Updated May 16, 2018
Looking for the most relaxing way to do Disney? You need a Disney cruise in your life! The best part about Disney Cruise Line is that there’s something for everyone on board. If you’re taking a 7-night sailing, it’s like having three vacations in one! You get the magic of Disney, a first-class cruise experience, and exciting destinations (tropical beaches!). We absolutely loved our 7-Night Eastern Caribbean Sailing aboard the Disney Fantasy and feel like it was the best way to cruise. You will also be surprised at what is included in a Disney cruise!
You may remember we went on a 3-night cruise aboard the Disney Dream back in February, and we absolutely loved that experience. If you missed that, make sure to check out my blog post on What to Expect on Your First Disney Cruise! If you’re a Disney lover and want even more reading, I also have blog posts on What to Wear in Disney World, and Disney World Tips for First Timers.
Even though we loved our 3-night cruise and would recommend it to anyone, we wanted more. It completely got us hooked on Disney Cruise Line and convinced us that a longer cruise was in our future. We had no idea that time would come much sooner than we thought!
I made a video with a thorough review of our Disney cruise, and really hope it helps you decide on what kind of sailing you’d like to do! Then I will break it down as to why we loved the 7-night sailing.
Disney Cruise Line – There’s Something for Everyone!
If you take away one thing from this post, it’s this – a Disney cruise has something for everyone. Plain and simple, if you are a human with a soul you will have fun on a Disney cruise! My mom tagged along with us and it was so much fun! My mom has refined taste and she even said herself that this was the best cruise she has ever been on. I interviewed her on my Instagram Stories and she said, “I am shocked! I thought these kids were going to get on my nerves, but honestly, it is so well-planned for everyone, and there is plenty for me to do.”
We noticed lots of grandparents on board, and there were even groups of people without children. I asked a group of kidless people how they were enjoying it and they said it was amazing and so much fun! There is no shortage of activities for kids and adults!
If you are a parent, you will especially appreciate a Disney Cruise, because you get a lot of alone time. The kids can visit it’s a small world nursery (ages 0-2, additional fee) Oceaneer Club/Lab (ages 3-12), Edge (ages 11-14), or Vibe (ages 14-17). Trust me when I say the kids will not want to leave – we had to drag ours out of the Oceaneer Club!
The adults-only spaces on board the Disney Fantasy are wonderful. Those spaces include pool decks and bars, various bars and lounges around the ship, Europe themed bars (the champagne bar, Ooh La La, is our favorite), Senses Spa, and two restaurants – Palo and Remy. The adults-only spaces have a much different vibe. Very upscale, relaxed and inviting.
More Days at Sea on a Disney Cruise Means More Fun and Magic On Board
Longer sailings mean more days at sea. That also means there is way more magic and fun on board the ship! We really got to experience so much, and did not get bored at all! In fact, I’m pretty sure there were some things we still did not get to do.
We were able to do a Disney Junior character breakfast, Princess Gathering, Frozen Meet and Greet, and spent ample time at the pools and splash pads.
The kids spent plenty of time at the Oceaneer Club and Lab, which meant for some amazing time in the adults-only time in the adults-only areas. We loved spending some relaxing time in Senses Spa, where I got a lovely massage overlooking the ocean. We also relaxed in the Rainforest room.
Because Disney is an entertainment company we all love, you know the entertainment on board is going to be first class. It totally is! There are Broadway-style shows along with various performances throughout the sailing. Our favorite show on board was Aladdin. The girls thought the Genie was the funniest character ever! We were very impressed with their Broadway-style shows, and that says a lot coming from a theatre nerd like myself. Hello, former theatre teacher/director over here!
Let’s not also forget about the delicious food on board. There is no shortage of yummy treats, whether you’re grabbing some soft-serve ice cream on Deck 11, enjoying a dinner at your dining rotation, or indulging at one of the adults-only restaurants on board. We loved every meal we had, and especially loved getting to experience Palo! More time on board = more amazing food. Win, win!
During our 7-Night Eastern Caribbean cruise on the Disney Fantasy, we visited St. Maarten, St. Thomas, and Castaway Cay – Disney’s private island (more on that in a minute). We were able to do some super fun Port Adventures! While in St. Maarten, we got to go on a catamaran. We sailed around the island, saw the iconic airport, and got to dive off the boat and swim to a stunning beach.
In St. Thomas we did a the Abi Beach Escape, which was a super fun beach day that included a delicious lunch. The kids had so much fun on both port adventures and we sure paid for it with some sunburns! But you know what? It was worth it!
Castaway Cay – Disney’s Private Island
Many Disney Cruises make a stop at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. This is no ordinary island, y’all. It’s Disney in island form! There is so much to do – snorkeling, beaches, bike rentals, floats, a splash pad for the kids, and so much more! Everyone also gets an awesome BBQ lunch during your day, too. Because, duh. The food is incredible when you’re on a Disney Cruise!
And, of course, since Disney really makes it a priority for the adults and kids to enjoy some alone time apart from one another, they also have an adults-only beach! Drop the kids off at Scuttle’s Cove (the Oceaneer Club on the island – our kids loved it) and spend some time at Serenity Bay to relax at a much quieter pace than the family beaches.
The Magic of Disney
I mentioned before that a Disney cruise lets you experience the magic of Disney, and that couldn’t be truer. Everywhere you look, there’s an opportunity to meet a character, see a show, or even go to Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique! There’s Disney touches all aboard the ship (so many hidden Mickeys) and they play Disney music non-stop.
The whole trip is infused with so much Disney that you can’t help but always smile. If you’ve ever been on a Disney vacation, do you know that feeling I’m talking about – that overwhelmingly happy feeling you get? I get those same warm fuzzies on the Disney cruise. If you are a Disney lover, this is something you will absolutely love.
I have to admit I get a little teary-eyed thinking about how my girls were able to experience so many magical and memorable things aboard the Disney Fantasy. It truly was a trip of a lifetime for us, and we are grateful beyond measure for this opportunity.
If you’re considering or planning a Disney Cruise for yourself, I hope that you’ve found this blog post and video to be helpful! If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment and we can discuss.
And just like that, we’re back to reality over around these parts. I’m definitely missing not having to cook, and for my bed to magically make itself. For now, I’ll just wish upon a star and hope we can cruise again!