Transatlantic Cruising

Pluto greeting on Disney Magic

Minnie and the Chipmunks

A long time ago, we tried out cruising on a cruise to nowhere for a weekend. A great way to get your feet wet, pardon the pun, on an ocean liner. There’s a wide range of entertainment, kids’ clubs, spacious staterooms and more! Adults-only spaces · Something for everyone · Broadway style shows, dancing, latest movies, fitness center, personal trainer, spa and lots and lots and lots of food.

First sunrise on Disney Magic, what a greeting!

Me in the porthole

A short time ago we tried a Disney cruise to somewhere, for eleven days. Ya gotta love Disney with the characters and no casino or smoke. Believe it or not, we were busy all the time. We had to find the time to swim and relax.

We hung at the ‘adults only’ section with our own pool, and a place to do some writing. The kids didn’t mind us adults though when we watched Disney movies on their huge screen in their pool area.

Nightly monkey made from towels

Between the rock, almost blown away, son Paul Ingis!

Holding on for dear life, me and Tom. It was a mite windy

Sailing into the sunset-through the Straits of Gibraltar

This ship did port days, one in Cadiz, another in Lisbon where we took a side trip to beautiful Sintra and charming Cascais, then a stop in the Azores, where Paul and Joanne hailed a taxi and took a side adventure. We would have gone to St. John’s in Newfoundland, but the Captain didn’t go  because going north was the same direction as the hurricane, so we headed west for New York.

Highlight of that first Sunday was standing and holding onto each other, up on the top deck, in a fifty mile an hour wind, going through the Straits of Gibraltar at sunset. Behold nature’s beauty.

The fitness center and Olivia, the personal trainer, were tops, as were the people in the spa. Laurabeth Fitzpatrick, an esthetician was fun to talk with. I didn’t get a facial, but enjoyed discussing skin care and explained BeautyCounter’s philosophy. Lots of people took advantage of the convenience of the spa, they offered a full range of face and body care, including sauna and beauty salon. I didn’t do any of that, but I did do the fitness center exercise and elliptical. Imagine exercising in an all glass facility overlooking the Atlantic ocean.

NY sunset

Our servers rotated with us for a different dining room experience each night. Animation Palette, Luminaries, and Carioca’s dining rooms and the buffet dining room, Cabana’s. The last night we dined in their famous upscale Palo dining room on the 10th deck, while we were docked in NY. So we got to see the gorgeous New York sunset and we can say we had a great Italian meal in an excellent restaurant on the Hudson River.

That’s us in Luminaires DR

 

 

 

 

 

Most important crew members. Lucio & Carolina, our excellent servers.

Cascais, Portugal

Sintra, Portugal

Paul&Joanne in Animation Palette

 

Mickey pop, our fav dessert

Time to go home, on our way to debark

 

 

 

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About gailingis

Gail Ingis a tough blonde from Brooklyn, writes history and romance. Gail’s early days began and ended with writing, drawing and music. After graduating from the New York School of Interior Design with a BFA in Interior Architecture and Design and Master’s studies in Architecture and Design Criticism at The New School (Parsons), she worked in interior design and architecture, and founded a school of Interior Design. She resides in Connecticut with her scientist-writer husband. Currently, she sits on Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum Board of Trustees, and serves as the curator of art exhibitions. Prior to her debut as an author, she illustrated a book for Deborah Galiley, "Seeking Paradise" that can be found on Amazon. Also a professional artist, her varied paintings are an extension of her illustration work in design. Gail spent long days and nights dallying in Coney Island, the inspiration for her project of beach and boardwalk scenes. She is a member of the Connecticut Chapter of Romance Writer’s of America and a member of American Society of Interior Designers.
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