Disney Fantasy Western Caribbean Day 7- Bingo, Galley Tour and Fish Extenders

Today we decided to switch things up a bit and try breakfast in Cabanas instead of Royal Court.  Cabanas is the buffet on deck 11.  Breakfast there was really good- tons of choices.

After breakfast we walked around the ship a bit.  We came upon the free ice cream station- it was closed so it was a good time to take a picture of Mike.  IMG_3333  Near there is a poster of the Fantasy announcing the inaugural sailings. IMG_3334 So cool that we were able to be a part of that!

Then we went to D Lounge for Bingo! IMG_3336  This was CSP’s big concession for me.  He loathes bingo but sits through it for me. IMG_3337 Plus, unless you win, you’re basically throwing money away in his opinion, which I suppose is true but it’s so fun for me!  This time I splurged  and got the bingo machine instead of the paper cards.  IMG_3335  That was a cool experience. The machine does all the work for you which seriously cuts down on the stress factor.  They say you have higher odds of winning with the machine.  We didn’t win anything.  But we did get two free Disney calendars for attending!  Fun!

We walked around the ship some more after bingo and then went to lunch at Royal Court at 1:30.  CSP had calamari for his appetizer.  IMG_3338I had the fruit timbale. IMG_3339 I asked what does timbale mean and they said “stack”.  So I had the fruit stack.  For our soups I had the chilled raspberry soup. IMG_3341 So yum!  CSP had mulligatawny for his soup. IMG_3340 Neither one of us had ever had it, but I remembered the name from Seinfeld‘s Soup Nazi episode so I was really interested in it.  CSP loved it!  He wants to try and make it at home.

For our entrees CSP had the mahi mahi sandwich. IMG_3343 He asked for fries instead of chips but they brought him both.  I chose the pork tenderloin.IMG_3342  Both were really good.

Dessert for me was a raspberry creme brûléeIMG_3345 and for CSP it was aIMG_3344 lemon cheesecake.  We both enjoyed them.  Creme brulee is another dish I try and get as much as possible on the cruise.  It’s not something I can whip up at home.  It would involve a blow torch and as you may remember I’m married to Cap’n Safety Pants.  He is not crazy about me playing with fire.

We finished lunch at 2:25 and went and got in line for the Galley Tour.  This tour is not advertised (that I could find) in the Navigator so you have to just know to sign up for it.  It’s free and really interesting.  CSP especially loved it.  He was amazed at the size of the equipment.  I was amazed at how incredibly clean everything was.  I mean, we had JUST finished lunch in that restaurant and yet you’d never know it, the kitchen was so spotless and gleaming! DSC_6016 You know in your head that the facilities must be big to feed that many people, but to see the ginormous soup kettlesDSC_6019 is a whole nother thing.  It’s amazing.  Check out this giant immersion blender!  DSC_6025It’s like an outboard motor!  Here’s the big mixer: DSC_6026 One of the giant dishwashers: DSC_6014  Here are the huge frying pan type things where they make chicken wings and brown hamburger etc.  DSC_6020  Chef Darin was really informative and showed CSP the inside of the big walk in freezer but he made CSP promise not to take a picture inside.  Disney secrets and all.   These are the coolers where they put the desserts. DSC_6033DSC_6030  This big white board is where the servers come in and write up how many people are ordering what.  Interesting- I thought it would all be computerized.  Secret crew staircase! DSC_6034

After the galley tour we took advantage of the fact that the Royal Court restaurant was totally empty and took picturesDSC_6041 of the beautifulDSC_6036 tile mosaics DSC_6039around the dining room. DSC_6037 So gorgeous!  DSC_6040I love how the little lights are carriages.DSC_6038

Then we went back to our cabin to take a nap.  On our way back to the cabin we saw Remy.DSC_6043  Then we took advantage of an empty guest services area to snap CSP’s picture in the King’s throne.DSC_6044

