Maiden voyage

The Disney Magic sets sail from Galveston, with much fanfare and lots of Lone Star pride

The Disney Magic sets sail from Galveston, with much fanfare and lots of Lone Star pride

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The Ghostriders saluted the Disney Magic from ashore. Photo by Matt Stroshane
Disney Magic, cruise ship, Mickey Mouse, Galveston
Mickey Mouse's silhouette donned a huge ten gallon hat in celebration of its first Texas trip.  Photo by Matt Stroshane
Disney Magic, cruise ship, Galveston
Crew members and iconic Disney characters waved flags from the ship's main deck.  Photo by Kent Phillips
Disney Magic, cruise ship, Galveston
The ship set sail from the Port of Galveston on Saturday.  Photo by Kent Phillips
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Disney Magic, cruise ship, Mickey Mouse, Galveston
Disney Magic, cruise ship, Galveston
Disney Magic, cruise ship, Galveston

The Disney Magic, in all of its 11-deck and 964-feet glory, departed for its maiden voyage from the Port of Galveston on Saturday. 

Disney embraced this first Texas trip with flair: Iconic characters and crew members waved and brandished tiny Lone Star Flags from the ship's main deck, and a Mickey Mouse silhouette donned a Texas-sided ten gallon hat on the massive smokestack. 

Mounted members of the Ghostriders — the official rodeo drill team of Texas — saluted the Disney Magic from land, and hundreds of visitors flocked to the port to catch a glimpse of the ship and partake in a Sail-A-Bration

Disney Cruise Line signed with the Port of Galveston less than a month ago, cementing a two-year lease that is expected to generate at least $2.4 million in gross revenue for the port. 

The Magic's first trip from will last seven nights, making stops in Grand Cayman, Costa Maya and Cozumel before returning to Galveston.

The Galveston Daily News reports that Texans can have a taste of home while on the open water, as well, with five wine varieties from Bryan-based Messina Hof on the bar menu.