10 Things You Should Never Do On A Disney Cruise

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10 Things You Should Never Do On A Disney Cruise

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Choose the Wrong Disney Cruise Stateroom

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Your choice of Disney cruise stateroom is important. That is why it is essential that you do a little research before you book a Disney cruise stateroom.

There is a wide range of different staterooms available on each Disney cruise. The choice starts at a Standard Inside stateroom and goes right up to a Walt Disney Suite.

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Your budget is really going to determine which category of stateroom that you choose on a Disney cruise. The least expensive staterooms are usually the Inside Staterooms.

Here is our Complete Guide To Disney Wonder and Magic Staterooms

However, if you stretch your budget just a little bit you may be able to upgrade to an Oceanview stateroom. This will give you a view out onto the outside world.

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For some cruisers, the price difference is definitely worth it. For others, they would prefer to save their dollars and are very happy with the Inside stateroom choice.

Is it worth the Disney cruise stateroom upgrade to a balcony? Many think that it is. Particularly on a Disney Alaskan cruise.

Spending the extra money on a balcony stateroom could be a wise move if you think that you will spend a lot of time out there. However, many guests find that there is so much to do on the Disney ships that it really doesn’t matter which stateroom you choose.

If you want to have a balcony stateroom on your Disney cruise, but don’t mind the location you should consider a white wall balcony. Most of the verandahs on the Disney ships are clear. This means that you can see through them as they are plexiglass. There are some staterooms with balconies which have a solid white wall.

These white wall verandahs are usually priced the lowest of all the balconies on the ship. If you are prepared to compromise on the view this can be a great option.

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The white wall means that you cannot see much of the ocean when you are seated. However, it is still a balcony stateroom and it will usually save you some money over the other categories of balcony stateroom.

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Be Too Late For Your Disney Cruise Ship

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The last thing that you want to risk is missing the boat. Literally. After all those months of planning and saving, you want to make sure that you get to your Disney ship on time.

It may seem like a good idea to book an early morning flight arrival on the day your Disney cruise leaves port. You will probably make it to your Disney ship on time. However, there is a risk that you won’t. Flight delays happen so it is always wise to leave as much time as you can.

The best solution is to arrive at the port or at least stay close by the night before. Many of the Disney cruises sail from Port Canaveral. This is within easy reach of Walt Disney World so many guests visit the parks prior to their cruise.

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This doesn’t just apply to when you first board your Disney cruise. You will probably want to get off the ship during your cruise to go on an excursion or have a look around the port.

There will be many reminders when you are in port of the all aboard time. This is the very latest that you can get back to the ship. Take that time very seriously. Do not risk being late. If you are late you risk being left behind in port. We have seen it happen.

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All cruise ships have to leave the port at a certain time. Whilst the captain is not going to want to have to leave you in the port he will have no choice.

This is why I always recommend booking Disney cruise excursions. I know that you can save money by booking an independent excursion. However, if you book through Disney you are assured that they will get you back to the ship on time.

Forget Those Essential Items To Pack For Your Disney Cruise

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There are some things which can really make a difference to your Disney cruise that you should not forget to pack! Planning a cruise is a lot of fun. Packing not so much. It really does make sense to be organized and make sure that you have the essential items with you.

Always think carefully about what you want to pack for your Disney cruise carry on bag. Remember that your checked bag may not arrive until the evening of your first day on your cruise.

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Make sure you put all essential items in a carry on bag. This includes your cruise documents and passport of course. Also if you have any essential medications they should always be in your carry on.

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You might also like to put your swimwear in your carry on. The pools are at their quietest when you first board your Disney ship. It can also be a great time to ride the AquaDuck if you are on the Disney Dream or Disney Fantasy.

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Get Sick

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No one really wants to think about this, but sometimes sickness happens on a Disney cruise. A big mistake is not being aware or prepared for the fact that this may happen. A bit of planning goes a long way in helping to prevent being sick on a cruise.

How To Avoid Being Sick On A Cruise

Disney has some of the healthiest ships at sea. However, there are still things that you can do to minimize your chances of being sick. Hand washing is incredibly important. This is why there are sinks outside the buffet.

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Make sure that you wash your hands thoroughly before eating and after using the restroom. It amazes me how many people skip this. Germs spread easily, but simple hand washing goes a long way to stopping this.

At every rotational dining restaurant, you will see a Crew Member giving out the hand wipes. Make sure you use them!

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In every Disney cruise bathroom, there is a disposable hand towel and trash can by the door. Use the hand towel to open the door so that your hand is not touching the surface of the door. Once you get into this habit it becomes something you do automatically.

I always take some Hand Sanitizer with me on the ship. I also like this Dr. Bronner’s Organic Version.

These Handi-Pack Disinfecting Wipes are easy to pack in your cruise luggage. You can use them to wipe over surfaces in your Disney cruise stateroom. Your Disney cruise steward takes great care of your stateroom, but I always like to take my own wipes as well.

Another concern is seasickness. Disney ships are extremely stable and most of the time you don’t feel any movement at all. However, sometimes seasickness happens.

The good news is that there are things you can do about it. A lot of people swear by Sea-band Wristband . I always make sure I pack Dramamine Motion Sickness Relief just in case.

Hopefully you will be having a lot of sunny weather on your Disney cruise. Always make sure that you wear Sun Screen and keep reapplying it.

Be An Idiot

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You really don’t want to be that person. The one who doesn’t think about how your behavior is affecting other people. You know who you are!

Who am I talking about? The people who put their belongings down on a sun lounger and then disappear for hours. Or the ones who “reserve” lots of seats in the middle of the theatre for friends who arrive at the last moment.

And those parents who let their children run along the corridor screaming loudly in the early hours.

Let’s also talk about those people who skip the line in the buffet. Of course, the buffet is designed so that there isn’t a traditional line. However, don’t be one of those people who shove others out of the way or leans over them to get to the dish of the day.

Just don’t be that person.

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Bad behavior on Disney cruises is rare. In general, you will meet some fabulous people and can even meet life long friends. Just always be considerate of other people and don’t be the sun lounger idiot!

Not Take Time To Understand the Beverage Policy on Your Disney Cruise

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If you want to drink wine or beer on a Disney cruise you can save yourself a considerable amount of money if you understand their beverage policy. Most cruise lines will not allow you to take any alcohol on board. Disney Cruise Lines is different.

Unlike many other cruise lines, Disney does not offer a Drinks Package.

I know many people like this as an option, but having sailed on other cruise lines and seeing just how much people can drink to excess I really hope this is never introduced on Disney cruises.

I  don’t think it will be. Drinks are very reasonably priced on Disney cruises and of course, there is free soda 24 hours a day.

However, Disney has a very generous policy allowing guests to take up to two bottles of wine or a six pack of beer on board per person.

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Disney Cruise Line Guests 21 years and older may bring a maximum of 2 bottles of unopened wine or champagne or 6 beers on board at the beginning of the voyage and at each port-of-call. The wine has to be no larger than 750ml and the beers no more than 12 ounces.

You can enjoy the wine or beer you bring on board in your stateroom. If you want to drink it in one of the restaurants or any public there is a $25 corkage charge.

You must put any wine or beer that you bring in your carry on luggage. Do not put it in your checked baggage. Not only is there the potential for a huge mess if the bottle breaks, but security will also find it and hold it until the end of the cruise.

You want your bottles to be safe in your carry on. I use this 2-Bottle Neoprene Wine Bottle Tote.

Not Take Advantage of Disney Cruise Dining

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There are so many amazing dining experiences on a Disney cruise you really should take advantage of as much as you possibly can. The Rotational Dining System is unique and definitely something to be enjoyed to the max.

On each of the Disney cruise ships, there are three main dining restaurants. Each day you will dine in a different restaurant. What is unique about the experience is that your servers will go with you.

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Disney Rotational Dining means you get the best of everything. You eat in different restaurants and also have the advantage that your servers get to know you and your family.

All Disney cruise restaurants are unique and brilliantly themed. Enjoy an evening of music at Tiana’s Place, unique entertainment and decor at Animator’s Palate, understated elegance at Enchanted Garden.

