Port Canaveral is just 7 hours by car from Atlanta and only 45 minutes away from Walt Disney World. Catch a flight from Atlanta and you can be in Florida and on a Disney cruise just moments later. The Disney Fantasy is offering a 7 night Halloween on the High Seas Western Caribbean Cruises over September break and now is the time to start planning for the best price.
The Disney Dream has three and four night Bahamian cruises, also with extra Halloween activities. Stop at Atlantis for a swim, or go to an authentic fish fry just steps away from the Nassau port. Experience Disney’s private Island, Castaway Cay with white sand beaches while enjoying Cooks BBQ, or snorkeling in the calm Caribbean waters.
Planning tips for your Disney Cruise
We have been on many different cruise lines and it’s hard to beat a Disney Cruise. We have put together a list of questions we often get about Disney Cruise Line from our readers.
What’s the most affordable way to take a Disney Cruise with a large family of 5 or more?
You can get two staterooms and get staterooms that connect. We have booked two inside staterooms instead of a veranda that sleeps five and it’s actually cheaper to book two inside staterooms. Disney Cruise Line has double bathrooms which make it much easier to get ready and also lots of storage. Book very early to get a connecting room, these book first so book this at least a year out. Also booking a Disney cruise early gets you the best price.
What extras do you get on a Disney Cruise?
Disney Cruise Line has loads of extras. Sodas are included and ice cream cones by the pool, great dining options, amazing kids programs, fireworks at sea, and award winning shows and entertainment.
What is the best Disney cruise for a first time cruiser?
If this is your first cruise we would recommend a shorter cruise so you can get a feel for it. You can do a three night Disney cruise but you are really just getting on the ship and then getting right back off. A 4 night Disney cruise is what we would recommend if you just want to try cruising. Also you get to go to Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, on the 4 night and not just the Bahamas. Our favorite cruise is Eastern or Western Caribbean on Disney Cruise Line for 7 nights. Seven nights is a nice length.Now you also can break up a Disney Cruise with a Walt Disney World vacation and do both.
How do I know if a Disney Cruise is right for me and my family?
I think you really need to have a conversation about what you expect from your vacation. Do you want to read a book poolside and relax? Is your vacation style more active? A Disney cruise can accommodate everyone. If you want to spend your day relaxing at the coffee bar or getting a massage, you can. If you want constant activities, trivia, shows, dining, excursions, you can do that too.
Does Disney create themes to lower booked Disney Cruises?
We have been on the Disney Halloween cruise and also the Christmas cruises. Disney Cruise Line has a Star Wars cruise, Marvel Day at Sea, and also and there was a Frozen themed cruise. We love both the Halloween themed Disney Cruises and also the holidays on a Disney Cruise. The Disney Cruise line ships are decorated for Halloween and Christmas and even Castaway Cay is decorated for the Christmas Holidays.
Which is the best Disney Cruise itinerary in the Caribbean?
Eastern Caribbean and Western Caribbean are both nice. If I had to pick I would pick Eastern Caribbean. St Thomas and St. Martin are both very nice for an island tour, water sports, beaches, snorkeling, sailing, shopping and dining. Mexico for the Western Caribbean is nice but if you go shopping be prepared to walk away from lots of high pressure sales in the shops.
Is there a bus to get to Walt Disney World from Disney Cruise Line?
Yes you can get from your Disney cruise port to Walt Disney World. It’s $75 per person and we actually recommend Happy Limo instead. Contact your Pixie at Pixie Vacations and they can book this for you.
FYI: Port Canaveral to WDW is only about 45 minutes. We have driven this many times in our own car and it’s a very easy drive.
When should I book Palo or Remy on my Disney Cruise?
Remy and Palo are the two luxury dining restaurants on Disney Cruise Line. They come with an extra charge and a reservation is needed. Palo can book up quickly and is $30 a person. Remy is their very high end restaurant dinner is $95 a person. There are also dessert experiences, brunch, wine parings etc. at different price points
We booked the last night of our Disney Cruise at Palo and I would recommend against this. You have already been eating for many days and your last night it’s kind of difficult to have a big fancy meal. Also you have to head back to your room and pack your luggage. Also we would recommend not doing a specialty Disney restaurant on your first night. Most of the time you are in a rush to get your luggage, unpack and get to dinner. You should ask your travel agent to book Remy and Palo as soon as it is available in advance to get the best dates and times. You can book on the ship itself as soon as you board, and we have done this also. But booking on board you have a very limited selection of reservations.
Both Remy and Palo are excellent and worth the up charge.
Does Disney Offer and Walt Disney World and Disney Cruise Package?
Yes, this is called a Disney land and sea package, but we recommend booking these separately because your Mouse Chatter can book a promotion much easier when they book WDW and DCL separately for you. So if a Disney World discount comes out and you have Disney Cruise Line and Walt Disney World booked separately, you can then update your Disney World package to get the new vacation deal. We have several tips around how to book both Disney World and Disney Cruise Line together, please contact us to get the best offer, Pixie Vacations 678-815-1584.
How to book your Disney Cruise