Disney Fantasy Western Caribbean Day 8- Castaway Cay!

One of the highlights of the cruise- Disney‘s private island Castaway Cay!   But before we get to that, I forgot to show you our towel animal from last night! DSC_6054

So, on Friday we woke up early and had breakfast at Cabanas buffet again.  We had already changed into our swim shirts and swim suits so after breakfast we went straight to the gangway to go ashore.  We should have put our sunscreen on in the room, but I thought- there’s always time for sunscreen.  That was a mistake!  By the way, I HIGHLY recommend swim shirts/rash guards for every member of the family.  I’m very fair and my swim shirt really protects me from the sun, but because it’s sort of like a swim suit it doesn’t get weighed down by the water like a regular tshirt would.

Big Bear is ready to go! IMG_3356  Waiting for the tram is a great opportunity to take a nice picture of the ship.  She’s a beauty! IMG_3355We took the tram IMG_3364to Serenity Bay,IMG_3357 the adult beach.  Tip- go early or you’ll be hoofing it to the far end of the beach to find your chairs.  There are plenty of chairs and umbrellas.  We found a great, shaded spot under the 4th yellow umbrella. IMG_3358  The view from my chair. IMG_3359  We were reading our books when we spotted the dashing Captain Jack Sparrow wandering down the beach.  IMG_3360Who knows where he came from! IMG_3361  He has the swagger of a pirate down pat!

After a few hours of lounging it was time for lunch.  Even though the map of Castaway Cay shows Cookie’s BBQ & Cookie’s Too, they also provide lunch just off the adult beach next to the bar.  It’s a buffet with burgers, hot dogs, mahi mahi, ribs, lots of sides, lots of wonderful fresh cut fruit, and even a couple of ice cream machines!

After lunch was another good time to put on sunscreen.  But by now I was ready to get in the water and that was the only thing on my mind. We were being entertained by some pelicans down the beach.  They were so fun to watch as they swooped through the air then slammed into the water to get their fish.  Not the most graceful of divers- they look like they are about to break their necks when they hit the water!  I couldn’t get the best picture of them because the only cameras I brought with me were my iPhone and the underwater camera.  But see that splash?  That’s a pelican. PICT0063

As you can tell from the pictures, it was a fairly overcast day.  It was still nice and warm and the water was very cool, but once you got used to it it was just fine.   My view of the beach from the water: PICT0055  See the building there between the umbrellas?  That’s where the restrooms, bar, and buffet are located.  Just steps away from paradise!

PICT0056  CSP came out in the water with me. PICT0054  The water is quite shallow for a looooong way out at Serenity Bay.  That’s the only thing I’d change about it if I could.  I wish it were more of a traditional beach where you can walk out like 50 yards and get to chest high water.  Plus it’s very rough on your feet.  Rocks? Coral?  Something.  But I suppose it’s good that Disney didn’t go in there and just tear stuff up too.  Regardless we still enjoy it very much.  PICT0061  And there’s the start of a VERY red forehead.  Here are some of the little tiny fish that were all around us in the water. PICT0065  You can see how shallow the water was right there.  Only a couple feet deep.

After we dried off we went back to the ship.  We had to get back in time for CSP’s 4:30 beer tasting.  I snapped a couple more pictures of the ship on the way back. IMG_3365    Here you can see Dumbo on the back of the ship painting the logo, just under the flag.  Click to enlarge.  IMG_3366And look who we ran into just outside the ship!  Stitch! IMG_3372 CSP jumped right in the short line to get a picture with him.   You can see how far out the AquaDuck juts out over the side of the ship. IMG_3367 Speaking of….

When we boarded the ship we had just enough time for CSP to ride the AquaDuck.  The line wasn’t all that long because people were still on Castaway Cay.  He was so excited!   The part you see in the video is when he passed Donald’s pool and Mickey’s Pool.  He especially loved going through the tunnels where the lights were all on.  Fun!

Next up….Beers from around the world and our final dinner!

Disney Fantasy Western Caribbean Day 7- Believe and a Surprise Dinner

I talked all about the giving side of Fish Extenders but I failed to mention the receiving side.  It is so much fun to come back to your stateroom throughout the day and have little presents waiting for you!  I love it!  It’s like Christmas all week long!  While I was putting together my Fish Extender gifts the phone rang.  It was Palo asking if we’d like to have dinner there again tonight!  Well of course we would!

But first it was off to see Believe IMG_3352in the Walt Disney Theatre. IMG_3350 The theatre is gorgeous IMG_3353and the showIMG_3354 was a lot of fun. IMG_3351 We noticed a lot of people coming in to see the show holding popcorn and candy that they bought at the concession stand.  Tip:  Bring your own movie candy from home.  CSP & I brought our own drinks in for the show.  No need to spend money on snacks, get one later or before.

Since we had dinner reservations at Palo and hadn’t showered yet we didn’t get to stay all the way till the end of the show.  We’ll catch the whole thing next year!  We snuck out a little early and got showered and changed for yet another wonderful Palo dinner.

