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  • On May 6, 2010
    Nicole from NL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    My five-year-old son and I are going on the 7-day Eastern Caribbean Cruise on the Disney Magic in April 2011 (just the two of us). I would like your advice in selecting the best port adventures for us in St. Maarten and St. Thomas. Thank you!

    Hi Nicole,

    Welcome to the Moms Panel!  As a mom of a  five year old little boy, I've spent a lot of time researching the port adventures for our upcoming Eastern Caribbean cruise.

    While in St. Thomas, I these are the adventures that I would consider:
    Magens Bay Beach Break - This is probably the most family-friendly beach (other than Disney's own Castaway Cay of course).  With it's calm waters and family-friendly beach, this excursion would be perfect for a solo parent and a small child. 

    If a day at the beach isn't quite what you are looking for, you could try Coral World Ocean Park .  It's not something that will take up your entire day (the park is fairly small) so once you return to the dock you could walk over to the butterfly farm.  I like the idea of having something "to do" that is only a three minute walk from the ship.  So if it's not up your son's alley, you can head back to the ship as soon as he is ready.

    As for St. Maarten, I am thinking that the Golden Eagle Catamaran adventure would be a great memory maker.  A catamaran ride is always so exciting for the kids, and although there is plenty of time to snorkel, you could opt out and head right over to the beach if you aren't quite comfortable snorkeling.  When I did it with my little one, we would link arms and as soon as they relaxed and realized how easy it is - it was a lot of fun for both of us.

    You can read about all of these port adventures HERE.

    Hope this helps, have a great time!
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Meet the Panelist: Karen, New Hampshire

Ahoy matey!  My name is Karen and if there is such a person as the all-American Disney Mom, I'm it. I am a proud card-carrying member of Disney Cruise Line's Castaway Club and I would love to help you plan your Disney Cruise Line vacation! Learn More About Karen

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