What to Expect on a Disney Cruise: Day 2
Our agent, Carrielyn Louie (from Seattle, WA) is sharing her blog with us about what to expect on a Disney Cruise. This is her second post in a series of seven where you’ll get an inside peek at what a 7-night Disney cruise is like. If you missed Day 1 you can find it here.
It’s just about 8am and the family is starting to stir so you get up and peek out the curtains to see the sun is shining on the horizon on this, your first morning on your Disney cruise! It’s an entire day at sea to do with what you like. Some fun, some relaxing, but first some exercise. While the rest of your family comes to life you don some jogging clothes and head for the 4th deck promenade, where you can jog or walk around the entire ship 2 1/2 times and you’ll have done a mile. It’s peaceful and quiet and by the time you are done you’ve worked up an appetite. Grateful for the split baths you join your family in getting ready for the day and then you head to Cabanas for a buffet breakfast. You had good intentions about starting off with some yogurt and fresh fruit for breakfast but the mounds of eggs, bacon, pancakes, waffles, pastries, and so much more are ruining them. Plate piled high with food you find a table and decide on coffee and orange juice for your beverages and sit down to enjoy.
It’s coming upon 10am so you glance at your Navigator to see what you might like to do next. You see there’s a Family Crafts session in La Piazza in which you’d learn how to make origami flowers. You always wanted to learn so as a family you head all the way down to deck 4.
After Origami you decide it’s time to hit the pools so you head to your stateroom to get changed and head back up to deck 11 where you find some lounge chairs to use as command central and you send your troops off to have a splashing good time. You’ve brought your Kindle but before you settle in for a good read you grab a Yellow Bird (hey, it’s noon somewhere, right?), the drink of the day from a crew member. Between the beverage, the book, and the gentle sea breeze you’re having a pretty perfect morning.
Little people approach complaining of hunger (after that giant buffet breakfast? “Impossible!” you say) but you know you can just saunter over to Flo’s Cafe to get pizza from Luigi’s, grilled items from Tow-Mater’s or other delectable items from Fillmore’s Favorites. You scarf down your finds and then, because you can, you get ice cream from Frozone Treats.
Around 4pm you decide the family should head back to the stateroom for showers and to get ready for dinner at Enchanted Garden, the next restaurant in your dining rotation. Once everyone is cleaned up and in their formal wear (It’s formal night!) you’ve got 30 minutes to spare so you head to the Lobby Atrium for the Captain’s Reception where you can have your photo taken with the captain, meet some of the ship’s officers and enjoy a cocktail. Not a bad way to pass some time.
Dinner tonight at Enchanted Garden is Continental Market so you can expect appetizers like the Ahi Tuna and Avocado Tower and the North Atlantic Lobster ravioli, soups like Curried Carrot and Apple Soup and salads like the baby spinach. For the main course you can look forward to Grilled NY Strip Steak, Pearl-Barley Cakes with Shallots, Leeks, and Rosemary, Pan-seared Sea Bass and so much more. Cap all that off with a Banana Foster Sundae or a “Sacher” Chocolate Torte. Of course this is only a small selection of all that you could choose from. You even discover if you don’t like what you ordered you can get something else. No questions asked.
No time for a food induced coma, it’s time to go see “Disney’s Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular”. You’re ready for some wacky Genie hi-jinx and some Prince Ali and Jasmine romance so you head into the Walt Disney Theater to enjoy the show.
Post show it’s time for the kids to head to their respective clubs while you take in a movie at the Buena Vista theater. You’re still full from dinner and you’re looking forward to some dancing later so you decide a movie should help things settle until then.
After the movie you’re feeling great and ready for some live entertainment! You head to The Tube where you can just catch a juggling act that’ll be going on for the next 30 minutes and then it’s dance party time with “London Rocks!”. By 11 you’ve danced your heart out and your kids have made it an amazing 3 hours in the clubs. You’ve had an amazing first day at sea and so you collect your kids (who, by the way, were busy making flubber, and playing hide and seek and Pictionary, so don’t feel guilty that they were in there so long) and retire to your stateroom to call it a day.
If you have any questions about what to expect on day 2 please feel free to ask by contacting me.