Add a Carnival Cruise Onto Your runDisney Princess Half Marathon Weekend Racecation

Carnival Cruise runDisney Princess Half Marathon Weekend Glass Slipper Challenge

I’m SO EXCITED!!!! My runDisney Princess Half Marathon Weekend Racecation starts in exactly three weeks! Last year I participated in the Inaugural Glass Slipper Challenge which is the Enchanted 10K and the Princess Half Marathon run on back to back days. This year I will be running the Glass Slipper Challenge again and I recruited a girlfriend of mine (whom I met on my Carnival LIVE Cruise) to run it with me. (I’ll miss you Sarah)We will be spending two glorious nights at the Hilton Bonnet Creek taking advantage of their #MarathonWeekends offerings and then immediately after I cross the finish line of the Princess Half Marathon my family and I will be driving to Port Canaveral to board the Carnival Liberty…another of Carnival’s ships I have yet to sail on.

runDisney has been touting their Castaway Cay Challenge for the 2015 Princess Half Marathon Weekend. Guess they know what a good idea a cruise is after completing a racecation. The Castaway Cay Challenge involves registering for a 4-Night Disney Cruise on the Disney Dream. You then run a 5K on Disney’s Castaway Cay and are awarded two additional medals.

I’m going to do my own version of the Castaway Cay Challenge cruise but with Carnival. Don’t get me wrong…I love Disney and have gone on my fair share of Disney cruises but here are a few things to consider for a family of three.


$2,868 (Balcony Stateroom)                            $2,176 (Balcony Stateroom)

4 night Eastern Caribbean Cruise                 7 night Eastern Caribbean Cruise

Ports at Castway Cay & Nassau                     Ports at Nassau, St. Thomas, Grand Turk & Puerto Rico

$239 per person per day                                    $103 per person per day

Built in 2009 and 1,115′ long                           Built in 2005. $500 million overhaul in 2011. 952′ long

If you’re booking on value alone the scales are tipping in Carnival’s favor for a post runDisney racecation. Less overall cost for a family of three. More ports to explore and more sea days to enjoy the ship. The Dream and the Liberty are comparable in size and “newness” as well. Prices quoted include taxes and port fees. Gratuities are additional.

If you’re ready to sail with me after the runDisney Princess Half Marathon visit and get your trip booked before the ship fills up. If you can’t make it I’ll be sharing my adventure via social media. Follow along via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Big thanks to Carnival for hosting me and my family on this cruise.


  • Squee!!! I’m so excited for you! We booked the Carnival Liberty in 2013 for our daughter’s Sweet 16 (instead of a party or gift) and it is such an amazing ship!!

    • I’ll definitely be checking out the spa for a massage…maybe they will have one of those embarkation specials I can take advantage of. What should I do in Puerto Rico? I’m torn between taking a trip to the rain forest or just eating my face off

  • Yay! A cruise and an extended visit to the spa will be well deserved after your race!

    Can’t wait to follow along with all the fun!

  • Christie says:

    I’m looking at the 2016 princess and thinking of doing the same thing! Unfortunately most of carnivals Ship’s leave on Saturday so that makes 2016 plan a bust 🙁

    • There’s a 13 Day Eastern Caribbean that leaves on the Sunshine on Sunday in February 2016 from Port Canaveral. The Sunshine is AMAZING! I sailed it last year. The Port of Tampa is about equal distance from Walt Disney World. Have you checked their schedule for 2016?

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