This is my very first pre-trip report! So here goes Adventurers Me a 33 year old clinically retired medic who sold her soul to work part time for the pharmaceutical industry so that she can be a better mother and wife. DH The workhorse making my Disney dreams come true! A true gentleman and a little boy at heart! DS 6- Our little boy genius who is already taking in as much information as he can find out about the various places that we will be visiting. DD 4- Our dearest darling daughter who really believes that every single day will be different/special on the cruise because there is magic. If only we could all be 4 again! DS 1- The baby of the family and the worst behaved! He who grunts and points, and demands to be carried DM and DF Veteran cruisers who have sailed on nearly every cruiseline but have never been on DCL! (About to leave to go on the Oasis of the Seas) I occasionally wonder if theyll enjoy being on a Disney ship. However, seeing as my dear parents jumped at the chance to travel with their grandchildren, somehow I dont think that the actual ship will really matter for them. Its all about the grandchildren. Lucky us!!! Although both DH and I absolutely love Disney, we only just discovered DCL existed a few months ago! As hard as it may be to believe, hardly anyone in Australia knows of DCL. We came upon it by chance whilst doing research to take the children on their very first trip to WDW in Dec 2010. The plan was to tack a Caribbean cruise at the end of our WDW stay. And then the kids sail free offer came up. DH decided to try before we buy. Yep, my arm was twisted. I just had to take the family to Europe. How else would we know if we would enjoy a Disney cruise And so we booked ourselves an 11 night Mediterranean cruise on the Disney Magic. What a great way to introduce Europe to the children! No packing and unpacking, no rushing to catch the next train/train and automobile. Just sleep and voila! Youre at your next destination. Were determined to keep it simple and not feel pressured to see everything. It is after all, just a sampler of what Europe has to offer. Weve decided to adopt the less is more approach. After all, we do want to enjoy our cruise! There is no point dragging cranky overtired children somewhere just for the sake not wanting to miss out. Taking inspiration from a very clever fellow DISer (you know who you are!), I am going to reserve the next few posts so that it is easier to fill-in/read my trip report down the track. Time will tell how well the actual trip correlates with my plan! Seeing as we will be the first Mediterranean cruise in 2010, hopefully my report will also help fellow med cruisers down the line.