Tips about Disney Cruise Line

On our recent cruise on the Wonder, we went to guest services to obtain an extension cord for my husband's CPAP machine. The cast member asked if we needed distilled water, and said if so, they would provide it, free of charge. When we arrived back at our cabin later that evening, there was a gallon of distilled water waiting for us. This is a great service since it's so hard to get liquids through airport security. - Sue Sansoucy
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We just returned from a whirlwind Disney vacation including a 3-night Disney Cruise on the Wonder. Traveling with our 9-month-old son was obviously a different experience, but the Cast Members on the cruise made everything go as smoothly as possible. Here are a couple of tips for cruising with a baby: Disney has portable cribs available for your stateroom; just make sure to request one when you book. Something we do when out and about is bring zipper baggies for the stinky diapers -- this was a nose saver in the stateroom. We packed a bunch of those and the dirty diapers were sealed to prevent any odor problems. The dining room waitstaff were more than happy to bring bowls and heat up baby food at dinner. Finally, my main concern was cleaning our baby bottles while on the boat. One of the nights I asked our stateroom host if it was possible to get dish soap so we could wash the bottles. Instead, he took the bottles and had them sterilized. He also learned our son's name and always made sure to say hi to him every day. Everyone onboard made sure that we had the most relaxing trip you could have with an infant. - Tracey Perry
We just returned from our Spring Break trip on the 7-day Disney Cruise. It was a great adventure for my sons ages 5 & 8. I did several thing to extend the excitement of our trip. We mailed postcards to grandparents and friends at Castaway Cay and I secretly slipped in a card for them from Mickey, Minnie and Goofy. I also bought a box of Disney character cookies to pack along with a plastic sword (the ones that are used for the fruit garnish in the fun "adult" drinks) in their lunchboxes when they returned to school on Monday. They were delighted to have a little reminder of our vacation on their first day back to school! - Lisa Brannock
I found on a Disney Cruise Line fan website "secret porthole rooms", which are sold as inside staterooms because the views are "obstructed", but are in fact porthole staterooms! These six rooms on Deck 5 are sold as Category 10 inside staterooms and can be specifically requested, but book them as far in advance as possible because they sell quickly. They are #5520, #5522, # 5524, #5020, #5022, #5024 (5522/5524 and 5022/5024 are connecting).

EDITOR'S NOTE: this applies to Disney Magic and Wonder but not Disney Dream.
We recently enjoyed our first cruise on the Disney Wonder. The last night we were sad that it was almost over. We had bought plenty of souvenirs and Christmas presents on the ship, but my husband got a great idea when he went to the disembarkation meeting to pick up our paper luggage tags. All the different characters were on the tags, and some had the cruise ship on them as well. He took a few extra, laminated them, and put them on a small Christmas tree that we keep next to our sliding glass door year-round. They're beautiful and quite unique, and every time we walk by we have great memories of our Wonderful cruise! - pjm957
I usually rip off the destination tag the airline places on my luggage without giving it a second thought. However, on a recent trip I left it there and it was a good thing. While on my recent 7-day Disney cruise, I was getting dressed and discovered the hem of my slacks was ripped out. I had not packed a sewing kit and was at a loss, until I spotted the destination tag. I carefully pulled it apart, then, using a pair of scissors, I cut several pieces and was able to place the sticking side on the hem. I got away with wearing the slacks until I arrived home to properly repair them. - Linda Eckwerth
Last week a tip involved taking a highlighter on a cruise in order to plan out daily activities. Here is another take on that tip. You can use a blue highlighter, and your spouse (or companion) can use a yellow highlighter. Then the highlighted items that are green you know to do together! - Theresa Browning
This tip applies to cruisers (even non-Disney ones). Take a brightly colored highlighter with you on the cruise. As you go over the "Personal Navigator" and plan out your next day, highlight the activities you want to do. With all there is to do on a cruise, it's easy to miss something as the day progresses. By highlighting your must-do events, you won't miss them. - Keith & Sandy Link
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