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Old 05-19-2010, 11:17 AM   #16
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Day 2 - Nassau (or we stayed on the ship day) - Part 2

Back to our exciting adventure on the high seas. Now where was I? Oh yes, sitting in Cove Cafe and talking to my DW. I know what you are thinking - after (checks wedding date inscribed on inside of ring and tries to do the math) 18 long long years of marriage, what could you and DW possibly have left to say to each other. Those of you with children know exactly what we were talking about - the kids (and when the heck am I going to get that vasectomy).

Finally it was time to get the little rug rats (opps, sorry, those are Nickelodeon owned characters) - the Little Einstiens, feed them a snack and get them ready for the show. Tonight was the Pirate Party night and DS7 was going to dress as a pirate. So DW took them down to the room to get them and herself ready. I got some snacks and brought them to the room. We all got showered and dressed and headed to see Toy Story the Musical which we’d never seen before as it is new.

A pirate's life for me door




Cute right? Just like Gremlins.





We thought the show was pretty good, but not as good as The Golden Mickeys nor Disney Dreams. DS11 loved the costumes, and I agree that was the best part. What was lacking were the original songs. Other than “You’ve got a friend in me”, all the other songs were new and obviously composed just for this show. They seemed rather generic as opposed to the unique and catchy songs we grew to love watching the movie. But still, it was better than most cruise lines where you can see Bob and his Amazing Dummy act, featuring his talent less wife as the dummy.


Trying to look scary.




DW took the kids to “A Pirate’s Life For Me” game show and I went back to the room to pour us a glass of wine. The first day you may recall I ordered wine glasses from room service (no?, you don't recall - its right up there in the first post). But we’d left them at the dinner table – on purpose as I did not want to carry dirty wine glasses back to the room (We are pretty so fist icate ed like that). I did not want to wait 30+ minutes for more to arrive, so I stopped by the Promenade Lounge and they were more than happy to give me a couple wine glasses. Once filled back at the room, I met up with DW and the boys for the APLFM game show. It was fun, geared towards kids, and involves the audience. My boys loved it.


DW made us take a few shots of us together - probably to be used in court against me.





Now it was time for dinner at Animator’s Palette. We requested the TAP dining rotation because we wanted to be in AP for the Pirate Night, and we wanted to skip Parrot Cay for Palo. However, from reading on the DIS, we discovered that nothing special happens in the dining room on pirate night on 3 day cruises anymore. They used to give pirate bandanas to wear, but now there is nothing. Of all the menus, this one we liked the least. If it had not been for wanting the kids to see the color changing show in AP, we would have probably picked this night for our Palo night. Don’t get me wrong, the food was fine, but for us, the selections were not as appealing as other menus. For appetizer I ordered the Ahi Tuna Tartare With Caviar, Chives, and Wasabi Cream. It was really good. Next I ordered the Confetti tomato salad and something else that I can’t remember and which is not on any menu I found online. The tomato salad was kind of blah. The tomatoes were Ok, but they were served over plain wilted lettuce. For my main courses (I got two) I ordered prime rib (I think, because again, I can’t find it on any menu) and the Black Bean Chipotle Cakes Over Corn Kernels and Brown Rice topped with Tomato-Cilantro Salsa. The black bean cakes were really good and just as advertised. A bit too spicy for my DW who took a bite. For dessert I had the Animator's Sweet Temptations - A Trio of Strawberry Sable, Cranberry and Orange Cheesecake, and Double-Fudge Chocolate Cake. Plus a Mickey Bar.

Composite of 3 photos I took during the meal showing progression of color or colour for you Brits.




Mickey looks a little deranged, but still tasted good.





TIP: If nothing on the menu looks good, or you just don’t like what you get, you can order something else from the other restaurant’s menu. You can usually go to Guest Services the first day and get copies of all the menus, or you can just print them out from the FAQ link here on the DIS. Although as I have discovered, the new AP has one or two changes.

