When I first learned my family would be going on a Disney Cruise there were no words to describe my excitement. I’ve been crossing my fingers for magic pixie dust ever since my husband and I attended the inauguration of the Disney Fantasy in NYC. The ship was so beautiful and truly spectacular. I could not think of a better way to spend a family vacation.
A few weeks ago my dreams came true as my party of 5 boarded the Disney Wonder in Port Canaveral, FL. It was a sunny February day and my kids were in shorts! We were seamlessly checked in and directed to our rooms. A delicious fruit platter was waiting for us inside the room and my kids immediately bounced around with excitement. I was a little worried about space with two adults and three kids but there are plenty of tricks our amazing room attendant had up his sleeve.
After the safety information and drills the larger than life ship set it’s sails for the Bahamas. There was a huge Bon Voyage party that I missed due to a sleeping toddler, but I heard all about it!
The dinners on the ship were amazing. Dining at Tiana’s Palace was a favorite. The singing, dancing and non stop entertainment during dinner was so fun. Our waiters were incredible each and every night catering to our every whim. Even though it wasn’t on the menu, our waiter brought my daughter a hot dog because she asked for it.
My two older kids stayed in the Oceaneer Club every second they could. We literally had to drag my 8 year old out every night. There are activities for ages 3-12. The kids club is a massive space with separate rooms that are all open and individualized. My 3 year old found her spot in Andy’s Toy Room and my son could not get enough of the Science Lab. The check in and out process is seamless and I felt completely comfortable with the security measures they take with each parent and child. My youngest stayed in the It’s A Small World Nursery which was also extremely inviting and the staff was wonderful.
A highlight for my two girls were the meet in greet sessions with the princesses. It is advised to make a reservation which we did. We were ushered through to see not one but FOUR princesses at once. My one year old was a little skeptical (ok I’m being nice) but my three year old was over the moon.
The night time entertainment was top notch. The performances were Broadway worthy even for us New Yorkers. The Disney Dreams show and the Frozen musical show were both excellent. My 3 year old was a little sleepy one night but she immediately woke up and held on to every line. We were lucky enough to score a back stage tour of the Frozen costumes and infamous “Do you want to build a snowman” door. Both of my daughters took turns knocking.
Our day at sea gave us time to check out the outdoor swimming pools and waterslide. My two older kids loved the pool and my daughter’s face was priceless when she was able to splash around in her bathing suit for the first time since last summer. We luckily had a “ironically” Disney bathing suit that still fit.
The highlight of the Disney Cruise for me was our special day at Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island. I had no idea what to expect but this place without a doubt surpassed all of my expectations.
We left our one year old on the ship so she could enjoy the nursery and we could enjoy not having to worry about her in the sun. The rest of our clan stepped off of the boat and walked a short distance to the most pristine waters I have ever seen. All the beach chairs and umbrellas were set up and my kids raced to the water where they could play. My kids are genuinely happy, but honestly I have not seen them this excited in a very long time. Their joy was real and pure and I loved witnessing every minute of it!
Both of my kids were also able to enjoy some time at the Kids Club on the Island. They loved the change of scenery and my husband and I were able to have some adult time to enjoy the view and sample one of the delicious tropical drinks!
My daughters only issue with Castaway Cay was choosing the best ice cream flavor and not wanting to leave. Admittedly I completely understood her frustrations! Haha. We did, however, make our way back to the boat and had a fabulous last night.
Our last dinner on the boat was at the Animator’s Palate. It was such fun experience for everyone. I won’t give too much away, but the artwork on the walls will entertain your little ones the entire time your family is dining on the delicious food.
Our family had a vacation to remember on the Disney Wonder. The memories will stay with us forever. Thank you to Disney Social Media Moms for making this the best “celebration” ever!