S: Disney's Cruise 2012 to Castaway Cay & Nassau
FC: Disney's Bahamian Cruise 2012
1: First stop was at the Louisiana State line to stretch our legs & take in the view. | We left at 12:30pm and Carlos took the first shift. We reached Louisiana around 6pm and stopped to stretch our legs and took in the view of the lake in back of the rest stop. Chris took the 2nd shift and Tony took the overnight shift. We had a couple set backs but finally made it to Port Canaveral around 11am. | Day 1 ... the drive
2: Day 2 - We finally made it there They spotted the boat & the look in their eyes said it all. There were a WHOLE lot of Woo Hoo's, pointing & cheering. They couldn't wait to get out of the van and get on that ship. | Meet our ship The Disney Dream
3: At terminal 8 - preparing to get on the ship
4: Taking in the view from the Main Lobby
5: The Drill We had to find out where our safety boat was & check in with the assembly coordinator. They explain what would happen in case of an emergency. They were on top of their game for sure. | When you walk into the ship this is what you see. Most ships have you go in the bottom level, not Disney they want you to be impressed the second you walk in. We were.. Everything is done perfectly, it really is a sight to see.
6: Sail Away Party
7: After the drill there was a Sail Away Party on the Lido Deck so we headed right up there to get front row seats. The girl's had so much fun dancing and watching the characters on stage. They even got to shake some of their hands. After the party we hung out in the pool area & then took the kids to get on the Aquaduck, the first ever water coaster on a boat.
8: On our first night we ate at Royal Palace & celebrated a couple of birthdays. We met our waiters; Surapa from Thailand & Anthony from India. We had beef tenderloin and lobster for dinner followed by chocolate cake with a happy birthday written in a chocolate type bar. It was a nice meal spent with great friends. | Happy Birthday Yvette & Chris
9: On our first night we were walking around & found this beautiful mural & thought it was so pretty we just needed to take some pictures. It was a great end to our first night. | Our Room... I wish I would have gotten more pictures of it but oh well. We had a queen size bed, a twin size sofa bed & a bunk bed that came out of the ceiling. So cute and although things were tight in there we really did enjoy our room and the different towel animals they made for us. On the first night we had a lobster.
10: Day 3... Nassau, Bahamas | Breakfast at the Enchanted Garden & then Atlantis... This was one of the things the kids begged for when they found out we were going to the Bahamas. They couldn't wait to get there and get wet. | Disembarking the boat and heading to the city of Nassau was a little crazy. Since they drive on the left side of the road and a little crazy we were holding on for dear life. There's also people everywhere offering services. We told the kids, hold our hands & don't talk to anyone.
11: First stop was the main lobby. When you walk in all you see are the huge fountains and fish tanks. We took a quick tour of the lobby and then headed to the dig. It's the only one place in the world where you can embark on a journey through the streets and tunnels of the fabulous lost city of Atlantis while touting stunning marine life exhibits. Reflecting the tunnels and thoroughfares of the lost continent; Paradise Island’s The Dig features habitats for 100 venomous Indo-Pacific Ocean Lionfish, 500 piranhas, iridescent jellyfish and six-foot Moray Eels. There are special environments nine species of enormous groupers. And in separate, smaller “Jewel Habitats,” multitudes of brilliantly colored tropical fish dwell. | Atlantis Resort
12: The Dig | There are 7 exhibits... Lobster, Lion fish, Jewel tank, Grouper, Seahorse, Clown fish, Jellyfish, Eel & Piranha.
13: This small beach area is the first thing you see when you exit the Dig. You can rent kayaks, water trikes and floaties.
14: We wanted to do every ride there so we quickly made a plan & went with it. We wanted to do every ride there so we quickly made a plan & went with itWe wanted to do every ride there so we quickly made a plan & went with it. We started with Leap of Faith, the 60 ft. vertical drop through a shark's tank. Then came the 5 story Serpent Slide that ends with going through the shark's tank again. Then it was off to the Abyss which is a 200 ft long ride in the complete dark. Finally was the Surge, an inner tube ride that twists and turns you and ends at The Current . After all the craziness we relaxed on the lazy river for an hour and then decided to head to the beach. After the beach the kids wanted to play at Splashers so we spent the last hour doing that. | Aquaventure Waterpark
15: Splashers & Mayan Temple Pool
16: Erika, Isaah & Laila | Carlos, Yvette, Jennifer, Carla & Natalia | Tony, Elisha & Tony | Carlos & kids | Tony & Elisha | Yvette & kids | The Beach | The kids | The adults | Atlantis's Private Beach
17: Different Views of Atlantis | Welcome to Nassau...
