Are you a family of die-hard Disney devotees? Or of kid-friendly cruise connoisseurs? Well buckle up, because for fairy-tale fans and Mickey-loving mobs, it doesn’t get better than a Disney Cruise. We spoke with Travel with Kidz specialist and mother-of-two Erin Ross about why Disney is the perfect cruise line for holidaying families heading out to sea.
Two years ago, Erin and her children, who were 7 and 10 at the time, embarked on a four-day Disney Cruise in the Bahamas. A self-confessed Disney cruise convert, Erin raves about the excellent quality of staff service, the exciting shore excursions and the comfortable conditions onboard. They loved it so much that they’re hoping to book another one around the Greek Islands.
“It was beyond any other cruise that I have been on,” says Erin, speaking of the lengths the cruise line goes to keep kids happy. “My kids were just blown away by it all.”
The day trip to Castaway Cay, Disney’s private Bahamian island, was a definite highlight. “The island is like a little resort but without any accommodation,” says Erin. “All food is included and they have a little train that transports you around if you don’t want to walk. You can buy snorkelling equipment or hire it, or you can go sit and enjoy the beach. I even had the opportunity to go parasailing with my daughter which was a massive tick off both of our bucket lists.”
Onboard activities and entertainment were an equally big hit for Erin’s family. Her kids, for example, loved solving the interactive detective cases by following clues and Minnie Mouse symbols around the ship. There was also the opportunity to meet with the Disney Characters on board the ship every day.
“The Kids’ playroom was massive; it was half the length of the ship,” says Erin. “They also had amazing water slides, different sized pools for kids of different ages and amazing Broadway shows every night. There really is something for everyone on a Disney Cruise.”
An awesome selling point for Disney is their five-berth cabin. Accommodating families with more than two children, this a rarity in the travel industry. The themed restaurants also make mealtimes easy and interesting.
“When you get in your cabin, a card tells you which nights you are eating at what restaurants, so you get to try them all. They have an Enchanted Garden one, which is just like Cinderella’s garden, and an under-the-ocean one with the little turtle characters from ‘Finding Nemo. Disney caters for all ages in regards to food options, including fussy eaters.”
As suited as they are to small children, Disney cruises are a lot of fun for anyone who likes sea and sun. Erin’s 15-year-old niece joined them on the trip, and they also encountered honeymooners and an 80-year-old couple who were about to embark on their 81st Disney cruise!
“It wasn’t just families on board,” says Erin. “Disney is not something you grow out of, there really is something for everyone on a Disney Cruise!”
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