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Planning a Disney Cruise? Uncover the Costs for a Family of Four

Jan 25, 2024 | Cruises, Disney, Travel Articles | 0 comments

Disney Magic for families

If you’re dreaming of taking your family on a magical Disney cruise, you might be wondering how much it will cost. Planning a vacation can often feel overwhelming and expensive, but rest assured that there are options to fit every budget for each family.

The cost of a Disney cruise for a family of four varies depending on several factors such as the time of year, length of the cruise, and type of stateroom chosen. Generally speaking, Disney cruises range from around $1,200 to over $10,000 for a group of four.

One way to save money on a Disney cruise Line is by booking during off-peak times. These include certain weeks in January, early February, late August, September, and early December. Not only will you save money, but you’ll also experience smaller crowds and shorter wait times for popular attractions.

Another option save for a Family of 4 or 5 is to book a shorter cruise.

how much does a disney cruise cost for family of 4

Disney offers itineraries ranging from 3 to 7 nights, with the longer cruises typically costing more. If you’re looking to save some money, consider booking a 3 or 4-night cruise instead of a week-long one.

The type of stateroom you choose also plays a significant role in the cost of your Disney cruise. The most affordable option is an interior stateroom, which does not have a window or balcony. These are great for families who plan on spending most of their time exploring the ship and participating in onboard activities.

For those looking for a little more luxury and space, there are options for oceanview, verandah, and concierge staterooms. These typically come at a higher cost but offer beautiful views and extra amenities such as larger rooms, private balconies, and personalized services.

When it comes to booking your Family Disney cruise, there are a few ways to save money.

One option is to book with a travel agent who specializes in Disney vacations. They often have access to special promotions and discounts that can help lower the overall cost of your trip.

Another tip is to be flexible with your travel dates. Prices can vary greatly depending on the time of year you choose to sail. If possible, try to avoid peak season times like summer and school holidays when prices tend to be higher.

Lastly, make sure to take advantage of any onboard credits or packages offered by Disney. These can include discounts on spa treatments, drink packages, or even photo packages. Keep an eye out for these deals when booking your cruise.

Now that you have booked your Disney cruise and are ready to set sail, there are a few things you should know before boarding the ship.

Firstly, make sure to pre-register online to save time during check-in. This will also allow you to choose a preferred arrival time and expedited boarding process.

Once on board, take some time to explore the ship and familiarize yourself with its layout. The larger ships have multiple decks and it’s easy to get turned around!

What Does the Price of a Disney Cruise Include for all your Members?

AquaMouse Disney Wish
Firstly, AquaMouse is the first-ever Disney attraction at sea.

Entertainment and Activities

  • Broadway-quality shows (original Disney products or live acts)
  • Fireworks at Sea (available on most itineraries)
  • Character meet and greets
  • Movie screenings (first-run and popular Disney movies)
  • Pools, waterslides, splash zones, and wading pools

Food and Dining

  • Three rotational table-service dining restaurants
  • Buffet (for breakfast and lunch)
  • Quick service bites
  • 24-hour room service
  • Unlimited soft-serve ice cream
  • Unlimited coffee, tea, and soda available on deck and at table service restaurants

Kids Clubs

  • Disney’s Oceaneer Club (3 to 12 years old)
  • Disneys’ Oceaneer Lab (2 to 12 years old)
  • Edge (11 to 14 years old)
  • Vibe (14 to 17 years old)

Adult-Exclusive Activities

  • Nightclubs and lounges with live music
  • Adults-only pool and whirlpool spa areas
  • Gym and Fitness Center

Experience the enchantment of Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island paradise.

  • Family Beah
  • Adult-Exclusive Beach
  • Waterslides and splash zones
  • Beach towels, beach chairs, and umbrellas
  • Character meet and greets
  • Kids and teens clubs
  • Walking Paths
  • Castaway Cay 5K Run with Finisher Medallion
  • Adult-exclusive yoga
  • Barbecue Lunch
  • Unlimited soft-serve ice cream
  • Unlimited coffee, tea, and soda
  • Tram transportation

What additional expenses should you consider on a Family Disney Cruise?

