DISNEY CRUISE ADVICE
Published March 31, 2018
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE A DISNEY CRUISE
The Disney theme is plastered everywhere- There are little Mickey Symbols everywhere and in places, you don't expect. The ship does get very crowded around the characters, wherever they might be. There is Disney music constantly playing throughout the ship as well. You need to be a diehard Disney fan to enjoy all of the Disney-esque things that come along with a Disney cruise. Expect a magical experience with Mickey shaped everything!
There are a lot of children- If you choose a Disney cruise, we would hope that you would expect kids, but there are kids of all ages, babies, kids, and teens. The great part for parents is that there are teen and kids clubs that are open very late, like midnight or later so you can have some alone time away from the kids.
The rooms are spacious- There are options to the level of stateroom you would like. You have a choice between the Magic, Wonder, Dream and Fantasy staterooms all differing in size. There is a daily turndown service, and often a towel art to enjoy.
There is a variety of dining options- Each cruise ship offers 24-hour room service and a plethora of dining options. You can choose between seated dinners, an early or a late dinner. If you are traveling without children, the later dinner option is probably best, might be more adults than families. There also is buffet dining that you can choose from as well. For an additional charge, there is an adults only dining option, one French and one Italian restaurant. The adults-only dining is very well done and a great romantic experience onboard.
Yes, there is alcohol onboard- Disney cruises aren't just for kids, there are adult activities too! The alcohol works the same as most cruise lines, must be of legal drinking age and you can purchase packages or choose to get it charged to your card. Although they have alcohol onboard, they don't have a casino for adults, which might be a downside for some.
There is an adult only spa- Maybe want to get away from the kids? There is a great spa onboard all Disney cruises equipped with body and facial treatments, couples massages and manicure and pedicure treatments
Castaway Cay and Serenity Beach- Once docking in Disney's private island, Castaway Cay located in the Bahamas, the beach can be overcrowded. There is an option for adults only to go to Serenity Beach, just around the corner from the fun. Serenity Beach included lounge chairs and a free BBQ lunch and bar.
Make reservations- If you are traveling without children and want to go to the adults only restaurants and bars, and some activities, make sure you book far in advance. If they end up selling out before embarkation, make sure you also go to your concierge once you are onboard to see if there have been any cancellations that you can take.