• On Feb 1, 2023
    Loretta from MD Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I'm planning a multi-generational family trip, with 9 of us from 6-80 years old. I finally talked my brother into getting SCUBA certified (I'm a DM) and was wondering which cruise options have the most opportunities for SCUBA?

    Hi Loretta!  

    Welcome to planDisney – a special Disney Cruise Line vacation with your large family together sounds amazing! I love the idea of arranging your itinerary around a priority adventure, like a SCUBA dive in mysterious fathoms below with your brother. There’s a lot to talk about, so let’s dive right in!

    First, let’s look for Port Adventures that offer a proper SCUBA dive under the sea. On the Disney Cruise Line website, you can search for “SCUBA.” Disney offers diverse adventures for a range of abilities, so many of these are for beginners. On any Port Adventure, expand the “Know Before You Go” details to see the prerequisites. I found the following for experienced, certified divers that will be more your style:

    Once you’ve reviewed these adventures, you can then search for cruises that include these ports of call. Search for a destination on the main Disney Cruise Line page or navigate to “Destinations” and browse. Once on a page for a certain port of call, there is a blue button on the right of the screen that reads “Search for cruises that visit (this port of call)”. Click that and you will find a list of relevant itineraries available to book.

    Good news, Loretta! There are many itineraries that include the destinations found in our first SCUBA search above:

    • Eastern Caribbean – most of these 7-night or longer itineraries visit St. Thomas USVI, Tortola BVI, and/or San Juan, Puerto Rico
    • Southern Caribbean – the 8-night itinerary stops in St. Lucia and Aruba. Note this departs from San Juan but you couldn’t do a Disney Cruise Line Port Adventure there on embarkation or disembarkation day, you’d have to plan a dive outside of your cruise in San Juan if desired.
    • Bermuda – there are several itineraries leaving from New York (a nice drivable option for a departure port from Maryland). The 6-night cruise also visits Tortola, BVI and ends in San Juan.
    • Puerto Vallarta – you must select a longer Mexican Riviera itinerary from San Diego to visit this port, or a 14-night Panama Canal cruise.
    Please come back and “sea” us with more questions so we can help you plan this incredible vacation! There’s so much more to say about your multi-generational cruise but I’ve run out of air in this first tank. 

    Life is de bubbles! 
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Meet the Panelist: Amy, Virginia

Hi friends! I'm Amy, a lifelong Disney dreamer from horse-and-wine country, Virginia. My family of three is BIG on fun and treasures every adventure together. We've been making memories at the Walt Disney World Resort and aboard Disney Cruise Line since my son was a toddler; we love our family traditions balanced with "what's new" each visit. I have a passion for Disney details, a love of digital tools, and an eye for practical planning. I can't wait to help you make the MOST of your magical vacation! Learn More About Amy

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