If you’re contemplating a cruise on Disney Cruise Line, you’ll have four different ships to choose from. While staterooms are relatively similar across all four ships, there are some notable differences in size, activities, pools and slides, nightclubs, youth clubs and the destinations each ship sails to. While some people assume Disney cruises are just for families, Disney Cruise Line keeps the magic alive for adults as well. There are adults-only restaurants and plenty of activities and excursions designed to appeal to the kid in all of us. Here's your introduction to the Disney Cruise Line fleet.
Disney Magic is the oldest ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet. It started sailing in 1998 and underwent a significant renovation in 2013. One of the newer additions is AquaDunk, a three-story body slide. Onboard entertainment includes “Tangled”: The Musical and Marvel Day at Sea (select itineraries).
Disney Magic offers an adults-only pool with swim-up bar and a nightlife area that includes a pub and sports bar, nightclub and cocktail lounge. For dining, the adults-only Palo restaurant serves Northern Italian cuisine with wine pairings. For the young ones, you’ll find a “Toy Story” themed-area, Mickey Mouse Club, Marvel Avengers Academy and Pixie Hollow inspired by Peter Pan. For character dining, don’t miss the Animator’s Palate.
Disney Magic sails the high seas around the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Northern Europe and the Mediterranean. Caribbean itineraries include western, eastern and southern islands. Northern European cruises visit iconic destinations like Iceland, Russia and Norway, while Mediterranean ports of call include Barcelona, Naples, Ibiza, Sicily and more.
Disney Wonder is close to the same size as Disney Magic, holding around 2,400 passengers in its 875 staterooms. It has a number of similar options to Disney Magic, including the adults-only Palo Italian restaurant and interactive dining at Animator’s Palate. Some cruisers note that the character dining is different on both ships.
Two additions on Disney Wonder include Tiana’s Place, a southern-cooking restaurant themed after Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog”, and a Broadway-style production of “Frozen”.
Disney Wonder sails throughout Alaska and the Bahamas. It also visits other western, southern and eastern Caribbean ports of call.
Disney Dream is a larger ship, with 1,250 statements and a passenger capacity of 4,000. It is also two decks taller than Disney Wonder or Disney Magic. One of the most talked about features on this ship is Remy, an adult-exclusive restaurant. Dishes are created by Chef Scott Hunnel, from Disney’s award-winning Victoria & Albert’s at Walt Disney World Resort, and advising Chef Arnaud Lallement, who is a three-Michelin-starred chef from France.
Inside Disney’s Oceaneer Club, you’ll find a “Star Wars” Millennium Falcon space, complete with a C-3PO and cockpit. Spend the day by the pool and don’t miss AquaDuck, a thrilling, twisting water coaster that extends beyond the side of the ship. At night, enjoy the “Beauty and the Beast” stage show or have a drink at the adults-only Skyline Bar.
If you want to experience Disney Dream, you’ll have to book a three-, four- or five-night Bahamas cruise that departs from Port Canaveral, Florida. Disney Dream also visits Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island in the Bahamas.
Disney Fantasy is the same size as Disney Dream and offers some of the same activities and dining options. One added bonus on both Disney Dream and Fantasy is a concierge-level lounge and sun deck. Both ships have interactive artwork, a Midship Detective Agency, mini-golf and golf simulators. Take a ride on AquaDuck or lounge at the adults-only Quiet Cove Pool or under the waterfalls at Satellite Falls. Onboard entertaining includes “Star Wars” Day at Sea and Disney’s “Aladdin” — A Musical Spectacular.
Adults-only dining options on Disney Fantasy include the restaurants Remy and Palo, which are also on Disney Dream as well. Kids can enjoy interactive dining at Animator’s Palate or feel like a king at the Royal Court, which was inspired by numerous Disney fairytales.
While some people think Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream are the same, they are more like sister ships. A few of the notable differences include artistic influences in the ships’ designs, the adults-only area themes and the interactive experience at Animator’s Palate.
Expect some changes to itineraries starting in 2020 as Disney has planned additional cruises and a new home port in New Orleans. It’s also anticipated that Disney will be adding three new ships to its fleet in 2021, 2022 and 2023.