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Castaway Juggler

We were already in Castaway Cay when Ivan, Lil Dave and I woke up at 8:45 am on October 5, 2012.   Ivan was going to be doing the 5K run.  I was thinking of doing it, but changed my mind.

We got off the boat at 9:30 am.  The group who were running walked to the starting point.  I read my book on the beach while Ivan was running in the hot sun.

I saw a person coming in from the 5K race.  So, went to wait for Ivan.  Ivan did good finishing 4th.  He got a cute plastic Mickey medal. 

Castaway Cay is Disney’s own private island in the Bahamas.

Ivan asked somebody if the food was the same at Serenity Bay which is the Adults Only area.  The guy said yes and there’s more options since you’re vegetarian.  Ivan said How do you know that?  It turned out to be the guy from the Salsa and Salsa class.  At the last moment, a few employees were asked if they wanted to go on the tour.  Good thing he and the girl went on the class, otherwise we wouldn’t have done it.

We got the shuttle to Serenity Bay.  Ivan and I shared a Rum Rudder.

Then, we had the bbq buffet for lunch. 

The Serenity Bay beach is very clean and beautiful.  The water is crystal clear blue. 

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We went in the water and chilled out.  I love lying on my back like I’m floating.  Ivan sat down and read his book to relax his legs.  He hasn’t ran a long distance in a long time, since before we left on our trip in May.

We got the shuttle back.  We went into the water at the beach.  Right next to it, there’s snorkeling with Hidden Mickeys in the water.

Ivan and I went to the Heads Up bar and shared a drink.  Lil Dave had a banana juice.

We walked towards the ship.  It’s great to see the Disney theming around the island.

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I saw the Post Office and we went inside.  Ivan wanted to buy a Castaway Cay postcard.  Unfortunately, the post office only sells generic postcards of the Bahamas.  Castaway Cay postcards can be purchased on the Disney Fantasy.

Ivan, Lil Dave and I watched the See Ya Later Show in the Atrium.  Right before this show, the characters make appearances and the lines are really short.

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Later, we watched the Unforgettable Journey show which was alright. 

We got ready in the room and then went to see Mickey Mouse.  We got a picture with Mickey and then headed to dinner.

Our last dinner was at Animator’s Palate.  We got to create a character and later it would be featured in the show.

The soup was a weird corn soup where you put in caramel popcorn and cornbread on the side.  It was really sweet, so I ate only some of it.

Ivan and I special ordered our main course.  It was a delicious spicy Indian fish curry.  It was the best dish we’ve had on the Disney Fantasy. 

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The show featured everybody’s characters and they were animated on the tv screens.  Very cool! 

After dinner, we headed to The Tube for the Majority Rules show.  Ivan and I didn’t win.  Again there wasn’t a prize given out for the winner.

The awesome juggler Mike Price came on next.  He was so very talented and funny.  I wish I caught him the other day.

Ivan and I headed back to the room where I packed some of my stuff.

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Magic Agency

It was the last Sea Day on October 4, 2012.  We slept in on the really soft comfortable beds. At least Mickey knows a good bed when he sees one!

Ivan and I had the breakfast buffet.

Then, we did the Midship Detective Agency Lost Paintings.  It was alright, not as fun as The Muppets version.  Plus, the ending never explained why the thief stole the paintings.  It is cool that there are different outcomes though. 

Ivan bought a Disney Cruise Line white t-shirt.  You can turn in anything white like a paper picture frame, pillowcase or a shirt to Guest Services and get it signed by the characters.  We had the option to choose Disney All-Stars, Pixar and Disney Princesses.  We chose the All-Stars and Princesses, coz lets face it, none of the Pixar characters have a signature anyone is going to recognize!

Lunch was at Royal Court.  Ivan had an Indian soup.  I got a good Angus Chuck burger while Ivan got a cod open face sandwich.

Later, we went to see the Buckets and Boards show.  It’s supposed to be comedy percussion but it’s not very funny.  The show doesn’t have any structure and the drumming was average.  It was like seeing a bad version of Stomp, but with only two people.  I prefer the talented guys Recycled Percussion who perform in Las Vegas. They had been hyping up this show all week long, so we thought it was going to be quite impressive…but it wasn’t!

