Disney Fantasy Western Caribbean Day 3- Super Bowl Sunday at Sea!

Sunday morning we woke up and got dressed for brunch at Palo. IMG_3280  CSP had a mimosa and I had a bellini.  Our table had an awesome view.  DSC_5629  Brunch at Palo is an amazing experience.  I couldn’t take pictures of the buffet because of all the people milling about loading their plates, so you’ll just have to take my word that it’s totally worth it!  An example of what you can choose from…CSP had shrimp, salmon, tuna & crab legs.  I had an almond croissant with marzipan.  OMG it was melt in your mouth good.  CSP had pasta with salmon and we shared a sun dried tomato and goat cheese pizza.  I had a cup of strawberry soup and eggs benedict. Well, egg benedict.  Just the one.  CSP had egg Julia (eggs benedict with salmon) and we shared some chicken parmesan.  I’m embarrassed at how much food we left on the plates but we just couldn’t eat it all, yet we wanted to try so much of it.  Oh, and then there was dessert- a mango panacotta for me with a chocolate covered strawberry.  It was all very tiny and cute.  CSP had chocolate mousse, a tiny tiramisu, and a wee peanut butter brownie.

After brunch we waddled under this gorgeous chandelier in Palo on our way to MeridianDSC_5630  We stopped in Meridian to get CSP a cigar to smoke during the Super Bowl that night.  DSC_5631  Meridian is a little bar between Palo and Remy where you can enjoy a cocktail or cigar.  The views from the bar are breathtaking.

Cigar in hand we headed back toward our stateroom.  We stopped for a moment at the Future Cruise Desk and booked next year’s cruise.  If you book while you’re onboard you get a 10% discount, the deposit is cut in half, and you get a stateroom credit.  We got $200 in credit.  Nice!

We went back to the cabin and changed clothes then walked around the upper decks a bit, just to check out the ship.  Then we went shopping in the onboard shops for a magnet (we always buy a magnet for each cruise), and presents for CSP’s mom for taking care of our pugs and house while we were gone.   Then it was nap time.

We woke up late and we had to rush to get to our Mixology class in time.  On the Navigator it said the class was just a half hour but it turned out to last from 3:30 to 5pm!  It was SO much fun!  It was in the Skyline Lounge.  Our bartender had us count off in 5s.  Then he called all the Ones up behind the bar.  One by one each group made a drink following our bartender’s instructions. He was from Northern England and had the best accent.  I think his name was Darin so let’s call him that.  The class was $15 each and we each got 5 drinks.  What a bargain!  Had we bought these drinks separately in a bar they would have been over $5 each!  I made a drink called High Tide- it’s a Disney drink.  Cranberry juice, pineapple juice, Malibu rum, and Amaretto.  SO yummy!  CSP made the very manly cosmo martini. IMG_3301 It was all so interesting too.  We learned all about the bartender tools and history of the drinks.  Sheila and Lamont from Match Your Mate were in there and we had a great time with them.  By the end I’d had 9 drinks (CSP doesn’t like liquor) and I was feeling good! IMG_3303


When class was over we went up to Deck 11, the pool deck, to scope out seats for the Super Bowl.  IMG_3304 (1)  We scored awesome seats right by Donald’s pool in front of the big screen.  It was formal night that night so watching the Super Bowl meant we’d be missing our dress up dinner, but CSP was so excited about watching the game on the big screen that I couldn’t bear to make him miss it.  We sat down at 5 pm ish in what was apparently Ravens territory.  There were lots of Ravens fans around.  Some 49 fans but mostly Ravens fans.  It was fun to watch people on the AquaDuck DSC_5644while we waited for the game to start.  An hour later the sun had set and the lights came on on the AquaDuck.  IMG_3306  The cruise staff carved a very cool Super Bowl ice carving.  DSC_5650 It really was neat to watch the game on the giant FunnelVision screen. IMG_3305  and once it got dark and everything lit up it was even cooler! IMG_3307  The only thing was we couldn’t see the regular Super Bowl commercials.  Just the same 6-8 ESPN commercials out of Puerto Rico.  I swear, if I ever see another Cricket commercial again it will be too soon!   Once the game started this sweet older couple from Baltimore sat down next to us.  She was decked out in Ravens earrings, socks, and sweatshirt. She was so sweet and told me in detail everything she had eaten since she got on the ship.  At one point during the game CSP leaned over to me and said “This is AWESOME!!!”  He also told me I was the best wife ever for not making him miss the game and dress up in a suit that night. Love that!

