Ths DIS is a great place to ask Disney Cruise Line questions and share tips.
Dreams Unlimited Travel - The official sponsor of the Disney Cruise Forums Dreams Unlimited Travel - the official sponsor of the Disney Cruise Forums  

Go Back   The DIS Discussion Forums - DISboards.com > Disney Cruise Line > Disney Cruise Line Forum > Disney Cruise Line Trip Reports
Find Hotel Specials & DIScounts
 
facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS UpdatesDIS email updates
Register Chat FAQ Tickers Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read



Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 10-23-2012, 03:13 PM   #1
ukintheus
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Magnolia, Texas
Posts: 1,282

A Magical Trip from the Lone Star State - Oct 13 2012 Sailing

Hello to everyone that might follow along. First time trip reporter here and hopefully I'll manage to get all the text and photos in the right place!

Pre-trip: As soon as DCL opened the bookings for Galveston we were in!! No way was I going to let the Magic sail from less than 100 miles from my front door and not make the most of it!! My Mum said she'd come along for the fun of it, and so did my Sister, so it was a done deal. Mum was going to fly over from the UK for the winter months anyway, and my sister is a short flight away in Knoxville...it was all planned and we were booked! My DH gets to come along just by default of being married to a Disneyholic, but he's a good sport about it, and has now become as addicted to DCL as I am.

So the castmembers for this trip are:

Scott and I (Jenny) - Former Disneyworld addicts and now DCL addicts



Mum and Sister (Maureen) - along for the ride. This photo of them was taken a couple of years ago, and is pretty formal, but they look good.



__________________
Wandering The Gulf on the Wonder - Inaugural Bahamas Cruise Trip Report
Magic Your Way to the Magic Kingdom...another Galveston trip report
Our Magical Trip From The Lone Star State - Oct 13, 2012

Jenny & Scott
2000-POFQ, 2005-FW, 2006-FW, 2008-FW, Feb 2009-CBR/POFQ, Sept 2009-ASM,2010 BWI/WL/AKL/DCL Magic Western, July 2011 BWI/DCL Dream, Nov 2011 FW/AKL, May 2012 GF/DCL Fantasy-Eastern/BWI, Oct 2012 DCL Magic-Western, Feb 2013 DCL Magic-Cozumel, Apr 2013 DCL Magic-CC/WDW/KW, Sept 2013 - DCL Wonder-Bahamas, Dec 2013 - DCL Wonder-NYE-Cozumel, March 2014 - DCL Magic-4 night, Patiently waiting for: Nov 2014-Dream, Nov 2015- DCL Wonder B2B-Western & Bahamas-Galveston, DCL Wonder 2015 NYE Cruise-Bahamas-Galveston
ukintheus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2012, 03:52 PM   #2
ukintheus
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Magnolia, Texas
Posts: 1,282

Friday - Oct 12 - Packy frenzy day

My final day of work and it was a nightmare. I wonder why we have to work twice as hard before we leave for vacation and then three times as hard when we get back?? Anyway, while I'll leave you to ponder that...it was 6:00 pm and I was OUTTA there!

My sister, Maureen...aka Mo, was flying into George Bush Intercontinental (IAH) from Knoxville and was arriving at about 7 pm. I got to the airport early and sat in the cell phone lot to wait for her to call to say she had arrived. Sure enough she was right on time (by way of some miracle given it was United AND a Friday night - usually a sure combo for disaster), and I swung by the terminal to get her and we were on our way home to Magnolia, talking non-stop along the way because we hadn't seen each other in forever...for no good reason other than life getting in the way. Magnolia is a small town just northwest of Houston. We're kind of in the boonies, but can get into Houston in about 35 minutes which makes it really convenient when it comes to employment. We made it home by 8 pm and scarfed down some Shepherd's Pie my Mum had made for a quick dinner. It's been about a year since we've all been together, so we sat up talking for a while...well, the 3 women talked, Scott decided it was a good time to get his camera out and play with it a bit...I guess we aren't as interesting as we think we are In the end we forced ourselves to go to bed so we could get an early start in the morning.

