Rock the Boat, Don't Tip the Boat Over! Fantasy 10/20-10/27 Completed Post #277!!

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  1. Cwusinbunny

    Cwusinbunny Earning My Ears

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    This is an awesome review! I am drinking vicariously through you! Now that I will be cruising with wee ones.....that life is so long ago (I may be able to take a glimpse into the life thanks to the kids programs?):cheer2:
     
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  3. cntkg1

    cntkg1 <b><font color=blue>Runs with Scissors!!<br><font

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    Awwww, so sorry you didn't like the excurison as much as you thought you would. Chuck and I did that same one on the M.E. cruise in '05 and just loved it. Now, remember, it was our first cruise and our first excursion ever and we did take it in the afternoon so we were VERY easy to please. ;) Yes, the rum punch flowed easily but this rookie drank her Guavaberry Smoothie a little too fast right before we headed onto the bus so I was ready for anything.

    Yes, the hearding of the cattle to "Lina's" was tacky, even for me. :rolleyes2We also ditched the group and agree that there wasn't enough time to look through the shops.

    Now from that point, because there was some confusion, we took the Explorer back to where our bus was. This meant more rum punch had to be served and the Explorer must have set a record getting back because they didn't want to serve us more. :rotfl2:

    We were also told a story about that same mansion you posted. But, we were told that Bill Clinton was hiding there waiting for the Monica Lewinsky scandal to cool off. We were also told it was owned by Sandra Bullock. Since I was sitting close to the "captain" I said "really"?. He just laughed and said, "Oh, if you are on this boat tomorrow, I'll have an entirely different story for you". LOL:rotfl2::rotfl2::rotfl2:


    Now, as for The Guavaberry Emporium...wasn't that place awesome? We stopped in with Tony and Stacy in 09' and the lady that worked there was a hoot! She had Tony 3 sheets to the wind in about 20 minutes flat with all the samples. He also walked out with a nice stash. ::yes::

    Nice job on the pedometer, B. Chuck and I walked to the straw market and back in 05' too, but found out about the water taxis after we got back. It was a nice walk though, wasn't it?
     
  4. oybolshoi

    oybolshoi <marquee><font color=green>You say vacation addict

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    I thought we were pretty polite considering how much we'd had to drink! :lmao:

    Hey Cathy! Thanks for stopping by! :goodvibes

    I will do my best to get Remy posted this week ... a lot will depend on issues at the ol' place of employment. We love it there ... wonderful dining experience!

    Thanks for joining in! I'm sure you will get a chance to experience some liquid joy on your next cruise ... it would be a shame if you didn't since they've started making such great mixed drinks.

    Hiya Nancy! We talked about stealing our way back onto the Explorer for the cruise back to Philipsburg but it was filled with really old people from a European cruise ship and we stood our like sore thumbs! :rotfl2:

    And we love guavaberry ... :p
     
  5. schoen

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    That is funny, we wanted to avoid Pirates Night too, so we booked Palo for that evening, then we relaxed at currents and watched the fireworks FAR away from the chaos! I can't wait to hear your Remy review! I'm guessing we were at Meridian at the same time, we got there around 6:30!
     
  6. Timon

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    Sorry to hear about your excursion B :scared:
    Would it have been better had they stuck to the plan and took you to Marigot by bus? Would that have gotten you there a little later than 10 AM?


    Next trip we will have to make our way to the HRC too but we will gladly feast on a (North) American lunch there :p ::yes:: :lmao: ...yup, we have lower standards when it comes to food, that's how we roll :rotfl2:

    Not being a foodie, however, I do know about the amazing authentic French and Dutch restaurants all over that island, I am just surprised you and Jay didn't customize a tour for yourselves to visit as many of them as you could :upsidedow :goodvibes Then again, you might need an entire week ;)
     
  7. mrkyyyle

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    We were on the same cruise, think we were in the same mixology class as well!

    Great to read your report so far, brings back the memories!

    We did Remy dinner that same night as to avoid the pirate night stuff, and then watched the fireworks from Currents also!

    Loved the food there (both dinner and brunch!)
     
  8. wendym

    wendym I work to go to Disney!

