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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

6 Things You Should Know About Pin-Trading on Disney Cruise Line

Many people who have sailed the high seas with Disney Cruise Line have also been to the parks and seen people trading pins. You may have run into cast members wearing lanyards or seen signs about "Official Disney Pin Trading." If you've ever stayed at a Disney resort, you may have noticed the pin book sitting on the counter, a pin board behind the counter, or crossbody pouches and lanyards on cast members at the counters. You might be an experienced pin trader, a novice pin-trader, or a rookie pin trader and wondered what all the hype is about. No matter you experience level with Disney pin-trading, you can have so much fun looking at new pins with cast members and guest alike. Pin-trading is a social event that, in my opinion, brings strangers together and is a great conversation starter.

*Tip- We buy cast member pins in bulk on Amazon or Ebay (last bundle was $60 for $100 pins) to trade while we vacation.

Read on the find out all about pin-trading on Disney Cruise Line.

1. What if you are wanting to take your pins aboard a Disney ship in hopes of finishing off a collection? Well, you are in luck! Guest Services is limited to the amount of pins they have, but go into most of the shops and they have large pin trading books available for you to browse through. Unlike the Disney parks, where you are limited to trading only 2 pins per cast member, there is no limit on a Disney ship (at least from our experience).

2. Bring your pins into the shops to get some magical attention from the merchandise team. We showed interest in pin trading, looked through the books, but when we saw pins we wanted, we didn't have our pins with us. They were upstairs in our cabin. We said, "Hold that pin, we'll be right back!" (Note: there is no guarantee if you leave the pin will be there when you return). The merchandise crew member saw our excitement and when we returned with our amazing pin books, he knew we were serious! I think my daughter and I traded about 5 pins each just in one shop. It was fun on sea days to hop around to the different shops. The crew members remembered us and looked out for specific pins we needed. We love Alex, Owayne, and Amit on the Disney Dream!

3. You can trade pins with guests on the ship as well. But, I did notice that most of the pins on guests lanyards were the real fancy, limited edition or limited release pins that the guest was proud of and had no intentions of trading. Just keep that in mind before grabbing for someone's pins. Remember your etiquette! Always ask before picking up someone's pins! It is a guests' right to show-off those amazing pins and not want to trade! Others see this as teasing, but I'm all for it!

4. Check back often to try to find a special pin you are looking for. Since there is no limit on how many pins you can trade (again to my knowledge and based on my experience), the better chance you have of finding it if you return often. Plus, you might just find other merchandise you want since it is plentiful on the ships!

5. You can purchase pins on the ship and at Disney's private island, Castaway Cay. Some of the ones on Castaway Cay are exclusive to the island so don't miss the opportunity to buy the one pin (or dozen) that you want. Once you leave the island it will be hard to find them.

6. Each sailing I have been on there was an Officer Pin Trading Night. These are not only fun because you get to interact with the officers, but you have a really great chance to get that perfect pin. What's even better, interact with the merchandise team and show you are serious about pin trading and you could be selected as an honorary officer for Officer Pin Trading Night. My daughter has been selected on each of our last 3 cruises.

You will never have to pay to trade pins with anyone, so if anyone asks for money, walk away. Make sure the pins are authentic with the Disney Pin Trading logo on the back, a straight pin back with ridges to keep it from spinning, and clear, crisp colors and words. If Flounder is supposed to be yellow and he looks green on the pin, it's probably not authentic. If you are determined on wearing those beloved favorite pins on your lanyard, hat, jacket, or whatnot, be sure you have a locking back on them. They sell them in the shops for about $10/pack. You will need to keep up with the Allen wrench that comes with the backs.

My Pins 1 of 2

My Pins 2 of 2

My Daughter's Pins

Locking Backs: Highly recommended if you plan on wearing your pins

More than anything, have fun! If you enjoyed this article, please share it with your pin-trading friends!

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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Entertainment Staff Dance Production on Disney Dream

The entertainment staff on Disney Dream put together a choreographed dance production for us on NYE. This was unexpected and amazing! We had so much fun!

