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Old 01-26-2014, 07:27 PM   #46
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Thank you for this TR... I thoroughly enjoyed reading it..you look like a very nice couple and congrats on your anniversary..
Thanks in part to your raves about the mixology class I will go ahead and sign us up for one...I've only done beer/wine tastings before but not mixology...it looks awesome...thanks again for sharing your experiences...
Thank you. You must take a mixology class. Each bartender has his/her own style but it's always tons of fun and the drinks are great!
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Great updates! You are getting me so excited for our cruise!
We have a private mixology session scheduled well so pleased to hear that it was a success
On our Alaska cruise last year the chocolate tasting was my fave tasting so far
I think that Wine and chocolate was right up there with mixology. Different classes but each so good.
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Old 01-26-2014, 07:31 PM   #47
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December 2nd...Part 2

With two tastings now behind us I was in need of coffee and something in my tummy besides alcohol and the Vista Café fit that bill perfectly.
Mocha Latte

A few snacks


I kind of knew what I wanted to do after Vista Café, so we went off to do some window shopping (note “window” is the key word here) and with no purchases in hand, (I know…shocker!) we arrived at the Walt Disney Theater to take in the 3D showing of Frozen. Just a warning which you probably already know, the popcorn here is pre-bagged and twice as much as it is back home. We settled for a bottle of water, a Root Beer in a souvenir cup and some chocolate. I really loved this movie. Disney/Pixar at its best. But all I find myself doing is humming, “Let it go.” It doesn’t help that Demi Lovato sang it during Disney’s Christmas Parade on TV. I’m just stuck. Let it go! Let it go! Lol!
A couple of shots along the way

Dinner was coming up quickly so we returned to our stateroom to get ready for Animator’s Palate.
Table setting…ooh crayons!

Table # 78

I love these little knives

Garlic and Herb Foccacia…with a Rosemary Virgin Olive Oil dip (new on the menu)

Guess what we are?

Blueberrilicious…Tequila, Fresh Blueberries, Passion Fruit Juice, Orange Flavor Liquor, and Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice

Golden Breeze…Vodka, Amaretto, Galliano, Orange Juice, and Pineapple Juice

Black Truffle Pasta Purseittes x 2…Pasta Purse filled with Truffle scented Cheese and coated with a delicate Champagne Sauce

Arugula and Curly Endive Salad…with Sliced Chorizo, Dried Figs, and Herbed Croutons topped with a Cider Dressing (new on the menu)

Creamy Butternut Squash Soup…Garnished with Chives and drizzled with Sour Cream

Herb Crusted Veal Chop…Roasted Veal Chop Brushed with Dijon Mustard and crusted with Herbed Breadcrumbs served with Sun-dried Tomato Risotto and a Barolo Wine Sauce (so tasty and also new)

Like you don’t know what this is! :D

Chocolate Brownie Cheesecake…With Whipped Cream and Raspberry Coulis

add Vanilla ice cream

A paper towel flower from our server Heny

Animators Palate


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We returned to our room after having a lengthy discussion with Kris and Larry about what there was to do in St Maarten tomorrow. I had an idea but no clue really and was happily surprised when Kris invited us to go along with them. We were to meet at 8am, Easy because their stateroom was just across the way and down a couple of doors. Regardless of our early morning Dan and I stopped by the Skyline for a night cap from our bartender Julian and server Priscila who oddly in the dark recognized us from the Mixology class earlier.
Our little towel bunny

Paris 75…best cocktail ever!


It was getting late but I had my camera on me and noticed just how empty the ship was. So don’t be shocked by the amount of photo’s I am about to post.
Disney Fantasy at night
Hallway leading to Europa

Fantasy Atrium


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Last photos of the night


Next…St. Maarten featuring Marigot and the famous Sarafina’s and Maho…where the big jets land
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December 3rd…St Maarten with new friends

We made plans with Kris and Larry to meet at around 8am. We were only around the corner from each other but after a phone call we met at the elevator. Once off the ship we all made our way to the nearest taxi station and before I could blink my eye Larry found a taxi that would take all four of us to Marigot for a reasonable price. We hopped in and we off. The drive was very scenic, rich with trees and vegetation and houses way up into the hillside.
The road to Marigot

Once we stopped we walked down to the waterfront and took in the view before heading just down the street to Sarafina’s Bakery. I had heard a lot about this place and it was definitely on my to-do list so I was so happy that Larry and Kris wanted to stop here.
Marigot and the marina

Sarafina’s was a little place tucked away with a roof but very open. It was getting a bit warm but all the pastries and things were kept perfectly in glass cases.
So many things to choose from

Sarafina’s sitting area


Oddly enough I never even got to try a dessert because I was hungry and just wanted breakfast. For both Dan and I this turned out to be Quiche, Lorraine for me and ham and cheese for him. I was too full to even think about desserts but now find myself regretting my choice. We should have tried something.
Yummy Quiche

Hey…Dan’s got his own meat shop…who knew. Lol!



