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Old 02-12-2011, 08:46 PM   #31
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Mini-Golf!

When we returned to the room, we realized our room wasn't quite cleaned yet. We decided to hand out the rest of our FE gifts to the people on the boat (and got caught by someone too!) and we then decided to go to deck 13 and play some mini-golf.

My husband and I have a tradition that every vacation we go on we play mini-golf so we were thrilled when we found out there was some on the ship!

We ended up deciding to not keep score as the course was really small but it was still a fun time for us to enjoy.


























Sad golf on the other ship!

It was a fun way to pass about 30 minutes on the ship.
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Old 02-13-2011, 08:28 AM   #32
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Afternoon Activities

As we finished up with mini-golf, we overlooked to view Nassau & were glad we made the decision to stay on the boat during this island visit.







After wandering around the boat some, we headed back to our room to read for a bit.

At 12:30pm, we went up to Cabanas for lunch. I didn't take pictures. I ended up with a plate of peel and shrimp and my husband decided against getting anything as they didn't have the chicken fingers from the day before. Once I finished my mound of shrimp, we went out to Flo's Cafe and got him a hamburger and fries and made our way over to the adult area for him to enjoy his food. We ordered 2 frozen adult fruity beverages and just relaxed.

When he finished up his meal, we sunbathed some on the upper deck until making our way to guest services to sign up for Mixology. My husband originally did not want to attend but I whined enough for him to sign up with me, this turned out to be a good thing.

When headed back to our room to relax and read some more. I decided I wanted to do the Disney Animation Class while my husband was reading. I made my way down to D-Lounge on Deck 4. There weren't a lot of people for the glass, probably only around 6 people showed up. They showed clips from the 50 movies from Disney Animation and then went through how to draw Pluto.

Here is how mine turned out:


It was a cute activity for those that showed up. I think the cruise staff running it were enjoying themselves too.
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Old 02-13-2011, 08:41 AM   #33
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Your massage sounds heavenly, and your view sounded wonderful! Love the mini gold set-up. Looking forward to using it soon!
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Old 02-13-2011, 09:31 AM   #34
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THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE INFO!!!! I'll save a lot of money on my next cruise!!!!
You're welcome! While we did bring a lot of alcohol on board, we ended up not really drinking that much of it. I finished my bottle of Jack Daniels but that and the gin was the only things we actually touched during the cruise. Oh well, at least when I'm done being sick I now have 3 things in our wet bar I can enjoy that are outside the norm. (At home my drink of choice is usually a Maker's Marks on the rocks)

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It was heavenly! I just went with a basic 50 minute swedish massage. That is honestly the shortest massage I've ever had and I'm not sure I would get one so short again. I'm used to 75 minute or 90 minute massages of deep tissue and I should have just gone with that type instead of switching it up.
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Old 02-13-2011, 09:33 AM   #35
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Mixology


As it neared 3:30pm, we got our tickets and headed down to Skyline.



This was our first time in this bar during the trip. We loved it! It was so nice looking and cozy at the same time.







Bar Set-Up


My husband and I were the only ones as it became 3:30pm. The two bartenders that host this event said lets wait a few more minutes and see if anyone else shows up. They made a few calls and discovered no one else was suppose to show up! Apparently this is the first time ever that this event hadn't sold out for them. Often they get comments that they need more seats as its limited to only 10 guests due to the interactive nature of the program. I was very glad at this moment that I had whined enough for my husband to join me as being the only person to show up for a glass would have been a bit awkward. I think the lack of people also made my husband happy as he's more likely to open up in smaller crowds.

The younger of the two bartenders began to give us the history of the martini. It also is his favorite drink. After the history, he made us a classic dry vodka martini.



They gave us the option of having it made dirty but I declined as I already know I do not enjoy dirty martinis but my husband ended up enjoying that more than the classic.

Next up was the Mojito.

The older bartender gave the history of the Mojito. We were then walked through how to make one with muddling the lime with the mint and sugar syrup. They added the rum and some soda water and we got to shake it ourselves.



Now began the really interactive part. We got to make the cocktails for all!

I was lead behind the bar and got to make a margarita for the 4 of us to enjoy. I was made to squeeze the juice out of 2 lime halves, put in 4 seconds (1, 2, 3, elephant is the correct way to count apparently) of Patron, then put in 1, 2, elephant of Triple Sec, and shake. When I failed at getting the shaker + glass apart, at least the bartender helped me as it was frozen together.

I poured it into the little glasses and got to go back around to enjoy my creation!


And apparently I enjoyed it before the picture was taken

Next up was my husband getting to make a sunken treasure.

He got lead behind the bar and mixed together the Malibu, Midori, Pineapple Juice, Orange Juice and shook them all together. Some blue stuff was poured on top then a dash of Sprite.



So tasty!

Last up to be enjoyed was the layered shot!

We all got to pour some Kahlua on the bottom. We used a spoon to pour the Bailey's to make sure the layers worked right. Then lastly we poured some Amaretto on the top.




While making my shot, the bartender said something that was a bit funny to my buzzed brain. It kinda messed up my layers of my shot but either way it was tasty.

