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 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!

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.

Disney Fantasy Eastern Caribbean Day 9

Today we woke up extra early to get ready, pack last minute items and disembark.  There are 2 ways you can disembark on Disney Cruise Line.  You can meet early in the lobby, tote your own luggage, and leave the ship on your own. That’s Express Walk Off.  Or you can go to breakfast at an assigned time and have the ship handle your luggage.  Then you’d pick up your luggage in the terminal on your way out.  We chose to do the Express Walk Off because we like to hit the road early so we can get home at a reasonable time.  Because we have late dinner we would have late breakfast so we wouldn’t even sit down to eat until 8 am.  Because of the mechanical troubles, we were still moving when we woke up!  We weren’t able to leave the ship, even with express walk off, until 8 am because of being late to the port.  Even still, there were NO lines in customs so we breezed right through and were out to our car within 20 minutes of leaving our room!  Love how organized Disney is!

I forgot to tell you something!  When your ship is sailing away, your loved ones at home can watch via the Port Canaveral web cam!  Mom of CSP watched us sail away and took some screen shots of the Fantasy.Untitled Untitled

Back to our last day of vacation… the drive home was uneventful except for Blanca (my trusty RAV 4) turned 100,000 miles! Untitled

Now the Fantasy was scheduled to leave today for a Western Caribbean cruise at 5 pm.  But because of the mechanical troubles she had on our cruise she didn’t leave until 7:15 pm!!!

Even with mechanical troubles we still had a magical vacation and we can’t wait for next time!!!

Disney Fantasy Eastern Caribbean Day 8

Today was our last sea day. We were bummed we weren’t going to be able to go to Castaway Cay, but we decided to make the most of it!  First we went to breakfast at Cabanas. Then we went to the spa to use our Rainforest Room day pass.Untitled The Rainforest Room is really lots of rooms Untitled and awesome amenities available for use.  There are aromatherapy showers, saunas, hot tubs with views of the sea,Untitled and heated tile loungers.Untitled Ahhh the heated tile loungers!Untitled The best place on the ship to read your book. Untitled We made great use of the Rainforest Room all morning Untitled until we had grumblings for lunch.

We dried off as best we could then went to Royal Court for lunch. Afterward we decided to put our free $200 to good use and stopped by the gift shops.  All week we’d been eyeing BB8.  And now we could get him guilt free!  Plus we were able to use our 10% discount for being Gold Castaway Club members!  We dropped BB8 off in our room and CSP went to play another round of the golf simulator with Kevin.  I took a nap while they golfed then got up and started organizing and packing since today was our last day on the ship.  CSP came back to the room and we went up to Satellite Falls.  It was closed due to extremely high winds so we went back down to the Quiet Cove adult pool for a while. Untitled We hung out in the pool until I got too cold then we went back to the Rainforest Room for a couple hours until it was time to get dressed for dinner.

Dinner tonight was at the Enchanted Garden. UntitledUntitled We had a great dinner and said our goodbyes to our serving team of Diartha and Yami.Untitled Then back to our room to pack where we found a rhino! Untitled We watched Lilo and Stitch (Stitch is my favorite) while we packed and filled out our comment card. It was time for bed.  We have to get up early tomorrow!

