Sweet Treats & Mickey Dessert – Disney Cruise

Thinking about a Disney Cruise? Wondering if you can get Mickey shaped Desserts? READ this review…

Hi guys, Its hot out and I am remembering the yummy ice cream sundae I enjoyed on my recent Disney Cruise. I know many people LOVE the fun desserts they have in the parks and wonder if the cruises do too. Well I am here to report, they do!! 2 of the 4 ships actually have Disney themed sweet shops on board to fill that Mickey shaped void. READ this Dessert Review.

Vanellope’s Sweets & Treats
Disney Dream:

My most recent cruise adventure was on the Disney Dream. The Dream is a fabulous ship with a hidden sweet shop, Vanellope’s Sweets & Treats. Yep, as in Wreck it Ralph. This cute little gem is all decked out with King Candy, Vanellope’s Go Cart and lots and lots of sugar filled goodness. Ice Cream, Ice cream concoctions, Mickey shaped cupcakes, cookies, oh my and other sweet treats. A life sized candy Go Cart is in the shop for your perfect Instagram pics. And I must add, I found the sweetest Cast Member working behind the counter.

Disney Fantasy:

I cruised on the Fantasy just a few months back and found a very similar Sweet Shop on board – Sweet On You. This very cute confectionery is decorated with Minnie and Mickey. A sculpture (if you will) of Minnie and Mickey sharing an ice cream treat while seated in old fashioned patio furniture is featured in the shop. The treats sold are very similar, if not the same as the Disney Dream. Several pre-packaged options were also in the shops, like they do in the parks. The dark chocolate covered pretzels are a fave. Now if only they can sell the Soft Mickey Pretzels, yum!!

The Skinny:

The shops described above are extra, meaning the cost is not included in the cruise fare. But this didn’t stop me, nor did it stop all the other cruise guests. Every time I walked past these shops, business was hopping. Guests just can’t get enough of their favorite sweet Mickey shaped goodness. Of course for those that are watching your pennies you can always get the unlimited Dairy FULL soft serve as well as order Mickey Premium Ice Cream bar from Room Service.

Food Allergies/Vegan:

If you are allergic to dairy and/or are vegan…both of the shops had options for us. I was able to score yummy Chocolate Ice Cream on BOTH ships and the Dream had a few extra flavors I didn’t remember the Fantasy having. So I was able to score a frozen vegan treat like all the other guests. And, although not guaranteed, I was able to get SAFE vegan ice cream with a clean spoon and scoops from a safe container. The Cast Member did give me the usual CC warnings, so be cautious and ask questions.

The other ships:

The Disney Magic and Wonder do NOT currently have these yummy additions to the ships but don’t you worry. The buffets are FILLED with sweet treats and so are the dinner menus. They also sell Dole Whips on board now, so that’s a HUGE plus. If you have food allergies, I help my clients with this so you too can have yummy treats. I have enjoyed many cookies, brownies and most recently a strawberry shortcake with my allergies.

I hope this helped you either get excited about your up-coming cruise or perhaps makes you want to book one, which I can help with. Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

Disney Cruise Line – After Dark

Wondering what to do on a Disney Cruise when its Night Time, any evening activities?  READ to find out.

Hey guys, today I wanted to talk about a Disney Cruise in the evening, you know after dinner, but before bed 😉  So you had your dinner, you saw the evening entertainment show…now what?  Drinking at the bar, evening cocktails in a lounge with soft LIVE music, Adult Trivia or Game Shows…or my NEW favorite (Silent DJ Party).

For those with kids, young kids…you might just be heading to bed, having a cocktail on your balcony while the kids sleep or you might be passed out from all the sun, fun and entertainment during the day.  BUT for those with older kids or those cruising without kids…there is a whole mess of fun in the evening that I only recently got to enjoy as I left the kiddies at home.  OR you could cruise with another family and have ladies night and guys night, swapping off with each other.

Games and Trivia:

So for those who can manage it…there is usually a game or two going on in the evening.  Think 80’s trivia or a Match Your Mate game.  Perhaps Dream Quest is more your speed?  The “Quest” game is like a scavenger hunt using items currently ON the people in the Game Room – like a key or a coin, etc.  This can be quite funny, but depending on the items they ask for…a little crazy for some.

LIVE Lounge/DJ:

This is what it sounds like…the Crew Staff DJ will often go from bar, to lounge to pub and play music.  The Ship’s LIVE band will do the same.  Think soft singing, gentle music and often times an impressive instrument solo.  Its a peaceful way to end the evening with a glass of wine and soft chatting with your partner.  On the Dream we also heard a wonderful pianist.

Silent DJ Party:

This FUN event was amazingly entertaining, for both the participants and the viewers.  It involves participants wearing headphones and listening to music while dancing.  ONLY they can hear what is playing, but YOU, as the viewer can hear them “lip sing” and watch them dance.  Partners can be listening to 2 different songs, while singing (usually out loud) and trying to also dance with each other.  One could be Latin Dance tunes and the other could be Country.  Its hysterical to watch and fun to participate in.  Many times I thought to myself…I want what he is having as some cruisers were really having a good time.  Don’t miss this activity.  I noticed many young adults doing this as well.

Silent DJ Party


Enjoying the TUNES at the Silent DJ Party.

Movies:

And for those who want something a little less dance party and perhaps more (the kids are awake)…there are late night movies playing as well.  Usually one movie is playing in the theater and one is playing on the pool deck (grab a sweater).  Both are a great way to end the night if the kids aren’t tired and you still want some Disney fun.

Enjoy the VIEW:

My personal way to end the night is to WALK the top decks of the ship.  Feel the soft breeze of the night on your face, enjoy a cocktail and stroll.  Watch the waves as they crash against the ship under the moon light.  Witness the calm of the ship in its nighttime spender.  The lights of the pool area are beautiful in the dark night.  So peaceful and elegant.  I could sit and enjoy that for hours.

So as most people think about what they can do during the day and rushing to this activity to the next…sometimes its nice to enjoy the night with some soft music, a Disney Movie or a the night sky glowing on the ship.  Either way, its just the beginning of another beautiful day…so enjoy the night and plan for the next day ahead!

WE love our Disney Cruises in my house and I would love to book you a fabulous Cruise.  Contact me if looking to Sail with Mickey on the High Seas – Mahalo for FOLLOWING, Nina

Disney Cruise Line – Drinking and Mixology Classes

Headed on a Disney Cruise? Want to enjoy some Adult Drinking? Thinking about Mixology Classes?  READ…

Hey Guys, back talking about Disney Cruise Line again today…answering a common question or Goal (if you will) – Drinking on a Disney Cruise.  When on Vacation, many think of 2 things: Relaxing and Enjoying an Adult Beverage.  So why not take a Mixology Class?

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.

Mixology Class?

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 😉

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Ariel’s READY!!

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.

What do you do?

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.

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I was Mulling – Mint, Lime, Raspberry Puree

SEE the Pictures and Captions for Drink Names:

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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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