Mum claims that she's been on cruises before, but she counts a troop ship from the UK to Hong Kong back in the early 50's...so I kinda discount her previous "cruise" experience. My sister had been on a Carnival cruise about 14 years ago, and hardly ever gets to go on "real" vacations...Scott and I sailed on the Magic in 2010 and were a little worried that after being on the Dream and Fantasy since then, the Magic wouldn't seem quite as Magical. So...with that said, we all went to bed to attempt to get some sleep.

This is one of our cats, Simba, who is always determined to try and pack himself when a suitcase is available. He's a little on the "excess baggage" size though.
.



__________________
Wandering The Gulf on the Wonder - Inaugural Bahamas Cruise Trip Report
Magic Your Way to the Magic Kingdom...another Galveston trip report
Our Magical Trip From The Lone Star State - Oct 13, 2012

Jenny & Scott
2000-POFQ, 2005-FW, 2006-FW, 2008-FW, Feb 2009-CBR/POFQ, Sept 2009-ASM,2010 BWI/WL/AKL/DCL Magic Western, July 2011 BWI/DCL Dream, Nov 2011 FW/AKL, May 2012 GF/DCL Fantasy-Eastern/BWI, Oct 2012 DCL Magic-Western, Feb 2013 DCL Magic-Cozumel, Apr 2013 DCL Magic-CC/WDW/KW, Sept 2013 - DCL Wonder-Bahamas, Dec 2013 - DCL Wonder-NYE-Cozumel, March 2014 - DCL Magic-4 night, Patiently waiting for: Nov 2014-Dream, Nov 2015- DCL Wonder B2B-Western & Bahamas-Galveston, DCL Wonder 2015 NYE Cruise-Bahamas-Galveston

Last edited by ukintheus; 10-23-2012 at 05:37 PM.
ukintheus is offline   Reply With Quote
|
The DIS
Register to remove

Join Date: 1997
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,000,000
Old 10-23-2012, 03:59 PM   #3
mandymouse
If It's Not A Bahama Mama Then I'm Not Interested
Can I put my Christmas Tree up yet ?
 
mandymouse's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Nuneaton U.K.
Posts: 72,643
DISboards Moderator

Great start Jen I'm really looking forward to reading about your adventures and finding out how big your cocktail count is

I look forward to your next update
__________________
Mandy xx



mandymouse is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2012, 05:07 PM   #4
Mau Loa Disney
Mouseketeer
 
Mau Loa Disney's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: TX
Posts: 201

Subbing. Yay...great start! Can't wait to read more
__________________
1st trip to Disney World, November 2007

1st trip on Disney Cruise scheduled for October 2012
Mau Loa Disney is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2012, 05:20 PM   #5
MedicGoofy
DIS Veteran
 
MedicGoofy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Niagara Falls, Canada
Posts: 939

Looking forward to reading about your trip
__________________
MedicGoofy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2012, 05:35 PM   #6
ukintheus
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Magnolia, Texas
Posts: 1,282

Quote:
Originally Posted by mandymouse View Post
Great start Jen I'm really looking forward to reading about your adventures and finding out how big your cocktail count is

I look forward to your next update
Well Mandy, you know how hard it is for me to acutally keep "count" and I didn't take many photos of the booze, which now I think about it is really strange. Maybe I was just ensuring that the evidence was minimal.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mau Loa Disney View Post
Subbing. Yay...great start! Can't wait to read more
Yay - so glad to have a fellow cruiser subbing along.

Quote:
Originally Posted by MedicGoofy View Post
Looking forward to reading about your trip
I'm so glad that I'm not here alone. There's that moment of panic for a newbie trip reporter that maybe nobody will follow along! Thanks for joining in.
__________________
Wandering The Gulf on the Wonder - Inaugural Bahamas Cruise Trip Report
Magic Your Way to the Magic Kingdom...another Galveston trip report
Our Magical Trip From The Lone Star State - Oct 13, 2012

