Disney Magic Photos

I have really been missing cruising lately, and as I was going through some photos on my computer earlier this week, I came across these from when I sailed on the Disney Magic right after it was refurbished a couple of years ago. Disney went to great lengths to update this ship, and while it is still lacking in some areas, it looks much better than it did before.

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One thing I love about the Magic is how cozy it feels. Bigger isn’t always better!

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Now that I have a little one, I have been paying more attention to photos of kid areas.

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Yes, I went down the slinky dog slide!

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Superhero fun anyone?

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I did NOT go on the new waterslide!

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Disney made the rooms all look like the staterooms on the Dream and the Fantasy.

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Something a lot of people didn’t notice was that Disney added shaded areas over some of the pool chairs. Definitely needed!

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Also don’t forget there is an all new restaurant that took the place of Parrot Cay.

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Who is ready to sail on the Magic? Have you been on this ship, or any of the Disney cruise line ships? Which is your favorite? I would love to book your trip for you, it doesn’t cost you anything extra! [email protected]

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Traveling Again

Today I am hopping on a plane to Miami! I am so excited, I have never been to Miami before. I will be spending the night there before sailing out on the newly re-imagined Disney Magic on Friday morning for a two night cruise.

I have sailed on the Magic several times, and cannot wait to see all of the improvements to the ship. We first heard about these improvements at the Press Event I attended back in April. Since then, we have been teased with videos and photos of the ship being transformed, and I can’t wait to see it in person!

Some of the things I am RELLY excited about are the Aqua Dunk, the new water slide:

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The revamping of the buffet to make it Cabanas:

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The all new restaurant taking the place of Parrot Cay:

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I will be posting live updates on Friday with photos of the ship (until we sail then the phone will be turned off!) So be sure you are following my social media accounts (check the right sidebar) to follow along with the fun!

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QOTD: Have you sailed on Disney Cruise line? Do you want to?

Disney Cruise Line News: Magic Dry Dock

Yesterday morning when I attended the Monstrous Summer press event, The President of Disney Cruise line spoke about some great new things coming to the Disney Magic this fall.

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She will be dry docked and will undergo a major overhaul to get her more up to date with the Dream and the Fantasy. We were shown beautiful renderings of some of the new things that are coming. I took photos of all the slides so you can get a peek at what is to come on the Disney Magic!

The lobby will get a facelift with some enhancements to the atrium.

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Next, is the new restaurant that will be taking the place of Parrot Cay, Cariocas

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Animator’s Palate is  fan favorite, so it will be staying as is except for some updated technology, including the fun animation part that the Disney Fantasy currently has on board. Everyone ready to draw?!?

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The onboard buffet will be changing over to Cabanas like on the Dream and Fantasy.

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The kids areas will all be reimagined, my favorite is this rendering of Andy’s room. The slinky slide looks awesome!

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A lot of boys are excited about the new Avengers academy. Finally some superheroes onboard!

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There will also be 3 adult spaces. Keys, Fathoms, and O’Gills Pub, all a part of “after hours”.

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The deck areas are getting lots of fun too. First, the new twist and spout slide, and  also the newphews play area for the wee ones.

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One new thing I didn’t know about it the new slide, the AquaDUNK will drop you THREE stories! Wow!

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Here is a cute video about how this new slide will work.

 

As you can see, a lot of amazing and fun upgrades are coming very soon, so keep these in mind when looking to plan your next Disney vacation! I would love to help you if you have any questions!

QOTD: What is your favorite new feature of the reimagined ship?

Disney Cruise From Galveston Part 3

 

Hey everyone! Sorry I don’t have my Woman’s half marathon race recap up yet, I am waiting to get my photos uploaded and ready to go so hopefully tomorrow!

It’s time to announce the winner of my Under Armour giveaway!

I had over 300 entries into the giveaway, so thank you all for making it a huge success! The winner of the Armour bra is Jess from Run With Jess! (comment 10) Thanks so much to everyone for entering! Jess please e mail me at [email protected]

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Today will be the last installment of my Disney Cruise from Galveston. You can check out parts one and two before reading this one.

Our last port day was Cozumel. Bobby and I have been here twice before, and were excited to show it to my parents.

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We headed to our favorite spot, Paradise Beach. We hadn’t been here since they put in their huge amazing pool, and it looks great. We headed to the beach and got some lounge chairs and ordered some drinks.

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oh, dad.

