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Old 11-23-2010, 09:17 AM   #1
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*Complete* Sit back, Relax as the Dining Room presents Your Dinner Oct 30-Nov 6

Okay, so I'm not so good at trip reports or pre-trip reports or keeping up a journal or any of those other "normal" things.

The one thing I am good at doing is taking food pictures. Hence, (yeah, hence) my ability to do rockin Food Reviews.

So sit back, grab a drink and vicariously enjoy some Disney Cruise Line Dining....

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Moi: Trisha - age 36. I love WDW and started taking my parents there in 2005. We took many trips when I was a kid but these were the first trips where we stayed - and ate - on property. This is my first cruise but before we'd even set sail, I'd booked a B2B cruise on the Carnival Dream for next March with my 16 year old God daughter (whom I have previously taken to WDW). When I jump into something, it's with both feet.

My Mom: Connie - age 57. She had a stroke 2 years ago and then suffered a horrible setback due to medication issues. She's progressed well but has to use a wheelchair. She's gotten very good at transferring to and from the wheelchair but it's always a consideration when we travel now. She doesn't like anything spicy (pepper is to spicy for her) and is allergic to crab, calamari and kiwi. Due to her allergies, I rarely order anything with these items in because I'm concerned about cross contamination.

My Dad: Bill - age 61. He loves food and is willing to try just about anything. He is a beef eater for sure though. Just about every night he ordered the beef dish on the menu. He ended up with a private tour of the kitchen from Matthew the head chef (he had been talking to Matthew who told him about the kitchen tour - but the chef told him the wrong time but when my Dad showed up at the time Matthew had told me, he gave him a private tour). He is the explorer of the group - he would go out and about on the ship and usually wandered back with some kind of food item.

Okay, well, that's enough of the introductions - let's get to the good stuff. (continued next post).

Table of Contents:

Parrot Cay Lunch Day 1
Sweet Surprise in the Cabin
Dinner at Parrot Cay - Day 1
Breakfast / Brunch at Lumiere's Key West Day
Room Service Lunch Key West Day
Dinner at Lumiere's Key West Day
Room Service breakfast Monday - Sea Day
A couple of drinks
Lunch by the pool
Before dinner snacks
Prince and Princess Dinner - formal night
Room Service Breakfast
Lunch at Lumiere's - Grand Cayman Day
Cove Cafe
Dinner at Animator's Palate - Grand Cayman Day
Breakfast at Lumiere's - Cozumel Day
Drinks and Lunch - Cozumel Day
Character Breakfast
Room Service Lunch - Sea day
Captain's Gala - Semi Formal night
Till We Meet Again - last night dinner

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Old 11-23-2010, 09:37 AM   #2
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Old 11-23-2010, 09:50 AM   #3
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Lunch at Parrot Cay (first meal upon boarding)

After a smooth embarkation, we went to Parrot Cay for our first on board meal. I chose this based on feedback from the boards. We're not really "buffet people" - I certainly prefer to sit down. The benefit to Parrot Cay is they seat you and bring you your drinks. I liked this. It also gave us our first look at our first restaurant in our Dining Rotation (it was PLAAPLA - the one I wanted cause it put us in Animators Palate for Formal Night, Lumiere's for semi formal night and Parrot Cay for Pirate night).

Anyways.............

So we were seated near the front of the restaurant. The restaurant was not very full when we were seated (I think they had already started to turn over - we were number 13 for boarding).



First I got my mom a plate. I know what she likes but it's still tough to pick out what she's going to eat but it's tough to roll her through the buffet line while trying to balance her plate so.... I do my best.

Clockwise from top right:
Macaroni and cheese, pork roast, salmon, pasta, roast potatoes:



One thing I forgot to mention (and she'll kill me for telling you all) but my mom only has one tooth on the top jaw (she fell after the stroke and broke many of her top teeth - just prior to the cruise she went to the dentist to have dentures made but they weren't ready before we left). Much of the food she'll get has to be easy to chew.

The mac n cheese was good - very creamy. My mom really liked the salmon - firm and tasty with a nice topping similar to brushetta. The pasta, roast potatoes and pork roast were good but not worth a second serving.

My Dad's plate:

clockwise from top right:
Pork roast, corn dog nuggets, mac n cheese, meatballs, roast potatoes and cooked veggies.



He had to go back and get more corn dog nuggets for my mom (I didn't see them - they were in the kids section). They were crispy and tasty.

My plate:

clockwise from top right:
ham & cheese salad, steak with fried onions, chicken, assorted cheese.



The funny thing is, I figured my Dad would have had a steak but he "didn't see the steak" apparently. I rarely get steak or any beef off of a buffet since I prefer my beef rare but I could see the pinkness of the steak in the pan so I grabbed it right up. Because I had gotten my mom's food already I had already seen all of the offerings and there wasn't a lot that appealed to me so the steak seemed like a good choice. It did have some grisle but I was able to cut it with my butter knife so it wasn't a tough steak, it has a good flavour from the onions and was juicy.

The chicken was a little dry (I expect that from a buffet) but I was able to snag a piece of white meat. The cheese and the salad were fine, typical buffet stuff.

For dessert I went up and grabbed an assorted plate of stuff for my mom and I. This is where I found the buffet kind of lacking. The desserts looked good but weren't very tasty.

Clockwise from top right:
chocolate mouse cake, chocolate brownie, whipped cream with raspberry drizzle, strawberry cheesecake, peach crumble.



The brownie was thick and rich, and the peach crumble was lovely with a touch of spice and was gooey and warm. The rest of it was....meh. We ate most of it but nothing exciting.

My Dad's dessert plate:

Clockwise from top right:
chocolate mouse cake, fruit tart, peach crumble, whipped cream with raspberry drizzle.



