Disney Cruise Ships Ranked

We Compare and Rank the Best Disney Cruise Ships

When you combine cruises with Disney, something magical happens! Below we compare the four Disney Cruise Line ships to help you decide which one is best for your next getaway. Without further ado, here is our list of the top 4 best Disney Cruise Ships ranked!

Ships in the Disney Cruise Line Fleet

Disney Dream cruise ship

The latest industry numbers indicate that Disney Cruise Lines have a 2.3 percent share of the worldwide cruise ship market. With 3 additional ships soon to be added to the roster, we should only expect Disney to increase their market share over the coming years.

As of now, the 4 active Disney ships are:

  • Disney Magic
  • Disney Wonder
  • Disney Dream
  • Disney Fantasy

Castaway Cay is a tropical paradise is located in the Bahamas and is an exclusive port-of-call for Disney cruise ship guests. The island is owned by Disney so you won’t compete with non-Disney guests for reservations.

There are lots of similarities between these ships.  Each one has its advantages and its magical experiences.  That said, some of the entertainment, dining, amenities, activities, and destinations do vary from ship to ship.

Here’s our list of Disney Cruise Ships, ranked.

Each of these cruise ships has it’s own unique history and defining characteristics. Let’s examine the benefits of these Disney’s cruise ships:

1. Disney Fantasy Cruise Ship

  • Disney Fantasy Overview

Disney Fantasy – the sister ship of Disney Dream – was launched in 2012 as Disney Cruise Line’s latest ship. Guests can choose between a seven-night Eastern or Western Caribbean cruise. This ship has a length of 1,114.8 ft and a gross tonnage is 129,750, and, like Disney Dream, the cruise ship has an onboard guest capacity of 2.500 (double occupancy) and 4,000 (max occupancy) with a crew of over 1,400.

We love Disney Fantasy and so do other Guests!

  • Disney Fantasy Dining

Disney Fantasy offers Rotational Dining between the always entertaining dinner show named Animation Magic at its Animator’s Palate restaurant. The ship’s other dining locations include the magical Enchanted Garden and fairytale dining room of Royal Court while the casual dining options include Cabanas,  Flo’s Café, and snacks at Eye Scream and Frozone Treats. The Northern Italian cuisine of Palo and French-inspired Remy provide a few upscale and intimate options for adults.

  • Disney Fantasy Entertainment

Disney Fantasy onboard activities include a “water roller coaster” called the “AquaDuck,”  the nightclub district called Europa, several pools, pubs, theatres, and more!

  • Disney Fantasy Activities for Kids

Like the other Disney cruise ships, Disney’s Fantasy cruise ship has plenty of individual and instructor-led activities geared to kids of all ages.

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2. Disney Magic Cruise Ship

  • Disney Magic Overview

Disney Magic had its maiden voyage on July 30, 1998, and has been in service thereafter. It boasts a length of 984 ft, a gross tonnage of 83,338, and has 11 public decks, 875 staterooms, a crew of 945, and enough capacity for 2,700 guests.

The interior of Disney Magic is decorated in an Art Deco style while the ship’s exterior color scheme is black, red, and white with 20 yellow lifeboats (matching the colors of Mickey Mouse). Disney Magic’s horn blasts a tune from Disney’s famous “When You Wish Upon a Star.” The ship’s Godmother is Patricia Disney, the wife of Roy E. Disney.

Routes: 4 Night Caribbean Cruises; 5, 6, 7 and 8 Night Western Caribbean Cruises; 2, 3, 4 and 8 Night Bahamian Cruises; 4, 5, 7, 9, and 12 night Mediterranean Cruises; and Special Cruises

Simply put, Disney Magic is….magical!

  • Disney Magic Dining

Disney Magic offers two dining times – early and late. The Disney Cruise Line uses something they call  “Rotational Dining” to ensure that guests have a chance to experience each of the ship’s themed restaurants.   As far as dining options go, Disney Magic has several restaurants and all three participate in the Rotational Dining schedule. Disney Magic’s dining locations including Lumiere’s (themed after Beauty and the Beast), Rapunzel’s Royal Table (inspired by Disney animated movie Tangled), and Animator’s Palate. Disney Magic’s Palo restaurant is located on the aft deck and serves Northern Italian fare at dinnertime (18+, seats 130 guests).

  • Disney Magic Entertainment

The fun never stops on Disney Magic. There are live Broadway-style shows with Disney characters, fireworks, character meets, movie theaters with first-run and Disney movies, the Walt Disney Theater and the Buena Vista Theater, karaoke, games, several pools, and a variety of Disney-themed deck parties including Pirates Night and Sail-Away Celebration. The ship also boasts a massive LED screen called “Funnel Vision,  numerous lounges and bars (including O’Gills Pub). Keys piano bar, the Promenade Lounge, D-Lounge, and the adults-only Fathoms.

  • Disney Magic Activities for Kids

Disney Magic hosts a variety of kids’ clubs to keep the youngsters entertained, including:

-It’s a Small World Nursery is a play area for infants.

Oceaneer Club and the Oceaneer Lab are geared towards kids ages 3 to 12 years old.  Activities include themed activities, computer games, experiments, costume dress, and more.

