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Old 01-14-2014, 08:12 PM   #31
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I loved all your pictures of POR. It looks like a lovely resort.

Loved the first day on the Fantasy. We did the same as you - boarded and headed straight to Cabanas. The food was delicious! We also had a category 8 room and we LOVED the window. My boys enjoyed standing and sitting there and looking out. Sorry you weren't feeling so good the first night - we could feel lots of motion, too. We were fortunate enough to stand with Kris and Larry at sail away - what a sweet couple.

Can't wait to read more.
We really did love our state room with the large porthole window. I never even knew who Kris and Larry were until we met that first night at dinner...and then I was sick.
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One other thing...

I see you have another cruise booked. Are you by any chance sailing on the November 29th Fantasy (same week as last year)? We have a cruise on the Wonder booked for March, 2015 but we are heavily considering moving it to the November 29th Fantasy sailing. Just wondered if we'd be on the same cruise again.
Shhhhh...spoiler alert. Lol! No sorry, we are booked on the December 14th WC on the Magic. I've always wanted to say that I've sailed on all four Disney ships though it would have been cool to sail together.
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Sorry you felt soo crummy. Hope noext cruise you can find something that works better for you.
I think I just might call and make sure our first MDR is not AP.
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Old 01-14-2014, 08:22 PM   #32
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December 1st…Sea Day and Senses Spa

After a rocky night I just slept in. Surprisingly Dan did also but I knew he must have been hungry. We awoke to beautiful blue skies glinting against a bluer sea as I gingerly moved about trying to decide if I was ok or not. There wasn’t much to do to get ready this morning because in an hour or so at 9 am Dan and I had an appointment at Senses Spa for a couples massage. I just washed my face, put on my lotions and potions, tied my hair back and that was it. I was ready.

I’ve always wanted to do this and was so surprised when I approached Dan with the idea of a couples massage in celebration of 24 years together. I thought it would be nice. An expression of my love for my husband. I was also prepared for him to balk and scoff at the idea and that would be it. Imagine my surprise when I heard, “I was hoping you would say you wanted to do that.” Huh??? My Daniel? Who are you and what did you do with my husband? He was all for it.

This was absolutely heavenly. The oils, the scrubs, the lighting and soft music. I think I told her that I had died and gone to heave when she asked how I felt. But all I heard from Dan’s masseuse was relax…relax. He was so tense during the whole process. Poor baby! I especially loved the way our massage ended by placing my hand into Dan’s and how he didn’t know what was going on until I gave him a reassuring little squeeze. I can’t wait to do this again and believe it or not Dan can’t either.

But and this is a big but…being caught up in the moment I guess you would say we were somehow talked into buying the expensive body oils and scrubs that were offered of course. These three products racked up over $172 on our cruise account and sadly they are still just sitting around waiting to be used.
Senses Spa products

After several minutes detoxifying in steam, I was in the shower and ready to go. Dan was waiting for me and we headed back to our stateroom so I could get ready for my first ever Pink Champagne Girls meet and dressed in my pink Tink top, tiara and boa I was ready. For what I wasn’t sure. It was described to me as a meeting for us gals to wear pink, have a drink and get to know each and “get our pink on”. The next few minutes were priceless as Dan followed literally a few steps behind me. All the way to La Piazza I heard him say, “Don’t ask,” as we walked by getting the oddest looks from other cruisers who just so happened to be men. Figures right. Men looked confused and woman smiled. I arrived at La Piazza and met up with a few ladies including Kelly who organized the meet from the beginning on Face Book. To our dismay it would have seemed that they overbooked LP and had to move us. Kelly was frustrated and who could blame her. This was something like the third move, starting at Ooh La La, (first choice…not available) then La Piazza and now where?
Beautiful Skies

They moved us to the Outlook and had someone hold the elevator just for our group which was nice. The Outlook was small yet secluded on deck 14 and even though our drinks were limited and they did not have my beloved Asti it was still fun meeting all the girls. We had a contest for our decorated champagne glass, which was judged by our two bartenders and ended our meet by taking a group shot.
All the glasses waiting for judgment (mine is number 4)

And the winner is…duct tape creation

Fantasy Fanciful Pink Champagne Girls

We took the elevator down in groups and had to laugh when the door opened on the 11th deck at Cabanas’. One lone teen was standing there and the look on his face to see us all with our tiaras and boas was more than he could stand. He just shook his head a slowly backed away. Just too funny.

