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Our Very MerryTime Cruise on the Disney Dream 2015: Travelogue Day 4- Adventures At Sea

Our last full day on the Disney Dream started with breakfast in the Enchanted Garden restaurant.  Our entire crew made it this time; we had spoken so highly of our breakfast there the day before that my in laws decided to join us.  We were seated promptly and then allowed to proceed to the buffet.  The restaurant, not surprisingly, was much busier on this morning since we were at sea and everyone was having their meals, somewhere on the ship.  Despite the slight crowds the staff kept the buffet lines moving smoothly and were attending to the tables very well.  Our server took our breakfast beverage orders and we also placed orders with him for custom omelets from the kitchen.  We ate well and enjoyed a relaxing meal together.

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We also made stop at the Oceaneers Club for their open house hours; I hadn’t had a chance to visit the club yet so we wanted to take advantage of the last open house of the cruise (tip: Disney offers open house offers where the club is open for families to explore and play together and even join activities.  This is very thoughtful of the Disney crew in that it allows kids who may not be comfortable with being dropped off to enjoy the amenities the club has to offer with their parents, at several different times throughout the trip). 

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I was super excited to view the new Star Wars play area that was just built during the ships recent dry dock and refurbishment a few months prior.  While we were there a cast member started a Little Einsteins adventure that totally delighted the younger kids.

Jordan decided to stay in the club for the Star Wars Jedi Academy activity and stated she wanted to stay through lunch.  Jasmine decided she had had enough of the club for awhile and wanted to stay with her parents.  Inside Out was showing in the Buena Vista Theatre in 3D just down the hall so we went to see the movie; I was the only one who hadn’t seen it and I thoroughly enjoyed it!

After the movie we returned to the stateroom and met up with our in laws.  My mother in law and I decided to head up to the D Lounge, the family entertainment lounge area, for the scheduled animation class.  On our way to the lounge we paused momentarily to listen to the carolers singing on the upper level of the atrium.

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The D Lounge is a venue onboard that hosts events throughout the day and night that the entire family can enjoy together.

The D Lounge is a venue onboard that hosts events throughout the day and night that the entire family can enjoy together.

In the class that day the professional animator was to instruct us on how to draw Stitch from the movie Lilo and Stitch.  We were provided a sheet of paper with a pencil and followed the humorous instructor as she walked us through the steps.

The animator leading the class was witty and very good at explaining step by step how to draw the Disney character Stitch

The animator leading the class was witty and very good at explaining step by step how to draw the Disney character Stitch

Our finished products did vary but we had a lot of fun doing it and in the end we were treated to an appearance by Lilo himself!!

Stitch's appearance was totally unexpected and totally cute!

Stitch’s appearance was totally unexpected and totally cute!

I took Jasmine to lunch after the animation class and then we returned to the room to relax on the verandah.  For the next couple of hours we just lounged around the stateroom, resting on the verandah to read or write/blog and Jasmine played around the room, half watching Beauty and the Beast.

I decided to check on Jordan shortly before dinner.  On my way to the Oceaneer Club I stopped in the Oceaneer Lab to look around and take a few pics; the Lab was having open house hours during this time.  It was relatively quiet, with a few families enjoying activities together.

Family cooking class offered during the Oceaneer Lab open house

Family cooking class offered during the Oceaneer Lab open house

In the activity room there was a family cooking class led by a chef where little ones could get their hands dirty and have a lot of fun.  I really appreciate how Disney makes a special effort to make sure that all of the children’s programming is available to everyone, even those children (or parents) who are not comfortable with drop off, or just want to maximize their family time together on their vacation.

With a quick peek on Jordan (who was huddled in a corner with two new BFFs and expertly hugged me while brushing me off and pushing me toward the exit) I headed back to our room to dress Jasmine for her evening in the Oceaneer Club with her sister.  This evening we had reservations at the 18+ fine dining restaurant Palo with my in laws and we were praying that Jasmine would agree to stay in the Club for just a few hours…  By the grace of God she did; hubby dropped her off so she wouldn’t be tempted to try any last minute dramatics with me.  With a huge sigh of relief we prepared for our dinner that evening.

Palo and Remy are the two adult only fine dining restaurants available on the Dream; they both feature stunning, classic decor and gorgeous features

Palo and Remy are the two adult only fine dining restaurants available on the Dream; they both feature stunning, classic decor and gorgeous features

Our experience in Palo was nothing less than perfection.  From the time you enter the restaurant you are made to feel like the entire staff and kitchen was waiting just for you to arrive.  The setting is posh but inviting, plush seating and warm colors, low lighting and service staff speaking in gentle tones.

The antipasti is served table side from these lovely wooden carts. We had to exercise a lot of self control, not to fill up on this appetizer....

The antipasti is served table side from these lovely wooden carts. We had to exercise a lot of self control, not to fill up on this appetizer….

The dinner started with fresh bread and individually prepared antipasti plates; our server easily prepped vegetarian plates for us with chunks of parmesan drizzled with aged balsamic, varieties of whole marinated olives and seasoned sliced peppers.  As we curbed our hunger with the antipasti, she reviewed the entire menu for us, offering recommendations for our dietary preferences.

Everything we had was incredible, even the light lemon sorbet we were offered in the little martini glasses between courses to cleanse our palates :-)

Everything we had was incredible, even the light lemon sorbet we were offered in the little martini glasses between courses to cleanse our palates 🙂

Our meals were served in courses and everything we sampled was incredible.  At the end of dinner we were pleasantly stuffed but our waitress was so persuasive that she convinced us to sample a few dessert items.  We ordered the chocolate souffle which our server doctored up table side with fresh vanilla creme and warm chocolate sauce; absolutely divine!

Special table side prep of the chocolate souffle just served the heighten the anticipation even more!

Special table side prep of the chocolate souffle just served the heighten the anticipation even more!

Disney details: Our server overheard our toasts to my father in law and prepared this lovely plate at dessert for him...

Disney details: Our server overheard our toasts to my father in law and prepared this lovely plate at dessert for him…

After dinner we headed down to the Walt Disney Theater for the final show of the cruise.  The show was titled Believe and was as enjoyable as the others we’d seen onboard.

After the show we went our own ways; my in laws decided to stroll the ship a bit.  Hubby and I returned to our stateroom to prepare for our disembarkation the next morning.  We opted for regular departure, placing our luggage outside our stateroom that night (crew members collect the luggage and organize it in the port customs hall where cruisers pick it up the next morning).  We considered the self assist disembarkation but the meeting time was way to early (6:30 am) and we we’re really in a rush to leave either 🙂

We picked up the girls around 10:30 that night (thankfully, although there was whining there were no tears this time) and we all were in bed shortly thereafter.

The next morning we had breakfast in the Royal Palace dining hall and were able to see our serving staff one last time.  After breakfast we took our last walk across the lovely atrium and out onto the gangway, heading home.

Our time on the Disney Dream was near perfect.  I wouldn’t change one thing, from beginning to end.  If you haven’t had the chance to have a Disney cruise vacation, trust me when I tell you it’s worth every penny and you will create memories that will last a lifetime.  For more info on Disney cruise vacations check out this site.  If you missed my travelogues for the previous days of the cruise you can find them here:

Disney Very Merry Time Cruise Travelogue Day 1

Disney Very Merry Time Cruise Travelogue Day 2

Disney Very Merry Time Cruise Nassau Tour Review

Disney Very Merry Time Cruise Travelogue Day 3

 

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