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Disney Cruise Line Eastern Caribbean Cruise with a Toddler: Day 4 Tortola

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We recently returned home on dry land from an amazing 7 night Eastern Caribbean cruise on the Disney Fantasy for one last vacation as a party of 3! This was our way of doing a babymoon keeping our toddler involved. Yes I know this is not really a babymoon, but whatever. We did a European babymoon when we were pregnant with our first son and wanted to do something exciting, but not exclude him. A Disney Cruise with our toddler was the perfect option for rest, relaxation, and adventure for the entire family. This post is about Day 4 where we docked in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. If you want to read about Day 3 first click here !

Day 4: Tortola, British Virgin Islands

Docking in Port

Since our son gets up earlier and we had a port side room, I had the chance to watch us dock, which I highly recommend if you have a verandah room port side or if you don’t head to deck 4 or 11. It was very cool to watch how they did everything including shoot the cables from the ship like dart guns! It was a long process, but even our two year old enjoyed watching them work and with gorgeous background views you really can’t beat that. Being on deck 9 forward we got a great view of the captains on the bridge watching everything and steering the ship!

Breakfast

Day 4 was our first day docked, so breakfast times were a bit earlier with continental breakfast starting at 6:30am and 7:30am for the full buffet in Cabanas. We headed to Cabanas for the full breakfast and sat in our favorite location outside on the aft patio. For breakfast we got an assortment of fruit, yogurt, omelettes, hash browns, sausage, bacon, pastries, and of course Mickey Waffles. We tend to get a variety and share it all.

Getting Off the Ship

After the ship is docked and cleared by the port, there will be an announcement as to when you can disembark for the port. If you have a scheduled port adventure your tickets will be delivered to your room the day prior and will have a location and time to meet. You will head there before disembarking UNLESS your ticket says to meet somewhere in port, so read them carefully and don’t be late. If you do not have a scheduled port adventure you can get off at your leisure once they give the all clear. You will need your key to the world card for each member of your group. Pay attention to the ships requirement on what form of ID you need to take off as well, in some ports you may need a passport in others you may just need a drivers license.

Renting A Car

Instead of a port adventure, scheduled tour or getting a taxi we opted to rent a car since there is an Avis right in the port. I will never do this again. I mean I will NEVER do this again. In Tortola the taxis are open air vehicles without seatbelt or car seats and I was very nervous about taking one with a toddler, so we opted for the rental car. The “car seat” we reserved was more like a booster, thankfully our toddler fit the height and weight for it. We had to argue for the SUV we had paid for, then the one we were given was diesel only.  You NEED AN SUV OR EVEN BETTER A JEEP to navigate the roads. They are mostly dirt and gravel.

We were supposed to bring the car back with gas full, but none of the gas stations had diesel… so we were charged for that and we are about 90% sure the guy just pocketed the money because he didn’t want to let us go instead to pay the cashier. Now that could have just been credit card fees, but this is Avis and not some random company. The whole rental process was not easy and the only thing I’d recommend in Tortola would be a port adventure or if you have a toddler walk around the port then get back on the ship. Looking back I am glad we did rent the car and we had a great day, BUT I don’t recommend doing it and I wouldn’t repeat the decision. It was an adventure though.

Exploring Tortola On Our Own

We love to go off the beaten path and do it our own way. Tortola was not the place to do that for us. The roads and cities have not recovered from recent hurricanes. The roads are basically cliffs without any road signs. Being pregnant the bumpiness of the roads and steepness made me extremely unfortable. The map we were given didn’t actually show all the roads and again missing road signs so it was very hard to navigate. The roads were the steepest I have ever experiences with what felt like 70 degree angles on dirt or gravel with one lane roads that two cars are expected to pass each other on.

It was not for the faint of heart, those afraid of heights, or a pregnant mom with her two year old in the backseat. Honestly thank goodness my husband is a stellar driver, because I never would have made it. I thought at multiple times we were either going to fall down a cliff or just plain get stuck. Okay, I know I am rambling, but I do not think I am exaggerating when I say you need to be a very skilled driver with off road experience, which I am not sure we qualified for to navigate these roads. I am sure the locals have no issues with it, but someone from a city not so much.

