Monday, June 18, 2012

On Board the Dream

Back from a week vacation... (I should have posted before the post-vacation, pre-VBS craziness set in, but I'll do the best I can to re-create the magic so we'll always remember this special trip). All pictures are up on facebook, sorry for the repeats here.

We spent a day at Magic Kingdom before getting on the Disney Dream cruise ship. Right Hand Man's first time, obviously. He was a real trooper through the heat (and downpour) and fairly long lines - although definitely not the worst we've seen. Standing in line with a rain-soaked 3 month old made me feel like that mom, the one who brings a way too young baby to Disney. Oh well, he seemed to take it all in and love it. He even slept through the night for the very first time his first night in Florida. Oh, the Magic of Disney.

The cruise was everything it's billed to be: a vacation that feels tailor made for both parents and children. I can't say enough wonderful things about the kids' clubs on board (and at Disney's private island, Castaway Cay). All of my little sailors loved hanging out, meeting new friends, practicing animation, exploding volcanoes, baking cupcakes, working in the sound studio... the list could go on and on). Right Hand Man had his own special time in the ship's It's a Small World Nursery. He'd be asleep every night when I picked him up after the show. How nice is that?

Hubby and I managed to get reservations at Palo on the last night of the cruise, something the literature said was more than difficult. It was a very nice evening: great view, wonderful food, and a great live show to top it off.

One of the best times on the trip was our second stop at Castaway Cay. (The first time through we had some wardrobe malfunctions with a few of the kids' suits - I'll leave it at that - and we hadn't discovered the island children's program). Glad we got to try again on our way back from Nassau. Hubby and I enjoyed some beach time with Jack Sparrow and later he and the big kids did some scuba diving.

A fabulous way to start the summer!