After my trip on the Disney Fantasy a few weeks ago, I’m definitely “on board” (pun intended) with the idea of family cruises. However, like most family vacations, a cruise vacation requires lots of advance planning. Based upon what I learned, here are my tips for those going on a Disney cruise.
- Arrive early. For most, this means flying in the day before and spending the night at a local hotel. The Hyatt in the Orlando airport is a great option, and they offer ground transportation to the cruise terminal. Make sure you have an early on board time, so you can spend that first day exploring the ship.
- Make meal plans early. There are premium adult-only restaurants (Palo and Remy on the Fantasy and Dream) that require advance reservations. Also, you’ll be given a meal time for your evening dinners – if you want the early time, request it well in advance.
- Be smart with packing. Pack a power strip if you have lots of electronic devices. Keep in mind that you can’t plug in your own hair dryer (one is provided), and there’s no iron in the rooms. Also, space in the bathroom is very limited – there’s no spreading out of all of your toiletries (like I tend to do).
- Bring magnets! All of the doors are magnetic, so consider bringing magnetic hooks so you can hang things from the door. If you’re feeling especially organized, you can purchase a magnet on Etsy to decorate your exterior door.
Also take a look at my stateroom tour video, so you know exactly what to expect.
Disclosure: I was aboard the Disney Fantasy as part of the Traveling Mom Retreat and my stay was complimentary.