Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Disney Dream 2013: Day 2 of our Cruise

On Day 2 we woke to find ourselves docked in Nassau, Bahamas. It was absolutely beautiful!

Some people chose to get off the boat this day; we chose to stay on board. There are many excursion options (Disney calls them "Port Adventures") that you can choose from if you wish; snorkeling, scuba diving, touring the Atlantis Resort/Waterpark, beach day, etc. They were all pretty pricey, at least booking through Disney, so we decided to just enjoy our day on the ship. We didn't regret our decision one bit - still don't! 

We headed to breakfast as soon as we got dressed. We ate breakfast at Cabana's every day (the main buffet restaurant on Deck 11), but you can also eat at the dinner restaurants. I think the food is pretty much the same. We always ate breakfast around 8-830am and never had trouble finding a table, and we almost always sat next to the window. Our night server, Amania, told us that if you go to breakfast around 9:30/10am it is SO crowded. So I was glad we missed those who chose to sleep late. (We didn't really have a choice with our early rising munchkins.)

Here's what you'll typically find on the breakfast buffet:


Basically they have anything you could ever think of that you might want for breakfast; from cereal, granola and fruit to a hot egg omelette or eggs benedict. The Mickey waffles and blueberry/chocolate pancakes were a favorite with my kiddos. Chad enjoyed the corned beef hash as well. 

Near the back, where they serve the lunches at the dessert buffet, is a pastry bar full of fresh fruit and a huge selection of donuts, muffins, breads and danish delights. Yum. Calories galore.

This wall in Cabanas is a Finding Nemo mosaic and is absolutely amazing in person. 
I can't imagine putting this together piece by piece.

After breakfast we headed for the pools!

And after swimming for a while we needed a soft serve break. No shoes, no shirt, no problem.

We watched "The Emperor's New Groove" that day on the big screen they call "Funnel Vision."

Then we went on the deck above the pools towards the back of the ship for a tour of the Goofy mini-golf course. It's a fun little putt-putt course full of whimsical props that are sure to ruin your chance for par. Sam had fun hitting the ball a few times then gave up and just pretended like it was a giant playground.

We took Emma Kate to the nursery for the later half of this morning and the kids went to Kids Club for lunch. Then we picked them up after lunch time and headed to the room for naps. 

That night the ship was hosting a "Halloween Masquerade Party" and kids and families were invited to wear their Halloween costumes. We went down for an early 3pm photo op with Mickey and the gang, who were decked out in their Halloween best.

We also ran into this dude.

After photos and autographs we headed back to the room to change into costumes.

Then we went back to the lobby and the party started!
They had a huge dance party (hence the crazy lighting in all these pictures) followed by character pictures again and games for all the kids around the atrium. The crew members gave all the kids a bag and then let them "trick or treat" at the different stations. They weren't afraid of handing out candy, either! We're talking Disney portions.

While waiting for the dance party to begin, we looked up and saw Snow White and Tiana watching the crowds gather.

Then Mickey and Minnie came out and taught everyone the Monster Mash, and even added some Thriller moves.

After dancing for several minutes we dodged the crowds and rode the elevator up to the 5th floor balcony where we had seen Snow White. We got a quick photo, then rounded the corner to head to the kids club...

and ran smack into none other than Peter Pan!
"Wendy!!!" he shouted, "How'd you get here? I thought you'd still be in London!"
Mary Ella blushed and tried her best to get her brother to come say hello. Sam was too shy.

She was more than happy to pose for a pic with the boy in tights.

Emma Kate texted him later to let him know she was sorry she missed him.

We actually ended up letting ALL of our kids go to the kids club/nursery this night while we went to dinner. I felt sorta bad about it but after I found out how much fun they had, I didn't regret it at all.

Our dinner the second night was at Animator's Palate. This was my favorite restaurant of the three.
The decor is the best and the most "Disney," in my opinion. The restaurant starts out black and white and then changes colors throughout the evening. 