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After awhile, my mom paid for Bobby to have a wristband to go use the inflatable trampolines and climbing toys in the water, and he headed straight for the trampoline.

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He did some flips, then decided to canon ball into the water.

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If you look really closely, you can see the big mistake he made…Bobby jumped in wearing his Oakley sunglasses. I knew as soon as he came up. he started looking around, going underwater, and my stomach dropped. Money doesn’t exactly grow on trees around here, and those were expensive sunglasses I got him for our anniversary and they weren’t even a year old. He stayed out about 20 minutes, then came in and got some snorkel gear and went back out there. We watched from the beach, praying the whole time that he would find them. Poor Bobby spent almost an hour out there, and I finally had to make him stop, I knew they were long gone. I convinced him to go enjoy the other stuff out in the water, and not let it ruin his day.

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After awhile, we got hot and hungry, and decided to go up to the pool area and eat lunch in the shade by the pool.

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Gorgeous view from our table

They had a cool fan, too

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I had some really yummy quesadillas

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We enjoyed our lunch then decided to relax in the pool for a bit. It was so nice and refreshing. After awhile we decided to take a cab back to the port, we were beat!

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beautiful landscaping by the pool.

I let Bobby borrow my sunglasses because his blue eyes are way more sensitive than mine.

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When we got back on the boat, my mom wanted to go straight to the hot tub because her shoulders were hurting from being so tense on our jeep ride in Costa Maya. We almost didn’t go, but decided to go for a few minutes. We headed to the adult pool and jumped in the hot tub. Then we relaxed in some chairs and a couple about my parents age came and sat next to her. (I promise I am going somewhere with this, keep reading…)

We struck up a conversation with them because my dad and Bobby went and got us ice cream cones and my dad got one for the lady because her husband had gotten one and didn’t get one for his wife so my dad being the nice guy he is, got the lady an ice cream cone.

So, we all start talking, and come to find out they were at Paradise beach as well that day. Out of the blue, the man starts talking about how him and his wife were on a kayak way out past the far buoy, and they found a pair of sunglasses floating in the water. My mom and dad immediately jump up and scream and ask if they were black Oakleys.

YYYYYEEESSSS!!! THEY HAD FOUND BOBBY’S SUNGLASSES!!!! We could NOT believe it. the lady had them in her backpack and gave them back to us, what a miracle! We were in utter disbelief, we thought they were long gone. Scroll up tot eh photo of Bobby jumping on the trampoline…see the couple in the foreground on the kayak? THAT’S THEM! What are the odds. Seriously. We all (the couple included) said a prayer of thanks, it was DEFINITELY a God thing, and a good reminder to us that even when things are out of our power and control, HE is still able to do things that we can’t. It was so cool, we were on a high the rest of the day. We ended up chatting with the couple and this grown son for a long time, it was just a great day!

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It was semiformal night at dinner, which also meant lobster night.

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The next day was out last day, a day at sea.

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We went to the movie theater and saw a movie, went to the gym, took naps, watched movies in our stateroom, and just enjoyed the ship.

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We enjoyed our last dinner, and said farewell to the Disney Magic.

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Until next time, see ya real soon!

Thanks for reading and looking at my photos. Next I will recap my November WDW trip leading up to the Wine and Dine half marathon.

Disney Cruise From Galveston Part 2

 

Part one of my Disney cruise photos can be found here.

I left off after our first port day, Grand Cayman. That night, was pirate night, arrrgghh!

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After dinner we went up on deck for the pirate party and fireworks at sea. Pretty cool stuff.

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Followed by the pirate buffet. I was so full from dinner I couldn’t eat much, but that didn’t stop Bobby.

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The next morning, we docked in Costa Maya. For those who aren’t familiar, Costa Maya is very….errr…primitive compared to places like Grand Cayman or Cozumel. Most of the area doesn’t have electricity, and it’s a very, very poor place. We decided to do a jeep excursion, and it ended up being quite the crazy day.

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Rain clouds threatened, but at the time we had no clue how much it would impact our day

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There were six jeeps total following the two guides in their jeep, and ours was right behind the guides, we we had the fun task of trying to keep up with them…with a broken speedometer. Yes, it read zero the entire time.

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We drove out of he tourist area down some roads and to another little town.

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It was quite sad. They told us the school doesn’t have a teacher and the kids watch a TV to learn then walk home. We walked around the village for a few minutes and then got back in the Jeeps to head through the jungle, off road to a beach where we could swim and would have lunch prepared for us.

