Contributor Level: Deck Hand

Trying to decide between disney cruise and royal caribbean....


We are going on honeymoon next year and trying to decide between a Disney cruise and Royal Caribbean, we have 2  young children (they will be 3 and 5) so trying to determine which one is most family friendly to accommodate them as well?

Only looking to do between 4 - 7 nights and looking to sail from Port Canaverel, Florida so around the Bahamas/Caribbean area. 

Any advice greatly appreciated.

Thanks :)


4 Answers

Contributor Level: Captain

Hi Candice1988

I'm not sure your three year old is going to fully appreciate either line, but no one does it like Disney as far as child-focused fun.  Friends who took a family cruise on Disney a few years ago have not stopped raving about it. Very importantly, they also loved it from an adult fun perspective. This being your honeymoon, don't just plan this for the kids. Focus on things to enjoy as a couple!

If either of your little ones have developed a Disney fixation (e.g., Frozen, Little Mermaid, Nemo) it seems worthwhile to explore a Disney cruise further and see what characters and entertainment are on board the ship you are interested in.  It might just leave you a bit more alone time if the kids are otherwise happily occupied.

While RC is fine and has child-centric programs, it isn't Disney. 


Contributor Level: Captain

I have recommended Disney in the past to couples with young children. Disney has not dissapointed anyone I know who have sailed with them. RC, where there are children, tend to be a bit older nad maybe a bit more crowded. I would chose Disney. 

Contributor Level: First Mate


Wait till the kids are older for RCL.  They have great activities, but kids need to be 48" (+/-??) and at least 100# to enjoy many of the activities.

NOBODY beats Disney for kids or adults at their price point.  Not a true luxury line, but close, and more affordable.  AND, since Disney perfect to add the kids to a honeymoon.


Contributor Level: Captain

I will also suggest Disney.   It is more expensive then RCI but it is better for young kids.  Some Disney ships have larger cabins with split baths so if one is in the shower the other room is open for sink and W/C.  Disney also has some after hours baby sitting in cabin for an extra fee (if you want to see a show or some entertainment at night).

It is your honeymoon,  so some the trip is for the two of you also and Disney is a  first rate trip for clean ships with good service, food and entertainment.


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