Last week, we spent the better part of Spring Break with the Slaughters on a Disney Cruise! Insert lots of clapping and cheering here :).
Years ago, I was hesitant to take a Disney Cruise because I was under the impression that it would be:
a. Mickey Mouse overload
b. full of wild and crazy kids
c. totally kid geared and boring for adults
Well, I was clearly wrong.
When I opened my travel agency several years ago, I had so many families asking for Disney Cruises and then I started realizing, they weren’t taking their first cruise…they were all taking subsequent cruises. Because I’ve learned, when someone tells you they’ve been on a Disney Cruise, they’ve almost always been on more than one. #onceyoustartyoucantstop
How we ended up on our Disney Cruise is simple…Tab suggested we take the kids skiing.
Last summer, Tab suggested we take the kids skiing over spring break and by the time Erika and I finished adding up how much ski school, ski lift tickets, and ski gear cost coupled with the fact that we weren’t excited about hearing our kids say 4,563 times “I’m cold”, I threw out the idea of a Disney Cruise instead. It was less expensive and easier to pack for. (All you need are swimsuits and shorts!) Where do I pay? Done.
So, we booked our cruise last July and finally got to climb aboard last Sunday. And friends…we had such a good time, that we’ve already mapped out our framily vacations between now and 2022. #notjoking #wehadthatmuchfun
Okay…I know this is annoying, but I haven’t figured out a way to do it differently. After nearly 8 years of blogging, I know when I post vacations, many of you girls are going to ask where things came from…so, whatever is new and still available, I will just stick it below the pic. Does that work for you? After years of these posts, you would think I would have a simpler system…but alas, I do not.
Okay, sit back and relax…I have a lot of pictures to share :).
Day 1 of our Disney Cruise…
The Slaughters flew in to Florida on Saturday night and we flew in on Sunday morning. We all met up at the Orlando Airport at 9:30 on Sunday morning and took the DCL shuttle to the ship. We had six super excited kiddos to board the Disney Magic! Here they all are waiting to board the ship!
And look who we got to meet first thing! MICKEY MOUSE! Woohoo!! Check that off our to-do list while on board :). The kiddos were super pumped. Well…five of them were…one kiddo wasn’t into the characters. Can you tell which one? #howfarawaycanbowenstandfromthecharacterandstillbeinthepicture
Once on board, we immediately changed into our swimsuits and hit the pools! Sweet Ebby Lee ready to SWIM!
Two mamas on board with their sweet families. Not gonna lie…the first day was a little chilly on board but after that, it warmed right up!
We haven’t even left the dock yet and we’re swimming and eating ice cream. Life is good!
Out of my way mom…I have a cone to eat.
Love spending time with my favorite man. By the way, yesterday was our 12 year wedding anniversary! How did that happen?!?! Twelve years is a long time! And you know what? I’ve loved every minute of it. It hasn’t always been easy…but it’s always, always, always been worth it.
Swimming is tiring!
After we swam, we had our mandatory life boat drill and then headed into our cabins to get cleaned up for dinner. The ship was sailing and we were already having the BEST time!
We had so much fun with these two. We are peas in a pod :).
Dinner at this restaurant was so cool because the entire restaurant starts off black and white and as the dinner progresses, it turns to color.
Ashby was loving her first time on a ship!
The kiddos were super occupied before dinner coloring away.
One more with my littlest girl :).
Family picture before heading off to the show! The shows were outstanding! Every night, we were all entertained!
And then after the show, we headed back to our cabin and our attendant had turned out the beds to sleep five. Most cruise lines do not accommodate five to a room…but DCL does. While we were at the show, they transformed our sitting area into three beds. This was PERFECT! The kiddos each had their own defined space for sleeping. Don’t get me wrong, cabins aren’t huge but I felt like they comfortably slept all of us.
Tomorrow, we stop off in the Bahamas! Click here to read it!
Again, I cannot tell you how much I miss you while I’m away. I’m so blessed to be a part of this little community.
…Meal Planning Monday is today! Not only do I have Tex-Mex Pitas, I have a vegetarian supper, a soup, a killer quesadilla and more! Click here to see it.