Christmas Has Come Early

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  1. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

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    She would have to walk, they don't let scooters go on any of the excursions. We'll just have to see how she does, before all of this leg business she was doing great. She could even climb a flight of stairs to a second story apartment. There's still a few months.
     
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  3. dolphingirl47

    dolphingirl47 In Search of the Tag Fairy

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    I really hope you get to see this as it was really amazing. Are you stopping at Costa Maya though? A dear friend of mine and her family are going on a 6 night cruise on the Magic in February and they stop at Grand Cayman and Cozumel.

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    Day 9

    We were up bright and early that morning. We had an early port arrival time that morning and people were allowed to leave the ship at 7:15. We wanted to be off the ship reasonably early so we got up at 6:30. I am not a breakfast person at the best of times and most certainly not that early in the morning so we just headed up to the Cove Cafe. Graham had an Americano with some mini Danish pastries of some description and a breakfast muffin. I had a Cafe Mocha, some of the Almond Bread that they also serve at Palo and a Chocolate Brioche. Once we had finished everything, we headed back to our cabin to pick up our stuff. I also took a couple of quick photos as there was something on the mainland that looked incredibly like a Mayan pyramid. Unfortunately it was quite hazy that morning so the photos are not too clear.

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    When we got off the ship, it was not as busy as I thought it would be. I suppose it was still early in the morning, but as we also left quite early, I expected more people to be around. We picked up a towel each and then we left the ship. The walk in Cozumel is not as far as at Costa Maya, but you do have to walk through a shopping centre to get to the tour buses and taxis. A number of people working in the shops were trying to attract our attention and were trying to convince us to come into their shops. They pretty much did take no for an answer. The only exception to this rule was actually not local. She was an American woman working in one of the jewellery shops. She just would not leave us alone, but eventually we escaped her as well.

    We were doing our own thing that day. When we had been in Cozumel in 2009, we had gone on an excursion to Chankanaab National Park and thoroughly enjoyed it. We always knew that if we ever got back to Cozumel, this is were we would go. This time around, we did it on our own. Chankanaab National Park is also home to Dolphin Discoveries. Apart from their various dolphin programmes, they now also offer a Sealion Interaction and a Manatee Interaction. The prices for those were very fair and also included admission to the park. I hit a bit of a snag insofar that they have an exclusive agreement with Disney, which means that officially if you come to Cozumel with a Disney ship, you can only book the various programmes through Disney. I do not have a problem with this as such, but Disney only offers the dolphin programmes. So in order to book the Manatee Interaction ahead of time, I had to select the hotel option. I was not entirely happy having to make the booking under false pretences, but did not want to risk getting there only to find out that this was fully booked.

    I have to admit I was a little bit nervous about doing this in a DIY fashion. I do not subscribe to the idea that I will be killed in Mexico, but in every Mexican port with the exception of Ensenada, we have encountered problems communicating as not everybody speaks English and we don't speak Spanish. However, this was easy. When we got to the taxi rank, there were loads of taxis waiting and although I don't think our driver spoke much English, he understood that we wanted to go to Chankanaab and told us that it would be $10. Chankanaab is a bit of a trek from the port so $10 was very fair. We got dropped right at the entrance plaza to the park. As soon as we got there, I saw a table set up for customers for Dolphin Discoveries. He checked my confirmation and issued me with the various wristbands. Graham had to go to the official ticket counter, which was right next to it to get his ticket, which was about $20. We had arrived before the official park opening, but we were still allowed in. This had somewhat changed since we last had been there. Additional attractions had been added and there was still some major building work going on, but that did not distract from the experience at all. I had been told at the entrance to check in near the interaction areas, but was told to come back nearer the time. We put our stuff in a locker and sat down on a bench to watch the dolphins. When the park was officially open, I walked with Graham to the beach. Once he was zipped into his wetsuit, I headed back towards the interaction area. After a quick bathroom stop and a look around the gift shop, it was time to check in.