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We drove on the main road for a few minutes then took an abrupt left into the jungle. Seriously.

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After about fifteen minutes of laughing hysterically, trying to keep up, going through huge holes and having trees whacking us, it started to POUR. Everyone stopped and we put the tops up, except there were NO SIDES to the jeep in the back so my parents still got soaked.

We actually passed one vehicle on this “road”, it was a very nice new looking camouflaged truck, and inside it were about 25 soldiers…with giant guns. Not going to lie it was kind of creepy. Where did they come from? We were literally in the middle of nowhere a good 20-25 minutes off the road. It surely reminded me we were not in America and we needed to be mindful and observant.

We finally made it to the beach, still pouring rain.

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It looked like it would be beautiful on a nice sunny day. SmileThis place was really cool, and about as authentic as it gets.

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They had a “buffet” for us (which I was slightly hesitant to eat)

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The rain turned to a drizzle and we were able to go walk outside, and some of the kids even got in the water.

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Soon we were told it was time to start heading back. I snapped a few photos before heading to the jeep.

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Luckily we had brought some beach towels and were able to dry off and use them to help us from getting soaked. It was still raining a bit, but we had to get back to the boat! Little did we know….

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We took a different way back than the way we came, all dirt, well, now, all RIVER. The road was washed out and what remained were gigantic “pot holes” stretching the entire length of the road. We were the lead car and HAD to keep up with the guides who were flying through them, and since it was a manual jeep, Bobby couldn’t slow down too much or we would stall, so we had to fly through these bad boys and it was insane. Photos don’t do it justice. My mom and I got SOAKED in the back seat, covered with mud. Mud went flying up over the top of the jeep, as we bounced along. Oh, and the windshield wiper only worked if you held it down, so my dad had to keep leaning over and hitting it for Bobby. We were cracking up laughing the whole time, my stomach was aching. This went on for about 30-40 minutes, all the way back into town. Hilarious. I have a short video of part of the wild ride, please ignore me laughing hysterically in the background, but it is worth watching. Check out my mom’s face at the very end!

We finally made it back to the main road and into town.

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We were taken to a souvenir store and given free tequila. We stood in a little group as he talked to us about the “Mexican medicine” and then he called me out of the crowd to take a shot in front of everyone. Great. Those pictures are on my mom’s camera and I will probably never see them. The most hilarious part as when he tried to give a shot to a seven year old girl. Her mom freaked out, it was quite funny.

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Dad’s turn. We shopped a bit then drove the rest of the way back to drop off the jeeps. Whew! When we set out on this adventure I had no idea what to expect, and it was a little out of my comfort zone but I am so glad we did it, and I don’t think it would have been near as much fun without the rain. Smile

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After we got cleaned up, I went back on deck to take some photos with my stalker zoom lens. We were in port until 11:00 pm, so I went back again to see how little of this huge area had electricity.

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The hurricane back in 2006 knocked a LOT of this area out. I remember going on a cruise in 2007 that was rerouted from here because there was so much damage.

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We had a great day in Costa Maya. Everyone was so friendly with the jeep rentals and at the beach/restaurant we went to, and I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for something fun and family friendly to do here.

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dinner.

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bed.

Next up, Cozumel!

QOTD: Have you ever done a ship excursion? Any favorites?

Disney Cruise out of Galveston

 

Back in October I was lucky enough to get a great rate on a Disney cruise sailing out of a new port, Galveston Texas. This was great for us because it was a three hour shorter drive than driving to Port Canaveral, and I had a lot of people asking about the new cruise and port. Instead of doing a day by day report, I just decided to do some photos of the trip for you in 2-3 installments, with a few quick captions/explanations. If you have questions about Disney Cruise line cruises please contact me (or any other cruise line!)

We sailed on the Disney Magic, which is one of the classic (smaller and older) ships. I have sailed on her twice before, and while she doesn’t have the newness or technology of the new ships the Dream and the Fantasy, it is much less crowded and has a more intimate feeling.

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Disney did a great job of sprucing up the port in Galveston by adding signs, etc. All in the waiting areas before you board the ship.

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Mom, dad, and Bobby waiting to board

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Lunch at Topsiders

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Our oceanview stateroom with verandah

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Going to dinner the first night

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The first sea day we went to Palo (adults only) brunch

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Formal night

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On the tender boat going to Grand Cayman

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We took a cab to Royal Palms

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In the next installment I will have pictures from Coast Maya, Cozumel, and more of the ship!

