The McSparklesons Sail the Magic... AGAIN! $500 Potato Chips! 3/13

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  1. jenseib

    jenseib Mommy to Claire

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    I just LOVED that horn battle...so much so that I "borrowed" it and posted it on facebook. If that isn't OK, let me know and I'll take it off.

    I would be crying...or tearing up..or maybe it's just something in my eye...too!
    We are trying early dinner this time around too. I really liked late dinner and the early show, so we'll see how this one goes for me. I am only do it because other family members prefer the early seating.
    I guess I don't care as along as I am on a Disney ship! I am hoping for some great deal on the Magic or Wonder in the future so I can check them out too. O love the Dream, and I'm sure I would be happy on the classics too.

    I became a balcony snob last cruise when I got a taste of it. But I have had ocean view and inside on another cruiseline...and honestly I could do either of those again. Balconies are fabulous, but the ships itself is what is great and I wasn't in the room a lot anyways.
    I can't wait to hear more.
     
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  3. papertraveller

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    So loving the horn battle, in all of its epicness.

    Please, what kind of camera do you have? All of my sail away videos suffer from too much wind noise. Does you camera automatically adjust for that?
     
  4. OurDogCisco

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    Great horn battle.... I'm loving the trip report and can't wait to read more!!! Thanks for taking the time.
     
  5. dvc4life

    dvc4life Disney is my Happy Place

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    Kara - when we were on our Dream Cruise in March, the 22nd through 27, we got to see the Fantasy three times. It was sooooooo cool. On pirate night we got to watch the fireworks from the Dream and then the Fantasy did their's. Then we sailed by the Fantasy while it was docked at CC, including the horn battle - Dream won by the way (lol), and then they passed by us that night on their way back to PC, with more horns going back and forth. In fact, my new picture is me on the Dream with the Fantasy in the background! This was before their Maiden Voyage. It was soooo cool! We never knew when we booked this cruise that we would have such good fortune. It really was a once in a lifetime experience. Sorry, just had to share! :goodvibes
     
  6. karajeboo

    karajeboo DISmom by land and by sea!

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    I know!!!!! It got me all choked up!! Oh, who's kidding who... I cried!

    The sailaway party is THE BEST!!!! It just sets the tone for the rest of the cruise! And someone gave us a cd in our FE on this cruise that has ALL the music from sailaway and pirate party!!! So I used it in my movie (which I just finished btw, and will post on youtube soon......)......

    You were just above us!!!! I may have heard your toilet flush! :rotfl:

    If he weren't so darn handsome I'd say just leave him......

    You are not alone.... I think there were quite a few saps that day, including all those crew members on both ships who were out watching!!!!

    So cool!

    I'm so glad you came out of lurkdom!!!! I think my DOTDs helped keep me sedated! :lmao:

    That is so funny! I'm dying to know how much that balcony costs per hour!!!! I know for us at $800 for 7 days that is $115/day, right? So I'm guessing it would cost us about $115/hour because I can't imagine us out there more than an hour total each day, maybe 15 minutes when we wake up, 30 minutes while waiting for others to get ready, and 15 minutes before bed.... yup, that's a pretty pricey balcony!

    Post away!!!! No matter what, the Magic will ALWAYS win EVERY horn battle because she has a REAL HORN!!!!! No digital fake "horn" for her!

    You hit the proverbial nail on the head. It's the ship, not the cabin that makes the cruise......

    I have a Nikon D5000 that I LOVE! Last year it was "okay" but I had just taken a class and really struggled with settings. Since then I've gotten tips from other message boards (Cruise Critic) from people who just have FABULOUS photos and they've helped me learn how to set it for different lighting etc.

    The camcorder is a Sony, but not sure what model? It's about a year old - we bought it right before the cruise last year.

    I firmly believe in learning how to use these cameras in order to truly love them. I am trying to get Jeff to take a camera class too. I almost minored in photography in college, but those were 35mm film cameras. The concept is all still the same, but I got away from it for so long that I forgot all about f-stop, aperture, shutter speed, etc. It's coming back to me now though and I'm having fun with the camera!

