Mom wants to go see the famous museum in a port town but the kids don't like the idea of being cooped up all day, so what's a family to do? Turn to Disney for its shore excursion. In typical Disney form, the company worked with local touring firms to create family-friendly experiences for guests. So a trip to a famous garden (such as the one we attended in St. John, New Brunswick) also includes a petting zoo and a tea party with none other than Alice in Wonderland for the kids. A trip to the whaling museum will divide up tots and adults so the grown-ups can enjoy the museum, while the kids engage in arts-and-crafts activities, hands-on exhibits, and more.
Our best tip: Book your shore excursions early (even before you board the ship) so they don't fill up. Sure, you can book with outside companies, but a Disney cruise ship doesn't wait for anyone, so if you're running late on a non-Disney endorsed trip, then you'll literally miss the boat!