Bon Voyage, The Bahamas with Disney Cruise Line

Hanging out with Tigger at Disneyland

I was thrilled to learn that Ciao Bambino is invited to participate in a press trip on the Disney Cruise Line. We’ve been planning to start covering cruising on CB and Disney is the perfect venue to kick off exploring the best cruise lines with kids.

My family has a close connection with Disney … My husband’s first job out of college was with the Disney Channel, we had Disneyworld annual passes long before the kids were a thought, we now have Disneyland passes, and once a month, we have a family date night at the park.

In short, we’re huge Disney fans! My family will be heading to the Bahamas on the Disney Wonder tomorrow. When I mentioned to friends that I’m going on a Disney Cruise the first reaction is, “You’ll love it! The best part is that your kids will be entertained so much of the time that you’ll actually get a vacation too.”

Cruises for kids

We are not a cruising family by nature — possibly because our only cruise as a family was not a stand-out trip. We took a family reunion cruise to Alaska’s Inner Passage with thirteen family members. While the Alaskan scenery and natural beauty were spectacular, the cruise experience itself was not a highlight. The ship was geared toward a much older age group without catering well to families. Entertainment and food quality were fair and we left thinking cruising was not our ideal family vacation.

Quite a bit of time has passed since that trip and cruise companies are increasingly focused on families. Disney cruises are particularly appealing because the activities are varied and my kids can interact together — something they tend to do better when they are with other kids.

The entertainment options look promising. We’ve contemplated taking our kids to the theater but I dread the thought of spending a lot of money on tickets and then having it not work out. The shows on the Disney ships are only an hour long — a perfect length of time for a 4 and 7-year-old. And, if it doesn’t work out we won’t be frustrated, we’ll just try something else. Convenience is king.

Of course, my trip planning instincts won’t allow me to completely go with the flow. I’m still trying to decide if looking for 6-toed cats at the Hemingway House will be fun for the kids or if I should just be a tourist and take the Conch Train Tour. These are the fun things to worry about and I’m very happy to leave the rest to Disney. Stay tuned …

Relevant Links:

Walt Disney World vacation tips, enjoying the park without rides

Walk Disney World tips for all ages

Choosing between Disneyland hotels

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