Disney Fantasy Christening Gala – Part 2 The Food!

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Yes, there has been a ton of coverage of the Disney Fantasy Christening Celebration from March 1, 2012. It was a star-studded evening, and the Fantasy is an amazingly beautiful ship. In fact, you can read my coverage here, in Part 1.

But I haven’t seen much about the food. And that’s a shame, because the food was VERY good. And as any cruiser knows, half of the fun of cruising is eating. (At least, that’s what I’ve been told.)  So here you go – a recap of what we ate, and how it was.

First up, we had a variety of passed hors d’oeuvres at the cocktail reception. Sorry for the blurry pics – I was juggling my purse, camera and champagne, while attempting to tweet live on my iPhone and taste the food. I could have used another three hands.

The highlight for me of the cocktail reception was the venison. It was lovely and medium rare. I think I ate four or five…

Venison on root veg puree with berry gelee

Smoked salmon with cream cheese and caviar

Gazpacho

After the evening’s amazing entertainment (have you read Part 1?), we moved into the Royal Court restaurant for dinner. Royal Court is a lovely space, with decor inspired by Disney Princesses and their Princes. The place setting set the tone:

Royal Court Place Setting

Then the bread was delivered – warm herbed brioche, with olive spread. The spread was a little too mild for my taste, but the bread was very nice.

Herbed brioche with olive spread

Next up, a trio of appetizers.. The menu descriptions were: (1 from Animator’s Palate) Smoked Salmon Tartare, Capers, Onions, and Micro Greens topped with American Black Caviar (2 from Royal Court) Iced Lobster and Jumbo Shrimp, White and Green Asparagus, Micro Greens, and Lemon Dill Dressing with Horseradish Cream, and (3 from Enchanted Garden) Ahi Tuna and Avocado Tower with Crispy Noodles and Wasabi Dressing

Appetizer Trio

All three were very nicely done. I think my favorite was the lobster and shrimp, probably because I hadn’t had it already in the form of an hors d’oeuvre. Besides, I like how the asparagus is like a little arrow.

Moving on to the entrees, there was again a selection from three of the restaurants. Our table tried four of the five options – all but the vegan.

First, from Enchanted Garden, the Pan-Seared Sea Bass with a Mushroom Herb Risotto, sweet Onion Marmalade and garnished with a Potato Crisp.

Pan-Seared Sea Bass

The fish had a really nice seared crust, and the risotto was delicious. I’m not sure the textures were totally right together, and the risotto was a little thicker than I like, but that’s just splitting hairs.

I had the Crispy Roasted Duck Breast with braised Napa Cabbage, Potato Cake, and Pomegranate Jus from Animator’s Palate.

Crispy Duck from Animator's Palette

The duck was just fine, and I certainly ate it all! But it was a little overcooked, and just sort of boring. I loved the braised cabbage, though. Could have eaten a whole bowlful.

From Palo, one of the adult-only restaurants on the Fantasy (and the only one I didn’t get to tour), there was an Oregano and Parmesan Crusted Rack of Lamb with Sangiovese roasted Shallots, Olive Oil, baked Roma Tomatoes, Potato Torta and Herb Jus. My dining companion had this, and said it was absolutely delicious. Truth be told, I was sort of taking one for the team by ordering the duck, just to make sure we had a good selection of the food. But man, I really wanted this lamb.

Rack of Lamb from Palo

Finally, it wouldn’t be a cruise without surf and turf. It came in the form of the Royal Court Aged Angus Grilled Beef Tenderloin and Lobster Tail with sauteed Snow Peas and Marquis Potatoes with Cognac reduction. It looked divine, and my dining companions really enjoyed it.

Angus Beef Tenderloin and Lobster Tail

Moving on to dessert, again there were a trio from three restaurants. (1 from Animator’s Palate) Mini Lava Cake (2 from Royal Court) Tahitian Vanilla Creme Brulee and (3 from Enchanted Garden) Celebration Cake.

Dessert Trio

Frankly, this was the least-successful course. The two cakes were OK (but very boring), and the creme brulee was just not the right texture. The custard was not as soft as it should be, and the crust not as hard. It’s tough to do creme brulee properly at a large scale, particularly with such small cups. I don’t think they should have attempted it.

HOWEVER, here is where the Disney Fantasy service kicked in. Our table of Disney experts from Magic Carpet Travel Service asked our wonderful server if they had Mickey Bars. His answer? “Of course! How many would you like?” Oh, six please!

Disney service at its finest

The other tables were jealous. Mickey Bars suddenly began appearing at neighboring tables, to the delight of all.

Mickey Bars all in a row

So were we done eating? Nah. We headed to the Europa club district for the after-party, and found treats there as well. I hope these are still around for the regular cruise, and not just for the christening party. The salted caramel truffles were delish!

Treats at Europa

Chocolate dipped strawberries

Salted caramel truffle

I can’t wait to go back.

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Disney Fantasy Christening Gala – Part 1 The Celebration

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I am so grateful to have been invited to attend the christening of the Disney Fantasy as part of the team from Magic Carpet Travel Service! It was an evening I will never forget, and though you may have already seen the media coverage, I wanted to share some of my favorite pics. In this post, I’ll focus on the entertainment and christening ceremony. In Part 2, I’ll report on the food!

Hope you enjoy!

The evening began with a lovely cocktail reception in the incredible lobby of the Disney Fantasy.

Disney Fantasy Christening Giant Champagne Bottle

Cocktail Hour Begins

Next, we moved into the Walt Disney Theater for the evening’s entertainment.

Walt Disney Theater Disney Fantasy

I don’t know what other people were expecting, but I figured we would see excerpts from the stage shows planned for the Disney Fantasy. As usual, I was blown away by Disney.

Neil Patrick Harris in the opening number

NPH Kickline

Some of you may recall that I am a HUGE fan of NPH from my earlier post on his appearance at the EPCOT Candlelight Processional. Needless to say, I sort of freaked out. You can see my entire recording of the show on YouTube. I’ll warn you now – not only is it recorded with my iPhone so the picture is awful, but you’ll also hear my ridiculous screaming…I do love NPH. The performance also featured Jerry Seinfeld (“I’m on a BOAT!”),  Heather Headley (that woman can SING!) and as I had hoped, excerpts of the musicals Aladdin, Believe, and Wishes.

Disney's Aladdin Musical Spectacular

Magic Carpet - Disney's Aladdin Musical Spectacular

Disney's Believe Musical

At one point during the show, NPH walked out into the audience to talk with Mayor Bloomberg, Ty Pennington, Tim Gunn, and Alan Cumming. Love him!

After the show, we all went back to the main lobby for the christening ceremony. Disney CEO Bob Iger, and Disney Parks and Resorts chairman Tom Staggs addressed the crowd, and expressed their appreciation for the crew of the Fantasy.

Crew of the Disney Fantasy

Then, the Fairy Godmother of the Disney Fantasy was introduced to christen the ship – Mariah Carey, assisted inside by Mickey Mouse, and outside by hubby Nick Cannon and Minnie Mouse.

Mariah and Mickey

Tom Scaggs, Mariah Carey, Bob Iger

And finally, the ship was christened and the champagne popped!

Champagne is Popped

After the christening, we all adjourned to the Royal Court restaurant for a lovely dinner (pics in Part 2), then to the Europa club district for the after party. We also had a chance to poke around the ship and take more pics. You’ll see them all eventually! So for now, I’ll leave you with some scenes of the evening.

After the party

Manhattan skyline from the deck of the Disney Fantasy

Oh yeah – I almost forgot the highlight of my night…

MouseChow and NPH