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Disney Cruise Ships

Disney Cruise Line delivers the best family cruising experience at sea, with kids from age 3 months to 17 years immersed in activities that include Disney characters and adults taking the opportunity to relax. The four ships -- two “classic” and two newer -- carry 2,700 to 4,000 passengers (numbers that assume kids in the cabin) and embrace both Disney nostalgia and state-of-the-art technology. The ships have the best at-sea kids’ facilities, the best family-friendly shows, an unusual rotation dining system (designed to keep kids from getting bored), show first-run Disney movies (even the ones in 3-D) and provide an overall premium, albeit a bit noisy resort-like experience. Staterooms are designed for families and are larger than the industry standard. Water fun includes the only watercoasters at sea, waterslides and character-themed splash areas. Disney recently became the first cruise line to have lifeguards at its main pools. Adults can hang out in nightclubs, at an adults-only pool and in a topflight spa (Disney purposely omits casinos from its list of amenities), which also has facilities for teens. Everyone has opportunity to ooh and ah at frequent appearances by Mickey and Minnie and Disney royalty. Bonus: The only way you can visit the highly popular Disney-owned Bahamas island, Castaway Cay, is on a Disney ship. Learn more about each of Disney's ships via the links below.

Disney Cruise Line Ship Spotlight: Disney Dream

The Disney Dream's introduction in 2011 heralded a new era for Disney Cruise Line. The 4,000-passenger ship is about 40 percent larger than the earlier ships and makes the most of the kind of high-tech wizardry and special effects only the Disney Imagineers could come up with. Nearly a whole deck is dedicated to kids' play spaces. Read more.

Disney Cruise Line Ship Spotlight: Disney Fantasy

Disney's newest ship, which debuted in January 2012, is a sister ship to the Dream and has all the same amazing features, including a 765-foot watercoaster that whirls around the top decks, lots of wet play areas and nearly a full deck dedicated to kids' indoor playrooms with such high-tech features as a Magic PlayFloor (basically a giant video game you control with your feet). But Fantasy is no copycat. Read more.

Disney Cruise Line Ship Spotlight: Disney Magic

Disney's original 2,700-passenger, 83,000-ton ship was launched in 1998 and hailed as revolutionizing family cruising. The ship was designed to offer the nostalgic appeal of a classic ocean liner (with a blue hull and pointy bow, like Disney's other ships) with modern, family-friendly updates, including a huge amount of play space for kids. Read more.

Disney Cruise Line Ship Spotlight: Disney Wonder

A sister ship to the Disney Magic, the 2,700-passenger, 83,000-ton Disney Wonder debuted in 1999. The ship has an appealing Art Nouveau decor in the elegant Atrium Lobby and such standard Disney Cruise Line features as a Broadway-style theater; a movie theater (complete with concession stand); an adult nightclub district with a disco, sports bar and piano/jazz bar; expansive kids' facilities and family friendly spots including Studio Sea, where kids and adults join together for such activities as karaoke, game shows and dancing. Read more.