Serenity Bay Castaway Cay

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If you are sailing on a Disney cruise you really need to know about Serenity Bay Castaway Cay.

Serenity Bay is the adults only beach on Disney’s private island Castaway Cay. Is Serenity Bay really as idyllic as it sounds?

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Here is our guide to the adults only beach of Castaway Cay. Or if you want a Complete Guide to Castaway Cay CLICK HERE

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Many people think that a Disney cruise is just for adults, but Disney has gone to great lengths to create the perfect cruise for all members of the family. Perfect white sand. Inviting blue ocean.

Imagine an idyllic white sandy beach and you will probably be thinking of somewhere that looks pretty much like Serenity Bay Beach Castaway Cay.

The sand may look perfect, but some areas can be pretty painful to walk on with bare feet. We always bring some inexpensive beach shoes with us to Castaway Cay. You can buy them on the ship and the island, but you save money if you bring them with you.

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Most of the time Castaway Cay Serenity Beach is much less crowded than the Family Beach. Most people are here with children and tend to go to the family beach.

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However, there was one visit we did when it seemed like Serenity Bay was just as busy as the family beach. I guess that was the exception rather than the rule.

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Castaway Cay Serenity Bay is strictly for the over 18s. There isn’t anyone checking your age as you step on the beach, but Cast Members will ask anyone under age to leave.

We like to split our day on Castaway Cay by enjoying part of it on Serenity Bay and some time enjoying the other activities on Castaway Cay.

Getting to Serenity Bay Beach Castaway Cay

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Disney cruises makes everything very easy for you. The Disney cruise ships dock at Castaway Cay. No need for tender boats thank goodness.

Serenity Bay Beach is the furthest beach away from the ship on Castaway Cay. It is right at the end of the old air strip on the island.

Don’t worry. You don’t have to walk very far. When you get off the ship just make your way to the first tram which will take you to the Family Beach. Then you need to catch another tram down the old runway to get to Serenity Beach.

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You can walk, but why waste energy and time when you could be on the sun loungers? Be careful always to bring sun screen. Of course it is available on the island, but at a premium.

Castaway Cay Serenity Bay Cabanas

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There are only four cabanas on Castaway Cay Serenity Bay. Just like all cabanas on Castaway Cay they are very popular. A reservation is pretty much impossible to get unless you are sailing Concierge with Disney.

However, miracles do sometimes happen so you should always keep trying and looking for cancellations. You can also go to Guest Services as soon as you board the ship and ask to be put on a waiting list.

Serenity Bay cabanas cost $399 for up to 6 guests. You can add up to 4 more guests for a charge of $50 per person. The Serenity Bay cabanas are less pricey than the Family Beach cabanas which are $549 for up to 6 guests.

The Castaway Cay Serenity Bay Cabanas are numbers 22 to 25. Number 22 is closest to the barbecue. If you get the choice and want a more secluded Castaway Cay Cabana you should pick number 25.

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For the ultimate in pampering you can even book a Serenity Bay massage. These are given in an open air Castaway Cay Cabana. As you would expect, these are very popular, so book as soon as you can.

Castaway Air Bar

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There is always a backstory for Castaway Cay. Legend has it that the Castaway Air Bar was built by a stranded pilot out of materials salvaged from his damaged plane.

The Castaway Air Bar certainly looks the part – made of corrugated tin it has a rustic feel. The bar isn’t very big, and has only limited seating, but it usually isn’t that crowded.

Castaway Air Bar Menu

The classic on the Castaway Air Bar menu is the Castaway Cay Konk Kooler. This is made with rum, coconut cream, pineapple, passion fruit and orange juices.

For an extra charge you can even get this in the Souvenir Konk Sipper. The Deep Blue Sea has vodka, rum, gin, blue cararcao, lemon mix sprite and grenadine.

Java Juice is one for the coffee fans. It has coconut rum, pineapple juice, coconut cream and cappuccino. If you prefer a frozen cocktail you should try the Castaway Free with Bacardi rum, fresh strawberries and bananas.

Castaway Cay Serenity Bay Barbecue

Even though I am the first to say that I am not a barbecue fan there is a lot to be said in favor of the Castaway Cay Serenity Bay BBQ.

There is something about enjoying some barbecue food at Serenity Bay that you don’t get every day. The view of the ocean. The sand between your toes. Maybe it makes the food taste better Or was that the Deep Blue Sea cocktail from the Castaway Air Bar?

Full disclosure is that I am not keen on barbecues as most concentrate on meat and I am mostly vegetarian with an occasional departure to eat fish. There are veggie burgers at the Castaway Cay Serenity Bay Barbecue, but the meat eaters have a lot more choice.

The Castaway Cay Serenity Bay Barbecue menu is much as you would expect. It includes hamburgers, hot dogs, grilled fish, chicken, rib eye steaks and ribs. The sides usually include corn on the cob, salads, fruit, coleslaw and sauces. The desserts are limited but include cake and cookies. There is also self-serve ice cream.

We think that the food tastes better at Serenity Bay Barbecue than it does at Cookies One and Two which are located close the Family Beach. It is a smaller cook space so maybe it benefits from that.

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We think that Serenity Bay Castaway Cay is one of the highlights of the island. Have you visited Castaway Cay adult only beach? Let us know what you thought.

Disney Cruise Smoking

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What is the Disney Cruise Smoking Policy? If you are smoker sailing on Disney cruise lines you need to know where smoking is allowed and where it isn’t.

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Smoking is not permitted in most areas of the Disney ship.

You can use a Vape Pen on a Disney cruise but it is treated exactly the same way as cigarette smoking.

Each of the ships has its own special areas where smoking is permitted.

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Disney Magic and Disney Wonder Smoking Areas

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You are allowed to smoke any time on Deck 9 forward, Portside only. You can use this area at any time of the day to smoke.

This area is the adults only area of the Disney Wonder and Magic. It is at the port side of the pool where there are some tables and chairs available.

If you are a non smoker and want to avoid this area, it is easy to do so. As it is outside on deck the smoke doesn’t seem to be too intrusive. You can avoid that area of the ship pretty easily.

Between 6pm and 6am you can also smoke on Deck 4 out on the Promenade Deck. There are plenty of steamer chairs on this deck.

Smoking is not permitted in any other areas of the Disney ships including the bars onboard.

Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy Smoking Areas

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On the Disney Dream and Fantasy the most popular smoking area seems to be Deck 13 on the Port side of the ship, very close to Currents Bar.

This is one of the few areas where I, as a non smoker, have really noticed smoking on the ship. It is a popular area to sit and it does get pretty smoky as you pass as you climb up the stairs on the Port Side to go to Deck 13.

Another lesser known area is on Deck 12 aft on the Port side outdoor patio of the Meridian Bar. This area is lesser known as it is between Palo and Remy so doesn’t get as much “traffic” as Deck 13. Smoking is permitted here at any time. There is another patio area on the other side of the bar where smoking is not permitted.

Smoking is also allowed on the outside Promenade Deck 4 Port side from 6pm to 6am.

Smoking is not allowed on most areas of any Disney Cruise Ship. This includes your stateroom and verandah. If you are caught smoking in your Disney cruise stateroom or balcony you will be charged at $250 cleaning fee. Just don’t do it.

Remember that all cigarettes should be disposed of properly. Do not throw cigarettes off the side of the ship. Think no one is stupid enough to do that? Think again, as we have seen it happen! Always have safety in mind.

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Are you allowed to bring a Vape Pen on a Disney Cruise? Yes you are. However, you have to follow exactly the same restrictions if you want to vape on a Disney cruise as you do if you want to smoke cigarettes.

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Disney Alaska Cruise 2019 and 2020 – Tips For The Perfect Vacation

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Are you thinking about sailing on a Disney Alaska Cruise for 2019 or 2020? The Disney Wonder will once again be sailing on some amazing Disney Alaskan Cruise dates for 2019 and 2020.

An Alaskan Cruise is on many people’s Bucket List and we think there is no better way to sail than on the Disney Wonder.

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In this article we will discuss the Disney Cruise sailings to Alaska which are available for 2019 and 2020.

We will also talk about why we think that the Disney Wonder is the best choice for an Alaskan cruise.

Updated March 2019.

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Disney Alaska Cruise Cost

The Disney Alaska Cruise 2019 and 2020 sailings are among the most popular of all the Disney cruise itineraries. The earlier that you book, the better price that you usually get.

The Disney Alaska cruise dates for 2020 were released in February 2019, so reserve your stateroom as soon as you think that you will want to sail to Alaska!

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The best prices on Disney cruises are usually as early as you can book when the new dates are released.

There are some last-minute bargains, but these are rare. This is true particularly with the highly sought after Disney Alaskan Cruises.

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For the Disney Alaska Cruise 2019 and 2020 the late availability staterooms are more likely to be available for the start or the end of the season. May and September and the least popular months for an Alaskan cruise. This means the prices can be lower.

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We looked at the prices for various Alaskan cruises with Disney for 2019 and 2020. Remember these prices are correct as at 14 March 2019 which is the date we last searched.

A May 18 2019 sailing for 7 nights starts at $3,619 for an Inside Stateroom, $4,304 for an Outside and $6,460 for a Verandah. Concierge for that sailing starts at $11,150.

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A June 22 2019 sailing for 7 nights starts at $4,850 for an Inside Stateroom, $6,040 for an Outside and $9,260 for a Verandah. Concierge for that sailing starts at $15,070.

An August 17 2020 sailing for 7 nights starts at $4,220 for an Inside Stateroom, $5,046 for an Outside and $7,622 for a Verandah. Concierge for that sailing starts at $13,390.

All prices shown are for 2 adults and are subject to availability. The lowest price in each class of stateroom is shown.

If you want up to date prices you should contact a trusted Disney Travel Agent.

Disney Cruise Alaska 2019

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There are a number of different sailings from Vancouver on the Disney Wonder to Alaska for 2019.

Disney Wonder 5-Night Alaskan Cruise from Vancouver 2019

There is only one 5 night sailing which departs on July 17, 2019

Day 1 Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada
Day 2 At Sea
Day 3 Tracy Arm, Alaska
Day 4 Ketchikan, Alaska
Day 5 At Sea
Day 6 Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada

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Sailings on May 20, May 27, June 3, June 10, June 17, June 24, July 22, July 29, August 5, August 12, August 19 and September 2, 2019

Day 1 Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada
Day 2 At Sea
Day 3 Tracy Arm, Alaska
Day 4 Skagway, Alaska
Day 5 Juneau, Alaska
Day 6 Ketchikan, Alaska
Day 7 At Sea
Day 8 Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada

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There are 3 sailings departing on July 1, August 26 and September 9, 2019

Day 1 Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada
Day 2 At Sea
Day 3 Icy Strait Point, Alaska
Day 4 Skagway, Alaska
Day 5 Juneau/Tracy Arm, Alaska
Day 6 Ketchikan, Alaska
Day 7 At Sea
Day 8 Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada

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There is only one 9 night sailing which departs on July 8, 2019

Itinerary:

Day 1 Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada
Day 2 At Sea
Day 3 Ketchikan, Alaska
Day 4 Icy Strait Point, Alaska
Day 5 Juneau, Alaska
Day 6 Hubbard Glacier, Alaska
Day 7 Sitka, Alaska
Day 8 At Sea
Day 9 Victoria (British Columbia), Canada
Day 10 Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada

Disney Alaska Cruise 2020 Dates

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The Disney Cruise Alaska sailing will follow almost the same itinerary as previous years.

