If your kids are reaching that awkward stage when they crave more independence than you may be ready to give them, a Disney Cruise Line vacation might be just what you need to satisfy everyone’s needs.

You may have been on other holidays where there was a kids club or something similar for younger children but nothing for older kids to socialize and enjoy their time away under the subtle supervision of, well, someone else. That is where Disney Cruise Line is different, offering both tween and teen-only youth groups where kids can make new friends and memories their own way.

Just like when we were kids, there is nothing cooler than your own clubhouse; it’s fun, separate from your parents, and gives you that grown-up feeling of being in control. Well, DCL offers that as well with activity centers made just for Tweens and Teens.

Edge is Disney Cruise Line’s youth group for 11-14 year-olds featuring TVs, Video Games, Computers, and guided daily activities, all chaperoned by friendly counselors.

Vibe, on the other hand, is perfectly designed to entice your teens, appealing to 14-17 year-olds with everything they could enjoy with friends like video games, karaoke, chill-out zones, and so much more. Traveling aboard the Disney Dream or Disney Fantasy? Both ships have an outdoor sundeck just for Vibe teens with splash pools, hang-out areas, and games like foosball and ping-pong. Your teens can make new friends while drinking smoothies and enjoying their freedom under the watchful eye of chaperones that specialize in subtlety.

Do you know what all this means? Not only will they enjoy your vacation in their very own unique way, but you can enjoy some grown-up time as well. If your family is anything like mine, the best part of the day can sometimes be sitting down at the dinner table and hearing about all the different stories from each person’s day. This can be something that lacks on vacation when most of our time is spent living out of suitcases and crammed into the same room. Disney Cruise Line gives your kids a story of their own to tell at dinner, making the most out of your shared and independent experiences while onboard.

Of course, if it is family-time that you are trying to achieve, there are certainly lots of activities to do as a group as well. Depending on your ship, there are tons of options for pools, waterslides, sports, and port adventures that will inspire that family bonding time you’ve been waiting for.

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