1-2 bags of precut Collard Greens washed OR you may use fresh batch that are cleaned and ready
Ham Steak, Smoked Pork Neck Bones or any other kind of meat you would like for seasoning
2 TBSP Sugar
3 TBS Apple Cider Vinegar
3-4 Hot Peppers with a little added juice
Sat and Pepper to taste
Fresh Water to cover
In a large Pot add greens, chopped Ham Steak or other meat, add all other ingredients to pot. Cover with Fresh water. Bring to boil on high heat, cover and reduce to simmer. Simmer at least 6 hrs or to your liking. Serve by itself or as a side dish. Delicious over rice! Add some favorite pepper sauce on top (optional)! Enjoy!
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Whole small smoked chicken, fridge over night and then debone next morning ( You may use any kind of chicken you want seasoned the way you like)
1/2 md red onion, Chopped
3 small hearts of celery stalks, Chopped
1/4 cup of dried cranberries
2 pinches of sea salt ( 1tsp)
2 pinches of black ground pepper (1tsp)
Dried of fresh parsley chopped, enough for inside salad and then some for garnish
Pinch of garlic powder (1/2 tsp to 1 tsp depending on how much you like)
1 tsp-2 tsp of olive oil
5 TBSP (more or less to your liking) of your choice mayonnaise
In a large bowl, place deboned chicken and throw together all ingredients in bowl, mix well, garnish with parsley, salt and pepper and place in fridge to get cold. If you need more moisture when you serve it, add either a little more olive oil or you can add a little more mayonnaise.
I have added my Youtube video of my making this salad. I did not have dried cranberries when I made the salad but it is certainly something that I add! It is delicious in this chicken salad. I serve this chicken salad either with fresh bread as a sandwich or just with your choice of cracker. You may also enjoy it just by itself with some carrot sticks or celery sticks! ~Michelle
In a large Bowl cream your sugar and Butter. Then add Eggs, beat gently. Add Banana’s and mix well. Then add salt, baking powder and baking soda. Mix well. Add Flour, mix well. Fold in Pecan’s if you are using them. Super easy guys!
Add mixture to a well greased tube or bundt pan. Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes or until lightly brown and it does not jiggle. That’s it. Slice and add butter on top while hot! Super good!
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7-8 Medium Potatoes, washed, peeled, diced, cooked and cooled
5 Hard Boiled Eggs peeled and chopped
Yellow Mustard to your liking
2 tsp. dill relish plus juice
1/2 small red onion chopped
2 small hearts of celery stalks chopped
4-5 heaping tbsp of Mayo
Salt and Pepper to taste
Garnish with Paprika, Parsley and dried Chives
This recipe I basically throw together and add to taste. You may omit what you do not like or leave a comment below to what other ingredients you would add. I am always up to trying new things! Refrigerate until use. If your salad is dry when you serve it just add more mayo!
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Maiden Voyage April 1, 1998 refurbished in Oct 2018
Length: 855 ft
Capacity: 2,130 including crew
13 passenger used decks
I sailed the Carnival Elation ship on October 5, 2019 out of Port Canaveral located in the sunny state of Florida! I love Port Canaveral cruise port! Our sailing was a 5 night Caribbean sailing that went to the ports of Amber Cove in The Dominican Republic and Grand Turk in the Caicos Islands. We had a junior suite stateroom which entitled us to priority boarding and tendering along with luxury linens and amenities. Boarding was painless at Port Canaveral Cruise Port.
Once on board, the usual crowded hallways and elevators was present. Boarding day always has the hustle and bustle of people coming and going, crowding on the elevators etc. No matter what ship you sail, boarding day is busy! We noticed the two sets of elevators with another set across that just went up to Deck 10. The double elevators only had one working so the line was really long and being that our stateroom was on Deck 14 we could not take the other elevator since it only went to Deck 10. We ended up walking up the stairs 10 flights with our luggage! What a workout that was! Once we arrived to our stateroom we were pleasantly surprised by how cozy it was! After boarding day the elevators were very easy to get on and off and we had a very relaxing cruise!
Our Stateroom G29
We had a Junior Suite Balcony on board the Carnival Elation Ship. Our stateroom number was G29. This stateroom was conveniently close to the elevator yet snugged in a corner. You could also get to the outside deck easily from this stateroom with just a short walk. Once outside on the deck you would run into the Miniature Golf and excellent photo opportunity with the beautiful high view we had. It made for an excellent sunrise and sunset view! We absolutely loved it! The newly refurbished stateroom was very spacious and offered a pretty good sized bathroom with all the amenities we needed. The two twin beds could provide a King is you preferred, the sofa bed was a nice sitting area during the day and could be turned into a sleeper at night. A large flat screen tv sits on the wall to save space. A refrigerator, large closets, a desk with stool and plenty of shelves and storage drawers. The balcony was a very good size with 2 chairs and a small table. I want to add that this stateroom also had 6 USB ports, American outlets and a European outlet. We really enjoyed this stateroom.
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Dining on Board the Carnival Elation
The Carnival Elation had a lot of options when it came to eating. Tiffany’s Lido Buffet offers a variety of options to choose from. It is open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. You can also find Carnival Deli to serve up panini’s, wraps, grilled sandwiches and deli sandwiches, french fries and cookies. Guys Burgers has hot fresh hamburgers with french fries along with a topping bar with hot and cold toppings. Condiments are also on the bar. Pizza Pirate offers up 24 hr Pizza. Take advantage of the pizza delivery anywhere on the ship for $5.00. The BlueIguana Cantina offered up some great burrito’s and tacos for breakfast and lunch. There is a toppings bar included too. The Carnival Elation only offers The Chef’s Table for specialty dining and has an up charge. The Main dining rooms are the Imagination Restaurant and Inspiration Restaurant. The Imagination Restaurant offers Your Time dining from 5:45-9:30 pm. Your time dining is an option to dine when you want. For traditional dining time of early and late dining, that will be offered in the Inspiration Dining Room. The Main Dining room will have morning breakfast times and Sea Day brunch! Room Service is available 24 hrs a day. Sushi at Sea is available with a limited menu for take out sushi. There is an up charge for sushi. Below I have posted a Youtube vlog that shows our lunch at the Lido Buffet on boarding day!
