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Old 11-14-2013, 08:23 PM   #16
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Really enjoying your report! Keep them coming!!
Thanks, glad you are enjoying them! I should be able to get another update done tomorrow for ya.
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Old 01-26-2014, 09:02 PM   #17
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I’m back and determined to finish this TR for once and for all before our next cruise…. Which gives me less than two weeks! I apologize that I disappeared for so long. Work got busy with a bunch of overtime and then I had some health issues crop up that we are still trying to figure out and deal with… ugh.

But nevertheless…. On with the rest of the trip report!

After mixology, we made our way over to The Tube for the art auction preview. We enjoyed the free champagne while browsing through the art setup. Chad even found the Disneyland look-a-like to his Walt Disney World Darth Vader shirt.



After the preview, we stuck around for the auction portion. The guy brought up a couple of standard pieces for auction as well as the ones people tagged during the preview. He was pretty good about trying to give a brief history/description of the artist before opening up the piece for bidding.



When then skirted back to our stateroom to get changed into our “formal” attire just in time for dinner at Royal Court.





Enjoyed the Tahitian Vanilla Crème Brûlée for dessert and it was delicious!



After getting changed out of our stiff fancy wear, we made our way over to the onboard booking desk. The DCL fever had already set in before the end of day two, and we knew we wanted to book another! Our family was already booked for a December 2014 trip, so we went ahead and took advantage of the discount and OBC. I scoped it out online just before our trip and had a few different staterooms prioritized in case they were booked in the interim. Luckily, our top choice was still available and we had everything taken care of in less than 10 minutes!

Coming up next… under the sea in Grand Cayman!
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Old 01-26-2014, 09:57 PM   #18
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Day 3, Grand Cayman

We woke up and hadn’t quite made it into port yet, so we enjoyed a little bit on time on our verandah before getting our scuba diving gear ready.



We packed up all gear and met the rest of our group to catch the tender over. The dive shop met us at the pier and checked over all our forms and dive certification cards. The dive boat was waiting for us at a small sandy beach area just outside the terminal area. It wasn’t a very far walk, but with the heavy dive gear I was glad it wasn’t any further.





Passing the ship on the way out to our first dive spot.


Our first dive spot was at Trinity Caves. We bottomed out around 105 feet with an average depth of 59 feet. I have an Olympus underwater camera I use for snorkeling, but my DH got me a case that is good for 200 feet so I was able to take it down on our dives! I still need to get an external flash since you lose a lot of light on the deeper dives.





The rockwork at Trinity was really nice for diving. Lots of canyons and different structures to wander through. Definitely makes it on my top list of diving spots.



Our second dive was at Oro Verde. We bottomed out at 47 feet with an average of 33 feet.



Tang swimming across the top of the wreck.








This eel keep weaving his way through the rocks keeping an eye on our dive group.




Barracuda (…. Am I the only one who sings the song by Heart in my head every time I say Barracuda…?)






The diving overall in Grand Cayman was gorgeous! When we have the opportunity, we really want to go back and spend more time checking out more spots. As it was, we squeezed as much diving into the day as possible. The boat dropped us back off at the same sandy beach they picked us up from. By the time we walked back to the pier, we had almost zero time to do any shopping. DH had really wanted to grab a dive t-shirt, so I took the dive bags and started to schlep them slowly back to the tender. He literally ran ahead and had just enough time to dash in and grab one before we grabbed the tender back. (He was excited and still wears the shirt frequently, lol).

Our dinner that night was one that I had been anxiously awaiting… Animator’s Palate! Loved the Turtle Talk with Crush. He didn’t speak with our table, but he did ask the bald guy at the table next to us what kind of wax he used to keep his shell so shiny, lol!





After dinner, we took a stroll around the ship playing the Midship Detective Agency and explored areas we hadn’t seen yet. This included the walking/jogging path on Deck 4 where we found this….





Thought it was neat that DCL went to the extent of providing real grass for the service animals to use!



