Sunday, January 12, 2014

Disney Cruise Port Adventures! (Part 2)

Like I mentioned yesterday, on our 7 night Caribbean cruise aboard the Disney Wonder, we visited Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel. Here's a rundown of our shore excursions, or "port adventures" as Disney calls them.
Gulf of Mexico, Jamaica, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, beach, family, tips

We went to the beach at each of the three ports. There are definitely more adventurous options, but A) I needed some beach time, B) many of the excursions are not suited for preschoolers, or C) the excursions were super pricey. We purchased sand toys including a bucket and pail at Target before our trip, so our little one loved playing in the sand on each of the beaches!



Falmouth, Jamaica
At first, we considered staying on the ship this day because I think sometimes Jamaica gets a bad rap. But, the port in Falmouth is brand new, and it was the nicest port we visited. I booked this excursion at the last minute once we were on board the ship. This was my second favorite beach excursion! The beach was not crowded at all, and the water was beautiful. There was plenty of shade. We had a half day on the beach, and there was a concession stand to purchase snacks and drinks. The weather was gorgeous!



Disney Caribbean port adventure cruise beach break





 Eating a late lunch on the ship's deck and enjoying the view!

Grand Cayman
I have always wanted to visit the Cayman Islands. We chose the Family Beach Day at Tiki Beach. Unfortunately, I was pretty disappointed with our excursion. It was definitely my least favorite. Located on Seven Mile Beach, Tiki Beach was super duper crowded. The water was gorgeous and the sand was very soft, but it was just too crowded to be enjoyable. I booked this port adventure through the Disney Cruise Line website. There was lots of cigarette smoke and there was a huge party going on right next to Tiki Beach. We also ended up paying extra to rent an umbrella for some shade.

Cayman is known for Stingray City and the sea turtle farm, so those are probably a better choice. Our tablemates went on the dolphin encounter, which was also disappointing. Apparently, they don't let you take your own photos... your only option is to spend $30 per photo. So, these are some things to keep in mind!

In Grand Cayman, you take water taxis to and from the ship, so it was a fun opportunity to take some photos of the ship!





Cozumel, Mexico
We definitely saved the best for last! While doing some research before the cruise, I came across tons of recommendations for Nachi Cocom. This is not an excursion you can book through Disney, rather, you book it online through their website before your trip. It is an all-inclusive day at a private beach in Cozumel, and it was one of the highlights of our entire trip.

When you enter the Cozumel port, you'll walk through a mall area and then catch a taxi. It's probably a 20 minute drive to Nachi Cocom, and the taxi drivers are all familiar with it. You check in at the desk, and then they escort you to your own private palapa on the beach. It is super secluded, and they only let in a certain number of people each day. The water is beautiful, and you have access to the pool and other facilities on-site. You are served appetizers, drinks, and a four-course meal. The food was fabulous, as was the service! There are also water sports available for an additional fee.  It rained toward the end of our day, but it was a cool, refreshing rain. The only downside was that we didn't get to spend more time there! We will most definitely be going back!


Caribbean cruise





We made lots of great memories on our first Disney cruise! Hope you found this review of Caribbean port adventures helpful! Read Part 1 of our adventure here.

8 comments:

  1. love the beach pics...makes me want to get out of the UK winter!! @weirsworld

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  2. I don't think I've ever heard anything bad about Jamaica, except that parts are over touristed - but it looks beautiful!

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  4. 30$ per photo in Grand Cayman - what a rip off! All those beaches are awesome and beautifully captured on your photos. I love Cozumel.

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  5. This looks fun! I haven't been on a Disney cruise but I love Disney and your photos are great :) Thanks for linking up to the #SundayTraveler

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  6. I've been thinking about a last minute cruise this week! This has me really itching to hit the "book it" button!

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  7. what camera did you use? the pictures came out really nice! now this makes me want to book a disney cruise too

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