We’re so ready! It’s hard not to be excited about your Disney Cruise first day. In the second part of our first Disney Cruise, we’re setting aboard the Disney Magic. Our passports have been checked, our key to the world cards created, all that’s left to do is make our way down the gangway. Ready or not here we come!

The Warm Welcome

On your Disney Cruise first day, the magic starts the moment you set onto the ship. Most cruise ships welcome you aboard with a picture and warm smile. Disney Cruise Line does as well just with a little extra pixie dust. Setting aboard the ship guests are brought into the main lobby where the crew personally welcomes them aboard with the “Disney Cruise welcomes aboard the DVC Duo”. Crew members are spread around the lobby clapping, smiling, and saying hello.

Cruise Insights: When boarding the ship you’ll have the option to take a picture as part of your embarkation or you can bypass the picture.

No Disney Cruise First Day is complete without a stop at Cabanas

First Stop

Let’s eat! Where else would we go, you know how we love our food. Once onboard the Disney Magic you’ll have two options for a late lunch, the buffet at Cabanas or a sitdown lunch at Luminaires. We opted for the buffet.

For us, the buffet is where it’s at. With our port of call being Miami, we were fortunate enough to have stone crab claws for lunch. Yum! Throw in a little outdoor patio dining on the back of the ship and you got a couple of happy cruisers. Beyond the crab, the buffet was filled with delectable options from prime rib to salmon and every you could imagine in between.

Cruise Insights: If you’re planning on enjoying an adult time out your Disney Cruise first day is the only opportunity to pre-purchase any drinks at a lower cost.

Let The Fun Begin!

Right away you’ll be faced with a variety of choices. What do on your Disney Cruise first day? There are tons of activities to enjoy from the word go. After enjoying a fantastic lunch (we’ll elaborate on lunch in an upcoming Foodie Friday article), we were off to our champagne tasting (full review coming soon). We’re kicking off to first Disney Cruise in style. Off to the Afterhours lounge.

Cruise Insights: A lot of activities can be booked prior to boarding the ship through the Disney Cruise website, which is similar to My Disney Experience.

Sail Away

Wave goodbye! After completing your muster drill, or as Nate likes to call it the mustard drill (all that’s missing is a hot dog), you’ll want to head to the top deck for the sail away show. Spots fill up fast, so we recommend heading straight up. For us, we like to go to the top-level to get that bird’s eye view of everything.

By far of the best things on Disney Cruise Line is the entertainment. The shows are fantastic and the tone is definitely set with the Sail-A-Way Party. Who knew Mickey had those types of moves!

Cruise Insights: On the stage level there is an area for kids only. It’s a fantastic location and they also get to dance with the characters.

Wrapping Up The Night

To cap our Disney Cruise first day, we headed off the show, dinner, and a Disney Vacation Club (DVC) welcome party. Depending on what you selected, you’ll either have the show or dinner first, then switch. We chose the later dinner, so we headed to the theatre.

On our Disney Cruise first day, we also had a DVC welcome aboard party. The party included free drinks, DVC updates, and special offers. You had us at free drinks! The special offers are very similar to the offers DVC members receive outside of the cruise around purchasing additional points, with the main difference being an additional onboard ship credit. For our cruise, the onboard credit was $500.

Overall it’s successful Disney Cruise first day, next stop the Bahamas!

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