-The Edge is an interactive play area for kids ages 11 to 14.

-The Vibe club is strictly for teens and offers video games, Internet, TV, music, Internet access, and social activities

3. Disney Dream Cruise Ship

  • Disney Dream Overview

Disney Dream is the 3rd Disney Cruise Line cruise ship operated by The Walt Disney Company and has been active since 2011. The ship currently sails three-day, four-day, and sometimes five-day cruises to the Bahamas.  It has a capacity of 2,500 (double occupancy) or 4,000 passengers maximum and has a crew of 1,458.  Disney Dream is 1,114 ft in length and has a gross tonnage of 83,000.

Routes: 3, 4, and occasionally 5-day Bahamas cruises originating out of Port Canaveral, Florida.

Overall, the Disney Dream is a fantastic cruise ship. It’s not our absolute favorite but there’s really not much to complain about.

  • Disney Dream Dining
Disney Dream has Rotational Dining where you will get to experience 3 different restaurants each night of your cruise. The ship is home to a “state-of-the-art” dinner show at Animator’s Palate, a classic Disney fairytale feast at Royal Palace, and Enchanted Garden set in a serene conservatory setting. For a more casual dining experience, head to Cabanas for a casual breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Or check the pizza, chicken, burgers, salads at Flo’s Café, For a delicious icy treat, head to Frozone Treats, or Eye Scream.  The Italian-inspired Palo and the French-inspired Remy are both high-end, adult-only dining options. In-room dining is available 24-hours a day.
  • Disney Dream Entertainment

Disney Dream onboard activities include digital sports simulators, a 9-hole mini-golf course, a full-sized basketball court, a volleyball court, a pitch, and a walking track.

Disney Wonder is also home to a “water roller coaster” called the AquaDuck, Mickey’s Slide, and has three pools. The ship also boasts two theaters: the Walt Disney Theater, (live Broadway-style performances) and the Buena Vista Theater (first-run Disney movies).

  • Disney Dream Activities for Kids

Like the other Disney cruise ships, Disney’s It’s a Small World Nursery, Oceaneer Club, Oceaneer Lab, Edge, and Vibe are geared to kids of all ages.

4. Disney Wonder Cruise Ship

  • Disney Wonder Overview

Disney Wonder is the second ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet and made its maiden voyage in August 1999. She is constructed in a nearly identical fashion as Disney Magic, although the ship’s interior is decorated in the Art Nouveau style rather than Art Deco. Disney Wonder has 11 public decks, 875 staterooms, a crew of roughly 950, and can accommodate 2,400 passengers. This Disney cruise ship has a length of 974 ft and a gross tonnage of 83,000.


Routes
: The routes include the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Alaska, and the USA’s West Coast

Still an excellent cruise ship (despite our ranking).

  • Disney Wonder Dining

Disney Cruise Line uses a dining rotation where guests rotated to a different restaurant each night. Guests are seated at the same table number – with the same table guests and wait staff – for every night they are on board. This creates less confusion and a friendly commodore among the guests.

Disney Wonder has three main restaurants: Triton’sTiana’s Place, and Animator’s Palate. Triton’s features French cuisine in an Art Deco dining room, Tiana’s Place serves southern cooking with live jazz music, and Animator’s Palate is a dining show offering contemporary cuisine and Disney characters. The other dining and food options include Cabanas, a buffet-style restaurant for breakfast and lunch and a casual eatery at dinner, a sandwich and salad shop called Daisy’s de-LitesPinocchio’s Pizza, and the adult-oriented Palo where Italian-inspired food and décor are complimented with live music.

  • Disney Wonder Entertainment

Some of the entertainment and lifestyle highlights of Disney Wonder include Crown & Fin Pub, an adults-only British style pub, Frozen, A Musical Spectacular, and the relaxing and rejuvenating Senses Spa and Salon. Check here for a list of all onboard activities.

  • Disney Wonder Activities for Kids

Like Disney Magic, Disney Wonder offers the Oceaneers Club and the Oceaneers Lab for children ages 3-12. The Club provides several TVs, costumes to play dress-up, a slide, and some counselor-led activities. The Lab is geared towards the older age ranges and offers video games, TVs, computers, cooking classes, and more.

How to Book your Disney Cruise and Receive Onboard Credit

Ready to book your Disney Cruise? Have more questions? The Vacationeer can help!

They offer something called “onboard credit” as a free bonus/incentive for booking through their agency.  Onboard credit is essentially free money – linked to your stateroom account – that can be used to pay for nearly anything on your Disney ship or in Castaway Cay. This includes drinks, meals, drinks, merchandise, activities, spa treatments, gratuity, and more.

Ask your travel agent about onboard credit before booking a Disney Cruise line vacation. If they don’t offer it, then hang up and find one that does! We can tell you that the commission-free travel agency The Vacationeer offers the most competitive onboard credit in the business.

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Enjoy your Disney Cruise!

We hope that our Top 4 Best Disney Cruise Ships RANKED article gives you some suggestions.

For more Disney information, please see our Why Use a Disney Travel Agent, Disney Payment Plans, Disney Transportation Map, and Disney World Tips articles.

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