Happy Monday, friends!!
Today, I’m recapping one of our FAVORITE days aboard the Disney Magic for you! BUT…before we get to that, are you ready to see who won this…
…last week, I celebrated the first day of Spring with a GIVEAWAY! The winner was randomly selected and she will win a $500 gift card along with a friend.
Drum roll please…
CONGRATULATIONS CLARA CONNIS!!
Clara, I emailed you this morning! Please email me back ASAP to claim your prize!!
Whew! Okay, now…back to our Spring Break recap 🙂 .
Last week, I recapped PART ONE (where we boarded our ship and kicked off the fun!) along with PART TWO (where we docked in Key West and had the best day walking around that beautiful town!), so today…PART THREE. Ready, set, here we go…
In the morning, when we needed to wake our kids up for the fun, they all just got up with such ease and smiles…
…errrrr…maybe not. See those toes? That would be Smith curled up in a ball on the floor after I told him to put his swimsuit on…
…and then there’s Ashby…curled up in a ball on the bunk. Why is waking kids up so hard?!?!
We did it though! Everyone was up and ready to go!! First stop, breakfast at the buffet. I think this picture is a really good one because it shows how even though there are several thousand people on this ship, it’s not crazy crowded. This is where pretty much everyone comes for breakfast, and as you can see, it’s not crazy at all. Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of people on board…but they really do have a lot of room, different options, and people just operate on different schedules, so it doesn’t feel like crazy, crazy crowded.
Three silly sisters 🙂 .
For our third Disney Cruise sailing, we once again picked the port excursion that allowed us to visit Atlantis Paradise Island resort for the day! Here we are getting off the ship and about to board the bus for the quick five minute drive over. (My romper is HERE and beach bag is HERE.)
Sunny weather, no clouds, and lots of time to play at Atlantis! We were super happy!! Now, because we wanted to run off and ride slides, hang out in their lazy river, play in the kids’ area, we rented a locker and locked up our stuff…soooo…I don’t have a lot of pics. Here’s what I have though…
Miss Madeley LOVED swimming here! This girl (wearing Moana sunglasses from the Disney Store), ate up every minute of this day!
My parents now want to go back and just stay at Atlantis! They loved it!! All of the grandparents were such good sports and went down slides and road tube rides all day long with us!
This is a little glimpse at the kids’ area. Those are Kensington’s legs 😉 .
Snow cones for the win on a sunny pool day!
Love my peeps 🙂
I wish I had more pics to show you! We really did have the BEST time! We enjoyed our lunch, we loved the rides, we even went down to the beach and put our toes in the ocean.
It was fun in the sun!
We got back to the ship around 4:15 in time to shower up and get ready for Pirate Night!!!
Argh! We love Pirate Night! Psssst: this was my very favorite dress for the trip!
This year, instead of pirate costumes, we went with Mickey and Minnie pirate tees 🙂 . I found them on Etsy using Monkey Toes Hair Bows shop.
Annnnnd then this. Hahaha! It’s never dull with four kids.
Grandparent pic! My dad went with his understated Red Sox shirt.
More braids from Lovie!
We had dinner at Lumiere’s again. Always fun with this guy 🙂 .
I mean…you can’t see my face but you can see the pretty ocean. Ha!
On most Caribbean Disney sailings, they offer Pirate Night on one of the evenings after dinner. This is always one of my personal MOST FAVORITE things when sailing with DCL. It is nothing short of magical! In the past, it’s always been at 10:15, but this time, it was at 8:15 instead. They said after a lot of passenger requests, they made it earlier for the kiddos’ (and poor parents!) sake.
Do you see that sweet girl?! We were having a blast! Lots of fun music, dancing, characters, and fireworks!
Papa Jay was loving life!
The fireworks off the ship are always one of my faves. It’s just so beautiful to be out in the middle of the ocean with fireworks overhead.
After Pirate Night, the kids wanted to go back to the kids club area, so we dropped them off and then found “pub trivia” for the adults. It was just 25 random questions (about anything and everything) and guess what?!
WE WON! Hahaha! Yup, between the six of us, we knew the most random stuff. Like my “medal”?! We were so proud.
I had several people ask me about the kids club area in the last post, so here is my (probably not good enough but I’ll try) explanation. One of the reasons why Disney Cruise Line excels when it comes to family vacations is because of their amazing areas just for kids. On most cruise ships, you have a big casino occupying the center area of one of your main decks, but on Disney Cruise Line, that is replaced with a gigantic kids area. If your kiddo is between the ages of 3 and 12, they are allowed into this area FOR FREE as much as they want while you sail. Most days, it’s open from like 7:00 AM to midnight. You can even leave your kiddos there if you want while you get off the ship and do an excursion, explore on your own, enjoy some kid-free time. My kids always go for a little bit because they love it so much. They have everything from magic shows to characters walking around, arts and crafts, science experiments, video games, movies, balls to play with and so much more. LIKE SO MUCH MORE. When boarding a DCL ship, your kiddo gets a wristband with GPS on it and that is what they use to check your child in and out (and that’s how you locate your kiddo when it’s time to go pick them up). Every kid must wash their hands going in and coming out too. While in there, you can even have them feed your kiddo a meal or snack if you like. It really is a phenomenal perk to a cruise that you won’t find on other ships. Sure, other ships might have kids areas…but nothing like this. If your kiddo is under three, they have a separate area for them that is pretty darn amazing too (but does require a small fee). For the older kiddos, there is another area dedicated just to them as well. So, I hope that helps you guys who had questions!
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