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Old 06-30-2013, 11:42 AM   #181
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Hi again Emmebear. Might have just answered my own question about Louis Vuitton bags. I pulled up Yacht Haven Grande and it sounds fabulous ! So glad you mentioned it in your report...I will spend lots of time there. It certainly appears to be a first run merchandise shopping area.
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Old 06-30-2013, 03:39 PM   #182
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i shoot with a canon 60D and use a 18-135mm lens as well as 50mm fixed portrait lens.

i will be updating soon!



I just got this camera!! Do you like it? Any suggestions for me. Leaving for my cruise in a few days and have not had a lot of time to play with the new camera. I am coming from the Canon Rebel
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Old 07-23-2013, 09:55 PM   #183
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sorry for the delays!

my next update will be our cabana on castaway cay.

we had cabana #10 which was the first cabana built & had a perfect view of the fantasy from our cabana. it was perfect!!!
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Old 07-25-2013, 12:00 PM   #184
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I have really enjoyed all the pictures and your trip report. Your daughter is so adorable!
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Old 08-15-2013, 12:08 AM   #185
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I have loved reading your trip report. I am about to go on my first trip on the Fantasy soon. I'll also be on board in concierge for my birthday (18th not 3rd!) and my name is Emme as well! Reading your TR has sort of been a mini preview of what is to come for me, hopefully! Looking forward to more soon!
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Old 09-22-2013, 05:01 PM   #186
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Old 10-03-2013, 04:21 PM   #187
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Subscribing...can't wait to hear more!!!
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Old 10-13-2013, 11:01 AM   #188
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concierge happy hour + captain's gala!

sorry for such a delay. life has gotten a wee bit crazy! however, here is an update. thanks for being patient!


updated 10/13/13


after brunch at palo, we found a surprise on our bed awaiting us.









this was an actual layout of our cabana! it was so cute! also included was a map, our cabana bracelets and a guide. it also included a beverage order sheet as well. i was getting so excited for our cabana the next day. we had cabana 10.

i'm not quite sure if i mentioned our cabana story. i wasn't sure if i wanted a cabana or not. the price was steep at $500 for a few hours. after my window opened up, all the cabanas online were gone. i was disappointed but i decided to give the onshore concierge team a call to see if one was available. luck was on my side as she let me know that cabana 10 (which was the first cabana built and has a perfect view of the fantasy from the cabana) was on "hold" for cases like this. i was told that the cabana is "reserved" in case a concierge guest wants to reserve it. i was so grateful & so happy!



after viewing the cabana display, i headed up to the private sun deck. the concierge staff was hosting a mixer for guests. i absolutely loved this sun deck. it was hardly ever busy, it was quiet and oh so relaxing. during happy hour, my favorite bartender NAMCHAN was serving up the drinks. it was the perfect time for me to unwind before the captain's gala (life is tough, i know!)


it was time to get ready for our formal dinner, the CAPTAIN'S GALA. i'm not going to lie, some of the food had been really underwhelming on board the ship. most notably, the seafood was pretty terrible. i had high hopes for the lobster that was going to be served during dinner.



emme & kemisha!



emme once again not looking at the camera but my mom looks so pretty!



we ran into a friend on our way down to the royal court for the captain's gala.



emme showing mickey her minnie mouse. he loved the minnie!



classic emme pose of not looking at the camera.



i love this photo even though emme's not looking at the camera.


we arrived at the royal court and was seated at our private table. i really liked having our own table. it's a perk for being a concierge guest.





first, the bread service.


Sour Dough Bread with Roasted Red Pepper Dip
how CUTE is the holder?!?!


and i loved little details like this:



there was so many amazing details in every dining area. it was impeccable.



now time for some appetizers:



Asian Pear, Sweet Corn and Jicama Slaw - with avocado puree and lime vinaigrette garnished with mint leaves

the salad was refreshing although there was more jicama than asian pear. i love me some asian pear. there's no other fruit like it. so yummy!


next:


Wild Forest Mushroom Soup - swirled with white truffle oil

the soup had a really deep mushroom flavor. i actually enjoyed it even though the color is not very appetizing. the truffle oil definitely brought out the umami flavor of the dish.



