I had cereal and water.
This seemed to unleash my appetite and by the time we arrived back at our hotel I was starving. So was Robert, so we ordered a pizza from Pizza Hut in the hotel lobby. It was really good, I had the pepperoni half.
Lots of this was sweeties for Robert's workmates but some of it was mine too, yum yum!
Robert went to Chicken Wow (he tells me that's what it was called, I'm not 100% sure). He got chicken with mash fries and gravy. The chicken was good he said, and he got more than he paid for, but the fries weren't great.
The next day was my birthday - yipee!!! My traditional birthday breakfast is always French toast and bacon, so I decided we should head to IHOP that morning to have my usual.
I ended up with way more than just French toast and bacon though, and everything was great. I think was maybe the split decision breakfast, and I subbed the pancakes for French toast.
We started out with the charcuterie board. This was reallllllly good, everything was delicious. I didn't want to fill up too much on the bread but it was all so delicious we couldn't help ourselves!
The following morning was cruise day! We didn't bother with breakfast, but I think I might have had another lunchables for while we were driving to Port Canaveral.
Once on board we headed up for the sail away party and I had a wee cocktail - not sure what exactly it was, it was some kind of ocean themed thing. Robert went for beers, just for a change.
The following evening was our first proper sit down meal of the cruise. First up they brought us a bread basket with a variety of rolls. As usual I didn't want to fill up too much but I couldn't resist one.
For appetiser, Robert went for spicy alligator fritters. Unfortunately when it arrived the fritters were a bit like bhajis and were full of onion which Robert HATES. They also came with a bowl of crispy onions so it was left untouched.
After dinner we relaxed on the deck with a wee drink. Mango daiquiri and johnny walker red label.
Food the following day was more buffet selections until our evening meal.
At dinner, I started with a bahama mama. This was ok but a wee bit too coconutty for me!
Later in the day we were relaxing on the balcony before heading to Yachstman for dinner so I popped down to get a cocktail at the pool bar. I got a mango margarita which had yummy passion fruit foam on top.
As usual I had a cocktail, opting for another blue glowtini. Yet again I forgot to take a pic before drinking some!
It was served with roasted garlic and salted butter. I've never had roasted garlic served like this before but it was unbelievable. It was so well cooked that it spread on the bread like butter. Paired with the onion bread, it was heaven.
We skipped an appetiser in favour of a side dish to go with our mains - the famed mac and cheese with truffle oil. At this point my disney food stalking paid off because I knew the mac n cheese came with onion strings on top so I asked for those to come on the side for Robert's sake. Can't believe it but I don't actually have a photo of this! It was really delicious though and went well with the steaks. Again I was worried that the truffle may have been too strong but it wasn't too overpowering as the cheeses were strongly flavoured too.
Onto the mains - I chose the filet mignon, medium rare, which should have been served with mash and a Cabernet sauce. I asked however to switch it for the sides that came with the strip steak, which was a white cheddar twice baked potato (yum) and a brandy peppercorn sauce (double yum). This steak was amazing, I was genuinely sad when it was finished despite being stuffed. It was perfectly cooked, so tender it would melt in your mouth and deliciously seasoned.
Overall the meal was just amazing. Very expensive but worth it for a special occasion in my opinion. The service was great and everything we had was delicious.
Last day now! :(
We checked out and decided to chill at the Animal kingdom lodge pool before heading to the airport. We popped into the Mara for a bite to eat and I opted for the BBQ chicken flatbread. This was really good and had loads of coriander (cilantro) on it, which I love. It seems to be a bit of a love/hate herb though so if you are a hater I'd advise to ask for it without!
While waiting I started to get a bit hungry again so we got an appetiser sampler to share. We got mini burgers, buffalo wings and chicken tenders which I think were honey BBQ or similar. It was all really nice and very reasonable for airport prices.
However, a few days after getting home I got to enjoy this wee treat that I had picked up in the Mara. I wish I'd known how good these were and I would have brought more home!
My last little taste of Disney magic -
I'll be starting my trip report soon although I think that will be far more time consuming so I wouldn't hold your breath!