If you are planning to take a cruise, there are plenty of cruise companies to choose from. One of the most popular for families is Disney. Here are a few pros and cons that you may want to know about the Disney cruises.
There is a pool for young kids (Mickey’s Pool) and a pool for families (Donald’s Pool) available and these have seating areas for parents. If you’re after an adults-only pool, the Quiet Cove is available.
Some ships have connecting cabins available that can sleep up to seven people. There is a privacy curtain that can be drawn between the sleeping areas and sitting areas in the staterooms.
Food and Drinks
Soft drinks are complimentary at meals and at beverage stations.
The kid clubs aboard Disney cruises is a huge pro. There are clubs and activities for all ages — from three and under up to teenagers. Activities that are Disney-themed and geared for the right ages are a huge hit for young ones. Whether it’s Captain Hook teaching your offspring how to be a pirate or Snow White’s dancing tutorial, the kiddos will love this aspect of the Disney Cruise.
One thing the adults will love, is the chance to have some adult time while the kids are having fun in the kid clubs.
There may not be a lot of spaces aboard ship where you can just gather with your family and hang out. If you want to spend some quality time together playing board games and such, your stateroom may be the only place you can do that. If you’re hoping to find a library aboard, you may be disappointed.
The buffet has some odd hours which means you can’t plan to grab something during less busy times. There’s no such thing. Grabbing a quick snack isn’t exactly possible. The seating area for the buffet isn’t very large which means you may have to take your food and eat out on the deck. This is great if the weather is wonderful and warm (like in the Caribbean), but not so much if you have chosen an Alaskan cruise and the weather is chilly or rainy.
Swimming and Staterooms
If you have a little one wearing a swim diaper, they can only play in the Mickey’s Pool area.
On some ships, the largest suites sleep only a maximum of five — not ideal if you have a large family.
Disney cruises are some of the priciest, but for family-friendly vacations, you get what you pay for.
Too Much Disney
If you love Disney, you will enjoy the all-Disney-all-the-time, but if you’re not a big fan, it may get a little old.
If a Disney cruise is in your future, do your own checking about the advantages and disadvantages. What is great for one person may not be so great for another, but a great vacation can hinge a lot upon your own attitude and flexibility.
Have you experienced a Disney Cruise? Is a Disney Cruise on your list of family travel possibilities?