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Old 11-20-2008, 09:03 PM   #76
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Hey look! We're right next to LBIgirl67!



Time to get to the Sailaway Party!!! But exactly who wants to go?
How did I miss you taking this awful shot of me?...LOL I must pay attention more often, you caught us on tram too.....wow, must have been all the rum... Justin looks so amused...
Look me up when you come back to LBI.
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Old 11-21-2008, 06:51 AM   #77
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Ellen,

I've found out by reading yours and all the other trip reports that I'm a big dope. I hardly took pictures of anything because I never remembered to take my camera with me. You guys were so good, you have pictures to show everything you did, I only have some of the kids, a lot of fish in the water.....I don't know what's wrong with me. I'm writing my own personal trip report to keep with our stuff at home and I have to use stock Disney pictures. I guess I've learned a valuable lesson - take more pictures, I can always delete them.

Thanks for sharing yours.
Not a big dope! Just too busy having fun to think of it! I am one of those people who takes photos and more photos- I always have. I actually hold back (as in there would be MORE picture taking) for the sake of the other people traveling with me! If you want me to email you any photos, just let me know- and next time, take millions of pictures of everything!!

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Great pics and updates, I felt like I was right there with you when the ship set sail!!!!! Looks like you guys are already having the time of your lives.
Yep- we already were! Now you know why when I met you after the cruise I couldn't shut-up about how fabulous it was!!

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Great report!! I know you had a great time.
Thanks- and we sure did-

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How did I miss you taking this awful shot of me?...LOL I must pay attention more often, you caught us on tram too.....wow, must have been all the rum... Justin looks so amused...
Look me up when you come back to LBI.
I love your smile in this photo! And I will absolutely look you up when I get to LBI- I miss it, may take a ride down for the day in the winter sometime-
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Old 11-21-2008, 12:37 PM   #78
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Palo Brunch & Key West

I woke up at the crack, because, of course, I was on vacation, and ran out to the verandah (isn't verandah such a beautiful word? ) just to see the water and the day- gorgeous! I quietly got dressed and went up to the Cove Cafe again for some morning java- YUM! They have goooood coffee at that place! I also got a few breakfast breads to bring back to the cabin- although the coffee is a charged item at CC, the food is not. They had this amazing nut bread, which I meant to go back for, but never got to the rest of the week. Anyway, my cabinmates were just waking up, and decided they would have breakfast in the room and watch a movie on the tv, while DH & I (are you sitting down, Cammie?) went to work out together at the gym. The clubs didn't open until 9, so if we hurried we could get at least part of a workout in, get DS9 to his club (DS11 could take care of himself), finish our workout, grab a shower, and get to Palo by 10 for brunch. DH & I have never gone to the gym together before, so this was a nice thing for us to do.

Being at home now, with the YMCA as my gym, I can honestly say-

I really miss that fitness center on the Magic!!! Where else can you ride a bike and watch Peter Pan at the same time?!!! Where else can you gaze at the turquoise sea or your next port of call while lifting some weights and sweating like a pig? It's AWESOME!!! A very different kind of Gym experience, I can't believe I went back several times on our trip- I NEVER go to the gym on vacation! So, we give the Fitness Center two thumbs up!

Anyway, at 9 am DS9 could get checked in at the Stack, which is where Ocean Lab's 8-10 yr olds were having their 1st activity of the day, Ice Breakers and Game Madness. What a line there was to check the kids in! Later that day, we decided to let DS9 check himself in and out with the condition that when he left the club, we would be paged, and he had to return to the cabin immediately, where we would meet him and see what he wanted to do next. It truly ended up working out fine, he was a good kid and stuck to the rules, so it really worked out well for everyone. We ran into boyspapa and DW and their DGS9 who were checking into the Stack as well....in a little while we'd all be meeting at Palo for brunch.

10:00, time to see what Palo brunch is all about! We are seated next to the window, and offered a mimosa or a sweeter champagne drink- DH goes sweet, I have a mimosa. Our server, Emmanuel, was truly wonderful.

He took us around on a tour of all the stations, explaining that things would be constantly replenished throughout the morning, and we could begin helping ourselves. He also showed us the main course choices, which we would order from him and he would serve us.

Some of the stations-






Our plates from the buffet-





This is the Stolen everyone raves about here on the Dis- YUM!





Then we ordered from Emmanuel. On our "tour" he had explained to us that the chef went to Italy to learn to make pizza, so you KNOW we were having some of that! Boyspapa and DW split a pie, half cheese, half sausage I think? I had to order the blue cheese & grape pizza, after reading about it on here- it was delish!



I make pizza on the grill when I entertain, and this one is going on my next menu without a doubt. DH had Eggs Benedict, which he gobbled up in a hurry because it wasn't very warm. He really should have said something. But most everything else was so good, it honestly didn't matter. Next we got some Mango Soup-



and we all thought we'd try the Oysters, but none of us thought they were that good-



Orecchiete is one of my favorite pastas, and this looked so good I had to try some with DH-



Very creamy with salmon...mmmmmm....

Even after ALL THAT we stuffed in a little dessert, which I unfortunately ate before I remembered to photograph- sorry!! Here we all are, just before rolling out for the day-





While we were inside, the family from the plane came walking by on the deck outside! We waved, and thought that was really funny.

Carl & Donna-



DH & I



I am so glad we were able to have brunch with boyspapa and his DW- it made brunch that much more fun, to be hanging with one of our new friends from the DIS, and who we would be spending more time with in Cozumel!

