Disney Fantasy Western Caribbean Day 6- Palo, Pirate Night, & Fire in the Sky

We were very excited for our Palo dinner!  But before we get to that, CSP wants you to see some of the pictures he took around the ship today.  There was a pirate ship parked next to our ship in Cozumel! DSC_5763 SO cool! DSC_5764 He also ducked back into the men’s locker room DSC_5720in the spa so you could see what they look like. DSC_5721 The women’s locker room is identical.   Here’s one of the big fabulous showers. DSC_5717DSC_5718

We enjoyed a beautiful sunset DSC_5853on our verandah DSC_5852before getting ready for dinner.  On the way to dinner we saw Pirate Stitch! DSC_5865 Stitch is my favorite Disney character.  Probably because he sort of looks like a blue pug!

 

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Dinner at Palo starts with an antipasti plate.  DSC_5866 The marinated artichoke hearts were TDF!  (to die for).  DSC_5867  Then the cool bread basket comes.  But DON’T fill up on bread.  The garlic aroma will entice you but stay strong!  The best is yet to come!  CSP and I decided to get martinis- CSP’s first martini ever! DSC_5871 CSP chose a limoncello martini and mine DSC_5888was a strawberry balsamic martini. DSC_5872Both were just delicious!  For our appetizers CSP chose the white bean soup.DSC_5873  Now, I’m not a fan of beans in general (except my Mama’s baked beans) but I tried his soup and it was amazing!  I couldn’t get enough of it!  I had the grilled shrimp appetizer.DSC_5874

Then CSP had the cioppinoDSC_5878 – a seafood stew with shrimp, scallops, clams, haddock, mussels, and calamari.  He LOVES cioppino.  Our server for brunch on Sunday as well as tonight was Jelena from Serbia.  She was cute as could be and did an amazing job. DSC_5887

Next comes a lemon sorbet to cleanse your palate.  No more than just a wee bite.DSC_5881

Our entrees: DSC_5870 CSP had Osso Buco.  DSC_5882He hadn’t had this dish since the last time we ate at Palo a year ago on the Magic so he was really excited. DSC_5869 I had the beef tenderloin with gorgonzola sauce. DSC_5883 Our shared sides were lobster ravioli (homemade pasta-melt in your mouth)DSC_5885 and a mushroom risotto. DSC_5884

Dessert was next.  CSP chose the tiramisu (his favorite dessert)DSC_5893 and I chose the Amaretto Indulgence.  DSC_5894I’m not sure why they call it the Amaretto anything because I can’t taste Amaretto in it.  But it’s still really good.  There’s a chocolate mousse in that chocolate wrap and on top is a tiny wee cannoli.  I enjoyed some hot Jasmine tea with my dessert.  Then at the very end they bring you a Limoncello frozen slushy shot.DSC_5895  So yummy!  It wakes you up a little too which is a good thing because otherwise we would have passed out right there in that velvet booth!

DSC_5868On the way out of the restaurant I had to take a picture of the wine storage.  Each bottle is resting in its own little leather hammock!  DSC_5897There’s no clinking as the ship rocks to and fro.

CSP had to use the restroom so I waited for him in MeridianDSC_5901the bar/lounge between Palo and Remy. DSC_5902 The booths look like luggage. DSC_5899 It’s really a cool little bar. DSC_5900

We decided to go change clothes before the fireworks started so we headed back to the cabin. Palo is in the very back of the ship and our stateroom was at the very front of the ship so it’s a good long walk between the two.  CSP wanted to get a picture of this one hallway so you could see how long it is.  He said it reminds him of The Shining!DSC_5904  Can you spot me sitting in one of the port holes?

On the way I spied this map on the wall and took a little video of it.  Most of the artwork on the ship is interactive.  It can sense when you’re standing in front of it and it comes to life!  

Our towel animal was already in our room- a monkey! DSC_5924 DSC_5925 After changing clothes we went up to deck 12 to scope out seats for the fireworks show.  DSC_5926Disney is the only cruise line that is allowed to shoot off fireworks so this is always a real treat! We picked a spot near the Currents bar. DSC_5927 My toes were glowing in the blue light from the bar! DSC_5929 The fireworks were spectacular DSC_6001 and I took a million pictures but these are a couple of the best ones.

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Once the fireworks show was over we went back to our room and right to bed!  We’d had a wonderful long day and there was more fun to be had tomorrow!

Up next…Day at Sea- Bingo, Galley Tour, and a surprise dinner!

