|10-03-2012, 07:26 PM||#1|
Mommy to Claire
Join Date: Oct 2006
I LOVE Comedians with Guitars......You didn't tell me that part...
Hello and welcome to my latest trip report. I had the wonderful opportunity to sail the Magic out of Galveston for her inaugural sailing Sept 22.
Who am I? Well I am Jennifer .....jenseib here on the boards. I love writing Trip Reports and sometimes I am a little Whacky.
I am a Mom of 3 children, Michael, who is 23, Paige, who is 20, and Claire who is 7. I am married to Skip. If you have read any of my past TRs and/or PTRs you will know he is a fun loving guy, but a vacation resistor. This trip was no different.
This past May I started planning a trip I had won. It was NOT a Disney cruise .......but one on another very nice line. The thing is, I had to wait for dates to be released for the time of year I wanted to go .....Sept. Since this was kind of a contest type won cruise, I couldnt just pick anything; I had to go with what was offered.
From the start, I knew Skip would not go on this trip. I wanted Sept. for several reasons. Well actually I would've loved to have gone over the summer, but all of the summer dates released were during other scheduled events here at home that could not be changed. I would've liked to have brought along Claire, but she will be missing almost 2 weeks of school in Nov for a family trip on the Dream and to WDW, so there was just no way I could let her miss that much more school.
I asked Skip if he would mind if I asked my friend Lisa to join me and he was fine with that.
I texted Lisa and she responded with a yes.
Lisa has been my friend for years. Back in our single days we used to hit the local bar scene every weekend. We have traveled together a few times and I knew we were compatible that way. We have no problems going off on our own if we want to.
Sadly over the years we have drifted apart. We both got married, and I had my 3rd child, Claire. We only see each a few times a year at most. We usually have no troubles picking up right where we left off, but this could be different. We hadnt spent a long time together in over 10 years. Secretly, I did wonder if we would hate each other by the end of the trip. LOL! OK, not hate each other, but be annoyed with each other.
Well no worries. We had a blast together and it was just like we have seen each other every week since we got married.
All summer long I waited for the dates to be released and it just wasnt happening. Finally the next batch was released and they totally skipped the month of Sept. WHAT? I was crushed. How could this be? Fate stepped in and crushed my dreams .....or so I thought. I told Lisa right away. I felt so awful. She had even applied for a passport just for this trip.
But Fate had other plans for us. Later that day, another cruise presented itself to me at a price i could actually afford. This one was for the Disney Magic. Sept 22 worked best for me, so I quickly called Lisa and she said yes.
We booked immediately.
Long story short, my DH, who had known about this since May decided to be a big baby about it and we spent a few days not talking. I will not back down and if he doesnt want to talk to me, I sure can handle that. Sometimes he talks way too much, so a few days of peace and quiet is fine. LOL. Eventually he got over it and I just chose not to talk to him about the trip. He really has no interest in where I was going, he only asked when about 2 weeks before I left.
I booked this trip in early Aug. I believe around Aug 9th. That meant not much time for planning. Soon I learned that 2 of the girls I had met last summer at WDW were going. It would be exciting to see Mary and Carolyn again. Not long after that, one of my friends, Brook .....brookelizabeth on Dis ....decided she wanted to go as well. She booked a cabin for herself, while Carolyn had 2 friends coming and Mary had 3. Brook and I were roommates last year at a program we both attended, and it was going to be really nice to see her again.
The planning got started as much as we could and for the most part we were going to do a lot of winging it. We only pre-booked a couple of things.
We did make matching t-shirts though&we are geeky that way.
How I came up with the name of this TR will be revealed later. Lisa and I always seem to have some sort of funny saying at some point in a trip together that makes us laugh and then we repeat it over and over ......and this happened to be one of those lines.
Please join me as I relive one of the greatest vacations I have ever had. It was very different than ones with my family, but in a good way. I still love traveling with my family, dont get me wrong, but it was really nice to do a girls only trip this time around.
I will forewarn you now. I have a very busy month ahead of me as well as a long trip (Nov. 2- 14) to WDW and on the Disney Dream. This TR will be slow going, but I will finish it. It will just take some time.
