Disney Cruise Recap – Part 1

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Finally got around to getting some of my photo’s sorted, and decided I have enough photo’s and things to say to make my Disney Cruise expand the week. So I will do it in parts with each part covering a little more information.

First I would like to say that we took a red eye flight that left Phoenix at 10:05pm and stopped in Atlanta, GA then connected from Atlanta to Orlando, we didn’t arrive in Orlando until around 9am. This was an all night travel by air and was hard to do both children ages almost six and three. They were a little hard to get relaxed and did eventually fall asleep on the planes, but thank goodness for portable DVD players and small portable toys, they make life so much easier.

My initial experience compares the Disney cruise to the other cruises we have been on (parents only, no kids) and Disney has easily one of the fastest and most streamlined check in and boarding processes compared to Royal Caribbean and Carnival. Not that the other two cruise lines are bad, just that Disney is faster and easier and you can check in from the Airport so you don’t even have to wait in line when you arrive at the harbor. Your cruise world cards are printed at the airport and you merely arrive at the port and board the ship, no fuss at all.

The ship itself is gorgeous and decked out in Disney art and flare all over the vessel, the ship is massive in size and bigger than some of the other cruise vessels we were on. The food was very good and compared well to Carnival and Royal Caribbean. The kids were just amazed and we knew the trip was going to be great when the Disney crew welcomes you on deck wearing their giant fake Mickey hands and giving all the kids high fives.

The first evening we ate at The Animator’s Palette, which is famous for having black and white sketches all over the walls that light up throughout the dining. Unfortunately due to an overly tired toddler our dinner was cut short and we didn’t wind up even eating our entree’s, but taking them back to our hotel room. The wait staff was nice enough to hand deliver our entree trays from the restaurant to our Hotel room.

The next day we arrived at the first port in Nassau, Bahamas which is one of the smallest but most densely populated island in the Bahama’s. The location is beautiful, and the water is so crystal clear blue that it is very different from the ocean waters of Baja Mexico or the Pacific coast. The temperature was hot, but tolerable and we explored the island by bus prior to adventuring to Atlantis Hotel Aquarium which will be the topic for tomorrow’s post.

Here is a slideshow from the arrival day and the first part of arriving in Nassau in the Bahama’s:

-Justin Germino

Updated: August 31, 2009 — 2:10 pm