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May 6, 2010

Disembarkation and Barcelona Part 2 -- Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise - Day 14

Disembarkation. This is always the worst (and saddest) day of a cruise. We typically are up late the night before trying to squeeze every last joyful moment from our trip. No exception this time around. The tough part is getting us up and out to breakfast by 8:15am and off the ship by 9am.

Our new friends from Holland were at breakfast this morning giving us a chance to swap email addresses and say our goodbyes.

We made our way off the ship, into the terminal, located our bags, and headed to the bus which would take us to our hotel, the AC Diplomatic.

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The hotel was lovely – clean and quiet although when we got to our room we thought we had an electrical problem. We flipped every switch and couldn’t turn on any lights! A call to the front desk cleared things up. Just inside the door is a box to slide in our room key. Voila! Let there be light! What a great idea. Pulling the card when leaving the room turns out all of the lights. Brilliant.

We decided to spend the day walking La Rambla which started only a couple of blocks from our hotel. La Rambla is city block after city block of shopping, eateries, and incredible people-watching! The La Rambla itself is a very, very wide sidewalk flanked on both sides by street traffic and buildings with a variety of stores and restaurants at street-level. On La Rambla we encountered blocks of kiosks selling fresh flowers and plants, followed by blocks of kiosks selling small animals – really! We saw parakeets, bunnies, ducks, roosters, hedgehogs, ferrets, goldfish, turtles, hamsters, and more. What a show!

There were several blocks of kiosks selling jewelry, scarves, and other trinkets. And, of course, several blocks of outdoor eateries – tapas, paella, pizza, beer, sangria, and more! (We learned the drinking age in Barcelona is 18!)

About a block off La Rambla we discovered the Hard Rock Café Barcelona, and had to drop in for a snack and some shopping. We made our way back to the hotel for a nap. Eventually we wandered out again to find some dinner. We ended up at a little spot serving pasta and pizza. Delicious.

Back in our room, I tried to find something interesting on TV. Of course, there was only one channel in English (CNN) so I settled on a European gymnastics competition. I didn’t need to understand the talking to follow what was happening!

The next morning we were up at 5am to get organized, grab some breakfast (which was included in the price of our hotel stay), and be ready for our ride to the airport. Breakfast was delicious and had I known what the rest of our day would be like I would have savored it even more.

The ride to the Barcelona airport was short and smooth, and the weather was beautiful. The Barcelona airport, much like the city, appeared clean, bright, and well-kept. The “lay of land” however is different than US airports we’ve experienced. Rather than locating your air carrier (like Delta or United), you locate your actual flight number (like Delta 95). Each flight has its own check-in desk. Once we found ours, the line was short and moved quickly.

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Next step was to go through security. We found this to be very similar to US airports although we were not required to remove our shoes. After the screening we had a choice, but didn’t realize it. We could choose to first wander a variety of duty-free shops and restaurants on the lower level of the airport or we could immediately “cross the border” with no return allowed and head directly to our gate. We chose the latter so we just sat and waited the two hours for our flight (reading and napping).

Our flight from Barcelona to New York’s JFK was long, but smooth and uneventful (as all flights should be). I wasn’t particularly tired so I ended up watching 3 movies! Movies and meals are included with Delta’s international flights. Nice. The food was even decent.

We landed at JFK pretty much on schedule. This airport was quite a contrast to Barcelona. Dingy, old, dirty, and very noisy. First step as we exit the plane, of course, is customs. Long, long, long line for US citizens. (The line for non-US residents might have been just as long, but it was hard to tell.) After the agent reviewed our passports, we were required to pick up our luggage. We waited and waited and finally our two bags tumbled down. I was a little worried we might not see them again.

Next step was to exit the area appropriately for a connecting flight. I know this sounds like it should be easy, but it was a bit confusing especially with hundreds of other folks trying to figure out the same thing while hauling around baggage. We finally got in the right line and waited again to check our bags, clear customs (with our completed form and passports), and go through security once again. This time we had to remove our shoes!

Whew. Now that we were finished with customs and checked in for the final leg of our journey we searched for our gate and grabbed a bite to eat. About this time the noise and dinginess started to get to me. We had several hours to wait for our 7:30pm flight so I just needed to get a grip and relax. About an hour before our scheduled departure, they announced a flight delay of two hours (9:30pm now) and a gate change. Delta did provide us with a $6 meal voucher.
More waiting and another delay (11:30pm now) and another gate change. More waiting and another delay (12:05am now). About this time we learned that we would receive $100 vouchers to use on future Delta travel. Nice, but we just wanted to get home.

About 12:30am we boarded our flight and headed for Portland. It was 5am local time when we finally crawled into our very own bed with our very own pillows and got to sleep! We figured we had been awake for 32 hours straight. Not exactly the smooth ending we had hoped for, but we were safe and sound and home! Good thing we have a few days recovery before we need to return to work!

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Several days have passed allowing time to reflect on all that we’ve experienced. What an incredible journey! Michael and I still agree that the best part of the trip were all of the sea days. You need that time to thoroughly enjoy the Disney entertainment and service. All of the ports of call were top-notch and the tours were well done and professional.

Our favorite port came down to a tie between Gibraltar and Barcelona. If (when!) we take another Disney European cruise, we would definitely consider spending several more days in Barcelona.