New Year's Eve Countdown on Disney Dream

Here is the full NYE countdown video from the Disney Dream. Stay tuned, I am posting the Entertainment Staff's Choreographed Dance Production shortly! You won't want to miss it!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Give the Gift of a Disney Cruise | Disney Cruise Line

All you Disney fans out there, have you ever embarked on a Disney Cruise? There is magic at sea just as there is in the parks! Contact me today to book your first, or next Disney cruise and find out just how magical Disney Cruise Line really is!

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Share Your Ears Campaign for Make a Wish

Please post as many pictures as you can on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter wearing Disney Mouse ears during December. Disney is donating $5 for every picture posted with the labels #shareyourearsto #makeawish (up to $1,000,000). Please share this post!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Top 10 Tips for Planning Your Disney Cruise Line Vacation

This is the first of many in a series I'm posting that will include at least 100 Tips and Tricks for Planning and Enjoying your Disney Cruise Line Vacations. Subscribe so you don't miss a single tip or trick (and some hidden secrets).

Other titles coming up include: 

  1. Top Must-Do's for your Arrival at Disney's terminal at Port Canaveral
  2. Top Tips and Tricks for Enjoying your Disney Cruise Line Cruise
  3. Top Tips and Tricks for Castaway Cay
  4. Top Tips and Tricks for Pirate Night
  5. Top Tips and Tricks for Disembarkation Day
  6. Top Tips for Packing for your Disney Cruise (including a detailed packing list)
  7. Best FREE Disney Cruise Line Souvenirs

  1. Use a Travel Agent! They take the work out of planning your cruise, send you reminders, and keep up with current promotions, which they would apply to your cruise (if it is applicable). Not to mention, their services are FREE!

  2. Buy photo package from If you pre-pay you will save money! We normally get the “All Photos Package”. It comes with little USB’s in a cute case, plus we get all the hard prints! Photos could cost $20 each if you purchase them individually. We normally leave with around 300 photos (depending on the length of cruise). If you see you are missing photos, check with the photo lab. Sometimes the Aquaduck pictures don’t get printed unless you ask. Also, your pictures could be mixed up in someone else’s folder.

  3. We buy gift cards at discounted prices and apply them to our payments or put them on account to use on the ship. We buy our gift cards at BJ’s Wholesale Club and save 7%, but in order to save that, we have to buy the $50 cards for $46.99. I know there are other ways to save on gift cards; this is just the one we use.
  4. Buy Vacation Protection! We found out the hard way that we need vacation protection on every cruise! The small amount you pay is worth it in case there is an emergency. We are still paying medical bills from 3 years ago because we didn’t have travel insurance and my husband ended up hospitalized in St. Thomas after racking up a hefty bill in the ship’s hospital.
  5. Join your Fish Extender (FE) Group and Cruise Page on Facebook. This is a great way to meet fellow cruisers prior to your sail date. My favorite thing to do on those pages is to provide tips like these to new cruisers and see where everyone is traveling from. You never know, there could be someone you know traveling on your sailing! Just search the name of the ship and the date of embarkation. For example, one of my groups is Disney Dream December 29, 2017. Names of the groups might not be formatted exactly the same but for the most part, they are pretty close! Most FE/Cruise Groups on Facebook plan a structured get-together for your sailing. This is a scavenger hunt that was scheduled so the kids could get to know each other. We met just before the Muster Drill.

  6. What is Fish Extender? Outside each stateroom there is a marine animal of some sort. This is essentially your “mailbox” for your cruise. Sometimes you will receive special certificates, letters of importance, and other communications from administration on the ship. Also, people like to hang special FE Organizers from them and participate in the Fish Extender exchange. It’s like a Secret Santa. You sign up with your cruise group on Facebook. Then you are assigned a FE group (you will get information on number of staterooms you will give to and ages of people in the stateroom). Each night of the cruise each person in your stateroom will receive a gift and you will give yours. I’ve never participated in it, but from what I heard, it’s extremely fun and exciting to come back to your room and have gifts waiting for you.
  7. Schedule a Character Call! You do this from your reservation page when you do your online check-in.

