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Old 03-17-2012, 11:10 PM   #31
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Day 3 (Part Two): At Sea

Then... dessert. Ooooh, this was good. I ate my favorite thing on the cruise, here, the chocolate pot de cream. It was rich and not too sweet, and the perfect creamy texture. The others thought it was too rich, but to me it was ideal.











When I wouldn't let Toni take away the remnants of my pizza, because I was determined to eat it all, he offered to have the chef make me another one to take out with me. I asked if it was possible to get one without the grapes, because, really, I just love gorgonzola cheese and that is what I wanted. While the rest of the table imagined a disgruntled French chef, I rubbed my greedy hands together, imagining my perfect pizza. Toni also brought us two bowls of chocolate-dipped strawberries to bring back to the kids. I love that man.



After we finally rolled our stuffed selves out of Palo, Meghan and Jason went to pick up Lucas, but Mike and I decided the quiet was too nice to give up so soon. We headed to the Cove Cafe, where we reclined, belly up, on a sofa. I ordered a pot of masala chai, which was lovely, just enough for two milky cups.





After I was done with my tea, Mike and I went down to Studio Sea for "Cruisin' for Trivia," led by Stephen from the Playhouse Disney dance party. Some of the questions were really hard, but we ended up tied for first place. After a series of tie-breakers, Mike remembered that Whoopie Goldberg's character in Sister Act was named "Sister Mary Clarence" and we won. I'll never let him forget that he came up with that answer.

When that was over, we picked up the kids and relaxed for a while. Then we headed out to play "Wonder Quest", which I thought was some sort of a scavenger hunt. If you go to this, load your bag up with all sorts of random things, because it's about finding things in the lounge. We had so much fun playing this game, with Elliott as our team captain. Luckily, he's an incredibly friendly child, so he had no problem going up to complete strangers to ask if he could borrow, for example, some cash. It was hilarious. We didn't win, but this one was definitely about playing the game.

After a quick change, we hit up another family dance party for a little while, and then it was off to Triton's for dinner. I had "Chef Louis'" French Onion Soup and the Aged Angus Grilled Beef Tenderloin. The beef was really tender and tasty. For dessert I ordered the Grand Marnier Souffle, which I liked.





Mike ordered "Prince Eric's" Escargot Gratinee, the French onion soup, and the Porcini Mushroom-Stuffed Pasta in a Vegetable Broth. He said the pasta was a bit dry, but that it was really good.





Jason had the escargot and the Crispy Roasted Duck.



Meghan had the Tomato and Basil Soup, hoping that it would be the same as what she'd had in Palo (it wasn't) and the duck confit. I can't remember what her entree was. She ordered the super tasty sounding sundae, but I was taking Oliver to the bathroom for the millionth time, so I didn't see it, or Mike's birthday chocolate mousse. I was told they were both good, though!

After dinner the boys wanted to go back to the Club, so we dropped them off and then headed up to deck 9 for some ice cream, and then I sat and watched Mulan by the pool for a while. Then it was time to go pick up the boys and get ready for bed.

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So many updates! I love all of your pictures. I just read your screen name! I LOVE the Goonies. I was in third grade and Sean Austin was really big. I remember writing him love letters and sending him my school picture. Now my husband kinda looks like him. Just thought I would share.

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Old 03-18-2012, 04:36 PM   #33
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Day 4 (Part One): Puerto Vallarta

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Today we woke up as we pulled into Puerto Vallarta:



We had booked the shore excursion to Las Caletas, which met up in Studio Sea at 7:30AM. While Mike got the kids dressed, I ran up to Beach Blanket Buffet and grabbed a few little boxes of cereal and a couple of tubs of milk, so that we'd have a little something to snack on.

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We got to Studio Sea a few minutes early, got Goofy stickers to identify us, and went to eat our cereal at one of the tables. We were told that you need to be extremely careful about what you take into Mexico... someone had been fined for the dairy in the glaze on a doughnut, for example. Pre-packaged shelf-type food (like the little cereal boxes) or bottled water are OK, as long as they remain sealed. A short time later, they called our group and we were off. It was a short walk down the edge of the port to the little boat that would take us to Las Caletas, which was moored right behind the Wonder. This is a great opportunity to get some close-up pictures of the boat, and to see some of the little details you don't get to enjoy when you're onboard!