However, the difference being that they will now sail to Dawes Glacier instead of Tracy Arm Fjord. There are also two sailing which will call at Icy Strait Point instead.

The dates for the above sailings Disney Alaska 2020 sailings are May 18 and 25, June 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, July 6, 13 and 27, August 3, 10, 17 and 31

There are 2 Disney Cruise Alaska sailings which include Icy Strait Point instead of Skagway.

The Disney Alaska 2020 dates with Icy Strait Point are July 20 and September 7.

Why Sail To Alaska on the Disney Wonder?

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The Disney Wonder offers things which others simply don’t. Let’s look at the things which set Disney cruise lines apart:

The Disney Wonder is Stunning

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The Disney Wonder is one of the original Disney Cruise “Classic” Ships. We love all the Disney ships but if we had to pick a favorite, it would be the Wonder.

The design of the Disney Wonder is simply beautiful, with so much attention to detail.

We recommend that you take the Art of the Ship Tour which is usually offered a couple of times a week. This will give you an insight into all the smaller details which you may not notice.

The Disney Wonder and Magic are the smaller ships in the Disney fleet. They are 964 feet long and can take a maximum of 2,713 passengers, with a crew of 950.

For cruise ships these days this qualifies as one of the smaller ships! It has the advantage that it doesn’t feel huge and it is easy to navigate around. You won’t get lost, but there is still plenty to see and explore.

The Disney Wonder was improved even more with the dry dock in 2017. Tiana’s Place is the newest rotational dining restaurant and it is a lot of fun.

Disney Wonder Cruise Staterooms

We have sailed on many different cruise lines and we think that Disney cruises has the best staterooms overall.

Not only are Disney Cruise Staterooms around 25% larger than most other comparable cruise line staterooms, they are beautifully appointed. The Disney theme is subtle, but the quality of the furnishings and amenities is very high.

The room layouts are sensibly thought out and include the famous split bathroom in most staterooms. The split bathroom means that there is one room with a toilet and sink and another with a shower and another sink. This makes sharing one bathroom with the family a whole lot easier.

Disney Cruise lines is also one of the very few cruise lines which offers staterooms which will accommodate 5 guests. This means that larger families do not have to be split into two staterooms. A Disney Alaska Cruise is a great cruise for families.

Should you have a balcony stateroom on a Disney cruise? If you can afford it then we definitely recommend that you do.

The balcony staterooms are always more highly priced than the lower categories of inside and outside. This is particularly true on an Alaskan cruise.

However, you may get a much reduced rate in an inside cabin. There are plenty of places to enjoy the scenery on the ship. Your own balcony is not eseential. But it is nice!

Check out our Insider Guide to Disney Wonder Staterooms to decide which is best for you.

Disney Cruise Ship Entertainment

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This is a key element of why Disney ships are very different from any other that you will experience. Disney knows how to put on a show. You will be amazed at their Broadway quality entertainment. There really isn’t anything to compare in the cruise industry.

The shows on the Disney Wonder include The Golden Mickeys and Frozen, A Musical Spectacular. There are lots of live entertainers every evening around the ship and they are always of the highest quality.

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There are plenty of opportunities for meeting with the Disney characters on the ship. There are numerous character greetings every day and you will often see the characters simply walking around the ship on the way to their destinations. It is a lot of fun to see Mickey Mouse or Cinderella walking through the ship.

Disney Cruise Dining

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Disney has a unique concept which is known as rotational dining. There are three main dining rooms on the Disney Wonder. Guests will move to a different dining room each night, but their servers will come with them. This means that you really get to know your wait staff and they will be much better able to provide you with individualized service. This really is part of the Disney difference. The servers are usually outstanding. They actually seem to enjoy their job and want their guests to get the most out of their dining experience.

The Disney Wonder rotational dining restaurants are amazing. Each has its own theme and ambiance. Animator’s Palate is the most people’s favorite with an amazing dinner show which will make you wonder how they make all of those effects work.

Triton’s is themed around The Little Mermaid – the decor is beautiful. The newly enhanced Disney Wonder has Tiana’s Place which is themed around the movie Princess and the Frog. Tiana’s Place features live music and lots of fabulous food.

In addition to the main dining rooms there is an adults only restaurant Palo. For a very reasonable extra charge you can enjoy brunch or dinner at this excellent restaurant. We particularly enjoy brunch on the Disney Alaskan cruises in Palo as you can watch the scenery if you get a window table.

To learn more about the restaurants and the food we have this Guide to Disney Cruise Food.

Disney Alaska Cruise Activities

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You could be busy from morning until night if you really wanted to be. Or your can simply sit down, relax and watch the amazing Alaskan landscape pass by.

A Disney Alaska Cruise is a place to relax or join in. You choose.

Every day your Personal Navigator will be delivered to your stateroom. This will detail the organized activities around the ship each day.

These include art and cooking classes, wine tasting, educational talks, movies, shows, character greetings and trivia games. Most of these activities are included in the price of your Disney cruise (wine tasting has an extra fee).

Of course there are some great swimming pools on the Disney Wonder. You will probably not use these as often as you would on your Alaskan cruise as you would in the Caribbean, but you can always give it a try! It is wonderful to relax in a hot tun while you watch the beautiful scenery go by.

Want an adventure? Why not try a Disney Cruise Alaska Dog Sledding Excursion?

Disney Alaska Cruise For Kids

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Disney cruise lines is just the very best for kids. There are kids clubs for all ages from 3 to 17. There is even a nursery for the little ones under 3 (for an extra charge). Your children will probably love the kids clubs so much that they will not want to leave them.

The new enhanced Disney Wonder has more character appearances in the kids clubs – do not be surprised to see Spider Man or some of the other Marvel characters as well as some of the more traditional Disney characters.

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Disney Alaskan Cruise For Adults

The Disney Wonder has plenty to keep the adults happy too. Disney wanted to make sure that there were plenty of kid free spaces for the grown ups to enjoy.

Adults have their very own pool deck space and spa which is only open to the over 18s. There you will find the Quiet Cove Pool which is exclusively for adults. The kid free zone also has a bar, cafe and a full service spa.

There is also an entertainment area on Deck 3 which is adults only and is known as After Hours. This has three differently themed bars: Azure, the British pub themed Crown and Fin, and the Cadillac Lounge.

Top 10 Things To Do On A Disney Cruise For Adults

What Are The Disney Alaskan Cruise Port Stops Like?

A Disney cruise has port stops in Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan. It also has a day exploring Tracy Arm. Each of these experiences has something different to offer.

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This isn’t a port stop. However, it is an experience sailing around the Tracy Arm Glacier. This is an amazing experience and is often the highlight of a Disney Alaskan cruise. To be able to get up close and see the amazing scenery is an experience not to be missed.

Having said that, sometimes there is too much ice to sail safely into Tracy Arm and the Captain will divert the ship to sail through Endicott Arm. Either option is an amazing experience. You get very close to the glaciers. Nothing can prepare you for that amazing sight of the spectacular glaciers.

Many people say that you must have a Verandah stateroom on an Alaska cruise. It is a fabulous option as you have your own private space to simply sit and admire the landscape.

The glacier experience from your own balcony is one not to be missed. However, not everyone has room in their budget for a Verandah stateroom. These staterooms are always sold at a higher price than inside and outside staterooms, and the price gap is even more pronounced on an Alaska cruise.

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If you don’t have a Verandah stateroom there are plenty of ways to enjoy the scenery. The best views are of course from either the front or the back of the ship from Deck 9. This is also where everyone else goes.

What you may not realize at the start of the day is that you spend a long time in Tracy Arm so there is plenty of opportunity to take in the views.

This is also a great day to order Room Service if you have a balcony stateroom. Most of the Disney Cruise Room Service Menu is free, but always remember to tip.

Everyone tends to crowd into the best viewing spaces at the start of the day, so just wait a little and the crowds will lessen and you will get a better view. Deck 4 is also a great place to be although the view is from the side of the ship.

Sitting in a hot tub is also a pretty good way to enjoy the view! The Tracy Arm experience will last around 5 hours, so there is plenty of time to enjoy the experience from different view points. Remember to dress in layers and bring those binoculars with you!

Don’t forget the hot chocolate and cookies which are available on Deck 9. You will need to think about packing for your Disney Alaska Cruise.

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Even though this is a stay on the ship day, there is an excursion that you can book if you want to get even closer to the glacier. The Glacier Explorer Disney excursion will take you by catamaran to get you even closer to the glacier. The cost of this is $260 for adults and $185 for children.

This is a once in a lifetime experience as it does take you to places where the Disney Wonder can’t reach, but the view on the ship is pretty fabulous too.

Disney Cruise Alaska Skagway Port and Excursions

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The small town of Skagway is your next port of call on your Disney Alaskan Cruise. You dock right in the middle of the town and the shops are within walking distance. This is how you imagine stepping back in time would feel like.

Skagway is a tiny town. It has one main street which isn’t very long.

It is well worth the short walk into town though if only to imagine what it must have been like to live in one of the Gold Rush towns. There are some tourist stores, a couple of bars and a museum which is worth checking out. However, you will most likely want to combine your visit to Skagway with some Disney cruise excursions to make the most of your time there.

What many people are interested in is the White Pass Scenic Railway. The station is right where the Disney Wonder docks in the town. We recommend that if you are interested in this excursion you book it as soon as you can, as it does sell out. The cost is $154 for adults and $74 for children aged 3 to 9. This vintage train takes you on a spectacular journey on a track which was built in 1898. This is another one of those once in a lifetime experiences which we highly recommend.

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One of the most sought after Disney Cruise Alaska excursions is a dog sledding adventure. There are plenty of opportunities to book an Alaskan port adventure where you can enjoy this amazing experience. Here is a complete guide as to the Disney excursions which include dog sledding.

Disney Cruise Alaska Dog Sledding Port Adventures

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There are many other options of excursions in Skagway. One of the least pricey is the Skagway’s Original Street Car City Tour which is $52 for adults and $35 for children. On this excursion you board an original 1927 sightseeing bus and are taken on an historical journey around the town. It is a good way to see more of the breathtaking scenery surrounding the town and to get an overview of the history of the area.

