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Mickey + NYC = MAGIC - June 2, 2012 8-night - FINAL 2/23

Discussion in 'Disney Cruise Line Trip Reports' started by KristiMc, Jun 22, 2012.

  1. KristiMc

    KristiMc DIS Veteran

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    After we entered that beautiful atrium and heard our name, I headed to guest services to get our name put on the wait list for a cabana. We had a cabana on our last cruise and loved it. The plan was to share one this year with Brook and her family. They were all reserved by 90 days out and I checked every day but was not able to get one. I got our name on the list but never did get one. We had a great time on CC without the cabana though.

    After guest services we were off to Parrot Cay for our first meal!

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    After a great lunch we decided to go check out the Edge. This was Matt's first time in the Tween club so we wanted to see what it was all about. The Edge is pretty neat with video games, chairs and couches to hang out and the ship simulator. We hung out there for a bit and then up to deck 5 to see the Lab. Shawn hung out in the Lab on the last cruise and loved it so I knew he would have a great time.

    It still was not time to head to our stateroom so we went up to deck 10 to check out the skyline.

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    I love this building. Does anyone know what it is? I'm assuming it's apartments.
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    Around 1:30 we went to check out our stateroom 6042. I loved the location of this room. In between the mid and forward stairs. It was easy to get everywhere.

    Once we got to our room, I noticed that our character breakfast was scheduled for the next day (Sunday). We had Palo brunch scheduled for this day so I went down to Rockin Bar D and changed brunch to Monday. We wanted to have brunch early on in the week before we got too full :rotfl2:.

    I also booked a spa treatment 20-20-20 for Sunday morning.

    By the time I got back to the room our luggage had arrived so I got that all put away in time to head to our DISmeet.

    Steve enjoying his first beer of the cruise
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    It was great to talk to everyone. I am bummed that I didn't get my picture taken with any of the ladies.

    Up next: Sailaway!
     
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  3. GoofyTwinDad

    GoofyTwinDad Mouseketeer

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    Great trip report so far. Love the banter between you and Steve. Maybe you should think of going the same route as Alfred & Seymore. Looking forward to the remainder of your TR.
     
  4. TopRowSeat

    TopRowSeat Married to a DIS Veteran

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    Yes! I will try to remember to heckle anyone who comes in late...
     
  5. GoofyTwinDad

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    If you went to the family show, I was the one who got heckled for standing and I wasn't late.:rotfl: . Feel free to heckle anytime.
     
  6. TopRowSeat

    TopRowSeat Married to a DIS Veteran

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    You're forgetting what a glorious adventure this was. We got a lovely tour of the ship trying to get our name on the waiting list. First stop the excursion desk where we booked the cabana last time. They sent us to Rockin' Bar D... who sent us to Sessions... who sent us to Guest Services....

    But I digress.. happier times from here on out. It is not possible to be on a Disney cruise and remain annoyed for long.

    One big improvement this time over our last cruise is that all four of us remained on our feet on our way to and from the buffet. There were no loud crashes and "Oh no! That's *MY* kid." moments.

    We did look to see if there was a chalk outline of Shawn spread-eagle on the floor from our last first lunch on the Magic.. He had to suffer many good-natured jokes during lunch including a made-for-TV docudrama version of the event as we grossly embellished the story during the retelling.

    • Parked - CHECK
    • On the ship - CHECK
    • Lunch - CHECK

    Hmmm... what's missing from this list?

    Now you've found my Happy Place... Lines? Computer problems? All gone.. Beer! NOW we can cruise.

    Was a pleasure meeting Tom and Doyle, both seem like really good guys. It's a shame we didn't get to hang out more during the cruise.
     
  7. DisneytheKid

    DisneytheKid A bad attempt at Billy the Kid

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    Loving the trip report!
     
  8. KristiMc

    KristiMc DIS Veteran

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    Thanks! It was great meeting you and your family. You will have to let us know if you are coming to Twins Days.

    Thanks!
     
  9. mommy2mb

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    Joining in!!
     
  10. 15isto2

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    Signing up to hear the tween saga
     
  11. wendydarling78

    wendydarling78 She's a Darling...

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    Um, no we blame all the bad driving on those from PA! ;) (Since we are minutes from the OH/PA line!)

    Enjoying your trip report so far! Keep going! :)

    Wendy
    Also from NE Ohio- near Youngstown
     
  12. KristiMc

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    Nothing too major on the tween saga. He loved the Edge if you have a similar aged kid.

    I have to disagree Wendy (I'm from PA - Meadville) :).
     
  13. Disney1fan2002

    Disney1fan2002 <font color=red>Like OMG the TF is SOO psyched to DVC Gold

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    OK..is there taxes and such? I thought to park at the port was $30/night? By my calculations, that $240. Please tell me why it's $280...ouch
     
  14. KristiMc

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    The price went up to $35/night earlier this year.
     
  15. KristiMc

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    It was getting close to 4:00 so we left the DISmeet to join up with the boys in our room before the Muster drill. The drill went fairly quickly, not as smooth as our last cruise and then we were off to the sail away party. We headed up to deck 10 because I wanted to be able to see the Statue of Liberty and other sights as we sailed away. Shawn wanted to be down by the stage on deck 9 so he went down there and we were able to watch him party.

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    Countdown video:
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    We started to sail away and it felt like the cruise was truly starting!

