Sunday, June 4, 2017

Goofin' Off With Projects and Disney Cruise Trip Report Day 3

I keep plugging away on my projects.  Sometimes they seem to move slow as molasses depending on what all I've got going on.  At the moment, each one of them continues to bring me smiles as I work on them.  Captain America is bringing me the biggest smiles.  I have begun laying out the blocks to see what they will look like - and I really, really like it - but I'm not sharing just yet.

During the latter part of the week, I finished these little sub-units...

Step III - D Units
...which came from these sub-units.

Step III - C Units

And for a stitching update, I am beginning to see a little of the actual picture begin to show on Mickey and Pirate Friends cross stitch.  Goofy's pirate hat is's the oranges that you are seeing.  It's always fun to see the details emerge when working on such a large project.

Mickey and Pirate Friends Cross Stitch - As of 06/04/2017

Thanks for all the nice comments and e-mails I have been receiving about my trip report.  Always feel free to leave comments or questions below or e-mail them to me.  I love to talk quilting, cross stitching, and Disney...especially when I know someone else is planning a trip.  Now let's see...where did I leave off with the cruise trip report?  Oh, yes, we're beginning Day 3.

Day 3 was our first full day at sea as well as "pirate" day on the ship.  All of the character meet and greets were with the various characters dressed up in pirate attire...very similar, actually, to my the attire that will appear in my cross stitch picture.

We began our morning with breakfast at Cabanas buffet.  From there we decided we would participate in "Anna's Chocolate Scavenger Hunt"...Anna being the Anna from the movie "Frozen." It was actually an odd day for them to hold the scavenger hunt because there was a "Frozen" day later in the cruise, and it would have made more sense to do it on that day.  There were symbols from the movie "Frozen" hidden all over the ship.  There were clues as to where you could find them.  If you found them, you could add them to your "Chocolate Chase" paper and leave your paper on your bed...and then, voila, this little baby would magically appear in its place while you were out.

Prize for Anna's Chocolate Chase Scavenger Hunt

I mean, seriously, it was like the chocolate fairy was coming to our cabin all the time and would leave us chocolate...all...the...time.

After the scavenger hunt, we headed to the movie theater for a movie.  One of the unique things about a Disney cruise is that they show first-run Disney movies in their movie theaters.  Every movie that Disney had released during the past year (including Marvel movies and Star Wars) was shown in the theater.  It was a nice way to catch up on the movies I had missed.  The movie we watched this day was "Born in China".  I absolutely loved it despite the fact that I didn't follow my own rule of not getting too attached to the animals in a Disneynature movie.  Well, the circle of life, you know...I won't give away any spoilers in case you haven't seen it yet...but don't get too attached to the animals no matter how adorable they are.  Here is the official trailer:

When the movie was over, it was time for lunch already.  It felt like we just ate.  We hurried to the buffet for a light lunch then went and watched "The Great Dubois".  It was a live show featuring magic and a few aerial acrobatics.  In case you're thinking, Wow, they sure were inside a lot for a cruise...yes, we were.  Our days at sea were all overcast, gray, windy, and chilly, so we did a lot indoors.

After the show, Mr. Goofin' Off and I walked some laps on the track outside.  We had to work off breakfast and lunch because it wasn't going to be too long before it was dinner time.  At dinner, everyone was encouraged to dress up like pirates...even the waiters and assistant waiters were dressed up.  Here is a picture of our nephew dressed up in his pirate attire for the night.

Pirate Night in the Dining Room

Mr. Goofin' Off even noticed the menus were printed specially for the night.  

Pirates in the Caribbean Dinner Menu

After dinner, it was time to head to the show for the evening.  Tonight's show was "The Golden Mickeys".  It's a take on the The Oscars awards show.  Various Disney Broadway-style musical numbers are performed as Mickey receives awards in different categories for the various Disney movies.  It's fun to enjoy listening to some of my favorite music from the Disney movies while watching them being performed live.  

After dinner was the "Pirates in the Caribbean" party up on the top decks of the ship.  There is a dance party with the crew all dressed up as pirates.  The dance party is followed by fireworks off the ship accompanied by various pirate music.  It was very chilly outside that night, so everyone was bundled up in blankets on deck.  It didn't stop me from enjoying the fireworks, though.  The fireworks off the ship are one of my favorite things about a Disney cruise.  

After the pirate party ended, we returned to our room where we found this on our bed:  

Pirate Night Towel Folding by Cabin Steward

It looks to be some sort of sea monster and/or pirate.  Did you notice the chocolate gold coins for the eyes and embellishment?  Yes.  More chocolate...always more chocolate waiting for us in the cabin.  It's a good thing I love chocolate.  

Thanks for following along with my adventures.  And as my friend Tigger always says:  "TTFN...ta ta for now."


  1. Awesome progress on pirates. I am so enjoying your trip posts. Can you tell me the name of the designer for the pirate chart.


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    2. Linda, I am unable to find the actual designer of this pattern. The pattern simply says "Mickey and Pirate Friends". I bought it off of Etsy a while ago. I do know if you do a search on Etsy for "Disney Pirate Cross Stitch" you can find a very similar pattern that just has Mickey dressed as a pirate. The patterns just seem to come and go, so when I see one I love, I just buy it. Thanks for dropping by. I love to hear from my readers. --Andrea

  2. Thanks for your nice comments on my blog. I have only done one cruise when I was first married. My dh thought we should spend most of our time in the cabin. I discovered I am claustrophobic. We haven't been since. But I love hearing about your adventures!

    1. Thanks for dropping in, Beth! I can't imagine staying in my cabin on a cruise. I can definitely relate to feeling claustrophobic...for me, mostly in large crowds since I am short and on airplanes if I don't have an aisle seat.

  3. The Disney cruise sounds like a lot of fun. I went on a girls cruise with my sisters and friends several years ago and it was a trip I'll always cherish. We loved it! I bet the fireworks were so pretty, and the dance party sounds like a ton of fun!

    1. Beth, I'm glad you had such a nice time when you did your girls' cruise. Thanks for dropping by!

  4. I'm not a Disney fan but you really can't beat them for attention to detail. Every single detail is just perfect, even the towels!
    I do like the idea of a chocolate fairy too...

    1. Jo, Thanks for dropping by. I do think every home should have a chocolate fairy...not just on cruise ships. I'll have to drop a hint with Mr. Goofin' Off. --Andrea


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