Three Generations Aboard Ship; fireworks; night
  • On Sep 21, 2011
    Kristen from GA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We are planning to take my children, ages 3 and 5, on their first Disney Cruise (our first cruise in general, my husband is the only one who has been on a cruise before). How long would you recommend our first cruise be for that age of children?

    Hi, Kristen!

    Congratulations on considering a Disney Cruise Line vacation!  My husband and I have four children, and we've cruised with them from toddlers to teens and every age in between.  The only regret we've ever experienced on a Disney cruise is leaving the ship. Therefore, I always recommend to my friends and family to consider a longer cruise than you may have originally planned.

    The little ones love a Disney cruise because there are tailor-made programs and activities such as unprecedented access to the characters and youth activities spaces which make them beg for more time there. Plus, there are adult spaces which "require" you to relax away from the children. Then, there are things on board -- such as live Broadway-style shows and themed dining -- which brings the family together only the way Disney can.

    Of course, Disney also makes it even easier than ever to book cruises throughout the year to exciting ports of call -- such as the Bahamas and the Caribbean, the Mexican Riviera, Canada and New England, Alaska and the Pacific Coast, and even Hawaii! We love that we can expose our children to such wonderful destinations from the comfort and convenience of a Disney ship.

    Since you're my neighbor next door in Georgia, you may have the easiest access to the home port of Port Canaveral and are looking into a Bahamian or Caribbean cruise. I recommend "getting your feet wet" with a 7-night Eastern or Western Caribbean itinerary aboard the Disney Magic in January or February. You'll be able to get more cruise for your dollar and introduce you to all that cruising (especially with Mickey) has to offer.  You'll be able to explore the ship fully and see the ports of call without feeling rushed.

    Check into it either at or with your travel agent, and then, come back and see me if you have more questions. I'd love to help! Have a wonderful day and a magical vacation. Bon voyage!

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Meet the Panelist: Andi, Alabama

Anchors aweigh! Time to set sail aboard Disney Cruise Line, and I'm just the mom to help you navigate the waters of planning. From stem to stern to ports of call, I'll show you the ropes of pixie-dusted vessels filled with magic and adventure. Learn More About Andi

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