For now though, we have wonderful memories to savor and looking forward to more Disney in June! After our son graduates from high school, we will take him and his friend to Walt Disney World to celebrate. Then, next January we’ll see you on the maiden voyage of the Disney Dream! Bon Voyage!

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April 30, 2010

Barcelona Spain -- Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise - Day 14

Barcelona! Our tour meet-up was at 9am in Diversions. All of our other excursions have had 3 or 4 bus loads of people. This time we only needed one bus for just 12 people!

We first toured a bit of the waterfront and then we headed into town. While our tour didn’t take us by any of the official 1992 Olympic venues, our guide did point out a lot of the housing that had been constructed for the athletes. He also mentioned that a significant section of the city was torn down and completely rebuilt for the Olympics. We found Barcelona to be a very clean, well-kept city. The people clearly take pride in their city!

We got off the bus for a closer look at Antoni Gaudi’s La Segrada Familia; a project he started in the early 1800s and is still a good 20 years away from completion. You can see cranes and scaffolding in many of the photos.

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Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Nearby they have a model of the completed chapel; that’s Eugene, our tour guide with the model.

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The architecture is unique and unusual to say the least (and I know very little about such things). Over the course of our tour we viewed the outside of two other Gaudi buildings. All very “curvy” and covered with very intricate designs. (Now I understand where we might have gotten the word “gaudy”.)

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise


Our tour was called “Barcelona and Tapas”. We were all very pleasantly surprised with the tapas! We were ushered in to a restaurant where we were served water (bottled, of course), wine, and then the little plates started coming and coming and coming! We were so overwhelmed with the choices and busy eating we forgot to take pictures. Everything was delicious.

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A few things we observed about Barcelona. The stop lights are focused on cross walks and not necessarily vehicle intersections. We noticed in several places that cars might block an intersection when stopped at a light, but would never block a pedestrian crosswalk.

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Also, in addition to lots of smaller cars and tons of tour buses, many people use scooters and bicycles for transportation. In fact for people that live in Spain they can participate in a “bicycle borrowing” program. They pay for a pass that they use to unlock and borrow a bicycle, ride it as needed, and park back in one of the special racks.

Back at the ship, we had some time before the show and dinner. We were told that UPS would be available in the terminal from 4 to 8pm if we needed to ship any items which we did. They didn’t show up until close to 6pm, but we were able to box up several things to avoid purchasing an extra suitcase (don’t laugh; we’ve done it several times before).

We were a few minutes late to the final show, but hadn’t missed much. A couple of the comedians led off the program followed by a “Remember the Magic” review which, of course, brings me to tears.

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise


At dinner this evening, Anita arranged for a little anniversary celebration for Michael and me. A sweet ending to a wonderful vacation.

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

April 29, 2010

Last Day at Sea -- Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise - Day 13

Our last sea day. The weather was overcast and rainy. I started to organize things for the trip home. We can hardly believe that it’s almost that time.

In the afternoon, we finally made time to see Alice in Wonderland in 3D. Michael got to the theater early and was given a quick behind-the-scenes tour of the Buena Vista Theater. The technician showed him the equipment they used to use when movies were shown from actual film. Now they pop in a hard drive to show the pictures!

The play this evening was Disney Cruise Line’s all-time best: Disney Dreams. I came prepared with my tissues and it did not disappoint. Once again Peter Pan helped Ann Marie believe in her dreams – genies, princesses, and kings along with faith, trust, and pixie dust!


Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise


This was the last dinner where all three couples at our table would be together. Time to capture some memories! Anthony and Marguerite from Holland, Michael and me, and Kim and Tami from Orlando. What a fun group.

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Our servers were Anita from the Philippines and her assistant, Joe from India.

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Our head server was Mario aka Super Mario. They more than delivered the outstanding Disney service we’ve come to enjoy.

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(I’ve also included a picture of Mike’s (in)famous banana bread!)

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Later in the evening we were invited to decks 9 and 10 for a “Welcome to Barcelona” party. The ship was sitting just a bit offshore from the city. The lights of the skyline were breathtaking! About 10:30pm despite the wind, rain, and cool temps, Disney delivered yet another wonderful surprise. Fantasy in the Sky fireworks from the dock at Barcelona!!! The music and display were fantastic! What a special treat.

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

The night was not over yet. Next we headed inside to warm up in Rockin’ Bar D. We thought we were going to “pub night”, but were first entertained by another comedian that had just come aboard, Andy Ford. This was his adult show and it was hilarious. When he was done, Mike decided to head back to the room, but I was determined to stay awake for pub night.

At the end of most trips, the cruise staff puts on a special skit. They attempt to tell us what they would do if they were not part of the Disney crew. I can’t begin to describe it, but pics of a few of the participants might give you an idea. Even though I had seen this once before it was just as funny this time around. If you ever get the chance, do check it out.

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

April 26, 2010

Gibraltar! -- Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise - Day 12

Gibraltar! The Rock. What a fantastic day.

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Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise


Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise


Our tour meet-up was 9am in Rockin’ Bar D – a walking tour of Gibraltar. We boarded a bus that took us from the harbor across the wall separating the old city from the new city to the cable car station.

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About 25 of us packed into one car and six minutes later we were at the top of the Rock. What an incredible view.

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise


We wandered the old battery site and toured the amazing St. Michael’s Cave – stalagmites and stalactites and a spectacular concert auditorium built inside the caves.