Smugglers Cove Beach

Our goal was to go to the off the beaten path Smugglers Cove Beach, this also may have been our mistake with the roads. Another beach may have had nicely paved roads that weren’t up a steep cliff, but we didn’t do that so I don’t know. The beach itself was one of the most beautiful I have ever been too.

Once we arrived I had an immediate sense of relief and we had an amazing beach morning. There is a small parking area and two stands that sell food and drinks and rent some shabby beach chairs, so not much in the way of amenities, but we put some towels in the sand just enjoyed the beach itself. The water was a bit rough and it is not shallow entry, so definitely watch little ones. Our son loved playing in the sand and we loved how few people were there with us. When we first arrived there may have been 10 people total. It was a beautiful spot to spend the morning and not too far from port IF you can brace yourself for the drive.

Getting Back to Port

We took a different way back to the port and the roads were a little bit better. Mainly we skipped the one terrifying steep hill climb, but it felt like most of the roads were pretty much the same. Driving through the towns you can see a lot of hurricane destruction, but also gorgeous cliffside mansions. It was very nice to get a good sense of the island and see what life is truly like there. The marinas are filled with beautiful yachts while a few feet away lay homes in shambles. In general the island is run down, but it is a Caribbean island so take that with a grain of salt.

After we returned to town and returned the rental car we walked through the small port and back to the ship. It was just starting to rain so we didn’t shop for any souvenirs, but the port area is very nice and loaded up with lots of shops and restaurants. You could easily spend your morning or afternoon strolling the streets and shops.

Lunch on the Ship

We got back on the ship around lunchtime and headed to Cabanas for another buffet lunch on the pool deck. This was a perfect scenario for us and our toddler son. We saved some money not eating off the ship and he was able to be back in time to eat and get his normal nap plus it was now raining, so we really lucked out we got back before that happened.

For lunch we had some fish nuggets, macaroni and cheese, rice, steamed veggies, pizza, tuna salad, pasta and my favorite a baked potato bar!

Afternoon Naps and Relaxation

The guys went back to get cleaned up and Killian to nap and I headed to the rainforest room and got coffee from Cove Cafe. Cove Cafe is located in the adult only section of the ship Quiet Cove on Deck 12 and you can pick up delicious specialty coffee and drinks for a small fee and they offer a selection of pasties and snacks that are included with your cruise fare. If you have a sweet tooth or want a light breakfast this is a great spot to grab and go! After I got back to the room with the coffees, Matt and I switched and he headed to the Rainforest room while I got ready for dinner at Palo, an adults only Italian restaurant, and pirate night.

Dinner in Palo

Palo is an adult only reservation recommended restaurant on Deck 12 of the Disney Fantasy. Palo is currently on all Disney Cruise Line ships. It is a high end restaurant with an uncharge and dress code. It is currently $40 per adult for both brunch and dinner. We opted for dinner and I highly recommend it! Reservations can be hard to get so make sure you book this in advance or check for a reservation right after you board the ship the very first day. We chose to eat dinner during pirate night and this is a great option if you don’t care as much about the pirate night dinner and it seems to be easier to get a reservation at an earlier time!

After checking in for our meal, we went to the outdoor section of the bar Meridian to wait for our table. We had the earliest reservation time, 6:00pm, so that we could get the amazing port views BEFORE sunset! This is a must!!!! The views from this restaurant are breathtaking. We were seated right by the huge glass windows and got an amazing view of the ship pulling away from port right as the sun went down. Extremely romantic for our babymoon, any special occasion or just a date night!

Meal at Palo

This is a higher end multiple course meal. You can order as many things as you want and treat treated us like royalty! We started the meal with drinks. Matt ordered a glass of red wine of the waiters suggestion and I ordered iced tea, which they said they were famous for because they make their own ice cubes out of the iced tea itself. He wasn’t wrong, it was delicious!