Since the boys were showing signs of kids club withdrawal, we used the Dine and Play option for DS7. When we got to the table we notified our waiters that he would be participating in the DnP and leaving at 9, so they made sure to get his dinner out early. It worked great. You just bring your child to the restaurant entrance and counselors there take them to the lab for you. This is only available for the late seating time. We have nothing like this at our house. Wouldn’t it be great to have a live in Au Pair that could take the kids when they started whining? If we did not spend so much money on vacations, maybe we could afford one. She’d have to be good looking too, in which case I don’t think DW is going to let her into the country, let alone our home. DS7 pretty much never went into the Club but always stayed at the Lab. The smaller children in the Club never seemed to migrate over to the Lab and vice versa. A short time after DS7 left for the club, DS11 and our friends DS11 left and checked themselves into the lab. (Are you as confused as I am?) Lets just say at this point we were kidless again. Here we were worried that DS7 would be paging us every hour or so to check on him or come and get him, or that DS11 would be checking himself out of the lab all the time to do who knows what. But as it turned out, it was like the hotel California. Once checked in, they could not check out – or at least never wanted us to check them out.

The servers are very accommodating. One note – they try very hard, almost too hard, to make sure you rate everything excellent. They kept reminding us that if we did not like anything, to let them know and they will be sure to bring us something we liked, as they are responsible for the food preparation even though they don’t cook it. It was fine to hear the first time, but they kept repeating it over and over. I know the kinds of pressure they are under and the long hours they work and don’t blame them at all.

We lingered over coffee and dessert. According to one waiter, the fireworks go off at 10:15. The other said 10:30. So we left the restaurant around 10:00 and picked up the kids from the lab to head up to the Pirate Party. We watched the party from deck 10 with tired kids that needed to be held. Right around 10:30 Mickey shows up and the fireworks go off. I bet that good for nothing Carnival cruise ship was out there running with their lights off trying to get a glimpse of OUR fireworks. We know they are too cheap and don’t have the kind of pull Disney has to get their own fireworks.

Mickey saves the night and the dessert buffet from evil.




Oooooh



Aaaaaah




The oooooh and aaaah reminds me of a joke. Ready? Don't worry, its included with your admission price.

The oooooh aaaaaah bird is so called because it lays square eggs.


Ok where was I? Oh yes, hurting my brain trying to remember what happened next.



Then it was off to bed for DW and DS7, but not before taking a photo in front of the buffet.

Pooped Pirate




Keen eyes will observe a tray of fresh fruit in the photo. Have no fear, that is only a very small part of the buffet and there are plenty of unhealthy, beautifully decorated, OK tasting desserts. They may all be gone by the time YOU actually get through the line, but I bet the fruit will always be there.


DS11 and I stayed up and sampled the desserts.
Here is where cruising gets a bad reputation - Late night buffets, but with Disney it is 90% desserts with a few giant turkey legs thrown in for appetizers. After the fireworks people scrambled to get in the buffet lines. They pushed and shoved and I’m sure most of them had gone several minutes without eating anything. Really, we learned from past cruises that the Pirate Party desserts all taste about the same and so skipped them. Instead we had the crepes. It was late, we were all tired, and the lines are quite disorganized. This is one area where Disney could apply a little order – maybe in the form of their cattle fencing that they use in the parks to route everyone in the right direction. (Don't you hate when people in these lines go over or under to cut in front of you? That's why cattle fences are electrifed Disney - are you listening?) DS11 and I stayed up and watched part of the Pirates movie being shown on Aerial view TV before heading to bed.

And so ended our Nassau day.


OH - almost forgot. The amazing sailing yacht that was docked in Nassau - owned by Jim Clark. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperion_(yacht)

See the size of that mast? Must be compensating for something. At least thee with little money likes to think so.
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well now i have to ask....what happened with Ariel the last time?
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Old 05-19-2010, 03:47 PM   #19
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well now i have to ask....what happened with Ariel the last time?
The Disney lawyers say I'm not allowed to talk about it. Actually, I was just kidding. Sort of. I was thinking of about an encounter with another character which is not really that funny or amusing. We were at MGM for Star Wars weekend and Aayla Secura was there taking photos so I had my photo taken with her and my wife just thought I was a little too happy and giddy about it as I would not stop talking about her and if she (my DW) would paint her entire body blue for me. And on top of that, DW did not actually take a photo of me with her, so I was really bummed for a week.

