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Old 04-14-2013, 10:37 AM   #331
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Thanks for such a great trip report!

We are planning to sail the Dream in summer 2014 (soooo very far away!) and I love all your photos and tips. What a great vacation!
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Old 04-14-2013, 07:57 PM   #332
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Fabulous Trip Report! We are headed on the Fantasy in August for a 7 night Eastern Caribbean Cruise.....our first Fantasy trip so this was so helpful....

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Old 04-14-2013, 11:00 PM   #333
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Bravo! Awesome trip report - I read it all tonight.

Thanks for the great tips. Can't wait to use them next April on our Fantasy cruise!
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Old 04-15-2013, 05:50 PM   #334
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I was not really sure what a trip report was but how I have seen this it was amazing to view all your post with pictures. We will be sailing on the Fantasy in September and I just can't wait. Wonderful info, great photos and a beautiful family, oh and Perry is cute too !!!!
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Old 04-17-2013, 02:24 PM   #335
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We r leaving may 4th on the fantasy. The only night available to get into dinner at palo was the last night. why do they save the animators palate show for the last night? Didn't u eat there 2 days before? Is this typical? I was hoping we wouldn't miss anything but if we get your rotation we will
I'm not sure what is typical, but there may be an easy fix. Call Disney Cruise Line and request a dining rotation that will NOT put you in Animator's on the last night. While DCL will not be able to guarantee it, I have requested which rotation I've wanted on my last three cruises and have had my request granted all three times.

Another idea would be to change your Palo reservation after you get on board. By then you will know your dining rotation and if it does conflict then go make the request. Again, no guarantees, but I bet it happens.

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Old 04-25-2013, 11:47 AM   #336
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The Storm and the Cheese (part 3) AKA: The Cheese

By now we had little to no room left in our tummies. We had completely lost track of how many courses had already come and no idea how many were left to go. We were hoping dessert would arrive next to signify that we were nearly done. But then the cheese arrived.

The Belgian server was back with a covered cart filled with cheeses. For the next 20 minutes he described, in great detail, the names, types, nationalities, textures, tastes, and aging processes of each cheese in turn. To be honest, when he was finished the information was all blurred together, but we were thankful for some time to just sit and digest. We ended up ordering two plates; one with the mild cheeses, and one with the more pungent cheeses. There were also some fruits to compliment the cheeses and we got some of those too.



The Cheese Cart

Around the time our cheese sample plates were set before us DH and I had suddenly become quite giggly. With every cheese we sniffed and tasted we laughed a little more. Since we couldn’t remember any of the actual cheese descriptions we started making up our own which only made us laugh harder. For example…“This precocious brie spent its infancy stored in a mink lined cask where it was sung cantatas to nightly by Norwegian monks. It has the nose of a wet NY Yankees sweat sock after game 3 of the World Series, the texture of a #2 Ticonderoga pencil eraser and the full bodied taste of a full grown Himalayan Mountain Hippo.”


The mild cheeses. My favorite was the small wedge on the upper right of the plate. It's an ashy goat cheese, and although it looks like it was dropped in the dirt, it was delicious.


The smelly cheeses. If I'm remembering correctly the smelliest ones were the one that looks like a plop of mayonnaise and the marbled blue cheese wedge on the left side of the plate.

By the time we got to the strongest, smelliest cheeses on the plate, (and I should warn you, it was really smelly) we had tears streaming down our faces and couldn’t even look at the cheese anymore without losing it. Thank goodness the other couple in the room had already left. We noticed they were taking their meal quite seriously, and I think they were annoyed that we were having such a good time.

We only had enough room to taste each cheese so we asked Linda to package the rest to-go because we knew DD would love to try them. (DD was thrilled and especially loved the smelliest cheeses in the bunch.)
You and your husband are ridiculous! I cannot wait to show my DDs your cheese description. They will gag! They hate brie which I and their grandmother love. You guys remind me of my dh an I. I usually start off the foolishness and it goes from there.
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Old 04-30-2013, 02:45 PM   #337
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You and your husband are ridiculous! I cannot wait to show my DDs your cheese description. They will gag! They hate brie which I and their grandmother love. You guys remind me of my dh an I. I usually start off the foolishness and it goes from there.

