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Old 07-09-2013, 08:53 PM   #2791
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I think the chocolate tasting is paired with alcohol such as whiskey, brandy, etc. I don't drink but I love chocolate but it was $30 so I knew booze was involved. Lol. I didn't sign up for it.
Wow, that's some booze! Might have been interesting to see what they paired the chocolate with but if you don't drink, that's a lot of chocolate you can buy elsewhere.
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Old 07-09-2013, 08:58 PM   #2792
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Yes, we were a bit disappointed, as we purchased the Shutters CD and would have liked more photos of the excusions.

I did see some other families with excursion photos, but not a lot. I wonder if they were on the family excursions - we tried to book mostly "adult only" ones.



You were the Family of the Day? How cool! We saw you (and were green with envy) get on. How did you get this?
This was our first experience with the tastings, and DH really enjoyed them. I can't drink that much - I get the "Asian flush". I didn't know you could sign up for them all at the beginning of the cruise, and by the time we got to them, some were already filled. Oh well, we will be better prepared next time!

Oh, and if nasty old lady was a Platinum, wouldn't she know about the wait list?
Yeah, we were family of the day. Still can't believe we were that lucky. We've never gotten at the port that early (before boarding) so we had no idea this was even possible. I think they (DCL) just picks a family randomly. I didn't realize until a recent cruise you can sign up for the tastings ahead of time. Used to think you had to see it in the navigator first.

I think with the wait list that it's possible they started it way after the event was sold out. When I went up to sign up, I was just told to check back (it was pretty early in the cruise). Possibly so many inquired that they started a wait list. How could they possibly know who was interested that they missed? I never bothered checking back. We just bought chocolate in any port we could find it and had our own tasting (the chocolate from the chocolate museum was my favorite).
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Old 07-09-2013, 09:00 PM   #2793
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We thought it questionable to use a black background for semi formal photos with formally dressed Mickey and Donald.
We thought so too and were sad about it because it was a really good shot of my husband and I. I just figured it was me and the professionals knew better. Ha!
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Old 07-11-2013, 12:12 AM   #2794
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Wow, that's some booze! Might have been interesting to see what they paired the chocolate with but if you don't drink, that's a lot of chocolate you can buy elsewhere.
My friend and I did the chocolate tasting on this cruise. There were 4 cups of melted chocolate (chocolate caramel, dark, white, and dark/white blended to form milk chocolate) as well as the melting wafers themselves. There were 4 beverages that I can recall to pair with the chocolates -- a dry sparkling wine paired with the chocolate caramel, port paired with the milk chocolate, a red wine paired with the dark chocolate, and whiskey paired with the white chocolate. The presenter was excellent and provided us with some random chocolate facts and well as talking us through the tasting.
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My friend and I did the chocolate tasting on this cruise. There were 4 cups of melted chocolate (chocolate caramel, dark, white, and dark/white blended to form milk chocolate) as well as the melting wafers themselves. There were 4 beverages that I can recall to pair with the chocolates -- a dry sparkling wine paired with the chocolate caramel, port paired with the milk chocolate, a red wine paired with the dark chocolate, and whiskey paired with the white chocolate. The presenter was excellent and provided us with some random chocolate facts and well as talking us through the tasting.
Cool!

Not sure if DH would have liked that. He likes the drinks, but is not a big chocolate fan - I know, weird, right?
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My friend and I did the chocolate tasting on this cruise. There were 4 cups of melted chocolate (chocolate caramel, dark, white, and dark/white blended to form milk chocolate) as well as the melting wafers themselves. There were 4 beverages that I can recall to pair with the chocolates -- a dry sparkling wine paired with the chocolate caramel, port paired with the milk chocolate, a red wine paired with the dark chocolate, and whiskey paired with the white chocolate. The presenter was excellent and provided us with some random chocolate facts and well as talking us through the tasting.
That's a great description of the chocolate tasting. We also did this but we were back to back and did it on the next cruise. The alcohol was supposed to alter the taste of the chocolate. I think I noticed some difference for the first pairing but after that I didn't really notice a difference (The chocolate tasted equally good. ) A Swedish parmesan cheese was also served (aged only 60 days as opposed to Italian parmesan cheese). I think I liked that even more than the chocolate.

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Mark has been on Facebook, and I think he was catching up with his new friends. He really had a good time with the 18-21 group!

You might recall that my son, Will, was in that group and he thought they were a really great group of kids! I hope Mark is recovering nicely from his wisdom teeth surgery. I know that is in Will's near future.

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Mark has been on Facebook, and I think he was catching up with his new friends. He really had a good time with the 18-21 group!

You might recall that my son, Will, was in that group and he thought they were a really great group of kids! I hope Mark is recovering nicely from his wisdom teeth surgery. I know that is in Will's near future.

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Hi Marie!

Yes, I think it was a great group of kids who really bonded over the cruise. I hope we get to see some of them again sometime.

Mark's iPhone somehow died during the cruise, and we had to get it replaced when we got back, so I think he wasn't on Facebook as much until he got his phone back.

And his sister took a hilarious video of Mark after his wisdom teeth surgery, when he was still on drugs - I think it is a bit too inappropriate to post here!
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Old 07-12-2013, 01:26 PM   #2798
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My friend and I did the chocolate tasting on this cruise. There were 4 cups of melted chocolate (chocolate caramel, dark, white, and dark/white blended to form milk chocolate) as well as the melting wafers themselves. There were 4 beverages that I can recall to pair with the chocolates -- a dry sparkling wine paired with the chocolate caramel, port paired with the milk chocolate, a red wine paired with the dark chocolate, and whiskey paired with the white chocolate. The presenter was excellent and provided us with some random chocolate facts and well as talking us through the tasting.
Nice! Thanks for the description. I'd have loved that! Guess I need to make sure that I book early next time as I'd really enjoy this. I'm hoping this fall to attend the chocolate tasting (not sure of the exact name) during food and wine. It falls this year during our time there and I try never to turn down chocolate :-)
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I hung my shadowbox in my office today.
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Mine is fixed and I moved it upstairs to my office/creativity center, but haven't yet decided where it should go. Put some new photos in frames...
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What about the lithographs? Do you guys frame them or do something with them?
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What about the lithographs? Do you guys frame them or do something with them?
I frame them. I measured the dimensions and promptly left the piece of paper at home. Need to go out again and get it done.
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What about the lithographs? Do you guys frame them or do something with them?
I frame ours. I use the same mat color and match the frame as much as possible to the other lithos we have received for inaugural cruises we have been on. This makes 5 lithos and they are all hung on one long wall. Sure wish 'Ducky' had been on the cruise to sign this one.

We put a pocket on the back of the frame to hold the certificate,etc.
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I frame them. I measured the dimensions and promptly left the piece of paper at home. Need to go out again and get it done.
I have lithos from almost every cruise I've been on. I always intend to frame them but have not yet done do. Even if I frame them I don't have wall space to hang them right now.
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I hung my shadowbox in my office today.
Ours is sitting in our bonus room which has Disney art work from ceiling almost to the floor. We also are taking the lithograph from Ducky to get framed to add to the various ones we have gotten on past "first" cruises. DH is lacking vacation time so there may be no cruise for us in 2014...
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