Other excursions include Alpine Lake Canoe Adventure, Dog Sledding and Glacier Flightseeing, Evening Wildlife Expedition, Klondike Bicycle Tour, Ocean Raft Nature Adventure, Sunset Horseback Adventure and the Yukon Expedition.

Disney Cruise Alaska Juneau Port and Excursions

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Your next port of call will be Juneau, the state capital of Alaska. This is the only state capital in the US which is land locked – in other words there are no roads going in and out of the town. The only way to get to Juneau is by air or sea.

The Disney Wonder docks right in the center of town so you can just walk off the ship and explore the shops and restaurants. It is of course a town which caters to tourists, so you will find a lot of souvenir shops which start to look the same as each other very quickly.

The Mount Roberts Tramway is a very popular attraction in Juneau. The aerial tramway takes guests 1,800 feet into the mountains for a spectacular view of the surrounding scenery.

The entrance is a short walk from the ship. You can do this on your own, but there is also an excursion available. The lines can be long and if the weather is bad (as it often is) you may not see much of a view. We would say to wait until you arrive and see what the weather is like before deciding if it is worth standing in line.

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There are so many activities that you can do in Juneau you will find yourself struggling about which to choose. Juneau is particularly well known for the Mendenhall Glacier. This breathtaking natural feature is the only glacier in Alaska which you can get to by road.

There are many Disney port adventures which give guests the chance to visit the glacier. These range from a trip to view the glacier from the ground, to plenty of options from a boat or kayak. The Mendenhall Lake Kayak Adventure gives you an opportunity to explore the glacier up close.

Alaska is of course known for it’s abundant wildlife. You will likely see whales from your ship, but if you want to increase your odds of seeing one of these beautiful creatures there are plenty of Whale Watching Adventures to choose from. The Whale Watching and Wildlife Quest is $172 for adults and $104 for children. Guests will board a catamaran and sail on a whale watching adventure.

Disney Alaska Cruise Ketchikan Port and Excursions

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The final port on your Disney Cruise is the town of Ketchikan. The Disney Wonder docks right in the town so you can just step off the ship and explore. Once again the town is full of tourist shops. It is worth taking a short time to browse around, but you will probably want to take an excursion to explore much more than the town itself. Ketchikan is most famous for it’s colorful totem poles which you can see around the town.

The Classic Misty Fjords Flightseeing is a very popular excursion. This 2 hour adventure will have you flying over spectacular scenery and enjoying a view of the surrounding fjords, waterfalls and lakes.

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Ketchikan is also famous for its lumberjack show, which is a short walk from the cruise ship. You can book the Exclusive Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show at $50 for adults and $28 for children. It is a 90 minute show and the kids will probably love it.

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There are lots of Disney Alaska Cruise Port Adventures to get you out in the amazing Alaskan scenery. These include an Alaksan Bear Adventure, Zipline Adventures, Hunting for Halibut, Mountain Point Snorkeling Adventure, Rainforest Family Adventure and a Wilderness Exploration and Crab Fest. There is something for everyone and you really should take the opportunity to explore this amazing place.

Is a Disney Alaska Cruise Worth It?

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We know that there are many choices of cruise line to sail with to Alaska. However, for us Disney offers the very best experience. This is particularly true if you have children. Many of the other cruise lines have an older client base for the Alaskan cruises and children may be in the minority. A Disney Alaska Cruise is something which you will remember for a lifetime. And will no doubt want to book another one!

If you are thinking of sailing on a cruise on the Disney Alaska Cruise we always suggest contacting a Disney Authorized Travel Agent. We recommend Destinations in Florida – Get a Quote Now!. There services are free and you may even get a discount!

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Disney Cruise Ship Staterooms To Avoid

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When you book a Disney cruise your choice of stateroom is one of the most important decisions that you need to make. There are so many things to do on a Disney cruise that you may not plan to spend much time in your stateroom.

However, what you must be sure of is that you are making the right choice. Which Disney cruise ship staterooms should you avoid?

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Disney Cruise Staterooms To Avoid

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Here our guide will help you make the best choice of Disney cruise stateroom – and avoid the ones that may leave you wishing that you had stayed on dry land.

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Disney Cruise Stateroom Size Is Important

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Disney cruises has some of the largest staterooms at sea. They are up to 25% larger than average cruise line cabins. That makes a huge difference when you compare Disney with other cruise lines.

However, not all Disney cruise staterooms are created equal. As you would expect, the general rule is that the lower the price, the smaller the stateroom.

The different stateroom categories can be split into four. On a Disney cruise you can choose from an Inside, Outside, Verandah and Concierge stateroom. Within those categories are different choices as well.

If you pick an Inside stateroom these range from the Standard at 184 square feet up to 214 square feet for the Deluxe Inside stateroom. Those extra square feet may make a huge difference to your family.

Always think carefully about the type of stateroom that you choose. If you want help with more detail about the different categories you can read this

If you are choosing a stateroom on the Disney Fantasy or Disney Dream here is a guide with lots of pictures and videos.

A Disney Cruise Stateroom With A View?

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Usually the least expensive staterooms on a Disney cruise are the Inside cabins. These staterooms do not have a direct view of the outside.

I say usually the least expensive. However, sometimes the Outside Staterooms are priced only slightly higher than the Inside Staterooms. So it always pays to check.

If you sail on the Disney Fantasy or the Disney Dream you will have a virtual porthole in an Inside Stateroom. The virtual porthole is a unique feature for Disney cruises.

The virtual porthole has a video feed which shows you what it happening outside the ship. If you watch carefully you may even see Mickey and his friends.

Virtual portholes are not available on the Classic Ships, the Disney Wonder and the Disney Magic. The technology simply wasn’t there when these classic Disney ships were launched. Even though they have been reimagined they did not add the virtual portholes in dry dock.

If you want a real view of the ocean you need to book either an Outside or Verandah stateroom.

One choice is an Obstructed View Outside or Verandah Stateroom. This usually means that your view will be obstructed by a lifeboat, post or panel.

The degree of obstruction varies a lot. Some you would barely notice the obstruction, but others really do block your view.

The bonus of Obstructed View Staterooms is that they are usually offered at a lower price than others in that category. You just have to weigh up how important the view is for you and balance that against the price difference.

Disney Cruise Verandah staterooms are the most popular available. The luxury of having your own balcony is much sought after and many think that it is well worth the extra cost.

To help you choose a stateroom on one of the Disney Classic Ships we have written this comprehensive guide to help you.

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Disney Cruise Alaska Staterooms

There is a lot of debate over whether a balcony stateroom is essential for a Disney Alaskan cruise. Obviously if cost is not important to you, then it is an easy choice. A balcony is definitely the way to go.

However, for most people, cost is an important factor. Are you going to be missing out if you do not have a balcony for an Alaskan cruise?

The best way to put it is that you will have a different cruise experience. I have found that in general, when you have an inside stateroom on a Disney cruise, you do not spend much time in your room. This is absolutely fine as there are so many things to do on the ship.

However, an Alaskan cruise is different. You have to consider that a big part of the cruise to Alaska is the scenery.

You will probably find that you want to spend a lot of your time on Deck 4 Promenade Deck so that you can take in the amazing sights. There are comfortable deck chairs there on Deck 4.

On most cruises on the Disney Wonder you will rarely see anyone on Deck 4. However, on an Alaskan cruise it is the preferred spot for many people. At certain times good luck getting a chair!

Many guests sail very happily in an inside stateroom on a Disney cruise. Our advice is to compare prices of the staterooms and see just how much of a premium you are paying for a balcony. A compromise is an Outside stateroom.

Sea Sickness Anyone?

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One of the things which doesn’t get talked about very often is the possibility of experiencing sea sickness on a Disney cruise. It happens.

Sea sickness is rare and we can thankfully say that even in hurricane conditions we have never had a problem. However, some people do.

If you are concerned about sea sickness you should pick a stateroom which is midship and on a lower deck. Other advise would be to pick an Inside Stateroom as it is closer to the middle of the ship and you will experience less motion.

However, others would say that a Balcony Stateroom would be a better choice as you could see the horizon.

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Are Some Disney Cruise Staterooms Noisy?

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Different locations on the ship are noisier than others. The quietest places on the ship tend to be at the end of the corridor and on the middle decks. Look carefully at the Disney Cruise Ship deck plans.

If you are on the highest deck under the pools you may hear music and sun loungers being moved. If you are on the lower decks you may hear the sound of the anchor being lowered when the ship gets into port.

Staterooms near the elevators get more foot traffic with people passing to get to their cabins. You may want to avoid a stateroom directly opposite the laundry as well.

Always look at the Disney cruise ship deck plans to see what is above and below your stateroom.

This may be another reason to avoid Deck 1. Some people report that they would not choose this deck again as they could hear a lot of mechanical noise, particularly during docking. Of course the lower you are on the ship the closer you are to the engines and you may hear noise from that or the machinery for putting down the anchor.

I have sailed on many different locations on the Disney ships. I have never been particularly affected by noise in any part of the Disney ships.

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Is A Disney Cruise Guarantee Stateroom a Good Thing?

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A Disney Cruise Guarantee stateroom has advantages and disadvantages. By booking a category guarantee you are saying that you will accept any stateroom either at the level you have booked or above.

For example, if you book an Outside Guarantee Stateroom you are booking a minimum of an Outside cabin. You can’t be downgraded to an Inside, but there is a remote chance you will be upgraded to a Verandah.

However, the possibility of an upgrade is just that – a possibility. It does happen, but it is rare.

Never book a Guaranteed Stateroom thinking that you have a chance of an upgrade. It really is unlikely.

Always make sure that you are happy with the category that you have booked. That free Disney cruise stateroom upgrade will probably not happen.

The advantage of a Guarantee is the price. Usually you will get a lower price on a Guarantee that you would for a specified stateroom.

The disadvantage is that you will not know which stateroom you will be allocated until very shortly before you set sail on your Disney Cruise.

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For some people this is fine. However, for those who want a stateroom in a particular location they need to book a specific stateroom so that they can be sure of getting what they want.

However, I think that if you are prepared to take a bit of a chance then a Disney Cruise Guaranteed Stateroom is a great option. I have booked them a number of times after being tempted by the great rate.

One other thing you need to know about Guaranteed Staterooms on the Disney Ships is that if you book more than one stateroom they may not be located together.

Disney cruise lines always does what it can to keep guests on the same reservation close by, however, it is not guaranteed. If you want staterooms next to or opposite each other you must book specific staterooms and not a guarantee.

Disney Cruise Stateroom Location, Location, Location

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Is it important that you are close to the restaurants, the pool or the buffet? For some this really doesn’t matter, but other guests really like to be close to certain places on the ship.

The most popular location is to be close to the pools. Others may want to be lower on the ship so that they are closer to the shops and entertainment.

The Disney Wonder and the Magic are much smaller ships than the Fantasy and the Dream. Location doesn’t matter quite as much on the classic ships as things are not placed so far apart.

