There have been a number of articles published about the importance of family vacations. There have even been studies about how family vacations are more beneficial to children than buying them toys. We try to take one big family trip each year. We value the time we get to spend together, giving each other the most attention without the distraction of our emails, social media, video games and phone calls. My husband and I both come back fully refreshed and ready to tackle any stress that comes our way at home or at work. The kids are given the opportunity to see a different country and hopefully understand when you work hard, you can play hard. The children also take away a lifetime of memories from these trips. I don’t think they will retell stories about a gaming incident but travelling will definitely come up. We are always talking about our past trips, years after we have taken them.
Our most favourite trip was last year on board the Disney Fantasy. We never thought we would enjoy cruising as we are of a relax by the pool kind of family but we were wrong! Our Disney cruise comes up at least twice a month and it’s been about a year since we went on it. I wrote a piece about our trip for Masalamommas.com and it was originally published there.
Every family looks forward to going on vacation. It’s a time where the family can relax, bond, reconnect and make memories. When my husband and I were planning our vacation, a cruise was not on our list. The idea of being in close proximity to thousands of people did not seem relaxing at all. After some convincing from friends, we decided to give it a shot. While researching, I came across the Disney Cruise Line. I remembered a friend had been on one recently and I reached out to her. She had nothing but good things to say and after reading hundreds of blog posts online, we booked our first Disney cruise!
I’m sure you’ve heard a lot of people say that Disney World is the happiest place on Earth. I disagree; the Disney cruise is definitely the happiest place on Earth. From the instant we stepped on the ship and were greeted and welcomed by name, I felt like royalty. The lobby on board the Disney Fantasy was so beautiful I felt like Cinderella walking into the ball! Disney goes out of their way to ensure you are taken care of and having a good time. We were stopped by numerous cast mates and crew to ask if we were enjoying our day and if there was anything we needed. And a lot of the times they would give us a few tips on how to make our trip even more enjoyable.
We stayed in a Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with a Veranda which consisted of a queen sized bed, a sofa and a veranda. While we were out having dinner, our stateroom host would magically make bunk beds appear. The bottom bunk was the sofa while the top bunk was pulled down from the ceiling. There was also a privacy curtain between the two areas which separated the kids and made it feel like two separate areas. The best part of the room was the bathroom.
If you are travelling with young kids, you know how hard it is to make them shower, well not on a Disney cruise! There are two bathrooms, one with a full-sized tub (yes, your kids can still take their nightly bubble bath) and sink and the other with another sink and toilet. This made getting dressed every day a lot easier.
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