6 Disney Cruise Myths Debunked

by | Sep 22, 2021 | Disney Cruise Line

Learn about 6 common Disney Cruise myths and why they aren’t actually true. 

Cruises are among the most popular vacations in the world. From the food and the entertainment, you honestly cannot go wrong. 

But sometimes cruises get a bad rap. That’s especially true with Disney Cruises.

If you’re a lover of Disney, you’re probably totally on board (pardon the pun) for everything Disney has to offer to their guests. But if you are a little on the  skeptical side, you might be wondering if those common misconceptions you’ve heard about Disney Cruise Line are true.

 We’re here to bust six of the most common Disney Cruise myths. 

Myth #1: There Won’t Be Anything to Do Except Eat

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Animator’s Palate is a staple of a Disney Cruise. Photo by Julie de la Fe

People often think that there is nothing to do on a cruise except eat, especially when it comes to family-friendly cruises like the ones Disney offers.

While Disney Cruise Line does have some of the most delicious dishes at sea, there is so much more to explore and do during your time at sea. 

With multiple pool areas, the spa, entertainment, crafts, demonstrations, and Broadway-style entertainment, you can fill up a whole day at sea very easily. For example, you might start your day with brunch at Palo and end it belting out your favorite songs from the Broadway hit, Aladdin

Lucky for us, we don’t have to commit all of these activities to memory. DCL offers guests a daily “Navigator.” Think of it as your own personal Cogsworth, keeping you on schedule.

Updated daily, the Navigator shows guests what activities are occurring during different times of day and is even broken out by age group. This handy guide is accessible through the Disney Cruise Line app. Guests are also left a copy in their stateroom the night before. 

Myth #2: There Is No Alcohol Onboard 

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Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

A popular cruise pastime for adults over the age of 21 is indulging in an alcoholic beverage. Disney also gets a bad rap for this.

Potential guests often assume that because it’s Disney Cruise Line, there will not be any bars or lounges onboard serving alcohol. That’s definitely not the case.

Aboard Disney Cruise line ships, guests are treated to a myriad of different bars and lounges for any taste. Whether you want to grab a drink by the pool or indulge in your personal flurry (oops, I mean drink) at the Pink Champagne Bar, the options can definitely stack up. 

Myth #3: There Will Be Too Much Disney

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Goofy Magic Shot on Disney Cruise. Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

This myth is a totally valid one to think about. You’re literally going on a cruise line called “Disney Cruise Line,” so guests automatically assume all they will see is Disney. And hey, we get it: You might not want to see your favorite Disney pals around every corner. 

But, that’s definitely not the case. If you’re looking, you can find all of your Disney favorites, but if you want a less in-your-face Disney vacation, DCL offers that as well. When you board the ship, it’s not overly Disneyfied; I promise you won’t just see Mickey everywhere you turn.

The Imagineers that designed each ship took that into consideration. Aside from the signature Disney character statue that greets guests in every ship lobby, you might even forget your aboard a Disney cruise. The ships feel luxurious and classic and not too Disney themed. The same is true of the dining venues and common areas. 

Myth #4: DCL Is Way Too Expensive 

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Photo courtesy of Disney Cruise Lines

Now, this myth is not 100% wrong. Depending on the type of room you decide to book, Disney Cruise Line can get quite pricy, but there are ways to still enjoy this trip without breaking the bank. 

Remember, a Disney Cruise is essentially an all-inclusive vacation. Your food, entertainment, and accommodations are included in the overall price. Plus, the prices are quite comparable to the typical Disney vacation. 

Some ways to cruise affordably include things like the cabin category (which varies)  or booking a voyage that is slightly shorter in length. Other factors that influence your price are the time of year you’re looking to sail and alcohol purchases you make aboard the ship.

While these all might seem like little things, they can definitely influence the price of your cruise. 

Myth #5: The Cabins Will Be Too Tiny 

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The Standard staterooms set a standard for quality on a budget. Courtesy of Disney Cruise Line

We just spoke about price and how different room categories influence the price. Depending on the category, some rooms might be smaller than others. But Disney Cruise Line rooms actually have larger square footage than some other popular cruise lines

Thanks to those wonderful Disney Imagineers again, Disney Cruise rooms were designed with families in mind. Typical inside staterooms average an extra 20 square feet on DCL than their competitors. 

Cabins are more spacious with additional beds and places for guests to sleep and even feature a curtain to separate the room. Some guests might even get to experience the “double bathrooms” that Disney Cruise Line has been known for! 

Myth #6: Disney Cruise Line Is Only for Kids

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Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

I’ve saved probably one of the biggest Disney Cruise myths for last: that Disney Cruises are only for kids. 

Disney Cruises are awesome because they aren’t just for kids or guests with kids. Just from these myths that we’ve debunked, you can see that guests of any age can have a unique and fun vacation aboard a Disney Cruise. 

With that in mind, DCL created exclusive areas just for adults too! These areas include restaurants Remy and Palo plus Senses Spa (and the famous Rainforest Room), the adults-only pool, and adult-only activities like wine tastings. 


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Written by Jenn Marrazzo

Written by Jenn Marrazzo

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!