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Old 01-23-2014, 10:16 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, 11:35 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, 05:31 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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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, 10:27 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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Smile Hi!!!

Dear Bob & Jenna,
Feel like I know you by reading your excellent first trip report!!! Thank you
for posting so much great information that I'm studying and writing down for our July trip on the "Fantasy".
Question?
Did you happen to notice any wheelchairs on board and how they navigated?? Our youngest of three children is in a wheelchair and they gave us an accessible room. We have to go through alot of legwork to contact the infirmary to give them a list of her medications, etc. . My husband and I were just curious if there seemed to be a little safe haven to park her out of the way of other guests and how the wheelchairs were in the restaurants. She is a tiny little sweetheart and doesn't make a peep, but I don't want to inconvenience other guests with excuse me, pardon me, etc.
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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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Dear Bob & Jenna,
Feel like I know you by reading your excellent first trip report!!! Thank you
for posting so much great information that I'm studying and writing down for our July trip on the "Fantasy".
Question?
Did you happen to notice any wheelchairs on board and how they navigated?? Our youngest of three children is in a wheelchair and they gave us an accessible room. We have to go through alot of legwork to contact the infirmary to give them a list of her medications, etc. . My husband and I were just curious if there seemed to be a little safe haven to park her out of the way of other guests and how the wheelchairs were in the restaurants. She is a tiny little sweetheart and doesn't make a peep, but I don't want to inconvenience other guests with excuse me, pardon me, etc.
Thanks!
We noticed a few people in wheel chairs. First off you shouldn't feel bad at all. We never felt anything but compassion for anyone we saw wheeling around. The ship seems very accessible. The restaurants all seem very easy to get into.

The only real tip I would have is if Cabanas seems too crazy you can eat breakfast and lunch in royal court which was always pretty empty and much calmer. There are also always tons of staff there to help.

Just don't feel bad or like you are inconveniencing anyone, the overall mood is much more relaxed.

You'll have a great time!
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Old 01-24-2014, 10:43 AM   #12
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It's Time! Have a Magical Vacation!. If you can get here...



We begin our journey on January 6th in the early hours of the morning. We arrived at the airport around 5:15 am for a 7:10 am flight that was supposed to land around 10. There had been a lot of bad weather in the NY area, and the day before an incident with one air craft sliding off the runway. Throw in new FAA regulations on how much pilots can fly that had started only days earlier and you have a crowded and stressful airport. I tried my best to stay positive.


When we arrived we realized that our flight had been delayed. This is not what you want to hear when you are getting on a cruise that day.

2:20 is definitely cutting it close.


On the total flip side though it made the line less stressful. We checked in online but the line to drop bags was over an hour long. Between that and security I think we spent about 90 minutes to get into the gates. We opted to sit down and kill some time at breakfast.


With all the time in the world to kill I reviewed our travel insurance documents. Our worst case scenario, while still a bummer, was we could fly to Nassau and meet the boat the next day..as long as we could get out of NY. We kept hearing announcements telling people to leave if their flights were canceled because there was NOTHING available for 3 days.

Jenna called DCL and let them know our status, they said we were fine but to call if it got any later.


It was actually on the warmer side but our plane was delayed 5 hours flying in from Salt Lake City.

As can almost always be expected the estimated departure time kept slipping. Now we were looking at arriving close to 3:30. Jenna spoke with DCL again and they said they would try their best, we were using their transfers from the airport so they said they would try and have someone waiting for us at the gate to help get us through the airport faster.

We boarded around 12:15, turned off our phones, and settled in. We had 3 helpless hours to try to relax because once we landed we knew it was going to be a race...

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Enjoyed the first... following along.
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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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