Mom And Daughter Laughing together on Hammock at beach
  • On Jul 8, 2011
    Martha from VA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    We're are booked for 4 night Bahamian cruise in October 2011. This will be our 1st family cruise. Are there any free activities available at both ports? Or are these port adventures just optional/extras?

    My family sailed on our first cruise during the month of October, Martha.  We had amazing weather!  I hope the same is true for your upcoming cruise.  Port adventures offered by Disney Cruise Line are optional and therefore do come with an added cost.  That's not to say, though, that there is nothing free to do in port.  My family has almost always chosen to see the sights ourselves, rather than sign up for port adventures.  Often times, there are activities available within walking distance from the ship (sightseeing, shopping, etc).  Those activities would be free to your family and would give you a chance to take in some of the culture of the port.  The nice thing about Disney port adventures is that should your excursion be delayed for any reason, the ship will not sail without you.  The same is not true of those who set off independently.  My only advice for those venturing off on their own is to be mindful of the time and be sure to arrive back at the ship before the guest onboard time.  Whichever you choose, I hope you have a great cruise!
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Given your inclination to plan a magical trip, I can already tell we have a lot in common. I'm Darcie, and my friends would be the first to tell you that Disney trip planning (especially dining!) is my love language. Of course, the vacations my family enjoys today look much different than they did when our kids were little, but while some of our favorite activities have evolved, Disney destinations still top our travel wish lists. Let's work together to plan a downright dreamy vacation for your family! Learn More About Darcie

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