Looking to Book a Disney Cruise? Needing some RELATION time? Wondering how fast can you visit the SPA – Read this!
Hey Guys, today I am talking about the Rainforest Room – Wait, what?? What the heck is that? Well its a part of the SPA area on a Disney Cruise Ship. The SPA on the ships can do all sorts of things; nails, hair-dos, wedding make-overs, teeth whitening, COOL sculpting, massages, acupuncture, etc. I even saw a Barber Shop with the complete Men’s Shaving treatment (going old-school). But one of the areas is the Rainforest Room – A little quaint, tranquil, slice of heaven. Again, its something I had seen and toured but never actually experienced – as I am usually too busy hanging out with the kids or joining a Trivia Game on the ship.
Shave for the Men.
Look at that view.
But for this ADULTS ONLY vacation I went on, Peace and Tranquil was the name of the game. I purchased a SINGLE DAY pass online, ahead of time. It was $18 for 1 FULL day of enjoying the Room. I do believe it was a few $ more to get while on the ship, so paying for it in advance was the way to go AND if you are thinking – 1 day? I want to go for my entire trip, then you can book that (but I think ONLY on the ship can you do that AND they usually have a deal going).
What can you do for 1 FULL day? Well you can pop in and out of the various Saunas – both cool (cold actually) and various degrees of warm to hot. You can sip Lemon infused water 🙂 You can enjoy the Ladies or Mens Locker room for a larger shower space (if using your stateroom shower isn’t cutting it). How about a dip or soak in the hot tubs OR you can lay and lounge in one of the warming tile chairs and relax, read, dream, think or even sleep.
Salt Rubs, extra cost.
I rather enjoyed my time in the Rainforest Room! I was disappointed that, at least on the Dream, the hot tubs were small (only 2-3 people) and they were often being used. Not that I want to hot tub with lots of strangers, I guess I wanted more options…but we are talking a cruise ship and they only have so much space. Now the VIEWS from the Hot Tub were breathtaking and I wish I had more time for the Rainforest Room, I wish we had a SEA DAY (we didn’t on this cruise) or perhaps were able to skip a dinner and just sit in the Hot Tub while enjoying the beautiful sea. Next time, next time. The longer cruises are for sure better for this, more time to relax, enjoy and just be. The Tile Lounge Chairs, however, that’s where its at!! Warm, toasty, relaxing – how can I get one for home?? Anyone?? My back needs that in our life 😉
Warm Tile Lounges – Breathe and Relax!
Hot Tub with a View, imagine it at Sea.
In conclusion (to sound like my son who is learning how to write stories/paragraphs properly) I would book the Rainforest Room again, but only if I 100% knew I could enjoy it for longer than 1+ hours (like on a SEA DAY). Between eating Breakfast, going to port, then eating Lunch, changing to finally relax in the Spa, then showering and getting ready for the show, then dinner, then night-time entertainment – It was hard to fully enjoy it as I think its meant to be. Would be perfect for older couples, people with older kids who can entertain themselves and I did see several young adults enjoying the space. OR if you have kids that will leave you alone for a good part of the day – SCORE and please take my kids too 😉
**Do I sound like I am complaining, lol. Only 1-2 hours in the Rainforest Room, poor me. When I travel, I am also working…so its hard to stay in 1 space when I need to try to experience it all – so as I could have just ignored all my other duties and enjoyed the tranquil whisper of heaven…I had to get my booty of the Tile Chair, shower and go see the preview to Toy Story 4, then be ready for dinner. Next time, I will forget my watch and Oops…sorry lost track of time, lol.
Hope this helped you decide if a little quiet time is worth getting – Mahalo for reading – Nina
Hey FANS, Nina here. No I didn’t die, no I didn’t fall off the planet…life got me. You know life; where work, kids, family, travel, moving, homework, sport events, school and constantly cooking something gets in the way – I got trapped into the spiral known as life. Sorry about that.
But…nothing has changed (OK I lied, something REALLY BIG changed…my hair) – I am no longer a redhead 🙁 But I am still a Mermaid, so my #mermaidhairdon’tcare still exists…its just on the gray side 😉 BUT I am still a Travel Agent, specializing in Disney Vacations BUT I also added a WHOLE list of other things that I also book (YAY!!!). But Disney, you will always be my ONE TRUE LOVE!!
