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Making Disney memories: Cruising out of Galveston

Kori Ellis is an editor and writer based in San Antonio, TX, where she lives with her husband and four children. At SheKnows, she writes about parenting, fashion, beauty and other lifestyle topics. Additionally, Kori has been published i...

A magical adventure

Recently, Disney Cruise Line added Galveston, Texas as a port of departure — fabulous news for Texas moms like me. And soon, our family will be departing on a magical adventure to the Caribbean aboard the Disney Magic.

Disney Cruise leaving Galveston

Growing up with Disney

When I was a kid, my grandparents took my sister and me on a cross-country road trip in a wood-paneled station wagon from Arizona to Florida to Walt Disney World for my first real Disney experience. I'll never forget that trip for many reasons, but what stands out the most is how amazing and magical the Magic Kingdom really was. With all our beloved favorite characters and the spectacular attractions, it was truly a fairytale experience.

My little princes and princesses

Little snow white

Three years ago, my husband and I decided to adopt from foster care. And in February 2010, we welcomed home our first daughter — a 6-1/2-month-old baby girl. Not soon after that — three weeks in fact — our son came to us at 21 months. And within a few months, we had another nearly 7-month-old daughter in our home.

As anyone who adopts from foster care (or adopts at all for that matter) knows, the process isn't easy — but it's oh-so-rewarding. We are truly blessed. And this week, we finalize the adoption of our second son — our fourth and final child. So now, we have our two little princesses (one 3-year-old and one almost-3-year-old) and two handsome princes (one 4-year-old and one 2-year-old). Our family is complete and we have so many reasons to celebrate and be thankful.

Opportunity of a lifetime

We are celebrating together as a family with a wonderful opportunity. A cruise — and not just any cruise — a Disney Cruise. We'll be embarking on an adventure out of Galveston to the Caribbean on the Disney Magic.

Recently, Disney Cruise Line added Galveston as a port of departure, and we are thrilled to have the chance to take a 7-night Western Caribbean Cruise on the Disney Magic with ports of call in Grand Cayman (Cayman Islands), Costa Maya (Mexico) and Cozumel (Mexico).

From Galveston, Disney offers a variety of cruises including:

  • 4-Night Western Caribbean Cruise
  • 6-Night Western Caribbean Cruise
  • 7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise
  • 8-Night Bahamian Cruise
  • 8-Night Western Caribbean Cruise
  • 14-Night Eastbound Transatlantic Cruise

And right now, they are offering some special rates for Galveston departures.

The Disney experience

I'm extremely excited about the opportunity to pass on my love for Disney to my kids. The cruise includes so many family and kids' activities that we are sure to have a blast. From the live shows to the deck parties and the youth clubs to the character greetings — we'll love every minute of it.

You can follow all the happenings on the trip on Twitter at #DCLTexas and learn more about the Disney Cruise Line on their website at disneycruise.com.

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