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For some reason, I always wake up before the wake up call when I’m cruising.  Doesn’t matter that I only went to sleep a few hours ago, I am waiting to hear Mickey tell me it’s time to get up.

We’re not in a huge hurry to get off the ship in Nassau.  We didn’t book any excursions, just planning to walk around town and explore on our own for awhile.  Instead of rushing, Jon & Meg go for a run, then while she gets ready the rest of us go for breakfast at Triton’s.  

Only dinner is assigned, at breakfast you just walk up and are seated.  You’ll have different servers but that can be fun.  We had a great breakfast; Jon ordered his “cruise breakfast” bagel with lox & cream cheese & eggs benedict.  This is what he had everyday of our honeymoon cruise and he couldn’t wait to do it again (18 years later).  I couldn’t decide between the eggs benedict and the “Atlantis Secret Tower” stacked french toast with grilled pineapple and strawberry coulis.  Our wonderful server told me I should try both!  Gotta love that!  Jason ordered the “Little Mermaids Morning” which is 2 belgian waffles stuffed with Dulche de Leche and rolled in cinnamon sugar.  Jon loved his breakfast, I thought mine were both very good but I liked the eggs benedict better.  Jason didn’t really care for his….the Duche de Leche wasn’t quite what he expected.  No problem, they quickly got him a new breakfast: Mickey’s special combo platter.  Mickey Waffle, scrambled eggs and a pancake tower.  That was perfect! 

When we got back to the room, Meg was upset because she didn’t know which restaurant we had gone to for breakfast and she was now hungry.  No problem, that is what room service is for!   I quickly called and ordered the Chicken Fajita wrap.  I was told it would take 30-40 minutes and 10 minutes later there was a knock on the door.  Can I just say that I love free room service!  She was happy, loved her wrap and we were ready to go explore Nassau.

Just a little information here; to leave the ship you need your KTTW card and photo ID.  Kids need their KTTW card and a parent or permission slip to go with an excursion.  This way they know who got off the ship, when they got off and when they get back on. 

When we got off the ship we headed out and walked down to the Straw Markets.   There were some deals to be had, but not like in the “old” days.  It was hot and muggy and no one really felt like shopping so we moved on.  Took pictures by the Pirate Museum, toured a beautiful church, stopped in a couple of other shops and in the end we got a yummy chocolate rum cake at the Bacarrdi store.  We had wandered for a couple of hours and saw what we wanted to see and now we just wanted to go back to the ship and enjoy that.

First things first, it was time to eat again 🙂 For the 3rd meal in a row, we had lunch at Triton’s.  To be honest, I can’t remember anyones meal except for Jason’s.  He was hot, tired and getting a little grumpy and wasn’t sure he was even hungry.  He ended up asking our server if he could get a Mickey bar for an appetizer.  Of course the server said “yes” then looked at us.  I decided I just didn’t care.  If he got hungry later, he’d get pizza or burgers or something on deck 9, so what the heck have the Mickey bar as an “appetizer”.  They brought it out with our food, but all I see is a Mickey Bar sitting in a bowl with mini marshmallows and lots of sprinkles.  He ate every last bite and then ordered kids mac & cheese  for his entree.  Jon laughed and commented when they brought the entrees that “if he eats his entire meal, we’re giving him ice cream before every meal”  He not only ate it, he devoured it and when we ordered dessert he asked if he could order more mac & cheese.  He ate most of that as well.  As they say, life is short eat dessert first!

While we were eating lunch we wanted to plan the rest of our day.  I left the restaurant for a few minutes to get a new Navigator (we’d misplaced ours).  While I was at Guest Services I had another question for them.  When I made the cruise reservation I had told them we were celebrating our 18th anniversary and they told me they would do something the 1st night of the cruise.   No, I didn’t forget to write about and you didn’t skim over it; nothing had happened the 1st night.  They were very apologetic after looking it up and seeing it on the reservation, and they promised it would be taken care of tonight.   Secret planning done, I went back to lunch and we planned our afternoon.  Meg was tired and ready to lay out in the sun & read a book.  Jason had several activities at the lab that he wanted to check out, the only complication was he wanted to do the “make a kite” family activity but that was at 3pm, right in the middle of afternoon.  He decided we could make a kite another time and took off to do his things.  Meg took off and we went to Guest Services to see if we could book some spa time.  There was a great in port special that included: head, neck, shoulder massage, facial, Rainforest Room, chocolate covered strawberries and glass of champagne.  Perfect!  Even better, we were able to get both of us in at the same time!!!

