Lebeau Family Trip Report 2015: Disney Dream Cruise Part 2
We were nearing the half-way point of both our Disney cruise and our overall vacation. By this point, we were all aware that while there was still a lot of fun to be had, it would all be ending before long. For all intents and purposes, we had two days left on the Disney Dream and we wanted to make the most of them.
Just as I have in the previous installments, I am going to include a table of contents for those who are only interested in specific topics:
We had a busy day planned, so we got up bright and early. I went upstairs and got my coffee from the concierge lounge while the kids were still asleep. When I got back, I looked out on the verandah and I saw we were approaching the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island. We were docking at Nassau today and we had an appointment to do a dolphin encounter.
But first, we had two princess meet and greets scheduled. These were ticketed events and supplies were limited so we knew the lines would not be long. The girls had shrugged off meeting characters up to this point at both Universal and on the ship. But they were still excited about meeting the princesses. From a young age, Kara has held the belief that the only characters who are “real” are the ones who can talk. So the princesses were “real” and Mickey Mouse was not as far as she was concerned.
We didn’t have any firm lunch plans. We weren’t sure whether or not we would be back from our excursion in time for lunch. Regardless of where we ate, we knew it was going to have to be a late lunch. Our excursion didn’t start until 11:00 am. So the plan was for everyone to enjoy a good, hearty breakfast at Cabanas so as to not be hungry again until late in the afternoon.
As I mentioned previously, Cabanas has a Finding Nemo theme. The “mine” birds from the movie are perched at various locations looking down as if waiting for a scrap of food they can claim for their own.
But not everything in the buffet is all about Nemo. On one wall there are several clocks keeping “international time”. For Disney, that means they show what time it is at each of the Disney theme parks around the world. While we were sunning it up in the Bahamas, Daffy Stardust was on Disneyland time.
Nearby there is sand art depicting the castles (sand castles, get it?) of Disney’s parks. These are the two you are probably most familiar with; Cinderella Castle in Walt Disney World and the original Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland.
There’s a wide variety of options at Cabanas. I didn’t have anything that blew my socks off. But it was good enough and plenty filling. Josie loaded up on pancakes and of course we had to get a Mickey waffle. If you put a tray of Mickey waffles in front of me, I’m going to take one. That’s just not even a question.
They had all of the things you would expect to find at a breakfast buffet; scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage. I find it’s usually best not to go for scrambled eggs in a buffet line. They’re just never very good. Instead, I got a serving of eggs benedict which wasn’t fantastic, but it scratched an itch I had been having for a while.
There were also less traditional (at least from the perspective of a US tourist) options like trays of smoked meats, cheeses and vegetables. Vegetables for breakfast?! Positively un-American.
Most importantly, Cabanas had a Minute Maid juice machine. What’s so important about that, you ask. The option to the far left is POG juice. POG juice is a sweet fruit juice blend that is very popular at O’Hana in the Polynesian Resort. We haven’t eaten breakfast at the Polynesian in quite a long while, so I was very excited to taste POG juice again. The drink consists of passion fruit, orange and guava. I wondered if it would be as good as I remembered. Turns out, it totally was! Josie tried some too and she became an instant fan.