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Cruisin’ in the Rain, Just Cruisin’ in the Rain

October 24, 2009

Okay, yes, it rained a lot on our 7-day Disney cruise but it was still great and probably evoked stronger memories which was the point of the vacation.

Disney has this business down pat. We’ve all had vacations where the weather ruined things, but short of sinking, I don’t think it’s possible for a Disney cruise to be anything less the wonderful. We’d done a couple 4-day cruises which were over too fast. While I didn’t see many smiles on departing passengers, a week is a long time. I figured I’d be ready to go home, but I wasn’t. Way too much fun.

There is something to be said for enforced inactivity. I think it’s hard for adults to relax unless they HAVE to. At-sea days were great. Hanging out in a deck chair or attending an event (we learned to cook a great Phylo Salmon and how to fold napkins :)) was heaven. Our Key West shore leave was mellow. The Grand Cayman adventure to swim with stingrays was wonderful once we got out there but pretty miserable on the back and forth trips (I kept imagining laying on the catamaran’s deck in the sun instead of huddling in the aft seats trying to stay warm). Still, the water was warmish and the stingrays friendly. 🙂

The Cozumel excursion to Xcreta was what I most looked forward to. The underground river was a blast even if the water was cold. Otherwise, it was like trying to do all four Disney parks in three hours. Beautiful but frustrating because of the lack of time.

Disney’s Castaway Cay was, IMO, the least of the shore leaves, but it ended up being the absolute best. M&M brought snorkeling equipment and for the first time I really, really enjoyed it. We were out for hours. Ben is a natural in the water. I think that was my favorite day. 🙂

Of course the food is amazing, topped only by the servers. They went out of their way to get Charli lactose-free meals and desserts. To see her smile with delight was worth the price tag alone. They say you gain a pound a day and I proved them right. For the first three days I had great self-control. I didn’t eat way too much and enjoyed everything. After that, my inner pig ran free and if it was in biting distance, I bit.

The kids stayed in a cabin on the other side of the ship (short walk but still distant). They were great and had a wonderful time. Ben tended to wander around the top deck and listen to his MP3. The girls did this and that. Disney’s only real weakness is not a whole lot for kids to do outside the group programs. They didn’t care though.

Going with the Youngs is the only way to travel. They make sure you get the most out of any trip. They live in a fun world and we’re privileged to get to visit every now and then.

Guess we’ll have to do another cruise to catch the sun. 🙂

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  1. you know who permalink
    October 25, 2009 10:03 pm

    You forgot to mention the Mickey Mouse ice cream bars!!!!!!!!!

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