When Disney does something, you know it's going to cost you. Enter the Disney Cruise Line. The company's top creative talent joined forces with the world's best maritime designers to come up with superlative ships that make every adult feel the cruise is intended for them, while at the same time giving every child the same impre$$ion.
Disney Magic and Disney Wonder were launched in 1998 and 1999 respectively and the ultimate family-friendly cruise experience in a big-ship setting was so successful that Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy followed in 2011 and 2012. Disney Cruise Line sails to Alaska, California, the Caribbean, Hawaii and Mexico as well as the Mediterranean.
The ships are both classic and innovative. Exteriors have traditional lines with twin funnels, reminiscent of the great ocean liners of yesteryear. Inside, cutting-edge technology sails in tandem with novel ideas in entertainment, stateroom design and facilities. Dining is possibly the biggest innovation – each evening passengers dine in a different restaurant with a unique theme, but their waiter and dining companions move with them.
Disney's own cruise terminal at Port Canaveral is part of the overall strategy of total immersion. Disney Cruise Line passengers are met at the airport by Disney staff and transported to the terminal in themed coaches. When the cruise is packaged with a stay at a Disney hotel, guests only check in once. But it's not just about small children; to cater to all ages, some facilities, services, activities and programmes are designed specifically for adults only. There are alternative restaurants, swimming pools and nightclubs exclusively for grownups, making this a superb choice for upmarket family cruising.