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Old 10-04-2013, 10:52 AM   #31
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Note to everyone: DO NOT do Mixology right after a spa treatment followed by fried food and very little hydration. You will feel sick! Dinner was in Animator's Palette and I wish I could have eaten more. The food looked sooooo good, but I couldn't stomach much because of the mix of sugary syrups and oils in my stomach. (I did feel better the next day though!) Dinner that night featured the Talking with Crush Show.This was a really fun show and I really enjoyed it! I wish we could have seen it again! I'm a huge Finding Nemo fan and this just made me love it even more! Like in the parks, Crush talks to select kids and asks them questions about their vacation. Did I mention how much I got a kick out of it? lol
























Kevin decided that his TREX needed to be fed too...

After Crush was finished, a variety of Finding Nemo characters would swim across the screens. When dinner was finished, all the sketches of the characters appeared all over the room. So cool.















After dinner, we headed back to the room for a nap before the John Charles adult show. He is always awesome and worth seeing over and over again! He had the whole crowd singing Bohemian Rhapsody. Lol It was a great end to the night! And once again, I will leave this day with a picture of our towel animal!!


The great John Charles!!



Next up: Palo Brunch!!

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Old 10-07-2013, 08:19 PM   #32
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Palo Brunch Part I

Let me start off by saying that Palo on the Fantasy is so much nicer than the Magic! I feel like there was a space specifically made for Palo and Remy instead of being shoved into a corner of the ship with people walking in front of the windows. Palo was very open and airy yet quiet and intimate. I've seen so many people post about Palo Brunch that we really REALLY wanted to try it. I have to say that we thought it was worth it more than dinner! Everything was so fresh and light and VERY delicious. You also get a choice of a complimentary mimosa or glass of champagne!

















When you enter, the server takes you around the buffet area and shows you all the options to choose from. You can go up as many times as you like and take as much or as little as you like. You can also order entrees and pizza straight from the oven. It is a little overwhelming at first but all you have to do is take what looks good and try it! The cold seafood part was definitely my favorite followed by the sticky buns. Our server told us to make sure we at least tried the sticky buns and we are so glad we did! They were warm and gooey. Perfect! There was also a great variety of cheeses, meats, and a caviar bar! Ok, now for the pictures of the food!




















Kevin had piles of crab legs!!
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Old 10-07-2013, 08:24 PM   #33
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Palo Brunch Part II

The entrees included smaller portions of beef dishes, pastas, chicken parmesan (our favorite), and pizzas. There was also a selection of eggs benedict and other breakfast items. The pizzas were just ok. Kevin had the Italian sausage pizza and he really liked it. I however had the goat cheese and grape pizza. I'm an adventurous eater but it was a little too much for me. At least I tried it!






Italian sausage pizza


Goat cheese and grape pizza...

The desserts were also to die for! There were little pots of chocolate crème, chocolate covered strawberries, and glasses of fruit crèmes. That's only a small sampling of the items! We probably had two or three plates of desserts each.















Needless to say, we were stuffed from Palo! We even got a special surprise at the end!!





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Congratulations! Looks like a great time so far and I can't wait to read more!!
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Congratulations! Looks like a great time so far and I can't wait to read more!!

Thank you! And thank you for joining me!!
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Old 10-09-2013, 01:15 PM   #36
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The Rest of the Day

After rolling out of Palo Brunch we went to the vacation club preview. my DH's parents are members and this is something that we will be buying into in the next 5 years. We didn't know much about it and came out with a complete understanding of the numbers and options available. If you go, you also get a nifty portfolio to take notes with tones of brochures for reference. You also get a DVC drawstring bag on your way out! (I always go for the freebees...) We were going to make an appointment to meet the reps later on but decided against it due to JUST getting married. We also want to go to a hotel rep who can show us around and then haggle the price with. I feel like they give so many incentives on the cruise that you feel bad haggling down the price! We then wandered the ship for a little while admiring the detail before going to the afternoon showing of WISHES. I'm in love with every chandelier and lighting fixture on the ship! They are so beautifully detailed and sparkle something special!!












