Disney Cruise Line and Its Ports of Call LIVE! Guidebook

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Yes, parents, this is your vacation, too! While family time spent together is golden, Disney makes sure there’s plenty of time and space for adults-only relaxation and fun. So what do the kids do while the grownups play? They’re having a party of their own, in some of the best childcare programs you’ll find on land or sea.

Kids at least three years of age and potty-trained can enjoy supervised play at the Oceaneer Club and Lab (see page 200). If your child is between six months and three years old, or not yet toilet-trained, you can use the It’s a Small World Nursery. This is the ships’ full-service childcare center located on deck 5, the same deck as the Oceaneer Club/Lab. The nursery is equipped with a playroom filled with age-appropriate toys, Disney movies, baby bouncers, and rocking chairs, and a sleeping room with cribs for infants and mats for toddlers. Separate areas are dedicated to changing tables.

Reservations are required for the nursery, and you can make them in advance online (see page 189). If you don’t reserve in advance, do it very soon after boarding, because it’s a popular place. Only a limited number of spaces are available, to maintain a child/counselor ratio of 4:1 (infants) and 6:1 (toddlers). You can make reservations for the nursery on embarkation day, typically from 12:30 pm to 3:15 pm and again from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm, or by phoning from your stateroom (if no one answers, leave a message with your name, child’s name, stateroom, and date and time requested). You will receive confirmation via your stateroom phone or Wave Phone. Disney initially limits you to ten total reserved hours. After the initial reservation period, services are offered on a space-available basis, and you can request more sessions anytime during your cruise. If you are planning to dine at Palo or Remy, we recommend you reserve Palo and/or Remy first, then do your nursery booking. The nursery staff will work with you when they know you have a meal reservation.

The nursery is a safe, fun place for little ones

Unlike the Oceaneer Club and Lab, which are included in your fare, the nursery has an hourly fee—they charge $9/hour for the first child and $8/hour for each additional sibling. There is a two-hour minimum. Reservations must be canceled four hours prior to your reserved time, or you will be charged a cancelation fee equal to 50% of your scheduled time. The nursery is open daily, typically from 8:00 or 9:00 am to 11:00 pm or midnight. Times may vary from day to day to accommodate port of call schedules and events like Pirates IN the Caribbean Night, so check your Personal Navigator. The portable Wave Phones found in your stateroom (see page 153) are used by the childcare staff to reach parents. Please also be aware that the nursery is unable to accept children who show symptoms of fever, vomiting, diarrhea, or unexplained skin rash, or any child who has other contagious diseases or illnesses. Crew members are unable to administer any medication. If your child has any special needs at all, be sure to mention them so they can accommodate your child.

When the Disney Wonder returned from drydock in late 2016, Flounder’s Reef Nursery became It’s a Small World Nursery with decor based on the famous Disney theme park attraction. This is the same theme as the nurseries on the other three ships.

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Top Photo Slice: It's a Small World Nursery on the Disney Dream (℗ 25264) Photo contributed by © Dave Marx



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