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The Ultimate Land and Sea Family Vacation with Disney Cruise Line

Jonathan Frontado

by , Public Relations Director, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney and Disney Vacation Club

Sailing with us to a tropical destination before or after a stay at Walt Disney World Resort is the ultimate family vacation. I could spend all day telling you why you should add a Disney cruise to your next parks and resort trip, but I’ll keep it short with these top five reasons . . .


  1. It’s a hassle-free vacation with the thrills and frills of Disney. You’ll quickly discover the convenience of cruising, especially as you only unpack once during your journey to multiple exotic destinations. What’s more, you’ll stay in world-class accommodations, eat food prepared by first-rate chefs and be entertained morning until night like only Disney can do.
  2. It’s the perfect balance of adventure and relaxation. One day you can zip line from tree top to tree top on a Port Adventure in the rainforest, and the next day you can stay put in a hammock on Castaway Cay. There’s no shortage of fun onboard or in port, but with so many options to recharge, you won’t need a vacation from your vacation when you return home.
  3. A 3- or 4-night cruise is a great way to test the waters. For those of you who are new to cruising, our shorter sailings allow you to see if cruising is the right fit for your family. And since most onboard activities, entertainment and dining options are included in the price of your cruise, you’ll know just what to budget.
  4. You’ll have magical experiences you can’t get anywhere else. From regal gatherings with princesses to dance parties with Mickey and the gang on our private island, Castaway Cay, a Disney cruise gives you the chance to interact with characters in a whole new way. And speaking of Castaway Cay, most of our cruises from Florida stop at this tropical paradise reserved exclusively for Disney Cruise Line guests.
  5. With two Disney Cruise Line homeports in Florida, it’s never been easier to make both a cruise and resort stay part of your Disney vacation. Port Canaveral and Miami are within driving distance of Walt Disney World, making it convenient to stay at one of our resorts and enjoy all four theme parks before or after visiting tropical destinations on a cruise to the Bahamas or Caribbean.


If you have questions about planning a Disney getaway that includes both a Disney Cruise Line voyage and a Walt Disney World Resort stay, head on over to DisneyParksMomsPanel.com. The knowledgeable panelists will help make it your family’s most magical vacation yet.

Those of you who’ve already enjoyed a Disney land and sea vacation, tell us, what are your best tips?


  • my sister and i have a land-sea-land adventure booked for oct 2016. first disney cruise (3 night) can’t wait!!

  • We have one booked for next year for Halloween 2016. We fly in Friday night to Orlando. Staying at Port Orleans Riverside. Will head to Animal Kingdom first thing Saturday. Then Magic Kingdom Sunday. Then Monday, October 31 head to Port Canaveral for a 4 night stay on the Dream. Our first Disney Cruise and I hope not our last. Can hardly wait.

  • My family and I have completed 4 Disney land and sea vacations. 2011 The dream then Saratoga Springs for 7 days. 2013 The dream then Old Key West for 7 days, 2014 The dream and the Swam for 2 days and Saratoga Springs for 7 days, this year The Fantasy and Animal Kingdom Lodge for 7 days. Were all booked for the Dream once again next December just trying to see where we want to stay afterwards. There’s nothing like Disney.

  • I know that the ship is also out of Galveston. I really wish you would include New Orleans as a port of departure. Every time I go to Florida I spend all my time at Disney World. I am going to have to book a cruise for the next vacation.

    I still wish you would sail out of New Orleans.

  • already booked and paid for our cruise Feb 22 5 days on Disney Dream waiting for discounts to book our WDW stay will be our first cruise ever!

  • We are going on a Disney Cruise next March and plan on staying at Disney the two days before and taking the Disney Cruise shuttle. What time do the shuttles depart? What time do they typically get to Port Canaveral?

  • There is a really great under ground aquarium at Nassau (Alantis). They have really great guides that will lead you through. It’s worth getting off the ship and get some great pics

  • Has anyone does the bon voyage package for the fantasy? We are going on our very first Disney Cruise in September and I want to make it as memorable for my 7 year old and 9 year old daughters. Any other thoughts for ideas for our first Disney Cruise?
    Also, has anyone done the photo package for $400? Is it worth it?

  • We’ve been on three Disney cruises to Nassau and haven’t gotten off once. Best to stay and explore the ship, especially on your first cruise.

  • We are going on the Disney Dream this November and it will be our first Disney Cruise. Have also tacked on a 4 day stay at The Grand Floridian which we love! We were there in March for 10 days and can’t wait to go back. Counting down the days!!!

    Does anyone have any advice regarding whether to do a Nassau port adventures or is it better just to stay onboard the ship and enjoy what the boat has to offer? It’s a short cruise so I want to make sure we get the full experience.

  • We cruised on the Disney Dream for five beautiful days in the summer of 2012! Afterwards, we stayed two extra days in Orlando to enjoy the parks. This was by far my family’s favorite vacation. Three years later, my kids are still asking to go back on “Mickey’s Boat.” Hopefully, we’ll get a chance again.

  • We only get one Disney fix this year so we’re cramming as much fun into it as we can in October. We fly in on a Thursday staying at Bay Lake Tower and we’re doing Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party that night. On Friday we spend all day at Epcot enjoying the Food & Wine Festival. On Saturday we embark on a 7-night Eastern Caribbean cruise on the Fantasy. We’ll get to see the ship decorated for Halloween. Haven’t seen that before. When we return the following Saturday we stay that night at the Animal Kingdom Lodge and we’re going to the Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue that night before flying home on Sunday. Can’t wait!!!!!!!

  • Our latest land and sea was in early December. 8 days at Old Key West, followed by 4 nights on the Disney Dream, then two nights at Wilderness Lodge.

    The best advice I would give people is to not fly in the day of your cruise, and don’t fly home the day the cruise ends. Going through the ship’s boarding process can be stressful, so you don’t want to add an airport boarding process on top of that.

    Other than that, enjoy. Waiting for when teh ships use the Magicbands, so we can swipe ourselves on the ship.

  • We thoroughly enjoyed both our Land and Sea Family Vacations. What a fabulous way to experience the theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort and cruise with Disney!

    We also are great fans of your back to back cruises!

    Best regards,

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