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  • On Feb 24, 2012
    Jennifer from MO 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.

    Planning a cruise in feb 2013, lots of questions.. First is soda included on the ship or does it cost extra? Can you dine on the ship without having to be waited on? I want to minimize how much tipping we will have to do by doing it ourselves. Thanks!

    Hi Jennifer!

    Thanks for stopping by the Moms Panel with your cruise questions!  Soda is included in your cruise fare.  You will be able to use the soda dispensers near the pool deck 24 hours a day.  Coke products such as Sprite and Diet Coke along with juices, tea and coffee are also available as well.  Ordering sodas in the dining rooms is also included, but if you order from room service or from bar service, you will be charged for your drink. 

    There are counter service restaurants that serve sandwiches, pizza, chicken, and burgers that you can utilize on your cruise.  Also, the casual dining restaurant, on the pool deck, is another option.  Breakfast and lunch are served buffet-style but dinner is a little more formal and includes a four course sit down meal.

    I understand wanting to save a little money, but I think you will not want to miss the rotational dining experience on board.  The Disney Imagineers created magical dining atmospheres and being able to rotate through them each evening is very exciting.  Your dining servers work very efficiently to provide you with extraordinary service while you are in their care.  It is amazing how quickly they learn about your family and attend to your every need! 

    When planning for my cruise spending, I always budget at least the minimum amount of gratuities suggested by Disney Cruise Line.  Your stateroom host or hostess and dining servers are all part of why cruising on Disney is so exceptional!

    As you continue to plan for your wondrous voyage, please continue to let me know your cruise questions!  I'm happy to help in any way I can!

    Have a fantastic 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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