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Remember that your servers want you to have the best experience. If you want two entrees and can’t decide which dessert to have, just order more than one. You can deal with the diet later! These servers will cut up your child’s food, give them Mickey shaped ketchup designs, and remember your name on your next cruise. They are exceptional.

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Cabanas buffet is a great place to enjoy lots of different tastes. However, always remember that one of the rotational dining restaurants will be open for breakfast and lunch. Make sure that you try this at least once on your Disney cruise.

Many Disney cruise first-timers don’t realize that when they board the ship there is the option of a sit-down restaurant lunch as well as the buffet. It can be a more relaxing start to your vacation than the rather crowded Cabanas buffet on the first day.

One of the best experiences on board a Disney cruise is dining in one of the adult only restaurants. They do have an additional charge but for the standard of food and service, it is a great value.

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Disney’s Palo is available on all of the cruise ships and offers Brunch on sea days and Dinner every day. Remy is only available on Disney Fantasy and Dream.

Remy is truly an exceptional dining experience. Read more about these options at Disney Dream Dining. The adult only dining is something you have to experience at least once. And then you will want to do it again.

Skip The Entertainment

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Disney cruise lines do many things very very well. One area where they go more than above and beyond is in their Broadway-style entertainment. Make sure you take the time to watch the shows.

There is a combination of Disney Broadway type shows and Variety Acts. Some of the variety acts can be a bit hit and miss, but make sure that you see the Disney cruise favorites.

If you are on the Disney Wonder you will not want to miss Frozen. On the Disney Fantasy, you have to see Aladdin. These are all shows that if you took your family to see them in the theater it would cost you hundreds of dollars so don’t miss out!

Don’t forget the Buena Vista Theater which shows current and classic Disney movies. Now Marvel is part of the Disney stable there are now even more amazing movies to watch for free.

We all know that going to the movies can be expensive if you take the family. So enjoy this chance to see some great movies on board for free! If you are really lucky you will get to see a Disney movie premiere at midnight as soon as it is released.

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Character Greetings are also a huge part of the entertainment offered. Every day you will get the chance to meet and greet lots of different Disney characters. Yes, there are lines, but they are nothing compared to those in the Disney parks.

If you want to get up close and personal with your favorite a Disney cruise really is the best place to do that. If your favorite characters are Anna and Elsa be aware that they are so popular you need tickets to see them. Make sure you book ahead of your cruise on your Disney Cruise Personalizer as even though the tickets are free they are limited.

Ignore Safety Warnings

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Sailing on a cruise is one of the safest forms of travel. However, there are some essential safety rules that you have to follow. I know that the safety drill is not where you want to be. However, always attend the muster drill and give it your full attention. It doesn’t last long and it gives you vital safety information.

Never think that you can skip the muster drill. Your Key To The World Card is scanned. If you do not attend you will be contacted by a Crew Member and have to attend another drill.

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The muster drill only takes up a short amount of your time. Often these days it is held in a restaurant or bar! You can sit down comfortably whilst listening to the safety instructions.

Never throw anything over the side of the ship. Nothing. No exceptions. One of the worst things of course, and yes we have seen it done, is to throw a cigarette over the side. This is a huge fire risk and extremely dangerous.

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There are only certain areas where smoking is allowed on a Disney ship. Stick to those areas and dispose of your cigarette ends in the receptacle provided.

Always act responsibly. You may want to read our guide 7 Things Not To Do In Your Disney Stateroom.

Ignore Money Saving Strategies

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A Disney cruise is worth every penny. However, it is wise to educate yourself so that you can see the areas that you can save money. This includes both before you book and whilst you are on the ship.

The biggest mistake that many Disney cruise first timers make is not realising how the Placeholder booking works. To get the benefit of this future Disney Cruise discount deal you have to be on board.

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How does the Placeholder work? You can see complete details here but this is broadly how it works. If you book a future cruise whilst you are on board a Disney ship you receive a 10% discount, a reduced deposit and an onboard credit.

There are of course certain terms and conditions which apply to Disney Cruise Placeholder bookings. You can’t use it for a Concierge stateroom to get a discount, but you can get the onboard credit.

There are certain block out dates and certain cruises are excluded from the Placeholder discount.

However, if you are sailing on a Disney cruise and want to book another, make sure you stop by the Future Cruise Desk to get complete details and make a Disney Placeholder reservation.

There are many other ways you can save money on a Disney cruise. Here is our article packed full of ideas on How To Save Money.

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Disney Cruise Photo Package

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Are you wondering whether a Disney Cruise Photo Package is worth it? You may want to capture the magic of your vacation with a Disney Cruise Photo Package, but a lot of people get confused about how it all works.

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Here is our complete guide to all the options of the Disney Cruise Photo Package to help you decide if it is worth it. Learn some things along the way which will help you make the most out of your Disney Cruise Photo Package.

Disney Cruise Photographers

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Even in the Disney cruise port terminal, you will have your first chance to have a picture for your Disney cruise photo package. Mickey and Minnie Mouse will be there for you while you are waiting to board.

When you board a Disney cruise the first thing you do is hand your Key To The World Card to be swiped to show you have entered the ship.

The second thing you will do is encounter your first Disney Cruise Photographer! They are stationed at a strategic position right before you get on your Disney ship.

I have to confess I am not the most enthusiastic person about stopping for that embarkation photo. However, it is often the very best one we have taken for all the cruise.

Disney cruise lines outsource their photography to Shutters. I kind of wish they wouldn’t because they are just not quite as magical as the Disney cruise line crew members sometimes. However, I have to say they mostly do a great job.

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They are everywhere on the ship. Every character greeting you go to you will find a photographer. You can always use your own camera. However, there will also be a professional on hand.

They also set up lots of photo backgrounds around the ship. You can even have your photo take with the captain on certain sailings! You can see which backgrounds they are setting up so you can choose which one you like.

The lines for photography on formal night on a Disney cruise are always the longest. If you want a formal night photo be aware that you may be standing in line for quite a while.

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How Do You Find Your Disney Cruise Photos?

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Disney makes it very easy for you to see your photos. On every ship on Deck 4, there is a Shutters photo area. There you will find digital kiosks where you can view your photos.

All you need to do is swipe your Key To The World and all the photos which are in their system will be displayed.

How do they know who you are? They have a digital facial recognition system which in theory puts all of your photos in your account so that you can view them on the kiosk.

I say in theory because it doesn’t always work. If you think that photos are missing the Shutters staff can help you find them. Just inquire at the desk.

Another way to make sure that your photos definitely make it into your account is to hand the photographer your Key To the World Card. This then links the photos with your account.

All of your Disney cruise photos used to be printed out. This is not the case anymore. They have gone fully digital and your photos are all available to view on the Shutters kiosk. This is located on Deck 4 of all of the Disney ships.

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Are The Disney Cruise Photos Any Good?

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Photos are of course an amazing way to capture the memories of your Disney Cruise. My house is filled with photos from past cruises. The photographers are generally good. Not outstanding.

However, given that they are working quickly and often with very large parties, they do a good job. They have the advantage over you in that they have worked out the lighting and the best angles. You really should have as many photos taken as you can just so you can see which ones you like.

Having said that I am not a big fan of the backgrounds that Shutters use sometimes. The borders around the photos are often just not my taste.

Unfortunately, you do not have the option to choose to remove or change the borders. I am not sure why in the age of digital ease but you get what you are given with the borders. I am sure that one day soon that will change but at the moment there is no option to choose a different one.

It’s great also that you actually get a complete family or group photo. I know that there are such things as selfie sticks but nothing beats a great photo of the whole family having fun on a Disney cruise. If Minnie Mouse is with you then that’s even better!

How Do You Buy Disney Cruise Photos?

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There are a number of ways that you can buy Disney cruise photos. If you know you are going to want a Disney cruise photo package then the best way is to purchase it online before you sail on your cruise.

You can do this up to 48 hours before you sail. See below for prices and the Shutters website.

You can also buy a package or individual photo at any time that the Shutters desk is open. Just like anything on a Disney cruise, the amount will be charged automatically to your onboard stateroom account.

What you absolutely must do is to purchase the photos that you want whilst you are still onboard your Disney cruise. Once you have left the ship it is too late. There is no going back to reorder!

