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Saturday, September 16, 2023

Disney Fantasy New Year's Cruise - [Day 6] At Sea

Our 6th day on the Disney Fantasy was a sea day! Personally, I would prefer to spend Day 6 at Castaway Cay and Day 7 as a Sea Day..... but I suppose due to distances/routes/fuel savings, Day 6 was our final sea day.


We started the morning with breakfast at Royal Court. When you go to the dining room for breakfast/lunch, they always ask you your room number. Stove was at the podium and gave his room number as "eighty-six sixteen." The host repeated back, "eighty-six sixty?" And Stove said, "Yeah!" We all heard the mix-up, but didn't think it would be a big deal.

We were seated in the middle of the dining room for once, and when our server approached the table, he welcomed us and followed with, "You have food allergies." We responded, "No, we don't." He looked confused and looked down at a yellow printed ticket, "It says here that you're allergic to eggs, gluten, soy...." (he listed off I think six allergies). "Oh, no, that's not us! We don't have any allergies." He looked surprised and then immediately relieved. "No food allergies?" "That's right! No allergies!" We then all proceeded to order eggs and gluten.

A few minutes later, the head server came to our table. "Hello, I see here that you have food allergies." "Oh, no! Not us. We don't have any food allergies. Our dad here accidentally gave the wrong stateroom number." "So you're not allergic to eggs, gluten...." "No, we can eat all of that! It was just a mix-up with the room numbers. We don't have allergies."

The head server probably took a look at our order and thought that it was going to kill us. I feel pretty bad for the guests in room 8660 - food allergies are complicated, but it's good to know that Disney Cruise Line is so attentive.

I ordered the Southern Hash. I should've ordered a side of meat to go with it because it's very potato-heavy, and I could've used some more protein. Luckily, Judy gave me a piece of her bacon.


After breakfast, we headed up to the pool deck.


To the Quiet Cove area, of course.


We had Mixology scheduled for 1PM and didn't want to get wet or sweaty before then, so we just hung out in the (partially) shaded area by Currents Bar.


Aaron, Landon, and I went to Cabanas for the first and only time to get a bite to eat before Mixology. The food isn't bad at all, I'm just not a fan of buffets and having to wait in lines and serve myself and watch kids touch food with their bare hands, then throw it back. DCL, especially, has a lot of kids in the buffet which is why I typically avoid at all costs.



We headed to O'Gills for some Movie Quotes Trivia before Mixology. We scored 42/50 which I thought was a pretty good score, but of course not good enough to win.

If you want to win or at least feel somewhat good about your results at trivia on a Disney Cruise, do not go to Disney Trivia. Seriously, that became our rule - no Disney Trivia. In a normal setting, I'm awesome at Disney Trivia..... but Disney Trivia on Disney Cruises is competing on a different level of nerd-dom. There's a lot of super die-hard Disney Trivia fans on DCL, as well as people who sail DCL often and have memorized a lot of the trivia questions at this point. Any other kind of trivia, though.... Movies, Music, or General is fair game.

Mixology Class was held at 1PM in the Skyline Lounge. This is a pre-booked activity with an additional surcharge ($45 per person). It's very popular and tends to book up fast, but we were able to make a reservation for our sea day. You can also arrange private party Mixology through DCL - almost all DCL sail dates have dedicated Facebook Groups with seasoned DCL cruisers who will set up private Mixology (I joined our Facebook Group's Private Mixology Class on the Disney Fantasy in 2014).

This Mixology Class was very different than the one I had participated in previously. Rather than standing around and going behind the bar, we were all set up at tables around the room. When we arrived, the ingredients for the first few cocktails we would be making were already at our stations. I'm not sure if this is a post-Covid procedure, or specific to the Mixology Class booked through the Reservations Portal. I saw pictures on our Facebook Group of their private Mixology Class (held in Meridian), and it looks like they went behind the bar to make drinks.


The class was led by Claudette, a.k.a. "Big Mama." She's the resident bartender at the Skyline Lounge, and also a lot of fun.


The other thing that differed from the first Mixology Class that I had taken is that for that class, we made all drinks from the Skyline Lounge menu. Today, we had a lineup that consisted of more classic cocktails.

