We flew into LAX and had no trouble finding our Disney Rep. and onto the bus for our cruise. Check in was relatively simple because we were returning cruisers....all of our information was already there! Do not remember having it like that with other cruise lines. . Buffet luncheon....food fairly good....to excited to eat much. Muster drill was in Parrott Key.....not outside in the heat....really nice.
For our late dining we had 3 other couples and it was a match made in heaven. We looked forward each day to our evening meal.....usually sat with the same people for our pre dinner show. E-Harmony couldn't have matched us any better. I will only say the food was ok.....I don't eat a lot of steak but that was about the only thing I liked for 2 or 3 days in a row. I'm usually the one who likes to try new things but not much of their "new" was up to what I liked.
We had a day at sea and the first stop was Cabo San Lucas. We booked our own boat tour of the area for $15 a person and then did some shopping. The second was Puerto Vallarta....raining and for a change of pace it rained some more. We did a bit of shopping and back to the boat....we had been to both of these stops before. Three days at sea....lots of things to do on a Disney ship besides the characters....a broadway actress shared her adventures on the stage, a former canel p[ilot shared lots of inside knowledge concerning the canel, first run movies and the pool. Then we went through the Panama Canal. This is an experience not to be forgotten. We are not early risers.....we woke, looked out our window and we were deep inside the canal....We watched for a bit, went to 10 and then to 9....back to our room because the view was so much better. Day 9 of the cruise found us in Cartagena Columbia. We had never been to this city and set out to explore. Another couple from our dining table joined us with 2 more couples in hiring a mini van for 5 1/2 hours. The charge was $15 a person and we had a FULL tour of this beautiful, historic city. We saw the Convent, the Fortress, walked all over old town, drove thru new town with it's wonderful beaches and came back to the ship tired but happy cruiserswe.
We had a dessert extravaganza one night and a pirates party with fireworks another night. Disney works hard to ensure all ages are happy on their cruise. The entertainment was fantastic......Golden Mickeys, Disney Dreams, Beatles Tribute, Grant Norman and a magician and a comedian. They had the flaming Baked Alaska where other cruise lines told us it wasn't to be anymore because of the maritime laws.
2 more sea days and then Cozumel where we shopped and drank margauritas till sailing time.
Another sea day and we arrived in Galveston. This was a very confusing experience and I'm not exactly sure who is to blame. First we were told late dining would dine in the same dining room that we had dined in the evening before and at 8:30. The last bus to Houston left at 9:30 and they told us we would be better off in the buffet....we wern't pleased.....hoped to dine with our friends one last time BUT, we would not want to miss the bus. By 8 we were waiting in the lounge and did NOT get in line to go to customs til 9.....they assured us they were holding the busses. Took forever to get our luggage and into a line for customs. Customs was relatively quick.......our bust left at 10:30. Most of the hold up seemed to be the Galveston people. Many comments were made that they would not go to the Galveston port again.
This was our second Disney Cruise and I would recommend them highly.