We went to a DJing class with the guest DJ on the ship DJ Livitup.  The DJ was a nice guy named Robert from Miami.  He showed us some basic scratching.  Ivan kept asking him about the program and how to match up music. We were the only ones there, so that was cool.

Ivan and I played Goofy’s mini golf. 

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Ivan and I are really competitive.  It was a really close game with me beating Ivan by one point. 

The Believe show in the theatre was wonderful.  It was about a scientist who doesn’t believe in magic.  The Genie from Aladdin puts him on a journey to make him believe in magic.  Ivan thought it had the Disney magic. 

Dinner was at Royal Court again.  Ivan and I each started off with a great mushroom soup. 

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We got the ahi tuna and lobster tail.  The lobster tail was huge, but it was really dry probably since it was so thick.  Ivan really liked the tuna so he got an extra plate of it..I mean why not – you can never say no to good tuna can you! Ivan and I shared a tasty banana crème brulee also.

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We also tried the chocolate lava cake which tasted alright.  It’d doesn’t compare to Carnival’s chocolate melting cake….Doesn’t even come close!

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Salsa, Nemo and Pirates

The weather was totally overcast when we arrived in Cozumel, Mexico on October 3, 2012.  Ivan and I were up early at 8 am.  We had the breakfast buffet and headed to the D Lounge at 8:45 am.

We were going to do one of the excursions we booked through Disney.  Since the weather was so bad, there was an option to cancel your excursion.  Ours was indoors, so we didn’t cancel.

We left the boat at 9 am.  It was raining out.  We were picked up for the Salsa and Salsa class.  There was supposed to be 10 people, but it was only four of us after all the cancelations.  The guy kept talking to somebody in Spanish.  It seemed like they were going to cancel it, but I’m so glad they didn’t.

The man walked us through a mall and then put us in a taxi.

We went to a hotel nearby.  Our two teachers for the Salsa and Salsa class were two friendly Mexican girls. 

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They taught us 7 salsas and two margaritas.  It was unlimited margaritas and we were taking advantage of it.  It didn’t look like the other two were though. 

It was great having only four of us in the class since they were making the margaritas right at our table with us.  I really enjoyed the salsa verde the best.

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I was feeling drunk and now it was time for dancing.  I wonder if they do this on purpose.  The girls taught us some salsa moves which I’m not sure anybody really mastered, but it was fun trying!

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The class includes beach time for an hour, but it was still bad weather – so we all headed back to the ship.

Salsa and Salsa is a terrific class that’s tasty and lots of fun.

Ivan and I were drunk and hungry.  We got room service: vegetable panini and fruit.  Then, we took a long nap. 

I woke up and Ivan had brought us grilled salmon sandwiches from Flo’s Café. 

It was time to watch Finding Nemo 3D in the theatre.  I’ve actually never seen this movie.  It was funny and such a cute story. 

Ivan and I went back to the room and found two Mickey Pirates in the Caribbean bandanas in the room.  It was Pirate Night.  Lots of people were dressed up in Pirate costume.  I only had my bandana and my pirate earrings.  Ivan had his bandana and the pirate hat that I got from Ibiza.

We saw part of the Pirates in the Caribbean show on the pool deck. It was a live show with all the disney characters dressed up as pirates and was quite fun to watch.

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Dinner was at Royal Court.  Since the other couples were having dinner at Palo, it was just us and Ben and Nicole from New Jersey. 

I started off with a conch chowder while Ivan had a crab cake and seafood pearls.  Ivan thought the crab cake wasn’t crabby enough. 

We had the vegetable jalfrazie that was made for us.  It probably wasn’t made by an Indian chef since it didn’t have any tomatoes in it which is the MAIN ingredient in a jalfrazie.  It tasted great, but was definitely NOT a jalfrazie!

We chatted with Ben and Nicole about semester at sea and traveling.

Dessert was Death by Rum which was rum cake with raisin ice cream. 

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Kristina created this and raved about it, but we didn’t really think it was anything much. To be honest, she didn’t look like the kind of girl who was too fussy with her desserts.

Ivan and I headed up to the pool deck to get a good view for the fireworks.  Kristina recommended that we go on the left side of the big screen to get an ideal view. 

