My husband and I have considered taking Colt on a Disney cruise since he was a toddler. My husband was super excited at the idea. Me? Not so much. I enjoy a good day at Disney, but by the time the fireworks have gone dark I am ready to sprint to my car, Usaine Bolt style. The idea of being the feature act in the Disney version of Groundhog day? The stuff my nightmares are made of.
So when a friend told me about the Disney Cruise to Nowhere, a two day cruise out of San Diego, I was all over it. We talked it over, decided it was the perfect solution to our Disney differences and booked our trip.
A month before you board, you receive your luggage tickets and boarding passes in the mail. Also included in the packet is a boatload (see what I did there?) of information. I highly recommend you read it.
When you register you are given a specific time to board. Because I was late to register our boarding time was the latest time, 3:00 p.m. I was super bummed at myself for this mistake. Turns out it was a blessing. Apparently Disney doesn’t actually honor those times. Everyone showed up at 1:00 to board instead and our friends who got there at 1:00 p.m. spent over two hours, with three kids, in line. When they arrived the line was wrapped around the block. And then some. Arriving at 3:00, we stood in line just over an hour. Which to me is an unacceptable wait time to board.
It definitely is not an inexpensive two days. We wanted a room with a view and a veranda. Our total cost was $1,800 for the two night stay. That does include all the food you can possibly eat.
Total On Board Time
As I stated above we boarded the ship at around 4:00 p.m. Saturday. We disembarked at 7:30 a.m. on Monday. Our total on ship time was 39.5 hours. It was the perfect amount of time for me.
We took the kids to dinner each night and then to a show. The shows were fabulous. Probably my most favorite part. We saw The Golden Mickeys, a spin on the Golden Globe awards, the first night and loved it. The second night we took in Disney Dreams, an award winning show, and we were not disappointed. I would highly recommend both.
Don’t stay up for them. Though beautiful, they are about three minutes long and they don’t start until 10:45. They aren’t worth a cranky kid who got no sleep the night before the only full day on the ship.
The Disney Characters
Luckily we didn’t have kids who wanted to get their photos taken with the characters. The lines are long and the characters leave when their time is up, even if there are still kids waiting. So get in line early!
The Food & Service
Excellent! You can find any kind of food you like. Healthy. Not healthy. Somewhere in between. The staff is amazing. Every. Single. Person. Smiles abound and helpful tips were constantly rolling off their tongues. Not included: Magical wine & spirits, and they aren’t cheap.
There are three pools onboard; an adult pool, a 0-10 pool and a 10-14 pool. The kids pool area is CRAZY amounts of fun. Especially for the kids. I have no idea how many times Colt climbed the stairs to go down the slide, but I can assure you he left that ship with double the muscle mass in his legs. There poolside service was FABULOUS.
Make sure you sign your kids up for things like, hair braiding, instead of just showing up and watching their magical faces become tear stained because you need an appointment and they are all booked up. We didn’t put the kids into any activities as we were only on the boat 39 hours and wanted to hang out with them, but they have plenty if that is what you are looking for. Sign up as soon as you arrive.
NOTE: If the pool gets shut down for three hours because of a floater or vomit, we never determined the true reason, DO NOT send your kids to the arcade with their key cards. They can spend as much as their little hearts desire. Luckily we found that out after only $20 had been spent.
Overall it was a great experience. Pricey I think for the amount of time spent on the ship, but if it is your dream to take a Disney cruise this is a great way of testing the waters.