Disney Cruise Line, Sail with the Mouse
Disney Cruise Line cruises look fantastic and go to some amazing vacation destinations but are is it really worth the price? The short answer is “YES” and its because of the great combination of unmatched Disney service, quality of offering, the condition of the ships, amazing staff and activities tailored to guests of all ages.
The first thing you will notice when you come onboard a Disney Cruise Line is the attention to detail and personalized customer service each guests receives on the ship. From each family being announced onboard to the room attendants and table staff learning your names and likes/dislikes to make your stay more comfortable. Rooms are made up twice each day (morning and night) and extra surprises greet you when you come back after a day exploring the ship or going off shore. You are kept well informed with a paper Navigator in your room each day and the information is also shown on the TVs. Their helpful phone app that has this information and can also be utilized to message your friends and family while onboard.
Much like the theme parks, the Disney Cruise Line is all about quality and theming. Everything is kept extremely clean and in good repair which includes the bathrooms across the ship. The ships have several themed restaurants which make any meal onboard feel more special. Every Disney ship also boasts several Broadway style shows that are top notch and feature familiar stories told in a unique way. For the little ones, you do not have to look too far to find Disney characters and they can get photos and autographs throughout the journey.
Speaking off kids, all the Disney ships feature clubs for young kids, tweens and teens so every age group has something to do onboard. Kids 3-12 can be checked in and out of the kids club, know as the Oceaneer Club and Oceaneer Lab, so that they can play while the adults explore other activities or have a dinner at the premium dining options onboard, Palo and Remy’s. The clubs are full of activities so don’t be surprised when your child is disappointed when you pick them up. The clubs are heavily themed and have scheduled activities from early morning to late at night and plenty of supervision. The tween club Edge (11-14 year olds) and teen club Vibe (14-17 year olds) offers supervised games and activities but allows the tweens & teens to come at go at their leisure. Infants (6 months-3 years) have their own area called It’s a Small World Nursery.
Not traveling with kids? You can have a blast as well. Each Disney ship has adults only pools and clubs. There are also adult activities which include wine/martini/scotch/tequila tastings, mixology classes, karaoke, and trivia. There is also and Irish Pub on each ship where you can relax with a pint or watch sports.
If you are considering a Disney Cruise, I highly recommend them and can attest that they are worth every penny. Our family has done 4 of them with our favorite being the Disney Alaska cruise. Also, any cruise that features Castaway Cay (Disney’s private island) is a hit with the whole family as that island is full of great activities.