Mid-Winter Magic Cruise: 7-Night Western Caribbean When: February 25 March 4, 2006 Cast: Myself, DW, DS6, DS8, DM, and DA This was the third DCL cruise for me, DW and both kids and the first one for DM and DA. I booked this cruise for the four of us after we returned from a 4-night trip on the Wonder last February. Our kids' school had their mid-winter break a week after President's Week so the price was pretty reasonable. My DM and DA booked in the fall and almost paid as much for two as we did for four. It pays to book early . . . Friday, February 24th Pre-cruise and transit to FL I managed to snag four round-trip airline tickets on NWA using my FF miles, so that covered our trip down to Orlando and back. My DM and DA had driven down to Florida earlier in the winter to have some much needed sun and warmth. Also, they met up with my sister's family for a week at WDW. We flew down from Detroit on Friday afternoon. I like to have that buffer day (just in case) so we always fly down the day before the cruise departs. Since DM and DA were already there, they picked us up from the airport and we spent the night at the Marriott Orlando Airport ($65.00 per room via Priceline). I got my original bid for this hotel. It is in the 3* category on Priceline. If you fly in the night before and do not want to drive out to Cape Canaveral or Cocoa Beach, then I highly recommend this hotel. It was very nice and very clean. The only downer was that breakfast was not included. So we opted to check out and catch breakfast on the way to the part.