|Welcome Aboard Disney Cruise Line!|
But then again, you probably are too! If not, you haven’t been on a Disney Cruise yet. So for you newbies, or you fellow fanatics wanting to get someone else’s perspective, here are my Top 5 Tips that I have learned from my 12 cruises. Enjoy!
Try to reason with hurricane season.
Save a little here, spend a little there.
|Enjoy a relaxing day at the spa|
Go big, or go home.
Well… ok, don’t go HOME. Let’s be real. Even one day on a Disney Cruise is better than staying home. But my point is this… the longer the cruise you can swing, the better. Aside from the obvious reasons why a 7 night is better than a 3 night, and a 12 is better than a 7, there are some lesser known ones too. For example, many of the fun extras that DCL offers are only available on the longer cruises, like certain shows, Palo brunch (on 4 Night cruises or longer), and Princess Tea. Looking for the best value? Many times, if you break down the “per diem” (per day) cost of your cruise, the longer ones end up giving you more bang for your buck. Personally, I love when longer cruises include extra days at sea, too! Some guests like to do cruises that are packed with back to back port visits. Not me. I’d take a whole cruise at sea! Sea days are full of awesome activities like trivia, movies, dance class, character appearances, scavenger hunts, and ice carving demonstrations. Or, you can do nothing at all. Grab a lounge chair, a good book, and just relax. Nowhere to be. No port that you are missing out on. Just you and the open sea. Ahhh….
Last September, my family and I were lucky enough to do the 14 Night Panama Canal Crossing and it totally spoiled us! The special, longer cruises frequently get less children, (particularly the ones that happen to be in the fall), and as a result, the kids that DO travel, get a more magical experience. Since the Wonder had about ¼ of the number of children onboard for our Panama Canal Crossing than it has on average, the Oceaneer’s Club was far less crowded, which meant more one on one attention for my 4 year old daughter, and the ability to do what she wanted, when she wanted. Also, we found the kids’ pool to be pretty close to empty most days. And let’s not forget the character experiences!! By three days in to the trip, ALL of the Princesses knew my daughter’s name! There were such small waits for the character meet and greets that every character we saw spent a ton of time with her. Can you imagine walking down the hall to dinner and Ariel calling out, “Oh, Drea! There you are! Flounder and I have been looking for you all day!” She. Was. In. Heaven. (Granted, she is now beside herself when we go to Disney World and she gets less than five minutes with a character.) I would do a 14-Nighter again for the character experience ALONE!
Have some of Column A, try all of Column B.
Dining is truly an experience on the ships. The food is of excellent quality and it is certainly plentiful but do you realize just what lengths DCL will go to in order to assure that you love every meal? You don’t like the sauce that comes on tonight’s steak? Your server will get it for you without. You think the mashed sweet potatoes from the chicken dish sound better than the rice that comes with your fish? It’s no problem to switch them. Two different entrees sound good tonight? Or even three or four? Your server will gladly bring you a taste of each. Like no other restaurants I have seen, DCL dining rooms will customize your meal to your liking. And even more care is taken in dealing with your food allergies. All you have to do is make your server aware of your allergy, and at every single meal, they will assure that your food is safe for you to eat. A chef will even walk you through buffet lines and tell you what you can and cannot eat. Our serving team was phenomenal in dealing with our one year old’s egg allergy. (I do recommend that if someone in your party has an allergy, have it notated on your reservation before departing for your cruise, in order to make sure extra precaution is taken in the kitchen.)
EXPERIENCE the magic! (Or the Wonder, or the Dream, or the Fantasy)
Even if you have cruised before, with Disney, or on another line, you have never had an experience like the one you’ll have on your next cruise. Disney cruises are filled with magical moments, for every age range, and all you need to do is be present for them! There are certain things that you just don’t want to miss in order to truly have experienced a “Disney” cruise. Take the Sail Away Party, for example. Ask anyone who has ever been, and they will tell you that there is nothing like counting down to sail away, and hearing that magical DCL horn ring out, as you leave all of your cares behind.
|Enjoy a show in the Walt Disney Theater|
|Enjoy an adult only meal at Palo|
So, there you have it. Just a few of the things I have learned from cruising with The Mouse. Now… aren’t you just Dream-ing about getting out there on the open seas and experiencing the Magic, enjoying the Wonder of it all, and making your Disney Cruise Line Fantasy come true? What are you waiting for? Go pack! I’ll see ya real soon!!!