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Discover the additional elements that may require an extra investment during your Disney Cruise adventure:

  • Port Adventures and Excursions
  • Adult-exclusive dining (Palo, Remy, Enchante)
  • Bottled water
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • 21+ Beverage Tasting
  • Specialty drinks
  • Specialty foods
  • Gratuities
  • Royal Court Tea
  • Bibbidi Bobbed Boutique makeovers
  • The Pirate’s League makeover
  • Personal Fitness Training
  • Senses Spa and Salon (massages and treatments)
  • Virtual Sports Simulator
  • Wireless Internet Access
  • Ground Transfers
  • Vacation Protection Plan
  • Snorkel gear, floats, and rafts (Disney Castaway Cay)
  • Bicycle Rentals (Disney Castaway Cay)
  • Bottle water, alcoholic beverages, and specialty drinks (Disney Castaway Cay)
  • Cabana rental (Disney Castaway Cay)

Staterooms

Inside

Surprisingly spacious staterooms that don’t have a window or balcony. These inside rooms can accommodate 3 to 4 guests.

Here’s the average price for two guests in the cheapest room :

  • 3-Night Bahama from Port Canaveral (Wish) = $2,900
  • 7-Night Eastern Caribbean from Port Canaveral (Fantasy) = $5,497
  • 7-Night Alaskan Cruise from Vancouver (Wonder) = $5,273
  • 7-Night Mediterranean Cruise from Barcelona (Dream) = $7,794
  • 4-Night Western Caribbean from Galveston (Magic) = $4,849

Oceanview

Beautifully styled rooms for 3 to 4 guests that feature a stunning ocean view through an in-room porthole.

Here’s the average price for two guests in the cheapest room: Prices are based in 2024

  • 3-Night Bahama from Port Canaveral (Wish) = $2,289
  • 7-Night Eastern Caribbean from Port Canaveral (Fantasy) = $3,976
  • 7-Night Alaskan Cruise from Vancouver (Wonder) = $6,638
  • 7-Night Mediterranean Cruise from Barcelona (Dream) = $8,340
  • 4-Night Western Caribbean from Galveston (Magic) = $5,157

Verandah

Spacious stateroom for 3 to 5 guests that offer private verandahs/balconies. These are the biggest non-concierge rooms aboard any Disney Cruise. Prices are based in 2024

Here’s the average price for two guests in the cheapest room :

  • 3-Night Bahama from Port Canaveral (Wish) = $3,014
  • 7-Night Eastern Caribbean from Port Canaveral (Fantasy) = $4,942
  • 7-Night Alaskan Cruise from Vancouver (Wonder) = $9681
  • 7-Night Mediterranean Cruise from Barcelona (Dream) = $9,558
  • 4-Night Western Caribbean from Galveston (Magic) = $9,483

Concierge

Concierge-level staterooms offer the epitome of luxury and space onboard. They are the exclusive level where you can find suites, designed to accommodate parties of 5 to 7. Most of these staterooms feature a verandah, providing a delightful balcony experience (excluding a few on the Wish).

While the suites themselves are truly remarkable, it is the exceptional Concierge perks and attentive service that truly set these rooms apart from any other class onboard.

Here’s the average price for two guests in the cheapest room: Prices are based in 2024

  • 3-Night Bahama from Port Canaveral (Wish) = $6,515
  • 7-Night Eastern Caribbean from Port Canaveral (Fantasy) = $10,603
  • 7-Night Alaskan Cruise from Vancouver (Wonder) = $23,363
  • 7-Night Mediterranean Cruise from Barcelona (Dream) = $Sold Out 2024
  • 4-Night Western Caribbean from Galveston (Magic) = $14,058

Alcohol

Disney Cruise Line stands apart from the mainstream cruise companies by offering a unique alcohol experience. While they do not provide a typical alcohol package, they do have enticing alternatives. You can opt for a 6-pack beer package or choose from a range of 3, 4, 5, or 7-bottle classic or premium wine packages, available for purchase before or during your cruise.