Entertainment Bars and Fitness
On board you will also find a variety of Bars and lounges. The Atrium Bar is a winner when it comes to grabbing a drink and listening to some live music! There is Duke’s Piano Bar with a New York City inspired look and feel. The late night live interactive entertainment is a nightly favorite. Cole Porter Club is a lounge area that has adult entertainment such as the Punch liner Comedy and movies, adult game shows and karaoke when no comedy is being done. Jekyll and Hyde Nightclub is a way to dance your night away with a cocktail. It has a late night opening. Romeo and Juliet Lounge is hosts band and karaoke. Gatsby’s Great Bar is a nice place to enjoy a pre dinner cocktail with it’s short distance top to the Inspiration Main Dining Room. Blue Iguana Tequila Bar is located on the lido area of the ship and offers up your best Mexican inspired drinks. RedFrog Rum Bar is located on the lido area also on the opposite side of the Blue Iguana. It has a nice island feel and offers up some great rum inspired drinks. Do you like people watching? Well head to the and grab a seat and a drink! Tiffany’s Lido Bar is in the aft of the lido restaurant. Grab a drink and head outside to have a seat while viewing the great wake views!!
The ship has Bocce ball, Miniature golf, Shuffleboard, Ping Pong,Swimming Pools, Hot Tubs, Children’s water areas, slides. Camp Carnival has activities planned always for different age children. The Serenity area for adults is also available in the back of the ship. This area is 18 years old and older. You will find hot tubs and plenty of loungers for relaxation while watching the wake. Towels are available in this area that are to be returned here when finished. Bar service is available if you want a drink!
The Casablanca Casino was one of our favorite spots! There are a variety of slots and tables, scratch off tickets and tournaments are also offered!
The ship does not have a Basketball Court. The Ship offers Spa Carnival which offers a variety of relaxation services to meet your needs. Massage, facials, nails pedicures, teeth whitening , hair services are just some of the options you can find. Be sure to book your services ahead of time of your online reservations area to be sure of availability and to receive some money savings. The Fitness Center has a variety of free weights and machines along with cardio machines, classes and .
We had a great time on board the Carnival Elation! The ship is a small ship but she had just enough on board to allow our time to pass by. The ship offered us relaxation areas that gave us great views! We had an amazing time on our ports we visited. I will have a section available for these two ports as soon as I get them available. I invite you to visit my Youtube channel to see all of my travel video’s. Please consider subscribing to the channel and hitting the notification bell so you do not miss any of my uploads~!! Below is a link to my channel! I appreciate your support!
I hope that you and your family enjoy cruising as much as I do! I hope that my experiences that I share with you help you and yours! Happy Cruising!! ~Michelle
I sailed Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas on September 9, 2019 on a 4 night sailing. Our boarding the ship we learned that our sailing was going to be a Hurricane relief sailing which would change our itinerary Sea Day to a stop in Freeport for relief!
We ported out of our home port of Port Canaveral, FL and ventured off on a sailing that we would never forget. Being a Floridian, I could understand the destruction that hurricane’s cause. A Cat 5 storm is not one in my life time that I have experienced and one that I hope to never have to experience. I have been through Cat 1, 2 and 3 storms. Let me tell you something, it can be brutal! We had Cat 2 Hurricane Frances hit us back in 2004 that stalled on us for 2 days. The destruction was bad enough but I will not forget the lack of resources and food. Our power was out for weeks and businesses were not open. I can not imagine what the people of The Abaco Islands went through. It was a complete honor to be on a sailing that provided relief to some that were lucky to receive. I felt it was an amazing thing that the cruise line industry did during this time of need! Cruise Lines were stopping in to Freeport to offer up supplies, rides to Nassau, food and some of the local lines here in FL rescued animals too. It is nice to see people come together in time of need. Our first stop of our cruise was Freeport Bahama’s. We stayed for a few hours to drop off supplies and pick up passengers that needed to get to Nassau. We were then off to Nassau to have an overnight stay at the port. The port was not open all night for us, it was closed overnight. You could get off and walk around but could not go past the gate.
Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas achieved her maiden voyage on November 16, 2003. She was Refurbished in 2018 with a $120 million dollar dry dock that took 6 weeks to complete. She is 138,279 GT and is 1,020.7 feet long. She has 15 decks and has a capacity of 3,114 passengers and 1,185 crew.
Whats on Board?
Mariner has enough to do on board to suit the entire family no matter what your likes are while on a cruise. You can find several adult areas, children’s areas, restaurants, casino, recreation etc. You can even find a lounge chair if you would rather have a nice book and sit and listen to the ocean.
Mariner of the Seas has many options for dining on board. I can certainly tell you that the Main Dining Room on this ship is one of the most beautiful dining rooms I have ever seen on a ship! Actually out of my 16 sailings I have done so far, she is the most beautiful dining room! Her elegance is captured as soon as you walk in the room. She is a 3 level spacious dining room with a grand staircase, elegant lighting, columns and trims of black and gold with white linens and white and black chairs. She is truly beautiful and brings a charm to your fine dining experience. You will have breakfast, lunch and dinner served in the Main Dining every day with multiple choices on the menus!
Boardwalk Dog House is also on board at Lido Pool deck for complimentary dogs with all the toppings! Cafe Promenade has Pizza and other complimentary items and drinks on Deck 5. You will also find specialty restaurants on board including Izumi Hibachi and Sushi, Full service Starbucks, Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream, Johnny Rockets, Jamie’s Italian Kitchen, Chops Grille! Specialty dining has an extra charge and can be reserved prior to your cruise in your planning section of your online reservation! There is a discount for all dining booked prior to sailing so do not miss out and get those booked prior to sailing to get a table and savings! Johnny Rockets does not take reservations they are an uncharge first come first serve restaurant with limited seating!
