Monday, March 28, 2016

Disney Cruise 2016

Well, we have officially been back a week and it's about time I blog about this fabulous trip!!  Over Spring break, we went on our second Disney cruise with James's family and it was JUST as fun as the one we did last March!  Last year on my blog, I went into much more detail about the ship itself...if you're interested in seeing that post, look here.
Our stops this year were Tortola, St. Thomas and Castaway Cay in the Bahamas.  Disney knows what they are doing and it's fun for everyone, no matter what age you are!!  I'm going to let the pictures do the talking!!

Excited to get off the airplane in Orlando!

Our whole crew boarded Disney's "Fantasy" ship the next day!
This is one very excited bunch!
We were still in port and this girl found her happy place!  At the pool in front of the giant screen watching a Disney movie.
So I had visions of getting tons of pictures of Sydney with characters throughout the week.  First opportunity comes up after dinner and this is how she felt about meeting Goofy.  Her feelings never changed...about any character, princesses included.
The next day was a day at sea and here we are again...happy place.  Parker was either riding the AquaDuck water slide every hour of the day or at the arcade...not many pics of him during days at sea! ;)
All decked out for "formal night".

These two...14 months a part and inseparable!
So this night she was ALL about meeting Mickey Mouse!
Look who's missing from the picture.  We got up there...tears and more tears.  She just couldn't do it.
Eating dinner at Animator's Palate!
On Tuesday we were in Tortola.  We chartered a boat and island hopped all day was fantastic!!  Only our family was on the boat and we snorkeled the caves at Norman Island (parts of Pirates of the Caribbean were filmed there), went over to Cooper Island for lunch and ended the day at Virgin Gorda exploring the famous Baths.  It was the BEST day!

Love these people!
Two cool dudes! 
We have learned over the years of cruising that going off and doing your own excursions is the way to do it!  We don't like being herded around with everyone from the ship...we like our own schedule and our own peeps! ;)
These are his Darth Vader shades...he wore them everywhere!!
Ready to snorkel!
A cup, water and sand...all she needed to be happy on the beach while waiting for lunch!!
The boat ride words needed! ;)
A tired bunch in front of our ship!
On Wednesday we were up and off the boat early for a day in St. Thomas...another favorite island!
Megan's Bay early in the morning!
Sydney and daddy having fun in the sand!
Swimming with my girl and watching sea turtles!
We went into town for lunch and then found an awesome ice cream shop.
There is nothing better than eating pink ice cream with your cousins!
Thursday was a day at sea and we started it off by meeting Donald Duck!
Do you see her face?  She would scream all the way down and then go back and do it again and again and again.  I just sat at the bottom with a magazine! ;)
Our last day was Castaway Cay day...a whole day at the beach!
Pluto was there to greet us after breakfast!
SO bright!
Parker immediately created a sand castle masterpiece and was quite proud!
Digging a hole.
Exploring the hole.
Goodbye Bahamas!  The kids were SO tired in this picture!
We had a wonderful time!  If you're thinking about doing this vacation...I highly recommend it!!  You won't be disappointed! ;)