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View Poll Results: What do you most look forward to doing on the Fantasy?
Riding the Aquaduck 79 25.65%
Dining in Palo and/or Remy 92 29.87%
Relaxing in the Rainforest Room 30 9.74%
Solving a Midship Detective Agency crime 20 6.49%
Shopping on shore and/or on ship 10 3.25%
Sailing with Mickey and Minnie 77 25.00%
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Old 06-18-2012, 06:05 PM   #211
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Dinner in Royal Court







And MORE Vow Renewal cake - this time the top tier - chocolate and chocolate!





and wandering around before heading to bed...





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Old 06-18-2012, 06:38 PM   #212
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So happy to hear that Dad is going on the Panama Cruise with you. It is all about relaxing!!

If any of you are into the engineering or history of the Canal have read "The Path Between the Seas" by David McCullough.
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Old 06-18-2012, 07:40 PM   #213
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May 25 – Castaway Cay

My favorite day of the trip! We woke up before we arrived to the island and ate breakfast in concierge lounge. We really enjoyed the lounge! Soon we were docking at Castaway Cay and we could just spot our Cabana in the Distance. I was excited to get on the island – I guess too excited because I dragged my sister all the way down but the doors weren’t open yet. So we headed all the way back to our room to wait on the verandah.

While on the Verandah we heard the Captain play all of the horn sounds. I can’t believe how many there were. My favorite was “be our guest”. I wish I had counted how many there were but it seemed to go on forever. It was a really fun way to start the day and I am so glad we went back upstairs to the Verandah to be able to hear it.

The horns signified that we could now leave the ship for the island. There was some confusion because Brent – the cruise director said in his announcement that photo IDs weren’t required but the cast members wouldn’t let people off the boat without photo IDs. It wasn’t an issue for us since we all had our photo ids but it did snag quite a few who had to head back to their staterooms – including our Scottish friends.

Well we were the first ones to Cabana #6 which was absolutely beautiful and much bigger than I expected. It fit the 9 of us very comfortably although it was rare that all of us were in the Cabana at once.

Kristine, Dad and I went to snorkeling first before it got too crowded. The visibility was poor because of a storm that passed through the day before. I think the Magic was at Castaway Cay the day before us and had really bad luck with weather. So far our weather was perfect.

We ran into our Scottish friends at the snorkeling rental. Our rentals were included in the Cabana. I brought my own mask and snorkel but did use the fins and of course everyone has to have a vest even if they aren’t inflated.

The swim out was a lot further than I expected. I think I heard Dory sing "just keep swimming, just keep swimming". First I was just heading toward the end and back (which is what my dad did) but then I noticed that buoys indicated sunken items. Like it looked to me one of the 20000 leagues under the sea “submarine” was sunken. I new about the sunken Mickey ahead of time but the “submarine” was a nice surprise. My dad was separate from us and ended up doing the entire snorkeling without seeing the sunken objects : ) Good thing I took photos.

After the work out we had earned an ice cream cone which was very convenient to the cabanas I might add. We went back to the cabana and noticed the sisters from buffalo were out on the tubes and floats in the water – the cabana area has plenty of floats for anyone in the Cabanas to use. So the rest of us were soon out floating on the water. Our mom and dad stayed back in the shade of the Cabana – life is rough : )

It was soon time for lunch – can’t believe how fast the day was already going. I thought the buffet was good. There was BBQ, hot dogs, hamburgers, and mahi mahi. My sister made herself a coke float mixing ice scream from the soft serve with coke. A good idea that I had to try later : )

Our Dad saw a heavy storm in the distance that he said would get to us by the early afternoon. As kids we would call him Mr. Weatherman because he was always looking at the weather radar and the sky for changes in weather. So I insisted we head to the bike ride before the storm hits.

It was my Sister, Dad and one of our Scottish friends who went for the bike ride. The bike rentals are also included in the cabana. I really enjoyed the bike ride. Just to warn you the bikes don’t have handle brakes, which threw our Scottish friend for a loop – that you have to pedal backwards to stop. Also the tires are big and squishy feeling, but I think that is because they are some kind of sand tire. I will definitely do the bikes again but will probably skip the snorkeling next time.

After biking we had earned another ice cream : ) This time I made a coke float. This was to help me float in the water : ) Sure, but seriously we spent almost the remainder of the time floating in the water. That afternoon we watched as the storm skirted by the island leaving us in sun for the entire afternoon. What luck Mr. Weatherman was wrong!

It really is so peaceful in the cabana area. There is such a difference between the cabana beach and the general beach. I was so spoiled by it! We will definitely have to try to get a cabana again on our Panama cruise.

We were one of the last off the island. PJ said he would call us a taxi back to the ship, which I laughed off as joke. So we walked back the ship. Turns out PJ wasn’t joking there are golf carts to take people to the ship from the Cabanas. It was nice to walk anyway - more time to take in my favorite Island : )

It was then time to pack and get ready for dinner. My sister and I missed the show that night because we still needed to pack and get our suitcases out before dinner for the 10pm pick up. My mom and dad got to see the show since they both headed back to the ship earlier than us to pack. I guess that is the trade – go back early to pack or miss the show.

We tried to watch it on the TV but there must have been technical difficulties in the broadcast because it wasn’t on.

