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Old 10-14-2012, 05:54 PM   #46
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Thanks for joining in! Enjoy your upcoming cruise. The tastings are a lot of fun and a lot cheaper was of getting lots of drinks.

We most likely will be doing F&W next year but as weekends most likely. I just got home from a final interview for a job in Naples, FL so if that works out, we'll finally be Florida Residents which will change how we go to Disney. At the moment, our current trip is scheduled for Feb staying at BLT. I'll be making reservations soon for some weekends in October once I find out whats going on with that job.
When in February are you going? We're at BLT from the 4th-7th, and at Kidani for five days before that.

I hope I timed pirate night correctly on our cruise. I booked Palo for that night. You menu confirms that I just don't care for the pirate night meals.
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Old 10-14-2012, 08:05 PM   #47
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When in February are you going? We're at BLT from the 4th-7th, and at Kidani for five days before that.

I hope I timed pirate night correctly on our cruise. I booked Palo for that night. You menu confirms that I just don't care for the pirate night meals.
We're at BLT from late in the evening on the 6th to the 10th.

Going to Palo that night is differently the right choice.
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Old 10-17-2012, 08:18 PM   #48
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St. Thomas/St. Johns

This morning we had a small breakfast in the Concierge lounge & grabbed some more water bottles before heading to check into our excursion. We had selected to do the St. John Eco Hike. We were one of about 12 people on this excursion for this trip, all adults. The cruise staff teased us all during the check in. We were walked off the boat shortly and led to a ferry to St. John. The journey took about 45 minutes from the ship to the island.





Once at St. John we were lead to visitor center for any last bathroom breaks before our hike.



We were lead for about 75 minutes through the park until we got to Honeymoon beach. There was about a 45 minute stop at Honeymoon Beach if you wanted to swim. The thought of walking another hour being wet from the ocean didn't sound appealing to me so my husband and I just hung out around beach during this time (and sadly, I caught up on work emails too)








(Tour Guide & Donkey)









After the beach stop, we walked towards the abandoned sugar mill.










Really big termite mound

When we finished with the mill, a truck was suppose to be there waiting for us to take us back to the ferry dock. It wasn't. We did have to wait about 20 minutes to get picked up which meant the ferry had to be held back for us & we didn't get time to look in the shoppes around the ferry area.







As we approached the cruise dock in St. Thomas, the other ship in port was doing their boat drill.









Our legs were too tired at this point to go shopping by the docks. We headed back to the room to change out of our hiking clothes and grab a small lunch by the pool before we headed to relax in the Rainforest room and Satellite Falls for a bit.
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Old 10-19-2012, 09:09 PM   #49
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Palo Take Two

After relaxing some around the ship, we walked around aimlessly.


(My husband really wanted me to take this photo for some reason)




View from Veranda

We then got ready for dinner.

We checked in right on time and were led to the exact table we were at two nights prior. Laszlo was our server once again & was absolutely amazing.


Antipasta

We decided against the vegetables this time as we knew we would not eat them.


Super yummy flatbread


View from table


My husband went light for his appetizer, Fresh Arugula Salad with Choice of Palo’s Dressings, except there wasn't really a choice of dressings just the one it came with.


(Repeat picture I know!)
I went for what my husband had last time, Sicilian Pesto Marinated Grilled Shrimp: On a Mussel, Crab, and Cherry Tomato Ragu, and greatly enjoyed it.


My husband went for the same thing as last time for the pasta course, a half portion of Lobster Ravioli.

I did the same thing as my husband,

and had the same thing as before - the half portion of Mushroom Risotto.

For our entrees, we did change what we initially had.

My husband went for:

Beef Tenderloin

I went for:

Rombo al Finocchio — Pan seared Turbot on Fingerling potatoes, Porcini, Pancetta and Fennel with Walnut Butter

For dessert my husband had the Tiramisu.


I went for the souffle


And after dinner drink!


The service was as great as the other two visits.

We headed back and got a drink from the lounge and headed back to the room.



We had intentions of going back out but ended up falling asleep instead ><
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Old 11-03-2012, 11:48 AM   #50
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Last Day At Sea

Today's goal was to just enjoy the ship as much as possible.

We did breakfast in the concierge lounge



I headed to the rainforest room afterwards before it was time for my massage.

It was the 75 minute hot stone massage & it was bliss!

My husband enjoyed the gym.

Afterwards we walked around some.



Enjoyed a cocktail or two at the pool bar.

Got a quick snack by the pool.




We then watched the princess parade from the upper level as there was no way we were going to wait in that line to visit with them!




We then attended the towel folding class.




Our snake


Puppy


Monkey

There was then a special reception for the concierge guests on the sun deck. They had free cocktails and some snacks.

Stitch also visited us upstairs!




