Oh the places We Go, The People We see

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  1. jenseib

    jenseib Mommy to Claire

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    Finally I found the elevator and went up to deck 14.

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    Now what is on 14 you may ask? Not much. The broadcast center is up there and the Outlook Lounge. I have heard of the Outlook, but basically very limited info. I am not sure if/when it is open, but it sounds like not often, and not many people even know to go there. I have heard some people like it because it is like their own personal bar/lounge to hang out in. I have also heard sometimes things like parties and receptions are held here.

    I was now getting my first look of it.

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    And this would be why it is called Outlook.

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    This was a nice little area and I can see how some people would like coming here. Maybe in the future I’ll need to see if I can find it open.

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    I headed out then and across the hall is the Radio Studio.

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    And I found the bathrooms and made a quick stop there.

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    This HUGE picture was hanging in the stairway.

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    And I believe I took the stairs down and found the Edge.

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    This picture is in the elevator shaft.

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    This is the little shop called Whozits and Whatzits. Up to this point I have never seen it open. I really wondered what its purpose was. It was on the pool deck, and sold a lot of pool type things, but honestly, on the Dream, you are in port a lot, which means you can’t have this open till out at sea and the evenings are not the best time to sell pool type items. I will let you in on a secret, it was open later this day…the sea day!

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    I then headed across deck past the arcade.

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    And I got myself a little bit of breakfast.

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    I returned to the room to get ready for my brunch today with my parents. Claire was still snoozing, so I set off to deliver the rest of our Fish Extender gifts. Claire, Alexis, and I had done some earlier in the cruise and I needed to get the rest out. I must say getting them is fun, delivering, not so much. I was all over the ship.
    At one point I walked past a CM and he said Hi Jennifer and I said hi back and then turned around. How did he know my name? I asked him and he said yes he knew it but didn’t know why he did. And then he complemented me on my hair. Now cast members had been complementing me on my hair the whole cruise. I know it’s not really normal, and my mother hates it, but I like it and that’s all that counts. But it was funny at how many people stopped to talk to me and tell me how much they liked it. I then wondered if my name got spread around that way? LOL

    In the meantime, other family members were waking up too. This is what Geoff saw out his room.

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    They all headed up for breakfast.

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    A Carnival ship nearby.

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    Don’t jump Jude!!!!

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    Somewhere along the line, I met up with Gail. She told me then that the Whozit and Whatzit store was actually open and they had swimwear clearancing out, but limited sizes. She thought they had Claire’s size. Well we HAVE to check that out.

    We did find some great deals. We got her a princess tankini top, bottom and swim shorts for like $15 total. That’s cheap in Disney pricing!
     
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  3. mickeystoontown

    mickeystoontown DIS Veteran

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    Don't put it past us to try. ;) The plant that is growing here has this really really tall (I'm talking at least three people high) stalk thing in the middle of it and it has some little sticky out things that may be itty bitty flowers on the top. Wow! What wonderful horticulture references I use. :rotfl:
     
  4. mickeystoontown

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    I enjoyed yet another of your early morning strolls around the ship. How neat that you found the "hidden" area on Deck 14.

    I wondered if Whozits and Whatzits was ever open. It never was when we were on the ship. I'd pass by and wish it were so that I could take a gander at the items they sold.
     
  5. dolphingirl47

    dolphingirl47 In Search of the Tag Fairy

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    I have to say I really like the look of Cabanas. I think this is the only one of the changes that they will make to the Magic that I think is actually for the better. The Outlook Lounge looks great. What a shame that it is not used on a regular basis. The Outlook Cafe on the Wonder is my favourite hang out, but it is nowhere as nice as this.

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  6. tinkerbellandeeyor

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    Love the update
     
  7. jenseib

    jenseib Mommy to Claire

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    Well if you saw my facebook comment, I have now decided to go to the 24 hour party on the spur of the moment and just bunk with momma if i need a nap, so we can sip on some of that homemade brew! :lmao:

    I still think there are areas I haven't seen, well I know I haven't been insidethe Edge yet, but I am sure there are others. It's just so darn big.
    I am guessing it's only open on the sea days for the 4 nights or more cruises. Eventually we'll probably see the Dream do longer cruises, so I guess they were thinking ahead?

    It is pretty. Does the Magic have one too?
    I need to go look at my ship map, but I need a magnifying glass to read it. LOL

    I like Cabanas too. The bad thing is that I heard they will take away some if not all that back open deck eating space and I really like it out there. Now I need to find a good rate on the Magic again and sail her after the refurb. I really need to win the lottery and then I won't have any problems sailing them all. ;)

    Thanks
     
  8. udflyer00

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    I'm a few days late, but I just wanted to say those were some great pictures of Claire for her 1st communion. I agree with the others she looks so grown up. Early Congratulations to her in case I don't get back on here on Sunday...

    As for the cruise it was nice to see you were able to get the shot of the cabanna's wall without any photobombers... ;) I had to wait awhile to get that shot as well.
     
