Disney Alaskan Cruise – Day 3 (Icy Strait Point)

In case you missed it…..

Day 1 – Boarding Day

Day 2 – Day at Sea

Day 3 Stops in Icy Strait Point in Hoonah Alaska!  This morning we woke up around 7:30am to get ready for our 8:45am Disney Character Breakfast.  This breakfast is only offered on 7-night or more Disney cruises.  There is no extra charge for this breakfast, but you must reserve tickets online ahead of time.  Tickets usually sell out pretty quickly, so first time cruisers don’t always get to secure tickets ahead of time.  Since I had booked late (past my 90 day check in), there were no tickets available.  I kept checking every few days and the last day to reserve any activities (3 days before sailing), I was able to get tickets!  It looked like they had added quite a few tickets that last day.  There are usually extra tickets available at Guest Services the first day of the cruise as well if you are unable to get them online.  

The breakfast was in Animator’s Palate which is perfect for a character meal.  Our server made us all some fun napkin headwear:  

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Minnie bow for me!

 

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Goofy ears?
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Peter Pan maybe?

The characters started coming pretty quickly.  First we had Pluto:

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Then Minnie:

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Eddie thought he’d ask for Minnie’s hand, lol:

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Goofy:

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Mickey was last:

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Selfie with Mickey!

I didn’t take any pictures of the food!  First they bring around a platter of pastries to choose from.  I got the chocolate croissant which was good.  Then you can choose as many items off the menu as you’d like:

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Our breakfast started at 8:45 and we were completely done by 9:15am.  We went to get our jackets on and headed outside to view the scenery.  

There was hardly anyone up on Deck 9 that morning.  It was a little chilly outside, so we grabbed some hot chocolate at the drink station and then walked over to speak to one of the crew members who was looking out at the water.  He had a good eye and pointed out some wildlife, including a whale:

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See the water spray from the whale?

 

We watched as the ship pulled into port:

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The natives were there to greet us when we disembarked (the population in Icy Strait Point is only about 750 people!):

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All ashore was at 12:00pm and our whale watching excursion with Hoonah Travel Adventures was scheduled from 12:15pm to 3:15pm.  I booked this excursion outside of Disney knowing that we had plenty of time to return to the ship (all aboard was not until 7:15pm).  It was less expensive booking outside of Disney, and I knew that sometimes the whale watching excursions booked through Disney are on larger boats that hold 50 or more people.  We wanted a more intimate experience and our excursion was perfect with about 20 people total.  My husband has written a separate blog post on our excursion that you can read here:  Hoonah Travel Adventures Whale Watching Excursion

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See the whale behind us?

After our excursion we took a shuttle back to the main port and walked around a few minutes in the gift shop area.  We had to get back in time for our 4:00pm Martini Tasting, so we didn’t have a lot of time to look around.  Some pics we took on the walk back:

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Back on the ship, we headed to the martini tasting was in the Cadillac Lounge while Hunter went back to the room to watch some TV:

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We sampled 5 different martinis.  We were informed that we were “fake martini lovers” because we are not fans of the classic martini’s made with gin.  Instead we like the fake martini’s, aka fruity cocktails, lol.   Our first two were more of the “classic” martini with vodka and gin and the next two were fruity with vodka and our last was a dessert martini.  We loved the last 3, but didn’t like the first 2.  

Notice #3 is completely gone while #1 and #2 are still full, lol!

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After the tasting we went back to the room to get Hunter to go to the Know it All Trivia with Rod in the Crown & Fin Pub.

Upon return to our room, we saw our stateroom host had left the Frozen snowflake light up necklaces (tonight was the Freezing the Night Away Party).  We stopped to get some pictures before dinner (I am wearing my necklace):

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Our dinner was in Tiana’s restaurant:

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Tiana and the Crawfish Crooners

The menu tonight wasn’t the traditional Mardi Gras menu (we’d have that later in the week), but the Prince & Princess Dinner menu

For the appetizer, we all got the Louisiana Hot Crab Dip:

Verdict: Good

Hunter got the Lime Marinated Jumbo Shrimp:

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Verdict: Good

 

I got the New York Sirloin Steak:

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Verdict: Good

Eddie got the Oven Roasted Turkey Breast:

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Verdict: Sweet Potatoes were great, everything else just okay

For dessert, I got Prince Naveen’s Flourless Chocolate Cake:

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Verdict: Very good

Eddie got the Banoffee Cream Pie:

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Verdict: Very good

We finished up dinner and got our seats for the Frozen Musical in the Walt Disney Theater:

I’ve seen the show before and really enjoyed it, but again this cruise, I was struggling to keep my eyes open.  The guys liked the show, but both agreed it wasn’t their favorite (men!).  

Heath Hyche was doing an adult show in Azure tonight that Hunter really wanted to go see.  I was really tired tonight so I decided to head to bed, but Eddie and Hunter went to see the show.  They both enjoyed it.  

Up next:  Day 4 – Skagway, Alaska.  Beautiful scenery….and a bear!

Go to my Trip Reports page to read about all of our other adventures!

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