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8-18 Media: Reflecting on last fall’s cruise

Last October I went on a Disney cruise. My whole family went. We got on a boat in New York City. The boat was red, black and white. It was huge!!!!!!! The first thing I thought when I saw the boat was that it was going to be so much fun.

We got to our rooms and there was a bunkbed and it looked really insecure. It looked like you could shake it and it would fall down, but I slept on the top bunk and nothing happened. We had a balcony that looked out over the ocean. We had two different rooms and I tried to look off the balcony to see my sisters’ room. We were on the cruise for six days.

There was a water slide that went off the ship. It was called the AquaDuck. It was red, white and blue. It went down and around the ship. You had to be a certain height to go on it. You stood on the platform and then Donald, Huey, Louie, and Dewy did a countdown of 3, 2, 1. You had to stand with your arms crossed and then the platform dropped out from underneath you. It took a few seconds to go down the slide and off the side of the boat. There was no way I could go with my parents because it was a tube and it could only fit one person. Sliding down it was dark and then it was light. The first time I did it, I thought it was scary, but then I kept going on it and going on it and it was really fun.

There was a Kid Place that parents weren’t allowed. You could leave your kids there for the whole day and there was Disney staff that watched us and made sure nobody did anything bad. We played Mario Cart. There was a game that allowed us to try and steer the Disney ship. We could try and dock it. I did ok. I did not dock it. We would run around and play and there was another slide. It wasn’t giant, but it was big.

Disney characters were not in the Kid Place, but they were all over the ship. There were certain times you could go get a picture with them. Sometimes there were lines and we had to wait and it would get really, really, boring.

Every night we went to one of the three restaurants. We would all sit together at a big table: my mom, my dad, my sister, my brother, and grandma, my aunt and I. My favorite restaurant was Animator’s Palate because there were pictures that were black and white and then they would change to color and dance around. The food was good too. I ordered twice and then they knew what I wanted, so every night I had chicken nuggets. They just knew.

The boat stopped and then there were jet skis. My sister chickened out and didn’t do it, but I went. My sister dropped her sunglasses into the water and we couldn’t get them back. We started to go jet skiing and then they told me we were jet skiing in the Bermuda Triangle. We stopped and found some fish and we were allowed to jump in with them. One fish we saw was worth $100. Then we just kept on going into the middle of the Bermuda Triangle. We saw a turtle too. I actually got to drive the jet ski with the person who was in charge, which was a lot like driving a snowmobile. Then, we had to go back and while we were jet skiing my brother and sister got a cupcake. I didn’t get a cupcake, but we all got a blown glass snowflake.

Back on the boat we watched a play, and we would go to the pools. There was a store and they sold a lot of toys and pillows and blankets. I still have a Mickey Mouse pillow in my room. When it is safe to take a cruise again, I would recommend you go on a Disney Cruise. If you know what’s good for you.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Eli Alexander, age 9, writes for 8-18 Media.

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