*GIVEAWAY on the blog tomorrow. You won’t want to miss it *cough* Under Armour *cough*

QOTD: Have you ever cruised? What was your favorite port?

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Cruise on the Magic Part 4: Pirate Night

 

AAARRRGGHHH! We left off with part three at pirate night aboard the Disney Magic.

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hehe.

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Dinner was at Parrot Cay again, with a pirate menu of course.

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The food had a Caribbean flare, and after we were done with dessert we headed up on deck for the party.

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The actual party itself is more geared towards kids, we walked around another part of the ship and then waited for Mickey to come in and save the ship from those blasted pirates!

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Then, it was time for fireworks at sea! Being the smart kids that we are, we had already positioned ourselves on the correct side of the ship at the railing for the best viewing.

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Right as the fireworks were ending we did something else because we are veteran Disney cruisers and smart kiddos…we started heading down a deck to the pirate buffet! (Like we hadn’t eaten enough at dinner!) Bobby loves this part most because they have whole turkey legs like you can buy in the park, of course these are included in the price of your cruise!

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There were two different stretches of tables, one of “real food” and one of desserts. They had tacos, crepes, turket legs, fruit, cake, chili, it was wonderful.

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We took our plates back to the adult section and found a table. They had started playing one of the Pirate’s in the Carribean movies on the big screen outside at the family pool and it was loud and very busy over there with all the tables set up. Word of advice, don’t wait until the fireworks are over to get in line. The lines got SO LONG, SO FAST. When I was on the Fantasy they had the buffet in Cabanas where they have buffets every day so it wasn’t bad, but on the Magic and Wonder they have had them on the pool deck and it’s chaos.

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The happy boy with his turkey leg

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We waddled back to our rooms with very full bellies. Why do they make Pirate night right before Castaway Cay day when everyone will be in their swimsuits? I was feeling QUITE bloated the next day! My next installment will be Castaway Cay day!

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QOTD: When heading for a buffet such as this, would you head to the “real food” table first or the “dessert” table?

Cruise on the Magic Part 3

 

Ok so We left off with Key West’s sunset, and I realized my post was getting a bit too long. Let’s pick up with dinner that night:

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We saw captain Mickey in the lobby

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Dinner was great, not sure why I didn’t take photos of the restaurant. But I do have dessert!

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The next day was sea day. We hit up the sit down breakfast before heading to the pool. We relaed a better part of the morning, then decided to do sit down lunch. I wanted an ice cream mickey for dessert and the server asked if I wanted minnie or mickey, I said surprsie me. here is my “mini mouse” bar. Oh dear. The spelling.

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That afternoon we hung out around the ship, watched movies, went to the gym, and relaxed. It was glorious.  Dinner was semi formal, so we got all gussied up for the occasion.

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We were in Animator’s Palate for the evening.

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Dinner was great as usual, and we were tuckered out from all the sun so we headed to bed shortly after.

The next day was Nassau day. We have been here twice before, so we really had no desire to get off the ship. We woke up to this outside our balcony:

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aaannddd this was on the other side of us:

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Hello Disney Dream! This was our view from our pool chairs all morning! I was on the Dream last summer, so it was weird being on the Magic and looking over at her! After some relaxing at the pool we decided to go up a deck and get some shots of the Dream next to us in the port, and some higher up shots of Nassau..

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Another relaxing day complete. When we left the port, we soon realized we were right alongside the Dream. This was Deja vu for me because this happened when I was on the Fantasy in March!

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That night was pirate night, but I will save the photos for the next installment!

QOTD: Wen you cruise do you always get off at every port?

Cruise on the Magic Part 2

We made it over the hill and are headed down to the weekend on this Thursday morning. This week is flying by, I am still in awe that it’s June and we are starting the 7th day of it already!! I am a little behind on my vacation posts, so I thought today was as good a day as any!

Be sure to check out the first installment of our cruise before continuing on.

We woke up the next morning still sailing towards Key West. We had Palo brunch, so we didn’t eat breakfast. If you have never had the opportunity to do Palo brunch, you are missing out. It is an amazing buffet and plated adults only meal. So relaxing, and so good! It’s Bobby’s favorite part of the cruise. Please note that it is required for a guy to wear long pants for this brunch. No jeans or shorts allowed.

