Jan 8th Wonder - Day 4 & Debarkation

Discussion in 'Disney Cruise Line Trip Reports' started by wdw1972, Jan 15, 2006.

  1. wdw1972

    wdw1972 DIS Veteran

    Jun 14, 2001

    Who: Sue (47), DVC Member
    SB (48), Sexy Boyfriend

    Plan: At Sea, Palo Brunch

    Actual: I was up shortly after 7 again, and left SB sleeping. After showering and getting dressed I went up on deck to make my cappuccino, then wandered around deck 4 and spent some time in a lounge chair there. Eventually I returned to the stateroom, where he was awake. We spent the morning in bed, watching tv and being lazy. Our brunch reservation at Palo was 10:30, so we headed up there around 10:20. It was a beautiful day outside, and the view from Palo was really nice.

    We were seated at the same table as the other night, and had Kristo (Hristo) for our server again. He took us up to tour the buffet, brought us our drinks (orange juice for SB, extreme mimosa for me), then we were ready to hit the buffet. SB loved the stone crab claws, Alaskan king crab legs, and jumbo shrimp – none of which are things I eat. The sticky buns were very good, too. We ordered one of the pizzas, and they made it half margherita and half pepperoni. At that point he was stuffed, but I ordered the eggs benedict knowing I would only eat a portion of it. He tried it too, and liked it. It’s the best eggs benedict I’ve ever found (it’s not something I order elsewhere as it’s just not good enough). SB ended up with a small portion of the tilapia while I had chocolate flan for dessert. Overall everything was wonderful and it was a great brunch. Best of all, I didn’t feel like I was ready to explode. Unfortunately, he did!

    We went back down to the stateroom to rest for 30 minutes, and then were going to head to the pool. He ended up not feeling like leaving once he got settled, so I grumbled a bit and went up without him. I don’t mind going up alone, but I would have preferred to not spent the last 30 minutes waiting to go up – although I realize he didn’t know he wouldn’t feel up to going to the pool.

    I changed into my swimsuit and went up to deck 10, and was lucky to find a single chaise lounge available in the area I like. It was beautiful for an hour or so, then got very cloudy. I read some magazines, then returned to the stateroom around 2pm. SB was in the middle of the movie Cinderella Man, which I knew I didn’t want to see because it’s about boxing. I took another shower and packed up most of our stuff to get a head start on that chore. When the movie ended we watched the rest of General Hospital, then I went out for a walk while he continued watching the Alito hearings on CNN. I can only take that for about 5 minutes, lol. We also finished up the wine we’d brought on board (the moscato no longer served in Palo).

    Tonight’s show is Disney Dreams, and our dinner is Animator’s Palate. We ended up going to Diversions for a drink and missed Disney Dreams. SB probably would have liked it, but since we saw 2 shows already that’s ok. At Diversions I ordered a cosmopolitan (martini) and was surprised at how it tasted like alcohol. He said it tasted like cough syrup, lol. On HAL cruises they must use more grenadine, as they taste much better. Around 6:30 we went back to the stateroom for a while before dinner. Neither of us was hungry, but I did want him to see Animator’s.

    We spent some time out on deck 4 before Animator’s opened, which was nice. Our table was towards the back, but the location didn’t matter at all. The serving teams seemed to be having a rough night – several items were dropped (heard dishes/glasses crashing). Our assistant server seemed to be in a daze – he poured water but never greeted us or spoke to any of his tables. When he brought SB’s soda, he put it at an empty seat at the table next to ours, lol! The couple over there wondered what was going on, but once we realized it they just passed the soda over.

    SB had a Caesar salad and the roasted chicken breast – both of which were very good. I had the gazpacho and the herb crusted veal chop, which I enjoyed. For dessert we shared a piece of cheesecake. SB missed most of the “show” since it began just after he left for the restroom, but at least he caught the end of it. We gave our tips to everyone, and returned to the stateroom after dinner. I packed up the rest of our stuff and had the 2 suitcases out by 10:30. We spent the rest of the evening relaxing in the stateroom.

    THURSDAY JANUARY 12, 2006:

    Plan: Possible WDW stop, Drive home

    Actual: Our assigned breakfast today was 7:45 in Animator’s Palate, but we’d told our server we were planning to eat while on the road home. We weren’t interested in Beach Blanket Buffet since it was just continental (SB is an eggs/sausage kind of guy) and I knew from experience it would be mobbed. We decided it would be better to hit the road and stop somewhere along the way. Earl of Sandwich was a consideration, and that’s where we ended up.

    We left the ship right around 8, picked up our luggage and arrived onto WDW property by 9:15 or so. Earl of Sandwich is great at this time of day – no lines! We ordered a club sandwich for him and the caprese for me, and had no wait at all. We ate inside, then left to begin the drive back to Ft Myers.

    Overall it was a great trip. The Old Key West portion of the trip was really nice with the 1-bedroom villa. We enjoyed our theme park time, and of course Comedy Warehouse. Concourse Steakhouse was another new restaurant to him, and both this lunch and the Sci Fi were things we’d repeat in the future.

    The cruise was also really nice. I love cruising – I could stay on a ship for weeks at a time, but his limit seems to be 4 days. We don’t have another cruise booked yet, but it’ll most likely be another short one. It may work out that the Disney Wonder is our best bet, as this ship is clearly the nicest of the 4-day cruises.
  2. knebel22@frontiernet

    knebel22@frontiernet Mouseketeer

    Dec 23, 2005
    Thanks for the wonderful trip report. I enjoyed it and it makes we want to go now!

    Is it April yet?

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  4. Jennifer48

    Jennifer48 Not a Disney bride but engaged and honeymooned at

    Jun 1, 2005
    Thanks again for sharing your reports.

    I wish it were April, then my cruise would be right around the corner too! :hourglass
  5. Petenboo04

    Petenboo04 Earning My Ears

    Jul 17, 2005
    Thanks for the great reports Sue :flower: I am also from Fort Myers and will be going on my 3rd Disney cruise in May. Glad to see I'm not the only one from our area who likes the Disney cruise. :)
  6. Colorado DISers

    Colorado DISers <font color=blue>We are Disney freaks<br><font col

    Apr 6, 2005
    :thumbsup2 Thanks for the great post. Can't wait :bounce: for our first cruise in June. :banana:
  7. mandymouse

    mandymouse Bahama Mama Time !!

    Mar 8, 2003
    Thank you for sharing your great trip report, I have really enjoyed reading it :)

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