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When we came out of Toy Story the Musical, Captain Jack Sparrow was out, posing for pictures and causing trouble.  Captain Jack is always causing trouble….  Jason met and had his picture taken and then as Megan went, Captain Jack walked across the hall and grabbed a teddy bear from the shop.  He liked “Teddy”  had his picture taken with Megan, then with Meg & “Teddy” and then declared to the photographer “Just Teddy”.  Teddy was placed on the floor and had his picture taken.  This story may not translate to screen well, but I just have to say that Captain Jack is quite the Character! 

Growing boys need to eat, frequently.  We had an hour till dinner and Jason was starving.   This is where cruising is great for families with teen/tween kids; there’s always food available!  We sent Jason off to get some pizza and told him to be at dinner at Animators Palate on time. Jon, Megan & I decided to wander around the ship a bit.  We checked out the shops, wandered on deck, those of us over 21 enjoyed a before dinner cocktail.  When we met up, Jason was all sweaty and pretty gross.  I don’t know how you get that sweaty eating pizza……oh that’s right; he ate the pizza then went and played more soccer!  I showed him where the restrooms were so he could clean up before dinner and that is when Megan had her 2nd Captain Jack Sparrow experience of the evening.

Meg was looking at the photo pass pictures when Captain Jack came in; he was actually going “off stage” and was done with pictures but when he saw her standing there he said he needed ‘a picture with the pretty girl’.   They posed for the camera and then someone tells Captain Jack that “a giant rodent is coming” .  With that, Captain Jack yells “every man for himself!” and dives through the cast door.  A minute later, Mickey Mouse the “giant rodent” walked by. 

Tonight we’re eating at Animator’s Palate.  This is a neat restaurant.  The entire place, servers uniforms included; is black & white.  The artwork, animation cells, everything is black and white; at least that’s how it starts.  Over the dining period, the room begins to colorize and gets brighter.  I won’t spoil the “finale” of the show, but it’s very cool.   Onto the food.   This was actually the meal that I was least looking forward to, it’s not bad it’s just not “wow”.   The choices are a little boring….I do recommend the Ahi Tuna Tartare, the wasabi cream is very good!  The phyllo wrapped salmon is very good, but you can’t get the salmon cooked rare because of the phyllo.  We all ate our meals, but none were memorable.  We ordered our desserts, Jason was in a hurry to leave to catch a program at the Oceaneers Lab before the Pirate Party.  I knew that tonight they were going to recognize our anniversary, so I didn’t want him to leave too soon.  Right before dessert was served,  I saw them getting ready.  A beautiful cake was brought over, along with 2 glasses of champagne and our head server announced our celebration, they sang to us and it was very nice.  Our head server then came and apologized about the misunderstanding the night before. They may have messed up last night, but they more than made up for it tonight!  The cake was wonderful, and we had enough left that they packed up for us to take back to the room for later.  Jason had his dessert and took off for the kids club.  He wasn’t interested in the Pirate Party, he had soccer & flubber plans for the night.  We took the cake to the room, and then went up to deck 9 for the Pirate Party.

I know Jon had his doubts about the Pirates in the Caribbean Party, but when we got up on deck the music was playing, the dancing and singing started he changed his tune.  The party starts as a fun celebration and then “pirates” board the ship and take over, turning things a little darker.  In the end, Mickey saves the day and then there are fireworks.  Yes!  Fireworks are shot from the ship out over the water.  Disney is the only cruise line to do this, and it’s amazing!!!  After the fireworks, the music continues and the evening Pirate Buffet is set up.  Still full from dinner, we weren’t ready to eat again.  Besides, it was almost time for Krazy Karaoke.

Meg took off to Aloft, they had big plans for the night.  We stopped by the sports deck to make sure Jason hadn’t forgotten about the Flubber activity….ooops  good thing we stopped by, he’d lost track of time.  Now that the kids were settled with their plans for the night, Jon & I were ready for our night “out”.  We headed to Wavebands down on Route 66 for Krazy Karaoke.  There’s a huge song list, you sign up, get called up and when you’re done singing you get a shot.  I’m of the opinion that if you want me to sing in front of people, you should give me the shot 1st!  Jon signed up and sang to me for our anniversary.  He picked a Harry Connick Jr song that he knew I loved and the whole crowd got into it.  When he was done he had Pikey (our host) give me the shot.  This time it was blue, last month it was purple….gotta say the blue tastes better.   I know Jon really wanted me to sing, but I’m a scaredy cat and just couldn’t bring myself to do it.   The other highlight of the evening at KK (besides Jon singing to me) was when Cody (Hannah Montana’s show brother) got up to sing and started rapping.  He was a riot!  He was sitting next to us and was a really nice guy and a lot of fun.  After KK, we sat at Cadillac Lounge for a bit and then came back to Wavebands for some fun dancing.  It was fun for awhile and then we decided to go somewhere quieter.  We caught up with Jason back in the stateroom and he was, hungry.  Shocking!  A friend had told me before my last cruise to order Mickey Bars from room service, she swore they taste better.  This seems like as good a time as any!  I wanted a little something else, so I called and ordered the Mickey Bars and the fruit/cheese plate.  Again they told me it would be 30-40 minutes, and the knock on the door was actually 10 minutes later.  I have to say, my friend was right.  Nothing beats eating room service Mickey Bars on the verandah at 1:30am!  Just after we finished our midnight snack, Meg returned, glowing from her night at the teen club.   

