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PS we haven't gone downstairs to the shops or anything yet... so no pictures there. We've been slugs! It's been lovely!
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Saturday, continued

No pix in this installment, but I'll probably post some later or tomorrow... though perhaps not until the return trip? I just don't want to blow my internet time.

We headed up to the top deck to watch our departure… we were supposed to pull away at 7pm (which is really late in my experience, but it was interesting to leave while it was dark). Since we weren’t going anywhere for a while, we decided to head down one level to the pool bar, where we found Gregg and Lize and a bunch of Toni’s other coworkers. Toni and I got some pina coladas, which were REALLY good, and then we chatted a bit. Once the boat started moving, I popped up to the top deck and Skyped with Meri for about 5 minutes, to let her see the upper decks of the ship, and to see Miami. She got a huge kick out of it, and it was fun to see her reaction. I definitely was missing her.

After I hung up with Meri, Toni and Gregg grabbed me and I followed them up to the VIP lounge where the “big” boss was. He had rented it out for cocktail hour, so we enjoyed snacks and drinks up there for a bit. Honestly, it wasn’t that awesome, because the windows were slanted and tinted, so we couldn’t see much of any view. But the lounge itself was nice looking.

We stayed up there for about 20 minutes, and then it was time to freshen up for dinner.

Our room is on the 10th floor, midship, and our dining room is all the way aft, on the 6th floor. So we headed down to the 6th floor, midship, and started walking aft. Well… you’d THINK that would be a good plan, but no. Turns out we were stuck at another dining room and we couldn’t go all the way through. We had to go up one level to seven, then we had to sort of wind around before back down to six, to our dining room. It was VERY confusing, but we eventually got there.

Dinner… hm. It wasn’t as good as last year’s experience, for sure. And it DEFINITELY was not Disney quality, lol. The server barely introduced himself beyond saying his name, there was no chatting or friendliness, and he wasn’t particularly speedy.

I ordered the shrimp cocktail for an appetizer, and the Angus steak with a potato for my entrée. The shrimp cocktail was good. No complaints. Of course it’s hard to mess that up, lol! The steak… it was very fatty, which bothered me some. And the potato was dry – no one offered any butter or sour cream. So dinner was just ok for me. Not awful, but not really stand-out.

After dinner, we chose our desserts. I picked Crème Brulee, which should surprise no one, and I asked for coffee. Well... the crème brulee wasn’t even really crème brulee. There was no hard sugar topping, which was highly disappointing – what on earth is crème brulee without it??? And the coffee was lukewarm and was as thick as oil! Someone at our table ordered decaf, and it was instant. They were poured a cup of hot water and handed a packet of instant decaf! Oy!

So, alas, we all agreed that dinner wasn’t quite the smash hit we had hoped. But we did eat, and we laughed a LOT.

Dinner ended around 10:45pm, and I headed back to the room to finish Fast Five in bed, while Toni went with a few others to the show. I ended up going to sleep around 12:30am.


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On Sunday I woke up at around 8:30am, and then laid back down and snoozed for about another 45 minutes. Finally I decided it was time to get up and get going. Toni was already up and reading on the balcony. We ordered room service for breakfast, and it was there within 15 minutes. They only have a continental breakfast, and really it’s just a few rolls / croissants and some orange juice. We also ordered coffee, of course. It was so nice to sit outside on the balcony, having breakfast and looking at Atlantis. It was a fabulous view and perfect weather.
After a while, we decided to get dressed and head out to Paradise Island. We disembarked on deck 4 and headed out, purchasing round trip tickets for the water taxi ($8 each). We arrived at the water taxi just before it was ready to depart, and we headed across the water to Paradise Island. It was just a 10 minute trip over! We got off of the boat and walked through some little tents where people were selling their wares. We said no thanks, and headed right through, taking off for the little shopping village. We meandered around, stopping at a Starbucks for a quick caffeine fix, and then we walked over to Atlantis, just to peek in the main building. It wasn’t anything that exciting, and we didn’t stay. Instead we meandered back through the shopping village and had lunch at my favorite – Johnny Rockets!

After lunch we headed back to the water taxi, and we were accosted by two women who forced multiple beaded necklaces onto us, then asked for money. I actually liked the one necklace so I gave the girl $6, which was all the cash I had on me, and then gave the other necklace back. Toni was not so lucky. She had handed the girl a $20, wanting change, and the girl handed her my $6 and said, “There you go, now you bought all four!” and they walked off! Toni just shook her head and I admit I laughed and laughed. We got totally taken for a ride (especially Toni) and the girls frankly earned their $20. They were pushy without being scary, and they got what they wanted before Toni even knew what had hit her. I shouldn’t laugh, I know, it’s obnoxious behavior, but seriously, these two were pros in every sense of the word.

