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Old 01-24-2014, 06:17 PM   #16
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Hey I just wanted to say hi I'm Jenna, Bobs wife. Man oh man were we stressed it was a pretty horrible 5 hours. I didn't even know what to do with myself, just all the waiting was a killer.
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Old 01-24-2014, 07:04 PM   #17
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Really enjoyed your last trip report and looking forward to this one!
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Old 01-25-2014, 01:03 AM   #18
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I actually read your last trip report last night! It was great and I am glad you are back.

I am stressing out for both of you! Can't wait to read the next installment. DH and I took a Carnival cruise last year and ended up changing our flight to a day earlier because a big snow storm was coming. Long story short, one of the couples at our table ended up being from the same state as us and took our originally booked flight and made it just fine. Ah, the joys of traveling.
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Old 01-25-2014, 06:20 AM   #19
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Oh - my worse case scenario playing out before my eyes!
I bet you were happy to have trip insurance.....just in case!
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Old 01-25-2014, 11:23 AM   #20
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All aboard is in 15 minutes...

It was a quiet flight. We both tried to zone out as much as possible, but it's hard not thinking about the options of where you might be sleeping that night.
While still stressful I really can't explain how much more at ease I was knowing that we had coverage from our traveler's insurance. While I've never had to use it before, the peace of mind I got from it was worth the price.

3:30 p.m. we pulled up to the gate. We were in the 7th row of the plane so we didn't feel the need to take the DCL representative's advice of pleading with everyone on the plane to let us off first. As we started to walk up the ramp I saw a woman holding a sign with our name on it and I instantly felt more at ease.

She radioed that she had us and we were off.


It seems small but this is the level of service that I love about Disney, not having to sprint anxiously through the airport looking for the check-in desk was exactly what we needed. It also didn't hurt that our guide reminded us a lot of Jenna's grandmother, which helped put us at ease. From her radio we could hear that other guests were in worse shape than us, one family wasn't supposed to land until 4:10.

We arrived at the check-in desk where we were given Key to the World cards and told a bus would be there any minute. Within 2 minutes a bus driver welcomed us to his bus and said we were waiting for one more family. About 45 seconds after that he said that we weren't going to take any chances on us missing the cruise and we were off. So not that I recommend this ever but if you want a private bus to port canaveral, show up stupid late.



Again you have to hand it to Disney, they didn't want to wait even ten minutes to try and send less busses, they were going to do whatever it took to get us there.
The whole way our driver kept reassuring us that we were going to be ok and kept us informed on the others behind us. There were two more busses after us racing to the ship. At one point he was saying how sometimes busses will start to to the port and then have to turn around and come back because the ship was leaving... We got really silent and he once again reassured us with a smile that we were going to be fine....and we exhaled.



It really didn't seem like a long drive now that we were breathing, the whole day thus far had felt like agonizing slow motion, now things were blurring by.

It was around 4:30 and we made the turn into the port area where the sun was shining on our final destination.


Security was very nice to us but wasn't going to let us through without calling over the K-9 to give our bags a good sniff. The sprinklers were on at this point so the dog had to go the looooong way... You know, no rush or anything.

With a friendly goodbye we headed up the escalators and were greeted with an unfamiliar view of a familiar place.



The terminal was so peaceful with only a few cast members at the desk and the setting sun's light pouring through the wide open space. We didn't really realize we were fully checked in so we tried going to the desk. Again they greeted us by name and said "we've been waiting for you". But the tone was more like a friendly "get the hell on the boat".

As we moved up the gangway we could hear the pounding music from the sail away party. With the last step off of the gangway and into the lobby we were all smiles. It was a long journey but we had made it.

Now we could start having fun...
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Old 01-25-2014, 05:45 PM   #21
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Wow, what incredible customer service from DCL
Seriously, I really don't think that other cruise lines would be so accommodating - hats off to Disney!
So happy that you made it on board, it must have been a wonderful feeling when you stepped on the ship
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Old 01-25-2014, 09:07 PM   #22
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What a relief! And I am impressed at Disney's level of service, meeting you at the gate! Well, at least you knew your room would be ready when you boarded!
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Old 01-26-2014, 09:28 AM   #23
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Wow, what incredible customer service from DCL
Seriously, I really don't think that other cruise lines would be so accommodating - hats off to Disney!
So happy that you made it on board, it must have been a wonderful feeling when you stepped on the ship
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What a relief! And I am impressed at Disney's level of service, meeting you at the gate! Well, at least you knew your room would be ready when you boarded!
They were fantastic, can't say enough good things about it. It's nice to have a place to call and actually speak to someone. When we checked in at the airport desk they also made sure an agent was waiting for us to check us in and cut us around the small line of people checking in for the resorts. We felt like we were being taken care of instead of just being treated like cattle or something.
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Old 01-26-2014, 11:25 AM   #24
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Loved your first report and can't wait to read this one!
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Old 01-26-2014, 11:56 AM   #25
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We’re here…let’s eat

We rushed straight for our room to drop our things and head up on deck. "Oh new castaway bags" I said as I rushed by the bed to quickly check out our "navigator's verandah".









We ran up on deck and realized that we were starving. Jenna grabbed some chicken fingers and I noticed a shawarma station. "Oh that's different" I thought as I grabbed one not wanting to miss the chance.



I don't even think we chewed, we were still going a mile a minute, I think the vacation side of our brains were trying to make up for all the time we missed in the afternoon. I grabbed us some fruity rum filled drinks as we made a few calls to family to let everyone know we had made it. I think we went through 3 charges each on our phones throughout the day.



Feeling a great deal of compassion for the other people rushing to the port we watched and waiting for the other busses. One pulled up shortly after we had gotten topside...one to go.

While Jenna went for the second round of drinks I watched the final bus pull in and a family walk not through the gangway but across the pier itself onto the boat. We were obviously leaving later than usual. It was after 5 at his point and with the last passengers aboard we started to pull away.

Not sure if it was because it was the Magic's first official cruise back in port canaveral or what but we got the fancy escort out.



The sun had vanished behind some clouds at this point and the wind was picking up so headed inside before very long.

There was just one more thing that we had to worry about...and that was if our checked luggage had been as fortunate as us in catching the boat. As we arrived back to our room we were elated to open the door and see them sitting there. The final piece of our travel puzzle snapped into place and we felt victorious.
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Old 01-26-2014, 12:26 PM   #26
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Exciting day! I watched the Magic sail out of port that afternoon and wondered why she was leaving a bit late. So many folks were hit by the weather issues. Glad you (and your luggage) made it onboard!
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Whew! Glad your luggage made it, too! Not to mention those other two buses!
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Old 01-26-2014, 05:03 PM   #28
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I remember your trip report from last year!
I look forward to your b2b report!
We did the Western this past year and want to do the Eastern in 2015 too, so I look forward to your Eastern experiences!

We were in Florida the day you were trying to fly in. We had several friends trying to get back to NY from Florida and many of them were being told it will take 4-6 days to get them back. They ended up driving! So as stressful as it was for you, so glad you made it!

Now that you can look back on it, it must be fun to recall having your own bus and private terminal, lol. What a cool photo of the empty terminal you posted!

I love your subtle humor and look forward to more!
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Old 01-26-2014, 05:37 PM   #29
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I really liked your last trip report and enjoying this one so far as well. I can't believe how close you were to missing the boat! I would definitely understand the drinks while sailing away!
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We rushed straight for our room to drop our things and head up on deck. "Oh new castaway bags" I said as I rushed by the bed to quickly check out our "navigator's verandah".
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?
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