The Best Money Saving Tips for Taking a Disney Cruise
Tips on Finding the best deals on a Disney Cruise:
- Book early and book off season. I know these are not always realistic especially if you have children in school. Summer and school holidays are going to be the highest priced time. If you know those are the only times you can travel, book at least a year in advance for the best deals.
- Travel to another port for your departure: right now Disney is trying to promote departures from Miami and TX. Maybe you don’t need to go to the park and the cruise on one trip, then you can check out those itineraries for deals. It may be worth the extra travel.
- Use A Disney Specific Travel Agent: Disney offers booking directly on their website but I have used a Disney specific travel agent and received better in room credits that what was offered online. The prices of the cabin are the same but extra perks on board are helpful plus you have the assistance of a certified disney travel agent.
Finding the best room location:
Before you book a particular room, search the exact room number on your ship on google for reviews. No use spending thousands of dollars on a room above the night club. Hopefully you are using a qualified agent to help you with this as well. Mousesavers.com is a great source of tips on room choices amongst other things.
How to save Money before you board your Disney Cruise:
1. Pack your own libations: Disney is one of the only cruise lines without a casino on board and they allow you to bring on your own alcohol. If you like mixed drinks by the pool or before dinner, pack a bottle in your carry on and make your drinks in your rooms. Disney offers free unlimited sodas and lemonade which will serve as your mixers. They also have a fridge in each room where you can store other mixers.
2. If you have a large group traveling together, we have used private transportation to the ports. While it is convenient to have Disney pick you up in their buses, you can save $$ on private services or car rentals plus have more control on your arrival times. Find reviews on line before booking a car service as you don’t want to miss your boat!! Renting a car and having the car company shuttle you back to the port is another option.
3. Buy your own bottled water for the room. We easily drink a case of bottled water during our 4 and 6 night Disney cruises. It is nice not to have to leave the room to get water or just bring them along at your ports. Disney does offer cases of water to be delivered to your room, but more expensive than $4 case from Walgreens. We just pack them in a large fabric shopping bag or duffel and adhere our baggage tag, so far we have seen them arrive each time.
4. Travel Insurance: all the reviews say to buy non Disney travel insurance but it was just easier for the people purchasing our fares to add it on. If you have the time to research benefits it may be worth looking into.
5. Get to the cruise terminal early: you can usually board by noon and that gives you more time and a lunch on board than arriving closer to embarkation time. No need paying for the day and not enjoying it. Plus the pools are usually empty then. Pack a carry on bag with swim suits and sunscreen in case your rooms are not ready. They have characters there while you wait so take advantage of the photo opps before arriving on board. Have your camera ready at all times. They love taking photos of you but it is not cheap!!!
FOLLOW UP TO MANY COMMENTS:
After reading many of these amazing comments I thought I would share that the camp is open to age 3 and up. Childcare for a fee is available to younger children. However, you do have to pre-reserve so you lose the spontaneity of the child wishing to run off to camp. Having gone on my first cruise when my youngest was one year old and now with my youngest being 6, we enjoyed the freedom of having no children quite often. They could check themselves into camp, we did not allow them to check themselves out. It was more of a relaxing trip for both parents and children this way. If you child is under 3, by only a few months and is potty trained they will allow them into the clubs if there is room and they are first observed!!
Pin this post as a reminder of what you should do before taking off on your Disney Cruise.
What are your money saving tips for a Disney Cruise?