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Old 01-23-2014, 09:16 AM   #1
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"Witty Trip Report Title" 2 --Bigger, Longer, Uncut

This is a sequel to Last January's "Witty Western-Fantasy Trip Report Title" which you can find here

We're Bob and Jenna from NYC.




After completing a fantastic 7 Night Western on the Fantasy Last year, which again you can read about here
we decided to rebook for a 7 night Eastern Caribbean starting January 11th. But then like most sequels we decided to make it bigger and better when we saw that the Magic would have just returned to Port Canaveral. It didn't seem like too much extra money considering we were already flying down so we decided on a 4 night cruise on the Magic January 6-10 and then a 7 night Eastern Caribbean starting January 11th.

Magic and Fantasy...

I found this picture on the DIS right after the Fantasy Launched. I'm sorry whoever I grabbed it from for not crediting you properly.

Like most sequels it wasn't all great though. Some challenging travel plans in the beginning and some terrible weather on the Magic made for a difficult start but things eventually turned our way and we finished strong.



But we'll get there...

January 6th. It's Time! Have a Magical Vacation!. If you can get here...
-----All aboard is in 15 minutes...
-----We're here, lets eat
-----Um...Now what do we do...
January 7th, Nassau
-----Around the ship
January 8th, Castaway Cay
-----Mixology
January 9th, Driving around in circles
January 10th, Wrapping up the Magic
-----An afternoon in Epcot
January, 11th, Port Canaveral...Round 2
-----The First Few Hours
-----Sailing Away
-----Dinner
January 12th, Day 2... At Sea
-----Mixology
January 13th, Day 3...At Sea
-----Odds and Ends
-----What the Heck is that
January 14th, St. Maarten
-----The rest of the afternoon
-----Pirate Night
January 15th, St. Thomas-St. John Champagne Catamaran Sail and Snorkel
-----The Rest of the Day
January 16th, At Sea
-----More Odds and Ends
January 17th, Castaway Cay
-----Fun in the partly cloudy sun...
-----The Last Night
January 18th, Heading Home

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Old 01-23-2014, 10:35 AM   #2
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I just read through your TR from last year and loved it. I am REALLY excited for this one now, since we are doing the Eastern next year on the Fantasy. Looking forward to more!
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Old 01-23-2014, 04:31 PM   #3
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Enjoyed your first report and cant wait to hear about this trip! Thanks for posting.
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Old 01-23-2014, 04:40 PM   #5
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So happy I stumbled upon your cruise reviews this afternoon as I'm sitting at work suffering from PDD (Post Disney Depression). Looking forward to reading all about your recent cruise(s).
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Old 01-23-2014, 09:27 PM   #6
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Just recently read your report from last year. Cruised on the Fantasy this past Christmas and am missing the cruising life. We booked the Magic for Thanksgiving, so interested on your thoughts.
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I read last nite your 1st TR and its awesome...great pictures and the report was excellent all around... LF to this one as well.. Following along.
PS. you guys make a beautiful couple and you remind me of DW and I 10 years ago...
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Loved your first trip report and cannot wait to follow your adventures in this new one!
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Oh my goodness, I would be so stressed out with that flight delay
Eek, you seemed to stay very calm
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Old 02-19-2014, 02:33 PM   #11
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Thanks for your post, looking forward to our Dream cruise.
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Old 02-19-2014, 04:39 PM   #12
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Pirate Night

We found no line to see Pirate Donald so we thought we'd stop by. I didn't realize he would try and steal my girl.



But we soon got over it.



We headed up to Cabanas for dinner...


Dinner here is fine if you need a quiet night but there are some odd things about it. In the dining room you can order ginger ale free of charge and the iced tea is brewed. In Cabanas you are limited to what's at the drink stations. If you want a ginger ale you have to pay for it and the iced tea is that terrible mix they have. But we weren't expecting much so it was nice. The food all seemed a little more fresh. The potstickers were so hot and tasty we ordered seconds.



It was a quiet simple and, compared to regular dinner, very quick meal. We got great seats for the movie which we were very much enjoying for 20 minutes and then the projector broke. A very exhausted looking Assistant Cruise Director who had clearly run across the ship dressed as a pirate gave the sad news that it wasn't getting fixed anytime soon. Watching that movie on this vacation was just not in the cards for us.

We can't remember how but we killed the time someway or another and headed up for the fireworks. The weather was great so they did the full show and the fireworks went off without a hitch. It was a lot of fun.

