A Disney cruise is one thing that many families dream of. You get the best of both worlds – all the benefits of a cruise combined with the fun and entertainment of a Disney trip. It’s no surprise then, that Disney cruises are some of the most popular cruise lines around. Many families also find the packages, deals, and discounts make it easier for them to get a vacation they’ve always dreamed of without breaking the bank.
If you’ve decided to embark on a Disney cruise, here are six ways you can prepare:
- Plan according to your destination. Disney cruises travel to the Bahamas, Caribbean, Panama Canal, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Pacific Coast, and Europe. There are also add-ons available. For example, some Disney Cruise Lines allow you to work in a full day at Walt Disney World as part of the cruise.
- Add ground or air transportation to your trip. Sometimes you can add this on when you’re booking the Disney cruise but if you didn’t you need to go back now and plan your air and/or ground transportation. Will you fly or drive to the location where your cruise takes off? How will you return home once it’s over? Planning this in advance will also save you money.
- Pack your clothes. This is especially important when taking children along. You will need to help them pack their clothing and ensure they have all the right clothes for the places you’ll be going, the predicted whether there, as well as events that could take place on the cruise ship itself. You may want to pack at least one formal or fancy outfit for each person attending.
- Inform the cruise line of special events or special diets. If your kids have food allergies, if you’re celebrating a birthday, or if there are any other special events or accommodations your family will need while on your cruise, you should let the cruise line know ahead of time so they can plan for you.
- Use the Planning Center on the Disney Cruise Line website. This is an invaluable tool to help you plan your schedule and your Disney cruise. You can organize all of your various cruise activities here from this website and then access it whenever you need. While you’ll want to include time in your itinerary just for relaxing, planning out other activities makes sure you don’t miss anything important.
- Plan a fun countdown strategy. Now you’re all set except for waiting for the big day. Your kids are going to be excited. You’re excited. What can you do to pass the time a little easier? You might decide to do a fun countdown strategy, ending with a party the night before your big day of setting off on the cruise. You could use a calendar or create your own and mark off the days with Mickey Mouse ears, do something small and Disney themed at the end of each week you countdown, or make up some tradition just for your family. Whatever you do, have fun with it. That’s what the spirit of Disney is all about.
Now that you have these six ways to prepare for your Disney cruise, you’re ready to get started. If you’ve already booked your tickets, all you need to do now is get packed and prepped, and count down to the big day!