Only a Disney family cruise can take little cruisers on a daily voyage to a world devoted to fun and fantasy...
Disney Cruise Line has some of the most extensive children's facilities sea.
A Disney family cruise on both the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder offer an elaborate Walt Disney Theater that resembles a plush, Broadway house.
Buena Vista Cinema features Disney flicks. Studio Sea is styled like a television sound stage and offers a forum for G-rated floor shows.
These ships also offer a children's program called Oceaneer Adventure for children aged 3-17 and a nursery facility, Flounder's Reef, for children age three and under.
Age-specific activities guaranteed to transport young minds to the edge of their imagination.
As an added convenience, parents are given pagers so families are always in touch.
All onboard programs are organized and run by caring youth counselors and have both scheduled and surprise visits by Disney characters every day.
Disney Age-Specific Programs
Oceaneer Adventure is divided into three age-specific categories:
The Club program is further divided into ages 3-4 and 5-7.
The Lab program is divided into 8-10 and 11-12.
The Oceaneer Club facilities resemble Captain Hook's pirate ship with plenty of places for activity. Oceaneer Lab allows participants to experience high-tech interactive programs, hands-on science experiments, and ship-wide treasure hunts.
Kids 11-12 can compete in a marine biology, knowledge-quest game show and send digital post cards to friends.
Teens (13-17) have their own private club, occupying a large portion of deck nine, called Common Grounds - a New York-style coffee house complete with game arcade and Internet Cafe.
In Port Activities
Every Disney family cruise stops at the 1,000-acre private island, Castaway Cay.
Here, parents can relax under a palm tree on a white sand beach while their children play in a supervised area or wade in a protected lagoon.
The adventuresome can go snorkeling on a course littered with tropical fish, treasure chests and faux shipwrecks (one with Mickey Mouse riding on the bow).
Children are automatically enrolled in the island's activities of volleyball, biking, nature hikes, etc. once signed in on the ship.
Children's facilities are open from 9:00AM to 1:00AM. Flounder's Reef nursery has afternoon and nightly hours available on a first-come, first-served basis according to babysitter availability. Rates are $6/hour for the first child and $5/hour for additional children.
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Did You Know?.CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) 62 cruise line members represent more than 90 percent of global cruise capacity, with 482,000 berths on CLIA Member ships. With more than 22 million people cruising worldwide each year, the cruise industry will invest $25 billion to launch 55 new ships between 2015 and 2020. In 2015, the industry will introduce six new oceangoing cruise ships and 16 new river cruise ships.
Top 2014 Cruise Trends (CLIA)
Rebound in luxury cruising (luxury category ships, onboard upgrades) based on an improving economy and increased consumer confidence
Multigenerational and celebration travel increase for all passenger source markets with larger sized family as well as social/ affinity groups traveling together
Continued development and availability of technology to facilitate and lower the cost of onboard communications as well as to provide more efficient passenger servicing
Expectation of first-time passenger growth driven by the 95 million Millennial generation based on population size and positive experiences cruising with their parents
Cruise lines offering more all-inclusive options and packaging in accommodations, services and amenities for increased ease in booking and ship enjoyment
Cruises increasingly attracting consumers seeking active vacations with extreme excursions, longer stays in ports for sightseeing and high-energy onboard facilities
Seeing the world in comfort and ease, especially exotic locations, will continue to drive new itinerary creation and cruise ship deployment
Hot destinations for 2014 according to CLIA cruise line members include: Trans Pacific, World Cruises, U.S. Rivers, South America, Antarctic, Middle East, Canada/New England, Africa and Exotic Rivers