26 Disney cruise suggestions, methods, secrets and techniques and additional magic to unlock when setting sail with Mickey

Disney Cruise Line could be a relatively small cruise line with simply 5 ships, however what it lacks in dimension, it greater than makes up for in reputation and enthusiastic followers. It additionally has some distinctive approaches to cruising which will shock you — whether or not you’re a first-time cruiser or an skilled cruiser on a unique line.

After crusing on six Disney Cruise Line voyages throughout 4 of its ships in the previous few years, I’ve picked up just a few hacks and money-saving strategies I am pleased to go on to you. Irrespective of if that is your first time at sea or your 99th, you’ll be able to profit from this checklist of 26 Disney cruise suggestions, methods and secrets and techniques.

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You’ll find reductions on Disney Cruises

Disney cruises are usually dearer than different family-friendly opponents similar to Royal Caribbean, however there are nonetheless methods to save cash on a Disney cruise. Listed here are some completely different reductions you’ll find for Disney Cruise Line.

E-book early

When reserving a Disney cruise, your finest transfer is to e-book the cruise as quickly because it turns into obtainable. You’ll have the very best choice of cabins and usually the very best costs. Generally, you’ll find reductions nearer to the crusing if sure room sorts aren’t promoting as hoped.

Sail one-way

Just a few occasions a yr, Disney ships based mostly in seasonal homeports want to go towards their subsequent cruising area. When that occurs, the ships sail one-way (aka repositioning) cruises, beginning in a single port and ending in a unique one. You’ll be able to usually e-book these one-off sailings for much less cash than the conventional round-trip cruises that begin and finish in the identical spot.

For instance, Disney Dream will sail a three-night cruise to maneuver it from San Juan to Ft. Lauderdale in November. You’ll be able to e-book a cabin with a balcony for $1,580 for 2 folks, which is a strong worth on Disney Dream. The $3,326 price ticket for a concierge-level cabin is superb; these cabins often begin at near $800 to $1,000 increased on many different three-night sailings.

Costs for a one-way cruise, San Juan to Fort Lauderdale. DISNEY CRUISE LINE

Bear in mind to consider the price of two one-way flights if you’re calculating the financial savings bonus of taking a one-way cruise.

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Let Disney choose your cabin

In the event you’re not choosy about which cabin you get, a straightforward strategy to save a considerable amount of money in your Disney cruise is to let Disney choose your cabin for you. You choose a room sort (similar to an inside room or one with a balcony) after which let Disney assign you to a particular cabin location nearer to crusing. On your flexibility, one of these assured fare comes at a reduction.

Within the instance under, you may see the most affordable inside cabin the place you choose a particular room on the ship is $2,072, whereas the value begins at $1,488 if you happen to let Disney select which inside room you get. The sort of fare comes with further restrictions, so learn the advantageous print fastidiously. I’ve carried out this a number of occasions and have at all times been pleased with the room location I’ve obtained.

Save massive cash if Disney picks your cabin. DISNEY CRUISE LINE

Improve your room on the port for much less

Relying on the ship’s occupancy, it may be cheaper to improve your cabin on the port proper earlier than you board than prematurely. There isn’t any assure a greater room shall be obtainable, however it might probably’t harm to ask if you end up checking in contained in the port simply earlier than boarding if nicer rooms can be found.

Improve on the port, somewhat than prematurely, and save. SUMMER HULL/THE POINTS GUY

If increased room classes have gone unsold, the check-in workers can inform you the value to improve to a nicer room; they will reference a spreadsheet that outlines the improve charges based mostly in your present cabin and fare. In my expertise, it can save you as much as half the fee in comparison with upgrading your room prematurely.

Pay with factors or discounted Disney present playing cards

You’ll be able to pay with discounted Disney present playing cards to save lots of a bit of cash. There are lots of methods to do that, however stacking bank card bonus classes with discounted present playing cards that may be obtainable at locations like Sam’s Membership and even Goal can knock round 5% off the full worth with out an excessive amount of effort.

You can too use some forms of bank card factors and miles to pay for a Disney cruise. For instance, you need to use Capital One miles from playing cards such because the Capital One Enterprise Rewards Credit score Card and Capital One Enterprise X Rewards Credit score Card, to cowl all or a part of any cost that is thought-about a journey expense.

