For romantic getaways or family vacation, you can't beat a Disney cruise. Two character ships sail out of Port Canaveral ... More
Disney Cruise Line
For romantic getaways or family vacation, you can't beat a Disney cruise. Two character ships sail out of Port Canaveral 40 minutes east of Orlando. Options include a three- or four - night cruise to the Bahamas, a seven night Caribbean cruise, or a combination of land and sea for seven nights with a stop at its own island, Castaway Cay. There's lots of fun and activities for the whole family. Enjoy the full spa treatment or lounge by one of the three pools on board. Rates and schedules vary. Book online or call your travel agent. Disney bus service is available for those staying at the theme parks. Check the website for Castaway Club membership benefits.
We cruised on the Disney Magic from 25 April till 30 April 2012 with my extended family for my parents 50th wedding anniversary. I wasn't expecting much to be honest, having never been on a cruise and soured by stories of rude tourists and pandemic-type sicknesses, but Disney managed to win us over. We were on the Magic, their oldest ship, but it wasn't the boat that made our trip memorable (although it was absolutely spotless and constantly manicured by the crew), it was the crew themselves that made the trip memorable. On the Magic, you dine at a different on-board restaurant each night, but the same team of servers follows you for the duration of the cruise. For our family of 16, we had Lloyd from Wales and Dobromir from Bulgaria, and they spoiled us rotten - not just during dinner, but whenever we crossed paths during the cruise. There were many hugs and tears at the last dinner.
Other than dinner, we spent a significant amount of time in "quiet cove", their adult coffee shop and bar. I guess we really made an impact because we were given a 'best customer' certificate (with impromptu ceremony) on the last day. I really miss that place!
From other reviews that I had read, I got the impression that you really needed to go with the flow when you cruise with Disney - not that I felt highly programmed at all, but when it was time to do something with the rest of the ship (i.e. dinners, excursions, etc) we really needed to buy into it and just go along for the ride. The excursions were especially demeaning ("everyone get in line and follow the nice lady with the Goofy sign!"), but given that they had to move 2,500+ people at the same time down one gangplank, I can't think of a better way to do it. At one stop in Key West, our bus into town was delayed by twenty minutes or so. Being an Army retiree, I was an expert at Hurry-up-and-wait so I didn't think anything of it, but Disney credited the full cost of the excursion back to us and had hand-written apology letters waiting on our pillows when we returned. Classy.
If you want to get the most out of this cruise, don't try to do everything... just pick a few things to do each day - and don't get wound up if the weather doesn't cooperate. But overall, take time to talk to the staff and make friends. Just relax and enjoy each moment for what it us. You won't be disappointed.
When I mention to someone that my husband and I are going on a cruise, the first question is usually,” Which cruise line?” When I say Disney, nine times out of ten I get a puzzled look with the follow up question of, “Why would you want to cruise with a bunch of kids running around?” The great thing about Disney Cruise Line is that it is not all about catering to just the kids, it caters to adults as well. When you first see one of the Disney ships, the Magic or the Wonder, sitting in the port, you see this beautiful ship that looks like one of the ocean liners that sailed across the transatlantic of the thirty’s and forty’s. After you check in, and you walk up a ramp to deck three, you don’t walk into a loud Vegas type decorating that most cruise lines use, but walk into this elegant main atrium done in art deco on the Magic, and art neouveau on the Wonder. The staterooms are decorated in woods for the cabinetry, not orange laminate, and the fabrics are in a dark blue nautical theme; most even have an old steamer trunk to store your clothes in. The bathrooms are in most rooms split, one side is the shower and sink, the other side a toilet and sink. Up on deck nine, or the lido deck, Disney has three pools; two are for families and their children, the third though is strictly for adults eighteen and older, no kids allowed! The Quiet Cove area is strictly for adults and on Deck 9 Forward. Here you can order yourself one of those fruity drinks and lay in a lounge by the pool. If you do not want that drink but are missing your daily latte, you can step into the Cove Café and order yourself one, sit and watch the news, or read maybe read that book you have not had the time to get to. . If you want a little more pampering, step into the Vista Spa and have a massage either by yourself or bring your special someone along with you. On Disney's private island Castaway Cay, there is a beach dedicated to adults only, Serinity Bay....the name says it all.. If you want a break from the dining room, you can book in advanced a romantic table for 2 at their adult’s only signature restaurant, Palo’s. Here you can eat a formal dinner in quiet and romance. Both ships offer three different bar areas. First bar is where you can enjoy a show that is adult based or a live band, and then they have dancing after. The second is more of a sports bar, somewhere where the guys can go while the girls are shopping upstairs. The third is a piano style bar, quiet and dark. My favorite thing to do though is holding hands with my husband and taking a stroll up on deck. Sunsets are amazingly romantic from a cruise ship. The absolute best thing about the Disney ships is that because it is a family based cruise line, people tend to be on their best behavior. My husband and I are not into the whole drink until you fall down scene. We are also not into the casino scene where you are walking down the promenade of a ship and breathe in nothing but cigarette smoke. Disney does not have a casino, which it does not need with the entertainment it provides. In 2008, my husband and I took a fifteen day Panama Canal cruise on the Disney Magic for our twentieth anniversary. Onboard there were more kids than adults, but you would never had known it thanks to Disney’s wonderful kids programs. That trip by far is our favorite vacation ever, and most of it has to do with how Disney caters to adults on their ships. If you want that relaxing vacation or that vacation where you can just let loose, Disney caters to it all with or without children in tow.
