I LOVE Comedians with Guitars......You didn't tell me that part...

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  1. jenseib

    jenseib Mommy to Claire

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.
     
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  3. jenseib

    jenseib Mommy to Claire

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    Sept, 20, 2012 Thursday
    Getting packed and ready

    Sept, 21, 2012, Friday..Officially Day 1
    Road trip/ plane trip
    Arriving at the Marriott
    The creepy alley
    Dinner with Brook


    Sept. 22, 2012, Saturday, Day 2
    Heading to the port
    Exploring the Terminal
    Boarding the ship
    Touring the room
    Lunch at Parrot Cay
    Vista Spa Tour 1
    Gym Tour
    Vista Spa Tour 2
    Flounders Nursery
    Oceaneers club and lab
    Oceaneers Club and Lab 2
    Beat Street
    The Edge
    Shop Windows
    Muster Drill
    Sailaway Party 1
    Sailaway Party 2
    Sailing Away
    A Little More Exploring
    Dinner at Lumiere's
    The Ship at Night
    A Little bit more Exploring
    A Late Night Walk

    Sept. 23, 2012, Sunday, Day 3
    Breakfast
    Deck 4, the Titanic Deck
    Lunch
    Wasting Time
    Beauties and Beasts
    Tuxedo Mickey
    Getting ready for Dinner
    Dinner at Animators Palate


    Sept. 24, 2012, Monday, Day 4
    Rise and Shine
    Character Breakfast
    More Characters and Drawing Class
    Another Room Tour
    Lunch, Brave and Quiet Cove Cafe
    A Little Roaming and More Quiet Cove Cafe
    Dinner at Parrot Cay


    Sept. 25, 2012, Tuesday, Day 5
    Room Service and Sunrises
    Pulling up to Grand Cayman
    Time to Tender
    A Quick Walk Through Grand Cayman
    Time to Snorkel
    Under the Sea
    Pretty Fish
    Shipwreck
    Tendering Back
    Margaritaville
    Finding the Bus
    Bus Tour
    A Little Shopping and Snacks
    A Pirates Dinner
    Pirate Party 1
    Pirate Party 2 with Fireworks
    Pirate Buffet

    Sept. 26, 2012, Wednesday, Day 6
    Early Morning Sunrise
    Early Morning Atrium
    Early Morning Shop Windows
    More Atrium Shots
    Beat Street
    A Magical Moment
    Magical Moment 2
    Lisa's Magical Moment
    Arriving at Costa Maya
    Docking at Costa Maya
    Looking for Lisa
    Costa Maya Plaza
    Costa Maya Junk
    Costa Maya Coast
    Hair Braiding
    Back to the Ship
    I Love Comedians with Guitars
    Dinner at AP
    Dinner at AP2
    Dinner Show
    Night Shots

    Sept. 27, 2012, Thursday, Day 7
    Arriving in Cozumel
    Time to Explore Cozumel
    Cozumel
    Off to the Mayan Ruins
    Hidden Mayan Mickey
    The Mayan Calendar
    Finishing up with the Ruins
    Tequila
    A ride through Cozumel
    Heaven on Earth
    Beautiful Beach
    A Little More Heaven
    A last look of Heaven and on to El Cedral
    Back to Town
    Back to the Ship for Lunch
    Pool Time
    Time For Palo
    Palo
    Chocolate Souffle

    Sept. 28, 2012, Friday, Day 8
    Lazing around the ship
    Towel Folding Class
    Pictures around the ship
    More Pictures around the ship
    Ship Tour 1
    Ship Tour 2
    End of Ship Tour
    Dinner
    Till We meet Again 1
    Till We Meet Again 2
    Till We Meet Again 3

    Sept. 29, 2012, Saturday, Day 9
    Early Morning to Port
    Carnival Triumph
    Time to Go Home
     
  4. mom2rtk

    mom2rtk My, what red cheeks you have, Santa!

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    WOO HOO! I'm in! :cool1:

    You look adorable!
     
  5. NikkiLovesWDW!

    NikkiLovesWDW! "Are you seeing an increase in lateral forces?" "S

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    Subbing! Can't wait!
     
  6. photographymom517

    photographymom517 DIS Veteran

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    Here!!!! :) Sounds like fun!!!

    You're lucky to have a friend like that whom you've stayed in touch with all these years!!! :) Can't wait to hear all about your journey!!!
     
  7. sager1969

    sager1969 Mickey Momma

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    I am in! I love a little wackiness in my life. Thanks for sharing.
     
  8. jedijill

    jedijill <font color=red>Chiefs fan living in Bronco countr

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    Can't wait to hear all about it. Take your time, I'll be away for the next 10 days. :)

    Jill in CO
     
  9. mickeystoontown

    mickeystoontown DIS Veteran

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    Jumping aboard another trip report!
     
  10. Caretames1

    Caretames1 Mom & Crazed Planner

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    I'm so here!!:wave2:

    Love your 1st picture! Must have been having too much of that fun!
     
  11. ProudMommyof2

    ProudMommyof2 DIS Veteran

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    Excellent! Can't wait to hear about your trip!
     
  12. mousetravel

    mousetravel DIS Veteran

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    I'm here! Can't wait to hear all about it!! :)
     
  13. snowmanlover

    snowmanlover DS was in the CP and LOVED it!

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    :wave2: I have read ALL of your trip reports. You take such beautiful pictures and give such detailed reports, I decided to finally quit lurking! :blush:
     
  14. Kathy Jetson

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    I'm here! I can't wait for all the pictures!

    I love your pic you posted it looks like you were having the best time!
     
