It’s a story as old as time: $5,000 cocktails, A5 Japanese Wagyu and Captain Minnie at the helm. I’ve been on a dozen cruises in my life, the most recent being last spring, but I have to admit I’ve never been wowed. The quantity was there — hello, midnight buffet! – but the quality was not. At the end of those previous trips, I couldn’t wait to get off.
As an avid Disney theme park fan with over 500 visits to national parks, I’ve always liked to keep my fandom firmly grounded on solid ground. Last week, everything changed. The company launched the Disney Wish, Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship.
The fifth in the Disney line, the 4,000-passenger Wish was built in Germany and marks a new trajectory for the cruise line as it moves from a family-friendly to a more upscale vibe. . It’s a welcome change for this “Disney adult” who rarely travels with children. With the change comes a hefty price – four-night voyages start at $2,251 for two guests in an inside cabin and go up for ocean views and balconies.
I was invited to the christening while sailing from Port Canaveral, Florida to Disney’s private island Castaway Cay. It was a chance to rub shoulders on a three-night cruise with fellow travel writers and some familiar Disney faces, like Disney Parks President Josh D’Amaro and Disney superfan John Stamos. To my surprise, I ended the trip wanting more. I left completely transformed (and not just because I got to talk to Uncle Jesse). Am I now a cruise person?