So we had been on board the re-imagineered Disney Magic for almost 2 hours now, and had eaten lunch and checked out the new kids' clubs. It was 1:30 p.m. and our staterooms were now available. I decided to head to the room by myself to drop off some of our backpacks while Brian stayed in the Oceaneer Lab for a few more minutes with the kids.
We stayed in Stateroom #8500, Category 4B, Deluxe Family Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah (fits 5 people). We had never stayed in a room with a verandah before, because we've never wanted to spend the extra money (on our past cruises it would have cost us about $500 more for a verandah). But for some reason, on this cruise, a verandah room was only about $10 more than 2 inside rooms. We decided to splurge and try the verandah.
We loved our stateroom location. It was on deck 8, starboard side, the very first room on the forward side. There was crew space across the hall and to our left, so we only had one neighboring stateroom. Being at the front of the hallway made it very quiet. Also, we were close to the forward elevators, which are a lot less busy than the mid-ship elevators.
I hung our fish extender and put our personalized magnets (all free from the DIS boards and a Facebook group) on the door. The kids always enjoy seeing these.
At 3:00, we went to a DIS board group meet-up in the promenade lounge. We met other people on our cruise through the DIS message boards, and this was a chance for adults and kids to meet. One of the members got all the kids together to play games like Simon Says and duck duck goose. These meet-ups are great for kids who are shy and may be hesitant about going into the kids' clubs alone...if they already know some kids they might have more fun.
We went to Daisy De Lites, a quick-service restaurant on deck. They have healthier fast food including wraps, yogurt and fruit. After a drink and some food, the kids felt better (and so did I).
Everything started to close down in order to get all the passengers going to the mandatory lifeboat drill at 4:00. We we made out way to our muster station, which was outside on Deck 4. Everyone had to line up in a single file line by family and listen to the safety instructions. Alyssa insisted on being carried and fell asleep during the drill. After the drill, most people made their way up to decks 9 and 10 for the sail away party. Since Alyssa was still sleeping, I sat down with her in my arms on deck 4 while the boys went to the sail away party. Alyssa awoke about 15 minutes later, and we joined the party already in progress.
|Just woke up!|
Alyssa was upset that she missed part of the sail away party. She kept saying she wanted to "shake it" more.
At the end of the party, the ship hadn't quite started sailing yet. So we went back to our cabin and watched us sail away from our balcony. We had a great view!
Port Canaveral Webcam. We waved.
And we saw the pilot boat pick up the pilot:
Animator's Palate starts out in black and white.
Throughout the meal, animation comes to life and the restaurant turns different colors. (The animation show is different on each ship).
This website has copies of menus on board. I enjoyed the Black Truffle Pasta Purseittes for an appetizer.
After dinner, Nathan wanted to go straight to the Oceaneer Club/Lab, but Joshua and Alyssa wanted to get their photo with Minnie Mouse first. Then they went to the clubs.
After the show, I picked Alyssa up from the club. I took her to the ice cream station on deck 9 before putting her to bed. Brian picked up the boys for ice cream about 30 minutes later. We tried to stagger their bed times to get them to fall asleep easier.
Of course, we had a towel animal and the next day's navigator waiting for us in our cabin.
Up next: Nassau/our own "sea day"