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We ran into another couple from our cruise group who shared a taxi to Maho with us which brought down the price even more. (I’m learning things if we should return). The drive was not very long and when we arrived we made our way to the Sunset Bar where a whole lot of our fellow cruisers were gathering for the same thing. Waiting for the giant KLB to land. Now watching a jet land is one thing but this place was noted the in Guinness World Book of Records for being one of the 10 most dangerous places to land a plane. It not only had to land but it literally hovered only a few yards overhead of sunbathers and swimmers alike not to mention those who were there just for the thrill or to get that awesome photo shot. Most of us stayed up in the bar area though some were more adventurous. There is also a place where the planes take off and the jet exhaust is so strong it will blow you over. Think Jacka$$ the movie (I know why would anyone?) where they try to do ordinary things in the blast of the exhaust. Yep…that’s Maho.

Sunset Bar sign

Ok…the tail end of American Airlines

Here it comes

Closer

Closer…Image by Larry

This is the view from the beach
…Image not mine but from our group

This sign sums it all up!

Back in the taxi we headed back to port getting out a little ways from the ship to check out some shopping. Here the only thing I bought was a couple of postcards to send home and that was it. The shops were close to each other and mostly offered the same three things: T-shirts, alcohol and diamonds. That was about it. Before we reached the port we stopped for some gelato and a little rest under some shade trees.
View of the Fantasy from the taxi

Port Town

Gelato anyone? It was melting way to furiously to snap a shot

Cannon in town square

Christmas tree near taxi stand

St. Maarten welcomes you

And another Christmas tree


To be continued…

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I'm so sorry you got seasick. I experienced the same thing on our last cruise and it was terrible. We booked GTY and were assigned room 8028 which was very forward and I could feel every movement of the ship and this was made worse by the rough seas we were having. I will never intentionally book forward again. I missed Royal Palace which is my favorite MDR on the Dream.
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What a great update!
Our DIS group/FB group have organised a private tour on St Maarten and Maho Beach and Sarafina's are both on the schedule
I would love to point everyone towards this thread to get them even more excited, but I wouldn't do that without your permission
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What a great update!
Our DIS group/FB group have organised a private tour on St Maarten and Maho Beach and Sarafina's are both on the schedule
I would love to point everyone towards this thread to get them even more excited, but I wouldn't do that without your permission
You don't need my permission. The more the merrier. If my info helps your group then by all means point away.
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great update!
Thank you.
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I'm so sorry you got seasick. I experienced the same thing on our last cruise and it was terrible. We booked GTY and were assigned room 8028 which was very forward and I could feel every movement of the ship and this was made worse by the rough seas we were having. I will never intentionally book forward again. I missed Royal Palace which is my favorite MDR on the Dream.
I like being forward but I guess it all depends on the itinerary.
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Our DIS group/FB group have organised a private tour on St Maarten and Maho Beach and Sarafina's are both on the schedule
I would love to point everyone towards this thread to get them even more excited, but I wouldn't do that without your permission
Thank you.
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We were back on the ship by 2 pm and thanking Kris and Larry for a wonderful day we took off to find lunch.
St. Maarten from the ship

Flo’s to the rescue


Fish sandwich …special of the day

Brats…Dan’s favorites

Mushroom pizza

Salad from the fixin’s bar


Cookies…chocolate chip was dry

Boats in the harbor

Norwegian Epic right beside us

St. Maarten panorama

More of St. Maarten



After our late afternoon lunch I told Dan I was in need of coffee so we headed to the Cove Café. I really love this place. Dan and I grabbed a couple of lattes and a few snacks. So good.
Pumpkin Spice Latte…Pumpkin Pie syrup, espresso and steamed milk

Candy Cane Chocolate Mocha…Peppermint syrup, chocolate sauce, espresso and steamed milk…can you say OMG!!!!

