A WONDERful first Disney cruise - San Juan to New Orleans - updates x2 - 6/18!

DisneyParkLover

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Day 5 - Pirates in the Caribbean

After a lovely day at Castaway Cay, we washed up and got changed into scurvy pirates before heading to dinner!

We (meaning my mom and me) had DIYed our costumes pretty inexpensively before we left and I was very pleased with how they turned out. So of course we had to stop for photos!

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After photos, we headed to dinner at Triton’s. I had read some negative reviews of the Pirates’ night menu, so I went in with low expectations. But I was pleasantly surprised. I had the crab cake appetizer and the Jack’s Treasure-of-the-Seas (seafood pasta) as my entree.

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Both were very good. My dad and I both had the rum soaked chocolate cake for dessert and my mom had the cheesecake tart.

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I believe James and the kids had more Mickey bars. We were all pleased with our desserts! 😋

They also did a little parade around the restaurant with all the waitstaff dressed up, which was fun to watch.


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We definitely enjoyed the food and the ambience in the dining room on this night. So even though others have said they usually skip this menu in favor of specialty dining, I would have a hard time skipping this one.

We were all full and sleepy, but no rest for scurvy scallywags - we have a party to get to!


Next update: the Pirate Party
 
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DisneyParkLover

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Day 5 - Pirates IN the Caribbean

It was finally time for something else we had been looking forward to since we booked this cruise...


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...the Pirates in the Caribbean deck party

Unfortunately, Annie saw none of it. Not one minute. 😪 It was just too much, between a long tiring day in the heat, no nap, and a late night. I would definitely prefer to do this party on a night other than Castaway Cay night as it was just too much for one day. Even Luke was yawning while dancing. 🤣 🕺

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Luke, my parents, and I definitely enjoyed the party. (James was at the back holding a sleeping Annie, but he enjoyed what he could see.) Luke really enjoyed the music and characters.

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Luke, though tired, danced like a maniac!

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This was one happy boy...

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And of course, ziplining Mickey and the fireworks were awesome!
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Definitely a fun ending to what was unanimously our favorite day of our Disney cruise! ❤🚢🏝🎇
 
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DisneyParkLover

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Day 6 - Another Fun Day at Sea

This was a big day - it was my dad’s birthday and we had lots of plans today. Here is the day’s Navigator:

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Since we had a birthday to celebrate,
we started our day with some presents!

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I think he was happy and surprised! (It’s definitely hard to pack
and set up surprises on a cruise!)

After presents we grabbed a quick breakfast at Cabanas. Then up next we had the Frozen Gathering booked. Both kids enjoyed meeting Elsa and Anna, but Annie was particularly smitten! 🥰

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This was a great meet and greet and I loved what they did with Animators’ Palate to make it feel like an ice castle!

After the meet and greet, we did a little exploring the ship. We took some group photos and some of the kids.

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Continued next post....
 

DisneyParkLover

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Day 6 - Another Fun Day at Sea (part 2)

After our group photos, Annie “discovered” herself in the mirrored windows and started dancing and having a good time. So the diners at Palo got treated to a dancing, twirling princess through the windows! 🤣❤

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I am biased, but it was adorable! ❤ After the impromptu dance session, we walked around and explored the ship a little more.

Here are some photos of the kids’ pool and water play area:

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And here of the family pool:

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And finally one of the adult pool:

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Next on our tour we stopped at the sports deck/area.

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James played a little basketball while the rest of us tried to teach the kids how to play ping pong. 🏓 In case you’re wondering, it was not particularly successful. I think you have to be older than 3 to appreciate ping pong. 🤣

After our exploring, we headed back to the room for an outfit change. Because we were headed to the Buena Vista Theatre for a movie that was still in theaters at the time - Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker! We changed the kids into some cute Star Wars outfits, but sadly I don’t appear to have any pictures of the kids in their outfits. (This was actually a 3 outfit day for the kids since we started with Frozen clothes, then Star Wars, then formal attire! 🤣)

Here is our view in the theater

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My kids are big Star Wars fans and we really enjoyed the movie and thought it was very cool to be watching it at sea while it was still in theaters.
After the movie we grabbed a quick lunch and headed to the pool. We had a great time splashing, but unfortunately we only had about an hour to play before we had to get ready for our next activity. We alternated between the family pool and the kids’ area and my parents visited the adult area again.

Next up: a wild and crazy evening
 




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