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Old 11-19-2013, 09:23 PM   #16
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Great report

Great report..we are sailing 11/30 and I cannot wait!!
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Old 11-19-2013, 09:28 PM   #17
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St.Thomas & St. Martin

Do you have any recommendations for the 2 islands?
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Joining in We'll be on the Fantasy in 6 1/2 weeks - Western Caribbean. Can't wait! The ship looks beautiful ... love all the pictures.
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Old 11-19-2013, 10:59 PM   #19
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Do you have any recommendations for the 2 islands?
In St. Maarten we took a taxi over to the French side (Marigot) and went up to Fort Louis, then walked back into town and went to Sarafina's Bakery, after that we got another taxi to Maho Beach to watch the planes come into the airport, that was really cool! We left there and went back to Philipsburg and did a little shopping before going back to the ship.

In St. Thomas we shopped and stopped into a Chinese restaurant to use their wifi, that was it. We had wanted to do the Paradise Point tram, but it was still closed. Someone at the restaurant told us about another place we could have gone, called Mountain Top, but at that point we were loaded down with shopping bags so we just went back to the ship and enjoyed the rest of the day on board with fewer people.
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Day 1/Part 4

I forgot to mention in my last post that when we sat down to dinner was the first time I really noticed the ship moving. It was shaking pretty good and the movement never really stopped until the night between St. Maarten and St. Thomas. There were a couple of nights it was moving so much we were sitting in the theatre and you could literally feel the ship dipping forward then backward, even the performers commented on it. Walking down the halls it was very hard to walk straight and you sometimes became very friendly with strangers trying not to bump into each other. I took Bonine every night just to be on the safe side even though I've never had an issue with motion sickness before. One of our table mates was also taking it and he still felt a bit ill a couple of times. It wasn't a horrible experience but I'm someone who doesn't like to be jostled, so sometimes when sitting on the sofa or lying on the bed in our room it bothered me a bit. It was also really weird to use the bathroom or take a shower and feel the ship swaying. I'm sure it's not the norm and it wouldn't keep me from cruising again, but it's worth mentioning.

Okay, on with the rest of our evening! After dinner we went to The Tube to watch the Match Your Mate game. I highly recommend the adult activities/games/shows they put on in clubs at night, we weren't disappointed in any of the ones we attended, all great fun! Match Your Mate was in the vein of The Newlywed Game, but they choose couples who are newly married, one middle of the road couple and then a couple who has been married a very long time. The questions and answers were hilarious and the poor guy from the newlywed couple lived in infamy for the rest of the cruise. He got picked for several more shows and I'm pretty sure everyone on board knew who he was by the time it was over. The winners got some great prizes too! A tanzanite necklace, a bottle of champagne, and a rainforest pass. The other two couples got a free photo from Shutters.


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After the show was over went over to the little "cafe" outside of La Piazza to check out the late night nibbles, made ourselves a plate and took it back to the room. They had these out every night, sometimes it was the same, sometimes there were different things, we snacked there a couple of times and everything was yummy. Just what you want late at night.


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We got back to our room and found an adorable doggy waiting on our bed for us! It made me miss our Brownie though. Brian thought it was a rabbit, but I asked Vivek and he said it was a dog.


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After our snack it was well past time for a shower and some much needed sleep.

We had an amazing first day and things would only get better, so stay tuned!
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Old 11-19-2013, 11:46 PM   #21
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Great Trip Report! We sail on The Fantasy Eastern Caribbean December 14th!

How do you request a dining rotation in advance? I would love to have our Formal Night in the Royal Palace.
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Great Trip Report! We sail on The Fantasy Eastern Caribbean December 14th!

How do you request a dining rotation in advance? I would love to have our Formal Night in the Royal Palace.

Thank you! I asked our travel agent to request it for us, but I believe if you aren't using an agent you can call DCL directly and put the request in yourself. They will give you the spiel, it's only a request, there are no guarantees, etc. but I think they try really hard to give people what they asked for.
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Old 11-20-2013, 01:28 AM   #23
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Enjoying your TR. Great pictures!

