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Disney Cruise

By jorge5240

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    #1 4 years ago

    So my dad booked a family Disney cruise to the Caribbean. I am sure my boys will love it. My wife or I have never been on a cruise (except a crappy one to Mexico when I was 18). Any tips anything we should be aware of? Entirely new experience for us.

    #2 4 years ago

    We had a great time on the Disney Wonder. Nice shows, restaurants and staff. Your waiter will be the same in every restaurant throughout the cruise.

    They will bombard you with hand wipes everywhere you go on the boat. Bathroom in your cabin is kind of tight. If you or family members get motion sickness, take some medicine with you. They sell it on the boat, but it is $$$. Also, they don't accept cash in the shops on the boat. Everything is tied to your credit card through the room key card you carry around. It all adds up fast without seeing the cash change hands, so be careful.

    It's Disney, so it'll be fun, but expensive. Your boys will have a blast for sure! Enjoy the trip

    #3 4 years ago

    Wonderful Cruise! Relax, and let Disney sit for the kids!
    Ditto, on bringing, any and all meds.....

    Space Center is right nearby.

    #4 4 years ago

    My Disney Ship was called Dream and we found that it was so much fun that it is easy to miss shows if you don't watch your time. The stuff to do and shows are amazing,food was always ready on I think deck 11,as much ice cream as the kids could handle.You're gonna have a great time.
    -Mike

    #5 4 years ago

    Thanks all of you for the input. This is a new experience, so it is great to hear the positive reviews. Our boat is the wonder. My parents have only been to California and Hawaii, so it should be fun to get them out of their comfort zone.

    #6 4 years ago

    Are you flying to Orlando to catch the Ship??

    #7 4 years ago
    Quoted from hawkmoon:

    Are you flying to Orlando to catch the Ship??

    We will. I assume we will fly in the night before but I haven't confirmed it. We had been talking about doing the cruise but my dad just called me out of nowhere yesterday and told me it was all booked and confirmed. He rolls a bit deeper than I do and reserved a royal suite which I hear is pretty nice.

    #8 4 years ago

    I've been on 3 cruises now. 2 in the carribean, and an Alaskan cruise. I really enjoy it. I feel like you either love them or hate them. The food is great, and the staff is incredible!

    #9 4 years ago

    On one hand I don't like being around kids. On the other hand I'm a big fan of ocean liner history. So it's ironic for me that Disney did the best job of capturing that classic ocean liner look. Most cruise ships are butt-ugly. Anyway... Aside for the nautical interest, the best thing about a cruise is not having to pack and unpack as you visit different places from one day to the next. It's like having a hotel room that follows you. Here's some info on two Caribbean cruises we did. I tend to be more interested in the ships than anything else...

    http://www.jeff-z.com/cruise/2009/2009.html

    http://www.jeff-z.com/cruise/1997/1997.html

    #10 4 years ago

    I haven't been on a Disney Cruise, but i have done a couple of Carnival. Had a great time and would leave on 1 today if i could. Advice, pretty much covered above. Don't forget sunblock, and remember alcohol can hit harder when you are just sitting in the sun.

    #11 4 years ago

    If your dad booked it and is paying for it, maybe you should be a bit more thankful for the one that he also presumably paid for when you were 18. If you're paying for all of it, pardon me. It's just that your "crappy one to Mexico" comment rubbed me the wrong way. Enjoy the cruise.

    #12 4 years ago
    Quoted from usandthem:

    If your dad booked it and is paying for it, maybe you should be a bit more thankful for the one that he also presumably paid for when you were 18. If you're paying for all of it, pardon me. It's just that your "crappy one to Mexico" comment rubbed me the wrong way. Enjoy the cruise.

    Whoa there tex!

    It was just an inocuous statement about a cruise I took 20 years ago. My expectations are much greater for a seven day Disney cruise than a three day cruise to Mexico. If you can't understand that I am speechless.

