When I first got the invite to take a Disney Cruise I admit I was nervous. I mean like really nervous as I have a natural fear of open waters. So I wasn’t sure how this was going to go down. When my invite came from Disney Social Media Moms I was thrilled. Then I saw half of the trip would be at sea I began to question if I could make this happen. I mean I had never been on a cruise so I wasn’t sure if my fear would render me incapable of doing anything.
Now I know Disney pretty well and I know they do things up right but taking a cruise was a lot different from walking a park. Not to mention there would be all that water but never being a person to hide I booked our cruise. What I learned as a novice to cruising was very insightful. Here are a few of things I learned on my first cruise.
Disney Cruise Guide For Beginners
Pack Light ~ I learned real quick that I never wore half of what I packed. Pack light depending on the season and length of trip you can get away with a few changes of clothes and a light jacket. If you are traveling in summer a swimsuit is a must. If traveling in winter though temps are mild a jacket or sweater may be needed. When packing pack items that are able to mix and match to create new looks. Also, pack sunscreen and motion sickness medicine both are a must have.
Activities ~ Book your activities in advance. We learned the hard way getting photos with your favorite character will take a long time if not booked in advance. Also, download the Navigator app to keep up with all the happenings for the day. We almost missed Bingo if not for the app. From movies to shows to arts and crafts there are lots of things to do on a cruise.
Food ~ The food on a cruise is so good. We also learned it’s unlimited. From buffets to sit down food is not only endless it’s delicious. Disney also can work with any dietary restrictions. For me, I tend to lean more towards vegetarian eating. This was no problem because you are assigned a table and a server that rotate with you throughout your stay your server learns your eating habits. Yes, dining is a rotational meal plan with three exceptional restaurants to eat at. So you actually get to enjoy all three through a rotational nightly seating. Oh and here is a tip Ashley from Teachable Mommy gave me. Like a certain dessert from a restaurant like the beignets at Tiana’s Place. You can get that dessert the next night at Animator’s Palate or Triton’s just ask your server.
Paper Work ~ Make sure you have correct paperwork in hand with ID when boarding. I had my original birth certificate which was issued by the hospital many many moons ago and I almost did not get cleared to board. I learned that only birth certificates issued by Vital Statistics and/or passports are usually accepted. Luckily the manager on duty recognized my birth certificate as being a hospital issued one and let me passed. However, I am now working on getting passports as I do not want that to happen again.
Finally, I learned that when on a cruise you stay so busy having fun that you forget you are at sea. My fear of open water only bothered me when someone would remind me I was at sea. I also learned that once you take a cruise you will want to take another and another and another.
Have you taken a Disney Cruise or any cruise before? What are your tips for newbies?
Disclaimer: My family was invited to attend the Disney Social MediaMoms Celebration which was a discounted trip. I was not asked to write about it but my trip but am choosing to do so. All opinions are my own.