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We are considering a disney cruise vacation - This will be the first WDW experience for our 4 and 2 yo girls. Q? - is a cruise an "easier" experience than the parks for this age group?
- Asked by Marcia from NJ on 1/4/2009
I don't want to steer you away from experiencing WDW because it's truly a wonderful destination for families. I'll never forget watching my 2-year old son flying on Dumbo for the first time.
I do think DCL is a more relaxing time. At WDW, a family may feel obligated to visit as many attractions as they can sometimes touring without the recommended mid-day break. When we board the DCL cruise ship, our family tends to slow down.
Once you board, you'll hear your family's name announced which is just the first warm welcome you'll encounter. A buffet lunch is waiting for you. The pools beckon. Your stateroom will soon invite you to make yourself at home.
We don't even try to see or do all of the activities offered and we never feel guilty choosing to sit in a lounge chair soaking up some sun shine. My son loves the Mickey pool so your girls might ask for swim time. It's easier to get back to your room for a nap on board the ship. The sun and sea have a way of lulling the young and young-at-heart to feeling calm and a tad bit sleepy!
In port, you may want to take a shore excursion or just stay aboard the ship. On our first cruise with our son, we stayed on the ship for the morning and went right to the pool. Our son had the Mickey slide to himself for hours. Later, we checked him in to the Oceaneer Club while we went shopping in Nassau.
There will be lots of character greetings. Try not to miss the Til We Meet Again show on the last night in the Lobby Atrium. It's heart-warming and includes lots of characters. The entertainment is Broadway-quality. My son adored the Oceaneer Club which then gave my husband and I some alone time. Okay, yes, we would sometimes spend our alone time glancing in our son! Once we looked in to see him and his fellow mates hanging out with Captain Hook.
You'll experience the exemplary Disney attention to detail and the same friendly Disney staff as you would find in Walt Disney World.