Disney Fantasy Eastern Caribbean Day 7

Today was another sea day!  I like sea days because they give you time to enjoy the ship.  Today we woke up and showered and got ready for brunch at Palo.  Palo is on the back end of the ship with gorgeous views of the sea.Untitled We went up to Palo and Luca, our server, met us in the Meridian Lounge.Untitled The chandelier at the entrance of Palo. Untitled There is a big debate amongst Disney Cruisers as to which is better at Palo- brunch or dinner?  I love them both!  Brunch is amazing.Untitled First your server gets your drink order then walks you through the brunch buffet,explaining each sectionUntitled and giving recommendations.Untitled Then you are on your own to explore the buffet. UntitledUntitledUntitled Your server will check in on you from time to time and will place orders for the larger entrees and pizzas.  Today CSP got the orecchiette with salmon, salmon and risotto (he loves seafood!), and lasagne.  Luca brought us both lasagnes even though I said I didn’t want one.  He told me trust me, you want this lasagne.  The portions are on the smaller side compared to dinner so you can try many things.  Luca said he wanted us to try everything!  I ordered a goat cheese and sun dried tomato pizza, chicken parmesan, strawberry soup,Untitled and of course, the lasagne. CSP picked the sun dried tomatoes off the pizza and tried some of it too.  I don’t order chicken parmesan anywhere else- it’s incredible! And Luca was right about the lasagne.  It melted in your mouth.  It was made with a béchamel sauce instead of cheese and the meat sauce had carrots in it, so it was quite different from the lasagne I make at home!  I wish I could make lasagne like that! One of the touches that makes Palo special is how they present their iced tea.  Instead of frozen water ice cubes they use frozen tea! So your tea never gets diluted. Arguably the best part of brunch though, is the dessert. Untitled They offer an array of tiny little sweet masterpieces Untitled and they always remind you that on vacation calories don’t count! Untitled They even give you the tiniest of spoons to taste everything with.  Love.

After brunch we waddled back to our room to relax for a bit until it was time to meet up with Amy and Kevin. On the way we heard bits and pieces of an announcement from the captain, but we didn’t know the full story.  We found out more about that later.

Kevin and CSP went up to the sports deck to play in the golf simulator while Amy, Ellen and I went to the Royal Court Royal Tea Party. We were seated at a table with Ruby (age 4), Ruby’s mom, and Ruby’s Godmother, all from Dublin, Ireland. They were fun to talk to.  The event was too cute. Each girl was deemed a Princess and was announced to the room upon entering. At the table there were gifts waiting for each princess. They received a Cinderella doll,Untitled a jewelry box with a charm bracelet and necklace inside, a gorgeous autograph/memory book, a fancy pen for getting autographs, and a cookie with their name on it.  Once we were all seated Lady Chamomile came out and welcomed us.Untitled Untitled Then Chef Brule (pronounced like creme brule) came out Untitled and the two of them sang songs and worked the room.Untitled Next it was time for the princesses to arrive.  First came Belle,Untitled then Tiana,Untitled then Cinderella.Untitled Each princess stopped by the table twice.  The first time to chat with each girl, then the second time to sign autographs and take pictures and chat a little more.  They were all so beautiful and sweet to the girls.  And each princess brought the girls a gift- a charm for their charm bracelets.  We were served teas of our choosing (the girls received apple juice), and they brought out a serving platter full of tiny finger sandwiches and sweets.Untitled  Then the adults were brought warm scones with clotted cream and jam while the little girls each got a cupcake in a tea cup.Untitled It was all just lovely and I’m sure any little girl’s dream!Untitled

After the tea I went down to O’Gills Pub to meet up with the boys. I visited with them for a while then went to the Future Cruise Desk.  By this time Amy had filled me in on that captain’s announcement.  One of the ship’s motors was out and it meant we would not be able to stop at Castaway Cay tomorrow! Boo! This is the second cruise in a row where we’ve missed Castaway Cay!  In October it was because of Hurricane Joaquin, and now this. Because of missing Castaway Cay and it was technically Disney Cruise Line’s fault, they offered us compensation.  Each stateroom received a $200 onboard credit and 20% off a future cruise. Normally when you book a future cruise on board you get a 10% discount. So you can imagine the line was pretty long.  I found Amy in line ahead of me, and got in line behind a couple we’d met during the cruise. Chatting with them made the wait more bearable. I booked our cruise and went back to the room to meet up with CSP and get ready for dinner.

Dinner tonight was back at Animator’s Palate.  Tonight everyone drew a cartoon person on a paper we were given. Untitled They were collected by the waitstaff and animated on the big screens around the room. It’s really cute how they do it.

After dinner it was back to the room for bed, where we were greeted by a towel frog!Untitled

Tomorrow… Castaway Cay!  Nope, another sea day!