First Disney Cruise: Day Two – Sailing

Day Two started with breakfast at Triton’s:

Being as Karen has a gluten allergy, our server on night one was supposed to take her order for the following day to speed up serving times and make sure her dietary needs were met. We were unaware that this was to be done and so when it was not done we didn’t think to ask. And so we had to go back to the restaurant, and waste more of our vacation time, to place Day Two’s menu orders.

First was breakfast. Being as Karen can’t eat at the Beach Blanket Buffet due to cross-contamination, her only breakfast option is to have a sitdown meal at Triton’s. So we arrived at 9am. Karen had gluten-free waffles, eggs, and bacon which she enjoyed immensely! I had Eggs Benedict which was also amazing. But again, this sitting used up a full hour and a half leaving us just one and half hours until our noon sitting for lunch!

And this is where it all went south again. Karen was hoping to attend the Port and Shopping Talk in the Buena Vista Theatre at 1 pm, but by 12:45, her food had still not come. After mentioning our time constraint to the server, he brought Karen’s meal and mine came as well. Karen ordered a hamburger with a gluten-free bun and fries. When it came there was no patty in the bun. Now it was 12:50 pm and she had to leave. The head waiter came and had the patty delivered, the whole meal packed up, and assigned an escort to carry it for her to the Buena Vista Theatre where she had to eat it while trying to listen to the presentation. Not cool!


On-deck views, no blue sky in sight

Determined to soldier on, we met at 2pm in the Walt Disney Theatre for a viewing of Big Hero 6 and then it was off to the Art of The Theme Show Tour which started just outside the Palo restaurant on deck 9.


This was a great one-hour walking tour of the ship with a guide who pointed out the theming details throughout the ship. There were no backstage portions, which was disappointing, but understandable. I’ll steer the ship next time!

Points from the tour:

  • All bathroom signs throughout the ship feature gentlemen and ladies, not the usual men and women, as above. This is because the ship is supposed to be a grand sailing vessel from the turn of the last century, like the Queen Mary, when the elite traveled by sea in elegance. The sign above has the standard men and women symbols because it is along the Route 66 themed ‘road’.
  • Did you know that most cruise ships have 10 different patterns of carpet? The Disney Wonder has over 100!
  • The Disney Magic was the first Disney Cruise Ship and was built in two halves and then welded together. It has a weld running from top to bottom amidships. The Disney Wonder was built in one piece, but has a fake weld in the same spot as the Magic, to make them the perfect pair!

If you want to know more… take the tour!


Just to prove we were on the cruise!

We had a little over an hour to kill before the next show we wanted to see, so took some time to tour the ship and take more photographs, like the ones above. But 6:15 pm rolled around and it was time to revisit the Walt Disney Theatre for the comedy and ventriloquism of Michael Harrison. He got off to a rocky start but recovered with his closing act of using a real boy as a dummy. This… was… hilarious! But I’d still have to give him a 6 out of 10.

Once again we headed to our 8:15 pm dining rotation, this time at Parrot Cay:

The decor here was very Caribbean and nice, but again, the food underwhelmed both of us. Understandably, by now you’re probably thinking the problem is with us, but the others at our table weren’t enjoying their meals either. As frequent Disney cruisers, they said our waiter was one of the worst they’d had, and the tastes of most of the appetizers and main courses weren’t as good as on other cruises.

But this is where our trip truly became a nightmare. We both began to feel what we assumed was sea sickness. The boat was rocking more than usual, and our table was against the outside wall of the ship, so we naturally felt the up and down rolling of the ship quite a lot. Before we could even finish our meals, we had to leave. We felt so bad that we thought we should visit the medical facilities on Deck One. We asked a Crew Member how to get there and he gave us directions. We got lost and asked two more Crew Members, and eventually arrived at our destination… only to find it closed. A fact all three Crew Members we asked for directions failed to tell us.

By this time we are very close to decorating the walls in a very inappropriate way and are hurrying to reach our cabin five decks up. We had to stop for a bathroom break en route and I ultimately arrived at our stateroom first, just in time to deposit everything I’d eaten and drank in the last two days in every available receptacle. Burning up now, I changed into my jammies and hit the bed to die. Karen arrived 20 minutes later and repeated my performance. From 10:30 pm until 9 am the next morning, we took turns keeping the neighbors up every half hour on the half hour.

