How to Book Disney Cruise Line Vacations2018-11-23T18:09:04+00:00

How to Book Disney Cruise Line Vacations

What you need to know about Booking a Disney Cruise Ship Package

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Disney Cruise Line was incorporated in 1996 as a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. The operation is headquartered in Celebration, Florida, and currently has 4 cruise ships in its active fleet with plans to add three more ships over the next several years. In addition to the cruise ships, the subsidiary also owns a private island in the Bahamas named Castaway Cay. This tropical oasis is used as an exclusive port-of-call for their cruise ship guests.

If you know someone who has embarked on a Disney Cruise Line adventure, you have probably heard what a magical experience they can be. While there are similarities among each ship in the fleet, every Disney Cruise ship has its own unique take on dining, entertainment, amenities, destinations, and on-board activities for guests of all ages.

In this article, we will investigate your options on how to book Disney Cruise Line vacations, as well as highlight the key features and attributes of each ship. Hopefully this information will help you decide if a Disney cruise ship vacation is something you want to pursue.

How to Book Disney Cruise Line/Ship Vacations

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If this is your first Disney Cruise Line adventure, the best advice we could give you is to book through a travel agency that specializes in Disney vacations rather than going it alone and booking a vacation package directly through Disney.

There are a few reasons why booking with a Disney travel agent is the way to go. For starters, their services are entirely free to you, the client (Disney pays them a small commission to help you – but at no time do you pay anything extra). Secondly, a travel planner who specializes in Disney vacations will be able to answer your questions and give you helpful advice. After all, its their job to do so and they will (or should) know the pros and cons of Disney Cruise Line vacations based on their own first-hand experience.  Disney Travel will give you the lowdown on the different ships, activities, dining options, destinations, etc. Lastly, a Disney travel agent will book all of your reservations and details of your trip so that you won’t have to. Relax and feel secure in knowing that everything is taken care of for you.

See our Disney Travel Planners page to find an agency that can help you book your Disney Cruise Line vacation package.

Onboard Credit

It is also worth mentioning that giving “on-board credit” is a common industry practice whereby a travel agency will give their clients a bonus reward for booking through their respective agency.  Your on-board credit is essentially free money that is linked to your stateroom account. This credit can be used to pay for practically anything on the ship or at Castaway Cay including meals, drinks, merchandise, spa treatments, activities on the ship, shore excursions, gratuity, and more.

Ask your Disney travel agent about on-board credit before you book your Disney Cruise line vacation package. It’s certainly a great perk so take full advantage of it if its offer to you!

Ships in the Disney Cruise Line Fleet

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The latest industry numbers indicate that Disney Cruise Lines have a 2.3 percent share of the of the worldwide cruise ship market. With 3 additional ships soon to be added to the roster, we should only expect Disney to increase their market-share over the coming years.

As of now, the 4 active ships in the fleet are:

          • Disney Magic
          • Disney Wonder
          • Disney Dream
          • Disney Fantasy

Each of these cruise ships has it’s own unique history and defining characteristics. Let’s examine the benefits of these Disney’s cruise ships:

Disney Magic Cruise Ship

Disney Magic Cruise Ship

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Disney Magic Overview

Disney Magic made it’s maiden voyage on July 30, 1998 and has been in service thereafter. It boasts a length of 984 ft, a gross tonnage of 83,338, and has 11 public decks, 875 staterooms, a crew of 945, and enough capacity for 2,700 guests.

Disney Magic’s interior is decorated in an Art Deco style. On its exterior, the ship’s color scheme is black, red, and white with 20 yellow lifeboats (matching the colors of Mickey Mouse!). Disney Magic’s horn blasts a tune from the Disney’s famous “When You Wish Upon a Star.” The ship’s Godmother is Patricia Disney, the wife of Roy E. Disney.

Routes: 4 Night Caribbean Cruises; 5, 6, 7 and 8 Night Western Caribbean Cruises; 2, 3, 4 and 8 Night Bahamian Cruises; 4, 5, 7, 9 and 12 night Mediterranean Cruises; and Special Cruises

Disney Magic Dining

There are two seating times offered aboard Disney Magic – early and late. The Disney Cruise Line uses something they call  “Rotational Dining” to ensure that guests have a chance to experience each of the ship’s themed restaurants.   As far as dining options, Disney Magic has several restaurants including Lumiere’s (themed after Beauty and the Beast), Rapunzel’s Royal Table (inspired by Disney animated movie Tangled), and Animator’s Palate.  All three are part of the Rotational Dining schedule. Disney Magic’s Palo restaurant is located on the aft deck and serves Northern Italian fare at dinnertime (18+, seats 130 guests).

Disney Magic Entertainment

The fun never stops on Disney Magic. The ship has live Broadway-style shows with Disney characters, fireworks, character meets, movie theaters with first-run and Disney movies, the Walt Disney Theater  and the Buena Vista Theater, karaoke, games, several pools, and a variety of Disney-themed deck parties including Pirates Night and Sail-Away Celebration. There is also a massive LED screen called “Funnel Vision, and numerous lounges and bars, including O’Gills pub, Keys piano bar, the Promenade Lounge, D-Lounge and the adults-only Fathoms.

Disney Magic Activities for Kids

Disney Magic hosts a variety of kids’ clubs to keep the youngsters entertained.

-It’s a Small World Nursery is a play area for infants.

Oceaneer Club and the Oceaneer Lab are geared towards kids ages 3 to 12 years old.  Activities include themed activities, computer games, experiments, costume dress, and more.

-The Edge is an interactive play area for kids ages 11 to 14.

