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10 Tips While Cruising With Disney Cruise Line

Disney Cruise ship in Castaway Cay

A Disney Cruise is the ultimate vacation for many. Some relaxation, lots of sun, plenty of activities all sprinkled in Disney magic. What’s not to love? With 4 beautiful and unique ships (and more on the way) with some of the best itineraries, it’s easy to find a cruise you’ll enjoy. You will want to spend your time enjoying it. So here are 10 tips for while you are onboard your Disney cruise.





  1. Roaming- Turn your Cellular data off while at sea. Avoid those pesky roaming charges. You will still be able to communicate with those on board with you using the Wave phones provided in your stateroom or on the navigator app. Your stateroom will have a wave phone that you can use to call or text each other, others on the ship with you. It also allows places like the Nursery or kids clubs to keep in contact with you. The best part is, it’s free.
  2. Navigator App- Download the Navigator app. Before you board, it will just be a countdown and some info on the cruise itself. Once you embark, it gives you access to much more. Times for activities, characters, menus, reminders for times like dining, nursery, reservation or ‘ticketed’ events. It will be your handheld guide to everything.
  3. Carry On- Your suitcase will be taken when you arrive. They will be delivered to your room. So pack your carry on with things you will need for the first few hours. Wear a bathing suit and bring a light easy change of clothes, especially to change for early dining. Sunscreen cause no one wants to get burnt. Charger for your phone or camera, so you don’t any pics. Drinks or snacks you want to bring onboard must in the carry-on. Any medications you need.
  4. Navigation Secrets- Ships have ways to find your way around hidden all over. First, if you are Starboard (right) side of the ship has starfish clips at staterooms, and the Port (left) side has Fish clips. The clips will be facing aft (back of ship). On the carpet, the point of the star and the north point on the compass are pointing forwards.
  5. Bring a big tumbler- Soda station on the pool deck and at dinner are free. Cups at the stations are pretty small. Bring a larger insulated cup to enjoy on deck without so many trips. Refill before a show. Even before bedtime.
  6. Snacks- Bringing your own snacks, like the $1 box of candy from Walmart. They are good for movies, the theater and just for a snack. Although there is plenty of food onboard, sweet shops and concessions outside those areas do charge for drinks and snacks.
  7. Room Service- There are FREE items you can order for Room service. The menu is in your stateroom with items that cost too so watch, check it out and enjoy!
  8. Laundry- There are several laundry locations around the ship. The washer and dryer are relatively small but great for a little refresh or washing clothes before you disembark. Washer is $3 Dryer is $3 Detergent is $1. You don’t need change, just your Key to the World card. I usually bring a few pods with me on board with dryer sheets.
  9. Pop Up Hamper- Your steward can also bring you a laundry bag, but it’s easier to throw the dirty clothes and take them to the laundry room halfway through the cruise! Or towards the end. It gets them out of the way and helps the room stay uncluttered.
  10. “Ticketed Events”- Cruises have some special offerings but require advanced reservations or a limited number of tickets per cruise. It could be a character breakfast, certain characters, tea, etc. If they are sold online before your cruise, go to Guest Services when you get on board and see if they have any extras. If not you will get put on a waitlist and will be notified if they have more open up. So don’t give up.

BONUS- Fish Extender. It is a fun gift exchange cruisers started and become a staple in our Disney cruise adventures. Find out more here.

I hope these get you a little more prepared and save a few bucks on your Disney vacation. Disney cruises have so much for you to enjoy, it seems they go so fast. So relax. Have fun and enjoy the magic. Or the Fantasy, Dream or Wonder, whichever one you’re on.





Do you use any of these Disney tips or do you have any others? My name is Jamie Porter and I am an independent travel agent with Amazing Magical Adventures. I am a Disney Addict and a current AP holder. My family loves experiencing the magic of Disney and I would love to help you book your next Disney Vacation. Follow me on Facebook, click here. Or email me, Jamieporter@amazingmagicaladventures.com.

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