Relaxing in a float at Castaway Cay
  • On Jan 23, 2022
    Bernardo from FL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi! We are first-timers on a cruise. Never been on a cruise ever. Not sure what to expect, what to bring. Can you share some info about what to do with my 8 and 10 years old boys on board of the Disney Dreams? Thanks,

    Well ahoy there Bernardo and welcome to planDisney! I'm so glad you thought to sail our way before heading on your first Disney Cruise!

    For starters, expect to have a great time! You will be enjoying a voyage on a luxurious ship, a beach vacation with a stop on Disney's own private island of Castaway Cay, and top-notch entertainment with the excellent service that you can expect from Disney. There is so much included on a Disney Cruise and I can't wait for you to experience it all. 

    If you have paid in full for your vacation, as a first-time cruiser you are now within your 75-day advanced booking window. This means that when you sign in to your reservation either via the Disney Cruise Line website or the Disney Cruise Line Navigator app, you can make reservations for a few select activities. These activities include adults-only dining, beverage tastings, spa treatments, and Port Adventures. I'd love to recommend a brunch reservation for the adults-only restaurant of Palo to be booked on your day at sea. If you are interested and the reservations are no longer available, you may inquire about any additional availability on the day of embarkation.

    Thirty days prior to your sailing, you will then be able to check in for your cruise. You will provide photos of your proof of citizenship documents, select a port arrival time, and register your children for the youth activity clubs. You will also be able to make one reservation per child per day at the youth clubs. 

    My 8-year-old and 10-year-old couldn't get enough of the Oceaneer's Lab and Oceaneer's Club. After they had completed their reservation for the day, we had good luck with additional spots available for more fun in these youth spaces. I'd also recommend that you take your boys to an open house in Edge, a club specifically for tweens. During open house times (find these listed in the daily schedule on your app once onboard) parents and children can enjoy the spaces together. 

    I think your boys will really enjoy the AquaDuck and the water play areas on the Disney Dream. My children spend some time every afternoon poolside with frequent ice cream breaks. And when they've had enough sunshine, I'd recommend checking out the Midship Detective Agency as a family. You can help Mickey and his friends solve a mystery all while exploring the ship.

    Bernardo, you will find activities offered for every age, an array of delicious food to choose from for every meal, and nightly entertainment. Pack your swimsuits, sunscreen, a hat, facial coverings, casual cruise wear, a light jacket, and something a little nicer if you choose to dine in Palo.

    If you have any further questions as you anticipate your cruise vacation, please come back and ask us! 

    Happy sailing,

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Meet the Panelist: Adrianna, California

Welcome, fellow voyagers! Like my favorite bibliophile princess, I want adventure in the great wide somewhere! I’m a wife, a mom of two, and my favorite way to find adventure is on board the Disney Cruise Line. I’d love to help you and your sailing crew plan for your own adventures, filled with magic and memories that last a lifetime. Learn More About Adrianna

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