When it comes to entertaining every member of a family -- from the littlest children to parents and grandparents -- no other cruise line has it down quite like Disney. The 12-year-old operator has famously focused on catering as much to adults as kids, with a number of adults-only areas to balance an industry-leading array of kid's facilities and activities.
Entertainment, as one might expect from a movie-studio-owning company, is among the industry's best, with family oriented musicals featuring classic Disney characters. Dining, too, has a measure of Disney's trademark pixie dust, with an innovative system where passengers (along with their servers) rotate among three themed restaurants. And, of course, what other ship can boast Mickey, Donald, and the gang out and about to entertain passengers?
The summer of 2012 will mark the second year Disney has sent a ship to Alaska, the Disney Wonder, which will sail 7-night Inside Passage cruises out of Seattle (a switch from Vancouver, B.C.).
Passenger Profile -- Disney's ships attract a wide mix of passengers, from honeymooners to seniors, but as at the company's famous theme parks, the largest percentage is made up of young American families with children. Because of this, the average age of passengers tends to be younger than aboard many of the other mainstream ships, with many passengers in their 30s and 40s. The bulk of the line's passengers are first-time cruisers, and because the line attracts so many families, more than half of its bookings are for multiple cabins.
Ships -- The 1,754-passenger Disney Wonder is the line's sole ship in Alaska in 2012. It offers plenty of activities, great pools (including one shaped like Mickey Mouse's head), and the most family friendly cabins at sea (in addition to being larger than the industry average, all rooms come with pull-out sofas or pull-down beds that allow, in many cases, for up to five people). Sample nightly rates per person: Lowest-price inside cabin $117, lowest outside cabin $193, lowest suite $407 for a 7-night Inside Passage cruise.