I personally would avoid staterooms on Deck 1 of the Disney Wonder and Magic. Deck 1 has Inside Staterooms and Outside staterooms. However, the Outside staterooms have two small porthole windows. We think this restricts the view quite a lot compared to the outside staterooms with one porthole.

However Deck 1 staterooms on the Classic Disney Ships do not have access to the aft elevators. Therefore it can be a little more challenging navigating around this ship. If this slight inconvenience is not a problem then it can be a good choice if price is a consideration.

Disney Cruise Stateroom Starboard or Port Side?

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Should you book a Disney cruise stateroom on the port or starboard side of the ship? As we are talking about the best views here it really doesn’t make any difference which side of the ship you are in if you have an inside stateroom. However, if you have a stateroom with a view it can make a difference.

If you are sailing to Castaway Cay we prefer staterooms on the starboard side. This is because you get the best views of Castaway Cay when you are arriving in the morning.

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Disney Cruise Connecting Staterooms

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If you need a connecting stateroom on a Disney cruise then there are plenty available. Particularly on the Disney Dream and the Fantasy. These can give you a convenient set up if you have children but still want separate space.

If you have balcony connecting staterooms you can have a very large balcony as the partition can be pulled back.

However, if you are just having one stateroom we would suggest avoiding a connecting stateroom. Depending upon who your neighbors are you can sometimes hear them. A lot.

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Disney Fantasy Cruise Staterooms – The Ultimate Guide

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Which Disney Fantasy Stateroom should you choose? Once you have decided that you are going on a Disney cruise the next big decision that you have to make is which of the Disney Fantasy Cruise Staterooms you are going to choose.

It really is essential to understand exactly what each Disney cruise stateroom category offers. Then you can start to learn which are the best rooms on the Disney Fantasy cruise ship.

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Disney Fantasy Staterooms

There are many things to consider in your choice of Disney Fantasy Cruise Stateroom. It can all get a bit confusing so we will break it down so that you can have all the information that you need to make the best choice.

Here you will have everything that you need to make the right choice of Disney Fantasy Cruise Stateroom. We have included lots of Disney Fantasy pictures and videos to help you make your choice of stateroom.

Even though we refer to the Disney Fantasy throughout this article, everything here applies to the Disney Dream. The Disney Dream and the Fantasy are identical in their structure and design.
So you can use this guide for Disney Dream staterooms too.

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How Much Does a Disney Fantasy Cruise Stateroom Cost?

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Let’s start with the bottom line. Money. The choice of Disney cruise stateroom is usually going to be dictated by your vacation budget.

Staterooms on the Disney Fantasy vary a lot in price.

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So just how much does your choice of Disney Fantasy Cruise Staterooms matter to your vacation budget? All prices depend upon the season, the exact cruise taken and the date that you booked.

However, as a very rough guide here are some approximate prices that you would pay for on average stateroom for two adults on the Disney Fantasy for a 7 night cruise in 2019

As we said, these prices are pretty approximate, but will give you an idea of how prices vary between stateroom categories.

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An Interior Stateroom will start at around the $3000 mark for two adults for 7 nights.

If you want an Upgrade to an Ocean View the cheapest one will start around $3200 for 7 nights.

Within these 2 categories you can expect variations of up to $200 or $300 depending upon where the Interior or Oceanview Staterooms are located on the Disney Fantasy.

The price difference between an Inside and an Outside Stateroom on the Disney Fantasy is often in the range of $200 to $300 for two adults.

The Interior Staterooms are very popular on the Disney Fantasy and the Dream as they have the virtual porthole feature. Often you can get an Oceanview Stateroom for not much more money than an Interior.

Disney Fantasy Oceanview Staterooms with Verandah start at around $3500 for 7 nights for 2 people. The price range of staterooms with a Verandah on the Disney Fantasy usually varies by up to $700 depending upon the type of cabin you choose.

There are a number of different types of Verandah stateroom and this reflects the big price difference. Some Verandah Staterooms on the Disney Fantasy are up to 500 square feet larger than others. Some have obstructed views from the balcony. This will all reflect in the price difference.

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As you would expect, the Disney Fantasy Concierge Staterooms are the most expensive on the ship. They start at around $8000 for 2 people for 7 nights, but can be considerably more.

The One Bedroom Concierge Suites are available for around $11,000 and upwards. If you want the ultimate in luxury and your wallet will stand it you can book the Concierge Royal Suite on the Disney Fantasy. You will be around $25,000 poorer even if you just have 2 guests in the stateroom.

All of these price guides are approximate and are for 2 people. If you want to add two or even three more guests (some staterooms sleep up 5) they will be a fixed price to add. Additional guests are proportionally cheaper than the first 2 guests.

As you can see prices for each stateroom on the Disney Fantasy vary a lot. Unless you are a Concierge guest you will be enjoying exactly the same facilities on the ship whether you pay for an Inside Stateroom or a Verandah Stateroom. This guide will help you to decide whether a more expensive stateroom is worth it for you and your family.

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Why Are Disney Staterooms Nicer Than Most Cruise Lines?

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There are many good things about Disney cruise staterooms compared to other cruise lines.

SizeThe first consideration is that size really does matter and Disney cruise staterooms are pretty much the largest in the industry in their class.

Disney Fantasy Inside Staterooms are sized between 169 and 204 square feet. Compare this with Disney’s main competitors Royal Caribbean who offer between 114 and 164 square feet. So their largest inside stateroom is still a bit smaller than Disney’s smallest stateroom.

Size definitely matters when we are talking about a small space. Cruise ship staterooms are traditionally not as large as hotel rooms.

If you consider that a Disney World Value Hotel Resort will give you about 260 square feet of space and we think of this as being pretty small, you will begin to see why every square foot counts.

The Split Bathroom Disney is famous for introducing the concept of the split bathroom. In other words in most of the staterooms there are two bathrooms. One room houses the toilet and a sink. The other room has a bath, shower and an addition sink. This makes sharing a whole lot easier.

Clever Design When you are in a limited space the design of the room really matters. Disney excels in this area. They have made sure that the space is used wisely. You can never have too much storage space.

All of the Disney Fantasy staterooms have a good amount of storage space. It is useful that you can store your suitcases under the bed.

There is plenty of closet space opposite the bathrooms, and there is drawer, shelf and cupboard space in the living area. There is even storage in the coffee table in the Disney Fantasy staterooms.

It’s That Disney Magic You want to know that you are on a Disney ship without it being Mickey Mouse everywhere. Disney has managed to create beautiful, classic stateroom design. You know you are sailing with the Mouse, but the design is classic and luxurious too.

The style of decor in the Disney Fantasy staterooms is more Walt Disney World Deluxe Resort than the non stop Disney theme found in the Value Resorts.

What is Included in All Disney Fantasy Staterooms?

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These are some things which you will find in all of the Disney Fantasy Staterooms:

A Bedside Lamp. This is a classic Disney design and you will find one on each side of the Queen Bed.

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The bed is very comfortable. Disney Cruise Line beds use a Sealy Posturepedic Premium Plush Euro-top mattress.

The Disney Cruise line bedding is high quality Frette 100% Egyptian Cotton linen. The bathrooms also have premium bath towels.

Every stateroom on the Disney Fantasy has a Beverage Cooler. It’s the size that you would expect of a small hotel room beverage cooler.

It will keep your drinks cold, but it won’t chill them. You will need your Stateroom Steward to bring you some ice for that – which they will happily do on request.

A Coffee Table which has a cool design. It is a decent size for putting a room service tray on, but it also has a hinged top so that you can use it for storage. Make sure you don’t forget that you have put things in there and leave without packing them!

A Desk and Chair. Not many people actually want to work on vacation, but it is nice to have a good-sized desk and chair to work at if you need the space.

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There are plenty of drawers, cupboards and shelves to store items in too. You will find post cards and stationery in the desk drawers for you to use.

A Hair Dryer. To be honest this isn’t that great. If you are picky about your hair dryer (and we certainly are) you still need to pack your own.

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All staterooms on the Disney Fantasy have a Sleeper Sofa which converts to a bed at night. Some of them also have a pull down bed above this so that the stateroom can sleep 4 guests. This upper berth has the added extra feature that on the ceiling above it there are twinkling star lights. Don’t worry you can turn them off when your little one is asleep!

In each stateroom the living area is separated from the sleeping area by a heavy privacy curtain.

There is a 22″ Flat Screen Television in all staterooms. It is on a pull out tilting stand so that you can watch it in the living and sleeping area. It has a decent choice of channels – particularly if you want to watch non stop Disney movies! Other helpful channels show you the features of the ship, details about excursions and recordings of any shows and presentations on the ship.

You will find an Electronic Safe in every Disney Fantasy stateroom.

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Most of the staterooms have the Split Bathroom feature. All the bathrooms have a good supply of H2O Toiletries which include shampoo, conditioner, soap and body lotion. We really like this brand and of course it is available at the store on the ship as well! Concierge guests have upgraded toiletries.

Every stateroom has 2 Wavephones. These are useful for keeping in touch on the ship, but they have their limitations. They are also pretty bulky to carry around and the texting feature will take you back to the early days of cell phones. However, it is a useful thing to have. Your stateroom also has an iPhone Charger so that you can charge your phone and play music.

Now you know what is in each Disney Fantasy Stateroom we can start to explore all the different types available.

Disney Fantasy Standard Inside Stateroom – Category 11A, 11B and 11C

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The Disney Fantasy and Dream staterooms are unique as they feature the Virtual Porthole. This was a cruise industry first.

What it means is that there is a screen in each Inside Stateroom which looks like a Porthole. It is in fact a video screen which shows a view of the exterior from the ship – just as though you were looking out from a window.

What makes it better than a window is that Mickey and his friends also appear on the screen from time to time. This feature has made the Interior Staterooms very popular on the Disney Fantasy.

This video gives you a great idea of how the Virtual Porthole looks in your Inside Disney Fantasy Stateroom. There are over 70 different animations that will appear in the Virtual Porthole.

These are the smallest staterooms on the Disney Fantasy offering 169 square feet. We think that they offer a decent amount of room for 2 guests and a younger child. It would be pretty cramped with 4 adults in there.

The stateroom has a Queen size bed and a sofa bed. Some also have a pull down bed so that they can sleep 4 guests.

The Queen size bed does not convert to twins as is the case on some other cruise lines.

The Standard Inside Staterooms do not have a Split Bathroom.

Category 11A are located on Decks 8,9 and 10
Category 11B are located on Decks 5,6 and 7
Category 11C are located on Deck 2.

We particularly like the Deck 2 location as it is a quick walk up the stairs to the lobby area and the facilities of Deck 3. It is also a very easy stroll to the Enchanted Garden restaurant.

If you prefer to be closer to the pools on Deck 11, a Category 11A may be the best choice for you.

