Ever wonder what is included in the cost of a Disney cruise? Sure, sailing with Disney costs a bit more than other popular cruise lines. However, the Disney cruising experience includes dining, most non-alcoholic drinks, Broadway-style shows, kids clubs for children ages 3 to 17, first run movies, character meet and greets, twice a day housekeeping, water fun and even an onboard fitness center, and the simple beauty of the ships, classically styled staterooms and the art deco and nouveau detailing make the Disney fleet stand out from other passenger vessels at sea.
What’s Included in the Price of Your Disney Cruise Fare?
Food and cruising go hand in hand. Dining is definitely included in the cost of a Disney cruise. The same is true on Disney Cruise Line. Each night you and your family will eat in one of three main dining rooms, each with unique menus, and with Disney’s rotational dining, you will have the same servers each night. In addition to the main dining rooms, you can dine at the casual buffets, or enjoy pool-side dining and snacks. And don’t forget about the ice cream. I never do.
Most non-alcholic drinks are included in your fare, and sodas are no exception. Disney serves Coke products onboard. Anytime you have a soda at a meal or at the poolside drink fountain, your drink is included in your fare.
When does soda cost extra? If you order sodas from any bar, concession stand at one of the theaters or room service, your soda will cost extra (and a tip is customary). When in doubt, ask. The friendly Crew Members are happy to answer any questions regarding the price of drinks.
DCL Prep School Tip: Guests are welcome to bring sodas and food into the Walt Disney Theatre or the Buena Vista Theatre for movies and shows. You can grab a drink and even a snack at the poolside food counters and soda fountain, and head to your show. This saves you from impulse spending on concessions at the theater.
Broadway style shows, variety acts, first-run movies and Disney classics on the big screen! They are all included in the cost of your cruise fare. So you like to get competitive with Ultimate Disney Trivia or see if you have the chops to make it in Disney Karaoke? (I’ve been told I don’t – but I still sing!) It’s also included. And don’t forget the world famous Disney characters. Meet and Greets are hosted all over the ship. Check your Personal Navigator to see activity times so you don’t miss out on a thing!
Disney has the best kids programming at sea, with the longest hours, all included in the price of your fare. Kids ages 3 to 17 have clubs dedicated to keeping your kids engaged and entertained. Many have operating hours as late as midnight (local time).
When does child care cost extra? If you are sailing with children under the age of 3, you can book time in the “it’s a small world” Nursery (Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy & Disney Magic) or Flounder’s Reef Nursery (Disney Wonder). Reservations are strongly recommended, as the nursery can be full. The fee is per hour and will be charged to your onboard account.
Housekeeping (Twice a Day)
Yes! Twice each day your Stateroom Host (some cruise lines call them stewards) visits your room. The morning service is what you would expect from housekeeping at most resorts: cleaning, beds made, fresh towels, etc. On a Disney Cruise the morning housekeeping visit from your Stateroom host also includes the stowing of any beds which were turned or pulled down.
During the evening turn down service, your Stateroom Host will do another round of cleaning. Fresh towels and bath products will be left. Also, your Personal Navigator for the next days activities will be left. And don’t forget TOWELGAMI! Each day a little piece of towel art will be left somewhere in your stateroom. That’s all I’m saying. I don’t want to spoil the surprise.
Communication with your Stateroom Host is key to the smooth running of your home-away-from-home. Plan on having a five-minute conversation (or more) with your Stateroom Host on the first day of your cruise. This is a great time to introduce yourself, and for you to get to know them as well. Have late sleepers in your room? Let your Host know the best time for morning service. Need extra towels because you know you will shower again after heading to the pool? Simply ask. Extra pillows and blankets are also available.
DCL Prep School Tip: I am reluctant to post this – as really it doesn’t matter – but many DCL Stateroom Hosts are men, though certainly not all. Stateside, most travelers are accustomed to female housekeeping staff. I have had enough people speak with me and ask me about this, so I feel I should just let you know. I have always had male Stateroom Hosts, and let me tell you, by the end of the cruise, I feel like our family has a new friend.
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