Planning for any cruise can be a challenge. Especially if it’s your first time. Last year we went on a Carnival Cruise. Their prices are great and the cruise itself was wonderful. But this year we decided to splurge for a Disney Cruise. We love Disney World and we love cruising so why not do both together? But once again I was nervous making plans.
First, I went to their website, Disney Cruise, and entered in different ports and locations. I had no flexibility on the dates because we had to plan our cruise for the week of Spring Break. This first step gave me a good idea of how much it cost. I finally decided that my budget would cover us for a 3 night cruise. But I didn’t stop there.
Second, I went to Pinterest and started searching. Search for key words like “Disney cruise deals”, “first time Disney cruise” and just “Disney cruise”. I found a lot of people who were Disney cruise experts–mainly travel agents. But I also found some great blogs from ordinary Disney lovin’ people.
Third, I kept an eye on the Disney cruise deals. I would check back every other day or so. I figured I could be flexible and even wait until the week before the cruise to purchase something. Then a Florida resident offer came up. I live in Florida and this is where I finally found our deal but it was the week before spring break. Remember me talking about being flexible? Well, here’s an example. If you want the best deals you have to be flexible! Instead of a 3 night cruise I am getting a 7 night cruise for almost the same price! (I would recommend starting with a shorter cruise if you haven’t cruised before, just to make sure your comfortable being on the water for trip of that length.)
Fourth, I called Disney Cruise. I asked a million questions, everything from where is the best available room with a window, to when’s the earliest time I can board. My list of questions came from reading other bloggers who have gone on Disney cruises. After I got answers to my questions I booked the cruise. Oh, by the way, if you’re still not 100 percent certain about the plan, they can put a hold on your room for 24 hours. That will give you some additional time to think.
Lastly, because I live in Florida and booked a cruise under a Florida resident deal, I had to send proof of residency within 48 hours. This is real important because you could loose your rate if you do not complete this step on time.
I hope this is a helpful to you in planning your big trip! On the next blog, I will explain how to do online check-in and other online things like reserving excursions etc. Disney’s online check-in and other services are head and shoulders above what the other cruises offer.