This morning we woke up super early because we chose to do Express Debarkation. There are 2 ways to leave the ship. One is you go to breakfast then go pick up your luggage. The second is express debarkation where you take your own luggage and leave without having breakfast. We had the later seating for dinner which meant we wouldn’t be having breakfast until 9:15 am, so we chose to hop off the ship early and tote our own luggage instead.
Check out the cutest security dog ever!!!
Everything went really smoothly and we were in our FILTHY car in no time! Hurricane Ian left my poor Hazel the Hyundai covered in dirt and debris! Poor girl! We went to Southern Charm Cafe for breakfast. It was delicious as always and we were on the road before we would have been seated at our scheduled breakfast on the Wish!
Just before leaving Florida, we stopped for gas & snacks at Buc-ee’s again. When we walked in I heard CSP exclaim from behind me “Buc-ee is here!”. Sure enough, the beaver himself was right there in the plush! CSP was so excited to get his picture with him!
We loaded up on road snacks, beverages, and even a hat for CSP before heading north again. When we got to Orangeburg we stopped and had an early dinner with my father & Mimi at Cracker Barrel. I swear, all these roadside stores with their tempting seasonal merchandise!!!
The drive home up I-95 wasn’t bad, though we did see some dirt and debris in some areas from Ian. We were just so thankful my car was still ok after sitting there all week! It could have been much worse and our hearts broke for those affected.
We had a wonderful week! So relaxing and so much fun! Especially with the 2 bonus cruise days thrown in! There’s no better way to ride out a hurricane than on a Disney ship! The Wish is an absolutely beautiful ship and we really loved our time on it!!!
In case you were wondering about our pups while we were cruising… they were at home being taken care of by Mom of CSP. She came and stayed the week at our house with the pups and spoiled them rotten- just as they should be!!!
It was so good to get back home and hug our pups but we can’t wait for our next cruise adventure!!!
Today is our last full day on the ship! Sad face!!! This morning we got up for an early breakfast at the buffet in Marceline Market.
They have a hand washing station as you walk in.
Today we ate in the cafe looking section up front. It’s v cute!
After breakfast I wasn’t feeling too well so I went back to the room for a lie down and CSP popped over to Castaway Cay to try and find some Stitch pins. He was successful and he also got some great shots of the ship while there!
He also saw another Lizard Man! Except this one had Jiminy Cricket instead!
It was H-O-T HOT on Castaway Cay so when CSP got back we decided to just stay on the ship, explore, and enjoy the basically empty pools. I know- it’s a controversial decision but we’ll be back to CC soon!!!
These are the Neverland and Wonderland Cinemas. The last picture is the entrance to the Walt Disney Theatre. They show films in the cinemas and mostly live shows (but occasionally films) in the Walt Disney theatre. We knew we had limited time this cruise and with it being our first on the wish we didn’t want to commit 2 hours to a movie. But we do love being able to see the new releases at sea!
We went to Goofy’s pool for a while and found a shady spot to read. There are a bunch of smaller pools on the Wish instead of only a few larger ones and it’s really nice. We got hungry and went up to Deck 11 for some BBQ for lunch and sat by the helipad on Castaway Cay. The water is just beautiful here!
Back to Goofy’s pool for the remainder of the afternoon where we swam and read our books. CSP is reading a Daniel Silva book, The Kill Artist, or The English Assassin, I can’t remember which one. I read Natalie Barelli’s The Accident, which kept me glued to the pages! Finally it was time to go back to the cabin to pack and shower for our last dinner on the Wish (for now!).
Sunset from our verandah. While packing we decided to order room service one last time. I chose the cheese & fruit plate and CSP got some buffalo wings. The room service lady on the phone said it would be 30 – 40 minutes. So I decided to put off getting in the shower until after they left. But we were still in our wet swimsuits. I had just peeled mine off when (not 4 minutes after I’d hung up with room service) there was a knock at our door!!! I grabbed my suit and towel and CSP shoved me into the bathroom so he could answer the door!!! We were laughing so hard! FASTEST room service ever!!!
Tonight’s last dinner was back in Arendelle.
CSP was v impressed with his Chilean Sea Bass!
