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10 Decisions You Will Need to Make Before Your Disney Cruise

by on June 9, 2017

A Disney cruise is a pretty stress-free vacation, but there are still some decisions you need to make before you even sail.  Here are 10 of them!

1. Itinerary vs Ship – The first decision you will have to make is which is more important to you – the ship or the destination? If you want to be on one of the newer ships, with a couple of exceptions, you’ll be doing a 3-, 4-, or 5-night cruise to the Bahamas on the Disney Dream, or a 7-night cruise to the Caribbean on the Disney Fantasy. Both out of Port Canaveral.  If you love the classic ships, or don’t care which ship you’re on, you’ll have a lot more choices of both departure port and destinations.  You could depart from Port Canaveral, Miami, Galveston, Los Angeles, Vancouver, New York City, Barcelona, Copenhagen, etc.  You could go to Alaska, Europe, Canada, Bermuda, etc., etc.  To be honest, I don’t think there’s a bad answer here.  I’ve picked a cruise based on the ship before, and I’ve booked based on the destination.  There’s valid reasons for both!

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Ask It Results: Land and Sea or Sea and Land

by on May 17, 2017

There’s the old saying about a vacation that sometimes you need a vacation from your vacation. When you do a Walt Disney World vacation in conjunction with a Disney Cruise Line cruise, you truly do get that vacation to recover from your vacation. But what’s the best order to do them in? Last week we asked you:

When doing a Disney Cruise/Walt Disney World combination vacation, do you prefer to do Land then Sea or Sea then Land?

The results are in, and there was a very clear favorite.

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Ask It: Land and Sea or Sea and Land?

by on May 10, 2017

With the relative proximity of Walt Disney World to Port Canaveral, it isn’t surprising that some people enjoy doing a combination vacation of a Disney Cruise and a Walt Disney World resort vacation. Some people say that it is better to do the land part of the trip to Walt Disney World before the cruise, and others say it is best to take the cruise and then go to Walt Disney World. Here’s this week’s Ask It:

When doing a Disney Cruise/Walt Disney World combination vacation, do you prefer to do Land then Sea or Sea then Land?

  • Land then Sea (63%, 268 Votes)
  • Sea then Land (25%, 106 Votes)
  • No preference (12%, 51 Votes)

Total Voters: 425

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Voting is open here and on Twitter, and we’ll have your results next week. Feel free to share your reasons for your choice in the comments.

Ask It Results: Your Disney Cruise Priorities

by on April 19, 2017

The results are in! Last week we asked you:

What’s most important to you when picking a Disney cruise?

There are many factors to take into consideration when planning a Disney cruise. You can’t just show up at the port on any day of your choosing, pay for a ticket, and head on in, for instance. Where the cruise is leaving out, where it is going, when it is, how much it is…there are a wide variety of variables to take into consideration. With more than 900 votes cast, here’s the results.

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Debunking DCL Internet Misinformation

by on April 17, 2017

Debunking DCL Misinformation

The internet is a wonderful source of information power at your fingertips. Unfortunately, with great power comes great ability to spread misinformation. (I believe it was Abraham Lincoln who once said that you can’t believe everything you read on the internet.) Here are some tidbits of misinformation about Disney Cruise Line that often come up from online sources, along with information to clarify some of these statements.

1. Everything is included on Disney Cruise Line.

Compared with some other cruise lines, there is more included with the base price of a Disney Cruise. Non-alcoholic beverages from the drink station, many activities, most dining, many items from room service, and some snack options (like soft-serve ice cream or nibbles from the coffee bar) are included, and you can have a wonderful time without spending a fortune on extras. On the other hand, there are some extra charges for gratuities, bingo, port adventures, spa treatments, alcoholic beverages, food from theater snack bars, drinks from the coffee bar or juice bar, meals at Palo (on all ships) or Remy (on the Dream and Fantasy). A small package of internet service is free if you sign up before midnight on your first night, but additional internet is available  for purchase. (Note: Some of the additional costs are waived for certain circumstances, like internet provided for certain levels of concierge staterooms and a free dinner at Palo available for Platinum Castaway Club members.)

You can tell just how different the ships are the minute you walk into the atrium.

2. All ships are the same.

There are many similarities between the four Disney Cruise Line ships, but there are also significant differences. In some cases, it is simply a case of different names for the same thing. The young child splash area that is called Nemo’s Reef on the Dream and Fantasy is basically the same as Dory’s Reef on the Wonder, for instance. In other cases, there are significant differences. The Magic and Wonder don’t have Remy for a high-end dining experience. Rooms within the kids’ clubs have different themes on different ships. Minigolf and Midship Detective Agency are not available on all ships. Even something as simple as the advice of looking for the Seahorse outside of stateroom doors to know you are on the Starboard side of the ship doesn’t work on all of the ships. If there is something specific that you know you want to do, check the Disney Cruise Line site to make certain it is offered on the ship that you will be sailing on.

