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Northern European Capitals Disney Cruise, Part 6

by Alice McNutt Miller

Days 11 and 12-At Sea

Our last two days at sea went by in a breeze, and I can hardly remember what we did. Before the cruise, Rob was not very happy to know that the last two days would be at sea. He couldn't imagine what we would do, and thought that we would be bored out of our skulls. In reality, it was great to have some time to relax after all of the tiring days ashore. We slept in a bit, played more bingo, sat by the pool (at least on the first day, on the second day the weather turned for the worse; it was chillier, and there was a dramatic thunderstorm) and sat in on a couple of very interesting multimedia presentations on Disney Innovations in Animation and Theme Parks (Trevor, the cast member presenting, was great!). I also ventured to the spa for the first time on the last day for a pedicure. I'm not a huge spa goer, but I did enjoy it, and now my toes look great!

Dinner at Parrot Cay on the first sea night was semi-formal. We all dressed up a bit, and were slightly disappointed when no photographers were to be found to document the event. A bit strange, since they had been all over the place on formal night. After dinner, the kids ran off to their events (included a dance for the teenagers that ran until 2:00 a.m.), and Rob and I went to take in the show, "Disney Dreams: An Enchanted Classic." We had seen this show on the only other Disney cruise we have ever taken, seven years ago, but still enjoyed it. After the show, we changed clothes and went back to the Walt Disney Theatre for the Movie Prem-Ear of the brand-new Disney movie: "The Sorcerer's Apprentice." I really wanted to like this movie, but unfortunately, it fell flat (and I fell asleep!).

Dinner at Lumiere's on our final night was a bittersweet occasion for us and our tablemates, who had become newfound friends. We traded e-mail addresses, and they kept up the pressure to join them on the various cruises that they had planned for next summer (book onboard and get a 10% discount!!). That night was "Remember the Magic: A Final Farewell" in the Walt Disney Theatre. We enjoyed the show, and then moved on to Rockin' Bar D for "Pub Night," which included a hilarious skit by the Cruise Staff.

After breakfast the next morning, we said our goodbyes and left the ship to go to the train station. I have absolutely no idea what this sign we saw near the train station meant, but I had to take a picture of it anyway.


At the station we ran into the great family that we met on the train coming back from Berlin a few days earlier, and we extended the fun of the cruise for another hour together on the train back to London.

All in all, this was an amazing trip. We saw some beautiful cities, ate some great food, enjoyed superb Disney entertainment and met some amazing fellow cruisers. Will we do it again? Absolutely, but we don't want to "jinx" the experience, so I think we will wait awhile (sorry, tablemates!). Cheers!

The previous post in this blog was Northern European Capitals Disney Cruise, Part 5.

The next post in this blog is New Via Napoli "Soft Opens" Early.

Comments (7)

bret h tirey:

Thanks for an entertaining report. Just to fill in the gap, fly tipping is basically dumping waste anyplace other than a legal landfill. The fly being the edge of a roadway and tip being a garbage container. That is a VERY British road sign! I miss seeing them.

Richard Mercer:

Thanks so much for this blog!! The itinerary is exactly what I'd want in a European cruise, but I doubt that I will ever be able to do it. I sympathize with you re laundry; all our cruises have been less than a week, and I don't even know where the laundry rooms are...
Sounds like you either did your homework or had good luck in finding local restaurants.

Before the previous comment, I thought fly tipping was somewhat like cow tipping, only on a smaller scale. ;-)


I really enjoyed reading your cruise trip report. Thanks for sharing it. Was language a barrier for you in any of the countries you visited? What was your favorite country and why?


Thanks so much for sharing! The pics were great!

Alice McNutt Miller:

Bret, thanks for the info on the fly tipping sign!

Susan, we didn't encounter any language barriers in any of the countries that we visited. One of our tour guides told us that most Scandinavians speak either two or three languages, and one of them is almost always English. I think my favorite city was Stockholm because it was beautiful and felt a bit more cosmopolitan than the others. Unfortunately, we didn't get to spend a lot of time there. We will definitely have to go back!


From an English person no fly-tipping means no dumping of illegal rubbish (why it's called fly-tipping though I will never know!)

Emma, Surrey England:

Thank you for writing this blog about your trip, it's been really great to read :)
I'm even more excited for my first Disney cruise next June now!

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