It was almost time for the Halloween party, so we made our way in and found a spot on one of the upper decks that gave us a good vantage point. We wanted to be able to do some good old fashioned “people watching” and enjoy the costumes without getting into the mess of everything.



The last thing we enjoyed that evening was a performance of Buckets N Boards. These guys were pretty funny and shouldn’t be missed if they are performing on your trip!



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Old 01-27-2014, 07:34 PM   #19
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Day 4, Costa Maya

Port arrival time for Costa Maya was fairly late at 1:00pm, so we enjoyed a lazy and relaxing morning. We headed down to Enchanted Garden for the buffet breakfast. After wandering the ship for a little bit, we made our way back to the room to enjoy the slightly overcast skies from the verandah. Because we had the aft facing stateroom, instead of the normal chairs we had two lounge chairs. DH and I both ended up falling asleep listening to the waves and woke up when the evil sun came out from behind the clouds and started baking us.





We debated about what port adventure to do in Costa Maya and finally decide on the Chacchoben ruins and ended up booking the “adults only” version. It basically meant that there were no children on the bus ride to and from the ruins. The bus ride was an hour long in each direction. Our tour guide on the bus was a professor from the local university and was clearly very passionate as he talked the entire way there and back.





The tour group was a little large and slow moving for our taste, so we ended up breaking away with our tablemates and exploring on our own. They just gave us a time that we needed to meet back at the bus by.









For dinner that night, we were back in Enchanted Garden. I enjoyed the Golden Slipper which was peach schnapps, crème de cassis, and sprakling wine.


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I'm really enjoying your trip report, especially the pictures. I'm not much of a drinker, but that mixology class looks like fun! I hope you come back soon to add more.
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Old 02-03-2014, 07:19 PM   #21
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I'm really enjoying your trip report, especially the pictures. I'm not much of a drinker, but that mixology class looks like fun! I hope you come back soon to add more.

Thanks! This was just the kick in the pants I needed to get motivated and write an update. I'll start working on one now!
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Old 02-03-2014, 08:19 PM   #22
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Day 5, Cozumel

I had a hard time sleeping for some reason that night and woke up early. We were just pulling into Cozumel, so I went out on the verandah to watch the sunrise.



DH and I were diving in Cozumel, so once we got into the port area I headed inside and we started to pack up our dive gear. The dive crew met us right on the pier and checked out our dive certs and waiver forms. After that, we climbed down the side of the pier into the waiting dive boat. The ride over to the dive shop was about 20 minutes, but it felt like longer since the diesel fumes were pouring into the back of the boat.

We usually bring our own dive gear (BC, regulator, fins, etc) with us, and after seeing the rental gear available at this shop it underscored why I was glad that we do! One of the girls was using a rental BC and she happened to hook it up to her tank and check it out while we were still at the dock waiting for others to finish up. It was a good thing she did, it ended up having what sounded like a decent sized hole in it. As soon as she opened the valve, the air just start hissing out and she had to run back into the shop and swap it out.

I’d read online before our trip that the current in Cozumel could be pretty strong. I’ve grown up in Florida scuba diving in the Atlantic and am used to the current there, so I thought it couldn’t be too bad in Cozumel…. Boy was I wrong!!!! Do not underestimate just how strong they can be in the area. I spent most of my air trying to fight the current to stay close to DH since he was my dive buddy and then we had a hard time following the guide.

Our first dive of the day was at Paradise Reef. We bottomed out at 61 feet with an average depth of 44 feet. The current at this site was absolutely HORRENDOUS!









Our second dive was at San Francisco. We bottomed out on our dive at 45 feet with an average of 34 feet. The current was a lot slower here and actually made for an enjoyable drift dive where you could actually enjoy the sites and you floated along.







When we came up from the dive, they told us we had drifted nearly a mile and a half. In the time we were under, apparently the Carnival Imagination had arrived into port…. It was a little surprising when we surfaced, lol!