When things went well it was great. When there was a problem, guest services was less than adequate.
Kids had a great time. Spa services were overpriced and mediocre. Food was good, housekeeping was wonderful. Activities were abundant.
fantastic is all i can say my only drawback was that it was not a longer cruise. We were all treated like royalty and every one was so helpful polite and friendly. i would recommend the cruise to everyone and we will definatly be back. From the moment you arrive to the moment you you leave disney wonder it was a dream i wish i never had to wake up from well done all on board and disney
Disney Cruise Lines does not disclose the the ship would be undergoing major painting during our cruise. Over the course of the cruise, there were painters all over the ship painting. They closed the big pool on the last day of the cruise so it could be painted and closed the only other pool early for maintenance. My children were very upset since they had nowhere to swim. When I approached the staff about the closing of the pool, they rudely ignored me. I called guest services and they passed me off to Disney Cruise Communications who could only apologize and say there is nothing they can do. It was like staying in a hotel during a renovation. Why couldn't they have painted the ship while it was sitting in port before our cruise. Although we started out having fun, Disney Cruise Lines failed to meet our expectations. I will not recommend a Disney Cruise to anyone.
This cruise was awsome. I am just a kid but the Disney cruise is like familey to me. My familey of four went to the 4 night bahama cruise and it was fantastic. We first boarded the ship at about 12:00p.m and went to our stateroom(cat.8 stateroom with porthole). It was my birthday and they comlemented me every second of the first day. I was turning 12.Then we walked from deck to deck mezmorizing the ship. Then at 4:00, we went to deck 4 for the manditory boat drill. Afterwards we went to deck 9 for the bonvoyage deck party. It was awsome! Then at 6:00, we went to the early seating dinner.We went to Parate Cay. The food was great. At 8:00, I went to the oceaneries lab and played around for 4 hours. At 12:00, we fell asleep in our stateroom and dose off.
When we woke up, delightful sun rises and Nassue greated us. We went for breakfast In Parate Cay. Delightful. We docked of the ship and walked around Nassue. As soon you dock, Nassue lockals great you. We went to the duty free shops and got great deals on suvineres. I got a rosta hat. We stayed in nassue for about 3 hours and docked back on board. We played at the oveneris lab until 5:45 and ate dinner at Tritions. Awsome. After, My dad and I watched The Buffalo Bills game at the arlel Tv. It was huge. Then we Went to the Wide workd of sports deck abd played some dogeball and basketball. At 12:00 we all doeed off thinking we just got threw an AWSOME day in nassue.
Day 3 was a magical day at sea. We woke up and ate breakfast at Tritons. Best place to eat breakfast. We went to deck 9 for a familey pool party. Then we went our sepperate ways and I waent to the lab and played games, hung out with friends and chilled. The crew members were the best ever. We watched the ship sale at sea and the delighted charecters made it better. At 12:00P.m, We hade lunch at Goffys galley. MMMM.. Good. At 1:30 we all went to uor staterom to talk about Castawy Cay. To cut this day short, We hade a blast.
Castaway Cay was awsome. The beach was white. We played at the Familey beach and hung out at Scuttles cove . We ate at cookies BBQ and hade some Ice cream. Trying to cut this reviesw shor, Castaway Cay was a blast.
We loved this cruise and going to a 7 night wastern carribean cruise on May 16 2009. i hope you guys who are reading it will come. The ship is a 10/10. Awsome. Its a must!!!!!!!!!!!
We just finished our 7 night cruise stopping first in St. Croix. After we left, we found out we were the second ship to stop there in the last 10 years. It wasn't surprising. The "city" was dreadful. Besides having nothing to do, the excursions were poorly planned; every comment I heard was bad. Luckily, the beach was very nice (but small) and the snorkeling was superb. This is one port that Disney didn't work out well enough.
when your thinking gosh i need a vacation what do you immediatly think of? yes some of us think oh well paris would be nice or possibly aruba but deep down, you see the true disney . i recently went on a disney cruise, my 7th to be exact and had the time of my life AGAIN. especially if you have a family , put this trip on the TOP of your list. now , some i relize, havent started a family yet or just want to 'get away" . Disney still is the perfect place to go! with great attractions, inquistit dinning, and of course memories that last forever go ahead, and expirence the true wonder and magic that is disney.ALL ABOARD!! :)
Although it was our first one, it was the best we have had thus far. My 2 year old loved every minute. The pictures, the food, the pool. Castaway Cay was worth the entire trip just by itself. Staff was very kid friendly. Can't wait to do again.
First off the things I liked about the Cruise. We traveled on the 7 Night Western Carribean and the 4 Night Bahama Cruise. I would say that the 7 nights is much better, more programs, more laid back and you have time to explore the ship.
Dinner was very well done, food was great. Liked the fact that our Wait staff traveled from restaraunt to the next. They had all the bevereges I loved waiting for when I arrived. The later Dining time is much more relaxed and I would recomend that. You can see things before you eat, then take your time and travel around the ship
Great fun, and worth the extra money
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