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One of the more prominent perks of Disney Cruise Line’s Castaway Club and Concierge level bookings is the ability to book onboard and shore excursions before anyone else.

Castaway Club Members may begin booking activities, and completing the check-in process earlier based on thier current membership level.

  • Activity pre-booking  window opens for  Pearl  123-days,  Platinum 120-days,  Gold  105-days,  Silver  90-days prior to the sail date. First time cruisers may begin booking 75-days out.
  • Online check-in  process open for  Pearl  40-days,  Platinum  38-days,  Gold  35-days,  Silver  33-days prior to the sail date. First time cruisers may begin check-in 30-days out.

Concierge guests may start booking at 130-days with check-in window opening at 40-days regardless of their Castaway Club stat

The estimated pre-booking and check-in dates are as follows.

Disclaimer : This is just a simple calculator to determine when your booking window opens, but it is up to you to make sure the dates are accurate.  You can check by viewing your reservation on Disney’s website.

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Booking Onboard Activities and Port Adventures for a Disney Cruise

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So you have booked a Disney Cruise! One of the most exciting things is planning all the fun things you are going to do onboard and at the ports. New Disney Cruise Line Cruisers are able to start booking port adventures and onboard activities for their Disney Cruise at midnight Eastern time 75 days out from their sail date. Before booking these extras, you must complete online check-in. The walk through of this process can be found here .

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Once you have completed your online check-in you will be able to start the fun process of adding onboard activities, adult dining, spa activities and port adventures. Hopefully, before this day you have done some research and have an idea of what you want to book. If not, read up on some of the information here .

I find the process of checking in and adding activities easier on the computer since the screen is bigger and I can see more. Disney recently updated the Disney Cruise Line Navigator App to allow you to do this whole process from the app. Read more about that here . The process will be the same whether you are on the app or the website, the screens will just look slightly different.

Booking onboard Activities and Adventures:

You should already be logged in to the Disney Cruise Line page from check-in. You will then want to select “My Plans” or “Book Now” to begin selecting activities:

Book onboard activities on My Plans

If it is too early to book activities you will see this error page:

DCL page seen if too early

Otherwise you will see your itinerary:

Cruise itinerary page when booking activities

Then click on “Add Activities” the right. I recommend starting with “Onboard Fun” or “Dining”:

Booking Onboard activities on DCL

You will then be able to see the availability for that day:

Availability of onboard activities on Disney Cruise

And what is not available:

Onboard activities that are booked on DCL

When you find something you would like to book you will have to click “Select”. On the next screen you will choose the guests that will participate in the activity and then click “Check Availability”:

Select check availability for activities

Popular activities can often sell out while you are in the process of booking. (Don’t fret, I’ll talk more about sold out activities later.)

Cruise activities can sell out

The website won’t let you book activities that overlap, and you can only book Remy, Palo, and special meet and greets once each.

Your plan page will show you what you have booked and on what days:

Plans that have been booked for DCL

Other extras:

Once you have all your activities, dining and port adventures booked you can also schedule a character call, add special requests, and add photography packages.

These options are found at the bottom of the main reservation screen:

Disney Cruise pre-booking options

Choose from Mickey, Goofy or Mickey AND Minnie. The Character calls are fun and can be scheduled in advance or fairly immediately:

Schedule a character call before your Disney Cruise

Inform DCL of any dining needs, extras for your child or onboard celebrations:

Requests for your Disney Cruise

Select photo packages at a   lower cost if purchased at least 2 days before the cruise than the onboard price:

Pre-book DCL photo packages

These photo packages can also be refunded before the end of your cruise if you decide you don’t like the pictures or want to change packages.

Activities sold out?

You were up at midnight Eastern time, you checked in fast, but there wasn’t any availability for the Frozen meet and greet !?! Don’t panic! As a first time cruiser I was worried when I didn’t get the Princess Meet and Greet, Palo brunch or a Mixology class. When I got on board the cruise ship I was able to go the dining location that was assigned for changes. They accommodated my changes from late dining to main dining and got me a perfect Palo brunch time.

Later I went to Guest Services and they found a Princess Meet and Greet. I waited on the Mixology class because I didn’t know what my husband would want to do. We decided on Day 3 that we wanted to do a Mixology later that afternoon. Guest Services was able to add us into a class. So don’t fret, just ask for availability once you get on the ship. You will have an magical cruise no matter what you pre-book 75 days out!

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40 Disney Cruise Tips and Secrets You Should Know Before You Go

These tips will make your Disney cruise vacation even more magical.

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Cruise vacations are a great way to unwind and relax in some of the most beautiful locales in the world, and a Disney cruise takes the traditional experience up a notch with unique, familiar touches and a little bit of magic. With so much to know before you set sail with Disney Cruise Line, it's easy to miss out on the most interesting facts and features.

Even if you think you know all about the ships and activities on board, you can still return to port without ever knowing about the secret sundecks, unannounced character greetings, and unexpected Mickey-shaped foods. Whether you're planning for this year or the next, prepare yourself for a hefty dose of Disney knowledge, because for you, these Disney cruise tips and secrets are no longer under wraps.

Meet the Expert

Adrianna Hwang is a planDisney panelist specializing in Disney Cruise Line.

Heather Peggs is a Disney travel expert with Castle Bound Travel Company.

Book your cruise early to get the best deal.

Disney uses a dynamic pricing system, meaning the earlier you book, the more you’ll save. Early bookings also ensure that you get your desired cabin. You can even book your next cruise while on board to save even more. The best part? This placeholder is fully refundable if plans change.

Consider booking a themed sailing. 

Disney Cruise Line offers a limited number of themed sailings, including Pixar Day at Sea and Marvel Day at Sea itineraries. These cruises up the ante with specialty shows and character appearances from beloved franchises, including Captain America , Toy Story , and more. You’ll also want to check out the special holiday cruises surrounding Halloween and Christmas. During these sailings, you’ll spot characters in special outfits and can enjoy themed food and beverage options, specialty entertainment, and much more. Disney Cruise Line guests love to bring themed attire to celebrate the occasion, so plan ahead if you want to partake in the fun.

Save big and let the mouse pick your room.

If you’re not picky about where your cabin is located on the ship, you can save a substantial amount of money by letting Disney pick your cabin. Just select your room type, like an inside cabin, and your specific cabin number will be assigned closer to your sail date.

See if cabin upgrades are available when you arrive at the port.

When available, cruisers may be able to snag an affordable last-minute room upgrade at the port, saving hundreds on a higher-tier room. 

Download the app before you go. 

Disney Cruise Line’s exclusive Navigator app is an absolute must-have to make the most of your time at sea. It adds convenience while taking care of practical vacation elements, like payment, online check-in, and trip modifications. This is also your go-to for pre-registering for Disney Cruise Line’s wide range of activities and keeping tabs on the daily schedule, which includes showtimes and deck parties. You can also communicate with your family and other cruise-goers for free using the app.

And don’t miss out on this convenient notification feature: “Scroll through the daily activity schedule to look for entertainment options that interest you, and be sure to click the heart icon next to any listings you don't want to miss,” planDisney panelist Adrianna Hwang tells Travel + Leisure . “If you've enabled notifications for the app, you'll receive a reminder about 15 minutes before the activity will begin. It's a really helpful feature when you lose track of time relaxing by the pool!” 

This is especially important if character meet-and-greets are a priority for you. “The Disney Cruise Line Navigator app will list character appearance times and locations so that you can be sure to catch your favorite Disney characters on board,” Hwang adds. “If you select the specific character listed in the Daily Activity Schedule within the app, you'll even see the full schedule of times to meet them throughout the cruise so that you can plan accordingly.” Hwang suggests arriving at the greet locations at least five to 10 minutes early.

Use your Castaway Club perks to book extras early. 

If you’re looking to book extras, like shore excursions and elevated dining experiences, your booking window depends on your loyalty to Disney Cruise Line. The Castaway Club is Disney’s version of a frequent cruiser program, and sailors earn status based on the number of sailings they’ve been on. Higher status translates to earlier booking windows, so Disney Cruise Line loyalists can score their desired bookings first. 

Related: What to Know About Castaway Club, Disney Cruise Line's Loyalty Program

Plan to exchange your currency onboard.

Not only does Disney Cruise Line take no commission for exchanging bills , but they'll actually honor the transaction's rate of exchange for any leftover money. Simply present your receipt prior to the end of the cruise, and they'll convert your foreign currency back to your preferred denomination at the same rate, even if the exchange rate has since changed. (Note: This only applies to bills, not coins, and there is no ATM on board.)

Bring a reusable water bottle. 

While there are water fountains and bottle refill stations on board, they can be far away from your room — and disposable bottles (not included in the fare) can add up. The tap water in each room is drinkable, but sinks are often too small to accommodate big bottles. You can bring packs of bottled water, but you'll have to carry it through embarkation — it cannot be packed with luggage — so consider bringing refillable bottles or tumblers.

See characters in their special cruise wardrobe.

Thought you knew everything there was to know about the Fab Five? Wait until you see them in their exclusive Disney Cruise Line wardrobe. Goofy, Donald, Daisy, Mickey, and Minnie wear special outfits for Pirate Night, and they also tailor their outfits to where the ship is headed that day. On Alaska sailings, expect to meet Mickey in fisherman's overalls and Minnie in a fur-lined coat; on trips through the Mediterranean Sea, Goofy dons an Italy-inspired suit. Specialty characters are also known to show up from time to time, like Minnie, Daisy, and Clarabelle appearing as the Sanderson Sisters from Hocus Pocus during the spooky season.

Aspiring princesses won’t want to miss the Royal Gathering.

The Royal Gathering is your chance to meet and greet with Disney royalty, like Tiana and Cinderella, all at one time and place. It’s offered on most cruise itineraries but there is a catch: while tickets are free, they are required to attend. “Complimentary tickets to the Royal Gathering are available to be booked online or through the Disney Cruise Line Navigator app or Disneycruise.com 30 days before your sail date,” Hwang adds. “Take this experience to the next level for your little one by reserving a Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique makeover an hour or two before the Royal Gathering begins.” 

And know that the most memorable character experiences won’t be at meet-and-greets.

The lines to meet Mickey and Minnie are (amazingly!) short on Disney Cruise Line, but favorites like Daisy Duck are known to freely wander the pool and jogging track decks, playfully surprising guests and often sharing elevator rides for a once-in-a-lifetime interaction. Don't miss the character dance parties either, which allow kids and adults to line dance with Goofy and shake it off with Donald Duck for an experience that goes beyond a hug and photograph.

Order whatever you’d like to eat — and as much as you’d like. 

Disney Cruise Line’s dinnertime meal service operates on a rotating restaurant schedule, so you'll get to enjoy each restaurant the ship offers — and some more than once on longer sailings. These highly themed restaurants, like Arendelle: A Frozen Dining Adventure on the Disney Wish , offer pre-fixe dinner menus. Torn between two entrees? Order them both. Each of your ship’s included rotational dining restaurants comes with a fixed three-course option that is all-you-care-to-enjoy.

Splurge on specialty dining. 

Standard dining is fantastic, but Disney ships also have adults-only restaurants available at an extra charge. Depending on your ship, this could include the French-focused Remy or fan-favorite Palo. While Remy and Enchante can be pricey, you can enjoy Palo for as little as $50. 

And on the Disney Wish , you won’t want to miss its newest iteration, Palo Steakhouse. “If you've sailed with Disney before, you may be familiar with Palo, but on the Wish , Palo Steakhouse is even better,” Heather Peggs, a Disney travel expert with Castle Bound Travel Company, shares with T+L. “I highly recommend trying the A5 wagyu steak, which is about a fifth of the price it would be off the ship, and it's absolutely phenomenal!”

These upgraded dining experiences are known to book up well in advance, but there is occasionally a waitlist available for canceled and missed reservations. “If you can't snag a reservation before the cruise, inquire in person on the day you embark,” Hwang adds. “Look for the activity listed as ‘Dining Reservation Changes’ to speak with a crew member about reservation availability.” 

Request the best seat in the house at dinner. 

Always dreamed of sitting by the stage at Tiana's Place on the Disney Wonder or enjoying dinner in those gorgeous Enchanted Garden booths on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy ? Well, it's not entirely luck of the draw. Nothing is guaranteed, but requests for a certain table can always be added to your Disney Cruise Line reservation, and they are worth the extra phone call. Concierge guests can make seating requests to their Concierge Service Specialist before boarding as well. You never know when Disney will sprinkle a little extra magic onto your vacation.

And don’t miss the best dinner entertainment.

The dinner show at Animator's Palate is a highlight if you’re sailing on the Magic, Wonder, Dream, or Fantasy, but it's the second visit to that dining room that can't be skipped. It's called Animation Magic, and guests get to draw their own characters and see them come to life on the screens mid-meal. The incredible display is only offered on longer sailings on the Disney Magic and Disney Fantasy, so make sure you don’t skip it. Even better? Request that your rotation allows two visits to Animator's Palate that don't overlap with Pirate Night to ensure you enjoy the show.

Grab a free soda at this spot.

Soda is included during sit-down meals, but if you’re craving a thirst quencher outside of those times, go to the free-flowing beverage stations near the pools on each Disney ship.

Sip cocktails at this favorite bar. 

There are plenty of themed watering holes in the adults-only areas of the ships, but on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy , Meridian is the place to be. The upscale bar and lounge is located next door to Palo and Remy, but it is open to all adults adhering to its business casual dress code. Though known for its martinis, Meridian also offers a cigar bar, custom craft cocktails, and a gin and tonic cart, as well as a private deck hosting a picture-perfect view of nightly sunsets.

Check out the Star Wars -themed bar on the Disney Wish .

Star Wars : Hyperspace Lounge is a bar exclusively found on the Disney Wish . “Whether you’re an avid Star Wars fan or just want to explore the galaxy, you will be able to enjoy delicious alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages that are simply out of this world,” adds Peggs. Reservations are no longer required, but there might be a wait, especially during peak hours; visit when the ship is in port to avoid the crowds. During the day, guests of all ages are allowed in.