Our first cocktail was the Caipirinha, Brazil's national cocktail.


The lime wedges and one ounce of blue agave had been pre-poured in the glass. We muddled the lime, then added ice. We poured Cachaca (a distilled spirit made from fermented sugarcane juice) over ice, then stirred thoroughly with the straw.


Aaron and Landon both threw their drinks back. Big Mama called them out, then brought them both a second Caipirinha and told them to drink up.


While Big Mama walked us through the next cocktail, her assistants were pouring champagne behind the bar.


Next up was the Rum Punch. These drinks were really premade, but the instructions are to mix 1.5 ounces of Bacardi Silver, 3 splashes of aromatic bitters, 2 ounces of orange juice, 2 ounces of pineapple juice, and a splash of grenadine. Big Mama also brought Aaron and Landon second Rum Punches. I think her goal was to get them trashed.


Big Mama doesn't recommend shakers with the metal lids - instead, use a metal mixing cup with a glass. Put the glass at an angle, and it will make a tighter seal than the metal lids.


The next drink was another basically premade drink, the Elderbubble - 3 ounces of champagne, 1.5 ounces of Absolute Razz, and 1 ounce of St. Germaine.


Next drink was the Mango Gingerita (serves 4) - blend root of ginger with water in a blender, then add juice of 4 limes, 4 lemons, and mango peeled and diced, and blend all. Add 2 ounces of ginger juice and 2 double shots of Patron Silver, and 1 ounce of Grand Marnier

We didn't mix this drink. She just explained it, and then we drank it.


The final cocktail was Big Boobs (B52) - 1 ounce of Kahlua mixed with 1 ounce of Bailey's, top with 1/2 ounce of Grand Marnier. When you add the Grand Marnier, you have to pour it in slowly at an angle to achieve the foam top effect. Stove didn't listen to instructions and botched his.




I was taking copious notes throughout the class, but at the end, Big Mama let us take a photo of a piece of paper where she hand wrote all of the recipes.


The Mixology Class was fun, and Big Mama is a very entertaining instructor. However, having done the Mixology Class in 2014 where we actually got behind the bar and mixed drinks, I was disappointed that this class consisted mostly of pre-mixed components. The setup is very similar to seminars at Food & Wine Festival at Disney California Adventure. On the cruise with a smaller group, I was expecting something more interactive.


After class, we headed back out to the pool which was pretty crowded (to be expected on a sea day).



Tonight's dinner was at Enchanted Garde.



I ordered The Enchanted Garden Platter, a selection of Charcuterie with Whole Grain Baguette and Peach Marmalade. It was good, but I picked at it too slowly, and the servers really wanted to clear the table.


I got the Coronation of Mixed Leaves salad with vine tomatoes, blue cheese, apples, candied walnuts, and aged red wine vinegar. It was fine, but I wished I had gotten the Pancetta Salad with eggs instead.


For my entree, the Trio of Veal with grilled tenderloin, pulled shank and tortellacci pasta with a sun-dried tomato and sage reduction garnished with a potato crisp. I was confused a first that the veal was in the tortelleni. I thought the best was the pulled pork. Also, Landon and I ordered the same thing, but my cut of meat was much bigger.


Can't go wrong with a Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar. It's a dessert from the kid's menu, and the dining room presentation is top-notch.


I don't remember who ordered the Sacher Torte. Perhaps it was me.


Aaron ordered the Creme Brulee Cheesecake.


We went to the Tube and watched the juggler before heading to bed.


The night before, there was a medical emergency. An older man fell down the stairs leaving Royal Court. Today, they made an announcement that we would be stopping at Nassau at 3AM so that the passenger could receive medical help.

I happened to wake up at 3 AM and noticed that the ship had slowed down, and we were pulling into port.


I decided to head down to the 4th deck to check it out. I wasn't the only one. There was a huge crowd of people who had posted up on the 4th deck to looky-loo. Lots of teenager groups who were probably roaming the ships at this hour anyway, but also lots of adults.

It was very quick. The ship tied off, unloaded the passenger, then immediately pushed off. I hope the passenger is okay!


Next: Disney Fantasy New Year's Cruise - [Day 7] Castaway Cay

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