Brochure with info about the day (sorry, my scanner wasn't big enough to get it all, but I tried for the most important stuff... the prices for the optional activities (the lighter blue section) got cut off, but I'll post them below:



Massages: $25-50
Certified diving (pre-book): $15
Clay modeling: $6
Power snorkel: $35

We were toward the end of the line, so we went up top and crammed ourselves in. They gave everyone, including the children, adult-size life jackets, telling us that they would give us kid-size ones at some point. That never seemed to happen, though. The boat ride out took maybe 45 minutes and I mostly spent it in line downstairs signing Elliott up for the "kid adventure" activity, which he was really excited about. The crew walked around with pastries and coffee, though I didn't get any; by the time I was through the line, the pastries were gone. We could hear entertainment, but it was downstairs so we didn't see it. However, as the boat pulled up to the dock at Las Caletas, a parrot was released and circled the boat for quite some time. The people downstairs might not even have realized this was happening, but we had a great view.





Las Caletas was absolutely beautiful, lush green rain forest as the backdrop for small white crescents of beach. Once off the boat, everyone stops to have their picture taken with a costumed man and woman before moving down paths lined by alcoves filled with tables and chairs, where we were told we'd be eating later. We went down to the largest beach area and claimed some chairs for ourselves.







We paid our first visit to the bathrooms. The signs threw me off, because I could see bathrooms at the top of a second set of stairs, but the sign indicated that they were to the left. I went upstairs, but later found that there was another set down there. I believe the first level restrooms had one for men and one for women. The upstairs set had two for each. They were nicer than I'd expected them to be!





The only bummer about the whole day was that when we were on the boat they told us there would be street-style tacos (one of my very favorite foods) available for us once we got onshore, but we never saw them. We also never saw anyone eating one, so who knows!

The kids wanted to play in the water, so we all headed down to splash in the surf. Jason got a set of snorkel gear (which just required an ID or room key as collateral), and I wish I could have done it! I just never ended up with time. He said he saw a lot of fish, particularly by the raft that is anchored in the middle of the roped-off swimming area. Other options that were available were kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, and inner tubes. For a fee you could SCUBA.

The water was pretty chilly, but it was what we expected in winter, and the weather was gorgeous (low 80s) so you adjusted to it quickly. They did mention that wetsuits were available if you found the water too cold.



It was quickly time for Elliott's kid adventure, so he and Mike headed off for that, while I stayed with Oliver by the water. He had an amazing time and Mike told me just that was worth the cost of the excursion. Each child was given safety gear, including a sturdy helmet:



They were then seated for a talk about what they were going to be doing and information on the rules and safety.



The first stop was the monkey cage. The kids were taken inside and had to keep their hands knit together, against their chests. The monkeys got to climb on the kids (which Elliott thought was totally cool).



Next, the kids rode donkeys (led by their parents) to the next station.



Where they walked across a swaying bridge:



The the staging area for the zip-line portion of the activity. These kids had SUCH A GOOD TIME!



After that they met back up with us at the beach. Mike and Jason took the boys back down to the water to play, while Meghan and I relaxed for a while in our beach chairs. A few minutes later, the guys were calling and wildly gesticulating, so I ran down to see what they wanted. It turned out there was a whale a short distance out who was putting on quite a show! I've seen whales in the wild before, but never anything like this. For ten or fifteen minutes he just pulled out all the stops, doing every whale trick you can think of, over and over. It was incredible, and I wouldn't have been surprised to learn that there was a trainer out there or something. Of course, I didn't have the camera in my hands. I tried to get it on video, but every time I thought my recording was getting too long without any action and stopped it, wham, he'd leap from the water in a spectacular breach, before I was able to hit record again. I haven't watched my video yet, but I'm pretty sure there's not much to see.
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Day 4 (Part Two): Puerto Vallarta

Mike agreed to watch the boys so that I could go with Meghan and Jason on the scheduled nature walk. Oliver decided to come along (probably since Lucas was there), and boy, that was tough. The walk takes you all the way up to the top of the mountain, up steep stairs carved into the rocks. I was exhausted. Around the time we got to the top I thought I was going to pass out if another surprise staircase showed up around the corner. However, it was a really cool walk. Our guide taught us about the flora and fauna, and we got to see some beautiful views from up top.







We came back down around the back by the monkey cage and zip-line trail, which looked pretty neat up close. By then it was time for lunch, so we gathered up our things and headed out to find a table. We were a bit late, so the closest tables were all taken. This actually worked out well, because we ended up in a mostly empty section with beautiful views, rather than the cave-like indoor area we'd seen pretty far back. There were only one or two other families, so we practically had a whole buffet to ourselves.