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We walked back down the mountain along with LOTS of Barbary Apes (Macaques). They are quite used to people and ignored us – as long as we didn’t have any food. No one is quite sure how the apes arrived in Gibraltar, but they have become the country’s unofficial ambassadors.

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Finally we traveled to Princess Caroline’s Battery and the entrance of the Great Siege Tunnels. We walked through the labyrinth of tunnels which were constructed as a massive defense system.

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When we got back to the ship, we enjoyed lunch and relaxing afternoon on deck. I also decided to do one more load of wash. Thanks to the Icelandic volcano, many folks may be delayed on their return home. We are fairly confident that our flights will be on time, but just in case we now have enough clean things to weather a delay.

Our sail-away from Gibraltar was about 6pm. Just prior another ship docked next to us (called the “Ventura”!) left the harbor. The two ships had a duel with their horns. First, the Ventura sounded its horn. Then, the Magic did something we’d not heard before. It sounded three single tones, then a brief pause, and then our song…twice! The two ships went back and forth a few times. It was great fun. Lots of people cheering on the decks of both ships. The other ship’s horn was pretty lame compared to the Disney Magic horn!

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The entertainment schedule was modified a bit this evening. Mike and I attended a short adult comedy show in Rockin’ Bar D. Good laughs.

Dinner was in Lumiere’s – just the two of us as our tablemates were in Palo.

Afterwords I watched as they unveiled a huge mural designed by Ducky Williams and painted by VoluntEars along with a number of passengers. The mural is being donated to a hospital in Barcelona.

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Tonight we enjoyed the Crew Talent Show along with dancing with some of the officers. Lots of hidden talent among the staff!

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Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise


Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

April 25, 2010

Cadiz -- Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise - Day 11

Cadiz, Spain!

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We arrived in our second European port very early. The meet-up for our excursion was also early – 8:30am in Rockin’ Bar D. We chose a tour called “A Taste of Cadiz and Jerez.” We boarded a bus for a tour of the city – both the old city of Cadiz and the newer part. Then we took the 40 minute drive to nearby Jerez where we learned about the bodegas (warehouse storage for the oak casks aging the sherry), toured Gonzalez Byass winery, and sampled their sherry.

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

One thing I found really interesting is that the streets are very narrow, but yet when we turned into the winery, it was huge! Many, many buildings storing the oak wine casks. You might notice a photo of cobwebs and spiders. (Eww…Mike took that one.) Spiders are their friends because they eat all of the other insects and termites….and they were everywhere and they were big!

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

In another photo you will notice a mouse drinking sherry. As a matter of tradition, in this one particular bodega, they feed the mice tapas and sherry. Because of this, the mice defend their territory keeping all other mice out. All of the other bodegas are kept mouse-free. (Eww….Mike took that photo, too.)

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Did you know how sherry got its name? Some Arabs visited the area several hundred years ago and they pronounced Jerez (pronounced “herethz”) as “sherry”. Since then the wine has been commonly called sherry!

When we returned to the ship, we grabbed a quick bite of lunch. The weather was absolutely gorgeous!!! This time I not only got in my swimsuit, I went in the pool. It felt so good. Michael did his usual – cigar, tequila, kindle….finishing his 3rd book of the trip.

After a warm and relaxing afternoon, we had dinner at Palo’s again. Interestingly, the restaurant was nearly empty! I guess a lot of folks chose to stay in Cadiz until the all-aboard at 10:30pm. We had another lovely meal sampling different appetizers and several pastas.

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We thought we would go to the movie after dinner, but decided we were much too sleepy especially with another early tour in the morning.

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

April 24, 2010

7th Sea Day -- Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise - Day 10

Well, this day was off to a rather slow start. We tried to get up early, but 9am was the best we could do. Not bad considering we had our last “spring ahead” hour last night. Definitely taking a cruise that “falls back” next time around.

We did breakfast and lunch at Topsiders. I was so cold (I know, what’s new). For some crazy reason I chose to spend time in a comfy lounger outside of Cove Café…key word there is outside. The folks around me were bundled up in blankets from their staterooms. I toughed it out in a simple sweatshirt. The highlight? I actually finished reading one book!!!! Julie & Julia. (Thanks, Heather!) The hardest part about this book was reading about preparing exotic French cuisine right after dining at Palo’s (that was a few days ago). Fun story though.

Seas were remarkably calm today. We spotted a number of other ships nearby. One yacht even sent a helicopter over to check us out! Several folks reported seeing dolphins and sea turtles.

This is our 7th sea day. For reasons unknown to both of us, Michael and I were both feeling a bit melancholy. Perhaps it is because we are on the downside of our vacation? Who knows.

One sure cure for the blues, however, is a rum tasting. Wheee! We tasted four different rums (and I polished off each and every one). Mike answered a question correctly and won a refreshingly delicious mojito for me. I finished that up just before I started typing this blog edition. Cezar tempted me with dancing a samba; I considered it briefly and then thought better of it. (Maybe I need another mojito.) Can you tell? I’m feeling just dandy. More accurately, I’m not feeling a thing.

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I forgot to mention we dropped by the art auction this afternoon (before the rum tasting). This was a special one-time event auctioning Don “Ducky” Williams’ pieces. Gorgeous artwork, but definitely out of our price range. We ran into two of our dinner tablemates, Tami and Kim. We were all careful not to talk with our hands for fear the auctioneer would think we just bid thousands of dollars on something we totally can’t afford!

