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  • On Jan 12, 2023
    Sheri from WA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    On the Alaska cruise, hiw far out in the ocean fo you go? I'v e never been on a boat/ship before. Not going to lie, I would like to be able to see land the whole time. Thanks

    Welcome to planDisney, Sheri!  

    Thank you for coming to us for guidance with your important questions before your first Disney Cruise Line vacation. We appreciate the trust you put in us with your concerns, and I hope to put your mind at ease with some guidance. My family is planning our first Alaskan cruise this summer, and I am absolutely thrilled for this bucket list adventure. Since I haven’t yet experienced this unique itinerary, I spoke with a friendly Crew Member today for a while on your behalf.

    Disney cannot provide detailed information on the route for any cruise as many factors impact the exact route and location of the ship daily. The expert crew is focused on Guest safety, weather, wildlife, and many other details for a practically perfect sailing. The Crew Member I spoke with today shared that on his sea days in Alaska he could see land as they enjoyed the Inside Passage. All of Disney’s Alaskan itineraries are focused on this special part of The Last Frontier’s geography with seaside towns, calm waters, and the majestic mountains typically in view of the ship. Please see this incredible Trip Report by my pal and planDisney Alumni Kamini, describing the views of the coastline and natural wonders.

    If you find yourself uncomfortable onboard based on the ship’s location, there are many places to enjoy the atmosphere without truly realizing you’re at sea. These special spaces are so immersive in their themes and alive with activity that you can escape from reality anytime. One of my favorite spots on the Disney Wonder is the French Quarter Lounge; my family enjoyed Princess and the Frog trivia, live music, and fun drinks or snacks there a few times. While there are windows along one wall at the hallway, you can sit closer to the interior with your back to the view or even in the Trolley Car and not see the sea.

    I suggest you sign up for some onboard activities on your sea days to keep yourself busy and enjoy everything Disney has to offer in beautiful locations below deck. You can sign up for special drink tastings ahead of time or just show up for fun events like trivia, BINGO, and other family friendly games.

    For a special vacation like this, I encourage you to review the cruise contract for cancellation policies as well as consider purchasing travel insurance (either through Disney or with an outside company). This would enable you to plan this once-in-a-lifetime adventure and have a safety net if you’re unsure as your sail date approaches.

    Sheri, I hope this information eases your mind a bit and with all my heart I really hope you can take this amazing cruise to Alaska. No one takes care of their Guests like Disney, and I know they will also offer you comfort and peace of mind once onboard.

    Sending happy thoughts and pixie dust that you will take this brave step with your family.

    Wishing you a very special sailing,
    Amy

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Meet the Panelist: Amy, Virginia

Hi friends! I'm Amy, a lifelong Disney dreamer from horse-and-wine country, Virginia. My family of three is BIG on fun and treasures every adventure together. We've been making memories at the Walt Disney World Resort and aboard Disney Cruise Line since my son was a toddler; we love our family traditions balanced with "what's new" each visit. I have a passion for Disney details, a love of digital tools, and an eye for practical planning. I can't wait to help you make the MOST of your magical vacation! Learn More About Amy

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