Even though there wasn’t a show tonight, Elsa, Anna, and Kristoff came around to bid everyone a nice sleigh ride home!
We were able to snag a picture of our hard working server Pedro!
While I was filling out the guest survey, CSP ran around the ship for some last minute night shots.
The last pic above is the Goofy pool, where we spent a good portion of the day.
Our towel animal tonight was a stingray!!!
Goodnight! Tomorrow we disembark the Wish and battle the aftermath of Hurricane Ian to get home!!!
This morning we woke up early to beat the crowds at Marceline Market buffet for breakfast.
Click on the pics to enlarge!
We saw Lizard Man again this morning! You know how on a cruise or at an amusement park you tend to run into the same people over and over? Well for us on this cruise it was Lizard Man and Mrs. Lizard Man! LM has a tiny plushie toy Pascal the chameleon (Rapunzel’s sidekick from Tangled) on his shoulder. And Pascal has QUITE the wardrobe! I’ve seen it sporting mini Minnie ears, and a top hat and today’s princess hat! I have so many questions for LM like “How does Pascal stay up there? Does Pascal have his own suitcase?” and many more! I just love this guy!!!
After breakfast we went back to our room to get ready for the day.
Then it was time for the Hyperspace Lounge!!! This is the Star Wars bar on the ship and I swear we walked past the unassuming entrance more than once before I realized what it was!
We ordered drinks. I ordered the Mustafar Berken’s Flow and CSP ordered the Tatooine Freetown Reserve. The server said it would taste like an Old Fashioned but a bit sweeter.
The server brought our drinks out to much fanfare! She finished making CSP’s drink at our table.
She put smoke filled bubbles on the surface of both of the drinks! I loved the smoke bubbles! We noticed a bartender creating them and floating them in the air.
We both enjoyed our cocktails very much! CSP’s even had a blue striped spherical ice cube- v cool!!!
I don’t drink very often at all so when we were finished we went up to Decl 11 to get some food on my belly!
Then we visited Joyful Sweets – the sweets shoppe themed after the movie Inside Out! It’s SO cute!!!
They sell gelato and macarons and these chocolate spheres and themed cupcakes! There’s also a section with prepackaged sweets including flavored popcorn and candies. I chose a couple of macarons and CSP picked a Hocus Pocus cupcake. We dropped the sweets off back at our room to enjoy later.
On the way back to our room we ran into Tiana! I WISH I’d had my phone out because she was gone in a flash, but I love that you can encounter characters all over the ship! We got some drink refills on Deck 11 then went to the Luna lounge for a new game show called Villains Game Night. We’d gotten there early (look at us learning!) and we (along with all the other early birds) promptly got kicked out and told to come back in 20 minutes because they needed to set up for the show. There went our front row seats!
Meanwhile, Captain Andy announced that we’d be passing by Castaway Cay in a few and the Fantasy was there. It’s extremely rare to spot another Disney ship at sea while you’re on a Disney ship since there are only 5! CSP got v excited because this 2 ships passing thing meant a horn battle would ensue! The Fantasy was leaving CC so while I waited in line to snag us some seats for the game show, CSP ran up to deck 12 to get a good spot to see the Fantasy.
The let me back into Luna
and I found seats next to this sweet couple who were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary! We chatted while we waited for the show to start. We were told to put our phones away because no photography was allowed for this show since it’s new. But I did manage to snag this pic:
Of course as soon as I put my phone away Chip & Dale came through the lounge in their Halloween costumes looking so cute! But you’ll just have to take my word for it! Ha! Then I noticed some commotion out in the hall behind me (I was seated in front of a window). It was Goofy in his Egyptian get up!
He did a little dance.
The show began with no sign of CSP! It was a cute show- think Hollywood Squares but with Disney Villains! Finally CSP joined me all hot and sweaty from being all the way up on Deck 12 in the sun watching the horn battle with the Fantasy. He got some good pictures of the ship and in the video (it’s about 5 minutes long, you’ve been warned) you can hear the horns. Disney ship horns are different. They don’t honk, they play tunes! It’s awesome!!!
Skip to 2:13 for the horn battle!
We went back to our room to change into our swim suits. We’d decided that we didn’t want to go to dinner at the Marvel restaurant again tonight since we weren’t crazy about it the first night and we’d just wing dinner.