American Idol fans would have enjoyed this evening’s show. Justin Guarini and Brooke White performed. I didn’t know anything about either of them; Mike chose not to attend at all. They were entertaining, but certainly not the best show we’ve seen this trip.

Dinner tonight was in Animator’s Palate. I actually had a relatively light meal: soup and a Cobb salad. One significant change I’ve noticed with the nightly menus is the addition of at least one lighter selection (like a meal-size salad).

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Alice in Wonderland in 3D was playing in the theater again tonight, but we decided to try to get to sleep since we have an early start tomorrow morning.

April 23, 2010

Madeira -- Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise - Day 9

Our first European port of call! Beautiful Funchal, Madeira! We arrived early.

Our excursion meet-up was in Studio Sea at 10:15am. After check-in we were promptly escorted to a waiting bus. The bus took us into the main part of town. We were dropped off and proceeded to walk a few blocks to a cable car that took us up the mountain. What a fantastic view of the city and the harbor!

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

We saw some of the devastation from the recent floods, although the people pulled together to get everything cleaned up in a hurry! At the top we wandered around visiting a church of the patron saint of Madeira.

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise


To get back down the hillside, we had a different, very unique form of transportation: sledges. They are kind of like sleds on wooden rails that are guided down the narrow, twisty road by two drivers. It felt like we were going to smack into a wall several times, but we made it! Great fun!

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise


We re-boarded our bus for a short drive to the Madeira Story Center to learn some history of the island. This was followed by lunch at a nearby military fort. Lunch was a lovely local fish with vegetables and beer to drink. By this time, the sun had finally come out. An absolutely gorgeous day!

Due to a flower festival and parade in the main downtown area getting back to the ship proved to be a bit of a challenge, but we made it!

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This afternoon it was actually warm enough to visit the pool…..well, the hot tub anyway!

In the theater tonight, they are showing Alice in Wonderland in 3D. We spent a little too much time at the pool and missed it, but it will be playing again before our trip is over.

Tonight is also Pirate Night! We brought our gear and are ready for all the fun and fireworks!!!

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(Bought my PNW Mouse Meet tickets this afternoon and we have our hotel reservations…will you be there?)

Earlier in the week, Michael made a comment (jokingly) to our head server, Mario (aka Super Mario), about Indian food and that Tandoori chicken was his favorite. Guess what? They prepared a whole chicken in the Tandoori style just for Michael! Very spicy and very good! What a great surprise! The rest of us settled for short ribs. Also very yummy.

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The Pirates in the Caribbean party was out on deck. (Hey, they should have renamed it to Pirates in the Mediterranean!) It was very windy and chilly, but we stuck it out to see Mickey save the day from the pirates. Despite the wind, the fireworks were perfect!

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They had two-for-one Margarita’s tonight with top-shelf tequila, so Michael got two shots of Don Julio Anejo and shared!

April 22, 2010

6th Day at Sea Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise - Day 8

Our last in a string of 6 days at sea! We both slept in this morning and it felt really good. I popped down to deck 4 to walk/jog followed by a light breakfast (really!) of oatmeal and cantaloupe.

I think this is going to be a beautiful day although I sense a good part of it will be spent napping, reading, snacking, and probably drinking….and cigars for Michael, of course.

It’s been over a week since we left home and I miss my son. Email just isn’t the same. To make me feel better, this afternoon I had a lovely treat from the Vista Spa: a well-being massage. Very relaxing. My masseuse managed to zero in on the knots in my neck and shoulders. It was great.

This afternoon we had the opportunity to meet Don “Ducky” Williams. He signed our lithograph, a gift that each stateroom received.

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise


In the theater, we got to see another special new show called Walt Disney: The Dream Goes On. Another fabulous review tracing the amazing career of Walt Disney told by those he inspired to create and dream.

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Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise


Our dinner (formal night again) was in Parrot Cay with a special Transatlantic menu. Lobster night! Prime rib night! And, once again Michael had banana bread for dessert. On the last few cruises we’ve taken, Michael has always asked for chocolate chip cookies in lieu of any of the fancy desserts offered each night. This trip he’s taken a liking to the banana bread. The first few nights I think our server was in disbelief; now she has it waiting for him! It is pretty good, but I find it hard to pass up crème brulee or an ice cream sundae.

Thank goodness tonight we don’t have to set our clocks ahead. We can focus on getting a good night’s sleep before we get to our first European port tomorrow morning. And, it turns out we’ll arrive a bit earlier than originally planned. Apparently we have a guest requiring medical attention so the Captain has decided to keep up the speed in order to arrive as soon as possible.

And, this evening we broke down and called our son. It was so good to hear his voice and get an update on senior prom preparations!

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April 21, 2010

4th & 5th Day at Sea Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise - Day 6 and 7

I can’t believe this is our 4th sea day already. It was really tough to wake up this morning. I don’t know if it’s all the hours we’ve lost or the tequila and wine from yesterday. As hard as it was, I did make it to the fitness class this morning – sunrise stretch. No sun and nothing much was stretching that should have been, but I did it.

Then, we had to hurry, but managed to make it to Parrot Cay for Mickey’s Island Jam Breakfast – a character breakfast with Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Goofy (hey! Who’s steering the ship?), Chip and Dale. All of our tablemates attended. Who knew a group of adults could get so silly?

