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Old 10-27-2013, 05:44 AM   #316
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Day 5, August 11

Are you from Austria? - Part 3

So what do you do if you feel stuffed to the gills after lunch? Yes, you go and watch someone make Apple Strudel.





The chef we saw was the worst ever! He told everyone how the dough is made, which ingredients to use and then went on to say that if you don’t have everything in the house, make it without whatever you are missing. It was ridiculous.



Being from Austria, Apple Strudel is something we grow up with and know exactly how to make we were stunned at what his dough looked like. NO good at all. Same with the apple filling – the way he prepared it, was by no means what the finished product looked like. He went on and on and in the meantime people were getting up and leaving and I have never heard so much talking OVER the person giving the demonstrationlike this time. Tom and I left right after we had gotten and sampled a small piece of Apple Strudel,





way before the chef was done with his presentation. We just could not stand listening any longer.
Back to the elevator we went and up to our room. We emptied the Fish Extender



and sat on the veranda for a few minutes before we checked out what movies they offered on demand.
After finding something we liked we made ourselves comfortable and watched for a while until we were disturbed by the phone.
I picked it up and it was room service, who wanted to know which of the treats, that they provided for free to Platinum members, we wanted to choose. We opted for a bottle of sparkling wine. They promised to deliver it the next day and we decided to stop watching the movie and instead went to deck 4 to book our dummy cruise for 2015.
There was only one lady ahead of us and we quickly were seated and told the sales person what we were looking for and within a few minutes we held a dummy booking in hand. And since we were already there we just walked over to the Vista Café and ordered two



Cappuccinos. It took a while for them to be made and we chatted a while with the cast member there. He was from England and this was his second contract on the Fantasy. Once the coffee was ready we carried it to one of the tables and Tom went to pick up some sweet nibbles to go with it. One of them was a



coffee cake with cream cheese icing and the other one was a Profiterol. Both were pretty nice and we sat and enjoyed the view and watched the people getting in line to see the characters.
We sat there for about half an hour or so, but then we realized it was time to get back to our stateroom to pick up our tickets for the Italian Liqueur tasting in La Piazza.
Again, we emptied the Fish Extender, but as soon as we were inside the captain made an announcement.
Because of a medical emergency we had made a short d-tour and gotten close to one of the small islands, and now one of the lifeboats, the number 11, would be lowered and take the patient and his family to the island to be flown back to Florida. Now lifeboat 11 was OUR lifeboat and it was right underneath our veranda. Yes, we were nosy and went outside and watched and so did a lot of the people in the staterooms on this side.
The crew was already ready and they were taking the last steps to get the patient on board safely, then some cast members brought out the family’s luggage and finally the family arrived and climbed on board the lifeboat.









Soon after they had gotten on the patient was brought out on a stretcher and loaded onto the lifeboat as well. Now, with all the watching of what was going on we were cutting it close to our tasting, but we did watch until the lifeboat was finally in the water,



grabbed the tickets for our tasting and hotfooted it down to La Piazza. They had not started yet and there were still four empty chairs.
We headed right for two of them when I heard someone say, “Hey, are YOU from Austria?”.

To be continued ............
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Old 10-27-2013, 11:01 AM   #317
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That is sad and scary that a family had to get off....but I still think it's neat you got to see it.

That chef story cracks me up. It's almost like they dressed up another crew member in a chef coat and told him to just go do the demo.
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Old 10-27-2013, 02:33 PM   #319
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That is sad and scary that a family had to get off....but I still think it's neat you got to see it.

That chef story cracks me up. It's almost like they dressed up another crew member in a chef coat and told him to just go do the demo.
It was heartbreaking to watch the wife and daughter get onto the life boat. Something I could have done without. On the other hand to see how efficient they worked to get the patient to dry land was rather reasuring.

The chef was a joke! Either he wasn't a pastry chef or this had been his very first time. It was so hard to follow him with his accent, then he repeated himself again and again and again.
We tasted the apple strudel and then just followed some other people who left way before he was done.


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That poor family, a medical emergency is never good, but one at sea....yikes!

I can't wait to hear about your tasting!
It was so hard to watch the family get off the ship. We never heard what the outcome of it was, but everyone we spoke with was hoping the patient was doing well.
How scary to have to get on the lifeboat and being taken to the foreign island.

The tasting was fun ..... and we were in for quite the surprise!
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Old 10-27-2013, 05:16 PM   #320
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How scary that they had to take someone ill off the ship and get them back to Florida. I hope they were okay.

Can't wait to hear about your wine testing (now that my husband has decided that wine is his thing).
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Old 10-28-2013, 11:01 AM   #321
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MMM, apple strudel is so good. Too bad it was not done right.
Feel sorry for the family who had to cut their trip short. Hope they were okay.
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Old 10-28-2013, 02:31 PM   #322
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How sad about that family having to be evacuated.

It is interesting to see how they did it though. I guess I never thought of the life boats being used that way before.

I'm curious to see the review of the italian liqueur tasting. We've never done that one and I'm looking for new ideas for our August 2014 cruise!
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How awful for the family that had to be evacuated but it looks like DCL handled the situation well
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Old 10-28-2013, 05:11 PM   #324
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How scary that they had to take someone ill off the ship and get them back to Florida. I hope they were okay.

Can't wait to hear about your wine testing (now that my husband has decided that wine is his thing).
It was scary indeed. But they really knew what to do. Guess all that training in ports paid off.

