Today’s the day! Squeeee! Embarkation day of our first Disney cruise!
I had been looking forward to going on a cruise again ever since our last cruise, and it was even more exciting since we figured we’d never go on a Disney cruise due to the cost. But here we were…
When I had done the online check-in, the earliest time available was 10:30 am. At first, I was a little disappointed, as I wanted to get on the ship as early as possible, but I figured we could just show up early and see how it goes.
Well, we slept in a bit later than we should have and then went and got breakfast at the Contempo Cafe. I don’t think we even got on the road until 10:30 and we still had about an hour’s drive to Port Canaveral. Here we are…late as usual.
We embarked at Port Canaveral on our last cruise and absolutely loved it and this was no different. Disney has their own cruise terminal there, so we just follow the signs right on in. We dropped our bags off at the porter and then parked in the garage.
We stood in the regular check-in line, but a Cast Member was asking people in line if they were concierge, so he could walk them over to the concierge line. When he asked us, I said “No, but it’s my birthday!” and he took us over to the concierge line.
I don’t think it was much shorter, but we waited less than 15 minutes.
It was open boarding, so there was no line to get on the ship after checking in…I guess that is one plus of arriving late. We took advantage of the emptiness and took some photos of the ship replica.
…and posed in front of the entrance. Trent obviously wasn’t paying attention.
We skipped right past the photos, because we had our bags and stuff and Trent in the stroller and we weren’t quite prepared for it, so we just walked right onto the ship. I’m glad we didn’t stop because we forgot to look at our photos from cruise anyway.
Staterooms were ready, so we walked right to ours to put our stuff away. We first took a few photos of the room before we messed it up with all of our stuff. I’ll just post one here, but you can see all the photos and our review of the room here.
Trent was a fan of the large portholes with seating…not for sitting, of course, but for running on and jumping from!
We then went to Cabanas, the buffet area, for lunch. We had a nice view at a table outside and enjoyed shrimp, crab legs (although not the kind I would have preferred) and a little bit of everything else. I’m glad we got to eat here this day, as we never got a chance to eat lunch there again the rest of the trip (more on that later).
We then went up to the top deck to take in the view and prepare for the Sail Away party.
Coincidentally, we were in port with the same ships as when we departed 2 years ago…some itty bitty Carnival ship…
And our favorite ship so far (yup, I said it!), the Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas. I’m not gonna lie, as excited as I was about being on the Dream, I wanted to jump on over to the Freedom…we had such a fun time on that ship.
Here we go…bye bye land!
The Sail Away party had already begun, but I was lucky enough to squeeze Trent’s stroller in between two people that had left a gap. I could kinda see, but I was more concerned that he could see the characters when they came out. After all, isn’t that half the reason you take a Disney Cruise is to have access to characters too?
Well, after a few minutes of regular people (aka non-characters) dancing around to popular music that I’d never heard of before (I must be old), I look down and that boy is passed out asleep! Well, I wasn’t going to stand there barely able to see with him asleep, so I strolled over to the railing and waved at the people on land. I don’t know why, but I just love doing that…especially with my Mickey hand!
We went back to the room and unpacked our bags, which were waiting for us outside of our room, then we got ready for dinner.
We had originally chosen the late seating, but remembered how we missed every single sunset on our last cruise because of the timing. We also thought it would be better for Trent to eat earlier and then be able to have some more fun after dinner before going to bed.
Disney does rotational dining among their three dining rooms. Each night you, along with your servers, eat at a different restaurant with a different theme…in addition to eating at one place twice on the Pirate night. Tonight, our designated location was the Enchanted Garden.
When we arrived, there was hardly anyone there yet, but Trent already has his own kiddie cup of water with his name and a Mickey head on the lid.
Mickey heads on the cup!
Trent started out with a fruit bowl with strawberry syrup drizzled on top. He doesn’t typically like the kind of fruit they put in there, but he ate far more than we expected and we assume it’s because of the strawberry drizzle. I wonder if we can get him to eat pasta if we drizzle strawberry syrup on top???
We both started out with North Atlantic Lobster Ravioli with Roasted Garlic and Sweet Basil in a light Tomato Broth. I think my favorite part was all the big chunks of garlic! The rest of the dish was kind of plain, but still decent.
Brett then had a Romaine Wedge: Fresh Crisp Romaine topped with a Creamy Romano Dressing and Homemade Spiced Croutons. I tried some and it was delicious. I liked his better than mine!
My salad was a Baby Spinach Salad: Tender Spinach tossed with fresh sliced Raspberries, Toasted Pine Nuts and Crumbled Gorgonzola.
For dinner, Trent had chicken tenders, french fries and veggies. He ate the fries but hardly anything else. He was in a super picky stage and some foods were very hit or miss.
Brett had the Marjoram Scented Organic Chicken: Half a Chicken served with Baked Sweet Potatoes and Sautéed Baby Spinach. I had a bite of his and it was delicious. Brett was much better than me at picking out dishes so far…
I had the Grilled NY Strip Steak with Thyme Roasted Vegetables, Double-baked Potato topped with handmade Herb Butter. I’m not sure it came out the way I would have liked, but I ate most of it.
Trent watched Toy Story 3 at each meal, which was necessary to keep him entertained since the dining room meals take so long on cruises.
The waiter brought out a special plate of desserts…I think 1 was passion fruit, but I can’t remember the other one. I didn’t really like them and I was too full to waste stomach space on something I didn’t 100% want, so I only took a bite of each one to try it.
For dessert, Brett had the Sweet Temptations: A trio of Esterhazy Cake, Strawberry Cheesecake, and Chocolate Silk Mousse.
I had the Banana Foster Sundae: Rum-glazed Bananas, Vanilla Ice Cream, Whipped Cream, and Caramel Sauce.
And as if I wasn’t full enough, we told the waiters we were on the cruise to celebrate my birthday (when we first sat down), so they brought out a chocolate cake and had several waiters sing Happy Birthday. I felt bad but I could only eat a few bites…I was about to explode!
The Enchanted Garden is a nice restaurant, but there really isn’t a Disney theme to it. In fact, this Mickey statue on top of the fountain in the center of the room was about the only Disney thing we remember seeing.
After dinner, it was time for us to go watch the show for that night, The Golden Mickeys! We were a little iffy on whether we should go to the shows. We wanted to see the shows, but we also wondered just how interesting they would be to a 1.5 year old..and also to Brett, seeing as he fell asleep during one of the shows during our last cruise. There were times during the Golden Mickeys that were interesting to Trent, like when Toy Story characters came out (since he knows them), but the rest of it left him bored and trying to get out of his seat and run around. There was a part when a bunch of bubbles dropped from the ceiling, but non of them ever reached our seat and I know he really wanted them too, so I was pretty sad for him about that. After the show, we decided that if we were going to watch the shows the rest of the cruise, we would watch them on the tv in our stateroom, a benefit that Disney provides.
After the show, we went back to the room to relax and head to bed. It was an exciting day and we couldn’t wait to explore the Disney Dream even more the next day! Our first stop for the entire next day was in Nassau, Bahamas, so stay tuned for day 4!
In the meantime, you can read some of our other trip reports by visiting our Disney trip report page!