With great brand-new and returning experiences, and a new ship on the horizon, 2024 is shaping up to be an absolutely thrilling year for guests to book a Disney Cruise Line sailing. If you’re considering planning a Disney vacation in 2024 (or beyond!), be sure to check out our 24 reasons why the new year should be the year for your visit!
1. Disney Treasure
Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship, the Disney Treasure, will debut in December 2024.
As you’ve probably seen, this amazing ship will bring captivating stories from beloved Disney Animation, Pixar, Star Wars, Marvel and Disney parks adventures to life like never before with new venues and reimagined spaces. You can read more about how these stories will come to life onboard Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship in our latest story. The Disney Treasure sets off on its maiden voyage, a seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruise from Port Canaveral, Florida, on Dec. 21, followed by an inaugural season of seven-night itineraries to the Eastern and Western Caribbean from Port Canaveral.
2. Disney Lookout Cay in The Bahamas
This summer, Disney Cruise Line’s newest, one-of-a-kind retreat on the island of Eleuthera in The Bahamas, Disney Lookout Cay, will open. When you step foot on this one-of-a-kind island destination, you’ll discover a celebration of Bahamian storytelling, artistry and culture. The vibrant island retreat at Lighthouse Point will be a unique celebration of Bahamian culture brought to life with the quality and service of a Disney vacation.
3. Family Entertainment
With Broadway-style musicals, lively dinner shows, high-energy deck parties and fireworks at sea, there are tons of ways to have fun on board with the family. In D Lounge, game shows like Disney trivia, karaoke nights and dance parties offer more fun activities to enjoy together.
4. Marvel Day at Sea
During a Marvel Day at Sea sailing , on the Disney Dream out of Fort Lauderdale, the largest assembly of Marvel Super Heroes and Villains on land or at sea will gather for Marvel Day at Sea for an action-packed day that’ll unlock the inner superhero in all guests. Marvel Day at Sea offerings are included in the price of a Disney cruise. All of the regular guest favorites, including Broadway-style shows, themed rotational dining, fireworks at sea and spaces and activities for everyone in the family, will still be present on all Disney Cruise Line sailings.
5. Disney Movies Day and Night
Watch the latest theatrical releases in the theater, head up to the pool deck and swim while you watch, or simply lounge in the comfort of your stateroom. Whether you’re looking to re-watch your favorite Disney classic or catch up on the latest releases, you can switch on your stateroom TV and find a variety of Disney movies to enjoy. What’s better than ending your day with a family movie night? (Answer: Nothing!)
6. Pixar Day at Sea
Pixar stories will come to life on the Disney Fantasy through a cowboy sing-a-long breakfast with favorite Toy Story characters, Crush’s totally awesome pool party, themed activities and treats, a Pixar Pals dance party on the upper decks, character encounters and a deck show starring the Incredibles.
7. Complimentary Room Service
Breakfast in bed, afternoon nosh or midnight snack – cravings can be satisfied any time of day with 24-hour complimentary room service on all Disney cruise ships. Pro Tip: Remember that movie night we were just talking about? Add an order of milk and cookies!
8. Rotational Dining
With Disney Cruise Line’s innovative rotational dining concept, you get to enjoy all three of our family dining rooms. On cruises longer than three nights, you can dine in some of the restaurants a second time but with a new menu. You can also opt to eat at one of our adult-exclusive fine dining restaurants or dine on your own schedule at our casual dining restaurant, Cabanas.
9. Relax in the Spa
Enjoy a Swedish massage, get your hair done before dinner, or refresh your manicure. The Senses Spa & Salon provides tranquility, pampering, and relaxation with a multitude of spa and beauty treatments.
10. Very MerryTime Sailings
From early November through December, the Disney Cruise Line fleet is decked from bow-to-stern with holiday cheer and entertainment during Very Merrytime Cruises. Holiday magic is unwrapped for the whole family with festive holiday decor, favorite characters in their finest holiday attire and a special visit from none other than Santa Claus.
