The Disney Cruise experience

October 9, 2011

So when we weren’t doing the Disney Princess dance all over the ship, gazing at the view and prancing about behind the modesty curtain in our stateroom, we were exploring all the amazing things the ship had to offer, taking excursions, sunbathing, eating, drinking and cackling. Alot.

What I loved most about the whole experience is that you don’t feel overwhelmed – it’s very relaxing, you can do as much or as little as you want to. In fact, a Disney cruise would make a brilliant add-on to a hectic stay at the parks. Here are my highlights:

The kids’ clubs. From a kid-sized Toy Story-themed playroom (complete with giant Mr Potato Head, genius) to a teens only space with its own pool and gaming booths, the kids clubs on a Disney cruise cater for children of all ages. Of course you don’t want your kids inside all the time, but in the heat of the Caribbean sun a cool space where they can hang out with new friends is a brilliant idea.

Brunch at Palo. One of the best restaurants on the ship, with glorious views. Dinner is excellent but brunch is even better, offering a selection of exquisite pastries, cheese, Italian delicacies (parma-wrapped asparagus, yum), caviar, cooked breakfasts, pizza, desserts, all washed down with mimosas and champagne. I stuffed myself. I’m not even sorry.

The Senses Spa. A surprising thing about a Disney cruise is that there’s quite a lot for adults to do, including an over 18s-pool, jacuzzi and infinity pool area (strictly enforced) and bar. Like the other pools though this can get overcrowded, especially on the ‘at sea’ days. So the Spa is well worth checking out, with its fabulous showers (the rainforest one is excellent), whirlpools, heated beds and treatments. I went for a hot stone massage – simply heavenly, although you should definitely leave your blushes at the door. There’s also a brilliant hair salon, should your hair have gone Monica-from-Friends frizzy in the humidity *cough*.

Swimming with stingray at Castaway Cay. This is absolutely magical, because not only do you get to feed them (and they’re suprisingly crafty) but you also get to float around with them, too. Castaway Cay is Disney’s private island, and it’s everything you’d expect – caster sugar sand, stunningly clear water and heaps to do, plus a wonderful bbq thrown in. We spotted an enormous starfish, fish and coral. Gorgeous.

Viewing the fireworks from the top deck. There are some lovely bars on board – and what could be nicer than drinking an ice-cold mojito on a warm Caribbean evening while you feast your eyes on a Disney firework display? Total bliss.

The District.
This is the bar and nightclub area of the ship, and a great place to hang out after dinner, see some comedy or dance the night away. My favourite bar was Pink, which is incredibly cool (it reminded me of The Sanderson) and serves Tattinger pink champagne. Basically, my spiritual home.

The shows. As you might expect, these are West End/Broadway quality, and make a great start to your evening – or if you’re travelling with young children, a special treat before bed.

*Have you been on a Disney cruise? What were your highlights? I’d love to know.

You can find out more about the Disney cruise experience here.

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  • Claire, Cheshire Mum October 9, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    Your spiritual home would be mine too – girls who do, do pink! Fact!

  • @gourmetmummy (susan) October 9, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    It sounds heavenly. I went on the Magic last year and it was just amazing!
    My highlights were Minnie Mouse stopping to help dry my children off when they’d got out of the pool, Goofy dancing with my daughter at a sailaway party, the amazing service, the towel animals, the cookies and milk from room service….seriously, I could go on all night. I do hope Disney send a ship back to Europe in 2013.
    I’m glad you enjoyed your Palo brunch, We went on a sea day and unfortunately it was the roughest day of the whole cruise, I was so sick I barely ate-I cannot tell you how gutted I was!

  • English Mum October 9, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    You loved my modesty curtain dance,don’t deny it. And oh… The spa… And Palo… *sigh*

  • nixdminx October 9, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    Looks fab – what’s the jet lag like for kids? Oh, and the bar for adults…he he he