It’s a multi-sensory experience in this immersive, interactive venue, and you’ll want to keep your eyes peeled in case anyone orders the $5,000 Kaiburr Crystal cocktail.  

Save on drinks during happy hour at sea. 

Be sure to check the Navigator app for daily happy hours at different bars and lounges. The exact offers vary, but they can include deals like half-off draft beer and discounts on specialty cocktails. And if you’re looking to take your cocktail knowledge to the next level, cruises also offer add-on mixology classes and tasting experiences.

Ask about the Sommelier Bin for discounted wine. 

Once a bottle of wine is opened, Disney must serve it (in its entirety) that day. Because of this, Disney ships have a sommelier bin, with opened bottles of wine served by the glass at highly discounted rates. This is your chance to sip on otherwise pricey pours at a bargain price. Now that’s Disney magic.

Or B.Y.O.B. to save money.

Looking to save a few bucks? While Disney ships offer a bevy of specialty cocktails, you can bring your own drinks — with some limitations. Hard liquor is a no-go, but each cruiser 21 years of age and up can bring two bottles of wine (or six-packs of beer) on board with them. If you’re thinking of bringing that bottle of wine with you to dinner, be aware that Disney does charge a corkage fee. You can also bring sealed bottles of water on board with you.

Take a second look at that barbershop on the Disney Wish .

Hook’s Barbery may look like any old upscale barbershop when walking by — but it’s hiding one of the best-kept secrets aboard any Disney ship. Tucked away within the salon is a hidden speakeasy-style bar serving expertly crafted cocktails, including a smoked old fashioned. Its liquor selection is extensive and surprising with rare and vintage pours.

Snack on soft serve on and off the ship.

If you’re a frequent Disney cruiser, you’re probably familiar with the line’s free-flowing soft-serve ice cream. And if the craving strikes when visiting Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, you’ll be glad to know it’s also available on the island for the ultimate sugar rush in the sun.

Get an extra-magical coffee. 

Few can resist a Mickey-shaped treat while visiting any Disney property, but the best mouse-themed treat on the ships can be found at Cove Cafe . Order a cappuccino, ask for Mickey's face on it, and prepare to enjoy your jolt of caffeine with some extra magic. It'll cost a few bucks, but the joy of sipping a “Mickeyccino” will always outshine the complimentary coffee served on board. 

Order a Mickey bar — and more — with free room service. 

You’ll be glad to know that, unlike other cruise lines, Disney Cruise Line’s room service is completely free and offered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The best part? You can have an iconic Disney treat, the Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar, delivered directly to your room.

Book early if you plan to use the ship’s nursery.

Bookings open early for guests looking to take advantage of the onboard nursery. Available for an extra charge, the It’s a Small World Nursery is available to supervise your child ages six months to three years old, ideal if you’d like a quiet dinner or time to explore one of the ship’s many themed lounges without the little one in tow. And don’t forget — the other youth clubs for kids, tweens, and teens are absolutely free.

Teens can hang out in the coolest part of the ship.

Every Disney ship has a Vibe , an onboard youth club that is exclusively available for teens ages 14 to 17. There is supervision, of course, and Disney Cruise Line's famously fun activities, but it's practically a private resort for high schoolers to chill in all day and night — no parents allowed.

Explore the kids clubs during the open house. 

Activities at the Marvel Super Hero Academy and Star Wars : Millennium Falcon play areas are reserved for young ones, but all kids club spaces empty out for the open house, when anyone can wander in and check out Vibe's arcade games or Oceaneer Lab's high-tech designs. Don't skip out on Andy's Room, which brings Toy Story to life while making for incredible Instagram snaps. And you won’t want to miss a multi-level slide on the Disney Wish which takes you from floor to floor in the ship’s soaring lobby. “Little ones can get comfortable with and excited about areas where they will play without their grownups,” shares Hwang.

Join a secret community of friends — hiding in plain sight.

Ever seen those homemade decorations hanging beside neighbors' doors? They're called fish extenders, and they're used by a network of families who have packed small gifts, treats, and trinkets to exchange with each other throughout their trip. To get in on the fun for your next sailing, visit the DisBoards Cruise Meets forum or CruiseCritic's Roll Calls . Many times, there are Facebook groups for your exact sailing as well. This can be particularly helpful with shy kids as they can get acquainted with other cruise-goers their age ahead of their journey.

Add an Adventures by Disney trip to your vacation.

You can enhance your Disney Cruise Line experience with Adventures by Disney Escapes before or after your sailing. Experience global cities through expertly curated itineraries in Barcelona, Paris, Rome, and beyond. 

Spring for a concierge-level room and relax on a private sun deck.

There are plenty of perks that come with booking a concierge-level room — namely early access to onboard bookings, personalized service, and in-room amenities. And perhaps the best part, concierge guests have access to their own private sun and lounge deck outfitted with upscale lounge chairs, complimentary sunscreen, and chilled face towels, as well as a pool deck host who can fulfill any requests for full relaxation.

See the latest Disney movies. 

Enjoy the latest Disney releases at the on-board theater without having to buy tickets in advance. Even better? Many new Disney, Marvel, Pixar, and Star Wars films have 3-D showings, allowing guests to experience eye-popping effects on the high seas. Movie times are available on the Disney Cruise Line Navigator app. And during the holidays, classics are featured, like “Hocus Pocus” during Halloween sailings.

Skip the ports to enjoy fewer crowds at the pool.

It may be tempting to disembark and explore Jamaica or relax on Castaway Cay, but if you stay behind, you can enjoy fewer crowds at the pools. This could be your prime chance to experience the AquaMouse water coaster, the cruise line’s first attraction at sea on the Disney Wish , with little to no line.

There are also lots of activities to take advantage of on board. “I must say I'm a huge fan of staying on board even on port days to explore the array of classes, Broadway-caliber shows, and, of course, the games,” adds Peggs. “If you're looking for family-friendly options, a couple of my favorites are Bingo, which they have every day during your sailing, napkin and towel folding, bar trivia, and so much more!”

Don’t miss the musicals.

While it may be tempting to take advantage of quieter swim times in the evening, you won’t want to miss your ship’s musical offerings. Broadway-quality productions including “Beauty and the Beast” and “Aladdin” (exact offerings depend on the ship) are a must-see. “These are beautifully done and are wonderful for the entire family,” Peggs adds. “Plus, if you purchase a popcorn bucket at the beginning of the cruise, you will be able to enjoy $1.50 refills for the remainder of your cruise!”

There’s an under-the-radar design tour.

Adults 18 and up can enjoy one of the cruise line’s best walking tours. “The Art of The Theme Show Tour gives adults an insightful look into the detailed and thoughtful design of several spaces throughout the ship,” adds Hwang. “It's usually offered in the mornings and provides some fun trivia to share with anyone in your party.” 

Unwind at the spa.

You’re on vacation — it’s time to pamper yourself in the state-of-the-art spa. “If you are interested in booking a spa treatment, attend the open house before the ship sets sail,” Peggs shares. “You might get lucky and win a voucher for 10% off or possibly a facial or massage during the raffle. Speaking of savings, the more spa services you get while on board, the better the price will be. If you want to secure a spa day/week pass, be sure to book them sooner rather than later as they sell out pretty quickly!”

There’s a totally free fan-favorite activity.

If your itinerary takes you to Disney’s Castaway Cay, then you can partake in one of Disney Cruise Line’s most beloved activities, the Castaway Cay 5k — and it’s completely free to all guests. Suitable for runners and walkers alike, this on-your-own race invites you to discover Disney’s private island from a different vantage point as you travel through its stunning tropical paths. All participants receive an exclusive medal when they finish.

Not feeling well during your sailing? Disney can help.

There’s nothing worse than feeling sick on vacation. But have no fear, the mouse is here to help. Each ship is equipped with on-site medical help, and if you experience seasickness, complimentary medicine is available.

Grab every photo before the clock runs out.

Even if you skipped every character meet-and-greet, you'll still be able to cram in a week's worth of photos at "Til' We Meet Again," the goodbye show on the final night of each sailing. After a short heartwarming performance, loads of Disney characters, princesses, and theater performers will disperse throughout the crowd, posing for photos on a first-come, first-served basis. The onboard photographers will have already shut down, so you can snap as many iPhone pictures as you'd like, making for a full album in one fell swoop. This experience only lasts for around 20 minutes; you can find the exact time in the Navigator app.

Want to disembark first? Carry your own bag.

You don’t want to sour a wonderful vacation with a never-ending line simply to exit the ship. Instead of leaving your luggage out the night before, carry it off the ship yourself and arrive at your final destination without having to wait in lengthy port queues.

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Sailing on a Disney cruise is a dream vacation for many families. Beautiful ships, incredible destinations, and Disney-themed, family-friendly activities are a huge draw. But planning such an extraordinary — and expensive — vacation can be daunting, and every question seems to turn into a dozen more.

What are the best ways to book a Disney cruise to save money and get extra perks? When can you book shore excursions? What stateroom is the best for your family?

We get it, and we’ve been there. In this post, we’re going to detail the best ways to book a Disney cruise — some offer simplicity, while others include extra perks. Plus, we’ll show you how to earn points and miles on your cruise and how to use them to pay for your cruise. Finally, we’ll go over important predeparture details to remember once you’re booked.

Let’s set sail and explore Disney Cruise Line bookings!

Before booking your Disney Cruise Line cruise, gather the following important information to ensure a smooth booking process:

  • The itinerary you want to book
  • The number of people, including ages at the time of embarkation, in each stateroom
  • The names, addresses, phone numbers, and birthdates of each guest on the reservation
  • Payment information (a credit card, Disney gift card, or Disney Rewards Redemption Card)
  • Castaway Club member ID, if you have one

Book Direct With Disney Cruise Line

Disney Cruise Line Website

The Disney Cruise Line website is often the simplest way to book your cruise. It’s a one-stop shop that lets you quickly and easily book the best cruise for you.

You can filter the options by travel dates, destinations, departure port, and cruise length. This booking method is especially easy if you already know where you want to go or what ship you’d like to sail on.

If you’re not sure what room to book, Disney Cruise Line offers detailed looks at each ship’s stateroom options in the Our Ships tab online.

Disney cruise staterooms info

If you’re still not sure, just ask. According to Disney Cruise expert and planDisney panelist Tracie M., you shouldn’t hesitate to call Disney Cruise Line if you need guidance. She knows from personal experience what a great resource that can be.

“During my first voyage on the Disney Fantasy, the agent told me about a few staterooms on board that had extra-large windows. I never would have discovered this cabin on my own,” she told us.

You can reach Disney Cruises at 800-951-3532 or 888-325-2500 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET.

When you book your cruise directly through Disney, you can hold your reservation for up to 3 days without a deposit. Then you can confirm your reservation with a payment of (usually) just 20% of your cruise cost. The length of the cruise determines the date that your final payment is due — sailings up to 5 nights long require a final payment 90 days before the sail date, while cruises 6 nights or longer need to be paid in full 120 days before sailing.

Cancellation policies vary based on the specific itinerary.

Book Through a Travel Agent

Many people prefer to book Disney cruises through traditional travel agents. Finding an agent who specializes in Disney cruises is a great way to get personalized guidance when planning your vacation.

Even seasoned travelers love using travel agents to book Disney vacations since there can be many moving parts to keep track of. While booking a Disney cruise is more straightforward than booking a trip to a Disney park, many people still love using a travel agent to make things easy.

Online Travel Agencies

There are so many websites for booking cruises that it can be confusing to know which offers the best deals. We have found that most online travel agencies offer the same basic prices on cruises. The difference comes in the extras, like shipboard credit or bonus miles , that come with a booking. Here’s a quick look at some of the best places to book Disney cruises.

Costco Travel

Booking a Disney cruise through Costco Travel is great for Costco members. That’s because cruise bookings through Costco often come with a digital Costco Shop card as a bonus. The cruise price dictates the amount of the Shop card. For example, we found a 7-night Caribbean cruise on Disney Treasure (set to debut in December 2024) for 3 people in an oceanview stateroom with a verandah that cost $7,411.94 and came with a $590 Shop card.

Costco shop card with a Disney cruise

Bookings made through Costco Travel can be confirmed with a deposit or can be paid in full at the time of booking. Cancellation policies vary by cruise itinerary.

Cruise.com is one of the only online travel agents that allows you to book Disney cruises online. Most other websites require you to book over the phone. We did multiple searches for different itineraries and found Disney cruises booked through Cruise.com were about $200 cheaper than booking directly through Disney Cruise Line. While this won’t always be the case, Cruise.com could be good for those looking to save money on a Disney cruise.

Cruise.com discount on Disney cruise

Bookings made through Cruise.com must be paid for in full at the time of booking. Cancellation policies vary by itinerary.

CruiseDirect

CruiseDirect also allows online bookings for Disney cruises. We found the prices to be identical to those found directly through Disney. However, there were often small extras included, like a $100 Visa gift card and a Walt Disney World official autograph book . These bonuses vary by itinerary and sometimes require a bit of work to receive (for example, you need to fill out a request form after your cruise to get the Visa gift card).

Be sure to read the details of these bonuses carefully. You can see a bonus offering 10% off shore excursions in this example, but that discount only applies to shore excursions booked through CruiseDirect, not ones booked through Disney Cruise Line.

CruiseDirect Disney Cruise Line booking

Bookings through CruiseDirect can be confirmed with a deposit, and cancellation policies vary by itinerary.

Airline and Hotel Cruise Booking Sites

If you want to earn a big chunk of airline miles or hotel points with your cruise booking , you may want to look to an airline or hotel cruise booking site.

