Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Monday, April 30, 2012
|Our view of Nassau from the ship, that's Atlantis!|
Our sixth vacation day was our fourth day on the Dream, and it was time for our stop at Nassau, in the Bahamas. For those of you who have never been, Nassau is the most underwhelming port of all the Caribbean. That said, we took our time getting off the ship, since we had no real plans for the island. Once getting off the ship, we headed to the straw market, one of Nassau's biggest attractions. It was extremely hot in August, however, so we soon left the market and headed to Senor Frog's. (Unfortunately, I have no photos of this!) After lunch and a yard-long margarita, we headed back since there wasn't much else to do.
We spent the rest of the afternoon lounging by the adult pool, and soon it was time to get ready for our dinner at Palo. We were fast at getting ready, however, and to kill some time before our reservation, we walked around the ship and took some photos.
|Nearly empty Mickey slide area|
|Pink champagne bar|
|We saw pirate Donald!|
|Glass door details at Meridian|
Since I do plan on doing a full review of Palo dinner, I'll only show you a few of the things we ate on this night... all of it was delicious!
|And of course, the infamous chocolate souffle!|
Lucky for us, although dinner ran long, there was no stage show this night for us to miss. Instead, they were showing Cars 2 at the main theatre, but I wasn't interested in seeing it. So after we finished eating, we headed to the top decks to see Buccaneer Blast, the pirate night fireworks show. As far as I know, Disney is the only cruise line that does fireworks at sea, and it is amazing.
After the fireworks, we spent the rest of the night doing the usual, exploring the ship and enjoying the adult only areas. Unfortunately, we only had one full day left on the Dream.
Friday, April 6, 2012
I have so many photos of our brunch at Palo that I'd like to do a full post reviewing the meal in the future. In the meantime, here's a photo of the different brunch pizza options, to make you a little hungry...
|Pizza display at Palo brunch|
|Artwork in Remy looks like a window to the kitchen in Ratatouille|
|The suite has its own huge balcony with private hot tub|
|Royal Palace bread basket|
After dinner, as anyone who has taken a Disney Cruise knows, it was time for the show that always takes place on formal nights: the Golden Mickeys! This is a stage show that essentially starts as an award show gone wrong. The host is nowhere to be found, and the shy stage manager is forced to host the show... oh no! I won't spoil the ending for you, but I'm sure you can imagine that everything turns out alright. I love the Golden Mickeys, and it's always a must-see on a Disney Cruise for me.
That night, we spent it as we did every other night... exploring the ship, taking part in the many fun activities, and enjoying the District. The cruise was turning out to be a great time!
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Monday, April 2, 2012
We woke up that morning and ate breakfast at Cabanas, the buffet on the Dream. As I mentioned in the last installment of the trip report, I love buffets, and Cabanas did not disappoint! After eating, we got ready and headed onto the island. It wasn't as hot on Castaway Cay on this day because of the rain. Conveniently, there is a tram that takes you around the island, so we took it to Serenity Bay, the adult only beach.
For those of you who have never been to Castaway Cay (and you must!), there are quite a few different beaches. First there is a large family beach, with two water playgrounds. Then there is a kid's only beach, where parents can check-in and check-out their children, as if it was the kid's club on the ship. There is a teen beach where kids ages 14 to 17 can hang out with their peers. (Note that neither the kid-only nor teen-only beaches are actually on the water. Both are set back on the island.) And finally, there is Serenity Bay, the adult only beach. And Serenity Bay is awesome!
We spent the late morning and early afternoon on the beach, and soon we were ready for lunch. There are three places to eat on Castaway Cay: Cookies and Cookies Too on the family beach and the Serenity Bay BBQ on the adult beach. All three are barbecue, though they have slightly different choices. At Serenity Bay, there was a buffet featuring burgers, hot dogs, some type of fish (Mahi Mahi?), steak, chicken, and ribs. In addition, there were various salads, fruits, and desserts to choose from. I enjoy the barbecue on the island, and I was very happy with my meal.
|A lovely candid shot of me at the animation class|
|Enchanted Garden menu|
Again, I can't remember the exact details of what we did that night, but each night we did much of the same things. We either attended any events or activities, such as the night we saw the adults-only Newlywed Show type event, we walked around and explored the ship, or we hung out in the various bars and clubs in The District. It wasn't terribly sad leaving Castaway Cay, knowing we'd be back in just a few days. Tomorrow, however, would be a day at sea.
Sunday, April 1, 2012
|Happy Birthday cupcake!|
In the past year:
- I went on an epic 12 days Disney Dream/Walt Disney World extravaganza trip, and it was awesome!
- I changed my Twitter name to @amandaenchanted and gained about 200 followers.
- The Disney College Blog Facebook page gained almost 100 new "likes."
- I was accepted to the Disney College Program and will be moving to Florida in June!
- I started a second blog about the College Program, called Amanda in Walt Disney World.
- Most importantly, I met many amazing Disney friends in person, both in Walt Disney World and in New York, and I made even more new friends online.
I hope to make the next year even better than this one, so as I said last year... here's to another 365 days! Happy birthday DCB!
