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In-Depth Disney Cruise Line Information
In-Depth Disney Cruise Line Information
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 The Fleet:

 Onboard Experience:

 Staterooms:

 Entertainment:

 Spa and Fitness:

 Children and Families:

 Private Island:

Overview:
The magic of Disney was literally introduced to the high seas with the launch of Disney Magic in 1998. Followed by Disney Wonder in 1999, these sleek and imaginative ships paid homage to luxurious ocean liners of the past and focused on delivering "the Disney experience," including Disney's popular brand of entertainment, to those onboard. The ships introduced a number of innovations, including larger than average cabins with one-and-a-half baths, and a rotating dining schedule where passengers dine at three uniquely different restaurants, while keeping the same tablemates and waitstaff. The cruise line's immense success led to the building of additional ships, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, which launched in January of 2011 and March of 2012, respectively. Disney ships don't have libraries or casinos onboard, but they do offer bingo, great entertainment and dining, and plenty of activities for children, families, and adults-only. In 2013, Disney Cruise Line was ranked as the No. 1 Mega-Ship Cruise Line in Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards for Families, for the fifth consecutive year.
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The Fleet:
Disney's fleet includes Disney Magic and sister ship Disney Wonder, weighing in at 84,000 tons with a passenger capacity of 2400, as well as Disney Dream and sister ship Disney Fantasy, weighing in at 130,000 tons with maximum passenger capacity of 4000. The two newer ships stayed true to the earlier ships' classic design while adding some "wow" factors, like the AquaDuck first-ever water coaster, not found on the earlier two vessels, as well as another new upscale adults-only restaurant, Remy, and expanded spa and adults-only areas. Not to be outdone, Disney Magic underwent a major renovation in September 2013, adding AquaDunk thrill slide, "Twist 'N Spout" family slide, pool area and restaurant updates, and the incorporation of Marvel superheroes into the children's play area activities.
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Onboard Experience:
With exceptional entertainment, imaginative dining choices, fun pools and water areas, spacious accommodations, a host of onboard activities, and Disney's signature service with a smile, the onboard ambiance is one of casual elegance combined with a Disney theme park resort vacation - lively, fun, and even relaxed.

Despite the two-seating traditional dining times, the concept of rotational dining is anything but. Over the course of a Disney cruise, guests enjoy dining at three different restaurants while still sitting with the same tablemates and being served by the same waitstaff. In addition to the different-themed sit-down restaurants and casual dining venues, Disney ships also offer adults-only dining in the upscale Palo and Remy restaurants.

While the vast majority of passengers on Disney ships are families and multi-generational family groups, it's also possible to find couples without children, honeymooners including just-married bride and groom in wedding outfits and mouse ears, and people who just can't get enough of all things Disney. In addition to the fantastic programs for kids, teens and families, the cruise line also has plenty of adults-only areas and activities, including the Quiet Cove pool area, the spa, Cove Cafe coffee bar, the gym, uniquely themed lounges and clubs, and Serenity Bay, the adults-only beach on Disney's private island, Castaway Cay.

Dress ranges from resort casual during the day to cruise casual (no swimwear or tank tops) in the main dining rooms. Shorter cruises generally have one optional "dress-up" night, with 7-night cruises sporting a formal and semi-formal night. The dress code for Palo is dress pants and shirt or jacket for men, dress or pantsuit for women; for Remy, a jacket such as a sports, suit or tuxedo jacket with dress pants for men, and cocktail dress, evening dress, and pantsuit or dressy skirt and blouse for women. All length cruises also have a "pirate" or tropical (deck party) night, and people seem to enjoy dressing up for those.
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Staterooms:
Staterooms range from a variety of inside, oceanview and balcony cabins to luxurious suites. Interior staterooms on Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy feature "magical portholes," providing real-time views of the sea and surprise virtual sightings of animated Disney characters. Tailored with families in mind, Disney staterooms are generally larger than those of many cruise lines, offering ample storage, and that most appreciated of features - the split baths and separate sinks. Cabins can accommodate at least 3, with many able to accommodate 4, 5, or in some cases, even 7. Staterooms are attractively appointed with queen sized beds that can convert to 2 twins, additional bedding in the form of sofa bed, wall pull-down or upper berth pull-down beds, ample closet space, privacy divider, TV, safe, hairdryer, mini-fridge or "cooling box," and other thoughtful amenities, depending upon cabin type and ship.
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Entertainment:
Disney ships offer a plethora of activities for kids, tweens, teens, adults, and families. Entertainment ranges from Broadway style Disney musicals to first-run films at sea - some in 3D, to themed deck parties for the family - sometimes complete with fireworks! There are also activities such as animation lessons, family cabaret, karaoke, line dancing and dance parties, spectacular pools, slides and splash zones, activity-filled sports decks, extensive age-appropriate kids' programs, and exclusive areas, nightclubs, spa, fitness center and programs for adults only.
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Spa and Fitness:
Senses Spa & Salon on Disney Magic, Disney Dream, and Disney Fantasy, as well as Vista Spa & Salon on Disney Wonder, offer a tempting menu of indulgent world-class spa treatments and salon services for adults, including manicures, pedicures, skin and body therapies, aromatherapy and massage, hairstyling and more. State-of-the-art fitness centers feature ocean views, cardio and weight equipment, aerobics, yoga and Pilates classes, and personal training services as well as health seminars. Also available on Disney Magic, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy is Chill Spa, an exclusive spa area designed for teens 13-17, offering massage, facials, manicures and pedicures.
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Children and Families:
Disney offers an impressive array of youth activities for kids ages 3-17, staffed by experienced caring counselors and divided into age-appropriate games and activities. In addition to having some of the longest complimentary operating hours at sea, the cruise line also offers free onboard "Wave Phones," so parents can be just a phone call away.

