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An 8-Year-Old on the Disney Dream

Indulge me, if you would, for a moment. Well, really for about three minutes. As I mentioned in my post on Tips for First-Time Cruisers, I was on the inaugural sailing of the Disney Dream last month. I decided to take my 8-year-old-niece along to see what she thought of the ship since, of course, kids and families are very important to Disney Cruise Line’s bottom line.

She loved the ship — as did I — and it was a treat to see it through her eyes. This video is just a few of her favorite parts of the trip.

Eight Tips for First-Time Cruisers

Today I’ll set sail on Disney’s newest and largest ship, the Disney Dream, for a quick two-night media cruise to get acquainted with the ship. Now, while this may be my first Disney cruise, this isn’t my first rodeo (rodeo = cruise in this case), so I know a bit about the ins and outs of a cruise vacation. If you’re considering a cruise (and why not, with prices now up to 65 percent off), there are a few tips first-timers need to know to make the most out of a vacation on the high seas. Keep in mind these are general guidelines and may not be applied across all cruise lines.

Cruise Lines Ramp up their “All-Ages” Offerings

It wasn’t all that long ago that the height of cruise entertainment was shuffleboard. For kids, I mean. Ship-bound adults have always had the mercy of tequila sunrises and pulp fiction, and the grind of the nine-to-five has given them an exceptional appreciation for doing nothing at all. The sun decks, the whirlpools, the languid lunch hours and the dress-up dinners–these were the domain of the adult cruiser.

Kids got shuffleboard.

Eclipsing the Competition

The first thing I noticed about the Celebrity Eclipse was how put-together it was. It’s like that friend who’s always immaculately accessorized, or that vodka ad with its mathematically-arranged condensation beads. It’s an ensemble of sweeping glass balconies, high ceilings, and low-lit lounges, each room flowing into the next like an unbroken wave. At the same time, each space is marvelously self-contained–marked out with signatures ranging from the space-age to the Victorian age.