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!

Adoption Limbo

I get the occasional email and Facebook message from people wondering how the adoption is going.  Well, up til about a month ago it was going pretty well.  Our social worker came to visit and do our individual interviews last month and it went great.  But we have had some more speed bumps.  We are still working on the next steps I blogged about, but in the mean time we are dealing with some issues.   Long story so get comfy.  Continue reading

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