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When I first found out we were going on a Disney Cruise, I’ll admit that I was a little nervous. I’m not a boat person at all and I really get sea sick and have had some embarrassing moments aboard a boat. But I’ve never been on a cruise, especially a Disney Cruise.
Now I know Disney pretty well because we frequent Walt Disney World throughout the year. They always keep things clean, give great service and surprise you with the magic. I had also heard from a few friends who had been on a Disney cruise that it was “amazing”.
We booked the Disney Wonder 3-Day cruise to Castaway Cay. This was part of the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration which was an invitation-only conference on Land and Sea. The second half of the conference was aboard the Disney Wonder which had just made some upgrades and changes to the ship.
As a newbie cruiser, I did a lot of research on the internet, but I also found out a few things you should do when booking your cruise. I have a lot of followers asking questions and I plan on sharing a series of posts to help you with your planning if you are a newbie as well.
Here is the CRUISE SCOOP for booking your Disney Wonder Cruise from a newbie cruiser.
There are 9 different room types on the Disney Wonder. If you can, get a room with a balcony. We had a Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah. It includes a queen bed, single sleeper sofa and upper berth pull-down bed (if sleeping 4). The sitting area with a couch, TV, and desk. The heavy privacy curtain was wonderful to separate the kids from us, so we could have the lights on while they went to sleep.
The “split bath” which was a bathroom with a vanity, sink, shower and tub and a half bathroom with a vanity, sink and toilet made it easy for us to get ready and get out the door to enjoy all the ship had to offer. The big highlight of the room was the bunk beds. My kids never slept better. Maybe it was the fresh air or the rocking of the boat, but I’m thinking this maybe my next purchase.
Special Scoop: The elevated wooden bed frames were built for under-bed storage of suitcases and other large items. Thank goodness!
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Don’t wait in line! Get tickets for your favorite Disney Princesses before you get on the ship. My girls went to breakfast at Cabanas and met Ariel, Cinderella, Rapunzel and Belle all before 9:30 am. What a way to start your Disney adventure!
Special Scoop: This was a FREE activity as well. You can book it on your Disney Cruise Experience App.
Pack your items in luggage that rolls because it’s much easier to check-in. That’s the easy part. The hard part is I always seem to over pack. This time I became my own meteorologist watching my weather app hourly. The forecast seemed to change daily up until we left. The great thing about a Disney Cruise dress code is it’s pretty casual. Know that your kids will probably live in their swimsuits. Whether they are going down the water slide on the ship or at Castaway Cay, this will help keep the outfits to a minimum. You do need to pack a light jacket or sweater in case you get chilly in the restaurants or up on deck. I’m sure this depends on what time of year you go as well. I went in February. As a Floridian, that’s our winter, so anything below 75 is cold to me. Don’t judge me!
Special Scoop: If your kids are Star Wars fans like mine, then surprise them with this American Tourister Star Wars C3po Hardside Spinner 21 and put your Disney Cruise information in it for them to open.
GET THE PATCH
I get sea sick and I get car sick, so I wasn’t taking any chances. I literally packed a pharmacy of sea sickness medication and remedies. Dramamine for kids, Dramamine for adults, Ginger Lozenges, Sea Bands and of course the Sea Sick Patch. If you even think you might get seasick, get the patch from your doctor. We hit some rough seas one night and the bed was rocking a bit. I did not feel sick at all during the entire cruise. Maybe a little off balance. I noticed many people started to feel sick and decided to take medication or the patch, but it’s too late by then. Don’t take a chance. Oh! The rest of my family was fine and used nothing the entire trip, not even the seas bands. #relieved
Special Scoop: Put the Patch on 4 hours before the ship moves or take your Dramamine before bed and before the ship starts to cruise.
BRING YOUR OWN CUPS
The Disney Wonder offers all you can drink: soda, lemonade, and water. The only catch is it’s up on Deck 9. I had learned this doing my own research for the trip to bring my own cups. I packed two YETI Rambler Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Tumbler with Lid and 2 sippy cups for the kids.
Special Scoop: We filled our cups in the evening, so the kids would have water overnight.
SIGN-UP FOR YOUTH CLUBS
After you check-in at the Port, walk over and sign-up for the Youth Clubs. You will fill out some paperwork with security information. Your child will receive a wristband (Cost $12.95) which cannot be taken off unless by scissors. Then they can go to the Oceaneers Club, Oceaneers Lab and or any of the other Youth Clubs anytime. If the line is too long, you can sign-up on the ship. It should be Deck 5.
Special Scoop: Turn your children’s wristbands into the Oceaneer’s Club before midnight on the last night of the cruise. You will get a refund on the band price.
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