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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Welcome to my Disney Cruise Line Blog!

***THIS BLOG IS A WORK IN PROGRESS BECAUSE THERE IS SO MUCH I WANT TO SHARE AND I WANT TO DO IT THOUGHTFULLY AND COMPLETELY. BEAR WITH ME!

Check out this amazing video to get your Disney heart pumping!

Hello! My name is Stephanie Inch and I am a Disney fanatic. Even more, I am a Disney Cruise Line fanatic! I was hooked after my first cruise in 2009. I have taken 8 cruises on Disney Cruise Line and one NCL cruise. I have sailed on a 3-night Bahamian on Wonder, 5-night double-dipper at Castaway Cay and Nassau on the Dream, 7-night Western Caribbean Easter cruise on Fantasy, 7-night Eastern Caribbean Easter cruise on Fantasy, 2 back-to-back 3-night then 4-night Bahamian cruises on the Dream, one of which was a Merrytime Cruise over Christmas Day. We are Castaway Cay Gold members, own points with the Grand Floridian Resort with Disney Vacation Club, and have been to Walt Disney World at least 10 times.

In this blog, I will share some of my favorite moments, secrets, and tips with you. I will write about each holiday cruise we have taken, information about the ports of call we have visited, photo tips, ship information, and our favorite places to eat around the ship. You will learn about formal night and semi-formal night, and my favorite...Pirate Night! Get information on character greetings and so much more! I hope you enjoy what you read.


How We Became Obsessed With DCL:

In 2009 I was invited to go on a Disney Cruise to celebrate my in-laws 40th wedding anniversary. When my husband threw the idea at me, I immediately was concerned about seasickness and feeling cramped on a "boat". One of the best and life-changing decisions I ever made was to agree to go. It was a short 3-night cruise to the Bahamas. It was the trip of my life (so far). We were Disney Cruise Line rookies. We didn't know about pirate night, formal night, what we should take with us, etc. It's amazing how quick you can learn in the experience, and all the vocabulary associated with sailing (port arrival time, starboard, portside, aft, forward, muster drill)! My daughter was chosen as a VIP (now called "Magical Family") and got a special photo session and meet and greet with the characters on the last night in Studio Sea on the Wonder.

We decided to book another one for two years later, saved up, and made it happen. Our second cruise was a 5-night to the Bahamas on the Disney Dream. After our 2nd cruise, we realized we couldn’t wait two years to cruise again, so we booked a 7-night the following Spring Break on Disney Fantasy. We cruised Fantasy two spring break's in a row. Following those cruises we decided to do a back-to-back over Christmas on Disney Dream. The first part, my daughter knew about, the second leg was a surprise. The following August, we embarked on another back-to-back on Disney Dream. We planned to just do a quick 3-night getaway, but the cruise was so magical, we inquired about staying on for the 4-night that followed. At first, there were no staterooms available, but Kevin Irish in guest services made it happen. Out of 8 cruises, we were chosen as a magical family on 6 of them. We have a 7-night scheduled for December 16, 2017 and are counting down the days!

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