The Wonder of Disney Cruise Line
Back in September, you may remember that I embarked on a girls trip with my dear friend, Megan. The first part of our trip saw us conquering all four Walt Disney World parks in one day. The second part of our trip had us setting sail on the high seas for our first ever Disney Cruise. The expectations for the cruise were high: I’ve rarely spoken with someone who wasn’t blown away with their DCL experience. But, having sailed other cruise lines before,I had to see the “Disney Difference” for myself. Spoiler alert: Disney did not disappoint.
Here are just a few highlights of what set the Disney Cruise Line apart!
Night time entertainment:
Specifically for the cruise line, Disney produces Broadway style, and Broadway quality shows. Each night of our three night adventure was a different show that allowed us to connect with some of the more well-known characters (Belle and Beast) and those that are a little less common (Quasimodo or Tarzan).
Every single cast member (aka Disney staff) was focused on one thing: you having a truly magical experience. Cast members go out of their way to accommodate your requests and exceed your expectations. Your dining staff travels with you from dining room to dining room, learning your preferences and better preparing for you the next time around. Cast members come from all around the globe, so it is also a magical experience to learn about their homes.
Access to Characters:
If you are a fan of character meet and greets, there is no better place to connect with the characters than a Disney Cruise. There is almost always a member of the fab five (Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and Pluto) out somewhere on the ship to greet you. They change costumes along with the theme of the day and it’s a fun challenge to grab photos with as many of the characters as you can in their varying outfits. There are also opportunities for other meet and greets that vary by ship and sailing date. Megan and I got to meet Anna, Elsa, Tiana, Rapunzel, and Belle. There was also a Sofia the First and Doc McStuffins sighting or two.
THIS is where the Disney difference really shined. Castaway Cay (pronounced “key”) is Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, and they have infused it with Disney magic. Whether you’re running their 5k, dancing with the characters, enjoying the provided lunch, out on an excursion, biking around the island, or just lounging on the white sand beach, everything about this spot is paradise. And, because Disney is the only cruise line that can dock there, it is quiet and calm.
If you are looking for a family vacation with Disney flair, but aren’t quite sure if the parks are for you, THIS is where you should start. A Disney cruise affords a family-centric Disney experience with a little less hustle and bustle. With kid clubs targeted for all the younger members of the family (and included in the rate for those 3+), mom and dad also have an opportunity to enjoy time just the two of them.