Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Carnival Magic {February 2012}

We’ve just returned from our 6th cruise and it was oh so lovely! The brand new Carnival Magic is highly recommended, especially if you have school aged kids. There are all kinds of slides, ropes courses and tons of stuff for them to do. Here are a few shots from our trip. The sunsets were spectacular each night, and so different at the same time.

While in Cozumel we booked The Amazing Race Cozumel excursion and we won 1st place!

The NCL Sky {December 2011}

We sailed the NCL Sky for our 12th Anniversary. This was a last minute, cheap 3 day cruise to the Bahamas. The NCL Sky sails 3 & 4 night cruises from the port of Miami.
We enjoyed our time together and loved reading in the warm sun. But I will say this was not our favorite ship. We did enjoy the private island- Great Stirrup Cay and the specialty dining at the french restaurant Le Bistro. The ship is old and tired, and we noticed it smells like kitchen, all over! We are not going to let our first time on NCL let us down. We do look forward to our sailing on their newest ship The Epic in the summer of 2012.
This was the first cruise I didn't bring my big Nikon on, gasp! So all the photos are from my iphone 4s.

 While in Nassau, we booked a really fun segway tour along the beach. It was so much fun that we can't wait to segway again!

Shows on The Disney Dream

The shows that The Disney Cruise Line puts on are phenomenal! They are all different, but each one has a snip it of the Disney movies that we all love so much.

Cruella De Vil, she was awesome, her car rose out from the stage as the song Cruella De Vil played in the background.

The Little Mermaid swam all over, she was suspended from the roof and she flapped her tail all about. The starfish were doing cart wheels and Sebastian the crab (shown below) danced around. During her song a huge bubble maker blew bubbles all over us in the audience. It was magical!

Let me just say that Tarzan was a HUNK! Take a looksie for yourself:

The Disney Dream - The Aqua Duck -

The Aqua Duck is the FIRST and only water coaster at sea. Our family booked this cruise over 15 months ago. We watched it be built, waited and waited and watched some more. We were so excited when they put out the videos about the Aqua Duck. The Aqua Duck was the highlight of the cruise. Especially for our Parker. She rode that ride more than all of us and begged and begged for more. The ride goes along the entire length and back up the other side of the ship. At one point it loops over the ocean. It sounds scary but its not and its very safe. You get a little splashed but not completely wet. At night they have it all lit up with Red, White and Blue lights that circle around the tubes. It’s really pretty. Also on board are a few pools, the Mickey pool (below) the mickey slide, the goofy pool and then a pool for the adults only.

The Disney Dream - Castaway Cay - {May 2011}

We had a great time sailing on the new Disney Dream with three of our older children, ages 8,8,6 as well as my mom. On this ship we booked 2 corner rooms at the front of the ship on deck 8. WOW they were the size of suites, I can say the biggest rooms we've ever cruised in thus far. In case you are interested the rooms are 8006 & 8004 and can be found on both the Dream & the Fantasy ships.
The Disney cruise line has their own private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay. This island is full of fun stuff to do. You just get off the ship and they have a tram waiting to take you all over the island. There are two family beaches, a teen beach and an adult only beach- Serenity Bay. There are restauarnts (all included in your cruise) ice cream machines, bars and shopping. There is a water park- The Pelican Plunge, jet skiing, snorkeling, bike riding a sting ray excursion and more. The list goes on and on. This is by far my favorite cruise port of al time.
I love the titles to their bars and restauarants: Cookies one and Cookies Two, The Conched Out Bar, Sand Bar, In Da Shade Games, Pops Props, Spring A Leek, Heads Up Bar, She Sells, But The Seashore just to name a few.

The Oasis of The Seas {January 2011}

Rick and I just returned from a fantastic vacation aboard the Oasis of the Seas. The largest cruise ship, besides it’s sister ship The Allure. Seven days of relaxation cruising the Eastern Caribbean. Ports we visited were Nassau, Bahamas, St. Thomas and St. Maarten. This first picture was taken on a mountain looking down on St. Thomas. We rode the lift to the top to enjoy these breathtaking views.

There was also a carousal, 24 restaurants, a central park with 1500 plants, a boardwalk, aqua theater that featured high dive shows, synchronized swimming, gymnastics, and ice skating rink with an ice show. The Broadway production of Hairspray, a circ de sole show with people who flew above you while watching, a comedy act, and the list goes on and on this is just to name a few. All in all it was a dream vacation.

Disney Wonder 9/23/10

In September 2010 my twins, 7, flew to FL and met up with my mom. We surprised them with a 3 day Bahama cruise on the Disney Wonder. Wow, what a ship! Even though it was on the older side it was 5 star and nice down to every last detail. At this point I'm sold is Disney is my favorite line. The highlight of the trip was the stop at Castaway Cay, Disney's private island. Here are a few pictures from our fantastic time together.