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  • On Jan 5, 2024
    Alice from Victoria Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi there! What are the upsides of using a travel agent vs. booking directly with Disney for a cruise? I have dietary requirements (vegan) but my mum and I are total cruise/Disney newbies. Are there any Australian TAs that Disney approves?

    Ahoy there, Alice! I am so glad you are here with your questions and dreams for your first Disney Cruise. You have come to the right place because we are here to help you along the way.

    Let me start with a simple answer: there is no wrong way to book a Disney Cruise. There are options, but they are all good as they get you onboard a Disney Cruise Line ship. As you know, you can book directly with Disney Cruise Line or work with a travel agent. You can search cruise itineraries online by date, destination, departure port and number of nights. You will see the itineraries, dates, available staterooms, and costs for your traveling party, and you can make your reservation directly from this query. 

    You can also work with a travel agent. I like this option because my travel agent reminds me when I can book activities and check in for my cruise. As an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner, she knows the questions to ask me to make my planning easy. If you choose to work with a travel agent, I would recommend looking for an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner as they earn this certification based on their knowledge and experience booking Disney resort and cruise vacations. You can find travel agents on search engines; just be sure to look for the Authorized Disney Vacation Planner logo on their website.

    I have cruised with people who are vegan and have nut allergies. I can tell you from my experience, Disney does not just accommodate these dietary needs; they are vegan and allergy-friendly. Of the thousands of things I love about Disney Cruises, rotational dining tops the list. I think you will find it especially helpful as your dining team "travels" with you each night. They get to know you, and you do not have to explain your dietary needs and preferences every night to someone new. It also ensures you enjoy the main dining rooms, each with its unique theme and menu. If you are considering one of the exciting New Zealand and Australia cruisesTiana's Place on the Disney Wonder will have you feeling it's time to let the good times roll with some melodic jazz and enchanting characters.

    While you are checking out the restaurants, be sure to look at Onboard Activities and Port Adventures to see all the cruise has to relax, entertain, thrill and enchant you while on the most magical vacation at sea. You can also see these on the Disney Cruise Line Navigator App, which you will want to download before your cruise. In addition to being very helpful on land and at sea, the countdown clock is just fun to remind you how many days separate you from your sailing.

    I know it can seem like a lot when you start to plan your first Disney Cruise. I knew very little at first, but we had such a great time, we booked a placeholder for a future cruise. And you have planDisney. We are here to answer your questions and help you feel like a seasoned cruiser!

    I can't wait for you to hear "Welcome Aboard!"


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Meet the Panelist: Jana, Georgia

Hi, everyone! I’m Jana, a Disney-loving wife and mom from Atlanta. My boys (my husband and sons) are the greatest joys in my life. We have so many magical memories from our vacations at Walt Disney World Resort and aboard Disney Cruise Line. I welcome the chance to share my knowledge and advice in helping you plan your visit to the Most Magical Place on Earth. Learn More About Jana

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