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Ready, Set, Sail! Top Tips for Planning Your Dream Disney Cruise

Ready, Set, Sail! Top Tips for Planning Your Dream Disney Cruise

If you’ve been to any of the Disney parks or resorts, you’ll quickly realize that planning for your trip isn’t necessarily a breeze. Going unprepared means you’ll end up wasting a lot of time and unnecessarily spending more money.

Going on a Disney cruise is no different; however, a bit of planning beforehand can go a long way towards making your onboard experience more relaxing, and you can save some money, too.

Here are some tips and tricks to consider when booking and planning for a Disney cruise.

Tips for Booking a Disney Cruise

If you’ve sailed with Disney before, make sure to enrol in Castaway Club, Disney Cruise Line’s loyalty program. Having status will give you priority access to new sail dates as they’re released. 

Once the dates are released, try to book your cruise as soon as possible. This is typically when cruise fares are the cheapest, and these rates also stack with any other promotions.

For example, Disney often will offer promotions for Canadian residents to help take the sting off of the weaker dollar. Or, there might be other promotions for kids to sail for free.

If the timing works out right, you’ll benefit from the best available prices at the beginning of the schedule, as well as any other offers to stack on the lower prices.

While there are exceptions, in previous years, dates for cruises tend to be released in the following general pattern:

  • Early sailings are released from September–October two years prior. For example, early 2023 sailings were released in October 2021.
  • Summer sailings are released from February to March the year prior.
  • Fall and winter cruises are released from May to June the year prior.

Once you’ve settled on your dates and the prices, it’s now time to book.

If you’re travelling with a group, it’s best to call in to book your reservation, or do it through a travel agency. This way, you can ensure your cabins are placed in close proximity to each other, and that you’re all seated in the same area for dinner.

They can also sometimes offer bonus onboard credits or gift cards that offset the cost of your cruise by a little.

Be sure to pay with a credit card that maximizes your earn in the travel category.

For example, the American Express Gold Rewards Card and the American Express Platinum Card both offer 2 MR points per dollar spent on travel, while the HSBC World Elite Mastercard offers 6 HSBC Rewards per…

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