Are you an avid cruiser? If you are anything like I was, odds are you’ve never really considered Disney Cruise Line as an option to take before. In fact, I never thought about cruising with Disney until the Wonder came to port in Los Angeles a few years ago, and even then I almost shrugged it off. Weren’t Disney Cruises really expensive?
We had just come back from Walt Disney World for the first time, and I was itching to go back, so I requested materials to start planning a new trip. Included in the avalanche of brochures Disney sent was a small DVD for Disney Cruise Line. After one fateful viewing of it, I was HOOKED.
The timing was perfect, as MiceChat had just started advertising for their cruise on the brand new Disney Dream. We were already planning an October trip for our Honeymoon, and a luxurious few days on an oceanview verandah seemed like, well, a Dream! The months flew by, and before I knew it, we were standing in the parking garage waiting to go into the cruise terminal.
Before we cruised, I was worried that I would get bored on a cruise. I was completely wrong! The ships are gigantic and filled with fun activities. There was never a dull moment: from the amazing spa to the top deck mini-golf, there was a ton to do. We even missed out on a few must-do activities (like the Midship Detective Agency!) because we ran out of time. We kept up with all the scheduled activities by checking the “Navigator” event schedule our room steward left for us (along with chocolates and cute towel animals!). The navigator was packed full of information, including what movies were showing in the theater to when the wine tasting was. We lost ours right away and had a hard time replacing it, so make sure you keep yours handy! We had no idea that the AquaDuck wasn’t running until late evening on the first day, and it turns out that information was in the navigator that we lost. A lot of the information in the navigator isn’t really advertised anywhere else, so if you don’t take the time to read it you may not know what is being offered. We happened to be walking by during the Diaper Dash (an insanely cute race for crawling babies) but would have never guessed that was an event held on board.
If your idea of vacation is a leisurely read on the sun deck make sure you bring your own books, as Disney’s ships do not have an official library. The Cove Bar does have a small lending shelf but titles largely depend on the generosity of previous cruisers, whose tastes may not reflect your own. I flew through the two books I had downloaded before we left port and a library would have been much appreciated.
The room itself was gorgeous and the bed was nicer than the one I had at home! There was enough room for our luggage and we still had empty drawers after unpacking. You also have access to Disney movies on demand, as well as recorded versions of the live stage shows. We had an extended verandah which was nice until the people on the decks above us started throwing food down- instead of falling into the water it landed on our balcony. Unlike all of the other verandah categories, you’re also visible to everyone above you.
We were impressed by all of the dining options. We never made it to breakfast in the restaurants, because our cabin was a few decks below Cabanas, the Dream’s delicious buffet. Instead, we enjoyed taking our plates out onto the giant verandah to enjoy breakfast with a view. We also ate dinner there once after the main dining room’s cuisine was not what we wanted. Cabanas is also a great option if you have small children who won’t sit still for a long meal. We found that dining in the main restaurants can take quite a while, especially if you get a team of slower servers.
I also loved the fine dining room, Palo. It was one of the best meals I’ve ever enjoyed AND they let me order two desserts when I couldn’t choose which one I wanted. It’s amazing that it was only $20 extra.
If you’re still hungry, there are a few quick service stands located on the pool deck, along with self-serve ice cream. It was amazing ice cream and I found myself grabbing a cone every time we walked by. Then there’s room service. We had never ordered it before, because it’s usually expensive and out of our budget. On the cruise it’s included, so we ordered a whole dinner (including a Mickey premium bar!)
I love the luxury of a Disney cruise. I spent hours in the spa lounging on warm tile chairs and a whole day in a hammock on Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. There was even a barbeque buffet provided, so you didn’t have to go back onto the ship.
Even with all of the amazing amenities that Disney offers, my favorite part of the cruise was being part of a large group. We had built-in dinner companions, extra friendly faces while walking the deck, and the absolute best spa partners. By the end of the cruise, we had made memories to last a lifetime. I realized that not only are Disney cruises affordable, but the experience itself is priceless. Where else can you sail with Captain Mickey and see fireworks on the high seas? It was one of the best vacations I’ve ever had and I can’t wait to cruise with Disney and MiceChat again on the new Fantasy this fall.
Oh, and did I mention that MiceChat is planning a Disney cruise through the Mediterranean with stops in Spain, France and Italy in June of 2014? With, wait for it . . . a side trip to Disneyland Paris! There’s no use resisting. There are exotic seas to explore with my MicePals.
Are you a Disney cruiser? What was the highlight of your last cruise?
Join us for another magical MiceChat cruise on the new Disney Fantasy
Saturday, October 19 through Saturday, October 26, 2013
We invite you to join us on a very special MiceChat voyage to the Eastern Caribbean on the newest ship of the Disney Cruise Line, the Disney Fantasy.
This 7 night cruise will depart from Port Canaveral, Florida, and visit the islands of St. Maarten, St. Thomas/St. John and Disney’s Private Island Castaway Cay (our favorite port of call).
You’ll receive an on board credit from Fairy Godmother Travel in addition to all the wonderful travel planning services! Contact Fairy Godmother Travel today.
If you would like a no-obligation quote for a cruise, or any Disney vacation, feel free to email Ari at [email protected]