The Disney Fantasy launched in Jason Leppert Disney is known around the world for its family-friendly entertainment offerings.
But family fun doesn't always come cheap. On Disney Cruise Line, you may end up paying a pretty penny for a vacation. But is the higher price worth it all?
Compare the cost of an Alaskan cruise. Ebersohl, a travel professional for Disney-specialist Fairy Godmother Travel. Ebersohl notes that Disney offers free room service whereas other lines like Norwegian keep tacking on fees , unlimited soft drinks in restaurants and around the pool and Broadway-caliber Disney based theater productions which are appropriate for all ages ; and it's currently the only line offering a fireworks show at sea.
In the Caribbean, having a private island-- Castaway Cay-- makes Disney special, better justifying a wider cost spread in the tropical region. Excursions In the cruising world, shore excursions are priced pretty uniformly across lines, but Disney's feature port adventures that tailor to traveling families with scheduled breaks, free snacks and activity sheets for children. They can also enjoy a three-course lunch together before splitting up for an exclusive minute kids' puppet show at Villa Borghese-- and free time for parents.
Aboard the Disney Dream, kids enjoy activities in a high-tech interactive space based on the Disney Infinity video game. Kent Phillips, Disney Cruise Line Family-friendly amenities Disney is often associated with standard competitors like Carnival and Royal Caribbean, but it has select features, like dining options and overall service, that rival premium lines like Celebrity.
Disney was the first line to introduce family staterooms with separate bathrooms-- a feature Holland America only just included on its new Koningsdam. There are specific venues for tweens and teens as well, and the youth facilities are all complimentary. Comparable to other lines, only babysitting at the nursery costs extra. Dining Disney cruises may be geared toward kids but there's plenty of food aboard that all ages will enjoy. Rotational dining splits the usually singular main dining room into three distinct restaurants-- each with its own theme-- and your party and wait staff cycle to a different one each evening, keeping children and adults entertained with fresh food and storytelling.
Guests over 18 also can dine in the Palo Italian specialty restaurant fleet-wide and the Remy French restaurant on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy. Like specialty dining on other lines, these come with a surcharge. But if you're looking for a celebrity chef-themed restaurant-- a big trend on the high seas now-- then Disney isn't the line for you. Other lines may offer more in the way of specialty restaurants, but Disney places greater emphasis on its family dining, finished off with plenty of character interactions not found on any other ship.
So, you won't be able to chow down on a Guy Fieri burger, but Donald Duck may join your table for dessert. Entertainment Everything Disney does is designed to tell a story. But Disney integrates its animated and live-action film franchises throughout every space onboard. Afterall, the same Walt Disney Imagineers that craft its theme parks create the magic on its fleet of ships.