When the very first Disney Cruise set sail in 1998, it was an immediate success. The Disney Magic sailed on three- and four-night trips to the Bahamas from Port Canaveral, and introduced cruise enthusiasts, who were used to ships that mainly catered to adults, to a new concept they called “family cruising.”
Cruises on the Disney Magic were so popular that more Disney Cruise ships were added in 1999 (Disney Wonder), 2011 (Disney Dream) and 2012 (Disney Fantasy). This has allowed Disney to offer cruises of a variety of lengths to a variety of ports. Three more Disney Cruise ships are on the way in 2021 (Disney Wish), 2022 and 2023.
Disney cruises have set industry-first standards. For example, most of their cabins have balconies and most staterooms have bathtubs, which was not the case of most cruise ships in the late 20th century. They created a rotating dining experience instead of the traditional “same seat in the same room every night” that most cruise ships offered. They were the first cruise line to launch the “soda card” concept. And, of course, Disney ships were planned with kids in mind, instead of adults (although there are lots of adult-only areas onboard).
Disney ships still offer traditional cruise amenities such as movie theaters, spas, arcades, fitness centers, shopping, beauty salons, numerous bars/lounges, laundromats, etc. The only thing they don’t have that people have come to expect to see on a cruise ship are casinos. There are no casinos on any Disney cruise ship.
Disney cruises have become so popular that some people go back time and time again. In fact, I’m sure some people would love to live on a Disney Cruise ship. But Disney cruises aren’t cheap and can you imagine what it would cost to just live there? Well, no worries…someone already did the math for us…
Yowsa! I think I’ll just keep on living at my house, thank you very much 😉
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