We did the western itinerary on the Fantasy this past Oct, and sailed the eastern with another cruise line this past April. Your TR brings back great memories of both of our 2013 cruises, one for the ship and the other for the ports.
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Enjoying your TR. Great pictures!

We did the western itinerary on the Fantasy this past Oct, and sailed the eastern with another cruise line this past April. Your TR brings back great memories of both of our 2013 cruises, one for the ship and the other for the ports.
Thank you so much, I'm so glad you're enjoying it!
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In St. Maarten we took a taxi over to the French side (Marigot) and went up to Fort Louis, then walked back into town and went to Sarafina's Bakery, after that we got another taxi to Maho Beach to watch the planes come into the airport, that was really cool! We left there and went back to Philipsburg and did a little shopping before going back to the ship.

In St. Thomas we shopped and stopped into a Chinese restaurant to use their wifi, that was it. We had wanted to do the Paradise Point tram, but it was still closed. Someone at the restaurant told us about another place we could have gone, called Mountain Top, but at that point we were loaded down with shopping bags so we just went back to the ship and enjoyed the rest of the day on board with fewer people.
Did you go on your own on the islands? I'm trying to decide what we'll do that's fairly inexpensive (at least compared to DCL's excursions), especially St Thomas/St John - I've been to St Maarten before and frankly wasn't impressed, so we'll probably just visit quickly for DF's sake!
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Did you go on your own on the islands? I'm trying to decide what we'll do that's fairly inexpensive (at least compared to DCL's excursions), especially St Thomas/St John - I've been to St Maarten before and frankly wasn't impressed, so we'll probably just visit quickly for DF's sake!
Yep, none of the excursions Disney offered really held any appeal to us so we just went on our own. We had contemplated Bernard's tours while on St. Maarten, but it was the same as with Disney, too much time at things we didn't have an interest in. We really didn't want a ton of beach time because we knew we'd be at the beach most of the day on Castaway Cay so we just found a few things that interested us, like the Fort and Maho Beach (for the airplanes) and did those. Taxis were easy to find and not very expensive, especially if you could share with other people, which we did twice. In St. Thomas we just walked because we never left the immediate Port vicinity, but again, taxis were plentiful, they would ask us as we were walking down the sidewalk if we needed a ride.

If we did this itinerary again, we'd definitely do more than shop in St. Thomas, but for our first trip we were content with our choices.
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Day 2/Part 1

I had every intention of being up in time to watch the sunrise this morning, but apparently my Nook, which I was using as an alarm, adjusted for daylight savings time even though the ship hadn't yet. I was still up early though and since Brian was still asleep I went out to the verandah and read for a little while. It was so peaceful and quiet out there and I loved how blue the world looked at that time of morning.


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I never got tired of looking at the water, it was beautifully mesmerizing.


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Being on the back of the ship this was a constant view, and I loved it!


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I've seen a lot of people ask about the views from the aft verandahs if you are sitting down, here you go, it's still pretty fantastic.


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I almost fell back asleep it was so calming outside, but I remembered the Oceaneer's Club was having an open house at 9 that morning and I wanted to go check it out. It looked so cute in the pictures I've seen so I wanted to see it myself. I got dressed and headed out but along the way my tummy decided it was very hungry, so I detoured up to Cabanas to get a little something. We had Palo Brunch at 11:30 so I just had a hashbrown and a sausage link to calm the beast, then continued on to the club.


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These sausages were so good! My stomach kept saying eat more, but my mind won out, had to save room for Palo in a couple of hours.

As I mentioned before, we don't have children, but I can't imagine any child not loving these clubs! They were darling and seemed like so much fun. While I was there Goofy was leading the little ones in some fun dances and each room seemed like it would be endless hours of play time. My imagination would have run wild in this place when I was a kid. Even the bathrooms were adorable.


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Cruise 2013 250 by princessm112877, on Flickr I love all the details, like how Slinky Dog even has the little wheels on his feet. They leave nothing out!


