Like the city of Atlantis or Amelia Earhart’s plane, some things are lost forever.
Yet, some things presumed lost, such as the Titanic, ARE found.
So it was when I uncovered these 10 Tips for Your First Disney Cruise in the abyss that is my work desk. Loyal readers may recall that my family and I enjoyed a 3-day cruise on the Disney Magic *last* year. (Ahem!) However, I’ve dusted off these tips and confirmed they are still highly entertaining and relevant. Here are 10 tips for your first Disney cruise:
- Bring nicer casual clothes for evening. I had jeans, but felt under dressed for meals and evening events like the Disney musicals.
- Be prepared that you may never see your tween or teen, except to eat. They will hangout with their new BFFs in the tween/teen clubs and have to be dragged home!
- Adults will go WAY overboard (not in the literal sense) for the Pirate Party. We’re talking full-on Jack Sparrow. Don’t worry if you didn’t pack your finest pirate wear, though. Everyone gets a themed bandanna to keep and/or wear at your dinner seating the night of the Pirate Party.
- Alcoholic drinks are NOT included in your all-inclusive price. However, Disney Cruise cast members will appear at any given moment proffering the booze ($$$). We saw frosty, frothy, colorful alcoholic beverages being offered about every 2 feet on the pool deck.
- You may get a chatty cruise director. If so, be patient during the incessant lengthy announcements. You’ve got kids, right? So you should be good at tuning out annoying stuff!
- Not all cruise food is good food. In other words, just because it’s there and you already paid for it in your all-inclusive price, doesn’t mean you have to eat that yucky looking pizza that’s been breathed on by 83 people.
- None of the port excursions will be worth what you paid for them. Just get that out of your head right now and dream big since you are on vacation. I will never regret paying way too much for my daughter’s dream of meeting dolphins to come true.
- You may feel like you’re still on the boat for days after you landed. Maybe even weeks, as was my experience. This is common and will eventually fade.
- Try not to kill your family. You may get overwhelmed by crowds, times, activities, etc. Remember, you’re on vacation!
- Just like a trip to Disneyland or Disney World, you can’t do it all, especially on the 3- or 4-day cruises. That’s okay, because you need something to look forward to when you go on your next cruise, right?
Which tip speaks to you? Have you been on a Disney cruise? What other tips would you add? If you haven’t been on a Disney cruise, then who is your favorite Disney character?