The Worst Mistakes I Made on a Disney Cruise

by | Jun 14, 2024 | Disney Cruise Line

Sailing on your first Disney Cruise? These are the Disney Cruise mistakes you’ll want to avoid during your upcoming sailing.

I’m a self-proclaimed cruiser and Disney lover. At this point, I’ve been on over 20 cruises in my lifetime and have probably visited Disney World more than 30 times. In 2024, I embarked on the Disney Wish for the most amazing three-day cruise! But, even with all of this experience, sometimes mistakes can be made. While they didn’t change the fact that I had an incredible time, there are some things I did that I would advise against when it comes to making the most of your time onboard. 

Disney Cruise Line Mistakes to Avoid

As I said, these mistakes didn’t impact my overall experience onboard. But, hopefully, they will offer you some helpful tips to make the most of your time onboard. 

Mistake #1: Trying to Pack Everything Into Three Nights

When sailing onboard the Disney Wish, my cruise was only three nights. With a ship like the Wish, you want to try to pack everything into those three nights. From Hyperspace Lounge to the Cove and more, there is so much you’ll want to do when you are onboard. 

My approach was that I wanted to pack everything into my three-night cruise. I had these grand ideas of doing trivia, drinking in bars, meeting characters and more. And while I was able to do everything, I only had time to do a little bit of each thing.

How to Avoid My Mistake

On the first day of your sailing, as soon as you get onboard, you’ll be able to access the Navigator App. Here, you’ll see all scheduled events for the duration of your cruise. Go through the app and “heart” the events you are most interested in. The app will automatically come preloaded with items hearted based on your dinner time. But, by going through and “hearting” the items you are most interested in, it will help prioritize the events you are looking to do the most. 

Mistake #2: Scheduling a Massage on a Three-Night Cruise

Usually I love to get massages when on a cruise. The spas are so relaxing on the ships that it makes for a perfect setting. But, when on a three-night cruise, two hours at the spa is a long period of time to be doing just one thing. On my Wish sailing, I booked a 75-minute massage on Nassau Day. While it was calming and relaxing, it took up a nice chunk of time during a very short cruise. When looking at the Navigator app, there were plenty of events that took place during that time that I would have attended instead.

How to Avoid My Mistake

If you are sailing on the Wish for three nights, the best time to get a massage would be on embarkation day but only for 50 minutes so that you don’t use too much time. On the day in Nassau and the day at Castaway Cay, there are lots of activities onboard and on the island available. So you’ll want to make the most of your time. 

Mistake #3: Standing on the Lower Deck During the Sailaway Party

For the most optimal view of the Sailaway Party, I would suggest standing on the upper deck to view the party. For the sailaway party on the Wish, I stayed right in front of the stage, and for the Pirate Party, I watched from the upper deck. My view of the stage for the Pirate Party was much better and avoided any people popping up in front of me for pictures and videos. While I was still able to see the characters, there is no elevation on the lower deck, so I had people blocking my view at times. 

How to Avoid My Mistake

One of the best views of the stage is on the upper pool deck overlooking the stage. For both the Sailaway Party and the Pirate Party, I would suggest standing on the right side of the stage. The view is great and there are usually more spots available there before the show. 

Mistake #4: Putting Things Off  

I feel like this is one thing everyone does sometimes. Waiting to do things until the last night of the cruise. It happens. I tried to purchase all of the souvenirs I wanted on the first day because I knew that they would go fast. I did buy a few more things last night and the line was so long and wrapped around the store. I waited until the last night to do a few other activities, which I think was in part because I participated in other events during the cruise. Again, that’s the trickle effect of using your time for certain things. 

How to Avoid My Mistake

Make sure you purchase all of your souvenirs the first night and be prepared to wait in line if you don’t. Again, make sure to use that Navigator App to schedule and plan out events so that you aren’t rushing to do everything on the last night. 

Mistake #5: Booking a Three-Night Cruise

If you talked to me about my experience on the Wish, I would tell you there were no cons except one thing: the fact that it was only three nights. And I guess that was a mistake on my part. I wish that the cruise was at least four nights or more to get everything into the itinerary. The three-night cruise didn’t offer a separate pirate night menu and there was no sea day to explore even more. 

How to Avoid My Mistake

Book at least a four-night cruise with Disney. The Disney Wish offers both a three-night and four-night itinerary so I would definitely try to book that four night one so you can get the sea day and extra pirate night. And if you are looking for a seven-night cruise, the Disney Treasure will be sailing from Port Canaveral in 2025. Talk about the perfect length of time to explore! 

Posts by Jenn Marrazzo

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Jennifer Marrazzo is a writer and adjunct professor and knows way too many facts about Disney and cruises. She’s a DVC Member and WDW Annual Passholder and has a vast collection of Disney merchandise from Beauty and the Beast to Baby Yoda. Jennifer has her own blog, The Happiest Travels on Earth, where she offers reviews and tips for Disney and cruises!
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Jennifer Marrazzo is a writer and adjunct professor and knows way too many facts about Disney and cruises. She’s a DVC Member and WDW Annual Passholder and has a vast collection of Disney merchandise from Beauty and the Beast to Baby Yoda. Jennifer has her own blog, The Happiest Travels on Earth, where she offers reviews and tips for Disney and cruises!
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