'Til We Meet Again - Not to be Missed!
I recently got the pleasure of experiencing my first Disney Cruise; and WOW what a cruise! While we only did a 3 day, it was jam-packed with getting every aspect of the ship possible into those days.
While I do enjoy a good narration from beginning to end, that is not how I am going to be presenting the information I learned on this cruise. I will be spreading the information out over time and covering specific segments so that you can get the full experience just as I did.
Unlike a narrative, this first cruise post will begin with...the end.
On the last night of our cruise, there was a lovely show at the end of the night in the Atrium called "'Til We Meet Again". Just the name brings a tear to your eye, knowing that your jolly holiday is coming to an end.
At the beginning of this time the characters come out as well as the actors from the amazing Broadway style shows and you get to mingle with them, take pictures and get autographs for the final time on the ship. After about a half hour or so of this, they all gather on the stairs, sing and say their farewells. It is a beautiful way to cap off your cruise.
My biggest surprise was the lack of crowd for this. Our ship was fairly full because of a conference going on at the same time and I would have thought more people would want to end their cruise on this happy but tearful note. Luckily, lack of crowd means lots of pictures for me!
As my companion James and I were waiting for it to begin, we saw the amazing cast member Ross, the entertainment cast member who we were constantly bumping into the entire cruise. (You will hear lots about him, I have the plethora of selfies with him and he was an awesome tour guide!)
Once the characters came out, I had to get a picture with Stitch as he is one of my favorites and we then saw Donald had a short line and went to see him. At the same area as Donald was a gentleman who was in the stage shows who stood out to James and I on the first night for his amazing aerobic talents. He was kind enough to grant me a selfie as well.
That is one thing that I noticed about the people who work on the ship. They are all about the service, to an entirely different degree than in the parks. They really do love what they do and go out of their way to help and make sure you have an amazing time. They are glad to take pictures with you and always seems so honored!
James and I went downstairs to get ready for the show and got some pictures with a couple of princesses while we waited. Then the show began and it was short, sweet and quite meaningful. I have two favorite parts; 1. They signed the Mickey Mouse song in ASL, which was AMAZING!!! and 2. Pixie dust fell from the sky when they finished singing, which was a nice touch. I will post a couple of videos below of our show. The second video shows Stitch not wanting to go to bed, before the video he kept saying it wasn't his turn and making everyone else go first, which was quite funny.
If you are traveling on the ships, do not miss this beautiful "kiss goodnight" by your cruise staff, it is well worth it!