Disney Wonder Western Caribbean Day 6

Grand Cayman Day! We slept in a bit and missed breakfast.  We’ve been to Grand Cayman a few times and the one port adventure we wanted to do was sold out so we opted to stay on the ship again.

We got into our swimsuits and went up to Cabana’s buffet for lunch.  CSP was so excited to finally get his peel and eat shrimp and that boy put away a ton of them!IMG_0640.jpg

After an early lunch we spent all day at the pool.  It was awesome! No crowds, easy to find 2 chairs together in the shade, blue skies, not too hot, and it was nice and quiet!

 

There were a ton of cruise ships (7!) in port today and lots of private yachts too!

Finally it was time to go get showered for dinner & our movie. Tonight’s movie was Thor Ragnarok. OMG it was SO funny!  We don’t have cable or satellite tv at home so we don’t see a lot of previews for movies.  So we’ve been going into these movies with 0 expectations. And I have to say I like it better that way- they are all a total surprise!

While we were getting dressed for dinner an announcement came over the loudspeaker. Bright Star, bright star, some other code words and a cabin number.  That sure didn’t sound good. 😦

After Thor we went back to the Promenade Lounge to wait for dinner.

By now the Captain had come back on the loud speaker to explain that there was a medical emergency and our departure was delayed.  So sad.

Tonight’s dinner was at Triton’s again.  IMG_0644.jpg

Kwan surprised me with a whole bowl of the yellow sweetener for my tea. IMG_0645.jpg So sweet that she noticed that’s the sweetener I use!  A Southern girl has to have her sweet tea!

CSP was looking especially handsome tonight.  IMG_0646.jpg

On the way back to our room after dinner we spied Chip and Dale! IMG_2798.jpgThey are too cute!  We got back to our room and changed clothes because we had a date! More on that in a minute. First I want to show you our door. IMG_0647.jpg We decorate it with magnets like a lot of people do.  But we found out on this cruise we are conservative in our decorating! Some people go all out! It really does make it easier to find your room though in those long hallways of white door after white door.

We discovered a turtle on our bed when we entered! IMG_0648.jpg

Each night CSP would take the towel animal and very carefully place him on the sofa to preserve him so we could enjoy him during the day.  Sweet.

It was time for us to head up to deck 8 for our date! We walked the length of the ship on the pool deck on the way.

Finally we arrived at Laci & Rusty’s Concierge Suite! Boy was it nice!  In the space that is our entire room they had a bathroom, closet, dining area and living room with giant tv. Then off that there was a huge bedroom and ginormous bathroom with jacuzzi tub!!! Granted they were there with their 3 children so they filled up the space easily but I could sure see CSP & I enjoying a suite like that one day! We were there to play a card game CSP & I had never played before:  Cards Against Humanity. IMG_0649.jpg OMG! people! This game is insane!  The only thing I’d ever heard about it was that it is not for the easily offended. All I can tell you is that we laughed SO hard for so long!  It’s a super fun game! At one point CSP’s entire head and neck were purple from laughing so hard!  Laci and Rusty were the perfect people to introduce us to the game. They are hilarious in their own right!  Plus they had the game plus booster packs.  Enough cards that we played until 2 am!!!  Finally we pulled ourselves away and retired to our room with sore cheeks from all that laughter.  Cards Against Humanity is on my shopping list now!

Tomorrow- sea day and Palo brunch!

Disney Wonder Western Caribbean Day 5

Costa Maya Day!  Another port we’ve visited before, so we decided to enjoy the empty ship again today.  We woke up early and went to the buffet in Cabana’s for breakfast.  Costa Maya was pretty crowded with cruise ships today.

There was even a little ship wrecked on the shore. IMG_0615.jpg

After breakfast we went back to our room to get ready for the day. IMG_0617.jpg

First on our agenda was another movie- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 It was so good! Baby Groot is the cutest thing!!!

After the movie we went up on the pool deck to grab a snack since we missed lunch.  I had a chicken shawarma which was really good.  Then we went back to our room to drop off the popcorn bucket and get ready for afternoon tea.

Our cruise group had an afternoon tea in the Cadillac Lounge. IMG_0619.jpg It was so nice!  Plus the Cadillac Lounge is very cool- great theming.  We arrived and got our goodies IMG_0618.jpgand then Laci and Rusty and their kids arrived and joined us.  It was the first time we were meeting Birthday Girl Keci and their son Kade. We all had a great time during the tea.  It was such a nice break during the day.  The Wonder had coffee, hot tea, iced tea, and so many little desserts and finger sandwiches.  I’m mad I didn’t get more pictures!

