Once upon a Maritime…
There were marvelous ships for carrying us to the most splendid destinations in the world- ships so magnificent, in fact, that the journey itself was the destination…
This is that time and place, mateys!
If you’re dreaming of happily ever aft-ward, understanding the components of what’s included in a Disney cruise can help you decide whether the expense is right for you and your travel companions. (Spoiler: it probably will be.)
Disney cruises are frequently a must-do experience for Disney fans, designed with every age, style (yes, even non-Disney fans too), and group size in mind.
If it’s a choice between going on a Disney cruise vs visiting Walt Disney World or Disneyland, one huge cruise benefit is getting a taste of Disney parks excitement but with your Disney room traveling beside you. No frustrating travel back and forth from the parks every morning and night- you wake up right where you want to be and get straight to the fun.
Whether traveling solo, with your spouse, or alongside thrilled kiddos, a Disney cruise can create the ideal blend of relaxation and playtime on your next getaway.
This article will dive into the details of what’s included in terms of:
- Food & drink
- Types of staterooms
- Activities on-ship
- Activities off-ship
- Features unique to a Disney cruise vs. other cruise lines
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Disney Cruise Cost
All Disney cruises already offer great bang for your buck, but there are also lots of add-ons available for your specific special occasion.
The baseline Disney cruise cost is around $180 – $600, per person, per day.
After that, pricing goes up or down depending on how many people & their ages, length & location of the cruise, type of accommodations, extra excursions, souvenirs, and services.
With magical moments, dream-come-true days, and fantastical fun times, Disney Cruises sail year-round to offer lots of possibilities to fulfill your family’s needs.
Food & Drink Included On A Disney Cruise
Mickey & his friends have a reputation for cooking up some of the world’s finest foods, and the Disney cruise ships are no exception.
Included in the price of all reservations, you can expect top-notch:
- Dinner (rotating between the different restaurants every night)
- Free 24-hour room service
- Free soda, tea, coffee, water
- Free pool-side dining
- Free all-day casual buffets, snacks, and soft-serve ice cream throughout the ship
For grown-up sipping n’ sailing types, there are wonderful add-ons available for a reasonable price:
- Fancier coffee & pastries
- Cocktails, wine, beer, etc.
- Adults-only dining venues (such as Palo or Remy, depending on which ship you’re on)
- Drinks by the adults-only pool
Additionally, if you have dietary preferences or allergy restrictions, no one does adjustments better than Disney. The house of the mouse is used to picky youngsters and queasy stomachs, so as long as you communicate your needs to your Vacationeer, the Disney Cruise Line will make sure you and your whole family are comfortable in every way possible.
Disney Cruise Quarters
Even the smallest cabins available on a Disney ship are comfortably sized and appealingly decorated.
Accommodation categories from cheapest to most expensive:
- Inside room (no ocean view)
- Oceanview (one or two porthole windows)
- Verandah (a balcony to relax on & enjoy a big, private ocean view – pictured below)
- Concierge (the creme de la creme in varying sizes; sells out incredibly quickly)
For your comfort and convenience, rooms usually include:
- Split bath and privacy curtain
- Ample storage space
You will also find:
- Self-serve laundry
On-Ship Activities Included In A Disney Cruise
Depending on which of the five spectacular Disney Cruise Line ships you’re sailing on, offerings and details can differ slightly.
But they all offer contentment, cool characters, quality cuisine, and crazy free fun to suit everyone’s idea of a good time.
Which ship is “better” truly depends on your personal trip priorities.
- Broadway-caliber musicals
- Magic shows
- Trivia games
- Nightclubs and lounges with live music
- Character meet n’ greets
- First-run Disney movies
- Classic Disney movies
- Epic kids’ activities
- Special cruises:
- Marvel Day at Sea
- Star Wars Day at Sea
- Pixar Day at Sea
- Pools & water features (check out the AquaDuck and the AquaDunk!)
- Breathtaking views
- Comfy spots for lounging in the sunshine
- Fitness center
If you’re willing to shell out a little extra dough, here are some offerings available that aren’t included in the baseline pricing:
- Photo packages
- Spa and salon services
- Phone calls
- Video games
Off-Ship Activities Included In A Disney Cruise
With more than 20+ areas of the world where Disney cruises sail, there are endless possibilities for adventure and once-in-a-lifetime experiences for all ages.
Most cruises to the Bahamas or the Caribbean include stopovers at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.
Pull up a free umbrella and lounge chair before you enjoy the free meals offered on this little stretch of paradise.
Or you can reserve a cabana or rent toys for tropical activities like biking, boating, snorkeling… the list goes on and on!
For other global destinations, it’s not an exaggeration to say that if you can dream it, you can do it with Disney.
Whether you’re indulging in a short or long cruise, you’ll never be short on delightful opportunities before, during, or after your sailing.
Disney Cruise Lines and Adventures By Disney work together to create ideal vacations that can exceed your wildest dreams by offering:
- Private tours of some of the world’s most popular museums, landmarks, and cultural treasures
- VIP treatment in high-octane settings that few other people get to experience
- Behind-the-scenes looks at ancient and modern wonders of the world with local experts
- One-of-a-kind meals and treats
- Specially designed amenities to ensure a hassle-free trip from beginning to end
Unique To Disney
Disney is known worldwide for friendliness, helpfulness, cleanliness, creativity, joy, detail-oriented staff members, great food, and magic; all are included in a Disney cruise.
Beyond that, your cruise cost already includes port fees and taxes so you don’t have to worry about it as you traverse the ocean or at the end of your cruise.
As mentioned above, you also get free 24-hour room service and unlimited soda, coffee, tea, water, and ice cream… because Disney is always striving to give its customers an experience far above anything you can get anywhere else.
Plus there are so many ways to personalize a Disney maritime escape.
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