“The Dining Room is one of the most beautiful dining rooms I have seen on a cruise ship” ~ Michelle
The Windjammer buffet area is a great option if you want quick, tasty and casual!
Recreation and Entertainment:
Studio B Ice skating rink is on board and has some of the best shows! You must see one! Be sure to arrive early to the show at least 15 minutes early to get a seat, they book up fast and are first come first serve! Casino Royale offers up slots, tables, scratch off games and drawings. The Royal Theater is a two deck theater that has live broadway shows. You will find the Royal Theater on Deck 3 and 4 Fwd. You will find 2 main pools on Deck 11 along with 2 hot tubs and large Movie screen for movies under the stars. The adult Solarium area is also on Deck 11 and offers up the Solarium Pool and hot tubs with a full service bar. There is a video arcade on board, running track, full service fitness gym, Vitality Spa at Sea for all your spa needs. Tip: Be sure to book spa in advance online to save money on services. The ship also has Rock Climbing, Basketball, miniature golf, Ping Pong,Water slides, one Flow Rider surfing simulator, Sky Pad, Laser Tag. A children’s water area is available. Below I have included some photos of different recreational areas on board the ship.
Lounges, Shops and promenade view
The ship has a variety of lounges and shops on board. Nightly entertainment can be found in the lounges and on the promenade.
There is also a Full service Starbucks!!
I loved that this ship had a full service Starbucks. It also allowed me to use my Starbucks rewards and gift cards. The seating behind the starbucks is really nice to sit and enjoy your coffee while enjoying some beautiful views through the large port hole windows. ~ Michelle
Our Balcony Stateroom Room 8570
Our stateroom on board the Mariner of the Seas was a nice, spacious balcony stateroom that slept up to 3 guests. It had two twin beds that would convert to a King if you choose, a sofa for seating only, it was not a sleeper. There was an upper birth sleeper that was over the beds. Your stateroom host or hostess will unlock it out of the ceiling at night for turn down service if you need the upper birth. There was a bathroom and a large closet, night stands, a desk with vanity chair and mirror, lots of drawers and space. A fridge is available too. The balcony has a table and two chairs with adequate room for moving around. Our stateroom host was really attentive and was sure to have what we needed available when we were in need.
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We had a great time on board the Mariner of the Seas! I highly suggest you book her! I hope that you have just as much fun and a pleasurable sailing as we did! For more information on a future Royal Caribbean cruise vacation visit the website at : https://www.royalcaribbean.com
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Arriving to Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground and Resort is a nice little drive in with the lush landscaping and beautiful flowers that are added to this little country paradise nestled in Central Florida. Fort Wilderness is a campground that has been a part of Walt Disney for many years and has been a yearly tradition for our family. We have visited several times per year for over 15 years now. It never gets old, every time we visit, it is another great memory! As you come in to the property you will be greeted by a security personnel that will check your drivers license and verify your reservation. You will be directed either to the right and circle around to walk in the guest services building or you will go to the left and do the drive up check in. No matter which way you go, you will have a Disney Cast member eager to help you get started on your magical vacation! When you check in you will be given some paperwork which includes a map of the campground and a direction of where to find your place you have reserved whether that be a cabin or campsite. You will also be given a form to take to the Golf Cart attendant if you are renting a golf cart during your stay. You will also be given a magic band which is your ticket to the world: it is your key to open your door, an easy swipe when you shop since your credit card on file is attached to it, and it is your tickets to the park, also you can use it to open the gates when coming in and out of the resort. It is light and comfortable on your wrist. Your magic band can get wet and it can also be kept for souvenir.
Tip: If you go to your reservation online prior to your trip you can design your band to the color you prefer, otherwise you will have what is available at check in.
Golf carts are available for rental at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground. Golf cart rules are the same as driving a vehicle and is enforced by Orange County Sheriffs Office. You will see local sheriffs riding through at times along with Walt Disney security. Drivers must be at least 16 years of age to operate the golf carts and hold a valid drivers license. Rules of the road apply and they appreciate the same courtesy for buses too. Do not pass a bus, when you see a car or bus behind you find a safe place to gently pull over so the vehicle can pass by and then move back along. The rules are placed on top of the steering wheel. Always remember to charge them when not driving them. You will have electrical outlets at the Trails End parking, cabins and campsites to charge them. During our trip this last time we entered into the Golf Cart Parade for the 4th of July!! What fun! The cart as of July 2019 was $68 per day to rent, that can change without notice. It is very much advised to place your reservation for your cart with the Bike Barn when you book your reservation for the resort to be sure you are guaranteed a cart. The Bike Barn’s phone number is (407) 824-2742.
Campsites come in different options. There is a Tent or pop up campsite that will allow for two tents and a pop up camper or vehicle camper. Up to 10 Adults are allowed.
There is a Full Hook Up Campsite the accommodates a RV plus tent. Sewage hookup is available. Allows up to 10 Adults.
A preferred Campsite that allows for a RV and one small tent. Sewage hookup available and is Close to the Marina and allows up to 10 Adults.
A premium campsite is for a larger RV with a concrete pad of 18 ft by 60 ft. Allows up to 10 adults. Sewage is available and allows up to 10 Adults.
A premium meadow campsite is for a larger style RV with a concrete pad of 18 ft by 60 ft, sewage hookup available, up to 10 adults and is located by Meadow Trading Post, Meadow Recreation, Bike Barn and Campfire area.
Each campsite loop will offer a full service restroom facility that has showers and changing areas. A launderette will be available and ice machines. Bus stops are nearby too!
Tip: You will need your magic band if you use the restrooms after certain hours to unlock the doors and the door to the laundry! Don’t forget the band!
