Sure, many cruise lines cater to families with activities for each age group, but after a recent voyage aboard Disney Dream, we decided Disney Cruise Line is one of our favorites. There’s something — most of which is included in rates — for every person in your party, from the young to the young at heart.
It’s A Small World Nursery
Age Group: 6 Months to 3 Years
Housed in a colorful, yet calm room, It’s A Small World Nursery offers a play area with games, toys and books, plus a giant, flat-screen TV. Scheduled activities include storytime and arts and crafts. There’s also a separate area for naps, complete with cribs and swings, plus an Acclimation Zone that allows youngsters to adjust to their temporary surroundings. Fees are $9 per hour, per first child and $8 for all others, per hour.
Disney’s Oceaneer Club
Age Group: 3 to 12
This area offers Monsters Academy, Pixie Hollow and Explorer Pod, but the most popular (understandably so) is Andy’s Room, where life-size versions of the film’s toys await eager kids. Remember Buster, the weiner dog? You can literally climb through him before landing in Andy’s bed, where you can watch TV on what looks like an old-school set-up. Rex, Hamm and Mr. Potato Head (and all his accessories) round out the fun for youngsters.
Disney’s Oceaneer Lab
Age Group: 3 to 12
Disney’s Oceaneer Lab provides a means for children to get creative, via an Animator’s Studio, where they sketch — and often bring to life — their own characters, and Sound Studio, where they can make music and listen to their creations. Organized activities include Monsters, Inc. Open “Mike” Night and Get the Hook!, a scavenger hunt with crime scenes and clues.
Age Group: 11 to 14
‘Tweens aren’t forgotten at Edge, where they enjoy hi-tech fun. Offerings include an illuminated floor for dance parties and a video wall that stretches 18 feet! Got a ‘tween-aged comedian? They’ll love That’s Hilarious, where they’ll learn the art of improvisation through movie scene skits and games.
Age Group: 14 to 17
Teenagers who are too cool for their parents will appreciate an escape at Vibe, which offers exclusive splash pools, a sundeck, smoothie and coffee bar, dance club (with a DJ), media room, video game area and more.
Age Group: 18+
The District is mom and dad’s version of the Oceaneer Lab. In this exclusive area, adults are treated to a wide selection of bars and lounges. Standout selections include Skyline, where a video wall rotates images of different cities, at the same time playing music reminiscent of said city, and Pink, where the decor itself — pink bubbles and subtle inspirations from Dumbo — are featured. Meridian, though located between Palo and Remy (the ship’s fine-dining restaurants), remains a somewhat hidden spot — opt to enjoy a cocktail on the outdoor deck.