By the time we were finished, we were ready to go see Key West with the kids!
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Old 11-21-2008, 12:45 PM   #79
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....... while DH & I (are you sitting down, Cammie?) went to work out together at the gym. The clubs didn't open until 9, so if we hurried we could get at least part of a workout in, get DS9 to his club (DS11 could take care of himself), finish our workout, grab a shower, and get to Palo by 10 for brunch. DH & I have never gone to the gym together before, so this was a nice thing for us to do.
Good grief woman! You're ON VACATION - give it a rest!

And you do realize that anything you might have lost during that workout, you probably put right back after eating at that heavenly-looking buffet! So, my motto is -- why bother?
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Old 11-21-2008, 01:38 PM   #80
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Good grief woman! You're ON VACATION - give it a rest!

And you do realize that anything you might have lost during that workout, you probably put right back after eating at that heavenly-looking buffet! So, my motto is -- why bother?
I HAD to bother- or else I'd be wearing a pillowcase on Formal Night instead of my evening gown!! And you KNOW I am not skimping on the food!! So I ate & drank everything all the time, and when I got home I weighed the same as before I left. We almost always took the stairs rather than the elevator, too. At the start of the week, you could REALLY feel it in your thighs, but by the end it was a lot easier.
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I think I'm going to just plan my trip exactly according to yours! (minus the gym visits!) I am really enjoying your trip report! Thanks for keeping up with it so quickly!
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Old 11-21-2008, 02:05 PM   #82
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That grape and blue cheese pizza sounds so tasty to me!
I think I'm the only person I know that likes blue cheese...

Oh well, more for me!
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I HAD to bother- or else I'd be wearing a pillowcase on Formal Night instead of my evening gown!! And you KNOW I am not skimping on the food!! So I ate & drank everything all the time, and when I got home I weighed the same as before I left. We almost always took the stairs rather than the elevator, too. At the start of the week, you could REALLY feel it in your thighs, but by the end it was a lot easier.
You're so good!

I must say - I do try too! I always make the girls and I walk over to DHS instead of taking that boat. And lord knows, you get a good workout walking those hallways of the BW!
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That grape and blue cheese pizza sounds so tasty to me!
I think I'm the only person I know that likes blue cheese...

Oh well, more for me!
Grape and cheese pizza.....to say that it's good would not be acknowleding its greatness.
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I am extremely excited about blue cheese and grape pizza - and DH haaaaates blue cheese, so all for me!

Thank you, thank you for this trip report - we're sailing two weeks from tomorrow and it's great to see all of the pictures!
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Great update El!!!

I tried this last trip to get in as much stair climbing and walking as I could to avoid gaining any weight back and it worked. I ate like a piggy and didn't gain a pound! I'd have been in the gym had there been one.
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I can't wait!
I'm definitely gonna try it!
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Christian was from Peru- I'll be posting pics of him on other nights. Every night he would tell us what he was really recommending on the menu- and he LOVED to push the desserts!!
We had Christian and Ranzil also but at the first dinner seating at table #69!!
The boys loved them. We booked for the same cruise next year. Loving your TR...brings back lots of great memories aboard the Magic.
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I think I'm going to just plan my trip exactly according to yours! (minus the gym visits!) I am really enjoying your trip report! Thanks for keeping up with it so quickly!
Nikki- let's talk turkey. I see you're getting married (congratulations!!! ) and I think what you REALLY need is to put one of those luggage tags they're going to send you on my b*** and take me along!!! I found the PERFECT deck chair for my week as a stowaway, and I'll be there everyday to help out! Think of me as your personal concierge!!! No, really..

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That grape and blue cheese pizza sounds so tasty to me!
I think I'm the only person I know that likes blue cheese...

Oh well, more for me!
That's exactly the right attitude.

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You're so good!

I must say - I do try too! I always make the girls and I walk over to DHS instead of taking that boat. And lord knows, you get a good workout walking those hallways of the BW!
I think that is the BEST workout- you're in a place you love, and you don't even realize you're doin it

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Grape and cheese pizza.....to say that it's good would not be acknowleding its greatness.
You are so right.....yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm......

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I am extremely excited about blue cheese and grape pizza - and DH haaaaates blue cheese, so all for me!

Thank you, thank you for this trip report - we're sailing two weeks from tomorrow and it's great to see all of the pictures!
Just in case you have extra luggage tags? Please see above. And ps...my DH hates blue cheese, too.

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Great update El!!!

I tried this last trip to get in as much stair climbing and walking as I could to avoid gaining any weight back and it worked. I ate like a piggy and didn't gain a pound! I'd have been in the gym had there been one.
YAY KATHY!!!!! you looked GORGEOUS at our meet!

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We had Christian and Ranzil also but at the first dinner seating at table #69!!
The boys loved them. We booked for the same cruise next year. Loving your TR...brings back lots of great memories aboard the Magic.
KIM!!!! Christian & Ranzil were such wonderful guys- wish we had been with you at the same seating for them! So happy to hear you had a great cruise (I'm assuming you did if you rebooked-), but wish we had done that dancing we were talking about!!! Hope you'll rebook on the next one, for the NEXT one!!!
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The blue cheese pizza was outstanding!

Ellen, it was great meeting you. The cruise was wonderful, especially meeting so many Disers. Except for Grand Cayman, as Bret would say, "the weather was spectacular"!

Thanks for writing this TR, so we can relive a wonderful experience.
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