My advice is to choose whatever photos you want prior to the last evening on the ship. If you try and buy on the last evening of your cruise you are going to be with crowds of people and wait in a long line. Just really try and avoid it. That is not how you want to spend the last evening on your cruise.

Disney Cruise Photo Package For More Than One Stateroom

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This is where people get very confused. However, it’s simple if you break it down!

Often families or groups stay in more than one stateroom on a Disney cruise They want to know how to make the Disney cruise photo package work most economically for them.

The general rule is that it is one package per stateroom. Say you have one stateroom with your kids and the grandparents have a separate stateroom. This is a pretty common set up on a Disney cruise. However, you can’t combine a Disney Cruise Photo Package with two staterooms (with certain exceptions I will explain below).

Say for your embarkation photo you have a group photo with all the family. Parents, kids and grandparents. Just the parents get the package. The picture will show up in the parents and the grandparents account on the Shutters kiosk. The facial recognition or the swiping of the Key To The World will make sure they know who you are. However, if the parents have bought a package they can get it for their account. The grandparents can’t.

If the grandparents decide to get a photo just the two of them it will not be on the account if just the parents bought it for their stateroom. Remember. It’s about the stateroom, not the group.

However, if the grandparents decide to get a photo with the kids, that photo will be included on the parent’s stateroom account.

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It’s all about who is in the photo. The package is exclusive to the stateroom but just so long as someone from that stateroom is in the picture and you have bought a package, it will be available as part of what you bought.

There is an exception. A lot of families travel with parents in one stateroom and kids in another. Just so long as there is one person over 18 in each stateroom this is allowed. The exception for kids being in another stateroom is for any “children” aged under 21. This is a great exception if you are traveling with older offspring as well!

If you have 2 or more staterooms and your children aged 17 or under are in a stateroom they will be included in the package. That’s easy.

How does this work? Let’s say Dad is in one room with the 5-year-old and Mom is in the other stateroom with the 12-year-old. If Mom or Dad had a Disney cruise photo package linked to their stateroom, pictures from both staterooms would be included.

To make sure this works you do have to visit Shutters on the first day of your Disney cruise. They can explain what the position is.

There is another way to get a discount if your family is traveling in 2 staterooms. The first stateroom can buy the Disney cruise photo package online.Then once you get onboard the second stateroom family can buy the package at a 50% discount.

However, this isn’t quite as good as it sounds. This is 50% of the onboard price. Therefore you do not get 50% off the online discounted rate. You get 50% off the higher price onboard. It is still a discount. Just perhaps not as great as it seems at first.

How Much Do Disney Cruise Photo Packages Cost?

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If you want to buy individual prints on your Disney cruise these are the prices:

Photo Print 8 X 10 $20.95

Photo Print 6 X 8 $14.95

Any 6 prints or digital $99.95

Any 10 prints or digital $149.95

Any 15 prints or digital $199.95

Any 20 prints or digital $249.95

If you decide you want to buy the digital image package and not the prints you will be given a CD. This CD will then show you reasonable size proofs of all of the photos you had taken.

You can then choose which photos you want and choose the number of images you have paid for. You can then unlock the full resolution images and print them as you wish.

You can also buy a length of sailing Disney Cruise Photo Package. This can be a good value if you are planning on taking a lot of photos. This will give you all the photos that you have taken on your cruise

If you think you are going to buy a number of photos it will bring the cost per photo down if you buy a package. To get these prices you have to purchase in advance via OurCruisePhotos

2 Night Sailing $194.95

3 Night Sailing $194.95

4 Night Sailing $194.95

5 Night Sailing $211.95

7 Night Sailing $295.95

14 Night Sailing $339.95

Prices on board the ship will be higher:

2 Night Sailing $199.95

4 Night Sailing $229.95

5 Night Sailing $249.95

7 Night Sailing $349.95

14 Night Sailing $399.95

You will get your photos on the last night of the cruise or the final morning before you disembark. Note that these prices are for all your photos on USB. They will not be printed out for you. You will have printing costs on top of this when you get home.

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Another great option is the Disney Cruise Photo Book. The price if you buy it online at OurCruisePhotos is $139.95.

You can add up to 34 photos in your Disney Cruise Photo Book. This is a really good way to make sure that you get a good selection of your Disney cruise photos to keep.

It’s a lot of fun putting together your Disney Cruise Photo Book. You can do this at the Shutters kiosk.

It’s easy to change photos in and out of the book and arrange them on the page as you want to. Don’t leave this until the last moment. The Shutters area on the Disney ships is very crowded on the last evening. Don’t leave it that late.

I suggest that you keep looking at your photos every day so you know what is there and start arranging them in the Disney Cruise Photo Book. You do not want to be leaving all of this to the last evening of the cruise.

Shutters will be crammed full of people on the final evening and you may feel pressured to get it done. It’s a lot easier to do it a bit at a time. You can always rearrange things if you get photos that you prefer.

I actually think that the Photo Book is a reasonable option as you do get to have a lot of printed memories for a reasonable price. However, if you prefer to put your pictures on display this is obviously not the best option as they are all in a book.

How To Get The Most Out of Your Disney Cruise Photo Package

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A Disney Cruise Photo Package is pricey. There is no denying that. Some people think it is an amazing value. Others think it is a huge expense. Only you can decide which view is your view.

However, if you do decide to get the Disney Cruise Photo Package there are ways to make it more valuable. How? By getting more photos taken. It is one thing to pay $349.95 for 10 photos on a disk but quite another if you get 100 photos!

How can you maximize the number of photos in your Disney Cruise Package? There are so many photo ops you really can go all out and maximize it.

We have heard of guests having 800 photos on a 14-night cruise. Not sure if you would actually get a chance to sleep if you were having your photo taken that many times. However, it definitely is possible.

The secret is planning. You know that every day on the cruise there will be photographers out setting up backgrounds. These are on Deck 3 of all the ships. Go and take a walk before the first seating of dinner and see what your options are. Arrive early so you minimize the time spent in line.

Sometimes the photographers will be in your rotational dining room. They always suggest what pictures they take. For instance, they may say a photo of you as a couple, as a family and then separate photos of the children.

Ask for what you want. If you want extra ones tell them. It is not going to take much extra time, but it will mean that you get more photos in your account.

Disney photographers are even found on Disney Castaway Cay. You may be floating along in your inner tube in the ocean and see a photographer approach. Go and seek them out.

If you want a family photo then set one up. Photo of you and your significant other? Ask for one. The photographers want to sell as many photographs as possible so they are happy to oblige.

In my experience, a lot of people ignore them on Castaway Cay. So go for it. You may get a great Castaway Cay picture for your Disney Cruise Photo Package.

Character greetings are often the best chance you have to get a really great photo for your Disney Cruise Package. Every day the character greetings are posted in the printed Navigators you get in your stateroom every evening.

If you want to be even more organized and plan further in advance use the Disney Cruise Navigator App so that you can see where the characters will be more than one day in advance.

Mickey and Minnie appear most often in lots of different costumes. I love the Golden Mickeys costumes for Mickey and Minnie.

However, if you want to have your photograph taken with one of the more minor characters, say Peter Pan or Captain Hook this takes a little more planning as they don’t appear as often.

If you have your heart set on a photo with Captain Jack Sparrow he appears on Castaway Cay as well as on Pirate Night. You do need to plan ahead to seek out the Disney characters which appear less often.

It is so much easier to get a picture with a Disney character on a cruise than at the Disney parks. You can wait for less time. In air-conditioned comfort. Make the most of it and get as many photos as you can. Then the value of the Disney Cruise Photo Package really kicks in.

Will you be buying a Disney cruise photo package? Let me know in the comments below.

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Disney Dream Secret Rooms

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You may have heard about the Disney Dream Secret Rooms. Do these Disney Dream secret staterooms really exist?

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Disney Dream Secret Staterooms most definitely do exist! Here we have written the most comprehensive guide available to the Secret Rooms on Disney Dream.

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This guide includes pictures and videos so that you can decide which choice is the best for you.

Read on to find out how you can sometimes snag a bargain stateroom on the Disney Dream if you simply know where to look.

What do we mean by Secret Staterooms? Obviously, there aren’t any actually hidden staterooms on the ship. If you look at a Disney Dream deck plan all the staterooms are shown!

However, not all staterooms are created equal. It pays to know exactly which stateroom you are booking.

