How to Save Money on Your Next Disney Cruise!
Happy Wednesday, friends! I hope you all are having a great week so far! If you've been around a while then you'll know that my family and I went on our second Disney Cruise Line vacation this past December and it was incredible! We love sailing with Disney Cruise Line and we would do it again very soon if we could. On our cruise we saved literally hundreds of dollars, and today I wanted to share with you guys some of the ways we did that!
1. Bring your own alcohol!
Adults over the age of 21 can bring two bottles of wine or champagne or six beers per person on board at each port of call. So that means you can bring alcohol on board when you get on the ship for embarkation day, and when you stop at each tropical destination. My family took full advantage of this! Our most recent cruise was a five night cruise out of Miami that went to Cozumel and Castaway Cay. We brought on four bottles of wine and six beers, then when we got off in Cozumel we purchased a twelve pack of beer and spilt it between two of us so we could have a few more for the last part of our vacation. Just like buying alcohol at the Disney parks is expensive, buying alcohol on a Disney Cruise is expensive, so bring your own.
2. Look for Florida Resident Rates!
Yes, just like booking a resort stay at Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line runs frequent Florida resident rates. These rates are usually during slower times like when kids are in school or during hurricane season. My family was very lucky to get one over a Christmas sailing and saved $700 on our cruise and got to upgrade to a balcony room! There are other room discounts available, such as military and Canadian resident so look for those also.
3. Don't Book All of Your Excursions Through Disney Cruise Line
Take this one with a grain of salt. If you're wanting to see the Mayan Ruins, YES book that through Disney for the guarantee of being able to get back to the ship on time, or they being able to hold the ship in port until your excursion gets back. But if you're wanting to do a fun beach day in your port of call, I would suggest looking at other providers who might be cheaper and just as good. In the past going to Cozumel my family and I have gone to Mr. Sancho's All Inclusive Beach and it's not too far from the port, and it's super clean and lots of fun, and not booked through the cruise line. This one definitely requires a little more research and being able to determine how far your excursion takes you from the ship.
4. Try Booking Your Cruise on "Opening Day"
Disney Cruise Line does a really good job of announcing when their next set of itineraries are going to be open for booking. So be sure to mark that on your calendar if you already have a set date in mind. Unlike other cruise lines, Disney's prices go up as your sailing gets closer. So you're going to get the best deal the day of or after the booking window opens.
5. Book Your Next Cruise on Your Current Cruise
This sounds so silly, because you just got on your ship, why would you book your next vacation? Well friends, you can save 10% off your next sailing if you book with Disney Cruise Line again on your current cruise, and you get an onboard credit in most cases. The Cast Members who work at the booking station are super helpful and not pushy at all, so feel free to question them all week to see about booking and make a final decision towards the end of your sailing.
Well friends, if you've never tried out a Disney Cruise before, I hope this helps you decide to take one, and helps you save some money! They sure are a lot of fun and they're one of my favorite vacations. Be sure to follow me on Instagram to keep up with all of my Disney adventures!
Be Magical Today!