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Old 12-16-2013, 08:36 AM   #16
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Dinner on day 2 was in Animator's Palate (this was our 3 time restaurant).

To start, I had the Roasted Red Bell Pepper, Zucchini and Red Onion Salad - but I have to say it was light on the peppers and zucchini but lots of red onions. It was good, it was a salad.



My dad had the Serrano Ham. He wouldn't order it again but I'm not sure that's a knock on the quality of the ham or the fact that he's just not big on dried/smoked meats. My mom stole the olive because he doesn't eat those.



My mom had the butternut squash soup and enjoyed it (she's had it on other crusies and it's been consistently good)



For entrees, I ordered 2 - the Potato, Celeriac and Onion Gratin with Butter Collard Greens - this was excellent. Ate every bite and wished I'd ordered a second. It was like the most perfect scalloped potatoes, liberally laced with soft, sauteed onion. Crispy on the top, soft and gooey on the inside. The carrots and the collard greens gave the perfect contrast, crispy carrots and soft, but strong greens.



Second was the Black Bean Chipotle Cakes. I ordered these because other people on the boards have raved about them. I thought it was like eating sawdust ground with pebbles, and then pressed into a round ball and flattened. But that's just my opinion



My mom ordered the Chicken breast (which is what she's ordered in the past) and it was good. Not knock your socks off good but it was tasty and cooked appropriately.



My Dad also ordered 2 meals.

The first was the beef tenderloin:



Again a small piece of meat. Cooked properly but maybe about 5 bites of meat along with the mashed potatoes and a few veggies.

The presentation was very changed from in the past.

Here's a picture of this same dish from our first cruise on the Magic in October 2010 (3 years ago):



His second dish was the new veal chop with risotto (I recommended that he order this - mostly because I wanted a picture ). It was a good sized portion and very tasty. He ate all of this and enjoyed it.



Dessert tonight was the cake I pre-ordered. It was very good and very rich:



My dad was very surprised.
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Food pics look good!!!

Gotta say those crispy Brie thingy's look pretty sad on that plate.
They couldn't come up with a better presentation?

Palo brunch will always be my favorite meal.
But once we try Remy Brunch and Dinner I will see if I change my views.

Keep this pics coming...........
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I have to say that really looks like Prime Rib that your dad had on the Magic in 2010 as opposed to Tenderloin. My dad is a Prime Rib afficianado. 😄
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lunch in the MDR.

So on Grand Cayman day (day 3) we decided to enjoy lunch in the MDR (which was always one of our favourite things to do). This time it was "okay" but nothing really special. I guess the good thing about the buffet is that if you don't like something, it's quick and easy to grab something else. In the MDR, it took so long for us to get our meals that it wasn't worth sending stuff back.

For lunch I had the asparagus appetizer - good but it was kind of cold by the time it arrived (and it had been warm - you could tell). And the Rueben sandwich. This wasn't good at all. The bread was rock hard (and not from toasting) and the meat was tough. There wasn't much cheese and it was grilled onions instead of saurkraut. I picked out the middle and then had some of my mom's and dad's food.





My mom had the salad Nicoise - this was good, exactly as described. You could tell the server wasn't "on the ball" because we had to ask for dressing and then he looked at us like we had two heads. "Dressing? Salad Dressing?" Anyways, once he brought that, all was well.

She also ordered the mozerrella sticks off the kids menu (but oddly enough, she didn't get a kids meal - the server just brought her a large serving of the cheese sticks). These were good - though not very hot, just warm so the cheese wasn't very stretchy or gooey but they were tasty.





(oh and you can see my mom's cup of tealeaves Mountain Berry tea in the corner of the picture - tea leaves is the brand served in the MDR and my mother loved this flavour - our assistant server who did drinks gave my mom 3-4 extra tea bags to take with her because they both shared a love of this particular tea).

My dad didn't order an appetizer but did order 2 entrees.

The pasta with meatballs and the beef kabobs. Both of these items were pretty unremarkable. The pasta was a little too "al dente" for my dad, and the sauce seemed straight out of a can (nothing added). The beef kabobs were a little better (though cold by the time they were served). My dad wasn't impressed with the couscous under the kabobs but I liked it.





