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Everything (well...almost everything) You Need to Know About the Disney Cruise Line

 

Thinking about planning your next vacation on a Disney Cruise? There is no doubt that you probably have a few questions.

Where can I go on a Disney cruise?
Disney Cruise Line operates four different ships that sail itineraries with stops in the Caribbean, the Bahamas, Alaska, Europe, and the Mediterranean. Some cruises even stop at Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island in the Bahamas. Itineraries run anywhere from two nights to two weeks. And ships depart from ports in a variety of different countries. Many depart from Port Canaveral, which is only about an hour from Walt Disney World.

What kind of ships does the Disney Cruise Line offer?
DISNEY has four ships in their fleet: Disney Magic, Disney Wonder, Disney Dream, and Disney Fantasy. They all have different designs and deck plans but offer similar staterooms. "Elegant and family-friendly don’t have to be mutually exclusive," per a Cruise Critic report.

Each ship also offers a wide range of dining and entertainment options and activities for passengers of any age, especially for the kids. There are clubs for kids, tweens, and teens — the Oceaneer Club,  Oceaneer Lab, Edge, and Vibe. Disney Cruise Line also offers grownups places to escape, including spas, bars, and adult-only restaurants. Sorry, no casinos.

Are Disney cruises only for families?
Travel + Leisure reports that many "child-free adults" sail on Disney cruises. According to Cruise Critic, Disney cruise line offers great food and drinks, whether at the main dining venues or high-end restaurants and bars. They have cooking classes, or order from a menu designed by a Michelin-winning chef. In addition, Disney Cruise Line ships have a set of pools reserved exclusively for adults.

Is there a ‘first-class’ experience?
People used to traveling first-class and staying at premium hotels will find the a Disney cruise is right for them. You can book a concierge-level room, which gets you priority boarding, access to an exclusive lounge and private sundeck, and a 24/7 concierge. Plus, the lounge offers complimentary alcohol, and you also get advance reservations for adults-only restaurants.

So, what are my options for dining?
Disney Cruise Line offers a variety of different dining. You’ll experience “rotational dining" where you can switch between three different restaurants. “The stylized eateries vary between ships". The cost of sit-down buffets, restaurants, and room service on all Disney Cruise Line ships is included in the cruise price. Fine dining options are also available.

How much Disney will I see on a Disney cruise?
You’ll encounter at least a few characters as you make your way around the ship. You’ll see Disney films playing on the large “Funnel Vision” screen at the Goofy Pool or Donald Pool. Disney Cruise Line ships even play Disney, Star Wars, and Marvel films the same day they get released in theaters.

Disney sails out of Galveston, TX during the Christmas Holiday season. Texans flock to the port to enjoy the seasonal delight.

Disney sails out of Galveston, TX during the Christmas Holiday season. Texans flock to the port to enjoy the seasonal delight.

Are there themed cruises?
If you want even more Disney than usual, look for a special sailing on one of the Disney Cruise Line ships. Disney offers Marvel and Star Wars bookings, which turn the entire ship into a “themed environment” with exclusive parties, activities, and themed food.

How many characters can I see?
If your children want to meet their favorite characters, you’re in luck. “Disney princesses, popular characters, and even some rare favorites offer regular meet-and-greets on Disney Cruise Line sailings.” And don’t forget that you can catch Broadway-style shows on all four Disney Cruise Line ships.

How can I find Disney cruise deals?
MouseSavers.com recommends booking with a travel agent, who can get you onboard credit as well as offer advice. Money magazine suggests that if you want to travel during the busy season, you should book about a year in advance. You may also want to consider cruises out of less-popular ports. VacationKids reports that it pays to book early and to use a travel agent who can get your fare adjusted if the price goes down.

Answers to your other questions are a simple call away?
If you have any other questions, as many travelers do, give us a call. We will help with the many options and opportunities to make this Disney Cruise your best vacation ever. Call me at 832-727-3592 or email me at don.depasquale@cruiseplanners.com.

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