• On Nov 19, 2016
    Alexandra from AL 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.

    As a first-time cruiser, which activities should I reserve first because they book up quickly? Which ones are likely to not have any openings even if I try to reserve it at the first available booking time (because of priority cruisers taking all slots)?

    Ahoy, Alexandra!
    Congratulations on your first Disney Cruise! I hope it will be the first of "minnie" magical voyages with Captain Mickey! 
    I am glad you cruised by with this question because I do have some tips for you when your online booking window opens up. I believe you are sailing on the Disney Dream with the cruise date you provided (please write back if this is not correct). On your particular cruise, I definitely suggest reserving your spots for the Princess Gathering and Frozen Meet and Greet online. If you have a prince or princess between the ages of 3-12, you may be interested in a magical makeover at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique or a pirate transformation the day it becomes the Pirates League (all ages welcome) for Pirate Night. Something else to consider for your prince and princess is the Royal Court Royal Tea. This fanciful event for royal Guests ages 3-12 may book up early as well. 
    I also like to reserve my adult dining as early as possible. Some reservations are held back for embarkation day so if you don't get the exact time you are hoping for, you can check onboard the first afternoon. Spa appointments are typically available, but the open-air massages on Castaway Cay do book up quickly. And speaking of Castaway Cay, the cabanas are quite popular with Guests. These are often snatched up by repeat cruisers very early on. If you don't see any, keep checking as sometimes Guests change their plans and one becomes available.
    Lastly, some Port Adventures do sell out, but it can vary sailing to sailing depending on the interests of Guests. Guests do have up to three days prior to departure to cancel so always continue to check online for openings. 
    I hope my answer is helpful, Alexandra! Please write back if we can assist you further with your plans.
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Meet the Panelist: Nancy, Georgia

Ahoy there!I'm excited to help you plan a magical voyage filled with pixie dust onboard one of the magnificent Disney cruise ships. As a mom of two,I love planning a Disney cruise and can't wait for you to experience all that DCL has to offer. Learn More About Nancy

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