If you're planning to whisk your family away on a memorable holiday, you can't really go wrong by choosing a Disney cruise. Little ones will delight in such a getaway aboard a special themed ship packed with fun and adventure that can travel to a wealth of destinations, including the Mediterranean, North America, Alaska and the Caribbean.
A Disney cruise is a unique and magical experience, especially for youngsters, who are sure to love being greeted by their favourite cartoon characters in real life size! Broadway-style shows are held daily, while some vessels have an onboard cinema showing the latest Disney releases. Teenagers are also well catered for with a New York loft-style club that puts on a range of activities and also lets them play the newest video games.
Your ship will also feature swimming pools and water play areas, with many being Disney-themed, while grownups can burn off some energy in the onboard fitness centres using the equipment provided or perhaps taking part in an aerobics class. Afterwards, pamper yourself in the spa and salon, where you can enjoy a steam bath and get your hair done.
Onboard you'll find a number of dining rooms as well as several restaurants serving French and Italian meals, while you can also savour an outdoor buffet as part of your getaway. If you've arranged evening childcare for your kids, head to an adults-only restaurant for a romantic meal, or spend a couple of hours dancing at the nightclub.
If you haven't much time to devote to your break, you can rest assured it's still possible to find great cruise offers on four-night stays - even if you're planning to visit the Caribbean. Head here and you can be sure of a holiday that is memorable for all the right reasons; the Caribbean is - after all - renowned for its beautiful white sand beaches and laidback atmosphere.
You can expect your cruise ship to dock at wonderful locations like George Town the capital of the Cayman Islands. The city is home to one of the world's best beaches - Seven Mile Beach - and you can take part in a range of water sports here, from snorkelling to jet-skiing.
Depending on which part of the Caribbean you explore, you might also call in at Nassau during your break. The capital of the Bahamas, Nassau is a glamorous location with a wonderful tropical climate and connections to the legendary pirate Blackbeard. Take in the elegant buildings here and pick up some duty-free bargains at the shops along the waterfront. A 20-minute sail away is Blue Lagoon Island, which runs a daily programme where visitors can meet, interact and swim with the dolphins that reside in the waters here.
Another port of call you'll stop at during a Caribbean cruise is Castaway Cay - a private island situated in the Bahamas. This is an exclusive stopover for Disney cruises and comprises a family beach, water play areas and a teens-only activity space. Interact with stingrays, take a ride on a glass-bottomed boat, go parasailing and meet Disney characters when you leave your ship. Children are well catered for here, but so are adults, and you can indulge yourself with an open-air massage and a yoga class, or a visit to the adults-only bar.