Throughout your voyage, you can indulge in cocktails and other adult beverages from a variety of restaurants, bars, lounges, and even Castaway Cay. Surprisingly, these options are reasonably priced, even by Disney standards. Currently, a 6-pack of Beer is priced at $33.75 and includes renowned brands such as Bud Light, Budweiser, Coors Light, Michelob Ultra, Miller Lite, Blue Moon, Corona, Guinness, and Heineken.

Adult-Exclusive Dining

Disney offers exclusive restaurants for adults on all their ships, each featuring both à la carte and prix-fixe menus. The adult-exclusive restaurants on board include Palo, Palo Steakhouse, Remy, and Enchanté by Chef Arnold Lallement.

Palo, available on the Magic, Wonder, Dream, and Fantasy, offers a delightful blend of classic Northern Italian cuisine with a modern twist. Indulge in their dinner option for $45 per person or opt for the wine pairing at $70. Don’t miss out on their delectable brunch, also priced at $45 per person.

Palo Steakhouse, found on the Disney Wish, presents a fusion of time-honored Italian dishes and contemporary steakhouse dining. Savor their dinner experience for $45 per person or elevate it with the wine pairing for $70. Additionally, you can explore their à la carte menu, which boasts an enticing selection, including the incredibly priced A5 wagyu steak.

Enjoy an exquisite dining experience tailored exclusively for adults, where culinary delights await at every turn.

Indulge in the epitome of luxury dining aboard the Disney Dream and Fantasy with Remy. This exquisite culinary experience showcases the finest French fare. Remy offers a variety of options including a $125 per person dinner, a $75 per person brunch, a $60 per person dessert experience, and a $105 per person wine pairing experience.

Immerse yourself in the enchantment of French-inspired cuisine aboard the Disney Wish with Enchanté. Delight in a luxurious experience with a $125 per person brunch and dinner.

Port Adventures

When it comes to a Disney Cruise, the costliest component is typically the port adventures, also known as excursions. These adventures encompass activities and tours available at each stop along your cruise. The best part is that Disney handles all the arrangements, ensuring a stress-free experience where you’re exceptionally well taken care of.

While port adventures are optional and not mandatory, I find them to be one of the highlights of any Disney Cruise, especially when visiting incredible destinations such as Europe, Alaska, or even some Caribbean islands. With over 200+ different excursions to choose from on each cruise, there’s something to suit every individual and budget.

To give you an idea of popular port adventure prices in Alaska, the Mediterranean, and the Bahamas, here’s a breakdown.

Please be aware that the prices mentioned are average figures and may differ based on the specific ports of call. Additionally, the prices may also vary depending on the size of the group.

Alaska

Disney Cruise Wonder
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  • Ziplining = $240 per person
  • Salmon Bake = $125 per person
  • Best of [City] = $80 – $250 per person
  • Dog Sledding = $700 per person
  • Glacier Explorer = $290 per person
  • Glacier Point ATV = $370 per person
  • Halibut Fishing = $300 per person
  • Whale Watching = $179 to $299 per person

To truly immerse yourself in the Alaskan experience, embarking on excursions during an Alaska cruise is an absolute must. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of participating in excursions at every stop. It is a genuinely remarkable journey that deserves a spot on everyone’s bucket list.

Bahamas

Disney Magic for families
Disney Cruise Line For Families – Disney Magic

prices are approximately it may vary according to the month

  • Atlantis Aquaventure = $235 per person
  • Baha Bay Day Pass at Baha Mar = $200 per person
  • Blue Lagoon Island Beach Day = $57 – $95 per person
  • Castaway Ray’s Stingray Adventure = $57 per person
  • Discover Nassau by Land and Sea = $90 per person

While in Nassau, I seldom partake in excursions. However, one enjoyable experience was the beach day at Atlantis. Another must-try activity is the stingray feeding on Castaway Cay. And if you’re willing to indulge, renting a Cabana on Disney’s private island is a fantastic way to make the most of your beach day.