Deluxe Inside Staterooms – Category 10A

These Inside Staterooms on the Disney Fantasy are the largest of this type on the ship as they have 204 square feet. They include the Split Bathroom. They also have the Virtual Porthole. They sleep either 3 or 4 people depending upon whether or not they have the extra pull down berth.

These Inside Staterooms are located on Decks 5,6,7,8 and 9. Generally, the higher up in the ship that you go, the higher the price.

Deluxe Outside Staterooms – Category 9A, 9B,9C and 9D

There are a number of different choices within the Oceanview Stateroom Categories. You can see a more detailed guide at

Disney Fantasy Oceanview Stateroom Is It A Good Choice?

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These Oceanview Staterooms are the same design as the Deluxe Inside Staterooms. The difference is that they have a window. They have 204 square feet of space.

The Disney Fantasy Deluxe Outside Staterooms have the smaller porthole windows. You cannot sit in the window as you can with the Category 8 Deluxe Family Outside Staterooms.

The Category 9 Staterooms all have a window but there are differences:

Category 9A Staterooms have One Porthole Window and are located on Decks 5, 6, 7 and 8.

Category 9B Staterooms have One Porthole Window and are located on Deck 2. We particularly like these for their location which is close to the inside amenities of the ship. If you want to be closer to the pool decks then pick a higher deck.

Category 9C Staterooms have One Porthole Window with an Obstructed View located on 6, 7 and 8. The extent of the obstruction will vary, but you will have a view of at least part of a lifeboat out of your window.

Category 9D Staterooms have a very unusual configuration. There are only 10 staterooms of this category on the Disney Fantasy. Some of these rooms are located under the Bridge and so have a strange ‘slanting’ window. You have to stand up to see outside.

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The advantage of these staterooms is that some are much larger than other Outside Staterooms. The advantage is the size of the stateroom. Most guests love them, but others report that they heard a lot of noise and felt the vibration of the ship – others say they are the best staterooms for value on the whole ship.

The corner rooms in Category 9A are accessible staterooms and are some of the largest on the whole ship. They are an unusual pie shape so you get a lot more space. These rooms are 5186, 5686, 6186, and 6686. The bathroom is accessible so there is no split bath in these staterooms.

Even if you do not need an accessible stateroom you can choose or be assigned one of these Category 9A staterooms. Most think that it’s a great choice.

The other 9A staterooms are located towards the stern of the ship. There are very few of this category available and are stateroom numbers 6008, 6506, 7008, 7506, 8008 and 8506. They are the standard size and they do have the split bathroom.

Deluxe Family Oceanview Stateroom Category 8A, 8B, 8C and 8D

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If you want more space, but still want a porthole window the Deluxe Family Oceanview Stateroom is a good choice. They offer 241 square feet of space and sleep 3 to 5 guests. The staterooms sleeping 5 have an additional pull down Murphy Bed.

They all have the split bathroom with the round bath and shower over. The round bath is not big enough for an adult to soak in. However, it is useful for young children who enjoy the bath tub.

All of the Deluxe Family Oceanview Staterooms on the Disney Fantasy have a large porthole window. The window is large enough to sit in for many people and it can be a lot of fun to gaze out of the porthole whilst coming into port. The Category 8 Staterooms are located at either the back or the front of the ship.

Category 8A are located on Decks 5 and 6
Category 8B are located on Deck 9
Category 8C are located on Deck 7 and 8
Category 8D are located on Deck 5 and 6

The 8As are an interesting choice as they are much larger than the other Deluxe Family Oceanview Staterooms. Whilst they are much larger, they do not have the Split Bathroom, so if this is important to you the 8A is not a good choice.

There are only 12 Category 8A staterooms on the Disney Fantasy.

Here is a video which shows the unusual arrangement:

Not all of the 8As are the same layout though.

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5018 and 5518 have this layout on Deck 5. On Deck 6 staterooms 6012 and 6050 don’t have the privacy divider.

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Disney Fantasy Staterooms 5020, 5022, 5520, 5522 have the privacy divider. 6016 and 6514 have a vertical pole, full bathroom with rectangular tub. 6512 has a vertical pole and full bathroom with shower only, no tub.

Stateroom 6014 is Handicap Accessible.

Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Navigator’s Verandah – Category 7

This is generally the lowest priced category of Verandah Stateroom on the Disney Fantasy. If you have ever sailed on the Disney Wonder or the Disney Magic you may be familiar with the term “Navigator’s Verandah”.

Don’t get confused. On the classic Disney ships the term means that the balcony is enclosed. This is not how the term is used on the Disney Fantasy. There aren’t any enclosed balconies on the Disney Fantasy.

Instead the term is used to categorize the Verandah staterooms with a smaller balcony or an obstructed view. The balconies vary quite a bit so you need to be careful which one you are choosing.

Here is a video which shows the Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Navigator’s Verandah.

It can be an opportunity to get a Verandah Stateroom on the Disney Fantasy at a lower price than the other balcony cabins and you will still be able to sit outside.

These staterooms are located on Decks 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9.

The Category 7 Verandah Staterooms are 246 square feet. The layout is the same as the Deluxe Family Oceanview Staterooms, but you have a balcony.

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This is the usual 246 square feet configuration, but the total size is 268 square feet with the verandah. The only difference from the higher and usually more expensive Category 5 is that they have a white wall balcony and the others have a clear perspex balcony wall.

The practical difference is that you cannot see the ocean when you are sitting down on a white wall verandah, but you can on a clear wall.

Category 6A are located on Decks 8 and 9.
Category 6B are located on Decks 5,6 and 7.

Does it make a difference? You may pay $100s less for a white wall verandah than a clear one.

Only you can decide really, but if you are going to spend a lot of time out on your balcony you may decide to take the slightly higher priced stateroom.

Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah Category 5A to 5D

These are identical to the Category 6 Staterooms except they have the clear perspex Verandah wall. They are a total of 268 square feet including the Verandah and they all have the split bath.

They all sleep either 3 or 4 guests. The ones for 4 guests have the extra pull down bunk bed over the sofa bed.

Category 5A are located on Decks 9 and 10
Category 5B are located on Deck 8
Category 5C are located on Deck 7
Category 5D are located on Deck 6

Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Oversized Verandah Category 5E

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These are identical to the other Category 5 staterooms, but they have a larger balcony. These are located on Decks 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10. Some of the balconies have a white wall.

This Category includes the sought after aft balcony staterooms which we think are some of the best. You get an amazing view over the wake of the ship.

You do have to be aware that there will be more vibration at the back of the ship. You will also feel more movement. If you are prone to seasickness you may want to avoid these staterooms.

Some guests have reported that the flag on the back of the ship can be an annoying obstruction if you are on Deck 6 in a Category 5E. The flag flies when the Disney Fantasy is in port.

Deluxe Oceanview Family Stateroom with Verandah Category 4A, 4B, 4C and 4D

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We have often stayed in this category of stateroom and it is our favorite. You can read our review at

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These are the largest Non Concierge staterooms on the Disney Fantasy. They have 299 square feet of space and sleep up to 5 guests.

They have a Queen bed, a sofa bed with a pull down bunk and an additional pull down Murphy bed which pulls out by the balcony door. This is our favorite of all of the Disney Fantasy stateroom types (except Concierge of course)!

If the price is not your first consideration go for one of these staterooms. Plenty of space and a good-sized Verandah.

Category 4A are located on Decks 9 and 10
Category 4B are located on Deck 8
Category 4C are located on Deck 7
Category 4D are located on Deck 6

There is usually not that much of a price difference between these categories. The only difference is the higher decks tend to command the slightly higher price.

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The picture above shows the round bath with the shower over. As you can see it is not particularly big to use as a bath.

Deluxe Oceanview Family Stateroom with Oversized Verandah Category 4E

These have larger balconies and are located only on Deck 5. They are exactly the same size and configuration as all of the Deluxe Oceanview Family Staterooms on the Disney Fantasy except these only sleep 3 or 4 guests. They do not have the extra Murphy Bed.

The location on Deck 5 is a good one for the Kid’s Clubs and the Buena Vista Theatre.

Concierge Staterooms on the Disney Fantasy

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If money definitely isn’t your first consideration when choosing a stateroom and you have the means to extend the budget, Concierge Staterooms on the Disney Fantasy are an excellent choice. There are balcony staterooms and suites on the Concierge Decks on the Disney Fantasy.

There are lots of perks for Disney Concierge guests which include priority embarkation, priority excursion booking, concierge lounge and sun deck, exclusive character greetings and dining choices.

Concierge Guests have a dedicated area on the Disney Fantasy – you can only access this if you are a Concierge guest. As you would expect they are located in one of the most convenient areas of the Disney Fantasy – close to the pool decks and the spa and fitness centers.

We will post a more comprehensive guide on the Disney Fantasy Concierge Staterooms, but here is an overview of what is available.

Concierge Family Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah Category OOV

These are the same size and configuration as the Family Oceanview Staterooms on the main part of the ship. They have 304 square feet of space and sleep up to 5 guests. The difference is the Concierge benefits and the upgraded furnishings. All of these staterooms are located on Decks 11 and 12. There are 14 staterooms on Deck 12 and 6 on Deck 11.

Concierge One Bedroom Suite with Verandah Category OOT

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If you want a whole lot more space with 614 square feet and a separate bedroom, this is an excellent choice. These suites are just gorgeous with a Queen bed in the bedroom and an additional double sofa bed and a Murphy bed in the living room. You will have plenty of space for storage with your walk in closet. There are 2 bathrooms both of which have a rain shower. The master bath has a whirlpool bath.

There are six Concierge One Bedroom Suites with Verandah on Deck 11 and thirteen on Deck 12.

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If you want the best of the best, the Concierge Royal Suites are for you. They sleep up to 5 guests and tend to be in the $25,000 for 7 nights for 2 guests range. You will get 1029 square feet of space and a huge wrap around balcony at the top of the ship.

The Royal Suites have a master bedroom with a Queen bed. There is an additional double pull down bed and a single pull down bed in the living area.

Check out this video tour of the Roy O Disney Suite on the Disney Dream. The Suite on the Disney Fantasy is the same layout.

There are 2 bathrooms,both of which have double vanities, rain showers and whirlpool tubs. There is a media library just in case you run out of Disney movies to watch, a huge dining table, pantry, wet bar and walk in closets.

The Verandah is spectacular and even has a whirlpool tub.

Disney Fantasy Rooms To Avoid?

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Are there any Disney Fantasy staterooms to avoid. Not all staterooms in the same category are created equal. We have written a complete guide about Disney Cruise Rooms to Avoid.

Final Thoughts on Disney Cruise Staterooms

The reality is that your choice of stateroom will mostly be dictated by your budget. However, with some research and hopefully the help of this guide you can choose the stateroom on the Disney Fantasy which is best for you. Whichever stateroom that you choose on the Disney Fantasy we think you will have an amazing time. It is a fabulous ship.

