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Old 04-27-2014, 07:36 PM   #136
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December 10th…a Day in Nassau

We awoke this morning to find that we were pulling into port. Dan and I got dressed and headed for some breakfast at the Royal Palace. We easily got a table, ordered some coffee of course and our choices for this morning.
Breakfast pastries

Breakfast Express…Scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, grilled ham and hash brown…Dan’s traditional

French Toast and Pineapple Stack…Layers of French Toast and Grilled Pineapple, topped with Strawberry Coulis, Maple Glaze and Fruit Salad…for me…Yes I stole a piece of his bacon.

By the time we finished breakfast we were in port. We headed back to our cabin for a last minute pit stop before disembarking and as we left were greeted by our stateroom hostess who excitingly told us that we were docked right beside the Magic. Cool!!!
Dream and Magic side by side

We had no particular plans for today. I thought about going to the rum shop, maybe stop by Senior Frogs but it was too early for a drink. My may interest was a plan to seek out the woman who sold us some beautiful and unique jewelry a couple of years ago so we made our way to our first stop: the Straw Market. I was so excited to hear how they were now under a permanent roof but not so much when I arrived. It reminded me of a flea market, rows upon rows and isles and isles of basically the same things for sale. T-shirts, clothing, hats, jewelry but the cheap stuff. We spent an hour or more going in circles but I couldn’t fine her. I thought she might have had her own shop, the quality of her worked seemed like she would but I guess it wasn’t to be this time.

We went about checking out the local shops. The Bacardi store had burned down and we didn’t feel like shopping for rum or rum cakes. To tell you the truth I have the recipe for the Tortuga Rum Cake and mine came out just as good as an even better than the ones I purchased in the past. We walked down to the end of the dock by Senior Frogs but never went in. To tell you the truth I believe it was closed but a good vantage point to see the ships and get some photos.
Senior Frogs

Ships in the harbor

Officer directing traffic

Back to port

Shots of the Magic and Dream

Atlantis Resort and Casino

A panorama of all 5 ships


More Magic and Dream


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Old 04-27-2014, 07:40 PM   #137
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The closer we got back to the ships the darker the skies turned. I wanted to get some shots up front of both ships and in between the drops we ran from cover to cover but soon it was time to call it a day in Nassau so we returned.
The Atlantis and town from the Dream

By now it was time for lunch so we headed to Cabanas to check out the buffet. They weren't open as of yet but we grabbed a table with a view, got some drinks and waited.
Magic from Cabanas

Cabanas...didn't realize that Dan was in the shot until now.

Table with a view

Buffet choices

Desserts


With lunch behind us we headed outside to check out the view and take some more pictures but when the rain started it was time to go inside and grab some quiet shots of the Dream.

Carnival on the other side of us

Hustling in from the rain


Rain-soaked Dream

Dan and I started a walk of the lounges and as I hoped they were open and empty. Time to get some photos,

Next...Another practically empty ship!
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Whew, I've been reading for days trying to catch up, and I finally did! What a great trip report! I've only cruised once, 20 years ago, on Norwegian's the Norway, and I'm dying to take a Disney cruise. My husband & I are hoping for next March, a 4 day on the Dream.

Loving your report, and your photos are awesome! I'm truly getting a feel for what a Disney cruise is like after reading your report. Can't wait for the rest!
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Whew, I've been reading for days trying to catch up, and I finally did! What a great trip report! I've only cruised once, 20 years ago, on Norwegian's the Norway, and I'm dying to take a Disney cruise. My husband & I are hoping for next March, a 4 day on the Dream.

Loving your report, and your photos are awesome! I'm truly getting a feel for what a Disney cruise is like after reading your report. Can't wait for the rest!
Glad you're all caught up. You will love the Dream.
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A good thing to remember is that when you are at port the bars and lounges are closed as well as the shops. Great time to get some photos.
Skyline Bar

Evolution

The District...bathrooms behind those cylinders.

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Pink

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District Lounge

How about some Disney art?

Moving on to the Atrium
Dream’s gingerbread house


Chairs and Murals

Bon Voyage sitting area

Christmas decorations and trimming

Chandelier reflecting in piano…love this shot

We went outside on deck four where Dan took me on a tour. I didn’t realize you could go all around the deck and through a passageway that he accidentally found on the Fantasy. It was cool.
Disney Magic from deck 4

Now I happened to walk past these guys where another photographer was snapping their picture. It looked really neat so I took one too. Dan gave them a name which is quite true.
The original Golden Mickey’s

Magic’s reflection in Dream’s windows

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We saw this looking into the Carnivals window. I have no clue????

