Disney Magic Trip Report Day 7, Part 1: Another Amazing Sea Day!

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Day 7, Part 1: Another Amazing Sea Day!

As you can probably already tell, we aren’t the kind of couple who can just lay out all day by the pool on a sea day (though sometimes I wish it worked for me!) and our second sea day was no exception. We packed it with activities! The problem was, I didn’t always take the time to write down what we did and came home with question marks marking the gaps of time that I have no idea what we did!

Anyway, we started our day with breakfast at Cabanas. It was really windy but we opted to sit up on the top deck anyway (which proved to be more challenging than we thought). After a bit of a hastened breakfast, we spent some time up on deck watching the waves roll through before heading to the You Can Cook demonstration. We thought about spending some time at the pool, but it was a bit too windy and rocky for us.

This demonstration was making apple strudel and it was paired with a sweet red sparkling wine that I really wished I had gotten the name of. It was awesome to watch the chef manipulate the dough with such ease, however, there’s no way I would be able to duplicate a strudel of that size myself!

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The strudel and the wine pairing were both delicious. The pastry crust part was so light and I enjoyed the addition of raisins and nuts both for taste and texture. The red wine was so good that one of our table mates and I both got a glass to have with dinner.

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After the You Can Cook demo we headed out to find Jack Jack’s Diaper Dash about to start, so we watched it from the balcony. Originally, it wasn’t an activity we were going to make a point to see, but it was actually really cute. Here it is in a nutshell:

Here’s one of my question marks, we probably dilly-dallied a bit before heading to lunch at Lumiere’s (even though it felt like we hadn’t stopped eating all morning!). I had pasta with clam sauce and Dave had seafood risotto. It’s crazy how many courses they offer for every meal! There’s no way we’d have room for something from each course eating on the schedule we did!

After lunch we headed to Big Hero 6 in 3D. It was so great being able to see so many movies in the theater, especially in 3D knowing we had already paid and should take advantage of them. Living in New York City it’s sometimes hard to justify spending $40 on 2 tickets to see a movie and not even think about snacks or dinner beforehand, so the movies were definitely a treat for us.

Big Hero 6 was definitely my favorite that we saw on the trip. Aside from the fact that Baymax is a personal healthcare worker/child life specialist in disguise, I thought it was really engaging yet heartfelt plot. Definitely a must see for those who have yet to!

After the movie we headed to O’Gills for Know it All Trivia. If you make it a point to do one of the trivia games, unless you are partial to a certain musical genre, I’d definitely say do this one. Know it All Trivia was definitely the most fun and engaging yet frustrating of all of the trivia games. Every other night the trivia was pretty straight forward. There’s a question you have to answer or a song/artist you must guess. This one was a bit different. First of all, the goal is to get the LEAST amount of points. I know, a bit weird for trivia, let me explain how it works.

For each question open ended question for example “Name a Color in the Rainbow” (the questions were much harder than this but this is just an example to illustrate how the game works) they asked a hundred people and totaled their responses (much like Family Feud). Your job is to pick the answer no one said. Whatever you pick, you add the number of people who said it to your total score. The trick is, there are also one or two wrong answers put in there to fool you. If you pick one of these, you get 100 points added to your score.

So when the question Name a Color of the Rainbow comes up, perhaps these would be your choices:

Yellow, Orange, Brown, Violet, Black, Green, Blue, Indigo, Red

If you pick Brown or Black you would get 100 points added. If you pick the one no one said (let’s say here it was indigo) you get zero points added and the others you’d get however many people said it. Maybe you pick yellow and only 3 people said it, you get three points. Maybe you pick Red and that happened to be the top answer with 65 people, you’d get 65 points.

We teamed up with a couple we had met at a previous activity and did very well. We would have tied for first, if we didn’t play it safe on one question. That’s the strategy in it… if you aren’t sure whether an answer is correct or not, you may want to play it safe just to avoid that 100 points!

Then we went back to the room and packed for a bit. If you’re able to, I would definitely recommend starting your packing on this last sea day. We did it mainly because we didn’t want to spoil Castaway Cay day and it was well worth it.

