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Old 08-25-2010, 03:54 PM   #136
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Sitting here looking at my lunch and then drooling over Palo pics... sigh. Ship pics are awesome!
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Old 08-25-2010, 04:12 PM   #137
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Some of my highlights from this trip

In no particular order other than how quickly they come to memory...

1. Nougat Man from the Sweet Corsica tour. He was a riot. A true entertainer. If you are doing this tour then you're gonna love this guy.

2. The search for WIFI! Picture me walking around holding my phone at full arms length like a prat, looking for free WIFI at almost every opportunity I had....and a leap into the air on the three occassions that I actually found it. Fools gold man. Yes it was hi-larious.

3. Laugh-Yer-A$$-Off Lerici Tour Guide Woman.
Our tour guide at Lerici was great. She was really nervous bless her, but did a great job. She had this laugh that just cracked me up. I did a short interview with her on my Iphone about the tour and managed to record her laugh a few times within it. I'll see if I can upload it. Still makes me laugh when I hear it.

4. Yoohoo Man from the Flavours of Sorrento and Pompeii tour.
Ok let me explain. When we were doing the Pompeii tour, the tour guide had a tendency to get quite far ahead. Myself, DW, Pete, Walter, Max, Yvet & Emiel were the stragglers of the group. So everytime he'd almost get out of sight, he'd let out this "Yoooooohoooooo" to tell us to catch up. I'm not a dog and he's not my master, so we kept going at our own pace, making sure we took plenty of photos along the way. He was going far too quick. We did have radios to hear his commentary at each stop and the range was pretty good - about 20 metres, so we were able to hear most of what he said. Eerie static with subliminal messages if you went beyond that. So that's why I had such a desire to buy more Disney merchandise when back on the ship

5. Palo food. Yum yum yum. Best food on the ship, of course. If you are considering Palo, the brunch is superb. Some of those desserts were simply amazing - so rich. However, best dessert was the chocolate souffle at Palo dinner. The food from other restaurants had mixed reviews from our table (which you'll know if you've heard the podcast recordings we did, via the magic in the med wdwinfo page).

6. Room. Amazing. We were so lucky to get a category 9 and I must say, it spoilt me. Good size split bathroom, nice spacious room. I could live without the balcony. Thank goodness we have a cat 7 in December, because I am well and truly spoilt now. I know you spent very little time in your room and essentially it does not matter, but I really enjoyed the space we had. It felt like a normal hotel room.

7. Cove Cafe. If you're a coffee drinker, it has to be Cove. They had a great offer where you get a collector card. Each time you have a drink from Cove, they stamp the card. When you have 5 stamps (I think) on the card, the next drink is free....and that included alcoholic drinks. So you could buy 5 espressos and then get a free cocktail. Shhhhh I didn't say that. The cast members at Cove were great. I think that's what really makes Disney Cruise's so great for us - we always seem to find the great cast members. Our restaurant servers were great...we're now connected to some of the cast members on Facebook.....till we see them next time!

8. Of course the company I had on the cruise. Spending 11 magical days with my wonderful wife was way overdue. We both work full time, my days are long, I work at home too and our weekends are always go, go, go so we both really enjoyed spending some quality time together. Then on top of that, getting to spend that time with Pete, Walter, Max, Yvet and Emiel made it one super amazing trip to remember. We all had such a laugh and such great times together. I am soooo glad we saved and saved to go on this trip (and I mean we REALLY tightened the belts to make it happen). I will never forget it.

9. The farm we visited at Sorrento. Wow this place was great and quite humbling too. Showed me how simple life can be! By simple I don't mean easy, I mean back to basics. I distinctly remember how happy they all were. They produced some excellent quality olive oil, cheese and Limoncello here. We still have some lemon cream in the fridge, but what to do with it?
If we do another med cruise, I would definitely consider going on this tour again. The food they served was great. Fantastic flavours.

10. The cannons leaving the port at Malta. I know Becx has already mentioned this, but I want to reiterate how special it made you feel.....and you get that really cool delay from the cannons firing and seeing the smoke, to hearing the sound. Probably half a mile out of port at the time.


Looking back really reminds me how great this trip was.
Yoooooohooooooooooo
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Old 08-31-2010, 02:41 PM   #138
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I'm soooo hungry now, I love Palo!
I could eat that right now

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Noooooooooooooooooo, you can't be done! We all enjoyed your pictures and commentary so much!
I can try and string it out more if you want Thanks for the comments

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Becx - your "empty ship" photos are awesome!

The food at Palo doesn't look half-bad either.
Thanks, I wish I'd taken more - it's so much easier taking pictures with no one in them. I'm going to try and get some on the Wonder when we go in December

If you get the chance to do Palo go for it

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I have loved your report and all the great pictures !

Sweet Corsica question..... which wine did you prefer ? Would you recommend this tour ?

