Sunday, November 22, 2015

The Memorable MAGIC-al Cruise

The Memorable MAGIC-al Cruise is a 5 night Western Caribbean Cruise on the Disney MAGIC.

The MAGIC is set to depart the Port of Miami on December 13, 2015, and visit Cozumel and Castaway Cay before returning to Miami. The participating crew members will be me, Grandpa (Kenny), my mom, Grandma-ma (Edith), and my granddaughter, Janelle. All adults. My 3rd cruise, Mom's 2nd cruise, and Janelle's first... all Disney! Here is how it came about:

It all started as a dream in 2005. My wife, Brenda, told me we could take the Grandkids to Walt Disney World. Well, I didn't believe it,  but she showed me how we could do it! So, later that year, we did just that! We took two of our Granddaughters to WDW for a week. It was my first time, too... and I was 52 years old! 

With that first trip to the World, I came away with a huge schoolboy crush for all things Disney, but my wife had different ideas for the next year, and then in late 2006 I had to have open heart surgery and I missed too much work for us to do much of a vacation in 2007. However, my wife, being the practical, New England girl that she was, came up with a Disney vacation of a lifetime! A Disney Cruise! We talked about which cruise and how long and even discussed land/sea vacations, but we finally settled on a 7-night, Western Caribbean Cruise on the Disney MAGIC in October of 2008. We had a long way to go, but we had a destination in mind! The cruise was the most amazing vacation we had ever had. We even swam with dolphins in Cozumel! We loved it so much, we booked another cruise for the next year, this time an Eastern Caribbean.  Alas, it was never to be. In the Spring Brenda was diagnosed with kidney disease and had to go on dialysis. She wouldn't check into "dialysis cruises" because she was afraid they would cost too much. Besides,  they weren't Disney cruises! 😊

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