Day 4 was a day at sea and our last full day on the ship. We had reservations at Palo for brunch at 10:30 so we were in no rush to get up in the morning. I slept until about 8 and then went for a walk on deck 4. It was hot and sunny but I still love walking around deck 4. On one of my laps around, I saw all the princesses heading inside for the Princess Gathering. Where else can you see that when out for a walk?
We lounged around and then got ready for our brunch. Palo is an adult only restaurant on board that serves dinner each night and brunch on select days. A reservation is required and there is a $25 per person charge. This was my third time doing the brunch. The dinner is fantastic as well but the buffet is my absolute favorite.
The way the brunch works is you start out with a buffet selection for appetizers. There is a table of breads and pastries, a table of seafood, and a table with cheeses and antipasto. Then there are plated dishes that you can order for entrees. Those your waiter brings to your table. For dessert, again there is a buffet table with various desserts. Everything is included and you can have as much as you like.
This time, it was explained to us that a server would walk around the buffet with us individually. You would tell him what you would like and he would place it on a plate for you. Previously, it was a traditional serve yourself type of buffet. I have to say I wasn’t crazy about the new system. I am not sure the reasoning.. perhaps for hygiene or presentation? I will say that the servers were very pleasant and actually made some recommendations of items to try that I would not have selected on my own. But overall I prefer to serve myself. However, it wouldn’t stop me from going to the brunch again on another cruise.
The food at the brunch is outstanding! I really can’t think of anything that I didn’t like. I really enjoy different breads and cheeses and I love trying new ones there. I had an open faced frittata for my entrée which was great. All of the desserts were quite yummy as well.
After we rolled ourselves out of the buffet, we did some shopping and then went back to the room to change. Because it was a sea day, we found the adult pool and lounge area to be pretty full by the time we got there. So we went down to deck 4 where there are some padded lounge chairs and found a nice quiet spot for some reading and napping.
Later in the afternoon, we went to Disney Tunes Trivia. There were 10 songs played by a pianist that we needed to name and then 2 trivia questions about each song as well. This was a family activity so the songs were pretty easy but a few of the trivia questions were a little tricky. We ended up with 28 points out of 30 but two groups at 29 points so we didn’t win anything.
The show for that evening was “Believe.” Again, we had both seen in on the last cruise but it is a nice show and I enjoyed it. We then had planned to go into the adult area for a cocktail and to listen to some Broadway tunes played by the same pianist from the trivia game. When we arrived, there was just one couple there. We got our drinks and were settling in for some nice music when a loud family group arrived. They had no interest in the music and decided to set up camp at several tables to drink and bring food down from the buffet. Apparently the adult area isn’t ‘adult only’ until after 9 pm. We tried to ignore them but it wasn’t easy and put a damper on our time there.
We headed from there to our last dinner in the main dining room. We again had some fun with Victor. He had been telling us on previous nights that we should try escargot. This was the night it was on the menu. We decided to order one to share, in case we didn’t like it. Victor gave a suggestion on how to eat it and I really enjoyed it. Though maybe anything would be good smothered in butter and garlic. When we got to dessert, he said he wanted to surprise us. He came out with 4 desserts so we could try different ones. We left there stuffed!
There was a premiere of the movie “Strange Magic” that night at midnight. We had considered going but it was only 10 pm by the time we finished dinner. We decided we just wanted to get in comfy clothes and relax so we went back to the room and did just that. The in room televisions have Disney movies “on demand.” We had started watching “Frozen” so we went back to finish watching the rest before calling it a night.
Here are the last set of Navigators from Day 4
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