To begin the meal we were brought an amuse bouche, which was a small bite of a delicious fried gnocchi. For my antipastas I ordered the Tomato Mozzarella Caprese and Matt ordered the Tuscan White Bean Soup. Both were excellent, but I liked mine better. We were then presented with a lemon sorbet palette cleaner. It was extremely refreshing! For pastas Matt ordered both the Gnocchi and the Ravioli and I ordered the Paccheri, which was a lamb ragu. The Paccheri was definitely the hit of the entire meal, it was to die for. For our main entrees, I ordered the Parmesan Crusted Rack of Lamb and Matt ordered the Osso Buco. Again both were excellent!

For dessert, we both got soufflés. I ordered their signature chocolate souffle which came with a side of vanilla gelato and Matt ordered the Amaretto which was sided with an espresso gelato. Both incredible and I’d order either depending if you are a chocolate person! To finish the meal we were offered a digestif and they made me a special non-alcoholic version. The entire meal was incredible and you won’t leave hungry as it was more food than I could ever eat! I would go back again and again. Don’t let the small up charge scare you away. It is absolutely worth it.

What do with your Toddler if you are eating in an adult only restaurant?

This is where Disney Cruise Line excels! If you want to dine without your child of any age you can on Disney Cruise Line. For this dinner, our son went to the nursery, which has a small fee per hour and he ate dinner there. They serve meals each day during lunch and dinnertime if you wish to dine in one of the adult only restaurants or if you want to eat a meal without your child for whatever reason. It is a kid friendly meal, I believe it was mac and cheese with veggies on the side that night. They let you know when you pick up if you child eats or not, but they do not force them too eat they just offer the meal. Of course our hungry hippo ate.

The kids clubs also offer meals and if you have an older tween or teen they can eat on their own in the buffet, during your regular mealtime or one of the many quick pickup places around the ship. While our son was in the nursery that evening Pirate Stitch even came to see the babies and toddlers! I was kind of sad (or jealous) that we missed his encounter with Stitch, but how cool is that?!

Pirate Night

After dinner Matt picked up Killian from the nursery and they saw Goofy and Pirate Mickey. We headed up to the pool deck and we had missed the Mickey pirate show that happens on Pirate night typically around 7:30 pm and the pirate dance party that happens after had just ended, but we still walked around and pirate movies were playing on the funnel vision. We let Killian run around on the pool deck (they cover the pools for this evening) and then we headed to meet Captain Hook and Smee.

Matt walked around with Killian while I waited in line for the meet and greet. They ran into Pirate Mickey again!! on deck 5 and I saw it from a far. It was so adorable watching Killian run to hug him. We were all very tired and it was a bit past bedtime so we skipped the later pirate night show and fireworks. This typically happens around 10:00pm. The show was good not great on our past cruise, but the fireworks are amazing! We had done it before, so felt okay skipping it this time. Typically there is also a midnightish pirate night buffet, since our cruise was a Star Wars Day at Sea, the buffet happened during that day instead of on pirate night, but good to be aware so look for that!

Off To Neverland (sleep)

After a very exciting day in Tortola, dining at Palo and then the pirate night fun meeting characters we were definitely ready for bed. We skipped the pirate night show and opted for bedtime to be well rested for our next day in St. Thomas.

Stay tuned for details from Day 5 and our second port of call, St. Thomas, USVI!

Ready to Plan a Disney Cruise?

With so many options for itineraries, ships, cabins, port adventures, thing to do, and more you may find it helpful to use the services of an travel agent when it is time to plan your next vacation. The ability to speak with someone who has first-hand knowledge of Disney Cruise Line, (while pregnant and with a toddler if you do too), and is familiar with all travel policies and procedures is key. For a travel agent who specializes in Disney travel contact Dream Makers Travel Agency today to book your cruise vacation and get FREE concierge level planning included with every booking.

Disney Cruise Line Eastern Caribbean Cruise with a Toddler: Day 3

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We just returned back home on dry land from an amazing 7 night Eastern Caribbean cruise on the Disney Fantasy for one last vacation as a party of 3! This was our way of doing a babymoon keeping our toddler involved. Yes I know this is not really a babymoon, but whatever. We did a European babymoon when we were pregnant with our first son and wanted to do something exciting, but not exclude him. A Disney Cruise with our toddler was the perfect option for rest, relaxation, and adventure for the entire family. This post is about Day 3, an at sea day. If you want to read about Day 2 first click here !

