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Friday, June 27, 2014

Travel Feature: Disney at Sea

It's official: Summer is here! And with it comes the scramble to figure out what to do and where to go.
Whether you have kids or are a kid at heart (or both!) it's hard to think of childhood without Disney. If Disneyland is a 'been there, done that' scenario for your family, but the kiddos haven't had their fill (do I even need to mention Frozen???) why not consider combining a cruise vacation with the mouse?

We asked our travel expert Gary Gallant to tell us more about Disney Cruises. Here's what he had to say...

Have you thought of this unique option for your family holiday?  A Disney Cruise is a perfect destination for you and your family to enjoy!
A Disney Cruise is just like putting a Disney Park on a ship and then sailing away.  And there is something for all ages.  If you have had the chance to visit one of the Disney Parks around the world, you know they always do things differently, and give much more than expected.  Everything is bigger and brighter with Disney!  You will see the same on the Disney ships; they are definitely not your average cruise, and they are a destination in themselves.
Throughout the cruise, Minnie and Mickey will make their rounds, along with all your other favorite Disney characters.  Their aim is to delight all ages.  The kids in the family will get at least as much value from the cruise as the adults will.
Disney Cruise Line has 4 ships. The Disney Wonder, Disney Magic, Disney Dream, and the newest: Disney Fantasy.  Disney sails around Europe and Alaska during the Spring, Summer, and Fall, with the Fantasy sailing the Caribbean year round.
During the Fall, Winter, and Spring seasons Disney sails to the Bahamas and Caribbean from popular ports such as Port Canaveral, Miami, Galveston, and San Juan.  Itineraries usually include a day at their private paradise island, Castaway Cay in the Bahamas.  And over the holiday season is one of the most magical times to cruise with them into the sun.  Consider a stop-over before or after the cruise at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.  This will make the whole vacation just that much more enchanted. 
Don’t forget that in addition to the marvelous ship experience, you will be exploring exciting ports of call to make this a completely wonderful memory.  For these warm sunny destinations, pack appropriately.  Flip-flops, sun glasses, sunscreen, t-shirts, and shorts are the order of the day.

For those not seeking hot climates, The Disney Wonder sails to Alaska,  sailing out of Vancouver again this Alaska season, running from May until September.  For local Vancouverites this means  no airfare required to have the Disney experience!

As with other premium cruise lines, Disney ships offer varied dining options: Lumiere’s, Triton’s, Royal Court, Royal Palace, Parrot Cay, and Topsider’s Buffet to name a few.  Activities abound, including: original Broadway-style Disney stage shows, movies under the stars, character meet ‘n greets, exclusive kids clubs, family clubs, pools, and AquaDuck, the only water-coaster at sea!  Top this off with world-class adult amenities such as  Quiet Cove adult-only pool, a full-service spa, and Palo adult-only dining to name a few, and Mom & Dad will find a way to enjoy themselves too.  You will find features unique only to Disney, and they are always adding to and improving to their existing services and activities.  The magic is in the details!

When you plan a Disney Cruise getaway you know you are giving the very best to your family.  There will be so many enchanted moments to remember, they will last forever.  It couldn’t get more magical!  
To see Gary's other family- friendly travel advice for TPB, click here.

Gary is a Cruise & Resort Professional with Expedia CruiseShipCenters, and has been in the industry for 14 years.  His passions are people & travel.  

If you would like to learn more about family- friendly travel options, check out his website or contact him:

Phone: 604 803- 2272
Email: ggallant@cruiseshipcenters.com

You can also find him on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, & LinkedIn

A BIG thank you to Gary for being our favourite travel guy!

Image Sources:
Disney Cruiselines: Flickr
Mickey Anchor
Alaskan Minnie: Flickr
Personal Image: Courtesy of Gary Gallant
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