And unfortunately, here is our last post from our first Family Disney Cruise back in 2014...
I can tell you from this point on the details will be a bit more sketchy...as I sit down to start writing the details, I can tell you the thing I remember most is that it went all too fast! While it has only been six short months since we had this adventure, it is sometimes hard to separate one day from the other. Luckily I saved the Navigators from each day.
A thing about the Navigators. While it was wonderful to have them each night on the bed waiting for us when we came back from dinner, and we did pass them around to see what we wanted to do the next day, we actually used the ones on our phone app. There is a lot of information on these things, so you would have to carry around this big piece of paper...and if you lost it, your whole itinerary was gone! Having it on the phone was so much cooler, and it fit in your back pocket. You could even set a reminder within the app and it would let you know that 'such and such' was about to start on deck whatever. Each person could set their own reminders and I could keep up with where everyone was.
Another thing to keep in mind...the shopping onboard! If you like visiting the gift shops in the Disney resorts, you will love the shopping onboard! The one thing to keep in mind...they are CLOSED when you are in port! It was really cute listening to people complain about that. (although there were numerous signs and announcements reminding you). So, plan accordingly!
Monday morning was announced with a beautiful sunrise! I love sunrises. Always have. Unfortunately no one else in my family appreciates the beauty of a good sunrise.
Now, let's continue our voyage!
We are now onboard the ship!
Once you are on board, there are a couple of things to keep in mind.
#1 Your stateroom probably won't be ready for a while. It depends on how fast they get everything cleaned from the previous cruisers (so remember that when you disembark.) Usually it is around 1pm, but could be earlier or later. They will not make the announcement until ALL staterooms are ready. So if you are planning on swimming or riding the wonderful water slide the Aqua Duck, pack a swimsuit in your carry on!
#2 Eat Lunch!
Now, also keep in mind that EVERY ONE will be doing the same thing...so the ship will feel much more crowded (and a bit chaotic) at this point than at any other point during the cruise.
Even though I studied the deck plans before hand, I was over whelmed when first boarding. We were starving and I completely forgot where to find Cabanas! (Great place for buffet lunch ...or breakfast for that matter). Luckily helpful Cast Members are willing to assist! We were soon enjoying a scrumptious lunch sitting with a view of the water!
A quick note about Cabanas...there are tons of seating inside in the air conditioning, and loads of seating on the deck outside, some shaded and some in full sun. Once you have your cabins, you can even take your food back to the cabin and eat on your balcony...or in the room if you want to. The thing my kids loved the most...if you get up early they could eat breakfast with Mom...and then brunch with Dad, then lunch together as a family, then snacks later on...well you get the idea. My kids LOVE to eat!
Now for a short series on a cruise trip report from way back in October 2014. Sit back and enjoy!
This will start the first in a series of Trip Reports. I apologize in advance for the length, but it was just so amazing it is hard to fit it all in...so it WILL be a series on the October Disney Cruise. Sit back and enjoy!
I was so excited for my first Disney Cruise!
It is really hard to describe the excitement as I booked my birthday cruise the previous year. I made countdowns, thought about Fish Extenders, and excursions.
So, let's back up a bit and give a few details. We went on a 4 night Haunted Sailing on the Disney Dream from October 19 to 23. Halloween is NOT my favorite time of year, but you only turn 60 once in your life - so away we went! Or at least away I booked.
First thing I did after booking was to down load a nifty little app to my phone from Disney, Disney Cruise Line Navigator. Very similar to My Disney Experience, but specific to Disney Cruises (and MUCH more reliable!) Prior to sailing it really only gives you a countdown, but once you arrive onboard it becomes your lifeline!
It contains your daily Navigator, which basically tells you where to be and when (along with tons of information about what is going on onboard the ship), as well as tells you how to get there!(Quick deck maps that fit in your pocket) It also has the ability to text other members of your party...a really cool feature if you have teens!
The next thing I did was to find my cruise group on Facebook. Almost every Disney Cruise has a dedicated group on Facebook. This is where you can find tons of info from fellow cruiser on things ranging from the Sail Away party to Fish Extenders.
On the original Disney ships they had large brass clips outside each stateroom door. They were shaped like fish and could be used to attach notes and such. It didn't take long for crafty Disney fans to discover a new use for them... they hung large hanging pockets from them, decorated of course, to be the receptacle of small trinkets and gifts from one cruiser to another. These become known as Fish Extenders.
On any given cruise there will be numerous Fish Extender groups. Each group will run a bit differently, and each group sets the maximum participants. Small gifts are left anonymously in the pockets through out the cruise. While it was something I really wanted to participate in I found time ran away from me too quickly and I had to pass on this activity. Next time I am IN!
Next on my list was to day dream about excursions. Yes, that was all I was able to do on this sailing. Dream about excursions. I have a special needs son, one who we never know how he will deal with new things. We knew he loved all things Disney but he had never been on a cruise before so we weren't sure how he would react, so excursions were out for this trip. He is already asking for what we are doing on our next cruise, so I guess our fears were unfounded.
Disney has so many things to do on board that are free, it really isn't a big deal if you go with no excursions. Mr D had a list a mile long of things he wanted to try...each morning! He never did get to all the items on his list and never made it to the kids club. Of course, he and Dad especially loved the days we were in port...there was little to no competition on getting a round of Goofy Golf or a ride on the Aqua Duck!
Stay tuned for the next installment about our arrival at Port Canaveral.
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