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  • On Jan 23, 2012
    John from MI 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.

    I am hoping to book a carribean cruise for my family in April 2013. I know the cost of the trip and transportation to get down there but I am wondering if there is a general guideline as to how much more I should budget for excursions and any extras.

    Hi John!

    Cruising with Captain Mickey is a great value because of all that is included in your cruise fare!  The ship is a destination in itself, and you can spend as little or as much as you like on the extras! 

    Here are some things you might want to consider when setting your cruise budget. You will want to plan on budgeting for gratuities for the wonderful crew who insures you have exceptional service while onboard.  Disney suggests $12 per guest per night.  Any alcohol or speciality drinks are extra as well as a dining experience at one of the adult-only restaurants onboard.  Ship's photographers will be capturing some of your memorable cruise moments, so I suggest having a look at the Photo Packages available on before sailing.  If you are looking to book a Port Adventure, they can range from just a few dollars to thousands of dollars!  Youth Programming is included in your cruise price, but if you have a little one under three, there is a minimal fee for hourly babysitting at the ship's nursery.  Indulging in a spa or beauty service for a little pampering might be on your agenda as well.  Souvenirs are always on our list, and they have a great selection of shops on the ships!  

    My suggestion is to have a look at and make a wish list of extras you might like to indulge in on your cruise vacation.  No matter how much or little you end up spending, you will have an extraordinary time because of the incredible experience that Disney provides its Guests at sea!

    Have a wonderful day,

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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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