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Old 01-06-2013, 12:48 PM   #391
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Followed you from Ellen's TR and have spent the last couple days reading the whole thing. Looks like you are having a nice cruise so far, sorry Fran has been having pain issues. It is cool to see a cruise going to some different ports than the usual Caribbean ones. Too bad they aren't doing cruises on the Mexican Riviera anymore.
Welcome! I'm really enjoying Ellen's TR and hoping to make a visit to Aulani sometime soon. One of the reasons that we still went on the cruise (while canceling our previous WDW vacations) was that we knew she would be able to rest in the cabin. She needs a lot of rest at home. Without having the full strength of her arthritis medication, she had a lot of pain.

I can say that now that she has had two doses, she is moving much better. We had to postpone her infusion for tomorrow because we are both suffering from upper respiratory bugs, but hopefully she will get it before our trip to WDW, which is rapidly approaching and seems rather surreal right now!
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Day 7 – at sea

So I was really exhausted after dinner that night. I had meant to put out the breakfast card so that we had something to eat in the room that morning, but I forgot. I decided to head up to Goofy’s and see what I could find to put a little something in our tummies so we didn’t starve while waiting for our next meal.

On my way, I stopped to take pictures of some of the “not for sale” artwork on the walls. Fran had commented that we should take some pictures, and I finally remembered. All of these came from one Fantasia or another, either the original or the 2000 version.



































I went up to Deck 9 and got us some fruit, a chocolate croissant for Fran and a Special K with milk for me. You see for you veteran cruisers, we have dined at Palo, Triton’s, BBB, and Parrot Cay while in port, but there is one meal that we have not yet had, the infamous character breakfast! So I got Fran dressed after we had our snack and we headed out for breakfast.

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Old 01-06-2013, 02:09 PM   #393
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We checked in at the podium, and they were a little busy, so we had a brief wait.





Wait a minute? How many of you got champagne with your character breakfast?



Psych! We were back at Palo for brunch!



I missed taking pictures of these masks up close the first couple times we dined here. They all had music notes on them, and I love anything with music notes.







We didn’t have our normal table, but this one would do just fine.



You see, living only about 25 minutes from Disneyland, we can go to Goofy’s kitchen, Storytellers, Minnie’s or the one at the Paradise Pier hotel almost any time we want. When was the next time that I was going to be able to eat the delectable Chicken Parmesan?

Unfortunately as we got closer to LA the seas became very choppy. Unbeknownst to us, it had rained the entire week we were gone, HARD. We were just now hitting the front of the storm as it moved down into Mexico. I’m not sure if you can see in this photo off the side of the ship, just how choppy the water was.



This time we were seated more towards the middle of the restaurant, rather than close to the entrance.







We had our same server who still took wonderful care of us. They made me another Bloody Mary just like I had the first day.



Since I took pictures of the buffet the first day, I refrained from taking them on this second visit.

I did take pictures of our plates. This was Fran’s first plate.



This was my plate



She followed up her first plate with the Strawberry Soup.



I couldn’t wait to have the Chicken Parmesan yet again!



Now on the DISboards I had read about the grape and gorgonzola pizza, our concierge Rodrigo also told me that he heard it is wonderful. I wasn’t so sure about it, I’m more of a traditional pizza kinda gal, so when Hristo told me that they can make split pizzas, I decided that was absolutely the way to go. I went for the half signature pizza and half margherita pizza. It was good, but I could only eat about half of the pizza, because I definitely had to save room for some of the desserts that I missed the first time.



Here I have the Panna Cotta, berries in Grand Mariner and I think the one in front is some kind of a trifle or cheesecake in a shot glass.



I washed this all down with a Bailey’s and coffee



Fran had our server get her a sticky bun for dessert.



She was still not feeling great, mostly by this time it was because of the motion on the ship. We were rocking pretty good (which is why she let the server bring her the sticky bun instead of getting it for herself). We had brought Dramamine and she was happy to have it. We stopped back by the room and found our Concierge snack for the day.



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Trickster!

Not gonna lie, I was going to be pissed that they offered you champagne at the character breakfast and not us!

Yay for a second trip to Palo Brunch! I'm glad you decided to try the gorgonzola pizza. I wish they had told us about doing a half and half pizza, because I would have done half margherita as well. How did that taste?
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I am glad that you got a second Palo brunch.

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Looks gorgeous!

The food is just to die-for!
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Trickster!

Not gonna lie, I was going to be pissed that they offered you champagne at the character breakfast and not us!

Yay for a second trip to Palo Brunch! I'm glad you decided to try the gorgonzola pizza. I wish they had told us about doing a half and half pizza, because I would have done half margherita as well. How did that taste?
Gotcha! I liked the Margherita side better. Both were good, and even though I love the blue cheeses, I just wasn't feeling the grapes as much as the tomatoes and mozarella.

You were the hardest to keep the secret from. You were asking, "Are you going to go back to Palo?"

I kept wanting to say, "Sooner than you think!"

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I am glad that you got a second Palo brunch.

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We really enjoyed it so much the first time, we had to do it again. I think for the Magic we are going to book it for both the first and last brunch days. Not sure about which night for dinner. I don't think we can book until 75 days out, which will be right in the middle of our WDW trip!
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We really enjoyed it so much the first time, we had to do it again. I think for the Magic we are going to book it for both the first and last brunch days. Not sure about which night for dinner. I don't think we can book until 75 days out, which will be right in the middle of our WDW trip!
As Silver Castaway Club members you can make your reservations at 90 days out.

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Looks gorgeous!

The food is just to die-for!
You snuck in while I was replying to the other updates! I wish I were eating there soon. I just read Corinna's night at Palo on her TR and she mentioned that Graham had the Lobster Mascarpone Ravioli, I am dying for some of that right now!
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You snuck in while I was replying to the other updates! I wish I were eating there soon. I just read Corinna's night at Palo on her TR and she mentioned that Graham had the Lobster Mascarpone Ravioli, I am dying for some of that right now!
Graham really loves this dish. I don't seafood with the exception of shrimp every now and again so I cannot comment.

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You snuck in while I was replying to the other updates! I wish I were eating there soon. I just read Corinna's night at Palo on her TR and she mentioned that Graham had the Lobster Mascarpone Ravioli, I am dying for some of that right now!
That sounds delicious!
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Still loving your TR. I'm living vicariously through you both. When we had Palo brunch, I never made it to desert. I got full from few pieces of cheese and the margherita pizza, which I LOVED! Wish I could have eaten more, but I seem to get full really quick. Even your Bailey's coffee looks awesome.
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Yum yum yum! Seriously looks great! And I can see the chop in those seas. No me gusta.

The Fantasia photos are really neat.

The Bloody Mary looks good too. I am a huge Bloody Mary drinker.
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Gotcha! I liked the Margherita side better. Both were good, and even though I love the blue cheeses, I just wasn't feeling the grapes as much as the tomatoes and mozarella.

You were the hardest to keep the secret from. You were asking, "Are you going to go back to Palo?"

I kept wanting to say, "Sooner than you think!"


Dang, I knew I should have gotten the margherita. So on your next cruise, you'll be doing two Palo Brunches and 1 Palo dinner right?

I'm trying to remember, is the Wonder going out of Galveston? Or is it the Dream? I'm hoping one day you can get on the Dream or Fantasy so you can partake of Remy. I think that type of food you would appreciate, since you're a complete foodie.
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I simply can not wait! So much delicious food.

Did concierge arrange for your second brunch? For your Galveston cruise I think you'll need to book your second one the first afternoon onboard.
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