I'd fancied a cruise for ages, but couldn't get hubbie to take any interest - so in the end I left him and the teenager at home, and flew to Barcelona with Dan, 8, and Lou, 6, to join the Disney Magic for a four-night Med journey.
It was such an adventure - flying there, getting to the harbour, boarding, not to mention waking up in exotic places. The Disney touches started straight away, when we were 'announced' to the ship with a round of applause - and it didn't stop for the whole journey.
Our cabin was perfectly formed, though I'd say be cautious if you are on deck 1 - our cabin happened to be right by the gangway, so in port it was noisy early in the morning. The room was such fun though - even the cheaper accommodation was brilliant, and we had two portholes to watch the world go by.
The whole ship is spotless, and decked out in full Disney glory - think of the splendour of the Disneyland Hotel in Paris, or the Grand Floridian, and translate it onto a ship. If you've not cruised before it's hard to reflect how huge and impossibly grand these ships are.
There was an action packed itinerary of activities, from character meet and greets to games, as well as full sized theatre for wonderful stage shows and a 3D cinema. yep, I know - all of it on a boat, unbelievable!
Outside there were three pools, one with a slide, one with a 'dive in' cinema, as well as sun loungers and a great sports court with ping ping, ball games, basketball etc.
The food was amazing - we rotated through different dining rooms each night, and could eat wherever we wanted in the day. Even the room service was included - we were snacking on hot dogs and cookies at midnight on the first day! It was all so very exciting - and the service was amazing (think more American Disney than Parisian!).
There was so much to do we stayed on the ship while it was docked in Villefranche, which was probably a waste, but the kids had little interest in traipsing round a French medieval city in the heat, much as I would have enjoyed it. But we did get off at Palma, which is a beautiful city.
The kids' clubs - the Oceaneers Lab and Club - are basically open all day and keep them mesmerised. In all honesty they would probably have stayed in them all day, except their boring old mum wanted to spend a bit of time with them too!
The cruises are not cheap - but afterwards, when you add up how much you have done, how much you have eaten and drank, how much fun you've had, it all seems worth it. Can't wait to go again!