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Old 02-06-2011, 02:41 PM   #136
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OK, gonna start the AP chapter now
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Old 02-06-2011, 02:45 PM   #137
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OT, but Hi Karen.

How are things across the pond?
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Old 02-06-2011, 02:47 PM   #138
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Yup, feel the same way...the ship is the reason we sail! I didn't even get off in Nassau. The VP was like looking at a very nice, HD screen.
There are a few cruises that I would go on now for where the ship is going, i.e. Alaska as well as the Panama Canal again, but until DCL changes the itineraries, it doesn't matter where they sail. Just love being on DCL.

I figured they'd have some of the best screens for the virtual portholes. The only thing would be I'm use to looking down or up out of the porthole and wonder if only having the two dimensional view would feel weird. Still would like to try one some day though.
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Old 02-06-2011, 02:50 PM   #139
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OT, but Hi Karen.

How are things across the pond?
Hiya Jeff

Things are good here, its finally warming up, we've had a very cold Winter, but I think its finally turning to Spring thank goodness.

Hope you're all well
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Old 02-06-2011, 03:29 PM   #140
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Animator's Palate Part 1

Our first rotational dining was in AP at 8:30pm and I was excited to see the new version! I was also very anxious about finding out who we were dining with and how big a table it would be!

When we arrived to our table #104...wayyyyy over in the back corner of the restaurant, I was happy to see that it was only a table of 4!! I've always had worse service with the bigger tables. When we got there, there were two ladies already sitting there and they were a little shifty looking...I could tell they were trouble waiting to happen

Just kidding...our table mates were Deb and Kim and they were AWESOME!!! We totally lucked out with that because a lot of the TA's we ran into were grumpy and soooo unfriendly! (not all, some were super nice!) Deb and Kim were both so friendly and sooo down-to-earth and freaking hilarious!!!

By the time we were done with dinner, my stomach hurt from laughing so hard and I had a headache because I just couldn't stop laughing!!! Couldn't have had nicer dinner company! We also lucked out because it turns out that they were also our neighbours!!!

We had so many hilarious moments and stories but I will only share one....earlier in the day, Michelle was telling me about someone peeking over around the verandah divider while I was out taking photos. Well, we found out at dinner it was Deb!! It was sooo funny because Michelle thought it was a creepy old man looking for a thrill but it was only Deb making sure no one was out there on the verandah before she lit up a cigarette!!

So, instead of a creepy old man, it turned out to be a very considerate sweet lady who didn't want to blow smoke in our faces! Which was awesome and completely hilarious to us.

I will say that part of the reason we laughed so much was because we had such terrible service!! I know this sounds strange to say but it was sooo bad it was just funny! It would have been a different story if we had Kira (my little girl) at the table, I wouldn't have been laughing but since it was just me, I didn't really care all that much that it took 45 minutes to get a diet-coke and an hour and 15 minutes to get our appetizers...I mean, heck, I could just run up to the drink station if I really wanted to. So we just laughed even harder when we saw the assistant server walk by us 4 times with ONE diet-coke on her tray and nothing else. About 10 minutes later, I finally got that diet-coke that she was parading around the room

It was totally lost on the assistant server when she finally brought me the drink and I said "It was a long journey for that drink!"

Shortly after we ordered our meals, the server took off. We were told that he spilled some soup on his shirt and had to go change but we never did see him again so we joked that he had to swim back to shore to get a new shirt...that and many other jokes

Like I said...we had fun!!

While he was gone, Luis (an assistant server from the section next to us) took over and as soon as that happened, things got soooo much better! We got our appetizers, refills and then our dinner immediately following!

Then for dessert, Corinne (the server from that section) took care of us and she was awesome!!! We got out of there shortly after 10pm but we joked that if it wasn't for Luis and Corinne, we would still be waiting for our appetizers

Michelle ended up going to the Dining Room Manager and Head Server and she asked if we could have Luis and Corinne permanently. We didn't find out for sure until the next night, but they honoured her request and made it happen for us and we had no problems for the last 3 nights.

Ok, so that was our dining experience...I haven't even talked about the restaurant yet

Let's just say that AP is my new favourite!!! It was sooooo (amazing?) COOL!! When we began eating, the screens around the room were static, they looked like artists' sketches and then about 30 minutes or so into the meal (I use the word meal loosely since we hadn't even gotten our drinks by then LOL) they turned into what looked like fish tanks and all the characters from Finding Nemo would pass by every once in awhile.

It was so funny because Kim kept trying to get a picture of Dory but the second she got her camera up to the screen, Dory disappeared! I can't even tell you how many times she tried and failed, it was damn entertaining watcher her try though

We saw them play catch with Bloat as the ball and other really cute, creative things. Then about an hour into it, we saw Crush (who had passed by many times by now) and he starts talking....

