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How much is a Disney Cruise?

AquaDuck Water Coaster on Disney Cruise Line

A Disney Cruise sounds like the best of both worlds: the amazing library of the Walt Disney Company combined with a cruise ship vacation.  However, you might be wondering "How much does a Disney Cruise costs"?

Before you buy matching Mickey ears to wear onboard, here is an overview of how much a Disney Cruise costs.

Prices vary, but it's not cheap

the AquaDuck water coaster

Just like any cruise line, Disney Cruise prices will vary from ship to ship, and sailing to sailing. In general, Disney is far from the least-expensive cruise line out there, so expect to budget appropriately.

Depending on the time of year, stateroom you choose, itinerary and ship you choose, the price can vary widely.

In order to give you a ballpark estimate of prices, here are some rough numbers but keep in mind the price for your vacation will vary.

3-4 Night Cruises are the shortest cruises DCL offers, but the prices are somewhere between $2,500 - $6,000 for 4 people in a stateroom. These short Caribbean and Bahamian sailings are very popular, and prices will bounce around considerably.

A longer 7-night Caribbean cruise will likely come in around $5,000 - $10,000 for a family of four.  If you are looking for the best value, these sailings will cost you less per-day than a shorter 3 or 4 nighter.

Alaska cruises are among the most expensive Disney Cruises available, with prices ranging between $6,000 - $18,000. Expect to pay higher if you want a verandah room because of the high demand for these rooms on Alaska sailings.

In addition, DCL sails in Europe, where prices will again vary between $6,000 - $17,000.  There are very limited Disney Cruise options in Europe, so price shopping is limited.

What's included in your Disney Cruise

Family in dining room on Disney cruise

With those prices, you might want to know what you get for that price.

Your cruise fare will include much of what other mainstream cruise lines include, plus a few extras:

  • Stateroom cabin
  • Food, including most room service
  • Non-alcoholic beverages, including soda
  • Live shows
  • Character meets
  • Movies
  • Fitness center
  • Pools & hot tubs
  • Waterslides
  • Activities: mini golf, basketball courts, etc
  • Castaway Cay private island
  • Kids Club

Your cruise fare includes a good amount of value, although there are plenty of extras you should factor into your vacation budget.

While you could theoretically spend nothing more on a cruise, it is very unlikely that will occur.

Here is a look at what is not included in your cruise fare:

  • Transportation & accommodations before and after the cruise
  • Specialty dining (Remy and Palo restaurants)
  • Alcoholic drinks & bottled beverages
  • Bingo
  • Packaged snacks
  • Select fitness classes
  • Spa and salon services
  • Shore excursions
  • Castaway Cay add-ons
  • Kids club for kids under 3 years old
  • Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
  • Royal Court Tea
  • Internet access
  • Calls around the world from the ship phones
  • Souvenir photos
  • Laundry
  • Gratuities

How to save money on a Disney Cruise

Porthole cabin on Disney

While a cruise on Disney isn't cheap, it doesn't mean you have to pay top dollar either for your vacation.

There are a few tried-and-true strategies for helping bring prices down to make sure a Disney Cruise is worth it.

Use a travel agent

One of the best ways to ensure you have the best price is to book a cruise with a travel agent. 

While using a travel agent for other forms of travel seems outdated, travel agents provide invaluable information and support for cruise vacations. Travel agents stay up to date with new offers, discounts, and can offer great advice on the entire cruise experience.

Look for special offers

Disney offers special promos and select discounts from time to time, so keep an eye out for special pricing.

There are residency discounts, military discounts and even better rates for Disney Vacation Club (DVC) members.

You can find Disney Cruise deals on a page exclusively for Special Offers

Book early

If you want to get the lowest price possible, book a cruise as early as you can. You can net significantly lower prices by booking more than a year in advance.

Ideally, book your cruise 18-24 months in advance to get some of the lowest prices.  Veteran DCL cruisers will book up rooms as soon as sailings go on sale to get those lower prices.

Book shoulder season

If you can avoid going on a cruise when kids are out of school, you will find lower prices.

Cruises over major holidays and the summer will see the highest prices Disney charges, because this is when families want to go on vacation and that drives up demand.

If you can go on a cruise in January, September, October or early November, you can find some excellent prices.

Book onboard

If you happen to be on a Disney Cruise, rebooking onboard means you will get a 10% discount on the cruise you book.