This afternoon we attended a “mixology” class in Sessions. Fun! The class was limited to 10 which was just right. Each of us was given our own set of bar tools and we got to mix several drinks for ourselves. Yum and fun!

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Dinner was back in Lumiere’s complete with a dance with Beauty and the Beast.

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

In honor of both of my sons, I had escargot. I have no idea why you both love them so much; these were tender and buttery, but a little light on the garlic.

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Afterwards we spent some time in Sessions listening to Alex on the piano and enjoying an after dinner cocktail. Again, we thought we would go to sleep early, but by the time we set our clocks ahead, it was well after midnight for me and nearly 2am for Michael.

Overnight seas were rough. It felt like a roller coaster that wouldn’t stop. I tried to imagine the movement as a rocking chair or cradle to help me sleep. When we did finally rise, it was off to Palo’s for brunch. Amazing as always. We sampled many different things. My favorite this time? Caviar. Wow, I didn’t remember liking it this much.

Next up I had the one incredibly unpleasant task that you can’t seem to avoid on a longer cruise: laundry. Somehow the laundry gods were on my side. I managed to complete two loads in under 3 hours. Why is it the dryers take 45 minutes and the washers only 30? And, of course, clothes are rarely dry in one cycle. And, they have the same number of dryers as they do washers so someone is always waiting for a dryer. Like I said, I got lucky today. Now I think I deserve a nap!

Seas continued to be rough throughout the day today, but the sun did shine and I enjoyed a nice walk around deck 10. Check out the view from the very front of the ship. Water wouldn’t stay in the Goofy Family Pool so they ended up closing it. Serious sloshing going on!

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Tonight was the new theater production: Villians Tonight! Awesome. Our “host” was Hades; he needed to fill his Evil-o-Meter or risk being kicked out of the Underworld. So, he summoned all of his villain cohorts and their sidekicks – Yzma and Kronk, Hook and Smee, the Evil Queen, Maleficent, Ursula, Scar, and others. The pieces were woven together in a very clever manner with some cool special effects. Whenever Hades got angry or upset, smoke would billow from his head!

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Later in the evening, they had a masquerade ball hosted by Cruella de Ville held in the Atrium Lobby. Prizes were awarded for the best masks. (Apparently, you could make one earlier in the day in the Promenade Lounge.)

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Michael and I had yet another tasting – whiskey this time – bourbons and scotches to be exact. (Sorry, Bud, no JD.) There were 5 to sample: Johnnie Walker Black, Macallan 12, Bushmills, Seagrams VO, and Makers Mark. Not my thing; I finished off one sample. Mike had his and the balance of my other 4. He loved them!

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

One last time (I hope anyway) we turn our clocks ahead an hour.

As I mentioned earlier, we’ve been rockin’ and rollin’ quite a bit. The captain even called these rough seas, 12-16 foot swells, peaking as high as 20 feet. He has also said these are some of the best conditions he’s experienced in crossing the Atlantic. Yikes. I’d hate to feel really bad conditions!

P.S. Let me clarify “rough seas”. We are bouncing around quite a bit, but it’s really only making it challenge to walk. It’s not like a lot of people are getting sea sick; in fact, everyone seems to be in very good spirits and we are still having a marvelous time!

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

April 20, 2010

3rd Day at Sea -- Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise - Day 5

We awoke to calm seas and slightly overcast skies again this morning. I have to keep reminding myself that this is not the Caribbean; don’t expect warm temps and sun.

First thing I headed to the fitness center for a body conditioning class. Not exactly Crossfit, but I did manage to work up a decent sweat.

This afternoon we attended a lecture presentation by Disney Imagineer Gary Landrum on the Disney Dream! Lots of cool stuff. Unfortunately, I don’t have any photos to share as photography, video, and audio recording were all prohibited.

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

I do remember a few fun facts though! The ship will have 16 decks instead of the 14 as originally announced. The “magic portholes” for the inside staterooms are such a hit that they are all sold out for the first couple of Dream cruises! A significant percentage of staterooms will accommodate 5 guests and more rooms will connect. The mascot, Admiral Donald Duck, was selected because of the Aquaduck water coaster. The character gracing the back of the ship will be none other than a dreaming Sorcerer Mickey along with his dancing brooms from Fantasia!

Have I mentioned that we’re booked on the maiden voyage of the Disney Dream? A 4-night cruise will definitely not be enough to experience this amazing new ship. So, we booked another 4-night cruise in the same stateroom – back-to-back!

After the lecture, we were treated to some beautiful sunshine! Yeah! Next up: tequila and margarita tasting! My favorite!

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

And, this tasting did not disappoint. Three tequilas and two margaritas. Yum. Yum. Yum. Loved them all. Met two very nice ladies from Illinois and our Panama stateroom neighbors from the northwest were there, too! It’s like you are always traveling with friends; some you may not even know yet!

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

I’m very excited because this evening we *know* we will have an outstanding meal at Palo. I can hardly wait. Did you know that on the Disney Dream in addition to Palo they will have an even more elegant French restaurant called Remy’s? The theme is from the movie Ratatouille and from what I’ve learned it should be an awesome dining experience!

