Cruising is a great option for families who want to visit multiple destinations in one trip. My family went on our first family cruise together (with grandparents!) last year and we loved it so much we’ve planned another one for later this year.
Although Disney Cruise Line was at the upper end of our budget, we are glad that we chose this family friendly line to introduce our kids to the world of cruising.
If you’re thinking about a cruise and have infants, toddlers or young children, I’d encourage you to not rule out Disney Cruise Line because of the price tag.
Here are 4 Reasons Why Your Family Should Sail with Disney
1. A Bathtub in Most Staterooms
A simple thing like a bathtub is what sealed the deal for us. At the time, our son and daughter were used to taking baths in a tub and we weren’t keen on the idea of having one parent squeeze into a small stand up shower with a wriggly child to get them clean.
Bathrooms in cruise ship staterooms aren’t big to begin with. Having a bathtub in almost every stateroom makes bath time easy for parents with infants and toddlers. There’s no need to bring a portable tub or an inflatable one (we’ve been there and done that too!)
2. A Nursery for Infants
Disney ships have nurseries for kids 12 weeks to 36 months old unlike other cruise lines where the minimum age is 6 months.
There’s a playroom with toys, a separate napping area with cribs and various activities running throughout the day.
The well themed nursery and kids clubs are perfect for when mom and dad want some alone time onshore or want to enjoy a meal at an adult only restaurant.
3. Formal Wear is Optional
Unlike most cruise lines where they have formal nights and everyone including little ones must follow a dress code, formal wear is optional on a Disney Cruise.
The logistics of traveling with little ones – diapers, formula, bottles, extra clothes etc. is already so stressful, my husband and I appreciated that we didn’t have to try to fit a tux or dress and multiple pairs of shoes into our suitcase. And it’s never any fun when a baby spits up on your fancy clothes!
4. Short Lines for Character Meets
One of the best parts of sailing with Disney is being able to meet your favorite characters. The lines are much shorter than the parks and you can have a full conversation with them rather than a quick “Let’s take a photo and move on!” kind of moment.
On the last night of our Disney Dream cruise, we got to dance with Goofy, Minnie and Donald. My daughter was ecstatic she got to meet and talk to Snow White 3 times on a 4 night cruise!
Character meets happen several times throughout the cruise and you might even run into some in Castaway Cay (Disney’s private island in the Bahamas) if your ship happens to port there.
Guests can also leave up to two items per stateroom at the reception desk to be autographed while you’re out having fun. We had photo mats and pillowcases signed on our last cruise.
Disney Cruise Lines is perfect for parents with young children. It may be a tad more expensive compared to other cruise lines but if you start looking early enough, you might be able to snag a deal on a Disney Cruise.
Have you considered cruising with Disney before? What amenities or services do you look for when cruising with your kids?