Taking a Disney Cruise? Find Out What’s Not Included on a Disney Cruise

Getting ready to set sail on a Disney Cruise Line adventure? Make sure to have your budget ready too!

Although much of the food and on-board entertainment is included in your Disney cruise fare, there are several things you’re required to pay for out-of-pocket. These are a few to keep in mind, as you plan your overall vacation budget.

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Specialty Drinks

All sorts of specialty drinks, from exotic coffees to alcoholic beverages for adults, are available on Disney cruises. However, if you want to partake in any of them, it costs extra and can add up quickly.

As a reminder, guests are not allowed to bring alcohol onto the ship. Disney Cruise Line Guests 21 years and older may bring a maximum of 2 bottles of unopened wine or champagne (no larger than 750 ml) or 6 beers (no larger than 12 ounces) on board at the beginning of the voyage and at each port of call.

These beverages must be packed in carry-on (not checked) bags or luggage. Guests wishing to consume wine or champagne that they have brought on board in one of the dining rooms will be charged a corking fee of $25.00 per bottle.

Adult Only Dining

Palo and Remy adult only dining experiences require reservations and are not included in the your cruise fare. Both restaurants also have a strict dress code so you also won’t find any shorts or flip flops on the guests here.

Some Adult Activities

Disney cruises prides itself on activities meant to keep the adults in your party entertained. This includes spa access, bingo and wine tastings… just to name a few. The fee for many of these activities is not included with your cruise price, so be forewarned.

Shore Excursions

One of the most exciting aspects of a cruise is the on-shore excursions available in exotic locations. These excursions, known as Port Adventures on a Disney cruise, allow you to explore other cultures and add a level of excitement to your vacation.

The cost of this type of excursion is not factored into your fare and varies depending on excursion type and availability.

Wi-Fi Access

If you want to upload all of your vacation photos using Wi-Fi provided by the cruise line, it can get quite expensive. At the time of this writing, Wi-Fi access starts at $19 for just 100 MB.

However, you can use the free Disney Cruise Line navigator app regardless of whether or not you pay the Internet fee. The choice is up to you! You may also want to take this time to “unplug!”

Disney Photographers

Just like the photo packages available at Disney parks, Disney photographers are available during your cruise, to help ensure you have the opportunity to capture every wonderful moment of your vacation.

These photographers can even add characters, affects and other Disney magic to your photos. Much like PhotoPass in the parks, this perk costs extra.

Gratuities (Tips)

Unless you happen to book your cruise during a special promotion, gratuities are not included in your fare. Pay for these when you book or have them automatically added to your account when you board.

This gives you an idea of what’s not included on a Disney cruise. For more detailed information, consult your cruise line rep or travel agent when booking.

 




Tips for Planning/Booking a Cruise to Alaska

Cruises to Alaska are extremely popular, with good reason. The scenery is breathtaking and it’s an adventure you won’t soon forget. Keep reading, for a few tips to consider during the planning process. You’ll be glad you did!

Alaska Cruise Tips

Consider Your Options

The cruise company you book with is one of the most important aspects of planning your vacation at sea. In this case, there are several to choose from.

The cruise line you decide on determines some of the aspects of your overall experience, including what type of amenities you get access to, as well as age and demographics of other vacationers on the ship.

For example, families with children typically book with Disney Cruise Line or Royal Caribbean, as these brands feature entertainment and perks that are more family-friendly.

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Pick the Right Route

There are lots of route options and embarkation points for Alaska cruises available so read each one carefully. Two of the most popular ports available are Vancouver and Seattle. If you want to add on a few land days before or after your cruise, your port is important. Many cruise lines offer a land component to your trip. Don’t forget your  passport if your itinerary starts or disembarks at any location in Canada, or they won’t let you on the ship. You can also fly to Anchorage and sail around Alaska from there. This port will allow you to take full advantage of a land package either before or after your cruise – enjoying a few days in Anchorage would be ideal. 