We had a scare here, when Mike realized he had set the camera down while he was helping Oliver at the bathroom. Therefore, I didn't get any pictures of our lunch, but Mike did get to the camera just as someone was picking it up. I was so worried! I still enjoyed the tasty buffet, however! Fresh guacamole, salsa fresca, homemade corn chips, beans, paella, melt-off-the-bone barbecue ribs, and more. Everything was very tasty.

We were just finishing up when we started to see a steady stream of people heading back to the boat, so we grabbed our things and got back on board. Again we were upstairs, which was nice. We relaxed in the sunshine, listening to the downstairs entertainment (I think the crew dressed up and were doing a lip sync to pop music) over the PA system, and enjoyed the scenery. All of the kids fell asleep.

I would highly recommend the excursion to Las Caletas, and I'd book it again in a heartbeat. It was well-organized, the food was tasty and plentiful, it never felt over-crowded, everything was clean and well-maintained, and we felt very safe and secure. The kid adventure, in particular, had a major focus on safety. Everyone in our group thought it was a highlight of the vacation.

We thought about taking a walk outside the port area or heading over to the Walmart, but it wasn't as close as I'd pictured it in my head and it was across a busy road, so we decided to just get back onboard and chill out for the afternoon.



When we got back to our room, we found the black 9" Vinylmation we'd dropped off at guest services the first day waiting for us.





Mike took the boys up to the pool for a little while and I wandered around. Elliott and I went to play some Disney trivia before dinner. We won, and Elliott was terribly proud.

Dinner tonight was in Animator's Palate, show dinner. Everyone was pretty much exhausted after the day in Las Caletas, so dinner was a bit of a challenge! We had a dozen potty trips (during which I did get to enjoy seeing the boat pull out of port and the sun drop behind the sea) and Meghan ended up just going back to her room halfway through.

Things were hectic during dinner, so I'm not sure what everyone else ate. I do know that there were multiple plates of Ahi Tuna Tartare. Mike had the Black Bean Chipotle Cakes. My photos tell me that someone had the Phyllo-Wrapped Salmon Fillet.





I had the Baked Potato and Cheddar Cheese Soup and the Asian Marinated Beef Tenderloin. Again, the beef was really good and very tender.



The kids barely made it through the show, which was a lot of fun. We all had a good time watching the pictures and lights change. And, of course, Mickey was a hit as usual.







After dinner the kids ordered their Mickey ice cream sandwiches, but instead, a surprise arrived!



That made for some happy kids! I ordered the Chilled Lemon Souffle from the
"no sugar added" section of the dessert menu. It was tasty! I was pleasantly surprised by the desserts I ordered from that section. They were some of the best I had on the trip (other than my beloved pot de creme!)



After dinner Mike went back to the room (and ordered room service, crazy man), and I took the boys to see Toy Story: The Musical, which we all loved. And then it was time for bed, because we were all about to turn into pumpkins!

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PTTAPTA Rotation

How do I request PTTAPTA dinner rotation? I would really help resolve some of my conflicts with PALO reservations... Sailing April 22.
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Loving your TR!!!! Especially the food pix. We go in 2 weeks can't waiT!

We are doing Las Caletas adventure too. My daughter 6yo wants to go in the Monkey cage and across the bridge.. but she does not want to zipline.

Do you know if she will be able to do that? It looked like your son was wearing the zip line helmet while going through the monkey cage and bridge so I dont know if they would let her in without going to the zipline.
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I just called the 800 number on the website and asked them to put it on our reservation, and to be sure that my sister's family, which was already linked to ours, would still be attached. There was nothing that I could see on our reservation to indicate the request, but it obviously was noted and we got the right rotation!

I was really happy I'd requested the reservation, particularly as we loved the servers we got! FYI, our character breakfast was Saturday morning.

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Loving your TR!!!! Especially the food pix. We go in 2 weeks can't waiT!

We are doing Las Caletas adventure too. My daughter 6yo wants to go in the Monkey cage and across the bridge.. but she does not want to zipline.

Do you know if she will be able to do that? It looked like your son was wearing the zip line helmet while going through the monkey cage and bridge so I dont know if they would let her in without going to the zipline.
I asked my husband about this and he said that there were kids that didn't do the zipline. He also said that once she sees it, she may change her mind, which he also saw happen! She will have to wear the safety gear, but they will not force her to do it, and I doubt they will even try to coerce her.