    As for my dad:
    He is my best friend
    He was the best man in my wedding
    You should check out my post history in the tesla thread where I partially paid for his tesla for his 70th birthday
    I am paying for our family trip through Tennessee next month that is going to cost over 10k.
    I think we are good

    Anyway back to the Disney cruise. After posting on multiple forums and doing some research I am pleasantly surprised at all the positive reviews. I was a little skeptical that most would say it was over priced for what you get, as Disney does cash in. I think with my young boys and my dad's love of Disney is should be a great time. Anymore comments (positive or negative) about the trip would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again, Mike

    #13 4 years ago

    I went quite a while ago, Disney quality to detail is amazing, beautiful ship. Only thing to add is no gambling on board and if you drink it can add up big time, don't think you can bring it on either. Plenty to do, shows are great. Think there is a port tax and tip fees also. What islands do they stop at these days? Enjoy.

    #14 4 years ago

    I received the itinerary and it as follows:

    Cozumel
    Costa maya
    Carmen island
    Castaway cay

    #15 4 years ago

    depending on where you are to/from.. its a good idea to make sure you fly into/near the port a day in advance. flights gets delayed, you can't afford to miss your boarding.

    You have to attend the safety drill thing they do.. they will hunt you down

    Drop the kids off at the kid zone areas and leave them there. Pick them up for dinner or special events, don't feel bad, they will have too much fun and won't think twice you are just leaving them alone.

    Get the photo package that includes unlimited photos, and get your pic taken with everyone you can find. Well worth it, as the individual photos are expensive. Look up your cruise for any special nights they might have. There are dress up nights, pirate nights.. things like that.

    Meals.. if you want two entree's, you just have to ask.. same for appetizers. If you see something you like, ask for it.

    Meals, meals, meals... forget about any diets. Free ice cream/pizza stations.. great buffets.

    They have a drink of the day which cost's less than the the other drinks, take advantage. Banna Cariba drink.. we were sad when the day was over

    Attend all the adults shows that interest you.

    Excursions, in my opinion were a waste of money. Stay on the boat and enjoy the piece and quiet. Watch out for the jewelry show, they will talk about how to get around the port and all the shops, and about how much you will "save".. Don't fall for the Tanzanite pitches. Go to the places they suggest, get your free stuff and get out. Some will offer free beer, wine, that was a plus.

    The doors are metal, take some magnets to dress up your door. We printed Disney character faces that fit over the door port hole.

    #16 4 years ago
    Quoted from FawzmaGames:

    depending on where you are to/from.. its a good idea to make sure you fly into/near the port a day in advance. flights gets delayed, you can't afford to miss your boarding.
    You have to attend the safety drill thing they do.. they will hunt you down
    Drop the kids off at the kid zone areas and leave them there. Pick them up for dinner or special events, don't feel bad, they will have too much fun and won't think twice you are just leaving them alone.
    Get the photo package that includes unlimited photos, and get your pic taken with everyone you can find. Well worth it, as the individual photos are expensive. Look up your cruise for any special nights they might have. There are dress up nights, pirate nights.. things like that.
    Meals.. if you want two entree's, you just have to ask.. same for appetizers. If you see something you like, ask for it.
    Meals, meals, meals... forget about any diets. Free ice cream/pizza stations.. great buffets.
    They have a drink of the day which cost's less than the the other drinks, take advantage. Banna Cariba drink.. we were sad when the day was over
    Attend all the adults shows that interest you.
    Excursions, in my opinion were a waste of money. Stay on the boat and enjoy the piece and quiet. Watch out for the jewelry show, they will talk about how to get around the port and all the shops, and about how much you will "save".. Don't fall for the Tanzanite pitches. Go to the places they suggest, get your free stuff and get out. Some will offer free beer, wine, that was a plus.
    The doors are metal, take some magnets to dress up your door. We printed Disney character faces that fit over the door port hole.

    Awesome! This is the kind of info I am looking for. Thank you again for all the I for really helpful.

    We will be leaving out of Orlando. We will be arriving the night before. We had some family friends that I jus talked to that flew in the same day and said it was miserable. With a 4 year old, a 2 year old and my parents who are in their early 70's I don't think we will be moving anywhere fast. Anyone have any recommendations on where to stay near the port for the night before?

