Greetings From England – The Brits Are Back!! **COMPLETED 07/05**

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  1. klacey1

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    So subscribing! Love your reviews so far!
     
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  3. librarygeek

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    Bananas foster sundae sounds delicious - rum glazed bananas, yum!
     
  4. Linda67

    Linda67 Has a Masters in Margaritas

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    Saturday May 21st 2011

    We woke early and stepped out onto the veranda to catch our first glimpse of Castaway Cay in the distance :love:

    It was fascinating to watch the ship dock, I mean this thing is HUGE so it’s no mean feat!

    I was really keen to get onto the island early so we showered and gathered our belongings for the day before popping down to Cabanas for coffee and some breakfast

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    Bran Muffin, Chocolate Chip Muffin and Pancakes

    Shortly after we had finished our yummy treats, the announcement was made that we were now free to disembark so off we went

    Sorry to go slightly off topic from food but I just want to say ‘WOW’ :worship:

    Castaway Cay is so beautiful and once we had made our way to Serenity Bay to set up camp for the day in our hammocks I had to pinch myself to believe I was here :cloud9:

    The morning was spent snorkelling with Stingrays, Starfish and countless other stunning sea creatures before DH convinced me that I was not in fact Ariel and I needed to get out of the water at some point :laughing:

    We lay in the sun for a while and a friendly crew member was kind enough to bring me one of these:

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    Conch Cooler
    Cream of coconut, light rum, dark rum, passion fruit juice and orange juice


    It has been suggested in certain quarters that writing a Disney Dining review is an easy thing to do, well let me tell you, it’s very hard work, I mean the hours I have put into research on your behalf :rolleyes1

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    "Could someone be a darling and pop and get me a Pina Colada please?"

    After all that hard ‘research’ it was time for lunch so we headed off to Cookies BBQ next to the adult beach for a bite to eat

    This is my plate:

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    Mahi-Mahi, Cous-Cous, Greek Salad & Coleslaw

    The Mahi-Mahi was a little bit dry but I got the very end of the batch, everything else was great

    And for DH

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    Chicken, Coleslaw and Ribs

    He really enjoyed this and said that the chicken was particularly good

    The salad bar was great here and there was a constant supply of fresh BBQ meat and fish

    It was the perfect lunch after a morning in the water

    I took a fresh fruit plate back to my hammock to enjoy

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    The mango was too die for and I had to go back to get more!

    We spent the afternoon cycling around the island and all too soon it was time to head back to the ship to get ready for tonight’ s show and dinner at The Royal Palace

    Check out this view of the ship from the island as we headed back:

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    Coming Up Next ………… A Dinner Fit For A Princess (& Prince)
     
  5. Linda67

    Linda67 Has a Masters in Margaritas

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    Sorry folks - double post :sad2:
     
  6. Linda67

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    It usually is :laughing:
    There is a little bit of sun-shine this morning but I would much prefer to be in Florida :thumbsup2

    Just posted Castaway Cay; being from the UK you will understand it if I describe Castaway Cay as "like being in a Bounty advert" :rotfl:

    Welcome and thanks for reading along :goodvibes Plently more to come

    Oh wow it was delicious :cloud9: keep tuned for the Bananas Foster Waffles later in the trip ;)
     
  7. plien69

    plien69 Earning My Ears

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    Had to do some research on this, as Bounty in the US is a popular brand of paper kitchen towels, and their commercials rarely feature tropical islands as a setting. :)

    Come to find out Bounty is a chocolate-covered coconut candy bar in the UK, and its commercial (or "advert" if you prefer :) ) is appropriately set in a tropical island paradise.
     
  8. mamaboogie

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    Great Bounty advert Linda! :rotfl:

    It looks absolutely heavenly there!:cloud9:
     
  9. TanzUnited99

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    Wow at the food and cruise pics/review! :thumbsup2

    Although I have only just booked my first trip to Disney I now want to go on a cruise as well! :lmao:

    Love the muffins, fruit, drinks and hammock! :cloud9:
     
  10. dizneeat

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    You made me so HOMESICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I cannot wait to go back to MY tropical paradise! ;)

    Castaway Cay is beautiful, isn't it? And then being served a nice cool adult beverage - Conch Cooler :cloud9:!