  8. Schedule your Port Arrival Time (PAT) when you do your online check-in. The sooner you do your online check-in the earlier you can get your PAT. The earliest PAT is 10:30 with the last person being able to board the ship at 3:00. Please don’t show up early to the terminal! You will not be able to get on any sooner than your PAT and this keeps the terminal from overcrowding.
  9. Download the Disney Cruise Line Navigator App! You can get a neat countdown to your sailing date. Once you are in the terminal, you can switch your phone to airplane mode and begin using the app. The app is great for keeping up with all the ships activities, character meet and greets, and you can now even view your dinner menu.

  10. Have you seen posts about printing magnets and decorating your stateroom door? Find a Disney graphics group on Facebook to get them for free, order custom-made ones on Etsy, or design your own (get ideas from Pinterest). Here are some designs we used on our doors.

Don't forget to subscribe to my blog for the rest of the tips in this series!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

New Series Coming to Once Upon a Cruise!

Hi Disney Cruisers! I have a new series coming to Once Upon a Cruise! Stay tuned for lots of tips and tricks for everything Disney Cruise Line! Make sure you subscribe so you don't miss anything! 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Discover all that's new and exciting on the Disney Magic—beginning March 9, 2018!

From Disney Travel News:
Discover new and exciting experiences coming to Disney Magic!

Adults can relax at the updated adult-exclusive retreat at Cove Cafe'.
 Refined Escape Exclusively for Adults
Adults can relax at Cove Café, an adult-exclusive retreat that will be redesigned in a sophisticated tropical style. It's the perfect place to sip a specialty coffee or tea throughout the day, or indulge in wine or a cocktail and light bites during the evening hours.
In this serene setting by the Quiet Cove Pool, adult beverage tastings are also available at select times for an additional fee. Just steps away, the adjacent Signals Bar will also be transformed with a similar look.
Rapunzel's Royal Table, an all-new dining experience inspired by Disney's Tangled.
 An Enchanting Dining Experience for Families
At Rapunzel's Royal Table, families will delight in an all-new dining experience inspired by the beloved story of Disney's "Tangled." The first table service restaurant themed to "Tangled" that features characters and live entertainment will transport Disney Magic Guests to the kingdom of Corona for an evening of music and interactive fun featuring Rapunzel and the mischievous Snuggly Duckling Thugs.
Guests will step inside a regal ballroom in the royal castle, lit by glowing wish lanterns and adorned with colorful drawings that reflect Rapunzel's artistic talents. Here, the King and Queen of Corona invite everyone to take part in a spirited celebration of Rapunzel's birthday and the anniversary of her return to the kingdom.
Throughout dinner, Guests of all ages will be treated to live entertainment, including spirited singing and dancing led by the maître d', a merry band of musicians, the mischievous Snuggly Duckling Thugs and of course, Princess Rapunzel herself.
The family fun is complete with themed menus, special activities and a lively parade to cap off the evening in Corona. The charm and enchantment of "Tangled" in Rapunzel's Royal Table is the perfect pairing to "Tangled: The Musical" - the spellbinding original production that delights guests during each Disney Magic sailing.
Vibe, a redesigned urban loft environment for teens ages 14-17.
Redesigned Retreat Just for Teens
Vibe, the space on the ship reserved for teens ages 14-17, is being transformed into a trendy urban loft environment. At Vibe, teens can enjoy a new coffee and smoothie bar, play video and virtual reality games, and check out other cool activities with new friends like a DJ spin-off and movie making. Activities at Vibe are organized and hosted by trained Disney counselors who facilitate the fun and interaction among teen Guests.
Discover all that's new and exciting on the Disney Magic—beginning March 9, 2018!