Day 3: Day at Sea

 

Morning Breakfast and Fun

I started off our second day at sea by sleeping in. I am pregnant and was just not feeling great this day. The kiddo was of course up super early so my rockstar better half took him to get breakfast in the buffet and then they explored the ship a bit while I took it easy. They played mini golf on the sports deck, caught about 20 minutes of one of the first run movies, Frozen II, in the movie theatre, and walked around.

After I was up and ready to go I met them up on the pool deck for more Nemo’s Reef splash pad fun. This splash pad is fully shaded water play area themed for Finding Nemo and perfect for the toddler set or in swim diapers. We also hung out in the small splash pool on the side of the pool deck overlooking the ocean. It has gorgeous views and just enough water too cool off and splash around in. If your child isn’t potty trained Nemo’s Reef is the only swim diaper allowed water play area on board. Our son is mostly potty trained, but we didn’t want to risk it in the main pools. We stuck to the splash pad and smaller side splash pool with lots of bathroom breaks. He had no accidents, but just in case we played in safe. 

In Room Lunch

The guys played a bit longer at the pool then headed back to clean up. I headed to the rainforest room at the spa. The rainforest room is pretty busy midday, but I didn’t mind since I wasn’t using the hot tub or saunas. The rain showers and stone loungers were available for me to relax in. The fitness center and spa also have showers that any adult can use with normal sized showers with spa bath products. While the the toddler was playing in the bath back in the room, I was able to do the rainforest room and shower at the spa. When I went back to the room my husband swapped with me. 

After a busy morning for the guys and a lot of splash pad fun, we decided to try out the room service for lunch. The menu isn’t huge, but there are a good variety of options. Room service is included with your cruise, but a tip is suggested. I recommend $1-$2 per item or people in your cabin. We ordered a chicken noodle soup, salad, BLT, steak panini and grilled cheese. Yes, we got kind of a lot, but we were HUNGRY and I hadn’t had breakfast. It took around an hour for our food to be delivered. We watched a movie in the room and relaxed on our verandah while we waited. The service was great and food hot and fresh once it did arrive, but if you are in a hurry the buffet might be a better option. The server did say the hour wait is not typical, but just an FYI in case.

Late Afternoon

After lunch, we all took a long nap. We napped almost to dinner and it was pretty amazing. With the small sway of the ship and blackout curtains afternoon naps are kind of perfect for tired parents. The cabin is set up nicely for naps. There is a curtain separating the main bed from the day bed or bunk beds. It is still one room, but the separating curtain makes it slightly easier to get a restless toddler or baby down.

Dinner in Enchanted Garden

We headed down to Deck 2 Midship for our dinner in Enchanted Garden. This dining room is themed like Versailles and has lighting that are shaped like flowers that blossom and change colors for dusk. It is a very pretty dining room, but not my personal favorite. The round booths in the center of the room are very cool facing a pretty fountain, but if you aren’t seated in one of those and 99% of the patrons are not, it is just kind of a pretty garden themed room. 

For dinner, I had the cucumber roll, wedge salad, prime rib and chocolate garden torte. Matt had the mushroom tart, wedge salad, sea bass, sticky date pudding AND pecan tart. Our toddler had the kids NY strip which came with rice and steamed veggies. He thoroughly enjoyed his meal. We love that we can order him healthier options similar to what he eats at home instead of a typical kids meals if we wish. The highlight for me was the cucumber roll and for Matt the sea bass. We enjoyed all our food at this dinner and I think the only thing we wouldn’t get again was the pecan tart. Matt ordered two desserts anyways, so that wasn’t a big deal.

Rainforest Room Evening

Halfway through dinner Matt took Killian to the nursery. The nursery is for children under 2 and not fully potty trained. It is also a small extra fee. We calculated this into the cruise cost BEFORE deciding to sail, so we weren’t blindsided with the extra cost. After dinner he was still happily playing, so we decided to go back and relax at the Rainforest Room. We purchased the full week pass for the Rainforest Room in the spa, so we enjoyed visiting it daily. Tonight we were the only people at the spa. We had the luxury of spending some quality time together enjoying the different rain showers and stone loungers alone. Matt spent a bit of time in the sauna, steam rooms and hot tubs as well. It was extremely relaxing to be there by ourselves. I highly recommend a nighttime visit, since every time we went late at night it was empty or almost empty. 