Kathy, we did some wine tasting lateron on the cruise, but that day we had signed up for an Italian Liqueur tasting. Most of these liqueurs are quite bitter and are commonly used in drinks.
But I am sure Mark would have loved our old world wine tasting and maybe the champagne tasting we did.


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MMM, apple strudel is so good. Too bad it was not done right.
Feel sorry for the family who had to cut their trip short. Hope they were okay.
If you like the US kind of apple strudel you should visit here and try the real thing.

It was heartbreaking to see the wife and daughter getting into the life boat. They held on to each other and you could tell they were scared too!


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How sad about that family having to be evacuated.

It is interesting to see how they did it though. I guess I never thought of the life boats being used that way before.

I'm curious to see the review of the italian liqueur tasting. We've never done that one and I'm looking for new ideas for our August 2014 cruise!
As interesting as it was to watch from the veranda, it was so hard to see the family getting into the life boat, only one day after they had boarded.
It was definitely interesting to watch how they did it and they worked like a well oiled machine. It was fascinating to watch.

The Italian Liqueur tasting was new to us as well. We knew most of the liqueurs because we go to Italy on a regular basis, but it was fun to do. Most of the things they offered were quite bitter on their own, but some tasted nice together with other things.


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How awful for the family that had to be evacuated but it looks like DCL handled the situation well
They really knew how to handle an emergency like that. And all the training they do while in port really paid off. It was amazing to watch how they handled it all.
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Old 10-28-2013, 05:33 PM   #325
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Day 5, August 11

Are you from Austria? - Part 4

We headed right for two of them when I heard someone say, “Hey, are YOU from Austria?”.
We both were a bit gobsmacked, especially since we didn’t want to run into anyone of our cruise meet group.
But the lady that now waved at me looked very familiar and after we had said, that yes, we were from Austria, she got up and came over to hug both of us. And then we knew,

they had been our tablemates on our very first cruise on the WONDERful Disney WONDER.
Okay, can you say “small world” again? Jean and her husband Paul, who had come over to us for some hugs as well, had been part of another Disney group we had cruised with in 2009 and it was so much fun to catch up with them. Needless to say they changed their seats and we all sat together



and caught up on each other’s lives. Finally the last two participants in the tasting arrived and we started the serious part, the tasting.



Now, Italy is a neighbouring county to Austria and most of the drinks were kind of familiar, but it was fun to learn about the background and hear about the different drinks.





And once we had all tasted everything and given our comments, Jean challenged an Irish Castmember, who had helped out to try some of the quite bitter liqueurs. It was a hoot,





the faces she pulled were priceless, but she got quite a round of applause from everyone and actually did remember us during the rest of the cruise. After the tasting we still sat there for a while and chatted on, exchanged stateroom numbers and finally made our way to the Walt Disney Theatre for tonight’s show, which was “Aladdin”.
We had seen it at Disneyland years ago and were really looking forward to it. It was fun now to attempt to see it together with long lost, new friends. We sat towards the very back of the theatre and the show was as wonderful as we remembered it from Disneyland and then some.
Jean and her husband did leave mid performance as they said the tasting had had its effect on them and they were tired. But we all had the same dining rotation so we would possibly bump into each other again.
After the show we left with the crowd and since the elevators had quite a huge line we just slowly walked up to our deck, walked over to our stateroom, emptied the Fish Extender and then finally rested for a while. At around 8 we were ready to head out again for dinner. Today was formal night and we had decided to play along and wear our “Remy” clothes to dinner.
Our dinner venue tonight was the Royal Court and once we had made it there we were taken to our table, which was tucked away in a little corner.



Our servers were fast to come by and greet us and we were quickly served two Diet Cokes and the bread service of the day, the



warm herb Brioche with an



Olive spread. And after having taken photos of both we enjoyed some of it. While we were tucking in we had a visitor. Jean had found us and came by to say hello before she had her dinner with her table mates.



She stayed for a few minutes and soon after she had left us again our starters were served.


To be continued ............
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Wow, i'm shocked about the cooking presentation. Seriously, how disappointing. I wonder if anyone complained considering people were leaving during the presentation.

I hope the passenger was okay. That would be so scary to have an emergency so far away from 'real' land.

So neat that someone recognized you from your 2009 cruise! How fun is that!
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Jean looks like a lot of fun!!!
She IS a lot of fun. We shared a lot of laughs and ran into each other several times.

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Wow, i'm shocked about the cooking presentation. Seriously, how disappointing. I wonder if anyone complained considering people were leaving during the presentation.

I hope the passenger was okay. That would be so scary to have an emergency so far away from 'real' land.

So neat that someone recognized you from your 2009 cruise! How fun is that!
I have NEVER seen a cooking demonstration like this one, and believe me, we have been to quite a few. He was doing a horrible job.

We really hoped that the patient was okay as well. He looked so sad on his stretcher.

It was so funny that we would run into Jean and Paul. What are the odds that we would end up in the same tasting class? We were on our first cruise in 2009 and they were pretty amazed we were Platinum already.
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How fun that you found a friend from an earlier cruise and got to sit and enjoy with her.

The faces on the CM trying those liquers cracks me up.
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How fun that you found a friend from an earlier cruise and got to sit and enjoy with her.

The faces on the CM trying those liquers cracks me up.
It was so fun to see Jean and Paul again. On our first cruise together in 2009 their daughter had just gotten married and they were on their honeymoon, with parents and little sister in tow. When I asked about them, Jean told me that they already had a little girl and close to them.
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