    Once I was checked off the list, I was asked to wait in front of the gift shop. I recognised the two people that were already there from the excursion in Costa Maya so they were from the Magic, too. Indeed, most of the people from our group seemed to have come from the Magic. I chatted with them for a bit until somebody came to collect us. We were equipped with life vests and then we were introduced to Angel, the trainer who would be working with us. He then walked us over to the area where the manatees live. To my immense relief, I was allowed to keep my water shoes on. I felt a bit more secure with them on the metal platform than I had without them on my previous visit. Angel introduced us to their three male manatees and told us a bit about manatees in general. He then explained what we would do during the interaction and taught us the hand signals. To my surprise they were the same hand signals that were used for dolphins. We would get a kiss, a flipper shake and a hug. To start off with though, they swam past a few times and gave us the opportunity to stroke them. I expected them to be a little slimy because of the algae that was growing on their skin, but they actually felt quite leathery. After we had got used to the manatees and they to us, Angel threw out some food for two of them so that they moved away. The third one then took turns giving us kisses. The current was strong that day and I was still not entirely happy to stand close to the edge of the platform even with the shoes on. The other people felt the same and we spontaneously started to hold on to the straps on the life vest of the person next to us if it was their turn to step up to the edge of the platform. Still, when it was my turn, the kiss on the mouth turned out great, but a wave caught me when the manatee tried to kiss me on the cheek and this did not really work out. So we had to try again. I was relieved when this went well and I was safely at the back of the platform again. Of course, this feeling was short-lived. For each behaviour, our trainer picked out somebody to do this again and for the kiss, this was me. Still, this time everything went off without a hitch. The flipper shake also went well.

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    After this came my favourite part of the programme. The last thing still outstanding was the hug and for this more space was needed as a manatee is pretty big. So our group was split in half and 6 of us and two of the manatees were sent away from the platform for a free swim. We were each given a mask so that we could observe the manatees under water. We were warned that they are pretty curious and that they would come to check out their new playmates. We were also told that if they approached us, we could touch them. We had about 15 minutes playtime with the manatees and this was amazing. At first all I saw was beautiful tropical fish, but suddenly a manatee was right next to me and stayed with me for a while. I was a little sad when we were called back to the platform and the second half of the group was sent out. It now was our turn to do the hug. We were supposed to kind of cradle a manatee in our arms and hold this while the photographer took some photos. Have I mentioned that a manatee is big and heavy? Even with the support of the water, I could not hold this position for very long and the photographer did not get a photo of this. So we had to try again. Once everybody had their hug, the other half of the group was called back to the platform and the manatees swam past a few more times so that we had the chance to say goodbye and then it was time to leave.

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  5. dolphingirl47

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    Once we were out of the area where the interaction pens are, we handed in our life vests and masks and then headed to the gift shop to look at the photos. This is now a much better set up than it was in 2009. Then we were all herded in a small room where we were shown a slide show of the photos. If I had bought the photo CD then, I would have ended up with photos of everybody in the group. Now they have photo kiosks set up at the back of the gift shop. A member of staff helps to find the photos of your party and you only get the photos that are relevant to you. If you want to buy the CD, they print out an order code and you take this to pay. The price of the CD was very fair so I decided to go for it. On the price list it states that the CD is sent to you by courier service, but I received my CD there and then.

    I took my CD to the locker and got my snorkelling equipment, my underwater camera and my wetsuit. I then headed towards the beach where I had left Graham. On the way, I got stopped a few times by people offering me henna tattoos, hair braiding and a table at the beach bar, but a quick " no thank you" put an end to this. When Graham saw me coming, he came out of the water to help me put on my wetsuit. There are some steps down into the water at that part of the beach, but as the current was quite strong that day, he suggested that we walk down to the other end of the beach where there is a sheltered lagoon that has access to the sea at the far end. We did this and then slowly swam back over to where we started. Initially I did not see a great deal other than some coral and some tiny silver fish, but the closer we got to the steps the more fish there were. The current around there was pretty strong and it was a challenge to snorkel without drowning and focus the camera on the fish. So I just pointed the camera in the general direction of the fish and clicked. This would not have been suited for people who are nervous around fish as I was totally surrounded. I was totally fascinated by this though. The other problem with swimming against a fairly strong current is that you get tired. After I had been in the water for about an hour, we both had enough and decided to call it a day.

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  6. dolphingirl47

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    I took a few photos of the beach and then we slowly wandered back towards Dolphin Discovery. We took off our wetsuits and had a quick dip in the freshwater pool before finding a bench to sit on while we drip dried. The bench overlooked one of the dolphin interaction areas, but there was no interaction in progress and the dolphins just had a play. It was great to watch them. As it was pretty hot that day and it took not long until we were dry. We gathered up our stuff and took our other belongings out of the locker and then headed towards the exit. There were plenty of taxis waiting and soon we were on our way back to the port. We were dropped right by the entrance. I had something to take of before we got back on the ship. One of my team members collects Hard Rock Cafe pins and had asked me if I could pick up a pin for her if I came across a Hard Rock Cafe on my travels. I had spotted one as we walked to the taxi rank in the morning. I was not sure if it was not open yet or if it was closed for good, but decided to check when we got back. When we arrived back at the port, it was open and I managed to get a pin. Graham found a route back to the ship that bypassed almost all of the shops and we just stopped briefly to take some photos of the Magic.

