5 Reasons To Love the Disney Cruise Line

Have you ever dreamed of setting sail across the ocean blue but just didn't want to give up your annual Disney trip? Maybe you're just not quite sure you would enjoy a cruise and want to test it out before giving up all your vacation days to it? I've gathered up a small list of my favorite things that I think make the Disney Cruise Line the best place for a novice cruiser to get their feet wet.

Disney Cruise Line Offers Classic Cruise EleganceDisney Cruise Line Offers Classic Cruise Elegance

3 & 4 Night Cruises

Disney offers regular short cruises leaving from Port Canaveral every week. It's the perfect way to dip your toe into a whole new style of travel without having to commit to a week at sea. Go ahead and tack a "starter cruise" onto the end of your Walt Disney World Vacation for a fantastic land and sea adventure.

Castaway Cay Boat BeachCastaway Cay Boat Beach

Large Staterooms

No matter what line you set sail with space is at a premium onboard a cruise ship. However, the Disney Cruise Line offers some of the largest standard cabins in the industry. At the lowest price point Disney's standard inside stateroom is 184 sq. feet and sleeps 3-4. For comparison on Norwegian Cruise Line's ship 'Epic' the inside cabin only has 124 sq. feet and sleeps 2. The extra square feet mean that your stateroom offers more room to relax, change clothes, eat, or just plain enjoy your own private space. If you still think that there won't be enough room, try the Deluxe Family Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah at 304 sq. feet.

Deluxe Oceanview Family StateroomDeluxe Oceanview Family Stateroom

Castaway Cay

It's true that other cruise lines have private islands too, but none quite compare to Disney's Castaway Cay. The same quality, cleanliness, and attention to detail guests know from the Disney Parks has turned this little patch of sand and scrub into a tropical oasis. Even Disney's short cruises stop for a day of fun and play where guests can swim with stingrays, snorkel the lagoon, splash in the ocean, or bike around the island. Lunch is provided at Cookies BarBQ over at the adults only beach Air Bar at Serenity Bay.

Castaway Cay Welcome SignCastaway Cay Welcome Sign

Quiet Cove

Some of the most wonderful places on board the Disney ships are designated as adults only and the Quiet Cove is a relaxing spot on board to lounge around the pool on a plush chaise with a cocktail in your hand and enjoy your vacation. Grown Ups can take a dip in the jetted hot tubs, or even book a poolside massage. This area is also home to the Senses Spa and a quite elegant Espresso Bar.

Quiet Cove Pool and Chaise LoungesQuiet Cove Pool and Chaise Lounges


Palo is the signature dining experience onboard all four of the Disney vessels offers delicious Northern Italian fare and a beautiful selection of wines. A menu that offers both adventure and comfort is brought forth with attentive service, and the tables have sweeping ocean views. Palo is the perfect spot for a romantic dinner for two, only seating guests age 18 and up.

Palo is DCL's Signature Restaurant at SeaPalo is DCL's Signature Restaurant at Sea

I'll be honest with you, it was really hard for me to pick only 5 things for this list. The quality and attention to detail that Disney brings to the sea makes these cruises akin to setting sail in a Disney Deluxe Resort. There is so much to see and do, or you can just kick back, relax, and do a whole lot of nothing. It doesn't matter if you are traveling with or without kids, the ships of the Disney Cruise Line are floating masterpieces full of fun activities and visiting many exciting Ports throughout 2014 and beyond.

If you're looking for more information be sure to visit the links scattered through this article! Have you been thinking of taking a Disney Cruise? What's holding you back? Leave a comment below and let us know!

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Bruce wrote on Wed, 01/01/2014 - 16:48:

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I am allergic to caffeine and am diabetic. .I don't drink alcohol. SO I drink diet caffeine free soda & I don't think u can get it.

marie wrote on Wed, 01/01/2014 - 17:09:

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I will be on the Dream in 18 day's!!!! Just Me and my hubby, we have been on many cruises and are very excited about this one, can't wait for the private beach, res. at Palo's for brunch, and the adults only pool!!!! Then we head to the parks for a few day's!!!!!

Cinnamon wrote on Wed, 01/01/2014 - 17:28:

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Bruce, You are able to carry on your own soda. I am not a fan of Coke products and that is what is served. We carried on bottles of soda. Worked out perfect. Go on the cruise it's amazing.

kevin stearn wrote on Wed, 01/01/2014 - 17:34:

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You can always bring your own soda on board and store it in your stateroom, The staterooms all have fridges in them and there are plenty of places to get ice. Plus water and fruit juice is free on board- hope this helps

Tammy wrote on Wed, 01/01/2014 - 20:56:

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I am surprised to see DCL on WDW for Grownups. I would never have considered a Disney cruise as I would have expected it to be overrun with children.

Debra Blenkinsop wrote on Wed, 01/01/2014 - 21:08:

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I love the Disney cruises and I am going on my fourth cruise on January 13th after spending 5 nights at WDW.

Kristen K. wrote on Thu, 01/02/2014 - 00:54:

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Bruce - As others have said, you can absolutely bring your own soda with you!

Tammy - I've also traveled with NCL and I actually had fewer issues with kids on the Disney Cruise. It's Disney's areas that are designated as "adults only" and being able to do the late dinner seating that really make a difference. Sure there's no casino, but most adults that usually hit the Disney Parks for vacation don't mind that too much. There is Bingo with a cash pot if you really need it!

Marie - You're going to have a fantastic time!

alicemouse wrote on Mon, 01/06/2014 - 04:13:

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Oh my gosh, Kristen! I didn't realize that DCL doesn't have a casino!! That's awesome. I'm in! We did a Carnival Cruise a few years ago and I felt like every time I turned around I landed in the freaking casino or they were trying to milk more money out of us for something. It was a really upsetting way to vacation and that was the catalyst that encouraged us to vacation more at WDW where we have always had consistently fun and enjoyable vacations and feel like even though it's not a "cheap" vacation that we get an amazing value!

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