On cruises we almost exclusively eat at the buffet for breakfast. I am not big on breakfast foods, I want breakfast to be quick and painless. Well, I've been doing it wrong all these years! Sitting down in the dining room was a lot less painful than doing the buffet. It was relaxing and calm. Just what I needed to recover from my horrible previous 24 hours. We chose to eat in the dining room every single morning from that point on. I was shocked that my kids behaved, but they were great. They enjoyed Mickey Waffles and my older son liked drinking from Chip with a pinky in the air! The four adults were able to sit back and relax without having to run back and forth in the buffet line getting everyone settled with food. I usually end up with cold food because I am too busy fussing for everyone else, but not this time!
So you're back to find out if I survived? I hope you stick around for more than just this follow up. ;) I woke up on Friday the 13th and felt much better than the night before. I was nowhere near 100%, probably at about 80%. It was the weirdest thing I have ever experienced as far as illness. But I could walk, I wasn't sweating or shivering anymore, the bone pains were gone, I could tolerate noise, I even felt a little hungry and decided to join my family at breakfast. We were in Nassau that day and I never rush to be the first off the ship in that port!
We met two characters on this day. Pluto and Captain Hook! Waiting in line for Pluto was only about 10 minutes of our time. He had reindeer antlers on and was acting all hyper and jumpy when he met each family. It was a very cute experience and they didn't rush everyone along for each meet and greet. We just happened to run into Captain Hook in the hall on our way back from meeting Pluto. All of the characters are great at stopping to say hi and take pictures even when they are moving between locations on the ship. We were going to let Captain Hook go on his way but he actually insisted on taking a picture with us.
The day was mostly uneventful. My big kid went to the Oceaneer's Lab kids club for a few hours and even had lunch with them. My little guy wandered around the ship with us. We had a yummy lunch at Cabanas, the buffet, where we had to move tables due to there being a bee infestation at our first table! Then we brought him back to the room for a nap. My mom and her other half were in their room and offered to keep the door propped open and an eye on the little guy, so we could go in to town and look for my husband's favorite cologne. So my husband and I wandered around Nassau for the first time in a number of years.
Before the cruise I told my family to bring one nice-casual outfit so we could get a good group shot. Tonight was the night I had designated for those pictures.. We all dressed nice and took a bunch of pictures. The professional ones in front of the tree looked best, but of course I forgot to buy it, doh! So all I have are the shots from my phone and none with my mom's boyfriend. oops. I blame it all on being sick and not being my usual Type A self on a cruise.
Each ship has a slightly different experience for their Animator's Palate entertainment. So I enjoy getting to see all of the options on the table. This was our second assigned dining room in the rotation for the cruise. My kids enjoyed watching the sketches take shape and guessing what each one was as it progressed. It was a nice time filler while we waited for our courses to come out. I had an appetite again, so that was nice. Everyone's food was tasty and of course we finished off the meal with Mickey Ears Ice Cream Bars. At the very end Mickey himself came through the dining room followed by all the wait staff. It was fun and lively! My mom actually prefers the Animator's Palate experience onboard the Disney Dream a little better because it's more "high-tech." I think they are equally enjoyable because they have their own charm to them.
After dinner we walked around the Atrium and checked out the life-sized gingerbread house. There was video screen inside so that the fireplace looked like it was flickering. Oh did I mention, it was made with REAL gingerbread? It smelled so nice! While standing around that area we saw a Cast member come by with cups, they were handing out hot chocolate. Yum! It was a nice touch. It was being served in custom Very Merrytime Cruise insulated cups. I only had a few sips because it made me start sweating again. What a shame, because it was good hot chocolate too!
As with everything Disney does, their stage shows are top-notch! We saw Beauty and the Beast stage show last year on our Halloween on the High Seas cruise, which I failed to review, oops. The Disney Magic features Tangled, the story of Rapunzel. I had seen bits and pieces of the movie but didn't exactly know the plot. The show was fantastic. My 6 year old son enjoyed it too and he's not big in to sitting for long periods of time watching something on stage. We sent the little guy to the nursery on this night. We knew he wouldn't last. If you only see one show on the Disney Magic (as we did on this trip) this is the one to see! We lucked out too because the following night we had dinner at Rapunzel's Royal Table and the show and dinner go hand in hand with each other. I'll review that experience in the next entry, for day 3.
Rewind to 19 months ago. I was sitting on the edge of my seat, ready to book on opening day. I had always wanted to go on one of these cruises. I love holidays at sea and I love Disney cruises. Oh yeah, and my 17 month old son would turn 3 during the cruise. This was the perfect combo! I snagged two rooms next to each other with a connecting door. My mom was going to join us on this trip. Yes! It was booked. Finally, I get to experience the magic during the holidays. I mean... My kids get to experience the magic during the holidays, haha. ;)
It just wasn't a good day. What should have been an hour drive from our home to the Port of Miami, turned in to over 2 and a half hours in traffic. There was heavy rain and since it's snowbird season down here, lots of extras cars for a Thursday morning. As we drove, I was feeling worse and worse by the minute. But hey, I can stick this out for my family. I'll nap when we get in the room and feel refreshed for the excitement of the first night of the cruise. Right?
So we get in the terminal and, thank goodness, boarding had already begun. I can get on the ship and settle in. We got on and then had to wait in the introduction line. Normally I love this part, when they introduce your family. Not today. I couldn't stand any longer. I sat down in a random chair and told my family to come find me after. I wasn't sure how I was going to make it through the day. All I had to do was survive until we could get access to our room at 1pm. We decided to have a sit down lunch in Lumiere's rather than deal with the buffet. I was struggling at this point. I had zero energy. I was feeling very cold despite it being over 80 degrees outside. I put my head down and went to sleep on the table. Yep, that's me between my husband and my older son. Asleep at the table.
We were assigned Lumiere's for our first night in the dining rotation. As I got to the dining room, something just felt off. I was shivering nonstop. The noise from talking and dishes clanking was driving me crazy. My little one was tired because he DIDN'T nap. I left when my appetizer came. I realized that the only thing I ate all day was first thing in the morning. I had no appetite but figured I might later. We asked the waiter to bring a roasted chicken with vegetables at the end of dinner for my husband to bring back to the room. I left with my little one, miraculously put him to bed, and then I climbed back into the sofa bed. At this point things got a lot worse. I was sweating, shivering, and had bone pains shooting down my legs. You would have thought it was the flu based on symptoms, but nope! I was thinking deliriously too. Right before I dozed off I thought, "I am probably not going to wake up. If I die, I hope my family still enjoys the rest of the cruise." Um okay Nicole, yeah, they'll just stuff you under the bed until the last day of the cruise and carry on, lol.
This was quite possibly my biggest disappointment of the entire trip. I missed Mickey's Tree Lighting Magic and Santa's Winter Wonderland Ball. Those are the biggest events that kick off every Merrytime Cruise on the first night. I think I need a do over already!
Interested to see if I survived the night? Tune in to my next installment, coming soon!
We sailed on the Disney Magic from December 12th-16th for a Very Merrytime Cruise! Here are the Voyage Navigators for that 4-night cruise.
Thursday, December 12th
Friday, December 13th
Saturday, December 14th
Sunday, December 15th
Disney Cruise Line Internet Packages
We opted for the Small package. I did not use the internet at all and my husband only used it to check his work email and communicate with employees. It was sufficient for what we needed.
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Hi! I am Nicole Perry, owner of Sunkissed Adventures.