Posted by Amanda at 6:55 PM
Friday, March 30, 2012
|The magnificent Disney Dream|
After years of waiting, when we woke up on the morning of August 16, 2011, we couldn't believe that the day had finally arrived. The day that we had imagined since before the ship was even built. We were finally going to sail on the Disney Dream! None of us could sleep very well, and we woke up early and quickly got ready and packed our things. We got drinks at the Starbucks inside the Four Points hotel, and then we crossed the street and ate breakfast at McDonald's. We then checked out of our resort and headed to the Thrifty rental car building, where we would return our car and be driven to the port.
There was much controversy about the check-in process on the Dream, and I was nervous about getting on the ship in a reasonable amount of time. I wanted to get into the terminal as early as possible, to get a low boarding number, and we arrived at the terminal around 10:50. I don't remember exactly which boarding number we got, but it was low enough that we were on the ship within 20 minutes of boarding beginning. Nothing like stepping onto the Dream and seeing this...
|Disney Dream chandelier|
|Fountain in Enchanted Garden|
We waited about 20-30 minutes on line for the Aquaduck. It seemed a little excessive considering how short the ride itself is, but it was worth it! The ride is a lot of fun, even for a self-proclaimed ride wimp like myself. We encountered a problem upon getting off of the Aquaduck, however. My parents had all our stuff, including our phones (we were still docked at Port Canaveral, so our phones were still usable), and we had no idea where they were. We wandered the ship for a while until we decided to try our staterooms. Luckily, they were there with our things!
|Where the Aquaduck passes the Mickey slide!|
|Me with Mr. Potato Head!|
|One of our decorated doors!|
|Crush talking to guests at Animator's Palate|
I can't remember exactly what we did that night, but most likely we explored the different bars and clubs in the District. I'm not positive, but we likely went to bed relatively early... we had a big day coming up at Castaway Cay!
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Sunday, March 25, 2012
|My sister, me, and my cousin - about to leave for the airport and very excited!|
This journey starts on August 14, 2011. We left my house late morning - my parents, my sister (Samantha), my cousin (Jessie), my at-the-time boyfriend (James), and me - and headed to the airport! After a nondescript flight, we were in Orlando International Airport before we knew it! We grabbed Starbucks in the airport and headed to rent a minivan (the most comfortable type of rental car that would fit all six of us). Soon we were in the minivan, listening to the Disney music CD my sister burned for us, pulling up to our hotel for the night: the Four Points Orlando Studio City.
The resort was fine, nothing special, and after checking in, we didn't stay for long. We left to head to my grandma's house for a short visit before we headed to the Beach Club for dinner! (Now we're getting to the good stuff!)
Beaches and Cream. But we (at least the Disney-obsessed ones of us) declared that this was worth it, so we sat around and chatted, watched a little bit of Gnomeo and Juliet on the Beach Club beach, and we were even able to see some of IllumiNations from where we were sitting on the beach! After an hour, our tables were ready, and we got down to eating. I had a cheeseburger, and it was good as usual. And since we were celebrating my sister's birthday, we decided that there was no other acceptable way to end the meal besides a Kitchen Sink.
|Samantha and the Kitchen Sink! They even put a candle on top for her birthday!|
Day two of the trip was relatively boring. We woke up from the Four Points Orlando, and after breakfast, we packed up all our belongings, got back in the minivan, and headed for another family visit. After an hour or two visiting my other grandma, uncle, and aunt, we were on our way to the shore! That night, we stayed at the Four Points Cocoa Beach, near the port. We were to be getting on the Dream the following day, so we wanted to stay in a hotel nearby.
|At Cocoa Beach!|
|Being silly on the beach.|
To see all the photos from this trip on Picasa, click here!
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Monday, January 30, 2012
|Remy chair detail|
|Jamon Wrapped Shrimp|
Our first course arrived after a small appetizer compliments of the chef (a small breaded crouton-type thing with tomato sauce inside, I didn't snap of picture of that one). I had shrimp wrapped in ham, and my date had lobster. Both were delicious, and this was around the point when we realized that we were both pleased with the menus we had chosen, and we didn't really desire to do much sharing.
|Sea Bass Atlantique|
|Australian Wagyu Tenderloin|
|Candy tin number one|
Remy was an unforgettable dinner experience, especially out on the open seas on a Disney Cruise. In my opinion, it was well worth the $75 per person, and anyone who has the opportunity to do it, should. Save up the money if you must; it's a once in a lifetime kinda meal! At least it was to poor, college student me! The atmosphere was awesome, and it was nice to be away from the kids and the chaos and have some quiet adult time. The service was also amazing; our waiter didn't even get a second table until we were about halfway through our meal!
|Candy tin number two|
And spoiler alert: if you don't mind a nice surprise being stolen, when we arrived back at our stateroom after dinner, there was a thank you note and a small box of chocolates waiting for us. Thanks, Remy!
Have you been to Remy on the Dream? Planning to visit on an upcoming Dream or Fantasy cruise? Loved it? Hated it? Too surprised that I even wrote this blog to speak? I can't blame you, but if you have any feedback, leave a comment, send a tweet (@amandaenchanted), or write on our Facebook page!