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  • Disney-Dream-at-sea-6 - The sleek-looking Disney Dream sails from Port Canaveral, Fla., to Castaway Cay and Nassau in the Bahamas.
  • Disney-Magic-OGills-Pub - Modeled after pubs in Ireland, O'Gills Pub is a sports bar and lounge featuring Irish brews with a dark wood and brass décor. It's on deck 3 toward the front of Disney Magic.
  • Disney-Magic-splash-zone - Kids can keep cool and have some splashy fun in the water-themed splash zone on deck 9 of Disney Magic.
  • Disney-Magic-Oceaneer-Club-Pixie Hollow - Little girls can dress up as a fairy princess and boys can transform into a wizard, among other kids' activities, in the Pixie Hollow section of the staff-supervised Oceaneer Club on Disney Magic.
  • Disney-Magic-at-sea-2 - Disney Magic sails to the Western Caribbean, Southern Caribbean, Bahamas, Northern Europe, Norwegian fjords, Iceland, Barcelona and elsewhere.
  • Disney-Dream-Remy-table-setting - Taittinger Brut Champagne poured at Remy, the French restaurant aboard Disney Dream.
  • Family-Pool-kids-Disney-Magic-and-Wonder - Having fun in the Family Pool on deck 5 of sister ships Disney Magic and Disney Wonder.
  • Cove-Cafe-Disney-Magic-and-Wonder - Guests can grab a beverage and snack, read a magazine, watch TV or hop on the Internet at Cove Café, an adults-only lounge on deck 9 at midship of Disney Magic and Disney Wonder.
  • Disney-Wonder-Vista-Spa-Villas-couples-massage - Salon treatments are available for both women and men at the Vista Spa on deck 9 of Disney Wonder. Operated by Steiner of London, the most prestigious name in the spa industry, the spa offers a wide range of treatments, including couples massage and a 75-minute Elemis Aroma Stone Therapy.
  • Disney-Magic-at-sea-3 - Disney Magic sails to the Bahamas, San Juan, Western Caribbean, Southern Caribbean, Northern Europe, Norwegian fjords, Iceland, Barcelona and elsewhere.

Disney Cruise Line: Nonstop entertainment for the kids

Disney Cruise Line is all about providing a memorable vacation experience for the entire family. From the moment you step aboard, you know you're on a Disney ship: Life-size Disney characters greet the kids one by one, a Sail-Away Celebration makes departure day special with a kid-friendly dance party, and the week is filled with pirate-themed dinners and nighttime fireworks.

At Vibe on Disney Wonder, youths ages 14 to 17 can make new friends, watch TV, play videogames, listen to music, dance, surf the Internet and more.
Courtesy of Disney Cruise LineAt Vibe on Disney Wonder, youths ages 14 to 17 can make new friends, watch TV, play videogames, listen to music, dance, surf the Internet and more.

There's lots of action on board, from organized daytime activities (game shows, contests) to teen clubs to high-quality stage productions at night. Kids and adults alike can ride AquaDuck, the world’s first “water coaster,” on Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, and Disney Magic features AquaDunk, a three-story waterslide.

The line's first two ships, Disney Magic and Disney Wonder, are mid-size ships where everything aboard is Disney-related: the songs, artwork, movies and musicals. Two larger ships, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, joined the fleet in 2011 and 2012. 

Disney Cruise Line provides a setting where families can reconnect, adults can recharge and kids can immerse themselves in worlds of fantasy only Disney can create. Don't worry about stepping into a cartoon: The ships' decor is stylish, with lots of nice touches — oooo, Frette linens! — and staterooms are big and roomy. 

Readers of Travel + Leisure have named Disney the No. 1 Cruise Line for Families for four years in a row. And Condé Nast Traveler magazine named Disney Cruise Line the top Cruise Ships of the World, with Disney Magic voted No. 1 and Disney Dream and Disney Wonder tying for No. 2. 

Be aware that Disney cruises tend to be more expensive than other family-friendly cruise ships. Also be aware that there are no casinos on Disney ships. 

Age restrictions 

A child needs to be at least 12 weeks old on your departure date — Disney's minimum age is younger than most cruise lines. A nursery is available for children ages 3 months to 3 years, and children's programs are available for kids 3 to 17.

Private island

Castaway Cay in the Bahamas is a popular stop on Caribbean cruises.

Family cruising on Disney Cruise Line 

On Disney ships you'll find everything from character meals and meet-and-greets to first-run movies and Broadway-caliber entertainment to adult-only restaurants and deck areas. In 2016 for the first time Adventures by Disney is offering seven river cruise itineraries, five in the summer and two in the winter sailing with AmaWaterways along the Danube River with destinations in Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. See more details in Eileen Ogintz's article Family cruises on Disney Cruise Line and Adventures by Disney River Cruises, part of our Family Cruise Guide 2016.

Passenger makeup

Lots and lots of families, many with small kids. Disney ships are perfect for family reunions, multigenerational families and adults nostalgic for an immersive Disney experience. Afraid you’ll be overrun by rugrats? Disney ships offer an adults-only area with a quiet private pool, lounges, restaurants and nightclubs.

Where Disney ships sail

Cruise on one of Disney's four ships to the Bahamas, Caribbean, Alaska, the California coast, Europe, Panama Canal and transatlantic sailings. 

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Ratings & awards

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Frommer's            
Most Family-Oriented Line, Porthole Magazine Readers' Choice Awards (2015)
Top Large Ship Cruise Line, Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards (2014, 2015)
World's Best Mega-Ship Cruise Line, Travel + Leisure (2014, 2015, 2016)
World's Best Mega-Ship Cruise Line for Families, Travel + Leisure (2014, 2015)
Top Ocean Cruises, Conde Nast Traveler Gold List  (2014)
Most Family-Oriented Line, Porthole Magazine Readers' Choice Award (2013)

About Ratings & awards

Highlights and what impressed us

  • Broadway-caliber live shows
  • Deck parties with favorite Disney characters
  • Fireworks at sea
  • Disney movies under the stars
  • Rotational dining and specialty restaurants, including an adults-only eatery
  • Spacious staterooms
  • Castaway Cay, Disney's private Bahamian Island. The ship docks right at the island to let guests come and go.
  • Remy, on Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, features exquisite French dining

Fast facts

4 Ships
1998 Founded
Mass market Style
Celebration, Fla. HQ

Overheard

“Disney is the best cruise line for families. What may surprise you is that the 1,760-passenger Disney Magic and Disney Wonder are gorgeous ships, even without Disney touches like character appearances and first-run movies. Show productions are tops on the high seas, as is the kids’ programming.”

Travel + Leisure

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