The best way to make your Walt Disney World Vacation Better!

As adults, we absolutely cherish our time at Walt Disney World. It is a perfect place for us as we enjoy every sight and sound, every show and every dinner on property. We can’t think of a single reason to ever stay off site or even leave Walt Disney World.

One exception might be our love for Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville up at City Walk at Universal. We’ve always threatened to go there during our trips but so far haven’t made it. I don’t want to drive and taxi’s are too expensive for just us two. Maybe we could do it with another couple some time to share the cost.

But we have found something to make our vacation even better. It’s a Disney Cruise! Yes…. you heard me right. We love taking the Disney Cruise after spending a couple nights at Walt Disney World and here’s why.

Last September Patti and I traveled to Walt Disney World and spent three nights at the beautiful Saratoga Springs Resort. We spent our time at the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom and even an evening at Hollywood Studios.

The next morning we were gathering at the main lobby of Saratoga Springs to board the Disney Cruise Line Bus for Cape Canaveral and our five night cruise to Castaway Cay, Key West and back to Castaway Cay for the famed double dip cruise! And it was spectacular to say the least.

We managed another selfie at Castaway Cay.
We love cruising with Disney Cruise!

After checking in for our cruise at the terminal, which was super easy, we boarded and found our stateroom. We pretty much knew the lay of the ship…. it’s was the Disney Wonder which just happened to be our honeymoon ship back in 2002.

Every evening a new towel animal would appear.
Every evening a new towel animal would appear in our stateroom.

For this cruise we had a verandah stateroom on the starboard ,right side of the ship, for all you land lubbers. We enjoyed drinking our coffee out there in the morning and a glass of wine before bedtime.

We had two otherĀ couples sailing with us and we all gathered on the top deck for the sail away party which is always so much fun! And as always…… passengers from other cruise ships in port stand and watch the party in amazement! Disney Cruise knows how to throw a party. There are so many things to do while on a Disney Cruise……. from shows to parties, to dancing and drinking. We loved the Broadway style shows every night.

Here's our group waiting for Toy Story, The Musical to start while on our Disney Cruise on the Disney Wonder. Who knew they had such great Broadway style shows on board? I did silly! I'm a travel agent!
Here’s our group waiting for Toy Story, The Musical to start while on our Disney Cruise on the Disney Wonder. Who knew they had such great Broadway style shows on board? I did silly! I’m a travel agent!

During the cruise we made our first stop at Castaway Cay and then Key West. More details about Castaway Cay in a minute.

Patti and I had always said we wanted to visit Key West and have lunch at Jimmy Buffets Margaritaville where Jimmy has been known to hang out. He has a home at Key West and he loves to recharge himself after one of his tours and we all know how much he loves to fish. And our stop there did not disappoint.

I love seeing sailboats anywhere but Key West is special!
I love seeing sailboats anywhere but Key West is special!

We loved the atmosphere in Key West as we walked down Duval Street. As we were walking, Patti asked if we could move there. While I’d love to, I’m afraid we couldn’t afford to live there.

We were alone for the time being as our friends signed up for tours. We done tours in the past and used our feet instead. We decided to walk to the “southern most point” so we could say we were there and had seen it.Southern Point

We made it too the Southern most point of the US. Lots of people there too!

Selfie time as the Southern most point of the US.

After some photo’s we walked to the nearby beach and were surprised by a guy who was wading in the water and herding some manatee’s towards the dock where we could get a better look at them. It was our first wild manatee sighting and we left a small tip for the guy. I bet he does this all the time to make a little extra cash.

This guy was wading and herding manatee's towards the dock so tourists could see them....  working for tips.
This guy was wading and herding manatee’s towards the dock so tourists could see them…. working for tips.

We finally ended up at Margaritaville and even though it was only noon, we had to have a “Who’s to Blame” margarita! Hey…. it’s five o’clock somewhere, right?

Where Jimmy Buffet likes to hang out on his off time!
Where Jimmy Buffet likes to hang out on his off time!

We also spilt an order of buffalo wings. We enjoyed our conversation with Lori, our waitress and she said that Jimmy hadn’t been in recently but that we were sitting at his favorite table. The service was great and the food was exactly what we expected.

We walked into the retail section after yet another Margarita and bought way to much stuff but that’s what we do. I love the tank tops and I have at least one from every Margaritaville store we’ve ever been too.

We got a call from one of our travel couples that their tour was over and we walked to meet them. They wanted to see Margaritaville so we returned. While the girls went into the store, us guys went back to the bar. When they came into the bar the girls wanted something to eat and Patti and I split a “Cheeseburger in Paradise”….. and yes… we had another margarita!

After a walk back to the ship we took our packages to our stateroom and got ready to say goodbye to Key West. We were on the upper deck near the bow of the ship and waved to people on shore as we pulled away from the dock and headed to the open sea once again. I loved watching the flying fish jump out of the water as our ship made it’s way to sea.

Our overnight trip was smooth and uneventful except the wonderful atmosphere aboard the ship. Dinner that night was great…. as it is every night on the cruise.

When we woke up the next morning we were at Castaway Cay once again.

My favorite part of our cruise. And we stopped there twice on this cruise!
My favorite part of our cruise. And we stopped there twice on this cruise!
Patti and I got to meet my pal Mickey for a quick pic on Castaway Cay!
Patti and I got to meet my pal Mickey for a quick pic on Castaway Cay!

After our breakfast we headed to Serenity Beach, the adult only part of the Island and found six lounge chairs together. If you walk to the end of the beach, you have a better chance of finding good location. Most people won’t walk that far if they don’t have too. After a great day of sun and swimming in the salt water, we returned to the ship for dinner and departure.

This was to be our last night of the cruise and we had dinner reservations at Palo, the wonderful adult only dinging experience. We were celebrating Patti’s birthday at sea and I wanted to treat our dear friends to a wonderful dining experience for being with us. Dinner was wonderful as was the company.

We had a wonderful dinner at Palo with good friends. From left to right.... Linda Heintz, Ross and Bonnie Cottone, Patti and I, and Mrk Heintz Sr..  Dinner was fabulous!
We had a wonderful dinner at Palo with good friends. From left to right…. Linda Heintz, Ross and Bonnie Cottone, Patti and I, and Mrk Heintz Sr.. Dinner was fabulous!

The next morning as we pulled into the dock at Port Canaveral, most people’s vacations were ending but ours was continuing with a bus ride to Walt Disney World and a six night stay at the Boardwalk Villas. We were meeting a lot of dear friends from Mouse-aid and they arranged several birthday parties for Patti. But I’ve already spoke about that in other posts.

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As you can see, a Disney Cruise is a wonderful way to improve your Walt Disney World vacation as an adult only trip. But it can also be fun for the whole family as well. Once you get the kids on board, you will hardly ever see them.

Contact me today if you are interested in learning how affordable a cruise vacation is. I’d love to help put a smile on your face like we had the whole trip. I’d love to say, “Bon Voyage”.

 

 

 

 

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