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Yummy, mojitos! LOL!!!
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Sunday, September 19, 2010
I had asked Stephanie to not let me sleep later than 9am because there were things we needed to get to.
I heard room service come in but didn’t think much about it because I knew I wanted to go to have breakfast. I quickly got showered and dressed and we went to brunch at Lumiere’s. I had the Eggs Benedict Florentine that had spinach and salmon. It seemed that it was very salty which later I realized it was just the sauce so the next time I had it I requested it be put on the side.
At 12:30 pm was the DVC Member Celebration. We met up with Michael (M4Travels) and when they were delivering the Mimosas, I took one for each of us including Marc but was told he was not coming so I had two of them!!! I do not have the DVC but Stephanie does and when they started to offer how to upgrade or add points, I could hear the wheels spinning in Stephanie’s head. Because it is only me that goes to WDW, I could not justify DVC but could see that Stephanie was doing a little calculating and I know for her at a better time it would have worked.
After the DVC meet, it was time for the Cruise Critic meet. We arrived and said hi to everyone and then went to the Mojito tasting. Stephanie and I each had our shirts on for the CC meet and then our tasting shirts. So outside Animators Palate, we were taking our CC shirts off and were being teased by Annette and Amanda (AcourtWDW and AcourtWDW2). Out of the four Mojitos, I really liked the Watermelon one the best. I just could not get the Raspberry one sweet enough. I plan to try different kinds of fruit to see if I like any others.
It was time to start getting ready for formal night. We took turns showering and getting our makeup on. Then on with the gowns and finally the tiaras. We went and got our complimentary drinks and floated around saying hello to folks, and stood in line to get our pictures taken with the Captain.
Then it was time for dinner. I cannot remember what I had, but it was wonderful. I was not feeling up to par, so I left before dessert was served. I wanted to try to go to the spa. As I was walking past shutters, I saw a photographer was taking formal pictures with a water background. I went ahead and had him take some.
Then off the spa after changing. I just love the tile loungers. After that I stopped by Cove Café to see the geezers group. It was a nice end to a very nice day.
You will notice that in almost all of my pictures, I have my Pal Mickey. His name is Mickey Charles Mouse but I call him Chuckie. He goes with me everywhere.
Hey there great memory!! I totally forgot about the DVC meet! Thanks.
And your photos turned out great!
I had wanted to hear Ducky Williams speak but knew he would be talking another day. We did go to the Treasure Ketch after Brunch to get our names on the list of folks wanting to have a private session with Ducky. We were told that all of the slots were taken. We spoke with Tom and asked him to put our name on the waiting list. I could see the list and wasnt sure if we were going to be called, but I crossed my fingers and hoped we would.
I didn't know there was a wait list for the private session .. we asked, were told it was full and that was the end of it. Never mind though, maybe another time. Did you get your private session? You look lovely in your formal wear
We really pressed the issue and I am sure it depended on who you talked to. That has been one thing I was not happy with the staff in Treasure Ketch because they were not all on the same page in dealing with their customers.
Thanks for the compliment. I wore that dress to my daughter's wedding. Found it in a consignment shop.
There was one blonde lady in Treasure Ketch that was down right rude! I never once saw her smile at anyone. I meant to put that comment on my survey, but had it partially filled out and left it on the coffee table in the room and evidently our steward thought I was done and turned it in for me. Oh well, best not to make negative comments about someone anyway. She just really rubbed me wrong when we interacted with her. Only DCL employee that has ever done that.
I love your short hair. Very Hip
Great pictures of you and your main squeeze or is it main cheese
I'm so enjoying your TR!! Thanks!
Terri and Steffy - really enjoying your TR!! We had so much fun with you guys. I am so glad we got to meet up starting at the very beginning of our trip!!
You both look wonderful in your formal pictures!!!
Monday, September 20
Gibraltar, U K
This was our first port and I was so excited to visit Gibraltar I had been looking at all of the Port Excursions and kept changing my mind. Finally I chose City Under Siege. I really wanted to see the Barbary Apes. It included the cable car ride, chance to see the Barbary Apes, do a little shopping, visit the Gibraltar Museum and the Great Siege Tunnels.
We got up early and each got ready for our tours. Went and had a little breakfast at Topsiders. Off to meet the rest of the folks for my tour. It was very cloudy and a little windy as we got into the van and after a little bit; we were told that the cable cars were closed. I was very disappointed but knew that safety was first. Also on the tour in Madeira I would be able to ride their cable car. So we started off and our first stop was by a light house. We got out and braved the winds and took a few pictures. Then back into the van and since we were not going to ride the cable car, we visited St Michael’s Caves. At the entrance of the Caves, we did see four of the apes. Two decided to have a tussle on the top of our van. Inside the caves it was just beautiful with all of the Stalactites and Stalagmites.
