“Will my kids like the kids clubs?” is a question I receive all the time when families are interested in cruises, I would provide them with information about the programs to put their minds at ease. When my 10-year old step son took his first cruise I can now tell parents, in painstaking detail…exactly how much their kids will enjoy the kids clubs and my best advice is “good luck getting them out!”
When it comes to the nursery department, it’s a place I’d never thought to look until I became an agent. If you don’t have babies you really don’t think about what to do with them on a cruise ship. My curiosity got the best of me and I took a tour on embarkation day and I’ve gotta tell you…the nursery is so cute it might make you want to have a baby!
I toured the Small World nursery on the Disney Dream and was astounded at how adorable it was! Themed like the popular attraction, “it’s a small world”, this is a pint sized haven for the happiest little cruisers that ever sailed.
There are 3 main areas in the nursery’s: an acclimation zone, a main play area and a nap/quiet room. The play area also has kid-sized tables and chairs with crafts, games and books. Unlike the other kids programs, the nursery is the only place you won’t find a structured plan in place. The nursery activities are flexible and based on the needs of its tiny tenants.
The Small World Nursery (Dream and Fantasy) and Flounder’s Reef Nursery (Magic and Wonder) are specifically designed for Disney’s littlest cruisers ages 3 months to 3 years. This is the only kids program that charges a nominal fee for its services and does require reservations. Hourly rates are $6.00 for the first child and $5.00 for the second. Cancellations can be made without penalty up to 4 hours before the reservation.
Although you can make reservations on embarkation day (the day you board the ship), reservations can be made online up to:
- 120 days in advance for Concierge and Platinum Castaway Club members
- 105 days in advance for Gold Castaway Club members
- 90 days in advance for Silver Castaway Club members
- 75 days in advance for all other guests
The nursery’s may be able to accommodate children with special needs in this age group; be sure to speak to a counselor in advance to make sure your child’s needs can be accommodated.
Pack the diaper bag and Disney will take care of the rest. If your baby needs to be fed be sure to provide the food, formula, etc. It’s also recommended you pack diapers, wipes, extra clothing and blankets/pacifier and comfort items when dropping off your child.
If you’re burdened by the load of baby gear you’d have to bear to cruise with your little one, check out Babies Travel Lite to have all your essentials delivered to the ship before you are. Diapers, formula, even bath time essentials and sun screens are all available through this fantastic service. If only they could do that for adults we’d be all set!!!
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