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Old 05-14-2013, 04:11 PM   #91
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Hope the illness didn't last to long for you both Mandy
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Old 05-15-2013, 12:51 AM   #92
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Thursday 25th April

I woke around 7.30am and felt a lot better (yay!), I got showered, sorted out my book and iPod and was ready for a morning of sunbathing as it was a be-oot-iful day at sea (as Brent the Cruise Director would say). I grabbed a latte at the Cove Cafe which was free as I'd had my card stamped 5 times and we headed up to top deck. It was so nice out, not too hot at all, and we enjoyed a lazy lie out for a few hours

Before long it was lunch time, so we headed to Cabanas. I had some parsnip soup, some chicken and some veggies, then a small plate of red Thai chicken curry, Paul had some chicken and chips and a bit of steak, there was so much to choose from and it wasn't long till we were full to bursting

We had a very chilled afternoon where we would relax in our room or had a Bahama Mama or two at the Cove Bar and had fun watching the kiddies disco in the Atrium




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This evening we had a reservation for Palo at 6.30pm. We got showered and changed and as we were a little early for our ressie, we had a drink in the Meridian Lounge. Once we were taken though to Palo, we were seated in a booth and once again Olivera was our server











We had a lovely meal, to start we were given breads and a plate of anti-pasti. I ordered mozzarella and tomato to start and Paul had a small portion of the ravioli and we ordered a bottle of Asti Martini







Next came a sorbet mouth cleanser



For our main I had the rack of lamb, and Paul had the beef tenderloin Palo with red wine





For dessert I had Tiramisu (of course) and Paul had Panna Cotta









And we finished off with their vodka/limoncello drink. It really was a lovely meal and evening too



As we were leaving Palo, we noticed two of our tablemates, Terri & Jimmy eating there too, so we stopped by for a quick chat

We popped back to the room to change into something less tight lol, then we went to La Piazza to see Alisha and have a couple of Bahama Mamas, then we called it a night



Tomorrow ~ Castaway Cay




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Old 05-15-2013, 02:17 AM   #93
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Just read this through in one go wow, how exciting to be on a B2B cruise, what a lovely feeling it will be on disembarkation day knowing you've got another seven days!

Glad to see you're both feeling better, I've just had my breakfast yet I've still been drooling over that Palo brunch food!

And no, I don't think you're weird for not advertising the fact that you're going away, I'm always telling my DDs not to post too much info about holidays on facebook as you never know who's reading it!
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Old 05-15-2013, 07:58 AM   #94
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Lovely dress you had on in Palo. Glad you were better and could enjoy the meal.
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Old 05-15-2013, 01:59 PM   #95
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So glad you were both feeling better and able to enjoy the day & Palo. That dress looks really good on you. I love that lemon & vodka drink they bring in Palo - sort of like a Grey Goose slushie but better.
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Love your Palo dress Mandy. So glad you were both feeling better. Yay, Castaway Cay next - Serenity Bay
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Old 05-15-2013, 03:36 PM   #97
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I am glad that you were feeling better. I love the dress you wore to Palo and dinner looked great.

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Old 05-15-2013, 03:59 PM   #98
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Ive only just found your trip report but have enjoyed reading it.

Its a shame you were both ill but sounds like you still made the most of your time so far.

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Another fan of your dress Mandy

What a perfect sea day you had, lots of relaxing and yummy food and drink
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Looking at your pics again, how was Paul feeling? He looks like he doesn't feel great, I'm sure he was still feeling his cold. You, on the other hand, look really good!
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Just read this through in one go wow, how exciting to be on a B2B cruise, what a lovely feeling it will be on disembarkation day knowing you've got another seven days!

Glad to see you're both feeling better, I've just had my breakfast yet I've still been drooling over that Palo brunch food!

And no, I don't think you're weird for not advertising the fact that you're going away, I'm always telling my DDs not to post too much info about holidays on facebook as you never know who's reading it!
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Lovely dress you had on in Palo. Glad you were better and could enjoy the meal.
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So glad you were both feeling better and able to enjoy the day & Palo. That dress looks really good on you. I love that lemon & vodka drink they bring in Palo - sort of like a Grey Goose slushie but better.
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Love your Palo dress Mandy. So glad you were both feeling better. Yay, Castaway Cay next - Serenity Bay
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I am glad that you were feeling better. I love the dress you wore to Palo and dinner looked great.

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Looking at your pics again, how was Paul feeling? He looks like he doesn't feel great, I'm sure he was still feeling his cold. You, on the other hand, look really good!
Thanks for all your lovely comments everyone

That was my favourite dress for my holiday, it was from Coast at Debenhams, and thankfully my two days of illness meant I didn't put on too much weight that week

Jenny, Paul was still full of cold, but thankfully it didn't stop him doing anything
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Friday 27th April

We got up around 8.30am, and we were already docked at Castaway Cay. It was another lovely sunny morning, so once showered and changed we headed up to deck 11 for Paul to get some breakfast from Cabanas, and I got my usual Latte from Billie in the Cove Cafe (along with a couple of yummy looking pastries)

While I was being served, our Cruise Director, Brent announced that we were able to disembark. We took our time and wandered up another deck or two to take some photos of the island

















After a short while we disembarked and walked down towards the family beach calling in at the shops along the way

















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We then took the shuttle to Serenity Bay where we found some loungers and an umbrella and parked ourselves for the next few hours











The temperature probably got into the low 80's, but we had a lovely breeze keeping us comfortable. We ordered a Konk Kooler for me and a Bahama Mama for Paul (got to love those Konk Koolers, but I can only have one coz they always give me a brain freeze lol)





Around 1ish we headed to the Serenity Bay BBQ, where we enjoyed cheeseburgers, salads, chicken, steak etc



We then sat at the Castaway Air Bar for a Bahama Mama each. We sat out for another hour or so, and at one point there was a bit of commotion down the far end of the beach and the women were brushing their hair and preening themselves, then I saw the reason for all this ... yes Captain Jack Sparrow was walking up the beach and stopping for photo opportunities, so I put a comb through my hair and joined him (though he wasn't happy when I referred to him as Jack ... It's Captain Jack, he corrected me )







After a while we took the shuttle back to the family beaches. It was very warm over this side of the island, they didn't seem to have the breeze that we'd had, so we quickly took some photos and had one last cocktail at the Conched Out Bar




















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We were back onboard around 4, we had a quick shower and went down to the Atrium to see some of the characters before watching the ship leave the island. We then went back to our room to pack as we had a different room for our 2nd cruise



















A little while later we went up to top deck where we watched a lovely sunset, then we returned to our room to get ready for dinner









Tonight we were back in the Enchanted Garden. All our tablemates were there and we had a nice evening talking about the cruise, future cruises and what we were all up to next. For starters I had the potato & leek soup and Paul had the trio of salmon. For our mains we both had the Beef Wellington, which was very nice, then to finish off we both had the Apple & Cranberry Crumble with Vanilla Ice-cream, it was all very good

We said goodbye to our new friends and handed our servers their tip envelopes and took a few photos









We watched the Farewell show in the Atrium and had a few photos with the characters, then went to see Alisha in La Piazza for a one last Bahama Mama from her as she was moving to the crew bar the following day. We had one final drink in The Tube, then headed to bed













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what a great day, love your sunset piccies
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