Think Disney and you think fun. While kids will be delighted to be cruising with their favorite Disney characters, the line still caters to adults, with some of the best facilities and itineraries available.
Founded in 1998, Disney allows families to experience the fun and magic of Disneyworld at sea. The cruise line owns four ships, as well as their private island Castaway Cay, and they sail around the world on a huge range of itineraries.
These ships are the only ships in the industry to be completely designed for the family travel market, and you won't find any casinos onboard. What you will find is that every public space and cabin has been designed according to the Disney theme. While you'd be forgiven for expecting the décor to be slightly tacky, passengers will be pleasantly surprised by the elegance onboard.
Kids will be jumping up and down with excitement as they get to hang out with characters from their favorite Disney movies, and adults can also get away from it all in the adult-only areas.
There are plenty of reasons to cruise with Disney, and here are just a few:
Disney ships have a main dining area which features a unique rotational dining system. Basically, each evening both passengers and their personal wait staff rotate to one of the three main restaurants onboard. Each has a different theme, such as Lumiere's which is styled after Beauty and the Beast, or Animator's Palate, where you'll be treated to a fun show during dinner.
Along with the main restaurants, Disney ships also have an adult-only restaurant onboard so you can get away from the kids and have some time alone. Stop by either Palo or Remy for a romantic dinner in a relaxed, elegant atmosphere.
There are also casual dining options on Disney ships where you can grab a quick bite, and throughout the ships you'll also find quick service dining such as Pinocchio's Pizzeria, Flo's Café, and Pluto's Dog House.
Activities and Entertainment for the Kids
As you'd expect, Disney has gone above and beyond to offer some truly remarkable entertainment options. The live shows are aimed at kids of all ages, and they can watch musicals, Broadway-style productions, and even comedy shows starring some of Disney's best villains.
Take a camera along with you, since during the day passengers can go to designated spots throughout the ship to meet their favorite characters.
Disney takes the award for the best kids clubs and youth programs. Stand outs include the Disney's Oceaneer Club, where kids can dress up as their favorite princess or hero before enjoying the supervised activities, and Vibe, which is where teens can hang out with their friends and listen to music or relax on their own private deck.
Kids will love the pools on Disney ships, and with water coasters, pools, splash zones, and body slides, adults can get in on the fun as well.
Let's face it, on Disney cruises you can expect to see a lot of kids. Sometimes you just need to get away from the high-pitched squeals of excitement and relax with other adults. Disney understands this, and has plenty of spaces available for some adult-only time.
Treat yourself at the spa, or burn some serious calories in the onboard gym before relaxing in the Quiet Cove Pool-an adult-exclusive pool.
Let Disney babysit the kids so you can go out for the night, first enjoying dinner at Remy or Palo, before moving on to the nightclub and lounges. Have a few quiet drinks at Bon Voyage or District Lounge, before dancing the night away at either Evolution or Fathoms. Disney is bursting with pubs, bars, and clubs, and you'll even find O'Gill's Pub, a fun Irish bar on the Disney Fantasy.
Disney's reward program is called the Castaway Club, and members can enjoy a wide range of benefits. After completing the first cruise, your benefits will increase as you take more cruises with Disney.
Members can pre-book shore excursions, treatments at the spa and salon, and fine dining at the adult-only restaurants. You'll also be given a welcome back stateroom gift, and a toll free number you can call if you have any questions or want to book another cruise.
Club members are also sent the Castaway Club Compass Newsletter, and once onboard you'll find secret club benefits that are rumored to be quite magical.