The Disney Cruise – a vacation unlike any other!
If you’re interested in a family vacation that somehow blends relaxation with excitement and lush tropical settings with the wide world of cartoon landscapes, then why not consider booking a Disney cruise?
Combine the sun-splashed beaches of dazzling white sand and crystal blue waters with the magical and delightful presence of Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Minnie, Pluto and a galaxy of lovable characters from your favorite Disney movies. From the moment you enter the cruise terminal in Port Canaveral Florida, you can be sure that this will be a cruise experience unlike any other.
The Disney Cruise Line has managed to combine elegance and opulence with the Disney characters and stories that we have known and loved for years, creating a cruise vacation perfect for anyone from 3 to 103, families and couples, singles and seniors. Come abroad to learn more about how you too can share in the magic and the wonder of Disney – at sea. A Disney Cruise Vacation is the perfect family get-a-way, and the Walt Disney Cruise ships have something for everyone, from Mickey Mouse to Mojos, and Donald Duck to dancing ’till dawn. Cruise Disney for family fun in the sun!
“Ahoy, mateys” “All hands on deck” “All ashore that’s going ashore”
Seafaring expressions one and all. Phrases one can almost hear coming out of the mouth of Captain Ahab or Christopher Columbus or Captain Stubing of “The Love Boat” – or even Captain James T. Kirk of the USS Starship Enterprise. But – from Mickey Mouse???
Well, in a word, yes. The same Mickey Mouse who introduced us to such delightful realms as the Magic Kingdom, Adventureland, Main Street USA, Tomorrowland, Epcot and Fantasyland has joined with all of his other Disney friends to conquer the high seas – or at least the Caribbean Sea, anyway.
The Disney cruise ships – the Disney Magic and the Disney Wonder – embody the style and spirit of the grand ocean liners of days gone by, coupled with every modern amenity you have come to expect from a premiere cruise line. The two Disney Cruise ships are basically identical save for some decorating details – the Disney Wonder is decked out in an Art Nouveau style, while the Disney Magic is fashioned in an Art Deco style – and the names of some of the restaurants and clubs. Both Disney Cruise ships incorporate an interesting dining rotation, whereby your tablemates (in fact- the entire dining room full of guests) is rotated through the 3 restaurants along with your servers and wait staff, so that you get to experience a different restaurant each night without sacrificing the careful attention and pampering of having your own servers. And what restaurants they are – Parrots Cay embodies a fun, tropical flavor (and incidentally serves a fabulous breakfast buffet, and Disney characters often drop by unannounced, so be sure to have those cameras and autograph books handy!). Animator’s Palate is a most unique restaurant where the décor starts out black, white and grey, but by the end of the meal is a full burst of colors and Disney pictures, all coordinated with a musical soundtrack, and Lumiere’s/Triton’s, which is an elegant restaurant decorated with beautiful mosaics depicting scenes from The Little Mermaid on the Disney Wonder and Beauty and the Beast on the Disney Magic.
Both Disney Cruise ships have a variety of features and activities designed exclusively for the younger set, including a family pool and water slide (fashioned as Mickey’s gloved hand), snack bars poolside serving chicken nuggets, French fries and ice cream, a fully-equipped kids ‘camp’ open ’till midnight with counselors, great activities, play areas and computers, great Disney-themed shows (including one starring all of the kids onboard, assisted by their counselors), and more characters than you could ever meet at Disney World. All of this attention to the kids certainly doesn’t shortchange the adults, who are treated to their own pool and spas, adult-only restaurant (make reservations as soon as you board- Paolo’s is a big hit), adult clubs, and even their own beautiful, private cove on the beach at Disney’ own Castaway Cay island paradise.
Rooms on the Disney Cruise ships are about 25% larger than comparable rooms on other cruise ships, and many include a unique split 1 1/2 bath, to make getting ready easier for families. If you are looking for family hotel deals visit www.luxury-resort-guide.com. There is certainly more food than you could eat or activities you could participate in to fill several cruises, and you’ll certainly find yourself wishing that the cruise were longer – or start planning your next cruise before you even disembark!