After the wedding was done, and the photo shoot complete, everyone went back to their staterooms to relax a bit, grab some food, and for us in our room, we watched as the Dream departed from Nassau to sail further into the Bahamas. Once all were rested up, our group more or less had the after party of the wedding by enjoying the festivities of Pirate Night. Being with a group of folks who have spent time in historic reenactments, or have spent time at the Gasparilla Pirate Festival, we had some of the best dressed pirates of the evening.
Unfortunately I wasn't as well prepared as many of my fellow travelers since I only about a week and a half turn-around from my trip to South America to might flight for Orlando, but I thought the rest of the crew did a fantastic job with their outfits. It was also quite amusing when we took up entire elevators to go from one deck to another.
To kick the evening off, we went to see the earlier showing of Beauty and the Beast in the Walt Disney Theater, which was a Broadway caliber show that was a condensed version of the more recent live action remake of the story. The production quality of the show was incredible, but unfortunately I can't really show you because of their restrictions of pictures and video, but to give you a sense of the quality, here is the preview from the Disney Parks YouTube Channel from the show.
From one show, it was on to the next, as we took in the fun Pirate Deck Party show, which featured the classic Disney characters, like Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy. The show is filled with song and dance, and young swashbucklers learn how to talk like a pirate. But there's trouble in the middle of the show, as the cruise ship is taken over by Captain Hook and his crew! That is until their efforts are thwarted by Captain Mickey and his crew!
At the conclusion of the Pirate Deck Party, we had our dinner time at the Enchanted Garden, where I chose to try their Prime Rib. It was a tender cut, although I did prefer the previous night's dinner a but more. Never the less, it was still pretty good eats. The downside though of having the later dinner time was that it meant not really taking full advantage of the Pirate Night buffet at Cabana's. This might be a cruise, but my belly can only stretch so far!
From there, it was back to the pool deck, as there were fireworks to enjoy. Before the fireworks though, there was a bit of a pre-show that included the presenting of a notorious pirate of the Disney realm, and that was none other than Captain Jack Sparrow. Similar to the Pirate Deck Party, this show would involve a variety of sing-along songs.
What may have been the biggest highlight for the pre-show was that four from our group had been selected to join Jack Sparrow on stage to "perform" one of the songs "What Should We Do With a Lazy Pirate" (It should be Drunken, but it is Disney after all). Lacey with the mandolin, Melanie with the violin, Chelsea with the accordion and Jay with a jug all did us proud!
After the pre-show, it was time for the main event, the fireworks! In a way, it seemed appropriate that Disney would have a fireworks show on their cruises, and yet it was really bizarre to think about watching fireworks launching from the same ship you're riding on, but Disney has managed to find a way to make it work. They won't be nearly as impressive as the ones you would see at their parks, but it still makes for a fun experience on board.
At the conclusion of the fireworks, the deck space then turns into a dance party, complete with a DJ to play all the mandatory dance songs like the Cupid Shuffle among others. This is also when a lot of people will check out the food offerings at Cabana's
As the air cooled, many from our group found refuge in less windy locations while enjoying a few drinks, and at one point we kind of took over a small lounge which wasn't technically serving at their bar, but they welcomed us to have the space as a few of us got pretty happy from libations enjoyed.
Between the morning walk around Nassau, the wonderful wedding ceremony, and a night of great fun, Day Two of the Cruise was a blast! And we still had one more full day that would include a visit to Disney's Private Island.
Bonus: The Bride's Point of View for this experience:
Day 4 - Part 3: Pirate Night
To follow Chelsea's full first-hand account of her wedding experience, along with all the planning details and helpful information for planning your own Disney Dream Wedding, check out her Twenty Something in Orlando Disney Dream Wedding Series!
See More of 2020 Disney Dream Wedding & More:
1: Universal Studios & Florida Strawberry Festival / 2: Hoop-Dee-Doo Ever After / 3: The Dream Begins /
4: A Morning in Nassau / 5: The Wedding / 6: Pirates Night & Fireworks at Sea /
7: Castaway Cay and the End of the Dream / 8: A Little More Disney Magic With New Attractions