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Old 05-04-2014, 08:02 PM   #1
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The Magic is better than the Dream....I'll be the judge of that!!

Hi all! I am Trina, tweis on these boards and we are just back from 2 nights at POR and a 4 night cruise on the Magic. I did a pre-trip report but for those of you that didn't follow along you can find the link here http://www.disboards.com/showthread....1#post50810751. I will be covering our stay at Port Orleans Riverside, our day at the parks, our cruise on the Magic and our day at Atlantis. At the end of this report I will be doing a fair and honest comparison on how the Magic compares to the Dream. This will strictly be my opinion and yours may vary. I took tons of pics and I am still sorting and loading so this will not be a quick report. I look forward to reliving our wonderful vacation via this report.

Just realized that I forgot to introduce everyone!



From left to right DSS-Jacob (11) DH-Mark Me (Trina) DS-Trystan (11 also)
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Old 05-05-2014, 12:30 AM   #2
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Woo hoo! Welcome home, can't wait to hear all about it!
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Hope you had a gret time, looking forward to your report
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Old 05-05-2014, 08:05 AM   #4
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We are doing the Magic next year after twice on the Dream. I'm excited to see what you thought.
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Old 05-05-2014, 08:54 AM   #5
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Woo hoo! Welcome home, can't wait to hear all about it!
Thank you! Everything didn't go exactly as planned but we still had a great time. Thanks for joining in.

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We are doing the Magic next year after twice on the Dream. I'm excited to see what you thought.
We had been on the Dream twice before sailing the Magic.
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Old 05-05-2014, 09:17 AM   #6
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As some of you know, this trip has gone through many different stages with lots of changes along the way. One thing that stayed the same was that we chose not to tell our boys about anything other than the cruise portion of our trip.

We got up at 4:30 on Saturday morning and headed to Hartsfield Jackson Intl. Airport. When we were about 5 minutes away, I woke my DS up to show him the planes flying overhead. He had fallen asleep but DSS had stayed awake and was chatting non-stop. In a joking manner, DS asked if we were flying. They were totally shocked when we answered "yes". DSS had flown before but DS had not so this was a new experience for him. We parked and unloaded the car and that's when DSS started worrying that flying was unsafe. It didn't help that they are still searching for the Malaysian airplane. We assured them both that there were a lot more car crashes than plane crashes.

Our flight was at 8:45 and after checking a couple of bags and making our way through security and taking the train to our terminal, it was time to board. DSS was getting a little panicky but DH sat beside him and calmed him down. The flight was only an hour and 6 minutes and DS used much of this time to take pics out his window.



You can see the reflection of the guy behind us.





DSS was disappointed that Air Tran does not offer their passengers peanuts. He thought all airlines offered peanuts. The attendant did get them both a couple of bags of pretzels along with the cookies. I told him it probably had to do with all the allergies.

It wasn't long before we were landing in sunny Orlando. We would be renting a car from Alamo and driving to Port Orleans Riverside. There was a line at the checkout counter but it probably took all of 15 minutes before we were outside and heading to the cars. We got a nice and roomy Nissan Altima for the week. So far, so good.
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Old 09-14-2014, 01:16 PM   #7
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We are doing the Magic next year after twice on the Dream. I'm excited to see what you thought.
We're looking at sailing on a 4 night October 2015 since the Dream isn't doing any then. We just got off the 4 night on the Dream so am very anxious to read your report!
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Keep it coming! I'm loving your TR.
I'm dreaming of our cruise on the Magic in Feb 2015!
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I love the detail you are providing! Keep it coming! Its getting me excited for our cruise next March.
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Old 05-12-2014, 11:55 AM   #10
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I love the detail you are providing! Keep it coming! Its getting me excited for our cruise next March.
Details it is!
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Old 05-12-2014, 12:19 PM   #11
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After our nice lunch in Caricoa's, we decided to head up to the pool deck and let the boys ride the much anticipated Aqua Dunk. We made a quick stop at a restroom so the boys could change into their swimming trunks. DH and I decided that we would not change just yet that we would have ourselves a drink of the day which happened to be the PARADISE! This was our favorite drink on the Dream. We have tried recreating it sooooooo many times and have gotten close but never just right.

I've read many times to just wear your swimsuit under your clothes, which in hindsight would have been fine for the boys and for DH and I, but having them in our carry-on worked just fine. The boys had been looking forward to the aqua dunk and they were finally gonna give it a try!







They rode it a few consecutive times, came and told us how great and scary it was, and then moved on to the Twist & Spout. While they were doing that, we were doing this.



Yummy! These are delicious! I panicked when I realized the CM had put the drink in a souvenir cup but I figured "what the heck"! I was pleasantly surprised when I signed the slip and realized that a mistake had obviously been made because we were only charged $4.50 each! We had not been charged for the cup! I did NOT bring this to his attention but I did add a nice tip for him.
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The boys rode the Twist & Spout a few times and DH and I may or may not have had another drink. We are on vacation after all. Around 1:20 we decided to head up to see if the staterooms were ready. In the past, the rope has been dropped right at 1:30 but that was not the case on the Magic. We actually ended up waiting until around 1:40. Not a big deal but the area was getting super crowded with everyone waiting for the rope to drop.

We were finally on our way to our home for the next 4 nights. We had sprang for a veranda since DH and I had enjoyed having having one so much on the Dream. This would be the boy's first time with one and they were very excited. Before our cruise I had gotten Barb to make us some magnets for our door. I have to say that she did an excellent job.



Our Castaway Club gift

We really like the backpack that was offered before this bag. I had heard that a lot of cruisers were unhappy with the quality of these bags but our's appeared to be sturdy enough. We never used it so I can't say as to whether the handles held up with stuff in the bag. The boys did hang the magnet/whiteboard on the door.

Our gift from Dreams Unlimited



The bag included: 4 packages of fruit snacks, bag of mixed chocolates, flower highlighter, white board w/marker, door magnet, 3 large magnetic clips, deck of cards, hand sanitizing wipes, 2 water bottles, 2 coffee type go cups, stop watch/clock that clips onto your belt loop, 2 light up necklaces for pirate night and the bag is a reusable bag! Very useful stuff. I will miss this next cruise because it is unlikely that we will be leaving from Port Canaveral.

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What a great loot from Dreams Unlimited!!
They are our TA too. We didn't get a gift on our previous cruise. Is it something they offer on subsequent cruises?
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They are our TA too. We didn't get a gift on our previous cruise. Is it something they offer on subsequent cruises?
They are now given on all cruises out of Port Canaveral. I think it used to be longer cruises but if you are cruising out of PC then you should get one.
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They are now given on all cruises out of Port Canaveral. I think it used to be longer cruises but if you are cruising out of PC then you should get one.
Yay!!
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