Our First Family Disney Cruise

The Disney Fantasy continues the Disney Cruise Line tradition of blending the elegant grace of early 20th century transatlantic ocean liners with contemporary design to create one of the most stylish and spectacular cruise ships afloat. The Disney Fantasy offers modern features, new innovations and unmistakable Disney touches.

It was a childhood dream come true. As many of you might remember, Hector, Enzo and I went on our first Disney Cruise a couple of weeks ago. The 10 year-old in me couldn’t contain the excitement when Disney reached out to work with me and invite my family on a cruise. Of course, Hector was even more thrilled than anyone because there would be a Star Wars themed portion of the ship and if you don’t know, Hector is the biggest Star Wars fan of all time. He has of course, indoctrinated our son in the ways of “the force” and Enzo hasn’t let go of his light saber since we got back.

It was our first Disney Cruise so we didn’t really know what to expect. Hector and I have been on several cruises but they have all been smaller and more geared towards adults. It was the perfect time to go since it was right before Fashion Month when I am usually gone for weeks so it was great to have that special family time before my travels.

We arrived one day before the cruise to stay at the Animal Kingdom Resort which I really recommend. The next day we traveled to Port Canaveral where we would board the ship. I loved that the first day was like an open-house. You can take a tour of the nursery, the kids clubs and get to see everything on the ship. After the open-house many of these places are closed for kids-only. The ship is very geared towards families but especially kids. I was jealous of seeing all these kids just living their best Disney lives. I would have absolutely loved to have been able to experience this as a kid.

You feel like you are in a dream on this ship. The details, decoration, characters, staff all come together to make every corner of this ship feel magical. I loved the feel of the old-timey 20’s Disney mixed with more contemporary elements.

The magnificent three-deck atrium lobby on the Disney Fantasy features Art Nouveau-inspired details reminiscent of the Golden Age of cruising. Atrium design elements include a stunning, cascading chandelier, sweeping grand staircase, custom carpet and an exquisite marble and stone inlay floor. The pièce de résistance is a cast bronze statue of Mademoiselle Minnie Mouse dressed in vintage 1920s fashion with a parasol and steamer luggage at her side.

Everything is super safe. I am definitely very cautious and picky when it comes to leaving Enzo alone with other people but he loved staying at the nursery and the people there were very professional and made us feel very comfortable. They would even report back and tell us everything he ate.

There are also adult-only sections on the ship. They have adult-only restaurants, bars and pools so you can definitely leave the kids to have fun on the ship in their areas and get some alone adult time. Their fitness center is also super cool. It is actually quite large and I am very proud of myself that I actually used it while on vacation.

La Piazza, inspired by Italian cities and their decorative plazas, is an exclusive lounge for adult guests on the Disney Fantasy. The centerpiece of La Piazza is a bar modeled after a colorful vintage carousel. Venetian masks and romantic couples’ booths accentuate the Italian flair. The lounge is part of Europa, a nighttime entertainment district that celebrates European travel.

The entertainment on the ship is beyond! Every night they have different Broadway shows which are entertaining and fun for the whole family. Enzo has never even been able to sit through a whole movie and he was just mesmerized and watched the whole Aladdin play. We were so impressed!

The food and service was of course, on point. Disney does everything bigger and better. We loved that every night you are scheduled to have dinner in different restaurants but we would always have the same server so we really got to know each other and he would already know our preferences. He was the best and it was such a nice part of our experience.

We had 3 days at sea which we loved because we were able to really enjoy and explore the ship. There is so much to see and do and we all had the best time on board. One of the days at sea was Star Wars themed! Hands down the best day. Adults and kids everywhere were in Star Wars costume. Hector wished he could have brought his storm trooper costume but it is impossible to travel with it. I definitely didn’t come prepared because Enzo was one of the few kids not in costume! Next time we will go all out!

The “Summon the Force” deck party, part of Star Wars Day at Sea, features pyrotechnics, special effects and stunts including appearances by fan favorite characters like Kylo Ren, Darth Vader and Chewbacca. The day-long event celebrates the legendary adventures and iconic characters from the Star Wars saga. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

The ports on this cruise were Tortola in the British Islands, St. Thomas in the U.S Virgin Islands where there was a sea safari, snorkeling and beach tour and lastly, Castaway Cay which is Disney’s private Island! You can snorkel, bike, inner-tube and explore. It is really an amazing experience.

Castaway Cay is Disney’s private island paradise in the tropical waters of the Bahamas, reserved exclusively for Disney Cruise Line guests. In a setting of crystal-clear turquoise waters, powdery white-sand beaches and lush landscapes, the 1,000-acre island offers one-of-a-kind areas and activities for every member of the family. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

People asked me on Instagram if it got crazy with so many people. There are definitely a lot of people on board but the ship is so massive and spacious that we never really felt like we were crowded. It honestly didn’t even faze me. It was such a fun and special experience. I highly recommend a Disney Cruise for families! We are definitely looking forward to our next one.

