Sunday, June 24, 2012

Disney Dream, Day Three

The night before our day at Castaway Cay, we filled out a room service card and had breakfast served in our room.  We ate on the verandah and enjoyed watching Castaway Cay come into view.

Because we had breakfast in the room, we were able to disembark before most people.  We were some of the first guests on the island!

We reserved a package that included all-day float rentals, all-day snorkel rentals, and one-hour bike rentals.  First up...snorkeling!  Sadly, our snorkeling pictures didn't turn out too well, but we had a fabulous time!  The water was a tiny bit cold, but as the day progressed, it got much warmer.  After drying off, we decided it was time for a bike ride!

We rode out to the observation was gorgeous!

Kevin, Debbie, and Seth!
 The family pictured above were our companions for the entire cruise!  We met them on our shuttle from the Radisson to the port.  During the first two days of the cruise, we kept bumping into one another, so we decided to hang out at Castaway Cay!  They love Disney just as much as we do, and the both work in education!  They even live pretty close to us!  We really enjoyed spending some time with such a fun family!

After our bike ride, we were hungry!  We headed to Cookies, Too! a Bahamian BBQ joint.  The boys ate more ribs than humanly possible and Debbie and I enjoyed burgers, fries, and salmon.

After eating, we headed to the family beach area, claimed some loungers, and then swam out to Pelican Plunge.

Pelican Plunge was a blast!  After a couple of trips down the slides, we snagged some floats and enjoyed some Disney conversation with Debbie, Kevin, and Seth.  It was so nice to spend time with people who are as passionate about Disney World as we are.  We compared favorite resorts, rides, parks, and restaurants.  Then, Josh and I headed out to Serenity Bay, the adult-only beach area.

You know you're on a Disney Island when you board a tram.

That black line?  Barracuda.

Serenity Bay was everything we'd hoped for.  No barriers, no loud noises, just miles of clear, blue ocean.  It.  Was.  Perfection. 

And then I turned into a human lobster.

After a long day, my sunburn had gotten a little out of hand, so we headed back to our cabin to watch the sunset from our verandah.  Once again, it did not disappoint!

We showered and met Debbie, Kevin, and Seth for the final show, Disney's Believe.  This show was fabulous.  Technologically speaking, it was amazing.  On an emotional level?  Let's just say I was bawling.  I really don't want to give too much away, but I will say that Disney's Believe is not to be missed!  After the show, we headed to The Enchanted Garden for our final supper and our "formal" night.

Everything on the menu at Enchanted Garden was light and refreshing.  Honestly, after several days of eating, eating, eating, it was nice to have something on the simple side.  Click here to find an Enchanted Garden menu.

For our starters, we each chose something different.  I had North Atlantic Lobster Ravioli while Josh sampled the Avocado and Ahi Tuna Tower.  Both were light and delicious.  Then, we each had tomato bisque.  After that, Josh had the prime rib while I munch on some delicious Chilean sea bass.

For dessert, Josh had a Bananas Foster Sundae and I fell in love with the chocolate torte.  Then, our server, Branko, gave us a special anniversary dessert.

After our meal, we decided to take some more pictures in the atrium before heading back to our stateroom.

Josh changed into his swimsuit and we both started packing up.  We had to have our non-essential luggage in the hall before midnight.  We were very sad to be packing up.
Very, very sad.
To deal with our emotions, we toured the ship to check out a few things we'd missed.  Josh also took a couple of spins of the AquaDuck, but it was too cold for me and my sunburn.
Nemo's Reef, a sprinkler area for little babies.

Goodbye, kiddie slide.
Goodbye, Mickey pool.
Goodbye, AquaDuck.
Goodbye, Funnel Vision.
Goodbye, Nigel.  Breaking up is hard to do, y'all.
We both felt that our cruise was over far too soon.  In 2013, we're planning on doing a five night cruise.  Three nights was not enough time!  Would we recommend taking a Disney Cruise?  Yes, yes, YES!  Is the extra cost worth it?  Absolutely.  Until next time, Disney Dream!

Up next:  All the deets you need to plan your own Disney Cruise Line vacation.

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