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Old 11-02-2013, 05:31 PM   #1
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Fantasy, Western Caribbean Oct 12-19: Anniversary Celebration *COMPLETE*

Well its been a few weeks since our sailing, which means I should probably get started on our Trip Report! (My first one... eek!)

Hi everyone! My name is Jenni and my husband is Chad. Weve been on several cruises before with Carnival and RCL, but never a Disney one and have been dying to try it out.


We were originally booked to sail with family on a later date, but unfortunately their plans changed and they had to move their booking out to a 2014 date. Wed been looking forward to the cruise so much and didnt want to wait that long&.. so we decided to move the date up and use it to celebrate our one year wedding anniversary!

We lost our original stateroom when we moved our sail date, but wanted to book a category 6B (verandah with whitewall). We talked to our travel agent and 6B was already in a GTY status. Im a big planner and was on the fence about not being able to choose our stateroom. The price difference up to the next category that wasnt GTY was pricey, so Chad and I debated about it and decided to roll the dice and booked a 6B GTY cabin. Having been so busy at work lately we both said wed just be happy to be on the ship, no matter where our stateroom was.

So then the daily, obsessive checking of the DCL website began&&. And I waited&.. and waited&.. and waited some more. I was on pins and needles, I just wanted to know already! And then it came, about 4 weeks out from our sail date& we finally got our cabin assignment!!!

Disney had sent some pixie dust our way and we were assigned stateroom 7190 which is a category 5E, aft facing room. I was so excited!! I had been wanting to try out an aft facing stateroom as I had heard good reviews of them.

So then the short countdown to our sail date began..... (but it felt like so long!)
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Old 11-02-2013, 07:51 PM   #2
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We're going on the Fantasy, Western Caribbean, in January to celebrate our 25th anniversary. Looking forward to more info.
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Looking forward to hearing all about your cruise!
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Old 11-02-2013, 09:34 PM   #4
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Can't wait to hear about your experience
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We sailed the Fantasy Western on Sept 28-Oct 5 in an aft facing 5E stateroom. We were in 9176.
I'm still very busy sorting my way through all the pictures I took. Can't even begin to think about a TR yet! I will, however, be following along with yours. We were also celebrating our anniversary, our 13th, even though the actual date was about 2 weeks earlier.
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Old 11-03-2013, 09:30 AM   #6
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Thanks everyone for following along! I'm going to try and get another update posted later today.

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We were also celebrating our anniversary, our 13th, even though the actual date was about 2 weeks earlier.
Happy (belated) anniversary! Our actual date was 2 weeks before our cruise as well.... but life and work got in the way, so this was the first chance we were able to celebrate.
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Old 11-07-2013, 06:57 AM   #7
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Yes. I'd like to see the navigator's. We are cruising next yr in Sept.

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Old 11-12-2013, 09:57 PM   #8
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I like the anniversary button.I was on the same cruise with you!
Nice! If you did any of the same activities as us, feel free to chime in with your take on things. Always love hearing someone else's opinion!

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Yes. I'd like to see the navigator's. We are cruising next yr in Sept.

Thanks!

Here's the Navigator from the first day. One of the tips I picked up on DIS before our cruise was to take a highlighter to mark any activities you are interested in doing. This was brilliant and I was so glad I remembered to grab one and toss it in my purse! It made things so much easier every time we pulled it out to see what to do next.











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Old 11-12-2013, 10:00 PM   #9
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edit: Never mind, used a different photo hosting site and I think it fixed it!

Realized after I posted it's near impossible to read the small print on the Navigators... anyone know how to make the images bigger?
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Old 11-13-2013, 08:10 PM   #10
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Day 2, Sea Day

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I think we were still on our work schedule, because we woke up pretty early. We lounged around in the room for a little bit as we didn't have any plans until later on in the morning. We flipped the TV as we got dressed and according to the ship location map we were just north of Cuba. We decided to head up to Cabanas to grab a little breakfast before our first activity of the day.








I can't remember what we had for breakfast that morning, so apparently it wasn't anything too exciting. We did however catch a glimpse of Cuba from the windows in Cabana.

After a bite to eat, we went down to O'Gills for Tile Coaster crafting. I wish I had taken pictures, but sadly I forgot so a verbal description is going to have to suffice! We walked in and they have piles on the tables of small square tiles (about the size of the head of a pencil eraser). We were greeted by the CM and given instructions on how to put together our coasters. We were given two wooden bases, one with a square cut out in the middle and the other one was solid. The idea was to glue the one with the cut out on top of the other solid one in order to form a recessed area for the tiles. They supplied markers and glitter pens so you could dress up the wood a bit before adding your tiles. I ended up going with a simple checker board pattern on my coaster and spent most of my time searching the piles of tiles to find the right colors. I haven't had a chance to test my coaster out yet..... but the glue they supplied was water soluble, so I'm wondering if that might be an issue with condensation from sweaty drinks. I think I'll just pull the tiles off and use a different glue if that happens.

We had a 2:00 Mixology class scheduled with our DIS group, so we figured it was wise to get some food in our stomachs and headed up to Cabanas. Chad had a plate of prime rib, pork?, and chicken fingers with fries.





I had the prime rib also, chicken fingers, roasted red potatoes, and some fries. The prime rib was so yummy, wish I had gone back for seconds!



After getting some food, we sat in on the DVC presentation. We'd heard all about it before, but never any hard numbers so we were anxious to see just how much money we were talking about. After the presentation, we got an appointment with one of the reps for later in the evening so we could speak to him about their in house financing options. In the end, we decided that we are going to take a bit more time to save up some money for the down payment before buying in - but at least now we knew a dollar figure we were working towards.

After DVC, we headed over to Skyline. One of the awesome members in our DIS group had arranged not one, but two private mixology classes for us because so many of us were interested! (Thanks again, Barb!) We were greeted by our bar staff Ashley, Cristine, and Mika and took a seat while we waited for the rest of our group to arrive.

Ashely handed out a list of the different drinks we were going to be making. He then started the class with a general history of alcohol and various facts and trivia about the different types we were going to be using in the class.





Our first drink of the day was the Paradise Punch. Ashley taught us how to measure out the alcohol by counting with pouring and the proper technique to stir the drink up. Then he invited some volunteers behind the bar to help prepare the rest of the drinks for our group. I ended up behind the bar and I think we each got a set of drinks we were responsible for. Since we'd all just been taught the counting technique and were all bartender novices... it lead to a lot of loooonng, heavy handed counts while pouring while we practiced our skills.









Up next was the Ohh La La which was basically a take off of a mojito. Ashely taught us how to properly muddle the mint and then called some more volunteers behind the bar.



I'd honestly never had a Cosmopolitan before this trip. Apparently, they are suppose to be a very light pink otherwise they are not made properly. I tried a few sips of mine, and it was ok... but not my favorite. Knowing that the drinks had been heavy handed and that we had scuba diving the next day in port, I didn't finish all of mine.



The Kir Royale ended up being one of my favorites.


The last drink we made was the Brain Hemorrhage and Ashely had chosen this one specifically since we were sailing near Halloween. To make this one, you first pour the peach schnapps into the bottom of the shot glass. Then you add the Bailey's by pouring it slowly against the back side of a spoon inserted into the glass. To top it all off you add a splash of grenadine for a "blood" effect. The picture below doesn't do it justice - looked a lot better in person.




We had so much fun at Mixology - definitely want to sign up for it again! And for $20 a person, it's not a bad deal at all given the amount of alcohol you are given!

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Old 11-14-2013, 02:01 PM   #11
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Really enjoying your report! Keep them coming!!
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