After packing we headed to the theater to watch Disney Dreams. This was my favorite of the shows. Sure, parts of the plot were a bit over the top, but I love the music from the movies and this show really celebrated the best of Disney’s soundtrack. Also, thinking about this show in particular from a technical standpoint, it’s utterly amazing. The amount of set changes, props, puppets, lighting effects, etc. that go into this show left me awestruck, especially considering how they must tetris all of these things (plus the props from the other shows) into such a small area.

After the show… you guessed it…. more trivia! We met up with two of our table mates and joined forces for 70’s trivia… and of course hit up the appetizer bar! From there, it was time for dinner at Lumiere’s where Dave and I both had the mushroom soup and lobster tail. The mushroom soup was delicious, and the lobster tail was good too. Of course, cooking hundreds of lobster tails makes it difficult to get it cooked perfectly but it was still enjoyable!

From there, we went to Fathoms with our table mates for the adult variety show. This time it was a magician, who we ended up laughing at more than we laughed with… In my opinion, the adult variety shows just weren’t worth it. We kept going thinking we might be surprised by them and because there weren’t really too many other activities at that time of night to keep us busy. However, given the opportunity to cruise again I’d definitely skip them. The shows led by the crew in Fathoms we loved, but the variety talent just didn’t cut it for us.

Then it was time to head back to the room and get ready for a fun filled day at Castaway Cay the next morning and our final full day of the cruise!

Next Up: A 5k and Serenity Bay!

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Disney Magic Trip Report Day 6, Part 3: Palo and Pirates

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Day 6, Part 3: Palo and Pirates!

When we were planning the trip, Dave was a little iffy on splurging on both brunch and dinner at Palo. I admit, there were times I too questioned if it was really worth the extra money and whether or not we should just wait for the next cruise to do dinner. I did my research and both looked really good, but there was still the question of is it worth it. I finally just booked it and kind of told Dave the plan rather than asking him…. In the end I am so glad we did both (and so is he!). Beyond the fact that both dinner and brunch were worth the cover charge, there was also the fact that we ended up getting the $200 from our excursion refunded and that I had gotten sick halfway through brunch and wasn’t fully able to enjoy it. If you are contemplating a similar circumstance and can swing the cover, DO IT!

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We took our pictures beforehand since we knew we wouldn’t want to once we were stuffed! Our waiter this time was Mriko from Croatia. We were surprised we did not get the same waitress as brunch (since she was there) but she did come over and say hello and see how we were doing. When ordering, we asked our waiter for his recommendations and went with most of them. 2015-01-08 19.01.00

First up was our antipasti. Olives, artichokes, aged parmesan with balsamic vinegar, prosciutto, and peppers. All delicious, but especially the parmesan with balsamic and the artichokes!

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Appetizers: Jumbo pesto marinated shrimp (above) which I really liked and the fried calamari (below) which Dave really wanted to try (Mriko had recommended the tomato and mozzarella salad so this one was a bit different from his recommendations). Both were good, of the two I preferred the shrimp.

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Below: Pasta course we chose the gnocchi which melted in your mouth- delicious. This was another thing that Mriko had a different recommendation for. He recommended the lobster ravioli, but since we had the lobster ravioli during the you can cook demo, we opted for this instead.

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Above: Oregano and Parmesan crusted lamb; Below: Beef tenderloin “Palo” with gorgonzola cheese sauce. The lamb was easily the best course on the menu, if you like lamb, don’t miss this. The beef tenderloin was good, but the lamb out shined it. For me, it might have been slightly because of my previous experience that week with gorgonzola, but Dave also found the lamb to be by far the better of the two.

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I’m not sure how we still had room, but we had enough room that I asked Mriko for a small portion of the mushroom risotto which was amazing. Don’t be fooled by the look, besides the lamb definitely one of my favorite courses.
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We also split two desserts. The chocolate souffle, of course, but we also asked for the tiramisu. The souffle was really good, however, it wasn’t as good as the tiramisu. Now, you can get the tiramisu at brunch… I just didn’t make it that long!