Busy day, but it was a lot of fun!  Tonight (this morning??) I’ll be smarter and put the room service breakfast order on the door.  Starting the morning with coffee in the room would be a good idea!

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My family was very supportive of my cruise on the Wonder back in June, but I know they were a little envious.   Today is the day they get to set sail on the Disney Wonder!

Thankfully the relaxing “last night in the World” allowed us to start organizing and packing early.  We tried to seperate out what could stay in my truck and what we needed on the ship.  It made life a little complicated for a bit, but we got it worked out before bell services came up for the bags.

Breakfast this morning is the surprise the kids got while at Epcot yesterday…..School bread from Norway!  I was a little concerned after hearing reports of the “new” school bread, but this seems to have gone almost back to the way it was.  It is smaller than it used to be, but it was good.  If you haven’t tried school bread, make sure to stop at Kringla Bakery in Norway at Epcot.  It’s similar to a Boston Cream doughnut, but the ‘bread’ isn’t as sweet as a doughnut.  There is a custard cream inside and on top is icing and coconut.  It’s a wonderful snack or breakfast!

We loaded up the truck and hit the road for Port Canaveral just before 11am.  We wanted to get there early enough to beat the DCL busses from the resorts & airport, but not so early we couldn’t get on the ship yet.  We timed it pretty well and arrived just after noon.  –FYI, the drive takes about an hour and there are 3 toll stops (2 @ $1.25, 1 @ $1.50, total $4)– 

We dropped our bags at the curb with the porters, then went and parked.  We all parked so that we could all walk in together.  Thru the metal detectors, up the escalator and WOW the terminal is just too cool!  The floors, the model ship, everything is WOW!  We got in the Castaway Club line (sail once and you’re a member!) and were checked in in no time flat.  I took Jason over to the Kids Club check in while Jon & Meg got in the line for pictures with Goofy.  I had pre-registered Jason for the Oceaneers Lab, all we needed to do was check in and get the pager.  Except, since Jason is 12 & can check himself in and out, we didn’t need a pager.  Meanwhile, the picture line had moved so quickly, they let Jon & Meg stand off to the side and wait for Jason & I.  We joined them and were the next family to get their picture taken.  The Photopass photographer was very friendly and we had a lot of fun posing with Goofy.  Now it was time to board!

We walked onto the ship and our arrival was announced!  Very cool!  Then they got the chance to start looking around.  The lobby of the Wonder is stunning!  The sculpture fixture on the ceiling, the Ariel statue, the glass elevators, so much to look at!  We made our way thru the lobby and down the hall to Parrot Cay for the welcome aboard lunch.  Buffet lunch is served at Beach Blanket Buffet on Deck 9 and at Parrot Cay on Deck 3.  I’ve now been to both and can say it is calmer & quieter at Parrot Cay but the food is exactly the same and you’ll be happy no matter which place you eat! 

After lunch we were able to get to our room and our luggage was arriving as we did.  We went ahead and got unpacked, and settled into our room.  After checking our afternoon activities on the the Navigator, we decided to go check out the DVC member meeting.  It was fun, we played some trivia games and everyone got a prize.  While we were there, we noticed it looked very dark outside.  It was storming pretty good unfortunately.  We decided to wander around the ship for awhile.  We checked out the Oceaneer’s Lab and showed Jason around.  The Lab is for kids 8-12 and they’re generally grouped 8-9 & 10-12.    They’ve got computers, video games, board games, activities with the counselors, lounge areas, you name it I think they’ve got it!

I had spent an afternoon in the Rainforest Room at the spa on my last cruise and was really hoping for spa time on this cruise, so our next stop on the “tour” was, the Vista Spa.  On the 1st afternoon, you can tour the spa (they’ll let the kids tour as well, but not after pulling out of port).  Jon wasn’t sure about the spa before, but touring it did intrigue him.  He also loved the workout facilities and really wanted to get on the treadmill or eliptical maching and look out over the ocean while he ran.  We finished the Spa tour and didn’t book anything, but I had high hopes that we would.