Risotto

and the winner of the 3 appetizers was this risotto. it was almost as good as the risotto i had at the enchanted garden but this was more "cheesier". disney definitely had the risotto prepared properly on board the ship.



now, for the main course!





Oven-baked Lobster Tail - served in the shell with lemon butter, bean casserole, and saffron rice

OH YEAH! the lobster was awesome! it wasn't dry but succulent and so tender. the butter was perfect. i was really happy with the lobster. so happy, that my mom and i both ordered a second. i felt like a total gluttinous pig but there was a man who ate FOUR so two doesn't seem as bad.




my mom enjoying her lobster (the one meal she didn't complain about). also note the sambal sauce at our table. our servers were amazing!


after we were stuffed to the brim, it was time to head back to unwind and call it a night. i was so incredibly full. the last lobster was definitely overkill but man, was it good!


we ran into one more friend on our way back to our suite.





after a really relaxing sea day, it was time to cuddle up with emme, watch a movie and sleep as we had a big day ahead of us.



up next...HELLO CASTAWAY CAY!!



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Old 10-14-2013, 08:33 PM   #189
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Great update Everyone looked so nice for the Captain's Gala, I'm glad you all enjoyed the lobsbster. Can't wait to hear more about your privat cabana.
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Old 10-15-2013, 03:22 PM   #190
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Great update and wonderful photos as ever
I love the one of you all with Captain Mickey
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Old 10-20-2013, 11:45 PM   #191
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We just booked the Fantasy for December and got so many helpful hints from reading this (especially with regards to the food)... love your TR!
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Old 10-22-2013, 04:52 PM   #192
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Awesome trip report!!

We just got off of the Dream on Sunday and I, too, was pretty disappointed in the entrees in the MDR's. Glad I am not the only one!

We are considering a 7 day itinerary so I am reading all the trip reports on Western and Eastern Caribbean departures. Yours is fantastic!!

You have a beautiful family! I cannot get enough of your precious daughter!

Can't wait to read more about your trip!
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Old 10-23-2013, 01:44 PM   #193
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I love your report. I cannot wait to read the rest.
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Old 10-27-2013, 07:07 PM   #194
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Read through the whole TR this weekend while in bed with some overzealous morning sickness-living vicariously, I guess! Love it so far, can't wait for the rest!
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Old 10-28-2013, 08:31 PM   #195
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Great update Everyone looked so nice for the Captain's Gala, I'm glad you all enjoyed the lobsbster. Can't wait to hear more about your privat cabana.

thank you!!

loved the lobster...was the best overall meal in the main dining room!



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Great update and wonderful photos as ever
I love the one of you all with Captain Mickey

thanks linda!

he looked so cute!



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We just booked the Fantasy for December and got so many helpful hints from reading this (especially with regards to the food)... love your TR!

oh wow! i'm so glad the review has been helpful. enjoy your cruise! i wish i was going on another one!



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Awesome trip report!!

We just got off of the Dream on Sunday and I, too, was pretty disappointed in the entrees in the MDR's. Glad I am not the only one!

We are considering a 7 day itinerary so I am reading all the trip reports on Western and Eastern Caribbean departures. Yours is fantastic!!

You have a beautiful family! I cannot get enough of your precious daughter!

Can't wait to read more about your trip!


thank you!!

the 7 day was such an awesome time. you are forced to relax and enjoy yourself cause you have nowhere to go!

i will be updating soon!




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I love your report. I cannot wait to read the rest.
welcome & thank you for reading along!



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Read through the whole TR this weekend while in bed with some overzealous morning sickness-living vicariously, I guess! Love it so far, can't wait for the rest!

thank you for joining in!

munch on some crackers to help with the morning sickness.

good luck & many blessings!
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