Disney Mediterranean Cruise Day 3
Disney Mediterranean Cruise Day 3 found us in Napoli (Naples) in southern Italy. On port days, there is much less on board activity as most passengers and some crew head ashore to explore. This was especially true at our first port of call. Shore excursions included tours of Naples, Mount Vesuvius, Pompeii, Sorrento, and the Amalfi Coast.
Early to Rise
We had booked a 10 hour tour to Sorrento with the Amalfi Coast by boat. We had to get up early to get breakfast for the long day. Cabanas with its huge buffet opened at 6 a.m. and there was plenty of selection for each of us. We had bought and packed bottled water anticipating a long, hot, sunny day, but graciously, that was not to be. It was overcast most of the day with a couple of short showers and the temperature maxed out at 80F/27C.
Leaving the ship, we boarded a bus for our shore excursion. Our first stop was Sorrento, the beautiful, coastal, tourist town on the Bay of Naples. Naples is large, sprawling, grimy, and congested. Other than the views of Mt. Vesuvius towering over the city and bay, the over hour long bus ride was not very scenic.
We were all glad to get off the bus and have a chance to tour the town and wonder at the views. Sorrento was beautiful and had stunning views of the sea. We strolled the streets, visited a couple of shops, and gazed at the sea.
We were served an early lunch at a local restaurant. We were surprised to be served four courses. The food was good, but not great.
We shared a table with three Disney cast members who were taking the tour. These “kids” in their 20s were wonderful company. Two of them were complete Disney fanatics like us, so we hit it off well.
We boarded the bus again, leaving Sorrento and heading to Salerno where we would board a boat to tour the Amalfi Coast. This bus ride also took about a hour. The tour boat had an open upper deck where most of us chose to sit. Shortly after leaving the dock, the rain came and almost everyone scurried for cover below. A little water did not bother me, so I remained up top and got beautiful views of the coast and the towns nestled into the crags which has made the area famous.
Docking in the town of Amalfi, we were given about an hour to tour. Amalfi was an absolutely picturesque town with a stunning chapel on the square. The town was packed with tourists.
We shared a delicious lemon gelato with Nutella (Wow! Amazing!), before boarding the boat for the return trip. It was then time for another hour plus ride back to the Disney Magic.
Dinner at Lumiere’s
Disney Mediterranean Cruise Day 2 was our longest and most busy day. We barely made it back in time for dinner at Lumiere’s. Missing dinner to us would have felt tragic! Lumiere’s is a classy, French restaurant with Beauty and the Beast theming. It is perhaps my favorite Disney Cruise Line restaurant. Our table mates had also gone on a full day tour to Pompeii and Amalfi. They raved on about Pompeii. There was a new archeological finding that had just opened up to the public which they said was particularly impressive. As always, the dining was incredible as was the company and the service.
Walt Disney: The Dream Goes On
After dinner, as always, it is time for the evening show. Walt Disney: The Dream Goes On was the headlining show for the Disney Mediterranean Cruise Day 3 evening. I honestly was not expecting much from this show, but I was wrong. Presenting the story of Walt Disney and the development of the Disney empire through media clips, narration, song, and dance, Walt Disney: The Dream Goes On far exceeded my expectations and was thoroughly entertaining.
Day 4 Civitavecchia/Rome
After the show and heading to Deck 9 for a drink and ice cream, we were all ready for bed after a long Disney Mediterranean Cruise Day 3. We learned today that 9 – 10 hour excursions are probably not the best fit for our family. A full review of the tour will follow in a few weeks. Join us for Disney Mediterranean Cruise Day 4 when we dock in Civitavecchia, the port of Rome aboard the Disney Magic. In the coming weeks we will have more posts with beautiful photos and more information on this region.