Archive for January, 2011

Family Cruise Diary: Liberty of the Seas Chefmakers at Sea Cooking School

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

Add some spice to your family cruise by taking a cooking class

A smile from a happy cruiser having fun at cooking school

Parents of tweens/teens are always looking for opportunities to engage with their children and to find “cool” activities for the family to enjoy. While a cruise vacation offers plenty of choices when it comes to entertainment, in some cases once onboard it is hard to hang with the kids. New friends, kids clubs, arcades, and endless eating sessions of pizza and soft-serve might leave mom and dad in the dust.

But my 12-year old daughter and I found a good way to spend time together: We participated in a cooking class offered by Chefmakers at Sea, and it was one of the highlights of our cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas.

The reason I enjoyed it so much is because I could tell that my daughter was learning and having fun. Plus, I got to spend quality time with her.

Chefmakers at Sea is a cooking school offered on Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas. The concept was developed for people who want to take cooking classes but do not have time. The owners of Chefmakers at Sea contract space on Freedom and Liberty to meet the needs of cruisers that want to spend some of their vacation time learning cooking techniques.

Making Beef Wellington

Chefmakers at Sea takes over the front of the Windjammer Cafe in a space called Jade. During our event, we prepared food on stainless steel workstations and cooked on the grill station.

There are a wide variety of programs available. Popular classes include: Knife Skills, All About Chicken, Wine and Dine, Surf and Turf, and Asian Cuisine.

Chefmakers At Sea will accommodate families, and in addition to age-appropriate kids classes, older children, when accompanied by an adult, may attend many of the classes.

When we attended, we had a private group, and the chef helped us create a four-course menu, with wine.

A suggestion for making sure you don’t miss the boat for the cooking class: Stop by the Chefmakers At Sea information desk on the first day of the cruise. The desk is located at the front of Jade in the Windjammer Cafe. Review the class schedule and sign up. The most popular classes sell out, so don’t delay if you see a class that intrigues your inner chef.

Bon Appétit

Disney Dream Is Christened in Port Canaveral

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011


What a show!

Disney Dream christening ceremony in Port Canaveral


A helicopter delivered a 16-foot oversized bottle of dreams to the bow to commemorate the christening of Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship in the fleet, Disney Dream.

Under sunny skies and with more than 3,000 people in attendance at the Port Canaveral home to Disney Cruise Line‘s cruise empire, Disney Dream was christened.

Port Canaveral gets in on the act, flys a banner over crowd proclaiming “Welcome Home Disney Dream!”

The event was expertly produced combining traditional elements of a ship christening with the magic of Disney. A live webcast on the Disney Cruise Line website allowed fans from all over the world to watch the event. Also, a very active stream on Twitter allowed people to keep up with the non-stop activities. Highlights of Disney Dream christening included:

  • Disney Dream godmother Jeniffer Hudson (who sang on the Disney Wonder as a cast member and Oscar winner for her role in Dreamgirls) sang and delivered the christening prayer, “I christen thee Disney Dream. May God bless Her and all who sail on Her.”
  • Disney Dream flag ceremony, with Navy band performance.
  • An entertainment spectacular featuring fireworks and fanfare.
  • Speeches from The Walt Disney World Company executives. Tom Staggs thanked the hundreds of cast members who were waving from the decks in celebration and Bob Iger informed the crowd why they chose the name: “We named our ship the Disney Dream because she was created to make dreams for our guests.”

Make sure to check out the Avid Cruiser Facebook fan page to follow Ralph as he explores Disney Dream.

Can’t get enough? Check out our other Disney Dream stories on Family Cruise Advisor:

From Port Canaveral, Florida, Disney Dream will cruise to the Bahamas on rotating 3, 4, and 5-night cruises. All cruises on Disney Dream will visit Disney Cruise Line’s private Bahamian island Castaway Cay.