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Disney Cruise with the kids
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Why were you inspired to do this?

We hadn't taken a family vacation away (as in something that involved an airplane) since before the children had come along - and that meant nearly eight years. We were overdue for a family vacation and we wanted to do something spectacular for the kids but something that would allow my husband and I a bit of 'vacation time' alone too...with the peace of mind that comes with knowing our children were safe, well cared for and having a blast.

What were 3 things you did to make this happen?

Saved up the funds, booked the vacation with an agent.

Packed up for a family of six... no small task packing for a week-long cruise with four young children.

Got on the plane to begin our adventure with the excitement and enthusiasm of young children ourselves. The kids were literally bubbling with excitement. Containing them through the airport and from transfer to shuttle was very stressful, but it was their first experience in an airport, so it's understandable that they were like Mexican jumping beans.

How did you feel once you had accomplished this?

We had an incredible time and the children had a truly magical experience. The ship was absolutely stunning. Service was phenomenal. The kids got to personally meet all their favourite Disney characters, they were certainly entertained in that magical way that Disney pulls off every time. The accommodations were very comfortable considering six of us were in two joining staterooms. Entertainment for the grown-ups was amazing and port excursions were enjoyable. The neverending food was beyond description. The kids still talk about that phenomenal trip to this day. We were so happy to be able to give the children this amazing experience.

8/30/2011 11:52:36 AM

Hi Shea, yes, we have started a new Fridge List of the places we'd like to visit as a family once we're through this wilderness experience.  So far, topping the list is Atlantis.  Frank's pick is Negril Beach, Jamaica.  Mine's still Machu Picchu, but maybe not the best place to visit with little ones.  We'll keep adding to it - it's a great way to focus on the exciting times that lie just a little further down the path.  Thanks so much for your note Shea.  I appreciate it so much.

8/29/2011 1:09:45 PM

Andrea, there are plenty of family vacation days in your future, no question! Maybe make a list of the new places you want to visit with your clan that you haven't yet. Something wonderful and peaceful and most of all, hopeful. You will get there.

8/26/2011 7:49:03 PM

Shea, I finally got a chance to check out that link.  It does look amazing.  Thanks so much for sharing.

8/26/2011 7:48:35 PM

 Thank you for choosing my story.


1/9/2011 8:31:10 AM

Congratulations, we have linked your story on the My Life List 90 (#64) to inspire others. Thank you so much for sharing this great story.

1/1/2011 1:02:48 PM

Thanks so much. Will do that for sure. Travel writer and editor for your friend Fran? Way to make your passion your life! Very cool.

10/19/2010 6:57:47 AM

I actually covered the maiden voyages of both the Magic to Bahamas and the Wonder to west coast of Mexico as a travel writer. It was amazing. I just wish Maura were able to remember it!! She was only 2 so I'll have to do it again. There's actually a new ship now, too -- my friend Fran is the AOL travel editor and she covered it. Looks amazing! Check it out:

10/18/2010 6:34:29 PM

Hello and thanks for your comment Shelagh. We were aboard the Disney Magic and so our itinerary included a stop at Castaway Cey, Bahamas. Absolutely stunning. Did you take the same trip? Wasn't it fantastic?

10/13/2010 8:38:41 PM

Andrea, I love that you did this, too! Wasn't it the most amazing trip ever? Which itinerary, West Coast Mexico or Bahamas?

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