Disney's Oceaneer Club allows kids 3-12 to immerse themselves in the make-believe worlds for which Disney is famous, while performing on stage, playing games, or enjoying a wide variety of supervised activities. Disney's Oceaneer Lab is a play space dedicated to adventure and exploration, featuring things like the Animator's Studio, Sound Studio, and Craft Studio, or The Wheelhouse, with its focus on computers and technology. While some activities may be recommended for certain age ranges, participation is based on a child's interest level and maturity rather than age, allowing siblings and friends in this age group to play together without restriction.

Tweens ages 11-14 have their own space at Edge, a cool lounge and interactive area with plush couches, videogames, tvs, and computers, featuring a variety of fun activities and games including "That's Hilarious" and "Ghost Voyagers." Vibe, for ages 14-17, is designed to resemble a hip coffee shop or college dorm rec room. Featuring plush couches, overstuffed chairs, a dance floor, a bar where non-alcoholic beverages and free soda are available, videogames, board games, music listening stations and DVD players, teens can also participate in programs like "Zombified" or "GOTCHA," as well as teen dance parties and karaoke.

In addition, all ships offer dedicated family lounges/nightclubs where the whole family can hang out and sing, dance, play games and enjoy live entertainment together. And of course, there are also action-packed video arcades featuring the latest videogames as well as classics like air hockey and pinball. Guests of all ages are invited to compete against each other, and game cards can be purchased in a variety of denominations.

For the youngest cruisers, ages 3 months to 3 years old, there are dedicated nurseries aboard each ship. Flounder's Reef Nursery on Disney Wonder consists of 2 separate areas, one for active play, with books, toys, games, television and DVD, and a quiet peaceful area complete with cribs. It's a Small World Nursery on the Disney Magic, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy also has separate areas for play and sleep, as well as an "acclimation zone," designed to help youngsters adjust to the nursery. The nurseries are available for an extra fee and reservations must be made in advance; families are responsible for providing the necessary "baby supplies" such as food, formula, bottles, diapers or pull-ups, diaper wipes, extra clothing, baby blanket, and pacifier, if applicable.
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Private Island:
Every Bahamas and Caribbean cruise includes a visit to Disney's tropical paradise, Castaway Cay. Reserved exclusively for Disney Cruise Line passengers and located in the Bahamas, for many guests, it's the highlight of their cruise. In addition to sunbathing on pristine beaches, there is everything from swimming, snorkeling, boating and kayaking, to optional shore excursions, shopping, and Disney character greetings. The ship docks right at the island, and there are separate spaces for families, kids, teens and adults only. Families can rent a private furnished cabana on Castaway Family Beach; there are 2 water play areas for kids, as well as activities like Find the Hidden Mickey underwater for families. Teens can enjoy their own activity area on the beach, The Hide Out, and adults can escape to the adults-only Serenity Bay Beach, where they can indulge in an open-air massage, take a yoga class, or just enjoy peace and quiet. There are open-air BBQ dining areas, shops featuring Castaway Cay gifts and souvenirs, biking paths and walking trails. In addition, free childcare is available at Scuttle's Cove, an expansive children's area supervised by Disney counselors.
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