We woke up and went to Cabanas buffet to have breakfast. After breakfast we delivered our Fish Extender gifts. What is a Fish Extender?? Outside of every cabin is a fish that holds mail from the ship for your stateroom. A Fish Extender (FE) is a hanging that has pockets (usually a pocket per family member) that hangs from the fish. Here’s an example: *Note the door decorations- all magnets. The doors are metal and Disney allows decorations as long as you don’t use tape. Back to the FE. I’d show you our FE but we couldn’t find it when we were packing for the cruise! Boo!!! To participate you sign up for a FE exchange in your Facebook cruise group. Just search Facebook for your ship and sail date and you’ll find your group. Each group is different so I’ll tell you how ours worked on this cruise. We had 15 cabins per group. Each stateroom created or bought little gifts for all the people in the other staterooms in their FE group. Some people (like us) gave a room gift. Some people gave individual gifts – something for each person in the cabin. It all depends on you what you do. There are no rules. Some people give regional items, some give Disney themed. Our cruise group (Holla Group A!!!) was AMAZING! Our peeps are nothing short of creative geniuses! We got the CUTEST stuff. I can’t even begin to tell you everything we got, but it was fabulous. We gave barbecue sauce from Shealy’s (the best in the world), a Thirty One Hang It Up Key Fob, and a Thirty One Manicure Nail File (gotta represent!). Anyway, we delivered all our gifts (great way to see the ship!).
There were 4 ships in port today. We were docked next to the MSC Divina. It was funny, when the MSC ship pulled up next to our Disney ship, all the people came out onto their balconies to take pictures of our ship. The MSC ship was massive! We were on the 7th deck of our ship and their ship went up at least another 7 decks! We were in our room to change into swimsuits. I might add that each time we put on our swimsuits we lathered up in sunscreen and to our delight did NOT get sunburned in the least this trip! SPF 110 for the win!!!
So we went to Quiet Cove, the adult pool area. We hung out in the pool, read, pooled some more, read some more. Had lunch at Cabanas. Pool, read, pool. Lather, rinse, repeat. It was an awesome, relaxing day! Our view: If you look closely, you can see there is a Starbucks logo on that big white building. CSP is a Starbucks junkie so he was tempted to go check it out, but the lure of the adult pool and his book kept him on the ship.
Around 5:45 we went back to our room and dressed and showered for our dinner tonight at Palo. Tonight I only took pictures of the dishes you haven’t seen yet. For his appetizer CSP chose Cippino again. I got the Portobello Mushroom with Polenta Cake. For our entrees CSP got the Osso Buco. It’s his favorite dish ever and he looks forward to it all year waiting on this cruise! I chose the Saffron Risotto di Mare, but just with shrimp. I’m not into shells on my plate. It was amazing.
For dessert we both ordered the chocolate souffle. It comes with ice cream and 2 little pots of sauce, one vanilla and one chocolate. CSP and I always trade. I take both vanillas and he takes both chocolates. This souffle is incredible. Makes your eyes roll back in your head.
After our fantastic dinner we went back to our room to change clothes and get ready for the fireworks. We went to deck 10. No chairs. Deck 9- no chairs with a view. Then I thought of something. I remembered there are deck chairs and benches on deck 4! So we went down and there were only 2 other people there. Boom- no crowd and an incredible view of the fireworks! CSP was tired and had wanted to go to bed then bang! they started and he was so excited to be so close to them! We couldn’t hear the music but you couldn’t beat the view!
Up next: Day at Sea!