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The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness are really a nice retreat for a single person all the way to 6 adults. Each Cabin offers a driveway for one vehicle, parking rates apply per night. An outside power outlet, patio deck, BBQ Grill, Water Hose, Picnic Table. Inside you will find a full kitchen with sink, stove NO oven, Microwave with Oven, Full Dishwasher, trash can, recycle can, pots and pans, utensils, dishes to serve 8, coffee cups, drinking glasses, a pitcher, silverware, BBQ grill utensils, can opener, mixing bowl, measuring cup, Full refrigerator with ice maker, paper towels, dish soap, dishwasher soap, garbage bags, lots of cabinet space to store goods in. There is also a booth table with chairs for dining. Anything you need that is not in the cabin, call guest services and usually they can find it for you. Items will vary with stay and what is available. The cabin has a full bathtub with shower, installed complimentary shampoo conditioner and body wash in shower, towels, toilet paper, blow dryer, garbage can, drawers to store things, hooks to hang up clothing. In the living room area you will find a couch that pulls out to a bed, your linens for the bed was in the cabinet that is next to the couch. If you need extra linens contact the housekeeping department and they will bring you what you need. There is a coffee table and a sitting chair, full screen tv and drawers for clothes along with 2 separate cabinets that sits between the large tv. In the back bedroom, you will find a Queen size bed and a bunk bed, tv with drawer area, closet with room safe and area for storage, you can also slide suitcases under the bed. There is an alarm clock, plenty of lighting and a separate door that goes outside. The cabin sleeps up to 6 people comfortably. **The video above this paragraph is a full cabin tour for you to view**
Pools: There are two pools at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground resort. Meadow swimming Pool is the Main pool and is located in the center of the resort, it has a water slide, plenty of lounger chairs, table with umbrella and chairs and picnic tables under the pavilion for eating. There is a snack bar and is nearby to the tennis courts and volley ball net. This pool area does have lifeguards available along with a kids splash area and hot tub. Large restrooms are available.
Wilderness swimming pool is in the cabin vicinity and is near a basketball court. It is a quiet larger pool with plenty of lounger chairs, a few tables with umbrellas and chairs are available. There is a hot tub and NO life guard is present at this pool. There is a handicap assist chair if you need that to lower you in the pool. There is a vending snack machine, restrooms and launderette is in the same building.
Archery: Archery is available and is for ages 7 yrs old and up. 90 minute sessions and may be booked by calling 407-939-7529. (407) WDW-PLAY.
Carriage Rides, Holiday Carriage Rides and Wagon Rides are available by calling (407) WDW-PLAY.
Pony Rides: Pony Rides are given to guests that are no taller then 48 inches and under 80 pounds. The child must be at least 2 years old to ride. For more information contact: (407) 824-2832.
Bike Rental: You may rent bikes by contacting the Bike Barn when you arrive at Fort Wilderness, they are first come first serve. There are bike trails and jogging trails. For more information contact the Bike Barn at (407) 824-2742.
Chip N Dale Campfire Sing a Long: Every evening by the Meadow Pool there is a outdoor campfire sing a long (weather permitting). You will find a snack bar selling all kinds of goodies like popcorn, drinks, Smore kits and sticks etc. There is also a food truck that is usually there that will sell different menu items. A chip n dale meet and greet, a sing along entertainer, and there are two fire pits to roast marshmallows on. There is also a MOVIE on the big screen that starts after the sing a long. The Bike Barn will have a schedule of the movies or it will be in your information packet they give you when you check in.
Other recreation found through the Bike Barn is Volleyball, Basketball, shuffle board,Kayak rentals, canoe rentals, fishing poles. ( Catch and release only) More information is available by calling the Bike Barn at (407) 824-2742.
There are 2 arcades that are located at the resort. One is at the Meadow Swimming Pool and the other is located in the Trails End building.
Food and Drink
There are 2 retail stores at the resort. Each store offers up a variety of snacks, food items, ice, alcohol and beer, souvenirs, home items, clothing, ice cream and other items for sale.
Meadow’s Pool Snack Bar: Offers light snacks, sandwiches, drinks and other refreshments. It is located at the Meadow’s Swimming Pool.
Crockett’s Tavern: Offers Bar Service with Draft and Bottle Beer and wine along with liquor spirits and snacks.
Trails End Restaurant: This full service restaurant has a full Buffet meal offered for Breakfast Brunch and Dinner. Meal price includes drink. Reservations are recommended. There is plenty of seating and accompanies P&J’s Southern Take Out which offers Breakfast Lunch and Dinner items to either dine outside in the picnic tables or take back to your campsite or cabin.
Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue: This is a 2 hour dinner show that is sure to get you some good laughs from what I am told. I do plan to attend this dinner show one day. If you have done it before let me know in the comments how you liked it! To book a seat for this dinner show please call (407) WDW-DINE to make your reservation. Prices vary with seating section. This is a prepaid show and 2 seating times should be available.
Fireworks and Electrical Parade
Every evening you can go to the Marina and watch the fireworks that are shot from The Magic Kingdom. The electrical parade will also be every night. Be sure to take your bug spray so you do not get eaten by mosquitos. If you take the later Wagon ride with a group it will stop at the Lake for an up close view of the fireworks. The Magic Kingdom always has great fireworks!!! Do not miss them!
At the Marina you will find a variety of different watercraft for rental. They offer jet ski’s, mini speed boats, up to 6 person Montauk Boats and up to 10 person Pontoon Boats. You may get information on pricing and availability by visiting the Marina. They also offered charter catch and release fishing too.
Transportation at the Fort
You can choose from a variety of transportation at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground. Golf Carts are available for rental to provide you transportation within the resorts. (Golf Carts are not allowed off premises)
Bus Transportation is available throughout the resort with stops located in walking distance. Bus runs in 20 min intervals. Buses run between theme parks, resorts and Disney Springs.
Water Transportation: At the Marina you can go to the Boat Launch and find two areas of water transportation. One side will take you to the Magic Kingdom resort and the other side will take you to the Resorts available from Fort Wilderness which are The Contemporary Resort and The Wilderness Lodge Resort.
