We need a little “Magic”, right this very moment! – Completed

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  1. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

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    We need a little Magic right this very moment!

    When Auntie Mame sang the song We need a little Christmas, she had just lost her fortune in the Wall Street Crash of 1929. We didnt lose a fortune, but we actually lost something even more valuable. After our WDW vacation in Jan/Feb our disabled kitty had an incident and spent some time with the vet. That made us realize how fragile her life was and a couple weeks ago she left us. She had a wonderful life and lived longer than most cats with her condition, but its still sad and we miss her.

    In addition with taxes coming due, this year we have a hefty bill. While it was nice to cash in on some investments last year, Uncle Sam always wants his share. So with some sadness in our hearts and an absence in our wallets (soon), we need a little Magic! I think a week or so worry free will help to ease the pain!

    Its a little less than three weeks away, and Ive finally wrapped up my TR from the Destination D event so that I can start my TR for the cruise!

    Let me introduce myself! My name is Alison, and this is me on our trip to WDW earlier this year.

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    Some of you may have followed me and my partner Fran on our cruise of the Mexican Riviera last year. The good news is that her arthritis drugs have really kicked in, she is feeling much better. So much so that we have even booked excursions, not only is she planning on leaving the ship, but doing so even on the day that we must tender! Here we are on our last trip to WDW, notice how much perkier she looks in these photos from the last cruise! :lmao:

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    So our cruise leaves Galveston on April 20. We cruise six nights with stops in Cozumel and Grand Cayman. I couldnt find a map that had only the two stops on it so ignore the stop in Costa Maya.

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    Now back when we were cruising on the Wonder, they were offering 20% rebooking discounts on ships leaving from Galveston. All the other ports were only 10%, so of course being the bargain hunters that we are, we figured that Galveston wasnt nearly as far to travel from California and what a deal we would get!

    Ha! Little did we know what a P I T A it is to actually get to Galveston when you dont live in Texas! Nobody will do one way car rentals from Houston, Disney transportation picks you up at the airport, the morning before your cruise and takes you directly to the ship, thus bypassing any grocery stops for water, and other beverages. Plus flying on our frequent flyer miles, the only non-stop flight that we could get into Houston arrives at 1AM! :eek: I did not relish sitting around the airport for 5 hours waiting for a rental company to open, or a shuttle bus.

    We ended up sorting the whole thing out, but at sort of a high cost. We will be taking a private Super Shuttle Van (about $200) to a hotel in Galveston which I have booked for Thursday and Friday nights. We will probably arrive at 3AM local time, but for us it will only seem like 1AM. We can sleep in, some how make our way to the Walmart up the street for sodas and water.

    Literally as I was writing this I questioned my choice of booking the La Quinta Inn and called them to verify our reservation and cruise shuttle information. I asked if there were any stores nearby (one of the main reasons to come in a day early is to pick up supplies and see the Victorian Mansions). The staff member replied that Galveston has a cab service.

    I started to check out reviews on the hotel and most were not good, so I started to look around and found a Hampton Inn and Suites. We get points here! So I checked their website and they had rooms available. We had to leave to go see Beauty and the Beast at the Theatre so I looked up reviews online. The worst review I found said that We had a view of Walmart. Well Halleluiah! I want to be able to get to Walmart on the day before the cruise! If you have a view, obviously youre close! Turns out its right across the street, no cab fee to get there! And they have a shuttle to the cruise terminal for $6pp. I can live with that. We rebooked the hotel to the Hampton Inn and gave up on the La Quinta.

    So anyways, well probably crash as soon as we get in the hotel. Hampton Inn has a great complimentary breakfast complete with Make them yourself waffles. They usually have some sort of breakfast meat, toast, pastries, fruit, yogurt, juice, and coffee. Our problem will be waking up in time to get any Friday morning!

    Our first stop, post breakfast will be Walmart, and if we dont make it down to breakfast we can always hit up the McDonalds inside the store! :rotfl: Well buy some sodas and water to bring on the ship and take those back to the room, maybe well get a few late night snacks to tide us over in the room. Id like to try and tour the Moody Mansion, the tours are only an hour long and run at 11AM, 1PM and 3PM. After that, I would probably like to have a nice big meal before heading back to the room.

    I want to head in early and be sure that we make up for lost sleep from the previous night. We are booked in for the hotel shuttle to the cruise terminal, but I will confirm that when we get there. I hope to get to the terminal before boarding begins so that we can be amongst the first to board.

