MexicoMickeyFor this fifth and final post in the five-part series,  my best Disney Cruise Tips #9 and #10 serve to encourage you and yours to get out of your comfort zone and explore the ship and the ports of call while also remembering that Disney wants you to have no worries!  These are my best hints and ideas from time as the Disney Cruise Mom on the Walt Disney World Moms Panel where I dished out advice to other Disney Cruise Line guests.  The rest of the list are linked below, which includes:

Part One: 1) Know Before You Go and 2) Pack Wisely
Part Two: 3) Brief the Kids and 4) Slow Down
Part Three: 5) Stay Organized and 6) Be Entertained
Part Four: 7) Maintain Your Health (and Weight) and 8) Get Educated
Part Five: 9) Explore Your Surroundings and 10) Hakuna Matata!  

If you’re not an extrovert, a cruise vacation might seem intimidating, but you and yours will enjoy your experience most if you get out and explore the ship and the ports of call fully.  Also, even if you have special circumstances, celebrations or needs…a Disney cruise vacation is the perfect experience for your family.  More often than not, Disney has thought of it…so just ask.

  1. Explore Your Surroundings.  Avoid the temptation to set up “camp” in your stateroom or even in your favorite lounge chair on deck and not take advantage of all that the ship has to offer.  Step outside your comfort zone and visit places and spaces which you might not visit if you were on land.  Take a twirl on the dance floor, volunteer for the magic show, schedule a couple’s massage or participate in a martini tasting.  Once in port, get off the ship!  More than likely, you have never been to the destination where your beautiful Disney ship has taken you.  Learn about the port from the Port Adventures Desk or research it online or in guidebooks.  The most efficient and safest way to visit a port is through a Disney Port Adventure.
  1. Hakuna Matata!  Remember…this is your vacation.  So, try really hard not to worry.  Plus, this is not the first time that your Disney crew has sailed.  If it’s a special dietary request or you’re sailing with a friend or family member who has special needs, simply ask.  Make your wishes or requirements known as soon as you book your cruise if possible, and then, follow up by making sure your requests were noted on your reservations.  Visit Guest Services when you’re on board, and by all means, make sure your servers and your stateroom host/hostess know if you’re celebrating any milestone in life.  Disney refers to you as their Guest (not a mere passenger).  So, Hakuna Matata…no worries!

As a Walt Disney World Moms Panelist, Andi was an independent contractor. The views and opinions which she expresses are her own and not intended to reflect the opinions of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Online, its affiliates, its management, its agents or its employees. As a part of her contract work with Walt Disney World and Disney Cruise Line, she was compensated with a reward trip for her and her immediate family members.  More stories about Andi’s Disney travels and other traveling are shared on her personal site,WifeandMomUniversity.com.  You can follow Andi on Facebook as Andi Campbell Sims or on Twitter@AndiAnswers.