Disclosure: My family and I were invited to take part in the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration conference at Disney World and on the Disney Wonder cruise ship. We paid a fee to attend but also received special discounts and complimentary gifts. All opinions are 100% my own.
I recently went on my second Disney cruise, thanks to the wonderful Disney Social Media Moms Celebration team. It was just as magical and amazing as the first one, if not better! This time around, I was 100% sure I would be able to perfect every single detail, try extraordinary new foods, and engage in things that I didn’t do on the first cruise…but boy was I wrong! I found at least 20 things I didn’t do that I wanted to share with all of you to make sure that you don’t make the same mistakes I made.
20 things I missed out on….
- Buy jewelry that is only sold on-board, such as the Pandora’s Disney Cruise Ship charm.
- Purchase the Tropical Rain Forest Room Pass – For just $16 a day, you can enjoy the spa’s thermal suite which includes several steam rooms, aromatherapy showers and heated ceramic loungers. All this equals to pure bliss! This would’ve been such an amazing experience, but I totally forgot I wanted to try this.
- Take the late seating dining – By the time dinner came (5:45), we weren’t that hungry. We could’ve waited til 8:30 to eat dinner with a snack in between. By the way, YOU NEVER GO HUNGRY ON THE SHIP. EVER! 🙂
- Visit the gym – Although I rarely go to he gym near my home, I did bring one set of workout clothes for that “just in case” moment. It didn’t happen. I didn’t even look at the gym for some photo opps.
- Have drinks with the hubby at the bars – Yes, I said bars. There are several bars to choose from on the ship and we went to none. :/ You have a choice of 4: The Promenade Lounge, Crown & Fin Pub, Cadillac Lounge and Azure, which are all conveniently on Deck 3.
- Have a Mickey Mouse Shaped Chocolate Ice Cream Bar – I heard these can be delivered to the rooms, but again, I forgot to ask about this too. Boo-hoo!
- Take video of the whole ship – I tried to take lots of pictures, but when your main camera is also your phone, you tend to forget to take video as well. My teenage daughter took some video of the ship, but in my opinion, it still wasn’t enough.
- Visit the Oceaneer’s Club – My daughters are over 11 so they did not want to step foot into the Oceaneer’s Club. You know, they’re too cool for that. But I was curious to see the changes since they remodeled the Wonder several months ago.
- Allow for Total Exploration – I gave my little one more freedom then I ever did on the ship, but I wish I would’ve gave her even more. She met some great kids and she loved The Edge, which is a club for 11-14 year olds. She had a blast!
- Enjoy the Outdoors – I wish I would’ve taken full advantage of the outdoor seating when we had breakfast. I saw some wonderful photos on Instagram and suddenly thought, “Why didn’t I think of that”?
- Hang out in the adult section – This area was very quiet, but I was afraid of leaving my teenage daughter by herself since she refused to go to any clubs so we hung around with her which wasn’t bad at all, but sometimes couples need some adult time.
- Palo – This is an all-adult restaurant that requires reservations and is $30 a person for either brunch or dinner. It’s well worth the additional fee, but we didn’t have time to try it.
- Play on-board games – There were a ton of adult and family games on the ship that sadly I didn’t take part in.
- Try new foods – You can say that I’m a picky eater. I eat what I know and I eat what’s familiar. I wanted to go out of the box when it came to trying new foods, but I failed again.
- Take Photos with our servers – These people walk around with huge hearts and are very hard working. Although I would always remember them, it would’ve been nice to take photos with them. They were so good to me and my family.
- Make Plans for a future cruise on-board – We weren’t sure on this one but this would’ve held us a spot on a future cruise and get that discount that you cannot find anywhere else.
- Jacuzzi time – Sadly I didn’t take advantage of any hot tubs on-board. I wanted to try it at least once but everytime I attempted to, it was just too crowded.
- Packing two days before – While most people pack the day before, which is what we did, I think packing half of your stuff two days before would be a better idea. You will have more time to enjoy the ship since most people are packing their stuff in their staterooms the day before.
- The water slide – Yes people, the slide. I forgot to do the best thing on the ship: Twist ‘n’ Spout Water Slide! I cannot believe I missed this. A few other bloggers said it was the coolest slide.
- Character Photo Opps – My girls refused to take photos with the characters (are they crazy?!) so I didn’t sign them up for any photo opps, which is something I will definitely do the next time I’m on board the Disney Cruise!
So there you have it. I’m sure there’s plenty of other things, but I’ll leave it at 20. It’s bad enough I have 20 things I regret not doing. But I gotta be postive and just know that we will be on another Disney cruise soon enough. Fingers and toes crossed! 🙂
Stay tuned for more posts about our special trip.
A huge thank you goes out to the entire #DisneySMMC team. They did an amazing job at making sure each and every person had a magical time and we all did! It was a trip of a lifetime. The memories that we made will last us forever. Thanks for bringing families together. xoxo