Onboard experiences are offered for kids and adults alike. My agent was fabulous and was able to snag us some special reservations before boarding the ship. But don’t be discouraged. If you are headed on a Disney Cruise and haven’t booked your on board experiences or the experiences you have hoped for are “sold out” you be surprised and relieved to know you get a second chance to book when you board. You can also change or cancel any reservations at this time as well.
Insider tip #1: Head first to guest services and find out where they are booking experiences.
It’s definitely an “in the know” thing. There aren’t signs publicizing this is where you book onboard experiences book here…so the best thing to do is head to guest services and start there. They will tell you availability but I would have in mind some of the things you would like to do. There are the Disney frozen princess meeting, the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, the dinner or brunch reservations at Remy or dinner at Palo, Martini tastings, the Tequila tastings, wine tastings, and tea time, to name a few. Many have openings that have been held back and are booked on a first come first served basis when you board the boat but spaces are limited so get that taken care of when you board.
Insider tip #2: Book your spa appointments when you arrive.
Spa appointments fill up fast. If you are thinking you want to book a spa appointment do this after you board the ship. When you arrive the spa is open and booking appointments. You can call from your stateroom to book or visit the . There is an option when you dial O from your stateroom phone that will connect you with the spa. Have an idea of your days activities by looking at your Disney Cruise line app and have some times in mind of what will work best for you and your family. You can view the full menu in the spa so if you can swing by they will show you the book of services and answer all your questions.
My kids for instance are early risers. I mean 6:30 a.m. ready to go. So I booked a 7:30 a.m. appointment and had room service scheduled to bring breakfast between 7:00 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. so the kids would be eating and relaxing while I took care of my spa service.
If you know you need a specific time and if they don’t have that appointment time available continue to press the matter and ask if they can squeeze you in fifteen minutes earlier then when you are asking. The attendant two times in a row said they weren’t available for the 7:30 time slot I needed and finally caved in on the third request when I didn’t think I could make any other time work for my schedule and then they booked me. They are trying to fill the later morning and afternoon spots for port days since early morning and evening are prime times as people are at port and want to fit in services before or after their port excursions.
Insider tip #3: Spa services for Port Days offer a Port Day Special often grouping multiple spa treatments for a reduced package price. This is a great time to make an early morning or late night appointment time. There are also treatments they offer that are not listed on their spa menu.
I received a $50 birthday certificate from the Disney Cruise Line in my stateroom since my birthday was the day after we boarded. The coupon could only be used on a port day. So if you receive a certificate always read the fine print.
When I went to the spa I looked at the listed treatments. The price ranges were from $165 to $195. The nice attendant was trying to guide me into treatments and I still was having a hard time wanting a bamboo shoot massage or a hot stone massage that weren’t going to fit into my budget. So I asked if they did a standard Swedish massage. And to my delight it was offered and a valid service for my certificate. Before my verticals it was $118 and after $68. I felt more comfortable with that price and style of massage. This is not on their menu and is by request only but I loved it! And just a reminder they do add a 15% gratuity automatically to any spa service.
Insider tip #4 Men do not need a sport coat for brunch at Remy but do need one for dinner.
If you and your significant other are going to dine at one of the premier restaurants on board looking at the dress code is a must. Luckily, our Remy reservation was for brunch, where a collared shirt and dress shoes were the dress code, since we forgot my husbands sport coat. A dress or skirt is fine for women.
When we were looking over our official Disney Cruise Line book with the cruise information cruise information on our way to the port we found the information to be different from that of the online Disney Cruise Line information. Of course, we started messaging back and forth with our agent Kristi, since the written material and online information seemed to not be congruent. She quickly clarified brunch attire and set us at ease.
Insider tip #5: There are experiences that need reservations but aren’t an additional cost.
For instance there are several events including the meet the princess events on the boat that are by reservation only. These experiences do not have an additional cost but there will be physical tickets delivered to your state room that you will need to be admitted.
Insider tip #6: Participate in your tastings.
Whether you choose to meet a princess or do a tasting the staff loves asking for participants and it will only enrich your experience and give you more of a hands on experience. Alex and Rosa here had lots of extra tips and tricks for me. I was surprised that out of the twenty people or so the amount of volunteers were few. So much that I was able to help three different times. Disney makes it easy to get out of your comfort zone on a cruise ship and make it worth it.
A cruise without onboard experiences is still a great cruise. But it does enrich your experience to have the insider information that will add even more fun!
[I have to give the credit of finding and booking my experiences to my agent Kristi with Polka Dots ‘n’ Travel who actually booked them all for me aside from the spa. I had no idea what they offered and knew we wanted extra experiences. Having a great travel agent makes it easy and hassle-free. You can find her on Instagram @kristi.r.travels https://www.instagram.com/kristi.r.travels]