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After dinner, it was almost time for the pirate party. We got changed quickly and donned our pirate garb before heading to deck 10 to secure a spot for the party.2015-01-08 20.50.10

For people without kids, deck 10 is where to be. You still get a great view of the show (and possibly a better view for the fireworks) but you still get a bit of distance from the “action.” We got there early and secured a spot right up against the inner rail.2015-01-08 22.04.34

The show was really cute, fun, and engaging for the whole family. The fireworks were also quite impressive. No, they aren’t as good as the parks but you’re on a BOAT! Also, the boat was so rocky and there was so much wind, I thought for sure there wouldn’t be fireworks or a visit from a special friend (don’t want to spoil for those who don’t know). However, the captain actually slowed down the ship and turned it from course in such a way that it was calm enough for the show to continue. Mriko had said there were very few conditions where they wouldn’t be able to find a way to make the fireworks work.2015-01-08 22.25.24

After the fireworks, we headed to the pirate buffet even though I was way too stuffed to eat anything. There were lots of choices including quite a few “create your own” bars: crepes, sundaes, nachos/tacos, baked potatoes, as well as desserts, fruit, turkey legs, and other snacks. Dave made himself a crepe and we headed to our room to watch part of a Disney movie before bed.

Next Up: Another Amazing Sea Day!

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Disney Magic Trip Report Day 6, Part 2: A Bit of Disappointment in Cozumel

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Day 6, Part 2: A Bit of Disappointment in Cozumel


Dave and I were really excited about Cozumel. It was the one port day where we booked an excursion and splurged a bit to do the X-Rails to the Jade Caverns. We had booked it outside of Disney (through the same company that Disney uses) because the Disney excursion was full. The company seemed pretty reputable, it had good reviews, and the time set up gave us a great window to getting back to the ship. So why not?

While we knew that many of the water excursions had been cancelled because of high winds and rocky waters, but figured ours would still be on since it was on land. We got off the boat and first tried to get WIFI at the Starbucks in the little mall area. We bought a coffee to get the password but could only get the internet to work for about a minute. Probably because so many excursions got cancelled that people really didn’t know what to do so they went to Starbucks to get on the free internet.

2015-01-08 10.14.14I really wish I had tried harder to go unplugged (though it may have kicked me in the butt in the end) because the times I hooked into the WIFI I was flooded with things that needed my attention or that stressed me out during the trip. Didn’t have much time to take care of it then, so we headed to our meeting spot.

Unfortunately, our guide met us at the meeting spot to let us know that the excursion had been cancelled. We were a bit disappointed at the time, but happy to report that the refund process was extremely easy and seamless.

So it was time to take care of a few things, I won’t you with details but will let you know that if you plan on trying to make any calls from payphone buy an international phone card before you leave! They don’t seem to sell them ANYWHERE and we didn’t want to input a credit card number into the phone itself.

2015-01-08 13.27.37Anyway, from there, we just decided to walk around. Unfortunately, we didn’t find much around the port area. So we took care of some stressful things via phone and internet and had some delicious margaritas and fresh made guacamole at Margaritaville. On our way back to the boat we bought a few souvenirs and duty free items before heading back on the ship. Note: you can buy duty free items in port and enjoy them on the ship but if you buy duty free items on the ship, you have to pick them up at the end of your cruise.

2015-01-08 13.43.53When we got back to the ship, it was time for a Drink of the Day (Sunken Treasure) on the again empty pool deck. We had a bit of a conversation with the bartender (a great part of cruising with Disney is the ability to do just that with almost any cast member on board- they are a wealth of knowledge!). From there we headed to the theater to watch Maleficent. I really liked Maleficent, Dave however wasn’t impressed.

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Next Up: Palo and Pirates!

Enjoying this trip report? Looking to plan your own trip on the Disney Cruise Line or to Walt Disney World, Disneyland, or Aulani? Contact me at m.pigden@magicalvacationplanner.com to let me help you plan your next magical and memorable vacation. I can help take the hassle out of reservations, give you information and recommendations, and book everything including dining so that you don’t have to wake up early or spend time on hold! All at NO ADDITIONAL COST to you! Contact me today for a FREE no obligation quote at m.pigden@magicalvacationplanner.com!