Which Disney Fantasy stateroom do you think that you will choose?

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Disney Cruise Alaska Dog Sledding Port Adventures

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Disney Cruise Alaska Dog Sledding

A Disney cruise to Alaska is an experience of a lifetime. If you want to make it truly special you may want to think about booking a Disney Cruise Alaska Dog Sledding Port Adventure. They are pricey, so if you do want to make this a vacation of a lifetime, and your wallet can stand it, you will want to know that you are getting the best Disney Cruise Alaska dog sledding experience.

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Disney Cruise Alaska Dog Sledding

So what are the choices for dog sledding excursions on a Disney Alaska cruise?

Disney Cruise Alaska Dog Sledding in Juneau

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One of the most comprehensive tours is the Disney Exclusive Glacier Dog Musher for a Day (JU31). At a wallet destroying price of $999 for adults and $999 for children aged 5 to 9, you better be sure that this is the excursion of a lifetime! The minimum age is 5 years old for kids, and the experience lasts from 4 to 4 hours 30 minutes.

If you and your equipment (cameras and the like) weigh more than 240 lbs you will be charged a $150 surcharge making this a $1,150 (or an over $200 an hour experience).

You will leave the Disney Wonder and board a motor coach at the port in Juneau. You will then take the short ride to the helipad. The 20 minute helicopter flight is breathtaking. You can only access Norris Glacier by air so you know that this is a place which few people ever see in a lifetime.

Once you reach the Alaska Heli Mush you will take a behind the scenes tour of the camp and meet the sled dogs of the Iditarod. You will interact with the sled dogs by brushing their coats, and even giving them a layer of sunscreen. Who knew that the sled dogs needed UV protection too?

You will then go through some training to learn the traditional musher commands. You will help harness your dogs to the sled and then head out on the glacier for a thrilling dog sled journey that you will never forget!

With this Disney Cruise dog sled experience you will get around 2.5 hours with the dogs including your sledding journey and interaction with the dogs at the camp. You will then journey back to the Disney Magic by helicopter and motor coach.

An unforgettable, but let’s not gloss over this, expensive experience.

Dog Sled Adventure by Helicopter (JU30)

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The Dog Sled Adventure is another option in the port of Juneau when you are sailing on a Disney Cruise. This one is shorter at 2.5 to 3 hours and costs $770 for adults,and $770 for ages 2 to 9.

This is a shorter version of the Disney Cruise Alaska Dog Sledding in Juneau. The format is the same but you spend less time on the Norris Glacier. It saves you slightly less than $200 but you do sacrifice quite a bit of time on the Glacier and with the dogs.

In this excursion the dog sled ride will last about 20 minutes, and the visit to the camp will last around an hour.

Dog Sledding on the Mendenhall Glacier by Helicopter (JU01)

This is another option excursion from your Disney Wonder Alaska cruise. The cost is $724 for all ages. The 1 and under go free.

This doge sledding experience is on the Mendenhall Glacier. You will travel from the Disney Wonder by motor coach to the helipad and then take an approximate 15 minute alight over amazing Alaskan scenery to the dog sledding camp. You will have the opportunity to spend around an hour at the dog sledding camp, where approximately 240 dogs live. The actual sled ride lasts about 25 minutes.

Dog Sled Summer Camp (JU04)

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This is a more reasonably priced Disney Cruise Alaska Dog Sledding excursion in Juneau but it is different to the other ones. You do not get the helicopter experience, but instead are taken to the Sheep Creek Valley by motor coach.

This excursion is suitable for all ages. The cost is $179 (ages 10 and up) and $169 (ages 3 to 9). Ages up to 2 are not charged. This will be the best option for you if you have a child under the ages of 2 on your Disney cruise to Alaska.

You will get to meet and interact with the Alaskan Husky dogs for a short time and then experience a dog sled with wheels. You will have approximately 15 minutes on the wheeled dog sled. That really isn’t very much time.

The excursion is fun, but it is a very different experience from the helicopter flight and the authentic dog sledding on the glacier. The advantage is the lower price and the availability for lower age groups if you have young children with you on your Disney Alaskan Cruise.

Disney Cruise Dog Sledding Adventures in Skagway Alaska

Juneau is not the only port where you can experience dog sledding adventures in Alaska on a Disney cruise. There are some port adventures involving dog sledding in Skagway, but they are much more limited than those offered in Juneau.

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The Musher’s Camp & Sled Dog Experience (SW24) allows guests the opportunity to travel on a wheeled sled. You will leave the Disney Wonder and board a motor coach for an approximate 40 minute scenic journey to Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. You will then be shown to a 4×4 Unimog vehicles to take a 1.5 mile off road journey up to the top of the hill to meet the dogs. The journey on the wheeled dog sled lasts around 15 minutes.

The price for this excursion is $183 for adults and $152 for children aged 3 to 9. Ages 2 and under are no charge.

The Gold Panning, Sled Dogs & Scenic Railway (SW65) is also available in Skagway. On this excursion you will be taken by motor coach towards the Klondike Gold Fields. You will then see a movie about the sled dogs and get to spend around 75 minutes meeting and learning about these amazing animals. You do not get to ride a sled on this port adventure.

You will also see a movie about panning for gold and spend some time trying it for yourself.

You will then get back on the motor coach for a 15 minute journey to the train station. you will then board the train for the 210 minute journey. A motor coach will then take you back to the Disney Wonder.

This is a good excursion if you want to meet the dogs but don’t mind missing out on the sled experience. The cost is $254 for adults and $155 for children aged 3 to 9. There is not charge for those 2 and under. The port adventure lasts around 7 to 7.5 hours.

If you are thinking of sailing on a cruise on the Disney Wonder we always suggest contacting a Disney Authorized Travel Agent. We recommend Destinations in Florida – Get a Quote Now!. There services are free and you may even get a discount!

Which of these Disney Cruise Alaska Dog Sledding Port Adventures will you choose?

Disney Cruise to Hawaii

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Is there a Disney Cruise to Hawaii? Many cruise lines including Princess cruises sail to Hawaii. However, although Disney has offered Hawaii cruises, at the moment there are non scheduled until 2020. Sadly there is no Disney cruise Hawaii 2018 or 2019.

Disney Cruise Hawaii

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Disney cruise lines just announced that they will be sailing to Hawaii again in 2020. The Disney Wonder has two Hawaii sailings for 2020.

2020 Disney Wonder 9-Night Hawaiian Cruise from Vancouver to Honolulu

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This Disney Hawaii cruise sails on 4/29/2020

Day 1: Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: At Sea
Day 4: At Sea
Day 5: At Sea
Day 6: At Sea
Day 7: Nawiliwili, Hawai’i
Day 8: Kahului, Hawai’i
Day 9: Hilo, Hawai’i
Day 10: Honolulu, Hawai’i

2020 Disney Wonder 10-Night Hawaiian Cruise from Honolulu to Vancouver

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This Disney Hawaii cruise sails on 5/8/2020

Day 1: Honolulu, Hawai’i
Day 2: Hilo, Hawai’i
Day 3: Nawiliwili, Hawai’i
Day 4: Nawiliwili, Hawai’i
Day 5: Kahului, Hawai’i
Day 6: At Sea
Day 7: At Sea
Day 8: At Sea
Day 9: At Sea
Day 10: At Sea
Day 11: Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada

Disney cruises first sailed to Hawaii in 2012. The Disney Wonder is the only Disney ship which has cruised to Hawaii. She is the only Disney cruise ship which has sailed on the West Coast.

At the moment the Disney Wonder sails Cruises To Alaska in the summer and Disney Mexican Riviera Cruises in the Spring and Fall.

The 2012 Disney Hawaii Cruises were round trip from Los Angeles. She sailed on April 29th and October 14th 2012.

These Disney Hawaii roundtrip cruises had a lot of Sea Days. The 15 night cruises had 9 days at Sea. For us that would be perfect.

It is similar to the Disney Panama Canal Cruise in terms of cruise length and amount of days at sea.

The Disney Hawaiian Cruise had port stops at Hilo and Kahului in Hawaii, Honolulu on Oahu and Nawilwili in Kauai. The final port was Ensenada Mexico.

Here is the full itinerary for the Disney Hawaii cruises which sailed in 2012.

Sunday Los Angeles
Monday At Sea
Tuesday At Sea
Wednesday At Sea
Thursday At Sea
Friday Hilo, Hawaii
Saturday Kahului, Hawaii
Sunday Honolulu, Oahu
Monday Nawilwili, Kauai
Tuesday At Sea
Wednesday At Sea
Thursday At Sea
Friday At Sea
Saturday At Sea
Sunday Ensenada, Mexico
Monday Los Angeles

A 15 night cruise gives you plenty of time to truly relax and enjoy a vacation. There is a lot of time at sea on this Disney cruise to Hawaii but that is a huge part of the appeal. How often do you go on a trip only to find yourself at the end of it, more exhausted than when you started out? Sometimes it is a good idea just to step back and take some time to truly relax. Even perfect the art of doing nothing, if only for a few days!

Disney also sailed to Hawaii in 2015. These were very different itineraries as they were not round trips. She sailed from Vancouver to Honolulu on one cruise and from Honolulu back to Vancouver on the return.

The Disney Wonder had just completed her Alaskan sailings for 2015. The first one sailed on September 7th 2015 out of Vancouver. The second one sailed from Honolulu on September 17th 2015. Each Hawaii Disney cruise was 10 nights.

Each Disney Hawaii cruise 2015 had the same port stops of Hilo (Hawaii Island), Nawiliwili (Kauai) and Kahului (Maui) and Honolulu (Oahu).

As you can see, these two Disney cruises to Hawaii are very different. I remember that demand for the 15 night roundtrip sailings to Hawaii were in huge demand. The 11 night sailings in 2015 didn’t sell as well. One way cruises are generally more difficult to sell.

A huge part of the appeal of the roundtrip cruise to Hawaii is that you do not have to pay for airfare back if you can easily get to LA. On the one way cruises from Vancouver and back your only option was to fly one way – unless you could sail on both and make it a round trip! Imagine a 22 day round trip Disney Cruise. Very nice, but not an option for most people!

Will There Be Disney Cruises to Hawaii in the Future?

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We predict that there will be more Disney cruises to Hawaii on the horizon. We were right to predict that there would be a return to Hawaii in 2020 and we are confident that there will be more sailings in the future.

Disney cruise lines has ordered 3 more ships. The first new Disney Cruise Ship will set sail in 2021. Two more will be launched in 2022 and 2023. The new Disney ships will be slightly larger than the Disney Fantasy and the Disney Dream. However it will have the same number of staterooms at 1250.

Of course it is fun to speculate about where the new Disney cruise ships will sail from. We think that a fair bet is that one of the new Disney ships will go to Australia. There is a huge demand for cruises in Australia and we think Disney would be very popular there.

