After completing the four amusement parks in Orlando, Disney decided to journey into another direction and started a cruise line.
If you are planning a vacation at sea, especially with children, there is no better plan than to take a Walt Disney Cruise. You won’t be disappointed and the children will have a time of their life! And sorry, you adults, because Walt Disney World is family oriented the ships have NO gambling aboard.
The first ship, Disney Magic, set sail on July 30, 1998. Subsequent ships were Disney Wonder, Disney Dream, and Disney Fantasy. First voyages were August 15, 1999, January 26, 2011, and March 31, 2012, respectively.
As with all the Disney theme parks throughout the world, the cruise lines offer younger members of the family plenty of activities geared just for them and set in different age brackets.
Each of the four ship have numerous State Rooms and most of them include a bath tub to accommodate families with small children.
Disney has a private island, Castaway Cay, where many of the ships stop and guests disembark to have fun on the island beach for the day before getting back on the ship.
Another island is being developed in the Bahamas. The property is on the Eleuthera Island and will be named Lighthouse Point. It is scheduled to open between 2021 and 2023 coinciding with the completion of the new ships.
Up To Date Facts
Having achieved a good deal of popularity, there are plans to build three more ships bringing the total number of ships to seven. The three new ships are planned to be added in the years 2021, 2022, and 2023 and will be powered by “clean burning liquefied natural gas”.
Port Canaveral is the home port for all four ships, but Disney Magic and Disney Wonder only make seasonal trips to Canaveral.
There are several ports of departure throughout the world. In the United States, in addition to Port Canaveral they depart from Miami, New York, New Orleans, Galveston, San Diego, Los Angeles, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. Departures are also from the Canadian port here in North America. The departure ports in Europe include Spain, Italy, Denmark, and England.
You don’t need to travel to Orlando to board one of Walt Disney’s ships. They are all over just waiting for you to choose your plan, make those reservations, set sail, and have the time of your life.
The cruises range from 2 to 14 days and the itineraries and routes are extensive. The price range is varied and dependent on the length of cruise and destination.
So Let’s Have Some Fun
All ships have pools, but Disney Dream has a water roller coaster named the Aqua Duck. Nemo’s Reef is something the young ones will enjoy.
Disney Fantasy has a water slide called the “water coaster”. Disney Magic has water slide activities and call it Aqua DUNK. All cruise lines have a Quiet Cove Pool area.
Disney Magic and Disney Wonder have a Goofy’s Pool while Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy have Mickey’s Pool and Donald’s Pool.
If you want more exercise there is a Fitness Center and then to get out all the kinks you can relax in the Spa.
On deck there are Broadway like shows for all ages to enjoy such as Beauty and The Beast, Mickey and Minnie’s Suprise Party at Sea, Frozen, A Musical Spectacular, and many more. Teens will enjoy the Party Like a Pirate.
For all you Star Wars fans, you will love the Star Wars Day at Sea. It is limited, though, to only the seven-day Eastern and Western cruises leaving from Port Canaveral and heading to the Caribbean. There is interaction galore. Characters like Boba Fett, C-3PO, R2-D2, Darth Vader, and others will be roaming around. Try to find them and interact with them. Plenty of Storm Troopers are walking around, too. The youngsters can partake in the Jedi Training. That’s always fun!
Round out the day by watching the fireworks with the Star Wars score in the background.
Time For The Kids
Each of the ships is designed with plenty of activities specifically for the children of all ages. There is the Disney Oceaneer Club, the Disney Oceaneer Lab, the Edge, and the Vibe.
For the toddlers there is “it’s a small world nursery”. Trained Disney counselors will watch and entertain the tots while mom and dad are off by themselves.
There are Nightclubs and lounges on all the cruise lines along with the Cove Cafe. Each cruise has other nightclubs for the adults to relax and enjoy the evening.
For your dining pleasure Disney Magic provides the Duck-In Diner, and Rapunzel’s Royal Table. Disney Fantasy has the Royal Court Dining.
Live shows with the character dining experience at the Animator’s Palate is waiting for you. The little princesses in your family will have a treat at the Royal Court Royal Tea diner with Disney characters. Both restaurants are on all ships.
All pool areas provide Cabana Dining Service and of course, Room Service is always available.
And So It Ends
Is the sea calling you? Does one of these ships have your name on it? I’m ready to book a trip!
Hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I had writing it and giving you some insight in what a cruise would be like. If you would like to leave a comment or question, please feel free to do so. It would be appreciated. If you have a question, I will try to answer it and get back to you as soon as I am able, usually within the same day.