Day 7: Day at Sea
I love days at sea. And I love that the last day was at sea. This cruise was exhausting. We saw and did so much that it was great to have one relaxing day before heading home.
We spent the day relaxing by the pool.
What happens when you walk too close to the pool with a hoodie when your sister is in the pool.
Getting our last minute pictures with our favorite characters and recreating old photos from our first Disney cruise.
Doing a little bit of shopping in the gift shop.
Enjoying that last slice of late night pizza at Pinocchio’s Pizzzeria (while catching some of the movies on the big screen).
And overall saying goodbye to the Disney Magic until next time.
Day 8: Disembarkment
It is always sad saying goodbye. That last breakfast. Seeing the ship being cleaned and readied for the next group of travelers. Stepping into the luggage claim room, you knew your adventure has come to an end.
It is really not goodbye, it is a see you real soon!
After leaving the ship I had the harder of the goodbyes, to my family. My parents were extending their vacation and coming to visit us in Norway but my brother, sister, sister-in-law and all the rest of the family were headed back to Chicago. You will never realize how much you miss your siblings until you move half a world away from them.
Going to Pompeii was one of my most anticipated stops on the trip. I had learned so much about this city and was very excited to visit it in person!
We decided to do this trip through Can’t Be Missed Tours. My mom had read about it in Rick Steves’ Mediterranean Cruise Ports. The company does give you a discount if you say that you heard about them through Rick Steves. I highly recommend their tour!
This day started off with the ship docking on land. I love when the ship docks on land, it makes things so much quicker. We made our way through the cruise port terminal and out the main entrance where we meet up with our tour guides. There was a group of about 30 of us from the Disney cruise going with this tour group.
They had two small bus / vans and two tour guides for our trip. It worked out perfect when they gave our family a bus of our own (we had 12 people in our group).
This was a full day tour. They got us back just in time to get back to the ship before it left port. The first part of the day we spent riding up the Amalfi Coast while our tour guide gave us a tons of history about the area and taught us a little bit of Italian. He was a very personable, fun guy. Continue reading…
I have to start this post off by saying this was not my first time to Rome. I had spent a summer backpacking in Europe during college and this was one of my stops. Since that trip I have considered Rome to be one of my favorite cities in Europe. I was so excited to be going back, even though it was only for a day!
Our family decided to do this city on our own (no organized tours). If you are wanting to see a ton and / or not comfortable traveling around new cities (especially in another language) I would recommend getting a tour from Disney. Continue reading…
The day at La Spezia has to be my favorite of the trip! While many families traveled off to see Pisa or Florence we decided to stick to the coast and visit the towns of Cinque Terre.
The day started by hopping on a tender boat taking us to shore. One fun thing to do when on this boat is sit at the back. You can get some fun shots of the family with the Disney ship in the background. Continue reading…
Our first stop on the cruise was near Nice, France. The port was actually in the town of Villefranche, France. This was a tenured stop, a.k.a. we had to ride a small boat to the shore. This is the one stop that we took a Disney organized excursion. It was called: Eze, Nice and French Wines. Continue reading…
We spent this day at sea just relaxing. Naps and reading by the pool. Food and more food. Doing everything that you are supposed to do on a cruise.
Because there is not too much to share about this day I am going to give you an overall observation / comparison between the last cruise we took (Disney Alaska Cruise) and this one. I don’t know if this was just because of the cruise leaving out of Europe or what but the lines for meeting the characters were crazy long! This is our third Disney cruise and we have never seen it like this. We actually talked to some of the staff about this and they completely agreed that people were crazy about the character pictures on this cruise. Continue reading…
Day 3: First Day on the Disney Cruise!
The day finally arrived! Time to make it over to the cruise port! Continue reading…
Our family is hooked on the Disney Cruise line! This was my third cruise with Disney and I still can’t wait to go on another. This is the second Disney Cruise adventure that I am going to blog about, my first being our Alaska Disney Cruise.
First of all, I have to say this was the polar opposite of our last Disney cruise in terms of weather and destination. August in Rome = hot, June in Alaska, not so much. This cruise was an amazing way to get a quick grimace of southern Europe and make you want to come back for more.
I am going to try to give you a quick overview of our trip. I will try to add some more tips and tricks that I don’t have in my old posts. I am more-so just going to share what we did at each port and not so much about the boat. Please leave comments if you would like any more details about anything that happened on this cruise. Continue reading…
Over a year ago, I started on a journey to switch my blog over to my own hosting. Before this switch I was using a free website builder called Weebly. They were great. They have easy to use designs, which was my big draw to them in the first place. So why did I want to leave them? There are a couple of big reasons. First off I wanted more flexibly with my design. I wanted to take my blog to the next level and make the website look more professional. The second reason was my ad revenue. Weebly takes 50% of my Google AdSense revenue. I know, I barely make any money from this blog but the little I was making was getting funneled over to this “free” website company.
Once I got to the point that now my website makes enough to cover the costs of hosting, I decided it was time to make the switch. I thought this was going to be a quick process. But to my dismay there is no magic button to switch your website content from Weebly to WordPress. I literally had to copy, paste and reinsert every single picture, word, and comment on my blog! Talk about driving a person nuts. I am just glad I started this now with only 43 posts. Continue reading…
This is yet another Christmas present that I made last season. I have to give full create for the coaster idea over to Megan at Polish the Stars. She made some wonderful Super Mario coasters that I fell in love with. After talking it over with my brother we decided that I should make ninja turtles for my cousin instead. Here is what I came up with: Continue reading…