Overall, we weren’t as impressed with the dive shop in Cozumel as we were in Grand Cayman. In Grand Cayman, the dive crew was really good about explaining the dive site and laying out a dive plan that we were to dive as we followed our guides. They even threw a spare regulator over and had it weighted so it hung at 15 feet for an emergency decompression stop if someone had issues with their own gear. In Cozumel though, there was no dive plan laid out and it was more careless. After our second dive, we made it about halfway back to the Fantasy before one of the crew members did a head count of all the divers. He got a worried look on his face, turned to one of his buddies and they both recounted and got the same (I assume correct number) and we kept going. Glad no one got left!



Once we got back to the ship, we changed and got ready for Pirates IN the Caribbean! We went early before dinner to get a picture with Capt’n Jack Sparrow, but apparently in wasn’t early enough! We waited in line until as long as we could, but we didn’t want to make our tablemates wait for us so we had to duck out and got to dinner only about 5 minutes late.

After dinner, I really wanted a picture with Pirate Mickey so we learned our lesson and got there really early.



We watched the fireworks from the Satellite Falls area, which was nice because it was less crowded. The downside though was that we weren’t able to see any of the show portion before the fireworks. Next time I want to try and get there early and scope out a spot to watch the show.








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I can relate to what your saying about diving in Grand Cayman versus Cozumel. We've had some "interesting" experiences in Cozumel. One time, the captain who was going to take us out decided-wisely-that the seas were we were going to dive were too rough. He told dh about a place close to the port where it was safer to dive. The "shop" was actually a bar. The bar had an outdoor extension with lockers and snorkel and scuba equipment, but if we weren't told how to find this place, we would have never known it was a dive shop. Dh approached that part of the bar and asked about diving. The woman at the counter yelled to the bartender who yelled over to someone further inside the bar to ask who wanted to take dh out diving. (I had lost interest in diving at this point). The man who came out of the bar to dive with dh might have been the shop owner, I'm not sure. He asked dh if he knew how to scuba dive. Dh said he did. The woman supervising the snorkeling gear reminded the man to ask dh if he had a PADI card or a dive log. The man said something to the effect of , "I'll know soon enough if he knows what he's doing". Dh paid him, they suited up, and off they went.
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Day 6, Sea Day

For the most part, we spent the Sea Day being lazy and just relaxed…. So there aren’t many details for this day unfortunately! We wanted to try a sit down lunch at some point during the cruise, so we made our way our to Royal Court. DH ordered the Cajun-spiced mahi mahi sandwich and I ordered the angus chuck burger. Both of them were pretty tasty. The assistant waiter we had for lunch was really nice and kept showing us little riddles and puzzles that were pretty fun, I wish I had remembered his name!



We had started a Midship Detective Agency game earlier in the week and spent the rest of the afternoon working on that and exploring more of the ship. We also used the day to enjoy the hot tub and pool in the Cove.

Our dinner that night was the Captain’s Gala and we were back in Royal Court. I have to admit, I wasn’t a big fan of this menu. I ended up with the fettuccine and parmesan crusted chicken which turned out to not be half bad. While the main menu may have been lackluster with my taste buds…. The dessert more than made up for it! I enjoyed the lava cake immensely and even forgot to take a picture until after I had devoured most of it!



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The woman supervising the snorkeling gear reminded the man to ask dh if he had a PADI card or a dive log. The man said something to the effect of , "I'll know soon enough if he knows what he's doing". Dh paid him, they suited up, and off they went.
Wow... that's certainly interesting to say the least. Sadly, this is how a lot of diving accidents happen. I'm not sure if we head back to Cozumel again if we'd attempt diving again. I might be more inclined to lay on the beach with my toes in the sand.... DH on the other hand might want something adventurous... so we shall see, lol!
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Wow... that's certainly interesting to say the least. Sadly, this is how a lot of diving accidents happen. I'm not sure if we head back to Cozumel again if we'd attempt diving again. I might be more inclined to lay on the beach with my toes in the sand.... DH on the other hand might want something adventurous... so we shall see, lol!
We've dived with better outfits in Cozumel. Don't throw in the towel yet. One year, we did a dune buggy tour that included snorkeling, lunch and the obligatory stop at the souvenir shop. That was pretty adventurous. Dh did all the dune buggy driving which included downtown, open road and "jungle" driving. I highly recommend it but book it online ahead of time.
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very nice TR ...thanks for taking the time to write it and share pics.
I think it was awesome you guys did a full on dress up for pirate night..very cool of you..
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We've dived with better outfits in Cozumel. Don't throw in the towel yet. One year, we did a dune buggy tour that included snorkeling, lunch and the obligatory stop at the souvenir shop. That was pretty adventurous. Dh did all the dune buggy driving which included downtown, open road and "jungle" driving. I highly recommend it but book it online ahead of time.

