The ocean is crystal clear and completely calm off New Providence Island in the Bahamas. It served as a perfect swim spot for 4-year-old Easton, who had wished to swim in “pretty blue water” and to see dolphins.
Easton has a congenital heart condition, but he doesn't let it hold him back from being active in summer activities that other kids his age enjoy, like swimming and playing baseball. In fact, he practiced swimming every day during his cruise aboard the Disney Dream with his parents, Alexis and Jonathan, this July.
On a typical cruise day, Easton would get up in time for Mickey Mouse waffles in the morning and then go ashore to swim in the ocean at their island port of call for that day. After taking a nap in the afternoon, they would go to the ship’s pool to swim more. Alexis said the trip really helped boost Easton's confidence, especially in swimming.
“He is more independent now for sure,” she said. “After that trip, he thought he was just an expert swimmer.”
Easton had hoped to see dolphins and they took no time to show themselves. The family spotted dolphins nearby before they had even been aboard the ship for half an hour.
Aside from swimming and watching the dolphins, Easton participated in activities aboard the boat, including attending a pirate party, watching movies on deck and playing in the arcade. He also met some of his favorite Disney characters, Mickey Mouse, Jake the Pirate, Donald Duck and Doc McStuffins. The family wasn't certain how he would react meeting the characters since he can be a little shy, but Easton surprised them with how comfortable he was taking pictures with them.
“He is a camera magnet,” she said. “He was always ready to pose and give them a hug. That was his main thing – he wanted to give them all hugs.”
Easton wasn't quite ready to leave when the cruise ended, and he still talks about going back to what he refers to as "Mickey's boat."
“The whole entire trip was amazing,” Alexis said. “Everyone catered to Easton, and he had the best time. It made him the happiest little boy.”