Once tea was over we rushed to the other end of the ship to the Buena Vista Theatre again to see Black Panther.  We were excited to see it because it had been sold out for so long at home! On the way to the theatre we walked right past Belle. IMG_0620.jpg I went to the restroom before the movie and discovered this:  IMG_0621.jpg I had to take a picture for CSP.  He loves all the behind the scenes stuff! Speaking of restrooms, I don’t know how it is in the mens’ rooms but in the ladies’ there are fresh roses! IMG_0583.jpg

It’s a v nice touch!

After the movie we had about 40 minutes before dinner so we went back to the Promenade Lounge for cocktails. I’m realizing as I’m writing these blog posts that it seems like we’re drinking all the time.  We’re really not big drinkers, especially at home.  But on the cruise I like to have a coconut mojito when I can and CSP takes part in the big beer mug program.  You pay something like $15 and get a big beer mug, then when you refill it they only charge you for a pint of beer instead of the full 22 ounces.  It’s a great deal.

Tonight’s dinner was at Tiana’s Place.  We were very excited as this was our first time there.  Again, the theming was spot on.

In the bottom right picture above you can see Louis came out to greet everyone with his trumpet!

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They have a live band playing during most of dinner.  They were good!  It was fun having the music.  All the kids got up and danced with Tiana.  Speaking of Tiana….she went around to each table tonight and greeted everyone! IMG_0630.jpg

That woman has endless energy! To do this for 2 dinner services a night, plus all the singing and dancing!!!

Oh, and the food was really good too! Louisiana Cajun style. IMG_0632.jpgThis is CSP’s tiramisu.  He liked the little frog on the plate.

After dinner we went up to bed. It was another great day!

Disney Wonder Western Caribbean Day 4

Cozumel day! IMG_0586.jpg We woke up early for breakfast at Cabana’s buffet.  IMG_0585.jpgOn the way back to our room we stood in line to meet Pirate Stitch! While we were waiting for Stitch, Pirate Mickey was meeting fans and doing pictures.  When I spied across the atrium….Pirate Minnie!  She blew kisses to Mickey then came over to see him.  They were so cute!!!

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The Disney photographer’s took a few pictures with CSP, Stitch, and me, but they were too $$$ to buy so you’ll just have to settle for this one of sweet Stitch- my favorite character!

Remember I told you about those Happy Anniversary buttons?  Well I pinned one to my lanyard (that holds your Key To The World Card that you use for everything).  And let me just tell you that EVERYONE has stopped to say Happy Anniversary! It was so sweet!  Like crew members would stop by our lunch table just to talk to us about it!  Or would shout it out as they walked by us in the hallways!  Disney really knows how to make you feel special!

We got ready for our day and had lunch at Triton’s again. Then we headed up to the theatre.  We got CSP the refillable popcorn bucket.

IMG_0584.jpg You pay like $7 for it then every refill is just a dollar and change. CSP ate a LOT of popcorn on this trip! That man was carrying his bucket around all day every day like a small child!

Oh, you might be wondering when we’re going to Cozumel? We decided to skip it this time.  We’ve both been numerous times and this go round we decided to just relax and enjoy the empty ship!

Oh, so we were at the theatre to see Star Wars The Last Jedi.  pexels-photo-699739.jpeg

I fell in LOVE with the porgs!!!  OMG! they are so cute! Like if pugs were birds! After the movie we went up on deck for a while to read and people watch.  Then back to the room to get ready for dinner tonight at Palo.  Palo is the adults’ only Italian restaurant on all the Disney ships. It is always amazing and tonight did not disappoint!

Our server was Mladen from Serbia.  I recognized him right away from embarkation day!  CSP was watching the Arsenal soccer match on his phone while I was waiting to get our dining rotation modified.  Mladen would come over every so often and ask the score of the game.  And then here he was, our server in Palo!  He was fantastic.

We got to PaloIMG_0588.jpg IMG_0589.jpgjust in time to watch the Pirate Night fireworks! IMG_0591.jpgWe had a perfect view!

Dinner starts off with antipastiIMG_0592.jpg and bread service. IMG_0593.jpg

We both ordered martinis.

I had the Palo martini and CSP had the lemon basil martini.  I liked his more than mine!

CSP had cippino

for his appetizer and I had the traditional caprese salad.  For our entree’s CSP chose the Dover Sole (which Mladen filleted table side) v v fancy.

I ordered the butternut squash agnolotti (Like a ravioli) which was divine!  Oh I forgot to mention the palate cleansing bit of lemon sorbet they serve you just before your entree.

