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Old 05-03-2013, 12:50 PM   #271
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There are plenty of options for all sorts of diets at Palo! I do have to say that many of the best options are for those who eat seafood. I'm not sure if you noticed the little scallop on the spoon, but that was one of the best bites that they had on the buffet.

I have a philosophy when it comes to buffets. Always start with the cold stuff, salads and seafoods first, then I try any hot foods on the buffet or fruits. If there is an ordered course like Palo that's usually next, and in the case of Palo there are a few of those. Then dessert. Fran takes the approach, eat your dessert throughout your meal in case they run out of anything!

The best bet is to go to the location in whichever bar where they are booking, there is a shorter line and I believe that if I had not booked with Claudette in the room where they were booking special food events, I wouldn't have got the special exemption.
I gotta say I LOVE FRAN'S APPROACH.....100% agree
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It will take me while to get to the chocolate tasting, and that will also be bittersweet since it will mean the cruise is almost over. I hope you're surviving the heatwave right now. The good news is that when you get down here, we will be back to normal temperatures. Thank goodness we have only 5-10% humidity.



Yeah, it was awesome! I was totally relaxed and ready for that massage. And I'm sure it would have been right up your alley!
one of these days, we are going to have to try it out, martinis, then a massage, see how we like it..
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I'm not exactly able to pin point what is different about the Navigators, but I don't like them nearly as much either. Stuff wasn't listed in the timing schedules that I expected, and too much of it was just ads and the same every day.
I think it is mainly the huge characters that bother me. As much as I love Disney, all those characters just make the Navigator look messy. I don't look at the Navigator because it looks pretty. I look at it because I want information.

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I wonder what Carioca's will be like when it replaces Parrot Cay? I didn't realize Mickey did the wake up calls at the GCH, I guess I've been so tired when I've stayed I never noticed.
I love the concept art. It looks very bright, airy and inviting. I am not sure about the menu. It mentions Latin American cuisine, but that does not mean all that much to me.


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The 17th is the day we're meeting up right? We should have one of those ice globe Martinis!
It is indeed, I can't believe that the 17th is only 2 weeks away. I can't wait. One of those Martinis sounds wonderful.

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There are plenty of options for all sorts of diets at Palo! I do have to say that many of the best options are for those who eat seafood. I'm not sure if you noticed the little scallop on the spoon, but that was one of the best bites that they had on the buffet.

I have a philosophy when it comes to buffets. Always start with the cold stuff, salads and seafoods first, then I try any hot foods on the buffet or fruits. If there is an ordered course like Palo that's usually next, and in the case of Palo there are a few of those. Then dessert. Fran takes the approach, eat your dessert throughout your meal in case they run out of anything!

The best bet is to go to the location in whichever bar where they are booking, there is a shorter line and I believe that if I had not booked with Claudette in the room where they were booking special food events, I wouldn't have got the special exemption.
Great advice - thanks so much!
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I gotta say I LOVE FRAN'S APPROACH.....100% agree
I'm glad you like it, she corrected me on this, she doesn't always eat the dessert pieces, but in case there are none left on the buffet, at least she has it sitting on the table so no one else gets it!

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one of these days, we are going to have to try it out, martinis, then a massage, see how we like it..
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I think it is mainly the huge characters that bother me. As much as I love Disney, all those characters just make the Navigator look messy. I don't look at the Navigator because it looks pretty. I look at it because I want information.

I love the concept art. It looks very bright, airy and inviting. I am not sure about the menu. It mentions Latin American cuisine, but that does not mean all that much to me.

It is indeed, I can't believe that the 17th is only 2 weeks away. I can't wait. One of those Martinis sounds wonderful.

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I noticed that there was "less information" in them than on the MR cruise. What I didn't like was that the tastings weren't in the daily schedule. There were probably other things that weren't listed, but I didn't notice them. There was a lot of blank space as I take another look.

I'll have to search out what they want to do to the Magic, I haven't seen any of the ideas and sketches.

Will you have access to your email on the trip? If not, perhaps we should set up a meeting time in advance, I'm looking forward to it!

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When we reached the spa, we had to fill out the usual questionnaire regarding health issues etc. Then we were taken back to change into our robes.







My massage therapist was awesome! I forgot her name, but in the 50 minutes, she got every one of my achey spots, did a great job on my feet and I left feeling very relaxed in general.

After our massages we were definitely a little hungry, even though we had several hours to dinner I didn’t want to fill up. It was formal night and we were at Lumiere’s and I knew they served basically the same menu as Triton’s. We stopped by Pluto’s Dog House and were astonished to find out that they DO NOT SERVE HOT DOGS!

I ended up with a taco and Fran got a burger. We also got the drinks of the day, Mai Tais. Notice Fran's nice mug she got at Walmart, keeps beverages cold for 12 hours and warm for six hours.







The kids pool was pretty empty.



