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  • On Dec 23, 2023
    Peter Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I want to start planning a cruise so we can budget accordingly

    Welcome aboard, Peter!  

    I’m excited to hear you’re ready to dive into everything an incredible Disney Cruise Line vacation has to offer. Thanks for sailing by planDisney to ask how to get started. There are many tools and resources available to begin planning a fabulous cruise vacation so I’m happy to share what’s possible for you.

    The Disney Cruise Line website has a handy search tool at the top of the page where you can search for itineraries based on departure date, length of sail, departure port, or destination. Then you’ll find the list of available cruises, dates, and prices based on that exact sailing. You can continue through this intuitive process on the website, or you may always call Disney Cruise Line for personalized guidance and support in booking.

    Only a deposit is needed to secure your reservation (see the current promotion for reduced deposit), and then you may “Pay at your Own Pace” for the rest of the balance until your designated Paid in Full date. I also like to plan my cruises far in advance to allow this flexible payment structure; new itineraries are first announced on the Disney Parks Blog about 18 months in advance. Be sure to review the Special Offers page for any additional savings on special sailings; while these are often closer in date, the savings may make the timeline work well for your family.  

    Our planDisney team has some great resources to help you plan your cruise: 

    I hope this helps you get started on dreaming about a wonderful cruise for your family, Peter! There’s so much included in your cruise and a lot of flexibility in what you choose to add on, so I know you’ll find an itinerary and activities that suit your family’s budget and interests.

    Please let us know what other questions you have as you start to dip your toes into the wonderful world of Disney cruise planning – we love to help! 

    Enjoy charting a course for adventure, 

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Meet the Panelist: Amy, Virginia

Hi friends! I'm Amy, a lifelong Disney dreamer from horse-and-wine country, Virginia. My family of three is BIG on fun and treasures every adventure together. We've been making memories at the Walt Disney World Resort and aboard Disney Cruise Line since my son was a toddler; we love our family traditions balanced with "what's new" each visit. I have a passion for Disney details, a love of digital tools, and an eye for practical planning. I can't wait to help you make the MOST of your magical vacation! Learn More About Amy

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