Disney Cruise Line Luggage: What You Need to Know Before Sailing

by | Jan 3, 2024 | Disney Cruise Line

Wondering what the deal is with luggage on Disney Cruise Line vacations? We’re covering the luggage policy, details on checking bags, and more below.

If you’ve never sailed on Disney Cruise Line before, you probably have a ton of questions before your vacation begins. One of the details that’s typically top of mind for soon-to-be cruise sailings is luggage. How many pieces of luggage are you allowed to bring on your Disney Cruise Line vacation? How many pieces of luggage are you allowed to check or carry on with you when boarding? Do Disney Cruise Line staff members help you with your luggage?

In this guide, we’ll answer all of those questions, and more related to luggage on Disney Cruise Line ships, to help alleviate any stress before you set sail.

The Disney Cruise Line Luggage Allowance

How many pieces of luggage are you allowed to bring on your Disney Cruise Line vacation? The luggage allowance for Disney Cruise Line ships is two suitcases per person. 

Ahead of your Disney cruise, you will receive luggage tags. These are meant to be placed on the pieces of luggage you’ll be checking (those two suitcases mentioned above). The luggage tags contain your cruise specifics, from your name and reservation number to your stateroom number, ship information, and sailing date. It’s how the porters, or the individuals who handle Disney Cruise Line luggage, will keep track of all of the checked luggage that comes on board.

In addition to the two suitcases you can check, you may bring one carry-on bag (not to exceed 22 inches high, 14 inches wide, and 9 inches deep in dimension) and one personal bag onto the ship.

Pro tip: Make sure you save a little room in your suitcases for any souvenirs you may purchase while on your vacation!

Do Disney Cruise Line Cast Members Help You With Your Luggage?

Yes, Cast Members – porters, to be specific – will be on hand on your departure day to help with your luggage.

If you’re driving or taking cruise transportation, as soon as you arrive at the port, porters will take your luggage off your hands and ensure it gets on the ship. If you’re flying, you will check your luggage in with the Disney Cruise Line Cast Members at the airport after you have arrived.  

Regardless, once you hand over your luggage (with those luggage tags attached!), Cast Members will hand-deliver your luggage to your stateroom later on that day. Luggage typically takes just a couple of hours to arrive at your room.

Port Canaveral Terminal for Disney Cruise Line luggage

The Port Canaveral Terminal boarding entrance. Photo by Danny Shuster

Is There a Luggage Storage Service at Port Canaveral Cruise Terminal?

Disney doesn’t offer luggage storage outside of your stateroom onboard whichever Disney Cruise Line ship you’re sailing aboard, but there are plenty of spots to tuck the bags away after unpacking, such as in the closets or underneath the bed.

What to Pack in Checked Luggage for a Disney Cruise

You can pack pretty much anything in your checked luggage – with a few exceptions! Your checked suitcases are ideal for the bulk of your cruise attire, your toiletries, and items like beach towels, hats, outwear, shoes, and more.

You cannot, however, bring the following on board in your checked luggage:

  • Firearms and ammunition, any kind of knife, sword, dagger, bullwhip or any other type of weapon
  • Homemade, precooked, or other perishable items
  • Irons
  • Bottle warmers
  • Sporting equipment
  • Balloons
  • Candles
  • Musical instruments
  • Illegal drugs (inclusive of medically prescribed and synthetic marijuana)
  • Coolers, except those carrying medications, baby food or items related to dietary constraints

Please note that Disney Cruise Line is not responsible for lost personal items.

What to Pack in Carry-On Luggage for a Disney Cruise

It’s important to keep any necessities you’ll need during the boarding process and throughout your first few hours onboard the ship with you in your carry-on cruise luggage. This means you’ll want to pack items such as medication, travel documents, credit cards and cash, and valuables in your carry-on bags, as it can take a few hours before your luggage shows up outside your stateroom door.

Even with your essentials in your carry-on luggage, cruise vacationers should always be cautious when carrying cash, credit cards, jewelry, cameras, personal electronics, and medications. Keep these items within reach until you complete the check-in process and are on board. Then, you’ll be able to bring these important items to your stateroom and store them inside the safe.

It’s Time to Book Your Disney Cruise!

If you’re looking to book a vacation on one of the many Disney Cruise Line ships, we recommend doing so through our partners at Destinations to Travel. As Disney travel experts, they can provide all of the information you need to know – from Disney Cruise Line luggage insight to details on different itineraries, pricing, and more. They’ll provide you with a free quote and help plan out your trip to make it as magical as possible. Just fill out the form below to get started:

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Kelly Coffey-Behrens

After being an out of state Walt Disney World Annual Passholder for 6+ years, Kelly decided to make her lifelong dream become a reality as she packed up and moved from New Jersey to Central Florida. Now that Disney World is in her backyard, you can typically find her hanging out with the 999 happy haunts, watching the Tam Tam Drummers of Harambe, or sipping on Joffrey’s while people watching on Sunset Boulevard. Thanks to her passion of both Disney and journalism, Kelly has been reporting on a wide variety of topics for the last 12+ years and has written for several publications including BuzzFeed, NJ Digest Magazine, and The Blast.
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