After a week off, I am SO HAPPY TO BE BACK!!!
We thoroughly enjoyed our Spring Break, but you know…there’s something nice about getting back into that routine again. That being said, as predicted, Spring Break has once again…left me ruined. After a week in the sun, I came home with all of this energy to be outside, plant my veggie garden, can jam, swim and yet…they’re calling for 60s and rain this week, so that’s not going to happen. Summer fever has already hit me and it’s not even Spring. Hahahaha! I need to get it together. STAT!
Today, I’m sharing PART ONE of our super special Disney Cruise with THE GRANDPARENTS!!
As always, let me break down the numbers for you…
There were four kids and four grandparents.
Those are really the only numbers that matter this trip, right?! IT WAS PERFECT!!!
Last spring, when the Shull six sat down to chat about what we wanted to do for Spring Break 2019, I threw out the idea of asking both sets of grandparents to come with us on a Disney Cruise and everyone LOVED it! When we called the grandparents, they all quickly said YES!! We booked and have counted down the days ever since.
Before we begin, a few tidbits and some housekeeping to get out of the way…
1: I always want to preface posts like this with the fact that this trip was in no way sponsored or paid for by anyone. I have personally never been on a free/or even slightly paid for vacation (not that I’m opposed, hey someone, send me somewhere FREE! Ha!). When we book trips, we’re booking them based on where we as a family want to go, and we’re putting our money where our mouths are. We value these trips so much that we continue to pay out of pocket for them ourselves.
2: This time, we selected a Marvel themed Disney Cruise 🙂 . Disney has select sailings throughout the year with different themes and this one was one of their Marvel Sailings. Smith was pumped. After two other Disney Cruises where he met the Princess and Frozen characters…he was ready for a little Captain America in his life. All four of the kids actually loved the Marvel themed sailing!
3: While we were on vacation, we were also busy bees at Mix and Match Travel Agency because Disney Cruise Line released their next batch of itineraries ready to be booked. At this time, you can book a Disney Cruise all the way through September 2020. When it comes to cruise sailings, the earlier you book, the better! I personally always book our family’s cruises between 11 and 18 months before we actually sail (no matter which cruise line we use), but of course, you can book much closer to the sail date if you like (you just might not have as many cabin choices available to pick from, as many dining time choices to chose from and some excursions/special on board activities could already be booked up).
4: I LOVE Disney Cruise Line! It is my very favorite line for so many reasons…BUT, in my professional opinion, it’s not always the right choice for every destination and itinerary…so, I’m certainly not saying that it’s the only cruise line we sell. In fact, I actually sell more of other lines. Disney is my FAVORITE (I really think their service, food, entertainment, cabin accommodations, port adventures and on board fun rank higher than other lines), but it’s not the right line for every family and every trip…I like to get to know people before we pick which cruise line they should sail on. It’s not “one line fits all” over here. Is it my favorite? YES! Is it always the right choice? NO. We would love to get to know you before we decide what’s best for YOU!
5: If you have any questions about DCL or trips in general, please email us!! We are more than happy to chat with you about your family’s next vacation (be that a cruise or land vacation). Just as a reminder, we are currently booking for all destinations outside of the Continental US with the exception of Walt Disney World (we love sending people there!!). Land vacations, cruises, tours…we have you covered! From Disney World to Hawaii, the Caribbean, Mexico, Europe, Asia, Australia and more…we do it all! firstname.lastname@example.org
6: If we’re wearing something/using something you might like and I can link to it, I will!
Whew! Okay, let’s get started!
Here’s a little look at the first part of our trip…
At the airport and ready to GO!
We left straight from school on Thursday, March 7th and met my parents at the airport for an evening flight. It worked out so well because Andrew’s parents had to connect at DFW, so just about the time we arrived there, they landed and we all met up for the flight to Miami. (Yes, this cruise embarked from Miami and not Port Canaveral.)
These kiddos were so excited!! Because the 7th is actually my dad’s birthday, we all ate dinner together at an airport restaurant to celebrate before we took off.
Look at me in my very favorite “airplane outfit” that I have legit talked about (and worn) approximately 5 billion times, and it’s all still in stock years later…
Four happy kids with four happy grandparents. Look at those faces!! We boarded our flight and headed east!
After we landed, we took the shuttle to our hotel for the night. We were tired and yet super excited about the next day. We all slept in late (woohoo!) and met for brunch at 10:30 in the hotel lobby the next day…
After we ate, we took the quick shuttle right on over to the port and boarded…
…The Disney Magic!
This was our second sailing on the Magic. In 2016, we sailed on it with the Slaughters as well…
…look how little they all look!!! And we’re missing our sweet fourth babies on this trip 🙂 .
We boarded this Disney Cruise in our swimsuits so that we could head…
…straight to the pool!!
We had a snack, we watched the kids swim, we swam…it was a great way to board our ship!
My favorite picture from the whole trip 🙂 . I love these people so much!!
Still in port and already swimming! Those sweet sisters 🙂 .
Those Shull men are so much alike!
A little wind and a lot of happy travelers! Madeley…scoot over a little bit 😉 .
Before we knew it, it was time for the sail away party! Load music, lots of dancing and characters as we pull out of port? Yes, please!
I wish they were fun. Hahaha!
We partied HARD! Ha!
After the party, we had the mandatory life boat drill and then showered and cleaned up for dinner.
Because we have six people in our family, we typically have to get two cabins, but since all of the grandparents came, we only got one (and then assigned a kiddo to a grandparent cabin). We had three cabins with verandas in a row on deck 8. The grandparents were so sweet and every night, they rotated and took a kiddo, so they could spend a little one on on time with each grandkid.
All cleaned up and ready for our first dinner on board!
Ah! I love this guy so much!!
Family pic from dinner #1!
My happy place is on a ship out in the water. I know it’s super weird (considering how motion sick I get), but I just looooove being on the ocean in a big cruise liner.
On a Disney Cruise, you rotate restaurants each night instead of your typical “one big main dining room” most cruises have. On night one we ate at…
…Rapunzel’s Royal Table!! It was GORGEOUS! The whole restaurant felt like you were inside the movie!
Hahaha! Excited faces! Tangled is my very favorite Disney movie!!
Eugene (as Madeley insists we call him) has such swagger!
After dinner, the kids wanted to check out the kids club while the adults…
…headed to the pub for some trivia!! This became our nightly routine before the show began, and it was SO MUCH FUN!!
On this night, it was 50s/60s music trivia and…
…WE WON!! Hahahaha! Look at us!! We are now all the proud owners of Disney Cruise Line key chains. That was our big prize 🙂 .
So, that wraps up PART ONE of our Disney Cruise! I’ll be back later this week for PART TWO! I hope you all have a fantastic Monday!! See you tomorrow!! xoxo