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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!

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!

Tonights theme is Pirates!  Pirates in the Caribbean party will be after dinner (which is pirate themed) and before we see Toy Story the musical, we get to meet Captain Jack Sparrow.

I have to say, Captain Jack Sparrow was awesome!  He must have spent almost 5 minutes with everyone that came through and it was a different experience for everyone.  The photopass photographer was in hysterics.  Talking to several CM’s later, they all love working with Captain Jack because he’s soooo much fun.

Toy Story the musical was AWESOME!!!!!   Of course, no cameras/video allowed, so I can’t show you anything but it was amazing.  The cast is very talented and the actor (actress) that played Sid was out of this world incredible.  Really truly the high point of the show!  I don’t care if you’re sailing with or without kids, DO NOT MISS THESE SHOWS!  In all seriousness, the show(s) are great for all ages and should not be missed.

Dinner tonight was at Parrot Cay.  Perfect place for the evenings theme!   

I did not order a drink with dinner because we were treated to wine with our meal.  The choices were a Chardonnay & and Cabernet.  Chardonnay’s and I don’t like each other all that much, so I went with the Cab.   I started with the Baked Crab Martinique–jumbo lump crab baked in a creamy cheese sauce severd with colorful tortilla chips and Plantain chips.  This was really good!  Big chunks of crab with lots of creamy cheesey goodness!  I wasn’t overly fond of the plantain chips, they were a little soggy in my humble opinion.  I followed that with the Cold Cream of  Mango & Papaya soup.  YUMMY!  It was perfect, not too heavy but creamy.  You could add some rum and it would make a lovely tropical drink–just a thought.

Since my server Nino’s recommendations had been so spot on, I continued to let him lead the way.  His entree recommendation was the Mixed Grill–grilled sirloin steak, lamb chop, bacon wrapped sausage, and jumbo shrimp on mashed potatoes, served with asparagus and grilled tomato with a Cabernet mushroom sauce.  To be honest, if I had picked I would have gone with the pan seared grouper or maybe the Island spiced grilled rib eye of beef.  Good thing I didn’t pick, Nino was right again!  This meal was incredible.  The sauce was to die for good, the steak was cooked to order perfectly rare, lamb chop was tender, shrimp were cooked perfectly and even the sausage was good and I’m not a sausage person.  

Somehow after all of that, I still managed to order (and eat) dessert.  Normally I would order whatever was the most chocolately option but I’m trusting my server and he says to go with the French Toast Banana Bread with coconut ice cream and caramel sauce.  I will say Nino was on a roll!  This was a rich, decadent dessert and I wasn’t able to finish it.  The coconut ice cream really made it work!  After all that food it was hard to believe that the evenings festivities were going to start up while we were still in the restaurant.  We had to join a conga line and do the limbo.  Those that didn’t participate cheered and waved napkins.  It was crazy and hilarious and a lot of fun!

As soon as we were done with dinner it was time to head up to Decks 9 & 10 for the Pirate Party. –fyi, if you didn’t bring any Pirate gear and wanted some, it was available for sale in several locations–  Rita our Facilitator for the trip had told us we would want to be on deck 9 port or deck 10 port/center for the best view of the fireworks.  Yes, you read that right, I said FIREWORKS!  Only Disney does a fireworks show at sea!!!!  Before the fireworks, the show starts with a lot of dancing and singing along.  There are several special guests through the party and it culminates with the fireworks.  I don’t want to give away too much but I will say that as a group of women between 21 – 70  we had a BLAST.  I saw a couple of kids that slept on their daddy’s shoulder, but most were dancing the night away.  Fun for all ages!


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