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    Like Brenda we booked Remy to avoid Pirate night - we honestly hadn't discussed our reservations in advance! But for some reason yet again we both closed the restaurant down and avoided all the Pirate stuff even the fireworks!! However I did manage to catch the Aquaduck before midnight - I had obviously drunk so much that I didn't think it was a bad idea!!
    Wendy
     
  9. oybolshoi

    oybolshoi <marquee><font color=green>You say vacation addict

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    You didn't happen to order the creme brulee martini while you were at Meridian, did you? There was a lady there that evening who ordered one and I was eyeballng it ... that's the only drink on their cocktail menu that we haven't tried. :lmao:

    We were still stuffing our faces while the fireworks were going off ... one of these days we may actually see them. I like your idea of watching from Currents (noting for future cruise). :thumbsup2

    I think even if they had stuck with the original plan we'd have gotten to Marigot too early for a lot of things to be open. And you're right about my not planning ... the only excuse is things were so nutso this summer at work with screwed up loan portfolios and mass systems conversions that I just didn't have a lot of extra time to research Marigot like I normally would. We took the easy way out with an excursion but not next time!

    And we actually would like to visit the island for an entire week - we like it that much there that I think we'd really enjoy that kind of experience (at least once).

    Thanks for reading along! Hope we weren't too obnoxious in Mixology ... we arrived two sheets to the wind so I know I had the giggles for sure. Remy is just amazing, isn't it? And now that's two nods for Currents for fireworks ... I'm writing that down ... again!

    Great minds Wendy! And I must confess .... two cruises in twelve months (Dream and now Fantasy) and we have yet to ride the Aquaduck. Looks like we need to leave the bars a little more often. :rotfl2:
     
  10. disney1990

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    You mean you didn't eat at that wonderful bakery in Marigot - Sarafina's? OMGoodness it was yummy!

    We did the Bernards Tour and really enjoyed it.

    Love your Trip Report.
     
  11. MissingFigment

    MissingFigment Earning My Ears

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    Loving your trip report. We'll be cruising with you through the Panama Canal in Sept next year, I believe. All those sea days were too much for us to resist!

    Kathy
     
  12. oybolshoi

    oybolshoi <marquee><font color=green>You say vacation addict

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    I think we found Sarafina's with about 10 minutes of "free-time" left. We didn't want to take anything to go so we just kept on walking. Thanks for the suggestion on Bernards ... I may look into that the next time.

    Thanks for reading!

    Hi Kathy - thanks for reading along! We love the days at sea, too ... really looking forward to that PC cruise next year! It will be good to meet ya!
     
  13. hubbard53

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    Enjoying your trip report!

    We were on the same cruise not far from you (8610) and were at the same Remy Champagne Brunch (i sliced ham with the fancy device)

    Oh how I miss our days as DINKS - for 10 years we had much the same lifestyle as you - then we had a kid who's now 2 yrs old and accompanies us everywhere. The best part of DCL is their nursery which allowed us to enjoy Meridian, Palo, Remy, Skyline and the other bars (like you, didnt like service in La Piazza)

    We had our own liquor in out stateroom so didnt try as many drinks as you so really like reading about them.

    Cheers!
     
  14. hmgray95

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    I now find myself humming House of the Crystal Rat to the tune of House of the Rising Sun, and it's all your fault.
     
  15. oybolshoi

    oybolshoi <marquee><font color=green>You say vacation addict

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    Hi there - thanks for reading! I remember you ... wasn't the lunch at Remy divine? I'm glad you had a chance to enjoy some of the adult areas of the ship ... mom and dad deserve a break too!

    You know what's funny ... we had liquor in the room, too. :rotfl2: I still say that's why we didn't have any motion sickness issue with the storm later in the week. ;)

    Just for you Heather ....

    There is a house on Disney Ships
    they call the Crystal Rat
    And it's been the ruin of many a travel budget
    Oh, I can verify that.

    :lmao:
     
  16. wendym

    wendym I work to go to Disney!

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    I am now laughing out loud humming that tune!!! Just what I need after parents evening at school!
     
  17. mrkyyyle

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    Yes Remy is amazing, it was my second time doing the dinner there as I had went there on the Dream a year and a half or so ago with my family; but it was the first time for my wife and she loved it!

    We also did the brunch with the champagne pairings, it seems that most of the pictures we have from the trip are from various food & drinks haha

    Then we also did Palo brunch & Palo dinner (once we heard we weren't going to CC we decided to take the money from the cabana towards more food and drink of course :) )

    We are trying to decide when and which itinerary to use our 25% off for! We were thinking about getting our families to come with us in a few years but who knows if we can get everyone together!
     