Desserts were another big miss:

My mom got jello:



It came like this - a little over half the cup - I'm guessing that there was supposed to be whipped cream or something put ontop to fill it up.

I got the apple crumble - there was 2 bites of fruit and then topped with a lot of unbaked crumble. The ice cream was good.



My dad was so happy to see Tiramisu on the menu but wasn't so happy when it arrived:



It was more like a pudding cup.

Lunch was lackluster to say the least but dinner tonight made up for it.
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Food pics look good!!!

Gotta say those crispy Brie thingy's look pretty sad on that plate.
They couldn't come up with a better presentation?

Palo brunch will always be my favorite meal.
But once we try Remy Brunch and Dinner I will see if I change my views.

Keep this pics coming...........
that's exactly what I thought when I saw the plate - it just looked sad and tasted sad too.

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I have to say that really looks like Prime Rib that your dad had on the Magic in 2010 as opposed to Tenderloin. My dad is a Prime Rib afficianado. ��
On the Magic in 2010 that was also beef tenderloin (they just presented it sliced like that - Disney prime rib looks very different - this didn't have the fat running through it - it was solid meat). Both my dad and I had it then and it was excellent. My dad had it on the Dream in 2011 and it was okay (still good but not like on the Magic) by this year, it looked very different and the meat was different and no where near as good.

The Prime Rib served on board (it's on the enchanted garden menu and the pirate menu and I think on the 7 night cruise, 1 other menu as well) is very good (according to my dad). I have pictures of that dish that I'll be posting shortly.
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Let's toss a little alcohol into the mix here.

I don't drink much when I'm with my parents - my dad doesn't really drink (a half a shot of rum with a large glass of diet coke would be the most), my mom will try just about anything but 1 drink and she's all blushy and giggly. So I usually don't have much when I'm with them.

On this cruise I had:

Italian Beverage tasting class
3 drinks and shot when I went drinking with our table mates one night
1 Key Lime Margarita
2 martini's / 1 whiskey sour / 1 Franjelico & cranberry on the last evening just to finish up my passport in the Skyline bar (my mom drank 1 of the martini's, my dad had a sip of each drink to try them and I drank the rest).

That was all the alcohol ordered and I wished at the end that I hadn't bought the passport because I didn't particularly feel like drinking on the last night but didn't want to waste the drinks I'd already paid for (and on a side note, if I hadn't bought the passport our onboard balance would have been zero $0)

I was interested in the Italian beverage tasting because I'd not seen anyone on the DIS do it (never seen it reviewed). I enjoyed it - mainly because I found my new favourite drink.

I didn't take notes so I don't really know what all we tasted but I can tell you this:

1 was a lemoncello
2 were some form of grappa (more shot like than drink like)
1 was grappa with prosecco
1 was frangelico & cranberry
And I was very thankful to be given a glass of water





This was the prosecco and grappa one:





My favourite - Frangelico & cranberry





This tastes like peanut butter and jelly (no, really it does!). Frangelico is a hazulnut liquer but when mixed with the cranberry juice it tastes like pb&j. It's light on the alcohol and very pleasant tasting. It's a nice something to drink and not get drunk on (Frangelico has a very low alcohol content - it's only 40 proof or 20% alcohol by volume).

And here's a picture of my key lime margarita (it was good but not too different from a regular margarita)

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Dinner was in Enchanted Garden this evening. Our table was right behind the server's station tucked behind the big round booths. We didn't get much of a view but the food tonight was very good. In fact, both nights we were in EG (tonight and the last night, were the best two menus / quality / presentation in the MDR of the trip).

For starters both my mom and I ordered the lobster ravioli:



My mom's came with what looked like a heart in the middle of one. These were very good. Pasta was cooked right (not too done, not still crunchy) and the filling was light and creamy. The broth is a light tomato juice/soup.

My dad ordered the mushroom tart. It was okay but he didn't really like the crust. It was very hard and seemed like it had been baked more for style than substance.



For entrees, I ordered the pan seared sea bass with risotto:



Love this dish (this is one of the dishes I order every DCL cruise). It's just perfect and I hope they never change it.

My mom ordered the prime rib (sorry, it's already being cut up in the picture):



My dad ordered both the prime rib (same as my mothers) and a steak (off of the items available every night). He enjoyed both.