Disney Fantasy Western Caribbean Day 6- Cozumel & Satellite Falls

We woke up early again (no small feat for us night owls) and had breakfast at Royal Court.  It’s the same menu every day so no pictures today.   Today was the day when the cruise started going by too fast. We debated going ashore in Cozumel but ultimately it came down to that CSP still wasn’t feeling up to it.  So we stayed on the ship.  He did say though that next year he’ll get off the ship in Cozumel.

After breakfast we changed into our swimsuits.  Before hitting the pool deck though, I had an appointment at 11 am for a quick polish change at the spa/salon.  My gel manicure I got at home before we left was all sorts of chipped up.  CSP decided he would take that time and run around the ship taking pictures of the shipDSC_5728 and the DSC_5729Cozumel DSC_5731coastDSC_5727 line.DSC_5730 2 Well, my simple polish change turned into a Shellac manicure IMG_3331with a gorgeous view of the sea and before I knew it an hour had gone by. By the way, I finally soaked off my Shellac manicure today only because it had grown out so much and I was ready for a color change.  I only had a couple small chips in it and some tip wear.  Why can’t I get that good of a gel/Shellac manicure in my hometown?  The same thing happened to me on the cruise last year!  But I digress.

For lunch we decided to try the buffet at Cabanas.  CSP loved it but I wasn’t crazy about it.  I’m just not a fan of buffets overall though.  For a buffet it was good.  LOTS of choices.  They did have big cocktail shrimp and I love that.  After lunch it was time for a good nap!

We woke up and put our swimsuits back on and headed up to Satellite Falls, an adult area on the ship. PICT0051  We took our books and chilled out there all afternoon. PICT0044 LOVED it! PICT0042 There was plenty of shade for my fair, white self PICT0037and the Satellite Falls themselves were fabulous.PICT0050  I took the waterproof camera and took some pictures from under the falls.  It’s so relaxing there.  The falling water provides the white noise and the water is just deep enoughPICT0041 where you can lounge in it. PICT0049 The center of the falls has a circular seating area that’s heated! PICT0053 So nice!  And it wasn’t crowded at all since it was a port day.

Before we knew it it was 5:30 and time to go back to the cabin to get ready for dinner at Palo!

Next up…Palo, Pirate Night, and Fireworks!

Double digits baby!

We’re in the double digits now!  Less that 100 days til we cruise the new Disney ship the Fantasy!  We are SO excited!  I’ve actually talked CSP into doing an excursion on Grand Cayman.  This is a huge deal.  Instead of saying “Where are we visiting?” he says “How many times do I have to get off the ship”!!  So getting him to sign up for an organized excursion almost took an act of Congress!  We’re going to go see the Stingrays!   Maybe I shouldn’t have shown him this photo!   The only other place I can talk CSP into getting off the ship is Castaway Cay.  We’re also stopping in Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico but he’s convinced we’ll get kidnapped by a drug cartel if we step foot anywhere in Mexico.   He comes by the name Cap’n Safety Pants honestly!

 

2011, I think you’re gonna rock

2011 is going to be a big year for us.  On March 3 CSP & I will celebrate 10 years married.  On December 12 CSP will turn 40.  Between March & December we’ll have lots of other things going on as well I’m sure.  We’ve decided to celebrate those two milestones with a Disney Cruise in January 2012!  We’re so excited!  We booked the cruise in November with Lisa.  She’s a Disney travel agent (she’s also one of my favorite people) and she totally took care of us.  Got us the perfect room.  Then on CSP’s birthday his parents booked the cabin next to ours.  We haven’t taken a vacation with them before so it’s high time.  We are cruising on the Disney Magic.  When Lisa & Pete got married we cruised on the Disney Wonder.  It was so wonderful!  I can’t wait to experience another ship.  Cruising is my absolute favorite way to vacation.  If we could cruise to Vegas I’d totally do it.  I love the Disney ships most of all.  They are so beautiful!  This will be my 10th cruise and CSP’s 3rd.  It will be his parents’ first commercial cruise.  His dad did some cruising as a Vietnam vet but that’s not quite the same!  We booked rooms with balconies again.  We had a balcony room for Lisa & Pete’s wedding cruise in 2008 and it was wonderful.  Well worth the extra cost.  I went on a cruise in November 2009 on a Royal Caribbean ship and it just made me miss the Disney ship even more!

Our itinerary is exciting!  We are stopping at Castaway Cay (Disney’s private island),  Key West (CSP’s never been), Grand Cayman, and Cozumel.  We may stay on board in Cozumel if Mexico is still as dangerous then as it has been lately!  We don’t mind staying on board though- you get the pool to yourself!  Plus we have 2 full days at sea.  It’s a 7 night cruise- a real treat!

One of the most exciting aspects of this trip is who might be going with us… Continue reading