The Disney Visa additionally affords some onboard financial savings perks and you may take pleasure in 0% APR for six months in your Disney cruise.

The data for the Disney Visa has been collected independently by The Factors Man. The cardboard particulars on this web page haven’t been reviewed or supplied by the cardboard issuer.

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Room on a Disney Cruise. SUMMER HULL/THE POINTS GUY


2 rooms are cheaper than a collection

If your loved ones is contemplating getting a collection to unfold out and have more room, however are discovering the costs for Disney Cruise Line suites to be prohibitively excessive, contemplate connecting staterooms as an alternative. A household of 4 can count on to spend about 50% extra on connecting cabins as an alternative of all staying in a single room, which is probably going loads lower than shopping for as much as a collection which might be a number of occasions the price of an everyday room.

A balcony room on Disney. SUMMER HULL/THE POINTS GUY

Get free Mickey ice cream bars (and extra) from room service

Until you’re staying in a concierge-level stateroom (extra on that quickly), room service on a Disney cruise is comparatively fundamental. Nevertheless, it is obtainable at no additional cost, so use it as a lot or as little as you want.

I am a fan of ordering room service for a fast breakfast (or that first hit of espresso) or for a enjoyable anytime deal with of Mickey ice cream bars. I usually order Uncrustables from room service the night time earlier than port days to toss in my bag for the household to eat whereas ashore. My women realized easy methods to politely name to order these by the second or third day of the cruise.

It is a frequent courtesy so as to add just a few {dollars} for a tip to the slip that you simply’ll signal when the order is delivered.

Ice cream, delivered to the room freed from cost. SUMMER HULL/THE POINTS GUY

Order as a lot dinner as you need

On Disney Cruise Line, you’ll be assigned a dinner rotation by means of the three included eating places on the ship. Your serving group will rotate with you, which is fairly enjoyable as they get to know you and your preferences.

Since this meals is all included, don’t be shy. In the event you can’t determine between the shrimp or salmon entree, strive each. Order a few appetizers or be daring and take a look at a dish you have by no means tasted earlier than.

When it comes time for dessert, create your personal sampler-platter for the desk and style them somewhat than limiting your self to 1 choice.

You are not locked into your assigned eating plans

If, for some motive, your assigned order of eating places or tablemates (you probably have any) aren’t understanding, do not be shy about asking visitor providers to make alterations. They’ll join you with the suitable folks throughout the eating group to make needed changes.

New film releases are proven within the theaters

Whereas a movie show might sound like an odd place to spend just a few hours at sea, I like to recommend making time to go see a brand new Disney film whereas in your subsequent Disney Cruise. The ships present first-run films, so as an alternative of heading to your native theater to see the following Marvel, Pixar or different Disney movie launched near your cruise date, avoid wasting cash and benefit from the film at sea for no additional cost.

In reality, in case you are at sea when a brand new Disney film premieres on land, you’ll get to see it the identical night time on the ship, too.


It’s cash-free on the ship — apart from this

You don’t want a lot money whereas on a Disney cruise. Your “Key to the World” room key serves as your type of cost and identification on the ship. I extremely suggest bringing a lanyard to maintain observe of this necessary card if it is your first Disney voyage. Return cruisers are given a lanyard of their cabin.

Nevertheless, if you wish to add an additional tip to your service group on the finish of the cruise past the usual quantity that is charged to your folio, it’s good to do this with money. If you’re staying in a concierge-level room, it’s possible you’ll need to pack some additional money for the concierge lounge hosts and the night bartenders, too.

Beverage station on a Disney Cruise. SUMMER HULL/THE POINTS GUY

Your youngsters can (possibly) get into an older membership

Disney Cruise Line divides youngsters into 4 age teams — the nursery (as much as age 3), the first youngsters membership (3–12), a tween membership (11–14) and a teen membership (14–17). The golf equipment, aside from the nursery, are complimentary, so the magic age for a Disney cruise begins as soon as your baby is not less than 3 years previous and potty-trained, to allow them to take pleasure in time within the youngsters golf equipment when you take pleasure in … no matter you need.

