We ate brunch at PALO (post about this coming soon), but I wanted to try Remy, too. Since we only had 4 days and wanted to experience other dining on the ship, I saw the dessert experience as a great opportunity...we love dessert! So, I booked this for my husband, my mother-in-law, and myself. We were greeted by a friendly staff and all guests were escorted to their assigned tables. Before we were presented with the desserts, Stephane from France, explained some unique characteristics about the restaurant. No details were left out when creating Remy. While you're seated, you might not notice the designs without having them pointed out, but if you look carefully, you might find the famous rat from Ratatouille who adores food and dreams of becoming a chef himself. Can you see him?
He also explained how the six course dessert experience would unfold. The Remy Executive Chef, Benoit from France, would explain the history of the desserts prepared. There was a suggested wine pairing with the desserts that could be added on, too. Then, we would get to try the delicious creations.
Monsieur Benoit started off discussing the Pina Colada. As the desserts were presented each time, the Cast Members in Remy all simultaneously would place the dessert on the table. As everyone at the table tasted, we shared thoughts. Some loved the chocolate treats, some liked the berry ones, and others enjoyed them all. This one was light and fluffy. Fresh coconut slivers and lime zest were placed on top and at the bottom of the glass were pineapple pieces. YUM!
The Framboise, which is French for raspberry, was next on the menu. As you can see, this sweet berry is featured on this delectable treasure. I think it might have been my favorite. Everything you see is edible...even the flower petals. Raspberries and I believe a type of cheese were alternating between two crisp wafers with jam. On top, there were more raspberries and berry syrup. It was accompanied by sorbet.
The third dessert we got to sample was called Pomme, which is French for apple. I know I said that the raspberry one was the one I enjoyed the most, but it might have been a tie. This one was also fantastic! Apples, meringue, and other sweet ingredients were combined to make this. It seriously tastes as good as it looks.
Next we tried Croustillant Agrume Noisette. This translates to crispy citrus hazelnut. While I am a fan of oranges, I'm not a lover of all citrus fruits, and this one had grapefruit, so it wasn't a hit with me. The pastry shell was filled with assorted citrus fruit, so I guess it is most comparable to a fruit tart. I believe there is hazelnut on the bottom which did pair nicely with the fruit and pastry.
Our second to last dessert was called Louis XV. This has a nut based wafer-like bottom topped with a chocolate mousse and is completely covered in chocolate ganache. The gold leaf pieces on top are also edible. It was rich, and I'm confident most chocolate lovers will call it divine.
Our final treat was called Chocolat Menthe which was a light, minty chocolate frozen dessert. Once again, it was finished with edible gold leaf pieces. It was the perfect end to all of the items we tried.
The experience concluded with a parting gift. Macarons were packaged "to go" for all of us. We enjoyed sharing these with the children. Overall, it was something I'm glad we tried and got to do together. The price was around $60 per person, so if the above sounds like something you would be interested in, check it out. It is held on a day at sea and space will be limited.
After talking with several other Fairytale Journeys agents, I heard about an experience that I was excited to try called Mixology (even the name sounded fun)! It's one of the beverage tasting seminars on board. There are several options in addition to the Mixology class: beer, wine, champagne, and bourbon tastings and more. For only $20, I signed up through my Disney Cruise Line account by booking the activity. On board, a ticket was left at my stateroom and on Day 4, I was ready to learn how to create popular cocktails. It was held in the Meridian Lounge between PALO and Remy. Leading the group was Nur from the Phillipines, and we enjoyed every minute learning from him.
I sat at a table with two couples on either side of me, and we had a blast talking, mixing, and drinking together. We were taught throughout about measuring the alcohol, muddling, and shaking up everything properly. He even gave us some helpful hints like how to whip up a good sour mix for margaritas when having a party.
Up first was the Cranberry Cosmopolitan. This drink included vodka, Peach Schnapps, and cranberry juice. Before each drink was made, Nur explained the process. Then, we were provided with glasses and ingredients to mix our own. He and another Cast Member supervised and assisted anyone who needed help. A citrus squeezer was used to put some lime juice into the cocktail shaker. The alcohol and cranberry juice was added to the cup along with ice. The glass was used to help shake it up. The drink was strained into a martini glass.
