Disney Cruise
March 2015
Pop Century
We did an early spring Disney Cruise in March 2015. We loved our short cruise last year so we decided to take a longer, 7 night, cruise this year. Our vacation started the day before our cruise with a one night stay at Pop Century and dinner at T-Rex in Downtown Disney.
Adventures Away
The next day we boarded the Disney transfer bus for our ride to the Port. Once on the ship, we checked out our room, grabbed some ice cream, and checked out the kids club. Next up was the adventures away deck party complete with Mickey and friends. We ended up on the late dining meals this year so we had our show first and then dinner. The food was fantastic!
Key West
We got up early on the second day to watch the movie Into the Woods in the Buena Vista Theatre. After that, we met Captain America and had lunch before heading off of the ship. Since we ported at the Navy Pier, we had to take a shuttle over to Mallory Square. We walked down Duval Street to South Beach and then took a picture at Southernmost Point (which is just 90 miles away from Cuba). We then headed back to the ship and the kids went swimming and used the water slide. We ate at Animator's Palate that night, which is our favorite restaurant on the ship. Everything is black and white and gets colored in while you eat. Also, Wizard Mickey paid us a visit during dining.
Day at Sea
Day 3 was a day at sea, which was very relaxing. We met with the princess after breakfast: Belle, Tiana, and Cinderella. We then went to the top deck and played table tennis and foosball. We also met some of the Disney Junior friends: Sofia and Jack. It was formal night so we dressed up for our show and dinner and got pictures with a fancy Minnie and Mickey. With the late dining, the kid's club staff come to the restaurants about an hour into the meal and pick up the kids that want to go there so that the parents can finish their meal/dessert without them. The kids loved doing this. On this particular night, Faith got her make-up and fingernails done.
Cayman Islands
The Cayman Islands were our port for the next day. Since the water isn't deep enough, you have to take a tender ship to shore. There were 5 or 6 huge cruise ships anchored in the water with small ships taking all of the passengers to shore. We decided to take a cab to seven mile beach and do some snorkeling and swimming. The water and beach were beautiful, but there wasn't much to see snorkeling where we were at. Faith even tried snorkeling. Back on the ship we met a few more characters, Peter Pan and Stitch, and watched a little bit of a movie on the top deck between our show and dinner.
The next day we were in Cozumel, Mexico. Since most of us got sun burnt the day before, we decided to take it easy this day. The kids loved the club so much that they wanted to go there instead of getting off the ship with us. We walked around a bit and did some shopping. We bought Drew a little guitar and Faith some maracas and a fan. That night was one of our favorite nights on the cruise: Pirate Night! We were all dressed up in our pirate gear. There was a Disney Junior dance party, all of the characters were in pirate clothes, we met Captain Jack Sparrow, and had a late night party on the top deck complete with fireworks.
Day at Sea
The next day, a day at sea, started with meeting Elsa and Anna. A highlight of the trip for Faith. There was an open house in the kid's club so we went there and the kids showed us some of the activities they had been doing there. We spent some time meeting characters again including Mickey, Donald, Minnie, and Goofy. We were back in animator's palate for dinner. When we first sat down, they gave us sheets to draw a character on and then the character was featured in the show later on in dinner. Every dinner Drew ordered mac and cheese and for dessert he would have a Mickey Ice Cream Bar. This meal was the only exception as they had build your own cupcakes for the kids' dessert.
Castaway Cay
The last full day of our cruise was spent at Castaway Cay. It is a private island that Disney owns. We love it there! For lunch, they do a BBQ on the beach. There is a stingray area (which costs extra), a snorkeling area, 2 family beaches with chairs and umbrellas, an adults only beach, and a floating water park with two slides. The snorkeling area has shipwrecks to view including one with Mickey at the front of the ship. We spent some time building sand castles and then buried Faith in the sand (see the picture in the album). One more fancy dinner that night and a party in the lobby ended our amazing 7 night cruise. We spent most of the next day at the Orlando airport as Faith tried to catch up on her homework. Overall, it was a great trip!