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Disney Cruise Feb. 2013

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S: Disney Cruise Feb 2013

BC: I will always remember my voyage on the Cruise line. The magic began the moment we got aboard. The | ship was with sunshine fathoms Mickey gang back on the shores Cozumel del Carmen we made and | filled music & many of fun. & the kicked with us island of and Playa where sandcastles magical | memories that will last a lifetime.

1: Disney Magic | Day 1 - February 1, 2013 Depart from Galveston, TX Dinner at: Parrot Cay Day 2 - February 2, 2013 Day at sea Dinner at: Lumiere's Day 3 - February 3, 2013 Cozumel/& Playa del Carmen, Mexico, Pirate Night Dinner at: Lumiere's Day 4 - February 4, 2013 Day at sea Farewell Night Dinner at: Animator's Palate Day 5 - February 5, 2013 Arrive in Galveston, TX

3: We booked the cruise in December & didn't tell the girls because we wanted it to be a surprise. Little by little I bought them clothes, shoes & anything else we needed & stashed it away. I even packed their bags without them knowing. The plan was to have Mickey Mouse call them when we were an hour away. The girls got the call around 10am and their jaws just dropped. They were cheering and shocked that we were about to embark on another Disney Cruise & sail the Caribbean. | The Surprise...

5: At the terminal & on the cruise ship.

6: Cabin | Our

7: Every night when the cabin steward made down our beds, he would make us a towel animal and leave it on the bed along with some mints and our daily navigator for the next day. It was always something we looked forward to when we came back to our room. On the last night he made us a sea turtle, my favorite animal. | Towel Animals

8: S | A | I | L | A | A | W

9: Y | P | A | R | T | Y | Featuring lively music & interactive dance numbers, Sail-Away Celebration invites you to kick up your heels, clap your hands & party. Here, you can mix & mingle with family, friends, new pals, crew members & some favorite Disney Characters. The party starts right after the safety drill. Looked who got picked to dance.

11: As soon as the girls found out that we were going on a Disney Cruise they made me promise that I would take them to see characters this time. I kept that promise and we saw every single character that was on the ship. We saw some of them two or three times.

12: P | O | O | L | Party

14: Dining at Parrot Cay

15: Step into a festive and brightly colored restaurant that recalls careless days on the beach, where parquet wood floors, shutters, large green leaves and khaki bamboo furniture mingle amid a turquoise-blue setting reminiscent of the sea and sky. Once inside, 5 picturesque island murals paint a panoramic portrait of the Disney Magic at sea and a beautiful mosaic starring colorful parrots & cascading tree leaves adorn a nearby wall, adding to the idyllic atmosphere of the surroundings. | 2013

16: Villain's Tonight

17: Villains Tonight! tells the tale of Hades as he attempts to hold onto the title of "Lord of the Underworld." After The Fates warn him that he may lose his position as supreme ruler because the Underworld is too happy a place, Hades decides to gather the most powerful Disney villains in an effort to make his underground kingdom a bit more wicked. Accompanied by Pain and Panic from Hercules, in addition to some of your favorite Disney scoundrels, Hades sets off on a fun-filled quest brimming with lively musical numbers and wacky antics.

18: Twice Charmed: An Original Twist on the Cinderella Story

19: Beginning where the classic Disney film ended, Twice Charmed: An Original Twist on the Cinderella Story is a fresh new take on the original. In the musical, an all-new character, the wicked Fairy Godfather, makes a pact with Cinderella's stepmother guaranteeing that one of her 2 ugly stepdaughters will receive a wedding proposal by the prince—instead of Cinderella. The story finds the Fairy Godfather magically sending Cinderella's stepmother and daughters back in time to break the glass slipper, destroying Cinderella's chances of wedded bliss & a happy ending.

21: Lumiere's The restaurant is named after the scheming French candelabra who tries to get the Beast to fall in love with Belle in Disney's animated classic film, Beauty and the Beast.

22: Disney Dreams – An Enchanted Classic

23: An Enchanted Classic tells the story of Anne Marie, a little girl who just can't find it in her heart to believe. One night while trying to fall asleep, she is visited by the Blue Fairy, Peter Pan and someone else very special, who have a story to tell. Through the magic of Disney storytelling, singing and dancing starring some of your favorite Disney characters, they teach Anne Marie—and remind us all—the power of dreams and positive thinking.

24: Ahoy | A pirates life for me | Lad | Yo Ho, Yo Ho..... | Arrr | Matey

25: Pirates in the making... | Just as the fun is in full swing, black lighting, raucous music and skull-and-crossbones projections signal the arrival of Captain Hook, Mr. Smee and a gang of pirates—ready to take over the party. But they're no match for Mickey and his crew.

27: The wait staff put on their version of a pirate show. They sang and got the kids involved & danced with them. The girls had a blast. They really like Ricardo; we always felt like he went out of his way & was a big part of making our dining experience special.

29: Moments | Magical | In a breathtaking finale—complete with awe-inspiring fireworks that can't be missed—Mickey & friends save the day! They protect the ship from Captain Hook & his scurvy scalawags to ensure that it's smooth sailing for the rest of your vacation.

30: All you have to do is...

