Disney cruises are not cheap but they offer great entertainment for kids and grownups alike.
One of the most difficult parts of planning a vacation with kids is ensuring that they’re entertained throughout the trip. This usually means making sure that every travel day has at least a couple of things specifically designed to appeal to the kids and things that preferably don’t involve shopping or sitting passively in front of a screen.
One of the main reasons why a trip to Disney World is so appealing to parents is that Disney’s theme parks provide a nearly constant and wide-ranging set of entertainment options for kids and adults. A family that hasn’t planned a thing can show up and find something fun to do. Disney cruises work the same way—family activities, including trivia contests, scavenger hunts, and shuffleboard, are scheduled throughout the day, on virtually every day of every sailing.
Activities on board the Disney cruises
If you think your kids would benefit from spending some time with their peers, Disney cruises provide organized activities throughout the day for children ages 3–17. Some activities for younger children get started as early as 7 a.m., while activities for older teens can run until 2 a.m. Off the ships, Castaway Cay offers dedicated beach and recreation spots for families, teens, and tweens, plus a splash area for little ones. There are shore excursions created just for families too. Some sailings also offer teen-only excursions and sightseeing events.
Disney is also keeping up with two recent trends in the cruise industry. The first is setting aside more space per ship for kids’ clubs. On the newer Dream and Fantasy, these clubs take up substantially more space than on older DCL ships. Second, Disney frequently runs concurrent, age-appropriate activities within the same club. For example, the Oceaneer Club accepts children ages 3–12; however, Disney may group together the younger kids for a game with marshmallows in one area of the club while the older kids sing karaoke in another.
And did we mention the food? There is so much to choose from that even the most picky eater will be happy breakfast, lunch, dinner and in between. After all who can resist to a Mickey waffle for breakfast and free ice-cream all day long on deck?
For complete planning of your cruise vacation and a review of all Disney cruises check out the Unofficial Guide to Disney Cruise Line by Len Testa with Erin Foster and Laurel Stewart.