• On Oct 14, 2016
    Shiela from IL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    We have an 11-yr old son. It's our first Disney cruise. Sailing on the Magic for a 5-night cruise. What activities do you suggest at each port of call? Also, re. Atlantis, how long on land do we have? It's very expensive to go to the water park!

    Welcome aboard, Shiela! My kids are about your son's age and love sailing with Disney! If you're only looking to book a Port Adventure in one port, Nassau is the one. Castaway Cay offers some great adventures too, but there is so much already included in your day there, like waterslide fun at Pelican Plunge! The snorkeling lagoon and bike rentals are great fun, but there are plenty of rentals available that day so you can always choose to do those once you're on the beach without booking ahead.

    Key West offers some great adventures too, but if you don't find one that appeals to the family, it's a great port to explore on your own! Your son will love the Pirate Museum, and though it's included as part of some of the Port Adventures,you can also just purchase your own admission in town to the Pirate Museum! My son loved that place! Then, head back to the ship early to ride the AquaDunk over and over with shorter lines while other guests are still in port!

    In Nassau, guests will be able to debark the ship around 8:15 and the All Aboard Time is 5:15. I agree that Atlantis Aquaventure is expensive, but you'll have all day there. There is a half day option too. Guests on Discover Atlantis don't get the waterpark, but get to explore the grounds and lost city replica aquarium at the Atlantis Resort. But, honestly, an 11-year old boy is going to have more fun at Aquaventure than just exploring the aquarium at the resort, and Aquaventure includes the aquarium and the waterpark. By not booking Port Adventures in Key West or Castaway Cay, you could put that money toward an all day adventure at Aquaventure, and still have so much fun in the other ports!

    I'm out of space, but stop back with more questions, Shiela! We're happy to help!
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Meet the Panelist: Marcy, Ohio

Welcome aboard! I'm the mom of two tween/teen Castaway Clubbers who would live on any of the Disney ships if they could. I would love to help your family discover the magic that awaits you on the open seas with Disney Cruise Line. Learn More About Marcy

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