They also have an interactive Crush the Turtle (from Nemo) that talks to people who are eating dinner. If you've ever been to "Turtle Talk with Crush" in Epcot, this is the same thing. There are aquarium-like LCD screens surrounding the entire restaurant and you will see fish of all kinds including sharks and stingrays swim by, and it almost looks as if you are at an actual aquarium. The fish pass by one table and then swim across the next screen at the next table. It is super neat. 

The menu here was my favorite too.
This is the appetizer to order: the black truffle pasta. No need for questions. Just order it. And eat it. 
And lick the bowl. And thank me later.
Oh, and if you want, just order like 3 of these and eat it as your meal. No harm done.
(And no cost either. Holla!)

For my entree, I had the beef tenderloin with some sort of wasabi mashed potatoes. 
I can't talk enough about the food. 

Gage was thrilled once again with his Mickey ketchup!

My ice cold Diet coke with lemon was waiting for me every night at dinner. Mmmmmm. The burn.

For dessert that night I chose the crunchy walnut cake with dark chocolate mousse and raspberry sauce.
It was really good but I wish there had been more crust/walnut flavor and less chocolate mousse.

Thank goodness Chad went with Amania's recommendation of the cookies and cream cookie sundae!
AHHHHH! Heaven.
And check out that Mickey Mouse piece of chocolate on top!

After dinner we walked around the ship for a bit.

Pumpkin faces on every window.

Then we stopped to get the kiddos before the 8:30pm show.
They were in the middle of listening to Snow White tell them a story. I quickly snapped a couple pics!

That night in the kids club, they held a Toy Story Boot Camp. The green soldier from Toy Story came and assigned toy parts to all of the kids; they had to act like toys and when "Andy" came in the room they had to freeze. So this was a fun game. Mary Ella says she was chosen to be Jessie and marched around with the army guy.  They also went on a Heffalump Hunt with Pooh. 
(I am relaying this info from my 5-year-old because, again, parents aren't really allowed to hang back there unless you are there to pick your kids up. 

Then we headed to the show that night, which was "Villains Tonight."
It celebrated all the bad guys/gals and their sidekicks from the Disney films. It was super funny and it featured Hades, Pain and Panic. It showcased the Evil Queen, Maleficent, Cruella de Vil, Captain Hook, Mr. Smee, Jafar, the lady from Emperor's New Groove, and Scar. (I may be missing a few.)
Again, the talent in these shows is incredible and the songs and music are so good.

After the show we met Aurora and Cinderella out in the hallway. We waited in line around 10-15 minutes for Aurora and we were first in line for Cinderella. 

And we saw Belle in her blue dress walking by! She was on her way out so she didn't get to stop.

After the show we hung out in the lobby for a while and saw several more characters leaving.
We returned to the room and found our towels had been fashioned into a sting ray. :)

Then, just for kicks, we had a room service picnic party in our stateroom.
We've never had the privelege of ordering FREE room service before, so we had to try it, right? 
We ordered a cheeseburger, a hot dog and a mozzarella and tomato basil panini. All 3 were delish.
The kids thought this was so fun and I guess they were starving because Chad and I barely got 2 bites. They literally devoured this food in less than 5 minutes. I guess they'd had too much fun in the kids club to finish their supper.

You can order room service 24/7. This is included in your cruise fare, with exception of things like bottled water, canned drinks and pre-packaged items. I've read that you can schedule milk to be delivered to your room at certain times during the day and I also read that you can order the frozen Mickey bars and they will come to your room ice cold! 

The next day was going to be a long day at Disney's private island, Castaway Cay, so after our picnic we brushed our teeth and turned in for a good night's rest!

See all things Disney here!
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Carrie Newman said...

Loved reading about your cruise. Leaving for 30th anniversary cruise soon. I got some good trips from your posts. God bless you and your little family!

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