Last edited by jenseib; 10-13-2012 at 09:26 PM.
|10-03-2012, 07:27 PM||#2|
Mommy to Claire
Join Date: Oct 2006
Sept, 20, 2012 Thursday
Getting packed and ready
Sept, 21, 2012, Friday..Officially Day 1
Road trip/ plane trip
Arriving at the Marriott
The creepy alley
Dinner with Brook
Sept. 22, 2012, Saturday, Day 2
Heading to the port
Exploring the Terminal
Boarding the ship
Touring the room
Lunch at Parrot Cay
Vista Spa Tour 1
Vista Spa Tour 2
Oceaneers club and lab
Oceaneers Club and Lab 2
Sailaway Party 1
Sailaway Party 2
A Little More Exploring
Dinner at Lumiere's
The Ship at Night
A Little bit more Exploring
A Late Night Walk
Sept. 23, 2012, Sunday, Day 3
Deck 4, the Titanic Deck
Beauties and Beasts
Getting ready for Dinner
Dinner at Animators Palate
Sept. 24, 2012, Monday, Day 4
Rise and Shine
More Characters and Drawing Class
Another Room Tour
Lunch, Brave and Quiet Cove Cafe
A Little Roaming and More Quiet Cove Cafe
Dinner at Parrot Cay
Sept. 25, 2012, Tuesday, Day 5
Room Service and Sunrises
Pulling up to Grand Cayman
Time to Tender
A Quick Walk Through Grand Cayman
Time to Snorkel
Under the Sea
Finding the Bus
A Little Shopping and Snacks
A Pirates Dinner
Pirate Party 1
Pirate Party 2 with Fireworks
Sept. 26, 2012, Wednesday, Day 6
Early Morning Sunrise
Early Morning Atrium
Early Morning Shop Windows
More Atrium Shots
A Magical Moment
Magical Moment 2
Lisa's Magical Moment
Arriving at Costa Maya
Docking at Costa Maya
Looking for Lisa
Costa Maya Plaza
Costa Maya Junk
Costa Maya Coast
Back to the Ship
I Love Comedians with Guitars
Dinner at AP
Dinner at AP2
Sept. 27, 2012, Thursday, Day 7
Arriving in Cozumel
Time to Explore Cozumel
Off to the Mayan Ruins
Hidden Mayan Mickey
The Mayan Calendar
Finishing up with the Ruins
A ride through Cozumel
Heaven on Earth
A Little More Heaven
A last look of Heaven and on to El Cedral
Back to Town
Back to the Ship for Lunch
Time For Palo
Sept. 28, 2012, Friday, Day 8
Lazing around the ship
Towel Folding Class
Pictures around the ship
More Pictures around the ship
Ship Tour 1
Ship Tour 2
End of Ship Tour
Till We meet Again 1
Till We Meet Again 2
Till We Meet Again 3
Sept. 29, 2012, Saturday, Day 9
Early Morning to Port
Time to Go Home
Last edited by jenseib; 02-28-2013 at 09:30 PM.
|10-03-2012, 07:33 PM||#3|
Join Date: Aug 2008
WOO HOO! I'm in!
You look adorable!
|10-03-2012, 07:37 PM||#4|
"Are you seeing an increase in lateral forces?" "Sure am!"
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Garwood, NJ
Subbing! Can't wait!
|10-03-2012, 07:50 PM||#5|
Join Date: Feb 2010
Here!!!! Sounds like fun!!!
You're lucky to have a friend like that whom you've stayed in touch with all these years!!! Can't wait to hear all about your journey!!!
|10-03-2012, 09:11 PM||#6|
Earning My Ears
Join Date: Sep 2012
I am in! I love a little wackiness in my life. Thanks for sharing.
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|10-03-2012, 09:13 PM||#7|
Chiefs fan living in Bronco country
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Denver, CO
Can't wait to hear all about it. Take your time, I'll be away for the next 10 days.
Jill in CO
|10-03-2012, 09:13 PM||#8|
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Bayou Country, La.
Jumping aboard another trip report!
2013 trip report: 1 crazy family+2 resorts+5 parks+1 snake+1 surprise= A Mickeystoontown Report: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3122381
|10-03-2012, 09:27 PM||#9|
Mom & Crazed Planner
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Central Wisconsin
I'm so here!!
Love your 1st picture! Must have been having too much of that fun!
2014, A Disney Free Year
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|10-03-2012, 09:47 PM||#10|
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: RedSox/Patriots Nation
Excellent! Can't wait to hear about your trip!
|10-03-2012, 09:49 PM||#11|
Join Date: Oct 2007
I'm here! Can't wait to hear all about it!!
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|10-03-2012, 10:07 PM||#12|
DS was in the CP and LOVED it!
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: PA now OH
I have read ALL of your trip reports. You take such beautiful pictures and give such detailed reports, I decided to finally quit lurking!
|10-03-2012, 10:11 PM||#13|
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Myrtle Beach SC
I'm here! I can't wait for all the pictures!
I love your pic you posted it looks like you were having the best time!
|10-03-2012, 10:36 PM||#14|
Join Date: Aug 1999
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Love that first pic Jen!
|10-03-2012, 10:38 PM||#15|
Join Date: Apr 2006
I might just make the first page ............
I am in, Jen! Can't wait to read all about it.
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