Disney Cruise - My Family Travels

Screaming kids and Disney character chaos: this was what was expected on my seven night Disney Caribbean Cruise. When I was fourteen years old, my parents saved money for three years to book a Disney Cruise for 2009. Disney Magic was stopping at St. Croix, St. Thomas, and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. I was extremely excited about the upcoming trip, but by the time I turned sixteen, I thought I was too old for a Disney Cruise. 

On January 1, 2009, we traveled from home in Illinois to Florida. The boring sixteen hour drive with my parents and sister finally ended when we arrived at Port Canaveral for our cruise. Soon after boarding the ship, I already saw what seemed like thousands of screaming children roaming the decks chasing Mickey Mouse and his Disney gang. I was convinced this trip would be the longest week of my life. As we initially roamed the ship, I discovered how amazing and beautiful the ship was. Surprisingly, I began noticing more teenagers and entertainment around the ship. Since this was a Disney Cruise, my parents were comfortable with ship security, so my sister and I were allowed to travel the ship independently. My whole attitude towards the trip changed from unenthused to incredibly excited in a matter of hours.

            The food and entertainment was amazing on the ship. They had many meals and snacks throughout the week. Nightly, my family enjoyed elaborate dinners and tasted some of the most luxurious food while sharing stories about our events of the day. In addition to entertaining shows and movies daily, the Disney Cruise also sported several swimming pools for various age groups, a basketball court, and a teen club. My family also went on some excursions that allowed us to go boating and snorkeling in the clearest and bluest water I had ever witnessed. Although I was a struggling, uncoordinated snorkeler, I enjoyed seeing the brilliant fish whenever I was not gasping for air or fixing my goggles which seemed to leak each time I went under water.

            Moreover, the most amazing experiences I had were with the teenagers I met on the cruise. The first night of the cruise, there was a 411 at the teen club. I met amazing people there that I quickly became comfortable around. We eventually formed a group with about eight people from all over North America. We engaged in creative and entertaining activities every night of the week. We stayed up until around two every morning swimming, watching movies, playing games, and just talking. I never had more fun or laughed so hard when I was on that cruise. Some of the more memorable activities my group of friends partook in were: ice cube fight, homecoming dance, and hanging out at Castaway Cay. On the last night of the cruise, I had to say goodbye to some of my closest friends that I had only known for one week. 

            The Disney Cruise was the best time of my life because I gained everlasting memories and life lessons. The cruise taught me diversity, and it helped me gain lifelong friendships. Nineteen months later, my friends and I still have conference phone calls and plan to have a reunion in the future. One of the most important things this cruise taught me was the Disney Cruise’s slogan: “Dreams can come true with a little faith, trust, and pixie dust.” This phrase has inspired me to strive for all my dreams and goals. The Disney Cruise was a life changing experience that made me appreciate my friends, family, and dreams!




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