Trip Log Day 6: 7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Port Canaveral – At Sea

Trip log, day six. At Sea.
7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Port Canaveral
March 21, 2019
Personal Navigator – Day 6

Stateroom TV Map Fantasy Day 6 20190321

Today, Emily started with a 5-mile morning run on deck 4, while Isabelle and I walked around the ship taking some photos.

Fantasy Flapper Minnie Atrium Chandelier

After two days ashore, today’s plan was exciting – our plan was to hang out at the pool and watch movies. This plan required getting to the pool early because even before the crew started to unstack pool chairs, there were guests waiting to grab their chairs. As soon as the crew started to put the chairs out and open the pools, guests were plopping towels down and walking off… 

I took one for Team Sanders, and camped out in a chair to secure our spot and unlike most guests, we really never left.

Soon after Emily and Isabelle joined me at the pool, I headed over to Cove Cafe for a brief pit stop to fuel up for today’s events. This was the first cruise I tried to stay away from the Cove and Vista cafes, but I started to go into caffeine withdrawal.

Cove Cafe Quad Espresso

The movie lineup today was The Muppets, Hercules, and Moana.

Funnel Vision The Muppets Funnel Vision Hercules Funnel Vision Moana

Disney Fantasy At Sea

It calls me

Like I said, my schedule was jammed today.

Lunch was a sampling from Flo’s and Cabanas. Emily talked with Chef Warren at Flo’s who served up a tasty vegan sausage sans bun with sautéed onions & peppers with extra jalapeños. It was actually really good.

Pizza And Vegan Sausage

The snow cones returned to the pool deck, the cost is $3.95 plus the 15% auto gratuity.

Moet Cart

The snow cones as very refreshing according to Isabelle, but it melted fairly fast leaving mostly a bowl of blue liquid. Emily and I are now wondering if they would serve up an adult version maybe topping it with some coconut rum or the like. 

Disney Fantasy Snow Cones

After our favorite part in Moana (Shiny!), it was time to call it a day on the pool deck and head in to clean up so that we could start an afternoon of trivia at the request of Isabelle. We are very lucky that she still wants to do things together as a family for the most part, rather than break off when she is given the choice. We had Iron Man 3 on while we all showered & got dressed for some casual time before dinner. 

La Piazza

First up, was Pixar trivia in an overflowing La Piazza. Now, trivia has become a very competitive with usually one or two teams coming close to a perfect score. Pixar trivia however, was a mix of questions with multiple choice options & it was not very difficult. On the heels of Pixar trivia was another round of TV tunes trivia, where we knew a whopping 5 of the 15 question. Isabelle bolted for EDGE before we even finished scoring our sheets.

Following a leisure morning poolside and the low impact trivia, we just sat in O’Gills while I caught up on the trip logs (literally, I am caught up to this point and have nothing else to write until we do something new, but I still have Jamaica to upload) surrounded by March Madness games while we await 2000’s music trivia at 3:45pm.

O'Gills March Madness

Ugh, DCL being DCL again, March Madness… 1.1 seconds left in Auburn vs New Mexico State and they tune in soccer. Thankfully, there was quick corrective action because O’Gills was about to riot. As I sit here rambling, waiting for this second officials review to put 1.1 on the clock to watch an airball, I must say….while it is awesome to be on a cruise, I miss the multiple concurrent March Madness game watching experience I can get at home.

On our way to dinner we took some time to look at the artwork in the Vista Gallery.

Vista GalleryVista Gallery now resides on deck 2 outside Enchanted Garden and shares space with the Midship Detective agency kiosk.

Enchanted Garden Menu Cover

Semi-formal night dinner was back in Enchanted Garden with the Prince & Princess dinner menu. Sticking with the suggestions by Mario and Cindy, we all had an enjoyable dinner. 

Prince Princess Coronation Of Mixed Leaves Prince Princess Salmon Gravlax Prince Princess Portobello Triangoli Pasta Prince Princess Grilled Filet Of Turbot Prince Princess White Chocolate Bread Pudding

My lone disappointment was I only ordered one of the Strawberry Tower desserts Cindy said was a must. Oh boy, she was right. This may be the new gold standard for comparing main dining room desserts. This was right up there with some of the amazing treats we’ve had from Amorette’s Patisserie at Disney Springs. 

Prince Princess Strawberry And Cream Tower

I’m going to miss Mario and Cindy. It has been a long time since we have a serving team that knocked it out of the park like they did this week. 

After dinner we returned to… Did you guess O’Gills? Well, you are right. This time it was for another round of 90’s Tune Trivia and let me tell you, Emily almost single handily won this for Team Sanders. Only problem, her teammates didn’t help fill in the 2 artists and 1 song. 

O'Gills March Madness Trivia

This evening’s entertainment was the comedy and juggling show of Marcus Monroe. Marcus was fantastic, and I’m not just using that adjective because we are on the Fantasy. The juggling was great and his timely comedy kept the audience in stitches. 

Walt Disney Theatre Marcus Monroe

After the show, we all headed to bed and were rocked to sleep by the ship. Finally, for the first time in ages, we’ve been on a ship that was moving!!! I was sleeping by 9:45pm, but woke up around midnight wide awake.

DCL Stateroom New Generation Pillows

I blame all 39oz of polyester fiber in the New Generation pillow by Harbor Linen.

DCL Stateroom New Generation Pillows

A new generation of fiber technology my stern, these pillows and I do not get along. If not for the motherly rocking of the ship, I probably wouldn’t have fallen back asleep.

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4 thoughts on “Trip Log Day 6: 7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Port Canaveral – At Sea

  1. Allison DeYoung

    Of note, we found that the pillows on the Wonder in December 2017 aggravated allergies in several members of our family, and requested memory foam pillows from guest services (along with an air filter thing.) Our request was granted.

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  2. Hugh

    Well, I think you’ve hit the nail on the head with your comment:

    “We are very lucky that she still wants to do things together as a family for the most part, rather than break off when she is given the choice”

    And this is exactly why we have sailed our last trip with Disney as a family. I’m curious to see what happens as your daughter gets older and starts wanting to do the teen activities that Disney schedules for after midnight. This last cruise we took, they had Vibe (for the full-on teens) schedule “Homecoming” at 2:00AM.

    Just fair warning for you – we found our last trip was more of a struggle / fight to get our kids to (a) get up before noon, (b) actually come to dinner with us, and (c) be back in the cabin at a reasonable hour.

    It’s not that we don’t trust them or that we feel they are unsafe. It’s that we fork over a TON of money so that we can have time together as a family. We don’t expect to be with the kids 24/7 – in fact, we don’t even want that. But when we’re fighting with the fact that the cruise line itself is planning activities to counterbalance our main goal, that’s it.

    Hopefully you’ll have a better experience as everyone grows and will be able to offer tips.

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