When it comes time for a family vacation, it can be difficult to decide on what seems like the perfect trip. Do you head out to the wilderness and experience the majestic awe of Mother Nature? Do you sit poolside somewhere serene and relax? Or, do you take the family to a theme park, so they can live in a world of magic?
Luckily, you don’t have to choose one over the others. Thanks to cruise lines setting sail for Alaskan shores, the perfect family vacation incorporating all of the above elements is possible when you explore the largest state in the U.S. by cruise line.
THE CALL OF THE WILD, ANSWERED
Alaska is renowned for its untamed beauty: ancient glaciers, sprawling forests teeming with wildlife you’ve only seen in zoos, thrilling adventures and pristine scenes of beauty everywhere in between. Any excursion to shore from your cruise ship is certain to captivate the interests and imaginations of all ages, as the magic of the land is present in every moment. Whether you’re ziplining through the forest, watching for whales, kayaking and hiking around glaciers, spying wildlife or savoring a salmon bake, your family will cultivate a fortune of memories together.
ANYTHING BUT “ROUGHING IT”
While Alaska may sound wild, the travel is anything but. Experiencing the great outdoors has never been easier thanks to the amenities and service provided by modern luxury cruise ships. This ease is especially noticeable when you’re traveling as a family: you may not think about facts like having to only unpack once until you’ve experienced the stress or headache of hotel-hopping. Additionally, keeping kids entertained is far easier aboard a cruise ship than in a car and you don’t have to worry about planning or navigating transportation within the state—it’s all already been taken care of. All that’s left for you to do is kick back, relax, and enjoy your vacation.
THE MAGIC OF DISNEY AT SEA
All modern cruise ships are designed with both experience and luxury in mind, and seldom disappoint. But, one of the options that goes above and beyond in providing magic for all ages is Disney Cruise Line. Their onboard activity and recreation options astound in that way that only Disney can. If you’re looking for a family adventure into both the Alaskan wilderness and the magical worlds of Disney, you’ll be delighted to discover all that’s available onboard Disney Wonder.
KIDS CAN DISCOVER NEW WORLDS
Kids of all ages can find something to be excited about onboard the Disney Wonder. Spend the day splashing into a good time at Goofy’s Pool, while young ones will get a giggle out of the AquaLab. Those eager for more immersive options will be excited to discover the likes of Disney’s Oceaneer Club and Disney’s Oceaneer Lab—spaces designed to bring Disney storytelling to life on a grand scale. To help truly live within the Disney world, kids should also make an appointment at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, where they can be transformed into any princess, knight, pirate or Jedi straight from their favorite stories. Teens don’t have to feel left out, as they can enjoy lounging within Vibe—the college-dorm-inspired, parent-free hangout spot open late. Whether it is time spent in Disney’s Oceaneer Club or charting your own adventure on deck, cap off any day of fun thanks to award-winning live performances with your favorite Disney characters.
ADULTS CAN ENJOY A VACATION TOO
Older members of the family will love this option. Disney has created its ships to feature plenty of serene, adults-only areas. While the kids are at play in any of the many kid’s clubs and activities, adults can sneak away to enjoy solace in the many portions of the ship designed just for them. Bask in tranquility at the adults-only Quiet Cove Pool, enjoy a romantic dinner with the delicious Northern Italian cuisine at the stylish adult-exclusive restaurant Palo, sip and savor a pint at the Crown & Fin Pub, or unwind with the help of the therapies and treatments offered by the Senses Spa & Salon. Wherever you end up, it quickly becomes apparent that the magic is not reserved solely for the kids.