Monday, January 16, 2017

Nine Pictures From This Cruise That Make My Heart Smile

   We just got back yesterday from our annual January cruise on the Disney Fantasy.  This is a very specific trip for us, set up to unwind and relax after the busy holiday season.  This year we both REALLY NEEDED IT.  We spent the majority of our trip relaxing in the Rainforest, reading books, or just falling asleep wherever we happened to be. (I took three naps one day, which I'm very impressed by.)  Anyway, here are some pictures that will forever remind me of how much fun I had.

   Even though we run around the ship taking care of business (making spa and dinner reservations, getting meet and greet tickets etc...) for the first hour or so, the cruise doesn't start until I refill my Disney Cruise Line mug.  Notice there still aren't many people on board.  The selection of beer has greatly improved onboard in the last couple of years.  In fact, I found myself visiting Frozone Treats quite often because they had Powder Monkey from Heavy Seas on draft. Very good. 

   We rarely get to meet new Disney characters whether we're in the parks or on a cruise...but we got lucky with Geppetto on this voyage.  One random afternoon he was alternating with Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket. 

   Out of the four previous cruises we had sailed on Adam and I had never booked an excursion through Disney.  Seeing that there wasn't really anything new on the boat we decided it was time. In Jamaica we took a bamboo raft down the Martha Brae river.  It was unbelievably pretty and we highly recommend.  If that sounds boring to you, keep in mind that there are makeshift bars EVERYWHERE in Jamaica and your captain will gladly stop. 

   Part of the excursion was visiting an old church in Falmouth...honestly, it wasn't all that worth it but I liked this picture a lot. 

   This was our second cruise that included a Star Wars Day At Sea, and was far better than the previous year.  Everything seemed a lot more organized in general, plus we got to meet characters that we actually wanted to.  In addition to the two droids we also met Captain Phasma who is beyond fabulous. 

   This one just from Castaway Cay just makes me happy in general. No description necessary. 

   Same with this one...except now you can appreciate my new 2017 Castaway Cay 5K medal.  This is my second race ever and I shaved my time down to 26 minutes.  I'm still sore days later, so I don't really think running is for me. :/ 

   We have been SO LUCKY to be on three cruises with Fine Whines. The entertainment throughout the ship is phenomenal, but it was the Whines that had us most excited.  We were able to catch a few full sets throughout the week.  If you ever find yourself on a cruise with them on board try and make their show a priority. 

   We had some real challenges on this cruise as far as food is concerned...and only ate in main dining twice. However the food at Remy and Palo remain phenomenal.  My favorite meal of this (and every) cruise is the champagne brunch at Remy. Nothing says vacation like six glasses of champagne before noon. Pictured above is cauliflower panna cotta which was my favorite dish of the entire voyage.  A full review of this meal will be coming soon. 

   The real beauty of cruising is the total lack of social media.  Sure, I could have turned on my phone at certain ports.  However the disconnection from real life is what makes these trips so special.  I'm already counting down to our next trip. :) 

Monday, January 2, 2017

Five Things I'm Looking Forward To Eating On The Disney Fantasy (FIVE DAYS FROM NOW!)

   Our annual 7 night cruise on the beautiful Disney Fantasy is a few short days away. Now that the holidays are over, and my house is back to normal, I'm finally getting super excited for my favorite trip of the year.  I know its important to a lot of cruisers, but I focus a little TOO MUCH on eating...

   In fact, I start shoving things in as soon as we, not in the form of food. But in my refillable beer mug! Before we even hit the buffet, this must be filled. Look at me, actually smiling.  Besides the beer, here are five things I'm really looking forward to eating on board. 

   Locate the green stuff on the left hand side of the photo above.  That is the pesto orzo served on day one or two at Cabanas.  A real standout on the day that its served, I intend on getting a whole plate of it. :) 

   The span between dinner and after the late performance of the evenings show is quite long. We always indulge in plate of yummies from our beloved Vista Cafe. 

   I'm not traditionally a sweets fan, but the rich chocolate soufflĂ© at Palo is to die for.  Make sure you get both sauces, its totally worth it.  

   The potato cannelloni at Remy are the things dreams are made of.  Not only is it fantastically delicious, but JUST LOOK AT ITS BEAUTY.  Almost too pretty to eat...almost.

   Finally, these little morsels of love (presented at the end of your meal at Remy) are decadent beyond your wildest imagination.  Sad thing is, I don't even know what theyre called.  But who cares?  When paired with Remy's EXQUISITE coffee, serious heaven. 

   Well, I'm officially hyped up for our trip now!!! Hopefully I can will myself into the ships gym a few times, and find the motivation to run the Castaway Cay 5K again...

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Monday, December 19, 2016

A Magical Evening In Dinoland USA

   If there is one thing I know for certain in this world its that Disney's Animal Kingdom is absolutely magical in the evening.  As the sun starts to set on my favorite park and all the ambient lighting starts to kick in, my giddiness becomes palpable. (Also, the DAK cocktails have kicked in) Early evening is also the best time to take photos...and you know I love to take photos.
   After a severely mediocre meal at Tiffins (review coming soon) Adam and I sauntered over to Dinoland USA while the sun was going down.  Usually Adam will fight my urge to have an impromptu photoshoot, but this night he was game.

   Fun right?!?! I love running around hugging all of my favorite dinosaurs! Plus, this area tends to empty out before the rest of the park, giving you ample space for your photoshoot.  The key is to start before the sun is completely down.  Where is your favorite place to take pictures at Disney World?

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