Jenny & Scott
2000-POFQ, 2005-FW, 2006-FW, 2008-FW, Feb 2009-CBR/POFQ, Sept 2009-ASM,2010 BWI/WL/AKL/DCL Magic Western, July 2011 BWI/DCL Dream, Nov 2011 FW/AKL, May 2012 GF/DCL Fantasy-Eastern/BWI, Oct 2012 DCL Magic-Western, Feb 2013 DCL Magic-Cozumel, Apr 2013 DCL Magic-CC/WDW/KW, Sept 2013 - DCL Wonder-Bahamas, Dec 2013 - DCL Wonder-NYE-Cozumel, March 2014 - DCL Magic-4 night, Patiently waiting for: Nov 2014-Dream, Nov 2015- DCL Wonder B2B-Western & Bahamas-Galveston, DCL Wonder 2015 NYE Cruise-Bahamas-Galveston
ukintheus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2012, 05:38 PM   #7
TinksMomma
Mouseketeer
 
TinksMomma's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 146

So excited to read another TR on the Magic from Galveston! Loving your start so far! We leave in just 3 days so this gets me even more ready to go!
__________________
TinksMomma is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2012, 05:51 PM   #8
perfectmatch300
United We Stand
Will ride anything with "roller coaster" in the name!
 
perfectmatch300's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: FLORIDA!
Posts: 3,744

Can't wait to read more!
__________________
perfectmatch300 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2012, 06:52 PM   #9
ukintheus
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Magnolia, Texas
Posts: 1,282

It's time!! It's our day to sail - Oct 13th

Finally!! The long awaited day to head down to Galveston to start our cruise arrived! I was awake early by about 5 am and got the Galveston webcam fired up so that I could watch for the Magic arriving. Scott woke up....I wonder why?? ...what could possible have woken him up?? We both watched OUR ship arriving into Galveston and make the turn in the channel before docking. It was just about cracking daylight when she was finally moored at about 6:30 am. We were all up by 7:00 am and making tea for the Brits in the house and coffee for those of us that are either converted (me) or the token US guy. To just prove what a great guy DH is, he went to the local donut shop to buy kolaches and tacos for breakfast. Amazingly a blueberry filled donut was also in the bag...but just one!! It should be noted here that blueberry is his FAVORITE..... OK, so maybe he has an occasional flaw... We finished packing last minute things like toiletries into our cases. Scott and I were checking 4 pieces 2 suitcases, 1 bag with JUST shoes, and a box with the FE gifts from the 2 cabins. We also had a rolling carry on with our alcohol.

By the time we got the car loaded, it looked like this...


At 9 am we all piled in and started the drive down to Galveston. Houston is a really massive city, and it takes us about 2 hours to drive from Magnolia down to Galveston, but it's an easy drive, especially on a Saturday with no rush hour traffic, and it was SO nice not to have to fly!!

We arrived at the port at about 10:50 am, and our check in time was 11:00 am to 11:30 am. The Carnival Triumph was in port as well, but the cruise terminals weren't that busy. Terminal 1 where the Carnival ship was didn't seem to have anybody there at all? Terminal 2 for DCL had some people dropping off, but it was easy to find a spot to stop along the curb and we dropped our cases/bags with luggage tags with the porters. It would have gone a bit faster if I hadn't got myself all confused/crazy with the pre-cruise check-in jitters. Mum and Mo found a place to sit while Scott and I drove over to Galveston Park and Cruise where I had prebooked our parking space. The parking is on New Strand street and it can be accessed from two ends. We were glad that we followed the directions they gave us as the street is barely more than an alley, and if you went in from the "other" side, you had to try and turn around to get back to the parking building. It was a very easy process though, they had our name on a clipboard and directed us down to one of the buildings. Once we got parked we started to walk back down the "street" but a guy in a golfcart came charging up to get us and drop us back off at the street entrance, which was really nice. It was an easy walk back across Harborside Drive and then to the terminal, my guess is that it was less than 15 minutes total. The only dicey part was that the crosswalk doesn't have one of those buttons that you push, or the "little green man", so you have to try and judge the lights changing and just make a run for it!

I took this as we walked back to the terminal...


We met back up with Mum and Mo and headed into the terminal.



It was a very short walk down to the security lines, and there was barely a line at all. They seemed a little more TSA-like than we had found at Port Canaveral but were still friendly. For example, Mum had an ipad.....yes....my 84 year old Mum was the ONLY one of us with an ipad....where's the justice??? LOL Anyway, they made us take the ipad out of the carry on bag....so a little more strict maybe than Port Canaveral....but maybe it's just because I've never travelled with an ipad before.