Berry tart and fruit puff pastry

After enjoying our coffee we made stop at Shutters to check out some photos. Dan and I saw a couple that we were interested in but moved along for now due to crowds and the fact that it was time to get ready for Pirate Night. Last year we dressed up in full Pirate garb and this year would be no different. We returned to our stateroom as I had already unpacked our Piratey stuff so we just had to get dressed. The plan was to get our picture taken with Pirate Mickey or Minnie because we had our pic taken with Captain Jack last time. We left our room and was stopped by our stateroom hostess who more than loved our outfits then it was off to our picture taken. We hurried to get in line for Mickey but was told the couple who had just arrived in front of us was the last. Just our luck. Minnie was already leaving so that was done too.

We found a place to sit across from the Bon Voyage bar, ordered a couple of drinks and just relaxed. We ran into Kelly and her husband and chatted just a bit before opting to have our picture taken in front of a backdrop of a skeleton captain on a pirate ship. The shot Kelly took with my camera came out so much better than the Shutters shot. After, it was time for dinner at the Royal Court.
A Pirates Life for Me!

Pomegranate Cosmo…Grey Goose Vodka, Pomegranate juice, Cointreau, Freshly squeezed Lime Juice and Cranberry Juice

Eco-Tini…VeeV Acai Liqueur, Triple Sec, Agave Nectar, ginger, and Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice served with a Souvenir Acai seed Bracelet

Just a couple of Pirates


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We met up with Kris and Larry who were sporting their Pirate bandanas. Being all too familiar with the Pirate Night menu we made our orders and prepared to enjoy another wonderful meal.
Johnny Cake with a pigeon pea relish

The Buccaneer's Sun-Ripened Pineapple…fresh island pineapple with a coconut covered banana and orange glaze

Black Beard's Jumbo Crab Cake…with a golden raisin-carrot and coconut slaw served with a spice Calypso dressing

Caribbean-style Conch Chowder…with sherry, sweet peppers, onions, tomatoes, thyme, and garnished with diced potatoes and crispy bacon bits

Jerk Chicken Salad…jerk-seasoned chicken strips over fresh crispy greens with a citrus dressing and plantain chips

Jack Sparrow's BBQ Marinated Beef Short Ribs…rubbed beef short ribs with tamarind-BBQ sauce served with onion red bliss mashed potatoes and plantain chip

The Dutchmen's Dijon-Crusted Sirloin of Beef…thick cut of beef with oven-roasted sweet potatoes and a black spot tomato with deep red wine glaze

Banana-Chocolate Crepe…with mango coulis and toasted coconut (no sugar added dessert)

Dan asked for nothing and nothing he got! Lol!!!

Somewhere along our meal Shutters photographers grabbed some shots but they were so similar to other pictures that we had in the past that we passed on them. Upon returning to our room we were greeted by this little pirate and our invitation for dinner at Remy.
Towel pirate

Remy invitation

We did watch the fireworks and hang out for Club Pirate and a very cool DJ that kept the party hopping. Beforehand we kind of just walked through the Pirate buffet. Alas as in previous years we were just too darn full to try anything or even bring a snack to our room. Oh well, there’s always next time.

Next…Visiting St Thomas with five other ships in port…
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Oh my gosh, so much to comment on!

First, we ate at Palo's for brunch the same day as you but we had a 12:30 reservation. I was surprised when we were walked through the buffet by a CM who put the food on our plates. I wasn't aware that it was because of an outbreak. That makes sense now. We loved Palo!

Wow two tasting in one day! That would've done me in. It looked like fun though.

I loved your pictures of the ship at night. I can tell you that when you were taking those pictures my family was probably already crashed for the night. We never made it past 10:30 most nights. DH and I never made it to Europa or Oh La La either. Actually, I don't even know where those are located on the ship. We walked through LaPiazz (or however it is spelled) several times; are they anywhere near there? I loved the picture of the hallway to Europa. Again, where was that hallway? See, we really need to go back on the Fantasy so I can explore all the places I didn't get to this trip. More reason to book another trip!

Our St. Maarten day was beautiful. We did the Bernard's Tour and really liked it. I had wanted to get to Sarafina's but our stop in Marigot was only about 30 minutes and until we made a bathroom stop we were only left with about 15 minutes so I didn't want to chance missing our bus. We did enjoy walking around the open-air market and got some good pictures. We didn't see the KLM jet land but we did see it take off. How awesome!

You are Dan looked great in your pirate attire!

I can't wait to hear about your St. Thomas day!
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I've GOT to subscribe to this one!!

Thanks so much for sharing the dinner table with us- we hope that you both had as much fun as we did...
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