Mediterranean

  • Amalfi by Boat and the Splendor of Sorrento = $175 per person
  • Best of Athens = $160 per person
  • Best of Rome = $400 per person
  • Best of Santorini = $350 per person
  • Dublin City Highlights = $100 per person
  • Explore Athens on your own = $45 per person
  • Scenic Amsterdam and Van Gogh Museum = $90 per person
  • Value Package Nice and Monaco = $99 per person

Extra Spending

While enjoying a cruise, several tempting expenses may lead you to spend a little extra. These include indulging in shopping, trying your luck at bingo, savoring specialty food and drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) from lounges, bars, and pubs, as well as ensuring proper tips and gratuities.

Transportation

The largest unpredictability when planning a cruise is undoubtedly transportation costs. Depending on your location and the departure port you choose, travel expenses can vary significantly. To simplify matters,

I will solely concentrate on cruises departing from Port Canaveral and the corresponding transportation costs.

Getting to Port Canaveral from the Airport (and vice versa)

Disney still provides ground transportation services between Orlando International Airport (MCO) and the Disney Port Canaveral Cruise Terminal. The cost for each guest to travel from MCO to the Disney Cruise Terminal is $39 one way or $78 for a roundtrip.

Alternatively, you have the option to choose Uber or Lyft, which typically costs between $67 and $91 per trip for up to 6 passengers. Ridesharing is generally the most economical way to reach Port Canaveral, although surge pricing can be a disadvantage to consider.

Parking at Port Canaveral

Prices for parking at Port Canaveral for a Disney Cruise are:

  • $68
  • for a 3-Night Cruise
  • $85 for a 4-night Cruise
  • $102 for a 5-night Cruise
  • $119 for a 6-night Cruise
  • $136 for a 7-night Cruise

Cash is not accepted and you’ll be charged upfront for the entire duration of your cruise.

Port Canaveral Bus to and from a Disney Resort

Disney provides a convenient bus service that connects their resorts to Port Canaveral. The current cost of traveling from a Disney World Resort to the Disney Cruise Terminal is $39 per guest for a one-way trip or $78 for a roundtrip. Comparatively, Uber and Lyft fares for the same route typically range from $70 to $105 per trip, depending on the time of day and the specific hotel you’re staying at.

Are there any Disney Cruise Discounts for a group of four?

There are numerous Disney Cruise discounts available for everyone to enjoy, along with exclusive deals specifically tailored for certain groups:

For all travelers, the top Disney Cruise discount currently offered is up to 35% savings on select dates from Miami, San Juan, Port Canaveral, New Orleans, San Diego, and Vancouver. To explore all eligible cruise dates, please visit this page.

Here are some special deals designed for specific groups:

  • Military Discount: Enjoy special rates for select sailings starting at just $157 per person per night. Learn more information here, and find the full list of eligible sailings.
  • Florida Residents: Take advantage of a limited-time offer of 35% off select sailings.
  • Southern California Residents: Save up to 25% on select cruises to Baja from San Diego.
  • Canadian Residents: Enjoy up to 35% off on select sailings.

Additionally, there’s an exclusive offer for Disney+ Subscribers! During select cruises on the Disney Magic, Disney Dream, and Disney Fantasy from January 2023 to April 2023, the 3rd and 4th guests can sail for free. This offer applies to stateroom categories 4A-11C. You can book this fantastic deal here.

Example: Disney Cruise Costs for a Family of 4

Here’s how much a 4-Night Disney Cruise on the Disney Wish leaving out of Port Canaveral will cost for a family of 4 that consists of 2 adults and 2 children.

I’m using August 21-25, 2023 as the example sail date.

Stateroom

  • Inside = $4,709
  • Oceanview = $4,932
  • Verandah = $5,188
  • Concierge = $7,923

Conclusion:

Thank you for reading and sharing your ideas. That’s the reason why we created this travel article about Disney prices for a family of four. As we all know, Disney is one of the most popular vacation destinations for families. With its magical theme parks and beloved characters, it’s no wonder that millions of visitors flock to Disney every year.

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