-The Vibe club is strictly for teens and offers video games, Internet, TV, music, Internet access, and social activities

Disney Wonder Cruise Ship

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Disney Wonder Overview

Disney Wonder is the second ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet. It made its maiden voyage in August 1999. She is constructed in a nearly identical fashion as Disney Magic, although the ship’s interior is decorated in the Art Nouveau style rather than Art Deco. Disney Wonder has 11 public decks, 875 staterooms, a crew of roughly 950, and can accommodate 2,400 passengers. This Disney cruise ship has a length of 974 ft and a gross tonnage of 83,000.

: The routes include the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Alaska, and the USA’s West Coast

Disney Wonder Dining

Disney Cruise Line uses a dining rotation where guests rotated to a different restaurant each night. Guests are seated at the same table number – with the same table guests and wait staff – for every night they are on board. This creates less confusion and commodore among the guests.

Disney Wonder has three main restaurants: Triton’sTiana’s Place and Animator’s Palate. Triton’s features French cuisine in an Art Deco dining room, Tiana’s Place serves southern cooking with live jazz music, and Animator’s Palate is a dining show offering contemporary cuisine and Disney characters. The other dining and food options include Cabanas, a buffet-style restaurant for breakfast and lunch and a casual eatery at dinner, a sandwich and salad shop called Daisy’s de-LitesPinocchio’s Pizza, and the adult-oriented Palo where Italian-inspired food and décor are complimented with live music.

Disney Wonder Entertainment

Some of the entertainment and lifestyle highlights of Disney Wonder include Crown & Fin Pub, an adults-only British style pub, Frozen, A Musical Spectacular, the relaxing and rejuvenating Senses Spa and Salon. Check here for a list of all onboard activities.

Disney Wonder Activities for Kids

Like Disney Magic, Disney Wonder offers the Oceaneers Club and the Oceaneers Lab for children ages 3-12. The Club has several TVs, customs to play dress-up, a slide, and some counselor-led activities. The Lab is geared towards the older ranges, with video games, TVs, computers, cooking classes, and more.

Disney Dream Cruise Ship

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Disney Dream Overview

Disney Dream is the 3rd Disney Cruise Line cruise ship operated by The Walt Disney Company. She has been active since 2011, and currently sails three-day, four-day, and sometimes five-day cruises to the Bahamas.  The ship has a capacity of 2,500 (double occupancy) or 4,000 passengers maximum and has a crew of 1,458.  Disney Dream is 1,114 ft in length and a gross tonnage of 83,000.

Routes: 3, 4, and occasionally 5-day Bahamas cruises originating out of Port Canaveral, Florida.

Disney Dream Dining

Disney Dream has Rotational Dining where you will get to experience 3 different restaurants each night of your cruise. The ship is home to a “state-of-the-art” dinner show at Animator’s Palate, a classic Disney fairytale feast at Royal Palace, and Enchanted Garden set in serene conservatory setting. For a more casual dining experience, head to Cabanas for  a casual breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Or check the pizza, chicken, burgers, salads at Flo’s Café, For a delicious icy treat, head to Frozone Treats or Eye Scream.  The Italian inspired Palo and the French-inspired Remy are both high-end, adult-only dining options. In-room dining is available 24-hours a day.

Disney Dream Entertainment

Disney Dream on-board activities includes digital sports simulators, a 9-hole mini-golf course, a full-sized basketball court, volleyball court, pitch, and a walking track.

Disney Wonder is also home a “water roller coaster” called the “AquaDuck,”  a Mickey’s Slide and three pools. The ship has two theaters: the Walt Disney Theater, (live Broadway-style performances) and the Buena Vista Theater (first-run Disney movies).

Disney Dream Activities for Kids

Like the other Disney cruise ships, Disney’s It’s a Small World Nursery, Oceaneer Club, Oceaneer Lab, Edge, and Vibe are geared to kids of all ages.

Disney Fantasy Cruise Ship

Disney Fantasy Cruise Ship

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Disney Cruise Line Fantasy

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Disney Fantasy Overview

Disney Fantasy – the sister ship of Disney Dream – was launched in 2012 as Disney Cruise Line’s latest ship. Guest can choose between a seven-night Eastern or Western Caribbean cruise. This ship has a length of 1,114.8 ft and a gross tonnage is 129,750. Like Disney Dream, the cruise ship has an onboard guest capacity of 2.500 (double occupancy) and 4,000 (max occupancy) and a crew of over 1,400.

Disney Fantasy Dining

Disney Fantasy has Rotational Dining between the always entertaining dinner show at Animator’s Palate called Animation Magic. The other restaurants are the magical Enchanted Garden  and fairytale dining room of Royal Court. Casual dining options include Cabanas,  Flo’s Café, and snacks at Eye Scream and Frozone Treats. The Northern Italian cusine of Palo,  or French-inspired Remy – provide a few upscale and intimate options for adults.

Disney Fantasy Entertainment

Disney Fantasy onboard activities include a “water roller coaster” called the “AquaDuck,”  The Nightclub District called Europa, pools, pubs, theatres, and more!

Disney Fantasy Activities for Kids

Like the other Disney cruise ships, Disney’s Fantasy cruise ship has plenty of individual and instructor-led activities geared to kids of all ages.

We hope our How to Book Disney Cruise Line Vacations page has given you a little more color into Disney cruises. For more useful Disney World information, please review some additional pages on MagicGuides like our Disney Dining Plan CalculatorDisney Transportation Map, and Disney World Tips and Tricks articles.

If you need help planning and booking your magical Disney Cruise Line vacation, contact our friends at The Vacationeer. Their services are always helpful and totally free of charge!

Thank you for reading our page, and we hope you have a fantastic vacation!

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