When I woke up from our nap I put together my Fish Extender gifts.  A Fish Extender is a pocketed organizer thing that hangs from the Fish or Seahorse outside your stateroom door. This is ours.DSC_5679  You can make your own or have one made for you (shop Etsy or Ebay for those).  You sign up for the exchange on the DISboards.    DISboards are online message boards for Disney enthusiasts.  FULL of info and a great place to get schooled before your Disney trip or cruise.  There is a thread for each cruise sailing.  You join your thread and someone in the group will coordinate the Fish Extender exchange.  You tell that person how many people in your travel party, your names, ages, if you’re celebrating anything, etc.  Then just before you leave on your trip you print out or write down everyone’s stateroom numbers.  At some point during your trip you go around and deliver your presents.  You don’t have to spend a ton of $$.  Most people give Disney themed items or cruise themed items or items that are representative of their hometown.  Like Canadian people gave us a Canadian notepad and pencil and maple candy.  Cute!  Since we are from the Carolinas and the Carolinas are famous for barbecue we go to Shealy’s BBQ and pick up tiny bottles of freshly jarred barbecue sauce every year.IMG_3346  Then I pair that with a Thirty One item.  This year it was Thirty One luggage tags.  IMG_3347  I bag them up in a cute bag: IMG_3348  The finished gifts all ready to go: IMG_3349  I used my new Thirty One Inside Out bag for delivering the FE gifts.4090732A0000_large  Love this bag!

Next up….Believe and a surprise dinner!

 

 

Disney Fantasy Western Caribbean Day 5- Royal Court & Pop!

Eventually it was time to leave the Rainforest and the spa and go back to the room to get ready for dinner.  I was waiting for CSP in the lobby of the spa.  And waiting, and waiting.  He FINALLY appeared and thrusted his arm at me- “Smell my arm! Body wash!”  What??  He’d taken a shower!  He said he just wanted to look in and see what they looked like.  But “As soon as I saw the three bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and body wash- they had me!”   Funny boy!  He even had me smell his hair.  They really do have some nice products!

On the way back to our room we passed the adult pool.  DSC_5698  Love the pool bar! DSC_5699 This is the Cove Cafe.  Like a floating Starbucks.  We toured through it once.  You can get magazines to read and little pastries. DSC_5700

We went back to the room and spent some time out on the verandah.  I had a glass of wine and CSP enjoyed a beer.  Then it was time for dinner DSC_5705at Royal Court.DSC_5703  CSP started with smoked salmonDSC_5706 and a bleu cheese polenta cake.DSC_5708  I had roma tomatoes and goat cheese.DSC_5707   My soup was the potato and sausage soup.  I had pictured in my head something like the zuppa toscana that’s served at Olive Garden but instead it had lentils in it.  Not a fan of the lentils.  So I gave my soup to CSP.  He had a mussel and saffron soup that he loved.  For our entree we both chose the NY Strip.DSC_5709  It was scrumptious.  It came with a yummy sauce, corn, green beans, and a little potato poof thing.  For dessert CSP chose the trio- lemon cheesecake, tiramisu, and chocolate soufflé. DSC_5711 I had the banana bread pudding with caramel sauce.  DSC_5710OMG.  I would have licked the plate had it been socially acceptable.

Let me just say that for 51 weeks of the year we eat like normal humans.  We try to eat healthfully and we watch our portions.  But on the cruise, for those 7 nights we’re eating at fancy restaurants having dishes we normally wouldn’t have.  So we splurge!

That night was our server Tumelo’s birthday so we made sure to wish him a happy birthday.  We heard there was going to be a great party in the crew area that night!

After dinner we went to The Tube IMG_3325IMG_3323 for Pop! IMG_3327 Pop is a Pop culture game show.  We also stayed for the 80’s music challenge.  We didn’t win, but we had a great time!  I had my High Tide drink while we were in the Tube. IMG_3326

I had to use the restroom so I ducked into the public restroom outside of the Europa district IMG_3330(where all the adult pubs are). It was the fanciest restroom I’d ever been in!  There was no one else around so I grabbed CSP and brought him in to see!  Just check out this tile mosaic! IMG_3328

At some point during the night we saw Woody DSC_5702 and Jessie! DSC_5701  And Minnie too! IMG_3321  Oh and Donald’s back! IMG_3322  We also passed the queen’s throne so CSP took a picture of me sitting in it.  DSC_5712  Then some lady walked by in a pretty risqué outfit!  DSC_5714

When we got back to the room I noticed I’d lost an earring.  Nothing expensive but a silver pair I wear ALL the time! PROD_5010421_LG Waaah!

Tonight’s towel animal! DSC_5715

Next up…Cozumel & Satellite Falls!