The fruit tart crust was hard and inedible but the custard and fruit were good. My Dad did not like the mouse cake since it was dark chocolate not milk chocolate. He loves whipped cream so he enjoyed that and the peach crumble.

Overall a good first meal especially for a buffet. Next up... a surprise treat waiting in the room.
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A dining report from our cruise! Cool!

There was a lot of stuff I would have liked to try, but didn't. I'm hoping to find out what I may have missed (or, what I should be thankful I missed).

DCL transport did not pick us up from AKL until after 12:00 and we had to stop at another WDW hotel before heading to the Port. We didn't get on board until after 2:00. Since we had the Dismeet at 3:00, we completely missed lunch.

Next cruise (Disney Fantasy, 8/25/12), I think we are going to either stay near the Port or at least arrange for our own transportation to the Port.
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Old 11-23-2010, 10:12 AM   #5
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Surprise treats for the Cabin

Okay, so it wasn't a surprise for me cause I ordered it but it was a surprise for my parents.

We had a beautiful extended balcony where I figured we'd spend sailaway so I wanted something to toast with.



So I ordered a sailaway package including a bottle of sparkling wine and some petit fours.

The sparkling wine was nice - I ordered the cheapest one since it also happens to be the sweetest one (I'm not big on dry wine). And we enjoyed a couple of glasses that day and finished it off later in the week (the bottle fit in the mini fridge).

The petit fours were a nice selection with giant chocolate covered strawberries (both milk and white chocolate), some pecan bars, cheesecake bars, cookies with creamy strawberry filling and some key lime bars.



There was also a white chocolate banner with the ship on it stuck to the board. Very cute.



While we didn't NEED the extra sweets, it was very cool to have our own little dessert buffet during our private sailaway party.

Just for kicks - here are a couple of pictures of our balcony.



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Old 11-23-2010, 10:18 AM   #6
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A dining report from our cruise! Cool!

There was a lot of stuff I would have liked to try, but didn't. I'm hoping to find out what I may have missed (or, what I should be thankful I missed).

DCL transport did not pick us up from AKL until after 12:00 and we had to stop at another WDW hotel before heading to the Port. We didn't get on board until after 2:00. Since we had the Dismeet at 3:00, we completely missed lunch.

Next cruise (Disney Fantasy, 8/25/12), I think we are going to either stay near the Port or at least arrange for our own transportation to the Port.
Wow, that seems late for DCL transportation to pick up (maybe it's not, it's just in my mind). There were still things that I didn't get to try that I wish I had. I was also sick on Thursday night (really sick) so I missed the lobster tail which I really wanted. Our assistant server brought one to our cabin for me but even Friday I was still quesy so I just couldn't face it.
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Wow, that seems late for DCL transportation to pick up (maybe it's not, it's just in my mind). There were still things that I didn't get to try that I wish I had. I was also sick on Thursday night (really sick) so I missed the lobster tail which I really wanted. Our assistant server brought one to our cabin for me but even Friday I was still quesy so I just couldn't face it.
I thought it was very late....had I known how late, I would have gotten there another way. Last year, we took DCL transport from the Poly and were picked up around 11:00 and were on board around 1:00 p.m.

Edited to add: That extended balcony rocks! How great that they have something like that for people who need it. Your mom looks very happy with it.
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Yay, food reviews!!! I am in! This should help pass the time until our cruise in January...

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Ooooo, this thread is good, at least now I can check out the food before we go. Thank you for writing it. I've subscribed to it.
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Very enjoyable report and great pictures! My family loves the first night dinner menu and I also thought the eggs benedict your Mom had at brunch were delicious. It is so great to relive all the wonderful food. Thanks for this, Karyn
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Old 12-05-2010, 09:37 AM   #11
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A few snacks before dinner

Let me just say - you get really used to having dessert on the cruise. So much so that no meal really feels complete until you've had something sweet.

So since we'd had lunch but no dessert - well......

My Dad went up to the buffet to see what desserts they had and brought back:



Ermm, that's not right is it? Do they look like sweet gooey goodness? He was looking around all of deck nine and spoted the wraps and sandwiches so he picked up two shrimp wraps and a turkey sandwich.

He also brought back:



They were chocolate cups with custard and strawberry and a cup of some other kind of custard as well. Neither of these were very good.

This lead us back to the room service menu.....

"Yes, could we please have two cakes of the day? And what other sweets do you have? Oh yes, we'll have three of those please!"



Mickey Ice cream bars! We ordered these several times through room service during the trip. Just like at the parks - these were so good - rich chocolate, premium ice cream. Practically worth the cost of the cruise alone.

Cake of the day today was Black Forest Cake.



My parents said it was good. I don't like cherries so I don't tend to eat blackforest cake.

They seemed to serve the same cake of the day at least two days in a row all cruise. I don't know if it was because people weren't ordering it or if that's normal?

So that was all until dinner. Tonight was Formal night so we took some time to get into our finery before going down to dinner.
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Yum, I am now starving! Great pictures.
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They seemed to serve the same cake of the day at least two days in a row all cruise. I don't know if it was because people weren't ordering it or if that's normal?
I tried ordering the Cake of the Day from room service on one day, I can't remember which, and was told they didn't have any more! I think this was late afternoon, early evening, so the moral is if you really want it and your ship is full, you may need to consider ordering it early!

Although, I did think to myself at the time, "Really? No more cake? Even if they were out of THE cake of the day, couldn't they have sent some sort of cake? It's not like I would know it's not THE cake of the day."
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Thank-you for taking the time to do this thread. Great pictures and review. My kids had the Mickey Icecream every day for desert. Yummy
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Thanks for the great "food report!" I LOVE your table of contents in the first thread. I was sad when you fell ill, but am glad you're now better. Thanks again!
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