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Day 7, Part 1- Tour of Nassau

Our first stop on the Disney Dream cruise was to Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas. I totally forgot to mention that the doors (except for on the concierge level) are magnetized and a bunch of people decorate their doors.  We got some magnets at the parks specifically for that reason but people go all out with their doors.

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My aunt and I were the only ones going to visit Nassau as Georgette still wasn’t feeling great so they rested and explored the ship while we explored Nassau. But first, breakfast.  We went back down to The Enchanted Garden as they had a breakfast buffet as well and it was closer to the exit of the ship.

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Onto our first visit to the Bahamas.

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There were three ships docked and ours was easily the largest.

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We were so excited as neither of us has visited the Bahamas before.

We were a little overwhelmed because we had no excursions or anything planned but we thought we’d walk around near the ship look at a couple of shops and head back before lunch.  We were quickly bombarded with a lot of people offering tours of the island and we just kept saying no thank you.

We got to a square past all of the bustle and were about two seconds away from calling it quits and there was one guy nearby that had 6 people ready to go on a 2 hour tour and he just felt genuine to us so we decided to give it a go and it was the best decision we made that day.

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He told us all about the history of the Bahamas, specifically Nassau Island and how the slaves had to carve roads between the limestone that inhabited the island.

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Our first stop was at the bottom of the Queen’s Staircase.

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He dropped us off at the foot of the stairs and drove to the top to pick us up.

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It was absolutely breathtaking.  It almost looked like something you’d see in a jungle with all of the greenery.

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That’s a lot of stairs… But we decided to give it a go.  We just took our time and stopped at each landing.

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The Queen’s Staircase is named after Queen Victoria.  The staircase was hand carved by slaves to get stones up the hill to build Fort Fincastle.

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The stairs were named in the Queen’s honor as she signed a declaration to abolish slavery.
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At the top of the stairs are a few shopping options and a café.

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The Water Tower is also located just next to Fort Fincastle.  It is the highest point on the island. You can go to the top of the water tower but that wasn’t on the agenda for the tour.

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The shops had a bunch or touristy things but I ended up getting a fan for my mom and a little grass weaved bag for my sister-in-law.

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Fort Fincastle overlooked Nassau and Paradise Island.  It was originally used as a lighthouse on the island then became a signal station.

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Our next stop was hopping over to Paradise Island to explore the Atlantis Resort.

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They have a dolphin pool you can pay to swim with dolphins.
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The arch between these two towers is a suite all itself and our tour guide told us Michael Jackson stayed there at one point.  I thought he said it was around $25,000 per night and looking the suite up online I wouldn’t be surprised.

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We were dropped off at the front of the hotel to explore for 20 minutes. IMG_1322

They had some pretty fancy shops down from the lobby.  Nothing I could certainly afford to shop in!  IMG_1333

Further down was the casino.
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And this interesting glass sculpture.

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We decided to try our hand on the slots for a minute.

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And very quickly lost $20 each but that’s okay, it was fun! I got to say I gambled in the Bahamas at least!
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After that, it was time to get back on for the remainder of the tour.

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I am going to stop there and will continue with the rest of the tour of the Bahamas in the next blog post.  I hope you’re enjoying my VERY old trip report and am trying hard to get it all caught up because before I know it I’ll be on my next trip to Disneyland in one month!

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Day 6, Part 3- Dinner and a Movie

Okay I have to get this trip report done because I have another trip report for a year ago in February and I will be going to Disneyland again in November so I have a lot to do! My computer wasn’t working for a while so I did have to go on hiatus for that and this year has just been a really rough year for me and my brother.  I don’t want to get into it here because I’ve talked about it already on my other blog so you can catch up over there…

This blog I want to be about happy times so onto the rest of our first day on board the Disney Dream!

So after a big of a rest, my aunt and I went to go see the live action Cinderella movie while our cousins rested.  Georgette was feeling under the weather from her COPD and the humidity in the air so she wasn’t up to a movie.

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We took a quick walk outside to see the ocean on our way to the theatre.

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It was big commercial sized theatre and you can purchase popcorn, candy, etc but we decided not too since it wasn’t really worth it.

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We loved the Frozen short they played before the movie. I saw the movie before with my mother so I already knew I liked the movie but my aunt really wanted to see it as Cinderella was her favorite princess growing up.

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After the movie, we went to use the restroom nearby and I loved the Mickey Mouse mirrors!

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We went back to our room to get dressed and grab our cousins and saw that turn down service had already happened and our person made a crab for us out of the blanket on our bed. You get a “Navigator” which was a schedule of the activities happening for the following day.

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We walked by the nursery on our way to dinner which is so adorably themed to It’s a Small World.

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Some of the prints on the wall are animated including this one which looked like a ship during a storm. I should have gotten video of one of the paintings.

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Can you spot Mickey? This is part of the outside cover of the main elevators on the ship.

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The main elevators also have cool Mickey hands pointing to what level the elevators are on.

