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Monday, July 1, 2013

Disney Cruise Planning 101

I am in the beginning phase of planning our next family vacation for spring of 2014. After visiting Disney World the past two April's in a row I am ready to experience my very first Disney Cruise! I have heard nothing but wonderful experiences from friends and seen many pictures of the many different fun attractions and ports that the Disney cruise line offers. Where to start?! Well for starters I recommend that you choose what time of the year you want to cruise, if you are flexible then you could start out by deciding which destination you prefer best. There are many options, ranging from a Bahamas cruise to a Caribbean cruise and even a European cruise. To learn more information you can require a free Disney cruise dvd.

After choosing your destination you can choose which departure port is the most convenient for you. There are many ports available, more than I even knew about! I did not realize that there are Disney cruises departing from San Diego, California; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Galveston, Texas; Miami and Port Canaveral Florida. Here comes the best part, you can choose your room on the ship. The prices range and depend on the number of people traveling in your party. The Disney cruise line offers many different choices ranging from concierge level family suites to interior staterooms for those traveling on a budget.


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My family consists of 5 people so ideally we are going to need a Deluxe Family Oceanview Stateroom. The porthole window has amazing views of the ocean and even has a seat that I know my children are going to love! I was quite surprised at the size of the rooms, the Deluxe Family Oceanview Stateroom is 241 sq ft and has not one but two bathrooms. There is one bathroom that has a bath tub/shower which is perfect for bathing small children along with a vanity/sink. Then there is a separate half bathroom with a toilet and vanity and sink. I was really curious to learn the sleeping arrangement in the stateroom for a family of 5. The room will have a queen size bed, a wall pull down bed (in most) or a upper berth pull down (in some) and you can request a complimentary pack and play for the littlest guests.

I requested a quote from Cheryl Koren at Off To Neverland Travel. Keep in mind, that ALL food, drinks (except alcohol) and activities on board are included in the price of the Disney Cruise. Childcare is even included (except the nursery for children under 3 years old) in the price. You will simply have to pay for parking at the port, any excursions you choose to do, photo's and alcoholic drinks.

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