Wondering how much a Disney Cruise Line vacation cost? We break down the specifics to help guide you through what you need to know.
In this guide, we will break down how much an average Disney Cruise Line vacation can cost. Additionally, we’ll look at how the price can differentiate depending on which ship and time you sail, and other amenities and add-ons.
How Much Does a Disney Cruise Line Sailing Cost?
While this is a simple question, it is not so simple to answer. When considering a Disney Cruise Line vacation you can book on one of five different ships: Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy, Disney Magic, Disney Wonder, and Disney Wish. (A sixth ship, Disney Treasure, will be joining the fleet in 2024.)
Within each Disney Cruise Line ship, you will have the option of various types of rooms. These include an inside stateroom, a stateroom with a porthole, a stateroom with a verandah, and a concierge room. Or, on the ships where they are available, a specialty suite stateroom.
Below is an outline of what each stateroom offers:
- Inside Stateroom: This type of stateroom is perfect for two to four Guests and includes all the necessities, such as a closet, drawers for your clothes, a bed, etc. There are no windows or ocean views with an inside stateroom.
- Oceanview Stateroom: This stateroom is the next level up from an inside stateroom and is also perfect for parties with two to four Guests. While you won’t be able to step out and feel the fresh breeze on your face, you will still be able to see the stunning ocean view through the in-room porthole.
- Oceanview with Verandah: Now, for those who want to get a bit more boujee, I recommend the Oceanview with a Verandah. Not only are these staterooms spacious, but they are perfect for parties between two and five people and offer a private verandah (also known as a balcony) so that you and your party can enjoy the fresh breeze and ocean smells all in your own private space.
- Concierge: Now we are getting into the royalty of Disney Cruise Line staterooms. A Concierge Suite is the biggest onboard accommodation and is perfect for parties of five to seven Guests. There are a number of different suite options, but all of them include a verandah. All Concierge-level staterooms offer personal attention from Concierge Services, making you feel like a King or Queen.
But one of the most important factors in a Disney Cruise Line vacation is where the cruise ship leaves from, what the itinerary consists of, and the duration of the entire cruise.
What we mean by that is – each of the Disney Cruise Line ships offers a different duration of sailing and a different itinerary. For example, the Disney Wish typically sails out of Port Canaveral, Florida on three- to five-night cruises to the Bahamas while the Disney Wonder offers longer cruises to places such as Alaska, Hawaii, and the Pacific Coast, and has departure ports in Canada, Australia, and other locations.
With all of this being said, the baseline of a Disney Cruise Line vacation can range anywhere from $1,300 (for a three-night sailing with an inside stateroom) to nearly $30,000 (for a 10-night sailing with a concierge-level room.)
Cost of Booking a Disney Cruise
While that range is huge, what’s nice about the baseline pricing is that your room, and dining options are included in the base price. That includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the quick-service locations and main dining rooms, select snacks, entertainment, and activities on board.
For example, each night you will be assigned dinner in one of the three main dining rooms on your Disney Cruise Line ship. Anything you order (besides alcohol or specialty drinks) is included in the price of your cruise. This is in addition to any room service or quick-service locations on board that you may utilize for breakfast, lunch, or a late-night snack.
In addition to food, Disney Cruise Line offers state-of-the-art entertainment options every night during your sailing. This includes Broadway-style shows and live music in select lounges and bars. Movies will also be playing periodically throughout the day on both the Tunnel Vision (the outside screen by the pools) and in the Walt Disney movie theater. All of these entertainment options are included with the price of your cruise (plus, what’s a movie without popcorn? And yes, the popcorn is free, too!)
When you have decided on which ship and which itinerary you want to set sail on, you will be required to put down a deposit, and then you can make payments on your vacation until the full amount is due (typically a few months before your sailing.). After your cruise is paid in full, you can then begin booking extras aboard Disney Cruise Line, such as massages at the Senses Spa, wine and beer tastings, adult dining options, and more – which brings us to our next question.
What is NOT Included in the Cost of Booking
While, for the most part, everything is included with the price of your cruise, some offerings come at an extra cost. Let’s break down some of what that entails.
Transportation and Parking at the Port
Parking fees at the departure ports can vary, depending on what state or country you are sailing out of. But, to give you an idea, parking at Port Canaveral, which is driving distance from Walt Disney World, is $17 per day plus tax.
If you are not looking to park your car at a cruise terminal, and are looking for a transfer, Disney Cruise Line does offer transfers to and from most airports and departure ports. For example, from Vancouver airport to the Vancouver cruise port, Disney offers transfers for $25 per person each way. Meanwhile, transfers from Disney World to Port Canaveral cost $39 per person each way.
Specialty Dining, Non-Included Food and Drinks
While most food and soft drinks are included with the price of your Disney Cruise Line vacation, some options are not included, such as alcoholic beverages. On average, alcoholic drinks can range in price from $6 to over $20, depending on what you order.
While Disney does not offer an alcoholic drink package for the duration of your cruise, they do offer a Beer Mug special, Happy Hour specials, and a Sommelier Bin. Be sure to ask a Crew Member for the most updated information regarding these special offers once you are on board as they may vary from ship to ship or cruise to cruise.
Disney Cruise Line also offers specialty dining, which is not part of the three main dining rooms that we mentioned before. These specialty dining options are for adults only, and while they cost extra money, it may be worth the price for an intimate night alone with your other half. Palo and Remy are the two adults-only restaurants on Disney Cruise Line.
Palo dining prices are set at $50 per person for either an all-you-can-eat brunch or a prix fixe dinner, while Remy dining prices are as follows:
- Dinner is $125 per person.
- Brunch is $75 per person.
- The Remy Dessert Experience is $60 per person.
When on a Disney Cruise Line, you can opt to pre-pay for gratuities for a carefree, all-inclusive experience. Pre-paid gratuities are for the following Crew Members who take care of you for the duration of your cruise:
- Dining room server
- Dining room assistant server
- Dining room head server
- Stateroom host
To pre-pay for gratuities, visit the My Reservations section in your Disney account and follow the prompts for Pre-Paid Gratuities. If you do not want to Pre-Pay Gratuities, Disney will automatically charge your onboard account the suggested gratuity amount of $14.50 per night, per stateroom Guest.
In addition to your dining staff and stateroom hosts, an 18% gratuity is automatically added to any bar, beverage, wine, deck service tabs, and spa services. If you order room service, add extras to your rotational dining, or visit one of the adults-only restaurants, gratuities are not automatically included.
Cost of Excursions
When sailing on Disney Cruise Line, you can book extras on board such as beer and wine seminars, spa services, and more. Additionally, off-board excursions such as kayaking, sightseeing, beach days, and more are offered. Each of these “extras” will cost you extra money, but the prices will vary depending on the type of offering or excursion. Be sure to check the Disney Cruise Line Navigator app when looking at these offerings.
Cost of Spa Services
Each Disney Cruise Line ship features a Senses Spa. Guests can choose from a multitude of spa and beauty treatments, including manicures, pedicures, massages, facials, and more. Each of these services is not included in the price of your Disney Cruise Line vacation. For the most updated pricing, be sure to check on your Disney Cruise Line Navigator app.
If you still have questions on how much a Disney Cruise Line vacation may cost, or if you are having trouble deciding which ship or itinerary to choose, we recommend reaching out to our partners at Destinations to Travel. They’ll provide you with a free quote and help plan out your trip to make it as magical as possible.