Back from the cruising road trip!!

Hey all, glad to report that we made it back safely. And so the saga began...

Our cruise was Sat 8/5 on the Magic out of Port Orlando. Hubby had to work Friday, so we were scheduled for the first non-stop flight (6:15am) on the 5th. That would have gotten us to Orlando @ 8:45am...plenty of time. Well, @ 12:45pm on Friday I get an email that our flight had been cancelled Surprised, and there were no other flights available?  DON'T SAY IT (lol), I the day before; but the flights were cancelled Thurs & Friday as well. There were 12 of us on the flight, so I started sending emails & texts. My sister in law works for the FAA and called her coworkers. They confirmed everything was cancelled, delayed, grounded because of the storms. Didn't they know it was my birthday cruise!!Crying. DH called about 10 minutes after the text and asked what we were going to do. I was still sitting here in shock about to turn off the computer when I saw the google maps icon...13 hours... I told him to put gas in the truck, get home as soon as he could and sent texts to everyone else advising they needed to be ready by 8pm, because we were driving to Port Canaveral!! It was almost 10pm before we finally we got the 2 Suburbans loaded and on the highway. At 11:45am Saturday, we were walking out of the parking garage and into the cruise port, yippee!!!!!!! 

The ship for the most part was pretty nice. It's larger than I've been on before and lots of things to do and places to hang out. The Steakhouse was nice and I did go to one show at the Comedy club. I even won Bingo. Everyone had a great time and I did a lot of what I do best...sitting on the balcony looking at the water. The staff was friendly and the common areas were well kept. However, the balconies were not really clean. My SIL had an aft balcony and honestly it was dirty. Not sea stuff...I mean black sooty dirt. Our starboard side balcony was much better, but I also wiped it down. The cabin steward was nice and asked if we wanted service in am or pm; I told him both. This was the first time we had to ask for robes; didn't mind; at least I knew they were clean. 

We arrive back in port yesterday, get to the garage, and we have a flat tire...really??? That's when my wonderful husband opens the hatch and pulls out this little black bag, that held the most beautiful little compressor I'd ever seen Big Smile. By the time we loaded the luggage, the tire was inflated; we had prayer and got back on the road. 1 hour outside of Orlando, 95 North was completely closed because of a fatal accident; our prayers to the family of the driver. Detours, 3 more accidents, 4 rain storms, 7 states, and I didn't get a ticket until I was less than 4 miles from my house! Angry lol. All in all...I had a wonderful time. 

12 Answers

Awesomeness! Loved this review. Nice to hear you all were able to keep an upbeat attitude through the rough spots of the trip and have a great time. Thanks for posting.

Welcome home! I've heard the complaint about the soot on the aft balconies before. Evidenty, the whale tail causes a bit of a problem for those balconies. Happy to hear you were able to drive to the port. If it had been us, there would be no way we could do that. So happy birthday (a little late) and thanks for the review.

What an adventure! It's great that it all worked out and you enjoyed your trip.

Welcome home what a great adventure. You will remember it for years.

Well that is one trip you won't forget anytime soon!! So happy you made it, when I read "flight cancelled" I held my breath for you! lol Thankfully the option to drive it was available to you even if it was a long drive.

We were planning a 'road trip' for our December cruise (which sadly, will not be happening). Map search say 1000 miles, 18.5 hours - we say - we are young, we can do it! Let's go!!

Then the construction, the accidents, the detours, the "are we there yet".

Still might do in March as we will visit my Mom in Florida overnight prior to the cruise. It is nice to have options, or a good Plan B to fall back on.

Glad you made it home safe, thanks for the review (you held out on us your Bingo winnings) and sorry about the ticket. SO CLOSE!!!

That is awesome, I am glad it worked out in the end, but I must admit when I read about the little black bag I was wondering where you were going with that! LOL

Thanks for the b-day wishes Aunt Pinkie. I'd read about the aft balcony soot before too. We've done the wraps previously and didn't have that issue; those were on the Conquest class ships. I noticed the Magic's aft-extended balconies had a more angled/deeper set back, with no covering at all from the balconies above - except for the one on the 9th floor.

Thanks all for the comments and feedback. Yep, this was certainly a cruise to remember. I don't post that often, but I lurk every day (lol) and soak up every bit of information, insight and tips you guys put out there. It has certainly been put to good use on these last 2 trips Big Smile. As soon as we got on the ship, my SIL and I looked at each other, burst out laughing and said next year the husbands have got to take the time for the extra travel day. I've already added check the weather forecasts and airlines to the count down check list. LOL

Good to know that it seems to be a problem unique to the Dream class.


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