See the light where the sky meets the sea It calls me...

These last few months have sped by. It feels like just a few weeks ago we were picking Sami up from camp and had 250+ days before vacation.  Now we're down to a little over 60 and there's a huge amount of planning left to do.

For this year's vacation, we decided to do another cruise. This time on the Disney Dream to the Bahamas.

We originally booked a verandah cabin for 7 nights on the Disney Fantasy to the eastern Caribbean. However, a couple weeks later,  I decided to switch us to a 3 night/4 night Back to Back on the Dream.

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Why? Who knows. Maybe I like making stuff difficult? We did save about $600 doing this. Our room did change to an extended Aft verandah. So we got a larger verandah.

What we will do is embark from Port Canaveral on a Friday, spend Saturday in Nassau, Sunday at Disney's private island Castaway Cay, then return to Florida on Monday. We'll leave our luggage in our stateroom, have breakfast, disembark with a day bag with our documents and a few things for the day and then go through US Customs and Immigration, go back upstairs and check in again. We'll have to wait for a little bit, but then we'll be some of the first back on the ship.

We'll repeat the same course this time adding in a day at sea before disembarking on Friday.

It seems complicated and it is a bit. But there are a few reasons we chose to do this.

I love Disney Cruise Line. We experienced the Fantasy and want to try all of the ships. This is a way for us to experience the Disney Fantasy's sister ship. It also gives us 2 days at Castaway Cay. Which is a lovely island with loads to do and incredible Disney theming.

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It also lets us see how we like shorter cruises. Disney occasionally sails from Southern California which is a bit easier of a drive at 5 hours. So  if we do like 3 or 4 night cruises we could possibly make the trip to California for a short cruise. Immensely cheaper as we don't have to fly and they tend to be the smaller Classic ships.

Disney cruises are expensive. I won't lie. Our cruise price is probably twice what we could get on a different line. Is it worth it? I think thats a hard question to really answer. Disney service has always been superb. The theming is well thought out, stylish and doesn't feel cheap.

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There are also no casinos on Disney Cruise Line ships. We're not big gamblers. I don't see the point in casinos. I'm not sure what the draw is to casinos on cruises.

We also like the kids programming. The Oceaneer's Lab and Club for children 3-12 is amazing and full of things and activities to keep Sami happy and she has a blast. It's hard to drag her away from them at times.

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We love the adult exclusive areas. Grabbing a book and stretching out by Quiet Cove without a huge group of screaming children fighting over pool space.

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Remy's is by far our favourite Disney restaurant. The service is amazing and the food is delectable. While it's not included in the cruise fare, it's well worth the up charge.

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The ships are extremely clean. There was never a time I saw a mess that wasn't cleaned up right away.  I was always a bit wary of cruising because of the chance of illness. But given the amount of cleaning and sanitation I saw, I don't think I'm worried about that anymore.

One of Nate's biggest thing was environmental rating. Disney has consistently received high marks on their environmental initiatives.  You can find out more here:

So now it has snuck on us. We're just a little over 2 months left. So there will be lots of planning left to do!!

Have you ever taken a Disney Cruise? Have you ever wanted to?

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