    Some of the things I want to do while on the ship are the cocktail tastings, maybe the Art of the Theme Ship Tour, or an Art of Entertaining Seminar, but those arent announced until you get on the boat, so no way to plan them. Also I plan on requesting room service every morning at 7:30 for coffee, Special K, a bagel and orange juice. If I fill out the breakfast card every day it saves us a whole bunch just having to tip on the delivery, rather than sailing concierge level which we did on our last trip. As Concierge guests, we got to request service daily on our last trip on the first day. I think for half the price, Im OK with putting the card out the door daily. I also hope for at least one full breakfast at Lumieres and Top Siders. It wasnt until after I got my breakfast at Beach Blanket Buffet that I realized you could have eggs made to order. Thats a luxury I love!

    Here is our Itinerary

    Saturday, 20-Apr-2013, GALVESTON, 3:30 PM

    After boarding, I hope to get us a second brunch reservation for Palo. Once we are seated for lunch (hopefully in Parrot Cay), Ill run up and book the reservation.

    Sunday, 21-Apr-2013. AT SEA

    I have booked Bruch at Palo for 11:00AM this morning. I imagine that we will play some Bingo, maybe see a show, or even go to a movie on this day. Its also formal night.

    Monday. 22-Apr-2013, AT SEA

    I dont have any plans for this day, but I may attend the culinary demo if they have one, theres also Bingo, and I believe this night they are showing Villians Tonight. I would like to see that show.

    Tuesday, 23-Apr-2013, GRAND CAYMAN, 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM TENDER

    We are booked into a Helmet Dive at Grand Cayman from 12:45- 2:15. That will give us plenty of time for a leisurely breakfast and get ready to leave the ship around noon. It will also put us back on the boat in plenty of time before the ship leaves port. Earlier cruises this year were showing Wreck-It-Ralph on this night. I hope that they are showing OZ as the show on this cruise.

    Wednesday, 24-Apr-2013 COZUMEL, 10:15 AM - 3:45 PM

    Here we have booked the Cozumel Highlights and Mayan Ruins tour. Its from 10:15 2:30PM. Included is a stop at a tequila distillery, so that sounds fun too! The tour includes about 2 miles of walking, so hopefully Fran will be able to do that. I hope it doesnt tire her out too much. This is pirate night, so were booked into Palo for dinner.

    Thursday, 25-Apr-2013 AT SEA

    Hopefully I can secure another reservation at Palo for Brunch when we get on the ship for this last day. For the rest we will just enjoy, maybe more Bingo. I believe this is Semi Formal Night.

    Friday 26-Apr-2013 GALVESTON 8:30 AM

    This will be a sad day as the trip will be over. We are booked on Disney Transportation back to the airport. Unfortunately we couldnt find any non-stop flights on this day back home. Instead we will be staying at the Double Tree Inn and Suites by the airport. Hopefully our room will be ready when we get there and we can relax.

    There is a Del Friscos Steakhouse in Houston, so Im really hoping that we can cab it over there for dinner. If not, there is a restaurant in the hotel so no worries.

    We have an 8AM flight out of Houston back home, so well be back Sunday morning probably before noon.

    I plan to provide plenty of pictures and lots of food porn for your enjoyment. I hope you decide to join me on this adventure!

    Table of Contents:
    At the airport
    A new terminal
    Our Galveston Hotel
    Breakfast in Galveston
    Dinner and some new friends
    Boarding the Ship

    The Cruise Begins!


    Day 1

    Embarkation Lunch
    Getting into the Cabin
    Sail Away
    Shopping and Dinner

    Day 2
    Navigator
    Palo 1
    Palo 2
    Palo 3
    Martini Tasting
    Snacks and Formal Pics
    Dinner at Lumiere's

    Day 3
    Navigators
    Art of Entertaining
    Lunch at Topsiders
    Tequila and Margarita Tasting
    Professional Photos
    Dinner

    Day 4
    Navigators and Breakfast
    Tendering at Grand Cayman
    The Duck Boat on land
    The Duck Boat at sea and going back to the ship
    Room Service and Dinner at Palo
    Dessert at Palo

    Day 5
    Navigators and Breakfast
    Breakfast and some characters
    Getting there
    Museum
    Part 2
    Tequila & Tacos
    Character Photos
    Captain's Gala Dinner

    Day 6
    Final Palo Brunch
    Chocolate Tasting and Mixology
    Final Dinner and Disembarkation

     
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  3. dolphingirl47

    dolphingirl47 In Search of the Tag Fairy

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    Just checking in.