Here is the only good photo I could find of her online.

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I am enjoying your report
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Thanks again all. Its nice to get positive feedback. I normally keep a diary of my life, not every day, but at least a few events a week. So this TR will be a nice addition to my diary for our trip.

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I know what you mean about never being as prepared as you think. I did lots of research before our first cruise on RCCL and then on the ship it all left my mind! Being on the ship is a different experience. I am trying to write more tips down for our first DC, thanks for the detailed info. That beer tasting looks great, I think DH will try it we also probably wont get off the ship in Nassau. We are going on the podcast cruise in December!
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Great TR so far!!!!!!! Can't wait until tomorrows installment!!!!
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I know what you mean about never being as prepared as you think. I did lots of research before our first cruise on RCCL and then on the ship it all left my mind! Being on the ship is a different experience. I am trying to write more tips down for our first DC, thanks for the detailed info. That beer tasting looks great, I think DH will try it we also probably wont get off the ship in Nassau. We are going on the podcast cruise in December!
Do you have to do anything special for the podcast cruise? One thing I did NOT want to do on a 3 nighter was the FE. It sounds great, but I HATE having to be tied down by it. I'm too responsible to just let it slide and it would consume my every moment.

Yeah - it really took 4 Disney cruises before we felt comfortable in knowing what to do. We learned some good lessons even on this cruise - mainly about the last morning and how we could just hang out on deck and play while everyone else waited in line.

I was on a Regent cruise (where everything, including alcholol is included) and was at a bar and could not decide what whiskey to try, so the bar tender held an impromtu whisky tasting for me. As great as that was, the beer tasting on Disney was just, if not more fun. I'd almost have to rate that as one of my favorite activities (except for the erotic, I mean exotic, rasul). And to think that both are on a DISNEY ship.
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Day 3 - Castaway Cay - Part 1

What? This is the last full day of our cruise? Already? I’ve spent more time writing this TR than I spent on the ship up to this point. At least it is CC day. One of the main reasons to sail Disney. I was up early again, showered, put on some clothes so as not to attract too much attention, and bounded up to Cove Café on deck 9 for my coffee.

TIP (I know I'm supposed to include tips in my TR but I’ll make sure to have my lawyer scratch that from the contract next time) : If they don’t hand you a frequent caffeine addict coffee card when you buy your first coffee at the Cove Café, just ask for one. After 5 or 6 coffees (I can’t remember exactly – it could be 60 for all I know), you get one free.

TIP: And if you continue to forget your card like I did, you can bring them all in and they can combine them into a single card that you can forget the next time.

I enjoyed my coffee and watched the Wonder back into the CC dock. Well, it did not back INTO the dock, although I prayed really hard that it would so we could be stuck at CC several days while they repaired the spleen – or whatever big piece of metal needed to be fixed.

It was around 8:00 now and so I headed back to the room and DW and the kids were ready for breakfast. We ate at Tritons again and were seated near our friends, but not at the same table, nor the same chairs, which can be quite uncomfortable at times. I could really get used to all this wonderful service. I sure as heck don’t get it at home. I was definitely born 50 years too late. I was meant to live in times where the woman cooks and serves her husband. What we need in this country are more educational TV programs for women, like Leave it to Beaver. (Please note that I am only kidding. Once in an old TR I made a comment about how Disney should do something about all the kids on their ship. I thought it was obvious that I was being sarcastic, but let me tell you, I got a few emails from some moms with anger issues.) I promise that eventually I’m going to get back to the TR…. It will be just a few more moments….. here it comes….now.

This morning I got the Nature Power Breakfast Muesli – (granola, orange juice, yogurt, dried fruits, honey, milk and cheese) and the Mango Mountain Hike – (a fresh blend of mangoes, honey muesli and low-fat yogurt) all on a sesame seed bun (not really). The Mango Mountain Hike and the Tug Boat that I had yesterday are blended like smoothies and come in a glass, whereas the Power Breakfast Muesli comes in a bowl and is a little thicker. I then had the eggs benedict with a side of potatoes. Of course, they also come around with a tray of croissants, donuts and other pastries – the chocolate pastry being my favorite.