Friday, November 3, 2017



Posted on November 3, 2017 by Disney Destinations

When Star Wars Day at Sea returns on 15 special sailings aboard the Disney Fantasy this January through April, you will have more opportunities than ever to meet your favorite Star Wars characters on a Disney cruise. 
New in 2018, you are guaranteed a time to meet and take photographs with C-3PO and R2-D2, Chewbacca and Darth Vader. Before you even step onboard, you'll have the chance to reserve time with these character experiences online under the My Disney Cruise section of 
These encounters are just some of the ways you can celebrate the legendary adventures and iconic characters from the Star Wars galaxy. The event features a full day of fun, including Star Wars-themed family and youth activities, plus a deck party spectacular with an extraordinary fireworks display. 
For a glimpse at the day’s epic fun and some of the other Star Wars characters you may encounter, take a look at this video.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Early 2019 Itineraries Released

Hey Disney Cruisers! The early 2019 Disney sailings have been released through May 2019! I have a booklet I can send you so you can decide on the best cruise for you. Let me know where you would like to sail to and I will be happy to get you a free quote! Contact me at for the brochure and for a free, no-obligation quote!

Thursday, October 26, 2017


DISNEY CRUISE LINE EXPANDS SAN DIEGO SEASON AND RETURNS TO POPULAR TROPICAL PORTS FROM BOTH COASTS IN EARLY 2019- Contact me today to book your magical voyage on Disney Cruise Line! and find me on Facebook at

In early 2019, Disney Cruise Line will return to favorite destinations on a variety of itineraries, including an expanded two-month season from San Diego to the sun-drenched Baja and Mexican Riviera. A host of options to the Bahamas and the Caribbean from Florida ports, plus cruises to the Southern Caribbean from San Juan, Puerto Rico, take your Clients to visit timeless tropical locales and experience endless amounts of Disney magic.

From January to May, all cruises departing from Florida feature a stop at Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island paradise reserved exclusively for Disney Cruise Line Guests. The award-winning island is a pristine Bahamian oasis boasting clear turquoise waters, white-sand beaches, world-class recreation and signature Disney hospitality.

Bookings open via phone for Platinum Castaway Club members on Oct. 30, 2017, Gold Castaway Club members on Oct. 31, 2017, Silver Castaway Club members on Nov. 1, 2017 and to all Guests via phone and online on Nov. 2, 2017.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Disney Cruise Line Trivia Fact

Hello everyone! I thought I would post a cool fact that not too many people know! If you have ever been on Disney Dream or Disney Fantasy, you might notice the carpet in the stateroom corridors. There is a ship wheel with a map of the earth inside of it. On the outside are nautical flags which spell out the ship's name! It's the little touches that make Disney Cruise Line so special!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Captain Jack Sparrow Rappel's from Funnel on Disney Dream

One of the best deck parties at sea happens on Disney Cruise Line. It's called Pirates in the Caribbean and the theme, of course, is pirates, from the BBB transforming into the Pirates League, special character appearances/meet-and-greets, to themed menus and incredible deck parties which includes fireworks at sea (Buccaneer Blast). On certain sailings, there is also a late-night buffet including giant turkey legs, specialty breads, and all the desserts you can imagine!

Friday, September 29, 2017

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Castaway Cay...Disney's Private Island Paradise

The island of Castaway Cay is located within the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas. DCL owns 1,000 acres of land and 55 acres are developed for the travelers on the Disney ships to enjoy. If you are running/walking in the 5K, you will be allowed off the ship first. Unfortunately you will not be allowed to stop for photos with the characters or the ship's photographers in front of the ship. If you complete the 5K you will get a participation ribbon to boast about! 
When you first debark the ship and are not in the 5K, characters are out and about to take pictures with you (see the Navigator or Navigator App for specific times and locations). You will take a short walk to your hangout/port adventure, or take a tram to explore the island. While you are there, enjoy shopping and port adventures. Use your key to the world card to make purchases. There is a 7.5% Bahamian tax for items you purchase and some port adventures while on the island. You will get to choose from a variety of places for a complimentary BBQ lunch. When you are finished eating, enjoy some fresh fruit, an ice cream cone, or an alcoholic beverage (21 years and up).
What about kids? Scuttles Cove is a giant sandy paradise for kids ages 3-12 and is supervised by Disney youth counselors. You will check your kids in using a very similar procedure than when you are on the ship. Teens can get away to the Hideout while adults retreat to Serenity Bay. Families can enjoy time together at the Family Beach or reserve port adventures (extra charge) or relax in a private 325 sq. ft. cabana (extra charge).
We have not done many port adventures on Castaway Cay because we enjoy Pelican Plunge, riding the tram, shopping, swimming, and relaxing. We have rented tubes a few times and did the Glass Bottom Boat excursion. 