So we missed the Pirates in the Caribbean Party! and the fireworks. But that wasn’t all we were going to miss as the next day was only going to get worse!

Descend into Vacation Hell with us in our next post as we bring you Day Three of our First Disney Cruise: Quarantine!

Prayers for the Week – Simplify


Hello my friends, my brothers and sisters in Christ, and those that don’t know how incredible it is to know that you are loved by Jesus.  This is our weekly Prayers for the Week post, and this week, we are going to redirect our thoughts away from money, away from worry, away from the cares that the world hands us, and instead, we are going to simplify — we are going to look at ways that we can simplify our life, and focus our attention and energy on the one that Loves us, the one that died for us, the one that is our Savior, Jesus Christ.

In the book of Matthew, in the 6th chapter, and the 27th verse, Jesus asked us this question:

27And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? ~ Jesus Christ, Matthew 6:27 (ESV)

That, of course, is just one verse in a passage on anxiety that Jesus spoke of.  Here is the complete text from Matthew 6:25-34 (ESV)

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 28And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. 34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

There is so much that we can choose to worry over, my friends.  Did you know that fear comes from the devil, the evil one?  It is Satan that would have you worry — he would turn your thoughts to thoughts of fear, to thoughts of anxiety, to thoughts of anything other than where our minds should be focused — on our Lord, Jesus Christ.  It’s all a way for Satan to take us off the playing field in the eternal war, the war between Jesus and Satan for our soul.  If you have given yourself over to Jesus to be your Lord and Savior, as I have, then the war is already one for you.  But, just because I know where I will end up after I die, that doesn’t mean that I should not work towards helping my brothers and sisters in the world become Brothers and Sisters in Christ.  That is why I write this weekly post.  I know that many of you are turned off by it, that you want me to focus on just Disney, and not to worry about these “supernatural” things.  Well, I’m sorry, but I can’t do that.  I feel led to write these each week, and I’ll continue to do so until I no longer feel that calling.

My friends, if you are unsure what to pray when you are worried, let me share one last thing with you.  It is a prayer that I found on — here is the image of that prayer.

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If you worry, pray this prayer with your heart, your mind, your body, and your soul, and it will give you Peace.  Now, please pray with me our prayer requests and praises.

Prayer Requests and Praises…

  • My friend Maureen left us a comment.  Here is what she wrote: “Good Morning :) I want to thank you for posting my prayer requests and for your prayer support :) My Nanny had dementia in her later years and it was difficult to go through that with her – Prayers for patience and love go out to all going through that difficult season.”
  • My sister Robin also left a comment.  Here is what she wrote: “Excellent post again, as usual. I am very proud of you!”
  • Last week, Sophie started Confirmand classes at our church.  It is a huge deal for Cindy and I because our little baby — the same baby that was 4 pounds, 2 ounces and just 17 1/2″ long at birth, is now 13 1/2 years old, is taller than Cindy, and will be starting high school in the fall.  For all of you new parents, or parents of children younger than Sophie, I urge you to cherish these moments, because they are GONE in an instant.  Please pray with us and for us, as we see Sophie draw closer to God than either Cindy or I ever did when we were her age.  As we told Sophie, we never went through Confirmand classes because that was something that our churches didn’t participate in, so she is the first in our family that has done so.  Please pray that Sophie would be blessed beyond measure, and truly grasp what it means to Walk with the Lord.  Thank you everyone!

That’s all the prayer requests we have this week.  I urge you, if you are going through anything in your life, and would like for us to pray for you, please, please, please leave us a comment, or shoot me an email to  We believe in the power of prayer, and we don’t need to know all the details, so if you want to leave an anonymous prayer request, just tell us what you want us to pray for, and we’ll do that.  We don’t need to know the details because God already knows them.  Now, please pray with me the prayer that Jesus taught His Disciples to pray:

Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed by thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done,
On earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory forever and ever.