Day 7 and 8

Day 7 was the final day on board our dream vacation, the floating resort that is the Disney Fantasy.

We docked in Castaway Cay early on. I had told Michael the night before that if he wanted to go out we would meet him a shore. So when I woke up he was already long gone.  The rest of us got ready, snorkel gear and swimsuits, & headed for breakfast, then instead of returning to the room we headed straight out for the beach.

As we exited the ship we picked up towels, I stopped by the post office and posted off some post cards. (Apparently they never made it???)

Christopher had gone back to the room, he eventually joined up and we headed off to do some snorkeling. I do not have an underwater camera sorry so lots of today wasn’t caught on camera.

Kat and I snorkeled for ages, going right out to the rope cut off. We had purchased our own snorkel mask and mouth piece from Walgreens for like $12, which comparatively with the “excursion” price of $30+ was a great deal. There was not a surprising amount of fish, there were a few however and that was worth it. After an hour or so we headed back to shore to meet up with Chris and seek out some food.

Lunch was an on shore BBQ with chicken and burgers and hot dogs and what not. After refueling we headed to the adults only beach, were we ran into Michael and then spent the rest of the day floating around in bliss in the pure blue waters of Castaway cay.

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Day 8 was debarkation day. Which went smoothly enough except for the fact that we lost Perry the Platypus. We loved our servers and our stateroom attendant so much that we tipped them extra and also wrote them x2 Great service cards each. Which we had given them at dinner the night before much to their surprise and happiness.

The lines through customs were crazy and I think people kept trying to sneak food off the ship, there was a fair pile of fruit at the desks when we passed through.

We caught a shuttle back to the Radisson to pick up Michael’s car and off we went home.

Once Michael had dropped Kat and I back at Vista Way, she went to sleep, I however was very productive, I headed to Walmart to pick up some food ( as I hadn’t worked I a week so no food and no pay check).

We both slept soundly though very happy to be home but not happy for our vacation to end.

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Day 5 and 6

Day 5

So we hadn’t planned anything for St Thomas, partially because we didn’t want to spend all our money on tours and partly because Chris has been there before and he told me he would be our tour guide for the day.

We started with a buffet for breakfast at Cabanas and eventually trotted off board around 11ish, after deciding no to the beach idea. Immediately after we got off the ship we followed the fence along till we found a shopping area. We stopped in at a makeup/accessories store called Icing. We have an outlet near us back in Orlando but hey finally something that wasn’t just shot glasses and souvenirs. I ended up purchasing some sunglasses and some hair “bobby spins” to assist with my trials of the doughnut bun.

We also stumbled across a coffee shop with free Wi-Fi with the purchase of a coffee. I got a mango smoothie, Kat got a coffee and so did Christopher, I think Michael got a smoothie (???) not sure.

(It’s taken me forever to find the time to upload these I do apologize)

After sitting out in the piercing hot sun, we decided to wander on to Kmart.

As we were crossing the road and Christopher was leading us on a short cut, a car pulls over and yells “that’s the projects don’t go in there”, we all had a good laugh and thanks our unknown benefactor for the knowledge as we definitely did not want to be wandering through those buildings.

We did eventually stumble across Kmart where we entertained ourselves with picking out cast members on their tm off stocking up on fun stuff like laundry powder and body wash. Katherine and I had a great argument with the Kmart staff as we had purchased some make up as they had a buy 1 get 1 half off deal on Maybelline products so we had gotten a few things. However the items didn’t ring up and they tried to tell us that it was only specific products. Any way long story short they gave us the deals and refunded us for the difference.

After Kmart we decided it was too hot and made our way back to the ship too lazy around in the pool on the adults only deck and drink mango mojitos.

That night we had dinner at the enchanted garden, my first time. We had an amazing dinner as usual.

Did I mention that each night there is a ridiculously cheesy “Broadway style” show put on by a great cast of entertainment cast members. Katherine of course loved them all.

 

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Day 6

Day 6 did not dawn early for us. We wandered up to cabanas for breakfast at a leisurely pace. After thoroughly enjoying ourselves we then stopped in to meet the princesses, and we also managed to find another couple of characters along the way as well. Our autograph books are feeling a lot of love.

We basically lazed the day away, with frequent visits to the buffet along with ship activities such as trivia and towel folding.

To be honest I don’t remember a huge amount about this final day at sea so here are all the photos I took.

 

 

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Day 2&3: A Day at Sea

Days 2 & 3 were spent at sea.

We rushed through the waters heading towards St Maarten.

Day Two

Unfortunately day 2 was a very rough day at sea. I woke up at 10am feeling queasy and un-happy.  I headed up to breakfast by myself but only managed some fresh fruit before heading back to the cabin. Katherine was up when I returned so I headed back to breakfast with her and Michael for a second time.

Day 2 breakfast

day 2 breakfast alone

We spent the day at trivia, at a DVC meeting, and wandering the decks exploring the Disney Fantasy. I felt really queasy all day and at about 3pm I went back to the stateroom for a nap. The other three went off to meet characters.

At 6:15pm there was a Broadway style show playing in the Walt Disney Theatre – Disney wishes. It was about 3 kids who were following their dreams after finishing high school. It was the cheesiest thing I have ever seen in my life. Katherine thought it was the best thing she had ever seen, she is a sucker for cheesy Disney stuff from parades to movies she love it all.

