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Old 06-03-2014, 12:10 PM   #1
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Disney Magic: May, 2014 EBTA, Port Canaveral to Barcelona

Just off the Disney Magic this past Saturday. It was the 12 night EBTA from Port Canaveral to Barcelona, Spain. Great cruise with some outstanding weather conditions. This was our first cruise since the "re-imagining" of the Disney Magic, and we loved the changes. The only "little" thing I would mention, is the Cabanas area. When going back for more food, I love it. But when you first get to Cabanas, most everyone stops at the first "pod", and when you pass someone, and move to a different "pod", sometimes you get some bad looks. (Like you are breaking in line) But I know people are use to a buffet line, and this type of buffet "pods" will just take some time for people to get use to it. On this cruise it was me, my wife, daughter (22) and neice (26). We had rented a van for a one-way rental from N.C. to Port Canaveral at Avis. After we dropped the van off at Avis, they took us in their shuttle bus to the port. We checked-in and I went outside to snap a picture of the ship....

Since boarding had not started, I snapped a picture of the "empty" entrance to the ship through the Mickey ears....

The port area was starting to fill up....

Captain Mickey had finished taking photos in front of the ship model, and he was heading back to his "dressing room"....

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Old 06-03-2014, 03:50 PM   #2
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I'm in!! We're on the WBTA & can't wait to hear all about the EBTA
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I was on that cruise too. Looking forward to your pictures and trip report.
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Old 06-04-2014, 09:32 PM   #4
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Once we boarded the ship, we went straight to Carioca's for the lunch buffet. We loved Parrot Cay, but I have to admit, Carioca's looks better....

They had a small Kid's the mac & cheese and corn dog nuggets...

Right above my fork, that was some mango chicken salad that was excellent.
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Old 06-05-2014, 10:13 PM   #5
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After lunch, we walked to the new kids area. If I were a kid, I would stay there most of the time....

The Iron Man suit was cool...

The top of the slinky slide...

Even the bathrooms are cool....

We walked thru the "tunnel" that connects both kids areas, and arrived in the other kids area...

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Old 06-06-2014, 10:54 PM   #6
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Each day I took a picture of the tv that had the map on it. I saw another reviewer do this, and now that I'm doing this review, I knew it would help me keep track of each day....

The first menu of the cruise was Let The Magic Begin...

Wife got the chicken dish...

I got the pork, and it was good.

Apple Tart-Tartin

Sweet Temptations...

It was a beautiful sunset that evening....

That evening Magic Dave performed in the Walt Disney Theater, and he did the adult show in Fathoms, and he was great. We first saw him on our Galveston cruise this past October, and we really like him. Very funny and entertaining. Next up is our 2nd day, at Castaway Cay.
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Great report. I'm doing the EBTA next year so I'm looking forward to seeing more of the reimagined ship and reading more about your experiences.
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Old 06-07-2014, 05:03 PM   #8
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Excited to hear more!! I'll be bringing her back to the east in September.
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Old 06-07-2014, 08:22 PM   #9
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Today was Castaway Cay. I was almost done with my breakfast at Cabana's, and I remembered to take a picture of breakfast. I had corn beef hash almost every day.

This was our view from the back of Cabana's, while we ate breakfast. Does it get any better than this!!!!???

Here's another view (it was a beautiful day)

As a side note, Magic Dave who did the main show the night before, told me that he would be getting on a boat at Castaway Cay, and going to the airport. I asked him if he was going to Abaco, since it's the closest island, and he said he didn't know. After breakfast, we exited the ship, and I took this picture.

Sign near the tram stop.

We took the tram to the Pelican Point stop, and then waited for the Serenity Bay tram. When we got to the beach, there were only a handful of people there. Taking a classic ship to Castaway Cay...this is one of the advantages of the smaller ships. Less people at Castaway Cay...

Me and my wife walked to the right, down the beach until we came to this spot

Another view, just a little farther back. Several people walked past this point, but we decided to turn around and walk back.
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Following, can't wait to read more!
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Old 06-08-2014, 02:03 PM   #11
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Walked over to the Serenity Bay BBQ area, and grabbed a couple of thin steaks, pasta, potato salad, and some BBQ sauce. I love those thin cut steaks, and BBQ sauce.

I love the fence around the eating area. Who would have thought to use old wooden pallets for a fence.

Took this picture as I walked back to the adult beach area....

Back at Serenity Bay, things started to get Goofy when this guy showed up....

This little rock island is off the tip from Serenity Bay....

I walked up the beach, and I came back by a couple of the cabanas, and this one was already empty, and it was only 1pm. The people could have been at the beach, but I think that they had already left for the day. I know that there are people on the DisBoards that can't wait to reserve these, but I just don't get it. No me. $400 is a lot of money for sunscreen, can cokes, bottled water, magazines, kids toys and a shower. The one reason I might consider this, was if I had my parents along, and they needed to stay in the shelter the entire time. But before anyone gets upset over my opinion, it's your vacation, so if you want one, get it.

For this EBTA cruise, all aboard was 3pm, so we left a few minutes early, and went by Pelican Plunge. I thought I would include a picture of me for everyone to see. That's my feet on the left
I pulled a muscle in the back of my left leg, and it hurt the rest of the cruise. (next time I'll do the open slide, so I can see where I'm going) The tunnel slide I went down was dark, and I had no clue which way I was going, as you can tell from my graceful entrance into the water

My wife took this picture of some fish near Pelican Plunge...

The Magic looked beautiful at Castaway Cay...

Once we got back on the ship, I took a couple of photos of the island...

Always hate to leave this place. This is always my favorite stop. A small piece of paradise
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Old 06-08-2014, 03:01 PM   #12
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Really enjoying this trip report with all the pictures! Thanks for sharing!
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Old 06-08-2014, 04:17 PM   #13
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I can't wait to read and see more! I love all the pictures

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Old 06-09-2014, 03:12 PM   #14
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Ooohhh ... We were on the same cruise and it was wonderful. Looking forward to reading your review
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Old 06-09-2014, 07:27 PM   #15
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We sailed with you as well, can't wait to read your report and re-live it

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