Once we picked up Killian we attempted the musical the night, Aladdin. Killian was just too tired from all the fun. We were able to watch the show in our room live on our TV and called it an earlier night! Day 3 was a wonderful and very relaxing day. This is a good idea to do at least 1 day on a 7 night cruise with a toddler who can get tired out easily.

Stay tuned for details from Day 4 and our first port of call, Tortola!

Ready to Plan a Disney Cruise?

With so many options for itineraries, ships, cabins, port adventures, thing to do, and more you may find it helpful to use the services of an travel agent when it is time to plan your next vacation. The ability to speak with someone who has first-hand knowledge of Disney Cruise Line, (while pregnant and with a toddler if you do too), and is familiar with all travel policies and procedures is key. For a travel agent who specializes in Disney travel contact Dream Makers Travel Agency today to book your cruise vacation and get FREE concierge level planning included with every booking.

Disney Cruise Line Eastern Caribbean Cruise with a Toddler: Day 2

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We just returned back home on dry land from an amazing 7 night Eastern Caribbean cruise on the Disney Fantasy for one last vacation as a party of 3! This was our way of doing a babymoon, but keeping our toddler involved (yes I know this is not really a babymoon, but whatever). We did a European babymoon when we were pregnant with our first son and wanted to do something exciting, but not exclude him. A Disney Cruise with our toddler was the perfect option for rest, relaxation, and adventure for the entire family. This post is about Day 2, an at sea day and formal night. If you want to read about Day 1 first click here

Day 2: Day at Sea & Formal Night

 

Morning Character Breakfast

We started off our first full day and day at sea with a Disney Junior Character breakfast. Now this was something we did on our previous cruise with our then 18 month old. It did not go well and we thought we’d give it another shot since he was older and could now sit through a breakfast. Well… bad news it still did not go well. We experienced bad service, poor food, and quick inattentive character interactions exactly like the last time we sailed. Skip the character meal! You aren’t allowed to leave your chair so the characters come behind you to get a photo. This just didn’t sit well with our toddler and he was very unhappy. Go to the buffet and leave the character meet and greets for later in the day.

After breakfast we wanted to meet Jessie at her scheduled time since Killian was in an adorable Toy Story themed outfit. He was still in a bad mood from breakfast, so this meet and greet really didn’t go well. Parent fail: don’t push an unhappy toddler. He will remain unhappy.

 
 

Adult Time, Playtime & Pool Time

After the breakfast and character meets, we decided to take Killian to play in the kids club open house. This was perfect for our restless boy. We played for a bit and then checked him into the nursery so he could continue having fun. Matt and I headed to the adult only section to lounge in the super comfy pool chairs, grab coffee in the adult coffee bar and relax before heading to the Rainforest Room. The Rainforest Room was PACKED this morning, so I highly recommend going later in the day and avoiding it in the mid morning or around lunchtime on at sea days. 

Around noon we picked up Killian from the nursery and headed back to the family pool deck and Nemo’s Reef splashpad. This splashpad is fully shaded water play area themed for Finding Nemo and perfect for the toddler set or in swim diapers. It is actually the only swim diaper allowed water play area on board. Our son is mostly potty trained, but we didn’t want to risk it in the main pools. We stuck to the splash pad and smaller side funnel puddle. He had no accidents, but just in case we played in safe. Nemo’s Reef is and was basically his favorite thing on the ship. He loved the Mr. Ray waterslide and wanted to go on it endlessly for hours.

Pool Deck Lunch

Since our little fish didn’t want to give up playing in the water. I hopped in the buffet and got us all lunch and found a table on the pool deck for a lovely water view lunch. Cabanas has everything from American kid friendly mac and cheese, pizza, pasta, to a cold seafood buffet and some international cuisine. There is also always a few soup options and a salad bar. For lunch we had a selection of chicken tenders, burgers, fries, mac and cheese, pizza, fish, shrimp, cucumber salad, and steamed veggies. It was not our healthiest meal, but it was quick, tasty, and very toddler approved.

