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Old 06-16-2013, 02:38 PM   #1
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From Galveston to Rome: Magic Transatlantic/Med Trip

This is the first time I've done a trip report, and I'm a little overwhelmed by what I've taken on (why did I pick the 21 night cruise as my first one to cover??). Here goes.

This trip included myself (Deann), my husband (Carlos), and our five year old son (Carlitos). Our friends (met when we were randomly assigned as tablemates on the Panama Canal cruise in 2011) planned the original Transatlantic portion over a year before. I casually mentioned "hey why not add on the first Med trip since you're already be over there". They thought it was a good idea, booked it, and we wished them well.

A year later when other vacation plans fell through for my family, we said "hey why don't we join the Dxs? I'm sure they'd love to see us."

Easy peasy our plans were made, cruises booked, and we had 4 months left to plan.

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Old 06-16-2013, 03:05 PM   #2
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Day 1

Day 1: Friday May 17th
This was it! Well almost it. The cruise left Galveston on Saturday morning, but we were flying down to Texas tonight. It was an incredibly busy time with our son’s last day of school, tying up work projects, throwing a graduation party for a family friend, and OH YEAH packing for a three week trip. We had left the packing until Thursday night so suffice to say Friday morning found none of us talking to each other and seriously sleep deprived.

No worries, my husband and I had to go to work so that should improve everyone’s mood. We worked until 4:00, and then flew around the house grabbing all 12 suitcases and carry -on bags. That’s right, 12. In my entire life I have never packed 12 bags before and that includes going off to college. We had clearly lost our minds around 1 am Thursday night and started to pack household appliances (you’re thinking). Nope all stuff for the trip.

We loaded up the car (everyone had a bag under their feet and on their lap) and drove to the Kansas City airport in a family friend’s car. For those not familiar with KC- the city planners built the airport in the complete wrong part of town thinking the city would expand north when it actually expanded south. We had an hour drive, through rush hour, with bags on our laps…and no air conditioning grumbling yeaaaa vacation. We ended up early for our Southwest flight though even after hauling 12 bags around (thank you Southwest for your liberal baggage fee policy. We didn't pay a penny for all those bags.) We grabbed some dinner and eventually boarded the plane.

I’d like to stop here, and apologize to everyone within a 3 row radius of our seats on the flight. I have NO idea why my son started asking so many questions about planes crashing, our plane specifically crashing, lightning hitting our plane, a fire aboard the plane, and what would happen if our plan fell apart. He flies several times a year and NEVER, EVER has he become Curious Curt of the Air Disaster League. I was going to jump up and offer to buy everyone a drink but then worried that alcohol and high levels of anxiety would not be the best combination at the moment. I did my best trying to misdirect, verbally threaten, and finally offering M&Ms if he would immediately stop talking.

Other than that little snafu, it was a fast flight down to Houston (did the pilot speed up in an effort to get us off his plane??) and we landed around 9:45. After being gawked at in baggage claim (No, we are not moving here but thanks for asking while you block and bump our dangerously stacked luggage cart), we caught the Marriott South shuttle to the hotel. Houston Hobby isn't the greatest part of town and I wouldn't go sightseeing after dark there (look kids a rat, and there’s a closed gas station); it’s fine for a quick night’s sleep. The hotel was nice and FREE since I used our travel points. We got a room with a view of the runways (thanks? I guess) and never did figure out in which bag we packed my son’s pjs (You're fine; just sleep in your clothes like this is an Adventure!) Tomorrow we forgot all our worries, forget all our cares and go DOWN TO the Disney ship.
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Old 06-16-2013, 10:37 PM   #3
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I’d like to stop here, and apologize to everyone within a 3 row radius of our seats on the flight. I have NO idea why my son started asking so many questions about planes crashing, our plane specifically crashing, lightning hitting our plane, a fire aboard the plane, and what would happen if our plan fell apart. He flies several times a year and NEVER, EVER has he become Curious Curt of the Air Disaster League. I was going to jump up and offer to buy everyone a drink but then worried that alcohol and high levels of anxiety would not be the best combination at the moment. I did my best trying to misdirect, verbally threaten, and finally offering M&Ms if he would immediately stop talking.
Great start ! Can't wait to read your report. This paragraph had me laughing at loud - even had to read it to DH. Lord knows whenever I fly those are the sort of questions that are always going through my head, as much as I try not to. I must remember to take M&Ms with me next time