19: Around the Atlantis Resort
20: Villains Tonight! Tells the tale of Hades as he attempts to hold onto the title of "Lord of the Underworld." After The Fates warn him that he may lose his position as supreme ruler because the Underworld is too happy a place, Hades decides to gather the most powerful Disney villains in an effort to make his underground kingdom a bit more wicked. Villains in the show: Ursula from The Little Mermaid Cruella De Vil from 101 Dalmatians The Evil Queen from Snow White Captain Hook from Peter Pan Scar from The Lion King
22: Once we were back on the boat we quickly changed, went to the show Villains Tonight & then was the Pirate Deck Party. Everyone dressed up & watched the show. They even left us bandannas in our rooms to make sure everyone could participate. Natalia was a Pirate Tinkerbelle, she's so silly. | Aye Aye Captain | Arrrrr | Yo Ho, Yo Ho A pirate life for me | Pirate Deck Party
23: Treasure | Ahoy, Matey
24: Animator's Palate | Serves up something more than just fine food: an innovative dinner show celebrating the art of Disney storytelling and animation, where many of your favorite Disney characters come to life right before your eyes. Throughout your meal, Disney character sketches located on the restaurant walls slowly transform from stark black and white to brilliant color, amid the familiar classic orchestral themes of Disney movies playing overhead.
25: On the 2nd night we came back to our rooms & found a monkey hanging from the ceiling. This was something the kids looked forward to every night. They love towel animals. | When we were in the elevators these are some of the pictures you would see as you traveled through the floors. Every elevator had something different. | As part of the Pirates IN the Caribbean deck party, revel in a spectacular fireworks display—the only one in the world that is offered by a cruise. I thought it was pretty cool to be in the middle of the ocean & have a firework display.
26: Welcome to: Castaway Cay
27: Taking a break and having some lunch. They had a big BBQ Buffet with all the fixings.
28: After a quick orientation we were sent to our guide so we could feed the stingrays. We fed them shrimp, squid & fish Jello. We each got to have a few turns feeding them & then we were free to snorkel with the stingrays in their natural habitat. While snorkeling we found some really cool shells & sand dollars. | Castaway Ray's Stingray Adventure
29: Feeding the stingrays was a great family experience. They were slimy & rubbery feeling at the same time. They were trained to go over your hand & suck the food out of your hand like a vacuum. There was a total of 57 southern ray stingrays of which only one was male & he was also the smallest one there.
31: Around Castaway Cay... | Part of the package we purchased included bike rentals. Natalia was so excited because we decided to let her ride her own bike. Because there were so many of us we got separated so there isn't a lot of pictures of us but from what I was told they all had a good time. The older ones got to go to the Observatory where you can overlook the entire island. The younger ones stayed on the main road and just rode up and down the main road.
32: Dining at Enchanted Garden means you can expect something magical to happen. During the course of the day, the restaurant's sweeping ceiling changes from a brilliant blue daytime color into the golden red of a setting sun, finally transforming into a captivating nighttime constellation of twinkling stars. Additionally, flower light fixtures "bloom" and become bathed in color, decorative wall sconces fall away to become folding fans, wall paintings project a dusky illumination and the centerpiece fountain is flooded with shimmering light. | Every cruise has a formal night and ours was on the last night of our cruise. We all dressed up & headed to the Enchanted Garden for what was the best dinner of the cruise. The best part was the Banana Foster Sundae, so yummy. | Enchanted Garden Our formal dinner
36: On the last night of the cruise we decided to sit out by the pool and watch the TV on the jumbo screen for a while. Our trip was coming to an end and we were just so happy that everything had gone so well.
37: The last morning :( No one was ready to go but we had a long drive ahead of us and we needed to hit the road. Thanks to all my friends for making this trip so memorable for my children and us.
38: Sleepy heads...