The Disney Cruise Line Difference (20 Things We Loved!)
As avid cruisers and Disney nerds, it was only a matter of time before we booked our first Disney cruise.
Of course, as with anything Disney, our standards and expectations were high, and they did not disappoint!
While we have loved every cruise ship and company we’ve used, Disney always goes that extra mile with a little bit of magic!
See Related: 5 Reasons Why We LOVE to Cruise!
20 Things We Loved about Our Cruise Aboard the Disney Fantasy:
1. Unlike most cruises where only water, tea, and coffee are included with the base price of the cruise, Disney offers sodas as well!
2. Arts and crafts for all ages were available. This was more appealing to us than a bingo game any day!
3. Random characters interacted with us as they wandered the hallways. We chatted with Ariel and were greeted by Pluto out of the blue. We never knew who we’d bump into next!
4. Rotation dining allowed us to keep the same dinner party and wait staff, but rotate from restaurant to restaurant to get the full experience of each.
5. The Disney shows are spectacular. By far the best we’ve seen on a cruise ship!
6. The Disney Fantasy has a movie theater showing Disney films that are currently only in theaters.
7. The themed nights went way beyond “formal night” with Costume Night for Halloween and Pirate Night for Mickey’s Pirates In the Caribbean celebration.
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8. Not looking forward to an inside stateroom? Disney adds a magic porthole, which shows real-time views from outside, just like a window! Keep an eye on the porthole to see some familiar faces every now and then!
9. The character meet and greets are a great place to see your favorite characters! Schedules are available each day.
10. Disney has gained special permission to shoot fireworks from their ships over the ocean. This special fireworks show takes place on Pirate Night.
11. If your Disney cruise itinerary includes Castaway Cay in the Bahamas, you’re in for a treat. Disney has their own private island where the lunch, life jackets, and admission to run in the Castaway Cay 5K are all included with the price of your cruise.
See Related: A Day at Disney’s Castaway Cay
12. We signed up to play onboard mystery games where we were led all around the ship, hunting for clues to help Mickey and friends (and Kermit and friends) solve crimes! This is a great way to help learn the layout of the ship and have some fun passing the time.
13. Deck parties included singing, dancing, and favorite characters!
14. Fruit water and towels are available when re-boarding the ship at ports of call. Refreshing!
15. and 16. Though these things aren’t officially part of a Disney cruise, we enjoyed decorating our stateroom door with fun magnets and making a “fish extender” to join in the gift exchange with other passengers.
17. Televisions in the staterooms have all Disney movies available on demand!
18. Many of the staterooms have “split” bathrooms. One has a toilet and sink, and the other has toilet, sink, tub/shower. Be sure to read information about the staterooms to determine if this is available before you book as it is not available in every room.
19. Instead of boasting a normal water slide, our boat had a water COASTER called The Aquaduck. This was found aboard the Disney Fantasy.
20. Unexpected extra Disney magic is always one of our favorite things. That little bit of “pixie dust” has come to be expected from Disney and can turn experiences from ordinary to extraordinary.
- As we walked through the hallways of the ship, many of the paintings would come alive.
- During shows and movies, we would feel immersed in the stories as bubbles, pyrotechnics, snow, and confetti added to the experience.
- In the Animator’s Palate restaurant, we were able to draw our very own characters, which were then brought to life on huge screens around the restaurant.
Have you been on a Disney cruise? What was your favorite aspect of cruising with Mickey himself? What was the most magical moment for you? Let us know in the comments below!
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Jennifer is the founder of Just Chasing Rabbits travel blog. She lives in Mississippi with husband/travel companion, Mark, and doggie-daughter, Gizmo. After obtaining a BA degree in studio art and working in the field of photography for years, Jenni has combined her love of travel and photography to form this blog. Mark and Jenni share their experiences in hopes of inspiring others to have wonderful adventures and see the world.
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