When you take one of Disney’s longer cruises (more than 7 days), you get to experience special entertainment beyond the spectacular plays that you would normally enjoy. Tonight was one of those presentations: Once Upon a Song. This show featured the vocal talents of 5 members of the Walt Disney Theater cast. Definitely two thumbs up for this one! They started with a tribute to the Sherman brothers by singing several Mary Poppins’ tunes. They followed that with a wide variety of songs from many of the well-known and lesser-known Disney movies – Mulan, Brother Bear, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Beauty & the Beast, Toy Story, Enchanted, Cinderella, Peter Pan, Little Mermaid, and so many more.

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Then we ended our evening with the perfect meal at Palo’s. Andrea from Brazil was our server; she was also our server for High Tea!

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise


We sampled so many different things accompanied by a wonderful bottle of Italian red wine. They even remembered we were celebrating our 27th wedding anniversary (actually on May Day, but April 14 works, too!).


Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise


Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise


Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Michael is carrying his Kindle with him wherever he goes on the ship – there is always time to squeeze in another page. He spent quite a bit of time this morning near the pool, meeting people, reading on his Kindle and enjoying cigars. Go Figure.

We set our clocks ahead again tonight. Enough! I can’t stand to lose any more time on this wonderful vacation. For now though, we will sleep.

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

April 19, 2010

2nd Sea Day -- Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise - Day 4

Second sea day. A bit overcast, not windy (yet), and the seas seem a little calmer to me this morning; Mike disagrees. Since we went to sleep earlier last night…..oh wait, I guess it was still midnight since we had to set our clocks ahead one hour. Well, anyway, we were up early for a few laps around deck 4 and then to really get my blood flowing I ran the stairs….lots and lots of stairs. Whew.

Today we chose brunch in Lumiere’s which offered a nice change from the buffet at Topsider’s.

The first scheduled item on today’s agenda was a reception for Gold and Platinum level Castaway Club members held in Rockin’ Bar D. We met some lovely folks from Indiana! Captain Thord welcomed everyone and talked about new itineraries and, of course, the new ship. We are really looking forward to sailing the Dream next January!

This afternoon Michael attended a cigar seminar and I went to the movies. He won three cigars (two of which were Cubans) for answering some questions. They also talked about pairing Cognac with cigars. This was much better than the cigar seminar on the Panama Cruise.

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

“When in Rome” was playing in the Buena Vista Theater. Definitely a predictable chick-flick, but a nice way to spend a couple of hours nonetheless.

Next, we met up in Sessions for a martini tasting! Yum. We learned about and then sampled four different martinis: the traditional gin martini, the apple-tini, a passion-tini, and finally a chocolate-tini. The apple and chocolate were definitely my favorites while Michael enjoyed the other two.

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise


Afterwards, I headed back to our stateroom for a nice long nap!

The entertainment this evening was Jason Bishop, a magician and illusionist. He had some interesting tricks! Our dinner tonight was back in Animator’s Palate for the “show” dinner which once again culminated in a special visit by Sorcerer Mickey.

After dinner, Michael and I headed out to Cove Café for another tasting. This time it was cognac. Interesting stuff. We sampled 4 different types (VS, VSOP, and two XO). I couldn’t tell you much about what I should have learned. I really only liked the very last sample; I don’t recall the name, but I do know it was the most expensive of the 4. (I think I’ll stick to tequila….maybe an occasional martini.)

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

We turn our clocks ahead another hour tonight. I think we do this five nights in a row! Funny, when we did the Panama trip two years ago we were also turning our clocks ahead and losing time. I need to remember to book the other direction next time so we gain time instead of losing it!

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

April 18, 2010

First Sea Day -- Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise - Day 3

Busy day for our first full day at sea! With all the (delicious) calories we had to get some exercise. So, first thing we headed to deck 4 where 1 lap is about 1/3 of a mile. I managed two miles – one walking briskly and the other jogging. Not my usual routine by any stretch, but hey I’m on vacation and it’s better than nothing!

Our first meet-up was with Disney Vacation Club in Rockin’ Bar D. The place was packed! I believe there are over 300 member families on board. It’s always fun to hear about new things on the horizon. One video talked about some major changes at California Adventure. We definitely need to get a long weekend scheduled to visit in the next year or two!

Next on my schedule was a trip to Vista Spa for a pedicure. Wow. Probably one of the best I’ve ever had! Kidana gave me a great foot and leg massage and left me with very cute, bright pink (of course) toes!

This cruise we have a special guest aboard: Don “Ducky” Williams. Mr. Williams is a Disney character illustrator with a very inspiring career story. Before and during his presentation he sketches a number of different characters which are raffled off at the end. We have yet to win one, but we’ll keep coming back to try!

After Mr. Williams’ presentation we sprinted aft to Palo’s for High Tea which we’ve never done before. It was lovely. I tried two different kinds of tea (Michael’s choice was my favorite) and we sampled lots of different small sandwiches, scones, and pastries. It’s a good thing we have the late dinner seating!

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

In the theater this evening was the play “Twice Charmed: An Original Twist on the Cinderella Story”. We’ve seen it before, but still very enjoyable. Dinner for us was in Lumiere’s – Prince and Princess Theme.

Over the last day or so they had a small area between Shutter’s and Studio Sea blocked off “under construction.” You know the signs: pardon our dust…. Anyway, this afternoon the construction fence moved revealing a kiosk for viewing photos. You can now purchase a CD with all photos of members of your party taken by the ship’s photographers and these stations are a place to preview your photos. You can also purchase the CD at the kiosk.