Monday, August 21, 2017

About the DCL Fleet

Disney Magic

Birthplace: Fincantieri- Marghera & Ancona, Italy
Maiden Voyage: 7-30-1998
Re-imagined: October, 2013
Ships Registry: The Bahamas
Weight: 84,000 gross tons
Decks: 11
Length: 984 feet
Width: 106 feet
Capacity: 2,700 Passengers
Staterooms: 875

Disney Wonder

Birthplace: Fincantieri- Marghera, Italy
Maiden Voyage: 8-15-1999
Re-imagined: November, 2016
Ships Registry: The Bahamas
Weight: 84,000 gross tons
Decks: 11
Length: 984 feet
Width: 106 feet
Capacity: 2,700 Passengers
Staterooms: 875

Disney Dream

Birthplace: Meyer Werft- Papenburg, Germany
Maiden Voyage: 1-26-2011
Ships Registry: The Bahamas
Weight:  130,000 gross tons
Decks: 14
Length: 1,115 feet
Width: 125 feet
Capacity:  4,000 Passengers
Staterooms: 1,250

Disney Fantasy

Birthplace: Meyer Werft- Papenburg, Germany
Maiden Voyage: 3-31-2012
Ships Registry: The Bahamas
Decks: 14
Weight:  130,000 gross tons
Length: 1,115 feet
Width: 125 feet
Capacity:  4,000 Passengers
Staterooms: 1,250

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Dining Dress Code on DCL

Many people ask, "What is appropriate for dress in the dining rooms?" Well, this is a topic that is debated often. The information below is taken right from the Disney Cruise Line website. I have included my opinion as well as observations and photos below the official information.

Q. Are there dress codes or guidelines regarding dressing for dinner?

A. In general, most onboard dining locations are "cruise casual,” so casual attire, such as shorts and T-shirts, is permitted, with the exception of swimwear and tank tops. Most cruises have special theme nights that provide opportunities to dress up for a one-of-a-kind family photo. Here's a breakdown of special dress events by cruise itinerary:

3-night cruises:
  • One cruise casual night—no swimwear or tank tops
  • One pirate night themed deck party
  • One optional “dress-up night"—jacket for men, dress or pantsuit for women
4-night cruises:
  • First night is cruise casual—no swimwear or tank tops
  • One pirate night themed deck party
  • One optional dress-up night—jacket for men, dress or pantsuit for women
  • Final night is cruise casual—no swimwear or tank tops
Pirate Night in Animator's Palate

7-night cruises:
  • First night is cruise casual—no swimwear or tank tops
  • One pirate night or other themed deck party
  • 3 additional cruise casual nights—no swimwear or tank tops
  • One formal and one semi-formal night—both give you the opportunity to dress up and take advantage of the onboard photography services. Though optional, we recommend dress pants with a jacket or a suit for men, and dress or pantsuit for women
Formal Night
Semi-formal Night (photographers did not get around to our table, but this is what we wore)

