Seven Mistakes Made by a First Time Disney Cruiser

Disney just recently launched the Disney Fantasy and I had the opportunity to sail on one of the media preview cruises. I learned so much about the Disney cruise line and have so much to share with you over the next few weeks. Unfortunately, now that I am home I have come up with a dozen things that I wish I had done or seen while on the ship. Don’t make the same mistakes that I did.

1. Leaving your reusable water bottle in the stateroom or not bringing/buying one.  Soda and water are included in your price of the cruise but the beverage stations are located on the 11th deck. You won’t always find yourself on the 11th deck or next to an open restaurant when you are thirsty so bring a water bottle that you can carry around. Also, the cups are small and don’t hold very much.

2. Not Trying the Spa Day Pass. The Senses Spa and Salon offers a pass that gives you access to saunas, aromatic showers, steam rooms, and more. There are two price choices depending on what you want access to: $16 and $27. I was so busy with tours that I didn’t take the time to try the spa day pass. It is priced reasonably and is a great way to get a little pampering in even if the spa treatments are booked up or out of your budget.

3. Leaving the camera in the room. After touring the ship the first day, I left my camera in my room when I was running to the 11th deck (see tip #1). I ran smack dab into Snow White and was so disappointed that I didn’t have my camera. As my bloggy pal, Steve from More Kids Than Suitcases, points out, these events happen often (Click that link to see his review on the characters about the ship…be sure to click the rest of his Disney cruise reviews.  I wish I had found his posts before the trip rather than after while I was in the airport!). If you have a large DSLR camera, you might want to bring a camera that fits in your pocket for moments when you want to leave the big camera in the stateroom.

4. Skipping the shows. I went to all three show offerings and I am so glad that I did. The shows are brilliant and as I sat in the theater watching the special effects it was hard to remember that I was still on a ship. I spoke to some people who had skipped all but the last show and were disappointed they missed the first few. Be sure to at least watch one show.

5. Going back to my room immediately after the Pirates in the Caribbean party. Once the party and the fireworks show were both over, we practically ran to the elevators to beat the crowd. We were in the back of the show and didn’t see too much so we thought that it was over. By the time I got to my room, I could hear the horns playing famous Disney songs. I was able to hear it from my verandah but I am sad that I wasn’t on the top deck for it.

6. Eating like a bird at dinner. The gourmet meals served at dinner were delicious. They are portioned well and I didn’t feel like I was overeating (except for maybe when I ordered double desserts each night!). If you want to try something, don’t be shy. It is included in your cruise. That being said, if you are watching your weight, it is easy to stick to small portions if you eat at the sit down dinners.

7. Doing too much in one day. I was on the Disney Fantasy as part of a Traveling Mom working retreat. I was in workshops, panel discussions, and interviews. In between all of that, I was trying to squeeze in as much as possible. By the time, I got off of the ship, I was exhausted. Choose the activities that you most want to do and don’t miss them. Watch the Personal Navigator over the next few days to see if an activity you missed is on the schedule later in the week.

 Thank you to Disney and Traveling Mom for providing my cruise accommodations. I paid for travel there and back as well as other expenses. As always, opinions are mine alone.


  1. 1

    I left my camera more than half the times in my room!!! What was I thinking ;-(

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    I’m with you on the water bottle. Being a big water drinker, I was continuously looking for water and paying for bottles of water – big mistake. I had no idea about the Spa Day passes. I’ll be on the lookout for those on my next Disney cruise.

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    I’m still ridiculously jealous that you’ve had a chance to go on the Disney Fantasy already Jen. Diet Coke is my water, so I spent a ton of time running up to Deck 11 as well. As a back up, we always got some extra Chocolate Milk cartons at breakfast and kept them in the fridge.
    I’m really looking forward to reading your reviews. My kids are desperate to go back on a Disney ship.
    And thanks for the link!

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    This ship looks so beautiful – I’m desperate to go on another Disney cruise too! My family mocks me for always having my camera with me but they don’t complain when they have the photos after! 🙂 Looking forward to the rest of your posts about the Fantasy.

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    I’m with you. I was so exhausted all day Monday and Tuesday!

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    Wow- how exhausting and fun all in the same. SO cool!!!

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    Connie – The water bottle definitely is handy to carry around even if it is a pain to keep track of it all day.

    Steve – Diet coke is my water as well…I saw a lot of the same faces in the diet coke line by the end of the trip!

    Lisa – Everyone always makes fun of me for taking a million pictures on a trip but nobody complains about it when they are laughing over the pictures after the trip.

    Meagan – I did nothing on Monday and Tuesday except lay around the house. I am just now feeling like I am back to normal.

    Becca – It was amazing and I am already planning a trip with my family.

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    Great tips. I included the water bottle one in a round up of cruising tips I’m publishing soon as well. I have to admit, I was one of those people who skipped the shows, and I’m sorry about it! I actually wanted to go, but we just had so much to choose from in the evenings, and my kids loved their clubs and wanted to be there. And I loved Ohh La La and wanted to be there…

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    Wait, there was more after the Pirates of the Caribbean show? I thought it was over after the fireworks, too!

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    Live and learn. I made a few of these as well on our cruise on the Disney Magic. I did however always have my phone camera so I didn’t miss too many “magic photo” moments. =)