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    By the time we were back on the ship, we were definitely hungry. Topsiders was still open so we quickly dropped our stuff off at the cabin and I got changed and then we headed up to Deck 9. The theme that day was a colonial buffet, which was a new one for us. They had big piles of Peel and Eat Shrimp so Graham was happy. He also had some Lamb Chops, some salad and some fish. I had a Steak, some Macaroni Cheese, some Meatballs and some kind of Mediterranean Stew. I also had some Corn Bread, but this was not to my liking. Graham ended up finishing it. They also had some Meat Paella so I got a bowl of this and that was very nice.

    After lunch, we decided to get some Virgin Cocktails at the Promenade Lounge. I really love their Virgin Peach Daiquiri and Graham decided to have one, too. They were setting up for Cruising for Trivia at the time and asked us if we wanted to play. Initially we said no. Cruising for Trivia is definitely aimed more towards the Americans and the last time I tried this, I failed miserably. Still, we were still enjoying our drinks and had nowhere to be so we decided to have a go. This time they had some general knowledge questions, but also a lot of Disney questions. I did OK on those and I actually remembered a few answers for the general knowledge questions. So this time round, the result would not be embarrassing. We were still speechless when it turned out that we had won this. We got another set of key rings.
     
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    By the time the quiz was finished, we also had finished our drinks. We went back to the cabin to grab our swim stuff and I got my iPad and then we headed for the Rainforest Room. It was really quiet in there. I had the best intentions to read, but my eyes started to feel quite heavy. So I put the iPad away and had a little nap. When I woke up, it was nearly time for a photo opportunity with Sorcerer Mickey. I had a quick shower and then headed back to our cabin to get changed into the gown that I had been wearing for Palo the previous evening. Apart from Sorcerer Mickey, a number of other characters were due to be out and I expected them to be in their semi-formal wear. Unfortunately this was not the case. They were out in their nautical outfits, which was a bit strange. I had my photo taken with Mickey and Minnie and decided to pass on the others. I did however have some photos taken against the sunset backdrop and on the staircase. I then headed back to the Promenade Lounge.

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    I had spotted Disney Trivia on the Navigator earlier in the day and had asked Graham if we could do this. He agreed. When the allotted time came, there was no sign of him. The member of cruise staff lent me her Wave Phone so that I could ring him. He was in our cabin and picked up the phone and came down a couple of minutes afterwards. We were the only takers for Disney Trivia, which was just as well. The questions were rather obscure. We ended up having to play against each other and neither of us did particularly well. It was still fun and we got a winner's medal each for being good sports. The photographer by the white backdrop did not have anything to do so we decided to have a photo taken with our medals before returning to our cabin.

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    We still had some time before dinner and decided to have some wine on the balcony. It was lovely to sit outside on a balmy evening enjoying the stars while sipping some Moscato. Maybe it was not the brightest idea to have some wine before Graham had to tie me into my gown, but he did a great job. Once he had worked his magic, I put my hair up and put some make up on. Sorcerer Mickey was due to be out again just before our dinner and I decided to check out how long his line was. He was not particularly busy so I had some more photos taken.

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    Once I was done, we headed up to Animator's Palate for dinner. The menu that night was the Captain's Gala Menu. Two of our table mates were at Palo that night, but the other two had returned. Graham ended up with Oysters Rockefeller on the Half Shell stuffed with Spinach, Onion and Butter topped with Bacon and Wild Mushroom Soup with White Truffle Oil. Our server brought him two main courses again: the Oven-Baked Lobster Tail with Lemon Butter, Bean Caserole and Saffron Rice and Pan-Seared Venison Medallions with Red Cabbage, Potato Croquettes and a Port and Juniper Reduction. For his dessert, he had chosen the Banana Creme Brûlée with Caramelised Banana. I went with the Garlic and Herb Sautéed Shrimp with Spaghetti Vegetables and Lemon Aioli, Minestrone and Oven Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Creamy Cheese Polenta, Sautéed Wild Mushrooms and Merlot Reduction. For my dessert, I had the Tropical Sundae, which consisted of Rainbow Sherbet, Coconut Macaroon and Rum-infused Coconut Cream.