We went and changed into our bathing suits and headed to the Cove pool.  Beautiful weather, a drink of the day and an hour till our spa appointment; I really can’t imagine it being any better than this!  We relaxed, swam a little and then it was time to go to the spa.  We checked in a few minutes early and were taken to the locker rooms.  We both changed into our robes & slippers and were then led to a couples cabin.  While our package that we booked wasn’t technically a “couples massage”, since we are a couple and they could do it at the same time, they did.  The room is beautiful, calm and quiet.  On the verandah is a hot tub for the “real” couples packages.  In the cabin the colors are soft, music is soothing.  The ladies that will be giving us our massages tell us what to expect and they leave the room for us to disrobe and get on the massage tables.  When they come back, they position us so we’re comfortable and then they start the massage.  All I hear is the soft music, the occasional “ahh”  escape from myself or Jon and that is it.  The ladies are stealthy, and perfectly in rythem.  There is a wonderful soothing scent in the air and I don’t want this to ever stop.  Gently and quietly they ask us to roll over and then they begin the facial.  While the facial “sets”  they move down and do a leg massage.  Ooohs and Aahhhs are the only sounds in the room beside the music.  Our faces are wiped off and before we “come to” my hand is placed in Jon’s hand.  I can’t believe it’s over!  They step out for us to dress and came back with water and suggestions on what to buy and do to feel better on a daily basis.  I was very pleased with this.  They told us what they used, asked if we’d like them to make a package up for us and when we said no, they moved on.  No pressure at all, and I really appreciated that.  Then they led us to the Rainforest Room, gave us our chocolate covered strawberries & champagne and reminded us to drink plenty of water.    We spent the next hour enjoying the scented steam rooms, sauna, mosaic chairs and showers.  It was beyond wonderful!  It was a bit of a splurge but worth every penny!  To top it off, I now have a husband that wants to include spa visits on our vacations!!!

Before we knew it, our wonderful relaxing quiet couples time was over and it was time to get ready for dinner and tonight show: Toy Story the Musical!   The show starts at 6pm, everyone was instructed to be at the room and ready by 5:45.  Megan was in the room and ready, Jon & I were changed and ready to go and Jason was……MIA.   I would’ve have been upset, but not as much if it were a different show; but Toy Story was the ONE show that he wanted to see.  At 5:45pm we left the room.  Our cabin attendant was in the hallway, we told her that if Jason came back to please let him know to meet us at the show (I also left a note in the room).  Jon & Meg went to the show, I’ve seen it,they haven’t.  I went and checked at the pool, pizza place & sport courts.  No Jason.  I went down to the theater and found Jon & Megan, great.  No Jason.  I went outside the theater to watch for him, had a lovely chat with a CM, tried calling the room (no answer) and played hide & seek with the Green Army guys.  5:59pm and here comes Jason; dressed for dinner & the show.  He had lost track of time playing soccer against a bunch of Brazillians (story to be told at dinner), went to the cabin where Willie (our cabin attendant) told him to meet us at the show.  We were seated before the show started, but just barely.  I LOVE this show!  I loved it last time and loved it again this time!  I won’t spoil it, but Sid is my favorite part of the show, don’t miss it!


