The Disney Fantasy’s Christening Gala was held Thursday, March 1, 2012. After the entire day before being open to press and travel agents for ship tours- the ship and its crew were ready to celebrate!
Once we got to Pier 88 we were greeted by security. The same type at airport security, which was a good thing. We then needed to show our identification and personalized invitations to receive our personalized credentials to board the ship.
We then headed over for some pictures before getting on board…
… and we were greeted with a red carpet!
And on the other end was just jaw dropping beautiful. A full atrium of people with black tie and white-gloved servers offering appetizers and champagne.
We chatted a bit with some agency owners we had met on our Adventure to Peru and during a dinner the previous night. We also were able to chat and catch up with our Regional Sales Manager, Maryellen Kline, our former Regional Sales Manager, Pam Scott, and Vice President, Travel Agency and National Account Sales, Craig Parsons. We were then directed to the theater for the evening’s Christening Entertainment Celebration.
The entertainment opened with the introduction of Neil Patrick Harris as our night’s emcee. We were 5 or 6 rows back with an empty seat in front of us so we videotaped the entire show and you can watch those vidoes via this website by following clicking the tab on the top of your screen…. but now you can enjoy some picture highlights:
Jerry Seinfeld was GREAT.
From there, we exited headed to the atrium, where the champagne flowed while we awaited the ship’s God Mother, Mariah Carey. While Mariah Carey never sang, she was gracious and cute. They had Nick Cannon and Minnie outside breaking the champagne bottle which they showed via video. Mariah made a joke about not wanting to go outside and ruin her hair …
After the Christening we ate a fabulous dinner inside the Royal Garden. The food was outstanding. Appetizer was the same for everyone – a sampling of smoked salmon, a lobster medallion with a shrimp on top and then raw tuna.
Then the main course was a choice of duck, sea bass, lamb or filet with lobster. We sampled the filet with lobster and the lamb:
Dessert was a choice of creme brulle, celebration cake or chocolate lava cake OR you could get the sampler. The celebration cake was “odd” – we couldn’t figure out what the filling was – possibly raspberry? The lava cake blew everyone’s mind!
We then headed into the clubs – starting with Skyline. Dawn had a dream come true when she got the chance to say hello to Samantha Brown AND take a pic with her.
Tricia recognized Ed Fouche from last year’s Ear Marked conference and will admit to going up to agents we had met the previous night at dinner to say good-bye in The Tube (another night club) just to introduce us to him. Ed Fouche is Senior Vice President of Travel Industry Sales, Americas for, Disney Destinations LLC, and leads the global sales efforts for Disney Cruise Line and Adventures by Disney.
We saw Ty Pennington and Erin Andrews at La Piazza. We had fun vamping on the Vespa they have on display there as well!
As the night wound down and mid night approached, we took a few more pictures in the atrium and headed home with nothing more than memories…
As we left we were each given gift bags that contained a bottle of Champagne exclusive to the Fantasy, Fantasy toasting goblets and a beautiful box containing two scarves. We were happy to take home the empty Evian water bottles that had been laser inscribed with the Disney Fantasy logo, so this was a huge bonus.
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