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Disney: On Board

Disney Cruise Line On Board
Courtesy Disney Cruise Line
  • Overall Rating: 4.5stars 4.3 4.3
  • Expert Rating:4.0stars 4.0
  • Traveler Rating:4.5stars 4.4
    • Couples: 4.4
    • Families w/ young children: 4.4
    • Families w/ older children: 4.5
    • Singles/Friends: 4.7
    • Groups: 4.5
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5

Cabins

Designed with families in mind, Disney's cabins are more spacious than other large-ship cruise lines. You can choose from three types of cabins: Inside Staterooms, Oceanview Staterooms or Suites. No matter which cabin category you choose, you'll find your room equipped with a queen-size bed, a minifridge, H20 Plus toiletries, an iPod docking station and a Sealy Posturepedic mattress dressed in Frette linens. Most cabins also come with a combined tub and shower.

Inside Staterooms

Inside Staterooms, which range from 169 to 184 square feet, are equipped with a queen-sized bed or two twin beds, plus a 22-inch flat-screen TV and a convertible sofa bed. Some Interior Staterooms are also appointed with a pull-down bed to accommodate another guest. For a little more space, book a Deluxe Inside Stateroom; they measure between 200 to 214 square feet (based on the ship) and can sleep between three and four passengers. Some interior staterooms also boast "Magical Portholes," which afford a live feed of the ship's exterior via a high-definition camera.

Oceanview Staterooms

Disney offers several different Oceanview Stateroom options. These accommodations occupy between 204 to 306 square feet and sleep three to five people, and standard Oceanview rooms come equipped with a large porthole window or two small porthole windows. Along with the sea vistas, these accommodations are also appointed with queen-sized beds, sofas, and in select rooms, upper berth pull-down beds. Most also feature a split bath with a round tub and a shower. If you're looking for some fresh air, book an Oceanview cabin with a balcony; Disney offers Oceanview Staterooms with Verandahs or Navigator's Verandahs. Rooms with Verandahs boast furnished open-air decks with lights and child-proof locks, while Navigator's Verandahs are smaller and typically enclosed. Newer ships within Disney's fleet (Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy) also offer a Concierge Family Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah room category.

Suites

Concierge Suites are larger and more luxuriously appointed than standard Inside and Oceanview staterooms. You can take your pick from three types of suite categories: Concierge Royal Suites, one-bedroom suites and two-bedroom suites, all of which each include a private balcony. Royal Suites on Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy sleep five guests, while Royal Suites on Disney Magic and Disney Wonder can accommodate seven passengers. Royal Suites occupy between and 1,029 and 1,781 square feet and are appointed with one queen-sized bed, one pull-down double bed and one pull-down single bed and two bathrooms. These cabins offer perks like personalized planning assistance and pre-arrival services, which include the ability to pre-reserve onboard activities and services 120 days prior to departure. One-bedroom suites are smaller in size (ranging from 614 to 622 square feet), but these accommodations offer the same concierge services, along with one queen-sized bed, a double convertible sofa and a single wall pull-down bed. Two-bedroom suites are available on Disney Magic and Disney Wonder and measure about 945 square feet. If you stay in these staterooms, you'll enjoy a queen-sized bed in the master bedroom and two twin beds in the second bedroom, along with concierge services and upgraded amenities, like your choice of daily fresh fruit, canapes or cookies.

What's Included in the Price

  • Dining Costs
  • Onboard Activities

Amenities

The Walt Disney Company has been enchanting children since the 1920s, so it comes as no surprise that the cruise line's onboard activities cater to a younger crowd. Each cruise kicks off with the Sail-Away Celebration, a dance party with fellow passengers and some of Disney's most-beloved characters. The pools are just as youth-oriented, with whimsical themes and added attractions, like geysers and slides. Outside the pool, you'll find Goofy's Sports Deck. Located on Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, this open-air activity center features a miniature golf course, virtual sports simulators and basketball and volleyball courts. Disney Magic and Disney Wonder offer open-air recreation, including ping pong and basketball, on the Wide World of Sports Deck. Passengers 18 and older hoping to keep up their exercise regime can also retreat to the onboard fitness center, found on every Disney ship.

For evening entertainment, Disney offers live shows featuring characters along with film screenings in state-of-the-art theaters. Each ship also hosts a Pirate Night where a themed dinner is followed by a deck party and a fireworks display. Passengers sailing on the Alaskan Disney Wonder voyage also have the opportunity to attend the Pixar Pals Party — a meet and greet with characters from Disney-Pixar films.

