My family which consist of myself, my husband and my two kids have been on two Disney Cruise over the past four years. Both Interineries were 7 day Eastern Caribbean. We vistied St. Maarten, St. Thomas and Disney's private island Castaway Cay. We are huge Disney fans and these have been the best vacations that we have taken.
Our first cruise was in Jauary of 2004 we left on my birthday it was great. Being the first cruise everything was new and exciting. Just arriving at the terminal was exciting. It was so Disney, you walked in and it opened to this huge area where you checked in and everything but the best part was the fact that when you got ready to board you entered through a huge set of Mickey Ears for me this moment I will never forget because of the look on my kids face it was a kodak moment. Once you entered we took one of the many photos that would be taken of us during that week. The next magical moment came when we actually stepped foot on the boat and they announced us to everyone. How cool! We spent the first little bit just exploring the ship and signing up for the things that we needed to do.
We finally got to our Stateroom which was an inside stateroom meaning that we had no windows. And I was pleasantly surprised with the size of room and the storage amount. There was enough room in our closet to stack our suitcases. We were able to hang everything up and there was a chest at the end of the bed we used for other clothing and it held it all. It also had several doors that held make-up, medicines etc. The bathroom was split in our room so that we had a toliet and sink in one side and the other side was a sink and a shower. So it made it nice since there was four of us, one could be taking a shower while the other might be brushing teeth or putting on make-up.
We left our room and explored everything. The kids clubs had activities going for our kids from 9am in the morning until 12 midnight everyday so this gave plenty of time for us to hang as a couple. We were at sea for two days so in that time we played bingo and tried several of the "Drink for the day" drink Yum!!!
We arrived in St. Maarten and proceeded to do our excursion that we had set up which was a glass bottom submarine ride were we learned all about the fish and this really neat coral it is red in color and if you touch it it will burn because it is hot to the touch. We vistied a flea market while there and bought some great souvienors . When then boarded our ship late afternoon and got ready to head out to St. Thomas. During our day at sea we spent the day just relaxing taking in some shows and we attend a seminar on all the great and leget places to shop.
In St. Thomas we shopped until we dropped! My husband purchased me some jewerly which was great. the jewerly shops offer you a free beer every time you go into one so that help with me getting the jewerly LOL! There was this cute little shop that a local artist had that made these cute ceramic lizards with a red shoe and there was a whole story behind it. So I had to have one of them. We vistied a restaurant that faced the port and we had some lunch in there and while there proceeded to call our friends back home and let them know what a great time we were having. We left St. Thomas late afternoon.
We arrived at Disny's private island Castaway Cay and it was beautiful! We got off the boat early and headed for the family beach. There is also a adult only beach called Serenity Bay. We proceeded to go the barbeque that Disney does for everyone. And then we enjoyed the rest of the day hanging at the beach.
A great memory was with my son who fell in love with his counselor and on the last night we were on the ship we went to check him out and he started crying because he was going to miss his counselor. And tha treally touched my heart, I realized that they really did care about my kids for him to be crying.
Our second cruise in Febuary 2006 was another fabulous trip. A few things differant we felt like veterans so it made things easier to do because we knew how to handle them. Some of the thinsgs that I didn't mentin in the first cruise was that every night before dinner(which we had late seating at 8pm) there were several picture opportunities with characters and professional pictures. The pictures you could buy at the end of the cruise either through a package deal or just the ones you would like. The package ends up being cheaper.
There are so may things to still tell but I hope by what I have told you that you understand that this was our best vacations. Disney is well worth the money. Yes it is more expensive than other cruise lines but really do you get Mickey Mouse with that? I thnk not. I highly recommend this cruise line so much so that we are schedule to take another one in October 2008!
There are a few thing that I do want to tell you. If you schedule a cruise visit the Disney chat boards (www. disboards.com) because there you will find all sorts of helpful information from fellow cruisers. Also the weather during the months of January and Febuary are great they are usually in the mid 80's so don't worry about that and schedule one int eh off season and it's a little cheaper. Also, the longer out you plan makes it cheaper.
I hope you enjoyed this review!