Best Vacation Ever// Cruisin Away | Dream Big & Buy The Shoes

October 7, 2014

Best Vacation Ever// Cruisin Away

I'm warning you right now. I get overly excited talking about our cruise to the Bahamas this past May. I could probably write until next Tuesday telling all the details of our adventure. You should just go ahead and book a Disney Cruise right now though.

You may not have children but if you have family and are looking for a vacation, this is the way to go. When you hear Disney Cruise you may immediately think children running around chasing Mickey Mouse, toddlers screaming their heads off because Goofy won't take a picture with them, and no relaxation in sight. You're wrong. 

Disney Cruises travel just about anywhere these days: Europe, Mexico, Bahamas, Alaska...the possibilites are almost endless. There are also four boats to cruise away on that all include top notch rooms, service and the whole nine yards.

We started planning our cruise based on the destination. We wanted to go to the Bahamas to make Ethan's dream come true of swimming with dolphins. Ethan would see commercials for Nassau, specifically for Atlantis and shriek over the dolphins and the scenery. A few friends of ours had gone on the Disney cruises and did nothing but rave over every part of it so we booked ours.

The great part is that only a small deposit is needed at time of booking. You have until roughly 60 days prior to pay the balance. We saved every month and family got us Disney gift cards for Christmas that we were able to put towards our vacation. The pricetag isn't small, but I would say it's definitely worth the money.

We departed Port Canevral, Florida on May 5, 2014 aboard the Disney Magic for a 5 day cruise to Nassau and Castaway Cay (Disney's private island). The minute we stepped on the ship the magic began. From the Key To The World Cards that ensure you don't have to carry cash, cards or ID to the Kids Club where Ethan played hours on end with new friends, to any type of food you want...dreams came true every second.

The first day we got acclamated with the boat and where things were located. I think I was so excited that I forgot to take pictures of every area. One HUGE regret. I usually snap pictures like a fool so I'm not sure what came over me. The Disney Cruises have what's called rotational dining which means we traveled to the different restaurants of the ship, but our waiters came with us. We grew pretty fond of each other over the duration of the trip...Kenloy and Vitor were pretty awesome guys!



We woke up to the beautiful sights of Nassau on day 2 and I couldn't believe the sights. It was so breathtaking from the moment we looked out our porthole window from the room. We made our way to breakfast then off the ship to another boat that took us to Blue Lagoon Island where we swam with the dolphins. On the way out to the island we passed Atlantis (HOLY AMAZING) and a ton of celebrity homes. I got all US Weekly with my camera and zoomed in to the front door of the properties to see if I could scope anyone out. I mean...we're talking Oprah, Tiger Woods, Jay Z & Beyonce, Michael Jordan...YEA...amazing homes! Swimming with the dolphins was hands down the best part of the trip for all three of us. We have never seen Ethan smile so big or for so long. The smile DID NOT leave his face. His dolphin, Clifton loved him too...they were bound to be BFF.


Higlights of day 3 included seeing all parts of Disney's private island. Our day started by being greeted by Captain Jack Sparrow when we left the ship. The guys snorkeled with stingrays while I sat with my toes in the sand and took pictures. The island was absolutely amazing and we didn't even have to leave for lunch. Disney employees catered to us and served up an amazing barbeque style meal. There is bikes to ride around the island, water slides, and kayaks. There is even a post office where you can mail things to friends and family back home that will come from Disney Island, Bahamas...too cool! 



The day at sea was so peaceful. We enjoyed time at the adult pool...yes, there's an adult area with no kids allowed and it's as heavenly as it sounds. Chuck and I also had a couples massage that could have been better...we were a bit sunburned even after applying sunscreen every 4 hours. Ouch! Ethan took multiple rides down the enormous water slide AquaDuck and we ate from the endless (true) supply of ice cream.



If you're not up for ever leaving the boat there is PLENTY to do onboard. Whiskey and wine tastings, cooking classes, movies, pools, a spa, cigar bars and more. Family activities every evening including character meet and greets, and something our friends baby participated in...Captain Jack's Diaper Dash (a baby crawling race)...so much fun!

I could go on and on about the amazing amenities, five star service, and how impressed I was with the trip and Disney Cruise line. If you have any questions or want tips, please leave me a comment and I will be more than happy to e-mail you suggestions and help with whatever you may need!

I think it's safe to say when you leave a vacation with happy tears in your eyes it may just have been the best trip ever. I was SO sad to leave the boat on our final morning and was already looking up future destinations for our next cruise. 
Helene in Between

What was your best vacation ever? Have you ever been on a cruise?




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20 comments:

  1. Wow, all these photos are amazing, I love the one with the dolphin! I can imagine swimming with them was quite unforgettable :)
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    1. Awe thank you! The trip was truly a dream come true...it was certainly our favorite part! Thank you for reading!

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  2. Ive never done a Disney cruise, but my sister in law and her family did and they really loved it

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    1. It was amazing and something definitely everyone should try once in my opinion...haha. Thank you for reading Jenn!

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  3. LOVE your blog name! It's perfect!

    Disney Cruises sound AMAZING, I've never heard anything bad about them. It's on my list for the future when I have babies!!! :)

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    1. Thank you so much. That was the longest process of starting my blog...coming up with the perfect name, so your comment makes me so happy :) Yes...put it on that list! Thanks for reading Diana!

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  4. Oh man! Ive never done a Disney cruise but have always wanted to! Looks so fun!
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    1. It was an absolute blast...start to finish! Thank you for reading Lisa :)

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  5. I'll admit, I'm one of those people that are nervous about cruises after all the bad media, but they look like so much fun.

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    1. I was a bit terrified at first...especially since I have a fear of deep water. I let fate run its course...haha. Thanks Jackie for always reading :)

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  6. that looks amazing!!! i have always wanted to go on a disney cruise!!! jealous!

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    1. It was nothing short of amazing..that's for sure! You should check one out sometime :)

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  7. I mean, i'm not a big fan of cruises, BUT this one would be probably what i'd consider doing. Looks like you really had an amazing time & brought back a whole bunch of beautiful memories. :) A fun for the whole family :D
    xo,
    Luchessa @ http://luchessa.org/

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    1. Yes...memories for a lifetime. I smile ear to ear every time I think about it. It was our first cruise so now I think I'm spoiled, haha. Thank you for reading Luchessa!

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  8. Now I want to go to the Bahamas. Looks like you went on a great cruise. :)

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  9. You have successfully made me want to book a Disney cruise like....a week ago. :)

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    1. Awe haha...my fiance jokes with me and says I should be their agent now. I can't say enough good things about it. Thanks for reading Katelynn!

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  10. I loved going to the Bahamas, but we went to Sandals! Disney Cruise is going on the list!

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    1. Awesome! Bahamas was so fun! Put it on that list now girl :) haha

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