Happy Anniversary to my favorite runner, Phil! It’s been four + four years of running love (dating + married). On another anniversary, I shared photos from our 1930s and 1940s themed wedding. This year, I thought I’d share highlights from my bachelorette weekend…on a Disney cruise!
That’s right. I love running Disney races and Phil and I got engaged at Walt Disney World. So I thought it fitting to take a Disney cruise with 10 of my BFFs in lieu of a traditional bridal shower and bachelorette party. We wrapped it up into one fun-filled weekend on the high seas. A Disney cruise proved to be a surprisingly perfect getaway for a group of nerdy gal pals that just wanted to have good, clean fun.
Disney Cruise Line’s “Cruise To Nowhere”
On Friday afternoon, we boarded the Disney Magic for a two-night “cruise to nowhere” leaving from New York City.
Our destination? Floating around the Atlantic Ocean somewhere off the coast of South Carolina. Because it’s Disney, there was a massive sail-away celebration on the top decks, with music, dancing, and Disney characters. Yes, we totally joined in the fun.
After two nights, we cruised back to New York City for a return on Sunday.
It was the perfect weekend getaway for a group. We didn’t have to worry about hotel, meals, transportation, entertainment—all the moving parts that can get complicated on a group trip. Everything was included. And it was crazy fun, even though they made me wear a tiara and a sash most of the weekend. One of our waiters said we were the first bachelorette party he’d seen in his 13 years working Disney cruises. Haha!
Four of us sprang for a Verandah Stateroom with a balcony over the water, so we’d have a larger home base for get-togethers.
The rest of us roomed in groups of two. Each evening, we found cute towel animals on our bed.
Disney cruise lines proved to be surprisingly adult friendly. We booked the private dining room in the adults-only restaurant, Palo.
We lounged at the adults-only Quiet Cove Pool, which was completely separated from the kids pool.
We sweat in the kid-free gym.
We danced and played in the adults-only nightclub. We even played Bingo.
Honestly, the only time I knew I was on a kid-friendly Disney cruise ship was at the evening musical revue of Disney show tunes, which we happily attended in sing-along-style. Yep, we may have had some champagne in my room beforehand. Pretty sure we weren’t the only ones belting along to Beauty & The Beast, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and all the Disney movies we grew up with.
After the show and dinner, we hit the nightclub. Much to our surprise, the emcee lead a club-wide scavenger hunt, Magic Quest.
We were forced to break up into mixed-gender teams. Amazingly, we found a group of guys that happily joined our group. It was ridiculously fun. We competed to complete silly tasks the fastest, like dressing one of our guys in one of our bras and purses, and sending him on stage or filling a teammate’s mouth with ice.
And yep, my team won!
Our prize? Disney Cruise Line hats.
Then we danced the night away.
Day time brought pool time and an afternoon workout in the rather gorgeous gym. I hit a treadmill overlooking the water, though the ship did have a 1/3-mile track around Deck 4.
Then it was time for the evening’s festivities round two: another Disney show, dinner, and more nightclub dancing. This time, we had to walk the stage like a runway for some reason.
Then a cover band rocked the house. My friends made me get on stage to sing an impromptu rendition of “Call Me Maybe,” the song of that summer.
Please enjoy this embarrassing video proof.
Then a DJ took over and we danced ourselves silly. Yep, we had this much fun.
I’ve been to bachelorette parties in Mexico, Las Vegas, Miami, New York City, Atlantic City, Seattle, and points beyond. Each has been incredibly fun in its own way. But mine was just perfect for what I wanted—some quality time with my girlfriends with sun, fun, and lots of silliness.
I’m so grateful each of these ladies were able to join, and we toasted our friends who couldn’t make it. It was the perfect girls getaway!