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Old 05-31-2013, 07:55 PM   #1
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Smile 4-26-2013 Magic 8-Night Bahamian Cruise Completed!

Its been just over a month since I left for my Disney Cruise and its about time I get around and start up a trip report.

I had booked this cruise last year while on the Wonder to receive the onboard credit and cruise discount. When the Magic changed its schedule to the Bahamian cruise with ports of Castaway Cay, Port Canaveral & Key West it was yes for us to take this trip.
I would be traveling with my mom and my grandma who has mobility issues when going distances. She is usually fine with her cane but we brought a transporter chair with us for getting through the airport, boarding the ship and for the ports.

Day 0 - prenight
We decided to leave the day before and stay the night at the Houston Airport Marriott Hotel. The hotel is located directly in the airport and made for a super easy low stress day for my grandma. Our flights were direct from John Wayne Orange County, Ca airport to IAH Houston. The flight was on time and no real issues besides sitting on a plane for 3+ hours.
We were greeted by a Disney Cruise castmember at the luggage carousel and escorted to the hotel. At check in we were given our cruise document and room keys and made our way to the room.

The room was very nice and the beds were really comfy.


The view out of the hotel was of the airport which was expected since the hotel is in the middle of the airport.


We ate at the Flight Lounge restaurant in the hotel and just relaxed for the rest of the evening. Tomorrow we would be boarding the Magic and headed off to our Magical 8 night cruise.

I will be updating here as I update my blog. Ill also have many many more photos and more on the blog itself.
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Old 05-31-2013, 09:27 PM   #2
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Looking forward to more of your TR. We did this itinerary on the May 10 sailing and had an incredible time!
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Old 06-01-2013, 12:07 AM   #3
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Day 1 - Galveston

I have added day 1 Galveston on my blog.

The full post will be there but I'll include some highlights here.

We left the hotel via Disney Transportation and were on our way to the ship.
1 hour 15 minutes later we could see the Magic.


We were given boarding number 2 which I am not quite sure if its because we had taken Disney transportation or if they noticed my grandma in the transporter chair. Either way we were quickly on the ship and enjoying lunch in Parrot Cay.


We were able to get into our stateroom and enjoy our veranda right away.


We attended the safety drill then the sail away party.

Once you hear that horn you know your Disney Cruise has officially started.

Once back in the stateroom we met our host Damian and would enjoy his company throughout the cruise.

We had late dining so we went the All Aboard:Let the Magic Begin show in the Walt Disney Theater.

For our dining rotation this night we had Animators Palate and it was the show night. We met our dining staff which included assistant server Dwi and head server Oliver. Its funny because Oliver recognized us right away as we did him. He was our server 14 years ago on our first Disney cruise. Funny how time flies but it was nice catching up with him during the cruise.

Of course while on the Disney cruise it doesn't matter how old you are but you need to enjoy one of these yummy treats!


We had a very nice low stress first day which is good because we would have the whole cruise ahead of us. We did enjoy the first day and yes I did mention that many times in the report!

The next day would be a day at sea and we could just enjoy the ship as we like.
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Old 06-01-2013, 10:10 AM   #4
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We were on that cruise, too. Loved all the days at sea. I'm enjoying your TR/blog. Thanks for sharing.
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Day 2 - Sea Day

Today was our first sea day, we would have 3 more sea days on this trip. I like the sea days and look forward to them. There are always many activities on the ship and you also have the luxury of just doing nothing if you so please.
The weather was warm and in the low 80's and the seas were fairly calm. It was also formal night so Twice Charmed was playing in the Walt Disney Theater today which also included a 2pm matinee performance.

Here is a view off my balcony for this day. The weather was great.


This morning was also our turn for the character breakfast. Even though we didn't have any children with us this cruise we wanted to attend. The characters are so friendly and it was nice to just see everyone having a good time.


There were a number of opportunities for character meets including Princess gathering in the Atrium.


I liked this shot out of the porthole on deck 4 midship.


Since we have been on a few Disney Cruises we choose not the attend the main show but to just enjoy the ship. Tonight was also formal night so I was able to have the Quiet Cove pool all to myself. I admit that it was nice to just actually relax and enjoy the pool and Jacuzzi area.

For dinner we were in Parrot Cay which is not my favorite restaurant for formal night. I like dining in Parrot Cay any other time so it wasn't so bad.

Here is our assistant server Dwi looking very handsome on formal night.


The menu for tonight was Prince and Princess which included some yummy bread and yogurt dip.


Our food was good and I have to admit that this cruise the main dining room wasn't great but just ok overall. I must clarify that the food was just ok but the service was excellent as usual.

Dessert was the exception to the above thought and the Lemon Cheesecake made it better.


I have more photos and info in my blog.

It was nice to have our first full day on the ship as a sea day because it makes for a more relaxing and enjoyable trip to me. Its nice to have so many activities available and if you choose to do just nothing that is ok too. Hey its your vacation and you can do what you want to, That's what I like!

Tomorrow would be another sea day which was alright by me because I really enjoy them.
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Old 06-02-2013, 07:58 PM   #6
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Day 3 - Sea Day

Another sea day was upon us but we enjoy them just as much as the ports.
I have once again posted the full report on my blog.

This morning started off with the Castaway Club reception which took place in Sessions. It was a smaller group of people than we have had in a while. We were able to talk with Captain John and Officer Anthony.


We ended up having to leave early as we had a Palo Brunch reservation today also.
Our Palo brunch server was Mirko from Croatia. Since our favorite server Claudia is not longer with Disney we were lucky to have Mirko and enjoyed his company and service.

Brunch was agreed that it was our favorite meal of the whole cruise. We shared dishes and enjoyed all the yummy goodness of the food stations and dessert stations.
A big favorite is the spicy sausage pizza.


We also shared a sampler of the desserts.


Back in our stateroom we found our cabana information awaiting us. We would have our Castaway Cay day tomorrow and we reserved a cabana for our use. The info left on the bed included instructions, wrist bands and this cute little mini cabana.


We later attended bingo but alas didn't win. 3 different games we came within 1 number of winning...so close!


The day flew by with all the activities available and soon we were ready for dinner.
There was a beautiful sunset from our veranda this evening.


Dinner was in Parrot Cay and featured the Island menu. I included the photos of all our food on my blog post but wanted to post our dessert on here.
We had them make a sundae with the coconut ice cream and chocolate sauce. It tastes just like a Mounds Bar and is so good!


We did some walking after dinner and listed to Midtown Duo on the Promenade Lounge. It was getting late and we wanted an early start to Castaway Cay in the morning so we headed back to the stateroom. Our stateroom host Damian had a Brontosaurus waiting for us.


Tomorrow would be Castaway Cay with our Cabana awaiting us.
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