First things first, we were late leaving Port Canaveral because of an inspection by the coast guard. The cruise line gives you an arrival to port time and ours was between 10-10:30, well by the time we started boarding every arrival time to port had arrived. There were no places to sit people just sat down where ever they felt the urge, my husband stood in line with our grandson who's 5 to get our grandson's Mickey band for over an hour because they can't issue the bands until the coast guard clears the ship. It was chaos!!! We finally began boarding and got 1/2 of the way up the gangway to get stopped in lines to have our pics taken, we walked right by, we had been on our feet for over 3 hours at that point. Got on went to the enchanted garden and had lunch which was lovely finally a break from standing. We were told when we boarded that our room would be ready by 1-1:30 we got in our stateroom at 2:30 so since 10am we have been lugging around carry on bags a total of 4 of them. My husband and grandson changed in the bathrooms on deck and went into the pool which was nice but so small it was crowded.
Our stateroom was very nice, just enough room, spotless and our stateroom hostess was lovely and quite helpful. We booked a room with a veranda for the simple reason that it was on the Disney Cruise website that you could smoke from 6pm to 6am on your veranda, well at 6pm I went out on the veranda and no ashtray on the wall, so we asked at the desk and were told "they changed that policy 6 days prior to our cruise" So now you have to go down to deck 4 in the back of the ship from 6pm to 6 am or up to 13 in the front of the ship in the 18 and older area.
First nights dinner was at the animators palate, wonderful dinner except for the bouncing around from the ship trying to make up time for leaving port late. Our servers were wonderful, they were very informative about the menu and dinner choices. They told jokes & they did tricks to entertain us it made our dinner very enjoyable.
Day 2 Nassau we didn't bother to get off the ship we stayed on board to take full advantage of the ships activities, the gingerbread making was awesome, the pirate show was nice except for the adults who are on board without kids who occupy front row space we got to see the show from behind the stage every few mins. we got to see a head go by the top of the set design, dinner at the enchanted garden was super. The 2 kids clubs on board for the smaller kids were great our grandson actually got up at 7 am and asked if he could go down then. He loved them, great idea for the kids the staff was wonderful!!!
Day 3 Castaway Cay, we did not enjoy it!! We spent about an hour and a half there and came back on board. We got off and walked to board a tram, we waited and waited and waited so we began to walk we made it over to the water trikes before a tram went by us heading to the tram station. My husband and grandson did the trike and we walked to the family beach we found 1 chair that wasn't held by a towel or beach toy. Well we tried so we went over to the walk way area and the lines for food were insane!! We walked over to the kids club that is on the island to drop off our grandson and we were told to come back they were serving lunch, so we walked back to the ship guess what we made it all the way back to the ship before a tram made it back to the tram station. Dinner that night was at the Royal Palace, it was awesome!!
We got up on day 4 which your supposed to be out of your cabin at 8 am your luggage goes out in the hall the night before by 10:30 pm (who knows who can grab it and go through it prior to the crew picking it up) We had no breakfast they made the announcement that if you had finished your breakfast you may disembark at this time, we grabbed up our carry on bags and beat feet! We got off the ship so fast it wasn't funny. Got our bags to the car and sat at McDonalds in Titusville and had a relaxing breakfast before checking into a hotel in Daytona to relax finally.
The food on board was great no matter if you ate in one of your assigned restaurants or on deck 11 or in Cabanas. My biggest complaints about the cruise: Every place on board you go or try to go your in line. EVERYTHING IS A LINE, after a while you feel like cattle going to slaughter. You go to dinner in the evening you wait in line for the doors to open. The lines in Cabanas have no organization what so ever, your putting food on your plate and people walk into the middle of the line and reach right across you (Needs to be organized) . You go up to deck 11 at night to sit out in a deck chair and they are all put away and strapped down, policies change prior to the cruise your not notified, family pools close at 6 pm. I paid 3 different prices 3 days in a row for a beer from the same bar. I expected so much more from Disney, I felt like a number not a person. The servers we had were awesome, our stateroom hostess was great but other than that it was a let down more than anything else.
To crowed spent an hour and a half and went back to ship from frustration