With Disney cruise lines almost doubling it’s fleet by 2023 we think that there will be a lot more opportunity for cruises to Hawaii. Whilst be know that there won’t be any Disney cruise to Hawaii for 2018 or 2019, it seems to be that by 2021 we can look forward to a return to the islands.

With more Disney cruise ships sailing the ocean there will be more of an opportunity for at least one of the ships to be on the West Coast. If this happens the Disney Wonder could sail out of Los Angeles and Vancouver year round. Therefore this would be the perfect opportunity for a Disney cruise to Hawaii. Most likely this would be a round trip from Los Angeles.

Will Disney cruises have Hawaii as a home port? In some ways this would make sense. Guests could then combine a Disney cruise with a stay at Aulani. However, there are problems with this plan which make it unlikely.

Ever heard of the Passenger Vessel Services Act (PVSA)? Probably not, but it has a big impact on the cruise industry. The PVSA was signed into law by President Grover Cleveland in 1886 to protect US workers. It means that to sail passengers from one US port to another, without a port stop in a no US port, certain conditions have to be met.

The ship has to be owned by a US company, built in the US and exclusively staffed by a US crew. If it isn’t and it breaks the rules it has a $300 fine per passenger.

The only condition which Disney, and most cruise companies meet, is that they are US companies. However, cruise ships aren’t built in the US. The cruise ship industry usually relies on a large number of no US crew.

These rules explain why the only cruise ship to sail around Hawaii is NCL Pride of America. It has a crew which is entirely made up of US Citizens or Green Card Holders.

This ancient law also explains why ships which sail from a US port have to always sail to a non US port before returning back to the US. That is why the Disney cruises to Hawaii had to have a port stop in Ensenada Mexico before sailing back to Los Angeles.

Why Should You Sail on a Disney Cruise to Hawaii?

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A Disney cruise is an amazing experience for the whole family.

Of course there is so much to do on a Disney cruise you are always going to have something to keep you occupied. Disney cruises are very family orientated but there is something for all ages to enjoy. Don’t think that this one is just for the kids because the adults are not going to want the cruise experience to end either!

What is so special about a Disney cruise? So many things make a Disney cruise a magical experience. The staterooms are up to 25% larger than others in the industry. This makes a huge difference, particularly when you are sailing on a longer cruise. The children’s entertainment and kids clubs are the very best at sea.

Disney always excels at putting on a show and you can experience Broadway quality entertainment every night on your cruise. And of course you have the Disney magic.

It is difficult to put into words if you have never sailed on a Disney ship, but the standard of service is exceptional and the attention to detail is not something you usually find with other cruise lines.

As soon as there is a Disney cruise to Hawaii announced we are going to be one of the first to book it. Are you?

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New Disney Cruise Ship – The Ultimate Guide

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Everyone is excited to see what the new Disney cruise ship will be. We are not just getting one new Disney cruise ship, but three!. The next few years are going to be very exciting times for Disney cruise lines.

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The first new Disney cruise ship arrives in 2021. The next in 2022 and that will be followed by another new Disney cruise ship in 2023.

Disney cruise lines will expand it’s current fleet of four ships which it has now to a total of seven within the next five years.

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I don’t know about you but I was overjoyed to hear that there were going to be three new Disney ships being built. The first announcement came in July 2017 that there would be two new Disney cruise ships. Shortly after that they added an additional one.

Slightly strange they did that so quickly after the first announcement, but it’s all good with us and all the other Disney cruise fans out there.

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Right now, Disney cruise lines has four ships. The Disney Wonder and the Disney Magic are known as the Classic Ships. They are the same size and have many similar features.

The Disney Wonder and Magic each have capacity for 2400 passengers with 875 staterooms. The Disney Magic was launched in 1998 and the Wonder 1999. They have been extensively refurbished over the years and are still in amazing shape.

The newer Disney ships are the Disney Dream Class. The Disney Dream was launched in 2011. Her sister ship the Disney Fantasy was launched in 2012. The Disney Dream cost $900 million and is 1114.7 feet long with a gross tonnage of 129,690.

The Disney Fantasy is only slightly larger at 1114.8 feet and 125,750 gross tons. Both the Disney Fantasy and the Dream have capacity for 2,500 at double occupancy and 4,000 if every single stateroom is filled to capacity. There are 1250 staterooms on the Disney Dream and Fantasy.

I have to say that I am thankful that the new Disney cruise ships will not be huge. I am not a fan of the 5,000 passenger giant ships. They are just too huge. It would also be more difficult to maintain the superior level of service on such a large ship.

The new Disney cruise ships will use the cleanest fuel available to the cruise industry. The new Disney ships will be powered by liquified natural gas.

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Where Will The New Disney Cruise Ships Sail?

Aside from what the new Disney cruise ships will be like the other question that everyone wants the answer to is where will they sail. What new itineraries will the Disney cruise ships sail?

It is a lot of fun to speculate but at the moment we really don’t know that much. Let’s start with what we do know.

The present itineraries are that the Disney Fantasy and the Dream both sail out of Port Canaveral and no other port. The Dream does the three, four and very occasional five night Bahamian cruises. The Disney Fantasy sails on seven night cruises. These ships do not sail out of any other port.

The Disney Magic and the Wonder do a number of different itineraries. The Disney Wonder sails from Galveston, Puerto Rico, San Diego and Vancouver. The Disney Magic sails from Miami, Barcelona, Rome, Dover, Copenhagen, Dover, New York and Quebec.

Port Canaveral CEO John Murray gave us a huge hint on 29th August 2018. He confirmed that he expects that Disney cruise line will have at least two of the three ships in Port Canaveral.

At present Disney cruise lines has Terminal 8 at Port Canaveral. It is a very efficient cruise port, but it is also the smallest and the oldest at Port Canaveral. It is thought that Disney will also take over Terminal 10. Once the new ships are built it is highly likely that two Disney ships will be in Port Canaveral at the same time.

So, we know that at least two of the new Disney cruise ships will be based in Port Canaveral. However, what does this tell us about where the Disney ships will all be once the fleet grows from four ships to seven?

Everything here is speculation and rumor, but it’s fun to guess! As soon as there is any real news or confirmation you will find it here.

I would say that it is probably a given that the first new Disney cruise ship will sail three and four night Bahamian itineraries from Port Canaveral. Right now the Disney Dream sails these itineraries. So would this mean that the Disney Dream sails somewhere else?

If the new Disney ship launching late 2021 takes over the Disney Dream itineraries I would guess that a likely scenario is that the Disney Dream will sail out of the Port of Miami. The Disney Magic already sails out of Miami for part of the year. It is now known that Disney is talking with Miami-Dade County about a new terminal in the Port of Miami.

The talks with Miami seem to indicate that two Disney cruise ships could sail out of the port. Perhaps the Disney Dream will go there as soon as the new ship arrives in Port Canaveral in late 2021. Then late 2022 another ship would join the Dream.

This would mean that there would be two ships in Port Canaveral and two in Miami by late 2022. This would seem to make a lot of sense.

Will there be more sailings out of New York? I think that this is likely too. The Disney Magic already sails out of New York for a small part of the year. Perhaps a Disney ship will sail the majority of the time out of Miami but will spend some of the time in new York. Taking my previous theory that the Disney Dream will move to Miami it is likely that she would also sail for part of the year out of Miami.

So if we have the Disney Fantasy and a new ship in Port Canaveral and the Disney Dream in Miami with a new ship where will the Wonder and the Magic be?

My theory is that the Disney Wonder is almost guaranteed to continue sailing from either Vancouver or maybe Seattle on it’s Alaska itineraries. The Disney Alaskan Cruises are extremely popular and command a high price per day. Why would Disney change something which is working so well?

However, the Alaskan cruise season only lasts from May until mid September. Where would the Disney Wonder sail from September to May?

Right now the Disney Wonder sails out of San Diego for Spring and Fall, transits the Panama Canal and then has some sailings out of Galveston and Puerto Rico.

Transiting the Panama Canal is an expensive trip twice a year for the Disney Wonder. It is one of my favorite itineraries so I really hope that they do not stop doing this, but one possible scenario is that they might. Perhaps the Disney Wonder could remain on the West Coast year round.

One option would be for more sailings out of San Diego. Obviously I would be a huge fan of this as this is my home port. However, the Mexico sailings are notoriously difficult to sell, even for Disney.

The Disney Wonder could also fill a gap which it seems many Disney cruise ship fans want them to do. Disney Cruises to Hawaii. There seems to be a lot of demand for a Disney Hawaii Cruise.

The Disney Wonder sailed to Hawaii on two 14 night cruises in 2012. They returned to Hawaii in 2015 when they sailed 2 itineraries from Vancouver to Hawaii. If the Disney Wonder stayed on the West Coast year round there would be more opportunities for Hawaiian itineraries.

The only problem is that a Hawaii sailing from San Diego or Los Angeles is a 14 night sailing. Hawaii is a long distance! However, I remain confident that we will see more Disney Hawaii itineraries for 2021.

What will the Disney Magic sailings be once the new Disney Cruise Ships arrive? The Disney Magic already spends May until September in Europe. These Disney Magic sailings are very popular and can command a high per night price. I would guess that it is likely that the Disney Magic could spend all year with European sailings. There is a lot of ocean to cover and a number of the other cruise lines have ships permanently ported in Europe.

So far we have four ships on the East Coast, one on the West Coast and one in Europe. That still leaves one of the new Disney cruise ships without a home port. Where will that be? My guess is that a Disney cruise with a home port in Australia is on the horizon. It is a growing market and without a Disney park anywhere close to Australia there are huge amounts of Disney fans in Australia and New Zealand just waiting for the chance to cruise on a Disney ship.

It will be interesting to see in the coming months and years just how much of this speculation about the new Disney cruise ships comes true. Where do you think they new Disney cruise ships will sail from? Leave me a comment below.

New Disney Cruise Ship Names

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Another area where there are lots of new Disney cruise ship rumors is around what the new ships will be named. Right now we have Disney Fantasy and Dream, Disney Wonder and Magic. The pairs of names relate to each other and we can probably expect that the three new Disney cruise ship names will be linked in some kind of theme.

I would bet that it is actually pretty difficult to think of a new Disney cruise ship name. Just start thinking about it. The pressure to get a really good name will be high. Fortunately Disney cruise lines is not exactly short on creative thinking!

Princess cruise lines has just announced that their next ship will be called Enchanted. However I think that a top contender still has to be Disney Enchantment.

An obvious contender is Disney Imagination. However, this may be a no go as there is already a Carnival Imagination. A variation on this would be Disney Imagine.

Disney Wish or Disney Wishes must be a front runner. Perhaps Disney Wish is the most likely of these two as there is already a Disney Wishes fireworks show.

Disney Princess would be great – apart from the fact that it would have another cruise line name in there!

