Sharing a full recap of our latest Disney cruise: 3-Night Baja Cruise from San Diego. Just a heads up that this post was not sponsored or composed (I wish lol) – just sharing my experience as I know many of you love the Disney Magic too.
Hi guys and hello back to the real world after an amazing double wake: an incredible Disney cruise followed by a visit to San Diego. I’m still a bit shaken from the boat’s motion and walk downstairs, disappointed to find that there’s no full buffet waiting for me. It’s been a tough transition, let me tell you.
We were back on the Wonder (we sailed on the Wonder to Alaska a few years ago!) and it felt so good to be back at one of our favorite vacation spots and surrounded by amazing friends. Our friends from Tucson joined us – they are professional Disney cruisers (it was #9 for them) and we’ve been friends ever since Katherine brought me a baby food after Liv was born! Our Kliger family from San Diego also joined in on the fun, and it was a blast everyone was having and the kids played great together.
sweater here // skirt here // shoes
(It was impossible to get a picture of all the children in one place at the same time)
We checked into the ship on Friday and headed straight to the pool. A tip for Disney cruise friends: check-in is the best time to hit the pool. (Just pack your suit and pool gear in a backpack, as your luggage is delivered to your room.) It’s the least number of people, it’ll be there the whole time, and you can take food to enjoy by the pool . The kids immediately ran to the water slide, we ordered drinks and watched them out on the deck.
(Pilot’s Daedalorian shirt is one of my favorites)
After pool time, we changed quickly, participated in the mandatory safety drill, and then it was time for the Sail-a-Wave party, with music, dancing, characters, and the ship’s horn playing “When You Wish Upon A star”. Dinner was at Triton the first night (you rotate the food every night) for our small table of 11 😉
Our port of call was Ensenada, and it was the pilot’s first time in Mexico. The fact that he could walk around with a giant margarita sold him, but he also loved the vibe, the food (OMG food), and couldn’t wait to go back.
As a family we couldn’t do much of the excursion—you have to be 10+ for some of the more adventurous ones—but the kids all agreed that the lobster lunch in Puerto Nuevo looked good.
We took a tour bus 50 miles to Rosarito for shopping:
The pullover is here – I went down a size
(We had the best carne asada tacos on fresh tortillas, bakery’s conch, and margaritas)
And then we went to Puerto Nuevo for our lobster lunch with a performance by a guitar trio. They served bottomless margaritas, a fish taco, grilled lobster, rice, beans, hot house-made tortillas, chips, and salsa. Everything was super fresh and delicious.
We did a little shopping before getting on the bus and back to the port! Dinner the other night was at Animator’s Palate (such a fun dining experience, as they turn pictures of your table into animated characters that dance on the walls), and we followed frozen The show was even better than the one Liv and I saw on Broadway. We were all tired from such a long day, but we rallied and went to the pirate party on deck, followed by fireworks. It was 11:30 p.m. (12:30am Tucson time!) and we basically had to drag our dancing kiddos off deck and convince them it was time to sleep.
Sunday was a beach day, and the kids spent it bouncing between the kids’ clubs, we played bingo (we all take this very seriously), the kids had a towel folding class with the dads, and I spent some time at school Spent Sipping lattes, eating crispy rice treats and reading a book at the café.
One of my favorite things about the friends we travel with is that it’s so low-key. We often split up for different activities during the day, and then meet again for lunch, bingo, or dinner. There is no set agenda and we just do our jobs and meet sporadically throughout the day.
the dress is here
It’s been a few years since our last cruise – our last cruise was the Disney Magic to the Bahamas February 2020 before the world turned upside down – and it’s back to completely normal. I was curious to see if any of the quality, service or magic of the food would be missing, and it was even better than I remembered.
Disney really goes above and beyond. It’s amazing that they prepare over 10,000 meals per day and somehow plate them beautifully, cook them to perfection, and the crew members are so pleasant and wonderful.
Nightly turn-down service, towel animals, and chocolates:
I wish I had taken more food photos to show you, but the highlight was lunch at Cabana (a huge buffet- I loved the one afternoon Indian food option), endless fresh seafood (I’m pretty sure I tried every Had seafood bar) single meal),
and Tiana’s beignets.
If you have any Disney Cruise questions, I’m happy to answer them for you! Here’s a brief overview for Alaska, our Alaska packing list, and a recap of the Magic to the Bahamas trip. We’ve already booked a placeholder for our next Disney cruise, so hopefully there will be another placeholder in the near future.
Are you a fan of Cruise or not? I wasn’t sure I’d like them initially – the rooms are tiny and the idea of being out on a boat at sea intimidated me – but I can say we’re all obsessed.
Hope you have a nice day and I’ll see you soon!