Day 7: Goodbye Disney Magic! Our First Disney Cruise 2021! (Staycation)

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Day 7 of Our First Disney Cruise 2021! Disney Magic At Sea, the latest of my Disney Trip Reports, is here and today we disembark.

The Index of Our First Disney Cruise 2021! Disney Magic At Sea (UK Staycation) tells you a bit about the planning of this trip, as well as some info about us – me, Michelle; and my husband, Steve. It also, of course, has the full list of days for the trip.

Day 7: Disembark

Breakfast at Lumiere’s

September 20, 2021


It’s a sad day today because we are disembarking the Disney Magic and heading back home to reality as our Disney cruise comes to an end.

The last day onboard a cruise is barely a day – disembarkation is usually very early (earlier than say a hotel), and on a Disney Cruise, it will depend on your evening dining rotation.

We had late dining, which means our breakfast time is 8:15 am at the restaurant we dined in last night. For us, it was Lumiere’s.





After checking our room one last time for anything we may have missed when packing, we said goodbye to stateroom 6500 and headed down for breakfast.

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Breakfast at Lumiere’s

I forgot to mention in yesterday’s report that we had given our servers a cash tip on top of the pre-paid tips, as well as a small bag of British chocolate bars as a thank you for their service.

This is not something you have to do, as tips are pre-paid. Tipping extra is at your discretion.

Everything felt really sad this morning. I think even more than usual because this had been such a respite from the pandemic, and the lack of holidays over the past 18 months!

But for now, we were still on the ship and had breakfast to enjoy!

We both decided to have Lox and Bagel – A traditional favorite served with Cream Cheese, and a croissant, which we both enjoyed.

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Lox and Bagel
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To disembark, you wait until your luggage tag characters are called out. This is how they control all of those cruisers waiting to get off the ship.

As we went down to breakfast, we found that the Atrium was pretty crowded, but by the time our Red Mickey Mouse tags were called, it was empty!

It felt like we were one of the last off the ship. As we stepped off the ship and onto the gangway, I had to touch the side of the Disney Magic and say “We’ll be back again!”.

Back on land, we made our way to the baggage claim area of Tilbury Cruise Terminal, our trio of suitcases were sitting together by a Mickey Mouse banner/flag. (If you cast your mind back to day 1, there were a bunch of character banners, those were the ones! I’ll pop the picture back in here for reference).

Steve then left me at the Cruise Terminal building with all of our luggage to go and get the car to pick us all up.

And with that, our first (and second!) Disney Cruise was over and we were home before we knew it!

We disembarked at 9:45 am, were in the car, by 10:00 am, and were home by 11:00 am – and that was with us dropping off my hired wheelchair! That was certainly a big perk of living so close to Tilbury!

I’m going to close out with the remaining photos of this cruise trip report, but I want to also mention that we have been bitten by the cruising bug.

We have a Norwegian Fjords Cruise book for September 2022 with P&O Cruises and a 14-night back-to-back Eastern and Western Caribbean Cruise with Disney Cruise Line (Disney Fantasy) in 2023!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my trip report. I don’t know how much of the way things operated on these UK Staycations will be the same as on a “regular” cruise, but I hope that I’ve shown enough of the ship and its facilities to help you with your own Disney cruise in the future!

Any questions, please do feel free to comment and I will help as much as I can!

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Read about the day after:
That’s it, the trip is over!
Stay tuned for our next trip – Walt Disney World May 2022!

Read about the day before:
Day 6 – Last Night At Sea!
Breakfast from Cabanas, Chocolate & Liquors Seminar, Dinner at Lumiere’s

» Read ALL the days!


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