We arrived and the hostess recognized us.  She never once asked our names or anything, just seemed to know who we were each time we ate there.  Our server was Jelena again.  As we were being seated, Juan the manager brought us black napkins so we wouldn’t get white lint on our clothes.  Love that.

We had the antipasti again and CSP enjoyed another bowl of cioppino.  I had a bowl of white bean soup and theDSC_6046 mozzarella and tomato salad.  For our pasta CSP chose the gnocchi with asparagus and gorgonzola sauce. DSC_6047 It was melt in your mouth wonderful.  I chose the lobster ravioli.  Amazing again.   CSP’s entree was the turbot with potatoes, mushrooms and a ragout. DSC_6048 I had the tuna filet with truffle potatoes and artichoke hearts.DSC_6049  Fabulous.  While we were eating our entrees the chef de cuisine came out and asked CSP how he was enjoying the turbot.  They don’t get people requesting the turbot often as it can be a fishy fish and most people like more mild fish.  It was a nice touch that he came out to talk to CSP about his meal.

This time for our dessert we both chose the chocolate soufflé since we had heard so much about it the previous evening.  While we waited for it to arrive I snapped a picture of the iron work on the window treatments.  So pretty. DSC_6045  And here is one of the beautiful crystal light fixtures. DSC_6051

Our soufflés arrived and oh. my. goodness.  DSC_6050  Neither one of us had ever had chocolate soufflé before and we were both just blown away.  Pure decadence.  There is a vanilla sauce and a chocolate sauce plus a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  Jelena prepared the soufflé for us by poking a little hole in it and pouring in the sauces.  It was still very warm and just sinful.  CSP had a cup of coffee and I had a pot of Jasmine tea with mine.  Juan (from Chile) told us there was a lady recently who came in to Palo and had a chocolate soufflé for her appetizer, entree, AND dessert!  All in one sitting!  So rich!

After our fantastic dinner Jelena took our picture. DSC_6052  Then it was time to say goodbye.

We went back to the room and changed clothes then gathered up the Fish Extender gifts.  We delivered gifts all over the ship.  Delivering FE gifts is a good way to see your ship!  And a good way to walk off a chocolate soufflé!   We ran into a lady from our cruise group while we were out so we chatted with her a bit.  Note- my Facebook profile picture is a picture of my face.  A lot of people use pics of their kids or dogs or sports teams.  And that’s all well and good.  But I can’t tell you how many times I was stopped on this cruise by people from our cruise group who recognized me from my profile picture on Facebook.   Just that night in Palo a lady (I wish I could remember her name) stopped by our table to chat because she recognized me.  It’s a little like being a celebrity!  Ha!  No, but seriously, it was so cool to meet so many people from our group who couldn’t make it to the initial meet up, and all because my picture is of myself!  Once we were waiting to get on an elevator and the doors opened.  I heard “Shannon!!!” and there was a lady in the back of the elevator waving her arms at me!  So fun!

Once all the FE gifts were delivered we went to bed.  We had an early morning the next day.  It was finally Castaway Cay day!

Next up…..Castaways, pelicans, lobsters (ouch) and beer!

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 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!

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!

 

Disney Magic- Day 6

Wednesday, February 1, 2012.   St. Thomas.

Before I start telling you about our day I want to tell you why we booked our next cruise while onboard this cruise.  A few reasons (and they are all financial):

1.  You get a 10% discount off your next cruise if you book while on board.

2.  You get up to a $200 stateroom credit, which you can use on things like Palo or souvenirs in the gift shop, etc.  You get $200 if you book a 7 night or longer cruise and $100 if it is shorter than 7 nights.  We got the $100 credit.  That will take care of all our Palo visits next time!

3.  You only have to put 10% down instead of the standard 20% as your deposit.

Now, you might be wondering “if you book onboard how can Lisa still be in charge of your cruise?”.  I wondered that myself.  But I asked Lisa about it before we boarded the ship and she told me what to do.  All you have to do is tell the booking agent onboard that you want your booking attached to your personal Disney travel agent Lisa Reese with Pixie & Pirate Destinations.  Sure enough, Lisa received an email about our booking before our cruise was even over!

You might also be wondering “what if plans change and we have to move our reservation?”  No problem.  Just book onboard, get the discounts, and then you can move it around when you get home if you need to.  We might have to change our date based on CSP’s work schedule, but Lisa can handle that for us when/if it happens.

Ok, back to the trip report!  Remember to click on the photos to enlarge them.

Today was much like yesterday.  It was a port day (St. Thomas) and we’ve already been here so we chose to stay onboard again.  We woke up to breakfast in our room (by the way, that does not cost extra), then went up to the pool/hot tub for a few hours.   We really like being able to see the sunrise out over the ocean!   St. Thomas was so cute with all the sailboats in the harbor.   Some ships bigger than others!  Ha!  Our ship was the prettiest of all though.

As we were walking through the ship we noticed they were cleaning the HUGE glass sculpture in the main lobby.  Amazingly delicate work.  Now for some pics of St. Thomas and around the ship. This is the crew pool.  We never saw anyone in it.  Up on the sports deck.  I just love all the blues in the water.