We went up to the top deck just in time to see the Carnival Ecstasy and the Carnival Sensation leave.
One

Then the other

We found a place to sit by Currents and ordered some drinks. The sun set rather quickly and soon we saw the Magic slowly leave port. I was really hoping for a horn battle but it never happened. Disappointing but I guess maybe not in port. We would be the last to leave but we would be fast asleep by the time the Dream departed.

Nassau at sunset

Goodbye Magic

Last few night shots

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Tonight dinner was at the Royal Palace and another night with our odd semi-tablemates but we decided to just make the best of it. Our servers took our orders and we enjoyed ourselves as if there was no else nearby.
Love these napkins

Warm Herb Brioche with an Olive Spread…forgot the olive spread

Double Crowned…Crown Royal, Chambord, Cointreau, Cranberry Juice, and Sour Mix and Impérial Illusion…Absolut Mandarin, Apple Pucker, Blue Curaçao liquor, Pineapple Juice

Escargots Gratinés…Herb-marinated Snails with Finely Chopped Mushrooms, topped with Garlic Butter and Breadstick

Breaded and Deep Fried Brie…with Orange and Cranberry Chutney

Onion Soup Gratinee...with Baguette and Gruyere Cheese

Lobster Macaroni…Elbow Pasta mixed with Lobster Meat, Tarragon, Gruyere and Cheddar Cheese Sauce, drizzled with White Truffle Oil

Chateaubriand-Roasted Filet Steak…Round Filet Steak, Crushed New Potatoes and Shallots, Buttered Green Beans, Red Wine Jus and a Béarnaise Sauce on the Side

Grand Marnier Soufflé…Infused with fresh Orange Zest and served with Crème Anglaise

We had our photo taken this night and after a very filling meal we headed to our cabin to find this guy waiting for us.
Towel and throw Bunny

My favorite pillow


Next…Our last full day on the Dream with a lot more photos…
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Old 05-20-2014, 09:06 AM   #144
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Sorry I have been away and haven't finished this TR. My dad passed away on the 29th of April and though I did post a few days later there has been many things to do to help my mom since then.


December 11th…Castaway Cay day and a disappointing cancellation…

I don’t know if it was the cool night air or getting caught in the rain but I had a very rough night. I was worried that I may have kept Dan up with my coughing but he seemed to sleep ok. My cough was also evident at dinner the previous night, also noticing that the youngest of the family next to us seemed out of sorts. More than usual. Lol! I knew that as the day progressed that I would feel better but when night time came it would get worse again. I worried about our Dinner plans tonight at Palo and reluctantly made the decision to call and cancel. I explained my situation and how I didn’t want to disturbed the other diners and just wanted to take it easy today. My request was granted with a cheery voice, telling me to feel better and just like that my dream of our first Palo dinner was over.

Dan and I got dressed and headed down to the Enchanted Garden for another yummy breakfast buffet. We were led to our little booth and ordered coffee and oj before heading to the buffet. After a bit to eat I was feeling a little better we headed back to our cabin to plan the day. Of course sick or not I am always camera ready and grabbed a few shots along the way.
A typical breakfast

An empty booth

Artwork at the end of Animator’s Palate hallway

Christmas tree by AP

Carpet design just outside of the elevator on deck 10 Aft


Once in our cabin we decided that we would do a repeat of the Fantasy and stay onboard today. So we hopped into our swimsuits and headed for the adult pool. Now the last time on the Fantasy we enjoyed sometime in the pool, then relaxed on a lounge chair before hitting the hot tub. Well, for some reason Dan opted for the hot tub first, which was wonderful. Until….you hop out and get into the pool. Brrrrrrrr. I only got my feet in but my hubby was braver than me. His response. Let’s not do that again. Lol!

After a couple hours of relaxation and a nice drink we once again went back to our stateroom. I somehow remember the idea of ordering room service and sitting on our oversized balcony to enjoy it but somehow that never came to pass. Maybe because Dan was worried that I was sick. I’m just not sure. We did however get dressed and go up one flight to Cabanas for lunch but not until I got a few photos of the view of Castaway Cay from our balcony.
Castaway Cay…many zoomed

The lunch buffet did not disappoint and we managed to get a table outside, something the Fantasy does not offer. It was beautiful out, the sky was blue, the warm air chilled by a breeze.
Buffet choices

Cream of broccoli soup

Rum raisin ice cream and a yummy bread pudding

Chocolate chip cookie and Bread pudding


After lunch it was time for a photo walk and you know what that means? More pictures than a single post should hold.
Photos from Deck 5
Kids clubs floor



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Down to Deck 4

Vista Café and future cruise sales

Reflections in the piano from up above

I was just walking past the stairs when I looked down and saw this amazing photo opportunity. If the piano is uncovered make sure that you check this out. Just beautiful!
Deck 3…Atrium ground level


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More Piano

Where it’s coming from


Yes it’s true, the best way to get this shot is to lay down on the floor on your back and snap away. Dan stood watch so I wouldn’t get stepped on.
Admiral Donald

More shots of an empty ship



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Just read this whole report from start to finish. Such wonderful pictures here...you really have a good, artistic eye!