34: D | I | S | N | E | Y

37: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5 | in me not to tell them. I thank God that this trip wasn't planned for longer than a month because I think I would have eventually spilled the beans. There were several times I said something in front of them and they didn't notice. I even called Disney a few times and had to be careful how I worded things. I'm so glad they weren't paying attention. | Our favorite part of today would have to be the surprise. It took everything | Day two was spent at sea & our favorite part was locating the characters and having the girls interact with them. Disney has | been known to go out of their way to put a smile on kid's faces and that was absolutely true on this cruise. | Day three brought us to Cozumel & Playa de Carmen and our favorite part here was definitely the beach. We don't really get to see blue water on a regular basis so we took full advantage of being here. Natalia spent the afternoon collecting seashells & Carlos and Carla spent it playing on the water trampoline and slides. I took in as much sun as I could and just enjoyed watching my family have such a good time at the beach. The margaritas didn't hurt :) | Day four we spent on the boat again. This day Carlos got up early and went and stood in line for over an hour so the girls could see all the princesses. I let them sleep in and once it was about to begin I took them downstairs. They were able to see all of them and not wait in line for more than 10 minutes or so. That was so much better than the 2 hour wait a few days before. The princesses were the last ones on our list and we were able to do that. The best part was hearing Natalia telling them how fabulous they looked. She's silly. | Day five... we were suppose to arrive back in Galveston by 8:30am but due to some heavy fog we had to sit in the middle of the ocean for 3-4 extra hours. We were fine with it & it gave us some time to get to know a family we met on the ship. Carlos, Paty, Alejandra and Adriana. Turns out they are from | Cedar Park. We had such a good time with them and plan on keeping in touch with them. Natalia & Adriana were tied at the hip & so were Carla & Ali

38: Welcome to Cozumel

39: The Port

40: Playa Mia

45: The beaches We learned that everyone lives on the west side of the island due to hurricanes & the currents of the water. You have to be a GREAT swimmer to swim in these beaches. And of course they would be the prettiest beaches on the island.

46: San Gervasio is an archaeological site of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization, located in the northern third of the island of Cozumel off the northeastern coast of the Yucatán Peninsula, in what is now the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. San Gervasio's pre-Hispanic name was Tantun Cuzamil, Mayan for Flat Rock in the place of the Swallows. The ruins were once a hub of worship of the goddess Ix Chel, deity of the moon, childbirth, fertility, medicine, and weaving. Although some sources state the meaning of her name means "She of the Rainbow," derived from the similar sounding Mayan words Ix and Cheel, her name was Ix Chel; Ix, meaning female, and Ch’el, meaning white or pale face, a name befitting a moon goddess. She is also identified in the Madrid Codex as the White Lady." Archaeologists identify her as the Classic Period Goddess I. Pre-Columbian Maya women would try to travel to San Gervasio and make offerings at least once in their lives. In 1560, the Spanish historian, Diego Lopez de Cogolludo, wrote: The pilgrims arrive at Cozumel for the fulfillment of their vows to offer their sacrifices, to ask help for their needs, and for the mistaken adoration of their false gods."The bishop of Yucatan, Diego de Landa, wrote in 1549 that the Maya held Cozumel in the same veneration as we have for pilgrimages to Jerusalem and Rome, and so they used to go to visit and offer presents there, as we do to holy places; and if they did not go themselves, they always sent their offerings."

47: El Arco This arch is the main entrance from the north & west to San Gervasio’s District 1 Central Plaza Group. It is a simple arch about seven feet tall that straddles the main religious pathway (called a sacbe in Mayan, a word meaning "white road") running northeast from the plaza. It is located on the southern portion of Cozumel. To the north of this arch, on the western edge of the religious pathway lies a small hole in the bedrock, similar to others that can be found throughout the ruins. These natural karst formations are called cenotes (from the Mayan word ‘’d'zonot’’) and served as water sources for the inhabitants of San Gervasio.

48: The Mayans believed this type of tree was special. If you look at the picture to the right you will see the way it was divided between all the Gods and Goddesses. | Las Manitas Las Manitas was the residence of the halach unik, or the Mayan ruler of Cozumel during the Terminal Classic Period. It has an outer room that was his residence and an inner sanctum that was his personal shrine. The name of the building comes from red-colored hand prints on the interior walls

49: The Murals Structure With its intact roof, this is one of the best preserved buildings in San Gervasio. Inside, (closed off to the public, but visible through the doorway) the interior walls still show signs of a red, ochre and blue mural. This building was a temple dedicated to Ku’kul’kan, the feathered serpent god. It was also used for ceremonial purposes.

51: In the picture above you will see the original walkway and the new one that they put in. The other pictures are around the San Gervasio ruins.

52: Snow White | Aurora | Cinderella

53: Tiana | Belle

54: Snow White | Aurora | Cinderella

55: Tiana | Belle

57: We ate at Animator's Palate the last night & the wait staff put on a show for us. They even brought out a special guest that turned out to be the one & only Mickey Mouse.

58: The staff put on a little show on our last day. It was about new friendships. Natalia became friends with a little girl named Adriana. Turns out they are from Cedar Park. Small World! | Friendship Rocks!

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