Disney is known for pulling out all the stops to make sure its guests have a magical vacation. Its cruise line is no different. Disney cruises pack in all the magic of the parks without the rides. Before our cruise, I was a little nervous it would be chaotic with all those people crammed on the same boat. Fortunately, this was not the case.
We had the pleasure of cruising on the Disney Wonder for four nights in the Bahamas and it wasn’t chaotic at all. In fact, it felt much more intimate and personal than the parks. I love the Disney parks- I always have and always will. But part of the charm aboard the Disney Wonder was seeing those familiar faces multiple times a day. From our stateroom host to the guests that sat at adjoining tables every evening at dinner or waited in the same line to meet a character, it was easy to feel like we were part of a family.
Take for instance, the sweet old lady in the wheel chair we found ourselves waiting in line with on multiple occasions to meet characters. She was celebrating her 80th birthday and only wanted one gift- to meet Minnie and Mickey. Watching her interact with the characters was so special it brought tears to my eyes more than once.
Disney Cruise Line’s rotational dining only added to the magic. Rotational dining allowed guests to eat at each of the restaurants and still keep their same servers. Servers and guests became acquainted with one another, allowing for better service. We loved our servers, Oscar and Sheldon and couldn’t ask for better service.
There were so many highlights of our cruise. What was our favorite, you ask? That would depend on who you talk to. Here are our favorite moments from our cruise aboard the Disney Wonder, according to each member of the family.
Of course if you were to ask Ladybug about her favorite part of the cruise she would tell you, matter-of-factly, that meeting the characters was the best thing ever. We met almost every one on aboard (aside from Captain Hook, but that’s no surprise if you knew her.) Which one was her favorite? It changes by the day. But most likely she’ll tell you that one of the princesses takes the top spot. (Again, no surprise.) By the way, the picture below is one of my favorites. It looks like Ladybug and Cinderella are having a heart to heart.
Another favorite of Ladybug’s was the unlimited supply of soft-serve ice cream cones available at her fingertips. Or the complimentary cookies and milk we ordered from room service before bed. I don’t usually let her have so many sweets but hey, we were on vacation. I may have indulged on a few too many myself.
And we can’t forget to mention swimming in the waters at Castaway Cay. She loved pretending to be a mermaid as D swung her around in the crystal blue waters. Finding shells was also a favorite way to occupy her time on the island.
I’m sure if Buddy could talk, he would say that his favorite moment of the cruise was our port day at Castaway Cay. He has always been a water baby. Anytime he’s in the water, he’s happy. He splashed around in the waves with reckless abandon. Even when he accidentally put his face in the water, he sat up with an ear-to-ear grin.
Coming up at a close second was when Chip and Dale joined him on the floor and the three of them crawled around the floor of Deck 4. Buddy, who loves whenever someone gets down on his level, thought it was hilarious and crawled between them and over them with delight.
D loved all the details of the ship. The Disney Wonder is a beautiful boat. Part of the fun is finding all the exquisite details that make it beautiful.
The day our ship was in docked at Castaway Cay, D competed in the Castaway Cay 5K. An avid runner since high school, D will gladly participate in anything that has to do with running. (I, on the other hand, watched the kids so he could compete- why would I exert myself on vacation?) He placed second and spent the rest of the day proclaiming that he would’ve won if he didn’t have to stop and ask for directions. (Insert eye roll here.)
I was most looking forward to the food. I’m a major foodie and I had high expectations for the food on the cruise. Thankfully, my expectations were met and even exceeded. I spent four nights dining in excellence. From the Osso Bucco I ate at Palo to the Jerk Chicken I consumed on Pirate Night, everything was so good.
Castaway Cay was a highlight for all of us but for different reasons. I enjoyed relaxing in a beach chair with my legs in the cool water feeling the warm sun on my back, admiring the paradise surrounding me. It was just the vacation I needed.
The sunrises from the ship were stunning and I tried to witness as many as possible. On more than one occasion, I donned my exercise clothing and used the early morning calm to walk off the many ice cream cones I indulged in the day before.
I took Ladybug to her first live stage play, Disney Dreams- An Enchanted Classic. Though it might not be a highlight for her, I loved watching her face light up as more and more of her favorite Disney characters appeared onstage. She was captivated by the experience and I look forward to taking her to more performances at the children’s theater close to our home.
As you can see, there is so much fun to be had on a Disney cruise. There is something for everyone to enjoy, from kids clubs to activities geared towards adults. But don’t take my word for it, go ahead and find out for yourself.
What is your favorite part about a Disney cruise?
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