If you wish to take the Monorail to another resort or to the Magic Kingdom Park, you will need to water taxi to The Contemporary then catch the Monorail on Level 4 at The Contemporary resort. The Monorail will then go to The Transportation Area, The Polynesian Resort, The Grand Floridian Resort and The Magic Kingdom then back to The Contemporary Resort.
We have always had a Magical time at Fort Wilderness, it has been a yearly tradition for our family with so many memories! If you and your family have a chance to visit I highly suggest it. Any information you may need for reservations or just information you may find it on the website at: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com
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Embarkation was smooth as always at Port Canaveral. We chose to do the Preferred Parking at Disney Cruise Line for 7 nights. The price was $156.00 for preferred parking and regular parking in the parking garage was $136.00. Preferred parking parks you closer to the building but your car is not in a covered area. The curb service will take your luggage for you from your car. The self Parking is across the street in the parking garage. You will drop your luggage at the curbside before entering the parking garage on self parking. Elevators and stairs are available to take you to the first floor.
Boarding the Fantasy ship was amazing just like it is on all Disney Cruise Line ships. The feeling of welcome as you enter this massive beauty is overwhelming excitement. I love how you are welcomed on board. The cheers of welcome from the crew is amazing. The smell of the ship is inviting and the view of the Atrium is stunning. Here are some photos of the Atrium that I took!
“The one thing that really stood out to me on this ship was her beautiful lighting! Really really beautiful! It catches your eye when you walk in” ~Michelle
The 3 deck Atrium was so beautiful with the dark blue, cream and light green peacock design on the carpet, gorgeous grand stair case with royal blue carpet. The tall columns were bright gold. The panels that boarder each deck had gold characters and scrolling of art throughout. The floors just shine! The beautiful Minnie statue in the Atrium completes this elegant view!
Disney Cruise Line has 3 rotational main dining rooms on all the ships in the fleet. On the Disney Fantasy ship there was Enchanted Garden, Royal Court and Animators Palate. All three restaurants had wonderful food and the service team we had which were Cindy Joseph, our head server, Joel Dsa, our Server and our assistant server Nery Esquivel Zaldivar, gave us fabulous service all week. Your service team that is assigned to you will follow you to each dining venue each night that you are assigned to. Each dining night your head server will greet your table and ask how your day was, tell you some upcoming tips or announcements for your next port of call or sea day. Your head server will also be sure to let you know that they are there to give you exceptional service and if there are any issues to bring it to the attention. Your assistant server will assist you in any bar drinks or other beverages you may need to assist the Server.
Enchanted Garden Restaurant
The Enchanted Garden is a beautiful fairy tale restaurant on board the Disney Fantasy ship. Her soft green table linens match the beautiful green scrolling that accents the columns in the restaurant. The restaurant goes from Day to night as you dine with the flower light covers opening as the room changes. The lights in the ceilings will change different colors from blue to pink and purple. The menu gives a variety of cuisine from chicken to seafood and more. The Enchanted Garden was a delightful dining experience! We were able to dine in each of the three beautiful restaurants more then once on our 7 night voyage due to the rotational dining Disney Cruise Line offers. Each restaurant had available a different menu each night we dined. We enjoyed all of them! Below are photos of dishes from Enchanted Garden Restaurant. Food was amazing!!
Royal Court Restaurant
The Royal Court Restaurant was my very favorite restaurants out of the three restaurants on board. I was lucky to have the majority of my dining nights in this restaurant. It is beautiful with the red and gold carpets, light color columns and ceilings with trims of rich gold. The lighting in this restaurant was just beautiful and added an elegant touch to the eye. The lighting sitting on the lower columns sat inside the gold Royal pumpkin coaches. So beautiful and elegant! The French cuisine in this restaurant was amazing! The artwork in the back of the restaurant where we sat was made of tiny glass and featured Jasmine and Aladdin on the magic carpet. I have noticed that Disney ships have a variety of different art made with tiny glass. So beautiful! Below are some of my food dishes from the Royal Court, all were very good except for the poor quality beef dish that I got on Pirate night, it was not good, very bad cut of meat, flavor not good, tough and could not cut it. The only one food item that was not good. Everything else made up for it and was honestly amazing!
Animator’s Palate on board the Disney Fantasy ship was a bright and cheery dining experience. It is a room that is filled with folks who draw there own cartoon character and then everyone has their drawing in a showtime spectacular that is shown on the screens for everyone to enjoy at the end of the dining experience. It was amazing. I have shots of it in my Disney Fantasy Vlog series that is up on Youtube. It is a restaurant that has chairs made of Mickey Mouse, columns that are pencils and paint brushes. The ceilings are lighted in beautiful paint colors for any artist at heart to love. The movie screens that are located all over the dining area to allow all to view has a special interactive Crush experience that is bound to give you a good laugh. Crush interacts with the audience! All this entertainment while you feast on some amazing Disney Cruise Line dishes. Below are some of my photos of dishes we had. All of our food was really good! My favorite dish is the Black Truffle Pasta!
Adult Dining on Board Disney Fantasy
Although I was unable to dine in the Adult restaurants, I did manage to go in while they were closed and take some shots of each restaurant. Please be noted that they were Closed and that is why the tables were not completely dressed.
Disney Cruise Line offers adult only dining dining experience on board for an extra charge per person. Palo and Remy both are beautiful dining venues on board the beautiful Fantasy ship and will provide impeccable dining service, delicious food and outstanding views. Reservations prior to sailing strongly advised since they book quickly. There is also a Sea day brunch available for reservation too for an extra charge. These restaurants are so beautiful and elegant, there is also a sitting lounge that is connected in the middle of the two restaurants to offer you a relaxing place to sit and have a cocktail if waiting for your table or perhaps just to come in to socially have a drink. Outside seating was available also. I have a Youtube Vlog that shows you these venues that is linked below.
