So, a couple of weeks ago we took the kids on their first Disney Cruise! Jesse and I went on our first one earlier this year and you can read about that here. This time we decided on the Halloween on the High Seas 7 night Caribbean cruise! There are so many different options when going on a cruise from port stops to themes (Halloween, Christmas, Marvel day, Star Wars day). For our first family cruise experience we weren’t really concerned about specific ports, but Alice and Cash really wanted to do a Halloween themed one!
The Disney military rates are awesome, but you have to be ready to go on short notice, and they don’t have them on every cruise. This time we only had 1 specific week that would work with our schedules, so we booked through Costco Travel. We got a small discount and a Costco cash card.
We sailed on the Disney Fantasy ship this time and had a total of 3 full days at sea and we stopped at 4 ports. So, I’m going to be splitting this into two different posts because I have so much info to share with you! This is all about our days at sea! (my next one will be all about our port adventures!) .
Halloween on the High Seas
So, lets just start with the ship! When you first walk on to the ship the first thing you see is the huge pumpkin tree in the lobby! (they have a little show the first night to “light” the tree, it is super cute!). The windows are decorated like jack-o-lanterns, and the Mickey heads have been turned into pumpkin Mickeys!
Then on to our room! we decided to go with an inside room. Disney doesn’t want anyone to feel like they have an inside room, so we have a port hole that shows a live feed as if you were on the outside of the ship….and Characters came to visit us in the port hole. Alice and Cash LOVED it! (and the inside rooms are cheaper…BONUS!!) The rooms are small, but i feel like they are not as small as people expect. We had our bed and then the couch pulled out to a bed and the bunk bed comes from the ceiling. Our awesome hostess gets all the beds ready every night and then puts them all away every morning so you have more room to move around.
One thing that we didn’t know about on our first cruise was decorating our door! Its so fun to walk down the halls and see every ones decorations. This time we had to participate!
*side note…every single person that was working on the ship was absolutely amazing. It really feels genuine that they want you to have an amazing vacation. They are always making sure you know whats going on, giving you tips on the best places to sit to see the fireworks, making sure you have anything you need! Everyone was great, but Caila (our hostess) took the best care of us and our room….she also made us the most awesome towel animals every day!
On SHIP ACTIVITIES
Since I’m starting with ship activities I have to share where we went the very first morning on the ship…Alice and Cash got to go to a part of the ship that most people don’t see…..the Health Center…aka the hospital! Leaving our room Cash’s finger got smashed in the extremely heave room door! all I was really looking for was a band-aid, but they are very thorough, they checked it out to make sure it wasn’t broken, cleaned it, gave me band-aids and ice packs… and a popsicle! Then we had a few follow up calls to our room to check if he was ok! Luckily, that was our only incident and the rest of the trip was “smooth sailing!”
The kids club
Kids club on the ship is available for ALL ages, and it is incredible! I was impressed with how organized and safe the are was (I don’t know why I was surprised, i would expect nothing less from Disney!) Each child is issued a wristband at the beginning of the cruise and that is how they go in and out of the kids area. They can not be checked out by anyone but a parent and that parent must know a “secret word” to sign them out! They also communicate through the Disney Cruise Line app if your child wants to be picked up, or if there is a problem.
There are so many activities in the club that you couldn’t possible do all of them! They have general play…coloring, crafts, movies, tablets, a star wars area, a pixie hollow section, etc. But they had the most fun at the scheduled activities. they have cooking classes, science experiments, scavenger hunts, character meets, crafts, and games. I feel like they could talk forever about all of the fun things they did! Alice and Cash didn’t spend a ton of time just playing in the kids club (they wanted to be in the pool! Lol) but they both definitely wanted to be in there for specific activities. So each day we looked at the schedule for the day for them to pick out which ones they didn’t want to miss!
Their favorites were Pluto’s pajama party, Alice did a Doc McStuffins pet vet activity where she met Doc, and Cash loved playing GAGA ball! (which I still don’t really understand how to play! LOL)
Now, outside of the kids club… to the “family ” activities… there are movies in the movie theater (usually the most current Disney movies. there was Incredibles 2, Ant man and the wasp, and Christopher Robin). Movies playing all day long on the big screen by the pools (these are usually kids movies, until night time and they switch to more adult ones). Then, there are the Broadway style shows! This time we saw Aladdin! I was so excited for this one since the movie is one of my favorites! It definitely did not disappoint! we all loved it! We also saw the “Believe” and “Wishes” shows that were great too! Obviously, we needed popcorn and souvenir mugs to have the full experience!
Next are the outdoor activities! They have a basketball court and mini golf on the top deck of the ship. Two pools in the family area that are very kid friendly. one is a shallow pool and the other is about 5 feet deep. a water slide for kids, a splash pad for little ones, and another splash pad for older kids!
Then, the BEST part is the AQUADUCK! this is so fun and i think Alice rode it about 15 times! (Jesse and I also rode it while the kiddos were in the kids club!) “What is the AQUADUCK?” you might ask….A huge water slide that you ride in a 2 person tube and goes around the whole outdoor pool area….and it lights up at night!!
Since this cruise is Halloween there are themed activities! Although, the whole ship is decorated for Halloween the entire time, there is a specific Halloween day on the cruise that has trick or treating around the ship, which was a lot more chaotic than I thought it would be!
I’m not sure what I really expected with that many people, but it was still fun! The Characters are all dressed in their Halloween costumes, which is a fun photo opportunity too! They also have Halloween crafts and a party in the kids club area, and then a family Halloween party too!
Besides the Halloween activities we also had Pirate Night which I love!!!! So many people (including the characters) dress up it their pirate costumes! there is a Pirate dance party and a “pirate show” on the pool deck complete with fireworks!
Then when you think it cant get any better you have the late night Pirate buffet! So much yummy food!
Speaking of food, lets talk about ALL OF THE FOOD! I could probably do an entire post about all of the food, because it is so good! Breakfast was available at a restaurant each morning, or Cabanas for the relaxed buffet style breakfast! (Give me all of the Mickey Waffles!!!)
Lunch was at Cabanas or by the pool there are quick service dining with pizza, hot dogs, burgers, salads, chicken strips.
Each night of the cruise you rotate between the restaurants for dinner (the kids can also eat in the kids club too!) and your servers follow you to each one!
We had some awesome servers, they had games and puzzles for us and made Alice and Cash some fun origami things to keep them busy. Of course the food was amazing, we even tried some things we would never try…like Ox tail soup! (it tasted like beef stew, if you were wondering)
but obviously our favorite part was the dessert every night!
ANNNDDD…. the unlimited Ice cream cones. I couldn’t even keep track of all of the ice cream cones we ate.
Then, if you are not completely stuffed by the time you get to your room at night, there is ROOM SERVICE!! Alice and Cash thought it was the coolest thing to order room service! and did I mention its free? ( we did tip though!) Yummy Mickey Ice cream bars and cookies delivered to our room! we definitely did that more than once! …. and now I’m dreaming of the warm chocolate chip cookies!……
So, I think that pretty much covers all of the on ship info I have! If you have any questions about a Disney Cruise, leave a comment and I’d be happy to answer!
Stay tuned to hear about all of our Port Adventures!!!