When most people think of a Disney vacation, relaxation doesn’t come to the forefront of their minds. Thankfully, the Disney Cruise Line aims to up the game on chill, romance, and quality family time! The Oceaneer Club and Lab for Kids, Edge, and Vibe (for teens and tweens), and the Small World Nursery have such outstanding programs that there may even be some time to catch up with your other half in the spa and Rainforest Room! Trust me-the kids won’t want to leave!
We have sailed twice on the Dream and once (so far) on the Fantasy. Activities abound, from character drawing classes (and the Animator’s Palate, where the drawings come to life on the Fantasy) to game shows, comedy, and Broadway-worthy, family friendly evening shows, there is something to do for all ages! As a kid at heart, I love meeting the characters in their element. Some favorites have been Stitch at Castaway Cay (hardly a spoiler-alert), Captain Jack Sparrow on Pirate Night, and Captain Mickey. Goofy looks sharp in his tux on “dress-up” night, and Donald is always adorable in his pirate gear (pants optional, since he’s a duck!)
Speaking of Castaway, I have yet to experience an island with so much to do for everyone! It is a slice of private paradise, with an included barbecue buffet which is surprisingly tasty! G loves the ropes course and waterslides in the ocean at Pelican’s Plunge. In fact, on our first visit, T lost his sunglasses in the ocean. He was muttering about it to me when a lifeguard approached him and asked what he lost. The lifeguard told him to fill out a lost item form in guest services, at which point we explained that they were lost IN THE OCEAN! With a chuckle, our buddy explained that after guests leave Castaway Cay, a diver goes through the main areas and retrieves lost items. Sure enough, that night, his shades were safely returned! What kind of Disney magic do they have to return items lost in the ocean? We were blown away!
Other blogs will cover onboard dining, but I promise, it is outstanding! From the Aqua Duck Water Coaster spanning the length of the ship to the Mickey slide for little independent kids, from the Disney movies at the pool to the first run movies in the Buena Vista Theatre, from the complimentary soda/tea/coffee/milk/juice on board to the adult frozen beverages (worth the cost!), Disney gives that extra service that you expect from the brand…and they don’t disappoint!
More to come on DCL details. Sufficed to say, we will be back again and again! Or as the main Mouse says: “See ya real soon!”
A photo of the engaging Oceaneers Club on the Disney Dream.