The name says it all. Do we really need to tell you about this amazing line? Well, of course we will. When we meet cruisers, whether they have cruised on Disney before or not, the response is ALWAYS positive. After all, Disney is the happiest place on earth, and that includes the ocean. Disney ships are constantly selling out. And they sell out at premium prices. Why? It’s all about the Disney experience and the value that this cruise line delivers at many levels. This applied to adults as much as kids. We love Disney and are annual pass holders. (We just wish they had a cruise annual pass holder program as well.)
Here are some fun facts about DCL:
- Their fleet consists of four total ships, two in each class.
- They sail all over from Alaska, Hawaii, California coast, Caribbean, Panama Canal, Mediterranean and Europe (these do vary year to year).
- They were the first to have a fireworks show at sea – and in true Disney style they have a themed party that night.
- The details around the ship are amazing, from hidden Mickey’s, iconic drawings to decorative touches exclusive to each ship and surprise Character appearances.
- They were the innovators of “virtual portholes”. This was a great touch to help give the inside cabins a peak of the outside. And then they took it the next level and added surprise appearance by characters onto the porthole.
- They have an amazing private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay, and it’s the only private island with its own fixed dock.
- The design of each ships includes two red smoke stacks — similar to reflect that classic cruise liner feel. Only one is an actual working smoke stack.
- They received special permission from the coast guard to have lifeboats the color of Mickey’s shoes – special yellow. And their hull is a rich navy color. Such a beautiful looking ship that says “Disney”.
- Their larger ships have a HUGE water slide. It was originally planned to be a lazy river, but took up too much deck space so they elevated it. Don’t expect to experience a fast moving slide, it is an elevated semi-lazy river with amazing views.
The Disney ships aren’t just for kids either. Adults can have an amazing time enjoying the adult only areas, spas, fabulous bars and entertainment. When you are on a Disney ship, you will find some of the most innovative technology as well. From the simple two way radios provided for your family, to the wrist bands that electronically keep track of your kids. And a big bonus of Disney Cruise Line, is they allow you to carry on your own alcohol. But if you plan on gambling, you won’t find a casino on their ships or private island.
The Disney cruise ships are among the cleanest ships. We were amazed the first time we were on a Disney ship, the Disney Magic. It was their oldest ship and had recently been refurbished. Everything from the deck, the exterior and interior of the ship was spotless throughout the voyage. One of our favorite experiences on the ship was how they welcome people onboard. Pretty awesome, we won’t give away the secret.
Disney recently announced their 2015 itineraries. If you are interested in experiencing a Disney cruise, we highly recommend you plan in advanced. And here’s a tip, you will find the best pricing in the month of September. That’s when school is back in session and the demand is down. but if you are looking for a holiday cruise or during spring/summer break, expect to pay more. Here’s a sneak peak of the 2015 fall Itineraries:
What’s been your experience on Disney? Share in the comments below. And THANK YOU for continuing to check in on our 30 Days 30 Cruise Line feature this month. Happy Travel Thursday!