The good news is that you have the opportunity to earn lots of miles by booking a cruise this way. The bad news is that each of these websites charges a $24.99 booking fee on each reservation, and you need to call to make a reservation. While we usually don’t recommend sites that charge a booking fee, sometimes the miles you earn outweigh the booking fee.

  • American Airlines Cruises : AAdvantage members earn 1x American Airlines miles (plus 1x Loyalty Points ), and AAdvantage credit cardholders earn an additional 1x miles on every cruise booked, with occasional additional bonuses offered. Call AA Cruises at 800-259-5642 to book.
  • Delta Cruises : SkyMiles members earn 2x miles on cruises booked through Delta, plus bonus miles on select itineraries. Call Delta Cruises at 800-820-3244 to book.
  • United Cruises: MileagePlus members can earn 3x miles on interior and oceanview staterooms or 4x miles on balcony staterooms and suites. United credit cardholders can earn up to 7x miles! Call United Cruises at 800-211-2039 to book.
  • Marriott Cruise With Points : Earn 3x Marriott Bonvoy points (including taxes, fees, and other charges) on a cruise.

Book Through an Onboard-Only Offer

Lobby atrium on Disney Fantasy

If you’ve ever cruised before, you know that there’s always an incentive to put a deposit down on your next cruise before you disembark. It can’t hurt to do this because if you end up taking the cruise, you get a discount. If not, the deposit is refundable.

If you’ve never been on a Disney cruise but have friends who will be on one and are planning to put a deposit down on their next cruise, they can secure a second room using the onboard-only offer . Then they can transfer that second reservation to you, and you get the onboard booking benefit (both parties must travel on the same sailing.)

I took advantage of this trick for an upcoming Disney cruise, and it saved me 10% (which was about $700 for a 7-night cruise!) Our friends put a deposit down on a second room while they were on their last Disney cruise, and then they transferred that second reservation to us. We ended up with a Disney Cruise Line booking with a 10% discount .

Onboard-only offers generally just require a $250 deposit, which is fully refundable until you choose a date for your cruise (then the cancellation policy for your specific cruise applies), so there’s not much downside.

To insure or not to insure, that is the question. But seriously, is insurance really necessary, and which policy is best? We answer these questions in our guide to cruise travel insurance .

If you want to save money, you may be wondering if you can book a Disney Cruise with points. The answer is yes, but your options are limited. Plus, unlike using points to book hotels and flights, there’s no opportunity to get outsized value when using points for a cruise.

Capital One Miles (Best Way To Book a Disney Cruise)

One of the easiest and best ways to book a Disney cruise with points is by using Capital One miles . Simply book your cruise (through any method) using a card such as the Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card , Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card , or Capital One VentureOne Rewards Credit Card . Then use the miles in your account to redeem against your cruise purchase (within 90 days) at a rate of 1 cent per mile.

Capital One miles are easy to earn (many cards earn 2x miles on all purchases), so they are great for a wide variety of travelers.

Since this method doesn’t require booking through Capital One Travel , you can take advantage of any available sale or promotion, whether it’s directly through Disney or a traditional or online travel agency.

Disney cruises can’t be booked through AmexTravel.com , Chase Travel , or Citi Travel .

Alternative Ways To Book

Disney Fantasy in port

There are additional ways to book Disney cruises with points and miles, although these don’t offer tremendous value. If you’re flush with points and really just want to go on a Disney cruise, then by all means, go for it. However, if your goal is to use your points and miles for the highest cents-per-point value, you may want to skip these.

You could book a Disney cruise with points through Marriott Cruises . This site allows you to redeem Marriott Bonvoy points for a discount on your cruise. While that’s great news, the not-so-great part is that you’d only get 0.4 cents per point , significantly less than the 0.7 cents we value Marriott Bonvoy points at.

Another option is to use United MileagePlus Miles via United Cruises . You’d only get about 0.7 cents per mile in value instead of the 1.2 or so cents per mile you could get using them for flights. While the value isn’t great, if you’d rather go on a cruise than fly somewhere, it could be worth considering.

Using United Miles to book a Disney Cruise

Is the Disney Premier card the best option for booking a Disney cruise? Let’s take a look at it:

Disney® Premier Visa® Card

2% back Disney Rewards Dollars at Disney, gas stations, grocery stories, and restaurants means more rewards dollars for Disney fans.

Mickey and his friends are like part of the family. Your kids can recite the words to everything from Aladdin to Toy Story. And there’s no question where you’re going on Spring Break (Space Mountain, anyone?).

As a premier Disney fan, you always have the Disney ® Premier Visa ® Card on hand. It earns you cash back and discounts at Walt Disney World , Disneyland, and more.

  • Save 10% on select purchases at shopDisney.com when you use your card
  • Earn 5% in Disney Rewards Dollars on purchases at DisneyPlus.com, Hulu.com, or ESPNPlus.com
  • Earn 2% in Disney Rewards Dollars on card purchases at gas stations, grocery stores, restaurants, and most Disney U.S. locations
  • Does not earn transferrable rewards
  • Has a foreign transaction fee
  • Earn a $300 Statement Credit after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
  • Earn 5% in Disney Rewards Dollars on card purchases made directly at DisneyPlus.com, Hulu.com or ESPNPlus.com. Earn 2% in Disney Rewards Dollars on card purchases at gas stations, grocery stores, restaurants and most Disney U.S. locations. Earn 1% on all your other card purchases. There are no limits to the number of Rewards Dollars you can earn.
  • Redeem Rewards Dollars for a statement credit toward airline purchases.
  • 0% promo APR for 6 months on select Disney vacation packages from the date of purchase, after that a variable APR of 19.24% - 28.24%
  • 10% off select merchandise purchases at select locations and 10% off select dining locations most days at the Disneyland ® Resort and Walt Disney World ® Resort.
  • Save 10% on select purchases at DisneyStore.com
  • Member FDIC
  • APR: 19.24% - 28.24% Variable
  • Foreign Transaction Fees:  None

Disney Rewards

This card comes with the following benefits :

  • 5% in Disney Rewards Dollars at DisneyPlus.com, Hulu.com or ESPNPlus.com
  • 2% in Disney Rewards Dollars from purchases at gas stations, grocery stores, restaurants, and most Disney locations
  • 1% in Disney Rewards Dollars on all other purchases
  • 10% off select merchandise purchases on Disney Cruise Line
  • 10% off a Castaway Cay Getaway Package
  • Special vacation financing when purchasing through Disney Cruise Line

Alternate Credit Card Recommendations

While those earning rates aren’t bad, there are plenty of other cards that can match or exceed them. Consider the Capital One Venture card , which earns 5x miles on hotels and car rentals booked through Capital One Travel and 2x miles on all other purchases . Plus, Capital One miles aren’t limited to Disney trips — they can be redeemed for any type of travel or transferred to hotels and airline partners .

Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card

Get 2x miles plus some of the most flexible redemptions offered by a travel credit card!

The Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card   is one of the most popular rewards cards on the market. It’s perfect for anyone in search of a great welcome offer, high rewards rates, and flexible redemption options.

Frequent travelers with excellent credit may benefit from this credit card that offers a lot of bells and whistles. And it offers easy-to-understand rewards earning and redemption.

  • 5x miles per $1 on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel
  • 2x miles per $1 on all other purchases
  • Global Entry or TSA PreCheck application fee credit
  • $95 annual fee ( rates & fees )
  • Limited elite benefits
  • Enjoy $250 to use on Capital One Travel in your first cardholder year, plus earn 75,000 bonus miles once you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first 3 months from account opening – that’s equal to $1,000 in travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on every purchase, every day
  • Earn 5X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel, where you’ll get Capital One’s best prices on thousands of trip options
  • Miles won’t expire for the life of the account and there’s no limit to how many you can earn
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck ®
  • Use your miles to get reimbursed for any travel purchase—or redeem by booking a trip through Capital One Travel
  • Enrich every hotel stay from the Lifestyle Collection with a suite of cardholder benefits, like a $50 experience credit, room upgrades, and more
  • Transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • APR: 19.99% - 29.99% (Variable)

Capital One Miles

Other good options would be cash-back credit cards . These cards earn cash-back rewards on all purchases, which can be used toward a Disney cruise, a trip to a Disney park, Disney gifts, or anything else. Multiple cards earn 2% cash-back or even 5% cash-back on everyday purchases, which could end up being more lucrative than using the Disney Premier card.

The Disney Premier card could be good for those who would rather save money for Disney trips than other types of travel, or it could make sense for those who want special financing arrangements. However, there are lots of alternatives that earn flexible points or cash-back that may offer a better return on everyday purchases.

If you’d like to earn lots of points by booking a Disney cruise (and who wouldn’t want that?), there are plenty of options.

Of course, you could pay with the Disney Premier card to earn 2% back in Disney Dollars. Alternatively, you could use a card that rewards travel purchases. These cards all earn 3x points on all travel, including cruises:

  • American Express ® Green Card : 3x Membership Rewards points on travel
  • Chase Sapphire Reserve ® : 3x Ultimate Rewards points on travel
  • Ink Business Preferred ® Credit Card : 3x Ultimate Rewards points on travel

Pay With Disney Gift Cards

A fantastic option that earns a lot of points is paying for your Disney cruise with Disney gift cards . These can be purchased at office supply stores or grocery stores — categories where you can easily earn 5x points or 5% cash-back.

Disney Gift Card at grocery store

Here are a few great options for purchasing Disney gift cards:

  • Ink Business Cash ® Credit Card : Earns 5% cash-back at office supply stores (up to $25,000 in purchases per year)
  • Chase Freedom Flex℠ : Earns 5% cash-back in rotating categories (up to $1,500 in spend per quarter); we frequently see supermarkets and office supply stores count as 5% categories with this card
  • Citi Custom Cash ® Card : Earns 5% cash-back on your top eligible spending category each billing cycle (up to $500 spent)

You can easily apply Disney gift cards to your online account as payment for a Disney cruise.

If you’re a first-time Disney cruiser, you’re probably wondering what to do before your cruise begins. Here are a few important things to remember before embarkation day.

Disney Cruise Line online check in

Check In for Your Cruise

Complete your paperwork and check in for your cruise to get your boarding time. Check-in for first-time cruisers opens 30 days before setting sail. If you’ve sailed with Disney Cruise Line previously, you’re automatically a Castaway Club member and can check in earlier than first-time cruisers (you climb tiers based on how many Disney cruises you’ve been on, from 1 to 25 or more):

  • Castaway Club Silver : Check-in 33 days before sailing
  • Castaway Club Gold : Check-in 35 days before sailing
  • Castaway Club Platinum : Check-in 38 days before sailing
  • Castaway Club Pearl : Check-in 40 days before sailing.

Passports and Documentation

Double-check your specific itinerary’s document requirements. Some cruises require a passport, while others may not.

Book Shore Excursions and Extras

Be sure to book dining reservations, shore excursions, and any extras like Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique reservations early. The activity booking window for first-time Disney cruisers opens 75 days before sailing, while Castaway Club members get early access:

  • Castaway Club Silver : Book activities 90 days before sailing
  • Castaway Club Gold : Book activities 105 days before sailing
  • Castaway Club Platinum : Book activities 120 days before sailing
  • Castaway Club Pearl : Book activities 123 days before sailing

Disney Navigator Mobile App

We asked Disney Cruise Line for advice for first-time Disney cruisers, and their experts pointed us to the Disney Cruise Line Navigator app ( iOS or Android ).

“You will want to make sure you have the Disney Cruise Line Navigator app downloaded to your phone. From the comfort of your home, you can explore your ship, reserve cruise activities, and countdown to your vacation. Once on board, you can quickly access the daily activities, rotational dining details, and entertainment schedules. Consider it your ultimate guide to the magic!” Tracie M, planDisney panelist for Disney Cruises

Luggage Tags and Packing

Be sure to look out for your Disney Cruise Line luggage tags, which will be mailed to you about 60 days before your sailing. If you don’t receive them or forget them, the porters at the dock will have plenty of extras.

When packing for your cruise, don’t forget to include fun extras like costumes for onboard celebrations (like Pirate Night). Leave your rubber ducks at home, however. Disney Cruise Line recently banned the tradition of hiding them around the ships.

Check out planDisney for answers to any additional questions about booking a Disney Cruise.

Booking a Disney cruise can be intimidating if you’re not sure where to get the best deal. As we’ve detailed, there are lots of options that provide simplicity, while others offer extra perks — you can even use points to pay for your Disney cruise. On top of that, you can earn lots of points or cash-back by using a great travel rewards credit card.

Whether you’re booking your first Disney cruise or your fifth, we hope you enjoy the magic at sea!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can you book a disney cruise through costco.

Yes, Disney cruises are bookable through Costco Travel. The prices tend to be about the same as those offered through Disney Cruise Line, but bookings through Costco often come with a Costco Shop card as a bonus.

When is the cheapest time to book a Disney cruise?

The lowest prices on Disney cruises (not to mention the best availability) are usually found when booking as soon as an itinerary opens for sale.

Can you book a Disney cruise with points?

Yes! The easiest way to book a Disney cruise with points is through Capital One. You need to use a card like the Capital One Venture card to pay for your cruise. Then you can redeem your Capital One miles against your cruise purchase (within 90 days) at a rate of 1 cent per mile. You can also book Disney cruises with Marriott Bonvoy points or United miles at a rate that’s less than desirable.

When can you book excursions on Disney cruise?

First-time Disney cruisers can book excursions starting 75 days before sailing. Castaway Club members (anyone who has sailed on Disney Cruise Line previously) can book excursions 90 to 123 days before sailing.

How far in advance can you book Disney cruise?

New Disney Cruise Line itineraries are usually released about 15 to 18 months in advance.

Do Disney Cruises get cheaper closer to sail date?

Generally, no, Disney cruises don’t get cheaper closer to the sail date. In fact, prices tend to increase as the sailing date gets closer. While you may occasionally find a last-minute deal, it’s better to book as far ahead of time as possible.

