• On Nov 11, 2021
    Genny from FL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    My family is embarking on Nov 19 for our first cruise! It's driving me nuts that I don't know any details (mostly timing) of dinner, shows, etc. We chose second seating. Also, will there be a special dress up night for dinner? Thanks for the help!

    Ahoy there, Genny! How exciting that your family is setting sail for the very first time on a Disney Cruise. 

    I know it is super frustrating to feel like you don’t know anything. So, let me share about my August experience on the Disney Dream. 

    There is no formal night on your cruise, however, our family typically dresses “nicer” for dinners on the cruise. This means sundresses for the girls, and khakis or dress pants with collared shirts for my boys. This isn’t necessary, but it is how we like to cruise. 

    We, too, had second seating for dinner. I like this because I would rather attend the show earlier and then head to a nice relaxing dinner. There were staggered dining times, so our dinner time that was printed on our Key to the World card was 8:05pm. We were encouraged by the Disney Cruise Line Navigator App to attend the show each evening around 5:45pm. The shows in the Walt Disney Theatre were “first come, first served”, and Cast Members were there to instruct us where to sit. Social distance was observed in the theater by skipping rows between guests and leaving 3 seats between parties in the row. 

    Dinner times seemed to be scheduled every 5-10 minutes. So, when we arrived for dinner, we were the only family being seated. Be ready for lots of great food choices in the dining rooms. I highly recommend the Ahi Tuna Tower appetizer in Enchanted Garden

    When you are onboard, the Disney Cruise Line Navigator App will be your guide to all things. The daily schedules for literally everything can be found on the app. Plus, you can “favorite” things, and the app will send a notification to you about 15 minutes before to remind you to go. I found this very helpful. You can also see dinner menus and character appearances on the app. 

    I hope all your DREAMs come true as you set sail for the very first time with Captain Mickey. I’m sure you will be hooked on cruising. 

    Bon Voyage,
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Meet the Panelist: Tracy, Illinois

GAWRSH! Hiya pals! I am a Goofy-loving mom of 2, who is married to my real-life Prince Charming. My family supports my passion for all things Disney. Walt Disney World was my very first vacation, when I was just 3 months old, and I recently completed my 73rd trip to a Disney location! I have been fortune enough to parasail high above the Disney Fantasy, attend opening day of Batuu, snorkel in the lagoon at Disney's Aulani, and SO MUCH MORE! I can't wait to help you plan your Disney vacation! 

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