Update: We’re back. Click through for a review of our cruise on the Disney Magic.
How’s this for exciting? We’re going on a seven day cruise on the Disney Magic in late February! While this might not be everyone’s cup of tea, we’re thrilled… We’ve been looking for a relaxing, family-friendly vacation that will not only be a lot of fun for the entire family, but will also give my wife and I some time to ourselves. Since we have four young kids and no family within easy driving distance, our kids go with us pretty much anywhere we go. In other words, there’s no such thing as a weekend away in our household.
In the past, our “big” vacations have involved things like driving two days (each way) to see family, or taking a trip to Disney World (about a day’s drive from here). Not surprisingly, we typically return from these trips more tired than before we left. So… This time around, we were looking for something that would be both fun and relaxing.
Given our circumstances, a Disney cruise sounds like nirvana… There are tons of kids activities on board, including a variety of age-appropriate “Kids Clubs” where the boys will be able to do all sorts of activities and even take in an occasional meal on their own. And speaking of food, the meals are all full service, and even though you rotate from one restaurant to another throughout the week, the waitstaff rotates with you, such that they’re learn the kids’ like/dislikes throughout the week. Following dinner every night, there’s a live show. The ship also has three pools and fairly extensive fitness facilities. Finally, there are a number of excursions en route, though those cost extra.
As for details, we’ve booked two adjoining staterooms. They’re located midship and relatively low — this is a good thing because it minimizes the rocking in rough seas. While they’re internal, and thus lack an oceanview, we won’t be spending much time (other than sleeping) in our rooms, so there’s no real reason to pay extra for a porthole (much less a balcony).
Here’s the itinerary…
Saturday: Depart Port Canaveral
Sunday: Key West
Monday: At sea
Tuesday: Grand Cayman
Thursday: At sea
Friday: Castaway Cay (Disney’s private island)
Saturday: Return to Port Canaveral
The cost for all of this? Roughly $6k for the six of us in two staterooms. Not cheap, but it’s all-inclusive (aside from booze and excursions), and my lovely and talented wife booked it through Sam’s Club, so we actually ended up getting it for a good bit less than going straight through Disney.