__________________
Wandering The Gulf on the Wonder - Inaugural Bahamas Cruise Trip Report
Magic Your Way to the Magic Kingdom...another Galveston trip report
Our Magical Trip From The Lone Star State - Oct 13, 2012

Jenny & Scott
2000-POFQ, 2005-FW, 2006-FW, 2008-FW, Feb 2009-CBR/POFQ, Sept 2009-ASM,2010 BWI/WL/AKL/DCL Magic Western, July 2011 BWI/DCL Dream, Nov 2011 FW/AKL, May 2012 GF/DCL Fantasy-Eastern/BWI, Oct 2012 DCL Magic-Western, Feb 2013 DCL Magic-Cozumel, Apr 2013 DCL Magic-CC/WDW/KW, Sept 2013 - DCL Wonder-Bahamas, Dec 2013 - DCL Wonder-NYE-Cozumel, March 2014 - DCL Magic-4 night, Patiently waiting for: Nov 2014-Dream, Nov 2015- DCL Wonder B2B-Western & Bahamas-Galveston, DCL Wonder 2015 NYE Cruise-Bahamas-Galveston
ukintheus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2012, 07:10 PM   #10
ukintheus
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Magnolia, Texas
Posts: 1,282

Check in and boarding

After security you head upstairs where they handed you the medical questionnaire as you entered into a big open area, the roped areas are for check in, but there was no line when we were checking in. They wanted us to fill in the questionnaire at the check in desk but I think that was because there really wasn't anywhere to stand and fill them in before that.



Check in was fast and Scott and I got boarding group 3, Mum and Mo got 4. We ran into fellow Disers Dena and her DH Mike, who had got there even earlier than us! It was Dena's birthday and their first cruise, so technically they had every reason to be even more excited.

We headed over to find this guy...who we had already run into after we got through security at the top of the escalators...



...but as we got there they hustled him out a door and in came Minnie!



After having our photo taken with Minnie (which didn't turn out too great) we found a seat and patiently waited.



We didn't have long to wait though...they called for Family of the Day to board at about 11:40 am. It turned out that the Family of the Day were also fellow Disers, although I confess that I have forgotten who they were! It didn't take long at all for them to call boarding group 3. I had heard that as long as one of your party had the boarding group number, everyone could board at the same time. NOT TRUE!! Maybe we just got someone who was being very "official" but they wouldn't let Mum and Mo through with us, so we stepped to one side for the whole FOUR minutes until they called boarding group 4. Of course, right as she said to me "you can go through" an entire family, who had strollers and a ton of bags stepped right into the entrance of the boarding aisle and then proceeded to set down all their stuff while they gathered their group. Although it was tempting to trample small children and others to get around them I tried to think my best pixie dust thoughts and waited for them.

The gangway has lots of glass so it's a good place to grab a few shots of the ship along the way...



We crossed that final space between the "real world" and the "Magical world". Announcements were made....we didn't come up with anything exciting or funny ....Mum and Mo were in front of us and were a bit confused by the whole thing as they have different last names. I hadn't come up with anything worth blurting out....so decided to stick with the tried and true last name approach...it's good in a pinch . We walked into the atrium and it FELT SO GOOD!!! We had already decided to eat at Parrot Cay, as I didnít want to have to deal with the masses in Topsiders. PC was busy though, there seemed to be groups of travel agents that were eating, but we managed to find plenty of things that looked good.

This was Scott's plate....


And this was mine...