Oh boy – now it was time to change into our suits, pack a bag for the beach and enjoy everyone’s favorite pastime – applying sunscreen to our children who have no concept how bad skin cancer can be, nor how much wine mommy drinks. We are amazingly quick and are off the ship by 9:30. It is a beautiful day and CC is a beautiful island. As comparison, we were recently on a HAL cruise and stopped at their private island “Half Moon Cay”, so called because it is shaped like a house key. There were no palm trees on the beach. Did you read that? No palm trees - on a tropical island? Do you know what that means? If the castaways had landed here, there would be no coconuts for Gilligan to drop on the Skipper’s foot and their TV show would have been cancelled in the first season. (That would be another good show for educating women on the proper way to make coconut cream pie and how to properly serve it to their Gilligan). But it also means no shade. Not only does CC have plenty of palm trees, but is littered with colorful beach umbrellas – all free to steal from anyone out in the water. Just kidding, there were plenty of these umbrellas as well as beach chairs for everyone, but that still does not keep people from stealing occupied ones and saving themselves from having to walk another 50 feet. On Half Moon Cay, HAL had these clam shells that you could rent (of course) for $15 a day to keep yourself from becoming crispy bacon in the sun. Its legalized extortion. And to add insult to injury, you have to tender to HMC; whereas with Disney, you just walk off the ship.


I told DW to wear a yellow suit so they would match the ship.




See how small the ship looks from this far away.








So now that we are off the ship, we see that the beach is a looooong way away. (Does it annoy you when people repeat letters excessively in a word to emphasize it and make you draw it out? Meeeeee too.) Luckily, being that this is Disney, they have a few of those parking lot trams from the Magic Kingdom lying around. So we wait in line to board the tram to the Ticket and Transportation Center where we wait in line to board the monorail so that we can wait in line to enter the park – ooops, wrong trip report. The tram whisks us almost as fast as the people walking along side us to somewhere further from the ship. At any rate, we’ve done this enough to know we still have plenty of walking to do to get away from the crowds that tend to congregate as close to the ship as possible. Maybe they are worried they might nap and the ship will leave without them, but if they are close, maybe they can still run to catch it. But probably they are just too bloated from last night’s dessert buffet to waddle any further.

From reading the DIS we knew that Pelican Plunge was open. We also knew not to listen to the insert in our map that said it was open only for limited hours, we knew which slide was fastest, how the queue worked, the name of the CM’s working PP and what they had for breakfast. It sort of felt like rope drop at Magic Kingdom and we were heading straight for Space Mountain trying to get there before the mass herds caught up. And PP is set up just like a ride at Disney. There is a controlled entry point with switchback lines, and even on the platform you have to navigate more switchback lines to enter the stairs. DW said it reminded her of an obstacle course challenge on Survivor. Unfortunately, right when we were on the slide it was closed due to technical difficulties beyond their control and I was stuck halfway down for 15 minutes. No wait – that is what happens on Space Mountain. Here, gravity never stopped and I was flung out of the slide back into the frigid waters. Dang, people were not kidding that the enclosed slide was fast. I bet its faster than Test Track. We were supposed to stay in the controlled exit lane and swim back to shore. But the lifeguard was allowing everyone to just go under the rope and back onto the platform, probably because it was not very busy and because she realized how stupid it was that we had to swim back each time and start the obstacle course again.








Pelican "Plunge You Into The Freezing Water" Slide




After we’d had our fill of that, we found a couple beach lounges under an umbrella and set up camp. Before my butt hit the chair I heard “Hello sir, can I get you a drink?”. I declined but did tell her to come back soon. The boys started digging in the sand and DW and I began to relax. A bit later our friend (DH) came by with his two children on his way to PP. So the boys and I joined him and we went down the slides several more times. The wait was longer now, but not too terrible. I got a great shot of the kids with the ship in the background, and then we headed back over to our chairs. DW was not there and I assumed that she had gone to find our friend’s (DW) and was chatting with her. My friend and his DD6 headed back to where they were located further up the beach and his DS11 and my boys played in the sand.


We have conquered the Plunge of the Pelican and took no prisoners.