We made a drive by off the pirate buffet but there is nothing there that we find appetizing.



We had an early start to our St. Thomas excursion so we were off to bed.
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January 15th, St. Thomas-St. John Champagne Catamaran Sail and Snorkel



Our excursion met in the Walt Disney Theater at 7:45 so we had to get ourselves up early to make sure we had breakfast but when I looked out the window I perked up pretty quick.


Full disclosure this was taken in the middle of the day but you get the idea.

The nerd in me also noticed that parked not too far away was the yacht that Steve Jobs had designed for his family. It's the middle of the three.



We were doing the "St. John Champagne Catamaran Sail and Snorkel". We really wanted to go to St. John so this appealed to us. We first boarded an "open air safari taxi", translation "expedition everest without seat belts or doors". Also in St. Thomas they drive american cars, steering wheel on the left, but drive on the left also. It was um...exciting. Once to the Marina we were led out to our Catamaran.



There were 3 crew leading the tour and all were very nice. Megan, Ryan, and Captain Theresa. As we sailed along Megan shared some trivia about the islands. She pointed out one large flat rock where old ships used to test their cannons. If you snorkel there you can find cannon balls littered all over the ocean floor.

I think the ride was a quick 45 minutes or so. There is so much around the look at that it felt very fast.

Once we pulled up the sun was out and they claimed the water was about 80 degrees.



They pointed out two buoys not too far from the boat and said between them you can often find sea turtles. Right off the boat the water is probably 30-40 feet deep. We headed straight over and found some right away.



You aren't allowed to touch the turtles obviously but I swam down to them and was able to get pretty close. When they come up for air they would swim right near people also.

After spending a good amount of time observing my flippered friends we decided to swim up towards the beach. It's difficult to really express how clear and perfect the water is, or how soft and wonderful the sand is closer to the beach.









We had a great time. The beach really is amazing and I would not hesitate to ever go back...We wish we were there right now.

We had about an hour in the water, just long enough to get cold, and then they called us back. The sun was shining beautifully the whole way back and they had an open bar of champagne, beer, and rum punch. We learned a harsh lesson about drinking rum punch on a catamaran on our honeymoon so we stuck to beer and champagne.

Again the scenery was wonderful going back. Once back to the marina we boarded the "safari-taxi of terror" and headed back to the ship.

I took more video than pictures of this excursion so I threw this video together quick to give a better idea of what it was like.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XeGi7_ChVs

Be sure to watch in HD.
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Old 02-20-2014, 05:26 PM   #14
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The Rest of the Day

It couldn't have been too late when we got back to the ship because we were able to go to Royal Court for lunch. We were seated right next to a window looking out at the beautiful bay. It was completely delightful.

When asked what we wanted for dessert we said nothing.

I guess we should have been more specific...




We spent the rest of the day on deck 13 Forward. We spent a lot of time there because in addition to being an adults only area it is extremely quiet. You can't hear any noise from the family pool area or funnel vision and there is no reason for kids to be wandering through there. We both fell asleep for a while and then cooled off in Satellite Falls. When it isn't windy Satellite falls is wonderful.

The Fantasy blew her "When you wish upon a star" horn which was a signal that we were showing off as the Norwegian Epic, yes we were parked behind them again, was about to depart. We were treated to a show of the last two passengers sprinting down the pier trying to get there before they left and then they were off. We decided that we gotten enough sun for one day and watched us sail away down on Deck 4.
It was nice and cool and we were able to just walk easily back and forth to see both sides of the ship because the views were incredible.


You can see different small islands for probably 90 minutes after you leave. After a while we remembered that our room had a verandah and enjoyed the rest of the ride from there.



The sun went down on a perfect day.



Dinner was back in Enchanted Garden. Our assistant server had gotten very playful with us and was giving us a bunch of brain teasers to keep us busy. They started off simple...



And eventually got much more complicated...



And then even more complicated...


This night in particular we were her only table so we got a lot of attention, she was really fantastic. At the end of dinners it looked like 10 children ate there because there were crayons, and crayon drawings all over the table cloth.

It was a lot of fun and it marked the end to a really fantastic day.
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Old 01-24-2014, 05:17 PM   #15
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Hey I just wanted to say hi I'm Jenna, Bobs wife. Man oh man were we stressed it was a pretty horrible 5 hours. I didn't even know what to do with myself, just all the waiting was a killer.
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