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Old 06-03-2013, 05:07 PM   #76
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Oh, I should have mentioned...yes, I plan on doing a full review after our cruise. Updates and all! We will be traveling with friends and five (of their seven) kids. The five kids going range in age from 8 to 20 so there will be many perspectives!

As for me, I'm just uber-thrilled about new bedding/linens and upholstery in the staterooms!
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Oh, I should have mentioned...yes, I plan on doing a full review after our cruise. Updates and all! We will be traveling with friends and five (of their seven) kids. The five kids going range in age from 8 to 20 so there will be many perspectives!

As for me, I'm just uber-thrilled about new bedding/linens and upholstery in the staterooms!
I can't wait to hear all about it. It is going to be a while before we see the improvements for ourselves, so I will be following along with your TR to see all the details.
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Wow ! I've not seen rain like that before, still you made the most of it. We love Key West too (it must be all those bars ). Loving your sunset photos
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We love Key West too (it must be all those bars ).
I try and kid myself, but I really do think that this is the MAIN reason that we like Key West.
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Friday - Last Day - Day at Sea

We got up rather leisurely determined to enjoy every bit of our last day and ordered some coffee and toast from room service. We had our Character Breakfast scheduled this morning and so didn’t want to eat a lot beforehand. The weather wasn’t great and so we were a bit chilly sitting on the balcony and went back inside to finish our coffee.

We met the G-family and went down to Parrot Cay for breakfast at 9:30 am (maybe it was 9:15 am…I’m forgetting) We ordered drinks and Mickey started his way around the dining room. “A” realized she had forgotten J-bug’s autograph book and so made a mad dash back to their stateroom. She JUST made it back in time for them to have a photograph taken together and get his autograph.



I had to admit that I never thought she would make it! LOL She must have literally run the entire way there and back.

We all ordered breakfast and the silly hat making began.

This was quite a feat of balancing I can tell you….I felt like I couldn’t move my head at all! LOL


Peter Pan…maybe?...


I never know what this one is supposed to be….


We were told this was a princess hat…


The characters come by at quite a quick pace and it's a bit of a rush to get up, quickly snap a couple of photos and sit down again, only to do it all over again in just a few minutes. It really is hard to enjoy the food part of it at all, the entire thing is a whirlwind of activity. In some ways, it’s a shame that it IS so rushed, but it is still a really nice perk of being on the Classic ships and the kids really enjoyed it.



Enjoying our “hats”


At this point I ditched the "balancing" part of the hat...LOL



And gave in completely by this one!


J-Bug had collected autographs of all the characters, so she asked the biggest character of them all for one. LOL Sammy was our resident vocalist…he sang 80’s songs constantly. Of course he was “A”s hero for all the 80’s trivia and songs.



Ayhan also signed her book..


Somebody cleaned their plate and was proud of it…although I noticed later because it took me so long to take the photo the extra syrup had puddled onto the table – LOL


A few more with the characters…






Notice the kids have got rid of their hats but the parents are still wearing theirs.




We were all nicely stuffed after breakfast. The G-family went off to do some things around the ship. Scott and I took a walk around but it was getting decidedly chillier and so we headed back to the room.

Coming up...Mixology class...
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Old 06-06-2013, 02:38 PM   #81
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Really enjoying your report! We took a Princess cruise this past April to the Eastern Caribbean, and it was with the intention to be lazy, relax, and just enjoy whatever tickled our fancy at any given moment. I'm loving how you guys were just so laid back with all during your cruise!
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Drinking again.... :-)

By now it was very overcast and breezy, and the sea had a lot of whitecaps as the waves were a bit bigger. We both changed into jeans as it was just too chilly for shorts.




We vegged out watching TV for a while…there were some things we hadn’t seen yet! LOL We decided to order a small lunch from room service...it was the last day, why waste time on real food...we ordered Cake of the Day, which was lime cheesecake (eaten before photographs taken)...but more importantly….these!!!


