Mickey and Minnie Mouse with The Wish
  • On Jul 9, 2023
    Leslie from TX Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    This will be our first Disney vacay and need guidice

    Welcome Leslie!  

    Thanks for reaching out – I'm so excited to hear that you’re planning your very first Disney Cruise Line vacation! I think a cruise is a fabulous choice for a first Disney trip for your family. I’m happy to help you dip your toe into the planning process.

    First, let’s think through logistics. Do you have a set time you’d like to go, perhaps constrained by school calendars or other family obligations? Do you have a particular departure port that is most convenient to travel to? From those high-level basics, you can then start to search on the website for the best options for you. Typically, itineraries are available to reserve up to 18 months in advance so there are many options!

    Disney has four gorgeous ships, but I’d advise you to not think too much about that when deciding on your first cruise. They are all fantastic in their own way, and the ships are planned for certain itineraries so if you’d like to visit a certain destination from a specific departure port during a particular season, you may not have a choice in ships. Once you select your cruise, you can dig into the details of your vessel through the Disney Cruise Line website or our planDisney Pocket Guides to the ships.

    If you haven’t cruised before, I suggest an itinerary shorter than one week departing from Port Canaveral. This will give you several options for dates, as these cruises sail frequently. If you have the opportunity to visit Disney Castaway Cay on a first cruise, that’s ideal! This special beach destination is Disney’s private island and will offer you a practically perfect day in the sun together, with your lunch included.

    There’s so much included in your cruise, Leslie. Once you select an itinerary and date, the rest is icing on the cake! You can browse Port Adventures to reserve closer to sailing for an exciting day in any port. Adding specialty beverage tastings, spa treatments, or adult-exclusive dining also helps personalize your vacation.

    Please check out our two planDisney Podcast episodes dedicated to cruising for a taste of what’s to come! My pals have talked about the Disney Wish, the newest cruise ship, and tips for first-time cruisers.  

    Once you have an idea of where you’d like to sail and when, please come back and see us! We love to dig into these details with you and help you make the most of this incredible vacation. You can send a question directly to me if you wish to continue this conversation, or submit a question as you did this one for another panelist's view. Whatever you decide, I know you’ll make magical memories with your family in beautiful places.  

    Happy planning!
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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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