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Disney Cruise Line Onboard Activities: Tile Coaster Craft and Mixology Class

During our last Disney Cruise Line cruise, I decided to try out a couple of the onboard activities that are offered. DCL offers so many different activities for guests of every age. On our previous cruises we had taken part in the cooking class, but this cruise, I wanted something a little different. As my in-laws were on board and could watch our son, Walt, during some of the activities, I wanted to try something for adults and something for the family. We settled on the tile-coaster making craft time and then, based on my in-laws recommendation, the mixology seminar. Since the WDW Radio Alaska Cruise is just two weeks away, I wanted to review these two activities to give you some insight into how much fun they can be and what each entails.

Tile-Coaster Craft:

Tile Coaster CraftThis craft time was completely free of charge (some of the craft activities do charge a small fee, which is paid at Guest Services prior to the activity time), which was a nice surprise, so we headed to the District area to take part. Our little group of 4 got seated right before the Cast Member let us know how the coasters would be constructed. Basically, there were two wooden shapes that would make the frame and then you chose 25 small tiles to fill in the top frame. The picture shows the layout of the coaster, I didn’t line my wooden frames up exactly just to give it a different look.

The little tiles don’t exactly fit into the frame, so there is a little gap between the tiles and the wooden frame. There were lots of colors to choose from, but being on a Disney cruise, I was obligated to choose Mickey Mouse colors. I saw people doing a sunset color scheme and other people just doing random colors.

While the coaster isn’t the best quality, it was a wonderful craft to work on for a little while and completely free! The best part is that while it sits in my house, I can remember all the fun things we did while sailing with Mickey and the gang!

Mixology Class:

Mixology Class at SkylineMy in-laws participated in this class before I did and said that it was really fun and insightful. This class did have a fee associated with it ($20), but if you look at drink prices on board and the amount of alcohol you get while in the class, it is completely worth it! Besides, you also learn more about the construction of a cocktail and meet a wonderful ship bartender and other cruisers.

This class was kept to a 6 person limit because the group would be behind the bar and using the bar tools, but they did allow Brandon to attend the class and just observe. Our bartender was amazing and worked in Skyline (the martini lounge) normally. Our class did take place at his bar in the Skyline lounge, which was the only lounge I had not visited yet on the Disney Dream. Upon arrival to the lounge, we saw that there were glasses, alcohol, mixers, and bar instruments sitting on the bar ready for our use.

The instructor told us that we would be making 4 drinks and one shot in the class and that he would make the first drink, and then, we would make smaller versions. The list was: Mai Tai, Tequila Sunrise, Raspberry Mojito, Paris 75 (Skyline special) and the shot was a B-52. Each drink would teach us a different technique used in making cocktails such as: muddling, layering and shaking/straining. We also got a lesson in what all has to be combined to Paris 75 Drinkmake a true cocktail. Honestly, you don’t really think about the components in a cocktail, but they all play a part in the display and taste.

I would make sure that you eat something before taking this class because you end up drinking a good amount of alcohol during the class, and I felt it during the end of the class. It was humorous because the Cast Member, while assisting us in making the cocktails, kept telling us to “add some more” as we were adding alcohol! I did have to tell him I wasn’t adding any additional tequila, as things get a little fuzzy for me!

I did hear from one person on board that she took this class on one cruise, and they were only allowed to taste one of the drinks. In our class we drank a mini version (which were actually not too small) of each drink and a full size shot. The full size example drinks were actually given away either by drawing or quizzing, so the odds were good that you could end up with 6 drinks! Brandon was actually given the full size Mai Tai as he was just “visiting.”

B-52 ShotThe pictures shown are of two of the drinks that we created. The pink and blue drink is Paris 75 from the Skyline  (they actually serve this cocktail in a larger glass than normal martinis), and it was probably my favorite drink! I wasn’t able to get back to the lounge to order one, but it is on my list for our next cruise. The second picture is the B-52 shot, and this drink was created using the layering technique. The bottom picture is our example and was created by the Cast Member. You can see just how clean the lines between the alcohols are and how well he did in layering. The picture of me holding the shot I created isn’t the best (the lounge is quite dark, so pictures are hard to take), but you can see that I did get the layers, but the lines aren’t as crisp.

Conclusion:

As the WDW Radio cruise departs in just a few weeks, I wanted to let you know that taking part in the onboard activities can be lots of fun and give you something to do while cruising. I will absolutely take part in the mixology class again because our bartender told us it changes every few weeks as the ship bartenders take turns teaching the class. Each of the bartenders are allowed to chose which drinks they will use in their class. Have fun cruising with the group or on your own!

(All photographs are from the authors personal collection.)

Alyssa Wiseman (also known as ajwiseman09 in the box), her husband Brandon, and 6 month old son, Walt, reside in central Indiana (too far from Disney).  Alyssa and Brandon enjoy traveling to Disney several times a year to see what is new and enjoy classic Disney.  While traveling, and at home, Alyssa is frequently shopping for Disney products and making a list of items to buy while in the parks.  Please follow Alyssa on twitter @ajwiseman09.

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