- Book Early! Even if you’re ready to go right now you will save yourself more money if you can book as soon as the dates are released. Each week that passes and the date approach the price will rise. You have to keep this in mind that Disney only has four ships and they fill very quickly so their prices are inflated for this reason. You could literally save yourself thousands of dollars depending on the time you book! If you’re traveling without children I would recommend a Verandah stateroom it offers a romantic secluded spot for you to enjoy!
- Always arrive at least one day before you set sail! The ship will not wait for you if your flight is delayed. Also it’s a little stress relief not worrying if you will make it to the ship in time. If you plan to do Walt Disney World or any central Florida theme park before the cruise (and you should, it makes your vacation more relaxing, trust me!) its best to do it beforehand so you have adequate time to board the ship.
- Get a Passport! This is especially important if you’re traveling with children. The last thing you want is to have a medical emergency in Mexico and be taken to a hospital and have no way to get back because you don’t have a passport. While a driver license is acceptable, you better to have a passport. You can check-in 75 days before the ship sets sail (Embarkation Day) and to do so you’ll need the passport number. You can also begin booking any shore excursions you may be interested in as well.
- While your booking those excursions don’t forget about an elegant night out at Palo or Remy. These are the exclusive adult only restaurants that do cost extra ($30 per person), but are so worth the price!!!
- Book the earliest port arrival time possible, typically 10:30 or 11:00 am. This gives you the time to explore everything the ship has to offer before you have to assemble for the safety briefing around 4:30. If you don’t care to explore then you can kick back and relax on one of the pool decks until dinner or whenever. Its your vacation so do whatever makes you happy!
- The essential carry-on should consist of any medicines necessary for the trip (diabetes medications, Tylenol, Dramamine, Allergies, and whatever else you may need), a spare battery to charge your phone, your swimming attire, a change of clothes, and alcohol. Disney recently changed their policy for alcohol to only allow two bottle of wine or champagne and/or six 12-ounce cans of beer.
- Packing your suitcase a variety of outfits should include something for semi-formal night, formal night, pirate night, marvel day at sea (select sailings), and Star Wars day at sea (select sailings). All of which you don’t technically have to dress up for but in my opinion makes the cruise more enjoyable. For those adults looking to go all out, go for it! We have seen some amazing adult costumes while on board, but just remember no masks!
- Enjoy the complimentary room service (however I suggest you leave a tip just to curtious) that will answer your call at anytime day or night. You can order quite a bit, even milk and cookies for the little ones or maybe for yourself. No matter what they will do just about anything to make your vacation magical.
- Perhaps deemed the best part of any Disney Cruise is the stop at Castaway Cay in the Bahamas. This is Disney very own Private Island and you will certainly fall in love! No kids? Great, you will have an entire beach to yourself with other adults, but don’t worry if you do have kids you’ll be able to enjoy the family beach as well! Oh yeah, they feed you too. Yeah a BBQ style buffet that will leave you crawling back to the beach to layback and digest that amazing food.
- REBOOK! Okay, maybe that was to straight forwarded, but unless you had a terrible time because of sea sickness I’m willing to bet you want to cruise again! It’s a $250 deposit to receive a place holder cruise that will literally give you the ability to sail whenever you like within the next two years! Trust me it’s a bargain!
Did I miss something? Let us know below or share your best 1st time cruise tips in the comments! Happy Sailing!!
Author: Josh Rippey
Josh has been to Walt Disney World numerous times and also visits the surrounding theme parks and other natural wonders of Florida. He loves to share his experiences with the readers and receive their feedback. He also books vacations through Goldgell Getaways. Email him for a quote at email@example.com. Follow him on Instagram @rippeyjosh; Twitter @Josh_Rippey; and over on Facebook!