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Something else I’ve been meaning to mention. For families at the late dinner seating, a new convenience is offered called “Dine & Play”. You tell your server you want to participate; your children’s meals are expedited so they can be done by 9:15pm when the Youth Activities Counselors show up at the restaurant to take the kids to their club! What a great idea!

Michael is racing to finish the first of the books he brought along on his Kindle; he spent a little time this afternoon on deck with a cigar and a drink while reading. He’s in heaven.

Didn’t make it to this evening’s comedy show. We’ll try to get to sleep a little earlier since we lose an hour and apparently we will lose an hour every night for the next several!

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

April 17, 2010

Castaway Cay -- Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise - Day 2

Just another day in paradise. How many times have I said that phrase with dripping sarcasm? Well, today was indeed “just another day in paradise” – not one iota of sarcasm!

We arrived at Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island, early this morning. We were able to disembark by 8am. Michael and I were off the ship by about 8:30 staking out our favorite spot just beyond the Conched Out bar. It was foggy, a bit windy, and chilly. I was bundled up, but started peeling off layers in no time.

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

We spent the morning relaxing – reading and sleeping mostly – with the sun peeking out of the clouds periodically. For most of the day the family beach was relatively empty. I believe that was more indicative of the number of folks actually sailing versus the weather. (The ship is far from capacity, but I have not yet heard a number for our current population.)

Around 11:45 we wandered over to Cookie’s BBQ for the usual fare of burgers, dogs, ribs, chicken, and grilled fish along with salads, fruit, corn on the cob, and the requisite chocolate chip cookies and banana bread. Afterwards we strolled by a stand with a variety of fresh fruit. I had the best apple! The fresh fruits on this trip have been fabulous so far!

During the morning announcements, Brent our cruise director mentioned that the new Pelican Plunge water slide is indeed open! So, after lunch we went for a walk to check it out. You actually need to swim out to the platform, climb some stairs to the top where you choose one of two tubes to slide down. Had it been just a bit warmer I would have given it a shot. It looks like great fun! On the lower part of the platform a pelican fills a very large bucket of water and when full, it dumps its contents on unsuspecting guests below. Next summer, that might be really nice; today, not so much.


Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

All around the island we could see progress on the new construction making accommodations for the larger Disney Dream next year. Still plenty of work to be done, but no doubt it will be amazing when it is complete.

Back on the ship, we pulled out promptly at 3:30pm turned left and are now headed towards Madeira!

We chose to spend the remainder of the afternoon napping and reading. I think we are both finally starting to unwind. We also decided to pass on the show in the theater this evening. Instead we visited Diversions for a before-dinner cocktail.

Dinner tonight was in Parrot Cay. Our new friends from Holland were in Palo so it was just 4 of us for a “Taste of the Caribbean”. I selected baked snapper for my main course. The other 3 were brave and tried steak again tonight. Fortunately, it was much better than last night!

After dinner we headed to Mickey’s Mates for wristbands in order to purchase limited-edition Transatlantic trading pins. Each person with a wristband may purchase up to 2 of the pins beginning tomorrow.

And, speaking of tomorrow, we have a busy day planned for our first full day at sea! Lots of activities scheduled, but my day must begin with a brisk walk/run on deck 4. I’m also going to try to attend a fitness class. So far I’ve done a pretty good job of avoiding the elevators, but taking the stairs will not be enough to counter-balance the calories I’ve been consuming!

April 16, 2010

Setting Sail from Port Canaveral -- Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Exciting day! We were up bright and early.

First task was to check-in. If you have to travel from any significant distance to get to Orlando, staying the night at the Hyatt located right in the airport is SO convenient. We had a lovely room on the 7th floor; they even upgraded us since we had stayed with them a couple of times before. We just took the 2-3 minute walk down to the Magical Express area to check-in.

Check-in was smooth and simple as we had completed everything online before we left home. We received our Key to World cards, new gold lanyards (since we are Castaway Club gold level members – based on the number of prior Disney cruises we’ve taken), and they even gave us a 10% discount card for breakfast back at the Hyatt!

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We walked back to the Hyatt for breakfast and to finish packing. We were able to tag our bags and simply leave them inside our room for pick-up. The next time we saw them was in our stateroom on the ship. It doesn’t get much easier than that!

Next we headed back to wait for our bus – “Chip and Dale”. We were on the second bus headed out to the Port. It was a familiar drive, about an hour. And, there it was. What a thrill to get that first glimpse of the Magic as we crested the last hill! Since our check-in was complete, we just waited for our group number to be called to board.

I must add that the first familiar faces we saw as we entered the terminal were our next-door stateroom neighbors from our Panama Canal cruise in 2008! And, we ran into them again last summer on a 3-night Disney Wonder cruise and at Walt Disney World. If that isn’t enough, this family is from our neck of the woods in the Pacific Northwest! What a great way to start things off!

After boarding we headed straight to Parrot Cay for lunch – yummy salads, peel-n-eat shrimp, roast beef, and of course, a wide variety of desserts. On our way to lunch we spotted another familiar face – Toney our server from the Panama trip.

After lunch, Mike found his favorite spot for a cigar, tequila, and reading. I headed off for a tour of the Vista Spa and Fitness Center (even though I’ve been there many times before). About 1:30pm our stateroom was ready. Benny from India is our stateroom host. I’m sure he will help make this a wonderful trip.