Cabana’s Lido Buffet Dining
Cabana’s is located in the Aft of the ship on the Lido deck area. It is a beautiful large casual dining experience which offers a lot of indoor and outdoor seating. The island decor is tropical themed and features beautiful colors and palm trees. The outdoor seating is one of my favorite areas to be on in the morning for breakfast. The Aft views are amazing and peaceful in the morning. Cabana’s is open for Breakfast Lunch and Dinner. Dinner was not available on the first sailing night of our sailing but I was told every night after that would have dinner. We ate in Cabana’s for breakfast and lunch every day of our sailing. We enjoyed it. The ship does offer sit down restaurant dining for Breakfast and Lunch but we did not do the sit down. I have added some photos below to show you some of my Cabana’s food we had during our sailing.
Other Food options
The lido has food options for quick bite located on deck 11. Flo’s Cafe offers 3 different options. Tow Mater has hot dogs, burgers etc., Luigi’sPizza has a variety of pizza including cheese, veggie, pepperoni and more. Fillmore’s section will have sandwiches, wraps, fruits and salads. Cove Cafe is in the adult section and will offer up specialty coffee and small eats. On deck 4 you find Vista Cafe that has specialty coffee, mini bites and other teas and beverages. Eye Scream has your favorite soft serve ice cream and are open late on the lido deck. Also on the lido deck you will find the sweet shop Sweet on You which offers a variety of sweet tooth treats for an extra charge. Room service is also available and has a variety of items to choose. Trust me it has the best mac n cheese, just saying! Buena Vista Theater has a snack bar too by the theater to offer alcohol beverages, soda, water, candy, popcorn and other items. The adult section on board Deck 4 will have a late night snack buffet for adults only.
The Walt Disney Theater
The Walt Disney Theater offers live broadway shows that are really good! The shows are offered twice in the evening to accommodate both dining times. The scheduled shows will be presented on the sign outside the theater or in the online Navigator on your App along with times.
The Buena Vista Theater
The Buena Vista Theater is a large movie theater that features Disney’s first run movies. Be sure to check out a show! It is on Deck 4
Entertainment, Pools and Sports Recreation
Disney Fantasy has a variety of entertainment and recreation to keep you busy during your journey to paradise. The daily schedule can be found on your Disney Cruise Line App along with a variety of other information. No need for anymore paper in your stateroom delivered with the convenience of the app right at your fingertips on your smart phone. Be sure to download the Disney Cruise Line App to your phone prior to sailing. On the schedule you find game shows, schedules for kids, bingo, cooking demos etc. Some of the sports recreation on the ship is a putt putt mini golf coarse, foosball, ping pong, basketball. The ship has an adult pool in the adult section that offers a swim up bar with seating and hot tubs. The main lido deck has Mickeys slide along with Mickey’s pool and a main larger pool. Fresh Towels and Life Vests are available on deck. Life guards are on duty while the pools are open. The ship has a wide selection of seating and loungers to enjoy during the day or to enjoy a movie outside under the stars while your children swim. You will also find hair braiding on deck available for extra charge. You will also find souvenir kiosks.
The Disney Fantasy ship has an all exclusive Europa adult area to the ship on Deck 4 that is really amazing. I had my young daughter on this trip and was not actually able to experience the night life but since I was able to walk through and view these fine places on the ship, I can only image how awesome they have to be for adults! Trust me folks, Disney is not just for children, they have great adult night life with lounges and adult comedy available. You will find outdoor bars and lounges on board too.
The Europa section on deck 4 featured some really nice adult lounges. O’Gills Pub was a very nice Irish pub that had a few tv screens available for sports viewing. A nice casual area for sitting and playing board games if you wish. The pub offered several different board games for use while having your favorite brew.
Skyline Lounge offered a very cozy bar setting with a fireplace setting and night time views on large LCD screens of different city views including Hong Kong, New York, London and Barcelona.
Ooh La La was a beautiful and romantically elegant champagne lounge. A pianist is there to give you some live entertainment. A really nice setting for a few friends or a romantic date.
La Piazza was an Italian Festive themed Carosello bar that was really nice. They have a small late night buffet available for adults only.
The Tube was a London inspired lounge that was really cool! I have these lounges located in my Fantasy ship vlogs so check them out! There is certainly a lot of great things for adults to do on board the Disney Fantasy.
Shopping is plentiful on Disney Fantasy. The ship offers duty free shops that carry fashion items, clothing, souvenirs, personal items, toiletries, Disney Cruise Line merchandise, Fine Art and other collectibles and jewelry. Mickey’s Mainsail, White Caps ,Sea Treasures and Bvlgari jewelry you will find on Deck 3. Tiffany & Co is on Deck 4. You will also find on deck 11 Whozits & Whatzits that offers anything you would need for the sun deck from bathed suits, flip flops, cover ups, sun screen etc. Vista Art Gallery is located on Deck 2 where you can view artwork that is sold in White Caps on board.
Remember that the ship also offers great entertainment for all ages of children to keep them busy so adults can have a night life. Nursery, Oceaneer Club, Edge and Vibe are available!
Shutters on Deck 4 has multiple kiosk stations for your portrait viewing and purchase. Be sure to get all those portraits ordered by the night before your cruise ending to ensure they will be ready for pick up in time before debarkation. You can stop by anytime to view your photos by using your room card to find your account.
We chose to do the express Debark, we were instructed to go to Deck 4 by 7 am. The wait was about 30 minutes for us to actually get off. It was not a bad wait. Port Canaveral was easy as usual to get though the process. We had an amazing time on board the Disney Fantasy ship! It was so worth the money spent for the impeccable service we got, really good food, great shows and an amazing state room hostess that kept our room fresh, cleaned and well stocked with everything we needed throughout our journey to the Western Caribbean. I highly suggest a Disney Cruise for you and your family! My cruise Vlogs are located on Youtube on my channel Mlb Destinations, check them out! Remember to like and subscribe for more of my content! Follow me on my other social media too! Follow me on this website to know when I upload new material!
