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I am taking my family on a 5-night Disney Cruise on Friday. I wanted to take a break from packing and getting ready for the trip, so I came to Bucknuts. Then it dawned on me that several of you have probably done this cruise before, so any tips from my fellow Bucknutters on Disney Cruises? Here is the itenarary so far... we spend 2 days at sea (counting embarking day), 2 days on Castaway Cay, and 1 day in Nasseau. In Nasseau we are spending the morning at Blue Lagoon Dolphin Adventure where we will be swimming with dolphins.
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Did the exact same cruise 2 years ago. Disney makes it easy, so I can't think of anything that you won't be able to figure out, very quickly, for yourself. I will say I was extremely pleased with the whole experience. Castaway Cay is outstanding! You will love the ease of getting on and off the island. Just don't lose your key to the world cards. Those cards are your id's to come and go from the boat, even on Castaway Cay.
We spent the day at Atlantis. We had had previously spent a weeks vacation at Atlantis, so we knew our way around and knew what to expect, so the Atlantis experience was a no brainer on the stop to Nassau. The only negatives are the waiting for the shuttles, to Atlantis and the other Nassau experiences, when we dis embarked the boat. Since Disney does not control the excursions, that part was a bit of a cluster.
If you enjoy running working out the, the gym is pretty nice and I was able to run around the entire boat on the outside of deck 5, IIRC, 3 laps was a mile.
Enjoy your trip.
I live on Merrit Island which is the island that you cross on the way to the boat. Have a great cruise!!
Cool! We leave on Friday from Ohio (driving). Our cruise actually embarks Sunday morning. We are staying in Cocoa Beach Saturday night. You wouldn't happen to be an MMA fan? I ask because I thought I might go out and try to find a sports bar carrying the fight Saturday night. If you're a fan, let's watch it together some place. If not a fan, maybe a good tip on a good sports bar there?
hetuckinwv - Thanks for the tips.
I'm planning on taking a Disney cruise next summer with my 10 year old and two older children. I thought a five day cruise then a two or three day in Orlando before we come home. Any info or insight you can offer when you get back would be greatly appreciated. PM me if you can when you get settled back in. Thanks and have the best time ever.
I have been on 4 Disney Cruises with the Family. I recommend 7 Day cruises. We have been to the Eastern Caribbean twice, Western Caribbean once and just this spring a Mexican Rivera Cruise. When in Orlando use Cocoa Beach Shuttle (321-631-4144) to get your from the Orlando Airport to Cape Canaveral. Call ahead of time for a reservation. Disney charges 60 bucks a person and you can use the shuttle for I believe less than 90 for everyone. I have a party of six, wife, 3 kids and my mother in law. Make sure that you do the evening entertainment. They usually have a comedian (clean for kids but late shows in the adult only lounges), a magician, ventriloquist and live shows and all are better or just as good as Vegas or New York. Some you may even recoginize the acts. On my last cruise they had Ricky Kalmon who is a well known Hypnotist. I would have never believed it until he had my wife up on stage doing things, like acting like Hanna Montana. It was a hoot. The kids will love their clubs. I have a 7, 11 and 12 year old and they make friends and spend a good part of the day with other friends that they make. The meals are great and never skip out on an evening meal. We always dined as a family and it was great way to kick the evening off. We prefer the early seating as it just suits our needs better. During the days at sea they have all kinds of activities, such as karaoke, scavenger hunts for the kids and make sure you do the Mickey 200 where you make a car out of a potatoe and carrots and then compete and race like the Boy Scouts. They have a great spa so you can work out or get a massage. My wife and I usually relaxed in the afternoons while the kids were at the clubs. I am now starting to book my excursions on my own. If this is your first cruise I recommend you book through Disney that way you can be sure that you will be on schedule. On later trips you can save some money and book them yourselves. I also belong to Disney Vacation Club, so if you have a chance speak with someone on the ship about it I highly recommend it. Our next cruise is scheduled over Christmas of next year. First time away from home for Christmas. Have a great time.
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Went on one couple years ago, huge area for kids on boat, allows parents to enjoy themselves with no worries about kids staying entertained. Only cruise ive been on that allows you to bring booze on board, this is a plus as drinks are very pricey. My only downside was no casino, but if your going on disney cruise its most likely for your kids. Shows are top notch too for kids, wouldnt expect any less from disney.
Thanks for all the advice guys. I will let everyone know how it went.
Oh, you also may have noticed that there is a one formal dinner night. Unless you are really into bringing dress clothes, I would not spend one second being concerned over this. Most of the people on our cruise just dressed in a resort casual look every night. For me, and most men, that meant a polo/short sleeve button shirt and nice shorts and sandals. For the women very casual dresses or shorts. For the kids, what ever makes mom and kids happy. We very quickly noticed the dress recommendation is not very important. So pack light, not a lot of room in the majority of the ships staterooms. Disney does have some of the largest in the cruise business, but it is not like staying at a resort.
The next exit from the cruise ships there is a row of restuarants. Milikens Reef, Rustys, Fishlips, Grills and few others. Good food, beer and TV's.
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Same here brother
I just got back this evening. I will do a more detailed report in tomorrow, but I wanted to let everyone know that the vacation was a big hit.
High points: Dinners and service, riding Aquaduck at night with kids, enjoying sunset from balcony with wife, swimming with dolphins in Nassau, taking my oldest snorkeling for the first time.
Low points: spending $1300 on board for excursions, pictures, merchandise, tips, and drinks, witnessing a disgusting leak into the shopping area (urine was coming straight out of the ceiling!), burning feet on top deck first day, limited after hours snack selection
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