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    After we sailed past the Statue of Liberty the boys headed back to the room while Steve and I stayed to watch us sail under the Verazzano-Narrows bridge.

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    We headed down to the room and relaxed a bit before the show. Tonight's show was the Welcome Aboard show and also John Charles. I really liked John Charles and Steve and I went to see the adult show later in the week.

    As we were walking out of the theater I realized that I didn't have my wave phone. I went back to our seats and didn't see it. I am pretty sure that I brought it with me, but we went back to the room and it was not there. I went back to the theater again and was able to find it. I didn't want to give Matt a phone thinking he would lose it - and I almost did. We did end up having Matt use one of the phones the whole week and he did great with it. It was nice being able to have him text us just to let us know where he was with the Edge kids.

    The only problem we had with our stateroom was that we were not able to get our safe to lock. We called guest services and they sent someone to look at it. He was also not able to get it to work so they sent a maintenance employee and he replaced the locking mechanism.

    We got changed for dinner and we were off to Animator's Palate. This is my favorite restaurant on the ship. Our table this time was right under a vent so I was cold every night we ate here.

    We met our servers, Laura from England and Sant from Indonesia. They did a great job and Laura was great at giving us suggestions every evening.

    The boys got the first of their many smoothies. Strawberry for Matt and banana for Shawn.
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    I had planned on taking pictures of our meals every evening, but this was the only night I did.

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    After dinner, the boys headed off to the lab and Edge. The Edge has a special activity at 10:30 where you get to meet all the kids. I really wanted Matt to attend this to try to make some friends right away.

    Steve and I strolled around for a bit and went to Treasure Ketch to do some shopping. I had gotten a Chamilia bracelet for Mother's Day and I wanted to get the DCL charm. We bought that and a NYC cruise ornament.

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    We made it back to the room and ordered milk and cookies for the boys and put out the room service order for the next morning.

    The boys got in right after the clubs closed at 12:00 and we were soon all a sleep.

     
  16. TopRowSeat

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    It did seem a bit more hectic during muster this year. Less organized. But it was quick and reasonably painless.


    This kid never ceases to amaze. I have no idea how he knows the words to every song. It doesn't matter if it's from the 80s, today or anything in between. Shawn will be singing along.

    The boys put up with us but were much less impressed by Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty and all the rest. As soon as we set them free they were off like a shot. In their defense it was getting chilly on deck, but I think they just wanted to exercise their freedom a little bit and be wherever we weren't.

    After all the lectures to Matt about being responsible with the Wave Phone and how much it cost to replace who was the first, and only, person to have a wave phone panic attack?

    I confess, now that it's safely in the past and I'm not currently within reach, that I thought this was hilarious and was trying real hard to be supportive and all that... while not laughing.

    Ahhh.. I'll go ahead and say it here. Laura was absolutely adorable. I think I went with every single thing she suggested all week long. By the end of the week the boys were giving me a hard time... "If she recommended that you eat your napkin you probably would..."

    It turns out that Laura knew Benny our assistant server from our last cruise. They apparently worked together in London before they both signed on to Disney.

    Laura and Sant were an excellent team and far exceeded our other servers. Best so far! And this isn't just because I now have a crush on Laura. She really was very good.


    You forgot to mention a cruise tradition.... Matt wasn't feeling well. Something about the first night on the cruise leaves our big dude feeling a bit squishy. I don't know if it's the excitement, seasickness, eating badly or what but he is now two-for-two in not feeling well the first night.

    Shawn bolted from dinner to hit the Lab. Matt went back to the room and chilled for a bit but then he rebounded and left to go to Orientation in the Edge.

    Thankfully by day two he was fine and he was perfectly ok the rest of the week.

    I wanted a good travel mug but the only ones they had weren't quite what I was hoping to find. Hmmm, I'll have to think about this and see what I can't live without on another day.

    A very long day one (since someone was up at 2am) was in the books and it was time to get some sleep.

    I did have one more task to complete. The clock in our room wasn't set correctly and the iPod dock wasn't working. It took me a couple minutes but I discovered that the clock wasn't plugged in. I lifted the bed and Sparky crawled under and plugged it in.. Well.. attempted to.. The European plug had her stumped so I slid the bed back away from the wall and plugged in the clock.

    It was at that point that I discovered why the clock had been unplugged. The thing was BRIGHT. It had a blue glow that could be spotted from the International Space Station. I turned it around every night and pushed it flush up against the wall which kept the light to a reasonable level. It was nice to be able to charge my iPhone every night without digging out the cord.

    Not even 24 hours in and we've already had a busy vacation. I can't wait for a full day at sea!
     
  17. kid-at-heart

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    I am enjoying your wit - and your cruise report.

    Thanks,
    kate
     
  18. MomToPrincePhillip

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    I'm joining in too! I'm really enjoying this TR and your photos! Thanks.
     
  19. moparop

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    Loving it so far! How cool that you to tour NYC and go on a Disney Cruise. Two items on my bucket list!
     
  20. buzzcrazy

    buzzcrazy Crazy for Buzz

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    Great job!! Getting so excited for our 8/17 cruise. Do you have to shop earlier on the cruise? Do they run out of stuff? Just curious.
     
  21. Dislaney4n6

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    I wish I was on this cruise with the two of you.. I can only imagine the banter between you two in person!!! :thumbsup2
     

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