I took a vacation in the Bahamas quite awhile ago last year over Winter Break. My Mom and I went on a disney cruise! It’s literally the coolest vacation I’ve ever been on. It was so much fun. We went on the Disney Magic, the smallest of their cruise ships. Even though they say it’s small, I don’t believe that. It’s still super large and there are a ton of areas you can explore. My Mom and I flew from O’Hare airport to Miami International Airport in Florida. The port was located in Miami. The next morning we took a cab over to where the ships are. If you haven’t seen a cruise dock, you really should. The ships are SO HUGE. You won’t believe it! I was amazed by the sheer size of some of them. We had tags put on our luggage and handed them off to employees who put them on the ship. Then, we proceeded to check-in. It took some time, but was relatively quick. When you get on the ship, the cast members will welcome you with your party name (i.e. Goldberg family). It was really fun first coming onto the ship. The decor was so extravagant and authentic to disney. If you love disney, then you’ll love this cruise.
There were chandeliers and dark wood everywhere you looked. There were also paintings related to disney characters and sketches all around the ship. There was something waiting around every corner. Everything was very specific and detailed to a T. I was super excited to get tickets to meet different disney princesses. I had the chance to meet Elsa, Anna and Olaf, along with Rapunzel, Belle and Cinderella. They were all so nice! I got some great pictures which I’ll share in this post. I’ll break down my experience into different sections.
Food: Oh. My. God. The food was fantastic. Disney Cruise Line does rotational dining, so we ate at a different place every evening. For lunch, we could go to different restaurants or have snacks by the pool area. You can order as much as you want – appetizers, entrees, desserts, etc. They also have a different signature alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage for each day of the trip. My favorite restaurants were Animator’s Palette and Lumiere’s. Animator’s Palette has fun sketches all around and a great surprise at the end of the night. Lumiere’s is a french restaurant inspired by my favorite disney movie, Beauty and the Beast. I would recommend trying something new or splitting something with another person.
Enterainment: There were fun and exciting shows each night of the cruise. I brought my Mom to all of them. Tangled: The Musical was one of my favorites. There was also one about a twist on the classic Cinderella Story. I also got to see the new Star Wars movie in 3D. It was really cool watching it while on a cruise ship. These shows were great for all ages, from kids to grandparents. If you go on a disney cruise, I recommend making this a part of your nightly routine.
Characters: Meeting the characters was so much fun! I met quite a variety, including Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Cinderella, Rapunzel and Belle. Captain Hook also made an appearance during Pirate Night. I love how authentic they are – it really does feel like I’m talking to that character. You don’t have to pay anything to meet them but you should get advance tickets so you’re guaranteed to meet them.
Swimming: There was a cool water slide on the ship! That was really fun. I’d recommend it for anyone – though I think kids would especially enjoy it. There was also a family swimming pool that was pretty big, it tended to be loud and active because of young children. I’d recommend going to the adult pool/hot tub. It’s nice and quiet, a good place to get away and unwind. You can also order a drink poolside or go to the bar, so that’s a nice option to have.
Castaway Cay: This private island is so cool! It wasn’t the greatest weather when my Mom and I went, so we didn’t go swimming. I enjoyed laying out on a hammock reading a book by the ocean. I love the sound of the waves crashing. It’s so relaxing. They also provided lunch for us, mainly hotdogs and burgers and assorted side dishes. I enjoyed a frozen pina colada drink based on Frozen. There are also plenty of souvenir shops where you can get exclusive Castaway Cay merchandise.
Overall, I definitely want to go again! I’m hoping I could go on a week-long cruise. Maybe Oslo, Norway? There’s also the Star Wars day at sea. It would be fun to meet Darth Vader and his fellow storm troopers. There’s also a formal night on longer cruises. I love dressing up, so that would be really fun. If you’re interested in learning about disney cruises you can check out their website: https://disneycruise.disney.go.com/. I would recommend booking with a travel agent. The process is a lot easier and they can get you the best deals and guide you through everything.