I know many of you are looking forward to being able to safely vacation again after the COVID-19 situation subsides. I know I can’t wait to cruise again! While cruising isn’t possible right now, dreaming of your next one is a great way to give your family something to look forward to. Today’s blog post is about family-friendly cruises on Disney Cruise Line.
The moment you step onto your Disney Cruise Line ship, costumed characters, kids clubs, family-fun, entertainment and that infamous Disney service is ready to greet you. The crew enthusiastically welcomes each family by name as they board the ship marking the start of a magical vacation!
There are four Disney Cruise Line ships to choose from with different adventures on each ship. You can choose to set sail on the Disney Magic, the Disney Wonder, the Disney Dream or the Disney Fantasy. Depending on the family-friendly cruise and itinerary you choose, your family can experience Star Wars Day or Marvel Day at Sea which amplifies that “once in a lifetime” feeling. New ships are also setting sail, like the Disney Wish, that brings an enchanted fairy tale to life in early 2022!
Regardless of which Disney ship you pick, you can expect high-caliber customer service and amenities Disney is known for.
What to Expect from Disney Cruise Line
Just like the Disney theme parks, Disney Cruise Line leaves no detail left unattended. Kids love dining with their favorite Disney characters and dressing up on themed parties like Pirate Night or the Princess Gathering. Onboard dining options also give your child a chance to enrich their Disney experience. Enjoy Disney’s unique rotational dining system where guests experience each restaurant, theme, and favorite characters.
Enjoy dining options like Tiana’s Place, Royal Court Royal Tea, Animator’s Palate, and Pinoccho’s Pizzeria. Kid-friendly fare is celebrated, and there are plenty of options grown-ups love, too. All Disney Cruise Line ships also offer at least one adult-only restaurant to choose from.
Parents can drop-off their kids at Disney’s Oceaneer’s Club and head to The Northern Italian restaurant, Palo, for an authentic meal in an intimate setting. For an upscale, fine dining restaurant, try French dining over white tablecloths at Remy. Toast to your family-friendly cruise over a glass of champagne and soak up ocean views and the art nouveau decor.
Wherever you dine, the entire backdrop of a Disney Cruise Line is whimsical. From the food to decor and aesthetics, you feel like you’re cruising inside of a movie or storybook setting. Magic is around every corner with paintings come to life, pixie dust that enchants the Bippity Boppity Boutique, and secret scavenger hunts that take guests on an adventure. Play areas are also designed with favorite scenes from favorites like Toy Story to delight your children’s imaginations.
What to do on a Disney Cruise?
Disney Cruise Line delight both kids and grown-ups alike. Parents can hit the spa, enjoy a sensory shower, and take a soak in a hot tub overlooking the ocean. In the evening, adults enjoy bespoke cocktails, entertainment, and dancing at onboard nightclubs and lounges. There’s also a Quiet Cove Pool just for grown-ups, as well as world-class fitness centers.
Kids love the age-appropriate clubs that captivate their imaginations. The Disney’s Oceaneer Club entertains kids 3 to 12-years-old by immersing young guests in Disney themed activities and characters. For 3 to 12-year olds, Disney’s Oceaneer Lab features imaginative themed activities and games and experiments. Teens have their own space to chill out, listen to music, watch movies, and play group games with new friends. They also enjoy teens-only dance parties and karaoke, as well as a sundeck to hangout. Littlest guests aren’t forgotten with “It’s a Small World” nursery where babies and toddlers enjoy their own magic. Unlike many other family-friendly cruise options, Disney’s trained counselors are happy to feed and change your child.
No matter your age, a Disney Cruise Line is focused on family-fun and the stuff fantastical, childhood dreams are made of. Depending on the ship, parents and kids can enjoy the onboard AquaDuck water park, mini-golf at Goofy’s Sports Deck, basketball and sports at the Wide World of Sports, and AquaDunk. Guests take a three-story thrill-ride right out over the ocean on a winding adventure to the onboard pool.
Disney Cruise Line is also known for their legendary deck parties with fireworks that illuminate the sky. It’s a wow factor for families of all ages that can’t be missed. It feels like a sprinkle of pixie dust transforms the deck into a fantasyland that leaves your kids breathless. Families dress up for theme nights like Pirate Night where kids and grown-ups alike transform into scallywags and heroes of the sea.
After a day swimming and playing, dine at your favorite onboard restaurant and see a Broadway-caliber live Disney show at the Walt Disney Theater. It feels like being swept away into a real-life Disney movie where you’re part of the backdrop. Families go to bed tired and happy from a full day of memory-making fun. Be sure to book a verandah balcony room to enjoy an uninhibited view of the ocean. While the kids are drifting off to sleep dreaming about their AquaDunk adventure, parents can enjoy a glass of wine and relax under the stars.
Where Do You Go on a Disney Cruise Line?
The fun you have onboard Disney Cruise Line just scratches the surface of what’s possible. With exciting destinations and itineraries to the Caribbean, Bahamas, Europe, Alaska, and more, Disney Cruise Line offers premium excursions and experiences. Explore handpicked port adventures like scuba diving among vibrant coral reefs in Bermuda or sea lion and stingray encounters.
Excursions vary depending on the Disney cruise and where you’re headed. Some Disney cruises even whisk runners on a RunDisney Castaway Cay Challenge. Guests soar across the finish line for an unforgettable 5k race.
A family-friendly cruise is also a perfect way to maximize your vacation time with a stop at Walt Disney World. The stop amplifies your vacation experience and enhances that magical, larger-than-life feeling where your kids are part of the adventure. Book your stay pre or post-cruise and see what’s going on at Disney. Even if you’ve recently visited the parks, Disney World is always changing and unveiling brand new rides, restaurants, and attractions to surprise newcomers and loyal fans.
What’s New at Walt Disney World?
There’s plenty to see and do at Walt Disney World like the long-standing It’s a Small World. Parents may fondly remember the iconic “giant golf ball” attraction taking them through time at Epcot. However, Spaceship Earth is getting an extensive overhaul to share with a new generation of visitors.
Epcot will also see the new arrival at Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. Opening during summer of 2020, the adventure shrinks visitors down to the scale of your favorite culinary rat for a thrill with Chef Remy. Race across Gusteau’s kitchen floor on a trackless vehicle that keeps visitors guessing.
Tomorrowland Reimaging is also a beloved and evolving attraction at Walt Disney World. The new TRON Lightcycle Run motorbike roller coaster will open at the Magic Kingdom within the next year. The arrival is also part of Tomorrowland’s ambitious multi-year update.
At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the newly unveiled Toy Story Land is a popular spot for families of all ages. Its unique layout turns guests into toy-sized where you’re let loose in Andy’s backyard. Oversized board-game pieces, crayons, toy blocks, and more bring the characters from your family’s favorite movies to life. Choose from rides like Alien Swirling Saucers, Slinky Dog Dash, and Toy Story Mania.
The force is with you at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the eagerly anticipated new land at Disney World. Guests live out their own Star Wars Story, fly the Millennium Falcon, and explore a remote outpost. With the right cruise planning and stopover at Disney, Star Wars fans can transport themselves to a galaxy far, far away.
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