(It was really windy upstairs)
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Old 11-03-2012, 03:59 PM   #51
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Animator's Palette

We cleaned up for dinner & headed down for our first dinner at Animator's.







There was a set appetizer as it was a show dinner.




Cocktail

There was a set soup.

Buttered Popcorn Soup

It was interesting. I didn't really eat much of it as just a few bites was all I needed.



We were able to select our main entree though!
My husband went for the Lobster Tail

He had no complaints.

I went for the parmesan encrusted chicken w/ pasta


The server also brought us an entree we didn't ask for as it was something he loved.

It was the fish dish and the bite I had was tasty.



Next up was dessert:

Warm Chocolate Lava Cake


Sampler


Chocolate Cheesecake


All of them were great!

This is overall our favorite main dining room menu of the cruise.



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Old 11-03-2012, 09:26 PM   #52
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I'm so excited to see your review. We've got cabin 12004 on the Feb 2nd sailing. I'm anxious to hear your thoughts. What would you suggest to try for an upgrade to a one bedroom and any idea how much I'd be looking at? We're traveling with our two sons so I'm all about more space!
Thanks again for sharing your trip.
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I'm so excited to see your review. We've got cabin 12004 on the Feb 2nd sailing. I'm anxious to hear your thoughts. What would you suggest to try for an upgrade to a one bedroom and any idea how much I'd be looking at? We're traveling with our two sons so I'm all about more space!
Thanks again for sharing your trip.
I loved 12004! There was just my husband and I and I thought there were plenty of space for a cruise ship for the two of us. I mean, if you can afford to upgrade, I would but more so as your space would be pretty much doubled and plus you get the super cool tv in the bathroom mirror. (Simple things amuse me)
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Night Life

After dinner, we took a stroll on the upper deck back to the room.



Got a drink from the bar and headed to the Disney Trivia in D Lounge





We lost but seeing as there was a 5 section set of current shows on Disney Channel, we were totally going to be out for those points as the last Disney Channel show I watched as Suite Life on Deck.

We headed to the O'Gills got a drink and then called it a night.

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Castaway Cay

At midnight, the boat officially premiered Finding Nemo 3-D. My husband & I aren't night time people, so we knew we wouldn't be able to stay up for that.

When we woke up this morning, there was a Finding Nemo showing around 7:30AM, so we attended the showing in the theatre. Barely anyone was there at that time since it was so early and most people wanted to be among the first off for the beach. The movie was great! I have seen it many times before but being on a Disney Boat seeing a Disney Movie is always a little bit better.



After the movie was over, we headed off the boat & to Serenity Bay by the trams.









We enjoyed our time by the water, swimming out rather far. After our time at the beach, we got a drink by the bar.

We had lunch at the BBQ on Serenity Bay. Something about a hot dog in a french roll just makes me happy, even if there was a lack of cookie dough ice cream.

We headed back to the boat. I rode the Aqua Duck when we returned to the boat and we headed to the room to clean up from our beach day along with packing up everything that hadn't been packed yet.
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Around The Ship & Beer Tasting

Excuse the long hiatus, I spent the last month moving from Georgia to Florida and am finally at a point of being settled and normalizing.

We decided to walk around the ship and explore the kid's clubs as they were having open house. The ship was dead this afternoon as everyone was still out at Castaway.












I seriously spent like 45 minutes playing the card game in there as I did the extra hard version.



We then did another version of the Detective Agency.


And then it was time to head to O'Gills for our Beer Tasting.

I'm not the biggest fan of beer, but I knew my husband would enjoy it.



The beers given to use weren't too exotic, I know it was Sam Adams, Stella, Newcastle, Boddingtons, Guinness.

The bartender went on about the history of the individual beers and reasons why certain cans of beer have a ball in them.



They then had them make a half & half with the Guinness and Boddingtons.



It was a lot of beer on not much of food in our stomach. I was feeling good as we headed to dinner!
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Final Dinner

Our final meal was in the Enchanted Garden







I don't remember what was on the menu so here are the pictures!
















Baked Alaska
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Final Night Around the Ship

It was our final night & I still hadn't visited certain bars. My husband was tired & went to bed. I went out by myself.

I first visited O La La. I was the only person there for the hour I was there.







I tried the elderbubble & Blue Angel. Both were very well made!


I then headed to Skyline where I got another blue drink.




I then called it a night as I think I had enough alcohol for the final day at sea.
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Going Home

We never put our luggage out the night before so that we would be able to get directly off the boat without having to find our luggage. We breezed through customs & were able to get on our shuttle quickly as we headed back to our car at the Radisson & hit the road back to Georgia.







It overall was a great vacation.
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Thank you for taking the time to finish your trip report. Thanks for the info on the beer tasting. DH would have wanted to do that tasting, but knowing that he has most of those beers in the fridge right now kinda makes me think we'll skip that one!
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