<giggle>...curious curt....
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Old 06-17-2013, 10:34 AM   #4
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Do you have the personal navigator? We are thinking of this one for next year!
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Old 06-17-2013, 02:37 PM   #5
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Can't wait to hear your report. We are doing the same two cruises next year

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This trip report has the EBTA navigators http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3125924
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Old 06-17-2013, 05:01 PM   #6
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“I saw that big white hand in the air, and it made me happy”

Day 2: Saturday May 18th
IT’S HERE-SAIL DAY! Are those the salt breezes I smell? (No, Deann that’s the exhaust from the airport.) I woke up at 4:30 and could not go back to sleep. I laid there thinking about the trip, I checked email, I played with the ipad, and finally decided I was going to get up and start getting ready around 8. The shower was really loud (finally, the family is going to wake up and talk to me-NOPE), well I’ll bang around opening suitcases (nothing?), the blow dryer will get them up surely (me standing over the bed with the hotel blow dryer still nothing), maybe sounds of traffic and AIRPLANES taking off? (nope and now bugs are flying into the room through the open balcony door). Why rush it, we’re in no hurry, I might as well sit down enjoy some peace and quiet. OH, the sound of my reading and page turning suddenly wakes everyone up. You gotta be kidding me.

Everyone’s finally up and getting ready at 10:00. We ran down to the lobby to grab a box of cereal (just cereal you’ll eat on the ship!) and grab a luggage cart. Hey, do you know what happens when you snag a luggage cart on a sprinkler head? The answer- nothing but everyone freezes like you’ve just pulled the pin on a grenade. Potential for soaking wet luggage averted, we rolled on down to the lobby and got on the hotel shuttle back to the airport.

The shuttle driver took us straight to arrivals and we found/stole/requisitioned an airport luggage cart and started across four lanes of traffic. Suddenly over the chaos we see a big white hand in the air. I made eye contact with that big white hand and nodded, and he started doing a little dance, and I was so happy. My husband, who is not a big Disney fan and has no real affection for Mickey Mouse saw that hand and said “oh God, finally, someone to take over.” That about sums it up.

The big white hand led us inside to a desk staffed with ground transportation folks. They checked us in, and led us back outside to the bus. We have never used ground transportation before, but given how far the Houston airport is from the port and how expensive alternatives were, we opted to give it a try and we’re really happy we did. They loaded us up and we sat in the cool bus for about 30 minutes and then pulled out and pointed south.

The traffic in Houston, even on a Saturday morning, is just horrible. Lots of stops and starts, speeding up, hitting the breaks…I had been looking at my phone and said to my husband “I need to stop reading this is making me sick.” As if on cue, someone got sick 2 rows ahead of us. This is where I love Disney. Most Disney passengers understand kids, understand that things happen with kids, and are some of the most over prepared people in the world (myself withstanding). Out of nowhere people found plastic bags, wet wipes, and paper towels. The poor father kept apologizing over and over but hey I could be the next to get carsick so no judgment here.

We didn’t skip a beat and kept rolling, rolling, rolling down the road. We finally start to see water, then we see the yucky underbelly of Galveston, then some overpasses, railroad tracks, is that the ship?, oh no factory smokestack, and TA DA there’s the ship! They had us off the bus and into the terminal at 1:00. We checked in and there was no waiting, straight onto the ship. Introducing the S family (yea, clap, clap and it feels like a huge weight lifted off my shoulders.). Our room was already ready and we went to drop off the carry-on bags and head up to lunch. This arriving early at the port is a fool’s game.

We had lunch in Parrot Cay and happened to be seated with Stacia Martin, the Disney animator and lecturer aboard for our trip. She was so delightful and we enjoyed talking with her and her partner (he animated the Goofy home entertainment cartoon!!) for over an hour. We shut that buffet down.

Back to the room, and we have luggage. We started unpacking only to find that my hairspray had imploded at some point and drenched some of my clothes. The worst part was my favorite white shirt was now covered with huge purple splotches (why is my clear hairspray purple?). I thought I’d give Disney laundry a shot and included a note that I knew it was stained and was just hoping for the best. Nothing else looked too bad so we started finding ways to cram three weeks of stuff into our room.

