Day 3 – Monday, April 27, 2009
Day 3 was another day at sea. We had character breakfast at Parrot Cay that morning! Read my Disney VIP Character Breakfast Review to learn more.
After breakfast, we attended the Castaway Clubhouse reception for return DCL cruisers in Rockin Bar D. They served chocolate-covered Mickey Rice Krispies treats, cookies, and drinks. At the reception, we sat with our tablemates Paula and Kip and fellow DISers Janie and Tom. We watched a few videos about the history of DCL and played a human scavenger hunt game. During the game, I met a couple who was on their 35th Disney cruise!! They were retired, of course, but oh I want to be there when I’m retired!!
The last part of the reception was a raffle. The raffle was particularily funny because Rockin Bar D was filled to capacity so they had an overflow crowd in Diversions. Even though a lot of prizes were given out, not one person from Diversions won a raffle prize! The crew member MCing in Diversions said that Christian the Cruise Director and MC of our room must have dumped all of their raffle tickets in the ocean. LOL!
Mickey Rice Krispies treats
Captain Tom at Castaway Clubhouse reception
Me, Kip, Paula, Tom, Janie, & Chris at Castaway Clubhouse reception
It was noon when we left the Castaway Clubhouse but we didn’t want to eat a real lunch since we had reservations from high tea at Palo in a few hours. We went up to Deck 9 and Chris grabbed a hot dog & fries at Pluto’s Dog House. It was nice to take a short breather on Deck 9 out in the open. Unfortunately for the swimmers and sunbathers, the weather was pretty cloudy and it was probably cold to wear a swimsuit but the pools were still filled with families!
Next, we split up for the only time during the cruise. Chris attended the Disney Innovations workshop in Rockin Bar D and I went to the Plate Decorating class at Studio Sea. About 15 minutes into the Plate Decorating class, I was pretty bored so I left and went to the Diamond & Gemstone Seminar in the Promenade Lounge instead. I learned a lot about different kinds of gemstones and about diamonds in general. I thought it was very informative and I got a coupon for a free sea star pendent for attending! I also picked up a few more coupons and VIP passes from Kat too.
While at the seminar, I was re-reading the Personal Navigator (the daily cruise schedule of activities) and saw that Tortuga rum tasting had just started. I went back to the room and got Chris. Then we headed to Up Beat together. We tasted a few rums and rum cakes. The Tortuga rum cakes were delicious! Even though we saw them in Tortola and St. Thomas later, they winded up being cheaper on the ship and we winded up buying 6 of them as gifts and for ourselves!
Hot dog & fries from Pluto’s Dog House
Studio Sea chair
Plate Decorating Class
Tortuga rum cake
At 3 pm, we had reservation for high tea at Palo. We were the second couple seated for high tea so we got a nice window seat this time. Palo is located at the back of the ship on Deck 10 so there was a beautiful view of the ocean from the restaurant. High tea included our choice of tea, sandwiches, scones, and desserts. As a high tea snob, I wasn’t too impressed with Palo’s high tea. There wasn’t enough variety of sandwiches nor were they very high end. The scones were very good but the dessert also fell flat for me. All of the desserts, except for the fruit tart, were WAY too rich and sweet.
Palo High Tea
After tea, we went back to the room and I plotted our course for the next two days in Tortola and St. Thomas. I poured over the shopping maps, the info I brought with us from home, and the shopping book to plan our days. We also made the second FE delivery and this time I plotted our course. Then we got ready for dressed for dinner.
That night, we saw “Twice Charmed”, which is a musical stage show where Cinderella’s evil stepmother has her own Evil Fairy Godfather and goes back into time to prevent Cinderella from fitting the glass slipper. The show was very well done with elaborate sets.
After the show, I participated in the first of several nights of Officer Pin Trading. The ship’s officers and other crew members met in the Lobby and traded pins with guests. It’s fun looking at everyone’s pins and being on a mission to find pins that I want! It’s also hard to figure out if I wanted to trade for a new pin that I saw but I had to give up an existing pin!
Dinner that night was at Parrot Cay, the tropical/Caribbean themed restaurant. It was this night that I started to feel like the dinner menu selections were very similar from one night to the next and I started getting bored with them. The food was still excellent but I think the variety was bothering me. I don’t like eating steak or chicken. I already had my fill of shrimp and scallops as well. I actually ordered the vegatarian option! It would have been nice to have more ethnic options, like Asian and Indian foods.
Smores dessert at Parrot Cay