It ran over in time a bit and we were out by 5:00pm. For $15 per person, we thought it was extremely worth the price! You got a ton of alcohol plus instruction time. It was a great way to spend the later part of our afternoon.
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Old 02-13-2011, 10:17 AM   #36
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awesome

the mixology class looks and sounds great...we will definitely be signing up for that.
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Old 02-13-2011, 02:45 PM   #37
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Mixology looks like great "mommy/daddy" time!
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Old 02-13-2011, 04:00 PM   #38
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Thank you so much for this wonderful trip report! I am actually taking notes!
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Old 02-13-2011, 07:33 PM   #39
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Not to be missed!

Mixology has been added to our must-do list for all future cruises - we're hoping they even develop an advanced class!

I can't seem to figure out how to include a pic or I'd share the B52's DH and I made.
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the mixology class looks and sounds great...we will definitely be signing up for that.
It was great! It wasn't given any real description in the navigator other than the listing under 'Just for Adults' but I'm glad we took the shot at it.

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It would be! Especially at the time of the day is perfect for exciting kid's activities too.

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I can't seem to figure out how to include a pic or I'd share the B52's DH and I made.
I think its on our to-do list too. An advanced class would be perfect especially for some of those more complicated drinks.

For pictures, I use imageshack and just take the direct link from there. there are other websites you can do it from too. (It used to be easy to take from facebook but they changed their photo system so its much more difficult now)
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Thanks for reading along. You will love your first cruise w/ DCL! I've personally sailed with 6 different cruise lines and I think DCL is my favorite.
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Royal Palace Dinner


After Mixology, we headed back to the room to change clothes and get ready for dinner. At 6:00PM, we were be shown our table by a guy who had no idea where he was going. Problem was our table number was right next to a child's placing.



This doesn't seem right.
Quickly our server came to the rescue and stated that we were put at the wrong place (no really?) and were led to the correct table.

We were given our menus and a new assistant server came by for our drink orders. Having had a lot of alcohol at the Mixology class, I opted for a coke and my husband a Sprite.

Shortly our bread arrived:




It was really good!

Our table mates hadn't arrived yet so our server took our order. They ended up arriving while we were in the middle of our appetizer and the server got their pacing done quickly to match up with ours by the time of the entrée.

I went with:
Pomegranate Glazed Duck Breast with Gerwurztraminer Gelee and Pomegranate Glaze



I loved it! It wasn't very fatty and was just the right size.

My husband went with:
Iced Lobster and Jumbo Shrimp - white and green asparagus, micro greens, and lemon-dill dressing with horseradish cream



He enjoyed this.

For the soup/salad course, we both went with the same thing:

Belle's French Onion Soup with gruyere cheese crouton



So good! Just enough onions for it to not be overpowered with them.

For the entrees, I decided to be a bit different.
Roasted Wild Boar Tenderloin - sweet carrot and onion potato cake with a red currant reduction



I really liked it. I'm glad I went with the choice despite thinking it might not be something I wanted.

My husband was not adventurous and had:
Royal Palace Aged Angus Grilled Beef Tenderloin and Lobster Medallions - sauteed snow peas and marquis potatoes with a cognac reduction



He really liked the steak but thought it was a bit on the smaller side. The server offered to bring him out another one but he declined.

Next up was desserts. Having skipped desserts entirely the night before, I was a little bit of a pig, assuming my husband might help me, and ordered 2 desserts!

First Up -
Tahitian Vanilla Creme Brulee with Macaroon



If you've read my other reports, you know, I love creme brulee! I really liked this one even if I only allowed myself to eat half of it because of my 2nd dessert. (Also I have no idea why my server brought us out a plate of cherries)

Grand Marnier Souffle infused with fresh orange zest and served with creme Anglaise




It was so good. I was kinda expecting a souffle like I had at Bistro & it to be cold. Even though this one was hot, I still really enjoyed it!

My husband went with his standby:
Mango Cheesecake with whipped cream and fruits



No complaints out of him while he finished the entire thing!

Overall this meal went way better than our meal at Enchanted Garden. The pacing was better. In fact, we were happy when our head server actually introduced herself, seemed friendly, and we made sure she was aware that it was our anniversary on this cruise. I learned later I shouldn't be happy about such things.

As we finished up our meal, we decided to head to Evolution to enjoy Match Your Mate, or at least so we thought.
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Early Evening Fun


We headed to Evolution as it neared 7:45pm to watch the early edition of Match Your Mate.

Problem was, it looked like this:



Yeah empty

We sat at the bar and were greeted by the two very bartenders that taught us all about Mixology today.

The cruise staff were going to wait a few minutes to see if anyone was going to show up so we decided to get a cocktail to pass the time.

I went with a Citron Martini & my husband had a Mojito.

Both were wonderful!

As we sipped our cocktails, no one else showed up. They said hopefully more people will show up for the 10:30 show and to come back then.

After we finished, we headed back to the room to make our own drinks and head over to Villains Tonight! We had two treats waiting for us in the room.


A towel animal!

and


Our invitation to dinner tomorrow evening from Remy.

Inside it mentioned if we would like to discuss wine choices or the reserve wine list to show up at 5:15 the night of our dinner. We passed on that option as my husband doesn't enjoy wine and that opportunity would be a waste for him.
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