8 Surprising Things About the Disney Cruise Line, including fish extenders, fine dining, rotational dining, and on-board booking benefits.
The first time I traveled on the Disney Cruise Line (on a Disney Fantasy media cruise), I was amazed. All four ships are absolutely stunning, with so many things for families to see and do. Even if you choose a 7-day cruise, you’ll still find that there are things that you didn’t have enough time to do. While I was impressed, I wasn’t necessarily surprised – as an avid fan of Walt Disney World, I’ve come to expect a level of service and magic. But there were a few things that I did find surprising. Here are 8 surprising things about the Disney Cruise Line.
8 Surprising Things About the Disney Cruise Line
I knew to expect lots of food on the Disney Cruise Line – I’d heard stories about delicious buffets and endless ice cream. But I was surprised to see the fine dining options. All four ships offer Palo, an upscale adult-only Italian restaurant, while the Disney Fantasy and the Disney Dream also offer Remy, a French restaurant. I’ve dined at Palo a few times, for both dinner and brunch, and have always enjoyed my meals. If your kids like the kids’ clubs (and they will!), definitely book a meal there – you won’t regret it!
Rotational Dining on the Disney Cruise Line
When you are on the Disney Cruise Line, you’ll have the same serving team for your whole cruise. You’ll rotate among the three different restaurants on the ship, but your serving team will rotate with you. This is especially good for families with dietary concerns. My daughter has tree nut allergies, and it’s always good to have the same server.
On Board Booking
Once you experience your first Disney Cruise, you are likely to want to book another one. If you book through the onboard booking desk, you can get a discount on your next cruise. You don’t even need to know the exact dates of what you want to book – there is an option to book a placeholder. Keep in mind that the discounts can vary.
In addition, if you are interested in doing an Adventures by Disney trip, you can also get an on board booking credit by booking onboard.
While some cruise lines charge for soft drinks, they are complimentary on the Disney Cruise Line. You can also get other drinks, like coffee and iced tea, although I generally prefer to get my coffee at the adult-only Cove Cafe (pictured above – additional fee applies).
Adult Time on the Disney Cruise Line
I had this image of kids running all around the ship, but that isn’t necessarily true. There are lots of fun adult-only areas, as well as loads of adult things to do on the Disney Cruise Line. My kids always love spending time in the kids clubs, so I usually find myself with lots of free time. Pictured above is my favorite spot on the ship – Satellite Falls (offered on both the Disney Fantasy and the Disney Dream). Bring plenty of books with you – you may actually find the time to read them!
I had heard all about the pirate nights on the Caribbean itineraries, but I had no idea how big an event this is. Many cruisers dress in full pirate apparel, and the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique on board is transformed into the Pirates League for the day. If your kids like pirates, be prepared with gear (including apparel) before you board the ship!
In addition to the adult-only areas of the ship, there are a number of beverage seminars that are offered for adults. These can be booked as soon as you are on board the ship, and include martini tasting, margarita tasting, wine tasting, and mixology. These seminars do tend to fill up, so book them as soon as you are on the ship.
Fish Extenders/Door Decorations
Did you know that Disney Cruise Line guests decorate their doors and exchange little gifts? If you are heading on a Disney Cruise, you may want to prep these things in advance. Check out this post for information about decorating your Disney Cruise Line door, and participating in a fish extender exchange.
Have you been on a Disney Cruise? Did anything surprise you?