Disney Cruise For The Whole Family

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Disney is a name long associated with light-hearted, family entertainment. The Disney Cruise is an extension of the fantasy and fun that’s part of the Disney theme parks. What started as a family cruise program has become a vacation option for all ages from families to couples to honeymooners.

The two Disney ships are decorated with a nod to old world cruise elegance and a wink to the Disney icons. You must stay on the lookout for those “hidden Mickeys” the famous mouse outline that peeks out from unexpected places like wallpaper or the swirls of fine china.

The ship’s atrium is massive and provides a great meeting place for families and groups on the way to the next activity. One complaint that families often have about cruise travel is the need to walk through the smelly casinos to get to other public areas of the ship.

Disney Cruise Lines have the distinction of no casinos onboard, just wholesome entertainment so you can allow your older children and teens free access around the ship. Another distinctive that families appreciate is the “Soda Card” which lets any passenger receive unlimited sodas at the restaurants or the poolside beverage stands.

If you’ve never cruised before, on most ships you had to order a simple diet soda from the bar and pay bar tab prices for a soft drink. This popular feature – the soda card – is being copied by other ships.

Another great benefit on Disney cruises is the unusually generous cabin sizes. Knowing that the ships would attract families, Disney Cruise Lines have family cabins to hold six with a bath and a half.

Over 40% of the outside cabins have open balconies. Bathtub, mini-bar, safe and hair dryers are standard equipment in all cabins. As nice as the cabins are, why stay inside where there are so many fantastic shipboard activities?

The Disney Children’s programs are well organized, creative and clearly a step above the usual shipboard babysitting. Childcare begins for infants and toddlers. The Oceaneers (ages 3-7) have hands-on science games, Oceaneer Labs (ages 8-12) have marine biology game shows and the Teens enjoy a private club with video games, MP3 stations, and soda bar.

These are free with only a charge for babysitting after 1 A.M. So where are the parents? They escape to a Broadway-style theatre, elegant reservations-only restaurant, spa, sports pub, piano bar or the dance club.

Everyone looks forward to the day at Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island. Since all children are automatically enrolled in the Castaway Club for supervised activities on the island, the adults can slip away to an adults-only beach or spend the day with the kids at the family beach with games and activities.

What’s a Disney vacation without a theme park? Not to worry. Cruise guests get special land-sea packages so after docking at Cape Canaveral, they are whisked away to Disneyworld in Orlando for the full theme park experience. This vacation is really the best of both worlds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Celebrity Cruise Ships: Be With The Rich And Famous

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On a Celebrity Cruise, there’s no guarantee that a movie star will slide into the adjacent booth at your dinner table. What Celebrity Cruises does so well is to make you feel like you yourself are a “celebrity” so that you experience cruising like the rich and famous while remaining within your budget.

With the introduction of the Millennium in 2002, Celebrity Cruises reached a new level of shipboard elegance that can appeal to people of all walks of life. The Celebrity experience was designed to spoil you with unexpected touches like a poolside massage or high tea in the afternoon. Personal services are brought to you, wherever you are without waiting in line.

The lavish midnight buffet that’s a cruise industry hallmark expanded. Celebrity Cruises offer chic continental breakfast choices as well as a lunch buffet that puts the soup and sandwich to shame.

You can literally enjoy gourmet food choices all day and well into the night. Other hints of the way the upper crust live come in the sophisticated wine tasting events, cigar lounge on some ships, martini bars, spa caf? dinners and the more adult-oriented “Welcome Aboard” party.

Another innovation for the health-minded guest is Celebrity’s unique Acupuncture at Sea treatments to soothe stress, relieve pain and prepare to fully enjoy the cruise. The spas are state of the art with professionals who give the most luxurious massages, facials, and paraffin treatments all the way to full makeovers and hair styling. You can leave the cruise not just feeling like a new person but looking like one as well.

If you just can’t stay away from your many fans (or your overloaded email), Connect @ Sea gives you 24/7 Internet access from your cabin. You can even take a few minutes to send back photos that show you lounging on the deck with a sumptuous tray of foods and the extremely hot server who delivered it to your table. Or you can take your laptop to the CyberCafe-at-Sea to get online in the company of other Internet surfers.

When a celebrity is on board there’s always a party and the same is true for you. Celebrity Cruises encourages you to start chatting on the Celebrity Connections online message board before your cruise date.

It’s a way to gather a group of like-minded people who want to meet and greet on board. Whether you invite people traveling with you or develop a group online, when you have 25 people who are interested in connecting, Celebrity Cruises will prepare a private party for your group during the first two days of the cruise.

As with any exclusive event, Celebrity staff will deliver personal invitations to the cabins of everyone in your group. Now that’s the way the stars create special events for the “in-crowd.”

Before long you’ll have a new group of friends. So whether you are a celebrity in your own mind or the real deal, Celebrity Cruises will wrap you in plush bathrobes and surround you in luxury as if you were their only guest.

Designed for you. The devil is in the details. Meticulous attention to detail. Its what elevates the style to high design. Food to haute cuisine. Service to new heights of pampering. Its what raises a Celebrity Cruise experience above all others. Attention to detail. Like a stateroom attendant who greets you by name. Or a server who remembers your love of Pinot Noir. Or a freshly manicured half-acre grass lawn — the only one at sea. Designed for your next bocce winning streak or barefoot picnic lunch, as you sail the Cote d’Azur. Desire more than sweet fresh-cut grass aromatherapy? Our AquaClass Staterooms afford you unlimited access to our award-winning AquaSpa and a menu of rejuvenating treatments. Our celebrated chef-run restaurants offer fare designed to stimulate your palate and tickle your every fancy. Afterward, there’s even a menu designed for selecting the perfect pillow. From our category-redefining fleet of ships to our new Celebrity Life onboard programs, we leave no detail of your vacation to chance. We’ve designed everything we do around the desires of the worlds most discerning traveler. You.