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What is Included in a Disney Cruise?

Are you trying to decide if a Disney Cruise is worth the cost? We have traveled on Royal Caribbean, Carnival & Disney Cruise Line and one of the reasons why Disney Cruise Line is my favorite is because of what is included in a Disney Cruise.

What in Included in a  Disney Cruise

If you don’t know already, there is a price difference between the price of a Disney cruise and other cruise lines like Royal Caribbean & Carnival.

Disney is the most expensive one when you look at the initial fare price.

But while other cruise lines are initially cheaper on the front end, they end up nickel and diming you once you get on board.

Disney Fantasy Atrium
Courtesy Disney Cruise Line

How Much is a Disney Cruise?

The first thing that people look at when they are planning a Disney Cruise is the price.

Often, they are overwhelmed with the price of a Disney Cruise because it is so substantially more than many of the other cruise lines.

The Disney Cruise Price Depends on Several Factors:

  • Number of guests & ages of your children
  • Departure port
  • Destination
  • Time of year
  • Ship
  • Stateroom
  • Length of Cruise

The lowest I’ve seen a Disney Cruise price be for a family of 4 (2 adults/ 2 children under 9) is for a three-night cruise to the Bahamas.

You will be able to go for a little over $3K if you cruise in the off-season (Jan/Feb) and don’t mind an interior room on one of the older ships (Wonder/ Magic).

That same cruise in the summer (June/July/August) will cost you $1-2k more!

If you would like to take a 5-7 night cruise during the summer months anywhere off the coast of the USA, you will pay upwards of $6-7k for that same family of four.

So, what do you get for that kind of money? Disney Cruise Line includes quite a bit of things that other cruise lines will charge extra fees for.

What's Included in the Price of a Disney Cruise

What is Included in a Disney Cruise

When looking at the price of your Disney Cruise, you should factor in that the following things are included:

  • Broadway Style Shows (one each night)
  • First run Disney movies (even 3D)
  • Poolside Disney Movies
  • Dance Parties with Disney Characters
  • Meet & Greet Opportunities with Disney Characters
  • Fireworks (once per cruise)
  • Pools & Water slides (both on the ship & at Castaway Cay)
  • Fitness Center (and track)
  • Family Activities (Trivia/ Game night/ Arts & Crafts)
  • Outdoor games (Basketball, mini-golf, ping pong)
  • 3 Themed Restaurants, Buffet, and tons of grab & go (pizza, burgers, fresh sandwiches/wraps)
  • Unlimited soda, juice, coffee and tea
  • Unlimited Soft-serve Ice cream
  • 24 Hour Room Service
  • Toiletries (Soap, Shampoo, Conditioner, Lotion)
  • Self-service Laundry facility (detergent is extra~ so bring your own)
  • Castaway Cay Buffet Lunch (with more free unlimited ice cream)
  • Castaway Cay Beach Chairs (and umbrellas) and Life Vests

In addition to these things, you have Disney excellence when it comes to customer service, and that to me, is priceless!

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Things you will Pay Extra for on a Disney Cruise:

  • Gourmet style coffee
  • Palo fine dining (Adult only)
  • Spa services
  • Bar services
  • Packaged Snacks & Canned Beverages
  • Excursions
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As you can see, you are getting quite a lot for the price of a Disney Cruise.

It is up to you to decide if that heavy price tag is worth it.

Captain Mickey Mouse
Courtesy Disney Cruise Line

What I will tell you is that every Disney Cruise I’ve taken has been worth every penny spent. It is like going to Disney at sea but you actually get time to relax!

What do you think about what is included in a Disney Cruise? Is it worth the price?

Elaine Pera

Wednesday 9th of January 2019

You say soda, juice and coffee are unlimited but didn’t mention water. Going for our first time in August and was wondering if water included.


Wednesday 9th of January 2019

Bottled water is not included, but tap water is in the drink dispenser and has never been an issue because they have a strong water filtration system on board the ship. . Bottled water is available for purchase.

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