    I will have an update today or tomorrow!!! Thank you!

    That is so cool! I remember seeing pics of the Dream and Fantasy. It is one thing to see a Carnival ship in port, or pass a RCI ship on the open sea. But to see another DCL ship is really mesmerizing!!!!

    I'm so glad you got to see that! Now we will BOTH be on that Fantasy on NYE!!!! :cool1:
     
  7. mauigal

    mauigal Yay! For the happiest place on earth!

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    So glad to have been referred to your TR's from jenseib.....
    Can't wait for the rest!:goodvibes
     
  8. karajeboo

    karajeboo DISmom by land and by sea!

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    Almost forgot a couple of really cool shots that Kristi got for me from sailaway!!!!

    Kristi, I don't care what Steve says, I think you are A-OK!!!! :thumbsup2

    This is MY Magic! As in, I WAS ON THIS SHIP, IN THIS PHOTO, ME, MYSELF, AND I (and Jeff and Ally, too.....). This is the Magic sailing on March 30, 2012.... get it?

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    And that would be ME!!!! Yeah, all three of Me!!! and Jeff and Ally, too....

    I'm wearing the blurry red shirt, Jeff is behind me in a blurry navy shirt, and Ally is two people to my right in a blurry white shirt (you can make out Ally's lanyard hanging on her chest) and we are all waving, hands high in the sky..... :rolleyes1

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    And there we go, all three of ME, plus Jeff and Ally and about 2600 of my closest friends, as we sail past the Fantasy!!!

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    So thankful to Kristi for snagging these photos for me!!! I just added them to my movie at the last minute and I swear they made the whole thing so much better!!!!


     
  9. brookelizabeth

    brookelizabeth <font color=red>Jambo Wildbunch Gang<br><font colo

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    Awesome pictures!!! I look forward to the video!
     
  10. KristiMc

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    Glad I could get the pictures. It was neat watching the Magic sail away with someone I know on it. I can't wait to watch your movie.
     
  11. MAGICFOR2

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    I saw you guys! Someone posted a pic of the ship and I thought that was you!:yay: Love the horn battle!

    Oh, and it's not a rat - it's a MOUSE! :earboy2:

    Glad to hear the Magic is still beautifully kept up - and that all is good in steerage!:thumbsup2
     
  12. tony64

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    YAH, I love McSpankly trip reports. :goodvibes

    May I just say "looking good Mrs. McSpankly", your formal night photo shows just how lucky a man your husband is.

    How he could even consider looking twice at a certain mouse, who shall remain nameless, on the last cruise is beyond me. ::yes::
     
  13. karajeboo

    karajeboo DISmom by land and by sea!

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    Thank you!!!! I'm working on editing it, right now it has a bit too much personal info - shows our full name and city, etc, on the Castaway Cay video and a couple photos..... I don't think I want that out there on youtube!

    It was soooo cool! I surprised Jeff and Ally when I put those pics in the movie! So cool to see us sailing away!

    Yes, you DO know me well!!!! :rotfl2: Still not sure it was a mouse in steerage, he usually hangs out in the lobby where the rich folk go..... Oh wait, they unlocked the gates so we could head up there ocassionally too! :lmao:

    Tony Tony Tony!!! You are my new favorite reader!!!!! :love:

    Leaving Saturday for WDW then Sunday I sail with the DISmoms on a 4 night Dream cruise, so I'm going to try to finish up the first day before I go......
     
  14. hardingk

    hardingk DVC Member since 2007 AKV & BLT

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    Just found your review! Joining in....can't wait to read more!!!
     
  15. anewmac

    anewmac Ive got nothing planned whats an OCVP to do?