I guess we were too busy shovelling the food in to remember to take pictures of the desserts!
__________________
Wandering The Gulf on the Wonder - Inaugural Bahamas Cruise Trip Report
Magic Your Way to the Magic Kingdom...another Galveston trip report
Our Magical Trip From The Lone Star State - Oct 13, 2012

Jenny & Scott
2000-POFQ, 2005-FW, 2006-FW, 2008-FW, Feb 2009-CBR/POFQ, Sept 2009-ASM,2010 BWI/WL/AKL/DCL Magic Western, July 2011 BWI/DCL Dream, Nov 2011 FW/AKL, May 2012 GF/DCL Fantasy-Eastern/BWI, Oct 2012 DCL Magic-Western, Feb 2013 DCL Magic-Cozumel, Apr 2013 DCL Magic-CC/WDW/KW, Sept 2013 - DCL Wonder-Bahamas, Dec 2013 - DCL Wonder-NYE-Cozumel, March 2014 - DCL Magic-4 night, Patiently waiting for: Nov 2014-Dream, Nov 2015- DCL Wonder B2B-Western & Bahamas-Galveston, DCL Wonder 2015 NYE Cruise-Bahamas-Galveston
ukintheus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2012, 07:29 PM   #11
ukintheus
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Magnolia, Texas
Posts: 1,282

Quote:
Originally Posted by TinksMomma View Post
So excited to read another TR on the Magic from Galveston! Loving your start so far! We leave in just 3 days so this gets me even more ready to go!
I know you will have a wonderful time!! We were originally on your sailing, but changed it a long time ago....we LOVED the Magic...she is still a beautiful ship.

Quote:
Originally Posted by perfectmatch300 View Post
Can't wait to read more!
Thanks for joining in!

I have to credit Mandymouse for doing such a GREAT trip report for their cruise on the Fantasy It was so cool to relive our trip through her report, that it inspired me to give it a shot...plus I will do everything possible to extend this one for as long as I can!
__________________
Wandering The Gulf on the Wonder - Inaugural Bahamas Cruise Trip Report
Magic Your Way to the Magic Kingdom...another Galveston trip report
Our Magical Trip From The Lone Star State - Oct 13, 2012

Jenny & Scott
2000-POFQ, 2005-FW, 2006-FW, 2008-FW, Feb 2009-CBR/POFQ, Sept 2009-ASM,2010 BWI/WL/AKL/DCL Magic Western, July 2011 BWI/DCL Dream, Nov 2011 FW/AKL, May 2012 GF/DCL Fantasy-Eastern/BWI, Oct 2012 DCL Magic-Western, Feb 2013 DCL Magic-Cozumel, Apr 2013 DCL Magic-CC/WDW/KW, Sept 2013 - DCL Wonder-Bahamas, Dec 2013 - DCL Wonder-NYE-Cozumel, March 2014 - DCL Magic-4 night, Patiently waiting for: Nov 2014-Dream, Nov 2015- DCL Wonder B2B-Western & Bahamas-Galveston, DCL Wonder 2015 NYE Cruise-Bahamas-Galveston
ukintheus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2012, 07:56 PM   #12
cruisecrasher
DIS Veteran
 
cruisecrasher's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Texas
Posts: 3,921

Looks fun!
__________________
Lorelei (Lori); DH, Ben/KetchAggie; DS7, Chris (gluten); DD5, Kylee(dairy)
My Trip Reports can be found on my blog:
Adventures in the Great Wide Somewhere (My Blog on all things DCL, Food Allergy and Pixie Dust Related)
Upcoming Trips:

Upcoming Fantasy Cruise!

Upcoming Big Family Reunion Cruise
cruisecrasher is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2012, 08:36 PM   #13
Ajojo
Mouseketeer
 
Ajojo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Houston, Texas
Posts: 206

ooooohhh, I cant wait to read the rest!!

We are officially in a cruise countdown (where there seems to be something new to do everyday) with just about 2 weeks left. I can feel us all getting excited!!!
Ajojo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2012, 08:48 PM   #14
Rm3idm
Earning My Ears
 
Rm3idm's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 69

So excited to read your TR! Great looking family! We were on board with you, so I'll be reliving the magic through your posts... Wish I wasn't so lazy, I'd write one myself...
Rm3idm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2012, 09:01 PM   #15
princess aleya
DIS Veteran
 
princess aleya's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Too far from the happiest place on earth.
Posts: 928

Great start can't wait to hear more about your trip.
__________________
ME , DH , DS (14) , DD (10) , DD Lab (2yr) :dog

princess aleya is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates
GET OUR DIS UPDATES DELIVERED BY EMAIL



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:02 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Copyright © 1997-2014, Werner Technologies, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

You Rated this Thread: