There’s a time in life for back road adventures, and a time when you want to kick back in a deck chair, have Olaf from Frozen bring you daiquiris and watch your kids swimming in the pool. I’ve done the backpacking-around-Australia bit and spent six weeks with a sore neck from sleeping in the car every night. Two kids and a decade later, it’s Disney Cruise time! My brothers and sisters in parenting, we’ve earned it.
Disney Cruise Line has four ships in its fleet: Wonder, Magic, Dream and Fantasy, the latest addition. All the ships are designed with families in mind and cater for kids from babies to 17-year-olds. On board you can swim, eat at one of the many buffets and restaurants, drop the kids at kids club and go to the gym, eat, watch live entertainment, eat, hang out with Donald Duck. And did we mention eat? Because there’s lots to eat.
Although you do pay a premium for the Disney experience, the activities aboard and the stellar service is worth it.