To Disney Cruise or not Disney Cruise

I’ve been on several cruises in my life. And although I love the freedom of renting a car and going where I want, when I want, cruising is a close second place for mode of transportation.

Why Cruise?

  • Easy, Stress Free Planning: It’s all done for you! Just book the excursions. I usually book through Viator to book easy and cheaper excursions, but you can always find them directly through your cruise
  • Great for Groups: If you have a large group of people with different interests everyone can do there own thing! There are always activities on a cruise during the day and at night so everyone can pack in as much as possible or do nothing!
  • It’s a good value. Many cruises you’re paying about $100/night. But that comes with all the food you can eat and your “hotel” room. You likely pay more than that for just a hotel, let alone an all-inclusive resort.
  • You only have to unpack once. I normally don’t unpack when going on a trip because I’m always on the move. But you get to go to multiple destinations on a cruise without moving and packing and unpacking.

Is a Disney Cruise worth the money?

I went on a Disney Cruise for my first time with my family including my 6 year old nephew. Unfortunately, a Disney cruise is not as much of a value as most other cruises are.

There was great service and decent food. Nothing remarkable from any other cruise I’ve been on (I should note I have not been on Norwegian cruises and hear differently about food and service here). The shows were great, all Disney based, but excellent quality. You know how everyone always says that Disney is the greatest place on Earth but then you get there and it’s so hot and there are always screaming/crying kids and frustrated parents?? That’s kind of what a Disney cruise is. You’re paying for the name and the ability to see the characters.

Disney has a private island called Castaway Cay in the Bahamas. It was absolutely gorgeous. Great views, clean, characters on the beach. It had a 5k race you can participate in (for free) which was nice. That day was great!! But, to be fair, other cruise companies have private, beautiful islands so this was not a unique feature. See the pictures below:

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Now, what were my nephews thoughts?? He absolutely loved it. Disney had a ridiculous kid’s club area with tons of different areas and rooms and activities. The water slide around the whole ship was pretty awesome. And seeing Disney characters was really cool for him. See the pictures below:

Verdict? Eh. I wasn’t impressed. It was great for my nephew (but it was also his first cruise) and family time. Would I do another Disney cruise? Most likely not. I think one and done is good. Spend the extra money once for the experience, but then the next time cruise with another company, and RELAX!!