Farmers Wife, and Home School mother of 3. We believe our children will learn more by traveling and have recently started cruising and we all agree it's the best way for us to see the world.
Farming Family of 5 (2 adults and 3 children 16, 13, and 12). Paid for and planned trip for 2 years. I've traveled with just the kids before and cruised with one at a time but this is the first trip with kids and husband who has never vacationed ever in his 36 years. I personally thought my kids were too old for Disney but they saw the ship and begged it to be that one. So we booked 2 Aft cabins 1 inside 7689 and the balcony next door 7690. Booked the cruise online and paid on it until it was paid off and booked the flights and hotel separately on our own. We flew into orlando the day before the cruise to be safe incase of any travel delays. Used a private transfer company from the airport to the Radisson at the port. I would have preferred to stay at a resort on the beach but the Radisson gave me a great rate that was half the price of the beach resort and I've stayed at the Radisson before so I liked the familiarity of the resort. Their ship transfers are nice as well. Disney embarkation was very smooth and quick, everyone inside the terminal was friendly and smiling. The Disney Ship was beautiful inside and out and all the crew was very friendly and helpful. I used the Disney Cruise APP a lot during the cruise to check entertainment, dining hours and menus, and to chat with the 16 year old. I also pre puchased the photo package before we sailed and that was a great benefit and I would do again and recommend. So many photo opportunities. I loved the main dining menu selection but was disappointed to learn that cabanas buffet was not open for dinner. Room service was good though. We enjoyed the 3D theatre to watch a movie on Sea Day and played the Midship Detective game with the kids. I will be honest and say traveling with a family of 5 it is difficult to keep Everyone happy and entertained. We loved our stop in Nassau and spent the day at the Atlantis which was probably the best money spent and I can say Everyone was happy at Atlantis the whole day which makes mom happy. Lots of memories created at the Atlantis.
Took my grandparents and mother on their first cruise. Booked my grandparents in forward balcony, and my mother and I took the inside across the hall. It was perfect! We booked all our excursions and air with princess so it was all included and paid for. We flew in a day early and stayed at the Marriott on the waterfront in Seattle, beautiful view! Used a private sedan service for transfers. Check in was great, had lunch in a quiet dining room. My grand parents loved this trip and I enjoyed watching them and listening to them be taken back to memories in the war and fishing with their parents. We stopped in Juneau where my mother and grand father went fishing, my mother caught a big fish and had it shipped home. My grandmother an I visited Glacier Gardens which was amazing and I would do again. In Ketchikan we went to a lumberjack show which was entertaining but I would prefer to walk the shops since the ships dock all right in town it's easy to walk to everything. I never have patience to sit down and right a full review, but this cruise was amazing, the ship was amazing, food was great, and it was everything I was looking for. Relaxing, quiet, not crowded, beautiful, and memorable.