Photo Review April/May 2015: Disney, Eclipse TA, London

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Yeah - finally home, have all the photos uploaded and ready to start my photo review!

DH gave me this trip as my 50th birthday gift, although my birthday isn't until June 3, he got a great deal so we went!

Friday, April 17 I logged into work for the day (I work from home). It was a hectic and crazy day as our internet went down for several hours and I missed a few meetings - not a great start.

Finally finished work about 4pm and did the last load of laundry, packed my bag and we headed to the airport to catch the red eye flight from Phoenix to Charlotte, change planes and land in Orlando at 9:30 in the morning.
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First lunch at Mama Melrose in Hollywood Studios. These were taken with my IPhone but later photos are much better!

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Excited about reading your review on the Eclipse and London. We will be on her next October and will have a 4 day stay in London.
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Lunch was awesome!

I discovered Lipton Pomegranate Lemonade!

Because we had the Deluxe Disney dining plan, we got sit down meals with appetizer, entree and desert.

For lunch, the appetizer was a wonderful Caprese salad. Terry had spaghetti and meatballs but I had a great steak with mac and cheese. For desert I had a nice panna cotta and Terry had a chocolate Cherry tart. Our waitress, Lisa was from Indiana and was very personable. I could do this meal over and over again and not get tired!

But since we had a late lunch, it seemed like only a short time until our dinner at the Brown Derby. We stopped to ask them if we could change the reservation to later because we needed to go back to the hotel to shower and change. They Maitre d' Mark was wonderful and told us we didn't need to change, although it was a signature dining restaurant, he said the staff dressed up so we didn't have to. Our waiter, Sam from Morocco gave great recommendations.

Terry had a salad with peaches while I opted for Crab Cake appetizer.




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For dinner, the lobster and grouper was good but Terry's steak was the best plate of the evening.




The desert trio was interesting and my favorite was the blueberry cobbler.

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More pictures of Disney food - I have tons if anyone is interested....









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Link to pictures of DisneyWorld Food and menus:
http://s1054.photobucket.com/user/li...?sort=2&page=3

Link to other Disney Pictures:

http://s1054.photobucket.com/user/li...?sort=3&page=1
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Tuesday morning we rented a car from Enterprise to drive to Miami. The total cost was less than $14.00 and they even came to the hotel to pick us up in the morning.

We drove to Miami and stopped on the way to find some Coke Life and a few other things we needed before boarding the ship. There was a bit of an issue turning the car in when we got to Miami. The rental place was in the Doubletree hotel. We parked out front and Terry went inside to find the rental care person as I got the bags out of the trunk.

The rental car agent was a young woman with long black hair. She told us we had to return the car somewhere else because she ran out of parking spaced. I told her no, our rental agreement listed this address for the return and we were already late getting to the ship. She told me the other place was closer (I talked to Enterprise when I rented the car and knew this location was closest to the pier). I refused and she again said I couldn't leave the car there. I did interrupt her and tell her I had a contract to return to her so she was going to take it. I never used any bad language but I probably did raise my voice as I was upset. She walked away saying she didn't have to take that from anyone. She went in the hotel and into a staff only door and refused to come back out. I left the keys with the hotel valet and got into the cab to go to the pier.

We told the cab driver we wanted to go to the port. He kept saying "airport" and we kept saying "port". Finally we told him "boat" and he understood. We got onboard about 2:30 pm and went straight to our room which was wonderful. Boarding was a breeze, no lines and no waiting. I called Enterprise and they corporate office said I did the right thing to leave the car and they would check on the return.

We rested before muster drill and immediately after that went to the Cruise Critic informal gathering at the sunset bar. Met some very nice people! I was hungry but so tired from an exhausting 3 days at Disney so we went to the Ocean View cafe and had a quick snack, then went to our room and slept for 12 hours!

Room 7346 - category 2B




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I was worried about so many sea days - this was my first transatlantic but it was great! We were up at 0730 since we had gone to bed so early. We had early dining and hadn't even made it to dinner the night before. The breakfast was good and the coffee was better than any other cruise ship coffee I've ever had. We explored the ship a little, then went back to the room for a "nap".

I loved this hammock thingy but it was never empty.



It was also interesting how the Lido deck windows could be opened.



Solar panels on the ship


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They are in the Solarium.
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Hi there,
I was on the Eclipse TA also. Did not know about the solar panels on the ship. Saw the Coke life soda at Heathrow airport almost bought one for the plane to try. Thought of you.☺
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I'm really looking forward to more photos of the Eclipse on the 1st voyage after the dry dock.
Thanks for sharing- we will be sailing on her in late July.
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Previous Cruises:
Crown Princess: Mediterranean Adventure 13-27th May 2017
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Galaxy ( Celebrity) Rome- Galveston TA Oct 2005
Ocean Village Barbados B2B Jan 2004
Infinity ( Celebrity) Alaska July 2003
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Originally posted by DKNYC
Hi there,
I was on the Eclipse TA also. Did not know about the solar panels on the ship. Saw the Coke life soda at Heathrow airport almost bought one for the plane to try. Thought of you.☺
Denise

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I saw it also! Hard to find in the US, but we saw it all over London!
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Originally posted by upwarduk
I'm really looking forward to more photos of the Eclipse on the 1st voyage after the dry dock.
Thanks for sharing- we will be sailing on her in late July.
Thanks, I hope to post more later today. The trip seemed to catch up to me yesterday and all I've wanted to do is sleep lately, but work gets in the way. Need that paycheck so we can go on the next cruise!
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Originally posted by DKNYC
Hi there,
I was on the Eclipse TA also. Did not know about the solar panels on the ship. Saw the Coke life soda at Heathrow airport almost bought one for the plane to try. Thought of you.☺
Denise

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Originally posted by Lisah101
I saw it also! Hard to find in the US, but we saw it all over London!
I have never heard of Coke Life. I looked it up and see that they have it in my local The Fresh Market grocery store. I'll have to try some. I keep a supply of Coke Zero in my second fridge and allow myself only one can a week.

Can't wait for more on the review!

PS - As many times as I have been on the Solstice class ship, I never knew those were solar panels above the solarium. Just thought it was the glass roof design to provide shade.
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Looking forward to more of your review as we are first timers on the Eclipse in two months.

I did enjoy your Disney dining photos. We have done DD a couple of times. I like the fact it forces you to plan ahead and you get to try new things. Keeps you from grabbing bad fast food at the park.

JoAnn
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Originally posted by Lisah101







A perfect view of the spot where the Seagulls ate my Daughters pizza in Warenmunde last year , for anyone who remembers my review!
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Too funny, send a link so I can read that?
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