Thanks mamaprincess! I went back and read about the cheese again and it got me laughing all over again. We are going on the Fantasy again next year and I can't wait to make my reservation for Remy. Bring on the cheese!
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Thanks mamaprincess! I went back and read about the cheese again and it got me laughing all over again. We are going on the Fantasy again next year and I can't wait to make my reservation for Remy. Bring on the cheese!
LOL! I called my mom to read her your Remy experienced and we both howled with laughter. We are going on the Fantasy again next year as well and I will absolutely be making a reservation at Remy. I hope I can hold it together when my waiter launches into the cheese descriptions!
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Old 05-03-2013, 10:18 PM   #339
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Just went through your entire TR and I'm exhausted - in a good way! I actually felt the same sadness at the end of your report that we did at the end of our first Disney cruise! We leave on Fantasy Eastern Caribbean 8 weeks from today. Here's a few tips I learned from your TR
Head to Cookies 2 far end of CCay for better chance of a better beach spot.
Ask for desserts even if not on menu - I noticed Lava Cake on only one night but if u can get a soufflé surely I can get lava cake on another night! Hopefully?
Check out all the bathrooms and see all the fine detail that went into the entire ship.
Sign up for tastings early - first day.
We also are using Avis so for an 11am PAT what time should I drop the fam and luggage off to still have time to take car back and shuttle( or cab) back to the Terminal to board with them?
Thanks for the report!
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Old 05-07-2013, 02:51 PM   #340
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Just went through your entire TR and I'm exhausted - in a good way! I actually felt the same sadness at the end of your report that we did at the end of our first Disney cruise! We leave on Fantasy Eastern Caribbean 8 weeks from today. Here's a few tips I learned from your TR
Head to Cookies 2 far end of CCay for better chance of a better beach spot.
Ask for desserts even if not on menu - I noticed Lava Cake on only one night but if u can get a soufflé surely I can get lava cake on another night! Hopefully?
Check out all the bathrooms and see all the fine detail that went into the entire ship.
Sign up for tastings early - first day.
We also are using Avis so for an 11am PAT what time should I drop the fam and luggage off to still have time to take car back and shuttle( or cab) back to the Terminal to board with them?
Thanks for the report!
Thanks for reading! We have booked our first Eastern Caribbean for next year. If you have an tips or tricks for me after your cruise I'd love to hear them.

Regarding asking for desserts... it's funny you should mention the lava cake. On our most recent cruise I tried to get the Palo chocolate souffe again. Unfortunately I was not able due to a policy change. But since our dining lead knew my DS loves the lava cake he tried to make up for it by bringing us not one, but four special order lava cakes on our last night. (We ended up with 8 desserts on our table ) Since the lava cake is on the regular dining room menus I'm sure you can ask to have it more than once.

Regarding car rental drop off. The way we have always done our car drop is we all go to the rental agency and drop the car together. Then the agency shuttle drops us off right at the terminal door. We always have an 11:00 AM check in time, so we take the car over at about 10:15-10:30. The Avis agency keeps track of when Disney begins allowing terminal drop-offs and as soon as they are given the all clear they take you all right over.

Have a great trip!
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Old 05-27-2013, 09:56 AM   #341
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I just read through your whole trip report and I loved it! Thanks for sharing. I am debating a 7 night and this really helped give me an idea of what it will be like.
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Old 05-27-2013, 04:58 PM   #342
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Thanks for the review. Good details and great photos! MSP is my home airport, so it was fun to see the Snoopy photo. Can't wait to hear about more of your travels.
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Old 06-22-2013, 06:20 PM   #343
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Great review, took me several days to get through it all! We are going in August on the Fantasy (same itinerary) and will get great use out of this. Thanks!
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Old 07-05-2013, 03:22 AM   #344
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LOL I feel so behind, but I've just started reading! ^^~
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Old 07-08-2013, 09:42 PM   #345
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What a great trip report. Thanks for all the photos and tips!!
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