I had also ordered a second entree to try - it was new to the menu and listed under the "lighter items" It was a salad with lamb and eggplant, with couscous and a tzazkiki style dressing.



I really enjoyed this - it was fresh and different and the flavours worked very well together (but then again, I am a big fan of Greek food).

My dad ordered the banana fosters sundae for dessert:



while my mom went for the trio (actually, she ordered the sundae and Jill ordered the trio but the server mixed them up - eventually my mom and Jill both ended up with the sundae and the trio).



Nothing on the menu appealed to me so I didn't order dessert but our server brought over a mickey bar for me:



I felt bad about wasting it so I ate an ear and the rest sat melting in the dish.

We also received the plate of "candies" apricot and chocolate but I didn't try either.

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I'm enjoying your review very much, you've shown several items I'd like to try on my next cruise. Especially the Frangelico and cranberry juice drink and the Greek style salad. I agree about the pan seared sea bass, it's always been good when I've ordered it!
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Old 12-19-2013, 01:37 PM   #24
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Okay, I'm going to digress a little from the food right now to talk about the entertainment.

I saw 3 shows in the main theatre and enjoyed them all:

Aladdin: was a fun show, followed much of the cartoons story line but was abreviated due to time limits. I know that everyone says the Genie is the best but I found him a little too much and some of the jokes in the show a little insulting in a way that Disney normally doesn't do (like when Iago says that Aladdin was swallowed up by a face like "Honey Boo Boo Child" when talking about the cave of wonders - is it really necessary to insult a little kid?) Anyways, it was fun and one of the better shows that I've seen onboard a ship.

Wishes: I really like this one because I think it highlighted many of the musical numbers I love from Disney movies. The story line is fine (about high school seniors graduating) but it takes an appropriate backseat to the songs and characters that make Disney special. I was very glad that I went to see this show.

The Hypnotist: Sorry but I don't remember what his name was but he was good and it was a very funny show. One thing I didn't like though was towards the end he started on a hard sell for his CDs and to attend his adult only session the next day. He seemed to drag this out knowing that everyone wanted to see the end of his show.

Movie Theatre / In room movies:

I saw 2 movies in the theatre this trip - Iron Man 3 and Monsters University - both of which ended up on video shortly after the cruise was over. My Dad saw 1 additional movie in the theatre - The Lone Ranger.

I felt that the variety of movies played in the theatre was a let down. It was the same movies time and time again. And the same variety that is showing on the 4 day Dream cruises even though the Fantasy is doing 7 day cruises (in the past, the 7 day cruises offered greater variety than the shorter cruises in the movie theatre).

The variety of in room new release movies was also greatly reduced this cruise. We watched The Great Gatsby and Man of Steel. I guess because it was a halloween cruise, they substituted many "spooky" older movies instead of new releases - they offered Coraline (in English and Spanish) and the Corpse Bride (in English and Spanish) and a couple of other older "spooky" movies but it really left few new release movies that we always enjoy watching on our cruise.

Crafts & Trivia:

I'll freely admit that on DCL cruises we have rarely participated in many planned activities. Most of our time has been split between the adult pool areas, the movie theatre, the on demand movies, the dining rooms and sleeping. This time we tried to get out and "do" more and for us 2 of those activities were crafts and trivia.

Crafts were kind of hit or miss as being interesting - there were door hangers, Phineas and Ferb paper craft, paper folding, and button making that either all 3 or us or at least 2 of us went to.



I have to say that most of the crafts were of poor quality and not super interesting or fun. The button making was by far the best one but it was held in the afternoon of Castaway Cay. My parents went while I did most of the packing. There was a total of 6 people there (including the 2 of them). They were told they could make as many buttons as they liked (the entertainment CM has one of those button making machines) because so few people were expected (I guess that's what happens when you put it at 2pm on Castaway Cay day). The buttons were of nice quality and they had decent decorations to make them with. As far as I was concerned, all the other crafts were of poor quality and I think DCL could do better than construction paper, a few not-very-good-at-sticking-stickers, markers, glue and seemingly very random sequins.

