It has been almost a month since my family and friends returned from our second Disney cruise (sorry, it was hard getting back to real life); and I am so excited to share all the details of this fabulous Star Wars vacation!
Let’s go day by day: For details to plan your first Disney cruise, click here!
Friday April, 14th:
Again, it is recommended to arrive a day early for every cruise. After an early flight, we arrived (Disney Magical Express Bus from airport to Disney resort) at our hotel, the beautiful Bay Lake Towers at the Contemporary Resort, and then enjoyed the day (and Fast Passes) at Magic Kingdom. Then the evening was spent at Hollywood Studios for the first-ever Star Wars Galactic Nights…a ticket-only exclusive event celebrating the eight movies through special character greetings, attractions and food.
Fast Passes at Magic Kingdom: Haunted Mansion, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train & Big Thunder Railroad…extra Space Mountain.
Food: Lunch at Casey’s Corner (Magic Kingdom), Appetizers/Drinks at Tambu Lounge & Kids Dinner at Captain Cooks (Polynesian Village Resort) and Snacks at Hollywood Studios Galactic Nights.
Saturday, April 15th:
The next day, we woke ready for a delicious breakfast at Kona Café (Voted Best Breakfast at Disney World….Polynesian Village Resort); and then traveled by private van to Port Canaveral to board the Disney Fantasy Cruise Liner. Note: Since we were traveling with 7 people, it was more cost effective and faster to travel by private van than take the Disney Magical Express to port. I highly recommend the staff and vehicles at Happy Limousine.
Once at Port Canaveral, we checked in (luggage and verified reservations), boarded the Fantasy and relaxed on Deck 11 for pool time and lunch. (We arrived at our scheduled boarding time with no wait, however, rooms would not be ready for a few hours. It’s best to arrive in pool attire to make the most of the on-board entertainment immediately when boarding.)
When rooms were ready, (It’s fun to purchase pre-cruise Stateroom Door Magnets from ESTY) all guests were required for a mandatory safety demonstration; and then we prepared for early dinner seating (6:15pm) at the Enchanted Garden. After dinner, the kiddos headed to their clubs while the adults enjoyed trivia in the English Pub and cocktails in the Ooh La La Champagne Bar. Then we ended the evening with both families enjoying warm cookies and milk in our staterooms.
Sunday, April 16th:
Happy Easter! This gorgeous day at sea included a workout, coffee, pool/movie time and good food. My daughter had her hair braided to fight against the humid Caribbean air (Note: $2 per braid).
The second day at sea also included Formal Night. Dress in your finest for the Captain’s Reception, dinner at the Royal Court and tons of formal photos. And of course, the kids wanted to go to their respected clubs while the adults finished the evening in the Cove Café enjoying delicious coffee drinks.
Monday, April 17th (Cozumel, Mexico):
We arrived at our first port of call…Cozumel, Mexico. Our excursion took us to the Yutan Peninsula to see the Chitin Itza ruins.
Note: The ruins were amazing. However I have to complain about the entire travel experience. First, the ferry ride from Cozumel to Playa de Carmen was extremely choppy. My daughter and a few others became very ill. Once on dry land, we boarded a bus to travel 2 hours. The bus driver was slow; and we arrived to the excursion with only 50 minutes out of the 1.5 hours to enjoy the sites. Then we were rushed back on the bus to eat a sack lunch. The bus then stopped 3 times to check the engine belt. What should have been a 2 hour drive ended up being 3 hours. As a result, the ferry/Disney Fantasy left port late. Disney compensated us with free snorkeling at Castaway Cay.
Important: If on a Disney sponsored excursion, the Disney Cruise Liner will wait for your group to come back before leaving port.
This was also Pirate Night! After quick showers, my daughter was transformed into a wench at the Bibbity Bobbity Boutique. Then our group headed to dinner at Animators Palate for fun Crush drinks. The Cove Café for the adults and kids clubs ended the evening.
Tuesday, April 18th (Cayman Islands):
Instead of doing an excursion at this port of call, my family decided to have a boat day. Our friends enjoyed the Cayman port shopping. It was a very relaxing day; and after dinner everyone enjoyed the “Wishes” stage production. Then off to bed early…
(Note: We had the boat to ourselves that day!)
Wednesday, April 19th (Falmouth, Jamaica):
Let me start out by saying, “I LOVE JAMAICA!!!”. Ok, now that it’s out of my system, I will proceed with my review. We docked in Falmouth and traveled by luxury bus to Ocho Rios for snorkeling and climbing the Dunn’s River Falls. This entire excursion and the people were amazing! We even ate authentic jerk chicken and pork; and the rum drinks were delicious.
That evening, the adults went clubbing, enjoyed drinks and laughed at the hilarious newlywed game.
Thursday, April 20th (Star Wars Day at Sea):
Our last day at sea….Star Wars. Prior to this day, in your stateroom is a form to fill out that includes your character choices for a photo session (2 will be chosen for you) . Make sure to get the form to your Stateroom Host immediately.
Dress in your finest Star Wars attire or costumes the entire day…..trust me, you will fit in just fine. In the morning, as we walked out of our stateroom, the halls were filled with the Star Wars musical score. We ate breakfast at Cabanas while we people watched….the costumes were amazing.
Remember filling out the character photo session choices, we received R2D2 & C3po and Chewy. However, throughout the day, tons of Star Wars characters walked around Decks 3,4 & 5 for photo opportunities. And, if you bring the Jawas something shiny, they will give you a special gift in return.
The entire day is filled with family-friendly Star Wars activities, speakers and of course, the movies. Our dinner menu was dedicated to our favorite characters; and personally, that menu was the best of the entire cruise.
After dinner, my family watched Rouge One and then headed to Deck 11 for the Star Wars show and fireworks display. Cabanas also had a special late night Star Wars buffet.
Friday, April 21st (Castaway Cay):
We started the day with the Castaway Cay 5K…boy was it hot!!!! (My hubby placed 3rd.) Then we enjoyed the rest of the day on the island paradise owned by Disney. We ate, swam, drank, played….
This was also our final night on the ship. The kids went to the dining room to eat dinner (then to the clubs), while the adults enjoyed a fantastic dinner at Palo (adult only dinning….reservations required).
When the evening was over, we went back to our rooms to pack and leave our the luggage in the halls. We would see our luggage again tomorrow morning.
Saturday, April 22nd:
The end. After breakfast at Animators Palate, we exited the ship. Our private van took us to the Orlando International Airport.
I hope you enjoyed reading about our second Disney cruise. No matter a Star Wars fan or not, Disney does everything right!
We booked another cruise for Spring Break ’18 (book while sailing, there’s a discount).