Dress Codes for Palo and Remy, Adults-Only Restaurants for Guests 18 and Older
So that we may provide an enjoyable and refined dining experience for all Guests, please be advised that tank tops, swimsuits, swimsuit cover-ups, shorts, hats, cut-offs, torn clothing, t-shirts with offensive language and/or graphics, flip-flops or tennis shoes are not permitted at Palo or Remy. We thank you for your understanding and your cooperation with the following dress requirements
At Palo: The elegant northern Italian-inspired dining venue aboard all 4 ships.
Dinner and Brunch
  • Men: dress pants or slacks and collared shirt; jacket is optional
  • Women: dress, skirt or pants with a blouse
  • Jeans may be worn if in good condition (no holes)
At Remy: Serving sophisticated French cuisine aboard the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy.
Dress to Impress
To preserve the elegant atmosphere, you are asked to adhere to a strict dress code when dining at Remy.
At dinnertime, the following dress code is enforced:
  • Men: A jacket (such as a sports, suit or tuxedo jacket) is required, with dress pants/slacks and shoes. Ties are optional. Please no jeans, shorts, sandals, flip-flops or tennis shoes.
  • Ladies: Cocktail dress, evening dress, pant suit or skirt/blouse are required. Please no jeans, shorts, capri pants, sandals, flip-flops or tennis shoes.
Brunch and Dessert
During brunch and dessert, the following dress code is enforced:
  • Men: Dress pants and a shirt are required for men. A jacket is optional. Please no jeans, shorts, capri pants, sandals, flip-flops or tennis shoes.
  • Women: A dress or pantsuit is required. Please no jeans, shorts, capri pants, sandals, flip-flops or tennis shoes.
If you prefer more formal attire during the optional dress-up evenings, you're invited to pre-order tailored formalwear rentals and have them delivered directly to your stateroom upon arrival. To learn more, visit Cruiseline Formalwear.

My Beliefs on Dining Room Dress

  • As long as you are not in offensive or skimpy clothing, you should be OK. 
  • I would wear decent shoes, like you would wear at a nice restaurant (not water shoes)
  • Sometimes I will wear jeans (not torn or ragged) with a nice shirt. Most of the time it's a dress or pirate wear. We usually get pictures made before and after dinner and we want to look nice.
  • My husband will wear a button down or Hawaiian shirt and slacks. 
  • My daughter usually dresses nice (but that's her always)
  • I take a hoodie or a sweater for my daughter and myself for the main dining rooms because I get cold easily. On days I forgot, the waitstaff was nice enough to bring me a heated tablecloth to wrap up in. Some days it seems like you are eating in a refrigerator. 
  • Swim suits, running shorts, and tank tops (exercise type) are not appropriate.
  • A lot of people who don't feel like dressing up for formal or semi-formal night choose to eat at Cabanas or one of the quick stop places. We never skip a main dining room. Cabanas and the quick places are great for lunches, but we love the 5-star meals we get in the MDR's.
Just a side note...when we take cruises, we get to "fake" (LOL) that we have money, so we want to play the part the entire time! We take advantage of feeling like royalty so we dress and act that way.

Prohibited Items and Packing Tips

This is straight off the Disney Cruise Line Website:

Items prohibited on board ship and on Castaway Cay. 
  • Firearms, ammunition, knives (including dive knives), swords, daggers and any other types of weapons
  • Toy guns or other replicas of firearms and weapons
  • Highly flammable liquids and combustible substances
  • Liquid oxygen
  • Non-prescribed controlled substances, illegal drugs, medically prescribed and synthetic marijuana
  • Hookah pipes
  • Power tools and toolboxes (except those utilized by vendors providing services)
  • Potentially dangerous sporting equipment, including baseball and cricket bats, hockey and lacrosse sticks, pool cues, ski poles, fishing gear and archery equipment. (Golf clubs are permitted as long as they are stored inside your stateroom.)
  • Scuba equipment such as tanks, spears, spear guns, slings, dive knives, pry bars, and underwater scooters. (Masks and snorkels are allowed)
  • Remote-controlled helicopters, airplanes, drones or similar devices
  • Kites, balloons, surfboards, wave boards, inflatable floats, pool noodles, inflatable pools and wagons
  • Bicycles, scooters, skateboards, hoverboards, inline & roller skates, any footwear with wheels (i.e. Heely’s type shoes) and Segways, or other wheeled mobility devices with less than 3 wheels and devices that cannot maintain stability and balance when stopped, unpowered or unoccupied. Training wheels or similar modifications are not permitted.
  • Wheeled transport devices other than those required by Guests with disabilities
  • Electrical appliances such as rice cookers, hot plates, coffee makers, blenders, electric irons, electric blankets, heating pads, bottle sterilizers and warmers
    • Please note: A limited number of approved bottle warmers and bottle sterilizers are available upon request through Guest Services
    • All ships offer self-service laundry facilities with irons and ironing boards. Portable fans are permitted in your stateroom. However, you must contact Guest Services to have the Chief Electrician approve your fan.
  • Candles and incense
  • DVD, VCR, and Blu-ray players
  • Gaming systems such as Playstation®, Xbox and Nintendo Wii (due to compatibility issues with the stateroom TVs)
  • Musical instruments
  • Ice chests and coolers, except for those permitted for storing medications, baby food and items related to dietary restrictions
  • Homemade, precooked or perishable foods or open food containers. Also, please refer to our guidelines on restricted food and beverages
  • Over-the-door hanging organizers
  • Metal detectors
  • Fireworks or pyrotechnics
  • Seasonal and/or celebratory light bulb strings
  • Extension cords or surge protectors
  • Ham radios