Once you've settled in, you can engage in more adult pursuits, while the kids take part in age-appropriate programming. Children ages 3 to 12 can retreat to the supervised Disney's Oceaneer Club and Disney's Oceaneer Lab. Disney's Oceaneer Club features four themed play areas, child-friendly computers, a reading area, multiple TVs (including a giant screen for film screenings) and a play structure. Meanwhile, Disney's Oceaneer Lab is more tech-focused, with an animator's studio where kids can learn how to hand-draw their favorite Disney characters, a sound studio for creating music and a craft area. Young cruisers ages 11 to 14 can head to Edge to play videogames, listen to music and surf the Web. And older teens between ages 14 and 17 have their own space too; Vibe is a teen-exclusive spot that features a lounge with space to watch TV and play videogames, along with a sundeck for relaxing outside. If you're traveling with younger passengers in tow, Disney Magic and Disney Wonder provide babysitting services at Flounder's Reef Nursery and Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy offer care for kids ages 3 months to 3 years old at It's a Small World Nursery.

Though much of Disney's onboard activities are geared toward youngsters, the cruise line doesn't ignore the interests of its adult passengers. Along with adults-only dining areas, Disney also offers a more subdued and secluded Quiet Cove Pool on every ship and an adults-only Satellite Falls pool lounge on Disney Fantasy. For even more relaxation, you can book a soothing spa treatment. Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy and Disney Magic feature Senses Spa & Salon, while Disney Wonder contains Vista Spa & Salon. Each Disney ship also houses a host of themed bars, nightclubs and lounges accessible exclusively to the 21-plus crowd.

Dining

Disney's dining options fit a variety of passenger interests and needs. Take your pick between Main Dining, Casual Dining and Quick Service, all included in your cruise fare. Adult Exclusive Dining is also available, but additional costs apply. When you book your cruise, you'll be asked to choose between a Main and Second Seating times: between 5:30 and 6 p.m. or 7:30 and 8 p.m. You'll find your assigned dining time and restaurant rotation detailed on your dining ticket in your stateroom upon embarkation. Main Dining allows you to rotate through all three of the ship's main restaurants, with the same tablemates and your personal wait staff in tow. Main Dining restaurants vary by ship, each with a unique design and menu to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. Select Main Dining restaurants serve breakfast and lunch in addition to dinner service, but these restaurants vary by ship. You can also enjoy breakfast and lunch at any of the Casual Dining restaurants.

For a less formal atmosphere, head to one of Disney Cruise's Casual Dining spots. These eateries feature freshly prepared self-service items and made-to-order specialty dishes that can be eaten inside the cafeteria-style eatery or out on deck. If you or your brood is craving a light snack between meals, head to one of the ocean liner's Quick Service dining venues. Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy both feature Eye Scream Treats, Frozone Treats, Flo's Café and Preludes. Disney Magic and Disney Wonder also feature Preludes and Pinocchio's Pizzeria. Disney Wonder also boasts Goofy's Galley and Pluto's Dog House.

Disney's Adult Exclusive restaurants cater to adults looking for a secluded, more romantic atmosphere and a refined menu. All four of the Disney ships feature Palo, which offers a menu of northern Italian dishes. In addition to Palo, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy also house Remy, a French-inspired eatery. Reservations for Palo and Remy can be made in advance online or once you board. Dining at Palo costs $25 per guest for brunch and dinner; brunch at Remy costs $50 per person, and dinner at Remy costs $75 per person. Reservations for Palo and Remy are required and can be made online starting 75 days prior to departure or on board the ship. Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy also offer an adults-only outdoor cocktail lounge called Meridian.

For most meals, cruisers are encouraged to sport "cruise Casual" dress, meaning no shorts, swimwear or tanks. Most cruises also include special theme nights, which require an additional set of clothing requirements. These vary by cruise length, but most include a pirate or tropical deck party and an optional dress-up night, where men are expected to wear jackets and ladies are expected to don dresses or pantsuits. To maintain an elegant atmosphere, both Palo and Remy require diners to adhere to a dress code: Women are encouraged to wear a dress or pantsuit, while men are asked to wear dress pants and a shirt or jacket. Jeans, shorts, capris, flip flops and tennis shoes are not permitted at either eatery.

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