This Disney Cruise Training article was written by my friend Amanda who blogs at Memories are Priceless. She is a Disney Cruise veteran!
Day 1- Choosing a Disney Cruise and What is Included In Your Price
As someone who is currently in the process of planning my fifth Disney Cruise, I have many people who are thinking about cruising for the first time ask me what the big deal is? Are there a lot of hidden charges that will surprise me on board? Is there really enough to do on a cruise to avoid going stir crazy? Hopefully through these next few posts, I can share a little of what Disney Cruise Line offers travelers, and what makes it all completely worth it in my opinion.
To start off, I want to break down exactly what is and isn’t included in your cruise fare. When you book your cruise, you will be quoted a price that will include your cruise, taxes, and port fees. These are all non-negotiable. Then you will have the option to add transfers and vacation insurance. While helpful, neither of these are required, nor do they have to be done through Disney if you do not choose to. I will discuss transfer options in another post, and vacation insurance, if purchased, can be bought through several different companies. * When you price shop on the official cruise line website, your initial price shown may include the transfers and insurance, just deselect those options to see your base price.*
Now, on to what is included in your cruise price:
- Food- For the most part, ALL food is included! All 3 meals, snacks, desserts, even room service! If you choose to go, there is an adults only restaurant on board, Palo, that charges per person, but this is optional. Free food also includes the meal served on Castaway Cay during your beach day. You should be prepared to tip if you order room service, but the food itself is free. There is a little snack bar outside the theatre that sells popcorn and candy that you have to pay for. However, this is pointless because you can go up to any of the snack places on Deck 9 and get free food and drinks to carry in with you.
- Drinks- In the dining rooms all non- alcoholic drinks are free. On deck 9 there is a 24 hour self serve soda station that is also free. Anything ordered from a waiter roaming around the decks has a charge regardless of whether it is alcoholic or not. The same is true for any drinks ordered in any of the adult clubs. On Castaway Cay, non-alcoholic drinks from the soda station are free, but anything ordered from a waiter or at the bar has a charge.
- Activities- Almost all organized activities on board are included in the price. It is also free to use the fitness center, but not the spa. There are small fees for things like wine or beer tastings as well as most of the bingo sessions. There is however, usually at least one free bingo session.
What is NOT included in the price of your cruise:
- Excursions off of the boat.
- Any Spa or Laundry services.
- Childcare for Children under 3. All activities for potty trained children 3 and over are completely free, but there is a charge if you want to take your child under 3 to Flounder’s Reef nursery.
- Alcoholic beverages and activities such as wine or beer tastings.
- Bingo and the Arcade
- The per person charge for adults who choose to dine at Palo.
- Tips for servers, room service, room stewards, etc.
Be sure to learn how to make the most of your trip by reading the Disney Cruise Training series. And if you are ready to book your trip, be sure to read about the perks of using an authorized Disney vacation planner (plus it’s FREE!).