I went on a 7 day cruise on the Magic in late October of 08. I then proceeded to lose the memory card containing the photos. Finally recovered, here are some pictures and minor commentary from the cruise.
I went on the ship as a guest of my friend who was a mainstage performer. So, although I did not have the full experience, I still had full guest priviledges, ate in all the restaurants, saw all the shows, did all the port days etc. The only difference was that I was staying on the floor in my friend's room and not in a state room (oh yeah, and I paid A LOT less!).
Our scheduled ports were Castaway Cay, Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Castway Cay (again). But due to really windy weather, Grand Cayman was cancelled and replaced by Key West (a welcome change judging by the response when it was announced during breakfast).
The Welcome Aboard Show. People love streamers!
Choreographed streamer dancing
The Animator's Palatte, pre coloring. This place is hard to photograph. Oh yeah, I was busy eating...
The post color change dance line, featuring Sorcerer Mickey.
Castaway Cay from atop the ship. Please notice the unfinished backside of the Flying Dutchman.
Me and the backside of the ship.
That one ship from that one movie.
The Dutchman and the Magic (this is not the name of a new sitcom, btw)
Bike riding on Castaway Cay. Rumor is the island has a runway because it as formerly a drug running island, leading to Disney getting it for a steal. Oh yeah, and it's also supposedly in some of the most shark infested waters in the Caribbean (hence the nets in the lagoon keeping the big fish out)
Before my first snorkel adventure. We saw a barracuda, a manta ray, and assorted other seafood.
Castaway Cay "family" beach
The "adult" beach on the other side of the island. No, not "adult" in that way. Check out the storm brewing. It hit about five minutes after this and everyone left the beach except us. Fifteen minutes later it stopped and, lo and behold, instant private beach.
Dessert at Palo, the amazing restaurant on the back of the ship. Clockwise from Top Left: Some chocolate ganache tower thing, some custard and berry thing, tiramisu (before fresh espresso was added), and the legendary Chocolate Souffle (they ask you during your meal if you want it and then they bake it fresh). EVERYTHING WAS AMAZING. Not pictured: The mediocre (by comparison) dessert pizza.
Cozumel from the ship.
Some of the slums in Cozumel. Yeah, we went by these on our own. They're probably not on any of Disney's shore excursions.
We rented a car and visited Mayan Ruins on Cozumel
Late afternoon in windy, windy Cozumel
Pirate Party on board, featuring more food, more follow along dancing for the guests, and FIREWORKS shot off the ship (Which double as protection from Somalian pirates*.)
*this is probably not true.
Key West! This fancy old movie house is now a Walgreens! Who needs old timey movies when you could have school supplies and hemorrhoid creme???
Everything in Key West is the southern most something or another...
I am almost the southern most person taking a lame picture. Almost.
American Gothic statues in front of a museum in Key West
Here's where I was going to post a picture of a statue of Matisse's The Dance. But apparently, Photobucket does not allow nudity. Even if it is fake, plaster, and based on one of the most famous paintings in Modern Art.
This girl won the costume contest (oh yeah, Halloween happened during our cruise) with this awesome Corpse Bride costume.
We returned back to Castaway Cay. Here is a crab...
And an umbrella...
And the obligatory pool shot...
Last night farewell show in the Atrium.
And the most ridiculous picture I have ever been involved with...