In a youngsters membership on a Disney Cruise. SUMMER HULL/THE POINTS GUY

As soon as your child is able to age as much as the following membership, they will truly do this a bit of early together with your permission. For instance, my oldest was capable of stage as much as the tween membership at 10 years previous and the teenager membership at 13 years previous with a signed slip from me, so use (or cover) that data because it fits you finest. I’ll say that when your child ranges up in these golf equipment, they in all probability gained’t return a lot to the earlier membership.

Take word that the tween and teenage golf equipment enable youngsters to return and go at will. In the event you want your baby to be monitored, then they might want to keep in the principle youngsters membership, which is open by means of age 12.

Older youngsters can collect in their very own membership. SUMMER HULL/THE POINTS GUY

Hit the swimming pools early or late to keep away from crowds

In the event you don’t need to swim in a crowded pool or wait in a protracted line for a slide across the AquaDuck or AquaMouse, you’ll must make use of some technique. I like to recommend heading to the waterslide the second you board the ship whether it is heat sufficient in your port, as that’s as empty because it’s going to get.

In the event you miss that window, mornings are additionally fairly empty, as are late afternoons as everybody begins to prepare for the night. Keep away from mid-day on sea days in any respect prices except you want swimming with dozens of your new finest mates.

A pool on a Disney ship. SUMMER HULL/THE POINTS GUY

You will need to beautify your door

The cabin doorways on a Disney cruise are virtually all metallic, so ornamental magnets will keep on with the doorways properly. Pack themed magnets to embellish your door. Not solely is it enjoyable to take part on this shipwide ornament, however the personalised door serves to assist youngsters (or drained adults) discover their cabin ought to they overlook the room quantity.

Adorned doorways helps youngsters discover their room. SUMMER HULL/THE POINTS GUY

You’ll be able to preserve issues easy or order personalised magnets on a website like Etsy prematurely of your crusing. You might even see some doorways that go all out and even have pouches with goodies in them. These hanging pouches are referred to as fish extenders (as they hold off of a fish constructed into the ship). They usually signify that the cabin is collaborating in a present trade with others on the cruise that they organized beforehand on Fb.

Keep in contact with shipmates on Fb. SUMMER HULL/THE POINTS GUY

Your crusing has a Fb group and it is price becoming a member of

Talking of Fb, the percentages are glorious that your particular person crusing has a Fb group with a number of hundred folks in it. In the event you want to take part in present exchanges, get to know your shipmates pre-cruise or faucet right into a hive thoughts for recommendation on selecting excursions and packing, it is a massive asset to belong to a bunch particular to your crusing.

Go to Fb and seek for your crusing (e.g. Disney Surprise Alaska June 12 – 19). You will doubtless discover a “personal” group that is not formally affiliated with the cruise line. Be part of the group to be stored within the loop and to drum up pleasure in your journey earlier than you set sail.

Soda is free if you recognize the place to look

In the event you order a can of Coke within the eating room or from room service, it’ll price you just a few {dollars}, however you may get as a lot free soda as you need from the fountain. These are often positioned on the pool deck and within the buffet space. Deliver a refillable bottle so you’ll be able to simply take your soda with you across the ship.

Examine the app for pleased hours

Alcohol is not free on board, however you’ll find discounted drinks at pleased hour. On my most up-to-date Disney cruise, choose drinks had been 50% off from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. within the ship’s pub. Examine your Navigator app throughout your crusing to search for pleased hours in your Disney cruise.

Drinks are discounted throughout Blissful Hour. SUMMER HULL/THE POINTS GUY

The most effective merchandise sells out

In the event you see a cool hat, sweatshirt or shirt you love, purchase it as quickly as you see it. The onboard present outlets are solely open whereas the ship is at sea, and the favored gadgets promote out (and usually do not get restocked when you’re on board).

A Disney cruise isn’t just for households

There’s little doubt that households make up a big portion of the Disney Cruise Line passenger base, however a Disney cruise isn’t just for teenagers. The ships cater to childless {couples} and pal teams with particular areas reserved only for grownups.

