Sea Day One, Part One
Alarm went off at 8, into the shower I went, we had an important breakfast, no, not Palo (more on that later), but for the first time, we were experiencing the Disney Junior Breakfast! While we were getting ready, we were watching the Cruise Directors morning show and Leslie made a comment that kind of surprised me...she said that there were still openings at Palo and Remy for brunch. This was a unique itinerary for DCL and that attracted A LOT of Platinum cruisers, so much so when booking opened for Gold members, there were no brunch openings for any of us. Yes, with a cruise that had 3 sea days, Gold members were completely locked out of brunch (I also couldn't get us dinner on Pirate night either). We thought about trying to get a reservation on Embarkation Day, but the line was insane, I knew we would never get a spot. So hearing Leslie say there were still openings and to check at Palo really surprised me. We knew Palo didn't open until 10:00, so made a point to add that to our list to check out after breakfast.
We got an early start, so we stopped at the nursery for open house. The nursery is really cute and if we had a child under 3, I know they would have a great time! We then stopped next door at Oceaneer Club for their open house, I ran over to the Star Wars simulator to play (DH says I threw a child to the ground, that is not true, the station was open). I took a turn and then let DH play before we looked around some more. One day, I hope to get on the Panama Canal or Transatlantic cruises where they open the kids clubs to the adults at night, they are so much fun! Open Houses checked off (I forgot, we checked out Vibe and The Edge on Embarkation Day...oops), we headed toward our breakfast.
The character breakfast was in Animator's and it was really cute. They had Disney Junior cartoons playing on all the screens and the restaurant was brightly lit in fun colors. We were seated toward the back at a table by ourselves and were soon met by a character attendant, she asked that we don't get up for photos, that the characters would come to us and if we wanted to have autographs to put the items on the table (if a book, turned to the page where they wanted the character to sign). The server then came around with pastries, I grabbed a chocolate pillow and DH grabbed a crossaint. We then placed our orders, I had the Fancy Nancy's Selection which was a chocolate chip pancake, a Mickey waffle and was supposed to come with fresh fruit, but didn't get any fruit , but I ordered a side of bacon to go with it. DH had the DCL Express, it was eggs, hash browns, bacon, sausage and a grilled tomato. Again, no photos of food, but we were here for the characters, not the food! We saw Vampirina, Doc McStuffins, Fancy Nancy and Mickey Mouse. They came by our table in pretty quick succession and had fun with all of them!
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We had a lot of fun at the breakfast, it's really more of a kid thing, but we had a good time, if you want to see more (including our food), here is the link to our video
We wrapped up our breakfast and were trying to kill some time until Palo opened, we went to the atrium and got our picture taken in front of the Pumpkin Tree
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We then ran up to Palo to inquire about brunch, this is where I had my first ever and hopefully only negative interaction with a cast member. I mentioned earlier that I was surprised when cruise director Leslie said there were openings, but the hostess was so rude. She basically gave me a verbal beat down that there weren't any openings, but I could be added to the wait list, but at this point, the list was so long it wasn't worth it. She then informed me that she was trying to check in people with "actual" reservations and that I was holding her up. I was stunned, embarrassed and almost in tears, I went up there just asking a question and was humiliated. Looking back now, I really wish I would've gone to Guest Services and complained, nobody deserves to be treated that way, but at the time, I wanted to move on with my day, so we headed to movie quotes trivia!
Movie Quotes Trivia was held in O'Gill's and it was packed! There were a lot of adults on this cruise and a lot of them went to trivia, if you weren't there early enough, you didn't get a seat! We almost won this round, but came in second, no key chain for me! After trivia, we played our first (and only) game of Bingo. We didn't win, but I was so close on the jackpot round, the last game is always a coverall and if you win in so many calls (I think 45??), you win the jackpot, if there is no winner, you still keep playing, but for a smaller prize. For the longest time, my card was winning and then with like 10 numbers to go, completely stalled, I was the first stander, but didn't win. I love playing Bingo, the staff is so much fun and even when you don't win (we've never won), it's entertaining and "B11" takes on a new meaning!