    Thanks Linda, you are building up my excitement, big time. :thumbsup2
     
  11. librarygeek

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    Just from the few pictures I've seen, Castaway Cay does look incredibly beautiful! And that drink they brought you looked pretty tasty ;) Fresh mango is an amazing thing, your fruit looked so delicious.
     
  12. Linda67

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    It's pouring with rain in London this morning :sad2:
    It looks more like a 'book your next vacation now' commercial outside my window :laughing:

    Oh you will be hooked after your first trip
    Be careful though you could end up like me :rotfl:

    Not long until you feel the sand between your toes Karin :cloud9:

    There is something very, very special about eating fresh Mango in a hammock :cloud9:

    Too funny :lmao:
    I can just imagine a commercial demonstrating the absorbant powers of a kitchen towel on a tropical island
    Come to think of it I did make quite a mess with my Conch Cooler :rotfl:
     
  13. Linda67

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    Saturday May 21st Continued

    It was the last night of our Cruise when we finally stumbled upon The Meridian Bar

    The outside deck here is probably the best setting for a pre-dinner cocktail I have ever found

    I ordered a Latitude 46.5; Fresh Raspberry Puree, Chambord, Cognac and Tattinger Champagne

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    Why oh why did we only find this bar on our last night :eek:

    Our final dinner was one that we were particularly looking forward to and it turned out to be our most enjoyable so far

    The Royal Palace is again a beautifully themed restaurant.

    We had a table in the centre of the restaurant close to the stunning Glass Slipper Chandelier

    I didn’t bring my camera down to the restaurant this evening but as it turned out non of our table mates joined us tonight so I could have got some photos for you but never mind :confused3

    Our servers joked with us that we would be getting VIP attention this evening once it became apparent that our circular table for six was just for the two of us

    The whole evening was perfect, we had such a lovely time and we felt extremely pampered by our servers all night

    I had a long chat about wine with our assistant server and took his recommendation of a Pinot Grigio (sorry didn't note the details) that he claimed was his absolute favourite

    The servers also introduced us to a lovely girl from France who had only joined the crew that week; she was a total star and you could tell right away that she was an excellent addition to the team :flower3:

    We spent much of the evening practising our high school French on her and generally having a laughter filled evening :laughing:

    The bread service tonight was a Warm Herb Brioche with an Olive Spread; this was my favourite bread so far and as I love Olives I really enjoyed the spread

    Onto appetisers; I chose the Double Baked Spinach Soufflé Coated With A Three-Cheese Cream

    Another excellent started which I really enjoyed, the Souffle was very light and fluffy

    DH tried the Iced Lobster and Jumbo Shrimp which he enjoyed but I think secretly he was jealous of my soufflé!

    We decided not to opt for a soup or salad course and instead went straight to our entrees

    I selected the Oven-Baked Salmon Royale; Crowned with King Smoked Salmon and Horseradish Crust; accompanied by Sautéed Swiss Chard, truffle-infused Cauliflower Puree and White Wine Beurre Blanc

    There was a lot going on in the dish but everything worked well together.

    I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as my Sea Bass from the previous night and to be honest I was chatting so much I didn’t concentrate on the food!

    The Pinot Grigio was a great pairing with the fish by the way

    DH wanted a change from steak so he chose; Roasted Wild Boar Tenderloin with Sweet Carrot and Onion Potato Cake with a Red Current Reduction

    He had never tried Wild Boar before but thoroughly enjoyed it.

    Forgive my descriptions as I don’t eat meat but he claimed it was a ‘Meaty Meat’ whatever that means??