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The germaphobe in me loves that they hand wet wipes to EVERYONE who goes into the restaurants to avoid people getting sick which is apparently a common thing on cruise lines… Our first night’s for our rotational dinner was at the Enchanted Garden and unfortunately Georgette just wasn’t feeling up to joining us for dinner and decided to get some rest.

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The “windows” would show daylight or night time depending on the time of day. Also, pretty cool Mickey fountain!

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The flower lights opened and closed depending on the time of day as well.

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Happy and hungry!

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We loved our servers.  They were just the nicest and they really get to know you and your preferences especially if you have any allergies. They were very sad that Georgette wasn’t able to make it that night either. They seemed very concerned that she wasn’t feeling well.  She was definitely missed at dinner.

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The bread selection was country currant bread with chickpea-garlic puree which was very delicious. Interesting pairing but it worked. If they didn’t have butter already on the table, they would give it to you if you asked but I’m pretty sure that was on the table as well.

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For my appetizer I chose the Applewood Smoked Bacon Wild Mushroom Tart with Creamy Leeks. It was delicious and quite rich for an appetizer but that didn’t stop me!

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Up next I had a spinach and raspberry salad which was okay but not great.

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For my entrée, I chose the Slow Roasted Prime Rib and I NEVER get prime rib but it sounded really good to me that night and holy cow was it! It came with roasted vegetables and a stuffed potato. I got the end piece too which is supposed to be a good piece to get.

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Each restaurant has a selection of desserts and each night they have a choice called Sweet Temptations which gives you three of their desserts in mini form which I what I decided to get as those looked interesting to me.  They included a Sacher Torte which I believe was the one on the right, a no sugar added strawberry cheesecake, and a Esterhazy cake… They were delicious but I could have passed on the cheesecake. It’s not my favorite thing in the world.

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We were all stuffed after dessert and decided to end the night and head back up to our rooms for more adventures the next day.

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This ship is just one of the most magical places I have ever seen and I think I might be ruined for other cruise lines in the future. I may have to save up for Disney if I ever want to go on another…

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The lobby is just so stunning.

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Okay that marks the end of day six of our Disney trip and the first night of our Disney Cruise and I’m only over 2 years late… If you want to see what’s been going on in my life, check out the link at the top of the page and you can catch up on my regular blog.

Day 6, Part 2- Onboard the Disney Dream

Well, hello again! I’m finally getting on to part two of our first day on the ship.  My family is dealing with a lot right now most notably my sister-in-law lost her battle with colon cancer last month so it’s been kind of hard to be distracted with anything else… Anyway on to part deux!

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So for whatever reason, we were able to take a shortcut into the side entrance of the check-in building and made our way through carryon bag check then up the huge escalators to the check-in stations.

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Once we got upstairs we made our way through the lines so we could get onto the ship.

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The Disney Cruise Line logo frosted into the “porthole” windows. Check in was pretty quick and before we knew it, we were ready to head onto the ship!

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I was sporting some Little Mermaid décor posing in front of a scale model of the first Disney Cruise Ship built, the Disney Magic.

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The backside of the model shows the rooms other stuff inside of the ship.

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Okay, finally we were off through the big yellow Mickey Ears to get on the ship!

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One you go through mickey’s ears you get in line to have your picture taken, then you give the announcer your party’s name and they announce your arrival onto the ship.

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The very first thing we did was make a beeline for our room to check it out and drop off our carryon luggage.

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We had a lovely room with a partial view veranda.

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We got the Bon Voyage package thinking that it would be more than it was but it was still neat to see.

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The bathroom is split into two rooms.  One is a sink and toilet and the other a sink and bath/shower so two people can get ready at the same time.

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The bed was super comfortable.

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The lamps had map shades with little castles on the locations of each of the Disney parks.

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The back of the sofa turns down to make a bed but my aunt and I just decided to share the queen sized bed since it was plenty big.

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We loved having the veranda too.  This is what a partial veranda looks like.  The others have dividers between the rooms and full view without that curve you see. We didn’t mind it at all though. Felt like we had a little privacy.

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After dropping out stuff off, we went to our cousins’ room to get them to go upstairs to lunch at Cabanas, the main buffet restaurant.

We surprised them for their anniversary with a hidden Mickey boquet.

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And some white zinfandel.

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Then we were off to lunch.  There are several elevators but the main elevators in the middle of the ship are the only ones that go to all floors.  Being that we were at the way back of the ship, we took the closest ones and it brought us right up to the restaurant.

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Cabanas is tropical themed with a lot of influence from Finding Nemo.

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Nigel from Finding Nemo was there to greet you as you came off of the elevator.

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You see wall sand sculptures of each of the park castles when you enter the restaurant.

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I ran and got us a table while our cousins checked out the food.  They had a ton of options to chose from and it was all pretty good.

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There was a beautiful Finding Nemo mosaic alone one of the walls.

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And the time zones of all of the Disney parks.

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I tried a few different random things as you can see and I’m sure I went for more.  We were starving and dinner was at 8 so we had a bit of time.

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By the time we got back to the room, our ship was off and running.  We decided to rest for a minute then go and see a movie before dinner.IMG_1156

I’m going to stop there and finish up the rest of day one in my next post which will come much sooner, I promise!