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Re-Imagined Disney Wonder – Day 2

Re-Imagined Disney Wonder – Day 2

On our first full sea day, I was surprised to awake to the sound of rain. When cruising to the Caribbean, one expects days of sunshine. However, it was rainy and chilly most of the morning.

We slept in a bit and then wandered up to Cabanas. After breakfast, we attended the Disney Vacation Club Member celebration where they offered a complimentary drink of the day or bottled water. Usually, there are also snacks, but none were offered today. During the talk, there were technical problems, so they presented information out of order and threw out a few of the blinking rubber bracelets. They offered free 25th anniversary buttons and gave away a $200 onboard credit. If you chose a time to meet with a DVC Sales Advisor, you received Fast Passes to use at Walt Disney World on your next trip. Surprisingly, the event was not very well attended; I think everyone was exploring the ship.

After the DVC meeting, I perused the shops. I thought the selection of merchandise was very nice compared to this summer’s offerings on the Disney Magic. Though it was on my calendar, I completely missed the Castaway Club reception! I didn’t realize it until after our usual lunch at Triton’s.

Still not enjoying the cloudy and overcast weather, I decided to catch up on rest while the family went to Trivia (where they won the coveted Mickey medals). After my nap, I walked around and took a few more pics of the refurbished areas.

Shutters is now all digital - no more prints unless you order them!
Shutters is now all digital – no more prints unless you order them!
Shutters also has a dedicated portrait studio where you can schedule your family portraits.
Shutters also has a dedicated portrait studio where you can schedule your family portraits.
New D Lounge
New D Lounge
D Lounge
D Lounge
Sitting area on Deck 4 by the cruise re-booking area.
Sitting area on Deck 4 by the cruise re-booking area.

This evening was Pirate Night, but we opted instead to dine at Palo. The menu was pretty much the same as during our summer sailing on the Disney Magic. As always, I ordered an extra dish of the Mushroom Risotto for sharing. We finished dinner just as the fireworks started.

The sun was setting as we were on our way in for dinner at Palo.
The sun was setting as we were on our way in for dinner at Palo.
Potato Gnocchi
Potato Gnocchi
Ciuppin Soup
Ciuppin Soup
Sea Scallops
Sea Scallops
Rack of Lamb
Rack of Lamb

After dinner, we visited Azure for Majority Rules and Match-Your-Mate. Attendees were pretty thin here again tonight. I am not sure if it is the shorter cruise and thus a different crowd, but it is rare to have so few people at the evening events. I do have to say how much I love After Hours on the Disney Wonder. It carries through the theming of being “under water” so well.

Azure entrance
Azure entrance
Azure looking towards the stage
Azure looking towards the stage
Azure booths
Azure booths

Next up – Cozumel!

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— livingthedisneydream

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A Sleepy Sea Day – But PALO!

A Sleepy Sea Day – But PALO!

I woke up this morning to realize it was 9:30 (3:30 a.m. at home for those keeping track)! I wanted to go back to sleep but realized my day would soon be gone if I did.

Yesterday I downloaded the free 50mb package for the internet, but it was still on after I signed off. The guys had the same problem. I visited the Connect At Sea desk and was told the sign on was hung up in the computer. He reset my package, but I had the same problem all day. I wanted to buy a package to upload pics for my blog, but I worried it would run out without me even using it!

After breakfast, I attended the lecture on Newcastle and Kirkwall in the Walt Disney Theater. Then I met the guys in the Promenade Lounge for The Feud. One of our answers to a question was mow the lawn. Apparently, this did not equate with our Brazilian friend running the computer, as cut the grass was an answer, but we got buzzed!

We had lunch at Lumiere’s. However, afterward, I needed a nap. This time change is still kicking me! Tonight was a formal night, but I hate taking formal clothes. Instead, I always book dinner at the adult-exclusive restaurant, Palo. We had the first reservation at 6:00 p.m. and Neilson was our server.

Palo Lobby
Palo Entry

The Palo menu was updated since we last dined there on the Fantasy last June. My favorites were still there, though. Josh was fascinated with the open kitchen. Neilson saw his interest and had Chef Matteo come out to say hi. Later the Chef came back and offered to introduce Josh to the staff and show how the kitchen works. Two thumbs up for Chef Matteo! Dinner was superb – I cannot say enough good things about Palo.

End of dinner photo - Keith had just left
End of dinner photo – Keith had just left

My sleepy day, combined with too much good food, meant it was time to get in a two-mile walk. I changed clothes and popped down to Deck 4. After a mostly cloudy day, the sun was shining. It was cool, with a breeze, but perfect for my walk. Many people were out taking photos in their formal attire. They closed half of Deck 4 for cleaning, so I just walked back and forth in the open section.

Out for my walk
Out for my walk

Josh and I went to Team Trivia and the adult-only show in Fathoms. Tonight’s show was again Max Winfrey, who was very entertaining. His mother is on board, which has to be great fun for her to see him featured.

The seas today have been a little choppy (average 8 foot), with a lot of rocking and creaking at times. I heard several people mention they were taking sea sickness medication. Tomorrow we are off to our first port of call in Newcastle, England!

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— livingthedisneydream

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