Ship Stats: Oasis Class Ship, 226,963 GT, 16 passenger decks with 18 total decks, 6,780 Max Capacity Maiden Voyage May 29, 2016
Cruise Consisted of Nassau and a Sea Day
I sailed the Harmony of the Seas with my father, my brother, my son and his girlfriend on May 9, 2019. We had a 3 night Bahama Cruise from Port Canaveral, Florida! I booked a 3 night so we could see if we liked the mega ships. It was a trip that was not long enough. We really had a nice, relaxing time. Embarkation day went very smooth. We got through security and checked in very quickly. I really thought that for the size of the ship, it would be a very long process but it proved me wrong! Once we boarded I couldn’t believe how big the ship was, she was the largest I had ever sailed, you can’t help but just stare when you board and look around. There is nothing that stands out as far as a beautiful atrium, instead it is like being in a HUGE mall with many things to see. There was a lot to soak in, where do we go, where is everything, how do we get our room keys, how do you change your method of payment. There was no one that was offering direction or things for sale when we boarded like on most ships so we went and found out our information on our own.
Guest services was directly across from where we boarded and they helped us with our questions and changed out method of payment and also fixed the errors we had with our shows that were booked. Your room key is at your stateroom door when you arrive. The luggage that is delivered to the floor will stay where it is left near the area they unload it to the floor, you will need to walk there to get it. Ours was at our door but folks that had rooms farther down the hall walked down to get their luggage so i am assuming that is how it goes. There is no mid ship elevator, it only has forward or aft elevator. The ship is very modern and has modern decor and technology to assist passengers. There was an area that had about 9-10 Apple iPads that would assist you with the Royal Caribbean App in case you did not have a smart phone to download the app. The App was very helpful with letting us know schedule, dining, menus, times, shows, your account balance etc. Your television in your stateroom would give you account information also. The ship was clean and I always saw workers cleaning. The elevators except for boarding day was never congested and you really did not feel the amount of people that were on board. We saw quite a bit on this sailing but missed a lot due to not enough time, you have to go a longer voyage to see everything.
Tip: When you want to go to Boardwalk which is on Deck 6 aft, you will have to go to Deck 5 aft and then walk up to Deck 6 to get to Boardwalk, deck 6 does not go all the way across.
The Boardwalk offered shopping, a full service Starbucks, restaurants which includeJohnny Rockets, Sabor Mexican and Boardwalk Dog house. The Aqua Theater, the ending point of the Abyss Dry Slide, The Carousal, the Arcade, and live entertainment are some of the things you will find on Boardwalk.
Central Park was one of my favorite areas of the ship. It is a beautiful stroll with music in the background, a nice lovely breeze, live plants, most of the specialty restaurants like Chops Grille, Jamie’s Italian, 150 Central Park, and Garden Cafe which is complimentary and great to grab a sandwich or salad, cup of coffee or a sweet treat. There is high end shopping and Outdoor seating is available throughout Central Park. It was a really beautiful area to the ship.
There are several options on board The Harmony of the Seas for dining, whether you would like a quick bite or a nice sit down dinner, there is something for everyone on board. There are several complimentary places to eat including Park Cafe, Boardwalk Dogs, Sabor, The Windjammer Marketplace buffet, Sorrento’s Pizza, Promenade Cafe, Mini Bites, Solarium Bistro, Room service will provide free continental items but other items are available for extra charge. Coastal Kitchen is available but only for suite guests. The 3 main dining rooms include American Icon, The Grande and Silk.
Dining options that are for additional charge include, Chops Grille, Izumi, 150 Central Park, Starbucks, Wonderland, Johnny Rockets, and Jamie’s Italian.
Our stateroom was Room 10212, an Oceanview Balcony room. Very Spacious, modern decor, clean. It had 2 twin beds that converted to King, a sofa that turned into a bed, lots of areas for storage including large closet and a vanity area with lots of drawers and cabinets. A refrigerator, ice bucket, hair dryer was included in the room as well. The bathroom was roomy, modern glass door to shower and lovely backsplash of brown tones on the sink. The room came with plenty of electrical outlets. The balcony was a larger size then we were used to for a regular balcony with 2 lounger chairs with footrests and a small table. Very nice!
Entertainment, Sports and Activities
You will find all sorts of fun activities on the Harmony of the Seas. Certainly not enough time on a 3 night voyage! Take yourself a longer one so you can have time to do all that they offer! The ship includes an Ice skating rink that allows for freestyle Ice Skating and shows, Putt Putt Golf, Zip lining, Comedy shows, Bingo and other scheduled game shows, live shows in the theater, Aqua shows in the Aqua theater on Boardwalk, A Carousel, Parades, The Abyss Dry Slide that takes you 10 stories down, high end jewelry and duty free shopping. The ship has a lot of night time entertainment and dancing provided by staff on the Promenade and Boardwalk decks. A library with books and boardgames. Children have tons of activities in the children area on the ship.
You will find Pools with 3 water slides, one including a slide bowl, and Hot Tubs, you will also find 2 Flow Rider Pools, and a Dive Center on board as well. The children have a wonderful splash area as well.
The ship offers a jogging track, full service gym the offers free weights, treadmills, ellipticals, bikes and weight machines. A spa to offer up massages, nails and hair services. If you want an adult area on board, visit the Solarium which has hot tubs, pools, food areas and great look out areas to view the front of the ship. Great option to watch sail away. The area is for guests 16 years and older!
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We loved the Casino Royale! It was a very large casino and it was divided into smoking and non smoking, had great ventilation and was loaded with lots of slot machines, tables and had plenty of wait staff to serve you a drink or you could walk up to the bar that is located in the casino. It was very nice!
We had a great time on board the Harmony of the Seas and would really like to take her on a longer voyage to be able to experience more that the ship had to offer. I hope that you and your family can take a voyage on her and if you do, drop in the comments below of what you liked about her! Remember to follow my website so you know when I upload new travel material or tips!