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I loved that you could actually play with the "toys", slinky dog was a tunnel, you could climb on Rex, Ham had coins you could put in him and Mr. Potato Head was a giant size version of the real toy.


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The miniature bathroom was too cute for words! I actually loved all the bathrooms on the ship and did a bit of a bathroom tour...LOL


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After I was done looking around the club I made my way back to the atrium area and took a few more photos, I got some of the artwork that was on deck 5 this time around. Some really pretty ones with the Princesses and Fairies.


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I also really liked these giant paintings that were at the base of many of the staircases, this was one of my favorites, it showcased forms of transportation throughout the years.


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Day 2/Part 2


I thought this would be a good time to walk through the Europa section as well and get some pictures while it wasn't crowded.


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Loved the look of La Piazza


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O'Gills is the only one we never made it into, never even stepped inside!


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Ooh La La was hands down my favorite! The decor was right up my alley.


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The halls always made me feel like I was in a Star Wars movie! LOL


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I have more pictures of Skyline down the road. We had our Mixology seminar there and also stopped in for drinks one night.


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After my Europa tour I made my way back to our room to see if Brian was up yet. He was so we decided to go start a game of the Midship Detective Agency before brunch. We went to the station on deck 2 thinking it might be less crowded, we were wrong! After a few minutes though it was our turn to begin our game, it wasn't meant to be though. We tried 6 different cards and every time it said the card was already in use in another game. We gave up and decided to try again later because at this point it was almost time to head to Palo! We had to go back to the room first so Brian could change, and stopped for a couple of pictures along the way.


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I loved how pretty even the elevators were, they became my favorite mirror!


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Day 2/Part 3

We arrived a few minutes early and were asked to wait in Meridian, the bar that sits between Palo and Remy. It has a very Gentlemen's Club feel to it with it's leather, high back chairs, luggage straps on the sofas, map outlines on the windows, cigar case and bar.


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After a few minutes someone from Palo came and got us, and we were led to our table, which was right next to the windows and had a gorgeous view.


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Our waiter, Martin, came shortly after we were seated and brought us water and complimentary mimosas. Then he lead us up to the buffet and explained the selections and the hot items we could order.


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After our tour he left us to make our choices from the buffet. My first plate was, chocolate bread, olive bread, Italian meats, an assortment of cheeses, olives, asparagus wrapped in proscuitto with hollandaise sauce, and a mini eggplant parmesan. Everything was delicious.


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Brian's first plate looked a lot like mine, this is his second with some shrimp, scallops and this yummy cheese that was like a soft cheddar with chives in it. We both loved it. I didn't take a picture, but I also tried the caviar. Since it was there I figured, why not! Definitely not for me!


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We ordered the famous Chicken Parmesan and while it was VERY good, it was lacking a bit of seasoning for my taste. I'd eat it again with no complaints as long as I had a bit of salt to add to it. I actually liked the risotto better than the chicken.


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We also ordered the lasagna, now this was hype worthy to us. Hands down the best lasagna either of us has ever had, and I make a pretty killer lasagna myself.


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We got a half & half pizza to share as well. One half was spicy Italian sausage and the other half was the grape & gorgonzola. The spicy sausage lived up to it's name, and the grape/gorgonzola while sounding odd, was actually quite good.


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We got similar plates of desserts, passion fruit cheesecake, chocolate pot de creme, tiramisu, and the little chocolate cake is escaping me at the moment...


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We thoroughly enjoyed our brunch at Palo and left so full we wondered if we would even be able to eat dinner that night!

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Talking We were on your cruise!!!!!!!!

Oh my gosh, I was so excited to find your trip report!!! We were also on the Nov. 2nd Fantasy sailing, in room 7180 and Vivek was our room attendant! My 3 year old daughter LOVED him! He always popped his head out whenever he heard us leave or come back. This was our first DCL cruise and it was a trip of a lifetime!!!! I enjoy reliving our trip through your report!

P.S. You and your camera take beautiful pictures. What kind of camera were you using?
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