For many families, a Disney cruise is a magical trip of a lifetime. There’s SO much to see and do, it’s hard to squeeze everything into one trip. You will find below tips on things to know before going on a Disney cruise.
What You Need To Know Before Going on a Disney Cruise
Keep reading, to learn more about some of the things experienced cruisers wished they knew before setting sail on a Disney Cruise. It may make the experience all the more enjoyable for your travel group.
1. Plan Before You Go
Just like any other vacation, it’s important to be well-prepared for your Disney cruise. Take time to consider what to pack and stick the list somewhere in your luggage. This way, you won’t forget anything when it’s time for your return. In addition, book your princess meet & greet, character breakfast, dinner at Palo and/or Remy (adult only, additional fee), and excursions before the trip so you don’t need to worry about it once you’re onboard the ship.
2. Use Your Time Wisely
Between the massive luxury cruise liner and the shore time at ports, there’s a lot to do on a Disney cruise. Use your time effectively so you’re able to take advantage of as much as possible. For a first time sailer, a 3-night cruise may seem like a long time. Unfortunately, your dream vacation will be over before you know it. Even a 7-night cruise can feel like it’s not long enough to do everything.
3. Go See the Shows
All aspects of a Disney cruise are top-notch and high-quality. This includes the live entertainment aboard the ship. Plan to see each evening show. For those with the early dinner seating the show is at 8:30, the second seating show is at 6:15. If you don’t, you’re TOTALLY missing out!
4. Budget Money for Souvenirs
Who doesn’t love souvenirs? You probably want to bring home a few to remember your trip, right? While there are a number of gift shops on the ship and on Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, merchandise tends to be a bit pricey. Always set aside a portion of your budget to buy souvenirs. Alternatively, if you love saving money (and who doesn’t) order official Disney merchandise online and hand it out to friends and family members on the ship or when you get home. The gifts will still be special and you cut the cost by ordering them from another retailer.
5. Give Adults Some Alone Time
Taking care of the kids during a Disney cruise can be exhausting. Everyone is SO excited and eager to explore the activities aboard the ship. Make sure that you get some adult time to unwind. It goes without saying; the Senses Spa and the designated “adult-only” areas are perfect for this. But what about the children? Bring them to the youth club for their age group. The daily Navigator will show you what planned activities the club’s have throughout the day. Even if your child isn’t into the upcoming activity there are plenty of other sections of the club they can visit. There are tons of things to see and do for kids of all ages!
6. Cruise During Certain Holidays
Disney goes all out for Halloween and Christmas cruises. While the sailings around Christmas are more expensive, they start celebrating as early as November 8. Halloween festivities start as early as September 7. Whether you prefer to have an excuse to wear your favourite ugly Christmas sweater or come up with an amazing themed family costumes. You won’t regret it. These are several things to keep in mind, as you put together your Disney cruise.
7. Use an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner
Taking advice from others who vacationed before you is one of the best ways to make your magical dreams come true! You can have someone take care of all this for you. Let an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner, like OMC Blogger, Jeremie from Pure Magic Vacations. They will work with you and offer port excursion suggestions for your family and even book them for you, if you want. It’s all free!
These tips on things to know before going on a Disney cruise will definitely be helpful on planning your next vacation!