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What happens on days at sea?

When you spend a day at sea on a Disney ship, you enjoy fun-filled activities for every member of the family, fantastic Disney-style entertainment, Character meet-and-greets, amazing themed restaurants, swimming, dancing, spa and fitness programs, onboard shopping and  of course  recreation and relaxation under the sun!

There’s so much to do on the ship! How will I know what’s going on when?

It’s easy to keep track of everything that’s happening onboard. Each day, your Personal Navigator is delivered to your stateroom with a complete listing of all onboard activities, adventures and entertainment. There are also special Personal Navigators for each children’s age group and teens, listing activities and entertainment that are appropriate for each group. Also, Guest Services (on Deck 3, Midship) will be happy to assist you with any questions.

Will I get to see Disney Characters onboard?

The beloved Disney Characters appear in an array of different settings, including plenty of meet-and-greet and photo opportunities, along with stage shows and other special programs  especially in kids’ areas at Disney’s Oceaneer Club and on Castaway Cay. There is a Character Breakfast on 7-night cruises, but there are many opportunities to meet Characters on all cruises.

Can all children participate in youth activities?

Supervised youth activities are available on the ship from 9:00 a.m. to midnight for children ages 3-12. Children must be age 3 or older and toilet-trained in order to participate. Children must be able to interact comfortably within our counselor-to-child ratios of 1:15 (ages 3-4) and 1:25 (ages 5-12) and within our established age groupings of 3-4, 5-7, 8-9, 10-12. We are unable to provide one-on-one care. A child who becomes disruptive within the group may be excluded from participation. Parents sign their children (ages 3-12) in and out of activities and are provided pagers so they can keep in touch. Events have been designed for teens as well, ages 13-17. Teens do not need to be signed in and out by parents. There is no additional charge for these planned events.

Is it true that children must be toilet-trained in order to enter the pools?

Yes. The United States Public Health Service requires that only children who are toilet-trained be permitted to enter swimming pools and spas onboard cruise ships. Young children who are not toilet-trained are welcome to enjoy the fountain play area near the Mickey Pool. It’s designed exclusively for the enjoyment of children wearing swim diapers.

Is there babysitting?

Group babysitting is available for children 12 weeks to 3 years old in Flounder’s Reef Nursery, located on Deck 5, Midship. Guests may book babysitting times online in advance of embarkation or may sign up their children on embarkation day. The facility is open for select hours every day. Rates and times are subject to change, and space is limited.

What is the difference between Disney’s Oceaneer Club and Disney’s Oceaneer Lab?

Disney’s Oceaneer Club is a wonder-filled playspace especially designed for kids ages 3-7. Disney’s Oceaneer Lab is especially designed for kids ages 8-12. The age groupings are further divided into 3-4, 5-7, 8-9 and 10-12 for age-appropriate activities, and are monitored by Disney-trained counselors. The counselor-to-child ratios are 1:15 (ages 3-4) and 1:25 (ages 5-12).

What can Teens do on a Disney cruise?

Teens (13-17) can enjoy music, movies, video games and other teen-only activities inside Aloft on the Disney Wonder. or The Stack on the Disney Magic.. Both The Stack and Aloft have big-screen plasma TVs, a lounge area, dance floor and Internet cafi. Teens have plenty of freedom on a Disney cruise under the watchful eyes of trained counselors. Teens can see “What’s Happening Today” in the teen edition of the Personal Navigator. There are teen-only excursions and a teen-only beach on Castaway Cay.

Are there family activities?

Families on a Disney cruise make memories that last a lifetime. Family activities include deck parties, original Broadway-style live shows, fun at Goofy’s Pool, family karaoke, first-run family films, family-friendly excursions on land  plus family dining experiences that are truly unforgettable.

Are there adult-only activities?

There are a host of activities for active adults, along with wonderful opportunities for rest and relaxation  and even romance! Train onboard with state-of-the-art equipment, dance in nightclubs and lounges, step into a haven of peace and serenity in the Vista Spa & Salon, take some personal time at the adults-only Quiet Cove Pool, savor true elegance at our most romantic restaurant, Palo. And remember: Films for a mature audience play in the late evening at the Buena Vista Theatre. Finally, try to make appointments online in advance of embarkation or soon after you board for an open-air cabana massage if your ship is stopping at Castaway Cay.

What kind of services does the Vista Spa & Salon offer?

Disney Cruise Line. offers an elaborate spa, with treatments ranging from a simple facial to an indulgent array of full-body treatments  some even for couples! Check your Personal Navigator for Spa & Salon hours. Try to make appointments online in advance of embarkation or soon after you board the ship since availability is limited. Spa, hair salon, massage and beauty shop charges are additional and may be charged to your room. Guests of the Spa & Salon must be 18 years or older.

What kind of services does the Fitness Center offer?

Visit your gym at sea and train onboard with state-of-the-art equipment. Take fitness classes or personal training lessons and meet fitness directors who can help design your workout. Keep fit in “power walks” around the ship and attend seminars on maintaining a healthy life style. Check your Personal Navigator for the Fitness Center hours. Try to reserve fitness services online in advance of embarkation or soon after you board the ship since availability is limited. Guests of the Fitness Center must be 18 years or older.

How many swimming pools are on the ship?

There are three great Guest pools onboard. Goofy’s Pool invites families to play together. Another, Quiet Cove Pool, is a getaway exclusively for those over 18. And finally, the whimsical Mickey’s Pool is reserved just for kids. Goofy’s Pool and Quiet Cove Pool have a constant depth of four feet; Mickey’s Pool is 24 inches at its deepest point. All pools are heated when the water temperature drops below 75 degrees. There are no lifeguards permanently stationed at the pools, so kids should only swim with parental supervision.

Are there are any age requirements for the pools?

Mickey’s Pool: The U.S. Public Health Service requires that all children be toilet-trained before entering shipboard pools and spas. Young children who are not toilet-trained are welcome to enjoy the fountain play area near Mickey’s Pool, designed exclusively for the enjoyment of children wearing swim diapers.

The Slide at Mickey’s Pool: Children must be 4-12 years old and no greater than 64 inches in height to use the slide at Mickey’s Pool.

The Spas at Goofy’s Pool: Spas near Goofy’s Pool are available for the use of Guests ages 12 and older, but those between the ages of 12-16 must have adult supervision.

What’s an assembly drill? Do I have to participate?

Everyone onboard the ship must participate in a compulsory safety drill before departure to comply with Coast Guard and international safety regulations. All passengers are notified and required to attend. Just don the life jackets in your stateroom and follow the instructions heard over the ship’s loudspeakers. Once the drill is completed, it’s time to set sail!