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25 Best Disney Cruise Tips for First Timers

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It’s no secret that planning a vacation can be a lot of work! But it can also be totally worth it for an unforgettable family trip.

Disney Cruise Line is the perfect option for families because the ships offer so much to see and do onboard. In addition to this onboard fun, you can visit amazing ports of call in locations all around the world.

This means Disney cruises offer activities and adventures for all guests and are sure to please everyone in your family. Before you leave to embark on your cruise, be sure to check out our Disney cruise tips and tricks below.

From the planning process to debarkation day, these tidbits of advice will help you map out the do’s and don’ts of your Disney cruise vacation. Read all about our favorite hacks for packing, dining, visiting Castaway Cay, and more in our Disney cruise tips for first timers guide!

Planning Tips for Disney Cruise First Timers

If this is your first cruise, the planning process for a Disney Cruise Line vacation may seem a bit overwhelming. However, Disney really does a great job of organizing the information you need. Below are my top tips for getting through the planning process of a Disney Cruise Line vacation.

Download the Disney Cruise Line App

We recommend downloading the app right after you initially book your cruise. In addition to the Disney Cruise Line website, the Disney Cruise Navigator App features a ton of information and features. My family and I especially love the cruise countdown on the app as it really gets the family super excited for the upcoming trip.

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The Disney Cruise app also holds important details about your trip, including information about your account, stateroom, port adventures, and more. And once you’re onboard, you will notice it contains everything you need to know about the ship in general. You can use the Navigator App for directions, dinner rotation information, daily schedule of activities, reservations, etc.

It’s also a great way to communicate (at no extra charge) with your family members while on the ship. You and your family can text each other via the Navigator App without having to worry about using up all the data on your phone.

Use Disney Ground Transportation

Disney Cruise Line ground transfers are a super reliable and easy way to arrive and leave the port. I highly recommend adding this shuttle service to your cruise reservation, especially if you are cruising with toddlers or babies.

(Note that your travel agent would need to add this onto your reservation if you booked through an agent.)

Disney Cruise Ground Transportation

My husband and I like that the Disney shuttles take care of our luggage so that we aren’t trying to keep up with two little kids, carryon bags, AND large suitcases. If you have a family of four, these Disney buses are really cost effective as well.

You can find out more information about the pricing and other details on the official website for Disney Cruise Line.

Get an Early Port Arrival Time

We like to arrive at the port and board the ship as early as possible. This allows you to enjoy lunch and the ship’s pools before your room is ready. This early Port Arrival Time is popular, so you will want to be diligent about choosing your time as soon as its available.

This means you will want to login to your Disney account as soon as online check-in becomes available. Then, you can make sure to snag the coveted early times before they book up.

Mickey ear entrance Port Canaveral

There is a trick to getting an early port arrival and boarding time even if they are all taken by the time you check in. Guests who book the Disney Cruise Line ground transportation do not have to choose a port arrival time since you are permitted to enter the terminal when the DCL bus arrives.

Furthermore, it has been my family’s experience that when we choose to use the Disney Cruise Line ground transportation AND we book a pre-cruise hotel through Disney Cruise Line, we are also given a low boarding number for embarkation day.

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Disney Cruise Planner

Now, if you are staying at a Walt Disney World hotel before your cruise, the DCL shuttles do not pick you up super early. However, if you book one of Disney’s pre-cruise hotels near Port Canaveral, you can board the ground transfers early to be one of the first to arrive at the terminal.

Book Activities ASAP

If you’re a first-time cruiser with Disney Cruise Line, you may book certain cruise activities 75 days before cruising as long as you are paid in full. This is especially important if you are wanting to book super popular activities activities like the Princess Gathering and other character meet and greet opportunities. 

Pelican Plunge at Castaway Cay

That being said, you’ll find plenty of Disney characters available onboard and on the private island that do not require reservations. If you aren’t able to snag a reservation for something that you really want, keep checking the app for cancelations.

In addition, we highly recommend joining the Facebook group for your specific sailing as other families tend to post when they cancel a reservation, which allows you to pick one up. If all else fails, visit Guest Services once you get on the ship, and a cast member should be able to add you to a list for the activity you are wanting.

Fly in a Day Early

If you live somewhat close to your departure port, you may be tempted to fly in the morning of your cruise, but don’t do it! The weather is so unpredictable, and I’m sure you don’t want to feel stressed about missing the ship. 

Flying in the day before you are scheduled to set sail allows you extra time to ensure you make it to your final destination…the Disney cruise ship! If you would like to read reviews and tips on where to stay the night before your cruise, you can check out these posts:

  • Best Hotel before a Port Canaveral Cruise
  • Where to Stay the Night before a Miami Cruise

Best Tips for Boarding Day

The day that you finally get to board the Disney cruise ship is known as Embarkation Day . This can be a hectic day since you will be juggling your cruise documents, luggage, transportation information, and more.

Our Embarkation Day post provides a packing list for your day bag as well as tips to help the day run smoothly for your family. Below are some additional tips for boarding on embarkation day:

Wear Bathing Suits

I know you are probably wondering what to wear on your cruise. You will see all types of clothing worn on the ship. No matter how formal or casual you choose to be, you won’t be alone.

Disney Magic Pool Deck

Most of the people I see on our cruises look casual and comfortable. This is especially true on embarkation day when a lot of kids are just wearing swimsuits and coverups. As a family, we tend to wear our swim gear under our clothes.

My husband and I also like to board the ship wearing flip flops or sandals that slip off and on easily. My kids like to spend time on the pool deck after our embarkation lunch, and I usually need to take off my shoes for the splash zone and pool area. Embarkation day is a great time to experience the water slides and pools without standing in line or being surrounded by a lot of people.

Ask to Upgrade Your Room

I want to preface this by saying that you should first make sure you book a room that you are completely comfortable with. Then, you can ask the cast member who is checking you in at the port if there are any room upgrades available. 

If Disney Cruise Line has available rooms, you can choose to upgrade for significantly less than what the room regularly costs. My family and I used this trick on our most recent cruise when we upgraded at the port to a concierge-level room.

This was a huge perk as concierge guests receive a lot of additional perks. Again, this is not guaranteed and it’s not even common. So, make sure you have a room you love in case an upgrade isn’t available.

Disney Cruise Stateroom Tips

As mentioned above, even if you are planning to inquire about a room upgrade at the port, you should initially book a stateroom that meets the needs of your family. These are some of my personal guidelines for booking a stateroom. This list also includes some little known facts about your cabin:

Stay Aft or Mid-Ship

If you have never cruised before, I recommend booking a stateroom in the middle or back of the ship. This may just be a personal preference for me, but I feel the motion of the ship much more at the front.

Disney Magic Concierge Family Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah

If you are concerned about seasickness , you may want to consider a room in an area other than the forward (front) end of the ship. We typically feel the movement a lot more when we are in a venue at the front of the ship compared to at the back (aft) or middle.

Pack Magnets

You have probably seen photos of decorations on the outside of stateroom doors. These items attach to the door with a magnet. Similarly, the walls and doors INSIDE the cabin are also magnetic. One of my favorite packing hacks is to bring magnetic hooks with us on our cruises. You can stick them to the walls and doors in the stateroom to hold all kinds of things.

We hang our wet swimsuits, hats, towels, etc. on these hooks. I also use the magnetic hooks on the bathroom door in our cabin. This is a great place to hold an over-the-door shoe organizer. You can store all kinds of things in the shoe organizer from hairbrushes to sunscreen to toiletries.

Memorize Your Room Number

You will be asked for your room number often during your cruise vacation. For example, when you are in line to take pictures with characters, the photographer will need your stateroom number. It’s a good idea to memorize the room number early on so that you can quickly recite it when a crew member asks.

Disney Cruise Dining Tips and Tricks

The dining rooms on the Disney cruise ships provide really great food, service, and entertainment. The rotational dining method that DCL uses can seem confusing if you are a first time cruiser. Below are some of our top tips for dining on your Disney Cruise Line vacation.

Get on the Waitlist

Depending on when you book your cruise, the main dinner seating may be full. If you would prefer your family eat at the main dining time (around 5:45) rather than at the second seating (around 8:15), call Disney Cruise Line and ask to be put on the waiting list.

Rapunzel’s Dinner Show on the Disney Magic

Then, check your online Disney Cruise Line account often (like daily). Sometimes the early time opens up, and it will randomly become an option for you to choose in your account. (This happened for me on my last cruise at about 30 days before sailing.)

If you really need the early dining time and it does not open up in the app, just check the appointment spot for dining requests on embarkation day. You will see a time and place to make dining requests onboard.

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To make changes onboard, you just stand in line until you can meet with the cast member in charge to request early seating. Disney has always been able to meet our request on board; although, we tend to sail during the off-peak season.

If you are okay with eating at the later dining time, many avid cruisers actually prefer it. The dining rooms tend to feel less crowded and rushed during this time.

Request a Private Table

If you would rather eat at a table with only your travel party and not with strangers, you can mark this request in the Disney Cruise Line Navigator App. Disney will not guarantee to grant this request; but, they will do their best to make it happen.

Disney Cruise Line ship, bathroom, water slide, and Mickey Mouse with text Disney Cruise Tips and Hacks

On embarkation day, you will receive a paper newsletter (called a Personal Navigator) that lists a meeting place and time for dining changes. You can go to this location at the specified time to confirm your request for a private table was granted. 

Specialty Drinks include Tips

If you order an adult beverage or a specialty kid’s drink, a gratuity is automatically applied to the price. When you get your receipt, make sure you don’t double tip…unless you just want to.

Best Tips for Castaway Cay

If you are lucky enough to visit Castaway Cay on your cruise, you won’t be disappointed! Disney’s private island in the Bahamas provides stunning beaches and lots of fun activities. You will find some great tips for visiting Castaway Cay below. (Since I have a toddler, some of the tips are baby or toddler specific.)

Borrow a Stroller

If you don’t want to bring a stroller from home for your young children, you can borrow one from Guest Services. They will charge your account $250 for the stroller, but DCL will remove the charge once the stroller is returned.

Strollers wagons and wheelchairs on Castaway Cay

The ship strollers are City Mini Baby Joggers. We had to fold it up before fitting it through the stateroom door on the Disney Magic, but they are super easy to collapse.

The stroller can then be stored in your room, under the bed, or even in the closet. If you are cruising with a little one but don’t want to borrow a stroller on the ship, you can grab any of the available strollers or wagons on Castaway Cay to use for free on the island.

Sit near the Climbing Feature

Castaway Cay has a climbing feature that’s perfect for young kids just off the shore of one of the family beaches. The beach and water in front of this play zone often has far fewer people than other areas on the island.

Castaway Cay Climbing Feature

Even at prime beach time, you should be able to find loads of seats and umbrellas in this area. If your kids enjoy climbing, you can easily monitor them from the beach in this area.

Pack Water Shoes

The sand and water at Castaway Cay is often full of tiny (and sometimes sharp) shells. You can get by without water shoes if you are careful. However, you may want to add them to your beach bag for peace of mind and for your kids’ feet. 

Disney Cruise Packing Tips and Hacks

Below you will find some brief notes on packing tips and hacks for your Disney Cruise Line vacation. For a full guide to packing, we suggest checking out our post that includes a free printable Disney Cruise packing list . In that post, we list all the essentials you need for your trip. Plus, we explain the reasoning behind some of the really unique items be make sure to take with us!

Bring $1 Bills

We often find that we need dollar bills for tipping various people throughout our trip. These are some of the positions we tipped on our last cruise:

  • motor coach driver who drove us to the port
  • porter who handled our bags at the port 
  • $1 per item ordered from room service
  • motor coach driver who drove us to the airport

We also added cash to the gratuity envelopes for our room host and dining servers. Note that you do not need to add additional tips to these envelopes unless you feel you received exemplary service. The regular tip amount is fine to leave. For more information, please check out our post on Disney Cruise gratuities .

Pack an Embarkation Day Bag

Your room probably won’t be ready until 1:30, and your luggage may not arrive until after dinner. So, pack a carryon bag for boarding the ship in case you need certain items before your luggage arrives.

Insider Tips for Shows

The Broadway style shows on Disney Cruise Line provide really great family entertainment that kids of all ages can enjoy. Here are a few tips for visiting the theater and enjoying onboard activities:

Arrive Early

The seats in the theater fill up during the nightly live shows. We try to arrive 15-20 minutes before the show starts to make sure we find seats together as a family. My kids typically don’t mind being seated early as we bring snacks and coloring books to entertain them before the show starts.

Grab a Booster Seat

I have a six year old who is really small for her age. My husband likes to grab a booster seat for her to sit on during the shows. You can get a booster seat at the entrance to the theater each night. This allows little ones to better see the stage from their seats. 

Pack Snacks and Drinks

You can purchase popcorn, candy, and drinks right outside the theater at Preludes . However, you are welcome to bring your own snacks as well. This is a great way to save money and stay on budget for your cruise! Just make sure any food you bring on board is pre-packaged as you are not permitted to carry on opened or homemade items.

Last Minute Tips and Advice for First Time Cruisers

These are some miscellaneous bits of advice for your first time cruising with Disney Cruise Line.

Return the Kids Club Band

If you receive a bracelet for the kids club (similar to a Magic Band at Disney World) for your child, make sure you return it to the club by the last day of your cruise. If you don’t, Disney Cruise Line will charge your account for the bracelet. 

Grab a Paper Navigator

The Disney Cruise Line Navigator App is a great resource while on the cruise. However, I still prefer to have a paper copy of the daily personal navigator. You can easily pick up your Navigator at Guest Services each day.

Disney Cruise Personal Navigator

You do not have to wait in line to do this. Guest Services should have a stack of Navigators set out for guests to freely grab and go.

If your final cruise day is at a port like Castaway Cay, it may be tempting to leave the packing until later so you can enjoy the beach. However, if you want Disney Cruise Line to handle your luggage on debarkation day , it needs to be packed and in the hallway that last night. 

