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Cruising, Disney, Trip Reports

Disney Fantasy Family Cruise- Travelogue Day 3- Cozumel

Our first stop on our 7 night Disney Western Caribbean cruise was Cozumel. We had been to this small island once before with the girls, on our first Disney cruise, but we knew there was so much more to see and wanted to do something a little more adventurous.  We had spent the day prior to our visit onboard enjoying a relaxing sea day.  The evening before we arrived in port we visited the shore excursions desk onboard and booked a tour hosted through Disney Cruise line.

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Cruising, Disney, Trip Reports

Disney Fantasy Trip Report- Day 2 Sea Day

We took a trip on the Disney Fantasy in Spring of 2016 to the Western Caribbean.  The first full day of our cruise was a restful sea day with nothing to do but explore the awesome ship. We all awoke around 7:30 am and after spending some quiet time as a family we went up to Cabanas for breakfast. At 8:45 am the buffet restaurant was bustling with cruisers, most of them already outfitted in their swimwear and cover ups. Despite the busyness of the restaurant we were able to secure a table relatively easily by a window with a glorious view of the open sea.

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Cruising, Disney

Disney Cruise Adventures: Anyone Can Cook Classes

One of the things I love about Disney cruises is that the ship schedule is packed with a bounty of activities for the entire family to enjoy.  One activity that we love to partake in is the Anyone Can Cook classes.  While there are cooking classes by the professional chefs offered specifically for adults, with complimentary wine pairings (for those who indulge), there are regularly scheduled classes in the awesome kid’s Oceaneer’s Club and Lab for the whole family to enjoy. Continue Reading

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Cruising, Disney

Disney Fantasy Cruise- Castaway Cay 5k

Earlier this year we were blessed to take a trip on the Disney Fantasy, cruising the Caribbean.  On our final day we stopped at Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island.  On each Disney cruise that stops at Castaway Cay, there is a 5K run that occurs first thing in the morning, before most cruisers are ready to head to the island for the day.  The Castaway Cay 5k run is free to all cruisers but you must sign up in advance and participants must be 10 years of age. Continue Reading

Cruising, Travel Tips

10 Tips for First Time Cruisers

We love cruising.  As a family of four we’ve been on more than four cruises together and prior to the kids arrival I had cruised a handful of times already.  The cruise industry is expanding and more and more people are considering taking a cruise vacation in the coming year.  Many people who haven’t cruised before will surely have a lot of questions as they start planning.  Here are a few tips we’ve learned along the way that will help to make sure your first cruise is enjoyable from start to finish.

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Cruising, Travel Tips

Cruising In An Inside Stateroom As A Family On Oasis of the Seas

On our recent trip aboard Royal Caribbean’s mega ship, the Oasis of the Seas, we decided to try out a larger inside state room.  On our previous 7 day cruise vacations we had reserved balcony staterooms but this trip was only 3 days and we wanted to give an inside room a try.  We figured that if it became tortuous, we’d be able to endure it for 72 hours.  Plus, we expected to be out and about most of the time, exploring every nook and cranny of the ship and figured we could stick it out.

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Cruising, Food

Dinner at the Solarium Bistro aboard Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas

Hubby and I loved to spend time in the adults-only Solarium area aboard the Oasis of the Seas.  There is a restaurant there which serves meals three times a day.  Breakfast and lunch buffet are complimentary but dinner is truly special occasion that often requires reservations and carries a $20 per person charge.  Our experience was absolutely delightful and we found the fee perfectly reasonable for the quality and amount of food we received.

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Cruising, Trip Reports

Disembarkation Day on the Oasis of the Seas

The morning of our last day on the Oasis arrived with mild tears from our girls who either didn’t want to get up or were missing their new friends from Adventure Ocean already.  We arose around 7:45am and dressed quickly.  We discussed our breakfast options for that day (Windjammer, Park Cafe, American Icon Dining Room) and decided to avoid the buffet altogether and head to the dining room.

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Adventure Ocean aboard Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas

We had only traveled once before with children on a Royal Caribbean ship prior to sailing on the Oasis of the Seas.  Our trip on the Enchantment of the Seas, one of RC’s older ships had a modest kids area which the kids thoroughly enjoyed.  Royal Caribbean is one of the most popular family friendly brands so i had anticipated that the kids facilities would be in line with the audacious standards of the Oasis of the Seas.

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