A Disney Cruise Bachelorette Weekend

A Disney Cruise Bachelorette Weekend

Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Magic cruises from New York City. (Disney Cruise Line/Matt Stroshane)

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!

A Disney Cruise Bachelorette Weekend

Gathering on deck (RunKarlaRun.com)

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.

A Disney Cruise Bachelorette Weekend

With my girls at dinner. (RunKarlaRun.com)

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.

A Disney Cruise Bachelorette Weekend

Disney Cruise Line in New York City (Disney Cruise Line/Chloe Rice)

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.

A Disney Cruise Bachelorette Weekend

Sailing away with a Dsiney party. (Disney Cruise Line/Matt Stroshane)

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!

A Disney Cruise Bachelorette Weekend

Gussied up on deck (RunKarlaRun.com)

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.

A Disney Cruise Bachelorette Weekend

Disney Magic Verandah Stateroom. (Disney Cruise Line/Matt Stroshane)

The rest of us roomed in groups of two. Each evening, we found cute towel animals on our bed.

A Disney Cruise Bachelorette Weekend

Even my towel animal wears a tiara (RunKarlaRun.com)

Disney cruise lines proved to be surprisingly adult friendly. We booked the private dining room in the adults-only restaurant, Palo.

A Disney Cruise Bachelorette Weekend

Dinner time (RunKarlaRun.com)

A Disney Cruise Bachelorette Weekend

Dinner at Palo (RunKarlaRun.com)

We lounged at the adults-only Quiet Cove Pool, which was completely separated from the kids pool.

A Disney Cruise Bachelorette Weekend

Quiet Cove Pool on the Disney Magic (Disney Cruise Line/Matt Stroshane)

We sweat in the kid-free gym.

A Disney Cruise Bachelorette Weekend

Gorgeous views from the treadmills (Disney Cruise Line)

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.

A Disney Cruise Bachelorette Weekend

Every night is show time! (Disney Cruise Line/Diana Zalucky)

After the show and dinner, we hit the nightclub. Much to our surprise, the emcee lead a club-wide scavenger hunt, Magic Quest.

A Disney Cruise Bachelorette Weekend

Our Disney Quest MC (RunKarlaRun.com)

A Disney Cruise Bachelorette Weekend

Getting ready to play (RunKarlaRun.com)

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.

A Disney Cruise Bachelorette Weekend

The Magic Quest scavenger hunt (RunKarlaRun.com)

And yep, my team won!

A Disney Cruise Bachelorette Weekend

We are the champions! (RunKarlaRun.com)

Our prize? Disney Cruise Line hats.

A Disney Cruise Bachelorette Weekend

Winning! (RunKarlaRun.com)

Then we danced the night away.

A Disney Cruise Bachelorette Weekend

We’re so silly (RunKarlaRun.com)

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.

A Disney Cruise Bachelorette Weekend

Struttin’ (RunKarlaRun.com)

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.

A Disney Cruise Bachelorette Weekend

Call Me Maybe! (RunKarlaRun.com)

Please enjoy this embarrassing video proof.

Then a DJ took over and we danced ourselves silly. Yep, we had this much fun.

A Disney Cruise Bachelorette Weekend

Dancing! (RunKarlaRun.com)

A Disney Cruise Bachelorette Weekend

Dancing! (RunKarlaRun.com)

A Disney Cruise Bachelorette Weekend

And more dancing! (RunKarlaRun.com)

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.

A Disney Cruise Bachelorette Weekend

Glow sticks! (RunKarlaRun.com)

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!

A Disney Cruise Bachelorette Weekend

All proper-like (RunKarlaRun.com)

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Karla Bruning

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Karla Bruning is a race announcer at the TCS New York City Marathon + other major events, TV host for the Panasonic New York City Triathlon + regular contributor to Shape + Redbook online. She used to report for Newsweek but spent her free time squeezing in workouts. Now it's her job. She's run 8 marathons, 30 halves, 10 triathlons + open water swims, spoils her dog + travels compulsively.

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  1. 1

    I loved reading about this! I’ve never done a Disney Cruise. I think I love Disney allllll oost as much as you 😉 I didn’t do a bachelorette, but I did take two honeymoons. The first was with my then 2-year -old son and new husband to Disney World (the second was to Turkey — not Disney but definitely a whole new world). We had such a wonderful time, and even had an official photographer take us out into the park before hours for special family photos. They treated us right the whole trip. I can’t wait to get back again.
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      Two honeymoons is amazing! And Turkey is one of my favorite places alongside Disney! That would be fun to do family photos in the park before the crowds are there. How cool you got to do that!



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