Give yourself plenty of time to pack your bags and set them in the hallway by the luggage pickup time. This will help the end of the cruise and disembarkation day run much more smoothly. There’s nothing worse than spending your last night on board rushing to pack rather than enjoying the final entertainment options available with your family.

Schedule a Character Call

Disney Cruise Line provides two free calls from characters prior to your cruise. Depending on when you are cruising, you can receive a call from Goofy, Mickey, or Minnie. On a special note, if you are sailing on a holiday themed itinerary, you may be able to receive a unique holiday call from characters!

Don’t Stress about Laundry

If you are sailing on a longer Disney Cruise itinerary, you may feel uncertain about how to handle laundry on the ship. I assure you this process is super simple! You can read our full guide to Disney cruise laundry here , but I will briefly explain the process. We carry a bag of dirty clothes to the launderette onboard.

disney cruise detergent machine in laundry room

You use the digital screen to purchase the use of the washer and/or dryer. (The price is actually super reasonable, which you can read about in the post linked above.) Disney has all the detergents and things you need for an additional small fee. You then receive a message via the Navigator App once your clothes are finished washing.

You can then move them to the dryer where you’ll receive a second message once they are dry. If you prefer not to do your own laundry onboard, Disney Cruise Line offers full service laundry services as well.

Final Thoughts on Disney Cruise Tips and Tricks

I hope you found these tips for your first Disney cruise really helpful! Sailing with Disney Cruise Line is the most fun and relaxing way to travel. Whether you’re looking for pre-cruise advice or tips to use onboard, the information above should come in handy.

We hope your vacation runs smoothly with our planning and packing hacks. Once you are cruising with Disney , you’ll realize just how special a Disney Cruise Line vacation truly is.

Have a magical trip!

Shari is an experienced planner and organizer for Disney vacations, cruising, and U.S. travel. Her family vacation information, reviews, and tips provide insight for moms and dads everywhere. You can read more about her story, including her journey through breast cancer, in the about me page.

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Disney Cruise Line: How to Check-In Online and Book Activities

by Key to the World Travel Jan 23, 2019

You’re going on a Disney Cruise ! Congratulations! After you book your cruise there are still several steps to complete before you embark on your magical cruise. You will need to do your online check-in and select any extra activities that you want to add to enhance your cruise experience. Your Key to the World Travel ® Planner can help you with these, or you can choose to do them on your own.

Disney Cruise Line Online Check-In

Advanced Booking Window

Your Advanced Booking Window is determined by your Castaway Club Membership level as follows:

  • Concierge Guests can book 120 days prior to sail date
  • Platinum Castaway Club Members can book 120 days prior to sail date
  • Gold Members can book 105 days prior to sail date
  • Silver Members can book 90 days prior to sail date
  • First Time Sailors can book 75 days prior to sail date

Your window opens at Midnight EST – That means West-coasters can check in at 9 pm the night before!

For our upcoming cruise, we were able to log on and complete the check-in about 1 hour before our window opened, but we were not able to book activities until the window officially opened.

Your cruise needs to be paid for in full to register for activities, but not to check in.  Note: your final payment for the cruise is due between 75 and 120 days prior to sail date, depending on the cruise you select.  Be sure to check your cruise details. Your Key to the World Travel ® Planner will remind you of when your final payment is due.

Information to gather before check-in

If your Key to the World Travel® Planner is doing your check-in, please be sure to supply the following information. If not, then having it handy will help you when it is time to check in.

  • Passport information
  • Credit card information
  • Flight details
  • Pre and post travel location address
  • Emergency Contact Information

If you are doing your own check-in, you will need to login to https://disneycruise.disney.go.com . Select Sign In or Create Account. If you are new to the Disney websites, you will enter your email address and select a password. If you have registered on Disney’s Parks sites before it will be the same username and password that you have used previously. Your Key to the World Travel ® planner will have helped you with setting this up. Once logged in, select My Disney Cruise tab located on the top right of the screen. A drop-down menu will appear, select My Reservations under Plan and Manage. Here you can select check-in.

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Check-in Process

There are 9 steps and you need to go in order of the check-in steps and complete each step before you move on to the next one.

Disney Cruise Line Online Check-In

Step 1: Guest Information

You will enter your address, phone number, emergency contact, if you are pregnant and if you are the parent or legal guardian of children in your party.  These steps repeat for each member in your party.

Step 2: Identification

You will select your citizenship and enter your identification type (photo & government ID or Passport), numbers, and expiration dates.

Step 3: Pre/Post Cruise

Are you flying into the port? You will enter your flight information, the address of where you are going after the cruise as well as the transportation you are using from the cruise terminal.

Step 4: Onboard Account

Here you will enter in your credit card information for onboard charges and select who is authorized to charge on this card.

Step 5: Port Arrival Time

You can select an arrival time between 10:30 am and 3 pm. They are in 15-minute intervals. Select the time that best matches up of when you realistically plan to get to the port. This is not your boarding time. Just the time you expect to arrive at the port.  This helps Disney manage the flow of passengers.

Step 6: Youth Registration

If you are bringing children on the cruise this is where you register them in the kid’s clubs. This is something that your travel planner cannot do for you, the parent or guardian must complete this step.

You will select who can pick up and drop off your child and if you want them to have self-check-in and out privileges. You will also pick a secret word for you and your children to know. Here is also where you indicate if any child has any allergies. The kid’s clubs will sometimes offer your child food so they need the authorization to feed them and if they can participate in activities with Play-Doh. There is also information on if you are bringing an EpiPen. There is an additional form for special services information that must be completed 60 days in advance of your cruise.

In this step, there will also be a link to download and print a My Disney Cruise Adventure booklet. There are fun pages for your child to fill out before, during, and after your cruise.

Step 7: Traveling with Minors

Here you can select if your children can get off of the ship with any other adults, and who those adults are. This is something that your travel planner cannot do for you, the parent or guardian must complete this step.

Disney Cruise Line Online Check-In

Step 8: Review Contract

Make sure to read and check that you understand the contents.

Step 9: Port Arrival Form

You can Print your Port Arrival Form and/or send it via email. After you make your selection click “Complete My Online Check-In”.

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Cruise Activities

Now you get to choose your cruise activities like port adventures and specialty dining experiences.  Are you traveling with others in a different stateroom? You can link your reservations and book your activities together. You can link up to 3 rooms together. In order to link reservations, you will need their confirmation number and the date of birth of one of the guests.

Go back to the My Disney Cruise tab located on the top right of the screen. Select My Cruise Activities on the drop-down menu under Plan and Manage.  For this section, I suggest you have a rough outline of the days you are cruising with plans that you already have set. For example, put in your dinner time so you know that when you are scheduling activities. As you select activities, I also suggest penciling these in, that way you can keep track of what you have already selected.

Once you are on your Cruise Activities page, there will be a link for your day-by-day itinerary.  Select the day you’d like to reserve your activity for, then click “Add Activities” and select from the options provided. You can add the activities for one up to all of the passengers you have linked to your reservation.

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Some of the activities you will get to choose from are listed below.  Note: activities are based on the ship you are sailing on, the duration of your cruise, as well as ports you visit. Also, some activities have an additional cost, which will be listed.

  • Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique packages
  • Drink tasting events
  • Shutters Portrait Studio
  • Golf Simulator
  • Sports Simulator
  • Character Meet & Greets (Princesses and specialty characters on Star Wars and Marvel cruises)
  • Royal Court Royal Tea
  • Senses Spa appointments
  • Port Adventures
  • Character Breakfast
  • Spa and Fitness

If you didn’t get something that you wanted don’t fret! On your day of departure, you can go to the Port Adventure desk located on Deck 5 on Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy and on Deck 3 on Disney Magic and Disney Wonder to see if there is any availability. If you want to register for group babysitting visit it’s a Small World Nursery on Deck 5 for all ships, and Spa & Salon Services can be booked in the salon on Decks 11 and 12 on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy ; Deck 9 on the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder .

The most important thing to remember: do not be surprised or worried if many of the activities are booked up by the time your booking window opens [due in large part to the Advanced Window Booking noted above].  Your cruise experience will still be magical! All of the restaurants included in the rotational dining provide top notch food and there are more than enough onboard activities listed in the daily navigator to enjoy.

All Key to the World Travel ® planners are experts and offer the highest level of exemplary customer service. Contact your travel planner to book your vacation, or click here to request a quote today!

Lynette Brown

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Contact Lynette today, using the links below!

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How To Book Excursions On Disney Cruise

Published: December 13, 2023

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by Georgina Kahler

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Introduction

Welcome aboard the magical world of Disney Cruise! If you’re planning a cruise vacation with Disney, you’re in for a treat. Not only does Disney offer incredible entertainment, dining, and relaxation options onboard, but they also provide a plethora of exciting excursions at each port of call.

Booking excursions on a Disney Cruise is a fantastic way to enhance your vacation and create unforgettable memories. Whether you’re looking to explore ancient ruins, swim with dolphins, or simply relax on a pristine beach, Disney has something for everyone.

In this article, we’ll guide you through the process of booking excursions on a Disney Cruise, from understanding the options available to making the reservation. We’ll also provide you with some insider tips to help you make the most of your experience. So, let’s dive in and start planning your dream vacation!

Before we get started, it’s important to note that Disney Cruise Line offers a wide variety of destinations, each with its own unique excursions. So, whether you’re sailing to the Caribbean, Alaska, Europe, or any other breathtaking location, you can rest assured that there will be plenty of excursion options to suit your interests and preferences.

Now, let’s delve into the world of Disney Cruise excursions and discover how you can make the most of your time ashore.

Understanding Excursions on Disney Cruise

Excursions on Disney Cruise are carefully curated experiences that allow you to explore the ports of call and immerse yourself in the local culture and attractions. These excursions are designed to cater to a variety of interests, ranging from adventurous activities to cultural tours and relaxing beach escapes. By participating in these excursions, you can make the most of your time ashore while enjoying the convenience and peace of mind that comes with Disney’s exceptional service.

Disney Cruise Line offers a wide range of excursion options at each port of call. This includes guided tours, water sports activities, wildlife encounters, historical sightseeing, and much more. The excursions are typically categorized based on their duration, intensity level, and theme, ensuring there’s something suitable for every age group and interest.

For thrill-seekers, Disney offers excursions such as snorkeling with tropical fish, zip-lining through lush rainforests, and even dog sledding on select cruises to Alaska. If you prefer a more relaxed experience, you can choose from beach outings, spa retreats, or leisurely sightseeing tours.

It’s important to note that Disney Cruise Line has a team of experts who carefully select and evaluate excursion operators to ensure the highest level of safety, comfort, and quality for their guests. This means that you can trust that the excursions offered by Disney are reputable and well-managed.

When choosing an excursion, it’s helpful to consider factors such as your interests, physical capabilities, and the age range of your group. Disney offers excursions suitable for families, couples, solo travelers, and even multi-generational groups. Additionally, be sure to review any specific requirements or restrictions for each excursion, such as minimum age or physical fitness level.

Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or a culture enthusiast, Disney Cruise excursions offer something for everyone. The experiences are designed to provide a balance of adventure, relaxation, and discovery, allowing you to create unforgettable memories during your time ashore.

Researching Excursion Options

Before you can book an excursion on your Disney Cruise, it’s important to spend some time researching and exploring the various options available. This will help you make an informed decision based on your interests, preferences, and the activities offered at each port of call.

The first step in researching excursion options is to review the Disney Cruise Line website. Here, you’ll find detailed information about the excursions available for each destination, including descriptions, durations, pricing, and any restrictions or requirements. Take the time to read through the descriptions to get a sense of what each excursion entails and whether it aligns with your interests.

Additionally, you can also find valuable information and tips from fellow cruisers on online forums and social media groups dedicated to Disney Cruise. These platforms can provide insights and personal experiences that may help you narrow down your choices and make a more informed decision.

When researching, consider factors such as the ratings and reviews of the excursions, the level of activity involved, and any specific highlights or attractions mentioned. Look for excursions that align with your interests, whether it’s exploring historical landmarks, engaging in thrilling adventures, or simply enjoying the natural beauty of the destination.

It’s also worth considering the duration of the excursion and how it fits into your overall schedule. Some excursions may be half-day or full-day adventures, while others may be shorter in length. Make sure to account for the time it takes to travel to and from the excursion location to ensure you have ample time to enjoy the experience without feeling rushed.

Another important factor to consider is the cost of each excursion. Disney Cruise excursions vary in price, so it’s essential to establish a budget and weigh the value of each experience against the cost. Keep in mind that some excursions may include meals or additional perks, which can add value to the overall experience.

Lastly, don’t be afraid to reach out to the Disney Cruise Line directly for any specific questions or concerns about the excursions. Their knowledgeable staff can provide further details and recommendations to help you make the best decision.

By thoroughly researching your excursion options, you’ll be able to choose the activities that align with your interests, ensure a memorable experience while in port, and make the most of your time ashore during your Disney Cruise.

Booking Excursions

Once you have researched and narrowed down your excursion options, it’s time to book your chosen activities. Disney makes it easy and convenient to reserve your excursions directly through their website or by contacting their Cruise Reservation Center.

If you prefer to book online, simply log in to your Disney Cruise Line account and navigate to the “My Reservations” section. From there, you can browse the available excursions for each port of call and add them to your itinerary. Make sure to check for any specific time slots or availability constraints for each excursion.

During the online booking process, you will need to provide the necessary information, such as the number of participants and any special requirements or requests. Some excursions may have age restrictions or require participants to meet certain health or physical conditions, so it’s important to review the details before making your selection.

Alternatively, you can also book your excursions by calling the Disney Cruise Line’s Cruise Reservation Center. Their friendly and knowledgeable staff can assist you in selecting and booking the excursions that best suit your interests and needs. Be prepared with your preferred excursion choices and have your booking details, such as cruise date and reservation number, ready when you call.

