Disney Cruise Line: Planning the Cruise
Planning your Disney cruise should be a fun part of your planning sessions. When planning your Disney cruise you have two aspects that you will be looking at: on-board activities and Port Adventures/Shore Excursions. When looking for your Disney cruise on-board activities you have many options: Character Experiences, Deck Parties, Dining, Entertainment, Live Shows, Nightclubs, Spa & Fitness, Movie Theaters, Pools, as well as many activities for kids and teens.
Disney cruise on-board activities
- Character Greetings – Just like at the parks, throughout the ship your favorite characters are about and ready to take photos with the children. Daily you will have a ships schedule that shows where each character will be and for how long. You will get a chance to have your children take photo’s with most of the Disney characters.
- Deck Parties – A Disney cruise has some excellent parties on the upper deck. Arrive early to make sure you get a good viewing spot. These are excellent live shows. I would defiantly recommend the pirate party. It was a great show.
- Dining – With many great Disney cruise restaurants, you can have some amazing food. You will do a rotation that is assigned to you when you arrive, but you can also make reservations for Palo or Remy. These are adult only restaurants that do cost extra, but have amazing food. Make sure you do plan when you are going to one of these adult restaurants.
- Entertainment – Broadway quality live shows that are not to be missed. There will be a show rotation, with all nights having different shows. Most are worth seeing.
- Spa & Fitness – An amazing on-board spa that will pamper you and help you to relax. Get a massage as well as other beauty salon experiences.
- Theaters – The ships have large theaters with the movies they are currently running at the theater on land. I was told they are the only cruise liner with first run movies.They do show 3D movies as well. The last cruise I was on had Tron 2 in 3D.
- Kid/Teen Activities – Disney really does the best job in the cruise industry in catering to children. With their Oceaneers club & lab, you will leave you children in the care of the cast members. They do a great job with this. My son never wanted to leave. There are also teen only activities and a teen only club on-board. Check info for your specific ship for the exact ages of the teen areas since some start at 13 while others are 14 and up.
- Adult Only Activities – Just as there a kids only areas, there are also adult only areas for those who need a break for a little while. There are also tours available, depending on the cruise you go on. One of the tours offered on our cruise was a tour of the kitchens and a lesson in how to make one of the dishes served on the ship. There is an adults only pool area. Horribly places on the magic, you so have children that will walk through it.
The other half of your Disney cruise planning will be in Port Adventures & Shore Excursions. There are so many that I couldn’t go over them all here, but there are many targeted to all age groups and really do help you to see the land you have traveled to. The Disney cruise line website has great information about each of them, but I used the Disney cruise Passporter to look up mine. Now, they don’t have all the new destinations, but for many of the regular Disney cruise destinations there were great reviews of many of the activities. I would definitely recommend buying it or at a minimum read about each one on the Disney cruise website. Make sure you look up the ports as well as Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.
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Authors Jennifer and Dave Marx, who are also authors of the best-selling, award-winning PassPorter's Walt Disney World and PassPorter's Disneyland and Southern California Attractions, originally intended to produce a short supplement for Disney World-bound readers going on a Disney cruise. As they got deeper into the project the manuscript grew and grewso many useful tips and details were discovered, and readers continued to ask questions they wanted answered in the book. The 2011 edition of the guidebook offers an unprecedented level of detail in a travel guidebook, including in-depth coverage of the line’s brand-new cruise ship, the Disney Dream, and its new permanent West Coast presence in the Mexican Riviera and Alaska. No detail is too smallfrom dining room menus to detailed deck plans, daily activities to shore excursions and extensive port-of-call coverageit’s all included. The in-depth information is accompanied by over 90 original photographs and more than 20 maps, chart, and worksheets. The guide has everything first-time and veteran cruisers need to know about booking and enjoying a cruise with Mickey... and maybe a little extra, too!
PassPorter’s Disney Cruise Line and Its Ports of Call 2011 comes in two formats: paperback ($19.95, ISBN: 978-1-58771-097-1) and deluxe ($45.95, ISBN: 978-1-58771-098-8). The deluxe edition is looseleaf, with a deluxe padded ring binder and 14 innovative organizer pockets, like those in PassPorter's Walt Disney World guidebook. The pockets allow readers to write their vacation itineraries on the front of each pocket before they go, store their cruise documents, birth certificates, and passports to have on hand when they arrive, keep maps, brochures, passes, and receipts inside the pocket while they’re there, and record their memories and expenses on the back to review when they return home! Printed front-and-back with fill-in-the-blank sections for itineraries, To-Do lists, notes, expenses, meals, photos taken, and cherished memories, PassPockets make organized travel a snap!
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