Step on board and come sail away with me! I am sharing my Disney Cruise vacation experience with you guys and I am so excited to do so! I’ve been lucky to take a few great vacations in my 27 years but nothing compared to this trip! I’d love to sit and ramble on and on about anything and everything but that would make for a long post. So instead I decided to break my trip into a few different blog posts. I had so many pictures and video from our cruise I felt it deserved a few posts broken out over time. Here’s how I am going to share my Disney Cruise experience with you all:
- Our Disney Cruise:A Brief Recap
- Our Disney Cruise: How to Avoid Sea Sickness
- Our Disney Cruise: Food on Food on Food
- Our Disney Cruise: Island life
So now without further adieu, a brief recap of the greatest vacation I’ve ever been on!
Our Disney Cruise: Highlights
We were so excited to board the Disney Dream a week ago for our spring 2016 vacation. We were joined with my parents, brother, Judd’s parent’s and brother and my parent’s best friends from high school. It was a kid-free bunch and we were so excited to be going on vacation together as one big family. We left Port Canaveral at 4:30p and celebrated our departure at the Sail Away party on deck. We danced and sang while our ship pulled out of port. We were off for a great journey and an epic vacation. There are a few things I really loved about cruising with Disney Cruise Line.
One thing that Disney has always done so well is entertainment. Their shows at the parks which include parades are nothing short of amazing. Their cruise entertainment is just the same-incredible! We saw 2 shows while we were on the Dream. The first night was the Golden Mickey’s show-similar to The Oscars award show but with Disney songs and characters. The performers were incredible and the songs made you sing along. The second show we saw was the Believe show. It started out as a story of a father and daughter and how the relationship grows. Through famous Disney songs like Mary Poppin’s Supercalifragilistic and Lion King’s Circle of Life you watched as the performers told the story of a bond between father and daughter. This show had me really singing and dancing in my seat!
Saturday night of our cruise the ship held a Pirate Night Party. I had shirts made with Mikey and Minnie Pirates on them and we dressed up with bandannas and pirate earrings. At sunset, the Pirate Party began with stage performers on the pool deck which transforms into a stage. You sing ‘Yo-ho!” and say “Argh” much like Pirates do. After our dinner and once the sunset it was time for fireworks. That’s right, fireworks off the starboard side of the ship and over the ocean. It was an incredible experience especially with the full moon above us.
Each night you dine at a different restaurant on board. On the Disney Dream, there are 3 rotational dining places: Enchanted Garden, Royal Palace and Animator’s Palate. Each night you dine at a different restaurant but your wait staff remains the same. I loved being able to stay with the same staff each night. They picked up on what we like: for me they knew I always wanted tea and not coffee. They also knew of any allergies like Judd’s shellfish one. I wish we could’ve taken our server, Then home with us! He was absolutely wonderful! I’ll share more about my dining experiences later…
The great thing about a Disney Cruise is there are so many activities you can do on board. They have activities for all ages! On Saturday when we were in Nassau, we spent about an hour on the island in the straw market and walking the streets near port. Then we headed back to the ship to enjoy some pool time. They have a basketball court, water slide or “Aqua Duck” as we knew it, spa services and much much more. We took a ride on the Aqua Duck, a water slide that goes over the ship and the ocean. We screamed like kids and had a blast! Afterwards, we spent a lot of time at the satellite pool at the front of the ship. The bartender grabbed us each a fruity cocktail while we soaked up some sun. Disney also offers a section of the boat for kids to spend their time. They have 2 pool areas with a small water slide as well as different places on the ship to play around.
One of my favorite features on the Disney Dream was the “Adult’s Only” Section. This was at the front of the boat on the 13th deck. It included 2 pools, one with a swim-up bar and a hot tub. There were a few bars and servers who walked around and got drinks for everyone. It was like a cabana. We spent a lot of time in this section during the day. It was quiet and serine. The one thing I worried about for this cruise was being around a lot of screaming children. (No offense to anyone with kids.) The adult only section of the boat allowed us to get away from the craziness and relax in peace and quiet.
Probably the highlight of our trip was partaking in the adult entertainment at night. After dinner we would head to one of the clubs. Our first night we sipped on champagne cocktails in Pink’s Champagne Room. They had a violinist playing some soft music and it was pretty relaxing. Then we headed over to Evolution for some Krazy Karaoke. First off our host was hilarious! He kept the crowd entertained and cracked jokes about everyone who sang. One guy did an incredible rendition of N’Sync’s Bye By Bye with the dance moves straight from the music video. My inner teenager was freaking out. Of course my shrieking was also courtesy of Moet champagne! Each time someone finished their song they were offered a shot from the “Wheel of Death.” Sounds horrible yet slightly tempting!
The second night we went back to Evolution for “Dream Quest” scavenger hunt and 80s Music trivia. The Scavenger hunt was interesting! We teamed up as a family and had a number. The host would ask for your team number and something strange….for example one request was a girl wearing a guy’s shirt. Judd quickly took off his nice button up and I threw it on over my jump suit. At the end of the game the host asked for a guy to come up to the stage in a woman’s bra and heals. Then he made them parade around to music and the audience voted for a winner. It was hilarious to watch AND be a part of! 80’s Music Trivia was after and it was awesome! Not only did you have to answer trivia questions correct but you also had to complete a physical challenge. The room was split in half and you had to volunteer to do challenges for your team. At one point I moon-walked across the stage with 2 other teammates, one lady in a wheelchair who made us all look horrible! At another point Matt got out and did some break dancing which in the end won the game for our team.
Overall our Disney Cruise was an experience of a lifetime! For my first cruise I think they set the standards high for the next one! Disney goes above and beyond for their guests and it shows. If you’re thinking about planning a Disney Cruise you can check out my post here and refer to the Disney Cruise Line website here.