Sharing a full recap of our newest Disney cruise: the 3-night Baja cruise from San Diego. Only a heads up that this submit 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 hiya 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, disillusioned to seek 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 Wonder to Alaska a few years ago!) and it felt SO GOOD to be again at one among 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 nicely collectively.
The cruise crew:
(It was unimaginable to get a pic of all the youngsters in the identical spot on the similar 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 your entire time, and you’ll seize meals to get pleasure from by the pool. The youngsters instantly ran to the water slide, we ordered drinks, and watched them on the deck.
(The Pilot’s DADALORIAN shirt is one among my faves)
After pool time, we shortly modified, attended the necessary security drill, after which it was time for the Sail-A-Wave celebration, 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 among 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 buying:
(We had one of the 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 selfmade tortillas, chips and salsa. The whole lot 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 an extended day, however we rallied and went to the Pirate celebration 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 quite a lot of it bouncing between Youngsters 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 consuming a latte, consuming a rice crispy deal with, and studying a guide.
Considered one of my favourite issues concerning the buddies we journey with is that it’s so low-key. We’ll usually cut up up for various actions in the course of 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 just a few years since our final cruise – our final one was the Disney Magic to Bahamas Feb 2020 proper earlier than the world flipped the wrong way up – and it felt utterly again to regular. I used to be curious to see if any of the meals high quality, service, or magic can be lacking, and it was even higher than I remembered.
Disney really goes above and past. It’s mind-boggling that they put together 10,000+ meals per day and one way or the other handle to plate them fantastically, prepare dinner them to perfection, and the crew members are so nice and fantastic.
I want I’d have taken extra meals pics to point out ya, however the highlights have been lunch at Cabana’s (an enormous buffet- I beloved the Indian meals choices one afternoon), the countless contemporary seafood (I’m fairly certain I had seafood at each single meal),
and the beignets at Tiana’s.
You probably have any Disney cruise questions, I’d be completely happy to reply them for ya! A recap to Alaska is here, our Alaska packing list, and recap of the Magic to Bahamas trip. We already booked a placeholder for our subsequent Disney cruise, so hopefully there will likely be one other one within the close to future. 😉
Are you a cruise fan or not a lot? I wasn’t certain 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!