We went up to the Quiet Cove adults only area and got in this little bench thingy. The water is about a foot deep and you sit on this tile bench (it’s comfy I promise) while water cascades down the bench and into the little pool at your feet. It was really nice.
More of the Quiet Cove area ^^^. We read and I found these awesome oversized, padded rockers that were SO comfy cozy!!!
CSP decided he wanted to try the AquaMouse while everyone was at dinner so I parked myself under one of the final stretches and had my phone at the ready to shoot a video.
He went twice and pro tip- it’s really hard to see people at night when they are flying past you on a water raft!!! I took 11 videos of strangers to finally get this one of CSP!!!
We went back to the room and ordered room service for dinner then went to bed! Our towel animal tonight:
CSP noticed the “pattern” we were sailing in trying to avoid Hurricane Ian. Basically we just drove in circles in the Caribbean and the Atlantic Ocean!
Today is a sea day. We woke up early and at 8am went to breakfast at 1923. 1923 is the year the Walt Disney Company was founded. On the way to breakfast we passed the luxury shops and the Bayou- a lounge. Early mornings is a great time to snap pics of the ship!
After breakfast I went back to the room to get ready for the day and connect with people back home. CSP explored the ship. On the way back to the room we saw Tiana waiting to meet people.
It was another rainy day. CSP came back to the room to pick me up and we went to lunch back at 1923.
We had sailed directly into a thunderstorm. It was WILD to be on a cruise ship and hear thunder and see lightning! We could barely see the ocean through the windows of the restaurant!
Service at lunch was slow and disjointed. So slow that we missed the sports trivia activity we had planned on going to after. Five different people waited on us at lunch. It was odd. Normally you have a service team of two.
After lunch we went to Mickey’s Mainsail gift shop again looking for Stitch pins. No luck. So we went up to the beverage station for drinks and also got some ice cream. We went back to the room to read and watch a movie. I was still looking on the app for some fun activities for us to do. We went to bingo but it was so packed an hour out that there was no room for us. Off to Keg & Compass so CSP could get a Guinness but people were spilling out of the small bar. With the rain everyone was inside so it was super crowded everywhere we went. So…. back to the room to read while CSP napped.
A little later we went to meet Daisy Duck. You have to stand in line to meet the characters.
Pluto was there before Daisy and every time he signed an autograph we cracked up! He’d hold the item he was autographing on his nose (!!!) and sign it that way. SO funny!
Meeting Daisy was fun! And lest you think we were the only adults in that line, think again! Many, many adults line up to meet the characters. Something about being on that ship makes you a kid again!
It was time for the show so we ran up to the beverage station to refill our drinks. Tonight’s show was Aladdin.
It was REALLY good. They’d updated the Genie’s jokes. There was even a Pete Davidson joke! It didn’t go over too well but I got it! CSP isn’t normally a fan of musicals but he LOVED it!
We had to make a quick stop this evening back at Nassau for a medical emergency.
Back in our room we got ready for our first dinner in 1923.
Today is Castaway Cay day!!! Castaway Cay is Disney’s private island in the Bahamas. It’s a beautiful wonderland! Unfortunately, shortly after waking up, we learned that we could not dock at Castaway Cay today because of the weather and the wind speed (from Hurricane Ian).
It rained off and on all day. We were super impressed with the giant screen – Funnel Vision. SO clear!!!
So we went up to Marceline’s Market (the buffet) for breakfast. While I was walking around gathering my breakfast I saw a man who was crouched down with his hands on his son’s shoulders. The son looked to be about 6. The man was SCREAMING in his face- “You listen to me! You calm down! CALM DOWN!!!” Yeah, that’s going to make him calm down- you all red faced screaming inches from his face!!! UGH.
Random thing I noticed today- the ship smells amazing! Disney must be pumping in scent because it smells good all the time!!!
We went back to the room to buy internet for the day and make some phone calls to update people at home about our cruise being extended. We had a hotel reservation in Florida for Friday night that I had to cancel since we’ll still be on the ship. I took lots of pictures of our room. I posted a video the other day but here’s pictures. Then we got ready for our day.
