7 Tips For Cruising With Disney

Disney Cruise Tips

In September 2018 we took our 6th Disney Cruise, so I would love to share 7 tips for cruising with Disney that will make your voyage more magical. These tips have been part of why we have come to love cruising with Disney. 

Use a Disney Trained Travel Agent

When we were considering booking our first Disney Cruise, I was pretty much clueless, since I had never been on any cruise. There was a travel agent in our Disney homeschool group, so I decided to talk with an expert. I cannot express how happy I am for choosing to use a travel agent.

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An agent can make the entire process stress free, and it costs you NOTHING!! We still use our agent, because number one, she is great, but also  she saves me from having to keep track of everything myself. Plus, why not have your own personal guide for tips to cruising with Disney? If you are looking for an agent, we highly recommend Amy, from 3D Travel.

Complete Online Check-in

Complete your online check-in as soon as you can, because this allows you to choose your port arrival time. The earlier your scheduled arrival time, the sooner you board the ship.

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The sooner you board the ship, the more time you have to relax, enjoy lunch, drinks, pools, and other activities.

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This allows you get the most of your first day on the ship. 

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Room With A Verandah

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This just may be on the top of my tips for cruising with Disney. Being a family of five, in order for us to all be in the same room on our first cruise, we had to at least get the Deluxe Family Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah.

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We enjoyed having the verandah so much, we won’t ever take a cruise without having a one. Visitors would even stop by to say hello.

In the evenings, we would watch the sunsets. This sunset is off Key West.

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Between activities, or while getting ready for dinner, we would just sit and relax on the verandah.

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In the mornings, we wake early to watch the sunrise, like this beautiful sunrise over Castaway Cay on our most recent cruise. For our family, it is worth the added cost for a view like this!! Which leads into our next tip…….

Use Room Service

Each night we filled out our room service ticket to hang on our door. You choose your delivery time, food items, and drinks. This was typically our wake up call for the day.

Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, fruit, juice, and pastries on the verandah each morning was the perfect way to start the day. And it’s FREE!!!

Let’s be honest though, the kids didn’t always wake up with us!!

Enjoy Castaway Cay

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We’ve been on both small ships, The Magic and The Wonder, plus one large ship, The Dream. Castaway Cay, you think would be more busy with the larger ship, but surprisingly, there are a lot of people who don’t get off the ship.

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This is our favorite cruise day, and enjoying the island is a must do, even if only for a short time. Our favorite cruise has been our October 2014 Halloween on the High Seas cruise. It was a 5-Night cruise, with two stops at Castaway Cay!! The double stop cruises are hard to come by in the off season now.

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Take a walk, get some fresh air, take a bike ride, sit on the beach, or whatever you enjoy most. You are on vacation!!

On our first cruise we reserved the float, snorkel, and bike ride packages for ourselves.

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Now we just get and charge the floats to our room when we get on the island.

Our girls are older now, so they’ve gone off with the clubs to do the teen excursion, but still come hang out with us. We enjoy that while we can, and one day we plan to visit the adult only beach. 

Purchase Photo Package

I wasn’t sure the full details on the photo packages before our first cruise, but we ended up taking full advantage of getting our photos taken on our first five cruises.

Your photo package begins at the terminal. Mickey and Minnie greet you in the lobby of the check-in/waiting area.

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There are lots of photo opportunities, like professional family photos.

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One of my all time favorites from the Halloween party night during our October 2014 cruise. The package we chose included a disk/memory card of our photos, plus a mix of all your photos in print as either 5×7 or 8×10.

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Lots of character meet and greets all throughout the day on board, and on Castaway Cay.

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Photographers even roam the beaches on Castaway Cay. Breaking it down, we paid less than $3.00 per print, and you get a photo release to use the photos, to purchase more prints wherever you wish. 

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I am so glad we bought the photo package, because when you are intentional about seeking out photo opportunities, it’s totally worth it!!

Book Your Next Cruise On Board

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The perk for booking your next Disney Cruise while still on board is 10% off your next sailing, which is a great savings. Plus they usually offer in stateroom credits of $100-$200, depending on the number of nights in the next booking. The credit is applied to your room during your next sailing. We’ve always done the open bookings, so we didn’t have to choose dates, and could decide in the future. On our most recent cruise, September 2018, the sailing for open bookings must depart within 24 months. Be sure to double check cancellation policies, and details while on board, or with your travel agent. Plus your travel agent can still get the credit if you book on board!! Just be sure to tell them your travel agent’s name.

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Hope these tips are helpful. Connect with us on Instagram. Let us know what makes your cruise more magical.

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More Disney Tips can be found on Planning Away’s Best of the Best Disney roundup!!

Need a place to stay before your cruise? Check out our Review of Disney’s Copper Creek Resort.

44 thoughts on “7 Tips For Cruising With Disney

  • January 30, 2019 at 5:06 pm
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    We took a Disney Cruise back in 2006 when our boys were very young. They are now 16 & 18 and hoping to take another in the future. They are so much fun! Loved reminiscing seeing your post.

    • January 30, 2019 at 8:58 pm
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      So much fun when they kids are little!! I was reminiscing to organize these tips. Makes me want to hop on a ship right now!!

  • January 30, 2019 at 5:13 pm
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    You have a lot of great tips! We have never tried Disney before. Will have to make this brand a priority when the grandkids are old enough to cruise!

    • January 30, 2019 at 9:00 pm
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      Thank you!! Happy the tips are helpful. So much fun to take grandkids. I look forward to that myself someday!!

