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Old 02-27-2013, 07:38 PM   #16
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Day 5: Land Ho!!!! St Thomas

Docked at St Thomas, one of the prettiest ports in the Caribbean and this day was a beauty!! We ate breakfast out on deck at Cabanas, what a nice view of the harbor and what a great way to start the day, especially in February!

We got off the ship and took a lot of pictures of it from as many angles as possible. We just couldnt get over how big she is! And beautiful, especially compared to the two other ships that were docked behind us!

We spent some time wandering around the mall area, checked out a few of the shops, picked up a couple of souvenirs and walked around the streets of that area a bit. Then we went through the resort there at the dock, checked out the shops and took a bunch of pictures, many of the ship! It was a warm, sunny and stunning day.

We headed back on board for lunch at Cabanas. We chose to eat inside this time. I think theyve done a fantastic job with this space. Obviously its much larger than Topsiders, but more than that the area is laid out very well and is quite comfortable and doesnt feel crowded or tight. The décor is fun and the view from the floor to ceiling windows is great, especially of the spectacular harbor.

After lunch, we got changed to spend time on deck. We rode the Aquaduck a couple of times. Really love this ride and what a view coasting above the deck overlooking the harbor! Now it was time to grab a couple of loungers up on deck 13 and relax!

Bruce and Darren invited us to their cabin for sail away. They had a veranda room at the aft part of the ship with a huge wrap around veranda. A super view! We all enjoyed a couple of drinks and sailed smoothly away from St. Thomas at sun set.

We had planned earlier to make sure we got a photo with Pirate Mickey that night. So off to our stateroom to get into our pirate gear. If we do say so ourselves, the costumes look pretty great! We were in line at a good time for Pirate Mickey, and got a good photo. We then high tailed it to Preludes, where we were able to snag a photo with Captain Jack Sparrow. He was incredible, very engaging and a dead ringer for his movie counterpart.

Next stop, Mickeys Pirate Party up on deck 11. This was our first experience with the new format for the pirate party. This part of the festivities started when the family cabarets usually take place. This gives most everyone a chance to attend. In this iteration Minnie and gang teach everyone how to be pirates. Then captain Hook takes over only to have Mickey challenge him by proofing his (Mickeys) crew are fierce pirates. Of course Mickeys crew wins and there is much rejoicing. This is a far more kid friendly show and I think a great idea. This gives the kids, who have trouble staying up for the later party a chance to have fun and is a bit less dark than the event weve seen on the Magic.

Dinner was at Animators, which was a great venue for the evening. The screens show different pirate themes, from the animated to the live films. The lighting and music add to the effect and totally helps add more fun to the evening.

Back on deck for Buccaneer Blast, part two of the Pirate event. This time the show is a little darker and involves the main stage cast members and cruise staff. And it continues with the pirates trying to obtain a golden gauntlet from Jack Sparrow, who repels down from the front funnel. Eventually he wins and demonstrates the power of the gauntlet by setting off the fireworks show, which is now backed up with music from the pirates movies, very dramatic. The fireworks were AWESOME!!!! There was brief lull after a few minutes when you thought, okay that was nice and its over, then they returned with a vengeance!!!! Truly spectacular! It is truly a magical thing to be on a ship in the Caribbean, dressed as pirates, with pirates and then to experience fireworks!!!! Wow!

We then checked out the extensive buffet at Cabanas, and despite having had dinner just a little while before, managed to get a few goodies, including a turkey leg! We ate out on deck, before calling it a day!




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Old 02-28-2013, 01:02 PM   #17
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I'm following....

My family and I were on this same cruise. We had a great time. I'm always interested in hearing others' views and opinions. Just a friendly request...pictures, please. {Just a few would be great!}
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Old 03-02-2013, 07:06 PM   #18
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Trying to insert some photos.
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Old 03-02-2013, 07:41 PM   #19
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Thanks for your reoprt. Loved your pirate pic! You're right, you did a great job with the costumes! Also loved your shot of the Fantasy bow!
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Really enjoying your trip report....thanks for sharing your views on the Fantasy....My first voyage on her in December and looking so forward to it.
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Old 03-02-2013, 08:51 PM   #21
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Day 6: San Juan

Another spectacular weather day, sunny and hot!!! This was the first time either of us had been to San Juan and we docked in Old San Juan, which is very, very pretty. Breakfast on deck at Cabanas with very lovely views of the entire region. I never get over just how awesome it is to start the day this way!!!!

Once again we had chosen not to book any excursions and read a bit about walking around San Juan, which sounded very doable. We could see one of the forts, Castillo San Cristobal, from the front of the ship. It looked pretty easy to walk to so off the ship we went. Again, more photos of the ship and our first chance to take a photo of the window to our stateroom! We were docked next to an MSC ship, which was rather ugly, okay, so I think all other ships are ugly.