  18. oybolshoi

    oybolshoi <marquee><font color=green>You say vacation addict

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    Glad I could help but it's really heather's fault. ;) :lmao:

    We first had dinner at Remy on the Dream last October ... it was such an amazing experience that we had to do it again on the Fantasy. We also did the brunch and dinner at Palo .... and we have a lot of food and drink pics too. Great minds! ::yes::

    We are waiting to see how the 2014 itineraries look ... hoping to use that 25% discount for a Southern 7-night itinerary if DCL decides to offer something a little different. Tried to talk my husband into using it towards a Med Cruise next August but we are already booked for Panama Canal and he really wants to keep that one.

    so many choices ... :goodvibes
     
  19. oybolshoi

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    This post will be devoted entirely to our dinner at Remy the evening we departed St. Maarten (Pirate Night for anyone keeping track). I must apologize at the outset, however; we don't have a copy of the menu and the DCL website menu isn't an exact match for the items we ordered. I've got good pictures but poor descriptions, so please bear with me. If you have any questions about anything feel free to ask and I will do my best to answer.

    Jay and I were fortunate enough to dine at Remy last year on the Dream and it was an incredible evening with amazing food and service. While this dinner on the Fantasy provided equally amazing service and food, there were some subtle but noticeable differences that led me to declare our Dream Remy experience the gold standard of the two. I will delve into those differences at the end of this post, but wanted to set the table early.

    Dinner at Remy costs $75 per person, and wine pairings are an additional $99 per person. Neither Jay nor I profess to be all that knowledgeable about wine - we know what we like and that's about it - but $200 for wine pairings is ridiculous. In our opinion guests are much better served by ordering a good bottle of wine with dinner; for example, last year on the Dream we ordered a fabulous bottle of Montrachet that only cost $130 and we were much happier with that than we would have been with the pairings.

    This year we selected a bottle of champagne to enjoy with dinner; the previous day while finishing lunch the sommelier Florian helped us find a really nice bottle of bubbles: Bollinger La Grane Annee, 2000. This stuff was exceptional - so very drinkable and it paired amazingly well with everything we tried, which is the mark of a really fine champagne ... or so we've been told.

    The price of dinner includes one complimentary champagne cocktail per guest - they call it the Colette, it includes Taittinger Champagne, Pear Vodka and alcoholic bits of fruit, and your server prepares it tableside. We were lucky enough to have Yannick as our server again and he was such fun and took lovely care of us. He even tried to help me with my atrocious Midwest French and I can now tell my dearest friends that I no longer pronounce foie gras as faaaaaaah graaaaaah but as fwahhhh grrrahhh. I hope they're proud of me.

    Yannick prepares to make us a Colette
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    Champagne Cocktail? Don't mind if I do!
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    Dinner started with a wee gift from the chef: a breaded cube of tomato soup. I don't know how the soup ends up inside this flash-fried cube, but the taste is amazing. And I adore any pre-dinner treat that is delivered with the following warning from the wait staff: Please chew with your mouth closed or you will besquirt your dining partner.

    Tomato soup embedded in a bread cube
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    We both received the same amuse bouche: Ratatouille with Olive Oil Ice Cream. I give this full marks for creativity but I'm not sure even now if I actually liked it. The ice cream was the best part of this offering - incredibly creamy with a hint of olive oil - but I didn't really think it added anything to the ratatouille.

    Interesting
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    My first course was a scallop on some kind of vegetable puree. The scallop was lightly seared and so tender that I barely needed a fork to cut through it.

    Scallop
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    And I'm pretty sure that Jay's first course was buffalo. And I think he liked it quite a bit.

    Buffalo
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    My second course ... it looks like sailboat shrimp in slime. Whatever it's official name, it was tasty and I ate it all.

    Shrimp ... I think
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    Jay's second course was obviously some kind of fish. The burning question that needs to be answered is this: was it turbot or loup de mer? Let's just call it excellent and move on.

    Fish ... definitely fish
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    This next course was a reprise of something we were served at the champagne lunch on Monday: Sea Bass with Gnocchi Chili. It was delicious then and it was delicious Tuesday night; consistency thou art a jewel.

    Sea Bass and Exquisite Gnocchi ... again
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    This next dish is something of a mystery ... I think it may be quail or pigeon. Your guess, as they say, is as good as mine!

    I cry Fowl!
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    OK ... these next two are a complete mystery.

    This is just confusing ... and a little menacing
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    Most likely more seafood
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    Whew! Now we return to something I can identify easily, me being from the Midwest. This is meat! Australian Wagyu, to be specific. While this was good, I prefer the way it's served at Victoria & Albert's where it's thinly sliced and so rare you can still smell its breath.

