we went to the Spa for the drawing for free services and, as usual, not win anything. Before we knew it, it was time for the lifeboat drill. We were outside on deck 4, so we walked down the stairs and out on the deck. It was cool outside today, but we were in the sun and were able to stay warm.


After the drill we went to deck 9 to watch the Sail Away Party. The classic ships are nice because of their size. We were fairly close to the stage on deck 9, and it did not seem very crowded at all. Elyssa was even given streamers to wave during the party.


Then, we watched as the ship sailed down the channel towards the Gulf. After that we went back to the room and relaxed for a bit before dinner. Looking out our window, we could see some offshore platforms.




Before dinner, we went to Mickey Mania in Studio Sea. This was the first time we have seen this game. It is basically several teams of two that compete against each other by answering trivia questions; it was entertaining and a fun way to start the evening.

Next we had dinner (we had late seating at 8:15pm) and were in Lumieres the first night. We had Ricky from the Philippines as our server and Gede from Indonesia as our assistant server and Kapoor from India as our head server. Ricky and Gede were both great and worked well as a team. They kept things moving as we never had to wait very long for food and drinks the entire trip. Kapoor was the most attentive and informative head server we have had in the six cruises Allen and Debbie have taken on Disney Cruise Lines. We cant remember what we had to eat that evening because we did not take pictures of what we had, but everything was good.

After dinner Debbie and Allen went to Magic Quest in Rockin Bar D. This was the first time that we ever saw this on any of our cruises, and it was hilarious. There were a few embarrassing moments and maybe even a few pictures that the kids do not need to see. We played the game with FloridaFun (Beth) and her mom and Gina (Gina) from the DIS Board group and had a lot of laughs.


Allen is the one in the striped shirt.


When we returned to our room we received our first fish extender (FE) gifts, and, as usual, we had a towel animal on the bed to greet us.
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Old 04-21-2013, 01:13 AM   #4
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Ah, the first of many days at sea! Once we woke up, we went to deliver our first set of FE gifts. This was the first time in all our cruises that we had ever done FEs, and it was a great chance to see the ship. When we returned to the room, we met our stateroom hostess, Jane. She was from San Palo, Brazil, and was really nice. Over the next few days we mentioned that we really like the H2O Plus products in the bathroom, and she made sure that we went home with plenty in our suitcase. Then we went up to Topsiders for Breakfast. We sat outside to eat, but after a while we headed inside because it was a little cool outside.

After that Connor and Allen decided to try Bingo in Rockin’ Bar D; it was free card bingo, so we got an extra card to play. We also decided to try the electronic bingo devise, and it was very simple. It tells you when a number is called and when you have a bingo. All you have to do is stand up and shout it out if you win. This was the first of several bingo sessions we played, and we while we didn’t win anything this first session, we did fairly well in later sessions. The activities crew that ran the bingo was a lot of fun; we enjoyed the entertaining things they did during the session. B11 can still get us singing! B-11, B, B, 11...… you’'re welcome. :-)

Debbie and Elyssa went to the Princess Gathering in the Atrium. They got there 30 minutes early, and there was already a long line all the way down the long hallway, but it kept moving once the princesses arrived. Finally Elyssa was up and took pictures with all the princesses. Elyssa now has pictures with Belle (her favorite princess) on all four ships. We have framed them, and they hang on the wall in her bedroom. It’s a nice momento of her trips and fun way to see her grow up with the Belle.


Then Debbie and Allen went to the Wine Tasting (Old World Wines) in Sessions (12:30pm). This was our first time doing a wine tasting. It was very informative,, and we enjoyed most of the wines. There were 2 reds, 2 whites and a champagne. We will have to remember to do this again. After this we grabbed some lunch in Topsiders and then went back to the room.


We all tried our luck at Bingo in Rockin’ Bar D (Vista Spa Jackpot) (3:30pm), and Debbie won $26 – our first win of the trip! It could have been more, but there were 8 winners that game. Then we decided to search for Hidden Mickeys all over the ship after buying the Hidden Mickey Guide (available in the gift shops). We will need to remember to take this on our next cruise as it is good for all 4 ships and Castaway Cay). Definitely a fun family activity!


