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Disney Cruise Line Quick Stats

Founded: 1995

Phone: 407.566.3500

Customer Service: 1.800.951.3532


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Ships in Fleet: 4

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About Disney Cruise Line

Owned by the Walt Disney Company and sailing from their home port of Port Canaveral, Disney Cruise Line offers a variety of family vacations at sea. With Port Canaveral being only an hour away from the four Disney World theme parks in Orlando, many families squeeze in a few days at the theme parks when planning their Disney cruise.

Prior to launching the Disney Cruise Line in 1995, Disney allowed Premier Cruise Line to showcase their characters on the Premier "Big Red Boats." The characters were such a hit that Disney decided to launch its own cruise line to provide their own unique family-friendly cruising experience. When the arrangement between Premier and Disney ended, Premier transitioned to the Looney Tunes characters. Meanwhile, Disney had their first two ships built by an Italian shipyard, Fincantieri.

Today, Disney Cruise Line has four ships in operation. This includes Disney Magic (1998), Disney Wonder (1999), Disney Dream (2011) and Disney Fantasy (2012). Every Disney cruise ship is designed to offer children just as much fun as their parents have on a cruise. Children will find a child-friendly area on each ship. This includes an activity center for tweens and teens, a kids club and unique interactive programs to keep them occupied and engaged while away at sea.

Adults and children will enjoy spectacular live musical shows as well as first-run movies in 3-D. Each program is unlike anything else offered on the high seas and is presented in one of several lavish venues on board. In addition, every cruise includes one evening to experience the magical Disney Wishes Nighttime Spectacular. This fireworks show will delight the child in every passenger.

The dining options will delight younger guests and those who are still young at heart. Adults are invited to enjoy adult-only elegant dining rooms serving gourmet delights. This is one of the few times when Disney cruises create separate experiences for the adults and the children on board. However, the whole family can partake of delightfully themed restaurants and made-to-order casual fare throughout the rest of the ship.

Where They Cruise

Disney Cruise Lines has itineraries that take passengers to destinations around the globe. This includes the standard North American ports of call in Alaska, Florida, Mexico and California. Routes to Canada include a trip up the New England coast and stops at fishing villages in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Other destinations include the Caribbean, Bahamas, Panama Canal and Europe. Cruisers can explore Norwegian fjords, Mediterranean resorts, and British historical sites. Longer itineraries include transatlantic crossings and Hawaiian cruises. Some of these ports will require a visa, so it's best to check with the U.S. State Department before booking your cruise.

Newest Ships/Itineraries

The newest member of the Disney Cruise Line fleet is the Disney Fantasy. With state-of-the-art facilities and an opulent Art Nouveau design, Disney Fantasy is a majestic cruise liner that is also family-friendly. A bronze Mademoiselle Minnie Mouse, inspired by 1920s and 1930s travel, greets all who enter the atrium lobby. Providing clues for an interactive mystery game, the Muppets show up at sea for the first time.

Much of the decor, dining and entertainment is designed to delight the adults as well as the children cruising with Disney. Exciting ports of call and Disney magic at sea make this a great vacation for guest of all ages. On Deck 12, the Aqualab enthralls kids with manually-controlled pipes, moving wheels and levers, and interactive geysers and jets. Grown-ups can retreat to the Satellite Sun Deck, an adults-only area that surrounds Satellite Falls, a circular splash pool.

Fun Facts

The first cruise line to have yellow lifeboats, instead of the traditional regulation orange, was Disney Cruise Line. This was possible after Disney received special permission for the U.S. Coast Guard to paint the lifeboats yellow.

First setting sail in 1998, Disney Magic is the oldest ship in the fleet. However, in 2013, this ship went into dry dock for a complete reimagining. This included significant changes in just about every area of the ship.

A special non-toxic hull coating was applied to Disney Cruise Line ships to reduce surface resistance and increase fuel efficiency in open water. Disney Cruise Line was the first to implement this innovative technology.

The first seven notes of "When You Wish Upon a Star" are used as the melodic horn signal for all Disney Cruise Line ships.

Disney Cruise Deals

Booking your Disney Cruise through Small World Vacations can get you and your family on board credit. This is good toward anything you can charge to your room, including spa treatments, special dining, shore excursions, and your bar tab.

Other ways to save include booking through a travel agent, since they often know which rooms offer a premium experience at a discount rate. Additionally, you can get a significant discount if you book your next cruise while you're on the boat.

Doubling up on Disney on-board credits as well as Small World Vacations on-board credits can provide lots of money toward shore excursions and other expenses that come with a cruise. In addition, Allianz has made it real easy to insure your investment with Allianz Cruise Insurance.

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