Trivia was good. There was a decent variety of topics - both Disney related and non Disney related. It did become clear though that they use the same sets of questions on each cruise because there were people who were asking if it was such-and-such set the same as on "blank" cruise and the CM admitted that yes it was. Plus, some of the questions were out of date (like the one about the robot on star tours who isn't there anymore). Anyways, they were fun and you could see that some people were really into playing.

Adult night life:

Well, to be honest, most nights there wasn't much. One night I went down to the clubs with our tablemates and there was no one in the tube and maybe 4 tables total in La Piazza of people listening to music. Another night I went on my own and there was no one in the Tube, and only 1 other table of people in La Piazza, and 3 people total in the Champagne bar. On the last night we went into Skyline and there were about 10 people total in there (including us).

The only time I saw any of the adult areas busy was one of the trivia games was held in O'Gills Pub and it was full - partly because of the trivia and partly because there was a sports game on the tv.

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Main dining room breakfast:

Eggs Benedict:



My mom loved this. This is one of the foods that really is "cruise food" for her because we don't make it at home. These were fresh and hot.

My Dad got 2 pancakes and the what I'll call the "basic breakfast platter"



The pancakes were very good, the bacon and sausage and hash brown was good but my dad said there was maybe 2 bites of boiled scrambled egg-mixture (not good). He's more of a breakfast meat person so he didn't care.

They went back to the MDR later in the cruise to get the same thing minus the scrambled eggs.
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Question Fish Extender Pictures

Hello Everyone,

I understand that on the Fantasy there are fish and seahorses outside the cobin doors. Can anyone provide me with a clean picture of them. I want to include it in the fish extender gifts that I'm making.

Thanks for your help

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Hello Everyone,

I understand that on the Fantasy there are fish and seahorses outside the cobin doors. Can anyone provide me with a clean picture of them. I want to include it in the fish extender gifts that I'm making.

Thanks for your help

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I'm sorry but this is one thing I haven't taken pictures of. You may want to post this on the main boards, you'll get a better response there.
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Great report so far. I love pictures of food. Although it makes me very hungry. :D
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Random bits -

For the first time on any of our DCL cruises, we took items to guest services to be signed. The CMs did a fantastic job and the 2 items really turned out well.

We selected 2 of my mom's duffy bear outfits (1 disneyland shirt and 1 animal kingdom outfit) to be signed and put in a few sharpie markers (colours that would work well with the AK Safari outfit).

These are now both proudly hanging in our living room.









Halloween pumpkins:





I noticed a lot fewer decorations this cruise than I did on either my 2010 or 2011 Halloween cruises.

More pictures of La Piazza (it seemed like most of the crafts and much of the trivia took place here - it was also a nice place to just relax during the day and we used it as a meet up place quite often)



Big round booth in La Piazza - I personally didn't like these very much - you were up higher but felt a little enclosed due to the railing.



The mask behind the stage where the piano performers did their gigs and the trivia host would stand:



some of our FE booty:



This was a really great FE group. We received lots of cool and unique items. One family gave a whole bunch of rum "packets" (not little bottles but shot pouches). I was worried about packing them for the trip home so I gave them to our tablemates on Pirate night who were more than happy to indulge! This cruise we did seem to get quite a few mini alcohol bottles which I ended up bringing home. The variety is great and they'll come in handy over the holidays because it means I can make just about any drink possible!
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The AquaLab (with wheelchair accessible photos)

The AquaLab was one thing I really wanted to do with my mom. About mid morning on Castaway Cay day (my Dad had already gone snorkeling and when I asked him about the water temperature he said, "you won't like it" so I decided I'd rather use the adult pool, Satelite Falls and the AquaLab).

A couple of tips for wheelchair users:

1. Make sure when you're on Deck 12 (I think that's the deck it's on) you are on the Starboard side - that's where the ramp is (port side has stairs). We lucked out that we tried that side first.

2. Bring earplugs. Many of the spouts were at the exact right height to hit my mom straight in the side of the head.

3. Make sure your wheelchair is water safe (no electric wheelchairs or scooters - if you have one of those, borrow a "regular" wheelchair from guest services).

4. Enjoy! Once you get up the ramp, it's all accessible. Just make sure you go back down the starboard side (again, the port side has stairs).





















Oh, and if you were onboard this cruise and heard my mom hooting and hollaring - she really was having fun - we weren't torturing her .
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