For lunch today we went casual and grabbed something to eat on Deck 11. I went to Donald’s Cantina and got a burrito bowl. CSP got brisket from the BBQ station. Pro Tip: the Disney ships have beverage stations (most of the time on the pool deck or deck 11). You have to use a disposable cup that they offer but the cups are TINY. So we bring reusable cups with us and fill them up at the drink station (using the paper cups to fill for sanitation’s sake). That way we can tote our drinks all around the ship and not run out so quickly! CSP uses a Swig cup and I used my new Stanley cup on this cruise. LOVE the handle!
After lunch we went up to Deck 12 & Wheezy’s Freezies for a Dole Whip. SO good! We took my Dole Whip back to our room and read our books and relaxed on the verandah. We got some snacky snacks from room service (room service on Disney ships is free and fast! Tip your servers!). Then we showered and got ready for dinner. We found out that we aren’t docking back in Port Canaveral until Sunday!!! Wooot!!! The ship is really rocking due to the hurricane.
On the way to dinner we passed by the Grand Atrium and CSP took a quick video.
Dinner tonight is back in Arendelle and it’s Pirate Night!!! We joked that the hallway going to the Arendelle dining room is the longest one on the ship!
Tonight we have the pirate menu and no show from the Arendelle singers. After dinner we went up to Deck 13 to get a good spot for the fireworks!
On our way back down in the elevator to get to our room to retire for the night, a man told us that DCL was gifting everyone with free internet for the rest of the cruise because of the delays. Yay!
Today is Nassau Day!!! We woke up early and went to breakfast in 1923. 1923 is a gorgeous restaurant on the Wish that is decorated like old Hollywood. It’s divided into 2 sections- the Roy Disney side and the Walt Disney side. There are over 900 (!!!) pieces of memorabilia in the restaurant! So much to look at!!! Pictures to come when we have dinner there. On the way back to our room from breakfast we spotted a dachshund in a stroller! I WISH I’d had my phone in my hand so I could have snagged a picture!!! Sigh.
In our room we showered, got ready for the day, read our books, and relaxed for a while. It was POURING rain from Hurricane Ian so we didn’t get off the ship. Plus there were 4 ships in port today so it was v crowded!
Lunch today was in Marceline’s Market. It’s a buffet divided into many different sections. It’s more upscale than Cabanas on the other DCL ships (In our opinion). The food was great! SO much seafood and CSP ate ALL of it!!! We both had peel & eat shrimp, he had some crab claws too, and I had chicken tikka masala. They have a great variety!
After lunch we decided to go exploring a bit on the ship. We went up to the Quiet Cove Cafe, bar, and pool.
This is the adults only area of the ship. We spent an hour at the Cafe where CSP got a Vietnamese coffee and I had a Thai Tea.
We were excited to learn that the Quiet Cove Cafe still has a punch card where after you buy 5 drinks you get one free. When we left the QCC the rain was coming down even harder! We took a right out of the cafe but ran into a dead end and had to go all the way around the end of the ship to get back to the elevators. By the time we reached the elevators we were both SOAKED! So we went back to the room to dry out and let me redo my hair! While in our room we watched some Hurricane Ian coverage and read our books.
Took some pictures as we left Nassau.
Then it was time to get ready for the show! Tonight we are seeing the Little Mermaid in the Walt Disney Theatre. No photography during the show, but it was FANTASTIC! The talent on the Disney ships is just downright amazing! You forget you’re on a ship in the middle of the ocean!!!
After the show CSP bought me the Jack Skellington popcorn bucket! It lights up! SO cute! It changes colors!
After the show we popped back to our room to freshen up for dinner. It’s also “Halloween” tonight as this is a Halloween on the High Seas cruise! CSP & I dressed up as tourists. Ha!
On the way to dinner we stopped back into Mickey’s Mainsail and bought a magnet for our souvenir.
Dinner tonight was in Arendelle, named for the village in the movie Frozen.
After we ordered, the show began! A female singer, a guitarist, and a violinist came out and sang songs from the Frozen movies. They were incredible!
We had great seats. Anna, Elsa, and Kristoff came out to see everyone too! The idea is that we’re at the engagement party for Anna & Kristoff.
CSP got himself a trio of Nordic drinks. A Nordic wheat beer, Meade, and Aquavit. He loved it all!