Next, we made a something and I'm not sure what it was. Lesson learned is if you're seated near the back, it might be hard to hear when instructions are given. This included 3 lime wedges, agave nectar, some ice, and either vodka or rum. I also learned later from others who took a different Mixology class that not all classes are the same, so I couldn't get the recipe from one of them. This drink is the first one where we used the black tool above and had to muddle, or press, the limes together with the agave nectar. He explained that this helps release the flavors of the fruit into the drink. Ice was added and then it was topped with a white alcohol. It kind of reminded me of a margarita, but slightly different.
After that, we learned how to make a Mai Tai. Since I couldn't hear for the last one, I started taking pictures of the bottles. This one used Captain Morgan's Spiced Rum and Disarronno Originale Amaretto. The amaretto and rum were mixed with fruit juice (orange/pineapple combo). A splash of rum was poured on the top.
Our next drink involved more muddling. We made a Raspberry Mojito, and I didn't think I would care for it (I'm not a Mojito fan). This one used three lime wedges, three raspberries, Bacardi Black Raspberry Rum, some raspberry syrup, mint leaves, and soda. The syrup, lime wedges, raspberries, and mint leaves were muddled in the glass. Ice and rum were added. This was topped off with soda. We used a straw to mix this one together for the finished product.
Our class was finished off with a shot called a B-52. In this drink, it's layered. First, Kahlua is added. Very carefully Bailey's is added next. The shot is completed with Grand Marnier by pouring slowly over a spoon so that it sits right on top. Sadly, I did not get to try this one but he made one for me to take a picture of. Right after this class, I had another new activity to try on the Dream...a dessert experience at Remy (stay tuned for more about this).
Overall, the experience was wonderful. Nur did an excellent job explaining everything to everyone participating. Some in the group were a little tipsy at the end, so I would say they made the most of their $20 investment in the class. If you enjoy mixed drinks, I highly suggest you check this out if you can. ENJOY!!!
One of the things you can book on board is a meet and greet session with either princesses or Frozen characters. I chose to book this for both. On the day of the event, my family decided not to go with me, so I looked for little girls nearby who didn't have tickets but seemed to want to meet the princesses and gave them away. I felt like I sprinkled some pixie dust on their vacation. They truly seemed happy.
When it was time to meet the princesses, I met Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Tiana. I can't believe I'm admitting this, but at the time, I had only seen one of their movies! I still need to watch The Princess and the Frog. When it was time to meet Rapunzel, I admitted to her that I hadn't watched her movie yet. Without missing a beat, she replied, "That's okay. I haven't seen your movie yet either! You watch my movie and I'll watch yours. Then, when we meet again, we can talk about them!" It was in that moment that she officially became my favorite princess. She also put together a great video for me to share.
Cinderella and Tiana were both also sweet. They both took pictures and recorded a message for me. I enjoyed getting to meet them!
A short while later, I had tickets for the Frozen Gathering. It took required tickets, and again, my family did not want to join me. Once again, I looked for a child who was interested in meeting the characters but who didn't have a ticket. I gifted some more to another family, and they were excited for the opportunity. When I finally made it to the lounge, it was covered in snow. It definitely looked FROZEN! I thought I would meet both Anna and Elsa, but Anna was not there on that day, but Olaf was! It was fun listening to the music and taken pictures with them. If you get a chance, you should book your tickets in advance. They tend to sell out, so if you were not able to get some, be sure to ask at Guest Services when you're on board the ship.
After spending all day on Castaway Cay, we came back to find pirate bandanas on our bed waiting for us. It was pirate night! Many families dress up. My family did not. My husband and his children also decided to skip out on the pirate dinner that night to go watch Spider-Man: Homecoming (we had decided that we would skip it at the theater to watch it on the ship). My mother-in-law and I ate at Enchanted Garden again that night, but this time, the menu was pirate themed.
At one point, I wasn't sure which entree I wanted to try, so our server brought out both! We were able to try different desserts, too. We definitely left stuffed!
Afterwards, our kids went off to hang out in Vibe and my mother-in-law headed up to the cabin to rest. My husband and I decided to watch the magic show before the fireworks. A little before that started, Jack Sparrow was in D Lounge, so I decided to grab another picture with him. Of course he remembered me! The pirate show and fireworks are done exclusively on Disney Cruise Line. When it's finished, you'll find cast members on deck with a crowd of people having a great time dancing along to popular hits.