    It was full of flavour and had a much firmer texture than the steaks from the previous night but was still very tender; it was a big hit with him and probably his best entee of the Cruise

    Half way through our entrees Snow White and Belle strolled through the centre of the restaurant much to everyone’s delight

    Finally it was time to decide on our desserts; I chose ‘Sweet Temptations’; A trio of Peanut Butter Mousse, Mango Cheesecake and Tahitian Vanilla Crème Brulee

    My favourite was the Mango Cheesecake but all of these mini desserts were good

    DH chose what was to be his favourite dessert so far; Strawberry Short Cake Sundae, Strawberries, Vanilla Ice Cream, Whipped Cream and Angel Food Cake

    The Mmmms and Ahhhs he made whilst eating it are probably the best review I can give it

    Just as we had finished desserts our assistant served asked if we would mind waiting for a couple of minutes as he had a surprise for us; we said of course and we wondered what it could be

    He re-appeared a few minutes later with the most delicious soufflé which he expertly cracked the top of with a spoon to create a heart shaped well before pouring in a wonderful mango sauce.

    A lovely touch and another reason why we can’t wait to cruise again :hug:

    Coming Up Next ……………….. Breakfast At The Royal Palace
     
  14. Linda67

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    Sunday May 22nd 2011

    Breakfast on our debarkation day (is that an actual word :confused3) was at the same restaurant as the previous night; The Royal Palace

    Two of our table mates were already at the table when we arrived but were just finishing up

    After coffee and OJ; DH chose ‘Route 66’; Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Grilled Sausage, Grilled Ham and Hash Browns

    I went for carb overload with ‘For A Sweet Journey’; Buttermilk Pancakes, Blueberry Pancakes, Whole Wheat Pancakes and Belgium Waffles all served with honey or breakfast syrup

    I could actually feel my hips growing :lmao:

    Everything was wonderful, DH loved his breakfast and my low calorie healthy choice was delicious :rolleyes1

    In no time at all we were back in the car heading back to WDW (gotta love that non-US Citizen Line :thumbsup2)

    Our final thoughts on our dining experience on The Dream ………. Excellent

    I don’t know if our opinions were influenced by fairly low expectations going into our first Cruise but we were pleasantly surprised by the variety and quality on offer

    The servers are wonderful at their jobs and you have to admire the smooth way in which DCL run the restaurants both front of house and in the kitchens

    Can’t wait to do it all again :banana:

    Coming Up Next ………… Normal Service Is Resumed Back To The World With Camera In Hand
     
  15. dixonsontour

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    You are doing a great advert for disney cruise line Linda - some stunning pictures and all the food sounds so good - would like to do a cruise when DD is older.
     
  16. PrincessBetsy

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    I have finally gotten all caught up! Both of your meals at the Royal Palace sound quite delicious!

    I'm glad you had such a wonderful time on the Dream. I would love to try a Disney cruise sometime, especially after your review! Oh, how I would love to lay in a hammock on Castaway Cay... :cloud9:
     
  17. TanzUnited99

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    The Royal Palace experience sounds great! :thumbsup2

    I bet if you had taken your camera other diners for your table would have shown up! :laughing:
     
  18. hogwartsdropout

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    I love your report, can't wait to hear the rest :)
     
  19. librarygeek

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    Mmm, your last dinner sounds delicious! I love salmon so your meal sounds like something I would like. Also both of the desserts have got my stomach growling!
     
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    Wonderful review of the Dream! You really do make it sound tempting.:lovestruc I'm almost sad it's over! But back to the rest of the food!
     
  21. Linda67

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    I wonder if I could negotiate a discount from DCL for promoting them :rolleyes1

    I really didn't think I would enjoy it but DH convinced me I would.
    He was right all along but don't tell him that :laughing:

    You are probably right about the camera :laughing:

    Another update (with photos :thumbsup2) coming rignt up

    It was a wonderful meal; it amazes me that they can keep the standard so high when they are serving so many people

    Back to photographing food now we don't have 'guests' to dine with :goodvibes
     

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