The food in Arendelle is really great too. I had the scallop appetizer which consisted of a pastry baked over a broth with 2 scallops in it with some vegetables. It was really good.
There was a nice family seated to my right in the above picture. There was a mom, dad, and daughter of about 9 years of age. The daughter wrapped her clear retainer in a white paper napkin and put it on the table. Well, you guessed it, the server cleared the table and threw it out. She was SO upset. She was sobbing. Her parents were trying to make her feel better about it but she couldn’t be consoled. The server came over and asked what was wrong. Mom explained and told the server that finding the retainer would be like looking for a needle in a haystack. Well their server went through the garbage and FOUND IT!!! He then brought her a cup to keep it in. She was so relieved she sobbed even harder! Poor girl! My heart broke for her, but WOW! What service and what luck that they found it!!!
The man on the left in the picture below is Luken, our host for the evening. That’s Kristoff with the horn. They led the entire dining room in a sing along of Let it Go from the original Frozen. It was awesome! Just think- 700 ish people singing at the top of our lungs! People were belting out the words. It’s my favorite moment from the cruise!!!
We had the late seating for dinner at 8:15 pm. At about 9 pm the captain came over the PA system to update us on Hurricane Ian. He’d already told us yesterday that it was likely that we wouldn’t be able to dock back at Port Canaveral until later in the day Friday instead of 6 am as scheduled. When he started speaking it fell silent in the dining room. You could have heard a pin drop. Captain Andy (who’s Irish btw- I LOVE his accent so much) said that because of Ian our cruise would be extended through Saturday or Sunday!!! When he said “Saturday” the entire room erupted in cheers and applause!!! 700 people clapping and whooping!!! Luckily he repeated his message so we could hear the whole thing!
After dinner photos on the way out of Arendelle!
After dinner we went to the Luna lounge for my favorite cruise game show- Match Your Mate! Think the Newlywed game but there’s a newlywed couple, a long time couple of about 20 years, and a couple who’s been married over 50 years.
Luna was PACKED!!! I was able to score a seat in the balcony and CSP had to sit behind me. It’s SUCH a funny show!!!
By the time Match Your Mate was over it was almost midnight so we went back to our room for bed!!!
Ed made a pumpkin with our blanket and a washcloth!!! So cute!!!
Today we drove down to Port Canaveral, Florida. And by “we” I mean I drove while CSP slept! On the way we starting seeing billboards for Buc-ee’s. My friend Leah is from Texas and every time she goes home to Texas she always stops at Buc-ee’s. Neither CSP nor I had never been, but I’ve heard such amazing things from Leah, so I knew I wanted to stop. Buc-ee’s is a travel stop. A gas station on steroids. It’s huge! HUGE!!! CSP counted and there are 22 gas pumps on each side of the store! They are open 24 hours a day and have the cleanest bathrooms ever! There’s one in Florence, SC (but that’s too far north of our route), so we went to the one outside of Jacksonville and we were not disappointed!!!
Buc-ee’s mascot is a beaver and there’s a statue at the entrance.
Inside is a wonderland! Not just snacks and drinks, but clothing and home goods!!! And even a vintage truck!
They have a wall of beef jerky, and they make their own brisket and fudge! You could easily stay there for an hour or more just browsing everything!
We got back on the road and finally made it to Port Canaveral 2 hours late! There were so many accidents and rubberneckers on I-26 that it added a solid 2 hours to our trip. So we missed out on having dinner with my cousin and his family 😦 , we’ll catch them next time. We got to PC at about 9pm so we didn’t have many dinner options. We chose Grill’s Seafood Deck & Tiki Bar. After a quick dinner we checked in to our hotel and called it a night!
We woke up and had breakfast at Triton’s. Nice and quiet this morning! My toe was still bleeding a little and all bandaged up. And hurting. Same with my left leg. Wait until you see the bruise! We had plans today to do Resort for a Day in Curacao. But with my foot all bandaged up I can’t go in the pool. Whomp whomp. So we decided to stay on the ship today.
After a nap and getting ready for the day we went back to Triton’s for lunch.
We then went up to deck 10 to take some pictures of Curacao.
