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Prior to 1998, cruising was considered a very “adult” holiday, but when Disney entered the business, they redefined the industry offering a “family” experience. This is evident on all their ships, while they do have adult areas, the ships are built with families in mind. From their fantastic kids clubs, to the fact they were first cruise company to offer baths in their state rooms. Something that is vital if travelling with small children.
Currently there are 5 ships in service, the Disney Magic, Disney Wonder, Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy and the Disney Wish… with a sixth ship, the Disney Treasure, due into port in 2024. Each ship offers their very own magical experience at sea. All ships follow different itineraries throughout the year giving people all over the world a chance to sail with Disney Cruise Line.
Disney Cruise Ships
The first of Disney Cruise Lines ships, Disney Magic made her debut in 1998 and took her maiden voyage out of Cape Canaveral. Since then she’s sailed all over the world, with current itineraries taking her around the Caribbean and Bahamas, before she makes for cruises out of San Diego and then New Orleans later on next year.
The Disney Magic and her sister ship, the Disney Wonder are considered small compared to the newer Disney Cruise Line ships and they are both part of the “Magic Class”. The ship has 20 bright yellow lifeboats which, along with the black, red, and white colors of the ship itself, match the colors of Mickey Mouse. This change from the standard safety orange was with special permission. Disney Magic's "godmother" is Patricia Disney, former wife of Walt Disney's nephew, Roy E. Disney.
The sister ship to Disney Magic, is the Disney Wonder. She sailed on her maiden voyage in
1999 just a year after the debut of the Disney Magic. These days she mainly sails a lot further afield than Cape Canaveral with itineraries from Vancouver to Alaska, Hawaii and then she’ll be heading to Australia for the first time later on in 2023.
As she was built at the same time as the Disney Magic, she is of a very similar size and design with a few key differences. While the Disney Magic has Goofy on the stern, the Disney Dream has Donald. And inside the atrium of the Disney Magic you’ll find Mickey, but on the Wonder it’s Ariel. The ship's godmother was Disney character Tinkerbell (who only spoke with bell sounds), and Mickey Mouse gave the ship's blessing in English.
Setting sail in 2010, the Disney Dream was the first in the “Dream class” of ships. The Dream
and her sister, the Fantasy are 40% larger than the Magic and Wonder offering more
spacious staterooms along with, more dining and entertainment. The Disney Dream is the
ship currently making port in Europe including the UK during summer 2023 and 2024.
During the winter she’ll be sailing out of New York and Fort Lauderdale.
While she is of the same iconic colouring as the first two Disney Cruise Line ships, she just
looks much more substantial and towering. One of the most popular features is the water
roller coaster at sea – the Aqua Duck is 250 yards of transparent tubing that sends guests
soaring over the top decks and at one point – over the ocean! Disney Dream was christened
on January 19, 2011, by Jennifer Hudson, who began her career as an entertainer on Disney
Wonder. What a magical full-circle moment.
Following the Disney Dream was her sister, the Disney Fantasy in 2012. Structurally she is almost identical to Disney Dream with only a few differences mainly in interior design. On the stern of the Disney Dream you will find Mickey Mouse, with Donald Duck in the atrium on the Disney Fantasy Dumbo graces the stern and Minnie Mouse in the atrium. Since her maiden voyage via New York, Disney Fantasy has been based at Disney Cruise Line's terminal at Port Canaveral, Florida and cruises to the Caribbean.
The "godmother" of the ship is Mariah Carey and a ceremony was held on the ship featuring performances in the Walt Disney Theatre. Neil Patrick Harris hosted and comedian Jerry Seinfeld performed during the show!
Finally, Disney’s newest ship, the Disney Wish made her maiden voyage in July 2022. She’s the first in the “Wish class” which will consist of three sisters, the Wish, the Treasure and one unnamed ship. She is currently the largest ship in the fleet. While all of the Disney Cruise Line ships are truly spectacular and make for amazing vacations, the Disney Wish is truly mind-blowing offering several restaurants, immersive spaces and experiences themed to Walt Disney Pictures, Marvel Cinematic Universe, Star Wars, and Pixar characters, plus the AquaMouse, the world's first Disney attraction at sea.
All past, present, and future Make-A-Wish children were announced to be the godchildren of the ship. The stern of the Disney Wish features Rapunzel and in the atrium you’ll find Cinderella.
Setting sail in 2024.
DISNEY PORTS OF CALL
And while that might just seem like enough, Disney will soon have two ports of call that extend the Disney magic beyond the sea and back to the shore.
First up is Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island located in the Bahamas and a stop on some of the Disney Cruise itineraries. There are three beaches for guests: one exclusively for families, one exclusively for cabana guests, and another exclusively for adults, called Serenity Bay. Guests can rent bikes, personal watercraft, have massages overlooking the ocean, try snorkeling, parasailing, volleyball, and basketball. There are monkey bars and a rope for children to climb across set about 30 metres (98 ft) into the ocean on one beach and a slide about 25 metres (82 ft) into the ocean on another beach.
Next is Lighthouse Point which will open exclusively to guests in June 2024.
On Disney Cruise Line you’ll experience a very unique way to dine called rotational dining.
This allows guests a chance to dine each night of their cruise at one of the main themed restaurants. Before sailing you’ll be assigned first or second seating and a restaurant for each night of your cruise.
If you sail more than 3 nights, you’ll repeat restaurants, but don’t worry; the menus are expansive so you’ll be able to try something new!
Something else that is unique to Disney Cruise is you’ll have the same table number and servers every night of your cruise, this is so they can get to know you personally.
The themed restaurants are included in the price of your cruise, and offer a lot more than just dinner. They’re unique and give you an experience you only get from Disney. Quick service and room service is also included.
Alcohol, specialty coffees, and premium dining such as Palo and Remy’s are at an additional charge.
Yes, Disney entertainment extends to Disney Cruise Line offering fantastic character meets and experiences that aren’t like anything you’ll have experienced in the theme parks.
Offering a much more intimate setting and even making appearances at the kid's clubs gives you the feeling that the characters are taking a cruise too!
There are dance parties up on deck, and Broadway style musicals in the Disney theatres.
Some cruises offer fireworks, others have live musicians in the lounges and bars during the evening.
There is something for everyone when it comes to entertainment onboard a Disney Cruise, they really do embrace all ages.
Certain itineraries often host special days such as Pixar Day at Sea, Marvel Day at Sea and Pirate Night where the entertainment is catered towards the theme.
With appearances from special characters, shows on deck and other themed entertainment, this is a day, or a night not to be missed during your sailing.
Disney Cruise Line takes cruise recreation to the next level by adding the Disney touch.
Think of the ship as a destination and how it would be to enjoy an all-inclusive holiday!
From splash zones for toddlers to adult-only pools and spas, Disney Cruise Line Recreation has areas and activities that appeal to everyone.
Each ship has its own style of pools, but you will find a splash area, a slide or two and an adults-only deck. There is funnel vision showing movies all day and at least one indoor cinema showing a mix of the latest releases and classics. Some of the newer cruise ships even have a salon, and all of them offer Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.
There are quizzes and games, and let’s not forget the absolutely amazingly themed kids clubs where your children will be happy with the cast members while the adults enjoy some alone time.
And yes, there are shops on board to get that coveted Disney merch!
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Disney Cruise Line isn’t like anything you’ve experienced before, and if you’re a Disney fan, it’s worth trying even just once!
You can book a sailing as your whole holiday, or you can add one onto a Walt Disney World trip.
Fairytale Holidays are here to put that dream package together for you both on land and at sea.