It’s important to note that popular excursions can fill up quickly, so it’s recommended to book as early as possible. Disney Cruise Line typically opens excursion bookings in advance, allowing guests to secure their preferred activities before the cruise departure. By booking early, you can increase your chances of securing a spot on the excursions that interest you the most.

Once you have successfully booked your excursions, you will receive a confirmation email or notification with all the relevant details. Take the time to review this information and ensure that you have all the necessary documentation or vouchers for each excursion. It is advisable to print these documents or have them easily accessible on your mobile device for convenience when disembarking the ship.

During your cruise, you will receive further instructions and details about your booked excursions through your daily cruise newsletter or the onboard excursion desk. They will provide information on meeting points, departure times, and any additional requirements or recommendations for each excursion.

By following these steps and booking your excursions in advance, you can ensure a seamless and stress-free experience, allowing you to fully enjoy the activities and sights at each port of call during your Disney Cruise.

Tips for Booking Excursions on Disney Cruise

Booking excursions on a Disney Cruise is an exciting part of planning your vacation. To make the most of your experience and ensure a smooth process, consider these helpful tips:

  • Research in advance: Start researching excursion options as soon as possible to have a better understanding of what each activity entails and to secure your preferred choices.
  • Consider the interests and abilities of your group: Choose excursions that cater to the interests and physical capabilities of everyone in your group. This will ensure that everyone has a memorable and enjoyable experience.
  • Book early: Popular excursions can fill up quickly, so it’s wise to book as early as possible. This increases your chances of securing a spot on the excursions you desire.
  • Review the details: Before booking, carefully read the descriptions, restrictions, and requirements of each excursion. Ensure that you meet any age, health, or physical fitness requirements and understand what is included in the excursion.
  • Set a budget: Determine a budget for your excursions and consider the value of each experience in relation to the cost. Remember to account for any additional expenses, such as meals or transportation.
  • Communicate any special needs or requests: If anyone in your party has specific dietary restrictions, accessibility needs, or special requests, be sure to communicate this information to Disney Cruise Line so they can accommodate your needs.
  • Pack accordingly: Depending on the excursion, you may need specific items such as swimsuits, comfortable shoes, sunscreen, and insect repellent. Pack accordingly to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable experience.
  • Arrive early and be prepared: On the day of your excursion, arrive at the designated meeting point early and ensure you have all the necessary documents or vouchers. This will help you avoid any last-minute stress and ensure a smooth departure.
  • Be open to new experiences: While it’s great to have a plan, be open to new experiences that may arise during your cruise. Sometimes the unexpected can lead to incredible memories, so embrace the adventure!
  • Enjoy the journey: Remember that your Disney Cruise vacation is about more than just the excursions. Take the time to enjoy the onboard amenities, entertainment, and relaxation options as well. It’s the perfect balance of activities and leisure.

By following these tips, you’ll be well-prepared to book your excursions on a Disney Cruise and create unforgettable memories at every port of call. So, get ready to embark on an incredible adventure filled with excitement, discovery, and magic!

Booking excursions on a Disney Cruise is a fantastic way to elevate your vacation and create unforgettable experiences at each port of call. From exploring ancient ruins to swimming with dolphins, Disney offers a wide range of excursions to suit every interest and age group.

To make the most of your excursion booking process, take the time to research the available options and consider factors such as interests, physical capabilities, and budget. Booking early is crucial to secure your preferred activities, as popular excursions can fill up quickly.

When booking, be sure to review the details of each excursion, including any restrictions or requirements. Communicate any special needs or requests to Disney Cruise Line to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable experience for everyone in your group.

During the cruise, follow the provided instructions and be prepared for each excursion. Arriving early and having all the necessary documents will help ensure a smooth departure and allow you to fully immerse yourself in the experience.

Remember, a Disney Cruise is not just about the excursions. Take the time to enjoy the onboard amenities, entertainment, and relaxation options as well. It’s the perfect balance of activities and leisure that will make your vacation truly magical.

So, whether you’re zip-lining through lush forests, snorkeling in crystal-clear waters, or immersing yourself in the local culture, booking excursions on a Disney Cruise will create memories that last a lifetime. Get ready to embark on an adventure filled with wonder, excitement, and the enchantment that only Disney can provide. Bon voyage!

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What Can I Book Before My Disney Cruise Line Sailing?

You’ve booked your Disney Cruise, yay!

While you could be done with your planning until it’s time to check in for your sailing , many guests take them extra step to book additional elements of their vacation in advance. Here’s what you need to know.

When can I book additional DCL items?

Your booking window opens after you’ve paid in full for your cruise, based on your Castaway Club status or stateroom level.

  • First Time Guest s may make reservations 75 days prior to sailing.
  • Silver  Castaway Club Guests may make reservations 90 days prior to sailing.
  • Gold  Castaway Club Guests may make reservations 105 days prior to sailing.
  • Platinum  Castaway Club Guests may make reservations 120 days prior to sailing.
  • Pearl Castaway Club Guests may make reservations 123 days prior to sailing.
  • Concierge-level Guests may request reservations from the shoreside concierge 130 days prior to sailing. They will add the reservations to you account 123 days prior to sailing.

Am I required to book anything in advance?

No. If you want to stick to a modest budget or if you just want to have a totally unplanned vacation, then you don’t have to bother with any of the things below. That said, if you do want to partake in onboard or port activities that are available for pre-booking, you should reserve them in advance. Popular items like mixology classes will almost certainly fill up in advance and will likely be unavailable for onboard walk-ins.

Will all my options be available when my booking window opens?

The vast majority of items that can be pre-booked will be available on the DCL website when the first booking windows open. However, I’ve seen enough exceptions to this to know that it makes sense to check back periodically, even during the morning of embarkation. DCL may add extra classes or additional slots on a port adventure if interest warrants. And other guests make cancellations all the time. Don’t panic if your preferred activities are not available right away.

What Can I Book Before I Cruise?

Adult dining.

All five ( soon to be six ) Disney Cruise Line ships have at least one restaurant that is available only to guests ages 18+. The lower priced adult dining venue is called Palo on the Magic, Wonder, Dream, and Fantasy and called Palo Steakhouse on the Wish and Treasure. Additionally is there a more luxe, and more expensive, adults-only restaurant on four ships, called Remy on the Dream and Fantasy and called Enchante on the Wish and Treasure.

These venues all offer brunch and dinner on select days of every sailing. Additionally you may find that your sailing has special events such as dessert tastings .

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Port Adventures

Port adventures are planned excursions off the ship during port days. Port adventures vary widely depending on your ship’s itinerary and may include anything from an inexpensive city walking tour to a multi-thousand dollar helicopter ride to a glacier.

Beverage Seminars

Every sailing hosts a range of adult beverage seminars. These last approximately one hour, cost between about $40 and about $100 depending on the beverage, and are limited to guests ages 21+. The seminars are lead by an onboard bartender or sommelier. They include some education information about the drinks as well as tasting-size portions of five or so representatives of type of alcohol. These seminars are extremely popular and are some of the first activities fully booked on every sailing.

You may find that your sailing offers seminars focused on bourbon, champagne, rum, cognac, beer, wine, tequila, or general mixology.

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Spa and Salon Treatments, for Kids and Adults

Every DCL ship includes a spa and salon for adults as well as a Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique makeover venue for children.

Treatments for adults (and sometimes teens) include things like hair styling, manicures, facials, shaves, massages, and minimally invasive medical procedures like teeth whitening, aucpuncture, and Cool Sculpting. BBB makeovers are designed to transform your child into a princess, prince, or pirate.

Photo Packages

You may book onboard photo packages in advance of your sailing. There’s no true imperative to do this ahead of time; DCL will never “sell out” of photo opportunities. However, these is a modest price break if you reserve your photo package in advance.

Some Character Meet & Greets

Most sailings have a few reservation-only character greeting opportunities. These might include a session with four of five princesses at once or a meeting with rarer characters such as Guardians of the Galaxy Heroes on a Marvel-themed cruise. There is typically no fee for these Meet & Greets.

During a non-themed sailing (not Marvel, Pixar, or Halloween), most of the reservable characters will also be available to all guests at other times, you might just encounter a longer wait.

Character Dining

Some longer sailings offer character breakfasts that may be reserved in advance. They operate similarly to the character dining experiences in the Disney theme parks – characters stop by your table to pose for photos during your meal. There is, however, one giant difference between character breakfasts on the ships versus those in the parks: the character breakfasts on the ship are free.

Decidedly NOT free are the specialty children’s experiences on some sailings such as the Royal Court Tea and Olaf’s Royal Picnic, which also can, and should, be booked in advance.

Nursery Time

Reservations are not required for the youth spaces for potty-trained children and youth ages 3 and up (Oceaneer Club/Lab, Vibe, and Edge).

Reservations ARE required for the it’s a small world nursery. Use of the nursery also requires a modest fee, while the clubs for older kids are included with the price of your cruise.

Sports Simulators

The Dream and Fantasy only house an indoor sports simulator on their sports decks. If you want to faux play a round at Pebble Beach, you can reserve this in advance.

There are fewer than 30 private cabanas available on Castaway Cay and presumably there will be a similar number available at Disney’s second private island, Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point, when it opens in 2024. The popularity of these few private oases means that they are almost always fully booked by Concierge, Pearl, and Platinum level guests. Try not to get your hopes up for a cabana if you’re not at least a Platinum level guest.

Note: Don’t confuse beachside cabanas with the buffet restaurant on the Magic, Wonder, Dream, and Fantasy named Cabanas. Everyone is welcome to eat at Cabanas with no reservation; pre-booking is not available. 

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Our family is sailing on the Fantasy in June. We have 8 staterooms which have reservations that are linked. When it comes time for us to book our port adventures and onboard activities, can we each be on our own devices booking our own activities at the same time? Or is only one person from the entire linked group able to be logged in to make the all bookings? Thanks for your help!  

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grammie12 said: Our family is sailing on the Fantasy in June. We have 8 staterooms which have reservations that are linked. When it comes time for us to book our port adventures and onboard activities, can we each be on our own devices booking our own activities at the same time? Or is only one person from the entire linked group able to be logged in to make the all bookings? Thanks for your help! Click to expand...

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The Best Ways To Save When Booking Your Next Disney Cruise

F orget about the Pirates of the Caribbean boat ride, if you want to elevate your Disney vacation to the next level, you can take a real Caribbean cruise aboard one of the Disney Cruise Line ships. Guests who visit the Bahamas or the Caribbean can also access Disney's private island, Castaway Cay. That's just the tip of the iceberg in terms of potential global destinations, too. In fact, if icebergs are your thing, Disney's Port Adventures partners even have a port of call in Alaska, where you can board the Hubbard Glacier Explorer and wind through an iceberg field for a couple of hours.

Depending on where you set sail and for how long, a Disney cruise can be cheaper, in some cases, than a Disneyland or  Disney World trip. It might not feel that way when you're paying one big amount upfront (after the requisite deposit), but the price of a cruise is generally all-inclusive. It even includes complimentary room service, 24 hours a day. At a Disney theme park, by contrast, a week at a deluxe resort hotel, plus park tickets, meals, and other add-ons, can sometimes total up to a higher cost than a week-long cruise would. If it's your first time going on a Disney cruise , or you're just looking to save on your next one, it helps to arm yourself with some money-saving tips beforehand. With that in mind, here's how you can get the best deals when booking on the Disney Cruise Line.

Read more: Tips For Spending Less On Food When Traveling

Book Through A Travel Agent

One Disney cruise tip you'll often hear is to book through a travel agent. The Disney Cruise Line does have special offers, such as discounts for Florida or Canada residents, or other limited-time deals on select sailings. However, when you book directly with Disney, it can be disorienting trying to make sense of all the different itineraries available through its fleet of six ships. The Caribbean region alone has options from 4 to 10 nights for the Western, Eastern, or Southern Caribbean, with multiple states and territories of departure.

Authorized Disney Vacation Planners like The Vacationeer and Small World Vacations can employ their expertise to help you narrow down your choices and get the lowest possible cruise fare. They're just two examples of well-known agencies that have reached Diamond Earmarked status, the highest level for an authorized planner (followed by Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze). Such agencies might be able to give you a fuller picture of the best deals, and they often come with the added benefit of an onboard credit.

A credit starting at $50 for a cruise of $1,000 or more might not seem like much, but fares aren't truly all-inclusive. Sure, the Cabanas buffet is free, but alcohol, gratuities, and certain other restaurants and activities (not to mention Wi-Fi service) all come at additional costs. The onboard credit helps cover these types of things. Currently, Costco members who book a Disney Cruise through Costco Travel can also get a $100 to $200 gift card.

Use A Cruise Search Engine

Travel agencies like the aforementioned Vacationeer and Small World Vacations advertise their services as free, so you shouldn't have to pay extra for your Disney cruise with them. For first-timers, it can be helpful to have someone walk you through the many decisions you'll need to make, like what kind of stateroom to book. However, if this isn't your first Disney cruise, you may prefer to eliminate the middleman and survey all the best booking options yourself. In that case, you can approach your cruise like you would if you were booking a flight or hotel through other third-party sites, like Priceline and Expedia.

Both those sites have their own dedicated Disney Cruise Line page where you can input a destination and dates and find deals, the same as you would for a non-Disney search. These sites are a good option if you already have some idea about where and when you want to go. Another specialty site, which works the same way and frequently comes recommended for Disney cruises, is Undercover Tourist . It offers an onboard credit, and its other big selling point is that it will apply its own discount to your fare. That's in addition to any built-in discounts Disney may be offering, like its reduced military rates.

Book Early And Watch For Last-Minute Stateroom Deals

While "book early" works as a general piece of travel advice, it's an especially good rule to follow with Disney resorts and cruises. This is because of the way the surge pricing system works. Like Royal Caribbean and other cruise lines, Disney tends to offer its best prices when an itinerary first becomes available. As the ship fills up with passengers, prices on the remaining cabins will go up to meet demand.