    Beef ... it's what's for dinner
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    It was served with this garlic puree that had a fabulous quail egg nestled in the center - so so yummy! I love quail eggs, and if that doesn't brand me a food snob I don't know what will! :lmao:

    Garlic Puree and Quail Egg
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    What did Jay have? Pork tenderloin ... I think that's what this is. He loved it, and even tried eating the wee corn like corn on the cob. It was really quite funny.

    Pork ... the other meat that's for dinner
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    Glazed Carrots
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    One of the best things about Remy, in my opinion, is the cheese cart. I love cheese. I actually would choose cheese over dessert any day of the week. Throw in some port with that cheese and I will be the happiest person you've never met. You may choose as few or as many cheeses from the cart as your heart desires - Jay and I asked that they make us a cheese plate to share so that we could try them all.

    Cheese me!
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    Cheese plate!
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    Jay's dessert was the best of the night ... for one thing his came in two parts and for another, it just tasted a lot better. It included a dark chocolate mousse with a golf ball and really cool looking infused dessert caviar. And it came with a chocolate shooter in elderflower liqueur! Guess who had to ask to have one of her own to try? It was one of the best things I've never chewed in my whole life!

    Chocolate Mousse and stuff
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    Dessert Shooter in Elderflower Liqueur ... six dozen to go, please!
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    My dessert was lame and boring in comparison ... and I don't really like hazelnut all that much either. The profiteroles were dried out and no amount of cream was going to make up for that.

    Hazelnut Profiteroles ... meh
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    Once again, we were presented with sweets and such to finish off the evening; we asked for these to be packaged up so we could enjoy them later during the cruise.

    Homemade Marshmallows and wee cakes
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    Candies ... yum!
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    Jay and I were the last two people to leave the restaurant that night ... along with Wendy and her mum who also were dining there. I begin to understand why we were so well suited to be dining partners this week!

    Remy ... emptied out
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    All in all, a very nice evening but when comparing our dinner on the Dream to this one on the Fantasy we gave the nod to the Dream for a couple of reasons. First, we both liked the menu choices from the Dream a little more than those on the Fantasy. Secondly, and this will definitely seem stupid to some of you but it matters to me, the cheese selection on the Dream was more extensive than on the Fantasy. Most people don't care but I adore cheese and want as much artisan milk by-product that I can get my greedy hands on.

    In addition, there were some extra special touches from dinner last year on the Dream that didn't manifest this year on the Fantasy. We didn't expect those things, but because they happened last year and colored our experience, it only stands to reason that evening stands out a bit more than this one.

    Finally, the lack of a souvenir menu, which was provided last year at Remy on the Dream as well as this year at lunch, was a sad omission. But to be fair, neither one of us even thought about it until we were home trying to remember what the heck we'd eaten in the first place!

    Remy remains a great deal for the price - you'd be hard pressed to find an experience like this one on land for less than $150 per person. The food is well prepared and beautifully plated and the service is exceptional. If it's in your travel budget and you enjoy fine dining I strongly urge you to give it a try - I don't think you will be disappointed!
     
  20. zweihund

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    Wonderful update, as always. :thumbsup2

    I LOVED the Collette. Lionel's not a champagne guy so I got to drink his too. We did opt for a single wine pairing, to share, and that was a nice way to sample a lot of new things....needless to say, between the extra cocktail and half a pairing, I left Remy pretty darn happy.

    I'm pretty sure I enjoyed dinner. I do remember thinking it hilarious that everything came with foam. Like, EVERYTHING. lol
     
  21. schoen

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    Great pictures of the food!

    I enjoyed Remy too, but we were there on Friday night. I will certainly need to go back and enjoy it without all the crashing glassware and staff clinging to walls/tables/poles to stand up.

    I think that even if we had enjoyed a "normal" Remy experience we would probably prefer Victoria and Alberts to Remy. There was no real reason, and there are obvious advantages to Remy (price, cheese cart, fussy dessert with millions of extras). For whatever reason we just liked Victoria and Alberts better. Who knows why?! In fact, I enjoyed my evening at Palo more than Remy, but I think I can base that solely on the weather, which doesn't really make it a fair comparison.

    Do you live in an area with good food options? My husband and I are stuck in Mid-Michigan-which is not exactly foodie paradise. We enjoy being able to get to these fancy-schmancy dinners when we vacation with Disney!
     

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