Sunday, December 14, 2014

Disney Cruise - Day 5 - St Thomas October 30, 2014

This was our calmest day the whole cruise.
In St. Thomas we took a cab over to Frenchman's Wharf and Morning Star by Marriott to spend the day. Beautiful resort, but tons of walking! There were way too many stairs to count. It is a gorgeous resort, but I don't see us visiting again.

The kids loved that there were iguanas everywhere. 

The beautiful beach where we spent the afternoon. Only downside was how hot the sand was and the long walk it took us to get to the beach! To add to the hot sand, Jayden, wasn't feeling well. Our kids are used to eating lots of vegetables at home and on Disney's ships, there weren't many vegetable options for kids. Jayden ordered off the kids menu every night because it was cool to get the kids "Disney" themed meals. When we cruise on Carnival, he orders off the adult menu and eats healthier. He ate way too much pizza and burgers on Disney! On Carnival he eats shark fritters, alligator, steak, grilled vegetables, shrimp..... But on Disney, if you order fries, your waiter will put it on a plate in the shape of Mickey's head!

Our kids love playing in the sand, more than the ocean!

After playing on the beach, we rinsed off and relaxed in the pool. 

My handsome boys!

Deck 5 looking down the stairwell. The only downside of having a Juli, is that we can't take the stairs every time! You had to be quick to catch an elevator at peak times.

We loved how they turned the large port windows into sitting areas on Beat Street. I wish there was more downtime on this vacation to relax in one of these windows!

Tonight we mixed things up and went to see Alexander and the No Good, Horrible Bad Day, followed by a fast dinner in Cabana's and then the late show! On this sailing we opted for the early show and a late dinner. While it was late for us to eat at 8:15pm every night, we really enjoyed it. There were more adults and less children, which meant less crying children during the show! Win-Win for us! The only issue we had with this was that there were not very many good food options for us to eat a late lunch at. The lunch buffet closed at 2pm each day leaving pizza, burgers and room service as the only options for us between 2pm and 8pm! Ordering room service between 4 and 6 was stressful too, because we waited up to an hour sometimes. So after 20 minutes of discussing what we wanted to order, and then placing the order, that's an hour and half sitting in the cabin accomplishing very little!

The nightly show was the Dream Goes On! 

Love our nightly towel animals.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Disney Cruise - Day 4 - St. Maarten and Pirate Night! October 29, 2014

Since this vacation was specifically planned because it was, Disney Cruise Lines, we planned nothing on the islands. We hope to visit  these islands again on another sailing someday. We got off the ship, wandered around the port and then got back on so we could take advantage of the pool areas that were less busy with most of the guests being off the ship. 
Beautiful island as you can see! To think this is just the cruise port, imagine what the rest of the island looks like. 
St. Maarten

True to his character, Goofy painting the ship!

Look, we visited St. Maarten....

Found a nice little bakery cart and bought some yummy macaroons. We tried chocolate and coffee, and they were both tasty.

We found Stitch when we got back on the ship. He was ready for pirate night and in front of the cool pumpkin tree.

Back on the ship for some fun! Finally got a chance to go on the water slide. 

Disney has life vests for all those that need them on board the ship! 

Even Justin had fun playing in the kids water area. 

Disney's newest waterslide the AquaDunk! 

So glad that we stayed on the ship most of the day, it was so nice to be the only ones in the hottub! 

Pirate Night
I took pirate hat making kits with for the kids to work on while we attempted to rest for 5 minutes! Disney needs to stop putting the word vacation after their name! There is just so much to do on the ship and they add in a ton of activities because of halloween. Justin and I can usually each finish a few books on a 7 night cruise, on this sailing we struggled to finish 1 each! 

Arrrggghhh! There be pirates in my cabin!

These were in our cabin after the morning cleaning. It wasn't a full square bandana, just a triangle, but it was a cute little souvenir. 

I have two very cute pirates! I even brought foam swords with that lit up. The kids were amazed that I had planned all of this with out them knowing.

The port windows were decorated as pumpkins or spider webs on the public decks.

Found some short lines for characters and got some great photos. 

Minnie Mouse really gives the best hugs!

Between the show, Villains tonight (which was fantastic!) and dinner we went A Pirates Life for Me game show. They had Julianna swabbing the deck!

 The kids menu doubled as a pirate hat. 

We hit a bad spot of weather and the cast members, I mean pirates had to swab the deck too! Thankfully the captain was amazing and steered us out of the rain for a few hours so we got to enjoy the full Pirate event!

Made some friends with cast members because of Juli singing karaoke and they escorted us to handicap seating to the side of the stage. You can't really get any closer to the show. Minnie even gave her a hug and kiss and watched a bit of the show with her. 

Stitch is always fun!

The characters got close with our family! 

Jayden learning the robot. Captain Hook took over the ship and had everyone under his control!

Ahhh, Fireworks while sailing the ocean. What a wonderful end to the day!

Mickey Ziplined across everyone and signaled the start of the fireworks!

Then it was time to say goodbye to all the characters in their pirate gear. We headed to the Pirate Buffet, but the line was very long.

For more information about pirate night, visit The Travel Depot's Blog