Then we headed back to the room for showers and to get ready for pictures and dinner. They were taking professional photos in the lobby so we made our way down there with plenty of time before dinner.





Here are some of the shots that we took.











Then we headed off to dinner to enjoy with our companions.


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Dinner was at Lumiere’s, but I am recycling my menu from Triton’s as they were identical in content.









I got my usual Belevedere Gisbon Up, and Fran ordered the Imagination.



Fran got the Applewood Smoked Bacon and Wild Mushroom Tart.



I wasn’t wild about this on the Wonder so I got the Tomato and Basil Soup. It was pretty good.



Then we both got the French Onion Soup. This is always excellent!



I ordered a bottle of wine to go with my meat course on the previous night and they were able to bring what was left of it to me for tonight’s dinner.



Fran had the Sea Bass for her entrée



I went with the Lamb Shank.



It was quite good, slow cooked and very tender. I know I couldn’t finish it all, I never can.



Since I had forgotten to take a picture of the dessert menu at Triton’s, I did take a picture of tonight’s menu. I was starting to feel a little more comfortable with taking a lot of pictures in front of our table mates. The ones who were missing the night before joined us and they were very nice. The woman seemed very interested in the fact that I had a “blog”.





Now I really took the pictures of the menu for you folks. I didn’t need to read to menu at all. I knew exactly what I was having. The beautiful Grand Mariner Souffle. So good, I had two of them. Again.





Fran got the Brioche and Pannetone Pudding.



On our way out, I took a picture of the mural. I think the one in Triton’s is more impressive. Sorry.



And again we returned to the room to find our towel animal and the Navigator.

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Love the formal pics!

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I hope you're surviving the heatwave right now. The good news is that when you get down here, we will be back to normal temperatures. Thank goodness we have only 5-10% humidity.
Yay for cooler temps! It's been pretty warm up here and quite a few North wind days which kill me allergy wise. See you Monday!
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Lovely photos from formal night and great to see pics of Vista Spa

I've got a massage booked on The Wonder and I am guessing the spas look pretty similar?
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Great pictures of you and Fran. You look really good together.

And the food looks spectacular.
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Martinis and massage, on formal night = Beautiful pictures, you two look very relaxed, and happy!

The lamb shank would have been my choice also. I tend to order a lot of duck and lamb when we are on the ship!
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I love the purple dress, you both look fantastic! Great photos, frame worthy. You both look relaxed and happy, just like vacation should be.

I've read mixed reviews about the French onion soup but it looks so good. I love French opinion and can't wait to try it.

The lamb shank looks huge, do the servers care if you share entrees? I see Joshua and I sharing this. Thanks for posting the menus too. I love to plan what I may order even if its 9 months out.

Pluto's Dog House doesn't sell hotdogs? Thats funny.
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Will you have access to your email on the trip? If not, perhaps we should set up a meeting time in advance, I'm looking forward to it!
I will have my iPhone and my iPad with me. I know they have WiFi at the Grand Californian so I will definitely check my emails when I get up. Do they have WiFi in the parks now?

The formal night photos have come out great. I like Lumiere's, but I always have preferred Triton's. The theme just seems to work better. I always have both soups at Triton's/ Lumiere's, too as I do not really rate any of the appetizers, but I love both soups.

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Lovely photos from formal night and great to see pics of Vista Spa

I've got a massage booked on The Wonder and I am guessing the spas look pretty similar?
Yes, I found the spas were pretty much the same.

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And the food looks spectacular.
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Martinis and massage, on formal night = Beautiful pictures, you two look very relaxed, and happy!

The lamb shank would have been my choice also. I tend to order a lot of duck and lamb when we are on the ship!
It was really good, I enjoyed the lamb very much.

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I love the purple dress, you both look fantastic! Great photos, frame worthy. You both look relaxed and happy, just like vacation should be.

I've read mixed reviews about the French onion soup but it looks so good. I love French opinion and can't wait to try it.

The lamb shank looks huge, do the servers care if you share entrees? I see Joshua and I sharing this. Thanks for posting the menus too. I love to plan what I may order even if its 9 months out.

Pluto's Dog House doesn't sell hotdogs? Thats funny.
I don't think the servers would be willing to let you split entrees only because they will bring you two of something if you can't choose. They are so much into excessive feeding more than reasonable. You'll see later when I try to order a half portion.

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I will have my iPhone and my iPad with me. I know they have WiFi at the Grand Californian so I will definitely check my emails when I get up. Do they have WiFi in the parks now?

The formal night photos have come out great. I like Lumiere's, but I always have preferred Triton's. The theme just seems to work better. I always have both soups at Triton's/ Lumiere's, too as I do not really rate any of the appetizers, but I love both soups.

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I think they have WiFi in the parks now as well. When is your reservation at Goofy's?

Yeah I didn't really like the appetizer choices, so I went for the soups.
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