We decided when we come back we’ll rent a car like we did in Bonaire to tour Curacao. Such a pretty island!
We hung out around the ship taking pictures
and reading and people watching until it was time to get in line to see Pirate Stitch. Stitch is my favorite character and we’ve never met Pirate Stitch in person.
The line for Stitch stretched all the way around Tritons and down the hall!
He’s a popular alien. He was super cute the way he interacted with us. He made a big deal about how tall CSP is (6 feet 4 inches) and Stitch is MAYBE 5 feet tall. And he gushed over my Stitch lanyard and Stitch pins. SO sweet! Turned us into little kids again!!!
After seeing Stitch we went down to the Crown and Fin pub for Disney trivia.
Man! That was HARD!!! Who knows this stuff?? Some questions were: Where were Walt and Lillian Disney married? Who composed the music for some ride at Disney in Asia? What year did cast members start wearing name tags? WHO KNOWS??? Answers: Idaho, Danny Elfman, and 1970 something. Out of 25 questions I got 7 right! FOR SHAME!!!! I drowned my sorrows in 2 coconut mojitos. Yum!
We then went up to the pool so CSP could swim. I read my book and sipped on a frozen mango margarita. The lady next to me had never had one so she ordered one too. I saw her on the way to the airport to go home and she told me she had like 5 more during the cruise! I’m good for business Disney! Give me some discounts!
Ok so 3 mixed drinks in less than 2 hours made me a wee bit drunk. Just a lil bit. But enough that CSP gave me grief for it! Ha!
Dinner tonight was at Palo,
the adults only Italian restaurant onboard. It’s Pirate Night at all the other restaurants.
We’ve done Pirate Night and the menu isn’t our favorite so we always go to Palo on Pirate Night.
Nisha was our server tonight. So cute! She’s from Thailand. Dinner lasted from 8:30 to 11:00pm!!! Crazy!
CSP chose the cippino (a seafood stew),
antipasta (where they bring the cart around. It’s no longer automatic, you have to order it),
and Dover Sole for his dinner.
I had the calamari (which came with this HUGE shrimp),
the caprese salad,
and scallops on artichoke risotto. We both got the Amaretto souffle for dessert and
Nisha also brought us a limoncello tart.
I had some hot tea with dessert.
Everything was amazing! We were there so late we didn’t get to go up on deck to see the fireworks, but we could see most of them through the window.
After dinner we waddled back to our room and hit the hay!
This morning we woke up extra early to get dressed and pack our last minute things. We do the express walk off to avoid standing in line at customs. That means you carry your own bags off the ship and you don’t have breakfast onboard. OMG! we had SO much stuff! I swear we didn’t get on the ship with that much stuff!!! We got off the ship and went through customs in record time. No lines at all!
We packed up the car and went to breakfast. CSP found a good prospect on Yelp so we went there. It’s called Southern Charm Cafe. Good thing we got there when we did (about 8:15am) because once we got seated, with no wait, a huge line appeared and people were waiting all out the door and down the sidewalk!
All the waitstaff wear t-shirts with cute sayings on the backs like “Raised on Sweet Tea” and “There’s Nothing Biscuits and Gravy Can’t Fix”. Well one of the servers’ shirts said “Well butter my butt and call me a biscuit!” CSP apparently had never heard that saying before (being from Minnesota and all). He laughed about that all the way home! Breakfast was really good. We decided to make that place our go to spot for post cruise breakfasts from here on out!
We hit the road for home and should have been home around 5:30 pm but somewhere in v rural SC on I 95 there was a HUGE accident. So Nigel, my phone’s navigator voice, rerouted us through this TINY town to bypass the wreck. That added about an hour onto our trip. We finally got home around 7 pm to some really excited pugs!
Our 17th anniversary!!! So we’re back on the ship and CSP said he wanted to go swimming. Up to the pool we went. We weren’t there 20 minutes before these crazy high winds came out of nowhere! One poor crew member was running around trying to tie down all the cushions to the lounge chairs as they were flipping and flopping in the wind. No rain, mind you, just crazy wind. I was trying to hold down our towels and stuff when CSP’s pool slide shoes just took off! Thankfully a nice man retrieved them for me (as well as a lip gloss that had flown out of my wristlet) while I was yelling for CSP to get out of the pool. It was like a cartoon- CSP’s slides went flying again so he was chasing after them and I was wind wrestling with our towels while trying to get back inside. Crazy! But! Foreshadowing!