Now it was time for the sail away party and thank goodness it had stopped raining!  We changed into our bathing suits & coverups and went up to deck 9 and the kids were able to get on the stage and start dancing.   We sang, we danced and screamed and had a blast!   As we pulled out of port, we went up to deck 10 and waved good-bye. 

The movement of the ship startled Jason, so to distract him the “boys” checked out the sports deck while Meg showed off Aloft, the teen club.  This is one place that I didn’t get to on my last cruise because they only let adults in the 1st afternoon.  Parents can come check it out before sailing, after that it’s 17 & under only – except for the wonderful counselors.  The teen club is very cool!  They’ve got a bar (ok, smoothie bar), TV’s, dance floor, games, music, lounge areas and so much more.  There was already an invitation at the room inviting Meg to join them for the “411” at 10:30pm tonight.   She loved that it started at 10:30pm, and that she didn’t have to be “home” at 10:30pm!  The 411 is when they get all the teens together to plan their cruise.  They’re given 3-4 choices of activities per hour the club is open and they vote.  Because of this, they get greater participation and every cruise is different based on the kids sailing.  Meanwhile, Jon & Jason were playing basketball & ping pong up on the sports deck.  They thought this was coolest thing ever.

Time flies when you’re having fun, and it was time to get ready for tonights show & dinner.   Making sure everyone was ready before the show was a little stressful.  We got there before it started, but missed all the pre-show stuff.  Tonight is the Golden Mickey’s, it’s an awards show and the host is unable to perform leaving the stage manager in a jam.  She needs to step up or the show won’t go on.  Awards are given for best romance, comedy, villain, etc. and “scenes” from the nominess  are performed.  It’s a cute, fun show and great for the first night.

Jason took off after the show to go to the Oceaneers Lab and promised to meet us outside Tritons just after 8pm for dinner.  Jon, Megan & I went for a stroll down Route 66 and stopped at Cadillac Lounge for a before dinner drink.  Jon & I had martinis (this is a great jazz/piano lounge and martinis are the type of drink you should have here)  Our server was great and after talking to Megan to see what she liked, decided to make her a virgin Pina Colada.   We relaxed and enjoyed the view while listening to the music until it was time to meet up with Jason for dinner.

As we walked up to get in line for dinner, I ran into one of the ladies that was in my agent group last month.  We were able to introduce our families while we were walking into the restaurant.  Jason was right on time and we were seated for dinner just after 8:15pm.  One thing that I hadn’t realized because I was with a large group, Disney Cruise Line doesn’t seat you with other families, at least not most of the time.  Most tables were for 4 or 6, with a few tables for parties of 8.  I was a little disappointed because I had been looking forward to meeting people, but I’m sure many people prefer not sitting with “strangers”.

Tritons is a beautiful restaurant  featuring seafood with a French influence.  Jason was trying to order from the adult menu, but wasn’t sure about a lot of the choices.  He was also getting very moody and crabby.  The rest of us picked things we wanted to try and share.  Jon was thrilled to order the escargot, avocado & citrus salad and the seared sea bass.  Meg ordered the duck confit, tomato & basil soup, and the sea bass.    After being reminded that if he didn’t like it, he could get something different, Jason grudgingly ordered the shrimp cocktail and the lobster mac & cheese.  I ordered the applewood smoked bacon and wild mushroom tart, the french onion soup and the lamb shank.  The appetizers came, Jon loved the escargot, Meg wasn’t thrilled with the duck confit; nothing wrong with it just not a texture that she liked.  Jason’s mood had gotten worse, his head and stomach were bothering him and he wasn’t willing to try the shrimp.  Fine with me, I love shrimp and the green & white asparagus they serve with it is wonderful!  The tart was ok, but not that memerorable. 

Watching Jason, I realized something was wrong….he couldn’t put words to it but kept saying ‘it was his head, sort of and his stomach felt weird’.  It finally hit me, he was experiencing motion sickness.  Quite honestly, I had expected Megan to be the one to get sea sick, not Jason.  I felt really bad that it had taken me so long to figure it out, but we could take care of it.  Jon left and went to our stateroom to get the dramamine I had brought just in case the kids had issues.  Meanwhile we asked Teddy our Asst Server if he had any suggestions (and it was a great distraction for Jason).  Teddy mentioned the wrist bands and the accu pressure point on your wrist and that helps him….Good thing Jason had learned about that in his “Dangerous book for boys” and started pressing the spot.  Jon was back a few minutes later with the dramamine.  Half a tablet of dramamine (they easily break in half)  and in 10 minutes Jason was back to normal.  FYI- the dosing says take 1-2 tablets, but I saw that the women I travelled with last month were taking 1/2 to 1 tablet.  The ones that took a 1/2 tablet felt better and didn’t get drowsy, the ones that took a whole tablet, also took a nap.

