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Five Things to Know Before Your First Disney Cruise

Jonathan Frontado

by , Public Relations Director, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney and Disney Vacation Club

How do you know if a Disney cruise is the best vacation option for your family? There are many things to consider when choosing how to make memories with your loved ones. As you explore whether your next family adventure will be with Disney Cruise Line, or if you’ve already decided “yes” and aren’t sure what to expect, here are five things to know before your first Disney cruise:

Disney Dreams… An Enchanted Classic

1. Meals and entertainment are included. And we make sure everyone can enjoy them! Our innovative rotational dining concept ensures you won’t miss out on a meal at any of our three family dining restaurants. We reserve your table and serving team, so all you have to worry about is showing up hungry. Plus, we offer a different show every night in the Walt Disney Theatre. Since the nightly entertainment, including live musicals, is shown twice each evening, you can go ahead and promise your kids they’ll get to see their Disney friends on stage before or after dinner. All of this is in addition to our famous Pirate Night where cruisers of all ages party like swashbuckling pirates!


2. Kids of all ages have activities just for them. Traveling with a baby, preschooler, teenager or all of the above? We’ve got you covered! Our youth clubs are supervised by specially trained counselors and cater to specific ages, meaning the care and fun is tailored to their needs and interests. Up on deck, we have different water-play areas so you can have splashtacular fun even with your smaller swimmers and littlest ones in swim diapers. On the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream, teenagers have a pool to themselves, supervised by youth counselors, at the ultra-cool Vibe teen club. No matter the ages of your kids, you can cruise in confidence that they are having the time of their life!

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3. Adults have plenty of things to do, too. You aren’t assuming a Disney cruise is only the vacation-of-a-lifetime for the kids, right? One of the best parts about having super fun kids clubs on the ship and at Castaway Cay is that parents can look forward to time for themselves. Some of the onboard areas just for adults include a relaxing pool, tranquil spa, state-of-the-art fitness center and specialty coffee shop. After the sun goes down, adults have the nighttime entertainment district to themselves to enjoy live music and shows by comedians and other performers. Also just for adults, our fine dining Italian restaurant, Palo, is on all ships, and our exquisite French restaurant, Remy, is on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy.


4. Castaway Cay is your own private island paradise. Only Disney cruisers can visit Castaway Cay in the Bahamas, making it a truly special experience with touches that are sure to “wow” you. The island has areas for every age group, including a beach for families and one exclusively for adults. There’s everything you need for a perfect beach day, such as chairs and umbrellas, towels, an all-you-care-to-eat lunch buffet, places to get cold beverages, and even cabanas you can rent for privacy and royal treatment. Your time here is worry-free, and you don’t even need to bring a watch since the ship’s horn sounds when it’s time for you to come back aboard. Speaking of, getting on and off the ship throughout the day is easy, as we’re the only cruise line with a dock at our private island.


5. The Disney Difference is what you’ll remember most. The destinations you visit with us will no doubt be memorable, but it’s the magic in the details that are sure to be unforgettable. We offer family-sized staterooms that include a sitting area, plenty of storage and a split bathroom with two separate sinks. The all-you-care-to-eat dining is hosted by a personalized serving team that travels with you to each of our elaborately themed restaurants. Plus, with Wave Phones that let you call and text fellow cruisers while onboard or at Castaway Cay and entertainment like only Disney can do – you can count on your experience with us to be different from any other vacation at sea.

Stay tuned for my top 10 tips for first-time Disney cruisers. In the meantime, tell me, what surprise did you enjoy most on your first Disney cruise?


  • We r going on our 3rd Cruise this April. But this time its with our Grandchild from Alaska{American Indian}We r now Foster Parents an Blessed with an 8yr old with MANNERs. She will be getting a call from Goofy on Dec 25th to let her know about the Cruise. This will be our 10th Wedding Anniversary.

  • My wife and I are platinum Disney cruisers and most of those have been without kids. It’s not just for families, it’s for Disney fans of all ages with plenty of adult activities to keep you entertained throughout the cruise. We always have our next cruise booked before we disembark 🙂

  • 335 days and counting!

  • Can’t wait. Going on our 2nd Disney cruise. It’s been many years. So excited. A little over a week away. So much fun last time. Hoping for much of the same this time.

  • My husband and I are going on our 10th Disney cruise I November. Can’t wait. And we go without kids too! Best ships ever. So clean, food is fantastic, entertainment is superb! We’ve made some great friends over the years on our cruises we look forward to going every year

  • Went on our 1st Disney cruise in 2012 & 2nd in 2014. The whole family loves them. I have 2 boys which we never see. Unfortunately it is too expensive to fly to America from Australia, so we are going on a Princess cruise next year. My husband is already complaining & we haven’t even left yet! He has decided that we will never go on another cruise again unless it is Disney

  • Going Oct 3rd for cruise #69!!!!!!

  • 3 weeks till our first Disney Cruise!!!!! 4 grand daughters and 8 adults(parents and grandparents) So excited!!! The girls are ages 1,3,5 and 7 this will be great….. W have 4 rooms together connecting . I was wondering will we miss a themed supper if we don’t attend the formal seating

  • My husband and I are going on our 2nd Disney Cruise in February 2016 – a repositioning cruise from San Juan to Miami on the Disney Wonder. Can’t wait to go again. We had a wonderul time on our first one in May 2014 o the Disney Dream.

  • Going on my second cruise in December. My first was for a friends wedding in August! This time its a father/daughter cruise! My 67 year old dad is more excited then I am.

  • 19 days to go!!! I can smell the buffet. I can hear the horn calling my name. But I am not packed yet. Oops.

  • Taking my first cruise in December. I can’t wait!

  • We are taking our 4th cruise on the only Disney ship we haven’t sailed on yet, the Disney Magic, in just a few days. Our first cruise was on the Fantasy, during its inaugural year, and we were pleasantly surprised by many things. I took my daughter, who was 4 at the time, to meet and take pictures with the princesses. We waited in line for quite awhile and when it was our turn, my 4 yr old ran to a chair, over in a corner, and refused to meet the princesses. So one of the princesses walked over to her, introduced herself, and had a conversation with her. Eventually, my daughter got back in line and met the rest of the princesses. It was very special. We were also upgraded to a verandah room on that cruise, without asking, and that made it even more special than we ever could have imagined. Every cruise has had its special moments and we cherish all of them.

  • Taking our 5th cruise with DCL in a 38 days. We LOVE everything about DCL!! And it’s just me and my husband!!

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