The ones the insiders know are the Disney Dream Secret Rooms.

A Disney Dream Secret Room is one which offers what many would be considered an upgrade. So a Verandah for the price of an Outside Stateroom.

Although here we are referring to the Disney Dream Cruise Ship, the Disney Fantasy is identical.

So when we talk about the Dream everything still applies to the Disney Fantasy.

First we need to understand a few things about the Disney Dream stateroom categories and how they are priced.

Disney Cruise Lines has a number of different categories of stateroom on all of their ships.

For the non-concierge staterooms on the Disney Dream the Categories are numbered 11 to 4.

  • Category 11 are Standard Inside Staterooms
  • Category 10 are Deluxe Inside Staterooms
  • Category 9 are Deluxe Oceanview Staterooms
  • Category 8 are Deluxe Family Oceanview Staterooms
  • Category 7 are Deluxe Oceanview Staterooms with Navigators Verandah
  • Category 6 are Deluxe Oceanview Staterooms with Verandah
  • Category 5 are Deluxe Oceanview Staterooms with Verandah
  • Category 4 are Deluxe Family Oceanview Staterooms with Verandah
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So as you can see the lower the number the higher the category.

Price tends to be higher if the category is higher. For example, a Category 11 Standard Inside Stateroom will cost less than a Category 9 Deluxe Oceanview.

So Category 11 and 10 are the Inside Staterooms,

Within those Categories, there are also subdivisions which are denoted by Letters A to E.

So, for instance, you can have a Category 11A Stateroom, a 9B or a 4E.

What do the letters mean? They are different types of stateroom within the same Category.

The letters show you that whilst the overall type of the room is the same there are differences.

These differences usually relate to location or view. Higher decks are seen as more desirable. So a Category 11A stateroom is on a lower deck than an 11B.

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Sometimes the letter relates to the view. So it could mean that the balcony stateroom has an obstructed view.

Why does this matter and why do people look for the Disney Dream Secret Rooms?

Price. The cost of a Disney Cruise is determined by the Category of Stateroom that you book.

All identical Categories will be priced the same. For example, all 4Es will be at the same price, all 9Cs will be offered at the same price.

However, not all Category 4s will be at the same price.

The exciting part about looking for a Secret Stateroom is that you will get a Stateroom that is a little different. The design of the ship means that there are certain staterooms which are a little different.

These staterooms don’t fit into the “Usual” Category. This means that you may get an upgrade without paying an increased price for it.

In other words, you get a Balcony Room for an Outside Stateroom price.

Disney Dream Secret Verandah Staterooms

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What are the Disney Dream Secret Verandah Rooms? When the Disney Dream was first launched they were named as Category 6 Staterooms.

However, Disney Cruises began receiving complaints that some of these Staterooms had an obstructed view.

As these Category 6 rooms were priced the same as those with an unobstructed view, guests started to complain.

Disney listened to what people were saying and decided to designated these Staterooms as Category 7A, These are now priced at a lower rate than the Category 6 and above.

Category 7A on the Disney Dream is called a Navigators Verandah.

This is a bit confusing for anyone who has sailed on the Disney Magic or the Disney Wonder.

On the Classic Ships, the Navigator’s Verandah is a very distinct type of Stateroom. It has fully enclosed outside space.

It can’t really be called a balcony as it is not open to the outside.

There aren’t any Navigators Verandahs like this on the Disney Fantasy or the Disney Dream.

The term Navigators Verandah on the Dream Class ships just means it has an obstructed view.

There are 22 out of the 24 Category 7A Navigators Verandah Staterooms which have an Obstructed View.

Some of these are less obstructed than others! So even within this Category, there are some better rooms to look out for.

These Secret Verandah Staterooms are on Decks 6, 7, 8 and 9 of the Disney Dream.

This video shows an example of one of the Navigator’s Verandahs on the Disney Dream. This shows Stateroom 6178 which we think is one of the more obstructed views of that Category.

The best of the Disney Cruise Secret Rooms with Verandah are 8022, 8164, 8520 and 8662. The obstruction is minimal and if these staterooms are available you should consider if they offer what you need for a better price than the category 6 Staterooms.

 

This is an example of one of the best Disney Dream Secret rooms. Stateroom 8022:

Next on the desirability scale are 7022, 7170, 7520, 7668, 9012, 9152, 9164, 9512, 9652, 9664. These have more of an obstruction but are still great choices.

The least desirable, as they do have quite a significantly obstructed view are 5024, 5524, 6178, 6678, 7182, 7680, 8176, 8674.

Here is a video showing Stateroom 6178 which has one of the most obstructed views.

 

Staterooms 5188 and 5688 so not have an obstructed view, but they have a very small balcony. These are staterooms which we really would avoid on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy.

The balconies in these two Staterooms are so small that they can’t fit a chair. However, they do have a built-in bench which seats two.

What you have to remember about these Disney Dream Secret Rooms is that you will be getting a Verandah but paying for an Outside Stateroom. So really it doesn’t matter how much of an obstruction it is, you are still getting great value from one of these Staterooms.

Secret Large Oversized Disney Dream Staterooms

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There is another Category of Disney Dream Stateroom which some guests may want to consider, as they are larger than the standard size of that Category.

These Oversized Staterooms are all in the 8A Category and there are only eight of them available. Some are handicapped accessible.

The first type of Category 8A Staterooms on the Disney Dream have an L Shaped living and sleeping area and open plan design.

They do not have the privacy curtain that all the other Staterooms have on the ship.

They also do not have a split bathroom or a tub. As they are handicapped accessible they have a large shower area with a curtain in the corner of the bathroom.

These Secret Rooms on the Disney Dream are 5018 and 5518 on Deck 5. There are more available on Deck 6 namely 6012, 6014, 6016, 6510, 6512 and 6514.

Staterooms 6014 and 6016 connect and so do 6512 and 6514. Each of these rooms has a support pole in the living and sleeping area.

All of these Staterooms sleep 4 guests so can be a great choice for families who want some extra space and don’t mind the unusual bathroom arrangement.

The second type of Category 8A is also oversized, but have a divider wall between the living and the sleeping area. These Disney Dream staterooms are still only one room because although there is a wall it does not separate the areas completely.

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These don’t have the split bathroom either, but as they are not handicapped accessible they are smaller than the other Category 8A bathrooms. They do have the tub though so some people may prefer this.

There are only 4 Staterooms on the Disney Dream and Fantasy like this. They are 5020 and 5022 which connect and 5520 and 5522 which are also connecting.

This video gives a great view of what these unique staterooms look like.

Disney Dream Secret Connecting Staterooms

Sometimes you want to book more than one stateroom on the Disney Dream. Many of the Staterooms in all Catoegories are connecting Staterooms.

Just like in a hotel room, your Connecting Stateroom will have a door between each cabin which is lockable from each side.

These are a great choice for families, particularly if you have young children who are not yet old enough for a separate cabin.

However, what many guests don’t realise is that whilst some Staterooms do not have a connecting interior door, they do have a connecting Balcony Door.

Most of the Verandahs on the Disney Dream and Fantasy are able to be connected. You simply ask your Room Steward to unlock the steel door which separates the Verandahs.

Disney Concierge Secret Staterooms

Just as with the Category 4 to 11 Staterooms, some of the Concierge Staterooms are better than others. This is true even though some are in the same Category and you will pay exactly the same rate for them.

If you want the larger balcony and are booking a One Bedroom Concierge Stateroom you should choose  11002, 11006, 12000, 12006, 12012, 12506 or 12512.

This is a video of Stateroom 11006 on the Disney Fantasy which is identical to the Disney Dream. As you will see, it has a great size balcony.

There are also some Concierge Family Oceanview Staterooms with Verandah which have the larger balconies. These are Staterooms numbered 11004, 12008, 12010, 12508 and 12510 on the Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy.

One Concierge Stateroom which has a completely unique design is 12000. This is a One Bedroom Concierge Suite which is located between the two Royal Suites on the ship.

Stateroom 12000 is designed so that it can connect with either or both of the two Royal Suites to form one huge suite of cabins at the front of the ship.

What this means is that when you walk into 12000 there is a corridor with connecting doors on the left and right to the Royal Suites on either side.

