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Unofficial Guide to the Disney Cruise Line 2020 Erin Foster

Unofficial Guide to the Disney Cruise Line 2020 By Erin Foster

Unofficial Guide to the Disney Cruise Line 2020 by Erin Foster

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The Unofficial Guide to the Disney Cruise Line is a no-nonsense, consumer-oriented guide that describes the best of Disney's ships and itineraries.

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Unofficial Guide to the Disney Cruise Line 2020 by Erin Foster

Your no-nonsense, consumer-oriented guide to Disney's Cruise Line

The Unofficial Guide to the Disney Cruise Line by Erin Foster with Len Testa and Ritchey Halphen describes the best of Disney's ships and itineraries, including a couple of stellar restaurants, top-notch children's activities, and Castaway Cay, one of the best vacation islands in the Caribbean.

The book also lists which on-board entertainment and restaurants should be skipped, including recommendations on what to do instead. Along the way, this indispensable travel companion shows how to save money; choose the right stateroom, ship, and itinerary; and get to and from the cruise with ease.

The guide also provides full coverage of the Disney-run European river cruises and includes itinerary and port guides.

Honest and Outspoken Advice from the Unofficial Experts

  • Advice for first-time cruisers: money-saving strategies, packing tips and other pre-trip preparation, preferred ships and itineraries, and how to hit the deck running your first day on board
  • Suggestions for deciding whether a Disney cruise or a Disney World vacation is the better choice for your family
  • The scoop on different stateroom types and how to choose the best room for your needs
  • Detailed descriptions of DCL's ports of call around the world, including Hawaii in 2020
  • In-depth coverage of Castaway Cay, DCL's private Bahamian island: what to take along, where to eat, and the best activities for families
  • What to do on a day at sea
  • A discussion of Adventures by Disney river cruises and how they compare with DCL cruises


A Tourist's Best Friend!
-Chicago Sun-Times

-The New York Times

About Erin Foster

As a charter member of the official Walt Disney Parks Moms Panel, Erin Foster has researched and written answers to more than 10,000 guest questions about Disney travel. She lives in New York City. Len Testa is the coauthor of The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World and The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland. He lives in Orlando, Florida. Ritchey Halphen is a project editor at AdventureKEEN. His two decades of publishing experience include editing stints at Cooking Light, Southern Living, and Health magazines. He lives in Birmingham, Alabama.

Table of Contents

Color Photo Section

List of Maps and Diagrams

About the Authors



  • About This Guide
  • Disney Cruise Line: An Overview
  • How to Contact the Authors

PART ONE Dollars and Sense

  • What's Included in Your Disney Cruise Fare
  • Cruising with Kids
  • Cruising Without Kids
  • Where to Find More Information
  • Is It Worth It?

PART TWO Planning Your Cruise

  • Choosing an Itinerary
  • Saving Money
  • Surf and Turf, Disney-Style
  • Back-to-Back Cruising
  • The Booking Process
  • Other Prep Work
  • Disney World vs. Disney Cruise Line: How to Decide
  • Castaway Club

PART THREE Staterooms

  • How Stateroom Category Affects Your Cruise Price
  • Our Stateroom Recommendations
  • Booking a Cruise Without Selecting a Stateroom
  • Concierge Level: What You Need to Know, and If It's Worth It
  • Stateroom Selection for Larger Parties
  • Get to Know Your Verandah
  • Making Changes to Your Stateroom Reservation
  • Stuff to Think About When Choosing a Stateroom

PART FOUR Arriving, Getting Your Sea Legs, and Departing

  • Transportation to Your Cruise
  • The Day Before Your Cruise
  • Get in the Boat, Folks!
  • Bare Necessities
  • Checkout and Departure

PART FIVE Tips for Varied Circumstances

  • DCL for Singles
  • DCL At Large
  • DCL for Expectant Moms
  • DCL for Younger Children
  • DCL for Older Children
  • DCL for Seniors
  • DCL for Large Groups
  • Guests with Disabilities
  • Dietary Restrictions
  • Smoking on Board
  • Traveling with Medication
  • Friends of Bill W.
  • LGBT+ Travelers
  • Reluctant Cruisers

PART SIX The Ships at a Glance

  • Overview and Our Recommendations
  • The Disney Magic
  • The Disney Wonder
  • The Disney Dream
  • The Disney Fantasy


  • Noshes, Noshes Everywhere
  • Disney Magic Dining
  • Disney Wonder Dining
  • Disney Dream Dining
  • Disney Fantasy Dining

PART EIGHT Entertainment and Nightlife

  • Live Theater on the Ships
  • Movies
  • Television and News
  • Live Sports
  • Themed Events and Holiday Entertainment
  • Nightclubs, Bars, Cafes, and Lounges

PART NINE Activities, Recreation, and Shopping

  • Family Activities
  • Children's Programs and Activities
  • Pools and Water-Play Areas
  • Onboard Seminars
  • Sports and Fitness
  • Spas
  • Shopping
  • Onboard Photography
  • Religious Services
  • What to Do During a Day at Sea

PART TEN Castaway Cay

  • What to Bring
  • What to Do
  • Where to Relax


  • Alaska
  • Atlantic Canada
  • Caribbean, Bahamas, and Bermuda
  • Hawaii
  • Mediterranean
  • Mexico
  • Northern Europe, British Isles, and Norway
  • Pacific Coast
  • Panama Canal
  • Transatlantic

PART TWELVE Port Adventures

  • Finding Port Adventures
  • Port Adventures on Castaway Cay
  • Nassau
  • Our Suggestions Beyond Castaway Cay and Nassau

PART THIRTEEN River Cruising

  • River Cruising for Families
  • Excursions on an AbD River Cruise
  • More Differences Between AbD River Cruising and DCL Ocean Cruising
  • Traveling with Adventures by Disney
  • Cost Considerations
  • What's Next for Disney and River Cruising?



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