3-Night Bahamian Disney Cruise Line Report — Part 2

As soon as we got back on the ship, Sarah had a mandate that we ordered room service so she could get a Premium Mickey Ice Cream Bar. Apparently, this is the only way for adults to get the Mickey bar on Disney Cruise Line. (Note: DCL Blog also indicates they’re on kid’s menus; not having kids, I have no idea whether this is still accurate. Can anyone confirm?)

This is going to be heresy to some (you might notice that this blog contains an inordinate amount of heresy…I’m not sure why), but I’m not a fan of the Premium Mickey Bar. I mean, I don’t hate it, but just like Mickey waffles, I don’t think it’s anything special. In a blind taste test, I couldn’t tell the difference between this and any generic ice cream bar from the grocery store.

Since she was ordering room service anyway, I got some chicken wings, which were fairly good. Then, I made the run up the stairs for some soft serve. (For what it’s worth, I don’t think Disney soft serve is anything special, either…soft serve is just a guilty pleasure of mine.)

After I got back, we decided to head out to play Midship Detective Agency. We still had over an hour until the ship left Nassau, so it seemed like a good way to kill some time…

We opted for The Muppets version of the game.

If you’ve never played, Midship Detective Agency is a self-guided whodunit mystery game using an interactive card, map and clues that are revealed in ‘hidden’ locations throughout the ship.

It’s somewhat akin to the various scavenger hunt type games Epcot has had in World Showcase.

We both loved Midship Detective Agency. The premise of the game itself was clearly aimed at kids, so it was in no way an actual challenge for us, but the Muppet humor gave the game just enough of an edge to make it really engaging and funny for us.

I’m not sure I’d feel the same way about the regular version of the game, but the Muppets version really worked for me.

I also appreciated how the game got us to slow down and look at some of the art scattered around the Disney Dream. One of the highlights of Disney Cruise Line is its exceptional art displays (something we saw repeatedly running up and down the stairs for ice cream).

It’s easy to miss these if you don’t make a concerted effort to explore random floors of guest rooms.

Hey bird, you’re not even funny in 3-D!

Sunset was another bust (I didn’t mention it on the first page, but I was up for sunrise and that was also a bust).

Then, it was time for Villains Tonight. We’ve seen this show in the past and neither of us liked it, but we figured that we’d give it another chance in case the script was tweaked or, perhaps, this version had a better Hades.

If anything, we liked it less this time around.

Villains Tonight is a brilliant concept, but it gets bogged down in dated pop culture references and really poor writing. It’s like if you took Aladdin the Musical and made Genie unfunny, and instead of following the film’s plot, followed it for part of the show, but also mixed in other movies as well as Jerry Springer. That’s Villains Tonight in a nutshell.

If you look around the internet, you will find plenty of Villains Tonight fans. It’s very well possible my panning of the show is too harsh. It’s also possible that Disney fans love villains (especially rare and underrepresented ones) and are so anxious for anything villains-related that they give this show’s many faults a pass.

The ‘debate’ about the quality (or lack thereof) about Villains Tonight will probably never be settled. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be, since the show will be retired later this year. (Please, Disney, do not resurrect this in any of the parks.)

After Villains Tonight, the awful-train rolled on with Mickey’s Pirates in the Caribbean show. Clearly, we are not the target audience for this show.

I get that, Disney being Disney, not everything is going to appeal to everyone. This is why I don’t attend the Disney Junior show in the parks.

However, I do expect flagship entertainment offerings to work on multiple levels, and be something that both kids and adults can enjoy. I do not see how anyone over the age of 12 could enjoy this show. It was aggressively idiotic.

The humor was juvenile, the premise was weak, and it was just…lame.

Aside from the ‘smile and wave’ shows in Tokyo, this is a problem I seldom have with Disney in-park entertainment. Even shows I don’t necessarily like I can find some redeeming quality in. I find it to be pretty rare for a Disney show to be talking down to its audience to such a degree.

While I think Disney Cruise Line needs to up its entertainment game on the Disney Dream, I do want to make clear that I didn’t dislike it all. The following night’s show in the Walt Disney Theater was exceptional.

So, I’m not a total curmudgeon…

After the show, we headed down to Enchanted Garden for dinner. This restaurant is supposedly inspired by the gardens of Versailles, and I can partly see that inspiration in the decor. It also reminds me a bit of Giverny. Either way, I like the garden style with flourishes of Art Nouveau.

Once again, we ordered most of the menu. And once again, our meal was exceptional. Here’s some of what we had:

After the meal, our servers challenged us to another puzzle, with the goal being to fill 10 stables with 9 horses. This time, I brought my A-game…

Our server disagreed, but I maintain that my solution (top) to this puzzle is technically correct. No one said that a cow couldn’t join the party! 😉

After dinner, we returned to our stateroom, where this towel/bedding monster literally startled us. We had a different towel creature every night of the cruise. As with our servers, our stateroom host was absolutely awesome.

He was like a ninja tidying up the room anytime we left for even like 10 minutes. (No joke–once we ran upstairs for ice cream and went immediately back down and our stateroom had been picked up while we were gone.)

After that, we headed back up to the deck for the second round of Pirates in the Caribbean, including the fireworks and deck party.

The buccaneer bash was significantly better than the character show. We’ve seen this before a couple of times, but it’s still a fun show. It’s nothing amazing, but as compared to the character show, it’s a masterpiece.

Then, it was time for the fireworks. Being out in the middle of the ocean under a dark night sky with nothing around for miles (aside from maybe another cruise ship trying to free-ride on the fireworks, ha!) is nice and serene. Having that serenity partially broken up by the first burst of fireworks is really cool. Fireworks on a cruise ship is another instance, I think, of the Disney magic. I don’t know how they manage to do it, but it’s really impressive and the perfect way to end Pirate Night on Disney Cruise Line.

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If you’ve been, what do you think of Nassau (or other ports in the Bahamas? Do you think it’s worth getting off the ship there at least once? Any Port Adventures in Nassau that you recommend? Thoughts on Diamonds International having a presence aboard Disney Cruise Line? Opinions on Villains Tonight, the Pirate Night entertainment, or anything else we’ve covered in this cruise report? Any other tips to add or recommendations? If you have questions or thoughts, please share them below and we’ll try to respond!

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