For over a year, cruising was on pause during the pandemic. Recently, cruising has returned and the magic is plentiful onboard the Disney ships! If you have been thinking about a Disney vacation, here are 5 reasons to go on a Disney cruise for your next trip!
Four Great Ships + The Disney Wish
Currently, there are four beautiful ships that make up the Disney Cruise Line fleet. The Disney Fantasy, Disney Dream, Disney Wonder, and Disney Magic each set sail from different ports offering a variety of itineraries. Each ship includes outstanding amenities including dining, kids’ clubs, and more for guests to experience a magical Disney vacation.
However, the much-anticipated first sailing of the Disney Wish is approaching rapidly. This all-new ship will include one-of-a-kind experiences not seen before as the worlds of Marvel, Star Wars, and Frozen are brought to life!
When you choose your cruise itinerary, check what ports you will be visiting during your vacation. There are many different ways to experience the destinations that you visit. As cruising continues to return, longer and different itineraries have been added.
Some examples of port adventures include a dolphin swim at Atlantis in the Bahamas, zipline and Adventure Falls in Jamaica, explore the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza in Cozumel, and countless other options for different interests, ages, and activity levels.
Regardless of the excursion you choose, you will receive the quality service that comes along with a Disney vacation. Any tickets will be waiting for you if you reserve online. If you decide to add something once onboard, this is subject to availability but your cruise staff can assist with this as well.
Plus, all port adventures are coordinated with the ship’s arrival. If the arrival is late, the tour times are adjusted. If an excursion runs late, the ship waits or complimentary transportation is arranged for the next port of call. In addition, if the ship’s itinerary needs to change, all excursions are fully refundable.
Castaway Cay is Disney’s private island in the Bahamas. Recently, several cruise itineraries have offered a “double-dip” at Castaway Cay. That means guests have two days to experience all that this island has to offer. There are places to snorkel, excursions from the island including glass-bottom boats and fishing, and equipment rentals including bikes, floats and tubes, aqua trike rentals, and more. In addition, there are shops and dining options available including unlimited ice cream!
There are dedicated family beaches with beautiful views and a waterslide known as Pelican Plunge.
If you are looking for some quiet time, Castaway Cay has a breathtaking area called Serenity Bay. This part of the island is for adults only (18+) and offers everything that you need to enjoy your time on the island. It’s accessible by tram or walking. Here, adults can enjoy the beach, food, and drink options. Cabanas are available to rent and spa options can be booked as well.
Endless Fun Onboard (For All Ages)
Disney is known for its ability to entertain kids and the cruise ships are no exception! There are countless ways to enjoy your time with your kids of any age. That’s not all though. There is plenty for the big kids too! There are areas on the ships that offer entertainment for adults only.
You can even find plenty to do here without the kids! Looking for a girls’ trip or a honeymoon? This may be a great fit for you!
The Oceaneer Club and Oceaneer Lab are spaces designed specifically for kids ages 3 to 12 years old. The Oceaneer Club offers character interactions, storytime, larger-than-life play areas, and more. In the Oceaneer Lab, kids learn while they play with highly interactive activities. Kids are able to move between the two spaces to maximize the fun!
The activities in these areas are designed to engage kids based on their interests and maturity. While there are recommended activities based on age, siblings and friends are able to play together as well. Kids must be at least 3 years old and fully potty trained to come to the kids’ clubs.
Character interactions are looking a little different right now. However, there are many opportunities to interact with your favorite Disney friends while onboard the cruise. Characters can also be found at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. The interactions are socially distanced for safety but will no doubt bring smiles!
The broadway-style shows aboard each ship are just amazing! Be sure to get your tissues ready as you watch shows such as “Disney’s Believe” or “Frozen, A Musical Spectacular” in the Walt Disney Theatre. The show choices vary depending on the ship. There are two showings each night, based on the mealtime you select.
Trivia and More
Throughout the day and into the evening, there is always something to do on the ship. The Disney Cruiseline Navigator app will list everything available each day. Activities range from movies, trivia, family games, and more.
There are also themed nights including Pirate Night. The themed night changes throughout the year too. For example, there is a Halloween night on select sailings in the fall.
Don’t forget about fun in the water! There are pools for all ages and the AquaDuck is a waterslide with an incredible view!
If you think a Disney cruise is just for kids, I am about to show you otherwise! Disney cruise line has opportunities for guests of all ages to have an amazing vacation experience, including adults. Whether you want something to do while the kids are in the kids’ club or you are not even traveling with kids, you will be able to find plenty to do!
There are areas on all of the ships designed for adults only. If you want to grab a bite to eat or a drink, head over to Currents or the Cove Cafe. There is a different drink of the day offered each day and then you can sit poolside or hang out in the glass bottom hot tub.
In the evenings, head to one of the adult-only lounges or pubs. There are designated areas on each ship that feature unique lounges and bars. My personal favorite is Ooh-La-La Lounge on the Disney Fantasy or Pink: Wine and Champagne Bar on the Disney Dream. Available throughout the day and evening, there are also beverage tastings. Learn about and taste different whiskey, champagne, or even chocolate and liquor pairings!
In addition, there are two dining opportunities for adults only.
Palo is found on all four Disney cruise ships. It features Italian cuisine for brunch or dinner in a quiet setting with breathtaking ocean views.
At Remy, guests choose from a French-inspired menu for brunch or dinner. This restaurant is available on Disney Fantasy or the Disney Dream.
Both restaurants require reservations and there is a dress code.
The Senses Spa and Salon offers an array of options from massages to facials and more. Choose from visiting on the ship or head to a cabana at Serenity Bay. Plus, there are options for couples if you are traveling with your significant other and want to relax together.
Do you know the best reason to book a Disney Cruise now? Currently, there is a great promotion for select cruises through the end of 2021. If you are longing to sail away, now is truly the perfect time!
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