My wife and I have been on numerous cruises (16+) throughout the world on various cruise lines over the years. This was our first cruise with Disney. The 7-day Western Caribbean Cruise started in Port Canaveral on February 6, 2016. The ... Read More
My wife and I have been on numerous cruises (16+) throughout the world on various cruise lines over the years. This was our first cruise with Disney. The 7-day Western Caribbean Cruise started in Port Canaveral on February 6, 2016. The Port is easy to get to and is a good location. We live in Florida and it's only a 90 minute drive from our home, north of Orlando.
Boarding the ship was no problem. We got on board quickly around 1 pm. Our room was towards the front of the ship on deck 9, room 9026. This was a good location because we were able to take the stairways to 11 for breakfast. Most points of interest are on 3, 4 and 5. The ship was around 4 years old and was very nice; very clean. The staff was great and the food was good. The entertainment was very good, if not outstanding. Assigned seating in the dining rooms worked out very nicely. We rotated among three dining rooms over the 7 days, which actually was very nice. We kept the same table number, staff and table mates. Every dining room was different and special. The included spa include a very small (maybe 4 person) steam room, and a very nice fitness room. Again, the staff was great.
There are many “special” areas of the ship. The children had spectacular play areas, but the adults had very nice “adult only” areas too. Certain restaurants and spas were for the select few, or those willing to pay $$$ for a “special” dinner or spa experience. These appeared empty much of the time.
The alcoholic drinks and wine appeared to be priced in a reasonable manner. The food was generally good, but the desserts could have been better. Chocolate Mickey bars were available ….. they are very good.
The ship left late from Port Canaveral, and hence, arrived at Cozumel late. This caused our SCUBA diving trip to be canceled. Instead, we took an island tour. It was great. We toured Mayan Ruins, a Mexican Museum, had a nice Mexican lunch and then, visited a chocolate plant. The weather was cool, but sunny.
Our next stop was in Grand Cayman. The weather was rough and windy, so we could not dock in town. Instead, we dropped anchor and were boated into shore. We did a SCUBA dive in Grand Cayman. The dive was nice, although we saw few fish of any size.
The last stop was at Castaway Cay. This is a beautiful Disney island in the Bahamas. We went snorkeling for around an hour, toured the adult area and had a nice lunch near the beach. The adult area was very crowded, so we left. We spent most of our time near the snorkeling area, in the back; it was the most peaceful. The weather was the best of the week.
Oh, the cruise included a Star Wars day at Sea. The Force was with ("in") our Ship! It was a blast.
Getting off the ship was easy. Our luggage had to be out of the room by around 10:30 pm the night before. The deck 11 food service was open from 6:30 am to 8:30 am. Breakfast in the dining rooms was available. When you were ready to leave the ship, you just walked out. Almost too easy. We had no wait. Our luggage was waiting for us, in cabin room order (by number) ….. and we were gone. A great trip. Read Less