We took the water taxi back, and then got back on board the boat, having bought nothing in Nassau (except for the necklaces, lol). Once on board, we went straight up to the top deck and found two spots by the pool, in the sun. We sat in the little kiddie wading area for a bit to cool off (no kiddies were present) and then just rested in the sun for a while. It was so relaxing. I had my music on and I just zoned out for about an hour or so.

Finally at 2:45pm I headed back down to the room to change and unwind before my spa appointments. I sprawled out on the bed and watched Fast & Furious 6, and finally it was time for me to head upstairs to get my hair done. I arrived a few minutes early at the spa, and checked in, but they weren’t ready for me yet. Turns out there was a bride in there getting her hair done, and they were running behind. Finally at 4:20pm Tatiana brought me in to get my highlights. All told it took an hour and a half, and I just made it to my 6:00pm pedicure appointment at 6:02pm! I will tell you that I love my hair! She scared me at first because she told me that “your hair won’t be too white”! I nearly freaked out! WHITE?! I stayed calm because I kind of figured that it was already done, so I mean… you know? But I was dreading the “big reveal”. Turns out I was worried for nothing. It looks fabulous! No white to be seen!

So, on to the pedicure! Toni and I sat in a private pedicure room for two. Unfortunately since it was dark, we couldn’t see the ocean, but I didn’t mind. The two girls that did our toes were hilarious. I really enjoyed listening to the banter, and at times I just zoned out and enjoyed it. If I’m being honest, the pedicures I get back home, for $30 less, are much better by far. More massaging, more attention to the feet, more buffing and whatnot. But this was fine, and my toes looked really cute at the end. I had initially picked a coral color, but it turned out to be this ugly orange, and both my girl and I agreed that no, that wasn’t going to work. So I went with my initial choice, which was a red.
After that, we headed back to the room to dress for dinner, as it was already 7:20pm. This is “casual night”, with a suggestion for wearing white. Fortunately I had brought my white pants with me on the trip, so I put those on!
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OMG I had an entire update with photos typed up and it disappeared when I hit post! *tear* Jeannie, you and I are cursed, lol!
LOL! Hopefully you won't have any more of those problems! Since I don't have Word on my laptop, I can't write it out in advance. I was going to type it out on email and send it to myself a paragraph at a time, but that was too cumbersome! You'll see on my TR that now I'm doing shorter posts...several at a time, just in case I lose one!

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Glad things are going well - and I want to see the hair too, so I hope you'll at least post a photo to show us all!

Sorry dinner wasn't so great and what a shame Toni got taken for a ride by those girls...
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I'm back and all caught up. A huge relief that the travel day went so well and your night in Miami sounded like so much fun. The ship is beautiful, but how disappointing that dinner was! I wonder if they're trying to push people to try the extra-fee dining instead of the regular dining rooms. We do get spoiled by the Disney crew members-- there's nothing like them and they are what make those cruises so special. A question for you about the water taxis-- did you need to use them at every port? Did you happen to notice if they're accessible? I always assume that if you need to tender into port, that would mean I couldn't go, but that may not be true. Looking forward to when you can post some more pics. I want to see the hair also!
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Hey all I'm back!! I've been typing up the TR but I ran out of internet time! LOL! I'll post updates tomorrow evening - WITH hair photos (and lots of others) and I'll answer your questions, Laurie!!
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My Previous TripsMay 2016 - RCCL Baltic Cruise * Dec 2015 - Carnival Dream Caribbean Cruise (My 40th) * Mar 2015 - EPCOT Day * Nov 2014 - Carnival Elation Caribbean Cruise (Mom's 75th) * Feb 2014 - CBR / Disney Dream Bahamas Cruise (Meri's 8th) * June 2013 - Disneyland Paris * May 2013 - Disney Magic Transatlantic Cruise * Oct 2012 - Disneyland * Sept 2012 - Port Orleans Riverside (Royal Room) * Feb 2012 - Boardwalk Villas / Animal Kingdom Villas (Kidani Village) (Crissy's Bachelorette) * Oct 2011 - Port Orleans Riverside / Bonnet Creek * Feb 2011 - Caribbean Beach Resort (Pirate Room) / Animal Kingdom Lodge (Meri's 5th) * Nov 2009 - Port Orleans French Quarter (Mom's 70th) * Feb 2009 - Coronado Springs (Meri's 3rd) * Feb 2008 - Port Orleans Riverside (Meri's 2nd) * Sept 2006 - Boardwalk Inn * Prior to 2006 - Too many visits to count...
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