How to Book Disney Cruise Line Vacations

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

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.  There are 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 on most sailings out of Florida.

If you know someone who has embarked on a Disney Cruise Line adventure, you have probably heard what a magical experience these sailings can be. While there are similarities between each ship in the fleet, each Disney Cruise ship has its own unique take on dining, entertainment, amenities, destinations, and onboard 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 Disney cruise ship. Hopefully, this information will help you decide if this type of vacation is something you wish to pursue.

How to Book Disney Cruise Line/Ship Vacations

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There are 2 options when it comes to booking a Disney cruise.

  • Book A Disney Cruise Through Disney

Simply go to the Disney Cruise Line website and find a Disney cruise via their cruise listing page. Here you will find the available cruises sorted by Ports of Departure, Ports of Call, Disney Cruise Ship, or Port Adventures.

After selecting your itinerary, you’ll select your stateroom(s), make your full or partial payment, or a deposit to secure your reservation.

You can also Disney Cruise Line at (800) 951-3532 and make your reservations over the phone. Guests must be 18+ or have permission from a parent or guardian

  • Book a Disney Cruise Through a Disney Travel Agent (RECOMMENDED)

If this is your first Disney Cruise Line adventure, then the best advice we could give you is to book through a travel agency that specializes in Disney vacations We prefer this route over 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. Yes, it’s true! Disney pays these agents 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, it’s their job to do so. They will (or should) know the pros and cons of Disney Cruise Line vacations based on their own first-hand experience. Your Disney Travel agent 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 for you.  They take care of all the details so that you don’t have to. Relax and feel secure in knowing that everything is taken care of and will be done correctly.

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

Onboard Credit

Look for a Disney travel agency that will offer you something called “onboard credit.”

Onboard credit is a common industry practice whereby a travel agency will give its clients a bonus reward for booking through their respective agency.  Your onboard credit is essentially free money that is linked to your stateroom account to be used to pay for practically anything on the ship or at Castaway Cay.

Some of the ways to spend onboard credit include specialty meals, drinks, merchandise, spa treatments, activities on the ship, shore excursions, gratuity, and more items that aren’t included in your cruise fare.

Ask your Disney travel agent about onboard credit before you book your Disney Cruise line vacation package. If they don’t offer it, then move on to another agency that does! It’s certainly a great perk and you want to take full advantage of it when it’s offered.

For more information on this wonderful Disney cruise promotion, please see our Disney Cruise Onboard Credit page and check out The Vacationeer’s Onboard Credit promotion.

What You Will Need to Book a Disney Cruise

What Do You Need When Booking a Disney Cruise?

To book a Disney cruise, you’ll need the following information:

  • Your desired itinerary (as seen on Disney’s Cruises & Destinations page)
  • The number of people (adults and children under 18) who will stay in the stateroom(s) you book
  • The addresses, phone numbers, and birthdates for each Guest in your group
  • Payment information: credit card, Disney Rewards Redemption Cards, or Disney Gift Cards
  • If you’re a returning Guest, you should use your Castaway Club membership ID to receive Castaway Club benefits

Disney’s Terms and Conditions cover areas relating to their ticketing and cancellation policies and spell out the responsibilities of the Cruise Line and its Guests. It also discusses shipboard travel and onboard experiences.

Disney requires Guests to read and accept the Terms and Conditions before submitting a payment.

Need some advice on which destination and Disney cruise ship to book? See our How Much Does a Disney Cruise Cost and Disney Cruise Ships Ranked pages, or speak directly with an experienced Disney cruise aficionado at The Vacationeer!

Enjoy your Disney Cruise!

We hope that our How to Book Disney Cruise Line Vacations page gives you a little more color into what Disney cruises are like. For more useful Disney World information, please review additional pages on MagicGuides like our Best Disney Cruise ShipsHow Much Do it Cost to Go to Disney World, How Much Disney Food Cost at Disney, Disney Transportation Map, and Disney World Tips and Tricks articles.

If you need help planning and booking your magical Disney Cruise Line vacation, please contact our friends at The Vacationeer. Their services are always helpful and totally free of charge!  Click HERE for a free, no-obligation price quote.

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