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Old 12-19-2012, 01:02 AM   #256
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Caramelized plantains, Sopas with shrimp and some sort of fish, It all tasted good, The Margaritas made it better It was fun to do. There were other people in the group that had done that excursion before.
After you eat what you cooked you get full use of Playamia facilities. Swimming pool, beach frontage and the floating things out in the water.
We were limited on water activities on this trip so we did not get to use that part of the package.
But I would do it again, Yes.
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Old 12-19-2012, 07:07 PM   #257
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Caramelized plantains, Sopas with shrimp and some sort of fish, It all tasted good, The Margaritas made it better
Yum! Maybe we'll try that next time. Sounds like something for everyone.
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Old 12-19-2012, 08:03 PM   #258
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Fury Catamaran: The Beach Excursion



When we were securely moored the crew lowered the stairs and we went ashore to Fury Beach. The call of the water toys was so great that DS took off running and had ridden the slide multiple times before we could even exit the catamaran. We didnít see him again until beach time was over. I think we were there for about 45 minutes. (not quite long enough in my opinion)

DH and I casually made our way across the beach where we found two hammocks still available. This is where we remained while the kids happily climbed, jumped, slid and splashed on the water inflatables. Kayaks, paddleboards and floats were also included in the excursion and free to use.



In this photo you can see the slide, trampoline and some paddle boarders and kayakers in the background.


This crazy sphere was very popular, but very difficult to get up on. It appeared to be missing one anchor chain and when enough kids tried to climb up on one side it would completely flip over. Thankfully there were some dads there to flip it back.


This is the life.

Other included items were a cooler of water and a cooler of margaritas. Then, for an additional cost, you could buy a hamburger plate which came with macaroni salad and potato salad. If Iím remembering correctly it cost $8.00 (cash only) DH and I split one. We thought the kids had to be getting hungry too, but there was no way they were leaving the inflatables until they had to.


The main building holds the food service and bathrooms. On the left is a counter with the self-serve drink coolers. The smaller shelters on the right sold souvenirs and offered massages for an additional charge.

There were a few short rain showers while we were there, which caused a few parents to relocate to dryer seats, but I donít think the kids even noticed and our hammocks were partially sheltered so it didnít bother us.

After what was way too short a time they began to ask that we get back on board. DS was, very reluctantly, one of the the very last children out of the water.



A shot showing all the covered areas and how many unused chairs there were.


The complimentary kayaks, paddle boards, floats and life jackets.


The groups loading back onto the catamarans for the return trip.
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Old 12-19-2012, 08:38 PM   #259
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Fury Catamaran: The Ride (The End Part)

Back on board we all had to go below and as far back as we could to shift the pontoon weight off the sand so we could get the catamaran afloat. Once back in the water the final journey back to the Cozumel dock was one big party. We were again told we could roam freely and the crew circulated with those free flowing drinks. They turned on some party tunes and the crew led the guests in party dances like the Cha-Cha Slide and Macarena. We also saw the flying fish again on the return trip.


Me and DH

The other thing that happened during the return trip was they offered to sell us the photos they took. Our family just had two photos (the one when we first boarded and the snorkeling one). We purchased both for just over $21 USD which I thought was a very reasonable price. Each photo came in a white display folder in a protective plastic bag. They were also selling t-shirts with their logo on them which we did not purchase.

After about 30 minutes the Fantasy came back into view and before we knew it we were docking. It was beginning to rain again, and we were exhausted, so we decided not to walk into Cozumel, but get back on the ship instead. I guess weíll have to go into Cozumel on another trip.



Nearing the dock


The big beautiful Disney Fantasy

This was a great excursion and I definitely recommend it. The crew of the Fury was friendly, fun and professional and we thank them for making our time with them so memorable.
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Old 12-20-2012, 12:42 PM   #260
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Just finished reading the entire trip report! Wow! Sounds amazing. You have written and captured the cruise very well!!

I am going to start reading your Alaska trip report as DH and I are not sure which one to do next year. We went on the Disney wonder in 2010 on the 3-day Bahamas cruise and this time we want to go for any of the 7-day cruises as the 3-day was just tooooo short! DH wants to go on the Alaskan cruise -mainly for Alaska and a little for the cruise, i want to go on the Fantasy mainly for the ship and a little for the destination

Kids are turning 10 next year and we want to take them on one of the cruises as celebration and possibly a surprise so we can't really ask them for their opinion

Anyway..looking for more of your TR and wishing we were on a cruise right now
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Old 12-21-2012, 09:42 AM   #261
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Just finished reading the entire trip report! Wow! Sounds amazing. You have written and captured the cruise very well!!