It was a beautiful day, and we walked to the fort which was about a half mile from the dock. The fort is on a sprawling chunk of land right on the ocean. Admission was $3.00 or you could purchase tickets for both this and a fort a bit further away. We opted for just the one. Up a couple of flights of stairs and you end up on the open grassy areas. We spent about 45 minutes walking all over the open hilly areas, and took a ton of photos. It was really beautiful, and we couldnt get over the access and just how you were allowed to crawl over pretty much everything, including getting right up to the edge of the property without finding any obstructions like fences!




We made one miscalculation, and that was under estimating the amount of time we were going to be spending out in the sun, so we didnt think about sun screen on our faces. We could tell we were getting a bit baked while wandering around the grounds. We spent the next 45 minutes or so exploring the main part of the fort. The views were awesome! We would highly recommend this stop.

While snapping photos at a feverish pace, I noticed that we had nearly filled up our memory card, so our mission when walking back was to find a place to pick up another one, thinking they may be cheaper on land than on the ship. This turned out to be a good reason to wander the streets a bit, check out some of the open air vendors wears before finding a Walgreens and getting a couple of new memory cards. Then a leisurely stroll back to the ship. We very much enjoyed our short adventure in Old San Juan and could see coming back and exploring more someday.



Back on board we grabbed some lunch then found a shady spot to lounge on deck 13. We determined that staying out of the direct sun might be a good idea after getting a little crispy on the island. We hung out there until sail away shortly before 5. Sailing out of the harbor was really pretty and we got some nice shots of the coast before heading out to sea.

We had talked about wanting to ride the Aquaduck at night, which is not easy to fit in between shows and dinner, but we had a plan for tonight. This was our night for Palo dinner, so we went to the show dressed to hit the ride right after the show. Tonight was a full show by Buckets and Boards. We saw them for the first time on the Magic last year and were very excited when we found out they were going to be on board for this voyage. We find them very funny, clever, talented and the show is just plain unique. We enjoyed the show A LOT, but booked right out at the end.

We headed up on deck to ride the duck. We rode it twice and thought it was so cool at night, with the lights and the view of the ocean at night. Then back to the stateroom to get cleaned up and dressed for dinner at Palo.

We arrived a few minutes early and were escorted into Meridian where we ordered cocktails. This is truly a nice classy space. A very few minutes later the hostess escorted us to the banquet we had requested. We also requested Luca as our server once again. He was awesome. Dinner at Palo has always been a highlight of our past cruises and on board the Fantasy it seems to have been turned up a notch. They prepare the antipasti from a cart at your table, the venue is so pretty and the meal was astounding. Of course it was topped of perfectly by the chocolate soufflé!!!

After a great meal, we got changed then headed to the Tube for a couple of game shows. One of the things we really liked on this trip was the two for one drink specials they had every night in the Tube. Not sure this is something they are doing on the classic ships now, they werent last year on the Magic, but it is a great incentive for hanging out in the club. The drinks were always some sort of tropical type concoction, and as Tina (the club hostess said) will get you where youre going! Tonights games were called Pop and 80s music challenge. They were a lot of fun. Afterward we strolled deck 4 before turning in.
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Old 03-03-2013, 04:50 PM   #22
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Day 7: Back at sea on Valentines Day
This turned out to be a very busy, but excellent day. We had booked the Art of the Theme Ship tour for 9:30. While this experience is free, you do need to get tickets for it at Guest Services. We met our guide, Sheaka (sp) at Meridian. If you havent done a tour like this before, we would highly recommend it, especially if you havent been on this ship before. We started in Meridian, which is themed to represent travel. Then into Remy, where we got to see the private room, which is not open during brunch, and I can imagine its not open for viewing at dinner either. So just for this we think the tour is worth it. Then off to several other areas of the ship, including the Europa district. We got a lot of cool facts about the designs, the theming, and some neat secrets of the imaginers.





Next up for the day, brunch at Remys. Apparently they do seating in groups. Not that you sit as a group, but they bring you into the venue as a group, with the first stop the wine room. The sommelier goes over the champagne pairings, and then the chef reviews the menu. You get your first complimentary glass of bubbly here and some freshly sliced Iberico ham to start you with. Then your server takes you to your table where you start off with a nice brioche, unsalted butter and little dishes of sea salt. We chose to do the champagne pairing, which was really nice.






Each course is brought out so that all of the tables are served at one time. Besides the ham appetizer, we had five exquisite courses. I have to admit that I was a little unsure as to how full wed get on the little portions, but we were stuffed when we left. The venue is beautiful, only Disney can continue its tradition of turning rodents into elegant characters! If you are unsure as to whether to try Remy, this is a good introduction and was one of the best meals we had on board. Next voyage we think well try dinner here rather than in Palo, so we can experience something new.