The advantage of Stateroom 12000 is that it is a large balcony. The disadvantage is that people on Deck 13 above can look right down onto it. So if privacy is of high priority you may want to look at one of the other Disney Concierge Secret Staterooms.

Disney Cruise Stateroom Amenities

All of the Category 4 to 11 Staterooms on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy have certain features in common.

Here is what you can expect to find in your Disney Dream Stateroom.

Beverage Cooler. This really has to be called a Beverage Cooler and not a refrigerator as it doesn’t get particularly cold. You can also request that your Room Steward brings you some ice. There is an Ice Bucket already in your room.

You will also find four small glasses in every stateroom. It is much nicer drinking wine from a proper wine glass though. Your Room Steward will also be happy to bring you wine glasses if you ask. Or you can bring them from one of the Disney Cruise Bars.

Disney Cruise Staterooms are larger than average and very well designed. This means that there is a good amount of storage space.

To make things even easier for packing at home and then unpacking in your Stateroom I always suggest Packing Cubes

Once you have tried packing cubes you will wonder what you ever did without them!

On the Disney Dream and Fantasy, you will find a coffee table which has a hinged lid and storage space inside. The only thing that you have to do is make sure you remember that you put things in there! It can be easy to miss this when you are packing to get off the ship.

There is also a large desk and small backless stool which fits underneath the desk. There are shelves and cupboards either side of the desk to provide plenty of storage.

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Note that the Steamer Trunks are not in all Staterooms

Always remember to look in the Stateroom desk drawer. This is where you will find the cards to leave out for your Room Service Breakfast Order.

You will also find Disney Cruise Postcards and other stationery for you to use on the cruise or take home with you.

I always use the desk space for charging the many electronic devices we have. Lots of sites tell you to bring power strips on a cruise as there aren’t many outlets. However, power strips are prohibited on a Disney cruise. If you try and bring one on board with a surge protector it will be confiscated.

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The desk doesn’t stay this tidy for long!

To get over the problem of not enough outlets I bring this 6 Port USB Rapid Desktop Charging Station. Its small and easy to pack but it will charge up to 6 devices.

You will find an electronic safe located in the closet in the corridor. It is useful as it will hold important documents such as your passport and small valuables. Unfortunately, it will not hold a laptop.

There is a hairdryer provided. It will be located in one of the desk drawers. There is nothing wrong with it, but a lot of guests bring their own.

Every Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy stateroom has its own adjustable thermostat.

You will also find a desk phone and two Wave Phones. The desk phone is useful for calling Room Service and Guest Services.

The Wave Phone was a great idea in theory. It is designed so that guests could each take a phone and call or text one another.

It was introduced before the majority of guests had cell phones that used apps. To put it into context this was the time that some people used walkie-talkies to communicate on the ship. Yes, it really did happen and not that long ago!

However, the Wave Phones are not great. Texting is really difficult and the phone does not easily fit in a pocket. Technology moves on so fast and unfortunately, Disney was ahead of its time.

I never use the Wave Phone. It is so much easier to use the texting facility on the Disney Navigator app on our own phones.

Every Disney Cruise Stateroom has a flat screen television. It is mounted on the wall on a moveable arm so you can angle it for the best view.

The Disney Dream stateroom television has a number of channels including of course Disney Channel. The great thing about it is that it has television on demand with a large selection of Disney owned movies.

Some people miss the fact that the shows which are staged in the Walt Disney Theatre are also shown on the television. If you miss a show or want to see it again, you can watch it on the television.

Another great feature is the live map which shows you where you are and the speed the ship is sailing.

Most of the Disney Dream staterooms have a very thick privacy curtain. This is very useful as it separates the living area from the sleeping area. This is great as the living area converts to a sleeping area. So the curtain gives you privacy when sharing.

One of the features that Disney Cruise lines is known for is the split bathroom. What is this? Instead of one room, there are two spaces for the bathroom.

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One room has the toilet and a sink. The other has a small bathtub with shower and an additional sink. The split bathroom idea is brilliant as it helps with the morning rush where everyone wants to use the bathroom at the same time!

One of the most talked about features of all Disney Dream staterooms is the complimentary H20 Shampoo, Conditioner, Soap and Body Lotion. These are really high-quality products which are supplied for your use.

It was great when you got the small bottles and your Room Steward would leave more every morning and night.

However, those days are over! Now you have large bottles which are refillable. This is to help cut down on the waste of individual bottles. Also most likely to stop so many of the individual bottles walking off the ship!

If you want to take some of the H2O products home with you then you can buy them in the Disney Cruise Store on board. Or you can Order Them at Home to Save Money

Have you ever stayed in a Disney Dream Secret Stateroom?

 

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Top 10 Things Disney Cruise First Timers Need to Know

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Are you looking for tips for Disney Cruise First Timers? A Disney Cruise is a magical experience. Once you have sailed on a Disney cruise you will most likely want to sail again and again. However, there is a first time for everyone.

Here is our Top 10 list of things which every Disney Cruise first timer really needs to know.

Disney Cruise Tips for First Timers

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What Disney Cruise First Timers Need To Know
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10 Best Tips For First Time Disney Cruisers

There are Ways To Save Money on a Disney Cruise

Disney pricing doesn’t tend to work like most of the other cruise lines. It is rare to find last-minute discounts.

If you know that you want to sail on a Disney Cruise it is usually much better to book as early as you possibly can. Prices tend to go up, not down.

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There are some exceptions to this rule. Rarely there are some itineraries which are difficult to sell. These tend to be the slightly unusual sailings, such as re-positioning cruises, or the ones which are longer than a week.

It is rare that you will see the price of a 7 night Disney Caribbean or Alaskan cruise go down.

 

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Here is our guide to saving on your Disney cruise.

How To Save Money on a Disney Cruise

Not All Disney Cruise Staterooms are Created Equal

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Once you have decided which Disney cruise that you are going to sail on you will need to choose a stateroom. This is a major headache for Disney Cruise First Timers. However, it doesn’t need to be.

The stateroom that you choose is going to determine the price of your cruise. What you have to remember is that everyone on the cruise has the same experience and can use the same facilities on the ship (with the exception of Concierge guests who get extra perks).

It doesn’t matter if you stay in the lowest priced stateroom or the highest price one. You will still dine at the same restaurants and experience the same facilities and entertainment.

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However, some staterooms are more spacious than others. A Verandah is a nice addition. However, think carefully about whether or not it is worth the extra money to you.

We have stayed in every category of stateroom and have found that the enjoyment of the cruise is not related to the type of stateroom that you have.

Here is our guide which gives you lots of tips about how to choose a stateroom:

How To Choose a Disney Cruise Stateroom

Most of the staterooms on Disney ships are excellent. However, you need to think about where you want to be on the ship. Do you want to be close to the pools? Or would you rather be closer to the entertainment?

The Disney Fantasy and Dream are large ships and you can spend a lot of time walking around. Make sure you think about exactly where you would prefer to be.

There are some staterooms which can experience more noise than others. It is always a good idea to talk to an expert Disney Travel Agent who knows the ships. Their services are free and they can help you choose the best stateroom for you and your family.

A Disney Cruise Is Incredibly Relaxing

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Disney Cruise Drink of the Day

One of the things which you may not realize before you go on a Disney cruise is just how relaxing it can really be. Disney Cruise First Timers really have this to look forward to!

Of course, there are many activities to keep you busy throughout the day and evening. There is always something that you could be doing. However, a Disney cruise helps you take a step back and realize that it is a good thing to do absolutely nothing once in a while.

Our daily lives are so hectic these days it is nice to go to a place where you are not connected and you have to take a step back from being on a mobile device all the time. This is good for the kids too.

A Disney Cruise has something for everyone. You may be surprised to know how many places and activities are designed just for the grown-ups. Check out our guide:

Top 10 Things To Do On A Disney Cruise For Adults

Make The Most of the Disney Cruise Entertainment

There are plenty of things to keep you entertained on a Disney Cruise. Disney knows how to entertain an audience and they are the best at sea for presenting Broadway quality shows to their guests.

Who can resist Frozen: A Musical Spectacular or Tangled: The Musical?

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It is true that some of the shows are better than others, but there really is something for everyone. The quality of the production is unmatched at sea. Arrive early to get a great seat and enjoy a cocktail whilst you watch the show.

