Over the summer my family was lucky enough to go on a dream vacation. We traveled to the Bahamas on the Disney Dream — a Disney Cruise Line vacation.
It’s no exaggeration. A Disney cruise will ruin every other cruise line for you. The level of service, the kids club, dining–everything–is everything you can expect from a Disney vacation. We had a blast!
I researched prior to the trip and packed most of what other bloggers suggested. I have never been more prepared for a vacation in my life!
Even so, there were a few huge mistakes I made on our cruise.
My EPIC Disney Cruise Fails
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Fail #1 I didn’t take photos.
I brought my phone, my DSLR, and my photographer brother-in-law. I still didn’t get many pictures! I am a big fan of experiencing and being part of the fun. So my camera tends to stay in the bag. But, now that the fun is over I regret not having more photos.
Disney has a great photo service onboard the cruise ships. Unfortunately, I never made it to the kiosks to grab any! I wish they were available for longer after the cruise.
Fail #2 Scheduled our “fancy” dinner on the same night as the pirate party.
We waited so long to schedule our “adult only dinner” that the time slots were filled. (Granted, I think they fill months before we even booked the cruise.) We ended up taking a surprisingly open evening slot. It turned out that it was available because it coincided with the Pirate Party.
We had great costumes. After dinner, we rushed back to the cabin to change and grabbed the kids from the Oceaneer’s club. However, we only made it to the tail end of the party and most of the families still partying were not in costume!
Fail #3 Didn’t let the kids spend much time in the kids’ area
My husband was only home visiting during this trip. He had already been away from the family for seven months so when we were on vacation we were reluctant to put the kids in the kids club.
The kids wanted to spend a little more time in there.
Fail #4 Didn’t even step onto the adult only deck at all
This goes along with Fail #3. We missed whole sections of the ship. We forgot that now that we are parents, it isn’t as easy to party all night as it once was!
Fail #5 We didn’t ride the Aqua Duck as many times as we would have liked.
I ignored all the tips I read that said to wear swimsuits during embarkation so that you can go play on the Aqua Duck without all the long lines.
I totally regret ignoring that tip. I could have happily skipped one of the Castaway Cay days just to ride on it all day! We waited until the last day of our five-day cruise to visit the pool.
Fail #6 I packed so much stuff!
I may have over-researched. We didn’t actually need the jellyfish sting wipes or all the casual clothes we brought. I didn’t even use the underwater cameras. (see Fail #1) I do wish I had packed my own wineglass though 🙂 I did pack a perfect number of dinner outfits/dresses. Since most of the days were spent in swimming suits, I really didn’t wear all the extra shorts and tops I brought. They also have laundry facilities on board! Parenting tip for moms: Always pack a little laundry detergent. I put Tide pods in a small plastic container.
Want to know what I am glad I did pack?
It’s okay. I can turn this fail around with one simple solution:
Booking another cruise and ROCKING IT! This time, I would book a 7-day cruise and spend more time planning our schedule. I would have to keep it flexible, though. We hate to be on a schedule during vacation. It’s the opposite of “relaxed,” after all.
With a Disney Cruise, you pay for the experience, magic, and the service. It might take us a while to save for another one. Have you gone on one? What tips would you give someone planning their first Disney Cruise? Did you have any epic Disney Cruise fails of your own?
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