MAY 2003 (CRUISE)
nearly here! Just about 2 weeks before our best ever trip to
Florida. Dont get too excited, every trip is the best ever!
Mind you, this prophecy may actually come true as this time we are going on our first Disney cruise. But I get ahead of myself .. a normal occurrence as you will all soon find out.
There should be a few of you out there who know all about my rough and ready troop by now, but for those that dont, a brief introduction.
Me, Kevin, 45.
Some say I look a little like Brad Pitt. Admittedly this is from
a distance of half a mile and only if Im wearing my Brad
Pitt mask, but its a start.
I feel I have managed to maintain a certain magnetic appeal to women. Mostly a North-North effect where they are repelled in the opposite direction at great speed.
I am partial to the occasional alcoholic beverage, purely in the interests of getting so blotto I can forget about the rest of my horrible family, who are:
Tam, wife, 39. She is more excited about this holiday than I have ever seen her. She always enjoys our WDW trips (especially since we joined the DVC) but the cruise is something she has wanted to do for years. The thought of copious amounts of free food is probably a major factor in this excitement. That and 2 weeks together with her sexy, handsome, virile man. I havent had the heart to tell her hes not coming and she has to put up with me.
daughter, 12. Should have left the child at home this time.
Shes got too expensive. How come she is an adult in the
eyes of the airlines and Disney? Send her up a chimney I say!
Lets get some income out of her.
The next thing you know, child meals wont be enough for her and shell want real food! But burger and fries are so good for you child.
Georgia, youngest daughter, 9. Now thats a better age. Cheap and gullible. She must be, I still manage to trick her on April Fools Day. India cottoned on years ago.
think that it is hard work being a Disney fan. I bet youve
all experienced it. The glazed looks from your non-Disney friends
as you launch into your account of your latest trip to WDW. The
pitying expression as you try to explain why you think Beauty and
the Beast is one of the finest films ever made.
Youve been there, I know.
walked apprehensively into the newsagents and timidly placed an
issue of the Disney Magazine on the counter. The sales assistant
treats you to the same icy stare that he usually reserves for
those buying this months copy of Big Wobblers.
I sometimes crack under the pressure and blurt out Its not mine! I only came in to buy a packet of condoms, honest!
downtrodden few battle on and suffer for our love of all things
Disney and, in my case, Floridian.
I suppose I better get around to actually telling you about what we are doing on this visit as it is meant to be a pre-trip report.
Well, we leave home on the evening of May 15th to catch a train to Gatwick where we are staying over night at the Gatwick Hilton.
Friday May 16th
sees us clambering aboard a Virgin flight to Orlando. This
doesnt seem such a daunting prospect as it used to with
very young children. Our 2 are now at an age where they can amuse
themselves a lot of the time and the seat back TVs and
hours of entertainment help too!
It used to be a non-stop litany.
Are we there yet? No
Are we there yet? No
Are we there yet? No
Look, Daddy if you dont shut up we wont bring you again!
Then I would sulk for the rest of the trip
On arrival in
Orlando we have transport arranged to Port Canaveral. When we
looked into the alternatives, it seemed a bit silly to hire a
car, so we thought about a town car and looked at several
In the end we decided on Happy Limo as they were the cheapest and I have read a lot of good things about them. Kev then gets to thinking . Hmmm. Wouldnt it be nice to arrive in style. So I checked out the prices for a stretch limo. Not bad!
So we have a stretch limo for all 3 of our journeys in Florida, airport to port, port to WDW and WDW to airport. It may not be classy, but I never have claimed to be sophisticated.
The girls dont know that we have a limo waiting for them, so Tam and I are looking forward to seeing their faces. It also enables me to relax with a beer in the back while some other poor fool drives.
On the way we get a supermarket stop to pick up the essentials for the cruise. Beer, soda, beer, water and beer.
Next stop is the Raddison at Port Canaveral where we are spending the evening before the cruise.