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    After dinner, we made the rounds of the backdrops and other photo opportunities. They were taking photos on the staircase that night, but as the photographer was not particularly busy and we had missed this on Formal Night, I asked him if he could also take some photos with Helmsman Mickey. He was happy to accommodate this. Once we had all of our photos taken, we went back to our cabin. I took a photo of our towel animal and then we got ready for bed.

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  9. tiggrbaby

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    Your manatee interaction looked like a blast; the joy showed on your face! And you did a great job with your fish pics, too!
     
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    Oh gosh! I got so far behind and you have been an updating machine. I am so jealous we didn't do the Mayans tour on Costa Maya. Those pyramids are stunning. Just gorgeous. If I ever get back there, I WILL be doing that tour.

    I am loving all the character shots you got too. We just never seem to have enough time to do it all and those don't always make it on the list. My sister did more on the Dream, but mostly because little Abby was hysterical if she didn't. She LOVED the chacraters.
     
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    The manatee interaction looks so fun. Something , again, I will need to look into. it looks like a really fun day. I really enjoy Cozumel. I hope to get back there in the future.

    I love your purple dress and all your pictures are just fabulous!
    We had Palo this evening, and I really wished we did it another night. Actually, I was not a big fan of Palo at all, so I could've lived without doing it at all. But I am glad I experienced it once for dinner.
     
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    This is my favorite gown so far, just gorgeous!

    The manatee excursion looks like such fun. I'm glad you were able to work around things to be able to do it.
     
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    It really was amazing.

    I can't believe that I have overtaken you. I am currently working on the last sea day. Still, there is a lot from WDW to come.

    Chacchoben was absolutely amazing. I love that it is still relatively untouched.

    The characters are a huge highlight of my cruises. I am quite a serious person in my everyday life and have a very responsible job, but let me get anywhere near characters and I turn into a kid. Initially the characters don't know what to make of me, but as the cruise goes on, we have a lot of fun with each other.

    Cozumel is one of my favourite ports. When we were planning our Western Caribbean cruise for 2009, I was warned that Cozumel is Nassau on steroids. I hate Nassau with a passion. I am sure there are parts of Cozumel where this is true, but we just love Chankanaab. I am keeping my fingers crossed that they will release similar deals for the September Panama Canal cruise than they are offering for the May one. This would be my perfect cruise taking in Cabo, Puerto Vallarta and Cozumel, which I all adore, Cartagena, which I really would love to visit and ending in Galveston where we want to go back to anyway. It would also be amazing to cross the Panama Canal in the opposite direction.

    I can recommend the Manatee Interaction. This is also a Dolphin Discovery facility, but there the animals have plenty of space.

    What a shame that you did not really rate Palo. We had an off experience at Palo on our Med cruise in 2010, which resulted in us passing on Palo on our Transatlantic cruise. When we did the Panama Canal Cruise on the Wonder we figured it was a different ship and we gave it another go. We have not looked back since.

    This is my favourite gown, too. Normally blue is much more my colour, but I just love the lilac.

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    I think this is my fav gown as well. Would have loved the manatee experience.
     
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    Hey Corinna,

    I've been popping in and out of TR, but I've now read it the whole way through! What a cruise! Can't wait to read more!

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    Welcome on board. The cruise is just about finished, but the second main part of the holiday is pretty magical, too.

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    Day 10

    Suddenly the last day of our cruise had arrived. We have been spoiled with our long cruises and 7nights is simply no longer enough. It still was a truly magical cruise and I have no regrets that we decided to do this. After three very intense port days in a row, this day was going at a much slower pace. We had our character breakfast that morning, but that was not until 9:45 so a nice lie in was in order. We did wake up around 8:30 and got ready for the day to come. It looked like a beautiful day and has we had still plenty of time, we decided to go for a walk around Deck 4. We ended up doing the full mile. The ship was relatively quiet, the sun was shining and it was a lovely way to start the day. Once we had done our mile, we headed back inside. The shops were already open. Earlier in the cruise, I had fallen in love with one of the latest Disney Cruise Line exclusive Dooney and Bourke bags. They had launched a new line for the Maiden Voyage of the Disney Fantasy that has the name of all the ships on it. What I had not realised was that they also do a nylon backpack in this design. I fell in love with this the first time I saw this. They only had three of them and none of them had Disney Magic prominently on it, but they had one with Disney Wonder on the flap. So Graham got this as my late birthday present.

