Have you ever taken a Disney Cruise? Do you want to go but not quite sure about the real cost? I am going to share some Disney Cruise Line budget tips to help you determine ALL of the costs associated with this type of trip.
Let me start by honestly telling you that Disney Cruises are very much on the expensive side. Most of that can be explained in the high level of service and overall experience Disney delivers.
When you book a Disney Cruise you know what the up-front costs are. Unfortunately, there may be unexpected charges on your bill that could potentially break your Disney Vacation budget (here are budget friendly Disney World tips). Who hasn’t looked at their bill on the last night of a trip to find surprises they hadn’t planned on?
Not to worry though. As long as you take these five things into consideration before buying your Disney Cruise Line package, you can come in under budget and ease your transition back into reality.
We all know ending a Disney vacation is hard enough as it is.
Here’s how to figure out your Disney Cruise budget the right way:
Cost of Travel
This may seem self explanatory, however it’s sometimes not so simple. You may count your airfare without giving it a second thought, but don’t forget about the other charges associated with it (read here for tips on best airfare prices) .
Everything you pay for before and during the flight should be counted in your Disney Cruise budget. This includes the Starbucks run before a flight, meals between gates on a layover, in flight entertainment and more. Bottles of water, snacks, books and magazines all add up, so plan on it. Also, don’t forget the cost of Uber, gas, or long term parking either.
Tips Included in your Disney Cruise Budget
This is something that can surprise a lot of people, especially if they haven’t been on a cruise before. First, make sure you have cash on hand and a budget for tipping those who handle your luggage (Disney themed suitcases of course). Be prepared to shell out at least a couple of dollars per bag for anyone who takes them off your hands.
Aside from that, there is a whole team that is assigned to you during the cruise. Disney automatically attaches the gratuity to your final bill, so be prepared to add it to your budget. You are free to pay more in the form of cash in envelopes supplied to you, or see customer service before your final day to alter the amount. The recommended gratuity as of January 2019 is $13.50 per person, per day.
Alcohol/Fine Dining Costs
The food (even 24 hour room service) is all inclusive on Disney Cruise Lines. However, alcohol is not included and costs more. Be sure to budget how much you intend to drink on the trip. Depending on what you order drinks could cost around $10-$15, or they offer wine and beer packages for an additional cost. The top shelf stuff will be considerably higher of course.
There is also an added charge for dining at Palo, which is absolutely worth it, considering the level of the food and customer service experience there.
Disney Cruise Line Souvenirs
One thing you may want to plan for is to buy souvenirs to bring back. My kids love the Disney Cruise themed sweatshirts, crocs and more. You want to know what type of souvenirs you want, how much room to leave in your luggage and how much you expect to pay. Of course, prices vary, depending on what you intend to purchase. For an idea of product pricing you can shop comparable items at ShopDisney.com
Port Expenses to Add to Your Disney Cruise Line Budget
Finally, make sure you leave some room in your budget for things you plan to do while at port. Whatever you expect to buy would be included in your overall budget and factored into the amount you are prepared to spend on your room.
It’s a really good idea to thoroughly study the ports your cruise will take you to, so you know what you want to do and how much additional money you will need. Click here to see an overview of Disney Cruise Line Ports and things to do at each location. Check the prices and book port adventures after you have reserved your Disney Cruise vacation right here.
Now that you have your Disney Cruise Line budget tips, it’s time to start to planning. Here are a few items you might want to purchase for your first (or next) Disney Cruise vacation:
- Hidden Mickey’s Go To Sea
- Mickey and Friends Lanyard with Detachable Coin Purse
- Unofficial Guide to Disney Cruise Line 2019
- Custom Personalized Door Magnets
- Collapsible Water Bottles
Bon Voyage Friends!