    Thanks again, Mike

    #17 4 years ago

    So, I did a cruise to Bermuda on Norwegian, definitely more of a budget style thing. It was fun but I don't think I'd do a cruise again. I like to be able to call an 'audible' and change plans. When you're on the boat, you can only do a few things on the boat and if they aren't your thing, gotta wait for the destination. In the end I figured out that the vacations I like to take are different than what a cruise can offer.

    Plus, no pinball.

    #18 4 years ago
    Quoted from jorge5240:

    Cozumel
    Costa maya

    These are pre-canned cruise ports that are literally walled off from the indigenous population. They're designed by the cruise companies to show you what they think you want to see. Not saying that's a bad thing. Just don't expect that it's going to be some sort of cultural experience.

    #19 4 years ago

    Love Cruising - went on disney years ago when my kids were younger
    Go on a diet 3 weeks before you leave and don't eat at all for 3 days before

    #20 4 years ago
    Quoted from JeffZee:

    These are pre-canned cruise ports that are literally walled off from the indigenous population. They're designed by the cruise companies to show you what they think you want to see. Not saying that's a bad thing. Just don't expect that it's going to be some sort of cultural experience.

    I understand. With my young children and it being Disney, I am not expecting a realistic cultural experience. Just fun and entertainment.

    #21 4 years ago

    We did the same cruise in June last year, but it was on the Fantasy. Of the 5 cruises we have done-this was 20x better than them all. Fawzma's tips are spot on and all I can add is
    1. Don't miss any of the evening shows-they are almost Broadway standard. Aladdin was fantastic.
    2. No casino on board (yay) - but bingo is a lot of fun.
    3. When kids are in bed, the adult game shows in the night clubs are a riot. I'm not much of a night owl, but would often be there around 11pm onwards just for the laughs. The cocktails really help too.
    4.Castaway Quays is a fanatic day of snorkeling and exclusive to Disney. Head toward the buoys you can see in the lagoon-there are sunken sculptures on the bottom.
    5. Check what dress-up theme nights there are and take your costumes-fun for the kids to participate and makes you feel part of the community.
    6. Meals rotate around the various restaurants and as said, you can ask for as many helpings as you want. The wait staff follow you each night so learn your preferences very quickly.
    7. Our kids were 6,8 and 11 and had a ball at the clubs and the shows. The entertainment crew are so professional. Sign on the kids club as soon as you get in board-the queue get hectic really quickly if you wait.
    8. If you want to do wine tasting, cocktail makeing and similar-go straight to the bars and sign up early again-these fill up really fast (and I highly recommend them).

    Enjoy!

    #22 4 years ago
    Quoted from jorge5240:

    Anyone have any recommendations on where to stay near the port for the night before?
    Thanks again, Mike

    We stayed at the Residence Inn : 8959 Astronaut Blvd
    Cape Canaveral, FL 32920
    United States

    My parent had driven to Florida, so they needed the park and cruise deal they offered. We got a good deal on a 2 bedroom suite. My parents took the master, we shared the 2nd room with one kid, and the other kid slept on the couch in the living room. The hotel had a really nice free breakfast, and a free shuttle to the port. (We did the Eastern Carribean on the fantasy in 2014). My parents van stayed at the hotel until we got back.
    My 14 year old lived in the teen club, except meals and excursions. My 8 year old liked the club at times, but she was happiest sitting in bed with an on demand Disney movie on after late seating Dinner.
    Be sure your whole family has the disney cruise App, because you can message each other on the ship. It makes it easier to find kids and parents when you split up for activities.
    The room steward will give you the next days Navigator at turn down. It's a big old TV guide of activities. - bring a highlighter, so you can plan out which activities you're interested in...stuff overlaps at times. The App can send you reminders of activities if you pick some on it.
    We were fortunate to go as an inheritance gift the first time. We've not sprung to bring the whole fam back, but hubby and I took an anniversary cruise last year on the Wonder. It was awesome!! We did spring break on a southern carribean this past year on Royal Carribean. It was nice, but it was no Disney Cruise!

