S: Family Disney Cruise 2011
FC: Family Disney Cruise March 12-19, 2011 Disney Magic
1: Bon Voyage
2: Together, we took an early morning flight out of Houston to Orlando where we boarded a Disney bus for Port Canaveral. We were on the ship by 1:30PM. After checking out our rooms where we were pleasantly surprised to find decorations, gifts, and a chocolate cake from our travel agent, we went up to have lunch. We sailed at 5:00PM. | The first thing Nicolas did before we sailed was hop in the Mickey Pool. However, it was a little cool that day and he didn't stay in long. It was a beautiful sunshiny day as were all of our days on the ship.
3: Our first two days on the ship were sea days which made it really nice to relax and find our way around the ship. | SAIL AWAY | Breakfast on deck. | Bottomless ice cream machine!
4: Formal Night Our second night we had to get all dressed up.
7: Deck Play
8: St. Maarten Dutch Side | Our fourth day was spent on St. Maarten. We docked early in the morning on the Dutch side of the island. Poppy, Grammy, and Aunt C spent the day exploring the city of Philipsburg. Amazing how close those ships docked. There were 8 ships in dock. The Giots ventured off to the French side.
9: After walking the beach area on a beautiful boardwalk, We did a little shopping and then had a nice leisurely lunch. Poppy decided to use the extra time at lunch to figure out his new camera!
10: The Giot's rented a jeep and had a nice drive around the French Side of St. Maarten. They explored several beaches and Manon and Nicolas really enjoyed shelling, playing in the sand and splashing in the beautiful Caribbean Sea.
11: ST. MAARTEN French Side
12: PIRATE NIGHT | Arrr Matey---everyone had great fun on Pirate Night. After a very special island dinner and entertainment in the Parrot Cay Restaurant we headed for the deck party!
13: Our ship was taken over by pirates and Mickey cabled down and saved our ship. Afterwards there was much celebration with wonderful fireworks over the ocean.
14: The Characters ---Ears of experience!
15: Tea with Alice | Grammy and Manon attend the Alice and Mad Hatter Tea Party. !
16: Around the
18: that's entertainment | You would expect the best very best show presentations on a Disney Cruise and that is just what we saw. First, we were enchanted with "Twice Charmed', an original twist on the Cinderella story. Next we were intrigued with 'Villains Tonight' where all the Disney bad characters came to life. Ventriloquist, Michael Harrison made us LOL when his tennis racket and tablet talked. The best of the best was "Dreams" where Wendy & Peter Pan flew | across the stage. They were joined during the show by many of the all time favorite characters. Last, we saw "Remember the Magic", a final farewell. Not only will we remember all the wonderful productions, the beautiful costumes and the colorful stage settings but the many special effects, the snow falling and of course the laser beams of Tinkerbell scattering her magic dust.
20: St. Thomas | The weather could not have been more beautiful for our shore day on St. Thomas. We began by visiting an antique shop where Nicolas was very interested in the pirate treasures so we then headed for Blackbeard's Castle. | ---US Virgin Islands
21: We had to walk up 102 steps but we finally made it to the Castle. It was worth it because the view of the beautiful harbour was so spectacular. Afterwards we had lunch before hopping on our tender to take us back to our ship. | The Amber Waterfall.
22: Special Character Breakfast
23: What fun---a parade of the Disney Characters with breakfast at Parrot Cay.
24: Our Dining Experience | Animator's Palate ---where everything went from black and white to bright beautiful color even our waiters vests!
25: Lumiere's ---elegant and cozy! | Parrot Cay ---all tropical island fun! | Aunt C celebrates a birthday!
26: Castaway Cay, Bahamas ---the Disney Island
28: The Adult Beach!
29: The Monster Slide