One of the most frequently asked questions at DCL Prep – in my inbox and on social media – is “When will the cruises for (insert season two years from now) be released?”
My Answer: No one knows. Disney Cruise Line gives travel industry professionals about 3 day’s to 1 week’s notice when new itineraries will be released. But, there are a few things which help us predict.
What We Know
We can look at historical trends to see when new itineraries might be announced. Disney Cruise Line has traditionally had 3 release dates per year. Some years have varied, but we usually expect 3.
I could go back years through the archives, but for the most part 2014-2017 were very similar. The release dates varied, but the cruise itineraries announced each season were about the same.
February 21: Summer 2018 – from May through September 2018.
May 11: Fall 2018 itineraries announced – from September through December 2018.
October 26: Winter and Early Spring 2019. From January through mid-May.
The Current Trend
The current trend gives Guests about 18 months (give or take a couple of months) lead time on planning a cruise.
May – September cruises for the following year will be announced late winter – early spring.
For example – the May 2018 cruises were announced in February 2017
September – December cruises for the following year are announced in mid spring.
For example – the October 2018 cruises were released in May 2017.
January – May cruises are announced in the autumn.
For example – February 2019 cruises were released in the fall of 2017.
How Will I Know?
“How will I know?” — sing it with me. I loved that song as a kid. So, how can you know when the next round of cruises are announced? Sign up for the DCL Prep School Email List. (I promise, I don’t get spammy. I send out no more than a few emails per month.) I will update you on the upcoming announced itineraries and let you know how you can book them.
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