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    and there you go with one last elbow to the gut to the rest of us that didnt win a ticket in a poker game to sail on the Titanic.. err Dream:rotfl2:
     
  16. tinkerbelltwins

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    Have a great time on your Dream cruise with the other Dismoms! Can't wait to hear all about it in a future trip report. :):yay::)

    Beth
     
  17. karajeboo

    karajeboo DISmom by land and by sea!

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    So glad you found it!!!! Working on an update now! But I have to get my nails done and buy a first communion gift for Jeff's nephew for tomorrow.... yes, Jeff and Ally are going out of town tonight for the weekend, and I get to buy the gift for an event I'm not attending.... But who cares? I'm going on a cruise while they are driving home on Sunday! :rotfl2:

    Well, Tony said I was gorgeous, stunning, hot mama, to die for, and a bunch of other things I don't want to repeat for fear of embarassing him..... It's a shame his seeing eye dog is blind......

    And we ain't traveling no steerage on this DISmoms trip!!!! You know that Ellen, she's all high falutin, I'll call her Cal...... Me? I'm more of a Molly Brown type, but waaaaaaay hotter.... at least according to Tony..... :rolleyes1

    You gonna watch us sail away? 5pm on Sunday, same bat time, same bat channel..... I mean, www.portcanaveralwebcam.com. Don't know where we will be yet - somewhere up on deck along with 4000 of our closest friends.... Look for 4 hot mamas all wearing matching black tank tops with a grey/white design on the front (a friend designed a great Capt Jack design for us for our theme this year)......

    I will try to see if we can be in the same general area we hung our for the McSparkleson sail away..... Just ask Tony. He couldn't take his eyes off the screen!!! :lmao:
     
  18. karajeboo

    karajeboo DISmom by land and by sea!

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    AFTER hurdling rats, mice, whatever vermin you can think of..... we arrived back to our stateroom# 6631 to find ALL our luggage had arrived!!! Yea!!!!

    We didn't have time for a shower, but luckily the ripeness was kept to a minimum since it wasn't too hot up on deck. Lucky for our tablemates, that is!!!!

    We quickly changed but then realized, there really is no hurry to the dining room the first three nights. The line out the door is forever long with people arriving early and being escorted to their table the first night in each dining room. And we're pros at this, remember? So we decided to be....

    Fashionably late.

    Cause we are cool like that.

    Or just running late, whatever!!!

    Our first night was in Animator's this cruise, and tonight would be the show dinner. Of all the dinners, I think the first night is the most casual, but we never go in shorts or jeans. I know some do, and I don't judge, it doesn't ruin my experience, but I feel that if DCL states "no shorts or jean" that I should not dress myself nor my family that way.

    But tonight was most definitely cruise casual, in just capris and a comfy blouse.....

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    We prepurchased the 5 night wine premium wine package for this cruise, and tonight we ordered the Pouilly-Fuissé, absolutely one of my favorite whites, you can never go wrong with it!

    For my appy I ordered the
    Ahi Tuna Tartare
    With Caviar, Chives, and Wasabi Cream

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    Actually I think Jeff ordered that because I had it last time and LOVED it!

    I ordered the
    Wild Mushroom Risotto and Porcini Twist
    Served with Parmigiano-Reggiano

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    LOVE me some risotto, but this was not my favorite of the cruise. Great flavor but a bit undercooked and chewy.....

    Ally was all excited to order of the adult menu so she started with the
    Baked Potato and Cheddar Cheese Soup
    with bacon bits and chives

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    We all joined her and ordered soup as well..... This is one of the "hardest" parts of cruising.

    Eating. There is so much to choose from and I feel it is my civic duty to taste as much as possible.

    For you. Just remember that I do it for you.

    And not the spanx.....

    Ally ordered the
    Lemon-Thyme Marinated Chicken Breast
    On top of Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Root Vegetables, and Grain Mustard Jus

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    It was excellent, and perfect for a child who wants to order off the adult menu, but doesn't want anything crazy. It sounds pretty, but was fairly ordinary.....