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Book Early

When it comes to the majority of cruises, there are many benefits to booking your trip ahead of time, even years in advance if possible! Cruise lines sailing to Alaska typically put itineraries on sale up to two years before the sail date.

Taking advantage of making reservations early not only ensures you get a bargain rate, you also get to choose from a bigger variety of staterooms on the ship.

It’s important to keep an eye on rates throughout the year, when booking so far ahead. There’s always the possibility of a fare drop, as your sail date approaches.

If this happens, call the cruise line and request a price adjustment. Depending on policy, you’re generally entitled to the lower rate or a complimentary “perk” to compensate.

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Upgrade to a Balcony

Because of the spectacular views, you may want to consider upgrading to a balcony stateroom. It’s so much easier to take great pictures of the beauty Mother Nature provides. Depending on when you book, the price difference may not be as much as you think.

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Pack Appropriately

While Alaskan cruises share similarities with other destinations, there’s one important factor to keep in mind when packing for your vacation; the weather. Temperatures on Alaskan cruises fluctuate a lot, which means you want to pack clothes for varying degrees of weather. Ideally, clothes that are easy to layer if need be and even multi-functional clothing such as a winter coat that turns in to a lighter jacket or gloves that can be fingerless or full coverage.

Camera

Most of us rely on our phones to take pictures these days but a trip to Alaska is the time for a better camera. You will definitely want the ability to zoom when you see seals lazing on the ice, bald eagles swooping in for fish, or humpback whales cresting up out of the water.

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Take Advantage of Information on Board

Most cruise ships sailing to Alaska offer seminars given by naturalists on-board to provide you with all the information you will need on the scenery and wildlife you will encounter. It’s definitely worth the time to participate in one of these seminars. They are usually full so sign up early. 

Excursions

An Alaskan cruise for me would be a huge splurge and the added excursions can be expensive. However, think of it this way – is this something I will be doing again or is it a once in a lifetime trip? Add on those excursions and really splurge! You may never get back to Alaska again! Fit in as many as you can.

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Wear a Watch

What? A watch? Along with your own home time zone, you will be going back and forth between Pacific Standard Time (PST) and Alaskan Standard Time (AKST) during the cruise. Only having the time on your phone just won’t work. Only having phone coverage at the ports, your phones may be regularly messed up. This is definitely one of those vacations where you will want to unplug the phone.

On Board Activity

Although each cruise line has its own agenda and itinerary, you can count on traditional shipboard activities taking place, from silly trivia games to Broadway-quality evening shows. The difference – many of these will be taking place indoors. If you are used to cruising to a warmer area like the Caribbean, you will be surprised to see that the pool decks will rarely be used on an Alaskan cruise. Many ships will provide blankets and hot chocolate on deck while most shipboard parties will be inside.

When to Sail to Alaska

The Alaska cruise season runs from late April to September, with high season typically June through August. June, July and August are the warmest months (with highs ranging from the 60s to 70s in most of the state). July and August can be a bit rainy. The further into the summer, the better your chances of seeing wildlife on your excursions. May and September offer cheaper fares and fewer crowds; however, due to more unpredictable weather, shore excursions have a greater chance of being canceled. September offers the best possibility for cruisers to catch the Northern Lights and also offers great end-of-season shopping deals for souvenir-hunters. Unfortunately, September can also bring the choppiest time for the Gulf of Alaska and not recommended for travelers who get seasick. It is also possible that certain sections of the access road to Denali National Park to be closed due to snow in September.

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These are just a few things to think about when planning a cruise to Alaska. It’s not something you want to do quickly. The key to having the most enjoyable trip is to consider all of your choices.




Tips for Sailing on Disney Cruise Line with an Infant – #DisneySMMC

My family and I recently sailed on the Disney Dream as part of Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. As an invited participant, I paid a fee to attend and received promotional items from sponsors. The fee covered my stay at Walt Disney World Resort, theme park passes, most meals and a sailing on Disney Cruise Line. Although reporting as a Disney Partner, all opinions are my own.

