Dooney & Bourke Purses

The other day on the Magic premiered the new Dooney and Bourke purses for Disney Cruise Line! I was like a kid on Christmas and just had to have one!

Day at Sea

Surprise, Surprise….we slept in again! There were a lot of things that we wanted to do that day but we missed them. It is ok, it was well worth sleeping in! =)
The show on the main stage was performed by former American Idol finalists, Justin Guarini and Brooke White. Justin was so so. He whistled through one of his songs which did not make any sense. Brooke was great. She has a great personality and a great voice. During her performance she said that she wanted to be a Disney Animator when she was younger. After she was done singing one of the crew members brought her a foam board and a sharpie marker to draw a picture. She drew a great Mickey Mouse. Then the guy asked what are you going to do with it? She said she would give it to a kid in the audience. Lucky us, she gave it to Brooklyn!!! Brooklyn was so excited!
After the show we went to dinner. Then after dinner we went to an autograph signing with Justin and Brooke. The girls had fun meeting them and taking pictures. Justin was so sweet to Madison when she was spelling her name for him. Brooke was also really sweet to Brooklyn.
Next stop Cadiz, Spain!


We finally got up early this day in order to make it off the ship. Brooklyn had a sleepover with her new friend Chloe the night before. They did not get much sleep so it was a little hard to get them moving! =)
After a breakfast at Topsiders we left with our friends. After haggling with a few taxi drivers we decided to just walk into town. Half way through our walk we bought tickets for the hop on and off bus. The kids liked sitting on the top of the bus. After two stops we got off and went to the cable car up to the top of the mountain. Once to the top we rode the famous Madeira toboggans back down the mountain. Once down we had to catch a bus to get us back to the city center. Once the bus dropped us off we got back on to the hop on and off bus. We took about a 30 minute drive around Funchal. Our visit was during the flower festival. It was nice to see all of the flower displays while driving by on the bus.
Once the bus ride was over we walked back to the ship. There was a fort right before we boarded the ship that the kids walked to go explore. There was a very steep staircase leading to the top. When we were finished Madison took a tumble down these stairs backwards. It was so scary but luckily she only had a few bumps and bruises. I thought for sure we were headed to the emergency room!
After returning to the ship the girls went swimming and then came back to the room for a nap before Pirate Night.

The entertainment for the night was the new Alice movie in 3D in the Walt Disney Theatre. I did not like the movie at all. I actually left half way through because I felt like I was just wasting my time being in there. The girls watched the rest with grandma and then came back to the room to get ready for pirate night.

Pirate night is always amazing on the Disney Magic. The deck party is just a blast! This is the first time that Madison made it through the night and was able to see the fireworks. She was so happy. She said that she is going to nap a nap on pirate night every time! =)

Day 6 at Sea

Day 6 at sea was once again a late wake up for the Schwetje family. We slept in till about 1PM. The time changes were rough! Craig woke up just in time to get our stuff signed by Ducky Williams. After that we took the girls to lunch and then got them ready for the Princess Tea. We had so much fun there. It was a great chance to meet all of the princesses at once. There was Belle, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White, Alice, Minnie, Tiana and probably some more I am forgetting.

After the tea we got ready for a new show they were having that night. The show was called Walt Diney: The Dream Goes On. It was a GREAT show!!! We LOVED it. Madison cried at the end because she loved it so much!!! It was an amazing journey of Walt Disney’s career performed by an amazing cast aboard the Magic.

After the show we took the girls for Pin Trading in the lobby atrium and then to a wonderful dinner. It was a wonderful relaxing day at sea!

Our First Week

The first week of our cruise has just been amazing as always. It has been VERY relaxing! The entertainment during the day is less then what was offered on the Transatlantic in 2007. On a whole I think that Rachel was a better cruise director then Brent. The children’s programs have been wonderful. Our wait staff and the food has been great. The nighttime entertainment again is lacking! Last time we had Boyz II Men…this time Justin Guarini…sigh. We are looking forward to our finally sea day until land tomorrow in Madeira!


Day 5 at sea included the much anticipated Villians Tonight show. Again we all slept in and did not start moving until about lunch time. The girls had to be picked up from the sleepover at 7:30AM, which at this point felt more like 3:30 due to all of the time changes! After picking up 2 sound asleep girls we all went back to bed till lunch time.
After lunch we headed to “Family Mask Making”. It was a VERY poorly organized event to make masks for the Villians Masquerade Ball later that night. I should have realized after the mask making to forgo this whole activity. We waited on line for 40 minutes to get some paper masks and craft supplies. To then be rushed out of the venue because the event was ending in 20 minutes and they needed the space for a new event. The girls participated for about 10 minutes and then wanted to head to the kids clubs….surprise surprise. Hehehehehe
Later that night it was time to see this new show “Villians Tonight”. This show replaced the Golden Mickey’s while I am so sad to see gone!!! I tried to go into the show with an open mind but the show was just awful. The cast was great but the show was just TERRIBLE! The jokes were stupid, the scenes were lacking an interest and it was just silly! I kept wanted to walk out but decided to stick it out until the end. Well the ending was just as bad as the rest of it! That show was def a ONE AND DONE. I will not be watching that show again.
After dinner was the Masquerade Ball we made the masks for earlier. Well it was the first time they had the event and needless to say it was terrible. It was so unorganized, there was no flow and kids were basically excluded. In their defense it was the first time for the event and this ship is filled with WAY more adults then kids.
The girls asked to go to the kids club and Craig and I headed to “Match Your Mate”. I would never want to be picked to be one of the couples but we loved watching! It was fun because there was a large group of us who worked together to get one of the couples picked. The answers were hysterical and made for a lot of laughs!

Again, another morning of sleeping in! Craig and I woke up just in time to go to “Paint Fest at Sea”. It was a great event where guests got to help paint a large mural drawn by Ducky Williams which will be donated to a Children’s Hospital in Barcelona. I really wish the girls would have been up in time to take part in the event. They would have loved it! They just play so hard all day and night at the kids club that we have to let them sleep in or they would be SUPER grumpy!
That afternoon we had tickets for “Tea with Alice and the Mad Hatter.” Of course the girls dressed up in their Alice dresses and had a great time. We got perfect seats right up front and the girls had a blast.
That night the girls were having their first sleepover at the Kids Clubs. It is the first time they have had the opportunity to actually spend the whole night there. Since they would be gone for dinner we decided it would be the perfect night for Craig, grandma and I to head to Palo for an adult only dinner. We got the girls all ready in their PJ’s and took them down to the club early. Dinner was amazing as always. We had Sasha for our server. The risotto and the filet were both amazing.
This day started to be really rocky. We lucked out because the rest of the sea days were pretty calm. Craig and I decided to head to the adult pool after dinner. It was like a giant wave pool and a ton of fun to swim in. We were in there for over an hour and just had a blast.