Our Vacation Voyage

We just got back from a Disney cruise.
Best. Vacation. Ever.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA It was actually our second cruise with Disney, and even though our first was over six years ago (Emily was only 18 months old), this last trip was every bit as magical as we remembered the first one to be.

We sailed on the ship Fantasy, one of the two larger ships in a fleet of four. The ship was gorgeous, full of beautifully intricate mosaics, glass elevators, ornate decor, and Swarovski crystal chandeliers. And, in true Disney-style, also full of magical surprises hidden throughout the ship, like paintings that came alive and interactive dining experiences – not to mention running into iconic Disney characters while walking around the ship.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOur trip covered the Western Carribbean, and stopped in Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth, and Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island.  At each stop our family disembarked the ship and enjoyed a different adventure.

We explored ancient Mayan ruins…

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…and even did a little jetskiing.

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This trip was amazing, and we feel like a big part of that was due to us having sailed on Disney Cruise Lines (DCL) before. Knowing what to expect gave us more time to enjoy ourselves the way we wanted to enjoy ourselves… which we found wasn’t always the way everyone else wanted to spend their vacation. We spent less time on this trip wishing we had planned and prepared better, and instead enjoyed the trip as though we were habitual cruisers – which we are definitely not.

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I’m planning to write a few Disney cruise-related posts in the near future, in the hopes that it might help anyone else about to embark on their first DCL experience feel better prepared too. And hopefully it will help me remember what we did to make this one such a success!

See ya real soon! 🙂

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