Disney Cruise Line Infant Tips

I’ll admit I was a little nervous taking my grandson on the cruise. He’s a climber. He’s an EXTREMELY active and curious 13 month old. He can sometimes be a handful. I had horrible visions of him climbing wherever he wanted to go. I’m happy to say, all my worrying was for nothing!

He loved Castaway Cay

One of his favorite things was the sail away party – not because of the music and dancing. Because of the streamers! He laughed one of those really hardy baby belly laughs at the streamers! He also loved just sitting in his stroller walking around the decks.

Now that I have cruised with a 13 month old, I have some suggestions that will help with your planning.

Don’t Over Pack

I definitely over packed! I packed just about everything I could imagine he might possibly need during the cruise. I brought most of it home untouched!

I packed gadgets and gizmos a-plenty – I packed whozits and whatzits galore (Ariel/The Little Mermaid). I tried to predict and be sure to have everything he would need but “the only thing predictable about life is its unpredictability.” (Remy/Ratatouille)! 

Terminal Arrival

Don’t arrive too early. Keeping a little one entertained while sitting around the cruise terminal can be challenging. I would suggest choosing an arrival time as close to boarding time as possible. If you must arrive early be sure to have food, snacks, juice, etc., for the little one. We drove into the port wanting to arrive as early as possible. I carefully made my way to the third level of parking structure since that level gives access to the walk-way into the terminal. What we didn’t realize until we parked was that they won’t open the walk-way until 10:30 a.m. Since we parked at 9:30, we were forced to entertain Seamus for an hour in the parking garage! 

Diaper Disposal

Call Disney Cruise Line ahead of time and put in a request for a Diaper Genie for your cabin. If it isn’t there when you arrive, ask your Cabin Host to get one for you. Your nose will thank you for it!

Stroller

Spend a few extra dollars and purchase a good quality, collapsible umbrella stroller. I saw parents struggling all throughout the ship with their regular strollers. One of my best investments was a good quality umbrella stroller. Space can sometimes be tight and maneuvering around the ship with a large stroller would have been a nightmare. Cabin space is tight also. I was able to collapse the umbrella stroller in the cabin and slide it right under the bed. I couldn’t imagine having to get around a regular size stroller in the cabin.

Sleeping

My grandson is not a Pack N Play kid. First of all, he can climb right out of it. He just won’t sleep in one. Also, space in the cabin again becomes an issue. Ask your Cabin Host for bed rails. Double rails will extend the full length of the bed. We had no issue at all with my grandson sleeping in the bed. 

Take advantage of your surroundings. To say my grandson was a little over-stimulated at night would be an understatement. We were fortunate to have an outside veranda with our cabin. As an adult you know the sound of the ship gliding through the water is relaxing. My daughter-in-law sat each evening on the veranda with the baby and he would fall asleep in minutes. The fresh air, the relaxing sounds, a few minutes of quiet and peace produced a sleeping baby within minutes.

Our Cabin Host was excellent! If he needed to knock on the door, no matter what time, he was as quiet as possible trying very hard to be considerate just in case the baby was sleeping.

Eating

We are fortunate that Seamus is a good eater. If fact, he loves to eat! He doesn’t eat baby food at all. He prefers to eat what everyone else eats. He surprised our servers and table mates on the ship by eating his mother’s salmon steak for dinner! Service on Disney Cruise Line is outstanding and the restaurants will accommodate you and your child as much as possible. They always brought the baby’s food quickly and before the adult meals so the baby wasn’t waiting when he was hungry. They were able to deliver on all of our requests for adapting his food. If you don’t see something on the menu that your little one will (or can’t) eat, just ask.

Don’t Expect Too Much

Keep your expectations in check. We went into the cruise knowing my grandson would not hold up to most evening activities. To say he wasn’t feeling very “pirate-like” is an understatement! 

