So, today’s the last day of our Disney Cruise.
#pictureoverload #sorryaboutthat #regularlyscheduledprogrammingcomingup
If you’ve been following along, we went with the Slaughters over spring break and spent four nights on our first Disney Cruise…and had the BEST time. We were seriously those people planning our vacations for the next 6 years on board the ship together because we were having THAT MUCH FUN!
So, here is my last batch of pictures from our day at sea. Thanks for indulging me with the family vacation pictures :).
If you missed the first posts:
Hi, my name is Ashby and this is my friend Bo.
These two love seeing themselves in a picture…and I love the extra snuggles.
So, the first day on the ship, Erika and I went to guest services and picked up free tickets to see the Disney princesses and Frozen characters. You do not need tickets to see any of the other characters on board…but you do for these two groups. The tickets are free, you just need one for a specific date and time. We selected the morning of our day at sea for our times. After breakfast, we went to meet the Princesses at 9:00 and the Frozen characters right after. Here we are waiting for them to come in. Exciting!
Three boys acting like they’re not interested in seeing a bunch of princesses…they were though…
Look at the girls’ faces as the princesses walked in! Priceless!
First, we met up with Rapunzel (my favorite!).
And then Belle.
Oh friends. Over the last six months or so, our sweet Ashby has fallen in love with the Disney princesses…and it makes my heart burst with so much pride. Ashby has just come so far from when we first got her…and the fact that she picked up something on her own that she loves (and she LOVES them), talks about them, plays with them, sings their songs, watches their movies and asks for their books to be read to her…well, it makes this mama heart so happy. She loves these princesses.
We love you Belle!
Next up, Cinderella. Look how she’s holding Ashby’s hand. Bless.
We had a few minutes to kill in-between the princesses and Frozen, so Bowen chilled out by Andrew.
Smith and Nixon carried on a deep conversation.
And then they wrestled Bowen…because when you’re the youngest boy, you better get tough.
Ashby and Ebby Lee came to the rescue. Please note our fine parenting here: Andrew hasn’t even flinched (notice his feet) and I’m taking pictures. Shouldn’t we have been breaking this up? #probably
Ebby Lee is like “no worries Ms. Shay!”.
Next, it was time to see the Frozen characters. If you know Ashby, you know that she belts out Let It Go approximately 536 times a day. This was huge for her.
Thank you Elsa & Anna.
And Olaf too!
After we met the characters, we spent the rest of the morning by one of the pools and slides. We stopped for lunch around 11:30. Being on a boat makes me hungry. Anyone else?!
This dude is awesome :).
At 12:15, our newsletter said that there would be a dance party in the ship’s lobby. Tab, Andrew, Bowen and Ashby passed but Erika and I took the big kids…and friends, it was so much fun!! We had no idea what to expect but all of the Mickey Mouse characters came and we all danced to crazy fun music. Just look….
Mickey came over to us first!! All of the characters rotated around the lobby so you had a chance to dance with all of them. I mean…we were dancing with Mickey Mouse! My kids were ecstatic!
Look at those faces!!!
Even Erika and I were screaming! It was so loud, so crazy and so.much.fun!
Smith always tries so hard to dance…and Nixon always knows he’s too cool for dancing. We laugh and laugh at these two!
Dancing with Goofy!
K nearly died when Minnie wanted to dance with her!
That face says it all :).
So, after all of the dancing, the big kids were dried off from the pool and wanted to play in the kids club area, so we went back and asked the littles and they said they wanted to go too. So, that left just the four grown-ups…and what did we do? We rode the big scary slide!!!
Erika and I were so proud after we rode the big slide! Woohoo! We didn’t die!! #win
This slide was one of those that you step into the tube and then it counts down from three and then the bottom drops out beneath you and you fly around in the tube…at one point, off the ship and over the ocean! It was crazy fun!
After we were done
risking death sliding, the guys took the boys and the two littles to see Zootopia on board the ship (advantage Disney Cruise…you get to see the brand new movies in their theater for FREE!) while Erika and I took the two big girls to Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique for their princess makeovers.
We made these appointments at home before we left on our vacation and selected the last night so that the girls could be all fancy for their final dinner. Each girl gets to pick her princess hairstyle and then they do a little makeup, glittery polish and lots of sparkle in their hair. You can either buy a costume there or bring one from home. Kensington brought her Sleeping Beauty costume from home.
Each girl leaves with her makeup palette and nail polish along with a hair piece and a tote.
They turn the girls around at the very end to see themselves. She was so proud!
My pretty princess!
Family picture before our last dinner on the ship! We brought Ashby a costume and crown from home…she was pumped to be Cinderella!
Everyone content and coloring before dinner.
After dinner, I tried getting pics of everyone…believe it or not, this was the best one of the girls. They were too hyper for words!
And speaking of hyper…the “Polo” boys were too!
The last pic I took that night…it’s blurry, it’s crazy, it’s silly…it captures the spirit of our vacation.
Whew! It’s over!
The next morning, we got up and ate breakfast on the ship before disembarking. Our flight left Orlando at noon, so we hopped off the ship a little earlier than the Slaughters and headed back to Dallas. It was really and truly the BEST vacation! We had so much fun and honestly cannot wait to do it again. Don’t forget, you can see Erika’s post on our last day here.
So many of you have been emailing us this week about planning a Disney vacation for you and we are THRILLED! We would love to help you and your family with a Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line or Adventures by Disney vacation. Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks so much for reading along with us this week. If you missed the other days, here they are again:
On my foodie blog today, I’m sharing my favorite St. Paddy’s Day recipes and menu in honor of today, St. Patrick’s Day! Hope you’re wearing your green and enjoying your day!
See you tomorrow!