When you go on a Disney Vacation, it’s a premium experience filled with entertainment and lots of fun – but it may be hard to picture what a Disney vacation is like without the parks. What makes Disney Cruise Line different from other cruises, and why should you take this year’s family vacation out to sea? Everything you wanted to know about Disney Cruise Line is right here, from the meals to the port adventures and the fun Disney on-board youth clubs.
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Y’all know how much I love cruise vacations, and I’m hopeful one day I can take my family on a Disney one! We’ve heard of all the magic and wonder that you’re use to finding in the parks is well alive on sea, as well, and can’t wait to try it for ourselves.
First of all, the Disney Cruise Line has four ships in its fleet. The Magic and The Wonder are the two smaller ships, and the Fantasy and the Dream are the bigger and newer ships. Each pair offers similar venues on board. The Dream and Fantasy are more similar to each other and a more modern feel; and Magic and Wonder feel just a little bit more quirky and dated, but only by comparison. Which ship you take depends largely on where you plan to take your cruise. Although the newer ships have a couple of updated features that are really desirable, the older ships are still great and have the benefit of being less crowded, due to fewer staterooms on board.
As with most cruises, the food is mostly included in your price, whether you go to the buffet or to the rotating restaurants. There are two dinner services each night and you will be assigned seating, this is so your server can consistently wait on you throughout your cruise. You’ll have the same crew assigned to you for the whole trip, making it more customized & familiar service. Even at regular table service restaurants, you can order as much as you like of anything on the menu – I love that this allows you to be more bold and try new things without much worry! Room service is likewise complementary, and is available 24 hours. Palo and Remy are two fine dining restaurants that require you to pay more to dine there (there’s other available, as well) – this is why it’s ‘mostly’ included in your price, but that’s ultimately up to you.
There are amazing excursions and adventures to sign up for, and you should try to do this in advance of your trip because space is limited on most port activities. Depending on where your Disney cruise takes you, you can take amazing sight seeing tours, go snorkeling and even take fishing and boating excursions. Castaway Cay is Disney’s private island in the Bahamas and it’s mostly undeveloped, ecologically protected land cared for by Disney scientific researchers and conservationists. Kids and teens can enjoy age specific activities, as well.
On board there is plenty of family fun and entertainment to keep everybody busy. However, for those moments when everybody needs a break, there are age appropriate sections of the ship where adults can have fun and so can the kids in special clubs for kids, tweens and teens. These clubs feature imaginative play areas, video games, dancing, karaoke and more. It’s a great way to make unexpected friends, too!
There are so many Disney elements on Disney Cruise Line, from the hidden details of the decor to the Characters bustling around in nautical attire. Themed days for Marvel, Star Wars, and Pirates keep things interesting. The outdoor live shows and fireworks are just a small part of the magic. There are also broadway caliber productions and Disney movies in other on board theaters….not to mention character dining, which I still really enjoy as an adult.
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