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28 Comments

  1. Rax
    February 21, 2020 / 2:42 pm

    Loving all these pictures and looks like an amazing time.

    #freebiefriday
    @adventures_of_rax

  2. daniella lara
    February 21, 2020 / 2:46 pm

    Love cruising but never been to the Disney cruise before. Looks like you all had a great time together.
    #freebiefriday
    @danyclara

  3. Asmaa Osman
    February 21, 2020 / 2:54 pm

    How fun! How did Enzo do? I have three boys and would love to go on this cruise with them but my youngest is 7 months. Do you think it’s do-able ?

    @simplyasmaa

  4. Alex woeste
    February 21, 2020 / 3:01 pm

    Sounds like such a fun vacation! I bet it was nice before fashion weeks!

    Ig: alexandrawoeste

  5. Ana martinez
    February 21, 2020 / 3:07 pm

    Que padre viaje!! Estamos pensando en ir y me va a ser de mucha utilidad este articulo!!
    IG: anagaby23

  6. Sofia Martinez
    February 21, 2020 / 3:09 pm

    AMO estas fotos demasiado! Suena como una súper experiencia.. Tu familita se ve muy feliz! 🥰❤️

    #freebiefriday
    @sofiavm__

  7. Mariana
    February 21, 2020 / 3:28 pm

    Demasiado lindo ver a ese NICU warrior creciendo feliz. Tu vestido del date con Hector es del más allá.

    Mariana
    @marianadice

  8. Luisa Escalante
    February 21, 2020 / 3:36 pm

    Me encanta que isistes algo con disney . Enzo se mirava super feliz . I Love it ❤️

    #Freebiefriday

    Ig:esca1127

  9. Kathia Perez
    February 21, 2020 / 3:39 pm

    Love how it’s perfect for adults, teens, kids. The whole experience is amazing.
    Ig: @kathiapu

  10. Ashby Zepeda
    February 21, 2020 / 3:55 pm

    What an amazing trip! You have the cutest family, I loved all of it.

    @ashbyzepeda

  11. Samantha Serrato
    February 21, 2020 / 4:14 pm

    Wow what an amazing experience! I’m sure this is Enzos favorite trip thus far! Amazing Paola #freebiefriday
    IG: @sammyserrato

  12. Andrea Darst
    February 21, 2020 / 4:24 pm

    That pink dress is gorgeous! Looks like so much fun! #FreebieFriday @adarst213

  13. Carolina
    February 21, 2020 / 4:34 pm

    Wow! Can’t wait to have kids to go on this cruise. Also, love your Zimmerman bathing suit & the CC dress and cover up.

    @c.herrera.c

  14. Tanhia Medina
    February 21, 2020 / 5:06 pm

    Thankyou for sharing! I have a 2 year old girl and really hope we can take her on this cruise some day. I loved your outfits! #freebiefriday
    @tanhiamedina

  15. Mariana
    February 21, 2020 / 5:07 pm

    Omg the pics are amazing! Wish I could go one day. #FreebieFriday @mariana.miv

  16. Vanessa L
    February 21, 2020 / 7:38 pm

    definitivamente en mi bucket list!

    @invitacionesdivanessa

  17. Itzely Arzate
    February 21, 2020 / 10:09 pm

    This looks like a dream omg I want to do this with my family 🙂

    #freebiefriday
    @itzelyarzate

  18. Cristina obregon
    February 21, 2020 / 11:44 pm

    I love disney
    Ig @crinaobregon

  19. Alejandra Flores
    February 22, 2020 / 12:27 am

    Loved Enzo’s looks 😍
    IG: @alechinfloresp

  20. Danielle
    February 22, 2020 / 6:18 am

    Such a wonderful trip! Looks like you and your family had a blast!

    #freebiefriday
    IG: Daniellepelton

  21. Isabel
    February 22, 2020 / 7:07 am

    Me encanto cada uno de tus outfits! Y Enzo is such a cutie ❤️❤️
    #freebiefriday
    Ig: isabelscheib

  22. Haley Martin
    February 22, 2020 / 7:16 am

    Looks amazing! Love the looks 😍 definitely looking into a Disney Cruise now. Instagram – haleymartin_

  23. Claudia Monroy
    February 22, 2020 / 7:58 am

    Looks like soo much fun!

  24. Ana
    February 22, 2020 / 8:38 am

    Wow me encanta! Vi que subiste algo de tu ida a Disney a tus historias en IG, espero un día poder ir a esa Isla. Se nota que Enzo lo disfruto mucho 💙
    •Ig- anafernandaar•

  25. Ana
    February 22, 2020 / 8:39 am

    Wow me encanta! Vi que subiste algo de tu ida a Disney a tus historias en IG, espero un día poder ir a esa Isla. Se nota que Enzo lo disfruto mucho 💙
    Ig – anafernandaar

  26. Amanda
    February 26, 2020 / 7:03 pm

    Awww so sweet I want to go too!
    @amandalifestyletzuyu

  27. March 24, 2020 / 6:44 pm

    De que puertos se puede salir? Unicamente de Fort Lauderdale?!

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