Are you looking for a cruise line that caters to families? Disney Cruise Line just might be for you!
Post COVID-19 Cruise Travel
I have personally had the opportunity to sail three times on Disney Cruise Line since late September 2021 and most recently late February 2022 on two different ships. I have traveled more since COVID-19 started than before and I felt the safest from getting COVID-19 on a cruise ship… especially Disney Cruise Line. The vaccination requirement, reduced capacity on the ship, and testing before boarding made me feel very safe to board.
Currently, all guests age 5 and older are required to be fully vaccinated to sail on Disney Cruise Line and guests age 4 and younger are required to provide a negative rapid PCR or lab-based PCR test taken between 3 days and 24 hours before the sail date. Every guest is required to upload proof of vaccination or pre-trip COVID-19 test results to the Safe Passage website. Masks are required when boarding. Once onboard, guests may remove masks and they are only required in the theaters. This is all subject to change at any time.
My 24 year old daughter who is non verbal with autism, my mother, and I sailed on Disney Dream for a 4-Night Bahamas Halloween On The High Seas cruise in late September 2021. We sailed round trip from Port Canaveral with one day at sea and two stops at Disney’s private island Castaway Cay.
This was my mother’s very first cruise and it took a lot of convincing her to go. Let me tell you, before the end of the first night she was loving every minute! She has even said that she doesn’t know that she could ever go on another cruise line after having cruised on Disney Cruise Line because of the amazing service, food, and activities available for all ages. At first she was surprised to see adults traveling without children, but then she understood why after experiencing the ship and its crew.
Deluxe Family Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah
Our stateroom was 6106 which is a Category 4C Deluxe Family Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah. This room type is amazing!
- It can sleep up to 5 guests
- Has a queen bed with room underneath to store luggage
- A sleeper sofa
- A wall pull-down bed
- An upper-berth pull-down bed
The bathroom is split with one room having a vanity, sink, and toilet and the other room having a vanity, sink, and round tub with a shower. This makes getting ready easier for a family.
The verandah of the stateroom had two chairs and a small table. It was so nice to go out there in the evening and watch the sunset or in the morning to enjoy some coffee. My mother and daughter slept in the bed and I slept on the wall pull down. I was comfortable and loved waking up in the morning being able to roll over, pull back the curtain and look outside.
There are three main restaurants for dinner. Each stateroom has a dinner rotation. This allows all guests to eat in each restaurant at least once on 3 and 4-Night sailings and at least twice on 7-Night sailings. The Disney Difference is that guests dine in restaurants versus a main dining room on other cruise lines and the wait staff moves with guests each night for dinner.
Each table has a server and an assistant server. They get to know the guests’ likes and dislikes. The wait staff are great with entertaining little ones. Many guests become close with their wait staff and will request them when booking future cruises. They become like family! The wait staff also works in Cabana’s, on Castaway Cay, and other areas of the ship. If they see you, they will yell your name to say hello. Another Disney Difference is that sodas, juices, and milk are included in the price of the cruise. Other cruise lines charge for sodas.
Since we were all adults and we had two days at Castaway Cay, we rented floats for both days and spent our time on Serenity Bay relaxing. It was needed and amazing! We did a little shopping on the island also. My mother bought some items from the Bahamian vendor there.
The Dream was decked out for Halloween. The fireworks were Halloween themed also. Guests dressed up in costumes. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, trick-or-treating was suspended for this sailing. Stateroom attendants did leave candy for children. Characters dressed up in Halloween costumes also. Nightmare Before Christmas played in the theater. It was a great cruise and especially for those that love Halloween!
Are you ready to book a Disney cruise for your next family adventure? Contact your journey planner for more details.
Thank you to Embrace the Journey Travel Planner April Watson for writing this blog post for us. You can learn more about April here.