“To Travel is to Live”
When you hear cruise, it usually sounds expensive and a little bit scary. At least for me, this was the case. If anyone mentioned cruises, I would say “Oh no, not for me!” However, when my husband mentioned it to me, I decided to really think of this option. We began to compare different cruise lines and check around for prices. He also mentioned the fact that we would travel to another country, get all our meals and room included in the price. When we started calculating airfare, hotel and food for doing this alone, it cost so much more than the actual cruise! I was shocked at how we could actually go on a Disney Cruise Vacation with our four children for a cheaper price.
The Disney Cruise line is one of the most popular cruise lines there is. You are paying for the Disney name and it is well worth it. Disney Cruise Line makes you feel at home from the beginning of the booking process, right to the end of the cruise.
Several people asked me about our cruise, so I decided to offer you all some tips for all of you thinking of embarking on a new adventure!
- Save – First and foremost, saving into our travel fund was the most important! We set aside money for our family to travel at the beginning of each year and save up until our vacation time. We started doing this when our kids were younger and decided to take them to different places every year. This has been the most memorable moments in their childhood and now, teenage years.
- Book Early – Due to the fact that the Disney Cruise Line is so popular, you need to book early. They require a 20% deposit and will give you a few months to pay it off up until a couple months prior to your cruise date. This was another great advantage that helped us pay it off. Prices will go up, so don’t wait too long to think it through. Once your booking is confirmed, Disney sends you a pre-cruising booklet that will explain everything you need.
- Plan Transportation to Port – There are different ports of calls that Disney cruises embark from. Plan your airfare and ground transportation accordingly. There are different shuttles that can transport you from airport to Port. We decided to drive to Port Canaveral, Florida and park our car. Port Canaveral has a parking facility and will charge you around $60 for 3 day cruises and go up in price for more days. The parking facility is patrolled 24 hours.
- Beach/Swimming Bag – A Cruise beach/swimming bag is essential while you are exploring around the cruise ship once you arrive. Your luggage will be taken away to your stateroom, so you will need to carry your essentials in your beach bag. Required forms for boarding, room key, passport, sunglasses, swimming suit, towel, sunscreen, and passport to name a few. Once you see the amazing water slide, you will want to get on it as soon as possible. My husband and kids were on it numerous times and loved it!
- Port Excursions – excursions at the ports can be pricey. Again, book early as these are very popular and fill up quickly. There are numerous excursions that you can plan and won’t want to miss. We were on the Disney Dream that took us to Nassau, Bahamas and Castaway Cay. We chose the Atlantis dolphin interaction and was a once in a lifetime opportunity. All of my children and I kissed our dolphin Noah. It was an unforgettable experience! In Castaway Cay, we did the sting ray encounter. It was so much fun, my son loved it!
- On the Ship – Disney Character encounters were the highlight of my seven-year old’s cruise vacation. The food on the ship far exceeded my expectations in every way. Entertainment is everywhere from the endless Disney movies in each stateroom, to the movie theatre and movie screen on the ship. There are live shows, a pirate night with fireworks,lounges, spa recreation, youth clubs and pools. You will definitely not be bored and your agenda will be full. Here is a video of my husband and youngest daughter on the Aqua Duck slide on the Disney Cruise ship: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKS1ClRSN4k
- Final Notes – Prepare not to have wifi (expensive on board) and enjoy your cruise vacation offline! Cash is not accepted on board, so your room key will be form of payment since it will be linked to your credit card. Don’t forget to meet your Captain of the Ship! My little secret: you can get chocolate chip cookies and milk delivered to your state-room every night! Amazing!
Hope these tips will help you in planning your next Disney Cruise Family Vacation. If you have any further questions, please feel free to comment below.
You will not be sorry in this one of a kind voyage that will be both magical and fun that Disney can provide!