Howdy y'all! Welcome to my very first trip report. I was so thankful to be able to set sail aboard the Disney Magic on DCL's first Thanksgiving sailing from the port of Galveston this last week, November 17, 2012. I'm Lorelei (or Lori to my friends) better known as cruisecrasher (like partycrasher, not like the Titantic) here on the boards. In tribute to my sister who is forever posting bathroom mirror pics on facebook. I think I was trying to check the back of my hair when I took this pic. I love DISigning, when I'm not in full on dream come true vacation planning mode, which seems to be all the time. A goofball, spaz, and all around pixie-dust nut with the occasional OCD planning tendencies (more on that later). I'm wife to a kind Disneyholic supporting man, Benjamin, he's ketchAggie here on the boards, though he tends toward the lurking end of things. After our honeymoon at the world, he was originally skeptical about DCL, trying to plan future trips with our kids around juggling both a short stay at WDW and a short cruise. Then we took a short 3 day cruise out of Port Canaveral, just to "try it out" without the kiddos. Now it's going to be like pulling teeth to talk him back into the parks and off of the ships...oh, well, I guess we'll have to do both. I'm a mother of two darling children who have never been to WDW or on DCL (I know, bad mommy!) Christopher is 6 and in kindergarten, Kylee Anne is 3 and is allergic to dairy. She and I both live as vegan as possible, while my DH and DS both make up for us in the meat and milk eating capacities. The original big plan was for us to pay off our house sometime around my birthday this September, then save up for a super deluxe WDW DCL vacation for sometime around our tenth anniversary in early 2014 with the caveat of "if they ever come to Texas, we'll jump right on that" as we live in the north Houston suburbs and the cruise sans airfare is much more reasonable. When DCL announced sailings out of Galveston in April of 2011, we did the whole crazy stay on hold opening day bookings thing, right as the NYC and Galveston itineraries were released. Thus giving us a lesiurely 19 MONTHS to sit and wait for our cruise. That makes for a really long paper chain, FYI. At least it gave me plenty of time to potty train Kylee, get to know my FE group and DISboards meet group, make sure the kids had plenty of swimming lessons, order some cute clothes for the kids and DISign some pretty magnets for the holiday and generally organize the gee wilikers out of it. We got online at eleven pm 90 days out and booked both brunch (new to us, as our last cruise was too short for it) and dinner at Palo as well as an excursion my son has wanted to go on since he was 4. Actually, it appeared to be much easier to secure reservations on this cruise than our previous one out of Port Canaveral. As the days ticked down, suddenly everything seemed to fall into place. The paperwork arrived just in time to start packing like mad amid all the little preschool Thanksgiving parties and class feasts. Ben took the week before the cruise off as well, so we spent alot of family time doing class parties together and just generally trying to relax and get the packing finished a bit before the cruise. I felt much better the afternoon before embarkation once all of the bags were packed and took the evening off to go catch Breaking Dawn Part 2 with some mom friends. More to come! And the eating begins. Sunday Morning Sea Day One In which Ben Falls in Love with Grape Gorgonzola Pizza Formal Wear, Sneakers and the Castmember Point In which Kylee is Scared To Death Mickey Bars and Mad Tea Parties In Which I Lose At Shuffleboard Repeatedly Calm Before the Stingrays Insert Jaws Music Here All Good Pirates Take Naps Is it Fall Back and Spring Forward or the Other Way Around? Where is the Ship's Belly Button? It's like EPCoT Cozumel looks very nice from Onboard Thanksgiving! My Little Penguins Having a Food Moment Why Did They Have to Play the Goodbye Song?