Also pictured above is the salt service.  If you ask for salt they bring you smoked salt, a salt from England, and another salt which I forgot to write down.  I tried them all.

For dessert I normally get the chocolate souffle but Mladen told me they have a new souffle- Amaretto! I love amaretto so I had to get it. It was amazing!

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IMG_0604.jpg CSP got the tiramisu and he loved it.  Mladen brought us a limoncello tart to share as well.

The meal finally concludes with a frozen limoncello shot. IMG_0611.jpg

 

We thought our evening at Palo was finished but Mladen had a surprise for us!

How sweet was that???  After pictures and promises that we’d be back later in the week, we rolled our full bellies back to our room for bed. IMG_0613.jpg

Tomorrow….Costa Maya, Mexico!

 

 

 

 

Disney Wonder Western Caribbean Day 3

Sea Day! We woke up early and had breakfast at Triton’s. IMG_2677.jpg IMG_2657.jpgThen we went back to our room to get ready for the day. We took our time and hung out in our room until it was time for lunch.  Right back to Triton’s for lunch!  Then we went to the Buena Vista TheatreIMG_0547.jpg to see Coco.  I’d seen it once already but CSP hadn’t seen it yet.  Disney cruises show all their current releases in the big theatre on the ship.  It’s an awesome way to see new movies without paying extra! Also, on sea days the pools are PACKED so good luck getting a chair in the shade!  Back to the movie…I secured our seats and CSP went up on deck to get us drinks.  He brought me back a surprise Dole Whip! I was so excited! I’d never had one and had been looking forward to trying one on this cruise.  IMG_0548.jpg

It was SO yummy!!!

After the fabulous Coco we went down to the Future Cruises desk.  We already had our cruise booked for January 2019, but we were able to re-book it onboard and save a ton of money plus we will receive a $200 onboard credit when we sail now. Yay!!!

Once we had our next cruise sorted we went up to the Quiet Cove Cafe to officially meet Laci and Rusty for drinks.  We all got along famously and before we knew it, it was time to go get ready for dinner!  Time flies when you’re having fun for sure!  We made a quick pit stop in Crown and Fin Pub on our way back to our room.

Dinner tonight was at Animator’s Palate. IMG_0556.jpg

We were seated at table 51. IMG_0554.jpg You have the same table number every dinner, and the same service team, just in a different restaurant each night! Love how Disney does this! Tonight was formal night so we got all dressed up IMG_0555.jpg(which is one of my favorite parts of cruising- getting dressed for dinner).  Our servers were Alit from Bali and Kwan from Thailand.  You can see Alit in the picture above and I’ll show you Kwan later.  We just LOVE them both!

Tonight during dinner they dimmed the lights and put on an animated show IMG_2700.jpgand then CSP’s favorite Sorcerer Mickey came through the dining room!!!  IMG_0562.jpg

After dinner we went up to our room to get ready for bed. IMG_0571.jpg

Each night we’d come home to a fabulous towel animal, chocolates, and the next day’s Navigator (a newsletter showing you what goes on during each day of the cruise).  About 1 am I woke up and saw that Laci had texted me while we were asleep.  I answered her and before I knew it, her daughter was at our door delivering a case of Evian water and some goodies! We were able to text at sea via Disney’s Cruise app, so no extra charges.  Yay!

Disney Wonder Western Caribbean Cruise Day 2

This morning we woke up early, got ready and went downstairs to get breakfast. During breakfast I dropped a bagel loaded up with cream cheese and honey toppings side down right on my chest. CSP laughed so hard at me I thought he was going to stroke out! So much for my clean shirt!!!

We got on the road to Port Canaveral just before 10 am arriving about 11:20. By the time we got parked, unloaded the car, got through port security and check in, we were able to walk right on the ship! LOVE Disney’s organized check in system. We went straight to Guest Services to borrow a power adapter for my CPAP machine. Then we went to the Promenade Lounge to change our dining rotation. Easy peasy. IMG_0528.jpgNext up was lunch at Triton’s. We prefer to eat at the sit down restaurant on embarkation day because Cabanas up on the pool deck is packed with people.

Lunch was very nice. The people at the table next to us were first time cruisers. I remember that feeling!

After lunch we went back to the Promenade Lounge for our Facebook group’s meet and greet. One thing I always recommend to people cruising is to join your Facebook cruise group. You get to know some of your fellow cruise mates ahead of the cruise and if you’re a newbie you can learn so much! Plus you can sign up for gift exchanges and special events. Our group administrator was just amazing! So my main goal at the meet and greet was to let her know how much I appreciated her. In line to check in at the meet and greet I met Diane and her mom. Diane is mentally challenged and turned 30 on the cruise.  It has always been her dream to go on a Disney cruise. Her mom is part of our Facebook group and posted Diane’s picture so we’d all know what she looks like so we could wish Diane a happy birthday.  It was so great to finally meet them!

