Disney Cruise Line ~ Tips From a Newbie #Travel #DisneySMMC

When I first got the invite to take a Disney Cruise I admit I was nervous. I mean like really nervous as I have a natural fear of open waters. So I wasn’t sure how this was going to go down.  When my invite came from Disney Social Media Moms I was thrilled. Then I saw half of the trip would be at sea I began to question if I could make this happen.  I mean I had never been on a cruise so I wasn’t sure if my fear would render me incapable of doing anything.

Now I know Disney pretty well and I know they do things up right but taking a cruise was a lot different from walking a park. Not to mention there would be all that water but never being a person to hide  I booked our cruise. What I learned as a novice to cruising was very insightful.  Here are a few of things I learned on my first cruise.

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Disney Cruise Guide For Beginners

Pack Light ~  I learned real quick that I never wore half of what I packed.  Pack light depending on the season and length of trip you can get away with a few changes of clothes and a light jacket. If you are traveling in summer a swimsuit is a must. If traveling in winter though temps are mild a jacket or sweater may be needed. When packing pack items that are able to mix and match to create new looks.  Also, pack sunscreen and motion sickness medicine both are a must have.


Activities ~  Book your activities in advance. We learned the hard way getting photos with your favorite character will take a long time if not booked in advance. Also, download the Navigator app to keep up with all the happenings for the day.  We almost missed Bingo if not for the app.  From movies to shows to arts and crafts there are lots of things to do on a cruise.

Food ~  The food on a cruise is so good. We also learned it’s unlimited. From buffets to sit down food is not only endless it’s delicious.  Disney also can work with any dietary restrictions. For me, I tend to lean more towards vegetarian eating. This was no problem because you are assigned a table and a server that rotate with you throughout your stay your server learns your eating habits. Yes, dining is a rotational meal plan with three exceptional restaurants to eat at. So you actually get to enjoy all three through a rotational nightly seating. Oh and here is a tip Ashley from Teachable Mommy gave me. Like a certain dessert from a restaurant like the beignets at Tiana’s Place.  You can get that dessert the next night at Animator’s Palate or Triton’s just ask your server.

Paper Work ~  Make sure you have correct paperwork in hand with ID when boarding. I had my original birth certificate which was issued by the hospital many many moons ago and I almost did not get cleared to board. I learned that only birth certificates issued by Vital Statistics and/or passports are usually accepted.  Luckily the manager on duty recognized my birth certificate as being a hospital issued one and let me passed. However, I am now working on getting passports as I do not want that to happen again.

Finally, I learned that when on a cruise you stay so busy having fun that you forget you are at sea. My fear of open water only bothered me when someone would remind me I was at sea. I also learned that once you take a cruise you will want to take another and another and another.

Let’s Talk:

Have you taken a Disney Cruise or any cruise before? What are your tips for newbies?

Disclaimer: My family was invited to attend the Disney Social MediaMoms  Celebration which was a discounted trip. I was not asked to write about it but my trip but am choosing to do so. All opinions are my own.

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Rebecca is a boy mom, traveler, Disney addict, chocolate lover, and tea drinker. She lives in Florida and enjoys good food, good music, and a great book. Her goal in life is to live in the moment and to always be open to new things.


  1. Your statement that once you take a Disney cruise you’ll want to take another and another and another is absolutely correct, that’s us. We’re fortunate that money isn’t an issue, but It doesn’t help that being a CM, I get a very generous discount. We’ve cruised 6 times over the past 5 years. Our last being in Dec. We only do 7 night cruises because shorter cruises go by too quickly. We agreed that we’d take a year off and do the transatlantic re-positioning cruise next year, but we’re getting the itch to do a cruise before that. Our tip, because you seem to be eating around the clock, is to minimize the damage by working out for an hour in the morning every day. No cheating.

    • That is a great tip. I tried taking the stairs as much as possible to burn the calories. I like your tip though.

  2. We have yet to take a cruise and the Disney one looks super fun to me. We do plan to take one so your tips will be quite helpful to us. Nice tip about favorite desserts.

    • That was the best tip I got. Ashley knew she was speaking my language when it came to desserts.

  3. It sounds like you had a really wonderful time. A Disney cruise is definitely on my wish list.

  4. Wait… are you telling me that you don’t have a passport?!? How can you make a trip to visit me in the land of ice and snow without one? You better get on that soon!!

    • LOL…I am working on it. Son totally wants to come visit where there is snow and ice. Get the hot chocolate ready.

  5. I love cruising, but my husband gets seasick. I think I heard the middle of the ship is better for that. Does that seem true?

    • Yes, it’s true. My mom gets seasick as well and we were in the middle and she did fine.

  6. loisaltermark says:

    We love love love cruising and think it would be so much fun to take our grown kids on a Disney cruise. These are all great tips for first-time cruisers.

    • You have to take one and add it to your cruising list. i want to take another one.

  7. I would never have thought to book activities in advance. That’s good to know.

    • Yes, book in advance we learned the hard way that waiting till you board or day of means you wait a long time.

  8. Claudia Krusch says:

    These are great tips for going on a cruise. We just did our first Disney cruise this winter. It was amazing. I can not wait to go on another cruise.

  9. These are awesome tips, it sounds like a great time! We hope to do a cruise maybe next year and the Disney one is a favorite for us.

  10. Jacqui Odell says:

    These are great tips! I would love to go on a cruise sometime. (Pinning this for just in case!)

  11. I have never been on a cruise but the one cruise I have always wanted to go on is the Disney Cruise Line. Disney Social Media Moms looks like it is an amazing time for everyone!!

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