**NOTE**I'm forcing myself to create this Trip Report thread so once we return, there will be loads of extra incentives to organize my photos and my thoughts! //We're back and I'm updating my posts with photographs. Thanks for reading! "La Belle et le Bête of Barbary Coast" or... what happens when the military lets crazy people loose in Europe! A Cautionary Tale While I may well be deluding myself, I'm also desperate, so here is my first ever trip report. I joined the DISboards a few weeks ago and was impressed at the information provided in other TRs, so I thought I would return the favor. Seeing as my current, unfinished scrapbook is taunting me from across the room, I will hastily add this is supposed to help inspire me to keep this cruise organized and swiftly placed into its own scrapbook. Wish me luck! Introductions: My DH, the military man, Jason (34) Myself, your intrepid reporter, Sarah (33) My DS, the quintessential oldest child, Ian (6 and a half!) My DS, the consummate rebel, Tyler (4 and a half!) Background As you may have guessed, we lead what Paul Child referred to as "a curry of a life"! My DH and I met in college and we haven't settled down since! Seeing as I Beauty and the Beast (having loads in common with Belle) and his ROTC nickname was "BEAST" (having frightening determination), we think it's a perfect match! Since those far off college days, we've literally moved halfway across the world and, more recently, developed a love of DCL. Now the hard part is convincing Uncle Sam that we need to always be stationed near something Disney and be consistently provided with ample vacation at the times we desire in order to take advantage of it. No prob! During our first Magic cruise in May of 2009, we realized there would be no better way to visit the Mediterranean than with DCL... especially since we were moving to Europe! And it turned out to be one of the best decisions we ever made. We moved to Germany last summer and after 11 weeks, we were told we were moving back to the US, in December of 2010. Due to the wild unpredictable nature of our lives, it turns out there's no way we would have had the time or money to see a fraction of these scheduled places if it weren't for the Magic of DCL. So, after 15 months of anticipation, our big trip is just around the corner! We are so excited (and so in need of a vacay!!) that we can hardly sit still. Most of my info will be pictures *cough*scrapbook*cough* and funny stories, seeing how we always end up with the strangest things to share! Guess we should be surprised seeing that our family motto, since the first move, has been "Always an Adventure!"