a trip report from our 2007 Disney Cruise & Destin FL Vacation
07.26.2007 - 08.04.2007
This trip included a 3-night Disney Cruise to the Bahamas followed by 5 or so nights in Destin, FL (can't remember exactly since it's been two years). Here are brief highlights and a bunch of photos.
Disney Terminal @ Port, Exploring the Ship, Heading out to Sea:
We drove to Cape Canaveral, FL and spent the night at the Radisson Inn at the Port (not overly impressed with it btw). Took hotel shuttle the next morning to Port Canaveral and checked in at the Disney Terminal. Got on the boat, ate buffet lunch, then explored the ship and watched from deck as we sailed out of port.
We got to our stateroom and it was nice, had split bathroom - one room had toilet and sink, one room had bathtub and sink, this was very handy especially when getting ready for dinner. The staterooms on the Disney ship are bigger than staterooms on other cruise lines. Ours was a category 6, Deluxe Stateroom with a Verandah. It had 268-sq ft and a queen bed and sleeper sofa (although I found out later any stateroom can have the queen bed set up as twins - oops, next time maybe Will won't have to cram his 6'4" body onto a 5'-something sofa )
Verandah and Sunset:
Dinner and Pirates in the Caribbean Party:
We had dinner at a different restaurant each night, and one night was Pirate Night - Will dared me to wear my Mickey pirate ears, thinking that I wouldn't, so I went back to the room and put them on and came back to dinner. I couldn't let a challenge go unanswered!! After dinner there was a Pirate party and fireworks!
Each night in the Walt Disney Theater, which seats like 900 or something, there was a production of a Disney Stage Show. I saw Hercules, and Dreams, but missed the Golden Mickeys the first night.
Port of Call # 1 - Nassau:
We didn't do any excursions in Nassau, instead we decided to rent a scooter and explore on our own. It was a little stressful because they drive on the left, and Will wasn't used to driving a scooter with someone on the back of it. But we saw alot of the island, stopped at a little beach, did some shopping, ate at the Hard Rock (where Will was happy to legally order one of their specialty drinks). We stopped at the famous "Straw Market" on the way back to the ship. I hate to haggle for pricing on stuff, but that seems to be the norm in the market. Will got to buy some Cuban cigars.
Here we are scootering down the road in Nassau, just exploring the island.
Port of Call #2 - Castaway Cay:
Disney has their own private island in the Bahamas called Castaway Cay. They have a family beach, an adults only beach, hiking trails, biking, snorkeling, stingray encounters, jet skis, and much more. They also serve a buffet for lunch. We did the jetski excursion first thing that morning and it was really fun. Then Will went back to the ship for the rest of the day but I stayed and swam and laid out at the family beach, ate at Cookies BBQ (they had plenty of veggie options (as they did at all restaurants and counter service on the ship too btw), and then had a drink at their bar. Next cruise I plan to explore alot more of the island, just didn't know what to expect or plan for this first time. It was a fun, relaxing day.
Sadly, our cruise was over too soon, but we were also going to Destin for several days during this trip. Here is a picture of Will when we were waiting for the hotel shuttle to take us back to our car once we docked at Port Canaveral.
Destin, FL - Condo rented on VRBO:
We rented a lovely condo via VRBO. It was right on the beach and had a rooftop pool that was mostly deserted so I enjoyed swimming there every day. I also got in the ocean a few times but not for long (thanks Steven Spielberg and Jaws! )
I went shopping several days and Will actually accompanied me on a few shopping trips. We found two really cool places - one was Destin Commons which is an open air mall type place that looks like a modern downtown area with shops on streets (but interior streets from parking lot so no cars on them). For some reason I didn't get pics of the shopping areas so I'll steal some of the official ones instead:
The other was called Baytowne Wharf and was in a gated community which was kind of weird. But it was nice and had kind of a tropical theme and had plenty of shops, restaurants, and bars.
Then we drove home and back to the real world
~ The END