3. The late-night Pirates buffet has been discontinued.

Every time this comes up, there is also a follow-up from many repeat cruisers of “What pirate buffet?” Part of the confusion exists because the pirate buffet isn’t largely publicized. It occurs immediately after the Pirates in the Caribbean party and fireworks in Cabanas, but is only open for an hour or less. It isn’t largely noted on the Personal Navigator, but its time is listed under the “Late Night Snacks” section of the Dining & Lounges section. The buffet includes some unique options including make-your-own tacos, a crepes station, and turkey legs. Although I’m not a huge fan of the food, I do love going to look at the pirate-themed carved melons.

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Ask It: Your Disney Cruise Priorities

by on April 12, 2017

If my social media lists are any indication, a lot of people are preparing to head out on summertime cruises. This week, we’re asking you about your priorities when planning a cruise. Here’s this week’s question:

What’s most important to you when picking a Disney Cruise?

  • Price/Price per Night (46%, 176 Votes)
  • Ports visited (35%, 133 Votes)
  • Which ship it's on (15%, 59 Votes)
  • Other (4%, 16 Votes)

Total Voters: 384

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Feel free to vote here or on Twitter, or leave your specific thoughts in the comments. And if you are lucky enough to have a cruise coming up soon, Bon Voyage!



Free Disney Cruise Line Video Now Available

by on March 21, 2017


Disney has released a free planning video for Disney Cruise Line.

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Pro Tips – 10 Things You Shouldn’t Pay For on a Disney Cruise

by on March 10, 2017

10 things you shouldn't pay for on a Disney Cruise

How about a blog post on saving money?  Everyone likes to save money right?  I mean, you’ve spent a lot of money on your Disney cruise, do you need to spend a lot more onboard?  You don’t!  I always say once you are onboard, assuming you’ve prepaid your gratuities, you don’t have to spend another penny to have a great time.  You could spend another penny!  You could spend a lot of pennies in fact, see my post on plussing your Disney cruise for examples of how.  But you don’t have to!  So here are 10 things you can skip.

1. Soda/Coke/Pop – Don’t pay for soda! Don’t you know that Disney is just about the only line out there with free soda, day and night? Well it is!  There is always free soda in the drink machines on the pool deck, and in all of the dining rooms.  I just spent $70 for a week’s worth of unlimited soda on Royal Caribbean and it pained me greatly!  So don’t buy it anywhere!  That’s just silly.  Not from a bar, not outside the movie theater, not from room service.  Don’t do it.  Wouldn’t be prudent.

2. Room Service – Let’s be clear, the vast majority of room service is 100% free. There are some packaged snacks like M&M’s, nuts and popcorn that will cost a few dollars. There are also some soda (see number 1) and alcohol options that cost money.  But why?  Why would you spend money on food from room service when there are great free options right there!  Good free options!  Cheese platter, buffalo wings, French fries, steak sandwich, cake of the day!  Mickey bars!  You really don’t ever need to leave your room if you think about it. Don’t forget to tip the person that brings it to you though!

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Ask It: Your Favorite Disney Cruise Line Ship

by on March 1, 2017

It’s Wednesday, and time for another round of Ask It.

Last week we asked you:

Which Disney Cruise ship is your favorite?

Folks, it doesn’t get any closer than this. With more than 300 votes, here are the results (in order from least to greatest).

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Disney Bucket List – What’s on Ours?

by on March 1, 2017

Disney Bucket List

Most theme park fans have a bucket list. Whether it’s hitting every international Disney park or finally experiencing that very expensive meal you’ve always wanted, there’s usually something that brings a wistful look to our eyes. With that in mind, we asked our fabulous blog team: “What’s on your Disney bucket list?”

1. Star Wars Day at Sea. I have yet to do a Disney Cruise, and if I’m going to do it, I’m going to do it right: Lucasfilm panelists, movies shown on a loop, characters galore, amazing cosplay, and delicious food. Coincidentally, all of it happens to be on a majestic cruise ship which in and of itself has amazing perks!

2. Tokyo Disneyland/Disney SEA
3. A week in the Grand Californian Resort
4. Adventures by Disney to Africa
5. Eat at Sanaa and finally have that bread about which I’ve heard so much.

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