SO SPARKLY


I've heard some people brag about how fun WISHES was, but I don't see the appeal. It had a cute storyline with the teens going off the college but it was a 5 minute story connected by a string of Disney songs that didn't really fit. I hate to say it but I almost fell asleep I was so bored. I love Disney shows on the ships but this one was so bland. It felt more like a Disney sing-a-long than a Broadway-caliber show. I personally like to see shows that have original appeal. That's what makes Disney's Believe, Disney's Wishes and Twice Charmed soooo good. Ok, now that I got that off my chest, I'll move along with the day... After WISHES in the afternoon, we had no desire to go to the evening show. We found much for appeal in the pool and AquaDuck!! lol But first we had a one of a kind experience! For our Remy dinner the night of St. Thomas we decided to get a special bottle of wine. I saw that some other DISers met with the sommelier, and we booked an appointment to do the same. We met with her in Meridian after the show. She sat down with us and showed us the regular wine list as well as the prize-winning Remy's Vault list. We were floored when we saw a bottle that cost $25,000! It was a Cheval Blanc made in 1947 so I guess that doesn't really surprise me. She gave us some wonderful recommendations and we ended up choosing a 2007 Pahlmeyer Chardonnay from the Vault. I think that's an experience I will never forget!







Before dinner we went to the Quite Cove as well as the AquaDuck. We had so much fun on the AquaDuck that we did it at least five times in a row. It was also during the first dinner rotation so no one was there! We also had a lovely view of the sunset which made the experience amazing! You have to try the Aquaduck at night as well. It's so pretty with all the lights around the tube! After that we had our first dinner in The Enchanted Garden. This was my favorite restaurant out of all 3 main dining. The food was so fresh and colorful and there was a great selection of seafood that made our mouths water. The colors of the ceiling and landscape also change from a afternoon sky to a sunset to dusk. When dusk approaches, the flower lights on the ceiling open up! Such a great experience!!!













The rest of the night we spent in the room watching A Goofy Movie. Romantic, huh? We didn't feel like going to Mike Price the juggler because he's kind of a jerk. We saw him on the Magic last year and we weren't impressed by him and his insults to the ship as well as the Disney company. As always, here's the surprise bed display we found that night!! Next up, St. Martin!!!!

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Arriving at St. Maartin

The next morning we woke up as we were coming into St. Maartin. It's not as pretty as St. Thomas but it had it's charms! After a quick breakfast we headed out to the water taxi to get to the downtown area. The taxi was about $14 for both of us round trip, so not bad, and it was sponsored by Diamonds International which made it not as shady. We passed into downtown Philipsburg and found a woman with taxi to take us over to Maho Beach to see the airplanes land. We chose her because she knew the whole arrival schedule which means she drives people there and back for a living. Our taxi driver was very nice and she told us all about the island and her history with it. It took about 20 minutes to get to Maho Beach and she said she would pick us up at 1:15 after the large planes came in. The taxi ride there was only $20.


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All the stickers in the water taxi










When we got there, noting was really flying in for an hour or so, so we decided to walk the beach and stake out our spots for the landings. I just wish that we brought our swimsuits. We didn't think we would be swimming but it was so hot and the water was so nice that I almost jumped in fully clothed! NOTE: wear LOTS of sunscreen! We were a little burnt after being out at the beach for 4-5 hours....













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GIANT Airplanes.

We sat on the beach for a while and a couple of little planes came over. Even seeing these small planes land was really cool! We had another 30 minutes until the big planes were set to arrive so we went over to the Sunset Bar & Grill to get some refreshments. It was nice to sit in the shade overlooking Maho Beach. They had a HUGE variety of drinks there too!! There was at least 20 drinks in each category of hard liquor. Kevin had a pina coloda and I had the Sunrise lemonade which was their current special. When we were about to finish up, the first large plane, Jet Blue, landed about 20 minutes earlier than expected. We quickly paid our bill and headed over to the beach to catch the next few that were early too.





















Insel came next and after that we only waited another 10 minutes when the KLM from Amsterdam came into view. This is one of the largest airplane to land on St. Maartin and only comes in 2-3 times per week. We were very lucky to have seen it! As the small speck in the sky grew bigger, everyone on the beach started cheering for the plane. It was so massive that it felt like you could reach up and touch it as it went overhead. In the next set of pictures, I'll have a frontal view of KLM to see how massive it was before it took off again. It was also VERY loud. The rush of adrenaline after it passed over was incredible! This should be on everyone's bucket list!















While waiting for the next couple of planes, a pilot came up to my DH and asked him about his shirt that had planes on it. After my DH told him that he was a pilot too, they started chatting like old friends. It was really cool to meet a pilot who flies for British Airways and has his own small fleet in the British Virgin Islands! We then had a couple smaller Jet Blue and other planes pass over us. These were also early so make sure if you go to check to surfboard at the Sunset Bar & Grill for updated times!!


Kevin's new friend!











Don't forget to check the surfboard!!!!
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Subscribing to your trip report ... Congratulations on your recent marriage.

