Apologies for the delay, I've had a very busy few days!
Friday was our last full day on board, and a sea day. Sea days are brilliant. You have all day to enjoy the ship, and so many activities to choose from!! You have to forget about fitting everything in, it's impossible.
We took it easy that morning, and slept a bit later than usual. We then decided to go to Lumiere's for breakfast (so a-la-carte instead of a buffet). We were on our way passing the Atrium and saw that the Princess Gathering was taking place (that's a ticketed event, we'd already had ours at the start of the cruise), but there was no one waiting; Belle and Cinderella were still busy with a couple of families, but Rapunzel was all alone. I went to ask the CM checking the tickets if it was OK if Alicia said hello to Rapunzel, since no one was waiting, and she let hadn't finished saying yes that Rapunzel was already coming towards Alicia, and giving her a big hug
Have I mentioned how much I love DCL??
After our delicious breakfast we went back to the room, and found a present from Anna waiting on our bed; it was the reward for the scavenger hunt
I have to confess, I don't usually like rice cakes, but these had lots of chocolate, and were delicious!!
Alicia wanted to go and play in the the kids club, and after dropping her off we had a quick look outside... It was an absolutely gorgeous day!
Before going back to the room though, we decided to stop by the future bookings desk... There was no one waiting, and we finally got our next cruise booked: 7 nights in the Mediterranean, August 2017
Cruise companies usually offer you good deals if you book another cruise onboard. With Disney, you get a 10% discount on the current cruise prices, you only need to put down a 10% deposit (instead of 20%), and you get 200 USD onboard credit for your next cruise (for 7 nights or longer cruises). Which overall it's a pretty good deal. And as we saw later on the day, judging by the long queue of people waiting, a very popular one!
We also went to guest services to adjust some of the tips. For those interested, DCL calculate (per cabin) how much to tip your 2 waiters, the head waiter and the stateroom hostess. They give you envelops with the amounts that you can then give personally to each person. And you can also change the amounts. We had really had an amazing service from both our waiters, so we wanted to give them a bit more. You can give them cash, or you can go to Guest Services and they will adjust the amount (charged at the end to your room).
And we went to Shutters (the photography shop) to look at all our pictures they'd taken throughout the cruise - and there were loads of them!! You can see them on a computer screen, but they also have printed copies of most of them - you need to look for your folder (they keep one folder per room!) and there you have lots and lots of beautiful photos!! And I have to say, the pictures are incredibly expensive. I think it was about 20 USD per photo (printed), and no discounts for buying multiple photos. I think you can buy packages for a number of pictures (or even for all the pictures) in advance and it's cheaper, but in any case it really adds up. At the end we decided to do a photo book with a few of our pictures (160 USD plus postage), and got a couple of pictures to frame at home. Next time I'll try to purchase a package in advance....
Back in the room and after getting most of the packing done, I could start to relax a bit more. I don't know about you guys but I really hate packing!! As I said there were lots of things to do onboard: games for whole family, films in the cinema, character meetings, drink tastings (for the adults only). We had decided to keep it relaxed, and to go to the character dance party, something that Alicia would really enjoy. We went to pick her up from the club (she took some convincing to leave, she was having too much of a good time!) and went to the Atrium to wait for the party to start.
As you can see, it wasn't particularly crowded...
(my husband went up to deck 4 to take pictures)
After a short introduction and some dance moves, the stars of the show joined the party
Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Donald, Goofy, Chip and Dale, they were all there!! (no Daisy though)
They took turns dancing one by one (or two by two for Chip and Dale) dancing on the stage, while the rest joined the crowd to dance with the children.
Alicia had a great time dancing with Minnie, Mickey (she even had Mickey all to herself for a bit), and finally Donald
Finally everyone got back on the stage, for a final goodbye.
It was a fun little party!! And great way of interacting with the characters
We had lunch in Cabana's, could even sit outside on the deck, it was really lovely. We finally met with my parents (they'd seen Cinderella in the cinema) and had lunch together.
