How much does a Disney Cruise cost? I am going to break down the different options for you so that you have an idea of how much a Disney Cruise will cost you.
Disney Cruises are known for being pricey. There is a lot of misinformation out there, so I want to give you an accurate idea of how Disney Cruise costs work, and what you can expect to spend for a party of your size.
The truth is, there’s no ‘easy’ answer as to how much Disney Cruises cost. While I can’t guarantee what your Disney Cruise will end up costing, as there are a number of contributing factors- I have some example prices below to give you an idea of how much the different cruise options cost. The total price you pay for a Disney Cruise will depend on a few things:
- where you sail to and from
- the time of year you sail, and how many days you sail for
- the number of people in your party
- any upgrades or add-ons (and trust me, you will likely need to set aside some extra money for add-ons)
So, let’s figure out an approximate cost of your Disney Cruise!
What your Disney Cruise Includes
The example prices shown below for various Disney Cruise options include:
- All 3 meals
- Unlimited ice cream, coffee, water and fountain drinks throughout the day
- Entertainment and activities on board such as movie theatre, broadway show, swimming, standard character meet and greets ( doesn’t included special characters like Princesses)
- Your stateroom with an accompanying toiletries and amenities, and a daily room attendant
- Childcare for kids 3+
To make things simple, I am showing prices in US dollars, and I am providing prices for a basic stateroom. If you want an ocean view room, or a verandah, then you should add another $100-300 to the prices displayed below.)
How the Cost of Your Disney Cruise is Determined
Here are the 4 different factors that go into totalling up the Disney Cruise cost for you. Be prepared for how these different things will impact the amount on your credit card statement
1. Where You Sail
It’s important to know that Disney Cruise options are very diverse – they sail from worldwide, and there are also a variety of itineraries from each of those stops. Where the Disney Cruise sails from and which stops it makes are a big part of what determines the price.
The most expensive Disney Cruises tend to be out of Florida, likely because they’re most popular, as they’re closest to Disney. Fort Lauderdale is the cheapest port in Florida by far; you can save hundreds of dollars on a Disney Cruise out of Fort Lauderdale rather than Port Canaveral or Miami.
In addition to where you sail from, the prices also vary based on which ports the cruise will stop at. The cruises stopping at Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island, seem to cost a bit more. For example, if you look at these two Fort Lauderdale options below – the 4-night one is only slightly pricier than the 3-night one that stops at Castaway Cay.
Furthermore, you can find Disney Cruise options much cheaper in these worldwide places:
- Puerto Rico – a family of 4 can do a 7-night Southern Caribbean Disney Cruise from $5,045, which is comparable to only 3-4 nights out of Port Canaveral
- Hawaii – a family of 4 can do a 13-night Disney Cruise for the same price as half of the amount of nights in Florida!
- Australia– there are Disney Cruises for a family of 4 starting for under $3,000 ( the cheapest one I see on their website is $1,600 for a 2-night one way cruise from Brisbane to Sydney!)
This is just to name a few. The Disney Cruises out of Florida (Port Canaveral in particular) are the most popular, but are also the priciest.
2. The time of year you sail
There are a few times throughout the year that the costs for Disney Cruises tend to go up a bit – Christmas (Merrytime Cruises), the month of October and Spring Break.
Christmas is the most expensive time to go on a Disney Cruise, by far. Here is a screenshot of the 2024 options sailing out of Port Canaveral. As you can see, the prices jump by about $1,000 each week as you get closer to Christmas!
Based on these prices above, you can save about $2,000 by sailing in early December than the week of Christmas. Once January hits, prices drop significantly.
The prices go up again during the Spring break season (mid-March) but not nearly as much as they do at Christmas.
3. How many days you sail for
It makes sense that a longer cruise will generally cost more. The more days you’re on the cruise, means more food, more services and of course the distance that the ship is travelling. Disney Cruises start at 2 nights, and can be as long as 13 nights.
Of course, as I said – the location matters too. There are longer cruises abroad that are cheaper or the same price as shorter cruises out of Port Canaveral.
3. The number of people in your party
The cost for the Disney Cruise will be based on the number of people you’re cruising with. (Not the stateroom, as some websites suggest.) The receipt for a family of 4 generally puts adults and children at different price points.
However, this is what I have found, from doing a Disney Cruise as a single parent. if you search for cruises for 1 adult and 1 kid, it will be the same price as 2 adults. And 1 adult and 3 kids will be the same price as 2 adults and 2 kids – you get the idea.
Here are the different cruise options search results, from Port Canaveral for a 3-night Bahamian cruise stopping at Port Canaveral.
So, from these above screen shots – you can see that the approximate cost for 2 adults and 2 kids are identical to the cruise options for 1 adult and 3 kids (and I am looking at the prices for the same cruise, on the same dates.)