After afternoons at the beach or splashing around at Nemo’s Reef on the ship, he was definitely ready to go to sleep a little earlier than usual.

If you find yourself cruising on Disney Cruise Line with an infant, be assured that everyone on the ship – from Cabin Host to Servers – will go out of their way to help and accommodate whatever you need – in that special and magical way that Disney does everything!

Are you ready to plan a Disney cruise now? I know I can’t wait to go again. You can get all the help you need with all your Disney Cruise Line planning from Get Away Today (affiliate link)! Have questions about booking – you can call Get Away Today at  877-510-2929 (don’t forget to mention that An Open Suitcase sent you!)




The Most Magical Social Media Conference of the Year – A Pixie Dusted Event That Keeps Us Believing and Dreaming

My family and I recently visited Walt Disney World Resort and sailed on the Disney Dream as part of Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. As an invited participant, I paid a fee to attend and received promotional items from sponsors. This fee covered my stay at Walt Disney World Resort, theme park passes, most meals and a sailing on Disney Cruise Line. Although reporting as a Disney Partner, all opinions are my own.

Over my many years of blogging, I have grown a great deal. I know I have progressed in a positive way with the help of Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. Disney has a magical way of teaching us lessons through entertainment. The Disney Social Media Moms Celebration is an annual invite-only event. Attendees are a mixture of influencers that are huge Disney fans and influencers that know very little about Disney. All the influencers have one thing in common – family focus. The influencers are selected by Disney to help tell the world all that is happening in Mickey’s magical world. If you are ever given the opportunity to attend, don’t miss it.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration – The Most Magical Social Media Conference of the Year was a land and sea event this year. We experienced all that Walt Disney World has to offer before heading to Port Canaveral to board the Disney Dream for a few days of cruising!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2018 Recap

I told you a few months back that I would be attending the event this year – I’ll Be Heading to Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2018. I was super excited. I was counting down the days. This year’s event was everything I hoped it would be and more! I’m always over-the-moon, super excited when it comes to Disney and I get totally and completely breathless when I get one of those pixie dusted email invitations to attend an event at Disney. Although I share all travel information here on An Open Suitcase, Disney is often the focus of my posts because I want everyone to love visiting Disney too! I have been visiting Walt Disney World Resort since the 1970’s – when the Magic Kingdom was all there was. That is when my love for everything Disney started. My children grew up as “Disney kids”, and my grandchildren are now growing up the same way. Disney is a huge part of our family in every way. My grandson, at age one, is getting ready for his third visit to WDW!

The magic of Disney is sometimes hard to describe. It is feeling your inner child rush right up to the surface, no matter how old you are. After all these years I still get a rush of emotion when I see Cinderella Castle at the end of Main Street or when I see my children sharing some of their favorite Disney memories with their children. Everything smells better. Everything feels happier. There is an over-whelming feeling of safety when we are in the Disney bubble. 

Over the years, as WDW grew and expanded, I would sometimes feel sad. For some odd reason I want WDW to stay the way it was when I was young, or at the very least the way it was when my kids were young. It took me quite a long time to embrace the growth and the changes that seemed to be happening all the time. Now, in many ways, thanks to Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, I look forward to each new change and the growth that gives me more and more reasons to love Disney and more reasons to continue to visit as often as possible. 

The Disney Social Media Moms Celebration is part learning about all the new and exciting attractions and events on the horizon, sharing that information, learning from Disney experts all about content creation and celebrating family. I have often said that no one hosts a party like Disney hosts a party and the 2018 DisneySMMC was no exception. 

DisneySMMC is a conference for bloggers/social media influencers who not only learn about all that will be coming to Disney, they also get professional advice from a range of speakers from Disney’s PR and Social Media team and from national companies. The event is part press junket and part celebration that includes your family. I came away feeling as if I learned quite a bit. At the same time I felt a sense of “WOW! – I’m doing lots of things right!” What a great feeling!