It was time to get ready for dinner, and we did some formal pictures in the atrium since we were all dressed nicely. Dinner tonight was in Animator’s Palate. Since it was formal night, they waited until tomorrow night to do the show with the changing colors.


Elyssa was tired at dinner and went back to the room before desert. Ricky made an origami flower for Elyssa and insisted on giving us a dessert to take back to the room for her. When we returned to the room she was fast asleep in bed, still in her formal clothes.
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Sunday, February 17th – Day at Sea

Since we had dinner in Parrot Cay last night, our Character Breakfast was schedule for this morning (9:45am in Parrot Cay). The servers kept us entertained by dressing us up in costumes as queens, pirates and such with napkins and tablecloths while we waited for the characters to come around. The characters come to each table. They do make the rounds to each table, but beware – they are QUICK. Don’t expect a long session with each. It’s a quick photo, and they move on. I think this is the only way they can get around the entire dining room so quickly.

After this we went to bingo in Rockin’ Bar D (11:15am), and Allen won $62 (there were three other winners) and on top of this won a gift bag of goodies during the raffle between games. Then Debbie took Elyssa to the Spa for a Princess Treatment, nails, makeup, glitter (pixie dust). If you are thinking of doing this, keep in mind that the nail polish wears off quickly – as in, that same day the polish starts chipping. This is more for the experience than anything else, and it is quite pricey. Debbie and Elyssa said they wouldn’t do it again.

Then we went to see the movie “Lincoln” in the Buena Vista Theatre (12:45pm). After this we ate lunch and then went by the future cruise desk to book our next cruise so we get our rebooking discount. We are on the Western Caribbean Cruise on the Fantasy in March of 2014.

I can’t remember what else we did that afternoon, but we did go to “Who Wants to be a Mousketeer” in Studio Sea (7:30pm). We were hoping to have our number called so we could play, but no such luck.


After this, we had dinner in Animator’s Palate; this time it was with the full show with color changes and all. After this we went to the Promenade Lounge to play Disney Tune Trivia; we did fairly well but unfortunately did not win. Then we headed back to the room to relax and get ready for a day at Castaway Cay.
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Monday, February 18th – Castaway Cay

When we woke up we were getting close to Castaway Cay, so Allen went upstairs to watch the ship dock and take some pictures. This morning we went to Parrot Cay to eat. Then we went down to deck 1 to disembark. It was cool in the morning so we wore jeans (except Elyssa), and then as it warmed up, we changed into swim suits.




First we decided to rent bikes and ride the bike paths. Then we went to the game pavilion and played basketball, ping pong and Connect Four. Before too long it was lunch time, and we ate at Cookies and saw Gede (our assistant server) when we were in line for food. It’s kind of fun to see how their faces light up when the servers see someone they recognize.




After lunch, Allen, Connor, and Elyssa went snorkeling in the bay and saw all of the underwater sights, Mickey, Minnie, submarine, boat, and even some colorful fish; Debbie opted to stay out of the water in an attempt to stay warm. Later, Debbie and Connor decided to go back to the ship, while Allen and Elyssa tried the water bikes (water trike) over at the boat beach. They pedaled around the bay and then headed back to the beach. They stopped in the stores to get Elyssa a “mine bird” (from Finding Nemo) shirt and then back to the ship. (Elyssa is a big “mine birds” fan!) Elyssa decided to swim a little in the pool on the ship and then back to the room.

We decided to go see the show tonight, so we went to the Walt Disney Theatre at 6:15pm to see Villains Tonight. Then we went to Mickey Mania in Studio Sea at 7:30pm, and then off to dinner at Parrot Cay.

After dinner Debbie and Allen went to Match Your Mate in Rockin’ Bar D at 10:30pm. This is one of our favorite games on the ship as there are usually some interesting couples with their answers to the questions. Years ago Debbie and Allen played this game and became known as couple number 2 the rest of the cruise as we had the whole crowd enjoying our answer to one of the questions. This time we were not lucky enough to be picked to play. For the most part the 3 couples playing were somewhat entertaining but not that interesting/exciting because they were either holding back on the really “interesting” answers (embarrassing) or truly led boring lives. We’ve seen this game played twice before, and both other times were very funny; this time was definitely different due to the couples being so reserved; thankfully the host made the show entertaining! After this we headed back to the room so we could get some sleep for a long day tomorrow.
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