I went back to the state room to meet Dan but he was nowhere to be found. I wasn’t sure if I should leave to find him or stay and wait. Here I found two cards, one for Dan’s Birthday and one for our Anniversary. I decided to stay taking a few more pictures of our room including a try self-portrait and a panorama.
Me in all my feathered and rhinestone glory

Celebration Cards

Room Panorama


Look what I found??? Palo Brunch invitation!

A few minutes later Dan came into the room. It would seem that he was waiting for me outside of La Piazza all the time. What he didn't know was that we were moved and as I thought before the meet, he was hungry so I quickly changed so we could search for food.

Turns out we missed Cabana’s buffet as well as the other restaurants. I didn't really feel like Flo’s so we went back to our room and ordered room service. They delivered within 15 minutes and we enjoyed our meal while watching “The Odd Life of Timothy Green.”
Shots of a closed and empty Cabanas

Buffalo Chicken Wings

Caesar Salad

BLT with chips

Steak Sandwich with fries

Oatmeal/raisin cookies

Chocolate brownie

Sunset though salt sprayed window


More to come....
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Old 01-14-2014, 08:30 PM   #33
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December 1st continued...

By the time the movie was over we got to watch the sun set and relax a bit before our dinner at Royal Court. Tonight was formal night so I started early to get ready so we could go have our picture taken at the Grand Staircase. We made our way to the Atrium and got in line as a server with free drinks served us with a smile. I don’t recall what the drink was but it was good and made the wait go faster. As we stood there our Cruise Director Ray made his way through the line but an extremely chatty couple in front of us keep him busy for a while as a couple of my questions were answered.

1. It would seem that the distance covered from Port Canaveral to St Maarten is quite a long way. (I knew that) 2. Because of this distance the ship is basically at full tilt and it can be rough. (Boy, don’t I know that) 3. We were trying to avoid 12 foot swells. (I can believe that)

Also just so you know the closer you are to the front of the ship the more you will feel the motion of the ocean. Been there…done that! No more. Also something I learned: Dramamine aka Meclizine a less drowsy formula for sea sickness does not work (for me anyway) Dramamine regular strength…worked like a charm. I wasn’t drowsy even though I had a few drinks during the course of the day.

Once our picture was taken we waited for the doors to open for dinner. And just so you all know. Yes…I was able to wear my heels. Third cruise since my injury and I did just fine. I was smart and took one pair which happened to have a wraparound ankle strap so if I did swell (and I did not) I could adjust. Happy dance!

We met Kris and Larry at our table and finally I could enjoy a great meal and some great conversation.
Royal Court

Impérial Illusion…Absolut Mandarin, Apple Pucker, Blue Curaçao liquor, Pineapple Juice

Princess Delight (Non-Alcoholic)…Passion Fruit Juice, Mango Purée

Warm Herb Brioche with an Olive Spread

Escargots Gratinés…Herb-marinated Snails with finely chopped Mushrooms, topped with Garlic Butter and Breadstick

Baked Potato and cheddar soup…new on the menu

Belle's French Onion Soup…With Gruyère Cheese Crouton

Double Cut Rack of Lamb with a Dijon Crust…With Brussel Sprouts, Gratin Potatoes and Rosemary Jus

Lobster Mac and Cheese…Big chunks of Lobster…new on the menu

Of course our servers knew that we were celebrating Dan’s birthday and our anniversary. They approached our table with several others and presented us with a cake and pins as they sang a happy rendition of Happy Anniversary…kiss. Which we happily complied…many times.
Anniversary cake

Picture of the happy couple

More dessert?

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

Strawberry Short Cake Sundae…Strawberries, Vanilla Ice Cream, Whipped Cream, and Angel Food Cake

This is an adorable origami paper box that Heny made for me to put our pins into.

Upon returning to our room this guy greeted us


Coming up…Palo brunch, Wine and Chocolate and Group Mixology
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Old 01-15-2014, 05:08 AM   #34
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I'm going to join in as it sounds so far like your cruise was what I had hoped for on my recent Dream voyage. Mine was wonderful, but I didn't have as much romance as I had wanted.
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Old 01-15-2014, 09:08 AM   #35
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What a beautiful picture of you and your hubby! Hope you enjoyed your anniversary!

