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!
Sunkissed Adventures Family Travel Blog- The Sunkissed Mommy
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.
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