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Why Disney Cruises Are Actual Parent Vacations - Cruises for Food-Lovers

Why Disney Cruises Are Actual Parent Vacations - Cruises for Food-Lovers
From The Kitchn - September 16, 2017

If you are a mom then you know that despite the many, many joys of child-rearing, it can leaving you feeling a bit haggard. If you are like me, you will find yourself day-dreaming of endless sunshine and a Cinderella-style night out in glass slippers. You will want, in short, a real vacationand not just a trip somewhere in a car where the final destination has a kitchen and in-laws are involved.

If this is the case, then I encourage you to consider a Disney cruise. You hate Frozen, you say? You have heard that GD song one too many times and you ca not hold it (i.e. your true feelings) back any more? Hear me out. Walt knows a thing about sprinkling Tinker Bell's pixie dust on every ageincluding adults.

Once my little one was old enough to hit the high seaskids have to be 6 months old on embarkation daywe set sail with Disney Cruise Line and, spoiler alert: It was awesome.

The magic started the minute we pulled away from Port Canaveral on the Disney Dream, a 4,000-passenger vessel with a 2,500-pound Mickey hanging from the stern. When an announcement was made notifying us the ship's whistle would blow, we quickly covered our little guy's ears until the first note sounded. Instead of a body-shaking horn, the tune of "When You Wish Upon a Star" serenaded us as we started sailing (it's one of seven songs the ship's horn can sing).

Feeling strangely emotional, I cried literal tears of joy, namely because it's a song I have been singing to my son since he was one day old. Oh, Disney.

Here's what else you can expect.

1. Disney's fleet is actually really classy.

Before my sailing, I was worried the cruise might be veer too far into cartoon territory, but Disney's fleet is all class, channeling the throwback grandeur of a transatlantic voyage. While there are numerous programs for kidsand Peter Pans who never want to grow upthere's also a secret world of adult enclaves. Cue the adults-only spa, yacht-like lounges, mosaic-tiled pools cooled by misters, and intimate fine-dining restaurants that feel "knots" away from the everyday.

2. When it comes to feeding your kid, they think of everything (so you do not have to).

At our first meal our server had pre-planned every detail before we even sat down: There was a highchair between us, a sippy-cup for a spill-free evening, an arsenal of toys, and 30 meal suggestions ready for our 11-month-old. When we settled on chicken for him, our server begged us to let the kitchen pre-cut it into baby-friendly bites.

3. Your dining staff will come to know and love (or at least pretend to love) your kid.

Throughout the week we got to know our dining staff well since they joined us as we rotated through each of the ship's dining roomsa Disney exclusive. To borrow one of Walt's terms, the idea of rotating through each shipboard restaurant with your servers is well-imagineered: They learned our preferences the first night and from that point forward everything was anticipated.

4. You can have a real honest-to-goodness date night out.

5. You might visit a private island.

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