Planning Disney Cruise Vacation – Part 1

Planning Disney Cruise

Ready to set sail on one of Disney’s amazing cruise ships? Welcome to the Planning Your Disney Cruise Vacation series. I will walk you though all the stages of planning Disney Cruise Line vacations. One of our magical memory planners would love to help you through this process as well.

Part 1 – Booking your Disney Cruise

Picking your itinerary and date

The first part of any Disney Cruise Vacation is booking your cruise. There are lots of factors that go into deciding which Disney Cruise itinerary is right for you. Do you want to spend a whole week on a cruise or do a land and sea. What port do you want to leave from? What time of year do you want to travel? When the kids are off from school or when its cheapest? Some itineraries are seasonal such as Alaska. These factors will help you narrow down what itinerary and travel date will work best for you.

Picking your stateroom

Once you decide your itinerary and date you can start looking at stateroom categories.

Disney Dream or Disney Fantasy

Families of 4 or less – You can look at whatever staterooms you are comfortable with from inside staterooms to concierge suites.

Families of 5 – You can go with category 8 – Deluxe Family Oceanview Cabins, category 4 – Deluxe Family Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah, category V,T, R – Concierge staterooms or choose any two connecting staterooms.

Families of 6 or more – You will need to book 2 staterooms that are connecting.

Groups  – If you have more than one family traveling together you can do a combination of the options above. You can have the reservations linked so that you will be seated together at meals even if you rooms are not together.

Disney Magic and Disney Wonder

Families of 4 or less – You can look at whatever staterooms you are comfortable with from inside staterooms to concierge suites.

Families of 5 – You can go with  category 4 – Deluxe Family Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah, category T, S, or R – Concierge level rooms or choose any two connecting staterooms.

Families of 6 or more – You will need to book 2 staterooms that are connecting.

Groups  – If you have more than one family traveling together you can do a combination of the options above. You can have the reservations linked so that you will be seated together at meals even if you rooms are not together.

Make deposit

Once you have decided your itinerary and room you are ready to make a deposit. The deposit is not a set amount such as $200 but a percentage of your total due. To make your deposit you will need to enter your name, address, and date of birth. It is very important to include your information EXACTLY as it appears on your passport and ID. If you have sailed with Disney before you will have a “Castaway Club” number. If you don’t have it you can look it up. Once you make your deposit you will get a confirmation number but your deposit is refundable until your final payment is due. Final payment is due 75 days before you sail. You can begin the check-in process as well but that is for another post.

Planning Disney Cruise add-ons

During this process you may want to make certain add-ons such as airfare, airport transfers, before/after hotel stays, insurance, dining seating (1st or 2nd), or note celebrations. You don’t have to do those when you do the initial booking. You may want to wait to book your airfare separately or maybe the airline you prefer has not opened booking yet. Airfare and insurance are non-refundable as well. These add-ons can be added later although I always recommend having everything figured out before final payment so you don’t incur additional costs.

Booking your cruise is the first step in planning Disney Cruise vacations. Once you are booking you can start the countdown and have fun planning Disney Cruise details. If you want an experience travel agent to help you with planning Disney Cruise details for FREE then request a FREE quote. For the latest happening on Disney Cruise Line check out the Disney Cruise Line eBrochure.

Ready for part 2? Planning Disney Cruise Vacation Part 2

 

 

 

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