  9. jenseib

    jenseib Mommy to Claire

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    Thanks. It's fast approaching, which means I need to get in high gear and get things done.

    I know I ma slacking off here, but hopefully next week will be a better one.
     
  10. dolphingirl47

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    No, the Magic does not have an Outlook Cafe and I missed it like mad in November.

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  11. KatMark

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    What a fun and informative morning stroll you have provided us yet again. And so glad you found Deck 14.

    Funny that that store was hardly ever open. :confused3 But you got a great deal on items for Claire.
     
  12. tmoor

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    Hi, Jennifer. My name is Tarina and I sailed on the Dream back in January of this year. It was my first Disney cruise. I went with my husband (Adam) and our daughter (Sophie, 3). I wish I had seen your view of the Dream before we sailed. I didn't see most of the stuff you posted pics of while I was on the Dream and I'm so sad now that I missed it - and that I didn't take more pictures. However, I know all that I was missing now so you can bet I'll be planning another trip on the Dream just because of your excellent story telling through photography! I have only sailed one other time and it was 8 years ago. So I was a terrible leader on that cruise! I didn't even pay attention to the Navigator until the 3rd night of the 4 night cruise! I did know where to go to eat each night, though! :blush: Thank you so much for all the love you put into your photos. I'm going on the first Magic sailing after it leaves dry dock and I've recruited my aunt, cousin, and cousin's little girl (same age as my Sophie) to join us. I've literally been reading on these forums and reading up on all the different things to do on the Magic. I will be better prepared this time around. Thanks again for all the fantastic pictures you took and the great stories. :wave2:
     
  13. dizneeat

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    Hi Jen!
    We are back and I am caught up here again! :woohoo:

    I just LOVE Claire's communion photo .... when will the "big" day be? Or did I read something wrong?

    And thank you again for another fun morning photo stroll. I just WISH we would be able to drag ourselves out of bed that early one day. ;)
    Outlook is only open at sunset and is used for weddings mostly. Mathieu and Bettina were married there. :goodvibes
    And it IS so hard to find. :lmao:
    Love that they had a sale in the Whozits shop! Getting a bargain at Disney is not easy ;) so you were one lucky girl. :thumbsup2
     
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    I have to tell your that your wonderful costumes got me inspired to shop for costumes for Denny and I. We'll see what I come up with.

    Too funny about the cruise member knowing you name but not sure why. :laughing:

    That look out lounge is really cool.
     
  15. jenseib

    jenseib Mommy to Claire

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    Well hopefully I can get on the wonder and see it too. Wehre is it located there. Well actually I do have my map near me, I should just look. :goodvibes

    I like finding new places and I was happy to see it.
    It is weird that the store is almost never open.

    Hello and welcome. I can understand being overwelmed on the cruise. My first Dream one was amazing, but also a blur at times beccuase there was so much to see and do.
    I was on the Magic back in Sept and again took a ton of pictures as well. Here is the link to the report I did on that one. I know some things are changing, but at least you can get a good look at the ship.

    http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3002322

    We had a blast then too.

    The big day is Sunday, which is why I haven't been on here too much lately. I am preparing the house for the party and also they have had afew school functions as well. I was in and out all day today and it feels good to sit down and just relax for a bit.
    You really need to get up and go around and see the sunrise and how quiet the ship is at that time too. :lovestruc

    That is so awesome. I can't wait to see what you end up with. I do think doing some sort of dressing up, even if it's just a themed tee and bandana is really fun.
    I have no clue how he knew it. It was so weird.:eek:
     
  16. ronnmel

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    It's fun exploring new places that not many people know about!
     
  17. jenseib

    jenseib Mommy to Claire

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    It really is. it's a shame that no one know about this place.
     
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    jenseib Mommy to Claire

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    I believe while we were shopping, we ran into Gail and the girls again. I believe Alexis left with us. We had a little time to kill before brunch and then Claire was going off with them for a while.
    We saw Daisy out, so we stopped for a picture. While we waited I took one of the 2 of them. I only had my point and shoot with me and they aren’t the best.


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    Soon it was our turn.

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    Alexis didn’t have her autograph book with her and was a little worried, but I told her Daisy would be OK with that.

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    We then headed back to our room. Claire was going to change into her new swimsuit and head off with Gail and family.

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    I have to tell you these girls were just so spoiled this trip. We kept finding extra gifts in the fish extenders. Mom had put a few things in there and Aunt Mary had put in a set of pins for each girl. They were in heaven. Aunt Mary also bought each girl a Disney cruise sweatshirt and sweatpants. She was worried about sizes, so Claire tried hers on. I found out later that while we were gone, Aunt Mary brought the girls back to our room and fished Claire’s out of the packed suitcases to try them on Alexis, as she had bought the next size up for her and they were too big. I think they always thing because Alexis is just over 10 months older than Claire that she is bigger, but in reality they are pretty much the same size now, and it actually looks like Claire might pass her if she keeps growing at the rate she has been.

    We headed down to Gail’s room to leave the girls with her and look what I found. Alexis is a GENIUS!!!!!! She figured that by putting the privacy sign in the key spot to activate the lights it would work. I was so impressed.