After lunch, we headed back to the room for nap time. The cabin is set up nicely for naps since there is a curtain separating the main bed from the couch or bunk beds. It is still just one room, but the separating curtain makes it slightly easier to get a restless toddler down. 

Late Afternoon

After nap time we started to get all dolled up for formal night. We wandered the ship a bit getting some photos and checked out the merchandise stores for the first time before heading to the captain reception where Matt picked up a couple free beers, we met some of the captains crew and listened to live music in the atrium. 

We decided to head up to the open house in one of the kids club and took the main elevator where we had one of the best character interactions EVER! Daisy Duck all dolled up in her formal attire got on an empty elevator with us and rode with us up to deck 5 then walked hand in hand with our toddler for awhile before hugging him goodbye. I think they was one of the most precious moments ever and will make this mama teary eyed for years! Just thinking back about how special it was is one of the many reason I will cruise Disney again. It was total magic that would never happen anywhere else!

Formal Night Dinner

After we played in the Oceanear Lab for a bit it was time for dinner. We headed down to Deck 3 Aft for our dinner in Animators Palate. This is our favorite dining room and on the first night you dine there there is a special show with a Finding Nemo favorite. Our toddler LOVED seeing Crush and his other Nemo friends on the big screens around the dining room and it kept him thoroughly entertained until he was done eating and we took him to the nursery. 

For dinner, I had the black truffle pasta purseittes, arugula salad, pennette bolognese and chocolate fudge cheesecake. Matt had the sliced serrano ham, baked potato and cheddar cheese soup, grilled tuna steak, and deconstructed carrot cake. The highlight for me was the pasta purseittes and for Matt the baked potato and cheddar cheese soup. I really enjoyed my pennette bolognese entrees, but Matt was not a fan of the tuna steak. 

End of Great Second Day

After dinner we thought we would have to pick up Killian from the nursery, because he was not very happy when I dropped him off, but when we checked on him he was very happily playing and did not want to leave. We decided to go check out one of the adult bar Skyline Lounge for a cocktail for Matt and mocktail for me. This is a stunning bar with different skyline city views every 15 minutes. They made me a delicious mock mojito and Matt had one of their signature drinks. We took our drinks to go and headed to adult only 80s music trivia where we failed miserably, but had a lot of fun. Then watched about 30 minutes of the nighttime show Believe before heading to pick up Killian.

Around 9:30 we split up and Matt picked up Killian from the nursery while I grabbed the first spot in line to meet Captain Mickey. This was one of my MUST DOs for my Mickey loving toddler and at 9:30pm the line is much more manageable. While we were waiting for Mickey who was running a bit late, rockstar Diasy Duck came over again and danced for a bit with Killian while we waited! Then we had a fantastic and adorable character meet and greet with the wonderful Captain Mickey before heading to bed with our very overtired, but very happy toddler.

Stay tuned for details from Day 3!

Ready to Plan a Disney Cruise?

With so many options for itineraries, ships, cabins, port adventures, what to do on board, and more you may find it helpful to use the services of an travel agent when it is time to plan your next vacation. The ability to speak with someone who has first-hand knowledge of Disney Cruise Line, (while pregnant and with a toddler if you are too), and is familiar with all travel policies and procedures is key. For a travel agent who specializes in Disney travel contact Dream Makers Travel Agency today to book your cruise vacation and get FREE concierge level planning included with every booking.

Disney Cruise Line Eastern Caribbean Cruise with a Toddler: Day 1

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We just returned back home on dry land from an amazing 7 night Eastern Caribbean cruise on the Disney Fantasy for one last vacation as a party of 3! This was our way of doing a babymoon, but keeping our toddler involved (yes I know this is not really a babymoon, but whatever). We did a European babymoon when we were pregnant with our first son and wanted to do something exciting, but not exclude him. A Disney Cruise was the perfect option for rest, relaxation, and adventure for the entire family. 