Loving your trip report so far. We just returned from our first ever (much too short) 3 night Disney Dream cruise. I'm starting to take notes of what to do on our next cruise (hopefully a 7 night cruise).

Looking forward to reading more about your honeymoon ...
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Subscribing to your trip report ... Congratulations on your recent marriage.

Loving your trip report so far. We just returned from our first ever (much too short) 3 night Disney Dream cruise. I'm starting to take notes of what to do on our next cruise (hopefully a 7 night cruise).

Looking forward to reading more about your honeymoon ...
Thank you and thanks for joining! Try to do the Eastern! Even the crew members say the Western is REALLY boring because the ports don't have nearly as much to do as the Eastern ports .
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Pelted by Rocks and Covered in Gems!

Next it was Insel Air's turn to take off. Just a suggestion, when a big airplane is taking off and the jet turbine is facing the beach you are on, RUN or sit at the bar and watch the people on the beach being blown into the water. Insel wasn't bad because it didn't kick up a lot of rocks and the power wasn't as strong as KLM. My DH held me during this one and it didn't feel like I was quite going to fall yet. We did however need to look away because of all the dust.


Turning the corner....



Getting ready...to pelt with rocks!!


Next plane!

After 20 minutes passed, it was KLM's turn to leave. Ugh, never again! Because the plane is so massive and the turbine is so strong, you will get knocked off your feet. Kevin was clinging onto the fence right behind it while I was down at the shoreline so I wouldn't get blasted as much. I dug my feet deep into the sand and held onto all our belongings facing the water. It was so strong that the waves were going backwards! It also hurt REALLY bad because of all the pebbles that were being kicked up and pelted against my legs. Don't make the same mistake that I did! We then took a couple minutes to recover and watch the last plane land in our allotted schedule. We had a few extra minutes so we went to the Dunes Casino right down the street. Don't go there! It's really shady and the payout sucks.


I'm ready for the KLM tortur!!

Kevin is super excited to be clinging to the fence for his life!

That's how big that sucker is!


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We then asked our taxi driver to drop us back in the middle of downtown. We stopped at the Gauvaberry Rum store for some liquor and then went looking for a little more of a ligit casino. We found one at the end of Front Street that looked ok. Kevin went to the blackjack table while I lingered around the slots. He lost $30 and I won $57 on slots! Haha! I win. lol After that we went on a search for a pair of earrings for me. We ended up going to Effy Jewelry and I bought a very pretty pair of day-to-night drop tanzanite earrings! I love them so much! We then made our way back to the ship to get some lunch and allow me to go to the rainforest room for a while before Planes the movie!






My day-to-night earrings!

Same pair, let down!!

They made me soooo happy!!




My DH is ready to go back to the ship!




And finally...look what we found in our room! Our cabana information!!
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Those earrings are fantastic! I've never seen anything like that before!

The cabana info is super cute too!
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Those earrings are fantastic! I've never seen anything like that before!

The cabana info is super cute too!
I saw them on the shopping guide on the Magic last year where she demonstrated the 2 different looks and I fell in love! They had pairs made completely out of diamonds that were in the thousands of dollars range but mine were only $299 because of imperfect tanzanite and small diamonds. I think they are perfect!

I was bouncing off the walls when I saw the pop-up cabana! It's so cute and it folded flat so I was able to take it home. The really thing is even better! I have A LOT of pictures!!
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Ok first let me say congratulations on the happy wedding. I am loving your trip report. Anyway I LOVE YOUR HUSBAND'S SHIRT. I am always wearing funny shirts like that to work so I had to have one. I found one online and ordered it I can't wait to get it!

If anyone else wants one and won't get to WDW anytime soon they have them at shop goodie dot com.

I always have wanted to go on the Fantasy. Now I want to even more. Maybe a couples only trip.
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Ok first let me say congratulations on the happy wedding. I am loving your trip report. Anyway I LOVE YOUR HUSBAND'S SHIRT. I am always wearing funny shirts like that to work so I had to have one. I found one online and ordered it I can't wait to get it!

If anyone else wants one and won't get to WDW anytime soon they have them at shop goodie dot com.

I always have wanted to go on the Fantasy. Now I want to even more. Maybe a couples only trip.
Thank you! And that's awesome! I'm so happy I can get him another one when he wears this one down!

The Fantasy is an awesome place for couples! I feel like it has a lot more adult exclusive areas than on the Magic and Wonder. And even though there aren't as many activities for adults, there's a lot more in terms of relaxation and partying than daytime filler activities.
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