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Old 06-08-2013, 11:12 AM   #26
ukintheus
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Debarkation

I didn't have a great night's sleep, I'm sure just because I knew we had to get up and get moving. I also am very nosey and constantly wondered where we were! The flip side to that is that I am also lazy, so I couldn't be bothered to get out of the bed to check! I did pop my head out at one point and we were in the shipping channel coming into Galveston. We didn't bother getting out of bed until we could feel the ship turning.


The seagulls were enjoying the churned water and creating all kinds of commotion back there.

We got ready and packed the last few things into our carry off luggage. Sadly this view was back all too soon.



But on the positive side, Susana from Palo had called us right before we had gone to bed and told us the Palo crew were working Topsiders for breakfast and so we arranged to meet her up there. We popped up there fairly early as we were meeting the G-family at 8:15 for breakfast. Topsiders was fairly busy. We easily found Susana manning the drink station and so we hugged and tried to see if we could stow away in her cabin for the trip over to the Med. I don't think there's enough room for HER in her cabin, let alone us!

We sat out here and drank our coffee.


It was fairly quiet and we watched some of the loading/unloading going on. It looked like most, if not all, of the luggage was already off. It was probably about 7:45 am by this time.




We headed back to our room, picked up our luggage and met the G-family to head down to Animator's for breakfast.

One last picture of us all together.


I think the breakfast menu on the last morning is pretty decent. I think we all got the Route 66...


Finally we had to face the reality of leaving and so with hugs to Sammy and Ayhan we headed to the main atrium. There was a small line to get off but it moved very quickly, one last swipe and we were back to the real world.

When you disembark in Galveston you have two choices, porter or on your own. The porter line was somewhat long and so with the men leading the way we marched right past it and into the baggage claim area. We found our luggage fairly easily, the G-family were still looking for a couple of pieces of theirs. In one of those classic "husband and wife" moments, "A" looks at all their bags and declares there is "no way" they can handle it all on their own, and heads off to the porter line. G is now standing there mumbling and muttering. It did take "A" quite a while to get back to us with the porter....but I'll leave you to decide if you could have juggled this with 2 kids...



I think 4 of those might have been ours, but still, it was a lot of luggage.

We basically walked through customs and immigration. The other "trick" to debarking at Galveston is AFTER you have your bags. If you have a porter you go straight to immigration, if you have done the DIY bag claim, then you stand in line with all other DIY bag claimers. So there's a short line no matter which way you do it (as far as I can tell).

We sent the guys off across the street to get our vehicles and we waited outside. It was busy, but not too bad.

One more picture of the luggage,


And one more of our great little sailing companions.


This trip really helped us see the "other" side of DCL...the one that is there for kids! Who knew that kids would enjoy a Disney cruise - LOL

The guys showed up one after the other with the cars and we were soon all packed and on our way home. We had a fantastic time, despite not being well for part of it, and despite some not-so-great weather. I can't say that I look back and remember anything other than a really fantastic trip, with wonderful friends.

Thanks for everyone that has followed along. The Magic is still our favorite ship, and we are lucky enough to have the Wonder coming to Galveston in the Fall this year and are booked to cruise on her. I just wish that the sailings out of Galveston had been busy enough to tempt Disney to come back, as having them within an hour or so driving distance has been the biggest luxury of all.
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