After the game we went back to our room.  Here are some pics of our stateroom.  DSC_5632  This picture of the 4 ships in the Disney Fleet hangs at the foot of the bed.  DSC_5635  This is the vanity/desk area.  There’s lots of storage.  The cabinet with shelves up top, and 3 drawers below.  Big drawers too. DSC_5634  This is the other side of the vanity mirror.  2 shelves and the tv.  DSC_5633  This set of shelves hangs over a set of 3 drawers.  In this picture you’ll notice at the top is the Organizing Pack from Thirty One.   I used it to carry my camera.  It’s a backpack and it was awesome.  Under that is the ice bucket.  On the top of the drawers you’ll notice a bottle of Downy Wrinkle Releaser.  If you don’t want to spend a bunch of time ironing on your cruise I recommend this product highly.  Beside it is my big Starbucks tumbler.  The cups provided at the beverage station on deck 11 are like tiny shot glasses.  But if you bring your own cup you can fill it up and quit running back and forth for drinks.   You still have to use their cups to fill up your cup for sanitary reasons.  DSC_5599  This is the view of the bridge from our balcony.  You can see where normal verandahs stop on the level above ours and then how far out ours extends.  DSC_5598  We love this room so much we booked the exact same room for next year just because of the balcony and the location of the room!  But mostly the balcony!  IMG_3308  Our towel dinosaur.  So cute!

Next up….Grand Cayman and Stingray City!


Disney Fantasy Western Caribbean Day 2- Dinner & Match Your Mate!

I forgot to mention something in the last post.  When you go to board the ship they ask for your family name.  Then you hear over the PA “The Disney Fantasy would like to welcome the Smith family!!!”  And everyone cheers.  I NEVER get tired of that.  Makes you feel like a supa star!

Tonight’s dinner was at the Royal Court.  We met our waitstaff.  Our head server was Witt from Thailand.  Our server was Tumelo from South Africa and our assistant server was Bien from the Philippines.  They were all fantastic.  Tumelo remembered our names throughout the entire cruise.  We’d always hear “Shannon!  Mr. CSP!” and there would be Tumelo.

CSPDSC_5610 was so excited when he looked at the menuDSC_5611 because he saw his favorite cruise appetizer on it- escargots!  DSC_5620  He also got the lobster and shrimp appetizer.  DSC_5618  Keep in mind with these pictures- I’m using the macro mode on my camera to get good close up shots.  These are NOT huge plates of food.  But you have a soup/salad course, appetizer, entree, and dessert.  And you can order as much as you’d like.  So sometimes CSP would have 2 soups or 2 apps.  It’s a great time to try something new!

My appetizer was a sweet wee spinach and cheese soufflé. DSC_5617  It was so rich and creamy!  For my soup I had the French Onion DSC_5621.  I also had a small salad with peppered goat cheese but I forgot to take a pic of that.  Imagine if you will….a small salad with goat cheese squares with pepper all around the outside.  It was yummy.

DSC_5612I love the Royal Court restaurant. DSC_5616  Isn’t it pretty? I think it’s my favorite of the main dining rooms DSC_5615on the Fantasy.  I love how the bread baskets are little Cinderella carriages.DSC_5614  I would have totally stolen one of those if it wasn’t a crime, a sin, and allthat.

Entrees!  CSP got the salmon with swiss chard,leek puree, and truffles. DSC_5623  I chose the beef tenderloin with shrimp, snow peas and potato cake. DSC_5622  This was the only entree I was disappointed in.  The beef was dry.  CSP says it is because I asked them to cook it well done.  I don’t like bloody meat!

For dessert CSP chose the peanut butter mousse.  DSC_5625  He loved it.  The dessert menu is so cute! IMG_3271 Like a fancy envelope!  I chose the vanilla creme brulee and a cup of hot jasmine tea.  DSC_5624  So yummy!

After dinner we went to the nightclub IMG_3278called The Tube. IMG_3274  It’s themed after London’s subway. IMG_3277  It’s very funky and mod.  IMG_3279We were there for the game show called Match Your Mate.  CSP was NOT thrilled with having to go to this.  I promised him he’d love it and sure enough he laughed through the whole thing!   Match Your Mate is sort of like the newlywed game but with 3 couples who have varying lengths of marriages.  There’s the newlywed couple, the couple who’s been married like 50 years, and then in this case the couple chosen by the audience as the hottest couple-  Sheila and Lamont from Alabama.  They’ve been married 45+ years and were a riot!  We saw them all around the ship the rest of the week.   First they take the husbands off stage and ask the wives questions.  Then they bring the husbands back and see if the answers match.  Then they swap and take the wives off stage.  I’ve seen this show on many cruise ships and even though some of the questions are the same it is always hilarious!   While there we ran into Brad from Texas.  He’s part of the cruise fun staff (the people who run bingo and stuff like that).  He was on our cruise last year on the Magic!  We had a great time then headed back to our cabin.

On the long walk back (the Fantasy is huge!) we came across cabin 5148 1/2, DSC_5626 the home of Pepe the King Prawn!  SO cute!  Look how tiny!! DSC_5627

We arrived back in our stateroom to our first towel animal and the Navigator newsletter for the next day. DSC_5628  By this time it was well past midnight and we were exhausted!

Next up…Super Bowl Sunday at Sea!