Many people talk about cruises as being “all inclusive”, and what is included can differ from cruise line to cruise line, so I thought I would set the record straight on what is included when you set sail on one of Disney’s four cruise ships, and what is an additional fee.
Here are all the things included in the price of your cruise:
Entertainment: Most of your entertainment such as the amazing nightly shows, movies in the theater and at the pool, character meetings, game shows, kids clubs, deck parties, sports deck, fitness center, and fireworks, pools, night clubs are all included. There is even a walking ship tour, diaper dash, chip in golf challenge, and board games available on the ship. So much to do, and you don’t have to take out your wallet for it!
Food: Meals in the three main dining rooms, casual dining at the buffet or the restaurants on the pool deck, self serve ice cream, room service, food in kids clubs, and snacks in the adult district are all included. Free coffee water and sodas are located on the pool deck and in the dining rooms. If you ask for a soda at the bar, you will be charged for it.
Rooms: Each room has a TV and in room movies, and you of course have housekeeping twice a day, a refrigerator, toiletries, and a hair dryer in your stateroom. Wave phones are also free to use and in each room, along with the DCL phone app with texting capabilities.
Castaway Cay: Castaway Cay is Disney’s private island, and you can make it through the day without paying anything extra if you want! This includes the Castaway cay 5k with finishers medallion, beach towels, a buffet lunch, sodas and water, ice cream, yoga on the adult beach, tram service around the island, beach volleyball, beach chairs and umbrellas, live music, water slides and play areas for kids.
Wow! So many things. It’s actually easier to list what is NOT included in the cost, because it is a much much shorter list.
Extra cost on a DCL cruise: wine/martini/beer tastings, nursery (ages 6 months to 3 years), excursions in port, alcohol anywhere on board, adult dining at Palo or Remy, simulators on the sports deck, the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, certain fitness classes, bottled water, pre packaged room service items, the arcade, spa treatments, bikes and snorkel gear + excursions on castaway cay, parking at the port, transfers to and from the port, tips/gratuities, souvenirs, and photo packages.
So it is entirely possible to make it through a cruise not spending a lot of extra money at all (I highly recommend tipping and giving gratuities for the hard working staff though!) Disney has so much to offer on their ships, there is never a lack of things to do that are included in the price of your vacation package.