Ok, I won't throw in the towel just yet. The dune buggy one sounds fun! I'm going to have to look into that next time we head back.

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very nice TR ...thanks for taking the time to write it and share pics.
I think it was awesome you guys did a full on dress up for pirate night..very cool of you..
Thank you! DH and I were both excited for Pirate night, so he was a good sport and dressed up with me. (We do a lot of the runDisney events and he's been nice enough to dress up for those with me..... think Beast, Hook, etc.... so walking around the ship was nothing compared to running 13.1 miles in some of the gittups I've put together!)
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Day 7, Castaway Cay

Since the ship backs into Castaway, we had the perfect vantage point from the aft facing balcony. Before they let any of the guests off the ship, there was this organized chaos on the dock. Busy work bees appeared en mass and started unloading food, goods, and other items we’d need for the day. Trucks they had stashed away out of sight on the island came rolling in, were loaded up in the blink of an eye, and were on their way to make their deliveries. Cast members started pouring out of the ship and were catching the tram or golf cart rides out to their post on the island. It seemed like it was no longer than 10 minutes before everything disappeared again and that they started unfolding the tents and setting out the towels, etc to prepare for guest to disembark. When we saw that they were close to letting passengers off, we ran up to Cabanas to grab a quick bite to eat before heading off for a relaxing day in Paradise.





We skipped the first tram stop as one had just left and we didn’t want to wait. Instead, we planned to walk to the second stop near She Sells and catch the one out to Serenity Bay. Along the way we spotted Pelican Plunge and took a quick detour to take a ride down the slide. We hopped in the water to swim out and it was still early and the water was COLD! I braved it out, but DH turned back to shore and waited for me. After that, we caught the second tram over to Serenity Bay and found two nice lounge chairs under an umbrella.






Ahh, this is the life! Konk Kooler in a beautiful setting and a non-crowded beach. We laid around on the beach for a little bit until we got warm and decided to grab our masks, snorkels, and fins and do a little snorkeling.





We headed back to shore for lunch and shortly after, Capt’n Jack was kind enough to pay us a visit!



One of the couples we were lucky enough to be paired with at dinner had joined us at Serenity Bay. We were all getting a little toasty on the beach and decided we wanted to check out the observation tower. We took the tram back to She Sells, and then walked out to the tower. It seemed like a good idea when we started, lol. But there isn’t a lot of shade on the runway or the path they cut through the woods out to the tower. It was really, really hot and the loop to the tower seemed like it went on forever! We were passed by a lot of bicyclists which definitely seems like the way to go next time! The views were really nice and ended up being worth it – plus we were able to enjoy some nice conversations with our tablemates.





After that, we all decided we’d had enough sun and headed back to the ship and stopped for a few pictures along the way. Once we got back, we decided to ride the aquaduck a few times and relax in the hot tub in the Cove before getting ready for dinner.







We were back in Animator’s Palate again for our last dinner. Going back the second time, I noticed a lot more of the attention to detail that Disney puts into everything.









We were sad to head back to the room and start packing up our bags – we had such an amazing time, we didn’t want it to end. When we got to the room, we noticed something on our fish hook, and opened it up to find the staff from the art gallery had given us a Magical Moment! Coming back to that took a little bit of the sadness away from packing up. Plus, we heard from of the CMs in the shop that the Magic was going to be in Port in the morning when we arrived so we had that to look forward to!



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