Disney Cruise Line is just one of the many forms of Disney entertainment worldwide. If you are looking forward to your first Disney Cruise you may be a little anxious about what to expect. Don’t worry. Cruises are much more low key than a vacation at the Disney Parks. However, there is still a ton to do and a lot of basics you may not know, even if you have taken a cruise on another line before. In order for your trip to go smoothly and for you to have the best time, in addition to having a knowledgeable travel professional help you plan, here are a few Disney Cruise Line tips that are essential to know.
Organize your Documents
First of all, getting on board will require a series of checkpoints and transportation changes. Make sure you are well organized with all of your documents in order. Include any ID you need and all schedules, reservations, and confirmations handy in an easy to access folder. That way you are never flustered or distressed when it comes time to handle important items. (Hint, if you book with EZ Dis we’ll send everything in your folder plus a checklist to be sure you are set!)
Where to Sleep
A tip to avoid motion sickness. If you are at all worried about the bobbing and swaying of the ship and its effect on your equilibrium, consider sleeping in a stateroom that is lower down and in the middle of the cruise liner. The lower you are and the more centralized your location, the less you will experience movement. The rooms that are highest up and furthest forward will have the most movement.
Don’t let deck 1 or 2 scare you off. It’s not “the bottom of the ship”. There are many decks below, but since they are not accessible to guests, they are not numbered. Even deck 1 is above the water line. While on board, take to learn the navigation hints. Each deck has clues that show what level you are on and what side of the ship you are on.
While the food is free, the alcohol on the cruise is extra and you can run up a pretty large tab. The lounges on board the ships are really fun, and worth a stop, but you can cut down on the amount you spend by bringing your own. Each guest of legal age is allowed to bring two bottles of wine, or champagne; or six beers on their carry on luggage. You can do this every time you board the ship from each port as well and it can save you quite a bit in extra charges.
Make Time for the Fireworks
There is a lot of entertainment on the ship, including themed parties, Disney movies, Broadway caliber theatre and more. You could choose to pursue a variety of options. There are plenty of things you can skip out on, or enjoy. That may be a whole other list of Disney Cruise Line tips. However, the fireworks is one of the things that sets Disney Cruise Line apart and makes it unique. You should make sure not to miss them (Please note that in some itineraries such as Alaska, fireworks are prohibited by law). You’ll easily find the schedule listed in your navigator.
Plan Ahead for Port Excursions
Another thing you will want to be sure you do, long before your cruise is reserved all of your activities. This is one of the most important Disney Cruise Line tips. Some port adventures are limited and you will need to get in on them quickly if you want to participate. Don’t leave it up to chance, or you may have a regrettable time when you dock at your destination. There are a lot of really fun things to do when you plan ahead.
This is one of the benefits of working with a travel concierge who has sailed Disney. They can make recommendations to you and the planners at EZ Dis will actually make your reservations for you as soon as your window opens, all for no additional fee.
Here’s a money saving tip for those excursions….all Disney Cruise vacations booked with EZ Dis include a shipboard credit. You will pay the same price you see on the Disney website and get money to spend on board for excursions, spa treatments, family photos and more! Ask for a quote today.