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A Day at Sea
We were up by 7 again this morning. We spent some time watching the Cruise Director’s channel on the TV to learn how to disembark the next day. The planner in me was actually very thankful for that channel because there were many times, during the time leading up to our cruise, when I felt totally out of control when it came to planning and preparing for our cruise. There are just so many unknowns. I guess it’s mostly because Disney really does all the planning for you – you just get on the ship and relax and have fun. It’s just a new concept for me!
We’re not 100% sure why, but we were given a $50 on board drink credit and I was on a mission to use that thing up! So, we headed up to Deck 11, where I got a hot (delicious) coffee at Cove Cafe – then we headed to Cabana’s for breakfast. I could seriously get used to eating here every day – what views!
Anyone Can Cook
I had been seeing several different cooking demonstrations offered on the ship, and I finally told Brian that I wanted to check one of them out. So we went to see how to make Apple Strudel.
The chef who led the demonstration was the head pastry chef on the ship. I wanted to kiss this man, as I had complimented all the various breads at our meals each day. I’m a bread snob – I like good bread! He’s Italian – which didn’t surprise me in the least – the Italians know how to make good bread!
At first, it was a little hard to understand him because his accent was very strong. But, after awhile, I realized that I was totally mesmerized by him. Do you see the table in front of him in the pictures? That table is covered with a VERY THIN layer of pastry dough! And he said he could have spread it out onto a 2nd table of equal size! It’s so thin you can see through it – yet not a single tear or hole! The guy was amazing!
And, at the end, we got to try a piece of the strudel. It was quite delicious.
Later in the day, they were making Lobster Ravioli, but since I’m allergic to seafood, we figured that might not be a good class to attend! I would totally go to more of these, though. I really enjoyed it.
Entertainment in the Atrium
After the demonstration, we were just walking around and came up the Diaper Dash (baby races) in the Atrium. It sounded silly, but it was actually quite entertaining and fun to watch!
Lunch at Royal Palace
We headed back up to Cove Cafe for an iced coffee (still trying to use up that credit!) Then we decided to head to Royal Palace for a light lunch. It really is true – you eat a LOT on a cruise! Brian opted for a burger (having really enjoyed the one on Castaway Cay the day before), but I decided on a salad and a bowl of Strawberry Soup (which I adore at 1900 Park Fare). It wasn’t quite the same, but it was still good. I had seen the people at the table beside us each evening asking for Mickey Ice Cream Bars for dessert, so I thought I’d ask for one after lunch. Don’t throw tomatoes, but I really don’t get the appeal of those things! The chocolate on them just doesn’t taste good, and it’s too thick.
Our Afternoon at Sea
We spent the afternoon pretty much investigating things we hadn’t seen before and lounging around the ship. I have to say, now that it’s a few weeks later, I really miss the cruise – that was the life, I tell ya!
We went back to the room to start packing, since suitcases are to be set outside your stateroom door the night before departure (except carry-ons). They provide you with color-coded luggage tags, which makes finding your luggage much simpler when you do disembark.
One thing I absolutely loved about cruising was getting to know the staff on board the ship. I loved asking them questions about where they are from, their families, how long they’ve been on the ship, etc. Our Stateroom Host, Gusti, was heading home after our cruise. As much as I wanted to pack him up in MY suitcase and bring him home with us, I was so happy to know that we would be reunited with his family back home in Indonesia. I wanted to snap a quick selfie before we said “good-bye.”
Definitely not the best picture of ME, but you can certainly see his friendly and kind personality shining through.
Our Last Evening on the Dream
We dressed for dinner, then headed out for our last theatre show. Disney Believe was probably my favorite of the 3 shows – so I’m guessing they purposely saved the best for last!
We went to dinner at Royal Palace again. I saw escargot on the menu and joked that we should try it. Ranzil, our waiter, said that he didn’t want me trying it (due to my allergy) but that he’d bring some out for Brian. Brian was a party-pooper, though, and absolutely refused to taste it! We had some yummy deep-fried brie, and delicious French onion soup for starters. Then, I was excited to try lamb for the first time – it was really, really good! I had a drink too (still trying to use up that credit – but I never did succeed) – it was absolutely delicious! For dessert, Brian opted for another ice cream sundae, while I went with creme brulee.
We adored our dinner servers as well, so had to get a picture with them!
Our Towel Creation
Our last towel creation of the cruise just happened to be the kissing swans! Perfect for an anniversary trip, don’t you think?
Next week, I’ll share about our last morning on the cruise and our last day at Walt Disney World Resort.
If you missed the first 4 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
- Our First Disney Cruise Trip Report – Day 3