Friday, October 24, 2014

Trip Report: October 11th-October 17th 2014 - Part 3

by Nick

Monday, October 13th

Despite having stayed up so late the night before, I was up early enough to watch the sunrise through our porthole.

After Barbie woke up; okay, after I woke her up, we went to breakfast at Cabanas, where there are several different food stations and plenty of choices.

We then took a dip, as well as a quick soak in the hot tub, literally overlooking the ocean, as there is a clear bottom.

Barbie in her "French Style" suit, 
which prevents as much sun as possible from getting to her fair skin!

We then headed to the Aquaduck, which opened at 9:00am, so there was almost nobody in line, in fact we rode twice in a row. The Aquaduck is the water slide which goes around and over the boat. It is really a lot of fun, not to be missed, but I suggest getting there early, as waits get very long as the day progresses.

We then watched as the Dream sailed into and docked in Nassau. 

We had booked the Discover Atlantis tour in advance. As our tour wasn't until 11:15am, we had plenty of time to get showered before heading to the D Lounge on deck 4, where we met with other people doing the same tour, and from there we left as a group, gathering on the pier.

We then walked to micro buses that transported us to Atlantis. The ride was an adventure unto itself, as people seemed to drive wildly all over the island!

Once we arrived, we were given headsets so that we could hear our tour guide, who, despite being extremely friendly and knowledgeable, was so soft spoken, even the headsets turned up to 11 wouldn't have helped in hearing her well.

Our first stop was the series of aquariums known as "The Dig," which, along with it's many species of aquatic life, offers what is supposed to be a look at debris from the lost city of Atlantis.

We then had a long walk to the next aquarium area and got to see some of the other areas of Atlantis.

The Predator Lagoon was our next stop.

Afterwards, we had the option to continue to other aquarium sections or the rest of the common areas of Atlantis, but we decided to return to the ship.

We had a late lunch on deck 11, at the outside food areas by the pools. The cheeseburger from Tow Mater's Grill was really delicious, better than the burgers found at the Disney theme parks. The chicken nuggets were also good. Barbie had a panini from Filmore's, which was good. We also split a couple of pieces of pizza from Luigi's. Yes, pizza on a cruise ship, and it's good! It wasn't as good as the pizza we'd had on the Wonder, but it was still tasty.

After eating, we went to the Atrium Lobby just in time to catch Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy dressed in their Halloween costumes.

We then headed back to our stateroom and showered and got changed into our Pirate gear, as it was Pirate night! Barbie sewed her dress and my vest weeks in advance of this evening!

We got photos with Peter Pan, Hook and Smee, then headed to deck 12 to watch as we sailed out of Nassau, and to see the sunset as we waited for the Mickey's Pirate Academy show at 7:45pm.

The Pirate Academy features Mickey looking for people to join his crew. We were trained in the ways of being a good pirate, just in time too, as Hook showed up with his crew, and challenged Mickey and his mates to a Pirate off!

Dinner was at The Royal Palace that evening. I had the prime rib while Barbie had the pasta with seafood. Everything was very good. For dessert I had the Rum Soaked chocolate cake which was also really good, and Barbie had the Coconut Cream Treasure, which she said wasn't bad.

By now, decks 11 and 12 were getting very crowded for the evening's Buccaneer Blast. We were very lucky to get a prime spot.
This 10+ minute stage show stars Captain Jack being pursued by other pirates for a gauntlet of great power.

Indeed, the gauntlet has the power to shoot fireworks out over the sea!

It was a thrilling ending to a long jam packed day.

Part 1 of the Trip Report can be found here, while Part 2 can be found here.


  1. Looks like you two had a fabulous time, as always! Love the matching dress and vest! Great job Barbie!

    1. Thank you, thank you! I owe it all to Auntie Mom!

  2. Now that is an amazingly full day of fun!!!
    That is about as non-stop as a day can get, I bet you both slept well that night.

    1. Gaylin, I did, as usual, but Nick was up at the crack of dawn ready to go!

    2. That is some Disney stamina! I feel guilty sleeping in on vacation but I bet I would have a bit more fun with a bit more sleep!
      Love your swim shirt! I am another fair skinned non-tanner . . .


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