Sunday, January 24, 2010

Disney Cruise - 2010

I FINALLY got to go on the Disney Cruise. This has been a long time dream of mine. I have never been on any cruise and I wanted it to be a Disney Cruise when I got to go. We went on Jan. 21-24. Stephanie, Tanek and I left on Wed. and went to Cocoa Beach for the day and night to start our trip a little early. We did some shopping, had lunch at Applebee's and walked on the beach. It was nice to be close so that we could get an early start in the morning and get to the ship early. We stayed at Quality Suites and it was a really nice room and right near the beach.
Tanek is sitting on the bench at the entrance of the hotel.

It really was a nice place to stay and very reasonable compared to all the others in the area. Plus we got to take the shuttle to the ship and leave our car at the hotel. (actually the Radison) is where we left the car and took the shuttle from there.
After spending a good part of the day shopping and having lunch we walked on the beach. Tanek's favorite place was Barnes and Noble. They had a wooden train set there and he could have played with it for hours. By the time we got to the beach it was pretty windy and getting chilly so we didn't stay long.

This was the sunset from our hotel window in Cocoa beach the first night. It was actually the prettiest one of all. They were not too pretty on the ship because it was usually cloudy by that time. I love the sunsets and love to take pictures of them.

It was very exciting getting to the ship. I LOVE the Disney ship. It was so pretty and everyone on the ship that works for Disney was so nice and really worked hard to be sure your cruise was "magical". It was everything I hoped it would be, except it was just too short.

This was as we were walking up to the area to check in and get signed up for activities for Tanek.

When we first got on the ship at noon they sent us right into a dinning area for a wonderful buffet lunch. It was one of my favorite meals. So much of everything. Fresh fruit and salads, and tons of desserts. It was a good way to start the cruise.

After lunch we took Tanek to the pool while we waited for our room to get ready. He loved the pool and it was so nice because it was shallow enough that he could play in it by himself and the water was warm and there was a big slide. Everything a child could ask for.

He loved the slide. I would have loved it but it was only for children. So we got to watch him have a great time. He hated wearing the bracelet that they had him wear for the entire trip so that when he went into the activities they could match him up with us. He tried the whole time to get it off.

Before we set sail it was mandatory that we all put on our life jackets and attend a drill on how to use them. I am glad we didn't have too. It is good to know they put so much emphasis on our safety.
Before we set sail there was a big send off party on the top two decks. Stephanie and I bought these drinks (non-alchol) We wanted the glasses for a keepsake. They drinks were really good too.

This is the sunset on ship our first night. It was pretty even though quite heavy clouds.

I love these two pictures of Tanek looking out the window in our room at the sunset with his reflection in the glass. It was so neat watching the water as the ship was sailing.

This was just the first part of our cruise. I will post more pictures later. This was a great cruise and I sure hated for it to end. It was such a relaxing time and I loved it. I could really get used to this kind of a vacation. I would love to go on another one only much longer. There is so much to do on the ship and so much to do when they dock that it is hard to do it all in such a short cruise. I think a week long would be a lot more fun. It was really fun being waited on and treated special. No work, no worries, just fun and relaxing. It was kinda nice being cut off from the rest of the world and not being aware of all that was going on here. It was definitely not reality, but it sure was nice.


Timeless and Treasured, Photography by Heather said...

I can't wait to hear more about it! Glad you had such a wonderful and relaxing time!

Karen said...

Well, vacation isn't supposed to be reality! Good for you for taking the time to go on this cruise and especially enjoy it with your grandson. It's a little hard to get settled back into the routine of home though! That's fun that you got to see Oasis - I have a friend who inspects cruise ships and I've seen pics of it while it's being built. Pretty amazing! We loved the Atlantis too and it's one of the prettiest places to visit. Looking forward to more pics!