The Forgotten Disney Cruise Tip

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Recently, my husband and I went on our first cruise. Being Disney fans, it was, of course, a Disney cruise. Right there in the booklet of information we received were several tips for the cruise. Among them was one to bring a waterproof watch. Now, I’m an organized person and good at details, but somehow in the excitement, I totally forgot this one. It was not like me at all. I didn’t remember it until we were sailing away on the ship!

Here’s what happened. On the first full day, we took the excursion to the wonderful Atlantis Water Park. Boy, was it fun! We rode lots of water slides and their lazy river called The Current, which we found out was not very “lazy” in some sections. However, if there were clocks around, they were few and far between. We ended up eating lunch late because we were having so much fun that we lost track of time. Then we had to keep asking employees what time it was because we had to allow time to walk all the way back through the resort (which was no small hike) to catch our van which came every 15 minutes or so to take us back to the boat. You don’t want to miss the boat!

The next day a watch wasn’t quite as critical since we were on the ship. However, the activities we chose were again, water related. We rode the Aqua Duck several times! What a blast! Then we retrieved to the adult pool for some R & R. A cell phone or an ordinary watch would not have survived.

The third and last full day of our cruise was at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. Our activities included – you guessed it – WATER! First, we rode bikes. That was dry enough. Then we found a water slide that was actually out in the ocean. Just had to do that! Time got away from us again and we almost missed lunch hours. We found the barbecue place about 15 minutes before they stopped serving. That would have been a disaster. Trust me! You don’t want to miss the wonderful food, especially the ribs and the chocolate chip cookies!

Then we went snorkeling and were having so much fun that we had no idea how far out we had swam. We were still well within the controlled boundaries which were safe from predators, but once we decided to come back to shore, we had to encourage each other like Dory by saying, “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming, swimming, swimming . . .” Once on the beach, we noticed that the whole area was clearing out. It was time to go back to the boat already! We didn’t even have time to use our raft rental. So, if you every go on a cruise, and I do recommend a Disney one, be sure to take a waterproof watch! You’ll be glad you did.

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Debbie loves visiting Walt Disney World and has recently enjoyed her first Disney cruise. She passed her love of Disney on to her daughter, Kimberly, owner of Frontierland Station. Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad are two of Debbie's favorite Disney attractions.

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  • I don’t bring a waterproof watch, rather I bring a SealLine pouch big enough to fit my iPhone inside. I can take pictures, tell time and never have to worry about my phone. My first try with it, I was very nervous. I was going to see if it survived swimming out amongst the stingrays off the coast of Grand Cayman as my DS wanted to swim at Stingray City. It worked great.

    • Debbie

      Thanks for the tip. I’ll have to check them out before my next cruise!

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  • Great tip! I wouldn’t have thought about needing to keep track of the time!

    • I probably wouldn’t have though of it either! Can’t wait to go on my first cruise!

  • Great tip! On our first cruise we put our cell phones away to take a break and then had no idea what time it was. We ended up buying one in the gift shop.

    • Great idea! Sometimes it’s nice to take a break for our phones, especially on vacation!

  • Interesting. I take my iPhone (in it’s waterproof case) everywhere so I can capture photos so I’ve never run into this problem! I use it even more now that the DCL navigators are accessible via the app. Thanks for the tip!

    • That’s a great idea! My phone is not in a waterproof case, so I left it in the stateroom for the majority of our cruise. I may have to invest in a waterproof case before my next cruise!

  • Naomi

    I don’t wear a watch at home, but I always take a waterproof one on vacations for this very reason. I bet you don’t forget your’s next time! 😉

    • I bet she won’t! I used my mom’s tip for my first cruise a couple years ago. It was very helpful to have a waterproof watch!

  • That is good advise. I just use my iphone but from the sound of it, I would be out of luck most the time.

    • I had my phone with me for a lot of our cruise, but not when we were anywhere near water. Didn’t think my phone would be a fan of swimming! 😉

  • Deanna

    A waterproof watch is a great idea! I need a Disney Cruise!

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