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    I had brought a stack of used gift cards to put in mine so I wouldn’t have to keep putting my KTTW in there. It’s just a pain to put in and out. I pull the used gift card out enough to deactivate when we all leave, but many times I came back to find the card had been taken from the room host. It irked me a bit, but oh well, what are you going to do? I knew they wouldn’t take this sign though.

    We said our good byes and went back to meet up with Mom and Dad. I had scheduled a brunch at Palo for the 3 of us, my treat.
    I had done dinner at Palo on the Magic and I wasn’t super impressed and it will be a long time before I do dinner again, if ever. It just wasn’t enough of a wow for me to spend the extra money. However, I had heard from many people that brunch was better, and I was willing to give it a try. I actually had booked this BEFORE I booked the dinner on the Magic and already had told my parents, so there was no backing out now.

    We arrived a little early. Our reservation was for 12:30. We were told to wait in the Meridian Lounge and we barely had a seat and were called to go in to our table.

    I love the light fixture.

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    We had a nice table right next to a window.

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    Marco from Italy was our server. That was easy to remember because Geoff had a college roommate in NYC whose name was Marco and he was from Italy as well. Geoff still goes and visits him every so often.

    Marco explained how things worked and then took us on a tour of the buffet and also told us we could order pizzas and specialty main courses as well.

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    And my favorite course ….DESSERT!

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    I love strawberries dipped in white chocolate. After many years of picking strawberries growing up (my Dad farmed strawberries) I don’t have a huge desire for them at all, but in chocolate is a whole other story!

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    Marco told us we got a complimentary glass of mimosa. We all ordered one, though Dad wasn’t sure what it was. I think he drank it all though. I also got a diet coke.

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    jenseib Mommy to Claire

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    Dad is pretty picky when it comes to food, so I could see he wasnt sure about some of the options. He is not too adventurous, but I thought it looked like there was enough to fill him up. And when all else fails, he could eat his heart out with desserts.

    We headed up to the buffet and picked out some yummy items.

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    Dads plate.

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    I think this is my second plate.

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    We also ordered two pizzas. I was thinking this would be something Dad would like, but I am not sure he even had any. We shouldve just gotten one.

    We got a pizza with sausage on it.

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    And the Margherita.

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    That was my favorite! And let me tell you, this pizza was out of this world good. I could go for some like that right now.

    We were getting full fast. We kept going back up and stuffing ourselves. But I really wanted to order a main entrée as well. I asked Mom if she wanted to share the chicken parmesan, and she said yes.
    While waiting for this, we really seemed to be getting full and we wanted to have dessert as well. I decided I better go eat one strawberry just in case I got too full after.

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    Mmmmmmmm!

    By the time the meal arrived, I was about to explode. I told Mom that I think I was only going to take a bite or two to try it and that was all I could fit in, and she agreed. There was just no way she could eat much more either.

    Doesnt it look good?

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    Well, let me tell you, this was fabulous, awesome, delicious mouthwatering, sensual, whatever you want to call it, it was that. This was just amazing. The risotto it was on was the best stuff I have ever had. Mom and I were basically fighting over it to get the last bite. Yes, we ate every single bite and we wondered if it would be wrong to lick the plate! Dad just laughed at how we were only going to eat one bite and ended up devouring it. But this was just really good.

    While eating we talked with Marco, and he was a really nice guy. He was soon to be married, but it sounded like after that he would be back on the Dream again.

    Time for desserts. Yes, I actually ate more. I couldnt pass up trying several things out. Most were good, some were just not my thing.

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    I settled up the check and then we headed out. I still had to get a few pictures. Dad photobombed this one.

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    We told Dad to stop and pose. I have no clue what he is pointing out.

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    And a few of the light fixture.

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    I cant remember if this door was part of Palo or Remy.

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    Now after trying both dinner and brunch at Palo, even though it was 2 different ships, I must say that brunch is the winner by a landslide. It was very good and I didnt leave feeling like I wasted extra money. It was also nice because it didnt interfere with any of the main dining room meals. I will definitely try to get back to brunch again.
     
  20. KatMark

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    Jen, you are just a very mean person. Posting all of those scrumptious food pictures while I am sitting here having my very tiny Fiber One bar for my breakfast. Cruel I tell you, just cruel. :lmao::lmao::lmao:

    It's funny you say Claire is going to pass her cousin the way she is growing. As I was looking at the first picture of Claire in your post I had to stop and say: my Lord that child is growing fast.
     
  21. dolphingirl47

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    On the Wonder, the Outlook Cafe is on top of the Cove Cave. Access is either via a staircase from the Cove Cave or from the midship elevator lobby on deck 10. The radio studio is also opposite the Outlook Cafe.

    I love that light fixture in Palo. The brunch looked fantastic. All the pizzas are amazing at Palo, but the best one is the Cambazola and Grape one. I don't even like blue cheese, but this one is amazing. The Chicken Parmesan is one of my favourite dishes on the ships and I agree about the risotto.

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