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We arrived early and were seated immediately. We were introduced to our server who was very nice and did an excellent job.

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Our waiter then brought us to the buffet and showed us all the different tables, and explained how to order the plated food, and then we were let loose.

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I didn’t take photos of all the buffet food this time but you can check out my Palo post from the Dream to see lots of buffet table photos! We also ordered several plated items. I got the buttermilk pancakes

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Bobby ordered FOUR eggs benedict. He says they are the best he’s ever had!

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My favorite, dessert! Cheesecake in a glass, tiramisu, chocolate covered strawberry

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Bobby’s birthday was on the reservation as a celebration for the cruise and they brought him this plate out

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This is our second cruise where we ate Palo brunch on Key west day, and we love it because you get to watch the ship pull in and dock while you eat.

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We went back to our room (more like waddled!) and changed so we could head out and explore. One of the nice things about this trip was that we had no plans. No port adventures, nothing we “had” to do. We have been to Key West before and done all the touristy things, so we just planned to walk around for a bit and then hit up the hopefully deserted pool.

Key West from our room balcony:

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The nice thing about docking in Key West is you can turn your cell phone back on! I was able to call my parents and check on my dogs, text and upload some photos, and check work email.

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These guys are everywhere!

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So, funny story. We walked to the pier and saw this guy fishing. This pelican was standing about eight feet away watching. All of the sudden, the guy gets a tug on his line and the bird starts moving in closer and closer and finally jumps in the water. The guy shoos it away enough to get the fish out of the water, but then decides for whatever reason to give it to the pelican anyway, who promptly put the whole thing in it’s mouth and then had to fight off another pelican trying to steal his fish. It was really comical!

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You can see the fish in his mouth! It was huge but he was determined not to drop it. I kept thinking of Finding Nemo when he tells the fish to get in his mouth and he would save them haha

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After walking in a few shops, we had our fill and decided to go back and try to get a spot at the adult pool. We lucked up, it was deserted! (The below photo is not where we sat, but still a nice view of Key West!)

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Later we went back to the room to try to get some shots of the famous Key West sunset

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I think I managed to get a couple good shots. Smile I shall leave you with that. My next installment will have plenty more photos!

I hope everyone got out and ran yesterday! It wasn’t a run day for me, but I couldn’t help it, I jumped on the treadmill to do a mile after my yoga class!

QOTD: Did you run for National running day? Have you ever been to Key West?

May Disney World Trip and Cruise Part 1

As you probably know, Bobby and I just got back from a long vacation. Bobby had not been to Disney since September and we hadn’t cruised together in a year (I went on a 3 day work cruise in March) so we were excited about the opportunity to unplug and have a nice long trip together. We first sailed on a 5 night cruise to Key West, Nassau, and Disney’s private island Castaway Cay, and then spent 4 nights in WDW.

We got on the Disney Magic at lunchtime and were able to snag Palo brunch reservations before heading to lunch. The weather was beautiful so we were able to eat outside and not sweat to death (seriously we had gorgeous weather the entire time!)

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We walked around the ship and took pictures while we waited for our cabin to be ready.

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Before long it was time to head to our rooms. I was ready to ditch my carry on bag and start getting our luggage so we could unpack. We were in a deluxe oceanview stateroom with a verandah on the 6th deck. (6130) I highly recommend this room if you are looking for a specific number. It was clean and everything was in working order, and our hall was very very quiet.

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Split bath, which I love having!

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We headed to the sail away party up on deck

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Then we walked around some more and found the ping pong and fooseball tables up on the deck, where we ended up spending MANY hours during the course of the trip. Let’s just say Bobby didn’t know I had a fooseball table for awhile growing up and that I am pretty darn good if I do say so myself. Eventually it was time for dinner.

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We were lucky enough to snag a private table at our seating, score!

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Parrot Cay Restaurant

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Our server made us hats to end the evening. Way sexy.

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turndown servive

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After dinner we went to the adult’s only area/club and played a really fun scavenger hunt game where I ended up taking off my bra through my dress in front of everyone and giving it to Bobby to wear on stage…don’t ask. We also watched match your mate (kind of like the newlywed game where all the men always end up getting into trouble). We laughed and laughed and had a great time and then went to bed for our first night, ready to tackle Key West the next day!

QOTD: Who will be watching the Grey’s Anatomy finale tonight? Who do you think will die? What about American Idol? Who’s going home?

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