Mom And Son Water Slide
  • On Jan 24, 2010
    Amy from FL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Considering a 1st Disney Cruise in 9/2010. Should we do early dining or late if we want to catch all the shows? Is there a formal night on the 3 night cruises? Do we need a shore excursion to have a good time on Castaway Cay or can we do things w/o one?

    Hi Amy,

    Welcome to the Moms Panel, I'm thrilled to hear you are considering a Disney Cruise!  We love taking advantage of the great rates for cruising during September.

    One of the things that I love about the Disney Cruise Line is that the shows are scheduled twice each night so you will have the opportunity to attend regardless of your dining time.  If you are in the later seating, you have the opportunity to attend the early show and vice versa.

    The evening dress code is typically cruise casual, cruise casual or pirate dress and then an optional dress up evening.  I can tell you from my experience, you will not feel out of place if you choose to dress up, likewise you will be in good company if you are more comfortable on the cruise casual side.

    As for Castaway Cay, other than renting snorkeling gear we have never done a specific excursion.  I certainly don't think you need to book one to have a great time, but they do have some pretty cool opportunities available. 

    Hope this helps, good luck with your decision!
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Meet the Panelist: Karen, New Hampshire

Ahoy matey!  My name is Karen and if there is such a person as the all-American Disney Mom, I'm it. I am a proud card-carrying member of Disney Cruise Line's Castaway Club and I would love to help you plan your Disney Cruise Line vacation! Learn More About Karen

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