For those of you who haven’t read, Disney sent Bella and I on an 8 night cruise in the Western Caribbean that we just got home from on Sunday. Disney launched a new port out of Galveston, TX and the Disney Magic is sailing out of it until this spring, then in fall it will switch to the Disney Wonder.
That’s a lot of Disney.
I won’t beat around the bush – they do things right. From adults to kids to families, there was something for everyone on that boat. I don’t know how it quite worked so seamlessly, but after 2 days I knew where everything was (this from the girl who knows a GPS saved her marriage).
The food, the service, the quality, it was all amazing. We spent 2 days at sea, and went to Grand Cayman on Tuesday. Wednesday was Costa Maya, Thursday was Cozumel. In the Caymans we were able to go on a tour of the island, then stop off at their sea turtle farms to see turtles that were babies and some that weighed 500+ pounds.
In Cozumel Bella and I rode on a tiny boat where everyone barfed because of the rough waves O_o but then ended up at a beautiful, all inclusive part of Playa del Carmen where we floated down a river and I fell in the lagoon in front of everyone. And by everyone I mean incredibly good looking French people in their 20′s who all laughed as I tried to climb an underwater staircase with flippers on and not drown. Good times. More on that later.
Before this, I always thought a cruise was a waste of time. Flying meant you got there sooner and didn’t get seasick on the way. And I get sick on everything. Planes, cars, swings… However I was only queasy one morning and then the small boat incident above. As for time, I’ve realized that the fun we had getting to those places was better than actually being there. I loved the ship so much that by the end of the day in Cozumel, I couldn’t wait to get back to our rooms and a 5 course meal in one of their 3 dining rooms.
Spectacular doesn’t begin to describe it. Sam and I have already sat down and talked about going on another, and we’ll only go with Disney. I know they paid for this, but it doesn’t alter the fact that their cruise and the time they’ve put into perfecting it for all ages was simply the best. Which is what I heard over and over from people chatting on the ferries and in the elevators who had been on other lines.
Disney does it right.
Here are some of my favorite moments from the Disney Magic. Stay tuned in the following days as I break down how to cruise with Disney on a budget, what to pack and what not to bother with, things for kids to do, things for just adults to do, THE FOOD, and of course why Disney leaves you knowing you’d never go sailing with anyone else.
Remember to come back over as I break down sailing with Disney and the things you need to know before you go!
A HUGE thanks to Disney for sending me on this cruise. All opinions are my own, but it truly was magical regardless.
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