Disney Cruise Line doesn’t just tick all the right boxes when it comes to family cruises, it sprinkles them with fairy dust and adds a treasure chest of magical touches too.

And while several cruise lines claim to be child-friendly, Disney stands out as the one that is truly family-centric, where youngsters and their parents are at the epicentre of everything it does.

Exterior of the Disney Magic cruise ship as it sails across the ocean at sunrise

Disney magic

Disney’s ships are like floating versions of its famous theme parks, with non-stop fun activities led by Captain Mickey Mouse and his merry band of characters who pop up around the ship for meet and greet sessions with passengers.

From the moment guests step on-board, and are publicly announced and greeted by an applauding line-up of crew, it is obvious that Disney has added its own unique twists to make everyone feel special.

The top deck of a Disney Cruise Line ship at sunsetIts four-strong fleet of elegant ships has a distinctly upscale feel, from the smart navy hulls to the tasteful nautical decor (containing subtle hints of Mr Mouse himself) that runs throughout the public spaces and cabins.

Children’s facilities are varied and numerous, including imaginative kids’ clubs and a cool teen hangout, while outside there are waterslides, an outdoor screen showing Disney films and swimming pools supervised by lifeguards.

The deck of a Disney Cruise Line ship illuminated by multi-coloured lights at night

There is a novel take on dining as passengers rotate between the themed restaurants, taking their waiters with them too. This adds to the variety of each evening, along with the nightly Disney-themed stage shows in the Walt Disney Theatre which are of an impressively high standard and full of glitz and dazzle.

A highlight of each sailing is the excellent pirates’ deck party, starring all the main Disney characters, while on Caribbean cruises there are stops at Disney’s own private island, Castaway Cay.

Guests flying down a waterslide in rubber rings on-board Disney Dream

Disney Dream

A welcoming Oceanview Stateroom on Disney Magic

Oceanview Stateroom

But if all this make-believe gets too much for grown-ups, there are adult-only areas to escape to. They can retire to the spa and adult pool area or spend evenings in a choice of bars and refined child-free restaurants.

Disney cruises can cost a little more than some other cruise lines but the overall consensus is that they’re worth it as so much is included.

Disney’s first two ships, Disney Magic and Disney Wonder, have been upgraded with some facilities added from its two larger and newer ships, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy. This quartet will also be joined by three more ships in the next few years, and these will run on liquefied natural gas, ensuring that Disney’s own brand of ocean-going magic becomes more environmentally friendly too.

Would you like to embark on a fun-filled cruise with Disney Cruise Line? Click the button above to find out more about the cruise line and choose your perfect voyage, or call our Cruise Concierge team on 0808 1234 118 to be our guest and book a sailing with bespoke touches tailored to your family’s needs.

Sara Macefield
Sara Macefield is an award-winning travel journalist of more than 20 years standing, and has spent the last decade writing about the cruise industry – exploring the world's oceans and rivers on ships of all sizes. Having notched up more than 100 cruises, her most memorable trips have been to Alaska with its superb wildlife, and sailing along Burma’s remote Chindwin River to villages far off the tourist track. She writes regularly for The Times and Daily Telegraph and has written for the Daily Mail, The Guardian, Daily Express and Woman & Home Magazine.

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