I am going to start reading your Alaska trip report as DH and I are not sure which one to do next year. We went on the Disney wonder in 2010 on the 3-day Bahamas cruise and this time we want to go for any of the 7-day cruises as the 3-day was just tooooo short! DH wants to go on the Alaskan cruise -mainly for Alaska and a little for the cruise, i want to go on the Fantasy mainly for the ship and a little for the destination

Kids are turning 10 next year and we want to take them on one of the cruises as celebration and possibly a surprise so we can't really ask them for their opinion

Anyway..looking for more of your TR and wishing we were on a cruise right now
Hi Tiara, Thank you for reading.

If I had to compare the Alaska versus the Western Caribbean it would be hard because they were both amazing, but I'd say the main difference for me would be that the Alaska trip felt more relaxing than the Caribbean. It could have been that there was one more day at sea or it may have been because we had been on the Wonder before and already knew the ship. On the Fantasy everything was new, and the ship is bigger, so it felt like we were constantly on the go trying to see and do everything.

You can't go wrong with Disney no matter where you decide to go. Have fun!
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Old 12-21-2012, 02:45 PM   #262
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Avenger Lovers Assemble-Disassemble-Assemble Again

Tonight was one night we were REALLY looking forward to. I was pretty sure going into this cruise that since The Avengers had released into theaters only a couple of weeks ago that DCL would be showing it on our cruise. When we boarded, saw the theater schedule, and knew for sure we were over-the-moon excited. We had already seen the movie on opening weekend, because there was no way we could wait until the cruise, but we were super ready to see it again.

The first showing was scheduled for 4:30 in the Walt Disney Theater. We arrived just before 4:00 and got great center section seats about 8 rows back. Suddenly, only a handful of minutes before the show was to begin, the shipís power went out. Emergency lights came on almost immediately, and although they left the theater dimly lit, there was enough light to see what was going on. We stayed put and assumed theyíd be back on shortly. I canít remember if there was a ship wide broadcast made.

4:30 came and went with no lights and no movie. Finally a crew member with a bull horn went up on stage and made an announcement. As it turns out, cruise ships hook up their electrical system to the dock so they can power down the engines during shore time. Well it seems that the Cozumel dock had lost power which meant The Fantasy did too. It was explained to us that it would take The Fantasy at least 30 minutes to power up the engines, run the start-up tests and then power up the movie equipment again. Unfortunately he also had to deliver the bad news that, because of the length of the movie, they wouldnít be able to play the 4:30 show because by the time they got the movie started it would overlap the 7:45 showing. He assured us that they would reschedule the movie for another time or we could attend the 7:45 show instead.

When the crew member finished his announcement many people began departing the theater, but our family and many others stayed put. Being an optimist (most of the time) I was still hoping for a Disney miracle. After another 10 minutes we finally gave in and left the theater. Sometime during all this the power came back on, but they assured us they would not be showing the 4:30 movie.

We wandered in and out of the stores for the next 10 minutes or so wanting to stay close in case they announced that they got the movie going. Our wandering eventually found us near the atrium where DS declared that he was going to The Edge to look for friends. A few minutes after that an announcement came over the speakers that they succeeded in getting the movie projector running and WOULD be presenting the 4:30 showing in its entirety in 10 minutes. DH, DD and I raced back to the theater.

We got there pretty quickly and scored sixth row center seats. We waited for DS to join us, but after many minutes he still hadnít arrived. We tried to call The Edge on our Wave phone, but we couldnít find a direct number. We ended up calling the main desk who gave us a number. By the time we reached a cast member in The Edge, who said she didnít see DS in there, the movie was beginning. I raced out of the theater to find him. I ran up to The Edge, but he definitely wasnít there. Then I went to the room, but he wasnít there either. I figured heíd probably gone to the sports area, but it was such a big ship I knew I could look for a while and not bump into him. I decided to go back to the theater. I had missed the first 10 minutes of the movie, but since Iíd seen it before so I knew what was going on. I was sad that DS was missing it though.

The movie was just as great as the first time we saw it. We knew there were special scenes at the end so when the credits began, and people started to leave, we stayed put. Since the movie was ending mere minutes before the 7:45 showing was set to begin the next crowd was already filtering in to find seats. They ended up getting to watch the bonus scenes before they saw the movie.

After we left we went to the cabin to get ready for dinner. This is where we found DS asleep. He hadnít heard the movie announcement. He had gone to get ice cream and then to the sports deck. Then he got tired and went to lie down in the cabin where he fell asleep watching a movie. He was pretty disappointed about missing the movie. Luckily (I canít remember at exactly what point) an announcement was made that they would show the movie again, in 3-D, at 11:00 PM and we promised to take him.
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Old 12-26-2012, 06:53 PM   #263
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great trip report!

we are going in Oct. & the only excursion we are booking is the fury!
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Love seeing the pics! Looks like a great trip!
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Old 12-27-2012, 07:22 PM   #265
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Thank you so much for this lovely trip report. Our Fantasy cruise is just 5 weeks away and you managed to get me very excited and informed at the same time.