  • January 30, 2019 at 5:23 pm
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    I haven’t been on a Disney Cruise, although my husband went on one years ago and said t was one of his favorites. Maybe we will get to book one soon!

    • January 30, 2019 at 9:03 pm
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      That’s great your husband said it was one of his favorites. Hope you get to take one soon too!

    • January 30, 2019 at 9:08 pm
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      Going through photos was making me want to go now too!!

  • January 31, 2019 at 8:32 am
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    These are some really great tips! I’ve always wanted tot ale a cruise but didn’t know where to start. I’m definitely going to use your tips when booking my first cruise. You guys look like you had a blast, btw!!!

    Kendra?

    • January 31, 2019 at 2:13 pm
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      Thank you!! So happy these tips will help you plan your first cruise, and hope you take one soon. Cruises are the best!!

  • January 31, 2019 at 2:24 pm
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    I love the veranda room as well. Looking forward to taking my grandkids on a Disney cruise someday!

    • January 31, 2019 at 10:59 pm
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      Now that my girls are getting older, I look forward to taking grandkids myself!!

  • January 31, 2019 at 3:26 pm
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    Great tips! We can’t wait to go on a Disney cruise with our little ones! And yes, a balcony room is a must!

    • January 31, 2019 at 10:59 pm
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      Thank you!! Taking little ones on a cruise is so much fun!! Enjoy!!

  • January 31, 2019 at 3:47 pm
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    Great tips! Im thinking about going on a cruise this year . . . I now know how to prepare for an amazing trip!

    • January 31, 2019 at 11:00 pm
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      Thanks!! Go for it!! Cruising is so addicting!!

  • January 31, 2019 at 4:44 pm
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    What a fantastic family experience! Our kids have wanted to go on a Disney cruise forever! We will probably book one very soon, especially after seeing how much fun you had. Thanks for all the great info! Pinning it to my Cruise Board! 🙂

    • January 31, 2019 at 11:01 pm
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      They are so much fun!! Hope you get to take them soon!! You will love it!

  • January 31, 2019 at 8:03 pm
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    How fun! We definitely want to take a Disney Cruise. It’s just a matter of when. We’ve been to WDW many times and are currently just a few short hours away from DisneyLAND, so that is our focus for now. Maybe we can cruise next year!

    • January 31, 2019 at 11:10 pm
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      Watch for the cruises from ports out on the west coast too. Now we just need to get to DisneyLAND!!

  • January 31, 2019 at 8:55 pm
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    I haven’t taken a Disney Cruise yet. But my brother has taken numerous Disney Cruises. And his family loves Disney Cruises.

    • January 31, 2019 at 11:11 pm
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      Understandable why they love them so much!! They are magical!

  • February 1, 2019 at 1:03 am
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    Looks like you had an amazing cruise. I’ve heard such good things about Disney cruises, if I was going to do a cruise I would do a Disney cruise!

    • February 1, 2019 at 8:40 am
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      Disney does it right!! Everyone should experience at least one cruise!!

  • February 1, 2019 at 12:13 pm
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    I definitely want to go on a Disney cruise – it’s on my list of things to do in the next few years! Great tips.

    • February 1, 2019 at 6:32 pm
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      Now it’s just to squeeze it in with all the other travel opportunities!!

  • February 1, 2019 at 12:54 pm
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    OH this makes me want to go again…

    • February 1, 2019 at 6:32 pm
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      Same here as I was writing the post!!

  • February 1, 2019 at 2:05 pm
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    Payton has always wanted to do a Disney cruise! I really should look into it! Thanks for sharing!

    • February 1, 2019 at 6:33 pm
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      Definitely should!! I’m sure you will all enjoy one!!

  • February 1, 2019 at 3:12 pm
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    I’ve never been on a Disney Cruise but have always wanted to. I love everything Disney!! They do everything right and I’m sure their cruise line is no exception.

    • February 1, 2019 at 6:34 pm
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      Cruiseline is no exception!! It is just as magical!!

  • February 1, 2019 at 6:15 pm
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    A Disney Cruise is definitely on my list, though I want to wait until our little one is a little older so that she is aware of the magic of the experience. These are great tips!

  • February 1, 2019 at 7:35 pm
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    My husband just asked about taking a Disney Cruise. I’d love to try the Alaskan one.

    • February 2, 2019 at 9:38 pm
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      I think that’s how I would like to visit Alaska too!!

  • February 1, 2019 at 7:56 pm
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    This looks amazing!!! I think my husband would love a Disney cruise more than the rest of us! 🙂

    • February 2, 2019 at 9:39 pm
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      It seems many people are saying their husbands would enjoy it!! I know mine does!

  • February 1, 2019 at 8:38 pm
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    I have gone back and forth deciding to use a Disney agent for Disney travel. I’ll have to take your advice and get a quote!

    • February 2, 2019 at 9:40 pm
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      Definitely! It doesn’t cost you anything, but you get lots of help!! Why not??

  • February 2, 2019 at 9:38 am
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    We loved our disney cruise Everything was so easy and kids had a blast. I love that you ordered room service breakfast Way cool for the kids.

    • February 2, 2019 at 9:44 pm
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      I agree, everything is very easy. Nice and relaxing!!

  • February 2, 2019 at 8:00 pm
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    Great idea to use room service as the wake-up call.

    • February 2, 2019 at 9:46 pm
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      Thanks!! Makes us feel like royalty!!

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