Wednesday, February 1, 2012. St. Thomas.
Before I start telling you about our day I want to tell you why we booked our next cruise while onboard this cruise. A few reasons (and they are all financial):
1. You get a 10% discount off your next cruise if you book while on board.
2. You get up to a $200 stateroom credit, which you can use on things like Palo or souvenirs in the gift shop, etc. You get $200 if you book a 7 night or longer cruise and $100 if it is shorter than 7 nights. We got the $100 credit. That will take care of all our Palo visits next time!
3. You only have to put 10% down instead of the standard 20% as your deposit.
Now, you might be wondering “if you book onboard how can Lisa still be in charge of your cruise?”. I wondered that myself. But I asked Lisa about it before we boarded the ship and she told me what to do. All you have to do is tell the booking agent onboard that you want your booking attached to your personal Disney travel agent Lisa Reese with Pixie & Pirate Destinations. Sure enough, Lisa received an email about our booking before our cruise was even over!
You might also be wondering “what if plans change and we have to move our reservation?” No problem. Just book onboard, get the discounts, and then you can move it around when you get home if you need to. We might have to change our date based on CSP’s work schedule, but Lisa can handle that for us when/if it happens.
Ok, back to the trip report! Remember to click on the photos to enlarge them.
Today was much like yesterday. It was a port day (St. Thomas) and we’ve already been here so we chose to stay onboard again. We woke up to breakfast in our room (by the way, that does not cost extra), then went up to the pool/hot tub for a few hours. We really like being able to see the sunrise out over the ocean! St. Thomas was so cute with all the sailboats in the harbor. Some ships bigger than others! Ha! Our ship was the prettiest of all though.
As we were walking through the ship we noticed they were cleaning the HUGE glass sculpture in the main lobby. Amazingly delicate work. Now for some pics of St. Thomas and around the ship. This is the crew pool. We never saw anyone in it. Up on the sports deck. I just love all the blues in the water.
After the pool and walking around the ship we changed clothes and went to Lumiere’s for lunch. I forgot to take pictures of our lunch somehow. CSP had marinated salmon for his appetizer. His entree was tilapia with carmelized onions on cheese grits. I had shrimp cocktail, tangerine soup, steak and fries. We were seated next to this couple and their two adorable daughters. I can’t wait to be able to bring our kids on a Disney cruise! The food is just so much better in the sit down restaurants versus the buffets. But when you’re in the pool and lose track of time, sometimes the buffets are your only option.
After lunch we went back to the room for our afternoon nap then woke up in time to watch the ships pull out of port from our balcony. It was raining lightly and all the sudden a double rainbow appeared! It was SO vivid and gorgeous and I just hope it conveys in the pictures. Next thing you know it was time to get ready for dinner and the show. The show tonight was really neat. It was Buckets N Boards. They tap dance, play drums on buckets, and they are a comedy show. Kind of like Stomp lite. They are really talented.
After the show we went to Diversions for cocktails again. I know I keep saying that but what it really means is CSP gets a beer in his refillable mug and I get either a ginger ale or orange juice to mix with my whipped cream vodka. I very rarely drink so it’s a huge treat to have a grown up drink at night. Although since I rarely drink I have a very low tolerance so my limit is one. While we were in Diversions we saw through the window another cruise ship all lit up. The crew told us last night that other cruise ships hang out to watch the Disney ships’ fireworks. I thought no way, but I guess it’s true! Disney is the only cruise line with a fireworks permit.
Tonight dinner was at Parrot Cay. We saw Cinderella on the way. I love her dress. Dinner was wonderful again. Each night we had a 4 top table to ourselves. Thanks Lisa! CSP had 2 appetizers again tonight. He had Jamaican jerk chicken and Ahi tuna. We counted at the end of the trip that he ate over 14 different types of seafood on this trip! For his entree he chose the pan seared grouper. His dessert was the ice cream sundae. Look at the little Mickey! Parrot Cay is an island themed restaurant so the meals are more tropical. Lumiere’s is French and based on Beauty and the Beast. Side note- we were not the only couple there with no children. We met lots of couples who were on the cruise sans kids (whether they didn’t have them at all or just left them at home). Disney is NOT just for kids! We met this one older couple- they were on their 19th Disney cruise! Can you believe it!?!
Back to my dinner. I had the crab dip with plantains and chips for my appetizer. Then I enjoyed a cold mango soup. I love cold soups and only ever seem to see them on cruises. My entree was a Jamaican pork chop with mango and polenta. My dessert was an amazing French Toast banana bread pudding with coconut ice cream and caramel sauce.
After dinner I asked our waiter Val if he knew any tricks. You always see cruise waiters doing tricks for the kids. Well I love tricks too! He made me a napkin duck and a beautiful rose! We took my rose back to our room and changed then went up to deck 9 to watch Remember the Titans on the big screen. Then we went back to our room and watched Captain America until we went to sleep.