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My family has never, ever been on a cruise of any kind. However, I’m very interested in trying out the Disney Cruise Line in the near term as it seems like the perfect family vacation for those with kids in the sweet spot where they still appreciate all things Disney, but are old enough for included time in the onboard DIsney kid’s club. For those curious, the minimum age for the included Disney Oceaneer’s Club is three-years-old and potty trained, though there is a nursery available on a per-hour basis for younger kids.
For Disney deal hunters, some Disney Cruise itineraries sound even more interesting than others. I’ve been locked on the idea of hopping on one of the Disney repositioning cruises that starts in one port and end in another. These one-way cruises are generally some of the cheapest that Disney offers on a per-day basis, and they also offer some of the most unique stops along the way.
Just Announced Fall 2019 Disney Cruise Itineraries
While we haven’t yet cruised, I know enough to understand that cruise tickets often work in a similar fashion to train tickets in that you want to book as far in advance as possible to get the best prices. There are exceptions, of course, but the general rule is the earlier you book, the better.
Along those lines, there is a brand new crop of Disney Cruise itineraries for the fall of 2019 that was just announced. While the schedule is now out, these new cruise itineraries aren’t yet available for booking for just anyone. Whether or not you can book just yet depends on your status within the Disney Cruise Line. Yes, even cruise lines have status tiers.
The go-live dates for booking the fall 2019 Disney Cruises are:
May 21, 2018: Platinum Castaway Club Members
May 22, 2018: Platinum and Gold Castaway Club Members
May 23, 2018: Platinum, Gold and Silver Castaway Club Members
May 24, 2018: All Guests
Five Extra Magical Fall 2019 Disney Cruises to Consider
You can view the full listing of the new Disney Cruises here, but I’ll outline the five fall 2019 Disney Cruises that jump out at me as sounding extra magical as they offer some unique stops or inclusions.
Sail from New York and enjoy two days in Bermuda
Take a five-night Disney Cruise from New York to Bermuda, featuring two days to enjoy the pink-sand beaches of Bermuda. I’ve yet to make it to Bermuda, but I very much want to visit. Without a strong crop of points-friendly hotels on the island to choose from, staying on a Disney ship sounds like the perfect way to get an introduction to Bermuda.
Have three trips in one with lots of Disney Magic
Have three trips in one on a seven-day Disney Cruise from New York to the Bahamas that includes a stop at Disney’s private island in the Bahamas called Castaway Cay and a one-day stop at Port Canaveral with included Disney World Park Hopper tickets and round-trip park transportation! This sounds like an amazing way to have all sorts of Disney Magic on one trip with streamlined logistics.
Cruise to Canada from New York
Another very enticing Disney Cruise option departing from New York is a five-night cruise to Canada that includes stops in Saint John and Bar Harbor, Maine. This cruise takes place in early September, so the temperature should be nice, but not too chilly quite yet.
Take a two-week repositioning cruise through the Panama Canal to Galveston
In November, there will be a massive 14-night cruise as the Disney Wonder repositions from San Diego to Galveston. This cruise will go through the Panama Canal and also have stops in Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Cartagena, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, and ultimately arrive two weeks from the date it left to my home port of Galveston. I’m not sure my first cruising experience should be a two-week adventure through the Panama Canal, but it is certainly tempting.
Special sailings just for Disney Vacation Club members
If you happen to be a Disney Vacation Club member, there are two members-only Disney Cruise Line charter cruises for you to pick from including a five-night Pacific Coast sailing aboard the Disney Wonder on May 15th and a seven-night cruise to Bermuda on the Disney Magic departing on October 5th. These cruises will open for bookings exclusive to Disney Vacation Club members on June 23, 2018.
The prices for these cruises are not yet live for public viewing unless you have the special elite status tiers to book early, but you can head to the DIS Boards as many elite cruisers are sharing pricing tiers for these 2019 fall Disney Cruises.
New Disney Cruise Ships Coming ‘Soon’
While we are talking Disney Cruises, they have three new Disney cruise ships coming in 2021, 2022, and 2023 that will each have 1,250 staterooms. Some gorgeous renderings were just released, in case you want a sneak peek at good things to come from Disney Cruises.
Use Points to Book Disney Cruises
There isn’t a single perfect way to use points to book a Disney Cruise, but there are a few strategies you can use to reduce (or eliminate) your out of pocket costs. One easy way to reduce the cost of your Disney Cruise is to pay with your Chase Sapphire Reserve Card to utilize the $300 annual travel credit. Learn more.
You can also call Chase Travel at 1-866-951-6592 and use the points from your Sapphire Reserve Card at a rate of 1.5 cents per point to book a Disney Cruise! I would just be sure to compare their cost with booking direct or going through a travel agent who may be able to get you some included onboard credits.
You can also pay for your Disney Cruise with a card such as the Capital One Venture Card or the Barclays Arrival® Premier World Elite Mastercard and then just points from that card to offset the travel charge at a rate of one point = one cent. Alternatively, you can use United miles to book a Disney Cruise, though the rate of return per mile doesn’t seem to be very favorable.
Do any of the new fall 2019 Disney Cruise Line itineraries catch your eye? How do you work a miles and points strategy into your style of cruising?
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