After over a year of waiting, it was time to get on the Disney Magic.! We used Disney transfers, which means the first step was having someone pick up our luggage from our room at around 8 am. You don't need to be present, but I was there when the gentleman from bell services arrived to take our bags. The next time we would see them would be at our stateroom on board!
Our bus pick up time wasn't until 12:30 so I had some breakfast and walked around the resort a bit and then we left the room about 11 and just hung out in the lobby area. The representatives from Disney Cruise Line were already there so I was able to check in with them. Right on time, our bus arrived. We were surprised to find that our resort was the only pick up location and the bus wasn't full so we had plenty of room to spread out and had a nice leisurely ride to the port.
I know some folks don't like Disney transfers because you arrive at the port on the later side, but we like the luggage service and the fact that it is usually open boarding and no check in line when you arrive. That was also the case this time as well. We were checked in and on board in less than 10 minutes.
Our stateroom for this cruise was 7122 which is a Navigator's Verandah. As you see from the pictures, the balcony is enclosed but open to the air with a large porthole window. We had the same category room when we cruised to Alaska and liked the enclosed area for the cooler weather. Since we thought we may have cooler weather on this cruise, we went with this category again.
We got settled in, had some lunch, participated in the mandatory muster drill and by then all of our bags had arrived. I was able to get everything unpacked by the time our evening activities began.
The show for the night was "Be Our Guest." It was a variety show with a short sample of some of the different acts that would be performing on the cruise as well as musical performance of "Be Our Guest." with Disney characters.
We went back to our room to change and then headed to dinner. For those new to Disney Cruise Line, you are assigned a dinner rotation and two servers that will follow you to each restaurant. We started our rotation at Animator's Palate and the menu for the evening was "Let the Magic Begin."
I took photos of all the Navigators (which are the daily schedules) and the menus. I will post them at the bottom of each day's report.
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