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May 30 2012
6 years ago
10:41 AM MST

Guest Post: Hip Tips to Save on a Disney Cruise

May 30, 2012 @ 10:41 AM MST
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How to Take a Frugal Disney Cruise

Guest Post by Julie Harrington-Travel Planner

Think a Disney cruise is out of your budget? Well, think again!!! Below are some great ways to save money when booking your next cruise while still snagging all the same pampering perks as everyone else….

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* If you ever come upon discounted Disney Gift Cards at your local Warehouse store (i.e. Sam’s Club or Costco) or at your local grocery store, be sure to snatch them up! You can then use these cards to either pay for your cruise or you can deposit them in to your on board account.

* Will you be celebrating a birthday on board?! Instead of paying $49.99+ for the Birthday Celebration Package that includes a Happy Birthday door magnet, streamers, Happy Birthday banner, table decoration and a cake, consider putting together your own birthday party package (or a package for other special events) for a fraction of the cost. Just head to your local dollar store, grab some decorations and pack them in your suitcase. When you arrive to your stateroom and meet your stateroom host/hostess, you can pull them aside and ask them to put up the decorations during the nightly turn down service and surprise the member of your family that way. Your stateroom host/hostess will be more than happy to do this for you.

* Souvenirs?!? We all know how much those can cost and just how impersonal they can be. Here’s a creative idea if you’re looking for something unique, inexpensive and memorable. So put down that $25 water globe or $40 T-shirt! Instead, grab yourself a white pillowcase, photo mat or anything you can dream of (that is easy to pack), some colored sharpies (fabric markers if you are using fabric) and bring all these items to the Guest Services Desk on the first night of your cruise. Make sure you note your stateroom number. Then, on the last night of your cruise, you will have an autographed souvenir by all the Disney Characters waiting for you.  This service is completely free; however, I would encourage you to consider bringing a small thank you to the Guest Services Desk when you drop off/pick up your item to be autographed.

* Wow! Did you know that Disney Cruise Line is the ONLY cruise line that allows its guests to bring their own alcohol on board?! So if you like to have a few drinks, but don’t like to pay the high costs at sea, then you may want to consider this option. Just be sure that the amount of alcohol you are bringing can fit in a carry on size suitcase/bag and that the bag can fit through the security scan at the port terminal. There is no extra fee for this. The only fee connected to bringing your own alcohol is if you bring on a bottle of wine and want to drink it at dinner; you will then be charged a cork fee to have the bottle opened and used during your dining.

Calling all wine drinkers! During your Disney cruise, you will have the same dining servers/staff that will rotate to different restaurants throughout your cruise. The first night of your cruise, you will be offered a special wine package price which allows you to purchase 4 bottles of wine (Classic or Premium package) for 25% off the cost if you were to purchase each bottle separately each night. You can choose to drink as many or as few bottles per dinner. If you do not finish the bottle, you have the option to bring it back to your stateroom to finish or your dining team will have it ready for you to finish at your next night’s dinner. If you do not drink all 4 bottles, you are allowed to take home up to 2 bottles of unopened wine.

Do you have any hip tips to share? If so, please share them with us in the comments below!

(A BIG thanks to Julie Harrington-Travel Planner with Family Time Getaways for all these awesome tips! If you need help planning an upcoming Disney vacation, you can contact Julie via email or follow her on Facebook.)

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