Disney Cruise Review
Disney Cruise executives decided to enter the cruise business
based on inspiration from the 1920's.
They developed a mix of luxurious ocean liners of a bygone era
with modern conveniences and technology. Their signature ships'
are elegantly painted with dark blue hulls, matching red funnels
and elaborate yellow insignias.
The interior ambience is casually elegant with etched pewter characters
encircling the atrium and mini Mickey Mouse's subtely hiding in
the china pattern of adult restaurants. Disney Cruise Line have
demonstrated that elegance and family can be harmoniously blended.
Disney Cruise Line Ships
There are currently two 2,400-passenger ships in the Disney Cruise
- Disney Magic
- Disney Wonder
These are sister ships with similar themes differentiated by subtle
touches. Disney Magic has an art-deco theme while Disney Wonder
is more art-nouveau.
Disney Cruise Line Innovations
Disney has led cruise ship innovations with a bath-and-a-half cabins
and a rotating dining room schedule in which passengers eat at three
different restaurants. They masterfully introduced the "soda
card" concept, now copied by competitors. But the Cruise Line
Innovation will not be equalled, it went one better to offer free
soda in the three restaurants and at the self-service beverage station
on the pool deck.
Disney Cruise Line Amenities
Disney Cruise Line ships maintain their family friendly theme by
no having casinos or libraries. There are three new public spaces
aboard each ship:
Diversions - styled on an English sports pub
Cove Cafe - an adults-only coffee bar, located
next to the Quiet Cove pool. Relax on comfortable couches, watch
TV, check e-mail or read one of the many magazines on the shelves.
Aloft [ Wonder] and The Stack
[Magic] Teen Cafes - with a college dorm like atmosphere
Entertainment is centered on three theatres.
- The Walt Disney Theater, a Broadway type house,
- The Buena Vista Cinema
- Studio Sea - a television sound stage used for G-rated floor
Disney Cruise ship cabins have superior quality mattresses, thick
towels and sateen bed linens.
Family cabins are six berth and very spacious. Staterooms can cater
to four. Nearly half of the outside cabins have verandahs. All cabins
have bathtubs, a television, a minibar, a safe and a hair dryer.
There are three pools. A pool for younger kids with a 200-ft. Mickey
water-slide, and a small sprinkler tub for toddlers. A tranquil
adults-only pool is a delightfully relaxing area.
Palo is a boutique eatery featuring northern Italian cuisine. Make
sure you make reservations as soon as you get onboard as capacity
The Spa features a rain forest steam room and the entire spa area
is adults only.
An adult-dedicated area of night clubs includes"Beat Street"
on Disney Magic,"Route 66" on Disney Wonder with include
a piano bar, dance club and sports pub.
Once signed in onboard the ship, your children are automatically
enrolled in the children's programs on Castaway Cay, Disney's fantastic
private island. The children's program run by youth counselors schedules
character greetings throughout the day . Children's facilities
are open from 9 a.m. until 1 a.m.
- Flounder's Reef Nursery - caters for younger
children up to age 3. It offers afternoon and nightly hours available
but is limited in capacity so get in early. Rates are $6 per hour
for the first child; $5 for additional children.
- Disney's Oceaneer Club is a supervised program
for children aged 3 - 7, spilt into age groups of 3 - 4 and 5
- The Oceaneer Lab is split into groups for kids
aged 8 - 9 and 10 - 12, and offers high-tech interactive programs,
hands-on science experiments and ship-wide treasure hunts. Kids
11 - 12 can compete in a marine biology knowledge game show and
send digital postcards to friends.
- Aloft [The Stack] caters for teens age 13 -
17. Featuring overstuffed couches and chairs, the latest video
games, MP3 listening stations, board games and magazines, and
a bar that dispenses soft drinks and smoothies.
Cruise Vacation Schedules
Both ships are based in Port Canaveral, offering different itinerary
- Disney Magic sails 7-night Caribbean trips
(alternating Eastern and Western) for most of the year. Summer
2007 it will offer 10- and 11-night cruises to the Mediterranean.
- Disney Wonder handles 3-4-day trips, mostly
to the Bahamas; however, it will make two special 10- and 11-night
cruises to the Southern Caribbean in fall 2006.
Both ships stop at Castaway Cay with family and adult-only beaches.
Options include a land-based stay at the resort.
Both ships suit families of all generations and also pamper couples
without children with oversized staterooms and underutilized adults-only
Cruise Vacation Resources
Golf Vacations - thinking of a cruise vacation around the Carribean. How
about joining a bit of golf into the program.