Well we have another Floridian back from the Wonder to Alaska. I can't believe it is all over. I wish I could just hit rewind. I was gone for about 12 days. This was not my first cruise to Alaska this was my 3rd. It was my first Alaska cruise on Disney. The other 2 were on the Vision of the Sea out of both Vancouver and Seattle. I grew up as an Army Brat and my dad had orders to be head of the Ballard locks back in the mid to late 70's. He ran the US Army Corps of Engineers at the Ballard Locks. While there I was starting the 3rd grade and met my best friend Shelly who sat next to me. She and I are like to opposites as she is very tall her parents are over 6 foot and I was very short. We did everything together. It was not uncommon to spend the entire weekend together. I spent many a weekend on her sailboat and her in our RV. We still remained close after all these years and keep in touch via phone, email and FB. Our good friends whom went to West Point with my dad wanted to celebrate her 70'th b'day and go to Alaska. So I booked their cruise, her sister and her husband's cabin and mine and my Mom's last July. They booked 2 inside cabins onboard the Magic last summer. I had a dummy booking that I changed. My mom does not do insides so we had a catg 9 with the bigger port hole on deck 2 aft. I think the cost was around. $3500 and that had insurance and gratuities added to it. My mom loves in North Alabama so we could not fly together as I would be using SW for a day in Seattle before and after the cruise. I was able to fly SW on FF points and would get to Vancouver via train and back to Seattle via Quick Shuttle. My mom's plane ticket was around $800 from Alabama to Canada. If I had flow from North Florida it would have cost $650 to Seattle or $900 to Vancouver.