We are first time cruisers, and I am looking to book a cruise for Feb. 2014, or April 2014 during school vacation. My family consists of my husband and I, and our 3 kids who will be 13,6, and 4 at the time of the cruise.
I have been leaning towards the Disney Fantasy Eastern Caribbean, but only because I know the Disney brand well, and expect they would do a good job on their cruise line. However, my concerns are... will my 13 year old like a Disney cruise? He loves Disneyworld, but obviously isn't into characters anymore. My 6 year old would love the kids club and the characters, so not worried about her. My 4 year old (my biggest concern) is terribly scared of characters, and still has separation anxiety at this point (he is 3 now). So my concern would be leaving him at the kids club (if he would even stay), and that characters would come and I wouldn't be there. Do they tell you the times that the characters make appearances in the kids clubs? I'm assuming when he isn't in the kids club, I can shield him from the characters.
So I am wondering if another cruise line would be better for us? What other cruise lines are good for families? The other issue is we are a family of 5, so I don't want to spend a fortune on another cruise line for a big enough room - where as Disney fits 5 in their family suite.
Any insight would be greatly appreciated! I'm unsure of where to start with planning all of this