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Old 09-25-2009, 11:24 AM   #16
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Parrot Cay Embarkation Buffet items

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Those are the best Parrot Cay photos I've seen. What are some of those hot dishes?
Thank you!

It was a really good buffet, better than I remember from the Magic in January, but it could have just been my memory. I tried to take a lot of other food pics along the way, but I know I forgot too often. So I think I overcompensated a bit at other times

Here's what I remember:

Hot items - Cajun roasted potatoes, yellow rice dish, stir fried veggies, sweet and sour pork, steamship beef round (about 75 pounds, they said) bow tie pasta, a baked or roasted chicken

Salad items - lettuce, pasta salad, cole slaw, potato salad, marinated tomatoes, olives, shredded carrots, cucumbers, cottage cheese, croutons.

Kids - Spaghetti and meatballs, mac and cheese, mini corn dogs

Other - breads, assorted soups, tons of fresh fruit and all kinds of desserts.

Ice cream station - I think vanilla and chocolate ice cream, along with caramel and chocolate sauce, marshmallows, sprinkles and whipped cream topping.
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Kids' Club thoughts and pics

Our daughter couldn't wait to get to the club that first day. We could visit at any time, but she couldn't stay in there without us until after 6 p.m. Here are some pictures from before it got busy that first day. As Magic visitors can see, it looked a little different, but the overall setup was the same.

Overall impression: We loved the club on the Magic, but had heard mixed reviews about the Wonder. We'd heard that the counselors weren't good about engaging the children and often stood near the front while kids did their own things. We didn't see that at all. The counselors were always engaged, as we arrived and as we picked her up. They chased her around, did face-painting, dancing along with Lilo and Stitch, dressed up as Peter Pan. Anything the kids were doing, we saw counselors doing with them. Not to say our DD and other kids didn't just work by themselves on the computers or watch movies quietly, but there were always options. I highly recommend parents consider the club for at least part of the dinner time. We found the dinners could go long, so sometimes our daughter chose the club for the entire dinner. Other times she came and ate her dinner with us, but then my DH took her to the club when she was done with her dinner.

Check-in area: (They don't let any child out of this area until they check their wrist band, have a Key to the World card from the parent or other person who has permission to check them out and here the password. They were very good about this.)


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The computer-area: (though I forgot to actually take pics of the computers, go figure)




Hand-washing area (which they are sticklers about making sure all kids wash their hands the minute they walk in)


Water-fountain


Kids-sized bathroom:




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Old 09-25-2009, 05:37 PM   #18
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Thanks for your mouthwatering reply. Can't wait for more of your report.

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Really enjoying your report! We haven't cruised yet, but look forward to our 1st one next summer. Our DD will be in the Club so it was nice to see some pics that I hadn't seen yet. The Parrot Cay pics were great too. Yum!
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Can't wait to hear more!
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T-shirts

We loved seeing all of the T-shirts we've seen on the Disboards of people heading out on the Magic and Wonder. We decided to give it a try. We made two shirts for each of us. The blue shirt was for our first cruise, and the red was for our second cruise. We wore them on the first day of each cruise. The crew especially seemed to like seeing our names on the front of the shirts so they could call us by name.

To make the shirts, we explored the disboards for great graphics and then added words in google's Pacassa, which is free. We bought the shirts for just a few dollars each at an arts and crafts store, and then bought iron on transfers for dark colors. It was pretty easy to do, though a little time-consuming.

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You saw the front of the shirts in a previous post, but it's hard to see the name tags. We used the same tags with each of our names for both shirts:



Here's the red shirt graphic:




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Door Magnets

And we love door magnets - They certainly make it easy to find your room! We let our daughter decorate our door, though we added some to the top of the door.



Below are some of the magnets we made. (We got the pictures from the disboards from the really creative people here and then added words or made changes in Picassa or our photo editor, Adobe PhotoShop Elements.) Also included in the photo above are some of the magnets our fish-extender exchange group made for us. We got great gifts and that was so much fun to do - it'll be a separate post later with pics of other gifts.


Here are just a few of our magnets:












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Thanks for your mouthwatering reply. Can't wait for more of your report.

You're welcome!

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Really enjoying your report! We haven't cruised yet, but look forward to our 1st one next summer. Our DD will be in the Club so it was nice to see some pics that I hadn't seen yet. The Parrot Cay pics were great too. Yum!
Your DD will love the club, I'm sure. I'll post navigators later (once I scan them in) to show you some of the great activities they had on our trip. Our DD had a blast.

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great report! We were with you on the 9/17 cruise and I even remember seeing you in your shirts at the port!

looking forward to reading more. I really should get on and do mine! :D
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great report! We were with you on the 9/17 cruise and I even remember seeing you in your shirts at the port!

looking forward to reading more. I really should get on and do mine! :D
Thank you! You should do a report. While it's nice reading them of other cruises, I'd love to see TRs for the cruises we were on. It's just nice to see things from different perspectives - and see some of the things we never even knew were happening.
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Thank you! I promise to start scanning in navs and menus tomorrow so I can add even more before I have to go back to work Monday. Or at least I'll already have the scanning done so it'll be simpler to update during the work week.
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great so far, can't wait to read more. Will get me more excited for my next 3 day cruise in December
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The Mickey Pool

So while my mom and I stayed in the room to unpack (I think it's close to impossible not to completely unpack at the beginning of the cruise. It would be hard living out of suitcases in such a small room.) DH took DD to the pool. She couldn't use the Mickey slide the last time, because she was too short. Actually, they told her that after she'd already gone down it a couple times. But this time, not a problem. A growth spurt did the trick, thankfully.









She went into the toddler area briefly. We're not really big on letting her hang out there. I tell her it's for little ones who can't go in her big-girl pool. Plus, while she would never purposely hurt another child, I would worry she'd run around and topple someone over. But here are pics of what the toddler area looks like:





While I'm doing this somewhat by topic, I'm also trying to do it in some order. Later in our trip, we did some nighttime swimming, and I'll post pics of that as well. I highly recommend it. We all had fun, and we didn't to worry about the heat or sun.
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great so far, can't wait to read more. Will get me more excited for my next 3 day cruise in December
OK, Now I'm jealous. Not just of the December cruise, but from your signature, I can see you have many more planned. It's just a reminder to me to play the lottery
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