Thursday, March 15, 2018

Disney Cruise: Wanting To Stowaway On Castaway Cay

After we dropped the kids off at the kids' club, we decided to catch the trolley to the adult only beach!
The water was really cold but I couldn't resist the chance to stick my feet in the Carribbean!
This is me and our friend, Jen, who cruised with us.
This was amazing enough without being warm. Can you imagine how incredible it would be with some heat and some sun?!?!?
Dave and I decided to indulge and get some drinks. I was cold but determined to fulfill my fantasy of sipping a drink while looking out over the ocean. Ha!
That night we had my favourite meal ever at Lumiere's. I had escargot, French onion soup, and a salad. I didn't even want the main course. Yummmmm!!! Sadly, Rachel fell asleep in my lap at 6 and didn't eat a thing.
However, she woke up briefly for souvenir shopping and to get one last autograph and picture with Pluto. The kids thought it was hilarious that he balanced their autograph books on his nose to sign! (By the way, Disney Cruise Line has a PDF of "My First Cruise Book." We printed it out, bound it, and gave it to the kids for Christmas, along with pirate outfits. That's how they found out we were going on a cruise! The back page of the book was perfect for all the autographs they wanted. You can find the printable here.)
The next day we had to end our cruise. It still makes me sad to think of it :( We had an extra day in Miami but we didn't find much to do. We walked around a whole bunch and wished we were back on the ship.
Eventually we found a park for the kids to play at. Then we headed back to our hotel and ate McDonald's while we watched the Eagles beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl. Whooo hooo!!! Sam, who was cheering for the Patriots, was not as excited.
The next morning we headed home. We were exhausted but we'd had so much fun.

I didn't know what I would think of cruising but honestly, I LOVED it. It was like all the adventures of a road trip without having to make all the decisions about where to eat and when to stop for night, and without all the driving. We enjoyed discovering a new place every day and Sam, especially, loved the freedom of the ship.

It was the perfect Disney experience for us because we got to meet all the characters without having to deal with insane crowds, without needing to ride the rides (because why else are you paying the park admission?), and we were able to take some downtime whenever we wanted.

I would LOVE to go again. Next time I'd like to do a longer cruise (this one felt a little short) and have some "at sea" days to enjoy the ship a little more. The kids want to spend some more time in the kids' clubs and I want some time to relax on a beach chair and read.

So if you're wondering what I'm doing in my free time over the next few months, I'm cruising (see what I did there?!?) the Disney website and dreaming about our next adventure. Ha! Dave wishes I was joking about that :)


  1. Sam looks so grown up in that last picture! Yay for adult time :)

  2. If you are really in to trying out a longer cruise I would suggest you look at other cruise lines as well. Each of them has their own pros and cons. I have never sailed with Disney and our son was older when we started to cruise so that was not the experience we were looking for. All cruise lines will have a kids club and activities. The big differences will be the ships vs the itineraries and of course costs! I used Cruise Critic for most of my research when I first started - be careful though each cruise line has it's cheer leaders and some can be quite rude as well. The nice thing about that website is it's all in one place. One person I have followed for quite some time on Cruise Critic is Mitsugirly - she does quite intensive reviews of her cruises and she cruises with her 9 year old daughter and some extended family.

    This is a link to one of her reviews. You may have to create an account to see it.

  3. I’m so glad cruising was such a good experience for you! I feel like it’s one of those things that sounds so skeptical but once you do it, you love it! I went on one cruise (Royal Caribbean) and would LOVE to go back. Adam, who has never gone on a cruise, claims he has ZERO desire to cruise. Ugh!


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