Bright and early next morning we head off to the cruise terminal for the start of our 7 night Eastern Caribbean cruise aboard the Disney Magic.
There is so much that we are looking forward to on this cruise that it would take me as long to tell you about it as it will take us to do it!
A few of the highlights:
Dressing up! I
know that lots of people dont look forward to the formal
evenings on board, but both Tam and I cant wait. Ive
even hired a tux for the week. They deliver it to your stateroom
and you leave it there when you disembark.
Ive never worn a tux before so Im looking forward to it. In my minds eye I will look a little like James Bond (Sean Connery version, of course) but even more swarve and soffisticated. Like wot I normally do.
Bath. This is a room in the spa with showers and steam rooms that
you hire for 50 minutes. There is a lock on the inside of the
door and you are left to your own devices to enjoy it as you
They provide you with various muds and oils which you are supposed to massage into different parts of your bodies.
I have read that lots of couples make FULL use of the facilities to have a VERY good time, if you know what I mean. (Nudge, nudge, wink, wink, say no more!).
I think Ill take a book in to pass the time.
Mind you, even if we do indulge in the old mud and oil (nudge, nudge, wink, wink, say no more!) I will still need a book for the other 45 minutes.
have decided to hire a car as there seem to be so many beaches
that we would like to visit.
I have read that Orient Bay has a clothes optional area. Tam is quite keen on letting the wind waft round places it usually doesnt waft but Georgia is horrified at the whole prospect. She said I dont want to see loads of willies and tuppies! Not very subtle, but I understand her sentiments.
I must admit the thought of a Pamela Anderson look alike striding through the surf in slow motion holds considerably more appeal than catching a glimpse of a 60 year old overweight car salesman from Detroit letting it all hang out. Still, each to their own.
If you are in Orient Bay on the same day as us and you see a crowd of people running up the beach screaming and covering their eyes, then you will know that Tam has decided to remove her cossie.
I dont think its a good idea for me to go au natural either. Lets face it, I could be responsible for psychologically affecting all men within line of sight. They would need to attend therapy for their inadequacies for the rest of their lives.
St.Thomas: An all together more sedate day is planned here as we are going to take a taxi to Magens Bay Beach, which is supposed to be spectacularly beautiful. On returning to port we are going to ride the Paradise Port Tramway, which is a cable car to the top of a mountain, giving views across St.Thomas.
Castaway Cay: Another relaxing day. Everyone says that this is the best port of all. Just to prove that I really do love my wife (even though I tease her unmercifully) I am treating her to a cabana massage for her birthday. These open fronted structures are located beside the adult beach and Tam is getting a 50 minute body massage while relaxing and listening to the sound of the waves lapping along the shoreline.
Food: More Tams department than mine, but Im looking forward to it too. With so many restaurants serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, midnight dessert buffets, special cocktails and wine tastings, Im not sure we will have time to do anything else but eat and drink!
So much done and we havent even reached Walt Disney World yet!
Saturday May 24th we bid adieu to the Disney Magic and ride the limo back to WDW and the Beach Club Villas. I love the Boardwalk, but we thought we would have a change this time, primarily because you can use Storm-a-long Bay if you stay here.
Our week from
this point on is fairly loosely planned.
We have booked PSs for the California Grill on Saturday at 8:00 pm, so hopefully we will see Fantasy in the Sky.
On the evening
of Monday 26th we
are attending a UK DIS Meet at the ESPN Club on the Boardwalk as
half of the UK seems to be in Florida in May.
I am hoping that this will descend into the usual boozy affair that most DIS Meets seem to.
The only other
plans are to do a water park (probably Typhoon Lagoon) and spend
2 days in the parks.
One full day will be in Epcot for the Flower and Garden Festival, while on the other we may go to another park for short time returning to Epcot to watch Reflections of Earth again. I have got to see this show at least twice on every visit.
So thats it. Not a bad itinerary, dont ya think?
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