    Liz

    #23 4 years ago

    In addition, there are plenty of Hotels in Cocoa Beach, on the ocean, if you wish.

    Some nice miniature golf at night, Space Center, and occasional launches.
    (I watch the cruise ships leave port, from a beach place I have at Cocoa.)

    The Jewelry info is dead on....I sold for a dozen years to the islands, and if you know your stuff, its OK,
    but outright fraud is now common.

    If you fly into Orlando, and depending on your timing, there are of course nice hotels right outside the airport, and a quick 35 minute drive to port. Good food, Bonefish, sports bars, etc.

    #24 4 years ago

    We cruise every year at least once if not twice...elite members on Princess. Our next cruise is the Kid Rock cruise in April...wish us luck!

    Fawzma and others have had very good advice...one thing I didn't see mentioned is bring an umbrella...Caribbean is notorious for sudden showers so if your getting off the boat take an umbrella. Second the suggestion of avoiding the tours, especially through the cruise line. For things like snorkeling or zip lining you can do much better with the local tours. If it's an island of interest like Belize or Turks we rent a jeep and go at it ourselves. Most of the other ports are pure tourist traps as already noted.

    As for Disney that's the one line we've never done....we jokingly call them booger ships because of all the kids so take plenty of wet wipes Our kid ended up with lice on a carnival cruise and we had a rotovirus lock down on a princess cruise so it's a crap shoot sometimes.

    Lastly good advice on flying the day before...our last two cruises we flew into a tornado and had to abort the landing and almost ran out of fuel and was 5 minutes from being diverted to another airport...this year our engine blew up at 10000 feet and we had to make an emergency landing back at the airport....both time we were within half an hour of missing our cruise. We'll be flying out day before for now on.

    #25 4 years ago

    Rent a car in Orlando do a one way rental and drop it off at the port it will be the cheapest and then rent one to take back when you get off the boat. The rental car company will take you to the boat. If there are a lot of you drop them off at the boat then return the rental.

    #26 4 years ago
    Quoted from BMore-Pinball:

    Love Cruising - went on disney years ago when my kids were younger
    Go on a diet 3 weeks before you leave and don't eat at all for 3 days before

    I do it differently start training yourself to overeat 3 weeks before so you get your moneys worth.

    #27 4 years ago

    I am still in awe with how much the trip cost me last year but it was really fantastic. At the time my kids were 4 and 7 so we flew into Orlando Intl and stayed at the Hyatt (I think) in the actual airport. We simply went down the next am to disney transport to Cape Canaveral. It made it so much easier and less stressful. Just my 2 cents (that's all I have left after that trip lol). Enjoy!

    #28 4 years ago

    On my 2 cruises at port we just hired a local tour guide, they took as around the islands to different places, much cheaper than the carnival excursions. And most of these guys, that is how they make their living, they aren't going to let you miss your boat, they all had us back to port at least an hour before we had to be back.

    3 years later
    #29 1 year ago

    Heading on a Disney cruise again so I figured we would rekindle this thread and see if anyone had anymore input.

    We had a great trip on our last one but I am excited because my kids are a little older now and hopefully will enjoy the kids club more now.

    #30 1 year ago

    I just got back from a 4 night cruise on the Disney Dream w the family. Weather sucked but we had a great time. My kids are 8 and 5 and really enjoyed the kids area. Stayed at Port Orleans Riverside hotel the night before and the night after the cruise. Nice arcade there there were prob 7 pins all unshopped and filthy

    1 week later
    #31 1 year ago

    US government (CDC) just put out a notice warning US citizens should not be going on cruises.

    Carnival has just advise that they will give free drinks if you don’t cancel

    Disney has just changed its cancellation policy due to the influx of people canceling.

    Good luck to anyone traveling!

    #32 1 year ago

    If you want to go on a 10 day cruise and want to save some money, just book a 3 day cruise and enjoy the free 7 day quarantine.

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