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Old 01-26-2014, 05:21 PM   #31
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Glad you made it to the ship on time and all went well in the end...I'm curious about one of the pics... Where is that pic with you by an open porhole? is that your SR?
Yes that is the navigators verandah. There Are a couple more pictures of it coming in a later post.
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Old 01-26-2014, 07:12 PM   #32
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I read last year's TR two nights ago and just caught up on this year's. What a nail biter on embarkation day! I can't wait to read about the rest of your trip!
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Old 01-26-2014, 07:23 PM   #33
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I so enjoyed last year's TR and looking forward to the '14 version! what a dramatic start to the vacay. I was stressed out reading it, can only imagine what it was like living it!

Standing (well really sitting) by for more!!!
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Old 01-27-2014, 09:48 AM   #34
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Old 01-27-2014, 04:17 PM   #35
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um...now what do we do...

We wandered around the ship a little bit to get oriented. Jenna had been on when she was 16 but other than that we have only been on the Fantasy. There are similar things but then areas like the adult district are totally flopped. On the Fantasy this area is aft right above Animator's Palate. Here on the Magic it is forward on deck 3 and right off the lobby. Not a big deal but we occasionally would take one step in the wrong direction.

One of our favorite things about the after hours district is that as you walk along this hall that leads you to the venues there is a very bouncy electro soundtrack playing that we couldn't help but dance along too. It's total background music but very fun. I recognized one of the tracks as an old Daft Punk song called "Voyager". If you listen to that it will give you a good idea of the vibe.









We stopped by O'Gills for a pre dinner drink, and I was pleasantly surprised that they have a small buffet open from late afternoon on. On the Fantasy the only food in the adult areas comes out around 10:30. We'll do some comparisons later on but I really like the layout and function of this place. There are a lot of little nooks to get more privacy. It seems like you could still sit in one of these coves and have a conversation even if the place was packed. I love Irish bars but almost never go to the O'Gills on the Fantasy. On the magic we were there every day. Our opinion was that on the Fantasy it is more detailed and finished but was far more functional on the magic.





Dinner was in Lumiere's. We were seated at a nice round table that could sit 8 but there was only 6 of us. We lucked out with a nice group of people.

Jenna had Fried Brie, potato leek soup, a filet, and strawberry shortcake.
I had lobster and shrimp appetizer, lamb chops, and peanut butter mousse.

I think this is the only time we actually took note of what we ate.

Dinner was great, we left full and exhausted.

We got ready for bed and watched a little TV. Sadly the refurb did not include the on demand options that the Dream and Fantasy have. There are some newer movies that play throughout the day on a loop though. One of them was the Robert Redford movie "All is Lost". It's a "castaway" style survival film about him being stuck on a raft in the ocean after his sailboat sinks... What an odd movie to play on a cruise ship. I think we saw the whole thing eventually, although totally out of order.

It had been a long long day, and we crashed...

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Old 01-27-2014, 11:32 PM   #36
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I remember reading your report last year and enjoying it very much, so I'm glad to be starting this one.
Glad to hear that you made it to the cruise. My BIL &SIL were scheduled to fly here to FL on JetBlue from JFK and they never made it. Their flights got cancelled so many times they finally gave up and cancelled their visit. Disney really did seem to go the extra mile to see that you and the others on late flights got to the ship on time.
I am looking forward to reading the rest of your report.
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Old 01-28-2014, 09:20 PM   #37
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Just finished last year's report and subscribing to this one. Love your quirky humor (had to describe the switch labeled "emergency" and "normal" to a friend)! Can't imagine how many people just walked by that without really seeing it.

Can't wait to see how this year's trip goes!
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Old 01-29-2014, 04:39 AM   #38
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Have just finished your first TR and loved it so subbing to this one. Glad you made it to the ship!! I wouldn't have been as calm as you seemed if this happened but it has spurred me on to book Disney transfers for our next cruise!