Remember that if you miss one of the shows they are recorded and shown on your stateroom television.

The Disney Cruise Restaurants are Special

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All of your food is included on a Disney cruise. On each Disney cruise ship, there are three rotational dining restaurants. All have their own very special theme and entertainment.

You may have heard about the unique rotational dining concept on a Disney cruise. What this means is that each night you go to a different restaurant and your servers some with you.

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Therefore, you get to experience each of the restaurants on the ship and that you always get the very best service.

The waiters on a Disney cruise are exceptional. They get to know you and most are extremely good at what they do.

You will find your favorite drinks on the table waiting for you each evening. They will go out of their way to make your experience very special.

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Most of the food on a Disney Cruise is good. Some of the dishes are outstanding.

Remember that you can order whatever you want from the menu. If you can’t decide between choices, why not order more than one? Your waiters are used to this request and will be happy to bring whatever you want.

Disney’s Palo Restaurant is an Amazing Experience

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This one is just for the grown-ups. Disney Cruise Palo is the restaurant which is open only to the over 18s.

For an additional charge of $30, you can enjoy brunch or dinner at Palo. This Italian themed restaurant is well worth the extra charge and we always splurge at least once on a trip.

 

We prefer the Palo Brunch simply because we enjoy the rotational dining so much. If you book Palo for dinner you will miss the experience of one of the restaurants.

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Disney Fantasy Palo Brunch Review

Adults can also experience Remy on Disney Dream and Fantasy. However, we still think that Palo is the best option. The food is exceptional and we think that the $30 is still good value.

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Remy is excellent and is certainly one of the best restaurants we have ever experienced. The $90 charge for dinner is reasonable if you take into account the quality of the food and the experience.

However, we would prefer to eat in Palo a couple of times and still be up on the cost compared to Remy.

There are Lots of Chances to Meet the Disney Characters

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If you or your children enjoy meeting the Disney characters a cruise is a wonderful experience. If you have ever visited the Disney parks you know that you can spend a great deal of time in line, often out in the hot sun, to get a chance of meeting your favorite Princess or Mouse. On a Disney cruise, there are plenty of chances to meet your favorites.

The times that each character will be appearing are clearly marked each day in your Personal Navigator. It is easy to plan which character to see. It’s a lot of fun seeing the Disney characters around the ship on their way to their meet and greet.

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A Disney cruise is one of your best chances to spend some time with Anna and Elsa. If you have a Frozen fan in your party you need to know that Anna and Elsa appear on every cruise. However, you will need to get a ticket to see them. You can sign up for tickets to see Anna and Elsa on your Cruise Personalizer before you sail. If you haven’t done this make Guest Services your first stop when you get on the ship to ask if tickets are still available.

Most other characters you simply have to get in line at the appropriate time, but the Frozen characters are so popular it requires more organization!

Beverages are Included on a Disney Cruise

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One of the costs which can add up on other cruise lines is charges for soda. Disney is one of the only cruise lines which offers free non-alcoholic beverages.

On the Disney Wonder and the Disney Magic, the Beverage Station is on Deck 9 close to the Mickey Pool and Beach Blanket Buffet.

There are two Beverage Stations on Deck 11 of the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy. The Beverage Stations are open 24 hours a day.

You will have to pay for any soda or beverage you order in any of the bars. However, you have your choice of soda or soft drinks in the restaurants on board a Disney cruise ship and you will not be charged. There is a charge for specialty drinks such as smoothies, cocktails and all alcoholic beverages.

Disney allows guests to take on board up to 2 bottles of wine or 6 bottles of beer. This can save you a considerable amount of money.

If you drink the wine in the restaurant there is a $25 corkage charge. However, you can enjoy your drinks in your stateroom for no charge.

See our guide to Disney Cruise Wine Package – Is It Worth It?

Castaway Cay is Magical

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Castaway Cay is Disney’s own private island. It is one of the most popular port stops for a good reason – it is wonderful.

Yes, you are sharing the island with up to 3,000 other people, but this is a Disney designed paradise island.

One of the best places to relax on Castaway Cay is the adults only beach at Serenity Bay. Only the over 18s are allowed on the beach. This means it is much less crowded and certainly a lot quieter than the family beach.

One of the best value Disney Cruise Port Adventures is the Castaway Cay Getaway Package which is $43 for adults and $24 for children.

For this, you get a discounted 3 in 1 rental package of snorkel equipment for the day, a float or inner-tube rental for the day and bicycle rental for one hour.

Snorkeling is one of the most fun and reasonably priced activities on Castaway Cay. Relaxing in a float out in the ocean is a wonderful way to spend some time. The bike rental is a lot of fun and a great way to see parts of the island that you normally would miss.

Remember to make the most of your day on Castaway Cay. There is a barbecue on the island so there is no need to get back on the ship to eat.

You can find out everything you need to know in our Castaway Cay Guide

You Do Not Have To Leave The Ship

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Disney ships sail to a lot of exciting ports and you really should take the chance to explore. However, sometimes it is nice just to stay on board the ship and enjoy the quieter space.

If you are on the Disney Dream or Fantasy this can be a great time to experience the AquaDuck without the lines.

The Disney ships are beautifully designed. It can be a good idea to take some time simply to explore. The Disney cruise Art of the Theme Tour runs on all of the ships. Look in your Personal Navigator for times. This is a great opportunity to tour the Disney ships and learn about all the details you may not notice.

Have you ever sailed on a Disney Cruise? What tips for first timers do you know?

If you want more Disney Cruise tips here is our most comprehensive guide:

101 Disney Cruise Tips You Need To Know

Disney Wonder Bars

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Disney Wonder Bars

Here is a comprehensive guide to the Disney Wonder Bars so that you know what is available before you sail on your Disney Cruise.

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All of the Disney Wonder rotational restaurants have a drinks menu. Your assistant server will take your order so there is no need to visit one of the Disney Wonder bars if you want a drink with your dinner.

Disney Cruise lines also allows you to take a limited amount of wine on board with you. If you want to know more about this you can click here.

Disney Wonder After Hours

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The Disney Wonder underwent a major upgrade in dry dock in 2016. This included a complete redesign of all the bars in the adult area on Deck 3.

The improvement was huge. Gone was the Route 66 theme and name. Instead this area was renamed After Hours in line with the Disney Wonder’s sister ship the Magic.

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The color scheme of the corridor of After Hours is a modern subtle gray color. Along the corridor are huge portholes. They are big enough to sit in! This can even be a quiet place to bring a book and relax.

In the After Hours area you will find three bars. The Crown and Fin, The Cadillac Lounge and Azure.

Whilst this is an adult area of the Disney Wonder, some of the time it is used for family-oriented activities. Only the Cadillac Lounge is completely child-free all day.

The Crown and Fin and Azure welcome children prior to 9 pm in the evening.

Disney Wonder Crown and Fin

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The Crown and Fin is one of my favorite bars on the Disney Wonder. It used to be called Diversions but was renamed and restyled in the 2016 Disney Wonder dry dock refurbishment.

It is designed with the look and feel of a traditional English Pub. It reminds me of home!

The Crown and Fin is the closest that the Disney Wonder gets to a sports bar, but this theme really is secondary to the English pub feel.

There are lots of screens in the Crown and Fin, but they are not overwhelming. It is a great place to catch the game, or just settle down and enjoy a drink or two.

It is cozy without being too small and it has plenty of light coming in from the huge porthole windows at one side of the room.

There are lots of nostalgically British touches in the Crown and Fin. As soon as you enter you will see the traditional red phone box. There are many decorations on the wall.

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The leather chairs are very inviting. Towards the right-hand side, you will find an area with lots of chess, checkers and backgammon tables. There are also board games available.

Disney Wonder Crown and Fin Pub Menu

The Crown and Fin Pub has a drinks menu and a food menu.

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As you would expect, the Crown and Fin have a good selection of beers on draft. Included of course is a pint of Guinness for $7.75.

If you want something a little lighter the Alaskan Amber Ale or the great value Crown and Fin Ale are good choices.

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If you are a beer enthusiast why not try La Trappe Quadrupel. Of if you want to splurge then sample the Lindemans Framboise Lambic for $17.75.