Through the entire conference, on both land and sea, the focus was on family – creating and sharing special memories!

We saw parts of upcoming movies (I can’t wait for Christopher Robin and Mary Poppins Returns!) and heard updated information on the newest attractions and hotels and I will be sharing as much of this information as I can over the next few weeks.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2018
Photo Credit: Disney Photographer Alex Mirabal

We experienced sunrise breakfast in Pandora the World of Avatar . . .

Enjoyed a Pixar Dinner Party . . . 

and a Star Wars Breakfast . . .

and one of the best sail away parties ever!

The experiences and information are still a bit over-whelming! 

DID YOU KNOW?

Each guest visiting the new Star Wars-inspired hotel coming to Walt Disney World Resort will board a starship alive with characters and stories that unfold during their voyage through the galaxy – and every window has a view of space. The resort will be seamlessly connected to the highly anticipated Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and will allow guests a complete Star Wars experience.

On Earth Day, April 22, 2018, Disney’s Animal Kingdom will debut “UP! A Great Bird Adventure,” a brand-new show featuring Russell and Dug from the Disney Pixar animated comedy adventure film “UP.” The show will give guests the chance to see Senior Wilderness Explorer Russell and his fuzzy friend Dug in a new adventure that includes encounters with exotic birds from around the world.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will transport guests to a remote trading port on the edge of space, where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life. The land will open at both Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California in 2019. 

The opening of Toy Story Land is right around the corner! Eleven fun-filled acres, where everyone will enjoy two all-new attractions and one expanded favorite. Guests will whoosh along on a family-friendly roller coaster behind Slinky Dog, take a spin with flying saucers in toy spaceships and score high on the midway!

Through the Magic of Storytelling Campaign you can share a Shelfie! Disney will donate one book for every “shelfie” – a selfie photo with a favorite book or in front of a bookshelf—shared on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #MagicOfStorytelling.

OUR EMCEES

I have experienced several Disney events with these two individuals acting as hosts. Each time I am awed by how well they work together – how well they get everyone in the room excited – how much they make you feel welcomed. Leanne O’Regan, Director, Communications and PR, Walt Disney World Resort and Mark M. Daniel, Host (iNside Disney Parks) Comedian – all around nice guy who has a great way of making everyone laugh!

WHO WE HEARD FROM

Bob Chapek, Chairmen Walt Disney Parks and Resorts

Terry Cox, Manager, Disney Search Engine Marketing

David Roark, Manager of Creative Photography at Walt Disney World Resort

Amy Stanford, Senior Editor, Babble

KRISTIN BURR, Producer “Christopher Robin“

John Breckow, Director of Corporate Citizenship for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts

Tom Warburton- Producer, “Muppet Babies”

  • George Kalongridis, President, Walt Disney World Resort
  • Bob Hitchcock– Disney Parks Editorial Content Director
  • Alex Ruiz- Senior Manager, Digital Content Development
  • Tom Smith, Editorial Content Director, Founder of the Disney Parks Blog
  • Vera Sweeney (Alamo Presenter), Founder of Lady and the Blog
  • Ashley Eckstein, Founder, Her Universe
  • Sharon Siskie- Senior Vice President of Commercial Strategy

THE SPONSORS

  • Alamo –  #Alamo #AlamoDriveHappy
  • GoGoSqueeZ – #GoGoSqueeZ
  • Fresh Express – #FreshExpress
  • Joffrey Coffee – #Joffreys
  • BabyBel – #BabyBel #MiniBabyBel
  • American Tourister – #AmericanTourister #ATSpinnermoves
  • Huggies – Huggies
  • H20+ Beauty – #H20Beauty

TAKE AWAYS FROM PREVIOUS DISNEYSMMC’s I ATTENDED

Over my many years of blogging, I have grown a great deal. I know I have progressed in a positive way. Today I went back and read some of the posts I wrote after attending previous conferences. Reading those posts I realized that much of my growth as a blogger is due to my attendance at DisneySMMC

