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Old 05-11-2014, 04:59 PM   #31
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We entered the port around 10:50 and were directed to a porter that would unload our bags. We then headed to the parking deck to find a spot. I had prepaid for parking just to have it out of the way. We were carrying on one rollaway because it had beer and swimsuits in it. We showed our passports and were directed inside. Once inside we quickly made our way through security and into the terminal. We headed straight to the castaway club line and waited maybe 5 minutes before we were at the counter. We were given our KTTW cards, boarding #3 and our silver lanyards. Last year, boarding began promptly at 11:30 on the Dream but we weren't sure what to expect with the Magic. We got the navigator for the day and took a seat to look it over.



The boys started getting a little antsy by 11:30 and honestly, so was I. Boarding didn't start until around 11:50! I don't know if this is normal or not for the classics but that is what time boarding began on our cruise.

We were boarding #3 so once boarding started, we were almost immediately called. We skipped the boarding photo line and went straight on to the ship. Our name was announced and we were finally on the Magic!

(This was not taken immediately after boarding )

A very informative CM told us where we could find lunch and we decided to give Carioca's a try but first, I wanted to head to guest services to check on Mixology and the guys had to visit the men's room.

I was utterly amazed at how small everything seemed compared to the Dream. I found guest services and found out that only one mixology class was being offered on our cruise and unfortunately it was the at 1:30 on our sea day. We had a brunch reservation Thursday at 11:00 and wasn't sure how long it would last so we opted to skip mixology.

I met up with the guys and we headed to Carioca's.





Carioca's had a small buffet similar to Enchanted Garden on the Dream. We prefer the sit down restaurants for embarkation lunch when our boys are with us because it's just easier. The buffet had lots of nice choices but unfortunately I didn't take pics. One thing I was very glad to see was a small area set up with common kid's food choices including mac & chs, spaghetti and mini corn dogs. Of course this trip, my boys wanted "real" food.




Everything was very tasty and we felt that their was plenty of choices of both "real" food and desserts.


Up next......my first drink of the day
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Old 05-12-2014, 08:58 AM   #32
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I hope everyone had a great Mother's Day! I am working on my next installment but I'm starting to think that maybe I'm providing a little too much detail.......


Let me know.....am I boring you to death by telling you every move we made or do you enjoy hearing the details? Let me know guys.
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Old 05-12-2014, 09:02 AM   #33
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Keep it coming! I'm loving your TR.
I'm dreaming of our cruise on the Magic in Feb 2015!
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I love the detail you are providing! Keep it coming! Its getting me excited for our cruise next March.
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Old 05-12-2014, 11:55 AM   #35
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I love the detail you are providing! Keep it coming! Its getting me excited for our cruise next March.
Details it is!
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Old 05-12-2014, 12:19 PM   #36
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After our nice lunch in Caricoa's, we decided to head up to the pool deck and let the boys ride the much anticipated Aqua Dunk. We made a quick stop at a restroom so the boys could change into their swimming trunks. DH and I decided that we would not change just yet that we would have ourselves a drink of the day which happened to be the PARADISE! This was our favorite drink on the Dream. We have tried recreating it sooooooo many times and have gotten close but never just right.

I've read many times to just wear your swimsuit under your clothes, which in hindsight would have been fine for the boys and for DH and I, but having them in our carry-on worked just fine. The boys had been looking forward to the aqua dunk and they were finally gonna give it a try!







They rode it a few consecutive times, came and told us how great and scary it was, and then moved on to the Twist & Spout. While they were doing that, we were doing this.



Yummy! These are delicious! I panicked when I realized the CM had put the drink in a souvenir cup but I figured "what the heck"! I was pleasantly surprised when I signed the slip and realized that a mistake had obviously been made because we were only charged $4.50 each! We had not been charged for the cup! I did NOT bring this to his attention but I did add a nice tip for him.
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The boys rode the Twist & Spout a few times and DH and I may or may not have had another drink. We are on vacation after all. Around 1:20 we decided to head up to see if the staterooms were ready. In the past, the rope has been dropped right at 1:30 but that was not the case on the Magic. We actually ended up waiting until around 1:40. Not a big deal but the area was getting super crowded with everyone waiting for the rope to drop.

We were finally on our way to our home for the next 4 nights. We had sprang for a veranda since DH and I had enjoyed having having one so much on the Dream. This would be the boy's first time with one and they were very excited. Before our cruise I had gotten Barb to make us some magnets for our door. I have to say that she did an excellent job.



