If you haven’t kept up with what Disney Cruise Line has to offer, you may be surprised to learn that its fleet has doubled in the past two years. The Disney Dream launched in January 2011, followed by its sister ship, the Disney Fantasy, in March 2012. Both ships carry 2,500 passengers and are significantly larger than Disney’s original ships, the Disney Magic and the Disney Wonder, which carry 1,754 passengers each.
Disney offers a distinctive cruise experience, starting with the elegant design of its ships, which are modeled after the luxurious ocean liners of the past. As you might expect, the onboard experience is perfect for families; the main pools, entertainment venues and restaurants are meant for multi-generational groups to enjoy together.
The Dream and Fantasy introduced an incredible new water feature: the Aqua Duck, cruising’s first onboard watercoasters. You need to be at least 42 inches tall to ride – if you’re not, you can still splash and play with the rest of the family in the Fantasy’s AquaLab, an area full of pop jets, geysers and bubblers.
Amid the family fun, each Disney ship also provides opportunities for family members from different generations to pursue their own activities. Disney’s children’s program is terrific, beginning with nurseries that care for the smallest family members (infants through age three). Kids age three to seven can join the Oceaneer’s Club for lots of supervised fun and visits from favorite Disney characters. Kids age eight through 12 are invited to join the Oceaneer Lab for high-tech interactive programs, science experiments and treasure hunts.
On the Magic and Wonder, teens age 13 to 17 can hang out in a private club filled with cushy couches and chairs, the latest video games, music listening stations and board games. The Dream and the Fantasy take the teen club concept a step further, giving those age 14 to 17 a dedicated area that includes outdoor space with hot tubs.
Disney’s ships also feature special places just for adults, which is why you’ll find a sprinkling of couples without children on board. All four ships have adults-only pools, restaurants and nightclubs. The spa is also off-limits to the younger set.
To find out more about where Disney’s ships can take you – the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, Alaska, even the Panama Canal – talk with your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert.