Day 16 – Sea Day 2 Sunday, July 15, 2018 While, I would have liked to sleep in, I was up early to go to our scheduled Character Breakfast at 8:00 AM. Since this was a 7 night or longer cruise in Europe, we got the VIP Character breakfast. It was held in Animator’s Palate. I had the buttermilk pancakes. I was a little disappointed based on my past experiences at the Character Breakfasts. First, our servers didn’t even bother with trying to make us napkin hats. That was the most fun thing at the breakfasts. Next, we only had 3 characters, Mickey, Minnie and Goofy. There really wasn’t anything special about it. However, our server has been with DCL for 20 years, one of the original servers. James came over and made sure that he took care of us. I am so sorry I can’t remember his name. Anyway, DH must have been wearing his ASU shirt, because he came up to us and gave us the “Fork’s Up” hand signal. He was familiar enough with ASU to know it. We ran into him later and exchanged hand signals! After breakfast, we went over to the Promenade Lounge for some Disney Trivia. There were some hard multiple choice questions. We didn’t do great, but we didn’t do too badly either. After Trivia I went back up to the room and started to pack. After all, tomorrow was another port day so we wouldn’t have a lot of time then. Then DH and checked out where we’ve been and where we are going. I’ve always like this feature. As we were finally Gold Castaway Club members, we were invited to The Gold & Platinum Castaway Club Member Reception/Performance. We met at the Walt Disney Theater where we were given our free drink. Commander Tom came out and talked a bit about the new ships and asked the audience where they would like them to go. Several people shouted “”Asia.” He kind of shrugged and noncommittally said “We’ll see.” Commander Tom also told us that 1700 of the passengers were Castaway Club Members with 500 of them being gold. I didn’t catch the number of platinum. We were then treated to a performance of a scene from “Dreams: An Enchanted Classic” (One of my favorite shows). Of course, it was “Let it Go.” After the scene, the Show Director on board came up to introduce us to some of the behind the scenes cast members who made all the entertainment on the ship run smoothly. We then got to watch what happens behind the scenes while another scene is being performed to get ready for the next scene. Got that! It was kind of funny how they kept on saying, that this is live entertainment and if something goes wrong, and it sometimes does, this is what we do, etc. etc. It was very informative and entertaining. On our way out, we grabbed our free Rice Crispy Mickey Heads. Afterward a little shopping we wandered around the ship and looked at our photos on the kiosks. They no longer print all your photos and put them in folders. We debated about individual photos, a photobook or a photo package. In the end, we went with the book since we could put 35 photos in it. The only downside is that you don’t get any of the frames for the book. We then ordered some 8X10’s separately. Then we walked around for a while. I was kind of craving a hamburger so I went to Duck-In Diner on Deck 10. There was a long line and nobody at the counter. Finally, one of the roaming managers came in, put on the funny little hat and some gloves, all while trying to find the somebody who was supposed to be there. Needless to say, it took a while to get my hamburger. When I did get it, it was only warm and the half the bun was rock hard. I guess I can expect that in the parks, but not on the ship. I wasn’t happy. I went to Cabanas to supplement my burger and eat what I could. They were offering Mickey Mouse Ice Cream bars for dessert, so I had one. When I opened it, the stick pulled out. I guess they are not hard frozen like at the parks. But, my day was looking up. At 1:15 PM, DD and I went to the Q & A session with Susan Egan. They were handing out numbers so you could meet her afterwards. Pau sat down and started asking Susan some questions. Afterwards, we met Susan again and DD got her autograph. After the Q&A, DD and I went up to get some ice cream. It was only my second time since being on the ship. At 2:30, DNJ had us all over to his room for our traditional last sea day Wine & Cheese Party. Our neighbors had a handicap room on the aft of the ship with a fairly good size verandah. It was a beautiful day and it felt nice being on the back of the ship. That is until the huge water pump started running next door and we were forced inside because of the obnoxiously loud noise. Eventually, it was time for dinner. Dinner tonight was in Rapunzel’s. It would be the conclusion of the show started our first night there. Tonight, Flynn would make an appearance, which DD was very excited for. To be continued. . .