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    By the time we completed our purchase, it was time to head down to Parrot Cay for our character breakfast. We were the only people from our table to be present and I almost wish we had not bothered either. Service throughout the cruise had been a bit hit and miss, but this was nothing compared to this particular meal. All started off well enough. As soon as we sat down, our assistant server came by to check if we wanted coffee and juice and our Server was straight behind to bring the menu. About 10 minutes later, the characters arrived. We had seen the first two characters before our order for the food was taken and the coffee arrived. Graham had Sausage, Eggs, Bacon, Mushrooms, Tomato and Hash Browns. He also asked for some toast that he never got. I had Sausage, Egg and Hash Brown and also decided to have a Mickey Waffle with Dulce de Leche. My Dulce de Leche was missing and it took me a while to attract the attention of our server, who then went to get this. They normally make silly hats out of napkins during the character breakfast and all the tables around us had this, but our serving team had disappeared. I do wonder if the service issues we had this time round had something to do with the fact that the tips were included in our cruise fare so they knew that they would get a tip whatever the service was like. Still, it was nice to have the characters come around to visit and we saw Minnie, Mickey, Goofy, Pluto, Chip and Dale in their tropical outfits in quick succession.

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    After breakfast, Graham mentioned that he was going to go for a swim. As the weather was so lovely and I had nothing else planned, I decided to come with him. Although the area around the pool and the hot tubs were pretty busy, the pool itself was empty for the most part. Every now and again somebody came in to cool off, but they were gone again pretty quickly. We just swam length. The water temperature was perfect for this. When we had enough, we got dried off and headed back to the cabin to get changed. The next thing on the menu was the Captain’s signing. I had actually not bought any souvenirs this time round nor was there anything in particular I wanted to buy other than a pin for the Galveston cruises. However, my Create Your Own Vinylmation that I had signed by the characters had been returned the previous evening and all the characters had signed this on the front. So I decided to take this to have the back of the head signed by the Captain. The line was basically non-existent. This was the shortest line I had ever seen for a Captain’s signing. I was very impressed that he remembered our names. Even though it was a relatively quiet cruise, he must have met hundreds of people. He was quite impressed with the idea of having a Vinylmation signed. While we were at Treasure Ketch, I also got my pin.

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    After the signing, we headed down to Parrot Cay. The buffet on the last day is always a Seafood Buffet. I don’t eat Seafood, but there are normally plenty of alternatives for me. We had at one stage pondered just getting Room Service again and I wished we had gone down that route, but I wanted to have another go at taking some photos of Parrot Cay and this was my best chance. Well, the only main course that did not contain Fish or Seafood was a Beef Stir Fry. This was very nice, but it was still slim pickings for me. There were some vegetables and salad ingredients to bulk out the meal. Graham had more Shrimp, Crab Legs, Salmon En Croute and some other Fish dish and he seemed to enjoy everything. I had some Chocolate Cake and some Lime Mousse for dessert, which was very nice. After lunch, I took a few photos around Parrot Cay and they turned out a lot better than the once I had taken in the morning. I also took some photos of the atrium and of the Gingerbread House that had come along nicely while we were on the ship.

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    We still had nothing planned so we headed up to Shutters to collect the photos and hand them in at the counter. It transpired that a few of them had made their way on the kiosk, but had not been printed. I asked what to do about this and after one of the Shutters staff helped me look for them, he advised me to order them from the kiosk and they would be printed and ready when I would collect my CD and prints the next morning. This sorted out; we decided to head to the Rainforest Room for some relaxation. We quickly went back to the cabin to get our swim stuff and I picked up my iPad so that I could read while chilling out in a heated tile lounger and we were on our way. For a sea day, it was actually really quiet up there. We spent about 90 minutes up there and then decided that we had enough heat for now, but would come back later.

    I still had not managed to get my Melon Mojito and Graham fancied a chocolate-free Café Toledo, which they made for him on the Wonder. So we decided to head to the Cove Café to see if they could make those drinks for us. It took a little while for the bartender to understand what Graham actually wanted and they had to get my drink from Signals, but we both loved our drinks. We were chatting with the bartenders. Graham decided to get another special order Café Toledo and I decided to have a Margarita. The Margarita was very good. By then it had got busier in Cove Café and we decided to move to one of the tables near the window where we watched the world go by and enjoyed our drinks.
     
