Has anyone been on a Disney cruise?

(18 Posts)
IsaacCox Sun 28-Jul-13 13:47:30

(Reposted from long haul as I only just noticed this cruise section was here smile)

We're planning on going to Disney again in 2015 but to satisfy our Disney needs grin we were thinking of going on a Disney cruise next year. Or actually, another idea was to add on a cruise after our stay in florida the year after next.

If we were to do it next year, we would either do a European one or transatlantic. I've found a pretty good deal I think- 2 weeks transatlantic starting in Barcelona and ending in Puerto rico for around £1500 in total. If we were to tag one onto the end of our next trip, it'd be around the Caribbean for a week or under.

Anyway, I was just wondering if anyone has been on one, where was it, which ship and what did you think? I've never been on a cruise before but DH has, though he was about 11, so any tips or info gratefully received!

Thanks flowers

Fluffy1234 Sun 28-Jul-13 21:49:14

We went on Disney magic two years ago around the Med and loved it. I have my eye on Disney Fantasy for next year around the Caribbean. Both your ideas are good. The service, ship, food were all amazing. I loved the Med one as really enjoy sightseeing so it was a brilliant way to see Rome, Pompeii, Barcelona and Pisa.

IsaacCox Mon 29-Jul-13 13:19:37

Thanks for your reply smile

I'm so excited now! grin

I've ordered a brochure from the Disney cruise line website, can't wait for it to come.

I think we may end up having a week in Disney then a week around the Caribbean/Bahamas.

Fluffy1234 Mon 29-Jul-13 13:48:32

That's what I want to do next year, perhaps 4 nights at a Universal Studios hotel and then a week on Disney Fantasy. My DS's are teenagers now and may not want to go with us in a few more years. Well that's my excuse and I am sticking to it!
The ships really are beautiful. The adult only pool was like a luxury boutique hotel, with wooden loungers, thick cushions, unlimited towels and staff handing out cooling cloths. There was the perfect balance of kids stuff, family stuff and adults stuff. The dining was clever, you rotated around 3 restaurants but had the same waiters each evening which was lovely. The snack bars for lunch were also good on top deck. I loved the one that did yummy salads and wraps and the DC and DH enjoyed the hotdogs and burgers. The fireworks at sea were absolutely amazing.

IsaacCox Mon 29-Jul-13 14:06:33

It all sounds amazing smile

Can I ask who you booked it with please?

Fluffy1234 Mon 29-Jul-13 14:39:38

We booked cruise only Iglu cruise and then booked the flights separately. We booked 1 inside cabin and I balcony cabin and they were lovely sizes. Probably slightly bigger than a junior suite I had on a NCL cruise.

IsaacCox Mon 29-Jul-13 15:47:01

Great, thanks. Wish we could book it now grin

Lormiccro Fri 01-Aug-14 08:10:38

We spent 1 week in Florida & the second week on the Eastern Caribbean cruise on the Disney magic 2 years ago, was just amazing can't wait to go back and do it all again.

Dancergirl Wed 13-Aug-14 09:26:55

Sounds great.

Anyone know how disney compares to royal carribbean?

goshdarnit Wed 13-Aug-14 09:35:04

I haven't, but this woman has. I bet she freaked the staff right out! grin
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXrNr1Cuypk&list=TLQmxG3Z_m_AjQBMhKtgM8RHsfg_Wo1u95
(my dd watches these videos for the shock value!)

it gives a good view of the ships and entertainment, though!

Ilovefluffysheep Sat 23-Aug-14 20:41:01

Next week we are going on our 4th disney cruise. They are amazing and we are hooked!

Last year we did a transatlantic, and it was our favourite cruise. Both kids (teenagers) cried for a week after, as they had made such good friends.

I book with an American travel agent. No one is allowed to discount disney cruises, but different agents offer differing amounts of onboard credit. The advantage of an American agent is they have the same terms as disney, so you pay your deposit, then if you change your mind you get your full deposit back provided you cancel before the paid in full date. UK travel agents don't tend to have those conditions.

I use dreams unlimited travel, but there are plenty of others.

Ilovefluffysheep Sat 23-Aug-14 20:44:00

Sorry, just a bit more info. It's the Magic that does the transatlantic. Beautiful ship (this will be 3rd cruise in it, and done one on the Wonder which is sister ship same size).

It's recently been refurbished so I can't wait to see it. It's a beautiful ship, amazing service, wonderful food, fantastic shows, and all the extra special disney touches you would expect.

RocknRollNerd Thu 28-Aug-14 11:37:48

We did the European cruise on the Magic last year (just before it went into dry dock for a full refit). It was absolutely amazing, one of the best holidays we have had. Even though the ship was about to be completely refitted it was beautiful and being Disney they were still keeping everything in top condition eg they were relaying bits of carpet one day. Service is as you would expect from Disney - faultless, nothing is too much trouble for them. The 24 hour room service (free!) was a huge hit with DH and DS who discovered that you could order whatever you fancied eg a plate of cookies, mac and cheese at 4pm in the afternoon and it just appears!

The entertainment is of a hugely high standard as well and it's great for the character meet and greets as they publicise the times and unless you want to do the princess gathering (thank god for having a DS not a DD!) the queues aren't hideous. The adult dining and pool areas etc also mean it feels like a grownups holiday too - we had an afternoon in the spa and an evening at Palo without DS and both were great.

We booked with Virgin including flights, as we hadn't cruised before we wanted the easy option and it was worth it for us as when BA changed flight schedules so our morning flight wouldn't get us to Barcelona in time, Virgin took care of the rebooking and when they could only fly us out the day before paid for hotel in Barcelona and transfers to the port. The only thing I would probably do differently next time is not pay for the excursions as they are mega-bucks if you book with Disney and you can probably do them much cheaper yourselves.

LondonLee Tue 30-Sep-14 19:51:41

Hi, the Americans definitely seem to have a more 'customer friendly' system. Do you have to use an American address to book via an American agent please? It seems a very good idea.

jolufc Thu 02-Oct-14 19:46:05

No. We booked with dreams unlimited with a uk address.

Ilovefluffysheep Tue 07-Oct-14 15:24:16

I use dreams unlimited as well, definitely don't need an american address. The agent I use is great, really helpful, and I like the onboard credit they give as well.

titchywitchy Tue 07-Oct-14 15:34:19

Anyone had to eat gluten-free on a Disney cruise? If so, how was it?

LondonLee Thu 09-Oct-14 00:01:45

Thanks Ilovefluffysheep, I will definitely check them out next time we book a cruise as we have lost our deposit several times due to circumstances. When we first went on a cruise, the cruise company (Celebrity) was fine if any changes were needed, now, unless you book direct with them, they impose charges and will only let you change to a different cruise if it is more expensive! Booking with a US agent would avoid this and also the problem of prices going down after booking, as we could just cancel and re-book without losing our £300 deposit!

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