Hey guys. Putting up a few photos of our Disney Cruise to give you a peek if you’re curious. I am no Disney expert but I’ll drop a few details. We went last year in November. Our family of four meet up with my husband’s parents and two brothers’ families bringing us to a total of 14. We opted for the 4 day cruise on the Disney Wonder out of the port of Galveston the week before Thanksgiving. Yes, it was decorated for Christmas and everybody loved that.
I insisted on a stateroom with a balcony which I was glad to have. I doubt I would have jumped overboard if the ship was going down, but it felt good to have the option and I can’t explain why. Either way the view is nice.
I am a Disney-lite kinda person, if there is such a thing. I did feel a little in the mood to participate so I bought the kids mouse ears , some Target t-shirts, and myself some pins for my vest. I mean I’m not a total troll. Actually, last minute I stumbled upon Micky mouse pajama pants in the Target holiday section for $5 a piece. I was there for last minute essentials and so I bought 8 pairs of matching pants for the women and children, which obviously fell under the essentials category.
As you can imagine there were lots of kid activities. Check the printed daily schedule in your stateroom for all the details. Up on the deck you have two pools. One pool is an 18+ pool/ cafe area and the other is a slide/ pool/ snack bar area for families. Warning the ice cream dispenser here is endless. Its located next to the always open snack bar. You can order adult drinks for a charge to your room with your cruise card.
When the adults are ready for a break from family time kids can be dropped off in a Kid’s club area with games, tvs, and play areas. Kids scan in and out with a secure check in system and a family password. In our case we also added our extended family and we were able to help gather cousins as well. Kids can request food from the crew or a call to parents at any time. Warning our son requested pick up right away just to test the system. We had to explain to him he was going stay in childcare while we went to the no kid areas. He was sure we were having more fun with out him, and he was right! Ages 3+
Check the daily schedule for deck dance parties and other activities. Warning activities do get crowded so if its important to you arrive early. We attended the after dinner live shows which were great. Arrive when the doors open to hold your seats. On that note if you can do schedule early dining. We had early dining then went back to our state room to get kids in pjs and then went back to the show.
As I mentioned above there is a printed hard copy of events placed in your stateroom daily. You can also access event information on the Disney cruise app that you download to your phone. This includes activities you personally scheduled and your schedule for dinner. Your phone will not work will out at sea (unless you purchase the roaming package) BUT this app will work on board the ship. In the Disney cruise app you can communicate with your entire party with a group chat. We were able to add our extended family to the chat and coordinate when to head out for activities.
We did not schedule any character meet and greats so I can not speak to those. Nor did we stand in line for character pictures. I did mention I was a Disne-lite kinda girl. We saw characters walking around the boat and did go to the Christmas tree lighting where we saw Mickey and Minnie mouse do a little song and skit.
Food is everywhere on this boat. Most of what we had was pretty good. For breakfast you can hit up the buffet or order room service if you submit your request the night before on the form in your stateroom. Standard lunch options are back at the buffet or the snack bar up on the top deck. You can schedule some different adult brunch options for additional fees. My brother and sister-in-law did this and enjoyed. For dinner we all opted for early dining upon booking. My sister-in-law did arrange for all 14 of us to dine at the same table which was really great. Each night you rotate between the three restaurants with your same serving staff. Below is a picture of the walls of the Animators Palette coming to life with the after dinner show. This was my favorite dinner spot.
While this boat is a busy blast there are quiet corners for those who go looking. I did have a lovely massage in the spa. The customer service is outstanding at every turn. We also found this loop around the boat mid ship for a nice stroll. You can carry your glass of wine out to a comfortable chair and watch the ocean. As I type this I am reminded that a few days in I did start to feel the ocean get to me. I did take my Father-in-law up on the offer of a motion sickness patch. This is worth mentioning because many of us ended up feeling better after we put a patch on. I would say pack some medication just in case you sail through a storm like we did.
Below are a few pictures of the adult areas. The adult pool is about the same size as the kids pool but much less crowded, fyi. We did opt to leave the kids with grandparents and visit the After Hours area. The bar areas were a nice break. We spent some time in the English pub playing games and then listened to the live music in the lounge.
Our only port of call was Cozumel. We took a look at the options and made a plan but no pre-bookings. We opted to deboard the ship and walk through to the plaza and hail a taxi to Chankanaab. We arrived and paid on the spot for a day access and found a nice spot by a sandy cove. We were located near a restaurant and walking distance to the dolphins. Which we stopped and admired on our way by. Here we ate, drank, and watched the kids snorkel with minimal gear I brought from home. Honestly the kids mostly played with a fallen coconut and my hollowed out pineapple from my pina colada. I enjoyed this approach and would do it again just the same. Below was the view we enjoyed.
If you are thinking of booking in the fall do it now this is your reminder. If you have any questions ask them and I just might have an answer or a story to go along. I did book our Disney Cruise with Costco travel so I got a few hundred dollars in Costco Cash. Worth it. You can check the Disney site for more details and then go book through Costco to get the rewards.
Including a few travel carry on favorites. My son lives for traveling with his Trunki. We pack it up and he plays on that thing through airports, layovers, and hotel stays. There is a cross body strap that can be added which also serves as a leash to pull. I love my Long Champ bags for travel. They are lightweight, chic, and even wipe-able. The green and blue bag on wheels is my daughters bag. I like that fits under her seat, is not too heavy, and that it has big arm straps that I can throw over my shoulder in a hurry. My kids do have bags to carry, but I need to be able to scoop them up when needed. Hunting for the ultimate weekender. These are current contenders. I’ll let you know which one I pick. Happy travels!