After lunch it was time for a little nap (well, my husband and Alicia went for a nap, I went to do lots of shopping
Once everyone was awake, we decided to take Alicia to the children pool. It was a really lovely day, and all the pools were all quite busy!
I left them there and went to O'Gills, for a presentation about Disney's innovations in theme park. The Irish pub was quite full, but I managed to find a place by the bar. The presentation was very interesting, they presented the top 10 innovations introduced (or improved) by Disney to the theme parks. Some I knew about (animatronics), some I had never thought of before (like having a single entrance to the park).
After it finished I met with my family in the room; we finished packing the bags, and got ready for the evening.
Tonight's show was Dreams: An Enchanted Classic. And it was the best show of all, by far (and all the others had been really good!!). The story was good, the sets and effects were excellent, lots of Disney songs... They'd changed it recently to include Frozen (of course). When Elsa comes on and sings Let it Go... She turns half the theatre into an ice palace! It was really an amazing show (it's won a few awards, apparently). My mom and I were seriously considering skipping dinner and going to see it a second time!! I can't wait to see it again next year
After the show and before dinner we had some time to meet more characters...
My dad and my husband
And time for dinner! Our last dinner onboard was on Animator's Palate, and tonight we were all to become animators!
My chocolate dessert...
On our table we all had a place mat in which to draw a character; then they took all our works of art away... While we were eating our dessert, all our drawings came to life in the screens around us! First it was just our drawings, all walking and dancing. And later our drawings were added to Disney films, so our characters were dancing together with Pinocchio, Mickey.... It was pretty cool
Our final activity for the evening was 'Til we meet again', back on the Atrium. Basically it's a last chance to meet plenty of characters, and to meet the cast of the shows.
For Alicia, it was a chance to show her new Simba to all her 'friends'....
She also met Chip and Dale and Pluto (but not sure what's happened to those pictures, they must be in my husband's camera)
At the end all the characters and cast members got back to the stage (and staircase) to say goodbye to us all
... Until we meet again
A bit sad if I'm totally honest!!
It was almost 11pm so my husband went ahead with our daughter to the room, and I stayed to take some final pictures outside in deck 4. I really didn't want this day to end!!
After a pretty relaxed but magical day we all slept quite well... The next morning we woke up in Copenhagen. They have a great system in DCL where they collect your bags (you have to leave them outside your cabins by 10pm on your last night), so all you need to worry about on your last few hours on board is a carry-on bag. As you can imagine they have a few hours to get everyone off the ship and prepare for the next set of guests, but they're really well organised and you don't really feel like you're being kicked out... We had to be out of the rooms by 8am, and we had breakfast at 8:15 back in Animator's Palate (the restaurant of our last dinner rotation). And this was a proper breakfast, with a menu to choose from, very relaxed, very enjoyable!
Our waiters Vildon and Joao were there, and we had a delicious breakfast. And then it was time to say goodbye to the family that had shared the table with us every evening, and to our waiters. After a week we were really sad to have to say goodbye to them (I hope to see them again next year!), they had really made us feel at home.
Some final photos before leaving...
And then it was time to leave the ship
Back in the port we found our bags, and joined the quite long queue of people getting out and waiting for taxis. Because we wanted a big taxi for all of us (the hotel we were staying in was quite far from the port and so the journey wasn't cheap) we ended up waiting for quite some time (and the queue of people behind us was still quite long!!)
Driving through Copenhagen, we felt like it had been a lifetime ago since we'd been there last. We were all (particularly my mom, my daughter and me) quite sad about the cruise being over. We spent so long waiting for it, and then it was really over in a flash. But it was a really unique, wonderful holiday, and one that we all enjoyed very very much.
That day we went for a walk around the center of Copenhagen, it was again a beautiful sunny day. We did one of the boat tours, had lunch in a terrace, went to the Disney Store (where I saw quite a few people from our ship!!). On Sunday before flying back home we went to visit the Aquarium (Blue Planet), very enjoyable too (our daughter loved it). And then it was time to fly back home, and start planning our next cruise....
And a big thank you to you all for coming along