    Jeff got the
    Animator's Grilled Veal Chop
    With Roasted Red Bliss Potatoes with Sweet Onions and a Morel Mushroom Sauce

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    I think he enjoyed it?

    I ordered the
    Phyllo-Wrapped Salmon Fillet
    With Sun-dried Tomato, Garlic Cream Cheese on Fava Beans, and Green Pea Ragoût

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    By far the worst meal of the cruise. By no means was the food terrible, or even just "not good" but this I did not enjoy at all.... It was not recommended to me, but just sounded good.....

    I think Ally ordered the Sweet Temptations dessert just about every night because it was a sampling of three different desserts....

    Tonight I ordered the
    Buckled Warm Apple Crumble

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    Everyone agreed I had the best dessert of the night! It was really good!

    Jeff ordered the
    Cranberry and Orange Cheesecake
    With a rich, dark Chocolate Sauce

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    I thought this was very good, too, but I'll stick to the crumble!

    Tammi and Tori at dinner.....

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    Some "before" pics of Animator's......

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    Finally, it's showtime!!!!

    Animator's Show - VIDEO - click to play!

    Some little girl raced up to Mickey and stepped on his robe and almost sent him to the ground. If that would have happened, I would have taken her out. Cause I've got Mickey's back.....

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    That would have been a great photo if Ally's big ole head wasn't in the way....

    Our server Stiliyan following Mickey near the end of the show.....

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    More Animator's Show - VIDEO - click to play!

    Our servers really seemed busy this night, although our main server Gusti turned out to be great all week. Stiliyan, the assistant server, was a bit slow. He was very excited though because he was heading back to Bulgaria after this cruise to spend 12 weeks with his family. But if you know me, you know I like wine. And it was tough for us to finish a bottle of wine between the three of us (that would be Tammi, not Ally!!!!) unless he left it on the table for us to pour ourselves......

    Again, great guy, and slow service does not ruin a dinner for me, but it was hard to top last year's service. And Jeff reminded me that last year, our servers had one less table because a family had moved to the other dinner seating, so they were able to spend a lot more time with us and we really felt we got to know them so much better last year.

    After dinner we wandered around the ship, as it welcomed us back.

    No really, there were several times I think I heard whispers of, "Welcome Back Kara!" Or "Look! That's the McSparklesons, they're back!" Things like that.....

    We definitely didn't want to miss the show the first night because we did not see this on our last cruise. So off we went!

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    This is the only night I took photos (no flash!) at the shows because they began to announce NO photos or video of any kind. I'm guessing it's because even though they have always said "no flash" people forget to turn it off and that creates a problem.

    We didn't stay out too late this night as the first day is always so chaotic. Just the anticipation and excitment of seeing that beautiful ship for the first time, boarding, sail away, first dinner, meeting your servers, seeing your room, waiting on luggage, it all crates a frenzied first day. So we stopped for a drink after the show and then called it an early night.

    Up next.... Key West!!!!

    I am leaving tomorrow for Disney World to meet up with my DISmoms!!! On Sunday we are taking a car to Port Canaveral and boarding the Dream for a 4 night cruise!!!! I'm sure this will be a very fun and entertaining TR also, watch for it..... DISmoms 4 - The Hunt for Jack Sparrow.... coming soon to a DISboards near you.....

    See y'all next week!!!!




     
  19. luvslikepi

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    Ooooohhh!! YAY!! :cheer2:

    Can't wait for another TR from you - love them!! Have a blast with the DISmoms!
     
  20. MAGICFOR2

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    :lmao::lmao:

    I think we should all tune in on Sunday and watch the sail away - Kara will be jumping up and down and waving wildly so we can see her in the crowd - oh wait! That will be about 3500 uber excited sailors.

    Anyway, we should all meet up online and watch the sailaway together, and cry - I mean be really happy for them!:yay:
     
  21. MAGICFOR2

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    BON VOYAGE!!! :cheer2::cheer2::cheer2::cheer2:
     

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