I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: a family cruise is the best vacation with kids of varying ages.
We went on a cruise in January with our family party of nearly 20, kids ranging in ages from 3-10.
It was divine, the parents had ample space to move around and explore while the kids were contentedly entertained at childcare or we could all meet and participate in games and activities together.
Casually playing shuffleboard with Goofy!
We ate delicious food, sipped the daily special, ate entirely too much soft serve ice cream, and came home four days genuinely rested and rejuvenated.
I even participated in a 5k, my goal being to compete in one each month of 2020. Like everything Disney, there is something magical about sailing away with your favorite characters.
Something enchanting about dropping your kids off to a play area decorated like their favorite movies and shows.
Of course, we are always thrilled to visit Castaway Cay. It is, in my humble opinion, the most relaxing place in the whole world. The food on the island is delicious, its dreamy and the water is clear and blue and perfect. My husband and oldest son participated in a fishing port adventure, they went deep sea fishing and loved it.
This was our first time visiting Nassau on the Disney Cruise. They definitely offer some incredible adventures you can book straight through the cruise line. We opted to just explore on our own, because we wanted to get on the ship early and take advantage of the short lines for the water slide. We took a 4.00 taxi over the Atlantis area and play tourists.
It is a beautiful area to go for a walk and just take in the atmosphere. We grabbed some lunch at the cute, bright shops in the area. We ended up grabbing beer and sitting by the water. It was inexpensive, nothing fancy, but absolutely stunning and peaceful.
We got back on the boat for some resting time and less than normal lines at the water slide. I actually prefer to just spend the whole day on the ship, but I knew my family wanted to explore. I’m glad we ended up getting off, because the conch fritters I had for a snack in Nassau ended up being one of my favorite snacks ever.
Speaking of snacks, how cute are these cupcakes? Did you know room service is included, so one fun idea is to order dessert back to the room. It’s nice to enjoy a glass of wine or champagne on the veranda or in bed while binge watching Disney shows and movies.
Did you know each adult can bring on board two bottles of wine or a six pack of beer? It’s a really simple way to save money on drinks, which are one of the few things NOT included on your trip. Another simple way to save is by drinking the “drink of the day” offered on board. You pay for the cup up front, but you get discounted refills.
I enjoyed it doing and quite frankly, I think I’m holding this glass in most of my vacation photos! Ha!
Enjoy the deck– We love just lounging on the deck, sometimes reading, sometimes just watching a movie. All the time, eating ice cream. This was our first time taking advantage of the sports area. I played foosball with my husband, he and the boys played basketball, and Sawyer apparently likes to play mini golf.
I’m sure you’ve heard about the amazing food on board. I just wanted to talk about it a little more, ha. I was so grateful for Disney’s rotating server program. Our team was incredible and I was so sad to leave them, I nearly cried the morning we left. They were so thoughtful, and made the whole family feel special. Each meal was so remarkable!
If you’re in Florida, don’t forget to check out the Florida resident rates. If you have a little flexibility in your travel schedule, you can find some incredible pricing this way! As much as I love road trips, I think cruising may be my favorite. The price includes meals, plenty of activities, and entertainment. There is childcare! Also, I wanted to brag on our cruise director, he was absolutely so funny. We loved watching Beauty and The Beast on our last cruise, and made it a point to attend every show this time. If you’re going on a Disney cruise, don’t sleep on these shows. They are phenomenal.
If you’re looking for tangible tips for packing/planning for your cruise check out some of my recent Disney cruise posts linked up here and here.