The Disney’s Grand Floridian Hotel and Spa is one vacation luxury you have to try at least once in your life. She is by far, my very favorite hotel resort that is on the Walt Disney property that I have stayed at so far. You will feel the luxury from the moment you pull into the Grand Floridian. She is rich with luxurious greenery and landscapes. As soon as you pull away from the guarded booth at the entrance, her Victorian elegance is a pleasant view to the eye. Your option for parking is either to pull up and have the Valet staff take your bags and park your car or you can choose to self park your car for a lesser daily fee. The Grand Floridian is in the Magic Kingdom area of Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. She is a deluxe resort and also has villas.
The Victorian Style buildings and lush greenery is a prince and princess dream! As you walk up the property you hear the sounds of the transportation Monorail up on the 2nd floor.When you get to the entrance you will have friendly guest service staff to welcome you to the hotel and a view of a Cinderella carriage is seen before walking in the Lobby. The black Carpet ground mat when you come in has a large gold scrolling of GF and the smell of the Floridian is so nice and clean! I love the smells of the deluxe resorts in Disney, they use a freshener system that is very lovely, inviting and not over powering. The lobby of the GF is so beautiful with her huge chandeliers and 5 levels of beauty. The Victorian architecture and crown moldings, beautiful greenery, a grand piano, a birdcage elevator, furniture that is luxurious, makes this a grand view!
For our visit at Christmas, the grand Christmas tree is present in the middle of the lobby along with drapes of garland on the upper levels. The huge gingerbread house is also set up and invites you for a closer look which is made out of real edible sweet goodness. Treats are available for purchase at the Gingerbread house. Christmas time is such a great time to visit the Grand Floridan. It is so beautiful and just has that rich Christmas spirit!
The 5 levels in the Main building are the lobby with guest services, bell services, Disney shopping including a luxury soap store, elevators to Main building guest rooms, restrooms, restaurants, orchestra band, tea room etc. If you book a stateroom with a Main building description, your elevator to your room will be in this building. The other rooms are in surrounding buildings which surround the main building.
We had a Garden View Room and it was located a couple buildings away from the Main building. It was a beautiful entry with lovely furniture and mirrors as you walk in, the welcome scents are amazing and inviting. Our room was very spacious, had 2 Queen beds with luxurious bedding, a couch that made into a night time bed, a large double sided closet, a laundry bag is available for laundry service at an additional charge if you wish, a mini fridge, tv with a lot of drawers for storage, a vanity with stool and a Keurig coffee maker and K cup coffee, a large double bathroom, the one part of the bathroom was a double sink area that had a large mirror and amenities of different Disney H20 Spa products. A blow dryer is provided in the bathroom dressing area as well. The other part of the bathroom was the private room of the toilet and shower. Below I have provided photos of our room. The balcony had a small table and 2 chairs.
Transportation is available at The Grand Floridian via Monorail, Bus or Boat. The Monorail will take you to the Magic Kingdom, Transportation Center, Polynesian Resort, Contemporary Resort, and back to the Grand Floridian. The Boat will take you to the Magic Kingdom, The Polynesian Resort and back to the Grand Floridian. If you would like to go to the Fort Wilderness Campground or the Wilderness Lodge by boat, you would need to catch that boat at the Magic Kingdom OR you can go the Monorail to the Contemporary and catch the boat there. The bus schedule is usually ran every 20 min, be sure to ask an associate for the exact locations and times. Transportation at the Walt Disney Resorts are complimentary.
Dining at The Grand Floridian is plentiful. You may choose to dine at the restaurants if you are a guest at the Grand Floridian or a guest at one of the other resorts. You may dine casual and fine. For specialty fine dining restaurants it is advised to make reservations prior.
The Gasparilla Island Grill is a casual, self service area with a variety of self serve items such as pizza, sandwiches, salads, grill items, snacks, bakery items, beverages, hot coffee, soda, tea and much more. It also has a large seating area to dine inside or you can choose to sit outside and eat at the tables provided outside.
Inside the Main building you will find 1900 Park Fare which offers breakfast buffet and dinner buffet that includes meat carving choices, a sushi selection, salads, veggies and so much more. The dinner is also dining with characters. The breakfast buffet will be the Alice in Wonderland characters and the dinner buffet is a Cinderella character buffet. The dinner also comes with a photo. You may reserve your reservations in advance to be sure to get a seat since seatings book up quickly.
If you are in the mood for some afternoon tea, you will find in the Garden View Tea Room of the Main building a variety of Hot Teas, small bites and treats.
The Grand Floridian Cafe is also available for Breakfast Lunch and dinner and offers really good food. The restaurant is beautiful and elegant with the Victorian decor. It offers a mix of American favorites, seafood and pasta.
Citricos is a upscale Mediterranean Restaurant and American seafood restaurant that is a beautiful modern decor with a sit up bar.
Victoria & Alberts is a classically elegant fine dining restaurant that offers a fine dining experience. You will find fine china, sterling silverware and crystal stemware. The restaurant also offers the Chef’s table with a 10 course meal prepared specially designed and prepared by the chef. The meal is also paired with wine.
Outside on the water by the boat dock you will find Narcoossee’s Restaurant which is a upscale seafood restaurant. You will have great waterfront views for dining at this restaurant. Brunch and Dinner are available.
You will also find at the pool area Beaches Pool Bar and Grill. It offers a large variety of beverages, alcohol beverages, sandwiches etc.
At the Grand Floridian you can rent a Pontoon boat at the marina. You will also find Basketball, Campfires, Arcade, swimming pools, movies under the stars, poolside cabanas for rent which include,( Ceiling fan, furniture, smart tv with cable, mini fridge with soda and water, snacks, towels, suntan lotionsand a cast member that is designated to serve you. )The Cabana’s are for a extra charge. The Main pool will also have children’s activities and games during the day. You will also find a quiet pool with zero entry and plenty of loungers. Please note: Walt Disney World does not allow pool hoping from resort to resort, you must be a guest to use the amenities.
At the Grand Floridian, you can go out by the Marina at night and you will find a great view of the fireworks from the Magic Kingdom. You will have the music also that goes with the fireworks display. If you get a chance to stay at the Grand Floridian do not forget to watch them!