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Kid-Friendly Character Cruises

Disney Cruise Line

WHO: Dora, SpongeBob, and Nickelodeon stars

SHIPS: Norwegian Jewel and Epic

GROWN-UPS LOVE: Can there be romance on the S.S. Dora & Diego? Sí, capitán! One special kid “dinner and a show” evening happens each cruise. While the little ones graze at a kid-friendly buffet and eat at pint-size tables, their madres and padres try one of the candlelit restaurants, like the swanky Le Bistro. (Try the rack of lamb with artichokes and blistered tomatoes.)

“We were psyched to see Blue Man Group,” says Epic cruiser Melinda Marshall of Virginia Beach. The indigo-faced arts-and-music group uses paint and physical comedy in a wild audience-inclusive show. If you sit in the first three rows, you're going to need that poncho offered at the door.

KIDS LOVE: “My daughter was dying to meet Mr. Krabs and couldn't wait to get slimed,” says Marshall. But SpongeBob's boss had nothing on the kids' theater, outfitted with the cushiest in beanbag seating, a “cool” climbing maze, and a mega ball pit.

DON'T MISS: The Svedka Ice Bar, a 21-and-over frozen hot spot on the Epic made entirely of…you guessed it.

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