After wanting to go on a Disney Cruise for so many years, it seems bizarre to me that in a few weeks, I will have sailed on my third ship in the fleet. We booked this cruise last year as it seemed like a perfect opportunity to chill and relax for four nights after our road trip through North and South Carolina.
The added bonus of this particular cruise is that it is a Halloween on the High Seas sailing – I cannot wait to see the Pumpkin Tree and watch the Mousequerade Party! We’re not going to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party this year or indeed visiting any of the parks in Orlando so this is a great substitute.
Two weeks ago, our cruise documents arrived which is always a good sign as it means your trip is very soon. If you have different addresses in your booking then you each still receive your own set of documents and luggage tags.
The booklet still contains all the information that you need to know about your cruise including your itinerary and passport requirements as well as any Port Adventures or onboard activities that you have booked – though the latter only appear in the booklet of the person listed as the lead name on the booking. We only have Palo Brunch booked for our day at sea and do not plan to do much in either Nassau or Castaway Cay apart from enjoy ourselves.
The only major change from our last cruise is that the alcohol policy has now changed and there are stricter limits as to what you can take with you. This is not an issue for us however as we are not planning on taking anything with us as we will simply buy a drink if we want one.
There are also guidelines regarding the gratuities onboard which you can pre-pay if you wish however we have never pre-paid these as we normally just let them auto-charge to the credit card we leave on file for our stateroom. As we booked this cruise onboard our Transatlantic cruise last year, we have been given $100 onboard credit which will cover the gratuities for both of us.
I cannot wait to board the Disney Dream in two weeks and see how different it is to the Disney Magic and the Disney Wonder. It will also seem strange to only be sailing for four nights to the Bahamas after doing a seven night cruise to Alaska followed by an eleven night Transatlantic one last year.
Then that will only leave the Disney Fantasy to go…