There was a show where pirates were fighting with Captain Jack Sparrow. 

The Buccaneer Blast Fireworks came on which lasted a few minutes.  The fireworks were good, but too short.

The AquaDuck was open late since it was closed during the shows.  Ivan went on the AquaDuck which is a lot cooler at night since the tube is all lit up.

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We went into the hot jacuzzi where we saw some of the Disney production cast.  There was a few princesses and and one of the dancers.  Ivan thought the magic was gone since he saw them out of their element.

Credit: Aquaduck photo by The Walt Disney Company

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Beach Wishes

On October 2, 2012, the Disney Fantasy was docked in Costa Maya, Mexico.  Ivan and I went to the Enchanted Garden for breakfast which has the same food as the food in Cabanas but a bit quieter. There’s not much food really available.  I had a Mickey waffle and cereal. 

Later, we had lunch at the buffet upstairs.

Ivan, Lil Dave and I headed into Costa Maya.  We got the bus for 3 dollars each to Mahuhual which is downtown. 

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We chilled on the beach where the water was really, really warm.  It’s great to relax in the water. 

The black clouds started approaching, and they looked pretty evil. Ivan thought it was going to rain soon.

We got a taxi back to the port. 

Ivan and I shared a tasty, but expensive mango margarita at Senor Frogs.  (You cant go to mexico without having a margarita can you!!!)

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There were a few dolphins in the water outside of the bar.

We were back on board around 3 pm.  Ivan and I took a nap and read our books.  Lil Dave went to go in the jacuzzi with his monkey friends.

That evening,  we saw the great Wishes show which is an original show.  It was about 3 teenagers who were graduating high school.  They were celebrating by having a good time at Disneyland.  There were many characters from Lion King and Mulan.  It was a REALLY entertaining show with the Disney magic, but also maybe a bit of the Disney ‘cheese’ factor also.

I was in the shower when Ivan went to see the amazing juggler Mike Price.

Dinner was at Enchanted Garden. 

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Ivan and I started off with a good saffron mussels soup.  Ivan got the turbot which was ok while my mushroom pasta was average.  We told our server Kristina that the food wasn’t that good.

The chef came over who was an Indian man. Ivan said the food hasn’t been great.   Ivan and I love Indian food. Ivan asked if we could have vegetable jalfrazie tomorrow with roti.

Kristina brought everybody diet tiramisu which was average.  The rocky road ice cream sundae and the banana bread pudding were tasty.  The chilled soufflé was boring. 

There’s a big chair fit for royalty that I thought would be a great picture.

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Ivan and I headed to The Tube for trivia.  We did good but didn’t win the 80’s Music Trivia.  The winner didn’t win anything.  I think Disney should give out some sort of prize, like Carnival does. I did see pins given out at a game the other night.

Next, we watched part of the Pop game show which was about pop culture. After that we headed to our cabin to sleep.

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Jetski Illusion

It was an overcast day on October 1, 2012.  The Disney Fantasy was parked near Grand Cayman.  Ivan and I had breakfast at the buffet.

We went to Animator’s Palate to get a ticket for the tender. 

We got on the tender at 10:55 am and the boat arrived at the pier at 11:05 am.

It was only a short walk to the Hard Rock Café.  We met the driver for the Fat Fish Adventure.  Around the corner, he picked up a family of four.

The local driver told us about the island.  There’s no taxes and lots of offshore banking.  Bill Gates and Barbara Walters have homes here.  He said the guide wanted to cancel the tour, but he thought it would be fine.  The driver drove us to the dock.

Our guide was a man named Robert. 

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Ivan and I shared a jetski.  The family of four shared two jetskis.  Robert led us by going really fast on the jetski.  Ivan drove us to Stingray City. 

We got to feed Freckles the stingray which was weird since their mouth is like a vacuum.  This stingray always comes to Robert.  We got to take pictures of the stingray while we held it. 

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Ivan and I each got to kiss the stingray as well.

One of the jetski’s battery died who was carrying the lady and her son.

We went snorkeling and there was lots of small, colorful fish near a reef.

The lady got behind Robert while the boy joined his dad and his brother on their jetski.