Another idea is that the three new Disney cruise ships could all be named after characters. Not sure that Disney Mickey or Minnie really works for a cruise ship though!

What do you think that the new Disney cruise ships will be named?

New Disney Cruise Ships Staterooms

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The new Disney cruise ships will only be slightly larger than the Dream Class. The information that we have is that they will be 140,000 gross tons. They will have the same number of staterooms as the Disney Dream Class Cruise Ships.

What will the new Disney cruise ship staterooms be like? Disney has always been an innovator in the design of cruise staterooms. The Disney Magic and Wonder staterooms pioneered the concept of larger staterooms. The Disney cruise staterooms are amongst the largest in the industry. Even the smallest of the staterooms are a very reasonable size.

The staterooms on the Disney Wonder and Magic are slightly larger than those of the Disney Fantasy and the Dream. The smallest stateroom on the Classic Disney Ships is the Standard Inside stateroom at 184 square feet. The equivalent on the Dream Class is 169 square feet.

The Deluxe Inside staterooms and the Oceanview Staterooms are a lot larger at 214 square feet on the Classic ships and 204 on the newer Dream Class. This is a very generous size for the lower priced staterooms. I have to admit that I have sailed with other cruise lines and have never found an equivalent stateroom class which gives you as much space as the Disney ships.

The Verandah staterooms give you a very generous amount of space on all of the Disney ships. The Fantasy and Dream are 246 square feet and the Classic ships give you 268 square feet.

We already know that there will be 1250 staterooms on the new Disney cruise ships. If the ship is going to be slightly larger we can assume that the staterooms will probably be about the same square footage as the existing ships.

Disney cruise lines is well known for it’s great stateroom design so it seems unlikely that they will change anything fundamental about the size of the staterooms.

The launch of the Disney Magic also saw an entirely new concept of cruise stateroom design. The split bathroom. This means that most of the staterooms on the Disney ships have 2 rooms for the bathroom. The first room has the toilet and a sink. The second room has a shower over a small bath (some of them have round baths) and another sink.

The split bathroom design is really popular as it is such a great idea. With the existing ships all except the Standard Inside Staterooms have the split bath.

I would be surprised if they don’t have this in all the staterooms on the new Disney cruise ships. It’s popular with guests as it is a great design.

The Disney Dream saw another cruise first in stateroom design. The Virtual Portholes. All of the Inside Staterooms on the Disney Dream and the Fantasy have a Virtual Porthole. What is this? It’s your pretend window out on to the ocean!

Your Virtual Porthole shows a variety of scenes. Sometimes it shows the outside view, usually when arriving at a port. However, the really great thing about the Virtual Porthole is that you can see your favorite Disney friends swimming by on it! You never quite know when you will see Mickey snorkeling past. Or one of Nemo’s friends swimming by.

I think that it is almost guaranteed that the Virtual Porthole will be a feature of the new Disney cruise ships. When the Classic ships were updated recently many people hoped that they would be retrofitted with this technology. However, unfortunately it was too huge of a task and this wasn’t done.

I would be very surprised if the new Disney cruise ships don’t have the Virtual Porthole feature. Perhaps it will even be upgraded in some way so that the guest has some control over what scenes or characters that they see.

How else can a Disney cruise stateroom be improved? Technology is moving so quickly and Disney cruise lines will definitely want to be in the forefront of making use of technical advances.

I would guess that at the very least we will see some kind of touch screen or even voice recognition technology in your Disney Cruise stateroom. Imagine being able to say “Mickey play Frozen 2 on my television” or “Minnie set the temperature to 78 degrees”.

The technology is here and Disney is an innovator so I expect that there will be some radical improvements to your Disney cruise stateroom experience.

Maybe you will be able to order Disney cruise room service with voice recognition or an app?

New Disney Cruise Ship Magic Bands

This really has to be a strong possibility for the new Disney cruise ships. Magic Bands were a huge investment for Walt Disney World but have been a huge success. I would be very surprised if the new Disney cruise ships do not include a variation of the Magic Band in some way.

Other cruise lines already have this technology so it isn’t a big stretch. Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines WOWbands are available on select ships and will open your door. RCCL also has online check in available for certain ships where you can upload your photo and check in from the comfort of your own home. Disney could say goodbye to those long check in lines if they incorporated this technology for their new cruise ships.

Princess Cruise lines has recently introduced Ocean Medallion takes this kind of technology on ships a step further. They use a small medallion which can be worn in various ways. This serves as your key card and lets you charge things to your room. It also has other features such as being able to order drinks and message others on the ship. It even lets you check in at home so you can completely bypass the check in line.

Of course there are a lot of possibilities for a Magic Band like technology on a Disney cruise. The technology could be combined with a phone app for endless possibilities.

At the moment all you can do with your Disney Cruise Navigators app on your phone is use it as a digital version of the paper Navigators.It will show you the schedule and the menus onboard but you can’t do very much with it.

It is fairly basic and of limited use. The only thing which the Navigators app does prior to you boarding is show you a countdown to your Disney cruise. There are so many more possibilities for this technology and I am sure this will be a huge feature of the new Disney cruise ships.

Perhaps you will be able to order your food for your Disney rotation prior to going to the restaurant if you want to. You can ask for directions on the ship when you don’t know the way to the Buena Vista Theater. Or book a spa appointment. Or see just when a reservation for Palo is open. Endless possibilities to enhance your Disney cruise experience.

Perhaps the Magic Bands could be smart enough to learn what you like so they can make suggestions for you. If you spend your time in the gym they can suggest a spin class. If you spend most of your time in the Rainforest Room they could recommend a spa treatment. Or make educated recommendations about what you should choose from the menu.

A feature which parents would love is the ability to be able to track your children on board. Carnival’s Ocean Medallion already offers this so it would be a no brainer for Disney cruise lines new ships.

One thing which I feel sure will be introduced is the ability to pay for everything via your Disney Cruise Magic Band. Of course your Key To the World lets you do this and Disney Cruise lines is a no cash society. However, it would be so much easier if you never actually had to carry your card around and just wore your Magic Band.

New Disney Cruise Ship AquaDuck

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The artist rendering which Disney has released seems to clearly show a structure very similar to the AquaDuck. The Disney Fantasy and the Dream both have the AquaDuck.

As it is such a popular feature on these ships it is safe to assume that there will be something like it on the new Disney ships.

The AquaDuck is a whole lot of fun. The only thing which is not so much fun is the lines for the AquaDuck. Perhaps Disney will adopt some new technology which will have a Fast Pass like system for the AquaDuck on the new ships.

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Or something more like the Tapu Tapu system which Universal Studios has developed for their Volcano Bay water park. This is a great system where you use your Magic Band like wrist band to register you a place in the line. The display will tell you what the current wait time is so that you know an approximate time to come back. It is kind of like holding your place in a virtual line so you don’t have to physically stand in the line.

Disney New Cruise Ship Restaurants

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It is so exciting to think about what the Imagineers will design for the new Disney cruise ship restaurants. All of the existing ships have three rotational dining restaurants. It is safe to assume that the new ships will also have three restaurants and that the very successful rotational dining concept will remain.

All of the Disney cruise ships have Animator’s Palate restaurant so it will be interesting to see if the new ones do too. My guess would be that they will, but that they will introduce new technology to Animator’s Palate.

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The Disney Wonder and Magic both have restaurants which are directly themed for a Disney Princess. The Disney Wonder has Tiana’s Place and the Magic has Rapunzel’s Royal Table. Neither of these restaurants was on the classic ships when they were launched, but both have been extremely successful.

It is likely that we will see this strong theme towards one particular movie in the restaurants on the new Disney cruise ships. It would be great to see a Pixar themed restaurant.

Another strong possibility has to be a Star Wars themed restaurant on the new Disney cruise ships. There are already Star Wars themed cruises and of course Star Wars Land will be with us in the Disney parks soon. If there isn’t a full restaurant then at the very least there should be a Mos’ Eisley Cantina for the adults!

All of the existing ships have Palo and it is safe to assume that the new cruise ships will too. I am sure that there will be at least one and possibly two additional upscale adult only restaurants on the new Disney cruise ships.

The Disney Dream and Fantasy both have Remy which is one of the finest restaurants at sea. The new cruise ships could stay with the Remy theme or have an entirely different concept. What would be a great theme for the upscale restaurant on the new Disney cruise ships.

New Disney Cruise Ships Concierge

Disney cruise concierge is very popular on the existing ships. The Concierge Staterooms often sell out on the day that the sailing is released. I feel pretty certain that the new Disney cruise ships will offer more Concierge Staterooms and that there will be expanded areas for the lounge and outside area.

On all of the existing Disney cruise ships the largest Concierge Suites are the Roy Disney and the Walt Disney Suites. My guess would be that the new Disney ships will also have the Walt and Roy Disney Suites and that these will be the largest and most expensive on the ship.

It will be interesting to see just how many Disney Cruise Concierge Staterooms are offered on the new ships. The Classic and the Dream Class ships offer family staterooms, one and two bedroom staterooms in Concierge.

The Disney Dream and the Fantasy have their own section of the ship which has the staterooms, the lounge and the outside deck space for Concierge. The Classic ships are different as there was not as much emphasis on the Concierge staterooms when they were launched. The Concierge lounges and outdoor space have only been added recently on the Classic Disney ships.

What seems to be a give is that the Concierge area on the new Disney ships will be separate from the rest of the ship. Just like on the Fantasy and the Dream. However, I would expect that it will be even more upgraded than on the Disney Fantasy and Dream.

On the Disney Dream class ships the outside concierge area is very nice but it could be improved upon. It doesn’t have a view of the ocean. Maybe the new Disney cruise ships will have a view out onto the ocean from the concierge deck.

Another feature which none of the existing Disney ships have is a private pool for Concierge guests. Many other cruise lines do offer this for their guests so perhaps we can expect that this will be incorporated into the design of the new ships.

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Disney’s New Private Island

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One of the great features of a Disney cruise is a visit to their private island Castaway Cay. A port stop in Castaway Cay is often the highlight of a Disney cruise.

It is well known that Disney cruise lines have been looking for a new private island for some time. Finally in October 2018 it was confirmed that an new Disney private island location had been found.

Disney now has the go ahead to develop the 700-acre privately owned Lighthouse Point Development on the south end of the island of Eleuthera. This is a 700 acre property in The Bahamas.

“We are excited to reach this important milestone and look forward to working with government and the people of the Bahamas to create new economic opportunities while preserving the natural beauty of Lighthouse Point,” said Disney Cruise Line President Jeff Vahle. “We are grateful for the warm welcome and support we have received from so many in Eleuthera and look forward to further developing relationships that will endure for many years to come.”

Now it remains to be seen what the details of the development will be. All we know at the moment is that Disney plans to give 190 acres to the Bahamian government for use in conservation and a national park.

What do you think that the new Disney cruise ship will feature? Leave me a comment below.

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