Sharing a full recap of our newest Disney cruise: the 3-night Baja cruise from San Diego. Only a heads up that this put up wasn’t sponsored or comped (I want lol) – simply sharing our expertise since I do know lots of you additionally love a lil Disney magic.
Hello buddies and whats up again in the true world after a tremendous double vacay: a visit to San Diego adopted by an unbelievable Disney cruise. I’m nonetheless barely swaying from the boat’s movement and strolling downstairs, upset to search out that no full buffet is ready for me. It’s been a tough transition, let me inform ya.
We have been again on the Surprise (we sailed on the Surprise to Alaska a number of years in the past!) and it felt SO GOOD to be again at one in all our favourite trip spots and surrounded by superb buddies. Our buddies from Tucson joined us – they’re skilled Disney cruisers (this was #9 for them) and we’ve been buddies since Kathryn introduced me a child meal after Liv was born! Our Kleiger fam from San Diego joined within the enjoyable, too, and it was such a blast attending to meet up with everybody and the children performed so properly collectively.
The cruise crew:
(It was inconceivable to get a pic of all the youngsters in the identical spot on the identical time)
We checked into the ship on Friday and headed straight to the pool. A tip for Disney cruise buddies: check-in is the BEST time to hit the pool. (Simply put your fits and pool gear right into a backpack, as a result of your baggage is delivered to your room.) It’s the least quantity of individuals will probably be all the time, and you’ll seize meals to take pleasure in by the pool. The children instantly ran to the water slide, we ordered drinks, and watched them on the deck.
(The Pilot’s DADALORIAN shirt is one in all my faves)
After pool time, we shortly modified, attended the necessary security drill, after which it was time for the Sail-A-Wave get together, that includes music, dancing, characters, and the horn of the ship taking part in, “When You Want Upon a Star.” Dinner the primary night time was at Triton’s (you rotate eating every night time) for our small desk of 11 😉
Our port was Ensenada, and it was the Pilot’s first time ever in Mexico. The truth that he may stroll round with an enormous margarita had him offered, however he additionally love the vibe, the meals (OMG the meals), and might’t wait to return.
There weren’t a ton of excursions that we may do as a household – it’s important to be 10+ for a few of the extra adventurous ones- however the youngsters all agreed that the lobster lunch in Puerto Nuevo sounded good.
We took a tour bus 50 miles to Rosarito for procuring:
(We had the very best carne asada tacos on contemporary tortillas, conchas from the bakery, and margaritas)
after which we went to Puerto Nuevo for our lobster lunch with a guitar trio efficiency. They served bottomless margaritas, a fish taco, grilled lobster, rice, beans, heat do-it-yourself tortillas, chips and salsa. Every thing was tremendous contemporary and flavorful.
We shopped a bit earlier than heading again to the bus and the port! Dinner the second night time was at Animator’s Palette (such a enjoyable eating expertise as they flip your desk’s drawings into animated characters that dance on the partitions), and we adopted it up with the Frozen present, which was even higher than the one Liv and I noticed on Broadway. We have been all exhausted from such a protracted day, however we rallied and went to the Pirate get together on the deck, adopted by fireworks. It was 11:30pm (12:30am Tucson time!) and we principally needed to drag our dancing kiddos off the deck and persuade them it was bedtime.
Sunday was a sea day, and the children spent numerous it bouncing between Children Membership, we performed Bingo (all of us take it very significantly haha), the children did a towel folding class with the dads, and I spent a while on the cafe ingesting a latte, consuming a rice crispy deal with, and studying a e-book.
One in all my favourite issues concerning the buddies we journey with is that it’s so low-key. We’ll typically cut up up for various actions through the day, after which meet up for lunch, Bingo, or dinner. There’s no set agenda and we simply type of do our factor and meet up sporadically all through the day.
It’s been a number of years since our final cruise – our final one was the Disney Magic to Bahamas Feb 2020 proper earlier than the world flipped the other way up – and it felt fully again to regular. I used to be curious to see if any of the meals high quality, service, or magic could be lacking, and it was even higher than I remembered.
Disney actually goes above and past. It’s mind-boggling that they put together 10,000+ meals per day and someway handle to plate them superbly, prepare dinner them to perfection, and the crew members are so nice and great.
I want I might have taken extra meals pics to point out ya, however the highlights have been lunch at Cabana’s (an enormous buffet- I liked the Indian meals choices one afternoon), the infinite contemporary seafood (I’m fairly positive I had seafood at each single meal),
and the beignets at Tiana’s.
If in case you have any Disney cruise questions, I’d be completely happy to reply them for ya! A recap to Alaska is right here, our Alaska packing listing, and recap of the Magic to Bahamas journey. We already booked a placeholder for our subsequent Disney cruise, so hopefully there shall be one other one within the close to future. 😉
Are you a cruise fan or not a lot? I wasn’t positive if I’d like them initially – the rooms are small and the considered being out on a ship within the ocean freaked me out – however I can say we’re all obsessed.
Hope you’ve gotten an excellent day and I’ll see you quickly!