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We usually dread the emergency drill – having to wait like sardines in the hot sun with a life jacket on for 15 minutes is nothing we look forward to. However, our cabin’s meet-up for the drill was in Animator’s Palette, and we were “forced” to sit in chairs during the drill  Much better!

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Then, as we headed to the Adventures Away deck party, we saw another familiar face – Ponz from the entertainment staff. And the amazing thing about Ponz is that he recognized us and even remembered our names. Can you believe it?

The highlight of the sail away party for me is hearing the ship’s horn for the first of many times. I’m so darn sentimental; I always start to cry. It’s beautiful; “….when you wish upon a star….” Next we returned to our stateroom to unpack and get organized a bit.

At 6pm, I headed to the shops which had just opened and Michael headed to the Walt Disney Theater to secure a couple of great seats for “Let the Magic Begin”. This show is designed to welcome you aboard and provide a brief overview of the entertainment to come. We have some fun things to look forward to!

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Oh, by the way, Michael let me to buy the new Disney Couture D&B handbag decorated with a colorful pattern of Mickey silhouettes!

Our dinner rotation started in Animator’s Palate. This was a good news/bad news meal. The good news is we are seated with two other couples. One from Florida and the other from Holland! Delightful! We will definitely enjoy getting acquainted with them. We also met our server, Anita from the Philippines, and her assistant, Joe from India.

The bad news was our main course. Four of the 6 of us ordered steak. I could not even cut mine with the steak knife provided! Mike and I ended up sharing his steak which was not quite as tough. On the bright side, later in the evening Mike ordered chicken noodle soup from room service and it was delicious!

We’ve already received several Castaway Club gifts including a great lithograph that highlights the theme of their newest theater production: Villians Tonight! And, Benny left us the requisite towel animal at turn-down.

Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise


All-in-all a great day. Tomorrow could be even better as we spend it in paradise: Castaway Cay!

April 15, 2010

Pre-Cruise -- Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise

Guest Cruise Blogger Lori Edelman is back to share her adventure on the high seas! She's on the Disney Magic Trans-Atlantic Cruise.

(Read Lori's 2008 Panama Canal Cruise on the Disney Magic)


The time is quickly approaching. Our Disney Magic 14-night Trans-Atlantic Cruise – Eastbound sets sail April 10 from Port Canaveral!!!

Lori's Trans-Atlantic Cruise 2010


We booked this cruise well over a year ago using our Disney Vacation Club membership. Once I started to research airfare though, I had sticker shock. Wow! Lots of $$$. We nearly cancelled, but in the end decided we really wanted to go. Never having traveled to Europe I was a little hesitant to make my own airline reservations, but after much research I figured it out. Despite the extra cost, we selected flights requiring only a single plane change on the way home: Barcelona to New York to Portland. The more stops, the greater the chances of losing a bag or missing a connection, and by this point in our trip we know we will only want to get home.

Once we had the airfare arranged, we had to book hotel stays in Orlando (the night before we sail) and an extra night in Barcelona. The Orlando stay was easy: the Hyatt right at the airport is so convenient. Barcelona was a little trickier so I let Disney Vacation Club and Disney Cruise Line assist. We are booked at the AC Diplomatic. Stay tuned for details on that experience! DVC also booked transfers from Orlando International Airport to the Disney Magic and when we disembark in Barcelona to the hotel and the hotel to the airport. Whew! Lots of details, but we should finally be set.

In early March, I came home to a very special voicemail message. “This is Disney Vacation Club calling on behalf of Disney Cruise Line regarding your April 10 sailing. You are receiving a complimentary stateroom upgrade!” Wow. We couldn’t believe it! We were already set for a lovely room on deck 7, but now we have a slightly larger stateroom: Stateroom 8588 on deck 8 for cruise #8. Excellent.

A week or so later, we received our travel documents. The format has changed since we last sailed. This time we received a nice spiral notebook with our luggage tags and a printed, fully personalized itinerary. The Vacation Summary includes all of our sailing details – cruise reservation numbers, ground transportation purchase details, Barcelona resort reservation details, and all of the port adventure, Vista Spa, and Palo dining reservations we have made online! This booklet is well laid out and easy to follow; a great improvement over the old format.

How will this trip be different than our other Disney cruises? For one thing, it is just Michael and me – no children – just us. Why would two adults choose a Disney cruise? We know we will meet a lot of wonderful people, both guests and cast members. We know we will have as much adult time as we want as Disney does an amazing job of separating children-only activities from family activities from adult-only activities. We’ve experienced the incomparable Disney service, dining, and entertainment. We know this will be another trip of a lifetime!

Our travel documents already revealed one very special guest that will be sailing with us; more on that in another blog edition. We are anxious to see if cast members we know from prior trips will be aboard – Yelena? Ponz? Pikey? Claire? Captain Tom? Christian? Fitz? Will we meet up with guests we’ve met on prior trips? It sounds like a cliché, but it is a small world after all!

Who are we? Lori and Michael. We make our home in Oregon and have been Disney Vacation Club members since 2000 enjoying many cruises and trips to Walt Disney World. We both grew up in Southern California with countless family vacations at Disneyland. So that you will recognize us, here is a photo from the Adventures Away Sail-away party from our 2008 Panama Canal trip.

Bon voyage! Look for the next blog installment from the ship!

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