Think back and try to remember your BEST vacation ever! Was it a vacation to a beach? A sightseeing trip? Maybe a family reunion back home?
Did you have to still have to plan the meals even on vacation? Cleaning? What about trying to figure out what to do every day to make everyone happy? How much did you spend?
Well, for me my favorite vacation of all time so far has to be a cruise I took with husband and my kids on the Disney Cruise Line.
As you board the ship for the first time they announce your name over a speaker, treating you like royalty, one by one as you enter the grand lobby. Ship personnel greets you and the amazement of the ship's decor wows you as you walk in!
From the carpet to the ceiling the detail is remarkable. When you look around you are sure to find those "hidden Mickey's" we all love to look for.
The Sail Away Party is fun for everyone from the kids to the adults with music, dancing, characters, & in Disney style confetti. As the ship sails away the horn plays "When you wish upon a star" and sometimes you may here another song or 2 along your cruise as you sail away at the end of your port day.
The itineraries and ports you visit along our cruise journey are very well planned out with Disney. They have cruises to the Bahamas, the Caribbean, and limited cruises to Europe and Alaska. Whether you decide to take a sightseeing land trip in port, go to a beach to snorkel & swim with the dolphins, or maybe do some shopping in town on your own - safety is always number one.
There are separate beaches for each type of cruiser. Families with little ones can go to the beach that has water slides, shallow water, and a tot spot water works playground. There's a middle beach for all types of cruisers, and then there's the adult only quiet beach at the end of the islandThere are a variety of food and snack options for everyone during the day. Adults ... don't forget to stop by one of the few bars on the island for some yummy drinks and adult mingling. The bartenders have some fabulous stories
about living on the island when the ship sails off and they stay there. There is also an all you can eat BBQ lunch at "Cookies" on the island to all guests of the ship for $0... Yes free and it delish!
One part of nostalgia that you will see on the island are the old Walt Disney World Trams that transport you around the island. Hop on and off all day as many times as you like... Remember you're on vacation ~ relax & let them do the driving!
The Castaway Cay 5kRunners.. Don't forget to look in your daily brochure or ask someone at the info desk onboard about the Castaway Cay 5k on the morning it arrives into port. You won't want to miss this fun run with medallions for everyone :)
GOT KIDS?Ya well, even the most pickiest teen will have fun! The teens will love a special hang out just for them on the island that has hammocks, music, pool tables, & themed activities all day long. They won't want to leave, but the party can continue later at night in the teen areas onboard called the Loft. In the Loft they have soda & ice cream parties, a big screen TV to watch movies and sports on, and yes video game contests amongst their peers. You're little ones will also have a blast in their own age specific clubs and nursery. Character greetings, games, PJ parties, and more await them. They'll be begging you to take them there first thing the next morning.
FABULOUS FOOD!Each night you will rotate to a different dining room where the food and ambiance will be extraordinary like the service you will receive. From Casual to Formal dining options also onboard you won't want to miss. For breakfast and lunch there is a buffet on the top floor overlooking the water. Food selections are the usual Mickey waffles, fruit, oatmeals, cereals, an omelette station, and more in the morning. For lunch you may find sliced carving stations, salads, mashed potatoes, and even some amazing surprises like stone crab claws to peel and eat shrimp. Outside by the pool you will find burgers, sandwiches, salads, ice cream, and pizzas. There's not enough time to eat it all.
Did someone say POOL?There are different pools for all age groups in your family. The kiddie pool, the middle pool which had a huge jumbo screen that plays movies and trivia all day/night, and the rear pool for adults only which has soothing music and a fantastic bar serving your favorite tropical drinks of the day to a special coffee bar just upstairs.
Activities onboardActivities onboard aren't just for the kids! While there is a theater showing musicals every night live on stage, don't forget the other amenities. The five star spa, a state of the art gym, a sports bar, a dance club, and yes even a movie theater!
RoomsThe rooms are immaculate just like the rest of the ship! With split bathrooms (a room with a toilet and sink- another room with a shower and sink) you're family will be out the door in no time and ready to run. The rooms are spacious and the balconies are beautiful. For the kids there are bunk beds and for the parents there is a king sized bed with a privacy curtain to separate the room. Room service and awesome stateroom attendants are kind and always helpful incase you need anything.
Now can you see why I said this was my favorite cruise? No cleaning, no cooking, and there was certainly enough to do.
With so much to do onboard alone, you will have to come back and book another cruise!
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