Last January, my family and I took our first ever Disney Cruise. We sailed on the Disney Magic out of Miami, and honestly it was the best vacation that we ever went on, even though it was a working trip for me. We were hosted by Disney for that cruise. A few weeks ago, Disney contacted me and asked if we would like to be part of a second media cruise. We would be hosted for this one as well. I don’t think that it took me ten seconds to answer that we were in.
Our cruise this time is on the Disney Dream. We are sailing out of Port Canaveral. Our first cruise was a Marvel Day at Sea Cruise, this time it’s a Very Merrytime Cruise. I love the holidays, so to say that I am excited does not even come close to covering it. Our journey begins on Monday, November 18, and we return to Florida on Friday, November 22. The first full day will be spent in Nassau, The Bahamas, and the second will be at Castaway Cay. The third full day will be a day at sea.
I am looking forward to comparing the two ships. For those who don’t know, there are currently four ships in the Disney Cruise Line fleet. The Disney Magic and the Disney Wonder are the two smaller ships, and the Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy are quite a bit larger. A fifth ship, the Disney Wish, will join the fleet in January, 2022. I loved the small size of the Disney Magic, but I have heard that there are some extras on the larger ships. Another thing that I plan to compare is dining times. We had early dining on the Disney Magic, and then caught the nightly show after that. We have late dining this time, and we will see the show before dinner.
The package that Disney is providing us with includes Internet, so you will be hearing plenty from me over the next few days. I am excited to share with you about the food, the shows, the destinations, the activities, and a million other things. If all goes according to plan, there will be plenty of pictures for you to see on the Disney Dining social media accounts. We have a great team, and even though I’ll be the one who is physically on the Dream there are wonderful people back on land who will make sure that you will feel as if you are part of the adventure.
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One thing that I would like to point out ahead of time is that a Disney Cruise is not just for families with small children. My family is joining me on this adventure, but my daughter is an adult. We have no children in our party. There were no children with us the last time, and we never felt as if we were on a “kids” cruise. Disney is for the kid in all of us.
Once again we will have a Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah. We’re Category 5A, if anyone is curious. Before our last cruise (which was my family’s first cruise on any cruise line) I didn’t really think that a verandah was all that necessary. I changed my mind before we left Miami. Some of my favorite moments on that cruise were sitting on the verandah, drinking coffee, and looking at the water.
Another thing that we will compare is the Palo experience on the Disney Magic versus the Disney Dream. Our Palo brunch was an unforgettable time, it is going to be hard to even come close. I am also looking forward to meeting our rotational dining staff. The team that we had on the Disney Magic was one of the highlights of our trip, they quickly became our friends. I hope that we have a similar team this time.
Returning to Castaway Cay is going to be another treat. My daughter and I hope to participate in the 5K this time, we’ve already signed up on the Disney Cruise Line website. I have heard that you can feel a difference at Castaway Cay between the smaller ships and the larger ones because there are more people. I will let you know what I think.
For me, this is an opportunity of a lifetime, and somehow it is occurring for the second time in a year. I invite you to put on a virtual life jacket over an ugly holiday sweater, and come along for the ride. I look forward to sharing our adventures with you.