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Old 05-19-2008, 04:52 PM   #91
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really enjoying your TR. It's been great seeing the same trip from someone else' eyes. We had a great time as well. Thanks for the pirate night pics...I was tired of luggnig my camera around all day and didn't bring it up on deck that night
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Old 05-19-2008, 11:53 PM   #92
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Day 5 St. Thomas and Dolphin Encounter

I woke up way early today, showered and headed up to deck 10 to watch the Magic dock in St. Thomas.

the sun is rising as we pull closer to St. Thomas


Captain Tom and the other officers docking the Magic. I thought that was so cool to watch!


I called down to the room to wake the others up and then headed down too. We made our way to immigration, which was pretty painless. We had an early
excursion and had to be in Studio Sea at 7:30am anyway. We checked in for the dolphin encounter and were off the ship by 8. We got on a 1 hour ferry ride that took us to the Island of Tortola. This was a bit of a pain since Tortola is in the British Virgin Islands and St. Thomas U.S. Virgin Islands. We had to go through immigration again in Tortola. We were put in little open air busses and drove a short distance to the dolphin discovery facility. There we put our things in cubbies and were given life vests. Then, we watched a short orientation video and they took pictures of all the families posing with parrots.

this is a scanned picture


We went in groups to where the dolphins are. Our dolphins name was Calypso, he was a 12 year old male. We went in the water with him and got to play around with him touch him, learn about dolphins in general, kiss him and dance with him. It was a great experience and of course we bought all the photos they took of us and souveniers at the gift shop. Here are some pictures I took with the disposable camera:











And here are the scanned images of the kids interacting. Yeah I know... how can you NOT buy these? And they know it too, and they make you sell your soul but hey, we were on vacation so who cares right?









They gave us a lunch of cheeseburgers, hamburgers, hotdogs, fries, pasta salad, little tuna and cheese sandwiches and some pastries. After that, we went on a island tour. Our tour guide took us way up in the hills to a restaurant type place where we got a complimentary drink and stopped for photo op. You could see both the British and U.S. Virgin Island from up there and it was just breathtaking! Soooo beautiful!





view of Tortola from the bus


Then it was back to the ferry and back to St. Thomas and through immigration once again.

this was on the ferry ride back. I wouldn't mind spending some time there!


beautiful Magic docked in St. Thomas


The only thing that bothered me about this excursion is having to go through immigration all these times, which meant standing in line. It was never more then 10 minutes though so it wasn't soooo bad. But you had to take your passports along which always makes me uneasy because I worry that we will lose them. The whole dolphin encounter was awesome and my whole family enjoyed it very much.

After we got back to St. Thomas it was almost all aboard time, we had about 20 minutes to shop, so we headed to the mall right by the pier and bought us some t-shirts and a St. Thomas magnet, just a little souvenier. Then back
to the ship. We watched the Magic pull away. There were a whole bunch of passengers on deck on the Royal Caribbean ship next to us and they all cheered when our Disney horn sounded. Gave me the chills!



We got hungry and had a quick bite to eat by the Mickey pool. The kids put their bathing suits back on and swam until dinner time. We had a special moment by the aft elevator on deck 9. Kaylee and I were about to head
down to the room when in walked Chip and Dale. I took a quick picture and then much to our surprise they both squeezed in the elevator with us!! (we all know how tight those elevators can be, imagine being in there with 2 huge chipmunks!!) Kaylee was in heaven. Dale picked at Kaylee's hair on the way down, and she giggled like crazy. She could not wait to tell her dad about that!





Dinner tonight was in Lumiers again and I had some jerk pork appetizer, some gumbo seafood soup, and roasted chicken dish for entree. Dessert was some sort of White Chocolate Truffel Torte which was delicious.

Kaylee at dinner. I have to mention that she LOVES the cherries in her Shirley Temple. She told Dobi, our server the first night, and every night after that when we sat down for dinner, there was a small dish full of cherries waiting for her along with her drink! She always dumped them all in her cup!




After dinner, we went to Shutters to pick up some pictures, and then had more taken around the atrium and just wandered around the ship for a bit.

Ran into this silly guy...




We were all exhausted so we headed to our stateroom early. There was no
show we wanted to watch tonight, so we just all put on our pajamas and got in bed and watched a movie. Towel animal tonight was a bunny (I think!?)




Tomorrow... Day at Sea and character breakfast.
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Old 05-20-2008, 06:31 AM   #93
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Another great installment. Everyone still having lots of fun.
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I am so enjoying your trip report!!!
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Old 05-20-2008, 02:31 PM   #95
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Can't wait to hear about the character breakfast. We opted to skip ours on Thursday morning since we had brunch scheduled at Palo
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Old 05-21-2008, 05:04 PM   #96
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We lost our camera - oh no!!!

Hi, We are from Leeds in England and this was our 1st Disney cruise, which we discovered after an amazing holiday last year at Animal Kingdom!! We've been watching your blog ever since we got back off our holidays as my husband discovered it, whilst browsing DIS...we have loved looking at your photo's as we lost our camera with about 300 pictures on our very last night of our holiday. After the cruise we spent 5 nights in saratoga springs, which was lovely, but was gutted about losing our camera on our last night!....

We are actually starring in your photo's on pg 2, im the lady in the blue top with my back to you, sat near you on the next table, just near the mickey pool. This must have been really soon just as we had boarded onto the ship, I had seen you with your lunch and had sent my husband and kids off to investigate where you had got it from, while I sat with the pushchair!!..we had ticket number 5 to board from the cruise termainal, so we got on the ship quite early...Its been really lovelly to to re-live some of our memories through your photots and if you have any more of Brett, send them on, as I thought he was gorgeous!!!! x
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Hi, We are from Leeds in England and this was our 1st Disney cruise, which we discovered after an amazing holiday last year at Animal Kingdom!! We've been watching your blog ever since we got back off our holidays as my husband discovered it, whilst browsing DIS...we have loved looking at your photo's as we lost our camera with about 300 pictures on our very last night of our holiday. After the cruise we spent 5 nights in saratoga springs, which was lovely, but was gutted about losing our camera on our last night!....