So the waitress comes up again and asks if I’d like anything and this time I’m ready for a DOTD. OMG – not again. The Official Disney Cruise Line DOTD Plastic Glass was back in our room. I knew I should never have gotten it or at least have had it surgically attached to my hand. From where we were sitting, the Wonder looked like a bath toy – much too far for my lazy butt even with the tram running. I told the waitress I really wanted a DOTD, but that I’d forgotten my ODCLDOTDPG. She said that was OK, I could still get the DOTD. No – you don’t understand. I want the DOTD for the cheap price of $3.95 and in the ODCLDOTDPG because it holds more, making it an even better deal. But wait, there’s more. Oh – I can give it to you in a NEW ODCLDOTDPG for $3.95 she says. Are you KIDDING ME? You mean I never had to cart that glass around with me all the time anyway? The urge to harm her was tempered by the fact that I knew if I did, I’d probably never get my DOTD, especially not for $3.95. So I smiled and said, Yes, please bring me a DOTD – and hurry before I change my mind (but she did not know what I meant).


I wanted to take one of those sandy feet laying on the beach chair shots but this girl in a bikini got in the way and spoiled it.




It was getting to be around 11:30 and I was starting to get hungry. I kept watching for my DW to come walking up the beach, but never did see her. I needed someone to keep an eye on the kids while I ran to get a snack. It had been a couple hours since breakfast and I was starving now that my stomach had stretched to a size 56. I was standing there by the chairs, peering into the distance to see if I could spot her red swimsuit when I heard her call my name. There she was, right behind me, just waking up in a hammock. She’d been there the entire time. I can see a 1 psi difference in the pressure on our car tires, but I can’t spot my wife lounging less than 20 feet away. I can’t explain it either.

Since DW and the kids are not all that hungry yet, I run over to get a snack, but really ended up just getting soda. I was hungry, but knew if I ate now that I would not be able to eat with my family. So we let the boys play in the sand. DS11 had dug a hole so large that people would stop by to admire it and encourage him to continue. He called it the hot tub.


DS11 made me put up this photo of the giant cavern he dug using only a plastic shovel. Just humor him.




As it neared 1:00 we made our way to Cookies BBQ for lunch, but not before stopping at a shower and trying to get the sand off the boys. They were covered in it and as soon as they are away from the beach, they want every bit off. You’d think it was some kind of skin eating insect the way they bellowed to get it off.

Once at Cookies we used a great tip learned here on the DIS boards that will be cleverly disguised as my very own tip.

TIP (all mine): Go around to the lines on the sides of Cookies as opposed to the ones right up front. The lines were much shorter. No no – not the lines FOR the cookies – that’s the name of the place to eat at CC.

So we quickly fill our plates. I had some coleslaw that was yummy and DW said the potato salad was fantastic. I mostly had the ribs, which were great, but also had the blackened Mahi Mahi. DW had the Mahi Mahi too and said it was not too spicy for her. As a reference, she thinks Big Red chewing gum is too spicy. For dessert I got a mini banana bread and a large chocolate chip cookie. The kids got ribs, hot dogs and hamburgers, which they must have liked because I don’t recall any complaining for at least several minutes. The trick now is for everyone to get their drinks at the soda fountains and remain together so that we can find an empty table without getting lost. It literally takes longer to get our drinks and find a table than it does to get the food in the first place. Not because there were no empty tables, but because we all headed off for different covered areas.

Now I’ve also read that down at Serenity Bay (the adult beach) they have steak. It sounded good on paper, but that meant me taking another tram, and/or walking long distances to investigate and bring the steak back. In the end, I decided it just was not worth it – plus, DS7 wanted to go to the kids club, and more importantly, the Conched Out Bar’s 2 for 1 happy hour was ending at 2:00, which was just 30 minutes away. I also realized our towels and beach bag were back at the end of the beach where we left them. We were ready to hang out on the beach right here because my DW did not want to walk all the way back, but mostly because the bar was within sight. So DS11 went down to find us some empty chairs (there were plenty despite that part of the beach being right near the food and bar), DW took DS7 to the kids club, and I went back to get all the gear we had left behind.