  15. Timon

    Timon DIS Lifetime Sponsor

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    Love that first pic Jen! :p:thumbsup2:goodvibes
     
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    dizneeat DIS Veteran

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    I might just make the first page ............ :woohoo:

    I am in, Jen! Can't wait to read all about it.
     
  17. HermanTriplets+1

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    Cool! I didn't know you were going to sail from Galveston:thumbsup2! I'm here, too!:flower3:
     
  18. jenseib

    jenseib Mommy to Claire

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    I knew I had to send you a message first.

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    Yes. I was vry happy that our friendship has survived all these years and we had such a good time together. She has thanked me over and over for bringing her along and even has sent me texts since we've been home thanking me again.

    My whole life is a little whacky at times! Thanks for joinng in!

    You will have plenty of time to catch back up when I am gone in Nov. I can't beleive how fast that trip is now approaching.

    Welcome Lisa!!!!! :cheer2:

    Thats my sexy pose.....because you know me...I'm all about being sexy. :rotfl2:
    We did have a great time. I wish it didn't have to end...and we really want to try and do this yearly or at least every 2 years. It was just really nice to get away.

    Welcome! I hope to get a bit more posted today!

    Welcome! It was such a nice time. Adult time is really good.

    I am so glad you came out of lurkdom. Thanks. I really love to take pictures...good and bad ones.

    Hi Kathy! We sure did have some fun. We are not a bunch of wild girls, but we have fun in our own geeky way.

    Thanks Cass! It was such a nioce trip. I am so glad I got to see the Magic for myself. Sadly, I am becoming addicted to crusing with DCL.

    You made it! You are so good too. I am still not caught up on your TR since I got back. Where does the time go each day. I already put an hour of work in and it doesn't seem like I got much done. And I need to start working on the FE's for my next cruise.

    It was really last minute. It was booked about 6 weeks out. I had "thought" we would most likely be taking a New England cruise on the "other" line. But when that didn't come through, this was such a great opprotunity to see the Magic and a new port too. I would normally never even consider Galveston. I now can say the port was nice (not Port Canaveral nice, but still nice) and Texas was very friendly and happy to have Disney.
     
  19. mom2rtk

    mom2rtk My, what red cheeks you have, Santa!

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    And you know I have no life and don't get more than 10 feet from my computer these days? :lmao:

    Actually, someone on the November ADR cancellation thread was letting 3 BOG ADRs go and I was camped out trying to get one. No.... no..... stop laughing. I don't want or need another one. But I have a friend going that week who got the word ADRs started at noon that day and didn't get my email about he 7 AM switch until it was too late. I wanted to get one then release it to her, but failed miserably. What a waste of a perfectly good hour! :rotfl:

    But the silver lining?..............

    Jen started her trip report! :dance3:
     
  20. jenseib

    jenseib Mommy to Claire

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    Too funny. I am usually not too far from a computer either. Actually it was the ardest part of the cruise...not being able to check emails whenever i felt like it.
     
  21. jenseib

    jenseib Mommy to Claire

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    This post will not have pictures…but I promise there will be MANY coming up soon.

    The week prior to sailing, Lisa and I started phoning each other a bit more. She was very nervous and not sure what to pack. I went over some of the list of things she should have and things I was bringing that she wouldn’t need to have, like a blow dryer and bonine, etc.

    Sept 20 (Thursday) rolls around. The night before our departure day.…..It was a busy one for me. I had to be sure I had things packed for Claire. She was going to be going back and forth between her Grandmas’s, so I had to have 2 suitcases packed for her. 1 Grandma lives right next door, so if anything was forgotten, she could run over and get it (and evidently that means toys…as many seemed to make their way over to MIL’s while I was gone). My Mom doesn’t live too far away and it’s an easy stop here to pick up anything if it was forgotten as well.
    After school we took everything over to MIL’s house and gave her Claire’s planning itinerary. Yes, I made one for Claire’s grandmas and a friend who would be picking up Claire a couple of the days after school. I wanted to try and make it go smoothly and to give everyone each other’s phone numbers, etc.
    It was also Family Fun night at Claire’s school. I made an early dinner, since Claire rarely eats at events like this, and I wanted to be sure she got something in her stomach that wasn’t junk, and then we headed off for a night of fun activities at the school.
    They had a DJ and all the kids had such a great time. Normally I would take pictures, but with all the rushing and getting ready, I didn’t even think about bringing a camera this night.
    Towards the end of the night, Lisa called one last time. She was on her way to Meijer and picking up the last things she needed. We chatted a bit and I told her my goal would be to be at her house around 5:30 AM. YIKES…that sounded so early! I was going to get up at 4:30, but she was getting up at 3:30. She wanted to get up and have her body adjust to the early hour.
    The dance ended and Claire and I headed off to my Moms. Claire was dropped off and we gave big hugs and kisses, but she was practically kicking me out the door. Her cousin was going to be arriving soon to spend the night as well, (neither had school on Friday and my Mom took the day off of work to keep them both) and she had no interest in me hanging around. PLUS, my Mom had made a treasure hunt, so as soon as Cousin Alexis (Who will be sailing with us in Nov.) arrived, they could get started on that fun.

    I went home, finished packing the last minute things items and loaded suitcases in the car.
    Skip was in the house…and of course bothering me. He thinks it’s funny to ask many questions while I am busy. He did, however give me some cash to take. He gave me his wallet and told me to take what I needed…Um…not a wise thing to do. I told him to give me what he wanted to give me. I didn’t want to hear later that I took too much. He gave me $200. I was good with that.
    Then he continued to tell me to take more because we would be “laying” in the bars all the time. That is so not us. And he knows it, but it was funny. I did end up taking $20 more just to make him happy.
     

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