Hello and welcome to my latest trip report. I had the wonderful opportunity to sail the Magic out of Galveston for her inaugural sailing Sept 22. Who am I? Well I am Jennifer .....jenseib here on the boards. I love writing Trip Reports and sometimes I am a little Whacky. I am a Mom of 3 children, Michael, who is 23, Paige, who is 20, and Claire who is 7. I am married to Skip. If you have read any of my past TRs and/or PTRs you will know he is a fun loving guy, but a vacation resistor. This trip was no different. This past May I started planning a trip I had won. It was NOT a Disney cruise .......but one on another very nice line. The thing is, I had to wait for dates to be released for the time of year I wanted to go .....Sept. Since this was kind of a contest type won cruise, I couldnt just pick anything; I had to go with what was offered. From the start, I knew Skip would not go on this trip. I wanted Sept. for several reasons. Well actually I would've loved to have gone over the summer, but all of the summer dates released were during other scheduled events here at home that could not be changed. I would've liked to have brought along Claire, but she will be missing almost 2 weeks of school in Nov for a family trip on the Dream and to WDW, so there was just no way I could let her miss that much more school. I asked Skip if he would mind if I asked my friend Lisa to join me and he was fine with that. I texted Lisa and she responded with a yes. Lisa has been my friend for years. Back in our single days we used to hit the local bar scene every weekend. We have traveled together a few times and I knew we were compatible that way. We have no problems going off on our own if we want to. Sadly over the years we have drifted apart. We both got married, and I had my 3rd child, Claire. We only see each a few times a year at most. We usually have no troubles picking up right where we left off, but this could be different. We hadnt spent a long time together in over 10 years. Secretly, I did wonder if we would hate each other by the end of the trip. LOL! OK, not hate each other, but be annoyed with each other. Well no worries. We had a blast together and it was just like we have seen each other every week since we got married. All summer long I waited for the dates to be released and it just wasnt happening. Finally the next batch was released and they totally skipped the month of Sept. WHAT? I was crushed. How could this be? Fate stepped in and crushed my dreams .....or so I thought. I told Lisa right away. I felt so awful. She had even applied for a passport just for this trip. But Fate had other plans for us. Later that day, another cruise presented itself to me at a price i could actually afford. This one was for the Disney Magic. Sept 22 worked best for me, so I quickly called Lisa and she said yes. We booked immediately. Long story short, my DH, who had known about this since May decided to be a big baby about it and we spent a few days not talking. I will not back down and if he doesnt want to talk to me, I sure can handle that. Sometimes he talks way too much, so a few days of peace and quiet is fine. LOL. Eventually he got over it and I just chose not to talk to him about the trip. He really has no interest in where I was going, he only asked when about 2 weeks before I left. I booked this trip in early Aug. I believe around Aug 9th. That meant not much time for planning. Soon I learned that 2 of the girls I had met last summer at WDW were going. It would be exciting to see Mary and Carolyn again. Not long after that, one of my friends, Brook .....brookelizabeth on Dis ....decided she wanted to go as well. She booked a cabin for herself, while Carolyn had 2 friends coming and Mary had 3. Brook and I were roommates last year at a program we both attended, and it was going to be really nice to see her again. The planning got started as much as we could and for the most part we were going to do a lot of winging it. We only pre-booked a couple of things. We did make matching t-shirts though&we are geeky that way. How I came up with the name of this TR will be revealed later. Lisa and I always seem to have some sort of funny saying at some point in a trip together that makes us laugh and then we repeat it over and over ......and this happened to be one of those lines. Please join me as I relive one of the greatest vacations I have ever had. It was very different than ones with my family, but in a good way. I still love traveling with my family, dont get me wrong, but it was really nice to do a girls only trip this time around. I will forewarn you now. I have a very busy month ahead of me as well as a long trip (Nov. 2- 14) to WDW and on the Disney Dream. This TR will be slow going, but I will finish it. It will just take some time.