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Monday, April 18, 2016

Disney Fantasy Cruise – Day 1

April 10, 2016, Day at Sea


One of my main goals during this cruise was to have a great time, but to come back NOT having gained any weight. I had come up with a plan to help me achieve that goal, and one of the main parts was to keep up my exercise program while we were on the ship. It helped that my sister was on board, and she also wanted to exercise. Most days we actually got up at 5:30 in the morning(!) including this first day, and after our 4 mile run, I spent a little time out on the balcony just enjoying the view. That’s when I snapped this early morning selfie.

Cabanas up on Deck 11 was one of our favorite places for our meals. They had a wonderful buffet, and every single day we enjoyed the variety of food there as well as the gorgeous view. There was also an outside area 12963680_10209788027404162_2498972557344652046_nwhich we were able to eat in a few times.

My mother with her oldest grandson, my nephew Joshua.




On our last cruise, we spent a lot of time on the deck chairs by the pool, but surprisingly on this cruise, we only ended up doing it once – on this first day at sea.



12994472_10209788029084204_6309030233048765871_nDisney has a lot of great activities for every age level….games, contests, bingo… I decided to check out something called “Anyone Can Cook” which turned out to be a cooking talk, kind of based on the theme from the movie Ratatouille.


The chef was French, and was the Sous Chef from the dining room Remy. He was very interesting and also inserted some humor into his talk. He discussed how to make lobster ravioli, and we were able to have a sample. I picked up some nice tips about making ravioli, which I would never have even thought about trying to make. There was a food talk for several other days on the cruise, but this was the only time I made it to one. I had hoped to make the one about making apple strudel that I saw later in the week, but we were too busy!



This day at sea was the formal day, so by this time it was time to start getting dressed for dinner. We went down to get a few family shots while we were all in our finery.

My brother Joe and his wife Terri…




Me with my nephew Joshua…


I got a lot of great food shots throughout the week, but I decided to devote one blog post at the end to the great variety of food that we were able to enjoy!

Another fun thing about Disney is the opportunity to see a lot of their movies. There are several that play in the theater throughout each day, plus you can see older ones using the On Demand 13006552_10209802555167347_5586294455041047755_nfeature on the tvs in the stateroom. On this cruise, they were showing Inside Out, Bridge of Spies, Star Wars, and Zootopia, among others. We decided to go see Zootopia, which was very good. Lots of laughs and a good story line.

By this time it was almost 10 pm and we hadn’t really slept that well the night before. The bed was harder than we are used to, but we had an awesome room hostess who had asked us how we slept that morning. She actually brought an eggcrate topper for the bed and it felt so much better! We were looking forward to a good night’s sleep.


Day 2 Navigator







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