Our daughter enjoying her “decorate your own cupcakes” for dessert.
Not only is food widely available, but it’s also delicious! The dinner menus were always varied, giving us many choices each night (and yes, if you can’t choose between two entrees for dinner, they will bring you both, just ask my husband!). And every evening the kids had their own menus with selections like: Mickey’s Mac and Cheese, Minnie’s Cheese Burger, Pluto’s Chicken Strips, Donald’s Steak and Mickey Ice Cream bars for dessert! Not once did we ever hear a child say “There’s nothing here I want to eat!”
One concern I really want to discuss is food allergies. While for our family this isn’t a concern, for many others it is. I spoke with our head server and she assured me that Disney Cruise Line takes food allergies extremely seriously. They want to make sure that at all their guests have a positive dining experience. Their kitchens are equipped with separate food prep and cooking areas for allergies. There is also one dedicated chef who takes care of all the allergy meal concerns. One difference for guests when to comes to having an allergy safe food, is at dinner time they have you select all your meals for the following day.
There was no shortage of “Disney Magic” on our trip. Finding some sweet treats and light up Elsa snowflake necklaces in your room, walking down the hall and having a private dance with your favourite princess, or getting back to your room after the evening show and discovering your child has special Disney Princess sheets on her bed. Even during dinner, there is magic! You don’t expect it, and don’t see who has done it, but the magic is always there.
If anyone has cruised before, you know that the rooms on a ship are quite small. We had a deluxe ocean view stateroom with veranda, which was 268 square feet. There was a queen size bed for us and a flip down couch that turned into a twin-size bed for our daughter. Despite being small, the room was extremely well laid out and had lots of storage. Having our own private balcony was perfect for when we stopped to view the glaciers, however, the rest of the time we were only in the room to sleep.
Tip: Take the time to unpack and organize your belongings. There is plenty of storage room under the queen bed for your suitcases and ample space in all the dressers and closet.
There were endless opportunities to meet your favourite Disney characters, give them big hugs, get their autographs and have your photo taken with them. These times were listed in the daily schedule, so you were able to plan your day around their appearance time. There are also a few character meet and greets that are included, but require tickets and these are booked during your online check in.
Tip: There were a few characters who only made appearances once or twice during our 7-night cruise, so make sure you plan well so you don’t miss them!