If beer and lager is not your thing there is also a wine and cocktail menu. We highly recommend the Gin Tea Tonic.

This is a delicious mix of Hendrick’s Gin, Green Mango Peach Tea and King’s Giner for $8.75.

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It is served in a beautiful teapot and you drink it from a cup and saucer. The serving is huge – it just keeps pouring!

The Crown and Fin Pub is the only bar with a food menu on the Disney Wonder.

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We have never ordered from the food menu, but last time did see someone else order the German Pretzel. It was huge! Just can’t see why we would order food there when it isn’t exactly difficult to find food which is included on the Disney Wonder. However, if you enjoy Bangers and Mash you can get your fix here!

Disney Wonder Cadillac Lounge

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The Cadillac Lounge also underwent a major refurbishment in the Disney Wonder 2016 dry dock. The basic idea of a piano bar with a Cadillac theme stayed the same. However, the dry dock improved the decor by making it a lot more welcoming and rather less gloomy.

This is an adults only area all of the time. The Cadillac Lounge on the Disney Wonder is usually open from 6 pm to midnight every day.

The theme is the 1950s when Cadillac was the height of its success. Lots of leather chairs which are made to look like nostalgic car seats. Take some time to look at the details.

We think that the seating arrangements are slightly strange. The middle of the room has a row of double chairs set opposite each other in groups of four. They are too far apart to encourage conversation, but too close to be conducive to a romantic evening!

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Nevertheless, on our recent trip on the Disney Wonder, the Cadillac Lounge became our favorite bar. The entertainment from the live piano player every evening was great.

The bar staff was particularly helpful and friendly here and that makes so much difference. Sit at the bar and get to know the bar staff on the Disney Wonder.

There are some great people and we have made many friends this way who always remember us when we go back!

The Cadillac Lounge is a great place for some cocktails. They also have a little known feature on the menu. The Sommelier Bin.

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I am glad that I tried the Sommelier Bin. Not many people seem to know this secret of the Cadillac Lounge. You pay $10 for a glass of red, white or sparkling wine. The glass that you get is a surprise. The bartender gives you what they have available from an open bottle.

If it is priced at less than $10 you will get it for the lower price. If it is higher, you will just pay $10.

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It is a great idea for the guest as they may get a much higher valued glass. It is also a good idea for Disney as they get to use up open bottles of wine which may have to be thrown out if they are not used that day.

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I was very pleased as I got the Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label. This is usually $24 so the $10 Sommelier Bin was a steal.

Disney Wonder Azure

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Azure also got an upgrade and a name change with the 2016 Disney Wonder dry dock. It used to be called Wave Bands.

I have to admit that I see the Azure Bar on the Disney Wonder more as a location for events. Lots of the daily activities are held in Azure. For instance, Bingo is always played here as it is the largest bar venue on the ship. Daily events such as Trivia and Karaoke are also often held here.

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Azure is much larger than either the Cadillac Lounge or the Crown and Fin. It is one large area of seating with a long bar at the far end of the room.

Disney Wonder Azure Drinks Menu

Cocktails

Le Grand Blue – $11.25

Ocean Organic Vodka, Grand Mariner, Blue Curaçao, Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice, Moët & Chandon Impérial
Pomegranate Passion – $11.25

Pomegranate Liqueur, Passion Fruit Purée, Moët & Chandon Impérial
Azure – $11.25

Kissed Vodka, Sparkling Sake Mio, Patrón Citrónge, Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice, Guava Juice, Sugared Rim and a Souvenir Glow Cube
Elderbubble – $11.25

Absolut Raspberry, St Germain Elderflower Liquor, Moët & Chandon Impérial
Eco-tini – $11.25

Veev Açai Liqueur, Grand Mariner, Agave Nectar, fresh Ginger, Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice and a Souvenir Açai Seed Bracelet
Limone Basilico – $11.25

White Wine

Pino Grigio, Italy – $6.00
Castello Del Poggio Moscato, Italy – $7.50
St. Frances Chardonnay Sonoma, USA – $8.50

Red Wine

Seven Daughters Pinot Noir California, USA – $7.50
Murphy-Goode Merlot California, USA – $8.25
Kendall Jackson Cabernet Sauvignon Vinter’s Reserve California, USA – $8.75

Beers and Ciders on Tap

Angry Orchard 5% ABV – $6.75
Longboard 4.6% ABV – $6,50
Big Wave 4.4% AVB – $6.25

Disney Wonder Promenade Lounge

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The Promenade Lounge is probably the bar which you will at least walk past the most on the Disney Wonder! It is located on Deck 3 aft close to Tiana’s Place.

It is open every day from 7.30 am until midnight and is the place you will go for many scheduled activities on the Disney Wonder. It is the place where we have spent many happy times at Disney Trivia events!

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Unlike some of the other bars on the Disney Wonder, the Promenade Lounge is always open to anyone of any age. In the evening it will have a live band playing and there is a small dance floor where you will often see the younger kids joining in the dancing.

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The Disney Wonder Promenade Lounge also serves snacks. In the morning you will find a selection of pastries. In the evening you will usually find chips and salsa.

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It is also a great place to have a glass of wine, a beer or a cocktail.

The Promenade Lounge has one disadvantage. It is not enclosed. it is a busy walkway which gets a fair amount of traffic from guests walking from the Lobby Atrium area to Tiana’s Place Restaurant.

This means that before each seating for dinner there will be a long line of guests waiting to go into dinner. The walkway space isn’t very big so the tables right at the side near the porthole windows are not usable during this time.

Having said that, the Promenade Lounge is a great informal place to spend some time. It is welcoming for adults on their own but families are also very welcome.

Disney Wonder D Lounge

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D Lounge is located on Deck 4 Midship on the Disney Wonder, above Triton’s Restaurant. This is one of the larger bars and is used for a lot of family activities.

The opening times of D Lounge vary according to the daily Navigator Schedule It is a place where all ages are welcome. The huge bar is in the back corner of the room, making this feel much less like a bar and more like a meeting place.

Often the doors are open, but the bar is not. D Lounge is probably not a space that you will spend much time in unless you are attending scheduled activities.

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D Lounge is a space where the bar is incidental to the other uses of the space. Having said that, as always take some time to get to know the friendly bar staff. It’s always interesting to get to know them and many have been on the Disney Wonder for years.

Disney Wonder Cove Cafe

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The Cove Cafe on the Disney Wonder is located in the adult only area on Deck 9 Mid Ship. No children are allowed in the Cove Cafe at any time.

Many people think of the Cove Cafe as being just a coffee bar, but it is much more than that. It is one of my favorite places on the Disney Wonder. The decor is relaxing, the chairs are comfortable and the bar staff always have time to talk.

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My favorites on the Disney Wonder Cove Cafe Menu are the Eco-Tini where you even get a bracelet as a souvenir!disneyecotini

The Moet and Chandon Ice is also a treat even though it is priced at $14.75.

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Just make sure you get a decent pour of the Moet and not just the ice!

Disney Wonder Signals

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The Signals Bar on the Disney Wonder is at the side of the adults only pool. Signals is usually pretty quiet and is the perfect place to grab a drink to enjoy by the pool.

The bar staff walk around the Deck 9 area, including the family pools, and will deliver drinks to you. As with all Disney Cast Members, they are friendly and not pushy. It is easy to order a drink but they will not hassle you over and over.

Disney Wonder Preludes Bar

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If you want to enjoy a drink during one of the shows in the Walt Disney Theatre the Preludes Bar is just outside.

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You can purchase a drink before you go in or get the attention of one of the bartenders who will be walking around prior to the show.

Disney Wonder Palo Bar

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Not many people really think about Palo on the Disney Wonder as having a bar. However, during dinner service the bar is open and you are welcome to sit there whilst you are waiting to be seated.

However, for the many times we have dined at Palo it is very rare that we have ever seen anyone sitting at the bar. Just bear it in mind that to truly savor your Palo dinner experience on the Disney Wonder why not arrive early and order a cocktail or a glass of wine?

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You get a great view of the open kitchen at Palo from the bar. If you want a unique experience on the Disney Wonder take the chance to spend some time at the Palo bar – few guests ever do.