I do have a question.....Is the Costa Maya port in the city of Playa del Carmen?
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Old 12-28-2012, 03:06 PM   #266
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QUOTE=Brancaneve;47006902]Thank you so much for this lovely trip report. Our Fantasy cruise is just 5 weeks away and you managed to get me very excited and informed at the same time.

I do have a question.....Is the Costa Maya port in the city of Playa del Carmen?[/QUOTE]

Playa del Carmen is directly across from the island of Cozumel. I believe that there are many excursions that depart from there during the port day at Cozumel. Costa Maya is on the mainland about 175 miles south of Playa del Carmen.

Thanks for reading and have a great trip! It's been harder to find time to write with all the family holiday activities, but I'll try to finish my report before you go.
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Arrrrggg! We Be a Mite Famished

It was pirate night tonight and we mostly dressed for the occasion. DH & DS went all out and wore their awesome pirate duds. I came up with a half-pirate/ half land-lubber look that allowed me to leave my more authentic pirate outfit at home. (I love it, but it takes up most of a suitcase on its own) DD phoned it in with a t-shirt with a skull on it. Perry really got into the spirit though.


Disney photographers came around to the tables tonight.




"Perry, what are you planning to do with that knife?"

Tonightís dinner was in Royal Court again. Our dynamic serving duo was adorable in their pirate attire.


Shipmates Precious & Siri

After the excursion in Cozumel we were famished and looking forward to feasting tonight. Once again we werenít disappointed and ate till we were nearly bursting.


Pirate menu: front & back


I love the burnt edge detail and subtle Disney references. How many hidden Mickeys can you find?


Pirates Golden Pot Stickers


Black Beard's Jumbo Crab Cake


Chilled-to-the-Bone Honeydew & Watermelon Soup


The Dutchman's Dijon Crusted Sirloin of Beef.
My family likes their meat like they like their enemies...dead and bloody.



Jack Sparrow's BBQ Marinated Beef Short Ribs Falling off the bone tender.


Captain Hook's Macadamia Nut Dusted Mahi Mahi


Dessert Menu


Crunch Time Sundae


Banana-Chocolate Crepe
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Pirates Know How To Parrrghty

Right after dinner it was time to go find spots to watch the Pirates in the Caribbean deck party. On the Fantasy they call it Buccaneerís Blast. DH and I were planning to go for two reasons. One, I expected that the show would be different than the others weíd seen and I feel the need to see everything at least once. And two, itís pretty cool to get to see fireworks at sea. We didnít have any on our last cruise. The Wonder is not allowed to shoot fireworks on the Alaska voyages. Itís too close to shore and the boom can cause avalanches. Party poopers DS & DD opted to go do something else. I guess thatís one thing that I love about a Disney cruise though. Everyone has fun, just sometimes together and sometimes apart.

The one bad point Iíve found about having late dining is having trouble finding a good seat at after dinner events. The main deck was already jam packed with families camped out for the show. DH and I wandered around for a bit hoping to find a decent viewing angle for taking photos, but no luck. We ended up watching from the deck above near the back.

Buccaneer Blast stars Captain Jack Sparrow and Blackbeard. (The show on the Wonder stars Mickey Mouse and Captain Hook) It was not too scary for the younger kids, but it definitely had a different vibe because it was all people and no characters. I donít remember the exact plot line, but it was basically bad guy (Blackbeard) taking over the ship, good guy (Jack Sparrow) swooping in to save the day, cue fireworks. Anyway, here are some photos. From our vantage point it was hard to get good shots at night with the actors bouncing and swinging and swash-buckling all over the place so I had to sometime take photos of the action on the big screen.



This skull came out and greeted the waiting crowd.


Captain Blackbeard makes his appearance.


Jack Sparrow prepares to zip-line in to save the day.


Jack makes it safely to the stage.


Seeing double...Screen action above, live action below.


Jack ascends the staircase to get the upper hand and be the center of attention.


Fireworks at sea




There was a slight mist throughout the show, but it began to rain just as the show ended. Much of the audience quickly left for warmer, drier places, but the pirates stayed on for the after-show dance party with the die-hard party people.
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Oh my! Did you say Jack Sparrow?? Let me get front row seats!
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Avengers Reassemble

Because of the power outage fiasco earlier they replayed The Avengers movie again, in 3-D, in the Walt Disney Theater at 11:30 PM. DD was too tired to go, but DH and I took DS as promised. I fell asleep about 30 minutes in and upon jarring awake, hoping I hadnít drooled or snored or worst of all snorted, I decided it was time for me to go to bed. I excused myself and left. Luckily, since DS had napped earlier, he was able to watch the whole thing with DH.
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