We headed toward Starfish Point.  The water was choppy, but not so rough. 

The water was really murky at Starfish Beach.  Robert says the water is usually so blue.  We got to pick up a starfish. 

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It was a lot of fun on the jetskis.  Robert took us back to the dock.

We arrived back on the boat at 3 pm. 

It was time for animation at Disney Animation: Cartoon Physics.  We were given a book where we drew a ball.  It was supposed to make the ball move when we turned the pages.  But, it didn’t really seem like the ball was moving.  You needed to draw a lot more balls on more pages.  Next, we drew Goofy. 

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Mine turned out alright.

We heard the great music of Roberto and Daria.  It started raining.

Later, we had dinner at Animator’s Palate.  There was a show with the turtle Crush from Finding Nemo.  It’s like the show Turtle Talk with Crush at Disneyland.  I don’t know how they make Crush move around and talk to the guests.  Somebody at our table suggested that there must be microphones on each table. 

I had the truffle pasta purse for a starter while Ivan got the mushroom risotto.  Both appetizers were very tasty.  For our main courses, Ivan got an average cod while I had a good Trio of Veal. 

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For dessert, we shared an average walnut cake. 

We saw the illusionist Jason Bishop who is funny, likeable and a great magician. 

We saw part of the ventriloquist Kevin Johnson’s show.  He’s not that good though, so we left early.

It was up to the 14th deck to check out the Outlook bar.  It’s a piano bar which is really small inside with only 3 tables.  We didn’t stay too long since we were tired.

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Royal Art

I woke up at 8:45 am on September 30, 2012.  Ivan and Lil Dave were already up and had breakfast. 

On the Disney Fantasy, you’re given Wave phones.  The phones are free to use and lets you keep in touch with your family members and friends.

Ivan and I went to the Royal Court.  I had a vegetable crepe and a mango mountain yogurt.  The crepe was good.  The yogurt was really sweet and tasted okay.

Lil Dave went to meet up with a few monkey friends he met on the ship.

I met up with Ivan for the Kinect Wipeout Challenge.  Ivan was the only one in there.  It wasn’t the best game.

We checked out the Disney Animation: Creating a Character.  The teacher Sheikha taught us how to draw Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck.  I think my Donald turned out pretty good.

Some of the paintings on the ship move.

Ivan and I did the Muppets version of the Midship Detective Agency.  You go around the ship gathering clues to solve a mystery.  The Muppets version is where you find out who stole a bunch of props.  It’s fun since you get to move things on a pictures to find clues. 

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You even come across Pepe’s small door.  There’s even a number to call with your Wave Phone.

We relaxed in the room for a bit.

We had lunch at The Royal Court.  If you ask for ketchup and you’re a kid they’ll make a Mickey for you.  We asked them to do a Mickey ketchup for us. 

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Ivan found a Happy Birthday and a Happy Anniversary pin.  Also, we told the waiter that we were honeymooners and he got us Just Married pins.  You can get a Mickey bar through the restaurants or room service which is a an ice cream treat – filled with vanilla ice cream and covered with chocolate.

Then, we went to Meridian to meet for the free Art of the Theme Show Tour.  The tour guide Sheikah takes the group around the ship and talks about the theming of different rooms or restaurants on the Disney Fantasy.  We stopped at many places like Remy’s, Skyline, The Tube and Ooh La La. 

In Meridian, every passport stamp on the wall is unique. 

We saw the private room in the back of the restaurant Remy that is like Gusteau’s office with a picture of the kitchen and a window showing Paris.  Sheikah showed us the $10,000 glass Remy from Ratatoutille. 

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There’s lots of theming with Remy on the chair and on the plates.  We also saw the $25,000 bottle of wine. 

Skyline is a bar that shows seven different cities’ skylines including Barcelona, London, Budapest and Athens.  Sheikah said that the imageneers who created it were Star Wars fans.  The people who walk around in the cities are Jedis. 

The bathrooms in Europa have mosaic tiles with a flamenco dancer in the women’s bathroom and a bull fighter in the men’s bathroom.

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We went to the lovely Ooh La La bar where there is a Jessica Rabbit champagne that’s $200. 

This tour is great and very interesting. 

