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Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Disney Cruise Line ~ What is Included What is Not?
Disney Cruise Line - What is Included What
Thinking of a
Disney Cruise Vacation but looking at the price and wondering what is included
and what is extra? Well let’s start by doing the short list – what is not
included in the cruise fare.
Not included in
the price of your cruise:
drinks of any kind.
Drinks – smoothies, specialty coffee and the like.
Foods – canned soda, bottled water, candy bars, packaged cookies and the like.
Games IN the Arcade (Kids have some free in the kids clubs, many Disney themed).
available but expensive if you just must be connected for work or personal
is free WiFi to use the Disney Cruise Line Navigator App.
the Adult Only Restaurants.
Adventures such as Mixology Classes and Wine/Ale Tasting. There are many free
shipboard adventures as well.
care for children under 3 years of age.
What is included
in the price of your cruise:
for every taste.
in the main restaurant that night? No problem! Ask your server for other
options not on the menu. Want to have what you had the night before at a
different restaurant? Ask your server if they can get it. Still not interested
then there is Room Service, Quick Serve Locations, Lounges or the Buffet that I’m
sure will have something you can enjoy.
Cay (Disney’s Privet Island) Dining is also included! No extra cost to eat at
Cookie’s BBQ while on shore!
Dining with a different restaurant/same servers every night.
Soda, Coffee & Tea, Milk and other drinks.
main restaurants serve these free. Not going to a main restaurant? Want to
drink a soda in your room? Want to go to listen to music in one of the late
night lounges, sit by the pool or walk on the deck and have a drink? Stop by
the Soda Fountain on the Pool Deck and pick some up for free. They also have
cold filtered water there as well. (You can bring your own travel cup or water bottle
hour Room Service.
that packaged items, soda and alcohol cost extra and are not free.
food locations with something for everyone.
Clubs with the longest hours of any cruise line.
have age appropriate club areas deigned just for them. Adults are not allowed
into the kids areas unless it is open house time.
are signed in and cannot leave without parents or approved adult signing them
out. Older kids can be given the freedom to check themselves in and out.
Staterooms designed with families in mind. They are approximately 25% larger
than industry standard. Many have split baths.
bath is toilet and sink in one room with tub/shower and sink in another room.
This makes it easier for families to get ready for their day’s adventure or a
meal at the same time.
Style Musicals in a professional theater.
Cruise Line is the only Cruise Line authorized to do fireworks at sea.
firework shell is made of Corn and actually feed the fish!
Run Movies at Sea.
that a long anticipated Disney Movie is coming out while you are at sea? Don’t
worry! You will see it opening day on the ship!
Disney Movies at the pool and in the movie theater.
Vista Theater plays movies at various time. It is a state of the art theater
that can play 3D movies as well as standard.
Funnel Vision Screen at the family pool on each ship also plays movies at various
times throughout the day and into the night. The screen is 14 X 24 Feet in
size. It is fun to just float in the pool and watch a movie.
Pub at Sea. Don’t miss that important game!
Adult Only Entertainment.
themed Comedy, Dancing, Piano Bar and Karaoke are just some of the fun things you
can enjoy without the kids. (Don’t worry about the kids. They can stay in the
kids club while you have fun for no extra charge.)
There is plenty to
do on a Disney Cruise Ship that is included in the price.
and Sports Deck along with the Health Center are open daily.
are 3 pools on each ship. One for the little kids, one for families and one for
the adults only.
Sports Deck offers different things. The older ships have a place to play
basketball, Volleyball, and other sports. At times there are crew members and
sometime characters there organizing games and activates. On the newer ships also
offer mini golf and other sports related offerings.
health center offers a place to go work out even while on vacation. You can
also avail yourself of some classes on healthy living.
is also a Walking/Jogging Deck. You can take a leisurely stroll, power walk,
jog alone or join up with other cruisers for a run.
Art of Entertainment Classes.
TowelGomi and Cake Decorating are just a few of the classes offered.
the Scenes Discussions – Often with Disney Imagineers and other Disney people.
of the ship. The Art of the Theme Ship Tour is not to be missed.
Fun - Pools, Hot Tubs, Splash Zones/Water Play Areas, and Water Slides for
everyone (On all but the Disney Wonder) and Sun Fun.
have handicapped accessibility
available for the entire family are AquaDuck on the Disney Dream and Disney
Fantasy and AquaDunk on the Disney Magic. At this time the Disney Wonder does
not have a family water slide. The AquaDuck is actually a WaterCoaster not a
water slide. It is the first watercoaster at sea.
is sometimes live entertainment at the pools. Bands will come and play music
and there are even instructors teaching water exercises from time to time.
Zones/Water Play areas are available near the pools for the littlest cruisers.
fun games, dancing and karaoke.
are many games and some are unique to certain ships. Some are designed for
kids, some for families and some for adults only. Trivia is a popular game
played on the ships. They have kids, family and adult themed trivia sessions. The
Disney Fantasy has the Muppet Detective School game where you search the ship
for clues to who stole the Muppets props.
Art that comes alive as you stand and admire it.
Fantasy and Disney Dream only.)
Parties. There are at least 2 main Deck Parties on the ship each cruise.
Sail Away Deck Party is where you get a feel of what is available and get a
look at the crew, especially those in the Kids Clubs. Good time to get the kids
excited about the Kids Clubs activities!
Night Deck Party on most cruises. This Pirate themed Deck Party is a favorite of
returning cruisers. This includes Fireworks at Sea! To add extra fun to Pirate
Night you can dress up as your favorite Pirate!
the schedule for smaller Deck Parties that including dancing and games around
the pool during the days at sea.
You may have
noticed that pubs and bars are mentioned but casinos are not. That is because
Disney does not have a casino on board their ships. The only “gambling” is
Bingo or between you and your spouse on how hard it will be to get your kids to
leave the Kids Club.
One thing that is
included in a Disney Cruise is 2 wave phones per cabin. Each room has 2 phones
that work like cellphones at sea. They only work on the ship and Castaway Cay.
You can easily keep in touch with other members of your party/family and
friends you who came with you or that you make on the ship. You can call and
text each other and keep in touch. Great for parents so the Kids Club crew can
call if/when the kids need them. You can get an extra Wave Phone for $3.50 per
day if you wish. But be aware! If lost or damaged you will pay $250 to replace
it. You can get them for your older kids so they can take a walk around the
ship and still be able to stay in contact. No excuse for not meeting up for
dinner or family time!
If you don’t want
to use a Wave Phone you can download the Disney Cruise Line Navigator App for
free for both iPhone and Android. Just download on your personal Smart Phone
before you go and turn it on when you board the ship. With the Navigator app
you can chat with other people on the ship as well as check the schedule for
the day’s activities setting reminders for things you don’t want to miss.
I have found that
vacationing on a budget is easy with a Disney Cruise. You know exactly what it
will cost before you go. Most of the important things are included in the price
of a cruise. You can easily find out the price of the extras and budget that in
as well. You can prepay for both Shore and Onboard Adventures before going.
A Disney Cruise is
perfect for a family vacation because the kids can have all the fun and freedom
they want while being safely watched. Parents can have time together to become
even better parents. The entire family will enjoy time together watching shows and
having adventures that build memories that last a lifetime.