Today was the sad day when our cruise on the Disney Magic ended. It’s called debarkation, but even the final couple of hours are magical when it’s a Disney cruise that you are on.
Last night information ran on the stateroom televisions about debarkation. We also received tags that were both color and character coded for any luggage that we would not need this morning. We packed everything else up, followed the instructions on the tags, and left some of our bags in the hallway by 10:15pm.
This morning there was a mad dash to pack up the rest of our stuff. We then took our bags down to breakfast with us. The final breakfast was held in the same restaurant as the final dinner, and it gives you a chance to say goodbye to your servers. We had Romain and Nigel the whole cruise, and they made our experience even better. We got to know them, and they became our friends. I was a little teary eyed when we had to say goodbye.
After breakfast we waited for our color and character to be called. We had Minnie and purple. The line to leave was long, but it moved quickly. Our bags were easy to find, we just looked for the area with the purple Minnie tags. One tip for finding your luggage when traveling; place something on your suitcase that will make it stand out. We used bright pink duct tape, and that made our bags easy to spot.
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We then went through customs, and that was a breeze. Before customs there were plenty of reminders about what could not be in your bag. Fruit, plants, and other such items will not make it through customs, and you could face a heavy fine if you have them.
All that was left was finding the car. We had parked at the Miami terminal, and I was smart enough to take a picture when we parked so that we could find the car again. Finding the picture was the hard part, because I took so many on the cruise. We got the car, took one last look back at the Disney Magic, then headed home to Orlando. It was sad to leave, but we do live in a pretty awesome place.
I want to thank Disney once again for hosting my family and me on this adventure. My expectations were high, and they were far exceeded. I also want to thank my friend Jamie at Disney Dining. She’s the one who put the pictures and the information together so that I could share my adventure with you. I have some final thoughts that I plan to write up in the next day or so, information that might be helpful if you’re planning your first Disney cruise. If so, you’re in for the trip of a lifetime.