Discussion in 'Disney Cruise Line Trip Reports' started by Princess Michelle, Nov 18, 2013.
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Great updates, I love the relaxed day you had in St Thomas
The movement of the ship that evening scares me though - not sure how I would have coped
I will have to remember the walk like Mickey or Goofy tip!
Awesome Fred/Bill find. How fun!
Love your Palo review. We have only 36 days until sailaway. Can't come soon enough!!! Woke up to 2° this morning! Blech!!!
Wow what a great TR. TY PrincessMichelle for posting it.. Really awesome pictures and all around great report. You and your hubby seem really nice and make a lovely couple.
Hoping we get to try Palo this time, the last 2x they were booked up
Lovin this TR!
Linda67 ~ If you walk like that make sure someone takes a video!
CRSNDSNY ~ Yay! You're so close now!
DisneYE ~ Thank you so much, it's been a pleasure sharing our trip with everyone!
loveysbydesign ~ I hope you are able to get Palo too! Make sure you go up there as soon you board to check for openings.
New posts coming tomorrow! I have a goal to complete the report by the end of week!
Okay, so before I get started on day 6 I realized I forgot to post our towel animal last time, and I need someone to help me with this one!
Vivek said it was from UP but he didn't say who or what it was. The only thing I can think of is the bird maybe? Anyone have a clue?
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On with day 6! I woke up to find that the ship was still really moving. Taking a shower while maintaining a death grip on the hand rail was quite the experience! I woke Brian up around 8:30 and we headed down to Royal Court for breakfast. I think everyone had the same idea because it was packed, we had to wait a few minutes but it wasn't a bad wait.
I really would love to have one of these coach lights!
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Brian enjoying some coffee, pinky out dear.
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At breakfast they bring around a tray of pastries for you to select from. In their typical fashion, they don't take no for an answer if you say you don't want something. I politely declined a pastry and ended up with a danish anyway! lol It was yummy so it was all good.
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I like what I like for breakfast, even when ordering off the menu! lol I also had some toast.
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Brian had waffles
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I know I mentioned it before but I really love the look of Royal Court, it's just such a beautiful restaurant to me.
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Our breakfast was very good but I don't know if it was because they were so busy or what but the service, while adequate, wasn't up to the same standard we had experienced earlier in the week.
After breakfast we went down to guest services and got a print out of our account charges thus far, then went back up to the room for a little bit. It was an absolutely gorgeous day, so bright and blue!
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We started getting a little sleepy and decided to give the Midship Detective Agency another go to get ourselves up and moving again. We were able to get the game to work this time and set about solving our mystery! We chose the Muppets game and it was so much fun. You really get to see a lot of the ship this way and with tips I learned here on the DIS it was a lot easier. Things like tackling all the paintings one deck at a time, and taking a picture of the info on Pepe's door to refer back to during the game.
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We worked up an appetite running around the ship and headed up to Cabana's for lunch. They had potato leek soup on embarkation day and I didn't get any, so I was hoping they would have it again today. It was not to be. They had parsnip and I gave it a shot, but it wasn't that appealing to my taste buds. Everything else was good though and since it was such a beautiful day we enjoyed sitting on the outside deck.
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My next update will be a little more exciting, it will have the Wine & Chocolate seminar as well as the Galley Tour. I'll try to get it up tomorrow.
Mmmm! Wine and chocolate. Can't wait!
I stumbled upon your post (someone linked it to reference the mixology class) and here I am an hour and a half later!!!
Love it...Now off to bed I go!!
What a terrific TR! I LOVE how every update is linked separate. So easy to read everything without having to wade through multiple comments! Awesome!
Quick question though, I had no idea about the air not turning on unless something was put in the card slot? Can someone explain this to me? Is that on the inside or outside of the door? I guess I don't understand "keeping" the lights on once you're inside the room?
Thanks and I'm thinking this will be a valuable tip!
CRSNDSNY ~ I had some stuff come up the last couple of days but I'm really hoping to finish the whole report before the day is through.
DreamBound23 ~ I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Stay tuned for more! Big thanks to Loveysbydesign for posting the link!
BadWitch, the slot is located inside your cabin, if you don't keep your room key (or some other type of card) in the slot your lights and AC won't work. So if you want to come back to a cool room it's been suggested to bring an old gift card or something similar to leave in the slot while you're out of the room so that it stays on. You can turn the lights off and on manually when the card is in the slot. I hope that helps.
YES! thank you! I'd not have known this!
After lunch it was time to head to our Wine & Chocolate tasting in Ooh La La. This was fabulous! It's $30 per person, so a little on the pricey side, but just the whiskey pour alone would cost you more than that if you ordered it by itself.
The chocolate is also expensive, the brand is Vahlrona and to give you an idea of the price/quality, a 0.7 oz. bar cost $2.50 where a 1.55 oz. Hershey bar cost approximately .65 cents. I'm not a chocolate snob by any means, I think a Hershey bar tastes pretty good, especially one with almonds in it, and my favorite chocolate is Dove's milk chocolate promises. This chocolate was amazing though. I do not like white chocolate at all and am not a great fan of dark chocolate either...I didn't leave a drip of this chocolate uneaten.
Each person's setting had 4 glasses, champagne, red wine, port, and whiskey. There were also 4 vessels with our different tasting components, I believe the first was melted caramel, the second was solid milk, white and dark chocolate, third was the most delicious Parmesan cheese I've ever tasted, and last was melted milk chocolate.