At the very center was a stage with seating where they have concerts. I can just imagine how the music would sound in there. Back in the van we started off to the Great Siege Tunnels. We parked and started up the road. The road up was very steep but I knew I had to walk up or I would not see the tunnels. Huffing and puffing up the road was a slow go but I made it!!! We trekked down into the tunnels and then back up and while doing that, we had beautiful views of the island and even could see Africa in the distance. After that we visited the museum which was really small but full of interesting artifacts. Then we started back to the Magic stopping to drop a few off to do some shopping.
On each of the islands, I asked our tour guides about the vehicles on the island. I was interested in how they were handling the steep and very windy roads. Were they bringing in smart cars and things like that? The vehicles are mostly small, even the trucks. I cannot even begin to imagine the wear and tear on the vehicles so if there were ways to help in some of the costs that was great. It seemed that some folks were bringing in some smart cars but in Gibraltar, they offered free public transportation to the local folks.
Back on the ship, I changed and went to the spa. I just love the tile loungers but they really need more. About half of the time I went into the Rainforest Room there was a family of four who just hogged them. One of the sons even would leave his book on the lounger while he would go into each of the rooms making other folks wait. I timed them once and with the waiting I did and then showering, they were there for over an hour when I left. I wanted to say something to the staff, but I already knew the response I would have gotten. “Can’t upset our clientele”. This is going in the email that I am sending to DCL.
I met up with Stephanie and we got ready for dinner. We found out who was available for pictures and got quite a few taken before we went to dinner and a couple after. Again, forgot what I ate but it was fantastic. We kept getting up to get pictures with a few characters and also of Africa in the distance.
Toy Story 3 was playing and I really wanted to see that so on we went. Now, I cry at the drop of a hat, but I was not prepared for how much I was going to cry during this movie. There was a lot of laughter and a LOT of tears. One woman a few rows in front of me was sobbing. I could tell by watching the movement of her shoulders. It was such a good movie and I recommend everyone go and see it. After that we went to Cove Café to the Geezers group. What a way to end an evening.
There certainly were tile lounge hogs on this cruise. There was one couple that was there everytime we went and sat in the chairs for hours playing electronic games. We found out later that they were CMs from the Wonder that were on their holiday. The "me" society unfortunately.
Another great report and a very full day.
I have to confess that I am a tile lounger hog, but not because I am selfish by nature, but because I do tend to fall asleep on them. If I am awake, I can spend hours on the loungers if it is quiet, but will move on to either the mild sauna or even the relaxation area by the locker rooms if there are people around waiting for the tile loungers.
When we cruised on NCL, they restricted you to 30 minutes if there were people waiting.
Too true! But so much fun! DH admitted to one of our DDs that he is now a cruise addict.
They are adorable, but DH did not like the $$. I did get a very cute bag that looks like a Minnie dress.
Moving when you see others are waiting moves you out of the lounge hogger arena.
We spend about a half hour in them if it is busy. Not this trip though. We went three times when they never opened up for the hour we were there. (that same couple sitting there the whole time and a line up for the other 2) We finally stopped even trying since we were getting our daily sweat in from the humidity anyway!! We had bought the length of cruise pass, but were willing to lose that $ to avoid the frustration. When we got our final bill that charge was reversed. I don't know why as we never asked or discussed it with the spa. I'm glad it was not our first Rainforest experience or we would have wondered what was so great about the place.
Loving the report!!! It was the best cruise ever.
I didn't go shoppingscared1, but on St Maarten day we were out on Deck 4 watching folk arrive back from their trips. There were some very late ones returning, so more folks came and watched. One largish group of uniformed people were watching, just ignoring everyone else. We didn't recognise their uniform, so asked, but the reply(merchandise) was very curt and almost rude with no smile or interaction. Both John and I were not impressed as it is not the norm at all when you chat to DCL staff.
I agree with you Corinna,,,,,I have fallen asleep but usually for just a few minutes. The one time I really fell asleep was when it was late and they even let me sleep and then woke me up at 11pm!!!
This certain family was just obnoxious beyond words.
Enjoying your report!
I impressed that they refunded you, especially unprompted. We were lucky and often had the place to ourselves. We like to go around 6 PM when people on the early seating are at dinner and people on late dinner are getting ready for the show.
I had an issue with a very rude staff member at Mickey's Mates and if I have one regret about this cruise it is that I did not complain about her. she nearly spoiled for me what ended up to be a very magical experience.
Having said that, I had a fabulous experience at Treasure Ketch. One member of staff turned the stock room inside out for me to find me the perfect Dooney and Bourke wristlet. I love it so much and do not leave the house without it.
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