After Bingo, it was time for our Frozen meet and greet. This was back in Animator's and was completely transformed from the breakfast earlier in the morning. I am willing to admit I have drunk the Frozen Kool-Aid, love that movie, love Anna and Elsa and was very excited to meet them!
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Here I am discussing snow in Minnesota and that the climate is very similar to Arendelle!
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He tells me he loves Anna, but he can never pronounce her name correctly! With a busy morning over, it was time to get some lunch!
Up Next: Will we ever make it outside today?
We had Tisa on our first cruise on the Fantasy, but have yet to have Jo. I have heard great things about her and hope we'll get to meet her on a future cruise! We just never see the Cruise Director, we only ever see them at the evening shows, so I'm always curious as to where people have so much interaction with them. I heard if we had ever had Clayton, we would've cared (and I'm semi-related to him, so that would've been cool to talk about), but sadly, we never got to experience him before he left DCL.following along, agree with you, care more about the club host, Tisa & Jo are our favorites
never paid much attention to who the cruise director was, until we had one that we didn't care for
just read first sea day such a rude host at Palo, I would have either called or went to guest services, maybe if I had run into Leslie I would have mentioned the interaction, even if it was not the same day, no one deserves to be treated that way
Hope you enjoy!So excited to find your trip report. Following along.....
I think with this whole thing, I'm the most upset that Leslie said there were openings on the morning show. If we hadn't heard that, we never would've gone to Palo. The rest of the cruise was amazing!!That's SO disappointing that they mentioned open spots at brunch on the morning show and then you were treated badly by the Palo host! Terrible. I hope the rest of the cruise turned out great, following along!
I hope you enjoy the rest of the report. Thankfully the Palo experience was our only negative interaction with a CM, the rest of them were fantastic! We didn't get brunch on this cruise, but we've been lucky enough to experience it on all of our previous cruises (and have it booked for our next one), so we were okay to miss it on this cruise (but man, did we miss it, especially the chicken parm)!Following along. Thank you for sharing your true report. It is awesome to hear your enthusiasm for kids club. Sorry to hear that you had a negative customer service experience and hope that you get a brunch spot
I'm not positive, but I believe any cruise over 6 nights has a formal night, but if you're on a 7 night, you will have one for sure. It usually falls on the first sea day and then there's a semi formal night that is later on in the week. Of course both of them are optional. You will have tuxedos and then those in shorts. After every cruise, I say I'm done with formal night, but then I still pack a formal dress and make DH pack his suit!Those cocktails look amazing. I wrote down the names in my notes app so I remember to try them next month.
Does every Fantasy sailing have a formal night? I've searched our cruise planner and can't seem to find any info about it. Is it possible there isn't one on our sailing, am i searching in the wrong place, or is it something they just don't tell you?
Tacky tacky tacky.I didn't witness this, but talking to someone later, they watched someone ask the CM for bars for different members of her family, her originally obliged, but she kept asking and he finally had to tell her no, so when he turned his back, she took his whole entire tray and dumped it in her purse, someone must really like their Rice Krispy treats!
The Fantasy is very similar to the Dream, but it's so nice being on board for longer cruises!Love reading your story! We're doing the Fantasy in August for the first time (we did the Dream twice) so this is making me excited!
I know DCL has cut down on the amount of "freebies" from previous cruises, but I don't think that gives people the right to act like animals, they were rice krispy treats!Tacky tacky tacky.
I asked for and was given ONE extra for my 7 year old daughter who didn't come because we thought it was adults only. If you have 10 other family members who opted not to attend, that's on them. Or you are just trying to stockpile the snacks.
I know you can order them on other nights from the other dining rooms, but I stop myself from doing it. I could eat that soufflé every night!Really enjoying your trip report and videos. I did the same thing as your husband did by ordering both the Grand Marnier soufflé and the Crème Brule. My two favorite desserts! As much as I liked both of them next time I will save one for later. Very rich for that time of evening for me.
Thank you! I never realized I had an accent until I was in my 20's and now I just own it! I have to laugh though, DH was born in St. Louis and moved to Minnesota as a teenager, I've told him that he's developed the accent and he refuses to believe me!You two are the best!!!
My beloved Grandparents were from the Superior/Duluth area, so hearing your voices brings such good memories..... !