We are actually starring in your photo's on pg 2, im the lady in the blue top with my back to you, sat near you on the next table, just near the mickey pool. This must have been really soon just as we had boarded onto the ship, I had seen you with your lunch and had sent my husband and kids off to investigate where you had got it from, while I sat with the pushchair!!..we had ticket number 5 to board from the cruise termainal, so we got on the ship quite early...Its been really lovelly to to re-live some of our memories through your photots and if you have any more of Brett, send them on, as I thought he was gorgeous!!!! x

wow that is so funny you found my trip report and are in one of our photos! What a bummer about losing your camera. If you want any of my pictures, feel free. I have tons I took from around the ship, and even though it wasn't you that took them, you were still on the same cruise so you might want them. Let me know!
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Old 05-21-2008, 10:52 PM   #98
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Kay, I'm still enjoying your trip report. Keep up the good work, but just like the cruise I don't want it to end.
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Old 05-28-2008, 02:44 PM   #99
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wow..I am so excited to hear and see your pictures. I almost cried when you talked about leaving the port and the sounding of the horn. I have nine months before our first cruise so i feel sad about that, but love to see what lies ahead for us and our cruise.

can't wait to hear more..
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Old 05-30-2008, 01:40 AM   #100
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Great tr! We were on the western the week following you. We had a fantastic time. Your kids remind me of my kids. My dd even has the same pirate costume as your dd.


We just booked an Eastern for Aug 2009 so I am interested in your report, pictures and itinerary. I just don't know what to do for our port days. Thank goodness I have 15 months to figure it out!

Looking forward to reading about St. Thomas and the rest of your report.
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Old 05-30-2008, 08:59 AM   #101
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I will have my next installment up soon.

CruisinEars, my last installment was St. Thomas. We didn't actually spend a lot of time ON St. Thomas, since our excursion took us to Tortola, but St. Thomas was beautiful!! I could definitely see us spending a week or vacation there. Between St. Maarten and St. Thomas, St. Thomas was by far the more beautiful island!
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Old 05-30-2008, 08:16 PM   #102
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I"m really enjoying your trip report!! Such great pictures!! Your family sure looked like you all were having a magical time!!

I have a couple of questions for you. We are on the 2nd sailing of DCL stopping AT TORTOLA. I had never even heard of this before. I would be VERY interested in any info you may have regarding your dolphin experience tour. It may be something we'd like to do!

Also...do you mind if I use a picture or two of your Tortola pictures for my webpage for our dis cruise group. (just the ones of the island itself and the view?)


Can't wait to read more about your trip!!
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I"m really enjoying your trip report!! Such great pictures!! Your family sure looked like you all were having a magical time!!

I have a couple of questions for you. We are on the 2nd sailing of DCL stopping AT TORTOLA. I had never even heard of this before. I would be VERY interested in any info you may have regarding your dolphin experience tour. It may be something we'd like to do!

Also...do you mind if I use a picture or two of your Tortola pictures for my webpage for our dis cruise group. (just the ones of the island itself and the view?)


Can't wait to read more about your trip!!
I have more pictures of Tortola in my flickr album here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/disneym...7605168846314/ From the dolphin pictures on up until my son sleeping on the ferry on the way back to St. Thomas are all Tortola. Feel free to take whatever you like. If you click on a picture you will have the option up on the top to click "all sizes" and you can choose a bigger size to save.

The dolphin encounter was very very nice. The facilities were very clean and the staff very friendly. It was an expensive excursion for the 4 of us to take, but it's one of those once in a lifetime things. My kids still talk about this and will for a long time. Just the smiles on their faces while in the water with the dolphin was priceless and worth every penny! It may be cheaper for you since the Magic will dock in Tortola and you may save on not having to pay for the 1 hour ferry ride one way to and from Tortola. It will also be nice for you since you won't have to hassle with immigration. If you have any more questions other than what I have already talked about in my trip report, feel free to ask! One thing... plan on spending a ton in the gift shop there! You will not be able to turn down the pictures they take of you. We ended up saying no to the video. They also sell t-shirts that have a picture and name of YOUR dolphin on it, along with "friends forever" or something like that. Great souvie for the kids. But we ended up spending another $200 in the gift shop there. Just a warning...
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Thank you!! I'll take a look at those pictures and put it up on the site. This will help with everyones excitement!! I've been trying to find some good pictures of Tortola.

The dolphing experience sounds amazing!!! And I can see spending a lot of money on the pictures and other items there!! What is the name of the place that you went to for this?

Thanks again!!
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Thank you!! I'll take a look at those pictures and put it up on the site. This will help with everyones excitement!! I've been trying to find some good pictures of Tortola.

The dolphing experience sounds amazing!!! And I can see spending a lot of money on the pictures and other items there!! What is the name of the place that you went to for this?

Thanks again!!
it was Dolphin Discovery. It's an excursion we booked through DCL. You can probably get it cheaper booking with them directly, but I am not sure how it would work since when we were there, there were only people from our cruise. They put us in several groups. We were in group A and did the dolphins first, then lunch at the facility, then the island tour. Not excactly sure how many groups there were, I know there was a group B but don't know beyond that. All I know is when we ate lunch, group B was in the water with the dolphins, and we only ever saw people from Disney so I am not sure what the time schedule would be like if you booked through them directly. This was our first cruise and we just felt better booking our excursions though DCL directly!
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