Planning a trip to a Disney park is simple. Disney puts so much information at your fingertips; it couldn’t be easier. The only thing their apps and websites won’t do is show you how to maximize your budget. Planning a Disney Cruise Line vacation is just a little tougher. It’s not like visiting a park. Each cruise is different, and the experiences are so personal, it is difficult to make any recommendations that fit everyone. On the other hand, there is a lot of information to learn about the Disney Cruise Line that you may want to know before embarking on your one of a kind adventure. To help you get started, here are some answers to a few of the top Disney Cruise Line questions.
The most common Disney Cruise Line questions are all about cost. Unsurprisingly Disney Cruises are more expensive than other cruise lines. Although there may be some initial sticker shock, the relative difference in price reflects a better value. The quality of the pool water, entertainment, and the overall Disney experience are contributing factors to the higher price tag. The costs will vary based on travel duration and destination, but you can expect the base price to be 2-3 times the cost of competitor cruise lines. For example, Disney Cruise Line has a starting price for a 4 Night Caribbean Cruise between $1,700-$8,200 depending on dates and accommodations, while Carnival has 5 Day cruises to the Caribbean starting as low as $434 per person.
Disney Cruise Line is always expanding into new territories. It has recently added Cruises for Hawaii and Rome and also offers New Orleans cruises. The Disney Cruise Line is best known for the Caribbean and the Bahamas cruises which stop at Disney’s private island Castaway Cay. There are several other cruises in Europe, Alaska, Mexico, Panama, Bermuda, and Canada. Disney Cruise Line also offers Transatlantic and Pacific Coast cruises.
The price you get for a Disney Cruise includes all applicable taxes and fees. The onboard experience is nearly all-inclusive. Although there are a few optional experiences that have an added cost, most of your cruise will be free of additional spending. Almost all dining, including 24-hour room service, is included in the cost. The entertainment onboard the cruise line is also free/included in the price. Alcohol is not included. However, you are permitted to bring a limited amount of alcohol (a six-pack of beer or 2 bottles of wine per person) on the ship with you each time you board.
Depending on your air travel plans, you may be required to bring a passport. Passports are necessary for re-entry into the US. Some countries may require an entry visa as well depending on your nationality. All cruise line passengers will be required to present either a passport or other valid proof of citizenship at check-in.
The Disney Cruise Line fleet includes three different ships. The Magic and Wonder are the two oldest ships, and they are smaller in size than the newer Dream and Fantasy ships. All ships have similar designs, but the larger Dream and Fantasy ships are more up to date and offer more fine dining and lounge options, as well as enhanced club areas for children and teens. However, Disney has plans for three new ships including the Disney Wish coming in 2021.