11. Shopping (Onboard and Off!)
Find unique pieces such as art and jewelry in the shops onboard, or venture through the ports to find the perfect souvenir. With ports around the globe, you are sure to find unique treasures to add to your collection.
12. Memorable Moments with Characters Are Around Every Corner
Disney Cruise Line offers one-on-one experiences with beloved Disney pals, princesses and super heroes that you can’t get anywhere else. Whether they go through hero training with Spiderman, train with a Jedi Master or give Olaf a warm hug, your kids will never forget these special interactions.
13. Playtime Isn’t Just for Kids
While your little ones are having a blast with youth counselors and characters in the kids clubs, you can enjoy “me” time in the spa or by the pool. And when you can’t get them to leave the kids club, dinner in the adult-exclusive restaurant, followed by fun in the adult district, makes for the perfect parents’ night out.
14. Stunning and Spacious Staterooms
Disney Cruise Line staterooms were expertly designed for maximum convenience and comfort, with unique features like elevated beds (with plenty of storage space beneath) and plenty of connecting doors for larger parties. Plus, pixie-dusted details throughout the room add touches of Disney magic to your stay.
DisneyBand+ is a waterproof wristband designed to enhance your Disney cruise experience. From boarding the ship on embarkation day and accessing your stateroom, to charging specialty food and merchandise to the payment card on your stateroom folio and beyond, DisneyBand+ adds convenience, fun and more magic to your cruise!
16. Halloween on the High Seas
These Halloween-themed cruises are packed with costume parties, frighteningly fun activities, lively entertainment and even a Pumpkin Tree that magically transforms throughout the cruise.
17. Adventures by Disney Add-Ons
Add more magic to your Disney cruise with Adventures by Disney—and experience the cultures and traditions of the places you visit in a whole new way. Spend a few extra days exploring a new city before or after your cruise with a pre- or post-cruise Adventures by Disney Escape.
18. Pools and Slides
On your Disney Cruise, there are several areas for splashing the day away. The main pool is a perfect place to spend time as a family or to hang-out with the new friends you met in the Kids Clubs. Little Mouseketeers can head to the Nemo’s Reef splash pad for safe water play. Adults can even head to the adults-only pool for some quiet time. There are also two fantastic slides on deck to make your swim time a little more thrilling.
I know what you’re thinking. “Bingo? Why is that so exciting?” There is no Bingo game out there quite like a Disney Cruise Line Bingo!! This isn’t your Grandma’s Bingo hall; this is a dance-inducing, belly-laughing, family-friendly, good ‘ole time!
Be ready to dance for B11!
20. Castaway Cay
The moment you have been waiting for has arrived! Welcome to Disney’s Castaway Cay. This private island paradise in the Bahamas is reserved exclusively for guests of the Disney Cruise Line. Castaway Cay invites cruisers to enjoy balmy tropical weather and world-class recreation on a Bahamian oasis with signature Disney hospitality. Everything needed for the perfect beach getaway is here—from lounge chairs and beach umbrellas to tasty food and family-friendly entertainment.
21. “its a small world” Nursery
At ‘”its a small world” nursery!’, sailors from 6 months to 3 years old can play games, make crafts, watch movies, or even take a nap while you embark on adventures of your own.
22. Pirate Night
On pirate night, the menus change on your dining rotation and EVERYONE onboard joins in the pirate fun. Get a pirate makeover, join the deck games and watch a fun pirate-themed show featuring Mickey and Friends. Be sure to look to the sky for the only fireworks show out at sea!
23. Cabanas and Marceline Market
Choose from a variety of hot and cold items, soups, salads, desserts, and more! Grab your lunch and soak in the amazing views right from your table. Did you know that sodas are included in your cruise fare? There is no need to purchase an additional soda package like on other cruise lines!
24. Making Magical Memories Together!
There is no better reason to sail with the Disney Cruise Line than to make lasting memories with your family. Taking time to celebrate your family and create wonderful memories together is how we should all spend your 2024!