I'm here! And yes, the food pictures were absolutely AMAZING! Thanks for the report Adam. It's been a while since I've been on a Disney Cruise and your report, especially the food pictures, makes me absolutely want to do one very soon.
I feel stupid for never really realizing the that staff on the cruise also need to live on the ship. Do you have any photos of what their living spaces look like?
Since the crew quarters are in a "backstage area" I wasn't allowed to take any photos there. But to be honest, they were very similar to the guest rooms, minus the magic portholes.
Glad you guys are enjoying this so far! I've got plenty more to share...
When we last checked in, I was in a strange port... It turns out that this was all planned. And I was in Costa Maya.
Apparently in Costa Maya they have a really big tiger problem...
Apparently CrocoSaurus moved here after the end of his battle with Mega Shark.
The port of Costa Maya features a neat resort area that gives way to a transportation hub to get to any of your excursions.
Though I decided to skip out on the excursions myself...
Here is what I did instead.
See those pools? That's where the swim-with-the-dolphins experience is.
Seriously folks, save up and visit Discovery Cove during your next trip to Orlando. There really is no better way to swim with the dolphins!
One whole yard of relaxation juice...
Rock Shrimp Ceviche for the win!
Shrimp tacos for the double win!
I am now a resident of the nation of Disney Cruise Line. I wave my flag proudly.
Okay, so the ship didn't leave me in Costa Maya.
Luckily I didn't see this as it sailed away.
Next up was a Key Lime Margarita at La Piazza!
After the port I had time to try out the Midship Detective Agency.
This is easily, the most awesome interactive game Disney has made yet!
I was told that the Muppets game alone has 6 different endings!
The Enchanted Art frames are also host to many of the Midship Detective Agency game stations.
The story goes that the Muppets' props have gone missing, and you as the detective must scour the ship to find out who took them.
Some of the clues are found physically on the ship as opposed to being found digitally in the frames.
My favorite Enchanted Art.
Steamboat Willie starts steering and whistling for a brief moment...
Back to hunting for clues!
Here you use your Midship Detective Agency card to collect all of the meeps. No joke!
A most elegant hidden Mickey!
Another hidden Mickey!
Pepe has his own room on the ship, and his door is plastered with clues.
Two things: I'm on my Wave Phone. Wave Phones are the working (free--two per room) phones to be used while on the ship to keep in touch with other guests in your party. I'd never seen or heard of this on any other cruise line, so I was definitely impressed, especially because you can both text and call while on the ship (and on Castaway Cay).
The other thing: I'm calling Pepe from my Wave Phone to get more clues.
Not only is there a hidden Muppet Vision shout out but... BearQuil.
Hiya Bryan! Bork! Bork! Bork!
You get to interrogate Muppets that you think might have stolen the props. This one was innocent.
Once you've found the culprit and the props, you get to set off fireworks.
As George from Rush Hour 3 said, "Case closed."
Over in The Tube I was able to see the night's variety act, a juggler who had previously been on America's Got Talent.
He juggled on a unicycle...
Then he juggled on a very tall unicycle!
Time for dinner in Animator's Palate... I've been waiting for this experience for far too long!
Part of what makes the second meal at Animator's Palate so incredible is Animation Magic, an interactive show featuring guests' drawings, like this.
Can you guess who I attempted to draw?
This should be a clue.
Time for more food photos!
Prosciutto with melon...
And some perfectly cooked ahi tuna with seaweed salad.
The infamous popcorn soup was really good!
This veal was great!
It is almost time for Animation Magic to begin!
Notice the restaurant has taken on a new, colorful look.
A dessert trio to try the best of everything...
And per Robb's adamant recommendations, I got a Mickey Bar, which was definitely better than the ones in the parks!
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