Every ship has an adults-only nightlife space and/or a number of bars and lounges to go to within the night. An adults-only solar deck features a pool and area to sunbathe. Every ship additionally has one or two adults-only eating places you’ll be able to retreat to at dinnertime if you wish to guarantee a high-end and kid-free meal. (You will need to pay additional for these meals, nonetheless.)

Adults-only pool and solar deck. SUMMER HULL/THE POINTS GUY

Disney affords legitimately good liquor and tastings

On high of the cocktails and drinks it’s possible you’ll count on, Disney ships provide some very high-end liquors on board. I shared a photograph of the under beverage cart on Instagram whereas on a latest cruise and obtained dozens of messages from folks shocked Disney would have Pappy’s bourbon. That particular 23-year-old bottle goes for a number of hundred {dollars} per drink, and it is on board Disney cruise ships.

In the event you’re on the lookout for one thing extra inexpensive, join one of many varied beverage-tasting lessons on provide. Many of the tastings are $40 – $50, and you will get to pattern just a few drinks, in addition to study extra about wine, tequila, bourbon and different drinks.

Bourbons prepared for a tasting. SUMMER HULL/THE POINTS GUY

You need not pay for movement illness capsules

In the event you discover the movement of the ocean to be a bit greater than you bargained for, head to visitor providers, and so they provides you with — and your youngsters — movement illness capsules freed from cost.

Professional tip: Do not wait till you feel horrible to begin battling any potential movement illness. On the first indicators of queasiness, hunt down a treatment. Inexperienced apples and ginger sweet are alternate options for vacationers preferring to not take medication.

The concierge lounge is additional magical

In order for you your personal private Fairy Godmother who all however ensures you get the bookings you need, the very best meal occasions, coveted reservations on the adults-only eating places and cabana entry at Castaway Cay, then e-book your self right into a concierge-level cabin or suite.

You’ll get all that, plus you’ll be able to board the ship first and skip the strains when disembarking. Concierge visitors get unique entry to a lounge with included night drinks and a personal solar deck (with a sizzling tub on Disney Want). You’ll be able to order meals from the onboard eating places to your room, and hang around with a Disney character within the lounge one night of the cruise.

To not point out, you may be staying in a few of the nicest and largest lodging on the ship.

Concierge-level rooms don’t come low cost, however they’re the way in which to go if you need cream-of-the-crop service on a Disney cruise. I’d enterprise that the added perks and additional reserving window for specialty eating places and Castaway Cay are most beneficial on the shorter Disney cruises of three or 4 nights.

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Discover your method by wanting on the carpet

It may be disorienting at first to search out your method round a cruise ship, however Disney makes it straightforward to know in case you are heading ahead or aft if you’re within the lengthy cabin hallways. If the carpet design is the wrong way up, you are heading towards the again of the ship, however whether it is proper facet up, you are heading to the entrance of the ship. Within the picture under, the globe is the clue.

Carpets within the hallways level to fore and aft. SUMMER HULL/THE POINTS GUY

Late dinner is best

Disney cruise ships provide two dinner choices — early or late seating. Your showtime for the night leisure is reverse your dinner; you probably have an early dinner, you have got the late present and vice versa.

It is logical to imagine that an early dinner at 5:45 p.m., versus late dinner at 8:15 p.m., is best you probably have little youngsters. Having carried out each, I might say that late dinner is vastly superior in most conditions.

First, 5:45 p.m. is just too early to have made essentially the most of your day and be prepared for dinner. With all there’s to eat on the cruise, you may not even be hungry but. Past that, if you happen to aren’t heading into the darkish theater to see the present till 8:15 p.m., it may be onerous for little ones to sit down nonetheless or keep awake.

Nevertheless, if you happen to see the present first after which eat dinner, the servers are nice about expressing your meal with little youngsters. It is higher to do a fast dinner after which head to mattress (or again to the children membership!) than an early dinner and miss the night exhibits as a result of your child not has the flexibility to sit down nonetheless.

The present begins on a Disney Cruise. SUMMER HULL/THE POINTS GUY

The $45 grownup restaurant is price it

In the event you take pleasure in advantageous eating, e-book a elaborate dinner at one of many adults-only eating places. Relying on which ship you’re on, there shall be one or two eating places which might be reserved for adults — Palo and maybe additionally Remy or Enchante.

