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Thoughts on a Disney cruise (aka, this old man and the sea)

Although we got back from the Disney cruise about a week ago, I’m just getting around to writing up my thoughts.  So, here’s my take on cruising with Mickey, in oh-so-easy-to-write bulleted form.

  • Can’t recommend the Disney Cruise experience enough.  If you have kids, it’s really the best of both worlds. You can have fun with the young’uns, but you can also drop the kids off at the kid clubs that are staffed by an incredibly perky group of counselers.  My son loved the club, so we got a couple of nice afternoons and a good evening to ourselves.
  • I know what you’re thinking… “It’s a Disney boat. What’s there for the adults to do?”  There are a few nightclubs, a coffee shop and a separate adults-only pool.  Not as much as a Carnival cruise, by any means, but it’s pretty solid.
  • I wasn’t aware that dinner on a cruise was that big of a deal, but it is.  And it’s a lot of fun.  The Disney Magic has three main dining rooms – Lumiere’s, Animator’s Pallette and Parrot Cay – that are all fantastic.  Great food, and they don’t give you too much.  And the staff is incredible.  You get a head server and an assistant server who take care of you at each place (they rotate with you).  Hats off to Ivo and Passeyu, our servers from Croatia and Thailand, respectively.  Just fantastic service.
  • We were pretty underwhelmed with St. Maarten.  It was like a Dutch version of Jamaica.  Just a bunch of people trying to sell you necklaces and towels every 15 feet.  It was pretty much what I expected, but the whole part of the island we saw was pretty but not jaw-dropping.
  • On the other hand, the next island we visited was St. Thomas.  Beautiful place.  We spent most of the day about an hour away on Tortola in the British Virgin Islands.  Be-a-freakin’-utiful.  Unbelievable beautiful place.
  • If you’re thinking about cruising in December and don’t know what the weather would be like, it was about 90 in St. Maarten and the mid-80s in St. Thomas/Tortola.  The water was warmish, but when you see the news and it’s 55 and rainy in North Carolina, it’s not too shabby.
  • All in all, a great trip.  Feel free to get on a boat with a large mouse whenever you want.
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