Both soups were excellent and the avocado citrus salad was very good.  It was time for the entrees.  I wasn’t thrilled with the lamb, it was ok but didn’t wow me.  Meg didn’t love the sea bass (she’s still trying new things and sea bass is new to her).  Jon loved his sea bass and Jason’s lobster mac & cheese looked wonderful.  Now we did ask for the lobster on the side because he wasn’t sure about lobster (weird kid, I know….) and the lobster wasn’t really on the side but he survived.  Having gone through the sea sickness during the meal, he wasn’t really hungry and not for something new so our wonderful server got a kids pizza for him in no time flat.  Not being a person to let food go to waste, I switched meals with Megan and I “sampled” Jason’s mac & cheese.  There was a very strong gruyere that he didn’t like, I didn’t mind it and the lobster was wonderful.  I would put this as a top choice at Tritons.  The sea bass was very good and Meg enjoyed my lamb shank.  In the end it worked out well for everyone.  Desserts were very good, but I don’t remember all the details.  There was a souffle, creme brulee and a sampler that we all enjoyed.

After dinner we split up.  Meg went straight to Aloft, Jason took off for the Lab & sports deck and Jon & I strolled around the ship and then went for a swim & soak in the hot tub.  Jason  got back to the room around midnight and was watching a movie when Jon & I got back.   Meg showed up a little after 1am after the teen club closed.   Thouroughly exhausted, we all got a good nights sleep while anxiously awaiting our arrival in Nassau in the morning.

Our last night at sea.  It seems like we just boarded but now Cruise Director Christian is on a continous loop on channel 14 doing a Debarkation Presentation.

After a wonderful day on Castaway Cay, I came back to the ship to get ready for a busy night.  Tonight was our last “business” event, a private cocktail party in the Cadillac Lounge, show, dinner, packing & ?????

Our cocktail party was great.  There were appetizers, and Bahama Mama’s.  We “graduated” from the program and received diplomas and a group picture.  We spent some time discussing what we had learned durning the cruise and how that would help us when we got home.   A fun time!

We were able to get a little last minute shopping done before our evenings performance.  Tonight we saw:

” Disney Dreams”    ‘An Enchanted Classic  For every kid and every kid-at-heart, this Classic Disney tale lets you discover the power of dreams as your imagination escapes into a world of enchantment and adventure.  With a little Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust, a youg girl’s wish becomes a dream come true in the spectaculal fantasy.  Join Peter Pan, tinker Bell and all your favorite Disney Characters on a quest to make Dreams Come True!’

During our cocktail party, Rita our wonderful trainer/facilitator had told us to look at the parents in the audience during tonights show and to notice that they’ll all have tears in their eyes.  Well, I’ve got to tell you, I couldn’t see if anyone else had tears in their eyes, because I DID!  This was an amazing, touching, heartwarming show and the entire cast was superb!  Leave it to Disney to even cap it off with fireworks!  I can’t express how much I loved this show, just promise me that if you’re sailing on the Wonder you won’t miss it!

Dinner this evening was at Triton’s and we weren’t sure what to expect.   It was very nice, seafood with a touch of french influence.  Not being a fan of escargot, I played safe and ordered the chilled jumbo shrimp and french onion soup.  I had the seared sea bass for my entree, very fresh and cooked just right.  The other big winner of the evening at our table was the 3-cheese lobster macaroni.  This will shock everyone that knows me, but I can’t remember desert.  I’m sure they were good, but obviously not that memorable. 

After dinner we went back to our cabins to pack.  All of our luggage needed to be tagged and in the hall by 11pm and it was already 9:30pm.  When we got to our cabin, I realized that they had not left the tags for my bags, just the airport ones for my room mate.  I called guest services and they said they would send them up in a little bit.  Ok, I started packing and trying to figure out what to put in which bag and what to leave out…….My room mate needed to call guest services for something and while on the phone mentioned that we were still waiting for the bag tags.  They told her that I would have to come and get them.  Great, it was now almost 10:30 and I had to go to deck 3, mid from deck 5 aft.  Not horrible, but I was tired and running out of time.  We went, passing our cabin attendant on the way and thanking him for all he had done.  Got the tags came back and ran into him again.  I told him that my bags would be out in a few minutes, now that I had the tags.  Here’s where I was gently reprimanded, and reminded that I had been told on the 1st day that if I needed anything, he was my go to guy and he had plenty of bag tags.   So learn from my mistake, and if you need anything at all, check with your cabin attendant before running allover the ship.  It’ll save you a lot of time and effort!

Bags were packed, tagged and placed in the hall a few minutes before 11pm.  We considered going to Cadillac lounge or the Wave and finding others from the group and then decided that was just too much work.  Instead we discussed the trip and enjoyed the view from the verandah before calling it a night.


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