I went on Disney’s Western Caribbean seven night sailing that left fromPort Canaveralon the Disney Fantasy (their “newest” ship, even though now it’s four years old).
Why did I go with the Western Caribbean itinerary over the Eastern? Simple. It stopped in more places. Although I’m not at all opposed to cruise travel like some people are, I still want to see as many places as possible when I do. The Western Caribbean itinerary allowed me to visit three new places versus only two on the Eastern one.
-I've现在一直在迪斯尼的船舶的所有四个和我不得不说Magicis still my favorite. The smaller a cruise ship, the better.
-I finally made it INTO the Caribbean. Although I had previously been to the巴哈马four times on Disney’s three night sailings, that was it for my Caribbean experience. So I’m happy now that I can say I’ve visited (albeit short visits) Jamaica and the Cayman Islands for new countries and Cozumel for a new destination since obviously I’ve been toMexico无数次。它还重申我的实际去加勒比海的小岛度假的兴趣，虽然没有一个凉鞋/情侣度假胜地。
A Cayman lizard just doing its thing.
-Jamaica. I’ll be honest, Jamaica was never really at the top of my travel radar. My stop in Cozumel was phenomenal due to the awesome food tour I went on (to read that post, clickhere），但科苏梅尔本身是“咩”（我更喜欢室内墨西哥）。大开曼岛只是一个有点太消毒和对我的口味开发的（我想我可能会有不同的意见，如果我实际上住在这里）。但牙买加显得比较新鲜和正宗（一旦你离开了过于发达的邮轮码头区后面）。我非常喜欢的风景（山做什么好，尤其是在一个小岛上），我们继续让我内心的历史书呆子端口游出来。我会在不久之后一个完整的帖子！因此，在短期，我也不会反对在未来适当的住宿返回那里。我只是想在精品酒店，我想。
-Palo brunch. As I’ve mentioned above, this was my sixth Disney cruise but the first time I got to partake inPalo’sbrunch. Everyone I know has always raved about it and unfortunately it’s only offered on cruises that are longer than three nights. We weren’t able to secure a reservation for it on our Norway cruise last year so when reservations became available for this sailing, I jumped at the first possible chance. Palo brunch definitely lived up to all the hype, so much so that (naturally) a full post is coming on that.
-We sailed during the “Halloween season” so the decorations were lovely, just like those on our圣诞主题的巡航last year.
-My biggest critique of Disney cruises is that in the five years I’ve been faithfully taking them, they have NEVER changed the menus in their main dining rooms. (Thankfully they do change them more frequently at their adults-only restaurantsPaloand Remy.) It’s not that the food isn’t good because it is. I’m simply surprised that they have never have changed the menu once considering I can’t imagine it would really cost much of anything (you buy ingredients for each sailing regardless). Featuring the same menus year after year just doesn’t seem to mesh with the Disney brand, which I generally consider to be synonymous with innovative and cutting edge.
-While overall I do feel that Disney does a good job at marketing to itsadult demographic,我真的很失望,孩子们被允许in Europa, the bar/venue district on board, until 9PM. The whole ship is essentially a kid zone and I don’t think youngsters should be allowed in the adult zone too even if they’re with their parents. One night we were in the La Piazza bar listening to a pianist do Billy Joel and Elton John covers and I have to say the ambiance was ruined by the fact that kids were noisily sitting in booths next to us, while others were running around and acting obnoxious.
One of the many awesome cocktails I had-a Chambord Mojito Martini. Delish!
-Our final day of the cruise was spent at Disney’s private island,Castaway Cay。This was obviously not Disney’s fault but the weather there was less than ideal (our last two visits have now been marred by mediocre to dismal weather). I always prefer hanging out at Serenity Bay, the adults-only section of the island, but at one point, the water levels got too high you weren’t allowed to swim anymore.
Thankfully the family beaches were not affected.
-Not enough time. Well, I’m only half-serious here. While七宿游轮are infinitely better than the fleetingly short three night ones, they still seem too quick. One of the things I wanted to do the most was sit on deck four (it’s so peaceful and deserted there) and just read a book. Well, I never got around to doing that as I literally ran out of time. I guess there is merit then in the Eastern Caribbean itinerary since it gives you an additional day at sea. On my bucket list is one day is doing one of their much longer cruises, either the Panama Canal or a trans-Atlantic sailing , since both have a lot of days at sea.
Well, I did try something new this time around. I attended the mojito/caipirinha tasting. I discovered I love mango rum!
This trip was drastically different from the one I went on the previous month but that’s why I love thetype of traveler I am-open to all types of experiences and truly in love with anything of a contrasting nature (旧世界的欧洲versus Caribbean cruising).
And if you’re curious which is better, aDisney Cruise vs. Disney World vacation？好吧，我会永远选择前者。
And naturally I anxiously await my next Disney cruise. Any guesses where it is?