One way to get around this is by keeping an eye on Disney Cruise Line news via the official site . If you hear about a new itinerary, you can try to book it as soon as it goes on sale. Anyone who's already been on at least one Disney cruise should also be automatically enrolled as a Silver Member in Disney's cruise loyalty program, Castaway Club. Being a member allows you to book new cruises a day or more before the general public, depending on your membership level.

The flip side of booking early is deals that come along on last-minute staterooms with restricted fares. These non-refundable deals usually open up a few weeks or months before a cruise departs, and they require you to pay in full beforehand. Offsetting the price savings is the fact that your room will be assigned at the last minute based on availability. However, they'll guarantee you the room category you reserve or better, so you might even luck out and get an upgrade.

Book A Shorter, Off-Peak Season Cruise In An Inside Cabin

Disney has some European cruises, for instance, that sail for up to 11 or 12 days. However, these can cost upwards of $11,000 for two people. Again, a one-week Disney cruise might be cheaper than a one-week Disneyland or Disney World stay, but a 3- or 4-night cruise could give you an equally enjoyable experience without breaking the bank.

Since Disney cruises are family-friendly, they tend to be more in demand (and thereby, more expensive) when school is out. The same rules about steering clear of holiday breaks apply as much to the Disney Cruise Line as Disney theme parks. If you're looking to save, the best times of year  are January, February, May, October, and before or after Thanksgiving (but before Christmas and New Years). Just keep in mind that weather is also a factor in determining the off-peak cruise season. For that reason, you might want to avoid a cruise somewhere like Bermuda or the Bahamas during the month of September, when it's the height of hurricane season.

Consider, also, what type of stateroom you book. Disney is not so different from other cruise lines when it comes to inside cabins being cheaper. With an inside cabin, you won't have a window, but on two ships — the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy — you will have a "magical porthole." It's a flat-screen monitor with a live camera feed of the outside of the ship. Sometimes, Disney characters join the feed.

BYO Alcohol And Book A Second Cruise While Onboard

Once you know which Disney cruise is right for you , there are other things you can do to save money onboard. This includes being frugal about add-ons and bringing your own alcohol. That's right: passengers are allowed to carry on up to six 12-ounce beers or two 750-milliliter wine or champagne bottles (unopened). If you're on one of Disney's round-trip cruises from Australia or New Zealand, you can bring that much onboard for each port of call.

This could help reduce your bar tab if you plan on drinking. The only catch is that you can't bring your own alcohol into public lounges, and there's a $26 corking fee if you bring a bottle to dinner. With a standard verandah-type stateroom, though, you can always just enjoy sipping your beverage on your balcony.

If your Disney cruise turns out to be an experience worth repeating, one final thing you can do to save on a future trip is reserve your next cruise while you're still onboard the current one. The Disney Cruise Line Navigator app gives access to a special onboard booking offer where you can make an open-ended "placeholder reservation" for another cruise within the next two years. You can choose a sail date later, and in the meantime, it will give you a 10% discount on the normal rate. Though you have to pay a $250 deposit, it's refundable if you decide to cancel before you've locked down a date.

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Is the Eras Tour coming to a Disney Cruise? What to know about Taylor Swift cruise

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Editor's note: Story was edited to clarify this is a fan-led event, the "Getaway Cruise" has no affiliation with the Disney Cruise Line.

Ahoy, Swifties! If you were unable to attend the Eras Tour in Tampa or didn't grab tickets for the new Miami dates , you're in luck .

The “Getaway Cruise” is a fan-led  Taylor Swift-themed event aboard that is set to launch from Florida next September.

The cruise will head for the Bahamas and Disney's private island from Friday, Sept. 5, 2025 to Monday, Sept. 8, 2025. Believe Vacations travel agents Kim Haig and Kira Ashline will be hosting the enchanted event.

"The Getaway Cruise was born when Kim’s ​daughter Grace said 'Mama, I wish there was ​a Disney Cruise for Swifties' … and here we are," the website shares. "This cruise is for all fans, so bring your besties, ​your kiddos, your parents, your neighbor, you ​name it! If you need a roommate let us know ​and we can help you find one."

Will Taylor Swift also be on the cruise?

Unfortunately, there will not be any appearances from the popstar.

Believe Vacations notes on its website that they have no affiliation with Taylor Swift or Taylor Alison Swift Rights Management.

What does the Taylor Swift-themed cruise schedule look like?

The cruise is a 3-night cruise to the Bahamas, sailing out of Port Canaveral on Friday, Sept. 5, 2025. The itinerary for voyage looks like:  

  • Day 1 - Port Canaveral, FL
  • Day 2 - Nassau, Bahamas
  • Day 3 - Disney Castaway Cay
  • Day 4 - Port Canaveral, FL

Believe Vacations note the event will take place during the Disney Cruise Line's " Halloween on the High Seas " sailing, which includes exclusive entertainment and deck parties, character costumes and meet and greets, themed food and beverages, trick or treating and costume nights for spooky season.

What activities will be available on the Taylor Swift-themed cruise?

It won't be a cruel summer while on the cruise. Haig shared what planned for those on board the Swift-themed ship: 

  • Exclusive Welcome Gift
  • Private Reception (with open standard bar)
  • Disney and Taylor Inspired Theme Nights
  • Friendship Bracelet Trading
  • Costume Contest
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Taylor Trivia
  • Door Decorating Contest
  • Group Exclusive Fish Extender Exchange (a gift exchange that's a Disney Cruise Line "tradition" of sorts)

What is the cost of Taylor Swift-themed cruise tickets?

Are you ready for it? Swifties can now start booking their rooms for the cruise. On the website, it lists three different state room options:

  • Deluxe Ocean Stateroom - $1,375 per person / $330 deposit per person
  • Deluxe Ocean Stateroom with Verandah - $1,475 per person / $285 deposit per person
  • Deluxe Family Ocean Stateroom with Verandah - $1,563 per person / $365 deposit per person

Officials share that the current group rate pricing is valid until Thursday, Aug. 1.   After that date pricing is dependent on prevailing Disney Cruise Line rates and availability. 

No guest younger than the age 18 will be assigned to a stateroom ​unless accompanied in the same stateroom by an adult 21 years or ​older. A guest's age is established upon the first date of sailing.

What’s included in the ticket price?

According to the organizers, the cruise fare includes:

  • Variety of Dining Options
  • Soft drinks, coffee, tea and juices

It also includes the exclusive Taylor Swift activities for fans.

Here's how to book the Taylor Swift cruise on Disney Wish

You won't have to deal with Ticketmaster this time. According to Believe Vacations officials, guests can book rooms for the "Getaway Cruise” directly on their  website .

What documents do I need to board?

The website says that a passport is the best ID document for travel. If using a passport it cannot expire within six months of sailin​g​.

U.S. Citizens can also cruise with a birth certificate on most sailings from ​the U.S. All birth certificates must follow Disney Cruise Line’s ​requirements as outlined on its website .

What cruise ship is hosting the Taylor Swift-themed event?

Get ready to watch the sun go down on the Disney Wish in the water.

The Disney Wish is Disney Cruise Line's newest ship, first setting sail in summer of 2022. According to the website, some of the experiences on the 15-deck cruise include Marvel-themed dining, immersive water slides, Broadway-style show, character meet-and-greets and an adult-only Hyperspace lounge.

Are there other Taylor Swift-themed cruises this year?

Of course there are! The “ In My Cruise Era … ” is set to launch from Port of Miami in October.

The cruise, on the Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas, leaves for the Bahamas the day after Swift's final show of her three-day stop in Miami. According to the website, the cruise fare includes stateroom accommodations, dinner in the main dining room nightly as well as additional buffet and a la carte options around the ship. It also includes entertainment.

The website does note that all 199 staterooms are currently booked and its waitlist is now closed, but officials said that those who previously joined the waitlist should "keep an eye on your email, we will offer spots in our group to members of our waitlist in the order inquiries were received."

Everything we know about Disney Treasure, coming to Disney Cruise Line in 2024

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In just a few months, Disney Cruise Line will welcome its next ship, 4,000-passenger Disney Treasure, to the fleet when the 144,000-ton ship sets sail from Port Canaveral, Florida, with its first paying guests.

After a 10-year pause in growth, the cruise line is currently in a rapid era of expansion.

In 2022, Disney Wish became the first of three all-new Triton Class ships to join Disney Magic , Disney Wonder, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy. In December 2024, Disney Treasure will join the fleet as the second of three Triton Class ships. Disney Destiny is scheduled to round out that Triton trio in 2025. Disney will also welcome Disney Adventure , the largest of the new ships, in 2025 to sail out of Singapore, and an unnamed ship, based on the Triton Class design, to sail from Tokyo starting in 2029.

From a new theme and new restaurants and bars to announced Caribbean itineraries, here's everything we know so far about Disney Treasure.

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Disney Treasure theme

Disney Treasure will share much of its footprint and layout with its sister ship, Disney Wish. However, it will have a distinct look that's less "bright-and-airy fairy tale" than Wish and more "mysterious adventure."

Based on renderings, Disney Treasure will feature a Grand Hall that leans into a palette of deep blue, turquoise and gold. Its design is inspired by gilded palaces from faraway places such as Asia and Africa — including the fictitious city of Agrabah from Disney's "Aladdin."

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Fittingly, the statue in the Grand Hall will feature Jasmine, Aladdin and Magic Carpet ready to go on an adventure, which is the theme of the ship.

Captain Minnie will even wear a special adventure-seeking outfit while on board Disney Treasure. She will appear on the ship's bow. Out on the stern, the adventurous duo of Peter Pan and Captain Hook will sail along wherever Disney Treasure may take them.

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Disney Treasure cabins

Disney Treasure will have 1,256 cabins and suites ranging from interior cabins to a two-story funnel suite — all reflecting the theme of adventure. Disney movies like "Aladdin," "Pocahontas," "Finding Nemo," "Up," "Luca" and "Encanto" will be incorporated into the decor of interior, ocean-view and verandah cabins.

The Concierge Suites, specifically, will feature nods to "The Lion King," while the four Royal Suites pay homage to the tigers found in "The Jungle Book" and "Aladdin."

Related: Is Disney Cruise Line concierge level worth it? We tested it to find out

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The signature suite on the ship will be the two-story Tomorrow Tower Suite.

Disney Wish introduced the concept of a nearly 2,000-square-foot, multiroom suite in the ship's faux funnel. While its Tower Suite was "Moana" themed, Disney Treasure's version will feature a futuristic design inspired by Epcot. The Tomorrow Tower Suite can sleep up to eight guests. If you want to book this stunner, prepare for sticker shock. This suite can go for $50,000 (or more) for a weeklong sailing for a family of four.

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Related: 24 hours into sailing: Here are 7 ways Disney Wish surprised me

Disney Treasure restaurants

Each Disney ship has three included restaurants that guests and their dining team rotate through each night at either an early or late dinner seating. On Disney Treasure, one restaurant will be new to the fleet. Two will return from Disney Wish but with a slightly different spin.

Plaza de Coco

This all-new restaurant is only found on Disney Treasure. Plaza de Coco is a Mexican restaurant set after the events of the movie "Coco."

It's replacing the "Frozen"-themed space found on Disney Wish. A similar concept, the restaurant is a "dinner in the round" experience with music, dancing and characters from the "Coco" film performing on stage and making their way around the room during dinner.

As with all the restaurants on Treasure, guests will be scheduled to dine here at least twice, so Plaza de Coco will offer two unique shows.

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You can look forward to menu options such as Enrique's port wine-braised beef short rib; Abuelita Elena's shrimp diabla; chorizo street croquettes with chili-lime crema, cotija cheese and cilantro; a blistered poblano pepper stuffed with Oaxaca cheese and green rice; warm coconut tres leches with milk; and margarita lime cheesecake.

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Worlds of Marvel

As on Disney Wish, Disney Treasure passengers will enjoy the Worlds of Marvel restaurant . Due to Treasure's longer itineraries, which ensure at least two visits to each restaurant, a new second show featuring Rocket and Groot will be added to the Worlds of Marvel lineup.

This new show, "Marvel Celebration of Heroes: Groot Remix," will be a music-fueled celebration that honors Marvel superheroes and gives guests a chance to test their knowledge of the Marvel universe.

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"Quantum Encounter," the Marvel-themed dinner show on Disney Wish, will also be on Disney Treasure, though in a slightly updated way.

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Another Disney Wish restaurant that will be on Disney Treasure is 1923, a California-themed restaurant named after the year the Walt Disney Company was founded. The restaurant is adorned with props, art and decor from Disney's decades of storytelling. On Disney Treasure, the memorabilia will be from Disney's more adventurous films and stories.

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Jumbeaux's Sweets

Jumbeaux's Sweets is a new ice cream parlor and candy shop debuting on Treasure. It's inspired by Jumbeaux's Cafe in the movie "Zootopia," and the venue will feature statues of Officer Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde.

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Adults-only restaurants

As with Disney Wish, Disney Treasure will have Palo Steakhouse, Enchante and The Rose, a bar located at the entrance to both. Guests ages 18 and older can visit them for an additional fee. I'd argue this is some of the best money you can spend at sea , given how enjoyable the meals are.

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Not just for grownups, the fast-casual, upper-deck Mickey & Friends Festival of Foods will also be on board Disney Treasure.

Disney Treasure bars

Skipper society.

Disney Cruise Line is doing something a bit different with its newest ship, and that's theming onboard spaces to park attractions, not just Disney characters and movies. This concept is evident in the new Skipper Society bar on Disney Treasure.

Skipper Society takes the place of The Bayou on Wish. It's inspired by Disney's Jungle Cruise ride and its wisecracking skippers. Here, guests will find a menu of themed cocktails and light snacks, such as waffles.

