Alesund, Norway

Sailing up to the Norwegian coast is a sight to be seen. There are beautiful islands popping up out of the water and the mountains meet the ocean right at the coast. Everything is green with a bit of a mist surrounding it all. It is stunning and other-worldly. Then out of nowhere you find a city with bright colored houses set up across several islands to greet you.

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Alesund is a beautiful art nouveau city situated at the opening of Geirangerfjord and it also happened to be the first stop on our fjord cruise.

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We decided to spend our day walking out to the aquarium. We will talk more about that walk in a minute. The aquarium sits on the outskirts of town right on the water and it is in a stunning location.

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The aquarium is rather small but had fish and animals that are only natural to the area so that was a unique twist. We were able to see most of the inside of the aquarium in under an hour.

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They also had frequent “shows” during our time there. We watched the diver feeding the fish. There is a diver in this picture somewhere.

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The real star of the museum, particularly on the insanely beautiful day we had, was the outdoor area with the children’s play area. I mean look at this.

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The children loved playing around in the sunshine and we enjoyed taking in the amazing views.

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We had lunch and started the walk back to the ship. Just outside the aquarium across from the parking lot, there is a little trail that leads you down to a seaside park, a great place for a picnic.

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Overall, I think the Atlantic Sea Park is worth a visit, particularly if you have kids. The aquarium only takes a few hours to fully enjoy. So I would suggest taking the bus out to the aquarium to save some time. That way you can schedule an additional activity for the day.

We were able to enjoy our day in Alesund and enjoy the views from the ship. Norway is stunning.

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That night we would be off to Geiranger to see some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.

Character Breakfast on the Disney Magic

We just finished up our second fantastic cruise with Disney Cruise Line. We were on the Disney Magic again (as it is the only ship that comes to Europe) but we still managed to find new things to do, new sights to see, and even more fun to be had. One of the new activities we did this round was the VIP Character Breakfast.

We scheduled our Character Breakfast for our second day on the ship (first full day on board). This was a day at sea for us and I thought getting the kids to meet the Characters early in the cruise might help them warm up to the Characters for future photos. Neither of the kids really understood what was in store and here are the pictures to prove it. Ha!

Here is E sitting nicely at the table with her croissant. Not a care in the world.

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Then Minnie Mouse walks in and E is completely shocked!

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Then comes the look of “Oh my. Are you seeing this? This is Minnie Mouse right here!”

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All smiles.

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Don’t worry O got to see his favorite as well.

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Same level of excitement!

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You typically get to see 3 characters at the breakfast, so the one and only Mickey Mouse finished up our round of breakfast guests.

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The VIP Character Breakfast was free. We just had to book a reservation ahead of time during our cruise check in. We just happened to be seated at the first table that the characters came to visit. They would walk out from behind the wall and surprise E every time. I think it made it even more exciting for the kids because you didn’t know who was coming until they popped up at our table. Of course, breakfast was also included with Mickey waffles for everyone. Smiles all around! Great way to start a Disney vacation!

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