We hadn’t had one single Mickey Bar yet….and it was as delicious as ever….they are just such a great combination of chocolate and soft ice cream. (Ignore those rude luggage tags that photobombed this otherwise perfectly happy photograph in the background....the luggage tags are such a bummer when they arrive in your stateroom!)


We had signed up for Mixology, so after our quick snack we headed down to Sessions. The class was pretty full. Some of the people that had been in our Martini Tasting were there, plus I think a group from the DIS. I was really looking forward to this as I had heard so much about it.

This was the set up when you first arrived.


We had moved to a table at the back so that groups could sit together (seeing as it was just the two of us) and so we really had a hard time hearing anything that was being said about the drinks. In fact, we just gave up in the end.

This was pink…I asked several times what it was, and what was in it, but couldn’t ever get his attention to find out.



Blue-green drink…


This “might” have been a grasshopper…I’m not sure…


One of the volunteers…


A layered drink…but I don’t know what it was called, and despite the volunteer making a perfectly layered drink....ours wasn't! There were supposed to be three layers here...


We also made the mojito but it was towards the end and I forgot to take a photograph of it. It was the only drink that everybody made.

I have to admit that I was pretty disappointed in our class. All of the drinks were made behind the bar where you couldn't see them being made and IMO they weren't cold enough. They did have a couple of volunteers go up to make a drink or two, but it wasn’t easy to figure out what they were making relative to what was being put in front of us. And bear in mind….I’m no alcohol novice!! LOL I typically know most drinks…and I know what’s in them… most of these were a mystery because we couldn’t hear and the session was conducted so quickly. It was over in under an hour!! That said, I am never one to give up on anything, so I am determined to try another one.

We left as soon as it finished and decided to hit the gift shops for one last time. We ended up buying some perfume and aftershave, and we also each got a jacket seeing as I hadn’t packed any and there was a rumor in the Mixology class that it was going to be really cold in Galveston the next morning.

While we were in Mixology, the G-family were up watching a movie on Funnelvision.



As you can see, no sunbathing was taking place…but the blankets made for a cozy movie watching session.


This last at sea day seemed to have the whole ship in slow-mo. I think 4 days at sea was just perfect, especially with them being spread out. By this last day, and probably because the weather was iffy at this point, you could tell that everyone was vegging somewhere and enjoying everything the ship had to offer. There wasn't one place that was packed.

Up next...Til We Meet Again dinner....

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Really enjoying your report! We took a Princess cruise this past April to the Eastern Caribbean, and it was with the intention to be lazy, relax, and just enjoy whatever tickled our fancy at any given moment. I'm loving how you guys were just so laid back with all during your cruise!
I think sometimes those are the most relaxing and great vacations. We are booked on the Magic out of San Juan next September and my biggest concern is that there is only ONE day that we aren't in a port. We are going to have to make some big decisions on how to make it relaxing, so I totally understand.
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What a perfect sea day you are having! Although, bummer about that Mixology tasting. We had a total bust of a Margarita/Tequila tasting, that prompted me to contact DCL about it (and I NEVER contact Disney with anything but praise and high accolades for everyone and everything, so you know it was bad). Wouldn't you know shortly after I shot off my message to them, I started seeing postings of Navigator's after that with a change in the name of that tasting...to Tequila/Margarita tasting (that was just one of my beefs...the lack of margaritas!).

Ok, off the soapbox Cindy!

I so hate to see your report coming to an end. It has been such a good read up to this point (which I'm sure means it was such a great cruise!).
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I think sometimes those are the most relaxing and great vacations. We are booked on the Magic out of San Juan next September and my biggest concern is that there is only ONE day that we aren't in a port. We are going to have to make some big decisions on how to make it relaxing, so I totally understand.
On that Eastern Princess cruise, we spent about 2 1/2 hours off the ship in St. Thomas and 3 hours off the ship in St. Maarten. Oh, and maybe two hours or so off the ship on their private island (which in no way, shape, or form even comes close to comparison of Castaway Cay). Lazy, lazy, lazy were we ever!
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Til We Meet Again

We headed back to our room to begin packing. The G-family came and visited for a while, I think they had completed most of their packing and A&G were busy finishing their rum so that they didn’t have to pack it.