Mike also told me that he was seriously impressed with how seriously all of the staff took the safety stuff. When they were explaining the rules to the kids, he said that they would stop if a kid was talking and make sure they were paying attention before they'd continue. The "counselors" were good with the kids and paid very real attention to them and were there every step of the way. The parents weren't allowed to enter the monkey cage or go up to the zipline area, but were told where the best spots for taking photographs were, and were always kept informed about what was going on. He felt really good about it the whole time.

Oh yeah, this reminds me, I forgot to mention that on the boat on the way back they will have pictures and CDs for sale. I can't remember the exact cost, because we hadn't had enough taken to make it worthwhile, but it was probably $10-20 for a copy of the photo they took upon arrival, or something like $75 for a CD with all of the pictures along with a print or two. I saw a couple of the pictures they took of my kids and they were really good. I wish I could have just bought one of those!
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Ok, I was a scanning fool today, so I updated each day with copies of the Navigator and things like pictures of our port excursion tickets. I also updated an earlier post about scanning things and put in all of the random stuff that is in your room.
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Thanks so much for this fabulous trip report!! Your pictures are fantastic! We will be on the MR cruise next week and I have a couple questions I am hoping you can help with... How was the boat/catamaran ride on your Las Caletas Hideaway excursion? Was the water fairly calm? We have a friend traveling with us that has trouble with motion... Just looking for a little reassurance Again, thanks for the great report!
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I'm curious to know if you used the lockers at Las Caletas or at least saw where they were located and how big they were? My wife and I are going during our April 15 sailing and I will be bringing some of my camera equipment with me. I don't want to take pics the whole time but just don't want to leave it hanging around either while I'm off in the water.
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Thanks so much for this fabulous trip report!! Your pictures are fantastic! We will be on the MR cruise next week and I have a couple questions I am hoping you can help with... How was the boat/catamaran ride on your Las Caletas Hideaway excursion? Was the water fairly calm? We have a friend traveling with us that has trouble with motion... Just looking for a little reassurance Again, thanks for the great report!
Thanks! The water wasn't horrible, but there's definitely some motion to the boat ride. I didn't see anyone get sick, but I'd say taking a bonine before bed the night before, or right when they wake up, would be a good idea. The boat moves quickly so it sort of bounces across the water.

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I'm curious to know if you used the lockers at Las Caletas or at least saw where they were located and how big they were? My wife and I are going during our April 15 sailing and I will be bringing some of my camera equipment with me. I don't want to take pics the whole time but just don't want to leave it hanging around either while I'm off in the water.
We didn't use the lockers, so I don't know how big they are. I'd assume they are probably up by the spa, since I never saw them and we didn't go up there. I definitely would have felt comfortable using them, however, if I would have wanted to ditch my stuff so I could go in the water.
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Great report, love the info we sail in just over two weeks.

Question: do you need to take your passport with you when you get off the ship in port?

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Great report, love the info we sail in just over two weeks.

Question: do you need to take your passport with you when you get off the ship in port?

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No, you don't, and it would actually not be advisable to bring it! If it makes you feel more comfortable, carry a photo copy of it, but keep the original locked in your safe in your cabin. The only times you will need the actual passport are when you check in and when you go through customs at the end. When you get off the ship, just carry your Key to the World Card (they will scan you out and back in) and a picture ID for each adult member of your party. If your 16-year-old has a picture ID, I'd carry that as well, just to be on the safe side.
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Day 5 (Part One): Cabo San Lucas

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With our Navigator, we received information on tendering into Cabo:


Today we woke up and decided to head up to Beach Blanket Buffet for breakfast, since the first time we went the adults were on our way to Palo and didn't eat very much. I actually really liked having breakfast here. The choices on the buffet were good and the omelettes were tasty. They were making omelettes (egg white, ham and cheese, and plain cheese I think) and putting them on platters so they could be grabbed quickly, but I would highly recommend having them make you a fresh one. Omelettes just don't sit well. We had just finished up when the ship pulled into Cabo, which was quite beautiful. There were three or four other ships there already, so we had the least prime position, pretty far out.