I’m back in a flash and have a seat at the bar and anxiously await DW’s return so we can get the 2 for 1 drinks, because I’m just as cheap as she is. When DW arrives we order mojitos. Let me tell you, we are picky about our mojitos, even if I have a really hard time spelling it. These were wonderful and made with real mint crushed in the glass. We had an energetic and fun bar tender from the UK (Essex area) who chatted with us while we enjoyed his hand crafted motitos. A bit later our friends came by and invited DS11 to go on the dinasour dig with them, and then head over to the game pavillion. We stay at the bar and drink. I also discovered fresh papaya and mango. When we originally got our lunch at Cookies, they had a “tropical fruit mix” which consisted of mostly watermellon, cantalope, honeydew and pineapple. But once Cookies closed for lunch, they put out platters of fruit that included mango and papaya, as well as small sandwiches and other goodies.

TIP – stop by Cookies after they are closed to see what other items they have out.


It was now about 2:30 and DS11 and DW wanted to see Alice in Wonderland which was playing on the ship at 3:30. So time to head back. We find DS11 on his way to the game pavillion so he and DW head back to shower and get to the movie. I stop to get DS7 from the kids club but not before making a slight detour to the ice cream machine to get a chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream cone – for me, not him - yummy, but you’ve got to eat them quick because they melt fast and you don’t want your kids seeing you with one or else they will make you go back to get them one. DS7 had a blast during his short time at the kids club on CC. For all you parents out there, if you did not already know this, the kids club area on CC is no where near the water and they do NOT take the children in the water at anytime except to feed the sharks (JK). So its really safe. The activities involve sand and what little water is there comes from a garden hose.

Also, since I’m leaving CC and heading back to the ship - this would be a good time to mention that we did not encounter any sand flies, mosquitoes or any other type of pests (excluding fellow passengers and their larva).

TIP: Make sure to wear shoes, sandals, space shuttle tiles, etc. because the concrete paths get brutally hot.

So DS7 and I hop onto the tram and no one can remember if the ship is parked in the Mickey lot or the Goofy lot. Luckily its kind of hard to miss, and we eventually are allowed to board after using germ killing wipes. Sorry germs, you gotta no KTTW card, you no boarda the ship.

All right, this portion of the TR is over because I’m not exactly sure what happened next. I think at this point on the cruise, depression set in and clouded my already fogged mind. Our lovely day on the beach was over and if you can temporarily forget that we live only a mile from a georgeous Florida beach, its kind of sad. Not only that, we had only about 6 or so families on the DIS meets board. Just a couple thousand shy of what we needed for a mutiny, so we really were going to leave CC.

Check back tomorrow for part 2 where I have a run in with Stitch, we have an amazing meal at Palo, and I tell you all about DW frantically packing the suitcase 5 minutes before it must be outside the door.

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Your TR is great - makes me want to be on that beach right now!
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Loved your update I don't know whats more impressive your amount of detail or the jokes Thanks! The podcast cruise is December 12-16th 4 nighter. Don't have to do anything special except book through dreams unlimited travel, you get a 50 shipboard credit as well. There are going to be special guest on board speaking and a performance from Jodi Benson (voice of little mermaid) also on the first podcast cruise they gave away some free stuff including drinks and they do a live podcast taping. I didn't go on the first one, but there is a whole section about the cruise under the podcast forum. So far 700 dis members have booked. Just the info I know off the top of my head. Looking forward to your palo review.
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Drinks of the Day

Would it possible to list the Drinks of the Day and a description (good, bad, strange taste, not worth the money, worth trying, etc)?
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Would it possible to list the Drinks of the Day and a description (good, bad, strange taste, not worth the money, worth trying, etc)?
Sorry, but I just did not notice my DOTD. Know what I mean? They were all some frozen sweet fruity drink with rum or some such alchohol and I just sat happily looking at my surroundings and paid not real attention to the drink. To me they were all good and I think worth the money. I'm actually amazed at how cheap the Disney drink prices are considering they have a captive audience. I can ask my DW later as she really notices things like that because she is a woman and so picky.

I do know what they were called. Bahama Mama, Planter's Punch and on CC - the Stingray. Maybe the Stingray was over ice.

You'd be much better off asking this question on the main forum where lots of people can see it.
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