Does Disney Offer Group Rates for Cruises?
This is one of the most common questions for large parties looking to take a Disney cruise. Unfortunately, Disney Cruise Line does not offer any official group rates and discounts for booking multiple staterooms.
However, there are ways you can create your own group experience:
- Disney allows up to reserve up to 4 staterooms together on one reservation. For larger parties, you’ll need to make multiple reservations.
- After booking, you can link separate reservations to coordinate dining times, youth activities, etc.
- If booked early, you may be able to get multiple reservations with staterooms located close together.
- Get connecting staterooms with inside doors to easily move between cabins.
- Plan group events like cocktail hours, trivia, and crafting activities in reserved lounges.
- Meet up for shows, character greetings, meals, or at a designated spot to head ashore together.
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Why Doesn’t Disney Offer Group Rates?
Unlike other major cruise lines, Disney Cruise Line does not offer discounted block rates for group bookings. There are a few reasons behind this policy:
- High demand: Disney cruises maintain very high occupancy levels year-round. They simply don’t need to offer group discounts to fill ships.
- Families are the priority: Disney caters to families and multi-generational travel. Groups outside this demographic are a lower priority.
- Capacity limits: Disney ships have smaller guest capacities than other cruise lines. It’s more difficult to accommodate large blocks of staterooms.
- Service standards: Disney has very high service standards. Large groups spread out over the ships can strain staff resources.
While it may be disappointing, focusing on crafting your own group experience rather than discounts allows you to have an amazing Disney cruise regardless!
Best Disney Ships for Group Cruises
There’s much to consider when choosing a ship for your group cruise with Disney Cruise Line. Each of their five vessels offers a distinct experience tailored to diverse guest needs. Here are some pros and cons to help guide your choice::
Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream
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The larger Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream ships are packed with onboard activities and can each hold up to 4,000 passengers.
- Lavish Broadway-style shows like Disney’s Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast.
- Adult-exclusive venues ensure something for every age group.
- AquaDuck waterslides for thrilling onboard entertainment.
- Wide range of dining options, from casual to upscale Palo and Remy.
- Potential for crowded common areas during peak seasons.
- It may feel less personalized due to the ship’s larger size.
Disney Wonder and Disney Magic
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The smaller Disney Wonder and recently renovated Disney Magic each accommodate 2,713 passengers:
- Classic cruise ambiance with the charm of Disney characters.
- Unique offerings like Tiana’s Place (Disney Wonder) and Lumiere’s (Disney Magic).
- There are more limited entertainment and recreation options compared to larger ships.
- There are fewer adjoining rooms than the Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy, and Disney Wish.
- Fewer tech-forward amenities.
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The Disney Wish, a new Disney Cruise Line ship that launched in 2022, is jam-packed with amazing new experiences and can sleep up to 4,000 guests.
- New and modern ship with tech-savvy features.
- First-ever Disney attraction at sea: AquaMouse.
- Awesome, family-friendly dining experiences like Frozen and Marvel-themed dinners.
- Star Wars: Hyperspace Lounge offering unique themed experiences.
- Offers a wide range of stateroom options to suit various group sizes and budgets, including concierge-level staterooms and connected rooms.
- Being a new ship, it might command higher prices initially.
- Popular attractions could have longer wait times.
Disney Treasure and Other Future Ships
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Disney is currently building three new ships. Depending on how far in advance you’re planning, they might be available for your planned group cruise.
The Disney Treasure will have its maiden voyage on December 21, 2024. It is expected to be generally similar to the Disney Wish, but with some specific differences (a Coco themed restaurant instead of a Frozen-themed restaurant, for example).
The other two ships are expected to launch sometime in 2025.
Our Personal Favorite
My wife, Jaimie, and I have been lucky enough to take several Disney cruises over the years. Each one has been incredibly memorable, though the new Disney Wish ranks as our favorite so far.
Even so, every Disney ship has its own special magic. From the activities to the dining and entertainment, they all offer something unique while still delivering that signature Disney experience.
You can’t go wrong with choosing any vessel in the fleet for your group cruise. Just keep your party’s size and interests in mind when deciding.