Are you going on a Disney Cruise? I’m so excited for you (and jealous!)
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 camera, and my photographer brother-in-law. I still didn’t get many pictures! I wanted to have fun with my family and not behind the camera capturing it. I should have at least packed my smartphone camera lenses! But now that the cruise is over, I regret not having more photos documenting the trip. I always bring my camera places but get caught up in the fun so my camera tends to stay in my camera bag. I also plan to leave my 75-300 lens home and just bring the more versatile 50mm. (If you plan to bring one make sure you get a UV filter! That carribean sun is no joke!)
But, now that the fun is over, I regret not having more photos.
Disney has a great photo service on board the cruise ships. Unfortunately, I never made it to the kiosks to grab any! The ship was so big that I was always lost lol. Next cruise I am going to get one of these pocket deck locator cards. I wish our photos were available for a longer time frame 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 Pirate night!
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! It’s a good idea to bring your Disney gear on board since the ship’s stores can be pricey. We ordered stuffed animals and my daughter’s princes costume from the Disney Store.
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 (due to work) so we wanted to spend as much time together as a family as we could.
The kids wanted to spend a little more time in there. I mean, how cool is this Toy Story decor??? It reminded me of all the times they watched ]the movie when they were kids and the Toy Story room decals they had.
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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. We have a pool at home so it seemed like something that we could “do later.” I was shocked when my little girl, who is terrified of rides and water slides, decided she loved it after one go. I would book another cruise today if I could just to spend a few hours on it with her.
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 wine glass 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. Want to find out information on scheduling your own magical vacation? Get a quote now!
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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