What should you do FIRST? NEXT? Where do you GO? Such good questions and lets see if I can help.
After Boarding…Find a Pool Chair and JUMP IN!
You should RELAX, EXPLORE, EAT and DRINK (if that’s your wish). You should POOL, PLAY and SPLASH!! But seriously…all of those things. Make a list and do what’s most important. TO me – its FOOD, how fast can I get some Disney Eats in my Belly.
For others – its finding the BEST pool spot, grabbing a chair, a drink and catching some sweet rays. Others its…find the nearest bartender for a drink (Party time is HERE).
So many options, which to chose. Again…make that list and decide. Board with your swimsuit ON, board ready to grab a bite and chill. SO many food options, Buffet, restaurant with Menu, pool grab & go eats. You really can do it all. You can POOL, EAT and Drink at the same time! Head up to Deck 9/10 (depending on the ship) and go forth and conquer. Generally speaking the Pool and Buffet are on the same deck…so follow the crowd and ENJOY!
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When on Vacation, many think of 2 things: Relaxing and Enjoying an Adult Beverage
Hey Guys, back talking about Disney Cruise Line again today…answering a common question or Goal (if you will) – Drinking on a Disney Cruise.
After I book a cruise for a client and towards the “planning” phase, beyond the date and stateroom selection…people start asking about Excursions, Adult-Only Meals (see post on Palo) and Classes (yep classes)…more specifically Mixology Classes. Mixology Classes are so popular, some groups even arrange their own.
What is a Mixology Class you ask?? Well it is what it sounds like, you are taking a class where you LEARN how to MIX. Mix what? Well Mix ADULT beverages, AKA Alcohol, you silly 😉
You can sign up ahead of time (Online) or if availability…on the ship. Of course if you wait until on the ship, like I did, you need to do it ASAP. Its $25 per person (or that’s what I paid). You select a time/date for your class and meet at one of the local watering-holes on the ship. Our class was in a tiny, quaint little bar called the Skyliner. Our “teacher” was a bartender on the ship. I forget how long but he has been teaching this class, on the Dream, for several years and really knew his stuff.
The concept is simple…you learn how to mix your own drinks. Drinks you can then make at home; host parties, take to the pool, share with friends. But when on the ship, you are making drinks you can then DRINK. That’s right, this class is known for getting people a little tipsy…especially if you are a light weight and/or chug these cocktails. Same with the Wine Tasting Classes or Hard Liqueur Tastings. So for $25 you get 5 (decent sized) drinks PLUS learn whats in them and the process. For our class we made 2 ourselves, then the last 3 were per volunteers. And per our “teacher”, it gets more difficult to have everyone make own after 2 cocktails, lol.
I was Mulling – Mint, Lime, Raspberry Puree
SEE the Pictures and Captions for Drink Names:
NOTE – I was upfront with my allergies and a few drinks were adjusted per my needs. They were very accommodating and thoughtful…as everyone else got the volunteer made drinks, I got 2 very special drinks made by the teacher himself 🙂
Also NOTE – If you want a FULL recipe or ingredients list…you better be prepared to video this or type in your phone…as recipe cards are NOT passed out (which would have made this SO much better).
I give this class a thumbs up, especially if cruising solo (Adult Only) or with older kids (teens+). I can’t imagine people drinking this much in the afternoon and still managing to parents small children, lol. At least I couldn’t. I would need a nap, lots of water and some serious junk food.
Mahalo for reading and FOLLOWING along – Nina
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Looking to Book a Disney Cruise? Needing some RELATION time? Wondering how fast can you visit the SPA – Read this!
Hey Guys, today I am talking about the Rainforest Room – Wait, what?? What the heck is that? Well its a part of the SPA area on a Disney Cruise Ship. The SPA on the ships can do all sorts of things; nails, hair-dos, wedding make-overs, teeth whitening, COOL sculpting, massages, acupuncture, etc. I even saw a Barber Shop with the complete Men’s Shaving treatment (going old-school). But one of the areas is the Rainforest Room – A little quaint, tranquil, slice of heaven. Again, its something I had seen and toured but never actually experienced – as I am usually too busy hanging out with the kids or joining a Trivia Game on the ship.
Shave for the Men.
Look at that view.
But for this ADULTS ONLY vacation I went on, Peace and Tranquil was the name of the game. I purchased a SINGLE DAY pass online, ahead of time. It was $18 for 1 FULL day of enjoying the Room. I do believe it was a few $ more to get while on the ship, so paying for it in advance was the way to go AND if you are thinking – 1 day? I want to go for my entire trip, then you can book that (but I think ONLY on the ship can you do that AND they usually have a deal going).
What can you do for 1 FULL day? Well you can pop in and out of the various Saunas – both cool (cold actually) and various degrees of warm to hot. You can sip Lemon infused water 🙂 You can enjoy the Ladies or Mens Locker room for a larger shower space (if using your stateroom shower isn’t cutting it). How about a dip or soak in the hot tubs OR you can lay and lounge in one of the warming tile chairs and relax, read, dream, think or even sleep.
Salt Rubs, extra cost.
I rather enjoyed my time in the Rainforest Room! I was disappointed that, at least on the Dream, the hot tubs were small (only 2-3 people) and they were often being used. Not that I want to hot tub with lots of strangers, I guess I wanted more options…but we are talking a cruise ship and they only have so much space. Now the VIEWS from the Hot Tub were breathtaking and I wish I had more time for the Rainforest Room, I wish we had a SEA DAY (we didn’t on this cruise) or perhaps were able to skip a dinner and just sit in the Hot Tub while enjoying the beautiful sea. Next time, next time. The longer cruises are for sure better for this, more time to relax, enjoy and just be. The Tile Lounge Chairs, however, that’s where its at!! Warm, toasty, relaxing – how can I get one for home?? Anyone?? My back needs that in our life 😉
Warm Tile Lounges – Breathe and Relax!
Hot Tub with a View, imagine it at Sea.
In conclusion (to sound like my son who is learning how to write stories/paragraphs properly) I would book the Rainforest Room again, but only if I 100% knew I could enjoy it for longer than 1+ hours (like on a SEA DAY). Between eating Breakfast, going to port, then eating Lunch, changing to finally relax in the Spa, then showering and getting ready for the show, then dinner, then night-time entertainment – It was hard to fully enjoy it as I think its meant to be. Would be perfect for older couples, people with older kids who can entertain themselves and I did see several young adults enjoying the space. OR if you have kids that will leave you alone for a good part of the day – SCORE and please take my kids too 😉
**Do I sound like I am complaining, lol. Only 1-2 hours in the Rainforest Room, poor me. When I travel, I am also working…so its hard to stay in 1 space when I need to try to experience it all – so as I could have just ignored all my other duties and enjoyed the tranquil whisper of heaven…I had to get my booty of the Tile Chair, shower and go see the preview to Toy Story 4, then be ready for dinner. Next time, I will forget my watch and Oops…sorry lost track of time, lol.
Hope this helped you decide if a little quiet time is worth getting – Mahalo for reading – Nina