Disney Cruise Line's arrival in Galveston this weekend included a surprise custom reworking of the Disney Magic funnel livery that put a Texas-sized 10-gallon hat atop the usual image of Mickey Mouse.
The ship is sailing from Texas for the first time on a series of four-, six-, seven- and eight-night sailings to the Bahamas and the Caribbean. The Magic will stay through May, when it departs for Europe.
Ceremonies to welcome the 1,754-passenger Magic to Galveston included an appearance by the Ghostrider's equestrian drill team from Houston. The troupe galloped alongside the ship channel, bearing Texas flags.
Onboard, crew members returned the salute with their own red, white and blue Lone Star flags, and Goofy, Minnie and the rest of the Disney cast of characters waved to about 100 well-wishers gathered at the port terminal.
— Tom Stieghorst