  19. dolphingirl47

    dolphingirl47 In Search of the Tag Fairy

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    When we had finished our drinks, we decided to head back to the cabin to do our packing. This is not my favourite task, but I have to admit that just having to pack what I brought and not having to find room for Fish Extender gifts made this an easy process. About 20 minutes later, we were pretty much packed, the customs form was filled out and the luggage labels had been filled out and attached to our suitcases. All we needed to do later on was to put our swim stuff in. We rewarded ourselves for a job well done with the rest of our Moscato while sitting outside on our balcony. We had timed this perfectly as just as we sat down, the sun started to set. It was a really beautiful sunset and a fitting conclusion to a truly magical cruise.

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    Once the sun had set, we headed back up to the Rainforest Room, which we had completely to ourselves. It was nice to just relax and read my book. We left the Rainforest Room around 19:45 so that we could have a quick shower and get ready for dinner. Leaving the Rainforest Room for the last time on a cruise always makes me a little sad.

    Soon it was time to head down to the dining room. Our last dinner was at Parrot Cay This time everybody was present again. The Menu that night was Till We Meet Again. Graham ended up with the Trio of Salmon, which consisted of Smoked Salmon, Gravad Lax and Salmon Canapés rolled in Potato Lefse with a Dill and Mustard Sauce and Lobster and Crawfish Bisque with Roasted Corn Relish. Our server brought him two main courses again: Garlic and Rosemary-marinated Sirloin of Lamb with Onion, Leek Potato Gratin and Sun-dried Tomato Jus and Seafood Linguini with Lobster, Shrimp, Scallops, Clams and Asparagus in a White Wine Sauce. I had the Grilled Potato and Goat Cheese Napoleon, the Potato and Leek Soup without the Caviar and Fillet of Beef Wellington with Fingerling Potatos, Baby Vegetables and Cabernet Black Truffle Jus. Graham had Deep-Dish Apple Cranberry Crumble with Vanilla Ice Cream for dessert and I stuck to the traditional Baked Alaska. This time round he got outmanoeuvred. On our Hawaii cruise, he had a quick bathroom break when he heard Tinkerbell fly. This is the signal for the serving teams to return to the kitchen in preparation for the flag parade. Graham hates this with a passion. This time round, our dessert was served just before Tinkerbell appeared so he was stuck. I am normally as much a cynic about he is about the "shows" in the dining rooms, but I love this particular one and it always leaves me with a lump in my throat. This always starts with the chefs carrying the flaming Baked Alaska through the dining room. However, this time round they had switched off the lights in the dining room so this had a real wow factor. After this, the lights came back on and the serving teams paraded around the dining room carrying flags of all the nationalities represented on board to a Caribbean version of It's A Small World. Once this was over, we finished our desserts and gave out our tip envelopes and then we said goodnight to our table mates.

    On the last night, there is the Till We Meet Again show in the atrium. I have to admit that I still have not seen this in its entirety. I have to make a concerted effort to finally experience this on our next cruise when we don't have to worry about packing and putting the luggage out. However, I knew that Stitch would be out. We were a little early, but I knew from past experience that Stitch normally hangs out by the door near the Future Cruise desk. So I was waiting for him there. He turned up shortly afterwards and initially I had him to myself. Graham took a photo of us. Once some other people showed up, I gave him another hug and then we went back to the cabin. I quickly put the last few things in the suitcases and put them outside for collection. I then took a quick photo of our towel animal and then settled down for the night.

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  20. tiggrbaby

    tiggrbaby <font color=deeppink><marquee>We must work harder

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    Ooh, sunset pics! What a lovely last evening!
     
  21. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

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    You're right. Dang it! :(

    All your excursions looked fabulous and I loved all the gowns. I can't believe how many "costume changes" you execute in one day. I'm lucky just to get the both of us dressed once much less multiple times!

    I can't believe you're already on the last day. Re: the Dooney Bag, I saw that same pattern on my cruise, but since I was looking for such a little bag, the pattern was lost on that purse. It's nice and I love the placement on your tote!

    After hearing about your Character Breakfast, I feel like we made the right choice on our cruise to have a second visit to Palo. Even though I love the characters, I was more happy to have a spectacular meal instead of the character interaction. I'm sure the servers on our cruise (if they were the same ones as dinner) would have been wonderful, but when comparing the meal to Palo there isn't a comparison. Sorry that you didn't get your funny hats. I'm not sure we would like the whole funny hats thing, so that's not a big appeal for me.

    Looking forward to hearing about the WDW part! popcorn::
     

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