After breakfast, we headed down to our room and I sent Meghan a message on the Wave Phone. They had just finished breakfast and were on their way back to their room to get ready to head into Cabo. We hadn't booked anything in Cabo and I had been thinking of staying onboard one day and then just taking a walk around, checking out the flea markets for souvenirs, and maybe renting a glass-bottom water taxi for a quick tour on the other day. It looked so pretty, though, that we decided to head out right away and went into a flurry of organization in order to get onto an early tender. Our spray sunscreen was missing, so we unfortunately had to use the lotion we had. Of course, today we all came back with sunburns when a day at the beach and on the top deck of the boat had found us all still in our standard albino guise.

On our way to the tender we ran into someone special in the hallway:



After Toy Story the night before Jimmy, the cruise director, had come out to give some brief information about tendering. He indicated that the best time was between 9:30 and 10, because around 10:30 the port excursion groups will be moved from the boat, and they will get top priority for a couple of hours. It was around 9:30/9:45 when we got to the Buena Vista Theater. You go there, make sure your entire party is present and accounted for (with Key to the World cards and picture IDs for adults in hand), and they give you tender tickets for your entire group. If there is a line, you can wait inside the theater, where they were playing cartoons on the big screen. I assume they will call you in order of ticket numbers, but there was no one waiting so we just walked through the theater and out the other door and were sent directly down to the first deck, where the tenders left. This was actually directly underneath our 2nd deck room, which was awesome. There wasn't a lot of noise from it, but we were able to monitor how busy they were and the kids thought it was cool.

We hopped onto the tender and were quickly underway, accompanied by lots of pelicans and sea lions swimming alongside us. It was about a 10-15 minute ride, because we were so far out, and it was a bit bumpy. From Cabo on, we could feel motion and started to experience that fun swaying feeling of still being on the water when you're on dry land. There is one dock for all tenders, so it is easy to find your way back when you are ready to head back to the ship. They don't check anything on the way into Mexico, but you will require your ID and Key to the World card to get back onto the dock.

The port area is very touristy and the first thing you will do is run the gauntlet of people trying to get you to hire their water taxi or take their tour. Just learn to say, "No gracias!" or get prices for a trip later. We found that the going rate was around $10 per adult, kids no charge. There are also people selling their wares through a chain link fence, and the occasional child selling "chicle" (gum). We ended up walking through a flea market onto the first main street, but the heat (probably 85 degrees with the closer-to-the-equator sun beating down on us) was starting to really get to Elliott, who was starting to not feel well.

We cut back across to the port and started to look for a place where we could sit on a patio with some beverages and chips and salsa. We skipped the first one we saw where a guy practically tried to drag us inside and went to the next one down, Alexander.



We sat up on the second level of patio, under the awning, and it was nice and cool in the shade. The kids ordered juices, Meghan and Mike had sodas, I got a pina colada (heaven), and Jason had a three Pacificos. We ordered two orders of chips/salsa/guacamole (fine), a bowl of shrimp ceviche (really good), an order of calamari (not so great), and one order of carne asada tacos (pretty good, though they brought them with flour tortillas instead of the corn we had requested). The total was US$65. A meal like that at home (where we have tons of Mexican restaurants) would have been probably $50 max, so we suffered a bit of sticker shock. Everything at the port was extremely expensive, not what we are used to from living a fifteen minute trip from the border. Mexico = super cheap, to us.





Elliott was really not doing well, so Mike decided to take him back to the ship. Oliver wanted to go, too, so the three of them set off (on foot, because Mike thought the $15 quoted for a water taxi was insane) while the rest of us finished up.



We took our time walking back, enjoying some of the beautiful sights of Cabo San Lucas:







We also saw lots of fish leaping out of the water. No wonder there were so many sea lions and pelicans! They could practically just sit there with an open mouth and something would jump in.

We were about to board a tender when Lucas decided he needed to use the bathroom, so Meghan and Jason took him back to where we'd seen some signs while I decided to check out the little coffee place I'd noticed just at the end of the tender dock. I was told they have free wifi (with purchase), which many people were taking advantage of. I ordered an iced chai, which was quite good. They use David Rio powder, from San Francisco, which is one of my favorites, and they had a bunch of different varieties. Because it was late in the day, I got the sugar-free decaf vanilla chai, which I'd never had before. It was yummy!

When the others were finished we hopped back onto a tender and headed back to the ship.