Day 1 of Our Cruise

Arriving at the Port

Since we live near Port Canaveral, my Dad actually dropped us off at the cruise terminal. We opted for the earliest port arrival time we could get, so we could enjoy almost a full day on the ship with fewer crowds. This worked well for our first Disney Cruise and would happily do it again. We arrived around 11:30am and boarded in group 12. The boarding groups go FAST, so by the time we checked in and meet Goofy we were getting on the ship.
We saw Goofy almost immediately after entering the cruise terminal. Killian ran straight to him and gave him the biggest hug, I wish I’d had my camera ready to get a video. It was the perfect way to start the vacation! 
 

After Boarding

Once we boarded the ship, we picked up daily navigator at guest services (or the daily itinerary) to see what was happening on our first day. They have an app we used also, but I really enjoy the paper navigators. Then we headed to add myself to a character meet and greet we weren’t able to get in advance and add the character breakfast. We waited just a few minutes before securing both slots I wanted.
I headed to the spa to get rainforest room week pass for Matt & I. The rainforest room is a relaxation part of the spa, which is an add on service that cost $229 plus tip for a couple for the week during our sailing. The rainforest room has different aromatherapy showers, steam rooms, sauna, hot tubs that overlook the ocean and hot stone loungers. It is incredibly relaxing! 

Lunch on Board

We skipped the buffet and had a delicious sit down meal in one of the three main dining rooms, Animators Palate. I like having our first meal in one of the sit down restaurants rather than the hustle and bustle of the buffet, plus I think the food quality is slightly better. Not that I don’t enjoy a buffet. 
 
After lunch, roughly 1:00pm we headed up to register and get Killian acclimated to the nursery and kids clubs before heading to our cabin on Deck 9 to unpack and take naps. The cabins are typically ready around 1:30pm and they open our section almost exactly at 1:30pm. Anything you bring on board you do need to carry with you until the room is ready. 

Late Afternoon

Around 4:00pm it was time for the Muster Drill (emergency drill), our station was in the theatre balcony. After the short boring drill, we headed up to Deck 11 for the Sail Away Party to wave goodbye to Port Canaveral for a week of sailing bliss! The Sail Away Party is an awesome send off with Mickey and friends and lots of fun dancing. 

First Dinner on Board

By the time we got out of the port, it was time to get ready for our early dinner 5:45pm. Royal Court was our first dining room and where we met our amazing servers. We had the BEST serving team and already miss them. For dinner the highlight was the french onion soup for me and the Grand Marnier soufflé for dessert. This was not our favorite dinner of the cruise, but still very good and the soup was absolutely my favorite. 
 
Halfway through dinner, I took Killian up to the nursery to play and Matt and I finished dinner with incredible desserts then we went to the Rainforest room in the spa to relax sans toddler. The hot stone chairs are my favorite part of the Rainforest room and I could send an entire day reading on one. 
 

End of a Great First Day

After dinner we caught about 15 minutes of the first nighttime show, “A Fantasy Come True: Welcome Show” before it was bedtime for a very tired and excited toddler and parents. This was basically our only early bedtime and much needed for the week ahead! 
 
Stay tuned for details from Day 2!

Ready to Plan a Disney Cruise?

With so many options for itineraries, ships, cabins, port adventures, what to do on board, and more you may find it helpful to use the services of an travel agent when it is time to plan your next vacation. The ability to speak with someone who has first-hand knowledge of Disney Cruise Line, (while pregnant and with a toddler if you are too), and is familiar with all travel policies and procedures is key. For a travel agent who specializes in Disney travel contact Dream Makers Travel Agency today to book your cruise vacation and get FREE concierge level planning included with every booking.

Cruising With A Baby On Disney Cruise Line

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Are you planning on sailing with a baby? We did, it was amazing, and no you aren’t crazy! We sailed on Disney Cruise Line with our then 18-month-old son for 7 nights to the Western Caribbean. There were some trials, tears and tantrums, but he did great. He loved it and we loved it. While he won’t remember everything, we will and those memories will stay with us forever. Plus he did some pretty cool things, such as travel to 4 countries, tried new food, and met over 15 characters! What did we learn from cruising with (more…)

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