So sorry about your father passing.
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Just read this whole report from start to finish. Such wonderful pictures here...you really have a good, artistic eye!

So sorry about your father passing.
Thank you for reading...I try to get some good shots that are interesting. Looks like I need to finish this TR and get ready for the next PTR. Dad's in a better place now.
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December 11th…continued
When I finished with my photo walk we headed back to our stateroom where I collected all of our FE goodies and laid them out on the bed for a nice group shot. After resting up for a bit we heard the engines and knew we were about to depart CC so we found a place by Currents, ordered a couple of drinks and watched as we pulled out of port.

Amazing sunset as we leave CC behind

Captains Mai Tai and Long Island Iced Tea

The Last Sunset

We stayed until dark, me getting my night time shots while Dan just chilled. We were about to leave to get ready for dinner when it happened. A young couple came up to the bar, the woman with a screaming child in her arms. There was blood everywhere and the bar tender ran for some towels and ice and told them to take her to the medical office on deck two. They seemed to argue the point but agreed leaving with their daughter now calm but obviously injured. Dan and I headed down the stairs and there was blood spattered on the bottom. It would seem that the little girl might have tripped and hit her mouth/face on the stairs. I went up to inform the bartender who blocked off the area waiting for a cleanup. The family simply went about their business which was indeed their business. I reminded Dan, kids do fall and get hurt. How many times did Heather take a tumble and drive her teeth into her lip? Hopefully all was ok but what a horrible way to end your vacation.
Night time shots of the Dream

I already had our backs packed and ready to go and as soon as we placed them outside our door they were gone. Since we weren’t dining at Palo, Dan’s suit was packed and it wasn’t until we were changing that I realized I packed his black pants leaving him with only his travel jeans. Oops! Thank god it was casual tonight but when we arrived there were many diners in jeans and even sweats. We made our orders and sat back realizing that our final night was here. Our vacation nearly over. Time to think about going home.

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We learned a thing or two from Kris and Larry on our Fantasy cruise and ordered some of our favorites on this last night.
Table setting

Herb Foccacia and ciabatta bread with rosemary virgin olive oil

Black Truffle Pasta Purseittes…pasta purse filled with truffle scented cheese and coated with a delicate champagne sauce

Escargots Gratinés…Herb-marinated Snails with Finely Chopped Mushrooms, topped with Garlic Butter and Breadstick (Not on our menu…Dan’s request)

Baked Potato and Cheddar Cheese Soup…with bacon bits and chives

Curly Endive Arugula and Watercress Salad…sliced chorizo, dried figs, herbed croutons and a cider dressing

Black Truffle Pasta Purseittes…for main entrée

Herb Crusted Veal Chop…Roast Veal Chop brushed with Dijon Mustard and crusted with Herb breadcrumbs served with sundried-tomato risotto and Borolo wine sauce

Grand Marnier Soufflé…Infused with fresh Orange Zest and served with Crème Anglaise (Dan and I both requested this especially since I was missing out on my Palo Chocolate Soufflé)

When dinner was at an end Dan gave out the gratuity envelopes and we said our goodbyes. We wouldn’t see our servers in the morning because we wanted to disembark as soon as we could. One last picture request and we were on our way.
Dan and I and our servers Arianta and Saladan

Dan and I walked around hand in hand just looking at the Dream for one last time. We found ourselves on deck 4 where I got a few interesting night shots. Since we were on the deck with all the lunges we decided to check out Pink and get a night cap before calling it a night. This lounge is quite pretty with all the pink, burgundy and gold tones and accents. We found a little table and checked out a menu. We each ordered a drink and were offered complimentary mini desserts but we declined being full from dinner. Like I said Pink is pretty but that was about it. The service was great but the drinks not that memorable. All I recall is mine was orange and Dan’s was blue and with tax and tip the two champagne cocktails racked up an amazing nearly $40 bill, the most expensive drinks on our vacation and that includes tastings.

A Stroll Along Deck 4

When we returned to our cabin we were greeted by our last towel creation. This hissy little fellow.

I would have loved to have taken a shot of all of our towel animals together but our stateroom hostess kept cannibalizing the old ones to make new. Oh well.

Finishing up on next post...
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