What about alcohol?

What about alcohol? How much, if any can I bring onboard? What types are allowed? Please see the information below directly taken from DCL's website on their alcohol policy.


Are Guests allowed to bring alcoholic beverages on board the ship?


Disney Cruise Line Guests 21 years and older may bring a maximum of 2 bottles of unopened wine or champagne (no larger than 750 ml) or 6 beers (no larger than 12 ounces) on board at the beginning of the voyage and at each port of call. These beverages must be packed in carry-on (not checked) bags or luggage.
Guests wishing to consume wine or champagne that they have brought on board in one of the dining rooms will be charged a corking fee of $25.00 per bottle.
Please note:
  • Any alcohol packed in checked luggage will be removed and stored until the end of the cruise.
  • All alcohol brought onboard must be in an original unopened container. Partially used bottles and those in which the seal has been broken will be destroyed and no compensation will be offered.
  • Any wine or champagne in excess of 2 bottles or beer in excess of 6 beers will be stored until the end of the cruise.
  • Bringing liquors and spirits (including powdered alcohol) on board is prohibited. These items will be stored until the end of the cruise.
  • Guest MUST retrieve any stored alcohol at the end of the cruise. Items not retrieved will be destroyed and no compensation will be offered.
  • Alcohol brought on board may not be consumed in any lounge or public area.

Please note that the Disney Cruise Line alcohol policy is subject to change without notice.

Packing Tips

Required or very important items:Passport (see required cruise documents section of the blog)
Cruise documents 
Credit card

Special occasions to pack for on Caribbean itineraries: 

Formal Night (you can rent gowns and tuxedos on the ship: If you prefer more formal attire during the optional dress-up evenings, you're invited to pre-order tailored formalwear rentals and have them delivered directly to your stateroom upon arrival. To learn more, visit Cruiseline Formalwear.

  • Women: SHOES!!! (Both of them), Dress or gown, accessories, sweater for dining rooms, make-up (if you wear it), curling iron/straightener or whatever you need to make your hair dazzling!
  • Men: Tuxedo or suit. If bringing a Tux, don't forget your buttons, bowtie, and cufflinks. We found this out the hard way that Disney Cruise Line does not sell them on the ship!
  • Don't forget your kiddos! Sunday best would be just fine on Formal Night.

Semi-formal Night: Same as formal night, just not as formal! Ladies, a nice dress/skirt will do. Men, nice slacks/polo or a button down shirt or a suit will do. 

Pirate Night: Make-up, costume, accessories. You can dress up as much as possible or not at all. DCL will give you bandanas to wear on Pirate Night. You can also purchase pirate gear in the shops on the ship. 

Tip: Many people think Nassau has pirate costumes since there is a history of pirate activity. Actually, Nassau does not sell much in the way of pirate gear. They have a few T-shirts and accessories in the Pirate Museum, but don't plan on buying a pirate costume there.

Items people are thankful they packed:

Clothespins (personally, I've never needed them, but people like to use them to hang wet suits on the clothesline in the bathroom)
Laundry soap
Autograph book (if you have kids)
Pins to trade
Mickey Ears
Ziploc bags for wet clothes
Sea Lice Ointment for Castaway Cay. When sea lice is bad, they will sometimes provide it. I have also seen it for sale in the shops on the ship and on the island.