You can not give your kids a better vacation than a cruise on a Disney ship. Disney Wonder and Disney Magic, the two cruise liners currently operate 3 & 4 night cruises, and 7 night cruises respectively. These cruises are not inexpensive and are quite heavy on the pocket if the whole family is on the cruise. However, if you know how, you can avail of discounts.
You can obtain discounted tickets if you plan your cruise in the fall and spring. You could get a better price if you plan your vacation in October than in July. Disney offers some other discounts too. The Disney cruise line offers three special seasonal rates. These are:
· Fall Fantasy – available from September to December
· Sunshine Sailaway – available from January to March
· And sometimes Spring Magic – available in April and May
Booking well in advance could get you better rates in addition to better choice of staterooms! As the staterooms fill up you may find the prices going up. You can always cancel your booking, or change your date, up to 60 days before sailing without any penalty.
Disney may offer some late bargains, but do not depend on it too much as 'late' bargains mean booking three months in advance!
There are special discounts for residents of Florida and serving military personnel. These offers are available on certain cruises and you can still take advantage of them if you qualify.
If you book a Verandah Stateroom on certain cruises you are offered $ 700 in on board credits on a 7 day cruise. A 4 day cruise gets you $ 400 in credits and a 3 day cruise gets you $ 300 in credits. If you book your Disney cruise through your VISA card you get a $ 50 shipboard credit.
If your kids are 12 and under they get a discount of 50% on their cruise fares provided there are two guests with full fare tickets in the same stateroom.
There are six staterooms on Disney Magic and Disney Wonder cruise liners that have obstructed porthole views. These category 9 staterooms can be available for category 10 prices. The staterooms are 5020, 5022, 5024, 5520, 5522, and 5524.
What Is Included In The Price
Whether you have a full fare ticket or a discounted one, the following are included in the price in addition to your stateroom:
· Your breakfast; lunch; dinner; snacks; and ice cream
· Kids' club; teen activities; and other onboard programs
· Entertainment of all kinds
You need to pay extra for the following:
· Your visits to the Spa and the Salon
· Use of Internet and Phone calls
· Bottled water and alcoholic beverages
· Travel Insurance
· Shore excursions
· Official photos
· Playing video games
and some other programs. Fee and government taxes and gratuities are of course extra. Whether you obtain Disney cruise discounts or go by full fare prices, you and your family are going to have a time of your lives!