Ivan and I were still jetlagged so we took an hour nap.

We went to see the funny Aladdin musical.

Next, we saw the ventriloquist Kevin Johnson.  He’s good at not moving his lips, but the characters lack personality.  Also, he’s not very funny.

Tonight, dinner was in the Royal Court.  Our servers were in royal outfits.  On the walls, there’s pretty mosaic tiles featuring Disney Princesses.

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Ivan and I started off with a good goats cheese salad.  Ivan had a cauliflower soup.  Ivan’s tofu and vegetables weren’t good since the tofu was dry.  He got a horseradish encrusted salmon which was overcooked.  My mushroom ravioli was average.

Ivan and I wore the Happy Anniversary and Just Married pins to dinner.  So, one of the servers saw the anniversary pin.  They gave us and one of the other couples a anniversary cake and sang to us.  Ivan and I shared a lovely vanilla crème brulee.

We went to see the illusionist Jason Bishop do some magic which was just okay, so we left early.

We went to Skyline.  The skyline was Barcelona when we arrived, but then quickly changed to the London Skyline.  I looked to see if the people were Jedis like we learned in the tour.  It did look like some were in robes and could be Jedis.  Ivan and I shared a great Aphrodite drink.

Next, we headed to Ooh La La which is the lovely Parisian lounge.  There we shared a nice Pomegranate Passion drink.

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Aqua Fantasy

On September 29, 2012, Ivan woke up at 4:30 am for some reason.  I didn’t wake up until 8 am. 

We walked to Denny’s where we each had the vegetarian skillet again.

I packed and worked on the blog while Ivan used the internet.

We boarded the free airport shuttle at 10:30 am.

We had time to spare so we went in search of a pharmacy like a Walgreens – but there wasn’t one in the airport.  It seems rather odd since people want to buy sundries before flying off to a destination. 

Ivan set up a shuttle to get us to Port Canaveral.  It picked us up at 11:30 am and it took 30 minutes to get there.

Today, we were starting our 7th honeymoon on a Disney cruise.

The check-in for Disney Fantasy was easy and really fast. 

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When we boarded the Fantasy, a guy asked our family name.  Then, they said Welcome to the ship The Phillips family!  It was nice to be announced on the ship. 

The atrium is beautiful with a peacock on the rug and a beautiful chandelier.

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The rooms wouldn’t be ready until 1:30 pm so we had the buffet lunch at Cabanas.  There wasn’t much selection.

At 1:40 pm, we went to put our stuff in the room.  We got an upgrade.  Ivan booked a window room, but we got a room with a balcony.  It must not be that full on the ship. 

Ivan and I walked around the ship to check everything out.  The theming is quite good with hints of Mickey around the ship.  It’s fun to find the Hidden Mickeys everywhere.

We saw the Welcome Aboard Show which featured Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy and Chip & Dale. 

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Later, we did the mandatory Safety drill which seemed longer than the one we did a few weeks ago on the Carnival Breeze. 

Ivan and I put our swimsuits and went on the fun AquaDuck.  The Aquaduck is a fun water ride in a tube that goes around the ship.  It goes fast at first, but slows down at the end which Ivan thinks should be the other way around. 

Later, we saw the Fantasy Come True show.  It had some Disney characters which was good.  But, the story followed a family around the Disney Fantasy.  It was a cheesy way of letting us know what was available on the cruise ship. 

Ivan went on the AquaDuck 3 times since it was so quiet before dinner.

There’s character appearances throughout the day.  It’s great that you can ask on of the Disney staff to take a picture with your camera.

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We met our tablemates who were 3 American couples from Indiana, New Jersey and Arizona.  Tonight, we were sat in Enchanted Garden where the scene changes dusk to night time.  Disney boats have rotational dining where you change restaurants and your servers follow you. 

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Ivan and I started off with the flavorless lobster ravioli.  Ivan also had the ahi tuna which was cold.  The Heirloom Tomato soup was delicious.  Ivan and I each had the sea bass which was very tasty.  Dessert was a Sacher’s chocolate torte which was only average. 

We went to see the show Match Your Mate where married couples compete to see how well they know each other.  Ivan and I only caught some of it before heading back to the room.

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