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  • On Aug 25, 2011
    Samantha from ON 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.

    Being a mom of three DD & a guardian to a 16yr my husband and I are always looking for a budget friendly ways to enjoy disney.I would absolutely love to take one of their cruises. Can you tell me some tips on the cheapest & best way to experience a

    Hi, Samantha!

    The service, dining, entertainment, destinations and FUN of a Disney Cruise is well worth the wait as you save for this extra-special voyage -- my family and I have never regretted one penny spent on Disney Cruise Line (DCL) vacations. As a family of six, I totally get where you are coming from trying to find an affordable cruise option for a large family. Yet, due to the popularity of DCL combined with the finite number of passengers they can accommodate, I don't see a lot of discounts on their cruises.

    Of course, that doesn't mean that they don't offer specials from time-to-time.  So, I suggest you bookmark the Disney Cruise Special Offers page and check back monthly to see what is being offered.

    In my experience, the best pricing for Disney Cruises is available if you can book well in advance or last minute. Here are a few other tips on getting the best rates:

    • Book Early - Most cruises can be reserved with a deposit per person. Your final payment will be due about 75 days prior to your sail date - so you can make payments as your budget allows up until that time.
    • Travel Off Season - September and January have can be great months to cruise because of the deals.
    • Consult with Disney Travel Agents or your local AAA/CAA office for discounts and incentives.  Sometimes third parties such as these can make deals based on the cruises they are selling.
    • Consider the Home Port. You'll need to figure in travel to/from the port in your plans and budget. DCL will sail from New York City, Seattle, Los Angeles and Galveston next year in addition to Port Canaveral. Travel may be more convenient and less expensive to a port closer to home.
    I hope that helps. Let me know if I can be of further assistance to you. Have a wonderful day and a magical vacation. Bon voyage!

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Meet the Panelist: Andi, Alabama

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