5 Things You Didn’t Know about Disney Cruises

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It’s no surprise families with children love Disney Cruise Line for the Broadway-quality entertainment, awesome hang-out zones for littlies, tweens and teens, and plenty of fun opportunities to mingle with favourite characters on the way to the Caribbean, Alaska and the Mediterranean. But more cruisers without kids are also hopping onboard the Disney ships, drawn to the well-planned itineraries, topnotch cuisine and adults-only bars and spa. Bright and colourful Mickey and Minnie decor gives way to elegant design in the public areas, making this a high-quality cruise line with broad appeal.

Sail Away to the Caribbean

Disney Cruise Line is a leader in the Caribbean cruise market, with many sun-soaked itineraries to choose from each month. Depart from Miami, Manhattan, Port Canaveral or Galveston for sailings to some of the dreamiest tropical islands in the world. Short getaways to the beautiful Bahamas are popular, or you can indulge in a week at sea for the opportunity to visit St Maarten, British Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

Visits to the Alaskan Wilderness

Have the binoculars at the ready as you sail along the incredibly scenic Inside Passage of Alaska. Adventure enthusiasts will enjoy Disney’s shore excursions to some of the most fascinating spots in Alaska, from dog-sledding in Juneau to gold-fossicking in historic Skagway. Considered by many to be the last frontier, Alaska is brimming with unforgettable sights, from the icy fjords to bear-spotting and whale-watching.

Sample the Mediterranean

One of the greatest and most popular cruising destinations, Europe’s sunny Mediterranean coastline entices with blockbuster cities and charming oceanfront towns. Disney Cruise Line’s 7-night Mediterranean cruise from Barcelona serves up the best of the region with stops in Italy, Spain and the south of France. On board, meet Disney characters, join in deck parties and be blown away by the cruise line’s acclaimed live shows and non-stop entertainment.

Feel the West-Coast Cool

Travellers to the west coast of the US are in prime position to enjoy California Coast cruises. Try a three-night sampler round-trip cruise from San Diego aboard Disney Wonder, with a day in Mexico and a relaxing day at sea. Set sail for five nights from San Diego to Vancouver, Canada, with a stop in San Francisco and three days at sea. That’s plenty of time to enjoy the onboard dining, which ranges from casual (Pinocchio’s Pizzeria) to lavish (Triton’s) and highly entertaining (Animator’s Palate).

Experience a Little Holiday Magic

Where better to enjoy the magic of the holiday season than on a Disney cruise? Themed cruises depart from mid-September until the end of the year, with unforgettable onboard celebrations for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Leave the cooking to the talented chefs as you and your family relax and enjoy indulgent themed feasts. Snap holiday pics alongside a life-sized gingerbread house, gigantic Christmas tree and more shimmering lights than you’ll find in the night sky.

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