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Choose your Cruise…… Magic or Wonder?
Do you love Disney, but you want a different type of vacation, maybe one a bit more relaxing than the hustle and bustle of the theme parks? Have you ever considered a cruise or have you been put off by the fear that it might be too formal or even too expensive for you?
Perhaps a Disney Cruise is just what you are looking for. The Disney Cruise Line offers guests a unique vacation getaway, while still enjoying the Disney magic aboard one of its cruise ships.
Based in Port Canaveral, just a short drive away from Orlando and close to Cape Canaveral, Florida’s well-know space cape, Disney operates two cruise ships, the Disney Magic and the Disney Wonder (for the summer of 2005 the Disney Magic has been repositioned to sail out of Port Los Angeles).
The beauty of a Disney cruise is that you are able to feel in the middle of the magic if you wish, but it is also possible to find quiet, adults only, areas of the ship to enable you to read and relax in peace and quiet!
Disney offers a number of cruises ranging from 3 to 11 day trips. The choice is yours whether you wish to visit the eastern or western Caribbean.
Prices range from around $800 at the lower end to over $5000 for the 11-day trip. These prices are fully inclusive other than gratuities and any sightseeing trips you arrange.
One particular benefit of sailing with the Disney Cruise Line is that Disney has its very own private island - Castaway Cay - for the exclusive use of cruise guests. Passengers can enjoy the natural lagoons and white sandy beaches on this 1,000-acre island paradise plus snorkelling, swimming, sunbathing, boating and biking. The island has its own dock enabling guests to walk ashore. Paved walkways and an island tram service is also available.
As you would expect Disney devotes much of its energies - almost an entire deck - keeping children occupied with supervised individual and group activities for children.
There is also a 975-seat theatre on board which offers original Broadway-style Disney Musicals.
One of the major fun facts on the Disney ships is that there is rotation dining. This means that each evening during your cruise, you enjoy your meal in a differently themed dining room. Another benefit is that your waiting staff moves with you and a great rapport is built up during the cruise.
You dine in the elegance of Lumiere’s on the Magic, or Triton’s on the Wonder, the colourful island-themed Parrot Cay and Animators Palate, where you can enjoy the wonders of Disney animation during your dining experience. As a special treat, you may be lucky enough to dine at Palos, an adult's only restaurant, situated on one of the highest decks in the ship. An additional charge is made for dining at Palos and you must book early!
Definitely a vacation to be remembered!
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Page added on: 23 September 2005
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