I joked that we took a wrong turn and ended up at Port Canaveral, but we had been looking forward to this cruise for quite some time. The reason being, this would be our first opportunity to see Tangled: The Musical. Plus, the 3-Night itinerary was on our favorite ship, the Disney Magic and even better – had a day at sea instead of Nassau.
We arrived to the port earlier than usual and were directed to the curb side luggage drop off rather than driving into the gate and around to the side of the terminal. We pre-paid for parking online and easily found a spot to park. The security line was quick and check-in was a breeze. It was still too early to board, which was good because Isabelle wanted to make Derek Burgan jealous (yes The Derek Burgan from the world famous Saturday Six articles over on TouringPlans.com) by making some pressed Disney Cruise Line pennies.
The Edge has a selection of video games available for play on Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U and Xbox.While the space is really set up for video game play, there is a seating area in the back with an oversized Connect Four and other board games available for kids to enjoy.
The Concierge Lounge overlooks the Quiet Cove with an adjacent private covered outside seating area.
Around back there is an exterior entrance to the seating area for easier access to the upper decks.
After walking around for a while, it was time to head back to the stateroom to unpack our suitcase and head down to the muster drill. I ended up walking around a bit more before the sail away party which we streamed live via Periscope. When I get home, I’ll upload the video and embed below.
Tonight’s dinner was in Carioca’s. Since the re-imagination of the Disney Magic, Carioca’s has become our favorite rotational menu. The dinner begins with banana bread and a mango-mint mojo.
Emily ordered the Cuban Salad with watercress, avocado, pineapple and “toasted cuban bread’ with a cider vinegar dressing. The salad was fresh & delicious; a nice meld of flavors. However, it was a real disappointment that the “toasted cuban bread” was just bulk croutons available everywhere else on the ship. Not sure who they think they are kidding with this, but they need to either use toasted cuban bread or change the menu to reflect the salad comes with rock hard croutons. Needless to say, she left those behind.
The Havana style black bean soup has been a favorite of mine, but the recipe seems to have been tweaked and was much thinner. The flavor was good, but I much preferred the thicker consistency from previous dinners.
Isabelle loves the Small Corn Tortillas from the vegetarian menu. Except for tonight, the corn tortillas were much less than desirable and Isabelle opted just to eat the fixings with a spoon. We all tried the tortillas and something was off. According to Isabelle, the tortillas “were terrible and dry”. Emily described them as paste.
After two misses, Carioca’s hit a grand slam with the Pan Seared Sea Bass served with fava bean and pea risotto, sliced fennel and dill-chive riesling wine sauce. The sea bass was excellently prepared and the accompanying risotto was quite flavorful! Looking forward to this dish again in the future!
For dessert, I tried something new to me, the De la Costa Cheese Flan. I enjoyed it and would order again.
It was time for TANGLED!!! Following dinner we headed over to O’Gills… err it is currently under new management, so we followed the signs to The Snuggly Duckling!
The entire O’Gills venue receives a Snuggly Duckling overlay on the nights of Tangled The Musical including the menu… seriously, the actual menu was altered for the night. I’ll upload this when we get home.
We enjoyed a couple rounds of THUGO, a Tangled take on Bingo. The game was enjoyable and almost everyone one at least once and a good percentage of the teams won both rounds. Not sure if this was just a fluke, or the result of many duplicate THUGO boards. Regardless, a lot of DCL key chains and luggage tags were handed out.
The Snuggly Ducking takeover family time was capped off with a piano sing-a-long. All in all, The Snuggly Duckling takeover of O’Gills was a great idea and frankly, I would love to see a permanent takeover.
The Walt Disney Theatre was *packed* for Tangled The Musical and the show did not disappoint. The only criticism I’d give is to not encourage the audience to cheer and make a lot of noise when they see their favorite character. This took away from the performance, especially when Rapunzel first appeared on stage and the crowd noise overtook her vocals.
Quick Movie Review: The Finest Hours
In October, while sailing aboard the Disney Dream I saw a preview for The Finest Hours. At first, I thought, this is going to play on a cruise ship; that’s going to go over really well. Then, I remembered we had this cruise booked and said to myself, this is going to be great – I can watch this on the Magic while the ship is (hopefully) rocking.
The Finest Hours is based on a true story, which I did find interesting. I did not know the outcome of the events until after seeing the film. However, I felt the overall character development was weak and I was not hooked into caring for the leads. I was getting tired and considered packing it in, but I found one character’s story to keep me awake. I wanted to see where the engineer, played by Casey Afleck, from the tanker that was torn in half ended up at the end of the film. In a way, I feel the same about The Finest Hours as I do the Titanic. I love the basic story, but I could do without the love story. In the case of the Titanic, I thankful there are countless documentaries. As for The Finest Hours, I think I should have just read the book as I’ve always been told the books are better than the movies.
I’m glad I had the opportunity to see the film, but I do not think I’ll see it again anytime soon.