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  • On Feb 9, 2023
    Juliet from NY Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hello! We have loved cruising with Disney for years, but our oldest son turns 18 next year. We are considering a cruise that departs Feb 17, 2024, and our son will turn 18 during the sailing. How does that work for his pricing/rate? Is it a child price?

    Hello there, Juliet!

    So nice to "sea" you here at planDisney. I'm a fellow cruise lover and I'm certain I'll be in the same boat as you in the coming years as my children steer toward adulthood. As you already know, a Disney Cruise Line vacation is perfect for families of any age!

    Pricing is based on occupancy per Stateroom, in addition to Guest ages. If you will be sailing as a party of two, pricing would be charged as two adult fares regardless of Guest age. Additional Guests added to your Stateroom will be charged at a reduced rate based on age.  Guests over the age of 13 are billed at a reduced adult fare, and guests aged 3-12 are billed at a child fare. Passengers under 3 also receive a reduced rate. 

    Pricing is based on the age of the Guest on the day of embarkation, so your son would still be charged at a reduced rate for the length of the sailing assuming there are more than two passengers in the Stateroom. You'll be able to price out different scenarios and view rate details using the Plan a Cruise tab.

    I'd recommend making a note of your son's upcoming birthday celebration in the "Special Requests" section online under "My Reservations," and be sure to stop by the Guest Services Desk to pick up a celebration button to wear on his special day. Once the clock strikes midnight on his 18th birthday, your son will be able to access adult areas of the ship like the spa, fitness center, and one of my personal favorite areas Quiet Cove Pool.  You can review more age-specific experiences to find the perfect fit.

    Juliet, I hope this helps you sail toward a magical birthday celebration! Come back and see us again with more planning questions.

    Bon Voyage!

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Meet the Panelist: Amy, North Carolina

Hi, I'm Amy- a proud wife, mom, and Disney adult. I'm a natural planner with a flair for the creative, always looking for ways to add a little magical sparkle to our family's day-to-day happenings and once-in-a lifetime moments. You'll find me and my crew visiting the parks from rope drop to close and packing in as much magic as possible to each day of our Walt Disney World Resort vacation. From dining to photo spots and all the details in between, you've got a friend in me! Learn More About Amy

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