This was our first cruise. We traveled beginning April 1st-8th! We were expecting to have fun....but Disney exceeded our expectations! We have two children ages 7 and 8 and they loved it!!!
The positives were the itinerary that was filled with dozens of activities for the whole family, the entertainment, and the service. Our dinner experience was fabulous, as your servers (all three!) follow you from restaurant to restaurant! You visit one of three each night (which all host a different theme). Our servers were amazing, as we have a child with a food allergy. They made him special food, and remembered our drinks each night. My soda was on the table before I even sat down....
The entertainment was Disney Magic all the way! Fireworks and all! The celebration as you leave the Port of Los Angeles is amazing! You really feel like you are going on vacation. Disney is about having a fabulous experience. The shows were truly good enough to be on Broadway. The kids had a million things to choose from--and the movies were fantastic as well!
The service was wonderful--from our servers at dinner, to our stateroom host that cleaned our room twice a day! My kids loved to come and see what towel animal he made each night. There is an ice cream machine and ALL the free soda you can drink day and night! My kids probably had 30 ice cream cones this week! The deck parties were the best ever!! Don't miss a single show or a single deck party--it really adds to the experience. Additionally--the characters were so accessible all week--Tiana, Belle, Snow White and Cinderella are the princesses on this cruise--Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, Daisy,Pluto, Chip and Dale, and Captain Hook are readily available for photos and signatures....way easier than Disneyland for sure! My husband and 8 year old son enjoyed playing basketball and soccer each night before bed, and my daughter and I loved the princess tea (which you have to sign up for the first day at guest services or you won't get in!) Oh and get to the ship early because while you are waiting to board Mickey and Minnie are there to take photos with your family and you can sign your kids up for the kids club before you even board the ship! It makes the waiting fun. When you board the ship they welcome you by name over the loudspeaker! It's a fun way to start your trip.
As with any good thing there are some negatives (though I'd do this cruise a dozen times even with the negatives). The stateroom we had was noisy, noisy, noisy....there was a constant clatter in the ceiling that woke us up several times a night. We traveled with several other families and they ALL had the same experience--and we were on different floors in different stateroom levels as well. This was very annoying considering we had a hard time staying asleep because it was REALLY noisy. Some other minor negatives were: The food in the evening was just o.k. The selection was very good, but it didn't taste great. The Beach Blanket Buffet was great though--both in variety and in taste. The final negative were the pools. They were crowded and kind of small for such a big ship. My kids still had fun, but they could have been a little larger. But, the noisy stateroom was by far the most difficult part of the trip! It was the worst when it was windy!
Even with the negatives it was the best family vacation ever and we go on quite a few different kinds of vacations! Hope you have fun on your adventure.....