I know what you are thinking. Embarking on a Disney Cruise Line holiday equates to a lot of Disney Characters, kids running around and the music from “It’s a Small World” playing in the elevators. Actually, a Disney Cruise is a lot of fun!
Embarking on an adventure on the high seas with Disney might not be everyone’s cup of tea, however today I thought I would share with you several reasons why I think you should consider a voyage with the mouse for your next holiday.
Renowned Disney Service
There is customer service, and then you have Disney’s customer service. The organisation is known throughout the world for the high-levels of service offered to customers at it’s theme-parks, resorts, shops and on the seven seas. Generally all cruise lines offer excellent levels of customer service; however Disney really did outshine some of the others in my opinion, even a premium cruise line.
Disney Magic 24/7
Unless you happen to be at a Disney theme-park around the world and staying on property; where else can you experience the magic of Disney 24/7 throughout your stay? You might be worried in thinking that it is all “in your face”, but believe me it isn’t. You just have to know where to go to escape for a while. The adults-only Cove Cafe, Cove Pool, and the Palo and Remy Restaurants are a good place to start. There is even an area called The District which features an array of bars and lounges which are strictly adults-only all the time. Likewise tots, tweens and teens have their own dedicated areas too, it’s all part of Disney’s Oceaneer’s Club, Edge and Vibe.
At first I was a little apprehensive, but I love DCL’s approach to dining on board. During the course of the cruise your waiting staff and your party “rotate” around one of the three main restaurants on board the ship. Each restaurant is distinctly themed and features it’s own style of cuisine. For example the Disney Magic features Lumiere’s (Contemporary French), Cariocas (South American), and Animator’s Palate (Pacific Island, Asian and Californian fare).
Animator’s Palate offers a unique interactive dining experience where on the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder guests enter the restaurant which appears to showcase a hand-drawn environment of Disney animations in black and white. Throughout the course of your dinner the restaurant magically transforms into colour. It’s a lot of fun.
Disney Cruise Line’s Very Own Private Island
Located in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay is Disney Cruise Line’s own private island paradise. The 1,000 acre island features an array of beaches, water and land-based activities and even hosts regular running races. What’s better is that guests are able to enjoy a Beachside BBQ and so much more!
Being Disney you would expect for some good entertainment to be offer and you would be right. On a typical Disney Cruise Line voyage, you can look forwards to enjoying broadway-style shows in the Walt Disney Theatre, comedy and game shows, treasure hunts, movie releases and the opportunity to meet your favourite Disney Characters. I haven’t even mentioned the fun outdoor deck parties complete with fireworks. “Pirates in the Caribbean” deck party anyone?
It came as a surprise to me too, but Disney Cruise Line offer some of the most spacious staterooms at sea within the mainstream cruise sector. From the innovative “bath and a half” split bathroom feature to ample storage space and magical portholes in the interior staterooms on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy. It’s a lot of fun!
Value For Money
On a Disney Cruise Line holiday, I’ve found to receive pretty good value for the money I’ve spent on the holiday and on board too. All your meals are included, with the exception of cover charges to dine at Palo and Remy; and soft-drinks are at no additional cost with meals. What’s more, Disney Cruise Line’s fleet of ships feature beverage stations on the pool deck which also offer complimentary soft-drinks. The cost of sodas and other beverages from the bars and lounges is comparable to other cruise lines.
I’ve sailed with Disney Cruise Line in both the Bahamas and the Mediterranean. However you can also sail with Disney around the Caribbean, Northern Europe, California Coast and even Alaska. The beauty of sailing from DCL’s homeport of Port Canaveral in Florida is that you are only an hour and a half away from Walt Disney World; so you can combine your cruise with a visit to the theme parks too.
Those are just a few reasons why I think you should consider a voyage with Disney Cruise Line. Whether you are new to cruising or are very familiar with the type of holiday; Disney Cruise Line really did impress me.