I planned our Candle Light Pocessional dinner package at Garden Grill for a few reasons. We’ve had several good meals there in the past and the food was pretty “safe” for Dad.  For those that haven’t been, you don’t order (other than your drinks) there is a set meal that is brought out family style.  Biscuits & rolls (no more orange honey butter ) salad and the main course: Turkey w/cranberry relish, Flank Steak w/Mushroom Cabernet au Jus, and Fried Catfish, served with homestyle potato casserole and selected fresh vegetables.  We had a good meal, our server was allright, but not great.  We never got biscuits (the table next to us did) the kids food I requested took awhile to come out (kids menu is also all you can eat, chicken strips, fries & stouffers mac&cheese)  This is a character meal, Farmer Mickey, Pluto, Chip & Dale. We had a lot of time with the characters, saw each of them twice and got great pictures!  Dale swiped DS’s hat right off his head and took off with it,  then held it up higher than DS could reach.  Pluto seemed quite taken with Jackie, and seemed to be trying to take her away from Dad.  The funny part of the meal was when  DD spilled her whole glass of Coke on Dad & Chip. Funnier for me than DD, Chip or Dad.    We finished dinner with a caramel apple dish. I don’t remember the exact name, but it was good. DS could have had a cupcake, but decided he was full. It was a pretty fun meal!

Now remember back to Wednesday morning and I was confused about Dad & Jackie having breakfast at the Studios?  Well they admitted later that day that they thought they “might have screwed up”. They had breakfast at Hollywood & Vine with Dora the Explorer .  No, that wasn’t Dora, wrong park/COMPANY you actually had breakfast with the Little Einsteins;  and well, yes, you screwed up. Now you’ll have to pay out of pocket for dinner tonight (which if they had really wanted that Hollywood & Vine breakfast, I’d have told them to pay out of pocket for that since it was cheaper  ) Oh well, not my fault.  They’re grownups, although I spent the week feeling like they needed more supervision than my 14 yr old, lol. 

We got our passes for the Candle Light Processional from our server and then walked around World Showcase  to work off dinner.  I have always heard wonderful things about Candlelight Processional and how it’s a “don’t miss” event. I’ve always wanted to go, but the kids were so much younger on our past Christmas trips that I didn’t think they’d sit through it. I know our passes guarantee us seats, but OMG the line is sooo long!  I really didn’t know how they were going to get everyone into the the theater, but once they started, everyone was in in no time flat.  Disney is certainly the King of crowd control!  We’ve got good seats, a really nice gentleman in front of us telling us what to what/look for (sign language interpreter is in front of us and amazing to watch!)  Our Narrator tonight is Edward James Olmos (Lt Castillo in Miami Vice, Justice Mendosa, West Wing, Commander Adama in BSG)  Wow! Wow! Wow! This was truly an amazing experience. The choirs were fantastic, the orchestra & Conductor were amazing and the Signer, you could feel the music in his signing.  He emoted every bit of every piece of music. It was beautiful. If I lived nearby, this would be my Christmas Eve tradition. Since I don’t, it’ll just be a “must do” every Christmas trip from now on.

9:15pm, only 15 minutes till Holiday Illuminations. Our time with Dad & Jackie is just about over. We walk towards Germany and get a great spot for the fireworks. “Dad, stand here with the kids. The show starts in a few minutes and we’ll be right back”. I’m telling you, ADHD.  He starts walking off. UGH! STAY! My kids follow directions better!    DH & I go for a beer from Germany.  The line is slow and Illuminations is about to start, so I walk back to Dad & the kids and now Jackie is missing.  Dad said she went to the ladies room and hasn’t made it back.  Well, we are directly in front of the restrooms in Germany.  She couldn’t have come out and not seen us.  DH makes it back, but still no Jackie.  Good thing I know Illuminations by heart, I go check the ladies room, no one there.  Come back and a few minutes later Jackie appears. Seems she spotted a shop and had to have a quick look.  The weather is beautiful, DS is “conducting” the fireworks (hilarious picture) the holiday ending is a magical ending to our evening. We say our good-byes, (bell services will be picking Dad & Jackie up at 4:15 am )  Wow, I can’t believe it’s over. I really hope/think they enjoyed their trip. Thankfully we still have another day left.
It’s a shame this isn’t video, just imagine his arms moving all over the place!

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