What I Learned About MYSELF at Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2015 – #DisneySMMC – We are never fully FREE of who we are but it’s o.k. to just be you! I am what I am and that’s all that I am!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration – Be Inspired! #DisneySMMC – Be Inspired! No matter how confident or self-assured we are in what we do, there are always many, many others that know more, are much better at it that we can learn from. At the same time there are those less confident and less self-assured that we can help and support. There is always something to learn, to absorb, to understand better. I came away Inspired!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration – 3 Months Later – I’m Still Inspired! – I was determined to focus on what I had learned at the conference from other bloggers and from the many wonderful speakers. I was still absorbing much of what I heard and saw but set some goals and timelines for myself. I decided to give myself 3 months to tackle 2 goals. At the end of the first 3 months I would set 2 new goals and slowly work my way through the list of things I was inspired to take on. 3 months sounds like a long time but believe me when life gets in the way, and you have set a timeline you are determined to stick to – 3 months flies by in a second! Knowing myself I knew that I could only focus on one or two things at a time. I am still – 3 months later – DETERMINED and INSPIRED! 




Planning Your Cruise on Disney Cruise Line – What’s Included – What’s Not

A Disney cruise isn’t exactly the cheapest way to cruise. If you book early, you will find your costs lower. You will get the absolute best price for a Disney cruise when the new dates and itineraries are released. When it comes to Disney Cruise Line, I always recommend using a Disney Travel agent who can monitor the prices and get you booked at the best time and at the best price.

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What’s Included ~ Disney Cruise Line

Lets face it, a Disney cruise is a perfect family vacation and a trip the entire family will never forget. When you are in the planning stages of your Disney cruise, you’ll be surprised at the many things that are included in your fare:

  • All quick service meals on board the ship
  • All table service meals on board the ship (except for adult-only fine dining experiences)
  • Meals on Disney Castaway Cay
  • Room service – order a before bed snack 
  • Character meet and greets
  • Fitness Center use
  • All you can drink soft drinks and hot drinks
  • Unlimited ice cream
  • Live entertainment including deck parties and Broadway type shows
  • Recreational activities
  • Activity centers for the children that provide programming for the little ones
  • Free use of the Navigator APP that will give you access to daily schedules and ship information on your phone (be sure to set your phone to air plane mode). A paper edition of the Navigator will be left in your cabin each night with the next day’s schedule of activities and shows.

Money Saving Tip: If you just LOOOOOVVVVVED your Disney cruise and can’t wait to sail again, you’ll want to save money and get an on-board credit. All you have to do is stop by the Future Cruise Desk during your cruise and put down a $250 ‘place holder’. You will have two years to travel so you don’t have to choose any dates at that time. It’s refundable if you change your mind. The Future Cruise Desk will have all the details on what percentage of discount you can receive, how much on-board credit, etc. It definitely worth stopping by.

What’s NOT Included ~ Disney Cruise Line

After paying off your Disney cruise, you may very well be on a tight budget so it’s good to know what things are not included so you can plan accordingly. Some of these “not included” items are optional so you won’t have to worry about them if cost is an issue. You will still have a fabulous vacation and won’t be surprised by a high bill afterwards.

It may surprise many frequent WDW visitors that Ground Transfers are not included. If you frequent WDW you know that Disney’s Magical Express is complimentary to and from the airport. When it comes to making your way to Port Canaveral, Disney Cruise Line buses do charge a per person fee. It is around $70 per person round trip. If you book it while booking your cruise, the cost will get added on to the total cost of your cruise. The bus service offers pick-ups and drop-offs at either a Walt Disney Resort or at Orlando International Airport. 

Every cruise line offers Port Adventures and Disney does too! Unfortunately, these excursions can be one of the most expensive extras during your cruise. The cost for optional activities at the ports of call can range anywhere from $25 to $500 per person. Disney does offer a wide range of excursions so changes are you will be able to find something within your budget. There is lots of fun possible on Disney’s private island Castaway Cay, which also includes your meals so there is no need to spend on extra excursions there. Many cruisers also choose to stay on the ship while in port to take advantage of all the ship offers while others go off on excursions.