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Periscope Pub

A second new bar is Periscope Pub, inspired by Jules Verne's "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea" (and Disney's 1954 movie version of the book and theme park attraction). It will replace Wish's Keg & Compass as Disney Treasure's sports bar. The bar is designed to look like the Nautilus submarine from the story, complete with a giant periscope, porthole windows and a ceiling designed to look like you're underwater. Watch out for the giant squid below!

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The Haunted Mansion Parlor

Disney will replace the popular "Star Wars"-themed Hyperspace Lounge , which debuted on Disney Wish, with the Haunted Mansion Parlor on Disney Treasure. This spooky watering hole is inspired by the creepy atmosphere and happy haunts of the Haunted Mansion park attraction.

The bar will be designed to resemble a first-class drawing room on a classic oceanliner that's been taken into the ghostly realm. Guests can indulge in specialty cocktails (including spirit-free versions) with ghostly messages and ghoulish embellishments (gummy eyeballs, anyone?). They can also spot homages to the original park attraction and its cast of ghostly characters, as well as become acquainted with new seafaring haunts.

Passengers enamored with the Haunted Mansion Parlor will find themed souvenirs in the ship's onboard shops, so they can take home a mirror full of hitchhiking ghosts or a clock that strikes the 13th hour to start up some ghoulish revelry.

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Scat Cat Lounge

Just off the ship's Grand Hall is another all-new space designed for adults found only on Disney Treasure: Scat Cat Lounge. This jazzy space where "everybody wants to be a cat" is inspired by Disney's "The Aristocats" animated film, which was set in Europe circa 1910.

Inside the lounge, you'll find hanging lanterns, a baby grand piano and a menu of craft cocktails. On the menu are options such as the Creme de la Creme Martini and the Cat Drink, made with clarified bourbon, amaro, Aperol and fresh lemon, which creates a near-translucent cocktail that highlights the cat design at the bottom of the glass.

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Disney Treasure activities

Broadway-style shows.

Disney Treasure will debut "Disney The Tale of Moana" as its new Broadway-style musical. The show will mark the first time Disney has brought the story of Moana to the stage. The musical will feature popular songs and favorite characters from the animated movie.

"Beauty and the Beast" and "Disney Seas the Adventure" will be the two returning Broadway-caliber shows running on the ship's main stage, the Walt Disney Theatre.

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AquaMouse, Disney's water ride that debuted on Disney Wish, will also be a signature attraction on Disney Treasure. As on Wish, riders will enjoy an animated adventure with Disney characters before they start twisting and turning around the ship. Treasure will add a third, new show to the rotation of animated shorts, along with the two from Wish.

Called "Curse of the Golden Egg," the animation will follow Mickey and Minnie as they search for lost treasure inside an ancient temple. This new show will eventually be added to the AquaMouse rotation on Disney Wish.

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"The Lion King"-themed Sarabi will be the ship's two-story, multipurpose entertainment zone (replacing Luna from Disney Wish).

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When will Disney Treasure set sail?

Disney Treasure's maiden voyage is set for Dec. 21, 2024. It will be a seven-night sailing from Port Canaveral (near Orlando). The sailing includes stops at Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Castaway Cay , the line's private island in the Bahamas. Passengers will enjoy three sea days to rest up from their adventures ashore.

The ship will sail weeklong Caribbean cruises throughout its maiden season. Most of the ship's Eastern Caribbean itineraries will include the same ports, but a few swap out St. Thomas for San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Disney Treasure will also offer seven-night Western Caribbean sailings with two sea days and ports of call in Cozumel, Mexico ; Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands; Falmouth, Jamaica; and Castaway Cay.

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This is different from the itineraries on Disney Wish, which are three- and four-night sailings to the Bahamas. The longer itineraries will give guests more time to enjoy the ship, and Disney has created more experiences to keep them entertained.

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How much does it cost to sail on Disney Treasure?

Fares for a Disney Treasure cruise are a bit higher than some of Disney's other ships because it's the line's newest ship and only offers weeklong itineraries. The other ships have the option of shorter, less expensive itineraries.

Rates start at $4,211 for an inside cabin (double occupancy) or $6,741 for a family of four. The cost for verandah cabins starts at a little over $8,000 for a family, and concierge cabins start at around $13,000.

You'll find the lowest prices on off-peak sailing dates, often in September, as well as dates outside of popular school vacation times.

Related: 11 ways to save money on a Disney cruise

Bottom line

Since 2012, Disney Cruise Line has operated a fleet of four ships, but 2022 marked the start of a period of rapid growth for the line. It welcomed Disney Wish in 2022, Disney Treasure will set sail in late 2024 and the third Triton Class ship, Disney Destiny, is scheduled to join the fleet in 2025.

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Disney also made a surprise purchase of one of the world's largest cruise ships. That vessel, Disney Adventure, will join the fleet and operate out of Singapore beginning in 2025 . The cruise line will also introduce a new ship to the Japanese cruise market in 2029 with short sailings out of Tokyo.

Additionally, the cruise line added a new highest tier, Pearl, in its Castaway Club loyalty program to mark Disney's 25th year of cruise operations. Its second private island in the Bahamas, Disney Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point , opened this summer.

It's an exciting time to be a Disney Cruise Line fan. Stay tuned for more information about Disney Treasure as additional details are released leading up to the Dec. 21, 2024, maiden voyage.

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What is there to do onboard during days at sea?

Are there activities geared toward different age groups on board Disney Cruise ships?

How can I keep track of all the onboard activities and entertainment offerings available on my cruise?

Are there any activities onboard that are just for adults?

How do I make, change, cancel and prepare for an appointment at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique or The Pirates League?

If my child will be turning 3 years old during the cruise, can I reserve an appointment prior to his or her birthday at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique or The Pirates League?

Do I need a reservation ticket to meet Disney Characters during my cruise?

Will we meet Disney Characters on our cruise?

Are there onboard activities families can do together?

Does the Fitness Center offer classes, personal trainers or other services?

What equipment and exercise classes are available in the fitness center?

Am I required to have a ticket to meet the Disney Princesses?

How many swimming pools are on each ship, and are any for adults only?

Do any of the onboard swimming pools have age or height restrictions?

What princesses will be in attendance at the Princess Gathering meet-and-greet?

Is anesthesia given when undergoing a treatment at The Rejuvenation Spa at Senses Spa & Salon?

Are the physicians who work at The Rejuvenation Spa at Senses Spa & Salon licensed?

I’m interested in trying the wrinkle and dermal filler treatments at The Rejuvenation Spa at Senses Spa & Salon. Typically, how many treatments are required?

Do you guarantee the results of the services you provide at The Rejuvenation Spa at Senses Spa & Salon?

Are treatments available at The Rejuvenation Spa at Senses Spa & Salon considered “medical treatments,” and what health information do you need from me in order to book a procedure.

Will treatments I undergo at The Rejuvenation Spa at Senses Spa & Salon interfere with my cruise activities?

Are the treatments provided at The Rejuvenation Spa at Senses Spa & Salon safe on a moving ship?

Should I expect downtime or a recovery interval after I receive a treatment at The Rejuvenation Spa at Senses Spa & Salon?

What spa and salon services are offered on board?

Which character meet-and-greets require a reservation ticket?

Since a ticket is required when meeting select Disney Characters at certain times, is the overall experience a show?

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  1. Activities to Book Before Your Cruise

    Online Reservations. Log in to My Reservations. Go to the "My Plans" tab. Select the day you'd like to reserve an activity on your day-by-day itinerary. Select "Add Activities" and choose from the options provided. Once you've selected all your activities for that day, review your choices and add them to the cart.

  2. List of Onboard Activities

    To see Onboard Activities, please reset all filters. For assistance with your Disney Cruise, please call (800) 951-3532 . Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM Eastern time; Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM Eastern time.

  3. Onboard Activities

    When you set sail with Disney, you can be sure an unforgettable vacation is always on the horizon. Overflowing with imaginative fun for the kids, unique recreational offerings for adults and thrilling entertainment for the entire family, every Disney ship provides fun for one and all, so that no one ever has to compromise. SHARE.

  4. Booking & Online Check-In Window Date Calculator Booking Window Date

    One of the more prominent perks of Disney Cruise Line's Castaway Club and Concierge level bookings is the ability to book onboard and shore excursions before anyone else. Castaway Club Members may begin booking activities, and completing the check-in process earlier based on thier current membership level. Activity pre-booking window opens ...

  5. Full Guide to Pre-Booking Disney Cruise Line Activities

    Before you sail away with Disney Cruise Line, you may want to book activities like spa services, shore excursions, and adult dining. The process can be overwhelming but we have a full guide to the ...

  6. Booking Onboard Activities and Port Adventures for a Disney Cruise

    New Disney Cruise Line Cruisers are able to start booking port adventures and onboard activities for their Disney Cruise at midnight Eastern time 75 days out from their sail date. Before booking these extras, you must complete online check-in. The walk through of this process can be found here.

  7. Full Guide to Pre-Booking Disney Cruise Line Activities

    You must sail with Disney Cruise Line once every 5 years to maintain your status. Here are the windows for pre-booking activities: First-time guests: 75 days prior to sail date. Silver Castaway Club Member: 90 days prior to sail date. Gold Castaway Club Member: 105 days prior to sail date. Platinum Castaway Club Member: 120 days prior to sail date.

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    Hard liquor is a no-go, but each cruiser 21 years of age and up can bring two bottles of wine (or six-packs of beer) on board with them. If you're thinking of bringing that bottle of wine with ...

  9. The ultimate guide to Disney Cruise Line ships and itineraries

    The smaller two ships in the Disney Cruise Line fleet are Disney Wonder and the line's first ship, Disney Magic. These two ships are 984 feet long and 11 decks high, and each has the capacity for 2,713 passengers across 875 staterooms. On these two smaller ships, 70% of passenger cabins have ocean views or verandahs.

  10. Disney Cruise Excursions Tips for Booking

    2 Join a Disney Cruise Facebook Group. 3 Book as Soon as Your Excursion Booking Window Opens. 4 Use a Disney Travel Agent for Your Disney Cruise. 5 Know When Payment is Due for Disney Cruise Line Excursions. 6 If at first you don't succeed….. 7 Be Aware of Which Excursions are Most Popular.

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    The easiest way to book a Disney cruise with points is through Capital One. You need to use a card like the Capital One Venture card to pay for your cruise. Then you can redeem your Capital One miles against your cruise purchase (within 90 days) at a rate of 1 cent per mile.

  12. Port Adventures

    Find a Disney Cruise. Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM Eastern time; Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM Eastern time. Guests under 18 years of age must have parent or guardian permission to call. Disney Cruise Line Port Adventures are exciting and hassle free shore excursions that include activities, tours and trips offered at ...

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    However, if you book one of Disney's pre-cruise hotels near Port Canaveral, you can board the ground transfers early to be one of the first to arrive at the terminal. Book Activities ASAP . If you're a first-time cruiser with Disney Cruise Line, you may book certain cruise activities 75 days before cruising as long as you are paid in full ...

  14. Disney Cruise Line: How to Check-In Online and Book Activities

    Check-in Process. There are 9 steps and you need to go in order of the check-in steps and complete each step before you move on to the next one. Step 1: Guest Information. You will enter your address, phone number, emergency contact, if you are pregnant and if you are the parent or legal guardian of children in your party.

  15. How To Book Excursions On Disney Cruise

    By following these steps and booking your excursions in advance, you can ensure a seamless and stress-free experience, allowing you to fully enjoy the activities and sights at each port of call during your Disney Cruise. Tips for Booking Excursions on Disney Cruise. Booking excursions on a Disney Cruise is an exciting part of planning your ...

  16. What Can I Book Before My Disney Cruise Line Sailing?

    And other guests make cancellations all the time. Don't panic if your preferred activities are not available right away. What Can I Book Before I Cruise? Adult Dining. All five (soon to be six) Disney Cruise Line ships have at least one restaurant that is available only to guests ages 18+. The lower priced adult dining venue is called Palo on ...

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    Step 4 — Set Your Budget Before You Book a Cruise. There are many types of staterooms and about, oh, a bajillion different excursions and activities available on a Disney Cruise Line vacation. Many are included (Broadway-style entertainment, deck parties, youth clubs and recreation — just to name a few), while others require additional ...

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    Jul 17, 2012. Mar 10, 2022. #1. Our family is sailing on the Fantasy in June. We have 8 staterooms which have reservations that are linked. When it comes time for us to book our port adventures and onboard activities, can we each be on our own devices booking our own activities at the same time? Or is only one person from the entire linked ...

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    Disney Cruise Line is the ultimate way to experience the magic of Disney on the high seas. You can choose from a variety of itineraries and destinations, enjoy world-class entertainment, dining and service, and create unforgettable memories with your loved ones. Book your Disney cruise today and discover a whole new world of adventure and fun.

  21. The Best Ways To Save When Booking Your Next Disney Cruise

    The Disney Cruise Line Navigator app gives access to a special onboard booking offer where you can make an open-ended "placeholder reservation" for another cruise within the next two years.

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  23. Things to Do After Booking Your Disney Cruise

    Streamline your cruise preparations with Disney Cruise Line. From checking in to booking activities and excursions, learn how to make the most of your cruise experience from day one.

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    In just a few months, Disney Cruise Line will welcome its next ship, 4,000-passenger Disney Treasure, to the fleet when the 144,000-ton ship sets sail from Port Canaveral, Florida, with its first paying guests. After a 10-year pause in growth, the cruise line is currently in a rapid era of expansion. In 2022, Disney Wish became the first of three all-new Triton Class ships to join Disney Magic ...

  25. Booking and Reservation Questions

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  27. Onboard Activities

    A: No, the experience is not a show. Disney Character Greetin... Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM Eastern time; Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM Eastern time. Guests under 18 years of age must have parent or guardian permission to call. Age-Specific Activities - Frequently Asked Questions.