In addition, we know that the cruise is not by stateroom, but by the number of people (including children.) If if I add one extra child to the results above, then the price increases:
As you can see, it’s about $1,000 for the extra child – this is the same cruise, same dates, same route. So, Disney Cruises do not tend to charge by stateroom, but by the number of people. A family of 5 will pay more than a family of 3 or 4.
Overall, you should expect that your Disney Cruise cost will be around $300 per person per day ( could be a little less, or much more, depending on where its sailing from, the time of year and the route its taking.) However, $300 is a good rule of thumb to estimating your Disney Cruise cost.
4. Any upgrades or add-ons
The price options that I’ve been giving have been for a standard inner stateroom (no windows.) The options that will cost slightly more are:
- a deluxe inner stateroom
- an ocean view stateroom with a window (around $300 more)
- an ocean view stateroom with a verandah (around $600 more)
- a concierge room (up to $10,000 more)
*Note: these extra add-ons are per cruise, not per person.
In addition, you should consider the things that you may want to spend money on during your Disney Cruise which are not included in the cost, such as spa treatments, speciality meals, alcohol, childcare for babies and toddlers, and others.
Let’s get into that now.
Extra Costs for a Disney Cruise to Keep in Mind
The base cost will get you a a basic stateroom in the inner part of the ship. (There are basic inner staterooms, and deluxe inner staterooms.) Expect to pay hundreds more for an ocean view room, and even more for a verandah.
If you don’t do any extra excursions, don’t buy any alcohol, don’t use childcare for kids under the age of 3, then you’ll only spend the base costs.
However, most people are going to spend more than the base cost. Here are some of the ‘extra’ costs associated with a Disney Cruise that you may end up paying for:
- Any stateroom upgrades, as I mentioned such as having a window or a balcony (base price will get you a stateroom in the inner part of the ship)
- Port excursions, which need to be reserved in advance. They vary by destination, but in Nassau, Bahamas for example, there was scuba diving, and a day at the Atlantis resort
- Spa treatments
- Dining in Remy, the adult-only restaurant on board
- Childcare for babies and toddlers younger than 3 years old (the childcare for kids 3 and over is included in the cost.) But if you want childcare for a baby from 6 months old to a toddler who hasn’t turned 3 yet, then it will cost $9 per hour for 1 child
- Any alcohol, or bottled beverages on board (fountain soft drinks are free)
Cost of a 7 Day Disney Cruise
A 7-night Disney Cruise cost will depend on where you sail from, the itinerary, and how many people in your party. But here are some example prices of what you can expect to spend on a 7-day Disney Cruise.
- 7-day Disney Cruise for 2 people (whether its 2 adults, or 1 adult +1 child): $3,100-$6,500, depending on the destination and time of year
- 7-day Disney Cruise for a family of 3: Anywhere from $4,000-$8,400 per cruise
- 7-day Disney Cruise for a family of 4: Anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000
- 7-day Disney Cruise for a family of 5: Anywhere from $8,000 to $13,000
Disney Cruise Cost for a Family of 4
A family of 4 can expect to spend anywhere from $3,000-$10,000 for a Disney Cruise, depending on the location and the length of the cruise. Here are some example prices below.
- 3 and 4 night cruises: $3,000 – $4,500
- 5 and 6 night cruises: $6000-$7800
You can do more nights for the same price in other parts of the world, such as Hawaii. Disney Cruises in Hawaii are very cheap compared to Florida. A family of 4 could do a 13-night Disney Cruise out of Hawaii for $6,780, which is similar to paying for 1/2 of that amount of nights out of Florida. (But of course then, you’d have to make your way to Hawaii.)
Disney Cruise Cost for a Family of 5
A family of 5 will pay approximately $1,000 more for their Disney Cruise than a family of 4, depending on the length of the cruise and where they sail from.
It will cost a minimum of $4,000 for a family of 5 to do a Disney Cruise. Here are some example prices below:
- $4,000-$6,000 for a 3-4 night cruise leaving from anywhere in Florida
- A minimum of $6200 for a 5-6 night cruise leaving from somewhere in Florida
Disney Cruise Cost for a Family of 6
Sadly, the Disney Cruise staterooms can only be booked online for up to 5 people; families with more than 5 people need to call Disney to arrange their travel plans, or you could also work with a travel agent.
There are only a few staterooms that sleep 6-8 people in one room on the Disney Cruise Lines. They are:
- Concierge 2-Bedroom Suite with Verandah on the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder
- Concierge 1- and 2-Level Royal Suite with Verandah options on the brand new Disney Wish.
