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