On the second day of our cruise – Saturday – we practically had to crowbar the kids out of bed. I booked early reservations for the Frozen and Princess Gatherings so that we could spend most of the day with Grammy and Grandpa in Nassau. After a very early breakfast buffet at Cabanas, we headed to our first meet.
The Frozen Gathering was in Animator’s Palette (where we would dine the next night). Disney managed everyone’s reservation times expertly, so there was little wait. Anna and Elsa were so much fun to interact with, even Stinky enjoyed it!
Next we headed to the atrium for the Princess Gathering. We met Rapunzel, Belle, Cinderella, and Tiana (same Tiana as the day before, and the same actress appears as Tiana in the show Disney’s Believe; the DH called her the hardest working princess on the ship).
The plan was to have a beach day. We had all our snorkel gear, Grammy had the car loaded up with beach essentials and snacks, but Mother Nature had other plans. It stormed the entire time. Instead, we went for a very Bahamian lunch at Twin Brothers on Arawak Cay.We feasted on cracked conch, peas ‘n rice, baked macaroni, scorched conch, and tropical salad. I can’t believe I forgot to take a food pic! Everything was just as delicious as I remember.
After lunch, we stopped by my brother’s work to visit with him and his co-workers. It was satisfying seeing him all grown up in his element, even if it took a few extra years.
Next we went souvenir shopping. I got a very special present for myself, which I’ll share with you very soon.
After shopping, it was time to head back to the ship. After a torrential downpour literally the entire day, the sun finally began peeking through the clouds. Go figure! Though short, it was fun being home again and spending the day with my family.
Back on board, we lined up for Peter Pan, and ran into Stitch all decked out for Pirate Night. I heard he created a ruckus in kids’ club the night before, and today was no different. 🙂
Before we knew it, it was time for Stinky’s Pirate League Makeover. It took him a minute to get used to the fact the the experience was a full immersion into the world of a pirate (attitude, vernacular, etc.). But he eventually warmed up and loved his makeover.
We all dressed up, but the DH has forbidden me from sharing any photos of him in his garb.
We dined at Royal Palace, inspired by classic Disney Princess films. The decor was magnificent. I ordered the exact same thing as the night before. We were still full after our lunch at Twin Brothers, so I don’t think anything they served would have excited us too much. The kids had another great evening of solving puzzles with our assistant waiter.
After dinner, the kids went to kids’ club, while the DH and I went to see Beauty and the Beast. Be still my heart. Three trap doors, CGI, and props brought this story to life in a way like never before. It.was.splendid.
With kids in tow, we headed to the pool deck about 10:15 pm for the fireworks show. Disney is currently the only cruise line that does Fireworks at Sea. The fireworks are shot from the starboard side, so you want a viewing point on the port side.
We hung out a while for the dance party, then we headed to the theatre to watch Captain Marvel. If you haven’t seen this movie yet, what are you waiting for? Run, don’t walk to your nearest theatre!!
I think it was 1:30 am by the time we were settled into our cabin. Surely this would affect our participating in the Castaway Cay 5K the next morning. Or would it? Check back to find out.
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