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Another Morning on the Disney Dream
We woke up a little after 7 this morning, so we definitely missed out on the sunrise (which our Navigator told us was at 6:40am). I did not sleep well. In fact, I believe I got up exactly 7 times to go to the bathroom! I used to be like that when we had a waterbed. Must be that rocking sensation!
We went for breakfast at Royal Palace. I expected a buffet, like we had the day before at Enchanted Garden; but, at Royal Palace, you order off a menu. Brian chose a made-to-order omelette, while I went with a pineapple french toast stack. We were both quite pleased.
After breakfast, we got off the ship and set out to explore Castaway Cay.
We didn’t get very far before it was quite obvious to me that I was going to really enjoy this day! Right away, you can just tell that Castaway Cay is Disney’s private island because it has so many of those special Disney touches.
Our goal was to get over the Serenity Bay (the Adults Only beach), but I kept stopping to take pictures. I couldn’t help myself!
Our server had told us to take the tram over to Serenity Bay, but I figured it couldn’t be that far to walk. It actually WAS pretty far and I was wishing we had taken his advice. But, I’m glad we walked at least one way so we could see some of the sites. We eventually made it over there and claimed a set of beach chairs and just sat and soaked up the sun and looked out over the very turquoise water for a few hours.
Man, we look hot, don’t we? (As in, sweaty!) That’s because we worked up quite a sweat on the long walk. We might as well have done the 5K. Next time, I think I will!
Lunch on Castaway Cay
After a few hours, we decided that we were ready to go grab some lunch, then take our time working our way back to the ship. We went to the BBQ at Serenity Bay. We were impressed by all the food choices – burgers, ribs, salads, etc. The burgers were like a sirloin patty – very good. Brian enjoyed the toppings bar, but I topped mine with the cole slaw and it was absolutely delicious. I rarely eat an entire burger, but I gobbled that one right down. The couscous salad was really delicious also.
After lunch, we took the tram back to the main part of the island. We stopped at one of the shops and picked out a Castaway Cay t-shirt for each of us.
Our Afternoon on the Ship
The sun – and the fact that I hadn’t slept well the night before – left me very tired. I took a nap while Brian showered. After I showered, we went up to Deck 11 to check out the Cove Cafe. We had an onboard beverage credit and, since Brian doesn’t drink, I knew I was going to have to use that thing up. I had ordered a drink at dinner the night before, but wanted to go in search of yummy coffee. I got a delicious frozen coffee drink and we sat for a while in a seat overlooking the island. Again, I have to say how absolutely gorgeous that water is!
Brian wanted ice cream, so we went and grabbed a few ice cream cones and sat on the other side of the ship for awhile as well. At the time, I really thought we were being way too lazy on the cruise. Now, looking back, I realize that that’s the whole point! It’s a much more relaxing vacation than a trip to Walt Disney World!
We went back to our room to, once again, watch as the ship sailed away from the island. We also got to watch the sunset, which was absolutely stunning.
It was Pirate Night, so there was no need to dress up for dinner. I had ordered pirate t-shirts for us for the evening.
Magic & Beyond
The show that evening was a variety show, “featuring the Magic & Illusions of Justino & Daniela.” I have to admit that, when I saw that, I almost skipped the show. I mean, you’ve seen one magic show, you’ve seen them all, right? Well, let me tell you, I am SO glad we didn’t skip the show. It was absolutely amazing! The illusions were insanely hard to believe (I’m still trying to figure out how they did those things!) But, the best part was the very end. Justino closed the show by sharing a puzzle story that was beyond heartwarming. Very family-oriented.
Justino & Daniela tour the world, so if you ever get the opportunity to see them, do it! You won’t be disappointed!
Mickey’s Pirates in the Caribbean
We went up to check out the Pirate Party, which was definitely more geared toward kids. The area around the pool deck was insanely packed. And, of course, everyone was pushing and shoving to get the best seat. It was cute, but I would definitely skip this next time (unless I’m traveling with children).
Pirate Night at Royal Palace
Our dinner that night was at Royal Palace, for the Pirate Menu. It was delicious – my favorite meal so far aboard the ship! I had pre-ordered Captain Jack’s Ribs because, well . . . Captain Jack! Duh! My appetizer that evening was pretty much heaven on a plate as well!
In addition to the desserts that we ordered that evening, our servers also brought out a special anniversary dessert – and they sang to us. It was very sweet! The head server also gave us Disney Cruise Line anniversary buttons (they’re similar to the WDW ones, but a bit smaller).
Our Towel Creation
In honor of Pirate Night, our stateroom host left us a Davy Jones towel/blanket creation. We were quite impressed! In fact, I went out into the hallway to find him and thank him for it!
Fireworks at Sea
We knew we didn’t want to go back up to Deck 11 and fight the crowds to see the fireworks, so we took a chance on being able to view them from our verandah (though most people said we probably wouldn’t be able to see them).
Next week, I’ll share our trip report for Day 4.
If you missed the first 2 posts in this series, be sure to check them out:
- First Impressions of the Disney Cruise Line
- Our First Disney Cruise Trip Report – Day 1
- Our First Disney Cruise Trip Report – Day 2