I'm enjoying reading along, we are heading out on the Fantasy in one month.
This is our first Fantasy cruise, we have done 8 on the classic ships.

The lobster mac and cheese looks so much better than on the Magic and Wonder.
Must try that!

Loved the pink girl pics, too cute!!!!
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Wonderful updates again
I agree with the PP, that is such a lovely photo of you both
The champagne meet sounded like a lot of fun
I was interested to hear your thoughts on sea sick medication. I get terribly sick on small boats but have always been fine on the big ships, but we have always had pretty calm seas. I took Dramamine non-drowsy on our last cruise just as a precaution but as the seas were so calm I probably didn't need it
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great report

looking forward to more!
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Old 01-15-2014, 08:51 PM   #38
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Following along! Enjoying your trip report so far! We sail the Fantasy in May... It will be our first Disney cruise. We are seriously considering a couples massage - appreciated your review!
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Joining in. We were on the Dream with you, but didn't make it to the meets.
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Old 01-19-2014, 04:55 PM   #40
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Great update! Your massage sounds heavenly! I didn't get a massage this trip but did try the Rainforest Room, which I loved.

I love the picture of your Pink Champagne Girls meet-up. Now I'm kind of sad I didn't do it. I wasn't even aware that there was anything on deck 14 including the Outlook Bar (I think that is what you called it). I'll have to check it out next time. It looks lovely and I'm sure the view was awesome.

Love the photo of you and DH at Royal Court!
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I'm going to join in as it sounds so far like your cruise was what I had hoped for on my recent Dream voyage. Mine was wonderful, but I didn't have as much romance as I had wanted.
Hi and welcome! Romance is everywhere but I've learned that you have to make it happen.
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What a beautiful picture of you and your hubby! Hope you enjoyed your anniversary!

I'm enjoying reading along, we are heading out on the Fantasy in one month.
This is our first Fantasy cruise, we have done 8 on the classic ships.

The lobster mac and cheese looks so much better than on the Magic and Wonder.
Must try that!

Loved the pink girl pics, too cute!!!!
Thank you. We had a wonderful 24th! You will love the Fantasy. Lobster mac and cheese was really good along with everything else.
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Wonderful updates again
I agree with the PP, that is such a lovely photo of you both
The champagne meet sounded like a lot of fun
I was interested to hear your thoughts on sea sick medication. I get terribly sick on small boats but have always been fine on the big ships, but we have always had pretty calm seas. I took Dramamine non-drowsy on our last cruise just as a precaution but as the seas were so calm I probably didn't need it
I found that the photos taken of Dan and I with my camera were better than the pro shots. I purchased very few from Shutters. I'm someone that got carsick as a child and put me in the backseat for more than an hour and I'm done. The regular strength Dramamine seemed to work. I'm not much of a fan of Seabands but I saw a lot of those. It depends on where you are sailing too. If it's far (for us Port Canaveral to St. Maarten) just be prepared for that first night.
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We really enjoyed the couples massage and would love to do it again.
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I'm so sorry we didn't get to meet. We only made the first get together at Eye Scream. I wasn't really aware of any other meets until I got home.
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Great update! Your massage sounds heavenly! I didn't get a massage this trip but did try the Rainforest Room, which I loved.

I love the picture of your Pink Champagne Girls meet-up. Now I'm kind of sad I didn't do it. I wasn't even aware that there was anything on deck 14 including the Outlook Bar (I think that is what you called it). I'll have to check it out next time. It looks lovely and I'm sure the view was awesome.