Remy and Enchante are super-fancy and pricy, however Palo is approachable-fancy and prices a further $45 per individual for the set menu. It is 100% definitely worth the cash if you may get a reserving.


You’ll depart any cartoony hint of Disney behind as you leisurely indulge on beef tenderloin, sea scallops, grilled lobster with pasta, calamari and chocolate souffle.

The most effective character conferences aren’t the posted ones

You will discover many character meet-and-greets on the itinerary for every day the place it is recognized that Mickey, Donald or Minnie shall be at a particular place at a particular time for a quick hiya and a photograph. These meetups are nice, however they don’t seem to be the very best character interactions you may discover on Disney Cruise Line.

The most effective time you may have with characters shall be if you least count on to see them. You would possibly spot Goofy strolling round in his pajamas, Donald waddling out on the deck or Minnie strolling the halls in her best costume.

Pluto and Goofy in an elevator financial institution between appearances on Disney want. ASHLEY KOSCIOLEK/THE POINTS GUY

These encounters cannot be deliberate or predicted, however with out the strains and compelled nature of a fast picture, the extra free-form interplay with the characters is best than any deliberate picture periods you may discover on land or sea.

All of the characters come out to say goodbye on the final night time

On the final night time of every cruise, the entire traditional characters come out to the atrium for a short while (15 – 20 minutes) so you’ll be able to snap a fast picture with anybody you missed earlier than they do their remaining farewell presentation. Examine your app for this goodbye present, which often happens round 10 or 10:30 p.m.

Professional tip: If in case you have a particular character you need to {photograph}, ask a forged member establishing for the occasion the place that character often stands throughout picture time. That method, you’ll be able to place your self in the fitting space to snap a photograph as a result of the occasion can flip chaotic in a rush.

Skip the debarkation line by carrying your personal luggage

Getting off the ship similtaneously 1000’s of different visitors is usually a buzzkill, so do not do this. In the event you can handle your personal luggage, do not put them out the night time earlier than and take them off the ship your self the ultimate morning.

That leaves you free to disembark as early as attainable earlier than the common disembarkation begins, which could be round 7:30 a.m. or so, relying on the port, climate and different components. You’ll be able to keep away from the crowds as a result of you do not have to attend in your baggage to be assembled together with everybody else.

You’ll be able to deliver your personal water and wine

If you wish to have bottled water on the prepared, deliver a case of it onboard. It is going to must be sealed in its authentic packaging and it’s important to carry it on (as an alternative of getting it in checked baggage), however it may be price it if you wish to lower your expenses for the really yummy drinks.

Cocktails on a Disney Cruise. THE POINTS GUY

In the event you take pleasure in wine or beer out in your veranda, it can save you a bit of money by bringing your personal alcohol onboard, with limits. Visitors 21 years and older might deliver a most of two bottles of unopened wine or Champagne (no bigger than 750 ml) or a six-pack of beer (no bigger than 12 ounces) on board at first of the voyage and at every port of name. Once more, these drinks must be carried on and never stashed in checked luggage.

You’ll be able to benefit from the spa with out a remedy

In the event you love the concept of spa-like quiet and rest with out paying round $200+ per remedy, look into the Rainforest Room within the Senses Spa, which prices a lot lower than that per day. Relying on demand, you’ll be able to e-book a one-day go or get a go that lasts the period of your cruise. Inquire within the spa as to availability and actual pricing, however it’s definitely going to be lower than a spa remedy.

Every of the Disney ships has its personal model of this room. On Disney Want, the area has not solely the heated loungers which might be a typical fixture in every of those thermal areas, but additionally an indoor and outside lounge part, a steam room, a relaxing ice room and a calming water function for dangling your ft.

Heated loungers within the Senses Spa. SUMMER HULL/THE POINTS GUY

Backside line

You’ll be able to’t go fallacious in reserving a Disney cruise as there’s already a lot included and obtainable at your fingertips. However with a bit of information, you’ll be able to skip a few of the frequent first-timer errors and board like a professional, beginning together with your first cruise.

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