Nina and Ariel at Carsland in Disneyland. The Red is gone, but Ariel is still a FAN!
I tried starting a YouTube Channel – life got in the way. I have been uber focused on my Instagram…so that at least is still beating – PLEASE JOIN AND FOLLOW ME – @mermaidninatravels
WE also moved to a NEW house; which meant a new neighborhood, new schools, new furniture and lots and lots of trash, donations and Mom2Mom sales 🙂
But through it all I have worked and worked and traveled and hugged Mickey. We have been to Walt Disney World, Disneyland and on Disney Cruise Line SEVERAL times. I have explored Mexico, traveled with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line and visited Universal Orlando…I even met Bart Simpson 😉
Through it all I have taken THOUSANDS of pictures, videos and posted ALL about it on my Facebook Page which is still very much alive and beating – http://www.facebook.com/wordofmouse
My business has grown and grown and I can’t thank you all enough for allowing me to be apart of your Magical Vacations!! It truly is the BEST JOB ON THE PLANET. As a thank you, I am setting a goal…to bring back the blog, this blog. In the beginning I thought it needed to be long, informative, entertaining and filled with pictures…now I am thinking it can be little snip-its of life; of travel, of Disney, of vacationing. So…please follow along as I try to grow this blog and use it as a way to share ALL of the TRAVEL I do, travel I love and frankly…am the expert at. Perhaps its a good sign that I was too busy to keep up with all these Social Media things, perhaps it means I am TOO busy being the expert and traveling and exploring and testing and trying out NEW things so I can better help my clients, YOU!
So – Stay tuned. I plan on blogging all about my most recent adventure – Disney Cruise Line and Walt Disney World…which I only returned home from last week. Then we can explore Disneyland as that was only last month and in the future – GALAXY’S EDGE – for which I am doing at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World this year. Squeeeee…
NEW Ice Cream Shop on the Disney Fantasy…Complete with Vegan Ice Cream options!
This is probably the most MAGICAL picture I have ever taken, some things you can’t plan. Santa Goofy ROCKS!! We just happened to be sitting there while Goofy strolled by, the kids knocked on the Port Hole (very gently) and Goofy was well…very Goofy.
One thing I get asked a lot about or seems to be a big hit when I talk about it is…packing advice. I did a Facebook post last week about 3 things I was hesitant to pack, but so glad I did (check it out)…but for this blog post I thought I would list 10 things that perhaps most people wouldn’t think to pack…assuming you all remember to pack the basics…sunscreen, sunglasses, good walking shoes and of course a poncho (Florida rain). These are things outside of the typical list:
So in no particular order…10 things I always pack but not everyone thinks about…
Nightlight (comforts of home): This is great for families, people with little kids. Not only do I pack a nightlight for bathrooms trips in the dark…but I pack fun pillowcases, favorite stuffed toys, blankets, pillows…a few little things that my kids usually sleep with…it helps with the first night away and it helps make the resort room seem like home. The pillowcase is a great trick for those getting a non-cartoon themed resort, but want to “kid-up” the space.
Entertainment: So as most people might think to bring video games and up-load movies on their phone/tablet for kids…I am suggesting something non-media related. Although a movie in a LONG line is a major plus. For our last trip I packed my 5 year old a kid puzzle book…as it was mainly for the plane…but I also pack it in our backpack for the parks…and was so GLAD I did. During times when she was either a little bored (line), tired or too stimulated to even focus…she would do her puzzle book. It was a major life saver. And for the 2 year old…I packed him a toy Disney Camera that talks “Say Cheese”…this was a huge hit and when he was getting to little “special”…I just had him take pictures. Also…crayons, markers, stickers, paper, coloring book, comics, homework, lol.
Blister aids: I posted about this one on my facebook page…but it was too good of a thing to not post about again, lol. For all the years I have been going to Disney…I always come back with a few souvenirs I didn’t pay for; sunburn, worn/tired muscles and blisters. This time I was prepared to remember a blister solution. I ended up getting Band-Aid Blister bandages and used on my baby toe….before it was a major blister. The band-aid stayed on…through showers, long days and so on. And my toe was never a problem and it didn’t once hurt or give me a hard time walking – it was AWESOME.