Our rooms were ready at 1:30 pm so after the meet and greet CSP and I went to our room to drop off our bags.  Upon arrival to room 6534 we found our Castaway Club gifts: a sling pack bag and 2 cool luggage tags. IMG_0530.jpg

We checked out our room IMG_0531.jpg

and I discovered Disney left us a little giftie for our anniversary! IMG_0532.jpgI also discovered CSP had packed his pockets full of Cholula hot sauce for the cruise. Keeping it classy! IMG_0533.jpg

CSP LOVES watching the dock workers prepare the ship from our veranda. IMG_0534.jpg

Then unfortunately it was time for my least favorite cruise activity- the muster drill. UGH.  Our muster station was up on deck 4 right in the sun. IMG_0535.jpg

After the dreaded muster drill we went down to the new Crown and Fin pub for a cocktail before we set sail.  The Wonder recently went through a large renovation and the ship is just beautiful! You’d have no idea it’s 19 years old unless someone told you!

 

I enjoyed my first coconut mojito of the trip and CSP had a bourbon fizz.  To our surprise we noticed we had started moving at 4:45, 15 minutes early.  We watched the shoreline disappear from the pub then headed back to our room to unpack. Upon arrival we found an anniversary present from Laci & Rusty! L&R are a couple we “met” through our Facebook cruise group.  Turns out they only live a couple hours from us and we have tons in common!  They gave us the sweetest tea cup set! IMG_0893.jpg

We were unpacking when we ran out of hangers.  I stuck my head out our door and found our room steward Niel.  He brought us an extra dozen hangers and was so sweet!

Then we got dressed for dinner. Tonight we were in Triton’s for dinner. IMG_2637.jpg They had a French menu so CSP was thrilled to eat his escargot!  IMG_0540.jpgI had my favorite creme brûlée for dessert.

After dinner we spotted PlutoIMG_2632.jpg on the way to the shops onboard to pick up our traditional magnet with the year on it and a gift for CSP’s mom who’s home pug sitting.

After our little bit of shopping we went back to our room for bed! IMG_0541.jpg It was a long, but great day!

Disney Wonder Western Caribbean 2018 Day 1

Today was our travel day! We got a late start due to being up late packing and doing last minute things because we spent the better part of the day at the Apple store getting CSP’s phone fixed. V frustrating! But better late than never!
We arrived in Port Orange, FL around 9pm looking for a place to have dinner. CSP found a place on Yelp called Aunt Catfish’s on the River. We got there just as they were seating the last lucky few. This place is FULL of personality. It’s right on the water and they gave us a window table. I’m sure in the daylight the view is amazing. They have a dock where you can drive your boat up for a meal. It looks like they’ve added on to the main building a few times. There’s an old fashioned salad bar. They make their own croutons and dressings. Service is awesome! They serve each meal with a homemade cinnamon roll and the best hush puppy you’ll ever have (it’s the size of a golf ball so you only need one). IMG_0527.jpgEach meal is also served on the cutest fish plates! IMG_0526.jpgWe both really enjoyed our dinner then went to find our hotel.
We stayed at the Country Inn and Suites in Port Orange/Daytona. Great service, nice rooms. I booked the hotel through Ebates and got an amazing deal, plus cash back! We hit the hay as soon as we could because tomorrow is a big day!

Reversing My Routine

More fun mail! I received TRESemme' shampoo & conditioner for testing purposes. Here's the kicker though- you condition first then shampoo! I'm trying it for the first time tomorrow! #ReverseYourRoutineI have fine, thin, highlighted hair and because of this have had a love/hate relationship with conditioner. I feel like I need conditioner to help repair the damage highlighting causes, but conditioner weighs my hair down. And I’ve always been taught to shampoo first then condition. So I was skeptical about reversing my routine. It just seemed like wouldn’t the shampoo wash away all the conditioner and leave me with dry, brittle hair? As soon as I got out of the shower and started going about my usual routine I noticed a difference. My hair wasn’t plastered to my head feeling all heavy. I used my thermal spray and mousse like normal. I blew it dry and it even dried faster. It’s so soft and silky feeling! And there’s a ton more volume and bounce- even on this high humidity day! The volume lasted all day and that is just awesome! I’m convinced and I’m switching it up- reversing my routine!
I received these products for testing purposes, but all opinions are my own.