Day 8: September 8th 2008 We woke up to a beautiful sunrise. We had seen sunrises on the Magic, but being able to see one while sitting on the sofa in our cabin was quite special, even though DH insisted that it was 10 minutes late. Sometime during the night our navigator was delivered. So I spend some quality time planning my day. As we were going for brunch at the adult only restaurant Palo, we passed on breakfast. We just had a lazy morning. Midmorning we attended the DVC Member Celebration. We did not win anything this time, but it was fun and informative. We saw a film about Adventures by Disney and this is definitely something that we would consider doing in future. We also had some coffee and I had the best chocolate chip cookies I have ever tasted. After the DVC Member Celebration, I headed back to the cabin to get changed for brunch and to pick up my invitation for the Castaway Club House. DH did not fancy going so he headed up to the gym instead and we arranged to meet up in front of Palo 5 minutes prior to our reservation. I really enjoyed the Castaway Club House. They had set up a buffet with pastries, cakes and fruit as well as all kinds of non alcoholic drinks. I did not eat anything as I did not want to spoil my appetite, but mineral water has never tasted so good after a week of de-salinated water. They had set up a game that was half trivia and half ice breaker questions and there was a raffle, but again I did not win anything. It was great to be able to chat with some of the officers of the ship and the captain did a really interesting presentation about the history and future of the Disney Cruise Line. The Castaway Club House finished just in time for me to meet DH in front of Palo. As we never got the chance to eat at Palo the previous cruise, I was really looking forward to this. First of all the view from Palo is out of this world and we were lucky enough to have a table by the window. We were soon welcomed by our server Ferhat from Turkey. One class of champagne or a champagne cocktail is included in the price of the brunch. Ferhat recommended the Bellini cocktail, so we both decided to go with this. This was the best Bellini I had ever tasted. Once he had taken our drinks order, Ferhat gave us a tour around the buffet. There was a antipasti buffet, a seafood buffet, a buffet with cakes, sweet breads and pastries and a dessert buffet. He also showed us the open kitchen areas where the chefs were cooking various egg dishes, pizzas and lunch dishes to order. He made his recommendations in each area. Then we were let loose on the buffets. DH headed straight for the seafood and came back with plate full of jumbo shrimp cocktail, smoked salmon, mussels and crab legs and claws. He had never tasted crab before, but really enjoyed it. I won't go anywhere near seafood, but I really enjoyed the antipasti buffet. I had the best Parma ham I had ever tasted as well as speciality breads, humous, olives, sunblush tomatoes and various cheeses. While DH tried some antipasti, I had to try some of Palo's famous Stollen Bread. Well, being German and having almost been raised on this seasonal treat, I can confirm that this was nothing like any Stollen I have ever tasted. It was a very light, sweet yeast-based bread with a filling of ground nuts. It was absolutely delicious. We had heard so much of the pizza at Palo that we just had to try some. So we decided to order a Peperoni pizza to share. It was every bit as good as we heart. We could not decide between two meat dishes so we decided to order one each and to swap half way through. The only problem was dessert. The desserts were served in shot glasses and I managed to try both the Tiramisu and a chocolate cream which were both fantastic. DH is allergic to chocolate and there were no chocolate-free desserts left as we were in the last brunch seating. Still, he had so much food that he did not really miss anything. After brunch, we headed down to Wavebands for a towel animal folding class. We had expected this to be very busy and for loads of kids to be there. However there were only about 10 people there and most of them adults. We learnt to make a dog, an elephant, a bunny and a monkey out of towels. We had great fun even though the bunny defeated me. After the class DH headed back to our cabin to have a siesta while I went and found myself some characters on deck 9. It was very windy, but I still got some nice photos. Later in the afternoon I attended a diamond and gem stone seminar. It was mainly aimed at people who were hoping to buy jewellery in Nassau, but I still found it informative. Unfortunately the seminar overrun and I ended up missing the spa jackpot bingo. Still, all the more money for me to spent at the spa. I decided to head back to the cabin to catch up with DH, but he was not there. Instead I found a plate of chocolate strawberries with a card from our head server, apologizing yet again for the bad experience at dinner the previous evening. I grabbed my swimsuit and headed for the Rainforest Room to chill out. Eventually I caught up with DH and we decided to fill out a quote request for a 7 night Western Caribbean Cruise. Soon it was time for dinner and the experience that evening was completely different. We had dinner in Triton's that night. The service was quick and attentive. Our serving team was chatting with us in between courses. The food was also much better that night. Our head server came over to remind us that we could choose a drink on the house. DH and I had a glass of a wonderful white wine and the other couple had a cocktail each. Dinner was very enjoyable and we got on as well with our table mates than we had done the previous week. Finally it was time to head back to our cabin. This was the night for our romance turn down service. Our stateroom host had put some towel swans on our bed and sprinkled rose petals all over the covers. He also had replenished the ice in the champagne bucket. We took some photos (which I still have not downloaded) and then we sat down on the sofa and enjoyed the champagne. It was such a shame to destroy the lovely display, but after a very full day, we were tired and fell into bed.