Disney’s Magic

Every now and then you have to experience a very different kind of travel, and for me, that time is tomorrow.   I’ve never been on a big cruise ship, never chose a cruise that featured only one port and never cruised with children.  If those things had been on my bucket list, I’d be getting ready to cross them off.

Disney’s Magic sets sail tomorrow from Manhattan’s cruise terminal for a 4 night trip to St. John, New Brunswick, then back.  Just getting ready for the cruise has been a learning experience.  For example, Cruise Critic is NOT the “go to” place to get information about THIS cruise.  Nope. My niece discovered that the happening site is Facebook, where she located a private group just for our particular cruise.

Let me tell you, there is quite a Disney culture out there.  People have been getting ready for this event for some time, creating their “FE’s” and special gifts to put in the FEs.  Until yesterday, I had no idea what an “FE” is, and I bet you don’t either.  It stands for “Fish Extender” and it is some sort of container that you hang from your door.  Does that help?   I promise a future post will include at least one photo of a Fish Extender, so if a Disney Cruise is in your future, you can decide whether or not you want one.

The people on the page are all very helpful and friendly, so I’m looking forward to a great time.  The theme for this cruise is Halloween on the High Seas.  Not only is there an opportunity to wear a Halloween costume, but there is also “pirate night”.  There IS a costume, of sorts, in my luggage.  I’m going to be a princess.  I know,  not very imaginative, but SOMEONE has to lower the bar, right?

Speaking of princesses… right now these two are en route from Massachusetts, with mom and dad.  Arriving shortly.  The excitement level is sky high!



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I am intensely curious, with a spirit of adventure that is tempered by my very strong aversion to anything with potential to cause pain. I love travel, photography, reading, gardening, yoga, music and propelling myself through space (biking, dancing, walking, dancing while walking). I've never considered a lack of proficiency in any of the previous activities to be a hindrance, counting on abundant enthusiasm to make up for my shortcomings.

10 thoughts on “Disney’s Magic”

  1. Wow, that’s quite a switch from your normal travels. I have only cruised twice and never on a Disney cruise. I think watching your adorable nieces have a great time will be fun for you. I also understand they “take care of” the adults on these cruises so there should be a few things to do other than dress like a princess or fill your FE. I’m looking forward to reading all about your big adventure!


    1. You’re right, Janis. This will be very different.
      Their grandmother (my sister) will be joining us tomorrow. They don’t know she’s coming—another surprise for them—and a playmate for me.


  2. Several years ago, on a flight to Atlanta, our luggage mistakenly was tagged for a Disney cruise! Got the luggage back almost a week later (due to lack of stops in ports). So far, the luggage hasn’t talked. I guess what happens on a cruise stays on the cruise! 😉


  3. Too funny, I love your good humor about something that would have others in a tizzy. I hope your trip insurance covered the cost of whatever you needed till the luggage arrived.
    By the way, we are up to 16 (full number) for our Iceland trip. A lovely Canadian lady, and her friend are joining us. She’s an amazing photographer, so Lawrence will have another photo buddy.


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