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Disney Cruise Family Gratitude Journal

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When you are traveling it is a wonderful idea to keep a record of your journey. I usually take a blank journal with us on our Disney cruises so we can write notes so that we have a record of all those Disney memories.

I was delighted to be contacted by EverythingMouse reader Theresa Gray who has had the brilliant idea of publishing a Disney Cruise Vacation Gratitude Journal. This is the perfect solution for those of us who want to document our travels with Disney Cruises.

It is a Gratitude Journal combined with a Disney Cruise Journal. What a great idea!

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It would be a great thing to give the Jornal to your kids before you embark on your Disney Cruise. There are some activities for them to do prior to the cruise. There is even a handy count down feature on a couple of pages of the Journal.

Some of the pages are cruise specific. Here is an example page from the Journal for Day 5.

I think we all might be checking the “eat too much” category!

I particularly like the idea that you can write details of the Cast Members on the cruise. They are such an important part of the Disney magic of a cruise that it’s great that there are sections dedicated to writing about them.

When your Disney cruise is over you can continue your gratitude journal as there are a number of pages designed to be used once you get back home.

 

The Disney Cruise Vacation Gratitude Journal is available on Etsy

The Disney Cruise Journal is priced at $14.99 and a smaller Fish Extender version is just $9.99. These are perfect for Fish Extender Gifts. You can even personalize your Journal for an extra cost.

We have 2 Disney Cruise Journals and 1 Fish Extender Version as a Giveaway.

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Is There a Disney Cruise Drink Package?

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One of the common questions that first-time cruisers ask – is there a Disney Cruise Drink Package?

Many cruise lines these days offer their guests a chance to purchase an all-inclusive drinks package. However, Disney cruises do things rather differently – and we think much more sensibly.

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Disney Cruise Drink Package

There isn’t a Disney Cruise Drinks Package available. When we talk about a drinks package here what we mean is the type of cruise drinks package where you pay a flat fee for each day of your cruise and you can have unlimited alcoholic and/or non-alcoholic beverages.

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These all-inclusive drinks packages are often expensive and you have to drink a lot of alcohol to make it an economical choice.

For instance, Carnival Cruises offers a Cheers Program for $51.95 per day plus gratuity. If you buy this drinks package you can have up to 15 alcoholic drinks per day (!). There are certain exclusions to this, but the bottom line is that most drinks are included.

It doesn’t take anyone very long to work out why Disney may not want to be a cruise line which sells a package which some would say, encourages cruisers to drink excessively. Who wants to be on a cruise where the guy on the table next to you is on his fifteenth drink of the day? Probably not those of us who sail on a Disney cruise.

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There are no comparable Disney Cruise Drink Packages. While some may be disappointed that there is no Disney cruise beverage package, we think that the price of drinks on a Disney cruise is very reasonable.

Also, Disney cruise lines have many non-alcoholic drinks included and available all day every day for no extra charge.

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There are plenty of places that you can enjoy an adult beverage or two on a Disney cruise. It’s just that Disney does not have the approach of many other cruise lines.

Here you can see a Guide to Disney Wonder Bars.

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Here are some things you need to know about drinks on board a Disney cruise.

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Disney Cruise Beverage Policy

Disney Cruise Line Alcohol Policy

Disney cruise lines have a generous policy relating to your taking your own bottles of wine and beer on board.

Disney Cruise Line Guests 21 years and older may bring a maximum of 2 bottles of unopened wine or champagne (no larger than 750 ml) or 6 beers (no larger than 12 ounces) on board at the beginning of the voyage and at each port-of-call.

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This is a change from the previous policy where you could bring as much as you wanted. However, it is still pretty generous within the cruise line industry where many lines do not allow you to bring anything at all on board without being charged.

You can enjoy the wine or beer in your stateroom. If you want to drink it in one of the restaurants there is a $25 charge.

You must put any wine or beer that you bring in your carry on luggage. You want your bottles to be safe in your carry on so we use this 2-Bottle Neoprene Wine Bottle Tote

You can only bring wine or beer on a Disney cruise. There is no exception for bottles or miniatures of spirits such as vodka or gin. If you try and “smuggle” these onboard they will be found and confiscated.

We have written a complete guide to this policy which you can see by clicking on the link below.

 

Disney Cruise Line –  Can You Really Take Alcohol On Board?

 

Disney Cruise Wine Package

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The closest that Disney comes to offering a drinks package is the Disney Cruise Wine Package.

There are two wine packages available for your Disney Cruise and you can purchase. You choose from either The Classic and the Premium Wine  Package. You can buy 3,4,5 or 7 bottles within the package.

All packages are available regardless of the length of the Disney cruise you are sailing on. So you can buy a 3-night package if you are sailing on a 7-night cruise. Or a 5-night package if you are sailing on a 3 night.

Here are the prices for the Disney Cruise Classic Wine Package:

  • 3 Bottle Classic Wine Package $95.00
  • 4 Bottle Classic Wine Package $124.00
  • 5 Bottle Classic Wine Package $149.00
  • 7 Bottle Classic Wine Package $199.00

Here are the prices for the Disney Cruise Premium Wine Package:

  • 3 Bottle Premium Wine Package $145.00
  • 4 Bottle Premium Wine Package $192.00
  • 5 Bottle Premium Wine Package $234.00
  • 7 Bottle Premium Wine Package $309.00

A 15% service charge will be added to all Wine Packages.

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You can save up to 25% on the per bottle prices if you get the wine package. Some bottles are more expensive than others, and it is possible to work the system so that you get maximum savings.

You can see our complete guide by clicking on this link – Disney Cruise Wine Package – Is It Worth It?

Disney Cruise Drink of the Day

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The Disney Cruise Drink of the Day is not a package, but we wanted to include it so that you get an overview of the available drinks. The Disney Cruise Drink of the Day is priced at a very reasonable $5.46 for the alcoholic cocktails which include a 15% gratuity.

There is always a non-alcoholic drink of the day which is priced at $4.89 including tax and gratuity. Note that tax is only charged if you order the drinks whilst you are in port. If you are out at sea this is not added.

The drinks of the day do vary but include Caribbean Dream, High Tide, Key Lime Margarita, Mai Tai, Paradise Cocktail, Pineapple Mojito, Stingray, and Yellow Bird.

Non-alcoholic drinks of the day include Lava Smoothie, Mango Crush, Mint Tea Punch, Parrot Song, Passion Cream Freeze, Princess Delight and Purple Basil Lemonade.

All of the Drinks of the Day are available in a souvenir cup for an extra charge. We usually get at least one of these as they make a nice souvenir to take home with you.

Disney Cruise Beer Mug

If you enjoy a beer once in a while this is a great deal.  You pay $16.95 for a Disney Cruise line glass beer mug. This includes 22 oz of whatever beer you want. Once you have paid for this you can get it refilled for the cost of a 16-ounce beer. So you are getting a free 6 ounces every time.

Don’t worry. You don’t have to carry around your beer glass. You have a token which you show at the bar so they know you bought the deal.

The glass mug makes a nice souvenir.

Disney Cruise Drink Specials

Drinks specials are not guaranteed, but they are often available on a Disney cruise.  Always ask your bartender if there are any specials available. They are sometimes announced in your Navigator’s, but sometimes you may hit it lucky with an unadvertised deal, or one you may not have seen. It never hurts to ask.

Disney Cruise Beer Package

There is a Disney Cruise Beer Package which will give you a discount on a 6 pack of beer. You will pay for only 5 and get a 6 pack for $30. As with all Disney cruise beverages, you will have to add a 15% gratuity onto these prices.

The imported beer choices are:

6 Pack of Heineken Beer $30.00
6 Pack of Guinness Beer $30.00
6 Pack of Corona Beer $30.00
6 Pack of Pub Ale $30.00

If you prefer a Disney cruise domestic beer package here are your choices:

6 Pack of 16 oz Aluminum Bud Light $30.00
6 Pack of 16 oz Aluminum Bud Light Lime $30.00
6 Pack of 16 oz Aluminum Budweiser $30.00
6 Pack of 16 oz Aluminum Michelob Ultra $30.00
6 Pack of 16 oz Aluminum Miller Light $30.00
6 Pack of 16oz Aluminum Coors Light $30.00

How to Order a Disney Cruise Drinks Package