Three Generations Aboard Ship; fireworks; night
  • On Jan 14, 2015
    Tatiana from IL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Looking to book a cruise for next year for my husbands and mines 8th year anniversary any tips on how to go about planning and budgeting

    Ahoy, Tatiana! 

    Planning a Disney Cruise can be overwhelming, especially when its your first! Some of my best planning and budgeting tips are:

    ~Try to cruise during an "off" time.  If you can, don't plan to cruise during summer or school breaks, the price will definitely be higher. My husband and I celebrated our 5th anniversary aboard the Disney Magic this past October. We were able to do two cruises in a row (usually referred to as "Back to Back") for a very reasonable price. 
    ~Save a little at a time. We often use Disney gift cards to pay for our cruise. I buy at least one $50 card every time I shop at Target. This helps us to save gradually for our amazing vacations.
    ~Don't overbook yourselves. When choosing your Port Adventures, remember it is NOT required that you leave the ship every single time it docks.
    ~Splurge on one of the Adult Exclusive Dining Options. Depending on the ship, you might have the opportunity to dine at either Palo or Remy. I absolutely can not get enough of brunch in Palo, it is my one MUST DOs on every cruise. Be sure to factor it into your budget, you will NOT regret it!
    ~Keep a change jar in your kitchen. At the end of every day, empty out your change that accumulates in your purse and your husband's pockets (and maybe the cup holder of the car!) into the jar. Ours is actually a popcorn bucket from Walt Disney World. You will be surprised how quickly small change adds up. When the jar is full, cash it in and put it towards your cruise.

    I hope this helps with planning a wonderful 8th anniversary trip! I look forward to more questions from you as you plan.

    Happy Cruising, Tracy V.

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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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