Ahhh!!!!! We hit the double digits on our cruise countdown today! EEK!!!! So that means we are getting close to the time to choose our Port Adventures, narrow down our travel plans, and really start to get serious about our planning. And although we aren’t “seasoned” cruisers….we are only going on our second one…..I do have a nice list of 5 Awesome Must Do’s on Your Disney Cruise that I want to share with you today.
Must Do #1: Bring your own travel mug. The drink stations on the pool deck provide you with small cups. Think the size of a small drink at a fast food location. While these are sufficient for a quick drink passing through, we also liked to fill our larger mugs to keep with us a bit longer as we made our way around the ship. We took Tervis cups, mainly because they are durable and keep things hot and cold. Plus, they hold quite a bit of liquid. We brought some for the kids, too. But I think next time we are going to leave theirs at home. They really didn’t use them a lot.
Must Do #2: Put up cute stateroom door magnets. Ours were a combination of a Mickey body I found on Etsy, and some that I cut myself with my Silhouette Cameo. I have also seen people print characters in color, mount them to a piece of cardstock, and laminate them. If you aren’t crafty, that is a great idea ! You will be pleasantly surprised how elaborate some of the stateroom doors are as you walk up and down the halls. We set our 6 year old to work on decorating our door while my husband and the older two got luggage and things put away in our room.
Must Do #3: Meet the characters. Even if you are traveling as just adults, you have to see some characters! It’s a Disney Cruise! I love a lot of things about character meet and greets on Disney Cruise Line. First, I love that there are so many around on the ship. They do not stay out for very long, maybe 20 minutes or so per character, but they are out all the time! There was never a day when we would walk through the atrium and not see at least 4-5 characters. And at night, they are out even more! I love how relaxed it is, and how easy it is to find them as well. Plus, they have multiple characters at some meet and greets. Pirate Minnie & Mickey, or a few princesses in one place, it makes it so easy.
Must Do #4: Participate in Pirate Night. Pirate Night is exclusive to Disney Cruise Line, and the best part……fireworks at sea! The only drawback is it is SO late in the evening. But, we let our 6 year old sleep a little bit after dinner, and she was ready to go for Pirate Night. You will see all sorts of pirate costumes and get ups while onboard. Your servers at dinner will even dress up, and Disney Cruise Line provides pirate hats and bandanas for you to wear to that evening’s Pirate Deck Party. They have a pirate show on the pool deck, an exclusive late night pirate buffet at Cabanas, and then there are fireworks and a dance party with a pirate DJ. Super fun!
Must Do #5: Don’t be afraid to order room service. My kids LOVE room service, and so do I! On Disney Cruise Line, most every item on the Room Service Menu is included in your cruise fare. Plus, you can even order the cake of the day, warm cookies and milk, or Mickey Ice Cream Bars to be brought to your room. If you want something, but it’s not on the menu, don’t be afraid to ask!
There are so many more “must do’s” for a Disney Cruise, but these 5 are my favorite!