Disney Cruise to Alaska – Day 2 at Sea

If you missed Day 1 of my Trip Report, you can read it here.  

Today is all about Day 2 at sea!  This morning we woke up pretty early since our bodies were still adjusting to the time change.  We were up around 6:00am and decided to go to the gym to run first of three Incredibles Virtual 5k Runs!  We had signed up for the Disney Virtual Shorts Series, so we thought of no better place to get started this summer!  The gym on the Disney Wonder is really nice, with lots of treadmills facing the water for some spectacular views (especially when in Alaska!).  The treadmills all have tv’s, with the same channels that you get in your room.  There were lots of movies to choose from, including Pitch Perfect 3 (I caught the end of that) and Iron Man 2. Eddie also watched Iron Man 2 because we’re in sync like that. For tall runners (6’1 or taller), the treadmills pictured below do not provide a lot of head clearance, but there are a couple of treadmills a row back with plenty of head room. 

Disney Cruise to Alaska

 

Disney Cruise to Alaska

After our run we went back to get Hunter, hoping he was awake, to go grab some breakfast at Cabana’s.  (I didn’t take any pictures at all in Cabana’s this week!)   Eddie and I didn’t eat a big breakfast this morning, as we were wanting to save room for our delicious brunch at Palo! 

After breakfast we went back to the room to take a shower and get ready for the day.  I finished up before the guys and decided to go to the Mickey Mouse Animation Class in the Promenade Lounge.  I got there at the end of the Disney Trivia game they were playing so I grabbed a table and waited until 9:30.  Eddie surprised me and showed up to take the class with me (he’s sweet like that…sometimes).  We’ve done the drawing classes past cruises and had a lot of fun.  This time though, we were at a table further back and the instructor was using a very light pencil, so it was hard for us to see what she was doing on the screen.  We both gave up, our pictures were terrible, lol. 

Next, we wanted to go to the 10:00am naturalist presentation “Into Alaska’s Wilderness – Southeast Alaska” by Doug Jones.  Doug lives in Alaska and he’s given presentations on the Disney Alaskan cruises for several years.  He spoke about all of the different ports we would be visiting and what we should expect to see.  We thought it was a great presentation and loved his personal stories and pictures. 

Disney Cruise to Alaska

After the presentation we went to the gift shop to check out what Alaskan souvenirs were available.  We are big pin collectors so that was the first thing on our list.  We got 2 cute pins, one with Mickey and one with Minnie:

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We also got the Alaskan Christmas ornament (this is something I get every trip we go on).  Our main Christmas tree is quickly becoming a “travel tree.”  I have a separate Disney tree in my dining room.  You’ll see some additional ornaments I got at the Alaska ports later in the trip report. 

Disney Cruise to Alaska

We also got the 2018 Disney Alaska blanket:

Disney Cruise to Alaska

 

After we finished browsing around the gift shop, it was time to change for our Palo brunch so we headed back to the room to get ready.  We arrived at Palo at 12:00 noon and were seated quickly at a table by the window.   Our server took us up to the buffet to show us everything available:

Disney Cruise to Alaska

 

Disney Cruise to Alaska

Disney Cruise to Alaska

Disney Cruise to Alaska

Disney Cruise to Alaska

Disney Cruise to Alaska

Disney Cruise to Alaska

Disney Cruise to Alaska

Disney Cruise to Alaska

 

When we got back to the table our server took our drink orders (you get a complimentary champagne or mimosa with your brunch).  Eddie got a mimosa and I got Prosecco.  We were given the a la carte menu to decide what we wanted next:

palo a la carte menu

 

I always get the Parmesan Crusted Chicken at Palo….it’s so good I just can’t bring myself to get something else!

chicken parm palo

Eddie got the Roasted Red Snapper Filet and really liked it (I forgot to take a pic!).  Our server also brought us a Calzone to try (no pic).  

After that, we went to the dessert buffet:

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Our server asked us if we wanted the Chocolate Lava Cake that they normally only serve at night in Palo and we said “Yes, please!” 

Disney Cruise to Alaska

 

While we were in Palo, the Captain made an announcement that we were getting ready to go through an area with some beautiful scenery so we might want to position ourselves to get a good view.  Lucky for us, we were right by the window so not only did we enjoy a fabulous meal, we also were surrounded by beauty outside! 

Disney Cruise to Alaska

As you can imagine, after all that food we were stuffed!!  It was about 1:30pm and we were going to walk outside for some pictures, but it started drizzling and was fairly cool.  We didn’t have our jackets on and were dressed in our nicer clothes, so we changed our minds.  We went back to the room to take a nap, hoping it would help us adjust to the time change and be able to stay up later to enjoy the adult activities.  We got back to the room and Hunter had planned to go see “Solo” in the movie theater at 1:45pm, but he was still waiting on room service to arrive (he had ordered around 1:10pm).  I asked why he waited to call it in so late knowing he wanted to go see the movie….?  He said he didn’t think it would take long, lol. 

We woke up from our nap around 3:30pm and got ready to go sit in on the DVC Presentation in the D Lounge.  I looked into the Disney Vacation Club a few years ago, but we’ve never been to a presentation so we decided to go check it out.  Just for attending the presentation they gave us this limited edition Copper Creek pin:

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At the presentation they didn’t have time for individual questions, so you had to make an appointment if you wanted to learn more.  We didn’t make an appointment at this point, but did later on in the cruise.  Hunter stayed in the room and watched a movie while we were at the presentation.

 

The presentation concluded at 5:00pm, so we went back to the room to get ready for Formal Night!  We got ready pretty quick and went to get our picture with Mickey in his tux before dinner.  The Captain’s Welcome Reception was also going on, where we enjoyed the free adult beverage service while we waited in line for pics:

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Picture with Mickey:

Disney Cruise to Alaska

 

Eddie always likes to do some crazy things in his pictures….here he’s pretending to tell Mickey to wait, he needs to take a phone call, lol. 

 

Disney Cruise to Alaska

Our dinner tonight was in Animator’s Palate.  I must not have taken any pictures of our meal tonight, probably because we ate the same thing we always eat at Animator’s!  lol  So the pics below are old pics from another cruise.  

For the appetizer, I always get the Black Truffle Pasta Pursettes.  Me and the girls love these, but the guys don’t like them?!  They are nuts!

pasta pursettes

For my meal:  Pennete Bolognese & toasted garlic ciabatta

I didn’t get pics of what Hunter and Eddie got, but Hunter got the Sirloin Steak and Eddie got the Ginger-Teryaki dusted Angus Beef Tenderloin.   They both enjoyed their meal.   

They also came by our dinner table for more pics:

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Sorcerer Mickey came by to visit:

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After dinner we went out for more pics in our formal wear and we may have grabbed another adult beverage from the late reception going on, lol.  Our pics:

Disney Cruise to Alaska

The show tonight was the Golden Mickeys, which we love, but have seen several times now.   The guys didn’t like being dressed up either, so we went to the room to change and went to the theater to see Beauty & the Beast (the movie). 

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Buena Vista Theater

We’ve all seen it before and it’s a great movie.  I found myself struggling to stay awake…being in the dark theater and the time change was still wreaking havoc on me, lol.  I managed to stay awake until the end though and then we headed to Azure for “Snippets” (playing a clip from different tv shows and you would try to guess what they were) and then for the adult show:  Matt Baker (Juggling & Comedy Act).  Matt put on a great show and we were glad we stayed up for it!  The show ended at 11:00pm so we went back to our room to turn in for the night and get ready for our first port day!

Up next:  Day 3 in Icy Strait Point (Hoonah, Alaska). 

 

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