As the night wound down, we headed back to our stateroom to find the sweetest towel animal. Check it all out in the video below, and if you're looking to find out more about a Disney cruise, I would love to help your family enjoy a magical time on one of their ships.
Disney's private island, Castaway Cay (pronounced KEY), wins awards for good reason! When you sail with Disney Cruise Line and your itinerary brings you to one or more Caribbean islands, Castaway Cay is a port stop on many itineraries. You'll love every minute of your stay here.
Having heard that it's possible to get off the ship prior to other passengers if participating in the Castaway Cay 5K, I knew that was what I wanted to try. I've completed several Disney half marathon events, so I figured this would be fun to try. On board, I registered with Guest Services. This is not something you can do before boarding the ship, but make sure you sign up when you set sail. There is no charge for this event.
Tickets for this will be printed and left at your stateroom for you to bring to the meeting destination (check your ticket). We met on Deck 4/AFT in Evolution at 8:00 a.m. Children under 10 are not able to participate, but parents may bring younger children to Scuttles Cove where they will be supervised by Cast Members who they may already be familiar with from the kids clubs.
Make sure to bring your Key to the World Card (I forgot mine and had to go back for it) and your passport. For whatever reason, I didn't think they would need it since it was their private island. I was wrong...don't be like me! =)
When everyone checks in and receive their bib and safety pins, they will provide you with some information about the course. Let me share, it is hot out there. Drink water before, during, and after the event. Even if you walk the entire thing, stay hydrated! There are areas where there is little to no shade. Since everyone was not on time from our group, or maybe because so many registered, they actually announced that guests on board could disembark onto the island. So much for my plan!
I met the sweet Ku family there and we stuck together from start to finish! I was grateful for their company and more thankful that we are still friends today. Once off the ship, we all walked to the starting point. The view of the island was beautiful along the way.
Once you are at the start line, be sure to drink the water they have there. Grab a cup or two. There will be a cooler on the course, but there may not be cups left, so make sure to grab some here.
When you start off, there will be a cluster of people. If you want to walk, stay towards the back of the pack. If you'd like to compete and try to get one of the top times, make your way towards the front.
There will be signs along the way showing you where to go. Follow the group, and you'll be pointed in the right direction. Be careful as you go because some passengers who are off of the ship may have rented bicycles and they may be traveling on the path too. It's definitely a neat way to see parts of the island that you might not otherwise explore.
At the end, you receive your medal! It's not metal but more of a rubberized material, but it's still a fun souvenir. How many people do you know who have run a 5K race on an island? There will be photographers near the finish line to take photos, too. The ONLY place to get Castaway Cay souvenirs is on the island, so be sure to get a t-shirt, towel, vinyl sticker for your car, etc. if you'd like something while there.
You may use your Key to the World Card to charge back to your room. The only thing you can NOT charge is if you'd like to mail a postcard from the post office on the island. They only take cash for the stamp. That said, the post office was closed on the day we went, so I was told to bring my post card to Guest Services on board, and they made sure to mail it (it's postmarked from Castaway Cay, too - it was brought to the post office on a day when they were there and it was open).
I enjoyed checking out the rest of the island. For my first visit, I did not book any excursions because I wanted to take photos. My family enjoyed some things though. My mother-in-law relaxed under a palm tree and we made sure there was plenty of cold water in a cooler. My bonus daughter went on the Wild Side Teen Adventure, and she said she enjoyed herself. My husband and bonus son decided to try parasailing. I took some photos with characters on the island (Mickey, Pluto, and Captain Jack Sparrow). We all enjoyed BBQ food for lunch at Cookies Too before heading back onto the ship.
I hung around when they went back on board to see if I could grab a few more shots. Lucky for me, I ran into two sweet ladies, Betty and Brenda, who invited me to come check out their cabana. Curious to know what it was like, I went with them, and I was grateful they allowed me to take some photos to share. We didn't get a chance to book a cabana since they go quickly when reservations can be made (based on your Castaway Club level or concierge staterooms). After spending some time with them, I would LOVE to get one in the future! I'll also need to check out the BBQ at Serenity Bay (18+ only) next time I'm there.
Overall, there is so much to love about Castaway Cay. I'm confident that you will also fall in love with this private island. There are so many things to see and do with your family or on your own. It has something for everyone!
Disney has been a part of Cheryl's life since 1975. She is married, and she has a son and two bonus children. They live in Northwest Arkansas with their two dogs.