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    Disney Magic for Spring Break March 2010



    We left home and flew to Tampa (the flights were much more reasonable than flying into Orlando at that time) from Houston on Friday night. We stayed overnight at the Grand Hyatt near the airport. I got up bright and early Saturday morning to get our car from Avis (I just took the free shuttle back to the airport), rented the car, picked up the family and we were on our way. It is only about a two hour trip from Tampa to the port.

    So close and yet so far. . .




    We turned in the car at the Avis in Cape Canaveral, where we waited with other Avis customers to get the free shuttle to the Port. Once we were in the van it was only about a 10 minute ride to the ship. Since you can see the ships from far away it did not even seem like ten minutes. .



    There she is!



    We dropped our bags with the baggage handler at the curb. There was a person a few steps away at a podium waiting to see our passports and make sure we were on the list. YEAH we were!!




    Security and check in:




    Lunch from Topsiders:

    Last edited by Fairy Godmother Travel; 03-31-2010, 11:04 AM.
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    More please!!!
    I want my cake back!
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    • #3
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      Teresa, you are a tease. MORE, MORE, MORE!
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        Me waiting on deck 4 for our room to be ready:whistling


        Our stateroom was ready about 1:30, and once we were through eating we went to check it out. We had a Category 8 stateroom, which is a deluxe oceanview stateroom.


        There is a personal navigator (kind of a daily newspaper) in the room detailing the events on the ship each day.

        DH reading the personal navigator



        DS22 waiting for the lifeboat drill



        Sailing away (sorry it's blurry)

        I always like to be on deck 10 when we leave the port as the cast members wave goodbye from the terminal, then so do people in restaurants along the shore!


        We had late dinner so we ate at 8:15pm. We met our EXCELLENT wait staff, Romeo and HB. They took great care of us all week!

        We got back to the room and DS22 went to the college meet in Diversions.
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          Ahh, a day at sea to start out our vacation!!


          The night before we had received a note on our door inviting us to a DVC member presentation.

          Our door



          We got up and went to the 9:30am presentation where yours truly won a travel blanket. EXCELLENT!

          We then got the boys up and went to lunch at Topsiders. After our food settled a bit we went to work out (gotta get rid of all those desserts!!).

          Walking into the Spa (the workout room was in the back):



          It looks so calm and inviting



          Here we go





          View from the excercise bike



          After working out we went to eat at Palo,



          but DH was not feeling well so DS22 and I ate there, where we met our wonderful server Andrea



          After Palo DH was feeling a little better so we all saw that night's broadway style show, "Twice Charmed"--it is really good!

          We came back to the room to find a towel animal





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            Ok what Ship Name?
            An More!
            AKfandisney Have a Magic Disney day šoš 2010
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              The Disney Magic
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                Lucky you! The Magic is gorgeous and the staff is amazing.
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                  Day 3 Another Day at Sea

                  Yeah it is Palo Brunch day!

                  We slept in a little late, DS17 went off to the Stack and the rest of us (18 and over)went directly to Palo for brunch.

                  Dietary alert! This food will make you hungry!

                  Hallway leading up to Palo


                  Cool glassware



                  Menu outside



                  Entrance to Palo



                  You have a choice of GREAT woodfired pizzas





                  and, oh yes, the buffet

                  Breads



                  Seafoods






                  Pastries



                  and desserts



                  Chocolate Goofy



                  Chocolate Donald


                  and the Big Cheese himself






                  We always ordered the pizzas and Andrea always added a touch of whimsy to our meals


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                    I *love* the little teeny desserts at Palo! I can have a bite of several and not eat a ton!
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                      Ohhhhhhhh more please!!
                      Good morning, son
                      In twenty years from now
                      Maybe we'll both sit down and have a few beers
                      And I can tell you 'bout today
                      And how I picked you up and everything changed
                      It was pain
                      Sunny days and rain
                      I knew you'd feel the same things...


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                        After brunch DS22 saw a Christmas Carol in 3D in the Buena Vista Theatre--DH and I walked off our brunch and shopped.

                        We then headed to the Buena Vista Theatre to see the Princess and the Frog dMom



                        We met up at the gym, but there were too many people that wanted to do the class, so we went to a hidden mini deck (Secret Deck 7). We took our mats and started. It was a workout and I was sore the next day in spots I did not even realize we were working (between the shoulderblades?)

                        This was our view-not too shabby







                        Some of the effects were being repaired so we did not get the whole show. DS17 did not get a dessert this night, just as he did not get dessert the other 3 nights, so Romeo brought him this



                        We came back to the room ready for a fun day tomorrow--St. Maartens!
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                        • #13
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                          Day 4-St. Maarten, or Not!


                          Welcome to St. Maarten!




                          The Menfolk




                          Information please!




                          OOh a pirate?


                          No its Pieter Stuyvesant!


                          From Wikipedia:
                          In April 1644, he attacked the Spanish-held island of St. Maarten and was wounded, the lower part of his right leg was struck by a cannon ball. He returned to the Netherlands, where his right leg was amputated and replaced with a wooden peg. Supposedly, Stuyvesant was given the nickname "Old Silver Leg" because he used a stick of wood driven full of silver bands as prosthetic limb.





                          Back to the Magic


                          The ship beside us was German, and the ship behind that was from England. This was her last port before starting her transatlantic journey.





                          Hi Goofy!


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                            When we got back to the Magic she was almost empty--COOL!! It is like she was our own personal ship!

                            Here, let me take you on a quick tour. . .

                            My captain Mickey statue



                            My Foyer



                            Detail on the stair rails



                            Carpet!



                            Elevators



                            Chandelier



                            Port Adventures Desk



                            Ship next to the port adventures desk





                            There are monitors in the atrium that let you know when the characters will be there as well as other important information




                            and the daily navigator is displayed also

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                              We saw "Alice in Wonderland" in 3D in the Walt Disney Theatre. 3D movies at sea are a cool addition!

                              It was Pirate Night in Parrot Cay-There were bandanas to wear and lots of food and drink Mateys!

                              Limbo in Parrot Cay



                              Out on the deck, there be Pirates!



                              Pirates need lots of Grub!











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