Disney do much more than just make films: have you seen their incredible cruise ships?! There’s so much fun little ones (and big ones too!), you’ll never tire of the adventures on offer. Here are 14 reasons why you should choose a Disney cruise for your summer holiday.
1. All their favourite characters are on board
There are opportunities galore for kids to meet their favourite characters, from the beloved classics of Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, to the modern day favourites of Elsa and Anna from Frozen. Whether it’s Goofy giving high-fives by the pool, Peter Pan sitting with families for breakfast, Rapunzel up on the stage or a Disney Princess party in the Atrium, be prepared to bump into characters all holiday long.
2. The jaw-dropping fireworks and deck parties
On a special night on board most Disney cruises, the Pirates IN the Caribbean deck party features a dazzling fireworks show. There’s a fantastic party atmosphere as passengers and crew dance the night away on the top deck. And that’s not the only party to be had at sea. The Sailing Away party when the ship first leaves port is a jubilant celebration with confetti and streamers to mark start of a very special holiday.
3. The famous Disney AquaDuck
On Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, an elevated ‘water coaster’ takes guests on raft ride that goes up, down, around and off the side of the ship, through the funnel and then dropping four decks. On this water ride, there are breathtaking views of the ocean and the ship below before a final splash into a lazy river at the end.
4. The chance to discover the world of Frozen in Norway
It’s not just the ships that make Disney cruise holidays special. The magical experience is continued in the shore excursions, with Port Adventures designed to offer families authentic cultural experiences with distinctly Disney storytelling. You could join the cast of Frozen in Ålesund, an enchanting storybook village that inspired this hit movie.
5. The thoughtfully designed family staterooms
Disney knows what it’s like to be on holiday as a family, so they cleverly designed their staterooms to be generally more spacious and include a ‘bath-and-a-half’ where there’s a separate toilet and sink in addition to the main bathroom. Curtain room dividers and extra luggage space are also welcome touches for families. Families looking for even more space can opt for a suite with two bathrooms including one with a whirlpool bath and a TV built into the bathroom mirror. Suite guests are provided with special Wave Phones for use as mobile communicators while on board and kids get their very own Nintendo DS to use throughout their holiday. There’s also access to the exclusive Concierge Lounge with free drinks, snacks and Wi-Fi and a private pool, offering cushioned lounge chairs, complimentary sun cream and cooling face cloths.
6. The amazing magic playfloor
In the on board Kids Clubs on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy there is a Magic PlayFloor, an interactive floor that blends the latest in gaming technology with Disney storytelling. Children’s movements control the action in a virtual tilt maze, and they can go on an adventure into their favourite films to fly over the streets of London with Peter Pan, ride ocean waves with Crush from Finding Nemo, or race Lightning McQueen around a racetrack. The Magic PlayFloor is just one feature in an entire deck dedicated to entertaining children from morning to night.
7. The brilliant Animator’s Palate Restaurant
Watch Disney sketches come to life on the walls in this interactive dining experience inside a restaurant kitted out like an animator’s studio. As diners enjoy their food, they can expect a visit from some favourite characters through digital animation and puppetry. On longer cruises, there’s even the opportunity to draw a character then watch as it is animated and becomes part of the show, dancing alongside Disney characters on the screen.
8. The chance to visit a private island
Many guests extend their Walt Disney World holiday in Florida with a Bahamian cruise from Port Canaveral, just one hour away from the Parks in Orlando. These cruises usually include a visit to Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. Here, guests can snorkel in the crystal clear Bahamian waters and laze on the white sand beaches. But the kids will probably spend most of the day cooling off in the huge water play parks.
9. The splashtastic water parks and playgrounds
It’s a haven of water play on the top decks of Disney ships, with interactive water playgrounds, slides and family pools. Kids of all ages will love the pop jets, geysers and bubblers in this giant water play space. When it’s time to relax, movies are shown on Funnel Vision, an outdoor poolside movie screen. Or parents can escape to Quiet Cove Pool, an adults-only retreat.
10. A day of dog mushing in Alaska
Only Disney Cruise Line guests get to live the life of an Iditarod champion during the Glacier Dog Musher for a Day Port Adventure. On this excursion, guests get to see the massive Juneau Icefield by helicopter, before arriving at a husky camp to prepare their new canine companions for an unforgettable day of mushing. Once the dogs are fed, harnessed and cleared for the trail, mushers take guests on an exhilarating adventure across the gleaming snow-capped glacier.
11. The magical portholes
Disney gives all its guests a sea view from their bedroom, even those staying in bedrooms without a window or a balcony. How? It’s all thanks to a Magical Porthole, a wall-mounted monitor showing real-time video views from cameras outside of the ship. Oh, and don’t be surprised to see the odd character swimming by to say hello…
12. The unmistakable Mickey Mouse ships
Disney is famed for ensuring perfection in the detail, and that goes for their cruise ships too. Disney ships use the iconic first notes of the When You Wish upon a Star song as the horn signal. Ships are painted in the Mickey Mouse colours of black, white and yellow with two giant red funnels, each with the Mickey Mouse logo. And of course, each and every family is welcomed on board by Captain Mickey himself. But Mickey is just one captain on board, the others are the ship’s captain, Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Hook.
13. The beautiful Buena Vista Theatre
The décor of the Buena Vista Theatre was designed to emulate the elegant movie houses of the 1920s and 1930s. This is the place to catch the latest movie releases, including in 3D, as well as the best-loved Disney classics. In The Walt Disney Theatre, there are spectacular and unmissable stage shows, like Tangled: The Musical.
14. Kids pizza-making classes in Italy
On a Mediterranean cruise on board Disney Magic, guests can visit the Amalfi Coast town of Sorrento, where Disney Cruise Line staff join kids in a pizza-making class in a local Italian restaurant. Meanwhile, adults can enjoy a guided tour of Sorrento or choose to kick-back and simply enjoy the warm Mediterranean sunshine.
To speak to a cruise expert about Disney cruise holidays, call 971 4 389 8918 or visit www.imaginecruising.ae for more inspiration.