After brunch we got changed and hung out on deck 13 on some nice shady loungers before our scheduled galley tour at 3 pm. Again this is a free tour, but you need to obtain tickets from Guest Services. Chef Darren led the tour, which starts at the side entrance to the Royal Court. We toured the immense galley which services both the Royal Court and Animators Palate. It is a very cool tour and you get a great appreciation for just how much goes into preparing those wonderful meals. And just as I was told on the galley tour on the Magic years ago, most of the food is NOT pre-cooked, but as much as possible is cooked to order and kept as fresh as is practicable. We really like to the behind the scenes stuff and this is a great tour if you also like such experiences.




Since we spent much of the day already in structured activities and because we got a little toasted in San Juan, we chose not to go lay out on deck again but to take a little nap in our state room. Did I mention the beds are really comfy?!?

We woke up in time to get ready and dressed for the show. This was semi-formal night, so we got dressed up again. I dressed down my tux with a button down shirt and tie and DP wore a dark suit. Tonights show was Believe, which we thought was terrific, especially since the Genie was featured prominently in the production. We thoroughly enjoyed the show! And once again the entire cast was amazing!

We stopped by Shutters and chose the four photos to purchase, got that out of the way before it went nuts the next night. The new set up for Shutters is great!!! And the ability to view photos from several remote locations is also a cool feature.

Off to the Tube, for Michael Hollys family cabaret. We obviously take in all of the entertainment options that are available to us, I think you cheat yourself if you dont. The fact that Disney brings on four different acts so that there is a variety during the week is a great benefit. We stayed and caught the special Valentine's Day edition of Match Your Mate.

Dinner was in the Royal Court. As a platinum cc cruiser, we had the option of a couple of different edible gifts, and one choice was sparkling wine. We called room service before we went to the show and a bottle of Perseco was delivered to our stateroom, which we took to dinner with us. This is another nice perk. I know there is a lot of discussion about the CC club benefits, but we appreciated each one that we got.



After dinner we got changed then headed to the Tube for the Buckets and Boards adult show. We enjoyed the show a lot, as well as the two for one drink special!

We had brought some packs of Ghirardelli chocolates on board, and put a gift bag together for our room hostess, Fridah and our assistant server Rosie. We left Fridahs on the bed so she could find it at turn down and took Rosies to dinner with us. They both seemed genuinely pleased by the gesture and along with increasing our recommended tips; we wanted to express our appreciation for excellent service.

Once we got back to the stateroom, I got us packed. I started this tradition several cruises ago. No matter how late it gets, I pack everything I can so that we dont have to waste any time on Friday doing this and miss time on Castaway Cay or anything else the last night on board. The bed frames, make it super easy to store luggage under them, so even once packed again we could slide them under the bed and out of the way. This didnt take too long and then it was time for sleep.
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Old 03-03-2013, 08:26 PM   #23
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Leaving on Saturday for our 3/9 cruise,same itinerary as yours.
Totally enjoying your report.

If you ever need any help navigating Key West,shore or land excursion,give me a shout out!!

Looking forward to Buckets & Boards,as they weren't around for the MV.
There weren't two for one drinks then either,so that's something else to look forward to.

Thanks for a great report and adding pics!!!
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Old 03-04-2013, 12:44 PM   #24
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Leaving on Saturday for our 3/9 cruise,same itinerary as yours.
Totally enjoying your report.

If you ever need any help navigating Key West,shore or land excursion,give me a shout out!!

Looking forward to Buckets & Boards,as they weren't around for the MV.
There weren't two for one drinks then either,so that's something else to look forward to.

Thanks for a great report and adding pics!!!
Thank you, that was a very sweet offer!

We're sure you'll have an amazing cruise! Wish we were still on board!
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Thanks for adding the pictures. I had started reading before photos were added, and it's even better now.
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Old 03-04-2013, 03:33 PM   #26
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Thanks for adding the pictures. I had started reading before photos were added, and it's even better now.
Thanks!!! Glad you're enjoying it!
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Smile Thanks!

I'm enjoying your report. Thanks so much for adding the photos.
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This might be a long shot but do you have pictures of the princesses or Peter Pan on your cruise?
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Old 03-05-2013, 11:58 AM   #29
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I see you did the mixology class. Where did you sign up for that? I read a navigator that says you can sign up at La Piazza. I know it use to be at guest services, can you still sign up at guest services or now just La Piazza?
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I signed up at guest services as soon as I was on board. The mixology fills up quickly. I was on that same cruise.
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