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Old 01-29-2014, 05:10 AM   #39
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Just finished last year's report and subscribing to this one. Love your quirky humor (had to describe the switch labeled "emergency" and "normal" to a friend)! Can't imagine how many people just walked by that without really seeing it.

Can't wait to see how this year's trip goes!

I had a good chuckle as I walked by the "Emergency" switch again this year. Humorously I think it was right by our muster station, so I guess if we mustered we would know to panic or not.
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I remember reading your report last year and enjoying it very much, so I'm glad to be starting this one.
Glad to hear that you made it to the cruise. My BIL &SIL were scheduled to fly here to FL on JetBlue from JFK and they never made it. Their flights got cancelled so many times they finally gave up and cancelled their visit. Disney really did seem to go the extra mile to see that you and the others on late flights got to the ship on time.
I am looking forward to reading the rest of your report.
That's sad...I just wanted to get out of New York. I knew that if we could get out that we had more options. If our flight was cancelled we wouldn't have left for 3 days.
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Old 01-29-2014, 05:15 AM   #41
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January 7th, Nassau

We woke up around 7 and the view from the window was pretty depressing. It was very cloudy, very windy, and occasionally some rain flew around. This sadly became a trend.

After a trip to cove cafe we stopped by Cabanas for breakfast.



While themed a little differently it is very familiar to anyone who has been on the Dream class ships. It seemed to work very well throughout the cruise and the staff was very actively reminding people that it wasn't a big line but rather separate stations.

The cruise director made some morning announcements and broke the sad news that the weather wasn't going to get much better any time soon. A big cold spell was hitting most of the country. At 9 a.m. NYC: 5 degrees Orlando: 35 degrees Nassau Bahamas: 66 degrees. So, you know, silver lining.

We decided to try out the hot tubs but the wind was so bad that the warm water couldn't make up for the pain our faces were feeling so we retreated inside.

This is the view of Atlantis as we pulled up...not quite like the commercials.




We had no plans for the day other than explore the ship and get off just to buy a bottle of rum to keep in our room.

We had a great lunch in Cabanas. I'll spare you the pictures of overflowing plates of food... But this was dessert.



The trip into Nassau was uneventful. We got caught in rain on our way back to the ship and a fairly long line to get onto the pier. There were 5 ships in port and only 1 guy checking ship passes.

Then we wandered...







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Old 01-29-2014, 08:05 AM   #42
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Joining in! Awesome report so far, I adore the Magic! I know you said Photobucket was compromising your photos, might I recommend Flickr? It will preserve your photo quality and also allows unlimited views of your photos. Unless you pay for Photobucket, after a while it will stop displaying your photos on here because too many people have looked at them. Just some advice b/c I know how painful it is to have to reload all my photos!
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Old 01-29-2014, 08:48 AM   #43
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Great trip report! I have to agree with you about O'Gills. Unfortunately we didn't have much time to go there but I really enjoyed it. I'd love to take a longer cruise on the Magic just to hang out there.

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I have to laugh about this. My fiance and I would always comment on this movie whenever we flipped past it. At first we were completely confused, like, what the heck movie is this? We'd never heard of it before. We'd watch it for a few minutes and then I'd have to change the channel because it made me so impatient, lol. I remember saying something like, why don't they just show Titanic? :P Anyway, while driving home I made my fiance to go the Wikipedia article and read it out loud because this movie perplexed me so.
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Old 01-29-2014, 02:58 PM   #44
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Nice start to your review. I enjoyed reading your previous review.

Quick question, do you think the dog was brought out -cause you were late? For some reason it never occured to me that they had dogs sniffing the luggage lol.

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Joining in! Awesome report so far, I adore the Magic! I know you said Photobucket was compromising your photos, might I recommend Flickr? It will preserve your photo quality and also allows unlimited views of your photos. Unless you pay for Photobucket, after a while it will stop displaying your photos on here because too many people have looked at them. Just some advice b/c I know how painful it is to have to reload all my photos!
Thanks, I gave this a try and you are right it is light years better. Thanks!
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