After ‘earning your ears’, one of the perks for Cast Members is that you get a significant discount on Disney cruises. But, there’s a catch. As they tell you in the Disney Traditions class, you can get a great cruise rate, but good luck getting the time off for a cruise!
You have to work for Disney for 90 days to qualify for the cruise discount. For the Fall CPs, that puts you right into the peak November-December holiday season, with little chance of getting a time off request approved at the last minute. But, if you extend, or for the Spring CPs, there’s a very good chance of it all working out!
Disney posts unsold staterooms (inside/outside) for cruises 2-4 weeks out on the HUB. That doesn’t give you much time to put in for time off and get it approved!
The fares are typically 40-60% off the prices listed on the official Disney Cruise Line webpage. You have to be flexible because you won’t know what stateroom you’ve been assigned to until you sign in at the port, literally minutes before you board the ship.
And, of course, not all cruises will have staterooms available. Disney likes to sail with their ships at 100-104% booked. So, cruises won’t be available for Cast Members around holidays or other peak times.
But, if it works out, not only will you get a great rate, your Cast Member discount will work at the Disney Port and shops onboard the ship too!
We’ve booked a cruise aboard the Disney Dream ship for the first week in February from Port Canaveral to the Bahamas! 🙂
Sailing away aboard the Disney Dream: Our Disney Cruise!
Pin Trading aboard the Disney Dream: Trading for Disney Cruise Pins!
Two Girls and a Mouse Tale
by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins
Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???
We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.
We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.
Book link on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale