6 Cool Things to Do on Longer Disney Cruise Sailings

by | Dec 3, 2021 | Disney Cruise Line

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Here’s what you need to know about longer Disney Cruise sailings if you’re a first-timer.

A Disney Cruise is a magical experience whether you’re stepping on board for the first time or have sailed the seven seas several times over with Mickey and his friends. Disney Cruise Line has something for everyone, and new guests may choose to book a three- or four-day cruise the first time to get a taste of what they have to offer.

But what about longer Disney Cruise sailings that stretch a whole week?

Yes, Disney does offer longer itineraires, such as through the Panama Canal when they reposition the Wonder and themed cruises like their Marvel Day at Sea.

Whichever longer cruise you choose, it’s the perfect time to try the following activities you may not have time for on a shorter journey. Here are six helpful tips you can use to prepare!

Book a Spa Day (or Two)

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Taking a spa day is one of my favorite things to do on longer Disney Cruise sailings. Photo by Todd Turner

Disney Cruise Line is home to the Senses Spa & Salon where guests can indulge in spa treatments such as massages and aromatherapy or salon services including manicures and pedicures. Guests can even book a private villa. 

They also provide complimentary amenities during your visit like non-alcoholic drinks, showers, and robes. Pricing and availability vary. Refer to the Disney Cruise Navigator App or visit the spa’s reception desk for details. 

Enjoy the Captain’s Reception

At the Captain’s Reception, you’ll meet more than Captain Mickey! Photo by Todd Turner

There’s a special event for guests to enjoy on longer Disney Cruise sailings known as the Captain’s Reception. It’s typically held in the evening—check the Disney Cruise Navigator App for the time—and is hosted by the Captain and Officers.

During the Captain’s Reception, you can enjoy complimentary drinks—with or without alcohol—and light snacks. The Captain and Officers greet guests during the event, and the suggested dress code is semi-formal.

Skip a Night of Your Dining Rotation

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A look inside Remy aboard the Disney Dream. Photo courtesy of Disney Cruise Line

On a longer Disney Cruise, you’ll visit the same restaurant more than once, so it’s an opportunity to try something different. But where to go?

Perhaps you’ll choose to splurge and book a reservation at Remy or Palo. Maybe you can try Cabana’s, which converts to Table-Service for dinner. You can even grab a bite to go from one of the Quick-Service locations and watch a movie on Funnel Vision. Then, end your evening by ordering a Mickey Bar from Room Service before bed. The perfect nightcap!

Take Part in Pin Trading

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Disney pin trading is a classic activity, even at sea. Photo by Danny McBride

Pin trading is a popular activity in the parks, and the same holds true on a Disney Cruise. You’ll find pin boards and books in the shops onboard, and crew members and Officers also take part in this popular pastime.

If you want to take your pin trading to the next level, you can hang a cloth board on your stateroom door and encourage others to take-a-pin/leave-a-pin. It’s an extra touch of magic for all.

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Discover a New Hobby

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Learn the art of towel folding. Photo by Jimmy Taylor

Longer Disney Cruise sailings are the perfect time to try something new. If you decide to pass on a Port Adventure one day, there are dozens of activities onboard. You can check the Disney Cruise Navigator App for details and times.

Offerings include cooking classes, towel folding (of the animal variety), origami, and more. Some activities, such as mixology classes, are for adults only—but don’t worry, there are plenty of activities for kids, too.

Take a Dip in the Pool

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Quiet Cove pool aboard the Disney Wish. Concept art via Disney Cruise Line

Disney Cruise Line elevates the pool experience to the next level. You can find character-themed pools and splash areas on all four ships as well as the always popular AquaDuck on the Dream and Fantasy.

A longer cruise offers more opportunities to enjoy these, and other, water-themed activities, and they tend to be less crowded on port days when guests are off the ship. Be sure to arrive early to secure a spot or get in line for the water slides.

Longer Disney Cruise Sailings: Final Thoughts

Here are some tips to help you make the most of your longer Disney Cruise.

  • Book your cruise early! You’ll have a better chance of choosing your preferred stateroom.
  • Check the Disney Cruise Line website for the latest information on sailing requirements (e.g., documentation and safety protocols).
  • Pack a variety of outfits. You’ll want to be comfortable throughout your cruise.
  • Always have your camera with you. You never know whom you’ll meet.
  • Take time to relax. A quick nap before dinner, especially if you’re traveling with young children, can help you feel refreshed.

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Written by Eric Freilich

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Eric Freilich is a former Walt Disney World Cast Member and lives in south Florida. As Annual Passholders, he and his family visit the theme parks throughout the year to enjoy all that Disney has to offer. When he’s not soaring over the landscape of Pandora on a Banshee or joining the Resistance to triumph over the First Order, Eric enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with his family. Check out Eric and his family on the Mousegearz channel.
Eric Freilich

Written by Eric Freilich

Eric Freilich is a former Walt Disney World Cast Member and lives in south Florida. As Annual Passholders, he and his family visit the theme parks throughout the year to enjoy all that Disney has to offer. When he’s not soaring over the landscape of Pandora on a Banshee or joining the Resistance to triumph over the First Order, Eric enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with his family. Check out Eric and his family on the Mousegearz channel.
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