Baggies/Containers: I also posted about this too. I got colored baggies, 4 colors for the 4 of us…and used for everything. But the best part was using for food, aka leftovers and snacks for the day. Now Disney isn’t a fan of people taking food from the restaurants…something about not wanting to be responsible for anyone getting sick from eating a hot old sandwich that sat in the stroller and thus turned. So beware of eating something that isn’t good anymore…but in general we ate ours within minutes of leaving the restaurant. Plus I pack ice packs. It was great for mickey waffles, fresh fruit, proteins, etc. I would cut up at the restaurant…and then serve to the kids when in line for a ride or sometimes directly after eating…character meals are often too exciting to meet and eat at the same time, lol. Also perfect when sharing a large tub of popcorn. The different colored bags represent each person, thus I always knew whose germy fingers were in which bag.
Wipes: So when I say wipes…I mean nice, germ dissolving wipes. I use wipes instead of sanitizer gel. I use on my kids hands, on the play areas, interactive ride queues, on all our tables/chairs at restaurants, in the airplane, resort room and so on. So by now…your thinking why is she such a germ freak…well I wasn’t always this way, but both my kids have severe allergies…so I NEED to wipe down every surface to protect them. Not to mention when you think about all the millions of people that go to Disney and how many of them might have something to spread. No-one wants to get sick on vacation and I don’t want my kids to go to the ER due to touching a surface that had cheesy fingers on it. Another tip…I get the car tub pack of “Wet Ones” and put in the mesh pocket area of my backpack, instead of a water bottle. Can you say..”Easy access”.
Bottle holder: Ok this was a life saver for us. First when I say bottle holder I mean for on your stroller. But they do make bottle holders for belts and keychain ones to hook on the loops on your pants…in case you are stroller free. We use 2 cheap umbrella strollers when we go to Disney…1 kid/stroller per parent. And between all 4 of us drinking water…a bottle holder was a NEED. I purchased 2, 1 per stroller. They were perfect for ANY bottle, a bag of snacks and even my phone. They still allowed our strollers to collapse with ease and they were used 24/7.
Portable Charger: Now I’m not talking about your cord charger…but pack that too. I’m talking about a 12+ hour backup battery charger that you plug into your device when it’s low…and it charges it up. See Picture. Now…I did pack this, as everyone said too, but I never used. I am just not someone who’s on my phone when on vacation. Well not a Disney vacation, lol. But this is perfect for people that use their devices to watch movies in line, take videos of the parades and basically FB, tweet and text during their vacation. Cell battery power drains super-fast, especially when you’re using the Disney apps or the line apps.
Chef cards (Allergy cards): I have been making Allergy cards for years…I use them all the time at home; kids backpacks, lunch boxes, when dining out, visiting, and I use on vacation. But at Disney…I have special “Chef” cards as Disney is the only time I allow other people (chefs) to cook for my kids…and for a week on end. I have made several through-out the years and have finally developed a great one for Disney. Every time I need to order a meal…I present my card. It clearly lists all allergies and it gives the chefs something visual to look at as you discuss your food needs. These are perfect for people with multiple allergies and is something I am now offering for my clients. I will design a card for anyone who books with me and needs one. I also have one for families with more than one person with allergies. Also great for vegans, clearing listing what you DON’T eat.
Address Labels: I love labels…the more the better. And my favorite is using the free address ones you get in the mail from certain non-profits. I use them for our luggage tags, to label our character books…I put them on everything. Label your camera, phone, tablet, and stroller. I grab extra of those FREE airline tags, slap on an address label…and boom I can attach to backpacks, camera bags, anything. Disney has a great lost and found…but it’s easier when your stuff is labeled.
Cash/change: Ok so this might seem obvious…but you would be surprised how many people forget. Magicbands and credit cards has made life so easy for making purchases…but something’s you just need cash for. Tips? I personally like to tip with cash. I pay for my dining with my magicband, using dining plan credits, and then tip the waitress with cash. I also tip the Mouse-keepers (housekeepers), bell hops, bus driver, etc with cash. I also pack LOTS of pennies and quarters for “smashed penny” machines. Kids love those, I love those. Plus…every kid wants to throw coins in a fountain…and there are plenty of those at Disney too.
I hope you found this list to be helpful. Disney is often a week long adventure and it’s helpful to have everything you need at your fingertips. Visiting Disney the “Smart and Prepared Way” and book/plan your trip with me. Remember I am FREE and have lots of wonderful travel tested advice to share. Nina@goTMCtravel.com or 734-890-2350