Love the photo of you and DH at Royal Court!
We had a fun meet. Kelly was a wonderful organizer but I was so frustrated for her with all the venue changes. In the end it was great. I knew there was something up there but didn't know what until we were all ushered to the Outlook.
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December 2nd…Second Sea Day with two tastings

We had reservations for Palo brunch at 10 am so we were not in any particular hurry this morning. Before getting ready I turned on the TV just to check things out and found this.
Medical Emergency

It would seem that we made an unexpected stop at Grand Turk in the wee hours of the morning. Around 4 am to be exact. I don’t even recall the ship stopping to tell the truth. Dramamine I guess. Lol! I took a couple of pictures of our last night’s little treasures and we were off. Now last year when we had Palo brunch ressies we just had no idea of how to fine Palo and walked the full length of the Fantasy both ways in the rain. We were late, they called our room, I explained and brunch was saved though we were a little damp when we arrived. Now I know: Aft, elevator up from Cabanas and voila…you’re there. To be safe we walked Forward to Aft on our floor, took the elevator up to deck 11 and Cabanas, then the elevator to Palo.
A few shots of last night’s dessert destined to be breakfast

We were shown to a lovely table with a beautiful view and our server Kristian explained how brunch worked but this time there was something a little different. It would seem that there was a little outbreak of Norovirus and to be sure all of our choices were served with a smile from servers wearing gloves. It didn't take away from the experience and it was good to be safe.
Three rose centerpiece

Table with a view

The happy anniversary couple

Some of Palo’s offerings

A surprise rose for our celebration from Kristian

More offerings

Rose and champagne

Roses and Mimosa


Cold Strawberry soup….so delicious

Chicken Parm…Dan’s favorite

Beef tenderloin…This was amazing and cooked to perfection.

Moving on to desserts...two yummy assortments!
Dan

Me

Kristian

Palo table setting


This was a wonderful brunch experience and it made me look forward to our Palo dinner on the Dream. And yes….shameful me not only took my rose but it is home with me now in my curio cabinet to keep forever!

Continued next post...
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With brunch over it was time to do a quick change to get ready for our first tasting at 12. We easily made our way to Ooh La La and found a spot for two at one of the tables and there I learned that I was not the only one suffering from sea sickness the other night. There were many more. Some a lot worse off than I was and some not as much.

I had heard some negative reviews about this class more recent coming from our tables mate Kris and Larry who tried it virtually in its infancy. Too much wine…hardly any chocolate. Well I am pleased to report that there was just the right amount of wine, plenty of chocolate and even some cheese thrown in. It was a fun class and explained how certain chocolates completely changed the tastes of wines. You should try it at least once. I think we’ll sign up for it again in the future.
Wine and Chocolate for all

We had about an hour before our group tasting at 2pm at the Skyline Lounge. So I took a couple of shots of various places.
Ooh La La

La Piazza

Guess who?

Christmas wreath


You know you’re a tad tipsy when you take a pic of the inside of the ladies room…it was so pretty!

We were not the first to find the Skyline and I was hoping that out Meridian bartender, Novak from last year would be here but alas he was not. He told us he would either be here or gone home to the Ukraine to get married. Congrats Novak!

We all gathered around the bar while Julian explained to us what we would be doing. We were a big group, more than 20 allowed and the fun was just about to start with our new barkeep.
All set up

Five drinks each….oh boy!

Julian with some flare

Me, Dan and friends mixing it up…actually muddling a Mojito!

Our wonderful bartender and his assistants
Priscila, Julian and Christine

These are the drinks that we all made:
Disney Stingray…Captain Morgan Spiced Rum…Midori, Pineapple juice and Cranberry juice
Mango Mojito…Tequila, mango puree, lime and mint
Ultimate Bellini…Peach Schnapps, peach nectar, lemon juice, champagne, Grand Mariner
Cranberry Cosmo…Vodka, cranberry juice, freshly squeezed lime juice, Cointreau
Mexican Guinness…Patron, Bailey’s Irish Crème
The only difference between this group Mixology and our last regular Mixology was that we only got to make one drink. Last time we got to make all 5. Which is why there are no pic’s of separate drinks.

To be continued...
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[FONT="Comic Sans MS"][SIZE="3"][COLOR="Purple"]With brunch over it was time to do a quick change to get ready for our first tasting at 12.
Thank you for this TR... I thoroughly enjoyed reading it..you look like a very nice couple and congrats on your anniversary..
Thanks in part to your raves about the mixology class I will go ahead and sign us up for one...I've only done beer/wine tastings before but not mixology...it looks awesome...thanks again for sharing your experiences...
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Great updates! You are getting me so excited for our cruise!
We have a private mixology session scheduled well so pleased to hear that it was a success
On our Alaska cruise last year the chocolate tasting was my fave tasting so far
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