I have something to admit. have been carrying around PassPorter’s Disney Cruise Line and Its Ports of Call for two weeks. Kids getting a haircut…I’m reading the book. Kids at piano lessons… I’m reading the book. Kids doing homework… You get the idea. This Disney Cruise Line guidebook is simply amazing. My family is going on our first Disney Cruise this spring and I have about 1000 questions about planning, packing, check-in, onboard activities and really anything cruise related. PassPorters has answered all of my questions and more!
Let’s run through what is covered in this massive book by section. (I love that each section is color coded making it easy to jump to any specific section.)
Introduction – The introduction discusses basics about the Disney Cruise Line and cruising itself. It offers some nice tips for first timers (Thanks for the reassurance that MANY people on board are “in the same boat”) about what is included and what to expect on board.
Reservations– PassPorters helps you “plot your course” with details about different cruises often heard, weather, rates and how to make cruise reservations. They discuss in detail on how to get to each port and how check in and embarking is handled when you arrive at port. I love the packing list that I’m sure I will study obsessively.
Staterooms – This section reviews all of the different staterooms available on the ships. It gives a great overview of what is found in every room and compares differences between different category staterooms. It’s great that PassPorters even suggests which staterooms to avoid. With floor plans of each style stateroom and a detailed list of what is available, like how much space is under beds for suitcases, it covered many of the questions I had when choosing our room.
Dining – What’s a cruise without endless food? PassPorters covers attire for the cruise, how the Disney Cruise Line rotational dining works and of course, offers a complete review of all of the dining options on board. They give extra special attention to children’s options on the cruise. This section convinced me to book brunch at Palo (a cruise upgrade) and to order cookies and milk from room service.
Activities – The activities begins with a wonderful suggested schedule for the first day on your cruise and covers an amazing variety of options available. This section covers:
- Activities for children (with a detailed review of Kids Club options)
- Adult Activities
- Deck Parties
- Your Personal Navigator
- Movies and TV
- Overlooked attractions
With the cookies and milk coming from room service on a regular basis, I’m glad to hear that there are a lot of exercise options as well on each Disney cruise.
Ports of Call – Disney Cruise stop in an amazing number and variety of different ports. PassPorters reviews all of the ports with details about ambiance, history, facts, getting there, getting around, dining, staying safe, map, walking tours and activities. I particularly liked the explanations of excursions available at each port. This is, by far, the largest section of the book as there is so much to discover at each port. The “Port Activities Worksheet” is a great way to note which activities you’d like to participate in each port.
Magic – “Is your mind still filled with nagging little questions?” This section covers cruising with kids, childcare, photography, on-board shopping (woo-hoo!) and special occasions. Here you’ll find information about avoiding seasickness as well. Along with other tidbits of information, you’ll for sure want to read this section of the book!
I’m incredibly pleased with PassPorters Disney Cruise Line book. I loved their Walt Disney World book and this one did not disappoint. I always have a million questions when planning a trip for the first time and PassPorters seems to cover all of my questions. I would highly recommend it to anyone planning a Disney Cruise.
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