When we started thinking about a vacation two years ago, my husband and I were leaning toward a cruise on the Disney Cruise Line. We are serious Disney people and after over 25 trips to the parks, we wanted to try something different. At the time, my twin boys would be celebrating their 19th birthday on the ship.
We sat down at the dinner table to let them know that we were leaning in the cruise direction, thinking, of course, that they would be ecstatic at the idea. We couldn’t have been more wrong! They were very unhappy. The first thing out of their mouth was “you’re wasting our Disney money”!
After much persuasion, they decided to give it a try.
We decided to go with two cabins. With the boys both over six foot tall and weighing in around 175 pounds, it would have been a tight fit in a standard cabin. My husband and I opted for a Standard Outside Cabin with Verandah and the boys were happy with the Standard Inside Cabin.
When we arrived at the ship, it was much larger than I had imagined! Not to mention breathtakingly beautiful! All of us got a kick out of our names being announced as we entered the ship:)
I think it was when we ate our first “welcome” buffet and attended the send off party that they realized that this was going to be a classy vacation.
Over the next few days, my boys ate things that they had never even heard of before the cruise. I heard them order escargot and caviar. They loved the idea of walking on the deck and having a piece of pizza in their hand at all times! They ate like kings!
My favorite part was that we all had a chance to completely enjoy each other’s company. There was no cell phone calls or texting at the table. They were old enough to be in the “adults” only areas of the ship so we were together every day. (After noon, that is. They were teenagers – they needed their sleep!) If you ask them, their favorite day was at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. This is where they discovered their new love of snorkeling.
All in all, we all had a fabulous time. Being new at cruising, we had opted for the 3 night Bahama’s Cruise. We are now saving for a 7 night Disney cruise to anywhere! As we disembarked, I left feeling like we were a closer family. I forgot the fact for a moment that – soon – I would be losing my boys to college… and later wives.
To Disney Cruise Line I have but two things to say, thank you for a wonderful family vacation and sorry about the mess and smell in that one cabin on level 6!