I get seasick in the bathtub.  I also get bored….. EASILY.  So I have lived my life until now thinking that cruising was just not something that was for me.

My children had been watching videos of the Disney Cruise Line with its AquaDuck water slides and pleading with me CAN WE DO THIS?  Friends and clients alike tell me how wonderful cruising is and how they incorporate a cruise each year into their annual holiday planner.  I just couldn’t understand.  Really.    However, when planning our latest adventure I decided it was time to dip my toes into cruising, it was important for work I chided myself.  So I picked a 3 Night Bahamian cruise on the Disney Dream because:

  • it fitted around the rest of my plans
  • it was only three nights, surely I could sleep off seasickness for three nights
  • I could be on land everyday which meant something to see and did I mention land.
  • it was Disney and the ship had an AquaDuck meaning Happy Kids

So we made our way to Port Canaveral in Florida to embark on this new adventure.  With the Kennedy Space Centre on the horizon, I too felt as if I was visiting outer space and questioning my sanity.  Our bags were whisked away at the curbside as we left our vehicle and we proceeded into the cruise terminal to check in and await our boarding time.  My nervousness was increasing by the moment, thoughts of WHAT HAVE I DONE rushed through my head as all of a sudden I was being rushed through Mickey’s head onto the gangway to be welcomed aboard as a family by a team of applauding staff members.  The opulence and beauty as we arrived on Deck 3 had my jaw dropping, photos just don’t do it justice, nor can words.

What can be said about getting on board, unpacking and not having to repack until the final day yet still visit a new, exciting destination each day.  What can you say about a neverending supply of mouthwatering food included in the price of your cruise or extraordinary levels of customer service from every member of staff that you encounter.   Don’t forget the sublime entertainment that would cost the same price as the cruise alone on land.   I felt totally spoilt in my comfortable and immaculately kept stateroom and relaxed knowing that my children were enjoying the activities and entertainment in their tween only and teen only lounges.   The activities offered at each port made it difficult to choose what to see and explore to make the most of our time.  Best of all, despite it being a little rough on our first night of sailing I did not even feel queasy and not for one minute was I bored.  In fact, I did not want to disembark and would have been quite ready to go again.

By the second morning on board over one of the best chai lattes I have ever drunk, my darling husband and I were busily planning and plotting cruises into our many planned trips ahead: there is Hawaii, Alaska, back to back cruises in the Mediterranean even a Baltic cruise.  So know like a reformed smoker I can proudly join the cruising is so wonderful, really you haven’t lived until you try it brigade.  If I can enjoy cruising then I truly believe anyone can.

The Atrium Disney Dream Welcome Aboard

On my lounge in the Adults Only Area

On my lounge in the Adults Only Area

The view from my verandah sailing into port

The view from my verandah sailing into port

Docked at Castaway Cay