Trip Report: First of our Sea Days


Lifestyle, Tips & Tutorials, Travel, Trip Reports, Vacations / Friday, July 12th, 2019

The first of our four sea days in a row. It was a warm day, 20 Celsius (68F), but a bit rocky in the morning. As the cruise went on the ocean became smoother. Sea days are one of the reasons we love transatlantic cruises. There are usually 5 or 6 of them. We get to enjoy the ship and, as you can see from the personal navigator for this day, the days were full of things to do.

Daily Navigator September 12, 2018 Disney Magic Transatlantic Cruise Sea day
Daily Navigator September 12, 2018
Daily Navigator September 12, 2018 Disney Magic Transatlantic Cruise sea days
Page 2 Daily Navigator September 12, 2018

First on our agenda was the Gold & Platinum reception. This was our first cruise sailing as a Gold Castaway Member and we were excited to go to the reception. Disney changed the reception over a year ago to only happen on cruises longer than 7 nights.

There were so many Gold and Platinum members on the ship that the reception was held in the Walt Disney Theatre. On the way in, cast members were handing out drinks, Champagne, Mimosa’s and Kir Royals. It was very nice. The reception included remarks from our cruise director, and we got a bit of a show from the entertainment staff. On the way out, cast members were handing out Rice Krispy Mickey heads. I picked up 3 one for each of us—even though Georgia opted to skip the reception.

Lunch

We headed back to the room to find Georgia and head to lunch. She had already made plans to meet up with some friends for lunch so Jay and I were on our own. We headed to Lumiere’s. When you go to breakfast or lunch at Lumieres you may be seated with other people. You can ask for your own table, but you may have a bit of a wait. We were seated with three other people. It was a large table with a large gap between the other guests. It was almost like sitting at our own table, anyhow.

Lumiere's Lunch Menu Disney Magic Transatlantic Cruise sea days
Lumiere’s Lunch Menu
Churrasco Steak Disney Magic Lunch Transatlantic Cruise
Churrasco Steak

Jay and I both had the Churrasco Steak. I thought it was only okay—not something I would order again. My dessert, however, was excellent. I had the Chocolate Vanilla Raspberry Cheese Tart. It was one of the best desserts I had on the cruise. Jay had the Citrus Almond Cake, it was not as good as mine.

Chocolate Vanilla Raspberry Cheese Tart Disney Magic Lunch Transatlantic Cruise sea days
Chocolate Vanilla Raspberry Cheese Tart
Citrus Almond Cake Disney Magic Lunch Transatlantic Cruise
Citrus Almond Cake

Afternoon

After lunch, we spent some time relaxing on deck four. It is one of my favourite places on the ship. It has comfortable loungers and is a bit quieter than the pool deck. That is nice thing about so many sea days you have time to relax. While we were sitting there we saw dolphins jumping out of the water in the distance. On this cruise, we saw a bunch of dolphins and whales. It was my first time seeing any sea life on a cruise.

The Show

Since it was the first of our sea days it was also formal night. We had decided that because we were doing an extended stay before the cruise we didn’t have room for formal wear. The dress for the dining room is a suggestion and while there were people dressed up we were not alone in our more casual attire. Before dinner, we headed to the show Twice Charmed. I can’t remember if we had seen it before, but I did enjoy it. From there we headed to Music trivia in O’Gills pub. Trivia was busy every night. Again we were close but went away empty-handed.

Dinner

We were in Animator’s Palate again tonight. I think that helped with not feeling bad about not dressing up for dinner. The menu was the Animation Menu, I am not sure if that is the official name of the menu.

Black Truffle Pasta Purseittes Animators Palate Disney Magic Transatlantic Cruise
Black Truffle Pasta Purseittes
Sliced Serrano Ham Animators Palate Disney Magic Transatlantic Cruise
Sliced Serrano Ham

Jay and I had the Black Truffle Pasta Purseittes for an appetizer. It is a favourite of mine and did not disappoint. Georgia had the Sliced Serrano Ham and she enjoyed it.

Grilled Tuna Steak Animators Palate Disney Magic Transatlantic Cruise
Grilled Tuna Steak
Ginger-Teriyaki dusted Angus Beef Tenderloin Animators Palate Disney Magic Transatlantic Cruise
Ginger-Teriyaki dusted Angus Beef Tenderloin
Pennete Bolognese Animators Palate Disney Magic Transatlantic Cruise
Pennete Bolognese

For our main course, I had the Grilled Tuna it was excellent. Maybe I have said this already, but I find the fish choices to be very good on the ship. Jay had the tenderloin, I think that the beef was better than it had been on previous cruises. I don’t know if that was because the beef was from Europe instead of North America. Georgia stuck with her Italian-themed meal and had the Pennete Bolognese.

Chocolate Fudge Cheesecake Animators Palate Disney Magic Transatlantic Cruise sea days
Chocolate Fudge Cheesecake

We all went for the Chocolate Fudge Cheesecake for dessert. It was good but not as good as the one I had at lunch.

Sorcerer Mickey at Animator's Palate Disney Magic Westbound Transatlantic Cruise
Sorcerer Mickey at Animator’s Palate

On previous cruises, Georgia wouldn’t go to the clubs, and we would spend most nights together at the family entertainment; we have heard Let It Go sung at Karaoke way too many times. This cruise was such a different experience for us.

After dinner, Jay and I stopped in at the Promenade Lounge for Disney Tunes Trivia, we are not good at it, but it was fun. After the trivia, we decided to head back to the room and watch a movie on demand. It was a really nice start to our sea days.

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