{Disney Dream} Cruise ::Days 1 and 2::

Friday, March 28, 2014

We got back Monday afternoon from an amazing trip cruising the Bahamas, Disney style! We made so many memories and I'm so excited to share them with you. 
Our trip started Wednesday afternoon when the boys got a phone call from Mickey Mouse inviting them to sail with him to the Bahamas the next day! It was so adorable and they had the biggest smiles!
 We flew out of Grand Rapids at 5pm Wednesday evening. We had a layover in Ohio, and grabbed dinner there. We arrived in Orlando at 10:30pm. 

 The kids did awesome! Sadler fell asleep just as we were descending into Orlando and stayed asleep while we got off the plane, got our luggage, took the shuttle to the hotel and got to our room!
We had breakfast at the hotel Thursday morning and Robb walked to a nearby drugstore to grab a few things we forgot, like eyeliner ;) and our toothpaste was all dried out, while I got the kids ready. We all wore anchors because I'm dorky like that! :)

The hotel shuttle took us back to the airport where we got on the Disney Cruise Line bus that brought us to port. It was about a 45 minute ride. They had movies playing so that kept the boys entertained so we could relax and pretend we were alone on our honeymoon in Mexico again, just for a second!
We got on the ship around 12:00 and grabbed some lunch.

We found a few chairs in the shade by the pool and changed into our suits

The boys LOVED Nemo's Reef splash pad

Mickey's Pool was also big hit!

I took Grayden down the Aqua Duck slide, clear tube around the pool deck (great view!), and promised him some ice cream for being brave! Sadler was too short to ride :(

We had the safety drill around 4:00, where both boys fell asleep! And then we set sail at 5:00

Dancing at the Sail Away deck party!

We had first seating dinner at 5:45, so we headed to our rooms to get ready shortly after the party started. 

Disney does a rotational dining schedule so we were in a different restaurant each night. The first night was at the Enchanted Garden where we dined on ahi tuna towers, duck, and prime rib. They had a variety of choices from the kids menu as well, including the ever popular Mickey bar for dessert!

After dinner we had a few character meet and greets. 




And then headed to the show at 8:30. It was so fun, Robb and I were even entertained!

After the show we headed back to our rooms that had been turned down and all set up for bed time!

The cabin rooms were all set up with OnDemand Disney videos that the boys just loved! And we did too ('Cool Runnings' or 'Honey, I Shrunk the Kids', anyone!?) 

The ship rocked us to sleep, and boy, did we sleep good! It was a busy day!

Stay tuned for details on the rest of our trip!

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14 Responses to “ {Disney Dream} Cruise ::Days 1 and 2:: ”

Mrs Gable said...

Your photo's have me to excited to take my kids on a Disney cruise? The kids looked like they had so much fun!

Kelsey Posma said...

awesome pic, Kate! What great memories for your little loves!!!

Katie said...

Looks like you had a great time. All your pictures bring back such fond memories of our Disney Dream Cruise 2 years ago. Can't wait to read your next post.

Anonymous said...

Would you consider doing a "Q&A" post? This vacation looks like such an awesome one! Would love to hear a little info on where you booked it and how you chose it? Thanks!

Elma said...

Wow looks like so much fun!! Cute pictures!!!

Anonymous said...

Surprised you brought baby. Lots of germs on the ship.

Rachel C said...

Looks fun!! I've never done a cruise, but you guys make it look so easy with kids!
Don't they ever have melt downs? I can't imagine how stressed I would be trying to fly with my kids!
Any tips?

Meg said...

Wow! Looks like so much fun! Can't wait to hear more about the trip. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Would love to hear you post on how it went overall taking 2 preschoolers and an infant on a vacation like this.

PPR said...

I would love to take my wife and 2 year old on a similar trip. I looked it up real quick and the flight to Miami was almost as much as the cruise.. Not sure I can swing $4,000 for a vacation this year. Can you share your tips on finding "deals" for something like this. Obviously you don't have to divulge the amounts and I don't deny your family such a wonderful experience but just wondering how this can be "affordable" for a family of three, even....

Ashley B. said...

Looks like a great time! Can't wait to read your next post.

We've been thinking about a cruise since they are typically a less expense vacation. We will definitely have to look into the Disney Dream!

Anonymous said...

Everyone looks so happy and it looks like you all had a lot of fun! I have thought about a cruise but have been reluctant to do so due to motion sickness I tend to have on boats...we just got back from Hawaii and have one 5 year old - he did fine most of the time - but I have to admire you taking 3 kids on a trip..wow...not sure I could handle more than one :)
The cruise looked like so much fun from these pics I may actually look into it..thanks for sharing!

Melissa said...

Wow--What do you guys do for extra cash? Most people with two incomes can't afford to take a Disney cruise. I need ideas to start making extra money to spend on our kids. Thanks!

Pillion said...

It's a family vacation - really no different than loading your kids up in a car and going to the beach! Looks like fun! :)