After the pool and walking around the ship we changed clothes and went to Lumiere’s for lunch.  I forgot to take pictures of our lunch somehow.  CSP had marinated salmon for his appetizer.  His entree was tilapia with carmelized onions on cheese grits.  I had shrimp cocktail, tangerine soup, steak and fries.  We were seated next to this couple and their two adorable daughters.  I can’t wait to be able to bring our kids on a Disney cruise!  The food is just so much better in the sit down restaurants versus the buffets.  But when you’re in the pool and lose track of time, sometimes the buffets are your only option.

After lunch we went back to the room for our afternoon nap then woke up in time to watch the ships pull out of port from our balcony.  It was raining lightly and all the sudden a double rainbow appeared!  It was SO vivid and gorgeous and I just hope it conveys in the pictures.  Next thing you know it was time to get ready for dinner and the show.  The show tonight was really neat.  It was Buckets N Boards.  They tap dance, play drums on buckets, and they are a comedy show.  Kind of like Stomp lite.  They are really talented.

After the show we went to Diversions for cocktails again.  I know I keep saying that but what it really means is CSP gets a beer in his refillable mug and I get either a ginger ale or orange juice to mix with my whipped cream vodka.  I very rarely drink so it’s a huge treat to have a grown up drink at night.  Although since I rarely drink I have a very low tolerance so my limit is one.   While we were in Diversions we saw through the window another cruise ship all lit up.  The crew told us last night that other cruise ships hang out to watch the Disney ships’ fireworks.  I thought no way, but I guess it’s true!  Disney is the only cruise line with a fireworks permit.

Tonight dinner was at Parrot Cay.  We saw Cinderella on the way.  I love her dress. Dinner was wonderful again.  Each night we had a 4 top table to ourselves.  Thanks Lisa!  CSP had 2 appetizers again tonight.  He had Jamaican jerk chicken and Ahi tuna.  We counted at the end of the trip that he ate over 14 different types of seafood on this trip!   For his entree he chose the pan seared grouper.  His dessert was the ice cream sundae.  Look at the little Mickey!   Parrot Cay is an island themed restaurant so the meals are more tropical.  Lumiere’s is French and based on Beauty and the Beast.  Side note- we were not the only couple there with no children.  We met lots of couples who were on the cruise sans kids (whether they didn’t have them at all or just left them at home).  Disney is NOT just for kids!  We met this one older couple- they were on their 19th Disney cruise!  Can you believe it!?!

Back to my dinner.  I had the crab dip with plantains and chips for my appetizer.  Then I enjoyed a cold mango soup.  I love cold soups and only ever seem to see them on cruises.  My entree was a Jamaican pork chop with mango and polenta.  My dessert was an amazing French Toast banana bread pudding with coconut ice cream and caramel sauce.

After dinner I asked our waiter Val if he knew any tricks.   You always see cruise waiters doing tricks for the kids.  Well I love tricks too!  He made me a napkin duck and a beautiful rose!   We took my rose back to our room and changed then went up to deck 9 to watch Remember the Titans on the big screen.  Then we went back to our room and watched Captain America until we went to sleep.

Disney Magic- Day 1.

Friday, January 27, 2012.

Woke up at 5 am.  We were on the road by 7.  Poor CSP had to work late the night before so I drove and he slept until around Savannah.  Then he woke up and kept me company.  It was an uneventful drive except I saw this- Look at the size of these tires!  I’ve never seen tires this big!  We arrived in Orlando an hour early.  Go me & my pro style driving!   I always love seeing this sign.   We pulled into the BoardWalk Villas and got checked in.   We met up with Lisa & Pete in their room to catch up a little before dinner.  I brought Lisa a cosmetic bag in Black Parisian Pop with her name on it in hot pink and she loved it!  Of course she loved it- it’s gorgeous, like her!

We all caught the water taxi across the pond to the Yachtsman SteakHouse.   This was my first time eating there and it was amazing!  For those who don’t know, Lisa isn’t just my friend, she’s our Disney travel agent.  She recommended that we get the Deluxe Dining Plan for our night at Disney.  It saved us a ton of money!  More on that later.  Back to the Yachtsman.

CSP had oysters with leeks, arugula, fennel, and bread crumbs as his appetizer.  Pete had the oysters as well.    Lisa & I got the shrimp & grits.  The shrimp were HUGE!  And they still had their eye balls!  Once we got the heads off they were wonderful!    Then our steaks arrived.  I got the NY strip.  CSP got the biggest steak I’ve ever seen!    If I hadn’t been there to see it I would have never believed one man could eat so much steak!  But he did!    Then came dessert.  I got the lemon cake with a tiny blueberry shake.  SO good!   CSP got what appeared to be a chocolate fudge cake.  He insisted that I taste it.  At first it was really good. Then the heat kicked in.  He failed to tell me it was a Habanero Fudge Cake!    CSP loved it!

After dinner we road the water taxi back across the water and had to say goodbye to Lisa & Pete.  We went back to our room and were treated to some fireworks outside our window.    We were asleep in bed by 10 pm.  We had a big day coming up!