We went back to our room and did some packing then got showered and dressed for dinner. We were so sad! It was our last dinner of the trip! I filled out the tip envelopes and threw in some extra for Neil our room steward, Alit our server, and Kwan our assistant server. I put the envelopes in my wristlet and we headed off to Tiana’s Place for dinner and Mardi Gras! When we arrived at our table our normal clear water glasses had been replaced by cool colored glasses.
Love the menus!
The frog plates were back.
So cute! Kwan gave us Mardi Gras beads! We had a fabulous dinner and we noticed that on our entree plates the frog was sporting a crown!
The band was back and so was Tiana. She sang and danced with all the kids again.
When it was dessert time Alit brought us out beignets with chocolate sauce, then he disappeared!
The beignets were really good but we could have shared a portion as they are filling!
The music started up again and Tiana led Louis and the Second Line through the dining room with kids (and grown ups too) following her dancing.
That’s when we spotted Alit and Kwan! They were part of the parade! There was even a limbo contest!
Once all the merriment died down (slightly), Alit and Kwan reappeared. For dessert CSP had ordered a 9 layer chantilly creme cake and I ordered the white chocolate bread pudding (OMG! so good!!!). We were enjoying our desserts when all the sudden Alit was there with ANOTHER dessert in hand! An anniversary cake! The little chocolate even says Happy Anniversary! He sang us a little song and gave us some sage advice. I gave him his tip envelope and he said “For my family” as he tucked it away in his pocket. GAH. I about cried when he said that and just wanted to give him everything we have. They work SO hard and are separated from their spouses and children for months and months at a time. But he never appeared without a giant smile and a spot on Mickey impersonation!
We gave Kwan her envelope and the one for the head server then it was time to go. We stopped to check out our photos in Shutters one last time and then stopped by the gift shop. On Castaway Cay CSP had stopped into the gift shop to buy a Castaway Cay magnet for our collection. While there he picked up 2 new Stitch pins for my lanyard as a surprise! Sweet! BUT one of the pins kept popping it’s back off and falling off my lanyard. So we stopped in the gift shop to see what could be done about that. Luckily they sell locking pin backs. Problem solved!
Now, I would be remiss if I came to the end of our cruise without mentioning one very special person, my friend Lisa. Lisa got us hooked on Disney cruises when we cruised the Wonder in 2008 as I was a bridesmaid in her wedding on Castaway Cay. Seriously, because we had a bad experience on a different cruise line in 1998 CSP said he was NEVER cruising again. Well I forced him onto the Wonder for Lisa’s wedding and by the end of it he said he would cruise, but ONLY Disney! Then a few years later Lisa started her dream job of being a travel agent who specializes in all things Disney! That girl knows everything from which rides to ride first at the parks to which rooms to book on the cruise ships to get the secret giant verandahs. Now, you can certainly book your cruise on your own but why would you? The price is the same whether you use a travel agent or not! I love knowing all I have to do is email Lisa about the cruise we want and everything is taken care of! I can rest assured there will be distilled water in our room for my CPAP machine, that we’ll be signed up for the 8 pm dinner rotation, etc. And if you’re wondering how Disney knew it was our anniversary? Lisa! So if you’re even just thinking that my cruise looked pretty fun and you’d sure like to cruise too…. email Lisa at Lisa@PixieandPirateDestinations.com and she will take SUCH good care of you!
Back to the cruise. When we were finished at the gift shop we went back to our room to finish packing and to fill out the comment card that was left in our room. The comment cards are super important so don’t skip them! It only takes a couple minutes. Then it was time for bed.
Well, so I thought. Remember all that wind I told you about? Our room was in the Forward section of the ship but I know Laci was feeling it in the Aft section where their room was too. We were rocking and rolling I tell you! It felt like we were on a little speed boat hitting those waves! The bathroom doors were opening and slamming shut. The closet doors were too! And through the whole thing CSP slept like a baby! I said an extra prayer that we make it back to Port Canaveral in one piece and went to sleep.