The sea was moving a bit at this point, and it was sort of scary watching everyone get off the tender! You had to take a big step/leap from the side of the tender to the ramp on the ship, and sometimes the tender would pull away a bit. I was kind of terrified waiting for my turn, but when I was actually up there it was nothing. You can tell these guys have done this a million times and have it down to a science. Babies and small children were handed over, people in wheelchairs were given additional assistance, and there was a sturdy rail on the ship-side that you could grab before you took that giant step. All of my imaginings of plunging into the ocean and being crushed between the Wonder and the tender were totally ridiculous.
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Day 5 (Part Two): Cabo San Lucas

I had suggested that Mike get the boys some cold lemonade and let them hit the Mickey pool to cool off, so I took a shower and then stopped by to check on them. Everyone was feeling much better now that they were more comfortable, and I left them to get an ice cream cone and go watch "The Incredibles" on the funnel by the Goofy pool for a while. While I was there, we were all startled by the horn blasting, loud and long. Apparently the other ships had departed and we were moving into a better position for tendering.



When I went back over, Meghan, Jason, and Lucas had joined Mike and we all grabbed some snacks to watch the kids splash. We really enjoyed most of the food from the quick-service places up by the pool. Mike didn't like the fish burger he got, but everything else was tasty, particularly the chicken tenders and French fries. Pizzas were hit or miss, with a taco pizza deemed a definite miss.



In total, the boys were in the pool for about two hours before we decided to take them back to the room for a shower and then they wanted to go to the Oceaneer Lab. This was the new view out of our room porthole:



I went up to the adults-only pool to meet Meghan and Jason, who sat in the water while I relaxed with a drink of the day (Captain's Treasure, something fruity). Soon, though, it was time to get the kids and get dressed for dinner... it was pirate night, and this took more preparation than normal for them!





Within moments, it looked like the pirates had overindulged in the grog:





Mike took them back to the room so they could try to get some rest in hopes that they'd make it through all of the late-night pirate festivities, and I acted as room service, bringing their food to them as it arrived (this is definitely when our room location directly at the bottom of the stairs outside the dining room, came in wonderfully handy...I didn't even blink when I realized I'd carried all of their entrees down but had to go back for cutlery). Again, things were hectic and half of the food after the first course left the room, so I don't know what everyone ordered or have pictures of it all, but I'll do my best!

I had the Buccaneer's Sun-Ripened Pineapple, Pirates Golden Pot Stickers, and The Dutchmen's Dijon-Crusted Sirloin of Beef (SO good, tender, perfect). I really liked my entire meal, start to finish. I've heard people say this is the meal they skip to go to Palo, but it was one of my favorites in the main dining room.







Mike ordered Black Beard's Jumbo Crab Cake, the Jerk Chicken Salad, and Captain Hook's Macadamia Nut-Dusted Mahi Mahi.



After dinner there was a little show with a limbo, which was fun. I was sad the boys missed it, because they would have really liked it.

I brought our desserts back to the room... I had the no-sugar-added Banana-Chocolate Crepe and Mike got the no-sugar-added Angel Food Cake. The boys, of course, had Mickey bars.







Our latest towel creation had been left behind, along with chocolate coins:





Apparently when mike took the kids back to the room they woke up and never fell back to sleep, so we rested in the room for a while, watching TV, until it was time for the pirate party to start. By the time we got up there, the deck was very crowded and it was hard to find a spot where the kids could see anything. We parked ourselves by a small "go go" type stage in the back. Occasionally a character would come back and dance there, so at least they were able to enjoy that.







I do have to say... WOW, people are rude! First, they kept ignoring the cast members that told them to get off the stage. Does that look like a place you are meant to stand? Second, adults were pushing my quite small children out of the way, either to get in themselves or to get their kids closer to the action. I could not believe the behavior I witnessed that night.

Anyway, after quite a bit of the "good" pirates dancing, the bad ones took over. Then those guys danced for a while and eventually, what everyone wanted to see...



Mickey swooped in and saved the day!



And then, fireworks.



We hit up the buffet on general principles, getting some crepes and a giant turkey leg. The crepes were on a plate and the ice cream started dripping while I was in the elevator, then the juice from the darn turkey leg started doing the same thing in my other hand. I felt so ridiculous and I had no free hands to do anything about it, and I was still wrangling two tired, cranky kids. At least the food was tasty!



That night at 12:01AM there was a PremEAR at Sea for John Carter, which I would have loved to stay up for, but there was just no way that was going to happen. So, we went to sleep.
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