Guide to the Disney Cruise Line
For many families, there’s just no topping a Disney cruise for entertainment value: The shows are top-notch, and the character breakfasts can’t be beat. Best of all, the ships are designed for the whole family, with unbeatable amenities like split bathrooms and extra spacious cabins, as well as loaner cribs and babysitting services galore. There are kids’ playrooms for every age group. And parents can also order everything from diapers to wipes, baby food and formula (including organic and eco-friendly products) to be delivered to their stateroom before they arrive.
While Disney ships first started off sailing just from Florida to the Caribbean, now you can book a Disney cruise to a variety of far-flung destinations that the whole family will love to see and explore. Set sail with our guide to Disney cruise lines.
Where to Go: The Disney Magic offers everything from 3-night introductory sailings (perfect for first-time cruisers) to the Bahamas to 12-night Mediterranean itineraries that take you from Spain to France, Monte Carlo, Italy, Greece, Turkey and Malta.
Where to Go: The Disney Wonder sails the Caribbean in the wintertime (and then crosses the Panama Canal), and travels up the West Coast of the United States to offer summer sailings around Alaska.
Of course, the Disney Dream line also upped the ante with its onboard entertainment, offering first-run films and 3-D movies, as well as fun touches such as “animated” port holes and “enchanted” LCD artwork that show your favorite characters traveling along with you. Another highlight: Remy, an adults-only restaurant themed after the 2007 animated comedy Ratatouille, complete with champagne for toasting, a cheese trolley piled high with imported choices, a formal dress code, and (of course) a surcharge.
Where to Go: The Disney Dream offers 3-, 4-, and 5-night sailings from Florida to Castaway Cay (Disney’s private island) and the Bahamas year-round.
Meanwhile, the kids are living it up. The new Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is more of a salon for kids than a shop, with “magical” makeovers that can turn them into princesses, fairies or pirates. And for kids at heart, you can dress up for “pirate night,” too!
Where to Go: The ship offers 7-night eastern and western Mediterranean sailings year-round out of Port Canaveral, Florida, Miami and Galveston, TX.