Now is the time of year to begin to think about the upcoming summer and the best part of summer–the vacation. It may be due to a blissfully hefty tax refund or a horrific case of spring fever, but whatever the reason, this is also the time to book the best luxury summer vacations. The Disney Cruise Line is one of the most elegant and entertaining cruises available regardless of whether or not you have children.
If you’ve never been on a Disney Cruise, you may picture it as a floating day care, awash with children and their accompanying noise and juvenile décor. It is not. Both the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder are nearly identically designed in a 1930’s and 40’s curvy, art deco style in vivid Caribbean hues. The character element is certainly not missing, it is just incorporated in an understated and sophisticated way. For example, in one of the astonishingly beautiful restaurants onboard the Wonder, Triton’s, iridescent mosaics on the walls depict the characters from “The Little Mermaid.”
The staterooms continue the art deco theme in nautical reds and blues. All staterooms are considerably larger than the industry standard, even the most economical ones in category 12. If a larger budget is not a problem, you can certainly opt for opulence in one of the suites—the Royal Suite is 1,029 square feet of splendor, housing two bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, a library and a pantry, among other amenities.
The Disney Cruise is unique among cruises in that the experience onboard does not center on a bar or casino theme. There are bars, clubs and plenty of adults-only areas, but there are also plenty of chic amenities to both entertain and relax. The Walt Disney Theater on both ships is a grand Broadway-style theater featuring top-notch plays, live shows and movies. The Vista Spa, also on both ships, does not skimp on five-star surroundings or pampering. It is, in two words, gorgeous indulgence. Guests on basketball and volleyball courts are nearly always ready for a spontaneous pick-up game and there are two pools on board (one for adults only). Parties are always going on, some of them complete with fireworks.
The Disney Wonder in Nassau’s port. Photo by Connor Davis.
The true beauty of a Disney Cruise, should you decide to cruise with children, is that they will be as entertained as you will be. Teens, tweens, children, and even babies are catered to in a way that only Disney knows how to do. Teens have a “Friends” type hangout full of everything they love, tweens have a science lab where creation has no limits and the younger ones have a place to play that even includes a huge, soft, climbable recreation of Captain Hook’s ship.
Disney has figured out how to serve up the best of both worlds, luxury and fun. With a new ship scheduled to be launched next year, the Disney Dream, even more people can enjoy the magic, the wonder and now, live the dream.
Travel Information: Booking a Disney cruise is remarkably easy. Everything can be taken care of on Disney’s website, including airline tickets. If you’d like to use a discount service, such as Orbitz or Travelocity, airline tickets can be purchased through them, but not the actual cruise. The cruise package includes transfers and baggage pick-up and delivery service from the airport to Port Canaveral, Florida, where the ships launch. Booking a ticket from Denver International Airport instead of the Colorado Springs airport nearly always saves time and money.
For more information: Please visit the Disney Cruise Line website.
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