This post contains affiliate links (ads), which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive some $$$ to keep this blog running.
In a couple of weeks, my family and I will have spent seven days on a Disney cruise sailing throughout Alaska! I am very excited about this bucket trip adventure because I have been planning this for over three years!
I have read a ton of blogs preparing me for the Disney cruise, and I wanted to share my blog on what I knew before the cruise as well as a later post on what I learned from first-hand experience!
Here are my pre-cruising tips for booking
- Sign up for a Disney vacation account
- Buy Disney gift cards through Target and use the Target RED card to save 5%
- Book your cruise with an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner – I use Small World Vacations because they can give you a great onboard credit
- Disney cruises do not go on sale, book your vacation as soon as you can for the best deals
- Try to book a secret room for a better bang for your buck
- Request a window seat for dining from your Disney cruise planner
- Reserve your adult only dining online as soon as possible – there are dinner and brunch options
- If you are bringing on a mobility device on board, make sure to email Disney to let them know by filling out this form 60 days before departing
- Download the Disney cruise line personal navigator app
- You can bring booze on a Disney Cruise (in your carry on)! Each passenger can bring two bottles of wine or one six pack of beer at embarkation AND each port
- You can also bring water bottles or a Brita to stay hydrated
- Make sure to pack a refillable cups so you can refill on free beverages – we purchased tumblers at Sam’s clubs and ordered custom monogram decals from Etsy
- We bought adorable Mickey themed mugs from Big Lots to drink coffee on our Balcony
- Pack anti-nausea medication and anything you may need for a cold or allergies
- Pack any packaged snacks you may want to eat on board – such as candy for watching the shows
- Layers! Bring Layers! The weather in Alaska is very unpredictable, and it could rain
- Bring a library card to keep the lights on in your stateroom (not applicable for the classic ships Wonder and Magic)
On the cruise
- Excursions and dining may appear sold out, but if you go to the excursion Desk you can see about booking activities that were not sold out online
- It may take a while for your room to arrive and luggage to make it to your stateroom so ensure your carry-on has anything you need for the afternoon (medicine, sweater, Etc)
- As soon as you board eat lunch – it is included in your price
- You can get 50 MB of free wifi if you sign up with guest service on day one
- If you already know the next cruise you want to book – book it on the cruise! You get a reduced deposit and can save 10% off the final price of the cruise
- Make sure to put some sort of decoration on your door so you can remember which one is yours! They all start to look alike!
- Having late dining may seem to suck the entire time you are on the boat – until you are the only ones who have late breakfast on the last day
- You can prepay tips but if you don’t make sure you square up your bill with Guest Services the night before instead of dealing with long lines in the morning
Read the 25 tips I learned AFTER I went on my Alaska Cruise.
Pin it for later!