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Never been on a cruise before, fam of 4 would like to go to Bahamas or Caribbean. Best time of year for cheapest rates? We're not afraid to pull kids out of school. =) Also where to find pricing on excursions? Thanks much - this is all new for us!
- Asked by Laura from OH on 12/30/2013
I hope your crew will take the plunge in 2014 and set sail on an enchanted journey aboard the most magical cruise line on the high seas! I'm always looking for a great deal on a cruise so I'll be happy to steer you in the right direction as you begin to plan! First, be sure to check the Special Offers Page
on the Disney Cruise Line website. This is where you will find the latest offerings by the cruise line. Historically, rates tend to be lower when school is in session so my advice is to check out September, October, January and February. In 2014, all four ships will port out of Florida at some point which gives you options to fly to either Orlando or Miami. When you are navigating through the website, I recommend checking out "Find a Cruise
" to help you locate the best deals for your crew. I've seen some great rates for the Disney Magic and the Disney Wonder especially if you are looking for a shorter sailing. If you want to save even more money, an inside stateroom is a great option. Most of your time on a cruise will be spent enjoying all the fabulous amenities, open-air decks, entertainment and dining so an inside stateroom will be just fine for your family of four. When you are budgeting for Port Adventures
just click on the adventure to find a full description including age requirements and pricing.
As you continue to plan, be sure to order the Free Cruise Planning DVD
. This is a great resource for you to use as well as the Moms Panel and Disney Cruise Line website!
I hope my answer is helpful, Laura! Thank you for visiting the Moms Panel with your question.