The Disney Magic in Norway.
I just visited Norway on the Disney Magic and it was simply perfect. Everything Disney does, they do well, but they really exceed expectations on Disney Cruise Line. Still, I’ve found it’s very difficult to get my clients on a Disney ship–they’d simply rather go to the parks, and I don’t blame them! Still, there are some good reasons to cruise. Here are a few of my favorite:
5. No surprise costs.
A lot of cruise lines charge extra for (non-alcoholic) drink packages, childcare, crafts, and games. With Disney, nearly everything is covered. Expect to pay extra for shore excursions, alcohol, infant childcare, spa treatments, and of course, tips at the end of your cruise, which are a nice way to thank your servers. Otherwise, your wallet can take a rest.
4. A private island.
Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, may very well be your favorite part of the trip. With immaculate beaches, excellent food (which is included), and plenty of (no cost to you) activities, you can’t beat this experience. Because it’s Disney’s beach, you’ll find plenty of space for everyone to relax and play and there’s even an adults-only beach.
3. It’s more “adult” than you think.
Sure, DCL is great for kids, but lots of couples and singles sail with Disney as well. Each ship has nightclubs and grown up shows, plus a private pool and spa area for adults. There’s also two adult-only dining experiences, Palo (on all four ships) and Remy (on the Fantasy and the Dream) for a small upcharge ($30 and $80 respectively).
We were encouraged to get up early each morning to see the fjords as we went into each port, a process that could take a couple of hours. Each time, this was before the dining rooms were open but cast members were up too, passing out breakfast sandwiches and coffee.
2. Excellent food, pristine ships, wonderful service.
I’m a foodie and I’m picky about what I eat: I figure if I’m going to be eating a lot of calories (which is part of the fun of a cruise), I might as well eat something that’s worth it. DCL has great food, from the never ending buffet, to the dining rooms in your rotation, to say nothing of Remy and Palo, where you’ll receive unbelievable food and great service. And personally, I can’t stay away from the poolside ice cream machines that run day and night. It’s like that dream you had when you were a kid, except it’s real and not only do they have chocolate and vanilla, but you can get it swirled too. And no grown ups to tell you when to stop!
Okay, I just got away from myself. But it’s not just the food, of course. The staterooms are designed to maximize space, so there’s plenty of room to store your things (including a handy space under the bed for your luggage). The bathrooms are split, so you have a separate toilet/sink combo and a separate tub/shower and sink in the other room. This is super handy when you have a bigger family getting ready in the morning. You’ll have a television in the room so you can relax at night and a fridge–although to be honest, you’re not going to spend that much time in your room. But when do, you’ll sink into a comfortable queen-sized bed. Heavenly.
Hot chocolate awaits you after a chilly excursion off the ship.
And the service? Your servers will move with you to each dining location, so you get to know them and they get to know you, your likes and dislikes. Our kids loved the impromptu table side “entertainment” that our servers provided, with trivia and magic tricks. And you’ll find that same attitude everywhere on the ship, right down to your room steward.
1. It’s the easiest vacation you’ll ever take.
We traveled to Norway with four adults and six young children between us. And you know what little kids don’t like? Europe. Okay, I’m being silly here, but the reality is that most kids will tire pretty quickly of castles and battlefields and all the great stuff adults can’t get enough of. And you know what? That’s okay. Because you can do some quick touring with them in the morning and then they can enjoy the kids’ clubs, which you’ll have a hard time keeping them out of.
But it’s not just the kids clubs that make it an easy trip. I loved lounging by the pool with the kids, swimming, eating great dinners with my family and our friends. It was just so . . . well, it was so easy on so many levels. And when you’re not constantly checking your phone or bothered by something absolutely fascinating on Facebook that needs your immediate attention, well, you can unplug and relax. And in the end that’s what a vacation should be. And that’s what it’s all about on DCL.
I know the price can be steep and I know that it most likely means not seeing the Mouse at Walt Disney World that year, but think about DCL for your next Disney trip. Chances are good you’ll absolutely love it.
Thinking about a Disney cruise? Please email me for a no-obligation quote at ChrisW@PixieVacations.com. In addition to excellent service and years of experience, I offer substantial onboard credits as my gift to you.