This article is reprinted by permission from NerdWallet. A Disney Cruise certainly isn’t cheap, especially compared with other cruise operators. But what about compared with other types of Disney vacations? For many travelers, a Disney
cruise actually comes out cheaper than a trip to Walt Disney World.
To better understand Disney Cruise Line versus Disney World costs, NerdWallet analyzed prices for two people sharing one room across three price tiers: Value, Moderate or Deluxe. Disney World trip costs included four categories:
Park tickets (and add-ons, such as Genie+).
On-property hotel room rates.
Food at park restaurants.
Add-on activities, such as spa treatments and tours.
Cruise prices are mostly all-inclusive, so the analysis only included:
Base rates (including taxes and fees).
Here’s a closer look at the data on Disney Cruise Line versus Disney World costs.
Average price for two at Walt Disney World
Average price for two at Disney Cruise Line
3-night, Value trip
Disney World (23% cheaper than a cruise).
3-night, Moderate trip
Disney World (8% cheaper than a cruise).
3-night, Deluxe trip
Disney Cruise (10% cheaper than Disney World).
7-night, Value trip
Disney Cruise (5% cheaper than Disney World).
7-night, Moderate trip
Disney Cruise (8% cheaper than Disney World).
7-night, Deluxe trip
Disney Cruise (33% cheaper than Disney World).
Also see: Disney scraps plans on nearly $900 million investment at new corporate campus in Florida Disney Cruise Line vs. Disney World: An overall cost comparison While the data doesn’t definitively determine whether one is cheaper every time, there are some clear trends. For longer trips (e.g., seven nights), cruises are always cheaper. Cruises are also a better deal for Deluxe-style trips with larger or fancier rooms, plus activities like spa services. Here are the average prices across each trip type:What’s included in a Disney Cruise? While Disney Cruises have a relatively high base cost, you won’t pay much more once onboard. Cruises include: A room for two, plus taxes and port fees: Stateroom prices assume double occupancy, so solo travelers owe the same as a couple. They also include taxes and port fees, which vary by location but typically amount to about 15% of stateroom costs. Cramming more than two people in each room incurs an additional cost. On Disney’s newest ship, the Disney Wish, the lowest-cost, inside staterooms include a queen bed, convertible sofa bed, pull-down bed and bathroom, plus a mini refrigerator and TV. All meals (except some upgraded choices): Food is free, except for a few upscale restaurants, alcohol and upgraded options. You can eat as much as you want from the onboard restaurants or order complimentary room service ( …
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