If sailing out of Florida, these concierge rooms can cost anywhere from $8,000 – $18,000 for a 3-4 night cruise, so they aren’t cheap (they are beautiful though) and concierge guests are entitled to some special privileges, such as free cocktails, internet, etc.
A cheaper option for a family of 6 on a Disney Cruise is to adjoin staterooms. You can get staterooms in the inner ship, outer (with windows or a verandah) adjoined, so that you have two staterooms with a door in between, allowing you to travel back and forth between them.
You can look at the deck plans of any of the ships to find rooms that are adjoining- and then you call Disney Cruise Lines to book them, since it can’t be done online.
Disney Cruise Cost for 2 Adults
Two people (whether its 2 adults, or 1 adult and 1 child) pay less than a group of any other size on a Disney Cruise. Here are some example prices:
The Disney Cruise cost for 2 people can be anywhere from:
- $1400 – $3,000 for a 3-4 night cruises leaving from Florida
- $3,000 – $6,000 for 5-6 night cruises leaving from Florida
Are Themed Cruises more Expensive?
Themed Cruises, such as Halloween on the High Seas, Merrytime and other themes they do throughout the year- are not actually any more expensive than other cruises taking place during the same time.
If you’re sailing during the month of December 2024, its actually cheaper to do a Merrytime Cruise than to do a regular cruise. Cruises during the last week of December are pricier than any other time of year.
So if you’re going to go on a Disney Cruise at that time of year, then its cheaper for it to be a Merrytime Cruise than not. Here are the current (at the time of writing) prices for a family of 4 taking a Disney Cruise in late December 2024:
- Merrytime Cruise in late December 2024: $5425
- Regular Cruise in late December: $5963
So, based on the pricing for these particular cruises, its costs $400 more per cruise without the special Christmas theme. This could depend on the itineraries of these cruises and the exact sailing point, however.
The takeaway: You’re not paying any ‘extra’ if you want to do a Merrytime cruise. You’re only paying for the time of year.
Is It Cheaper to Book a Disney Cruise in Advance?
Generally, there are some savings associated with booking a Disney Cruise as far in advance as possible. In fact, if you book your next Disney Cruise while still on the ship during your current Disney Cruise, you can save about 10%.
Its not necessarily a lot to book a Disney Cruise in advance, but it can save a few hundred dollars per cruise. For example, right now I am trying to book a Disney Cruise for my family of 4. We’d like to go in December of 2023, or 2024.
The week we’re interested in for December 2023 is showing as $400 more than if we waited for the same time in December 2024. This is likely because prices go up as the demand increases and you get closer to the date.
So, if you want to save some money -try to book your Disney Cruise about at least 6-12 months in advance.
The Cheapest Month to Sail on a Disney Cruise
After reviewing the prices and analyzing the different options, it seems that the cheapest times to do a Disney Cruise is November, January and February. It’s after the special themed cruises that take place in October, and before the busy rush and themed cruises in December and March.
So if you’re looking to spend as little as possible, consider the months of November, January and February. Its not guaranteed to be a lot lower, it will also depend on how far advance you book – but generally you can save a little bit by sailing during these times.
Good to Know: Remember that not all cruises during the months of October and December are the special Halloween and Christmas themes, and those themes don’t necessarily cost more – the time of year does
How Much Does a Disney Cruise Cost?: FAQ
Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about Disney Cruise costs
How much does it cost to go on a Disney cruise?
How much a Disney Cruise costs is no easy answer. It will depend on how many people are sailing, the location of the cruise and any upgrades (if applicable) such as an ocean view room vs a basic inner stateroom. A good rule of thumb is that a Disney Cruise generally costs around $300 USD per person, per day. It could be less than this, or much more, depending on where you’re going and if you select any upgrades.
Are kids free on Disney cruise?
Kids are not free on Disney Cruises. The Disney Cruises charge per person, so every extra kid will add to the total cost, including babies. While babies aren’t free, they are a little bit cheaper than older children. For example, if you have a child under the age of 1, then it will be a little bit cheaper than a 3 year old.
How Much Does a Disney Cruise Cost: Conclusion
As you can see if you’ve gotten this far, the Disney Cruise costs are very diverse and very dependent on several factors. Generally though, they are not a cheap vacation. Everyone’s financial situation is different, but you should expect to spend a premium on a Disney Cruise vs. other cruises or family vacations.
Some cheaper vacations include: other cruise lines, and even Disney theme parks which are cheaper than cruises. Following some good family budget travel tips However, personally, I found my Disney Cruise to be worth the money, and I am planning to travel again.
While this article can’t possibly tell you exactly how much your specific Disney Cruise costs, I hope that it has given you a rough idea of how much they generally are for a group of your size, sailing from the location and during the time that you’re hoping to. I hope that you enjoy your Disney Cruise as much as I did!