For adults only, fine dining at Palo or Remy. Both restaurants offer dinner service and different tasting options throughout each cruise. Reservations are needed in advance and both restaurants are considered quite expensive. 

This is a big one! Internet Usage packages are expensive on all cruise lines, not only Disney. My best recommendation when it comes to this is unplug if you can. If you can’t, be prepared forif a high cost. Each stateroom is offered 50MB complimentary Wi-Fi on embarkation day, but once that is used (and believe me it goes away fast) you can purchase one of several offered packages that are really high priced. Also, be sure to put your cell phone on air plane mode so you don’t risk getting hit with a huge cell phone bill a month after you get home.

Photos – Just like in the parks, Disney photographers have a knack for capturing you from your best angle! There are many different packages you will be able to purchase but they are pricey. The ships have photography studios that let you view and purchase all the  pictures taken of your family. Character meet and greets are always a favorite! You can purchase individual photos (around $20 each) or full packages that can cost several hundred dollars. You can also pre-purchase a photo package starting at around $150 and up.

Gratuities – Disney definitely knows how to give guests great service and Disney Cruise Line is no different. You will definitely be impressed with the level of service you receive on your cruise from the servers that follow you from restaurant to restaurant as part of the rotational dining system to your Stateroom Host that gives you your nightly turn-down service (and just about anything else you may need in your cabin), the service will be top-notch. You will definitely want to be sure you take care of gratuities. You can pre-pay your gratuities which is $12 per night for each person in your cabin. However, this amount gets split between all of the staff that has worked with you during your cruise. The cruise line will provide you with a tipping envelope and suggested tips for the different service personnel so you can always add more for a certain individual or all of them, if you wish.  

Cocktails – If you like to enjoy a few of those cute little cocktails with an umbrella while on vacation, you will definitely need to add some extra to your budget for cocktails. You don’t want to be surprised at the end of your cruise with a big bill that you aren’t prepared for. Prices vary and can be as much as $14 or $15 per drink. Since your cocktails will be added to your stateroom’s bill you don’t want a huge surprise on the last day. Be sure to keep track of what you are spending/drinking. You are welcome to carry on two bottles of wine and six bottles of beer for each adult in your party. Be sure to pack a corkscrew to open the bottles of wine since the uncorking fee is high if you let your server do it.

Some Snacks –  Although all of your food is included in the cost of your cruise, there are a few snack options that will cost you. Vanellope’s Sweets and Treats on the Disney Dream offers some great special treats but everything in this shop costs extra and is not included in your fare. The concessions stands located outside the theaters are also snacks that you will have to pay for.  

Spa Treatments – Pirate and Princess Makeovers – Be careful here! You can easily add several hundred dollars onto your end of cruise bill. The spa will easily cost you over $100 or much more and a pirate or princess makeover for the little ones can start around $60 and run up to close to $200. 

Although the Children’s Activity Center is included in your cruise cost, if you have a little one between 6 months and 3 years of age that you would like to leave in the NURSERY for an afternoon or evening of relaxation, there will be a charge. The cost is around $9 per hour for the first child and $8 per hour for each additional child.

When planning to cruise on Disney Cruise Line, you’ll want to be prepared for any extra costs that weren’t included in your fare so your vacation won’t be hampered by unexpected costs – Bon Voyage!

Before setting sail you might want to read about some Secrets of Disney’s Castaway Cay HERE.

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Are you ready to plan a Disney cruise now? I know I can’t wait to go again. You can get all the help you need with all your Disney Cruise Line planning from Get Away Today (affiliate link)! Have questions about booking – you can call Get Away Today at  877-510-2929 (don’t forget to mention that An Open Suitcase sent you!)