We had another beautiful sunset while we were getting ready for dinner.




That black dot to the right of the sun on the horizon is an oil rig...


We got all of our packing done and put our bags outside our room to be picked up. Dinner tonight was in Animator’s Palate. I always enjoy the Til We Meet Again dinner. IMO the Beef Wellington is about the best beef they serve all week in the main dining rooms. I was very boring on the cocktail front though, and had a glass of wine instead.



The servers did their parade and everyone clapped and cheered…










I was determined to NOT have the Baked Alaska…I don’t know why I always get it, this was our sixth cruise and I had yet to have anything different! LOL But tonight….voila!!

I can’t even say that I know what this was…but it was good! LOL

Scott took some artsy photographs of the walls…seeing as they were right there....not to mention he'd also been helping the G-family finish their rum.






After dinner we decided to head back to the room and get a fairly early night. I have to say thought that I don’t think we were done with dinner before 10 pm ANY night, so I don’t know that it was that early.

This guy was waiting for us…


“A” had headed to the gift shop or somewhere close to the atrium and realized that there was something going on…so she quickly ran back and grabbed J-bug so that they could get photographs with the princesses.









“A” said that they had a great time at the Final Farewell party & would recommend it if you can make the kids stay awake that long. They got photographs and autographs of the princesses and some of the other characters without having to stand in long lines.

Coming up…debarkation….booooo!!!

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What a perfect sea day you are having! Although, bummer about that Mixology tasting. We had a total bust of a Margarita/Tequila tasting, that prompted me to contact DCL about it (and I NEVER contact Disney with anything but praise and high accolades for everyone and everything, so you know it was bad). Wouldn't you know shortly after I shot off my message to them, I started seeing postings of Navigator's after that with a change in the name of that tasting...to Tequila/Margarita tasting (that was just one of my beefs...the lack of margaritas!).

Ok, off the soapbox Cindy!

I so hate to see your report coming to an end. It has been such a good read up to this point (which I'm sure means it was such a great cruise!).
I think that the Mixology class is very different on the new ships, and maybe that's where I had seen most of the reviews. I know you wouldn't complain to DCL if it wasn't bad. We did the tequila/margarita tasting on the Magic in February and enjoyed it, but there was only 1 margarita if I recall.

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On that Eastern Princess cruise, we spent about 2 1/2 hours off the ship in St. Thomas and 3 hours off the ship in St. Maarten. Oh, and maybe two hours or so off the ship on their private island (which in no way, shape, or form even comes close to comparison of Castaway Cay). Lazy, lazy, lazy were we ever!
I think we will have to adopt the same kind of approach next September...but I admit to being really good at being lazy!
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I agree...boooooooo! Oh, how I hate to see trip reports end (since I live vicariously through others while I am not sailing). I do have to agree with your friends...the Til We Meet Again party is quite fun (and so much better on the classic ships...much more intimate experience). So glad they were able to attend and enjoy.

And by the way, your sunset photos are gorgeous!
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What a shame your trip report is coming to an end Jenny. I finished mine yesterday it was fun reliving it all again though

Wow your Mixology was totally different to ours, but I'm not sure if it was because we had booked it as a private group or not, sorry you were disappointed

Happy planning your next cruises, are you planning any out of Florida next year, maybe May or June ? It would be great to meet up again
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Happy planning your next cruises, are you planning any out of Florida next year, maybe May or June ? It would be great to meet up again
We would love to meet up on a cruise with you guys again. We will have to keep each other posted on what plans are. We don't have anything right now. I booked on the Magic out of San Juan - we would love to do all of the Southern ports, but that's in September and we aren't totally sold on Sept in hurricane season. LOL We don't have any plans for the spring......yet!

I am about to start on photos for debarkation morning, determined to get finished today!
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