It’s no secret that I am a big fan of cruising. My favorite cruise line is the Disney Cruise Line, thanks to the fantastic family activities, the fabulous service, and Disney’s beautiful private island, Castaway Cay.
Going on a cruise ship is a huge commitment because once you embark, you’ll only be getting off at the various ports of call. Almost everything you do will be on board. Be prepared for your next Disney Cruise with our guide to the Disney Cruise Ships – including restaurants, staterooms, entertainment, and more.
Disclosure: I’ve been on several media and discounted cruises, as well as many cruises at full price. All opinions are my own.
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Disney Cruise Line currently has four ships: the Disney Magic, the Disney Wonder, the Disney Dream, and the Disney Fantasy. The Disney Magic and Wonder were the first two ships, and are smaller than the newer Dream and Fantasy.
Wondering what the differences are? Check out this guide, which includes a comparison of the four ships, including restaurants, entertainment, and more. It will give you all the information you’ll need to decide which ship to sail on.
The Disney Fantasy, the newest Disney Cruise Line ship (until the Wish sets sail later this year), was the first Disney Cruise Line ship that I sailed on. Our guide includes in-depth information about what you’ll find onboard, including restaurants, entertainment, and shops.
Choosing a stateroom on a cruise can be a little difficult. You’ll want to be comfortable but probably won’t spend too much time in the room. This post will provide you with what you need to know when booking a stateroom on the Disney Fantasy.
If it’s in your budget, I recommend getting a verandah. It’s so nice to look out at the ocean while enjoying a cup of coffee in the morning or a glass of wine in the evening.
Like on all Disney Cruise Line ships, the Disney Fantasy offers rotational dining. There are three main dining rooms, and you’ll be assigned a dining room for each night. Your servers follow you, so you have the same team for the full sailing.
This post reviews all of the restaurants and dining options on the Disney Fantasy, including the Enchanted Garden, Royal Court, and Animator’s Palate.
There are two main itineraries on the Disney Fantasy – the Eastern Caribbean Itinerary and the Western Caribbean Itinerary. To be honest, I usually choose my travel dates first and go on whatever itinerary is offered that week. But if you have some flexibility in your schedule, you may want to review the various itinerary options.
The Disney Fantasy itineraries are seven days long – which definitely can seem like a long time at sea. We’ve been on two 7-day Disney Fantasy itineraries over the years. Here’s our experience during our first sailing on the ship.
The Disney Wonder was the second Disney Cruise Line ship in the fleet. It’s the same size as the Disney Magic, but does have some differences including different shows and restaurants. Here’s everything you need to know when booking a trip on the Disney Wonder.
While some of the food on the Disney Cruise Line ships are the same across the fleet, the restaurants are a bit different. On the Disney Wonder, you’ll find Tiana’s Place, Triton’s, and Animator’s Palate.
Tiana’s Place is my favorite restaurant on any of the Disney Cruise Line ships. The New Orleans-themed food (especially the beignets) and entertainment can’t be beaten. Read all about the various food venues in this post.
I’ve been on the Disney Dream more than any of the other ships. With three and four-day itineraries departing Port Canaveral, it’s an easy cruise itinerary to combine into a Disney Land and Sea vacation.
Here’s everything you need to know about traveling on the Disney Dream, including things to eat, entertainment, itineraries, and more.
In addition to the three restaurants on the Disney Dream (Enchanted Garden, Royal Palace, and Animator’s Palate), there are other dining options on the ship. These include the Cabanas buffet, the adult restaurants (Palo and Remy), room service, and several quick service counters.
Planning a trip on the Disney Dream? Review this post to see the various stateroom options before booking your trip. Options include interior rooms, oceanview staterooms, verandah rooms, and deluxe family staterooms that can accommodate up to five family members. While you won’t spend too much time in your room, you will want to find a stateroom that is comfortable for your family.
After ten Disney Cruise Line sailings, I finally had the opportunity to sail on Disney’s first ship, the Disney Magic. Although I love the larger ships, I really do enjoy spending time on the smaller ships. There are fewer people, and it’s easier to navigate. Within a day, I already feel completely familiar with the ship.
The Disney Magic does have a variety of different itineraries throughout the year, including European sailings. This post offers an overview of everything you need to know before you go.
The Disney Cruise Line is such a great option for families. However, although they cater to families, there are plenty of fun activities for adults. From the spa to the adult pools, the adult-only restaurants to the onboard beverage seminars, there are plenty of activities to keep adults busy. This post contains some of our favorite adult activities on the Disney Cruise Line ships.
The first day on a cruise is always stressful. You’ll need to go through security to board, make sure that you have everything you need, and attend the muster drill. This post helps you prepare for the first day.
First time going on a cruise? This post contains must-read tips and hacks for first-timers, including information about how to book your cruise, when to check-in, what to bring, and what things to organize in advance of your trip.
Food is a big part of any cruise vacation. The Disney Cruise Line offers some delicious treats to try while you are on board, including the popular Dole Whip, ice cream treats, must-try restaurant desserts, and more. Some of these are included with your cruise fare, while others are offered at an additional cost.
Whether you are traveling with a group of adults, or have kids visiting the kids’ club, you’ll want to take time to eat at Palo. This Italian restaurant is adult-only and is available at an additional fee (unless you are a Platinum Castaway Club member). Book in advance for the best availability.
Although you’ll have time off the ship at the various ports of call, you’ll probably be spending a lot of time on the ship. The Disney Cruise Line app will contain a schedule of all activities – although some should be booked in advance of your sailing. Read about all of our must-dos before you go.
Wondering what to pack? Packing for a cruise can be a little challenging because you have to find the balance between bringing enough and bringing too much. There isn’t a ton of room in the staterooms for storage, but it can be hard to buy essentials. This list will help you pack what you need.
If you are cruising with kids, you’ll definitely want to know about the kids’ clubs. When my children were younger, they always loved spending time in the clubs. The combination of organized activities and free play areas make for a fun experience.
Read about the kids’ club options, and then be sure to visit the open house on board on the first day.
Love Disney characters? A variety of different popular Disney characters are on board the ship, waiting to greet passengers. You can find information about the different characters, as well as their schedules, on the Disney Cruise Line app.
Now that my kids are teens, they still love cruising on the Disney Cruise Line. Wondering what there is for them to do on board? Read all about the various activities and amenities that are perfect for teenagers and tweens to enjoy on the ships.
Before reading this post, note that this fun tradition has temporarily been suspended due to the current situation. We are keeping the post up with the hopes that it will continue in the near future.
If you aren’t sure what a fish extender is, or how a fish extender exchange works, you’ll definitely want to read this post, which contains all of the details.
Another fun tradition on the Disney Cruise Line is door decorating. The stateroom doors (with the exception of the concierge doors) are all metal, and many guests purchase or make magnets to decorate their doors. In addition to expressing their creativity, the decorated doors make it easier to identify your stateroom.
They do sell some magnets on board, but it’s best to bring your own before you go. Pack them in your cruise day bag so you can decorate right away.
The Disney Cruise Line offers several different themed cruises throughout the year. One of our favorites is the Verry Merrytime Cruise, which takes place on select sailings in November and December. Read all about the activities that you can experience.