Our Castaway Club gift

We really like the backpack that was offered before this bag. I had heard that a lot of cruisers were unhappy with the quality of these bags but our's appeared to be sturdy enough. We never used it so I can't say as to whether the handles held up with stuff in the bag. The boys did hang the magnet/whiteboard on the door.

Our gift from Dreams Unlimited



The bag included: 4 packages of fruit snacks, bag of mixed chocolates, flower highlighter, white board w/marker, door magnet, 3 large magnetic clips, deck of cards, hand sanitizing wipes, 2 water bottles, 2 coffee type go cups, stop watch/clock that clips onto your belt loop, 2 light up necklaces for pirate night and the bag is a reusable bag! Very useful stuff. I will miss this next cruise because it is unlikely that we will be leaving from Port Canaveral.

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We are doing the Magic next year so keep the details coming
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We are doing the Magic next year so keep the details coming
You got it! I'm uploading pics now so that I can hopefully do my next installment tomorrow.
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What a great loot from Dreams Unlimited!!
They are our TA too. We didn't get a gift on our previous cruise. Is it something they offer on subsequent cruises?
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What a great loot from Dreams Unlimited!!
They are our TA too. We didn't get a gift on our previous cruise. Is it something they offer on subsequent cruises?
They are now given on all cruises out of Port Canaveral. I think it used to be longer cruises but if you are cruising out of PC then you should get one.
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They are now given on all cruises out of Port Canaveral. I think it used to be longer cruises but if you are cruising out of PC then you should get one.
Yay!!
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Old 05-13-2014, 08:45 AM   #43
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Our spa reservation as well as our bike rentals for Castaway Cay were waiting for us in our room. No dining tickets nor our Palo dinner or brunch invitation.

The room looked exactly like the rooms on the Dream with a few exceptions. The bathrooms did not receive a makeover but ours was in good shape. Our room slept 4 and the boys decided they would take turns with the top bunk.

Sorry, apparently I can't get a picture BEFORE we've started destroying the room.

I'm having a hard time re-sizing the pics that were taken on my phone for some reason so please excuse the huge pic of our messy bed.





I was really glad that we had our phones because for some reason, our room did not have a clock. I found this rather odd since we've had one both times on the Dream. The new hairdryers are in the desk drawer because apparently, that is the only outlet that can handle them. The old hairdryers are still in the bathroom. I tried it just for giggles and I totally understand why they added the new ones. I also noticed that our room did not have an ice bucket. We loaded the beer we had bought into the mini fridge and hoped that it would keep it cold.

All of our luggage started arriving so we went ahead and unpacked everything. We had plenty of storage area and hangers for our clothing. I like the little storage unit the replaced the steamer trunk but we really didn't need it.

The boys were wanting to explore and I wanted to drop off the plate that I had purchased from the Disney store at guest services to be signed by the characters. We had the choice of the princesses or the Fab 5 and we chose the latter.
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I THINK after dropping off the plate that we ALL decided to head up to the pool deck so that DH and I could try to Aqua Dunk. We get up there only to find that it has already been shut down for the muster drill. What? It was literally like 3:30. I don't know how I never realized that everything was shut down an hour before muster.

That was out so the boys decided they wanted to explore a little on their own and DH and I would do the same. We decided to see where Animator's Palate was since according to our KTTW card, that is where we would be dining.






I have another picture that shows that portholes but it is being difficult and will not load! I really liked the black and white drawings. I did not like reading the menu and seeing that pasta pursettes were not on it. I was very confused by this menu.

Here it is!!





We visited Lumiere's and saw that it had the same menu. After consulting our navigator, I realized that we had a "special" menu called "Let the Magic Begin". But this was even more confusing because generally you experience each MDRs signature menu and according to our KTTW card our rotation was ACCL and if we had a special menu in AP then when would we have the signature menu? We had requested a rotation that put us in Carioca's on night two. We didn't care where we were on any other night so we didn't ask for a specific rotation. The menu in Carioca's just wasn't that appealing to us and we had never had Cabana's for dinner so we thought this would be a good chance to try it.

It was soon time for muster so we all met in our room before heading out on deck. Small rant here........be on time for the muster drill! Everyone else has to wait for you to get there before it can begin. Give your KTTW card to the CM so that they know that your family is there!!! Rant over. We had to wait for SEVERAL people to show up and then the CM had to repeatedly ask if certain staterooms were there.

View of Enchantment of the Seas from our muster station
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Hi Trina. I'm so happy to see this TR! We've only been on the Dream class ships, but we've tentatively booked a 2015 spring break cruise on the Magic. I can't wait to read more about your experiences on the Magic and to see your comparison between the Magic and the Dream!
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