After the show I told everyone I would meet them at dinner and went to back to the stateroom where I was violently ill for most of the evening. I did manage to make an appearance at dinner but the smell in the dining room was too much for me. It confused our servers to no end because I disappeared and never came back.

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The Enchanted Garden

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Day Three

I woke up on day three still feeling gross. Michael and Katherine woke me up for breakfast at 9am, which I attended and I had more of an appetite than the previous day which was a glorious feeling. Katherine and Michael went off to meet the princesses and I went back to bed.

Breakfast Buffet

Breakfast Buffet

Cabanas Buffet

 

View from the Buffet

Once again we frequented and won Disney trivia, we are now the proud owners of 2, read it 2 Disney cruise line key chains. I also went to guest services and they told me about some seasickness bracelets that they sell in one of the stores. So off I went and I got myself some acupressure bracelets, and let me tell ya I’m pretty sure they work.  Whenever I wear them I don’t feel sea sick! Yay!

It was really odd for me because I didn’t get sea sick on the last cruise.

Perry and Phineas

Us and Peter Pan

 

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Dinner Day 3

Day three dinner was a much happier we were at the Royal court. Nicola and Mariya our servers were very happy to see us. They spoilt us rotten giving us extra appetizers, extra mains, and extra desserts whatever we wanted. Mariya gave me 2 extra crème brulee that night because they were DELICIOUS!! We left dinner practically rolling away from the table.

Bread and Fried Brie

 

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Potato and Leek Soup

Rack of Lamb

Tahitan Vanilla Creme Brulee

Grand Marnier Souffle

Christopher Michael 8 forks balanced on a wine bottle

After dinner we headed up to the hot tub and whiled away the hours in the pool and the hot tub.  And then we all rolled off to bed.

and that ends days 2 and 3

TTFN

disney cruise: Day 1 embarkation

May 17th

Saturday dawned bright and early suprisingly enough as i had spent an amazingly long night at a Cher concert.

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Flying Cher

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cher was amazing, it was my first concert and i had the best time.

DISNEY FANTASY

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saturday consisted of last minute getting ready which took a lot longer than i wanted so i was getting pretty grumpy by the time we finally met up with Michael and got on the way to the port.

once we arrived at port canaveral we got all of our stuff  out of the van, and christopher had his big suitcase sent to the room because its wheels were broken and it was  full size suitcase. the rest of us (katherine, micheal, and I) gather our stuff and went through security and up into th line to check into our 7 day cruise!

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I have been waiting for this day for years/months! and finally we were there, checking in to our adjoining staterooms on the Disney Fantasy for a 7 day eastern caribbean cruise. nothing but luxury and disney trivia ahead of e for days and days.

After arriving in the stateroom and getting our selves sorted with our new quarters:

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After getting ourelves situated we started to roam around the ship that we would call home for a week.

We stopped by Cabanas on the 11th deck which we discovered has an amazing seafood buffett which we all stuffed ourselves with.

We then explored the ship for a few hours till it was time to pretty ourselves up for dinner at palo.

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lobster Ravioli

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Lamb Shank

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gnocchi and marscapone soup

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Chocolate Souffle

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we gorged outselves on plates and plates of rich and delicious food for over 2 hours. the somalier talked us into buying 2 bottles of wine for the table, and our server plied me with as much prosciutto as my heart desired.

we had planned an evening of fun and roaming the ship after dinner but i had started to feel ill and mostly food coma, so we all went to bed to sleep off the amazing food we had all eaten.

 

that ends day one of  my disney cruise

TTFN

Nutmeg

 

2 days to go

I’m losing my mind

Only 1 day of work left.

1 star wars character breakfast

1 Cher concert

And then …..

CRUISE TIME BABY !!

After almost 9 months with limited time off. Some months working six days a week with double shifts but mostly 5 days a week. Days off spent doing laundry and playing in the parks paying ridiculous prices for food inside the parks. I am so ready for a solid 10 days off ! In a row!

I love my job and the program and my experience over here at Disney but I am ready for something different and though I’m not really ready to go home yet ( going to stick out my last 3 months) I am really excited to leave the college program bubble for a week.

1 more 8 hour shift at all star music is all that stands between me and utter relaxation and as much food as I can fit inside my body! They are going to have to roll me off this ship !

Ps I have no idea what to wear for a Cher concert !!

7 days to go

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Woot 7 days to go !!!!!

Katherine and I went shopping and I now am the proud owner of a dress, some shorts , bathing suit and down spanx. All I need now is some alcohol, and some new shoes and I’ll be ready for cruising.

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I have been practicing my Princess hair , I have gotten some cute fake eyelashes and some glitter hair spray as well ….. Now I just need to figure out which Princess I’m going to be, and a costume for pirate night.

CRUISE INFORMATION

so I have booked 2 staterooms, they are deluxe ocean view verandah rooms, we have linked our reservations together so currently they have is in staterooms side by side with an adjoining verandah. We hope we can open this and just have a giant open deck.

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So as you can see we have booked the adults only restaurant PALO for dinner on the first night, this was due to availability, the thing with the Disney cast discount is that it only comes out like 2 weeks in advance so most things are booked up.

We also have a tour booked on St Maarten which I’m quite excited for.

I’ve been doing a lot of research ( meaning YouTube videos and blogs) about the Disney fantasy and the caribbean cruises they do and they all look amazing !!

We have completed our online check in we filled in all of our information and passports and credit cards and we are ready to be off to wonderland at practically a moments notice 🙂

T. T. F. N.
Nutmeggle