Disney Cruise Line: Something for Everyone

Disney? Hm..those of us in Southern California sporting our annual passes might wonder, “why should I go on a Disney cruise?”

The answer is simple. It is GREAT! There is something for everyone and with the ship leaving all Summer from Los Angeles, why not forget about the expensive airfare and give it a try?

Kids, parents and grandparents have long been familiar with the magic of Disney’s fabulous theme parks and resorts. Now, many are discovering that the magic extends to the open sea on Disney Cruise Line’s ships.

In fact, the cruise line offers a unique opportunity: a seven-night Land & Sea Vacation that combines three or four nights on a Disney cruise to the Bahamas with a three- or four-night stay at Walt Disney World. In addition to the Bahamas, Disney offers cruises to the Eastern and Western Caribbean and along the coast of the Mediterranean, as well as some trans-Atlantic sailings.

The special features of Disney cruises include the Disney characters you know and love. They appear on every Disney cruise, with lots of meet-and-greet and photo opportunities. Some Disney cruises include a special breakfast with the characters.

This very family-friendly cruise line offers group babysitting for children as young as 12 weeks and as old as three. The Oceaneer Club provides a play space specifically designed for ages three to seven, while the Oceaneer Lab is for ages eight to 12. Teens have their own space on board, which includes big-screen televisions, a lounge area, a dance floor and an Internet café.

While the kids are happily occupied, Disney cruises also offer plenty for adults to do. The Quiet Cove area – which includes a pool, spa, bar and the Cove Café – is off limits to anyone under 18. An elegant, adults-only restaurant, Palo, serves champagne brunch, high tea and dinner. There are also lounges just for adults, which offer music and themed parties after 10 p.m.

Of course, a Disney cruise also provides activities that bring families together: deck parties, live shows, family karaoke, shore excursions and more. Families can also enjoy gathering for meals in one of the three main restaurants: Animator’s Palate, Parrot Cay and either Lumière’s (on the Disney Magic) or Triton’s (on the Disney Wonder).


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