Like many families, I’m finding that it’s more and more difficult to take long family vacations as my kids get older. With school and sports, there’s only so many weeks that are available for us to travel. I know that many families face the same situation, and it makes it even more important that you find exactly the right vacation for your family. After traveling on a 7-day Disney Cruise a few weeks ago, I think it’s a family vacation that every family should take at least once. Here are 6 reasons why you should go on a Disney Cruise:
Disney Cruise Line Review: Why You Should Go On A Disney Cruise
The kids’ activities
Disney Cruise Line is made for families, so there’s so much for the kids to enjoy. The kids clubs are filled with fun, interactive activities, games, and more. The characters frequently visit the clubs, and the staff is friendly and helpful. Everything feels safe too – kids are given wristbands and only the specified adults are able to take the children from the club. My daughter has a tree-nut allergy and she was fully accommodated. They held her Epipen at the front desk, and her wristband had a red clasp – showing that she had medical information on file. My kids loved the kids’ club so much that the asked to go daily, and never wanted to go home when we came to get them.
The service on the Disney Cruise Line is fantastic, especially the dining staff. Your dining team travels with you from restaurant to restaurant, so they really get to know you. Our team was very accommodating with my daughter’s tree nut allergy – even taking her order one day in advance to make sure she could eat everything she wanted. At the buffets, we were surprised to see that they had nut-free cookies behind the counter – so she didn’t have to miss out on a treat.
There was never a lack of things to do on the Disney Fantasy. Each morning, after breakfast, we’d head up to Deck 11 to the two pools, where the kids would swim, watch movies on the large screen, and ride the Aquaduck. It was so fun – the kids just loved it. The Disney Cruise Line ships also offer a full-service spa, shops, room service, a fitness center, and much more.
There was never a lack of things to do on the ship. Each evening, a newsletter, called the Navigator, is left in your room. The Navigator includes the schedule for the next day, including character appearances, movies, game shows, and performances. Each night, the ship offers a huge, Broadway-caliber show in their large theater, which my kids loved. We also participated in a few family game shows, and played trivia with other families. Our favorite event was pirate night, which includes a large fireworks show, right at sea.
Although we didn’t choose to see a movie, the Disney Cruise Line offers first-run Disney movies on the ship. While we were there, movies included Maleficent, Million Dollar Arm, and Muppets Most Wanted. Of course, Disney characters are a huge part of any Disney cruise. My children enjoyed seeing many of their beloved characters throughout the ship – my son especially liked collecting their autographs throughout the week.
The adults-only sections
While our kids enjoyed the kids’ clubs, my husband and I spent some time in the quieter adults-only sections. I especially loved Satellite Falls, pictured above, where I was able to sit quietly, read, enjoy the pool, and drink a tropical beverage.
All of the Disney Cruise Line itineraries traveling through the Caribbean make a stop at Castaway Cay – Disney’s private island. Castaway Cay is a highlight of any Disney Cruise Line vacation – the island is absolutely beautiful and offers lots of fun family activities. There’s a fabulous lunch BBQ on the island, as well as entertainment, and a kids’ club..
Most importantly, our Disney cruise was a chance for our family to bond. We each had our own things that we enjoyed to do individually, but also did so much together. I came home feeling relaxed and refreshed – I’d highly recommend that any family take at least one Disney Cruise Line trip.
Disclosure: I am a Disney Parks Moms Panelist, but we paid for this vacation ourselves.