THANKS for taking the time to report !
Thnaks very much. As DH said I didn't think much to the wine. Personally I only like rose and white but they were not to my taste (I like a sweeter wine)

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Sitting here looking at my lunch and then drooling over Palo pics... sigh. Ship pics are awesome!
Just close your eyes and imagine you're eating the Palo food
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Old 08-31-2010, 03:00 PM   #139
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Walter needed to get some pictures of the laundry rooms but as he was going ashore (Villefranche - France) and we weren't I voluntered to do that! Luckily they were pretty empty!

Deck 2

























The one on deck 2 is the smallest, I can't remember if this was deck 6 or 7



This is the third one - it's much larger











I like how you don't need to use cash for the machines and detergents / softeners - very convenient!
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I again made the most of an empty ship - this time everyone was in France and not in bed though!













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I have a question regarding the laundry room. Do you need to swipe your card to use the iron?

Can you request an iron from your housekeeper?
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Old 08-31-2010, 03:56 PM   #142
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We did the FE gift excahnge - it was agreed we'd give something small and/or edible as many people had luggage restirctions.

Here is some of what we were given - everyone made a fantastic effort















Our tip envelopes - don't know why I took a pic of these, let alone 3!





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I have a question regarding the laundry room. Do you need to swipe your card to use the iron?

Can you request an iron from your housekeeper?
No the iron is free - the sign instructs you to set the timer but that is it!

You are not allowed an iron (one from the ship or your own) in your cabin so your stateroom host would not be able to bring one for you.

I found on a previous cruise the cost of getting garments ironed and delivered was quite reasonable if you only need a couple of things. I think if you need to iron anything and don't want to pay just make sure you go to the laundry room at a time when not many people are there. It's worth trying the other laundry rooms if the one you go to is busy, if you use the elevator it isn't too much hassle getting from one to another.
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No the iron is free - the sign instructs you to set the timer but that is it!

You are not allowed an iron (one from the ship or your own) in your cabin so your stateroom host would not be able to bring one for you.

I found on a previous cruise the cost of getting garments ironed and delivered was quite reasonable if you only need a couple of things. I think if you need to iron anything and don't want to pay just make sure you go to the laundry room at a time when not many people are there. It's worth trying the other laundry rooms if the one you go to is busy, if you use the elevator it isn't too much hassle getting from one to another.
Thanks so much Hopefully there won't be too much to touch up.
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I've been meaning to get back to this for while - time just flies!

The dinner theme tonight was Captain's Gala

The menu



The shrimp appetiser - both the same but Gav only had 2 on his plate! He asked for another one



Cured meat and roasted veg



Salad



I think this was a mushroom soup



Chicken parmesan entree



Lobster



Tuna



Desserts







Tonight we came back to a crocodile (or an alligator!)





Another FE gift





The next day was a sea day. We had breakfast at Lumiere's (turned out to be our favourite place for breakfast)





Then we started packing our stuff (I wanted to get most of it out the way early) however things took a turn for the worse when we headed into a storm! It started out a bit choppy and we wandered around a bit, went to the stores. But it soon got worse - at one point standing on deck 4 mid ship, out one window we could see the sea out the other the sky! It was a stuggle to stay upright! We went up in the elevator and there was water pouring down the inside of the doors! It was coming on deck futher up (I think they emptied the pools already).

It got so bad we had to go back to the cabin, we were both feeling a little green but I carried on packing, thankful we'd bought things before we felt bad. I had to give up though as the ship was rocking in four directions and I needed to lay down. Neither of us was sick but this was a force 11 gale we passed though! We had a high tea booked at Palo in the afternoon and thankfully we both felt better! Infact I was quite hungry!

I could have eaten a whole plateful to myself!



We did get a nice big pot of tea



Scones with cream and jam









I'm afraid I can't remember what we had for dinner that night - I think we may have had room service?

But that is pretty much the end of the photos, I didn't take any on the last day and when we were travelling. It was a shame we lost a sea day to the motion but we probably wouldn't have done much more - maybe an activity but we wanted to take it easy.

We had a great time and Gav has talked about doing another Med cruise (maybe not 2011 but in a few years). It certainly won't be our last cruise!

Thanks everyone for reading
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Thanks for sharing your fantastic photos! I'm sorry to hear that you had that motion sickness but at least you got to enjoy Palo and you weren't confined to your room.
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Old 09-21-2010, 06:25 PM   #147
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awesome pictures!!!

what kind of camera do you have?!!!

also - your meal photos are amazing -- and depict a lot of food. even when you say it was just the 2 of your food, it seemed like a lot. can i ask, what's a typical meal - how many courses?

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Spent a lovely evening looking at your report
even more excited about our cruise in June
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Old 03-22-2011, 07:09 PM   #149
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Many thanks for posting all the photos and details of your Med cruise last year. It's been enormously helpful to me as we prepare for our Med cruise in July. As a first time cruiser, I really have no idea what to expect. Your photos and descriptions, especially on the ship, have been great and have answered many questions I've had, but didn't know where or who to ask.

I wanted to send you a thank you via PM rather than clutter up your great thread with a thank you post, but my post count has to be 10 or more before I am allowed to do so.

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