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The person who leads the tasting will give a talk about the history of chocolate, which I found very interesting. Some of it I knew, a lot of it I didn't. They instruct you on how to sample the drinks and chocolate/cheese in front of you, generally it was taste the beverage, then have a taste of one of the chocolates, then taste the beverage again to see how the chocolate changed the flavor. It was fascinating how it really did change. I'm still not a fan of champagne, but the chocolate made it more tolerable. I did discover that I like Port though, I had never tried it before. The whiskey was the real shocker for me. I nearly choked on the initial sip of it, it burned! After the chocolate it was so smooth and you could really appreciate the taste of it more.
We both really enjoyed this tasting, I don't hesitate to recommend it to anyone who likes "adult" beverages and chocolate.
The Bubbles behind the bar, I loved the look of this, I loved all of Ooh La La!
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We were on the move a lot today, as soon as we finished up here we were off to the Galley tour. This isn't a very long tour, it lasts about 15 minutes, I thought it was kind of cool to go into the kitchens and see everything, maybe because I love to cook and find anything food and kitchens pretty amazing. You're not going to see anyone in there working and I know a lot of people think it's a boring waste of time, but I liked it. The chef will allow a time for questions, so if you are curious about anything, make sure you have your questions ready! By the way, this tour is free and it isn't always offered, so if you're interested go to guest services to see if they are offering it on your cruise and get your tickets.
Everything was SO clean, which you would hope it would be, but still, I was in awe of how clean it was.
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One of the boards where they mark how many they need of menu items.
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Fresh from the oven chocolate chip cookies are offered at the end of the tour and the Chef will take pictures with anyone who wants them.
After the tour we were off and running again! Since the lines for pictures were so long on formal night and our plan to catch the matinee of the show that day didn't work out for us, we made sure we caught it today. The show today was Believe. It was alright to me, I already expressed my dislike for the way Genie was being portrayed and he was a big part of this show as well. I did enjoy the musical numbers though.
After the show I went to a shop and got some cough syrup. I'd been developing a cough and it was getting worse. So it was back up to the cabin for a nap and Brian went to Meridian to hang out with some friends.
After waking from my nap we got ready for dinner. It was semi-formal night so we dressed up a bit again. I was disappointed that my feet were still swollen and I had to wear my sparkly sandals instead of my nice heels, but what can you do?
We got down to the lobby about 20 minutes before they began taking pictures. We took a few pictures of each other with our camera before the professional photographers came out. There were only a few people milling around the lobby at that time and we were able to get pictures at every station in less time than we stood in line for one on formal night.
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A nice passerby offered to take our picture together.
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Brian and Minnie matched so well I wish we had done a picture of him with her alone. We didn't even realize how good he looked with her until we saw our pictures in Shutters.
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We had pictures taken with the railing background, the grand staircase and the Christmas tree also, but I didn't like how any of those turned out.
We had dinner in Royal Court this evening, to complete our trifecta. It was the only restaurant we had breakfast, lunch and dinner in.
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Our assistant server, Hazel noticed I wasn't feeling well and brought me some peppermint tea, I'm not a big tea drinker, but it was really soothing. One of the other couples at our table had been coughing too and felt bad because they thought they probably gave it to me. They even went and bought me some cough drops, super sweet people.
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Bread service this night was sourdough with roasted red pepper dip.
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Brian had a cocktail but I can't recall what it was now.
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My 9th pound of prosciutto for the week, served with sun dried tomatoes, shaved parmesan and roasted garlic
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Brian had Garlic and Herb Sauteed Shrimp - with a zesty lemon-aioli on spaghetti vegetables
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For second course I had ~ Californian Mixed Salad Leaves - with toasted pine nuts and orange segments.
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Brian had ~ Wild Forest Mushroom Soup - swirled with white truffle oil.
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For his entree Brian had ~ Oven-baked Lobster Tail - served in the shell with lemon butter, bean casserole, and saffron rice. Our Head Server, Roberto, came by and removed the lobster from the shells for everyone at our table.
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I had Fettuccine with Parmesan Crusted Chicken, chicken encrusted in parmesan cheese with sweet peppers and mushrooms in a cheddar cheese sauce. The chicken was SO good!
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My dessert ~ Captain's Sweet Temptations - trio of amaretto cheesecake, banana creme brulee and apple pie.
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Brian had ~ Warm Chocolate Lava Cake, baked chocolate delicacy served warm with double chocolate sauce.
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After dinner we went to see the adult show for Buckets and Boards, I really can't say enough about how great these guys are. If you are fortunate enough to have them on your cruise, SEE THEM!
Once the show was over they emptied the theater and set up for the permier of Thor: The Dark World. It was a good movie. I kept nodding off during it but I never felt lost when I would wake up. LOL
Our towel animal tonight was a giant squid, I loved this one!
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Wow, such wonderful updates!!! The chocolate and spirits tasting looks yummy. I may have to check that out on our upcoming cruise.
All of your food pics make me so hungry. Your atrium pictures came out very very nice. We want to get some pictures taken, too. Our last family portrait together was on the Magic back in 2009!
Your photos from semi-formal night are lovely and your sparkly sandals look fab, who needs heels!
Isn't the chocolate tasting fun? we did it on our Alaska cruise are really enjoyed it. I can't stand the taste of whiskey normally, but the one we had at this tasting, especially when combined with the chocolate was delicious
Another great update!
I'm a fan of scotch and whiskey. I'm curious about which chocolate they had you eat with it - white, dark, or milk?
I am loving your TR! Learning a lot about the Fantasy, have only cruised on the Wonder and the Magic. Really love the photos. Thanks for posting!
tukogirl ~ If I'm not mistaken it was the melted milk chocolate that we tasted with the whiskey, someone else feel free to chime in if you remember differently because I'm not entirely sure, but I think it was that one. I like whiskey in cocktails and I like honey whiskey to drink on the rocks, but straight up whiskey is not my thing. My husband on the other hand was in heaven!
Thank you for sharing your amazing vacation! We are going in May for our Disney Cruise this May. So excited!!
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