Then it was time for the Muster Drill. We headed on down to Deck 4 which only triggered another set of “what if we crash” questions only substituting the ship for the plane. Sorry again everyone. We packed into our line (Did somebody touch my butt? It felt like somebody touched my butt.) and listened to the slacker roll call. That ending, Carlitos and I headed up to Deck 10 for the “Going Off” Party (our friend’s couldn’t remember the name of the Sail Away Party and kept calling it the Going Off party). Carlos was supposed to run down to the room to grab something and then meet us on deck. He never showed after “claiming” that he looked “all over” for us. I cannot prove it but I’m pretty sure he ditched us and took a quick nap. We found our friends and had that awkward “we haven’t seen you for a year but here we are on vacation together” hug and watched us float away from the port. I’m not a big fan of the Going Off party so we didn’t stick around after going off.

We went back to the room and got ready for the show and dinner. The cruise wasn’t very crowded. I believe the cabins were mostly sold out, but the capacity per cabin was way down, and there were only 400 children under 17 aboard. (Let that sink in DCL veterans, only 400 kids!). The benefit of all of that was that the shows were never really crowded; we were in the fourth or fifth row center every night. We watched the typical Let the Magic Begin show. I don’t love this show, but it really got us in the mood for Mickey and we got a preview of Max Winfrey’s juggling and Scott Pepper’s (who I kept calling Pickle) magic. We also met the cruise director Darrin. He’s great; we really missed him when he left after the Transatlantic.

After the show, we went to the Mickey Mania game show. We had never made it to these family shows before, and we really enjoyed the quick 30 minute game that took us right into dinner. I’m not sure why we never did that before?? I ordered a glass of champagne during the game show (maybe that’s why I thought the show was so cute).

Onward to dinner; we had late seating which I’m a big fan of, even with a 5 year old. (Why?) First, dine and play (enough said??). They come and get the kids around 9:15-9:30 and whisk them away. It got to where I was excited every time I saw someone in a yellow shirt walk into a dining room. Second, with the time change eating was actually earlier and earlier each night. Third, do you have to let it linger? At late dining the answer is yes. No one rushes you, you can enjoy your after dinner coffee, third dessert, whatever and talk over the table. That’s my plug for late dining.

Tonight was Lumieres. I apologize now, but we do not take pictures of our food so no shots for you. I can tell you what I ate and what I thought of it though. So, two appetizers tonight (no judging). I got the calamari (just okay, the sauce wasn’t good) and the Salmon Carpaccio (great, although by the end of the trip I would be completely sick of salmon which seemed to be in every meal). I skipped the salad, and got the seafood risotto for my main. The risotto was great, but I didn’t eat any of the meat so there’s a waste of a good lobster or whatever that was in the rice. Dessert was the raspberry cake from the sugar free section and it was great. Our server, Limbert, also brought both couples the Sweet Temptations (oh we love you Limbert. Thanks for just assuming we’d want extra dessert and save us the embarrassment of order one from column A and all from column B.)

Full from dinner, we called it a night and went back to our room to find a Ducky Williams lithograph on the bed. We still had not met our stateroom host but assume he exists and is not a little bed making elf.
(This report was a little long, but there was so much going on. I promise they won't all be this mundane)
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Old 06-18-2013, 09:41 PM   #7
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I love your trip report!! I was supposed to be on the same cruise, but work got in the way. I'm hoping to go next time?! I'm currently booked on one of the Med cruises in 2014, but this cruise sounds more relaxing and cost much less. Great report so far!!
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Old 06-19-2013, 12:42 PM   #8
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Ok, your whole report so far has me

I kept hitting the quote button, then I realized I was quoting all of your posts

We were on both legs of this with you. Loving your report. You have my kind of humor, but are much funnier than I am.
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Old 06-20-2013, 09:31 AM   #9
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Ok, your whole report so far has me

I kept hitting the quote button, then I realized I was quoting all of your posts

We were on both legs of this with you. Loving your report. You have my kind of humor, but are much funnier than I am.
You guys are all SO nice. Sometimes I wonder if my family is the only one who finds me funny and when I showed the TR to my husband be said "little long Deann, little long". Since that was only day 4 I was a little concerned.
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Old 12-07-2013, 10:40 PM   #10
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Your trip report was great, hilarious. I love traveling and reading about traveling. I have just recently booked a 4 night on the dream, our first cruise ever. We have been to WDW many times and Disneyland Paris but never DCL. As I am obsessed with traveling and travel planning I have now decided we need to go on all of the DCL itineraries, including a transatlantic, even though I don't know for sure that we will even like cruising as we have never been, haha.
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