Dreaming a little Disney Dream

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I did it! That’s right, I finally convinced my dear sweet husband to go on a Disney cruise. Ever since I had the amazingly good fortune to attend the christening of the Disney Fantasy, I’ve been dying to take my family on a cruise. Our daughter has

Disney Fantasy in port

Disney Fantasy in port

begged, I’ve pleaded, but my husband just did NOT want to go. I’m not sure exactly what changed or how I got him to say yes, but he finally did. So I booked our cruise that day before he could change his mind.

We’ll be sailing in April during school break. As we’re first-time cruisers, I thought it might be interesting for other first-timers to follow along on our journey. I’ll be blogging semi-regularly leading up to our cruise, and then of course I’ll give you the whole recap once we get back. I hope our journey helps you plan yours. (And once I get a little cruising experience under my belt, I’ll be glad to help you plan yours as well!)

So to jump right in, the first thing that I did was figure out dates and itinerary. You can either do this yourself on http://disneycruise.disney.go.com/ or even better, give your favorite Disney travel agent a call. (Hopefully that’s MouseChow Travel…but if not, make sure you find someone who specializes in Disney, not just cruising.) I knew that I wanted to sail on either the Disney Fantasy or Disney

Senses Spa aboard the Disney Fantasy

Senses Spa aboard the Disney Fantasy

Dream, since I had been dreaming about the Fantasy for a year. The two ships have a few minor differences and the Dream is a year older, but the general layout and amenities are very similar. So I found a 4-night cruise leaving out of Port Canaveral, Florida at the beginning of our school break on the Disney Dream. The itinerary takes us to Nassau, Bahamas (a place I’ve visited) and Castaway Cay (a place my daughter is dying to visit.) It seemed like a good idea to start with a shorter cruise since we’ve never been, so it seemed like the right fit.

I went through my favorite travel agent (me) and booked the cruise. Because we will be sailing within just a couple of months, I paid in full at the time of booking. Typically you can put down a deposit and then pay as you get closer to the cruise. But then typically you would book further in advance than I did.

So when starting out, here are four quick questions to ask yourself (and answers to pass along to your travel agent).

1. When do I want to travel and for how long?

2. Who will be traveling?

3. Where would I like to go?

4. What’s my budget?

5. Do I have a ship preference?

Once you’ve answered those questions, you can start looking at potential sailings and itineraries. Then the planning fun really begins. Stay tuned for the next episode – Choosing a Stateroom.

What questions do you have about booking a Disney cruise? Ask in the comments, and I’ll share answers with everyone!

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Remy on the Disney Fantasy is Simply Gorgeous

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Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to be invited to attend the christening celebration of the Disney Fantasy cruise ship in New York City by the good folks at Magic Carpet Travel. And last night, my family and I watched Ratatouille for the first time since seeing it in the theatre. I really do love this movie, but was at first disturbed by the scenes of hundreds of rats in the kitchen. I’m over it now, but man, those scenes are yucky.

What wasn’t yucky? The gorgeous Remy restaurant aboard the Disney Fantasy! I haven’t yet eaten there, but the beautiful clubby art-deco lounge and restaurant were too gorgeous not to share. I’m pretty sure the only rats in the area are of the animated variety.

The humidor at Remy

The Remy Lounge

Seating in the Remy Lounge

The bar in the Remy Lounge

Remy Dining Room

Private dining at Remy

Lighting at Remy

Remy dinnerware

Remy menu

Wordless Wednesday – Couple’s Villa on the Disney Fantasy

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Inspired by Debs Dis at Focused on the Magic, here’s where I’d like to be spending Mothers’ Day.

Senses Spa aboard the Disney Fantasy

Senses Spa aboard the Disney Fantasy

Massage in the Couple's Villa aboard the Disney Fantasy

Massage in the Couple’s Villa aboard the Disney Fantasy

Private Jacuzzi in the Couple's Villa - Disney Fantasy

Private Jacuzzi in the Couple’s Villa – Disney Fantasy

Champagne and strawberries, Couple's Villa, Disney Fantasy

Champagne and strawberries, Couple’s Villa, Disney Fantasy

Mr. MouseChow, are you reading this? HINT!

Happy Mom’s Day to all.

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Enter our Disney Cruise Line Keepsake Giveaway!

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Disney Cruse Line Dream and Fantasy Keel Coins

Disney Cruse Line Dream and Fantasy Keel Coins

Starting April 21, 2012, the first 250 signups for our new mailing list will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Disney Gift Card and an extremely rare keepsake – Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy Keel Coins from the Disney Fantasy Christening celebration! (They’re going for between $50 and $80 on ebay.)

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Wordless Wednesday – Disney Adventure!

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Disney MidShip Detective Agency on Disney Fantasy

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