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  4. PrincessInOz

    PrincessInOz Thanks for my avatar, Mary Jo!

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    Checking in as well.

    I've always wondered about Galveston....my parents used to love listening to Glen Campbell and I never quite got why the words seemed so gloomy. Of course, now as an adult, after reading about how much effort it takes to get to Galveston, I think I almost understand why.


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    Seriously.....I'm glad that Fran is feeling so much better and that the medication is finally giving her the relief she needs. Looking forward to sitting alongside for this trip.
     
  5. Pinkocto

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    I'm here for the fun :)
     
  6. nunzia

    nunzia You can't top pigs with pigs, but you CAN top Toys

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    YEA!! BTW, Alison, we are getting ON the Magic the day you are getting off :) for the 8 night to CC, Key West and WDW.
     
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    I'm here. I'm totally behind but I'm here. :goodvibes
     
  8. Leshaface

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    Yay i'm in!:cool1:

    I'm actually really looking forward to hearing about this cruise. We were contemplating a cruise out of Galveston, but was unsure of how to get to the port and if Disney offered transportation, etc.

    You must see Villans! It's wonderful!:yay:
     
  9. Pinkocto

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    Your plans sound great. I had no idea it wasn't a smooth transition from the airport to Galveston. I'm glad you found a more convenient hotel.
     
  10. lorimay

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    I love your red and white polka dot dress, very cute. :goodvibes

    Sorry about your kitty.:worried:

    Have a wonderful cruise and enjoy yourselves.
     
  11. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

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    Glad you made it here! :thumbsup2

    Actually, it sounds like a nice place, just difficult to get to without a car. I'm looking forward to a change of scenery!

    Yay!

    Isn't that funny! You and I have sat in the same room on multiple occasions, been in the same tour group, just missed each other many times and we still haven't met! Are you are Sorcerer again at the Expo. I think I know what you look like, so we're going to have to say "hi" one of these days!

    That's OK, there's plenty of time to catch up!

    I think it was your TR that made me want to see it! :)

    Thanks, well I guess it depends on what you consider a smooth transition. Part of the problem is that we didn't book our airfare while there were reasonable flights so it was either change planes in awful locations or come in during the middle of the night. It should still work out fine.
     
  12. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

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    Thanks! That dress was a big hit on my TR from WDW. You slipped in while I was replying to everyone else. :welcome: Glad to have you along!
     
  13. jetskigrl

    jetskigrl No mumbojumbo here

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    I'm here....I can't wait to hear all about it!!!
     
  14. MomToPrincePhillip

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    I'm here too! I can't wait to read and see all about your adventures! We looked at a cruise out of Galveston, but I also wondered about the hassle. I'm sure your plans will all work out and then I'll be able to put your tips to use if we ever book one.
     
  15. nunzia

    nunzia You can't top pigs with pigs, but you CAN top Toys

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    I am a Sorcerer! Yes..hopefully this time we won't be all scurrying so much and can actually say HI
     
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    ACDSNY I love my job! I love my job! I love my job!

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    I'm a little late to the party, but I'm ready to party.:rotfl2:
     
  17. LisaHK

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    Looking forward to reading your report. :)
     
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    I am here, have to go to the beginning to read but I am here...
     
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    I have left out of Galveston a few times and I must admit that we drive from San Antonio or Houston. We usually stay at the Hilton right there on the break.

    I know you will have an amazing time and so glad Fran is feeling better.
     
  20. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

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    Yay! :yay: Glad you are here for the adventures!

    In the end it probably isn't that big of a hassle, we should have booked our airfare sooner. If we could have got a morning flight out of LA we would have arrived in Houston at a decent hour, but still we would have needed to do a Super Shuttle to Galveston since we want the time to pick up Mtn Dew for Fran to drink on the cruise and waters for me. Plus we would like to tour the Moody House, it sounds neat.

    We are Sorcerers too so hopefully if nothing else we will all be scurrying together!

    Cool! :cool1: :banana: :yay:

    :welcome: Glad to have you on board!

    You folks have local family though....I tried on the whole rental car thing to drive, but there were no rental car companies offering that kind of service. :worried:
     
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