That night we were in Animator’s Palate and it was the Animation Show. Each of us picked a name from a hat so that we drew a picture of someone else in our group. So much fun. The show was great too. I can’t believe how they animate the drawings. But the animation is actually at the very end. Before that there are great clips from the animate movies. And their special soup is the pop corn soup – so unique, but in a good way. Seriously it was better than I expected. Ordering was confusing that night. It appears you get a choice of appetizers but really you get a taste of all three. Poor Lilly had to explain that so many times at our table! I think they give you less to choose from because they want to give you more time for your drawings.
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Old 06-18-2012, 07:46 PM   #214
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So happy to hear that Dad is going on the Panama Cruise with you. It is all about relaxing!!

If any of you are into the engineering or history of the Canal have read "The Path Between the Seas" by David McCullough.
I am determined to relax on the Panama Cruise! A vacation that I can get some rest on would be so nice! We are excited that Dad changed his mind and is going too!

I'll have to look for that book. I am a geek at heart so definitely looking forward to the canal.
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Old 06-18-2012, 08:34 PM   #215
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Arriving in Castaway Cay

Finally, the day we have been looking forward to since January 2011 - when we and our Scottish friends decided we need to come back to Castaway Cay ASAP.





seeing Castaway appear as I sit enjoying a mimosa on the verandah. We got the OJ from the lounge and had brought the bottle of champagne and saved for our last day.









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Old 06-18-2012, 08:37 PM   #216
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Sis, you are more than a geek at heart.
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Old 06-18-2012, 08:47 PM   #217
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couple quick thoughts on castaway cay

If you are in a cabana, don't feel you need to be off the gangplank early. Your little piece of paradise has been reserved for 120 days already (most likely)!

Don't bother picking up towels as you arrive on the island - there are plenty of towels in your cabana.

I'll post more photos of the island and cabanas soon.

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Old 06-18-2012, 10:58 PM   #218
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Old 06-19-2012, 07:47 AM   #219
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Cabana Guests Only



At least that's what the sign says. The cabanas are staffed by the concierge team (two of the three with one staying on the ship) and Kristina the concierge bartender. You don't have to be concierge to book a cabana but on our cruise all the cabanas were booked by concierge we were told. It was nice to see PJ in shorts and tropical shirt uniform though he was really working hard that day.










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Old 06-19-2012, 11:02 AM   #220
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Great review! Really loved all the photos!

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I think I have a better photo somewhere, but I found this shoe holder for honestly $2.99 at super Walmart. It's plastic and folds flat and fit fine in my suitcase and under the bed holding my 9 shoes.
That shoe holder is such a find! I have to admire fabulous-(and-even-frugal)-find-shoppers!

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They joked that we just wanted to make sure we were legal.
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Sis is like, uh thanks but i'd rather have chicken fingers. So off to the 11th deck I go.
I've both heard and read lotsa rave reviews on the Fantasy's chicken fingers since the ship's debut. I would love to find out what their secret recipe is!
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i guess you reserved a cabana on the family beach since you wanted to snorkel..

i've been debating between the family beach and serenity bay, but finally decided on SB....i figured we'd probably stay out there most of the time, including eat at the BBQ there....
(i haven't booked yet - my booking window opens this friday night)

why did you choose a family beach cabana? did you consider SB at all? if so, why did you rule it out?
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Great review! Really loved all the photos!

I've both heard and read lotsa rave reviews on the Fantasy's chicken fingers since the ship's debut. I would love to find out what their secret recipe is!
Thanks for posting and for reading! I have 200+ more photos (not saying I will post them all) so hang in there just a little longer!

Regarding the chicken fingers. I thought they reminded me of the ones you get in the Parks and I like WDW chicken fingers. I don't know what that recipe is but that would be a good one to get. I mean the lobster ravioli was great and I like to think that someday I might make the dish, who knows, anything is possible! But those chicken fingers, man how could something so simple and everyday be so good!
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i guess you reserved a cabana on the family beach since you wanted to snorkel..

i've been debating between the family beach and serenity bay, but finally decided on SB....i figured we'd probably stay out there most of the time, including eat at the BBQ there....
(i haven't booked yet - my booking window opens this friday night)

why did you choose a family beach cabana? did you consider SB at all? if so, why did you rule it out?
Good questions. Sis did all the planning and research. And staying up to book. She really wanted to do the snorkeling and it worked out well to be at the family beach since it can hold more guests (we ended up with 9 in the cabana).

On our Magic cruise last year, it was January and cooler so we didn't use the water much at all. We went to SB first but it was so empty we ended up in the family beach most of the time.

This trip we liked having the snorkeling (which we agreed we wouldn't do again - it was a long swim out there and I'm not sorry we did it, but would probably spend time doing something else next trip).

We liked that the family beach cabanas (5-7) have a view of the ship from the cabana. I'm not sure if you get rafts at the SB too, but those were very nice and we made good use of them!

I thought the family beach would be loud with kids, but the cabanas were really spread out and you felt like you had the beach and water all to yourself. I would imagine SB is the same.

We liked cabana #6, but can't compare it to SB cabanas for you - sorry.

They may also have cabanas that are more accessible. I'm sorry I can't give you better info. Sis might be able to...
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I really hate that this trip is coming to an end. I've really enjoyed it. NOw I'll have to go searching your old reports. Thanks for writing.
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Old 06-19-2012, 04:39 PM   #225
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Step inside our cabana







My Floridian pasty pale parents burn easily and don't like to be too hot. I know. So here's a look at two reasons they stayed happy here.





There is actually a nice amount of privacy in the cabanas even though on the map they look very close. The plantings and also their staggered location really helps make it feel very private.



One of our friends has been on many cruises with different cruiselines and she said that this was the nicest cabana of any of the private beach cabanas of any of the carribean cruiselines. She also said it was her very best day at a private beach (and she said our head waiter, Jaime, was the best she'd had in over 20 cruises).
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