SO, we have finally done it! We took our first Disney cruise on the 19th of January and it was an amazing trip!! We were completely terrified and with absolutely NO reason!
Embarkation day was filled with excitement and wonder and by the time we actually boarded the Dream… things were set to be a Dream!
Our son is very routine oriented and sensory, so we laid out the specifics for him and figured we would have hiccups along the way! We were WRONG! The worst hiccup was that Adam wanted to spend one on one time with Me, and I definitely would not call that a hiccup!
The scheduling of activities in the Navigator daily made it easy to discuss with all of our kids what we intended to do. With that said, there was not much that the kids wanted to do with us! Once the boys explored the Oceaneers Lab and Club, all three were lost to us.
We found there were a few kids like our Adam on the trip and depending on their level of needs depended on whether or not they went to the Club. For us, the club was a gift. Adam found video games, books, arts and crafts, quiet space, and his favorite thing… Disney movies. When by the pool there were plenty of movies on the funnel vision and we also had the opportunity to see first run movies in the theater onboard as well.
The first night we were concerned about the shows and level of sound and quantity of people, so we took Adam and his brothers to the club… we were WRONG! There were a few parts Adam my have struggled with, but he would have really enjoyed it, the colors were amazing and all of the music was right up his alley… so the next night we went. It was remarkable. The show gave Adam the perfect amount of input and dinner afterwards was a breeze!
SO… with that said… excursions to the Bahamas were expensive and we opted to just walk around a little and get back onboard the ship because the boys just wanted to be on the ship. My oldest and youngest decided to go to the Club and Adam and I had a nice date lunch in the Royal Palace dining room… it was by far my most magical lunch. In Castaway Cay, the excursions weren’t completely insane on price, but we felt it better to just hang on the beach, and that is just what we did. The water was a little cold, but the sand was soft and white and all of the boys enjoyed just building sand castles. I was worried because lunch was served on the beach, BUT I did not have to.. they had what Adam ate, typical BBQ food and if it was that bad, a short walk back to the boat was an option… thankfully no walk was needed until we were done enjoying the beauty of the beach.
During the dinner rotation we ate in all three restaurants and Animator’s Palate was Adam’s favorite… I am pretty sure that it was the Mickey chairs! Each night our servers stayed with us and there really aren’t enough words to say how truly great they were. They got to know each child really fast and Adam had his cheeseburger and fries every night along with a cold, iced cup of water with his name and a Mickey on it… always in red, which is Adam’s color!
I can truly say that this trip was amazing and I highly recommend a Disney cruise to everyone… at least once. I could go on for days, but would much rather answer specific questions!
Have a magical day!