Disney Fantasy Western Caribbean Day 5- Costa Maya & the Rainforest

Today was Costa Maya day.  CSP still wasn’t feeling well and I was only at about 80% plus we only had 4 hours in port so we decided not to get off the ship.   We woke up and had an early (8am!) breakfast at Royal Court.  CSP had his usual lox and bagels and a weird omelet with baked beans in it.  He wasn’t crazy about that at all.  I had a mango yogurt smoothie and a waffle.

Before the trip I bought us both a day pass to the Rainforest in the Senses Spa DSC_5682 onboard. Each pass was only $16 each! DSC_5697  Since CSP was having a hard time breathing I thought today would be the perfect day to go sit in the steam room and open up his breathing pipes!   We went into the spa DSC_5681 and I bought the Vanilla Orange scrub for $9.  It smells divine.  They give you a little loofah to apply the scrub with and the spa lady told me to apply the scrub in the steam room then rinse off in the shower.  images-1   They gave us wristbands that activate the locked doors to the RainforestDSC_5683 and sent us off the the locker room.  We deposited our stuff and met back up.  The locker rooms are super nice and provide you with slippers, robes, hairdryers, shampoo, body wash, conditioner, the works!  You wear your swimsuit in the rainforest by the way.  No nakies allowed.  Although I did see nakey ladies in the locker room.  They have curtained changing areas but some ladies are free spirits!

We walked in to the rainforest DSC_5684 and had a drink of water. DSC_5685 You could choose cucumber or lemon water.  We grabbed a towel each.  DSC_5686Then we picked the dry sauna to start off in.DSC_5687  It was hot but not unbearable.  There was a wonderful view of the ocean.DSC_5694  We stayed in there for about 10 minutes then went and played in the showers. DSC_5693 You can “shower” (since you’re in your swimsuit) in all of the 4 showers. DSC_5692 They have aromatherapy in each one as well DSC_5691 as different colored lights that flash and 3 different shower programs in each one.  Like the Cool Mist ExperienceDSC_5690 has the Siberian Rain- BOY is that cold!  But so nice after a hot sauna!

We followed that pattern with each sauna.  DSC_5688Next came the steam room where I applied my scrub.  Turns out there’s a hose in there that gives cold water  so CSP hosed my scrub off me.  He had a little too much fun squirting me with freezing cold water!  We also tried out the Hamam. DSC_5689 It’s the 3rd and hottest sauna.  Even the seats are super hot.  We were the only people in there so there was no one to advise us what to do with the ladles and baskets.  CSP took that to mean you just fling water at your wife.  We didn’t stay in there long.  We tried every single shower combination then went out to the hot tubs.   DSC_5696

The hot tubs face the ocean and are made for 2 people.  The bottoms are waved so you are forced to lounge in the tub.  We were in the hot tub and CSP said to me “I am SO relaxed.  I could not get more relaxed.”  Plus he could breathe!    Once we were finished with the hot tubs we dried off on the heated tile loungers that overlook the hot tubs and the ocean. DSC_5695  Each lounger has a little book like.  OMG they are so relaxing.  I had to keep myself from falling asleep.  No one needs to hear me snore while they are on vacation!

By the way, the Rainforest and Spa were open for business when I took these pictures.  It was incredible!  CSP at one point turned to me and said “I can’t believe we’re on a ship with 4000 other people and there’s NO ONE around!”  It was so wonderful!  Every now and then there would be other people but it never got busy and we never had to wait for anything.  And the entire time you’re in there relaxing there’s this peaceful music playing and it just smells so good.  Or maybe that was me because of my scrub!  I did smell wonderful!  🙂

We took a break from the spa and went to Royal Court for lunch.  CSP had dill marinated salmon IMG_3316and I had shrimp cocktailIMG_3317 as our appetizers.  Our soups were chilled tangerine for me and chicken consumme for CSP.   For our entrees CSP had the burger and fries IMG_3318and I had butternut squash risottoIMG_3319 (1).  I LOVE risotto and don’t seem to find it on menus around town where we eat so I get it as much as possible on the ship.  CSP skipped dessert because of his big ole burger but I had an apricot tartlet. IMG_3320

After lunch we swung by the room to grab my camera so I could take pictures of the Rainforest then it was back to the spa.  It was a day pass after all and we were going to take advantage!  We also picked up our books in the room and spent a good amount of time reading on the heated tile loungers.  There are 10 loungers, 2 hot tubs, 4 showers and 3 saunas.  My skin was still feeling so good and moisturized!

Next up…..dinner at Royal Court and Pop!