There’s a new Disney Cruise Line discount to celebrate Disney+ Day: the third and fourth guests sail FREE with two full-fare passengers in the same stateroom. In this post, we’ll share details of the unprecedented discount, why it’s likely to be offered, and more.
There’s a lot of synergistic things happening for Disney+ Day at the Disney Parks. Disneyland Resort in California, Disneyland Paris and Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World are decking out with festive décor, special character sightings and photo opportunities. They are also offering (or were, as it will be in the past tense by the time you read this) Additional Early Bird Admission.
There are also deals at Walt Disney World resorts for Disney+ Day. This morning, we share those details in: Up to 20% off Disney World Resorts for Christmas 2022 for Disney+ subscribers. It’s a similar story with Disney Cruise Line, with one big difference: this discount is impressive instead of disappointing!
If you’re not a Disney+ subscriber, you should check out this discount. You don’t really need to “crunch the numbers” to determine whether you’d save more if a member of your party bought a Disney+ subscription if they don’t already have one. I can answer that for you right now: would you do it. That will cost you less than $2 a month now, while this could save you hundreds of dollars or more on a cruise.
To access the page on Disneycruise.com with official discount details, you will need an active Disney+ account. We had some trouble accessing the Walt Disney World deal this morning and have provided some troubleshooting tips in that post. The TL;DR version of that is, all else failing, open a private browsing window and log in to Disneycruise.com with your Disney+ credentials.
Don’t worry if you can’t do that, or want to check out the special offer details before you sign up for the Disney+ streaming service, we’ve got them:
Sail and Save: The third and fourth Guest of Disney+ subscribers travel free with 2 full-fare passengers in each stateroom, for up to 2 staterooms, on select cruises in 2023.
This offer is available on select voyages on Disney Magic, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy from January 2023 through April 2023, in stateroom categories 4A–11C.
Taxes, fees and port charges for all Guests are not included and must be paid at the time of final payment. Taxes, fees and port charges are approximately $89 to $202 per person, depending on the selected itinerary (all amounts are subject to change). Offer excludes suites and categories with restrictions (VGT, OGT and IGT). Offer only available to Disney+ subscribers who are residents of the US and Canada.
Disney+ subscriber can reserve up to 2 staterooms with this offer; 2 Full Fare Guests must stay in each stateroom. Disney+ subscriber must be the Primary Guest on the reservation and must sail in one of the staterooms booked with the offer. Proof of Disney+ subscription required.
If Disney+ subscription cannot be verified, reservation will be canceled at applicable fees. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Valid on new and existing reservations. Offer is subject to the Disney Cruise Line Terms and Conditions.
The number of cabins allocated for this offer is limited. Stateroom accommodations for four or more Guests are limited and subject to availability at the time of booking.
See all eligible trips and book online by Click here. You can also call Disney Cruise Line at (800) 951-3532 or contact your travel advisor. Online reservations are limited to 4 Guests per stateroom.
Our recommended Disney Authorized Vacation Planner provides shipboard credit based on booking size and also offers itinerary advice, cruise tips and assistance with booking port excursions and more.
The following trips are blocked and are not eligible for this offer:
- January 2, 2023
- March 13, 2023
- March 27, 2023
- January 2, 2023
- April 10, 2023
- March 11, 2023
- March 25, 2023
In terms of feedback, it’s pretty obvious that Disney Cruise Line is still struggling to make a full recovery based on the degree of discounting we’ve seen firsthand.
In addition to special offers for the general public, there are a number of deeper discounts for Florida residents, US military personnel, Canadian residents, cast members, travel agents and other affiliations. Which I probably don’t know.
Recent Disney Cruise Line specials prior to this Disney+ Day sale have included Halloween on the High Seas, Very Merry Time Holiday Cruises, Marvel Day at Sea and other themed voyages. These discounts are still available, now through May 2023, with more than 100 discounted trips from various departure cities, including Port Canaveral and beyond.
Between around 2018 and early 2020, this degree of discounting just wasn’t happening. Even during the ‘glory days’ of DCL deals, I don’t remember anything on par with what’s been available in the last year. It’s a relatively unprecedented time for Disney Cruise Line deals, and it looks set to last for at least a few more months.
It’s funny how the tables have turned when it comes to Walt Disney World discounts vs. DCL. Between 2018 and 2020, the deals at WDW were plentiful and aggressive. Now, they are relatively scarce. Pent-up demand remains strong for the parks, to the point where resort reservations are difficult even at full price from October to December 2022.
If you’re wondering what happens to DCL discounts, it’s due to health security protocol. There are undoubtedly other contributing factors, but that is the most important. This has discouraged some people from cruising and prevented others from doing so. With the end of testing for vaccinated guests, some members of the former group will have a major hurdle removed later this month (or November 2022, in the case of Disney Magic).
I am a member of this group. Not to belabor the point or repeat comments covered elsewhere, but I’ve been in a wait-and-see mode when it comes to browsing for a while. There have been too many hoops to jump, compromises in the onboard experience, and the potential risk of being mistakenly denied boarding.
Recently some of that has been removed and I have traveled aboard the new Disney Wish. I found the pre-match tests to be stressful. I basically didn’t participate in any indoor activity for almost two weeks before and even then I was worried about testing positive. To be blunt, that’s not something I’d do again – we would have canceled future trips if the policy had stayed in place.
This may sound excessive, but I really didn’t want to deal with the hassle and uncertainty of being denied boarding. I enjoy cruising, but not enough to go through it repeatedly. Given the degree of discounting for cruises, even when every other segment of the travel industry has been red hot, I can’t be alone in that sentiment.
In addition to people like me who didn’t want to deal with the hassles and headaches, there’s another large group of potential guests who are completely unable to set sail aboard Disney Cruise Line at this time. There are undoubtedly others at the opposite end of the spectrum, who could sail but would not due to concerns about insufficient health security measures on board ships. I suspect Diamond Princess and other incidents in early 2020 have left lasting scars for some.
Whatever the causes, the end result is that Disney Cruise Line’s pool of potential customers is smaller than normal, even as DCL has expanded its fleet by adding another ship. More supply but less demand is a recipe for savings, and we’re seeing exactly that with this Disney+ Day Sale and other recent specials.
Ultimately, it will be interesting to see how long these Disney Cruise Line discounts persist. I guess as long as health safety measures or restrictions remain in place, plus another 6 months or so. (Since very few people travel immediately after booking). In short, it’s a great time to set sail and take advantage of these unprecedented DCL discounts. They are likely to stay until policies change (and policies are also likely to change very soon given their economic impact on DCL), so you probably have until May 2023 at the earliest before rates start rising again.
Planning to set sail aboard one of DCL’s ships? read our full Disney Cruise Line Guide to prepare for your trip, as well as plan entertainment, activities and excursions, and find out what to expect from your Disney cruise! For personalized planning and recommendations, click here to get a free cruise quote from an authorized Disney vacation planner. They can find all current discounts and help you plan the details of your cruise.
What do you think of these Disney Cruise Line discounts for Disney+ Day? Will you take advantage of this special offer? Already booked one of the FL or CA resident rates or other deeply discounted rates? If you booked this do you think you ended up with a good price or do you feel you are overpaying? What was available or not available for your dates? Is this deal enough to convince you to book a cruise, or can’t it justify DCL’s premium price points? Do you agree or disagree with our assessments? Any questions we can help you answer? Hearing your feedback, even when you disagree with us, is interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so share your thoughts in the comments below!