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Roger Sauer and his wife Donna have spent years traveling the world but have many places yet to see. You can follow their past and current travels here as well as post comments and questions about places they have visited.

Roger and Donna travelled to New Zealand and Australia in September, 2013. They will be in Paris in September 2015 with a train trip to Nice and Barcelona. They will then be aboard the Disney Magic (again) for a transatlantic cruise to Miami. Follow their travels on Twitter @rsauer3473.

Donna and Roger own Disney Vacation Club memberships at Old Key West and Beach Cub resorts in Walt Disney World. They also have other timeshare interests in Maui, Cancun, Orlando, and Palm Springs.
Feel free to contact them at 503-585-3473 if you would like rent one of these properties.

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

European Trip and Transatlantic Cruise Part 8

ABOARD THE MAGIC IN THE ATLANTIC - September 26, 2010 (Continued)
The morning was very warm so after an hour out on the deck, we went inside to a presentation about Disney innovations in parks and resorts. We were to come up with 10 Disney innovations then these were compared to the presenter's list. I got most of them though mine were more specific; I specified monorails and the official answer was innovative transportation.

We had lunch in Lumiere's then went back out to read and be by the pool. The adult pool was very full and with the water not sloshing as much as yesterday, all the people in it resembled so many fleshy marshmallows in a cocktail. The water was much warmer than in the morning when Donna got in the pool, this was her first pool experience on the cruise.

Dinner was in Lumiere's and the theme was Caribbean. Colorful outfits and the food was good, too. Donna had seafood fettucine and I had a ribeye steak. As I had gotten up very early in the morning, we decided to head back to the cabin and Donna read and I went to sleep.

The only problem with going to bed early when you turn your clock back an hour is that you wake up very early (again). This is our last sea day before St. Maarten so I go up and took three laps around deck 9. The sunrise was beautiful despite the rain that fell intermittently.

I brought coffee back to the room and then walked to the guest services to get our room bill to see how much damage had been inflicted on our credit card. We had been given a $224 room credit at the start of the voyage as our payment (in DVC points) had included a fuel surcharge when oil prices were high. Oil went down so we were refunded the amount.

Every day in the ship's daily Navigator is a game in which a portion of a picture or design on the ship is printed. Readers are challenged to identify the location of the piece so Donna and I tried to find today's. No luck; after breakfast we looked all over and could not find what appeared to me to be a carpet pattern.

Up to deck 10 we went to sit in the sun and cool off in the pool. It was expected to be in the 80's as we sailed into the Caribbean.

In the afternoon we attended a presentation by Don "Ducky" Williams, a Disney illustrator responsible for much of the artwork done for Disney advertising and merchandise. He discussed his history at Disney while drawing 24 large drawings of Disney characters with crayon. These were given out later through a drawing. We came within one number of wining one. After this was another art auction featuring his paintings including an original oil that went for $7,000.

We went back to our stateroom and decided while watching a movie to stay in our room for the evening. We ordered some cheese and crackers through room service and I went up to Pinocchio's and got some fresh fruit. We drank some wine while we ate.
Another big meal is not what we needed.

Unfortunately, the television is still pretty bad as we have seen most of the movies we might have been interested in and CNN is still not available. We are now only. Three hours earlier than Salem.

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