"Hey Dudette!!"

He was looking at me!

I didn't answer. We all just looked around like idiots wondering what to do

"Yeah, the Dudette in purple!"

Ummm...I was wearing purple.

Pointing at myself like a moron..."Me?"

"What's your name Dudette?"

"Hmmm....Cass."

"Hey Cash! How's it going Cash?"



I was talking to Crush! How cool is that???

I don't remember much else about the conversation...I think he asked me where I was from and made some cute remarks and then he was off to the table next to us where he asked the little kid if he knew Cash

I totally didn't know that Crush interacted with the guests, what a very cool surprise! Now, he didn't talk to everyone, so don't get all pissy if he doesn't talk to you on your cruise

Shall we get on with the food then?















To be continued....
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Old 02-06-2011, 03:41 PM   #141
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Animator's Palate Part 2

Onto the fooooood Refer to the menu if you don't understand my abbreviations

potato soup


shrimp cheescake


mushroom risotto


squash soup


tenderloin


chicken




you guys are smart...you can figure out the rest











The wonderful and amazing Corinne




Some pics from dinner...

















The food by the way was TRES FANTASTIQUE!!!!!!!! It was probably the best dining room food I have ever had on DCL. The potato soup was out-of-this-world good as was the tenderloin (potatoes were just OK) and the Brownie Cheesecake was yummy yummy yummy!!! Can't wait to eat there again!!

More restaurant pics in the next part.....

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Old 02-06-2011, 04:00 PM   #142
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Love the new look of AP with the wood in there. Looks classier.

Did you try the shrimp cheesecake? If not, did the person who ordered it like it? I'm not sure about that one.
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Animator's Palate Part 3

I never got to take photos of the whole restaurant that night because I was too darn busy laughing and having a fabulous time but I did get some photos during the next 3 days...and here they are!


Animator's Palate is located at the end of the longest hallway on the Dream (according to the ship tour!)

Along the left side of that hallway (sorry no pic) make sure to take note of the sketches...they are sketches of princesses (and other Disney leading ladies) in different stages before their final versions that we know and love.















































The restaurant was absolutely GORGEOUS and is my new personal fave! Instead of having the stations all around the restaurants, the serving staff now have...what I call little closets...to place all the meals in when they get them from the galley....the also have their own drink stations in the closets too! Very clever but harder the get their attention if you need something because they are out of the main dining area.

I really can't wait to show Kira this restaurant and I just know that Rob will absolutely love it like I do!!!
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Did you try the shrimp cheesecake? If not, did the person who ordered it like it? I'm not sure about that one.
Nooooo.....I don't go anywhere near anything that comes from the sea...unless it's highly battered fish

Kim had the cheesecake and I don't recall if she liked it or not. Perhaps Deb (who is a DISer) will remember if she liked it or not and will chime in here



Oooooooh Deb......
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Looks like they added more, and larger, tv's to AP. That will great.
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Nooooo.....I don't go anywhere near anything that comes from the sea...unless it's highly battered fish

Kim had the cheesecake and I don't recall if she liked it or not. Perhaps Deb (who is a DISer) will remember if she liked it or not and will chime in here



Oooooooh Deb......

You'd do fine her in WI then. The fish is very fried here. Friday night Fish Fries are everywhere.
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Enchanted Garden Part 1

This was our second night dining rotation restaurant and I was looking forward to it. All the photos I saw before I left were great and I knew I would like this one. The photos really don't do it justice because it's even more beautiful in person!

We found out that we were moved from table 104 to 50 so we could be served by Corinne and Luis and this made our night even better!!

The whole ambiance was breathtaking! It does look quite different at night compared to the day but you really only notice if you are there, standing in the middle of the room looking around.

The company was fantastic....the service was phenomenal but I honestly didn't care for the food. Keep in mind that I am a picky eater. I don't like really fancy food...I am a meat and taters kind of girl so just because I didn't love it, doesn't mean the average guest wouldn't like it.

I did really like the topping part of my potato!! lol


Let's start with the food!

A quick shout out to Deb and Kim for being sweethearts and letting me paparazzi their food before they could devour it



Sorry, I casted a shadow on the menu in each shot...bad Cass!
























Kids meatloaf



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Sorry....apparently these photos were taken by a a tall drunk person LOL!












Restaurant photos in the next post.....
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Enchanted Garden Part 2

These were taken on 3 different days LOL!
















































Midship elevator right next to EG



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Wow, that ship looks elegant Cass. Just beautiful!
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I really can't wait to show Kira this restaurant and I just know that Rob will absolutely love it like I do!!!

Yes they will. So when will the three of you be heading down again?
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