Disney is about to make all of our cruising dreams come true – it has just announced its “Magic at Sea” Disney Cruises will be sailing into Australia and New Zealand for the first time ever, from October 2023 which gives us just 13 months to prepare the family for an epic cruising adventure.
I mean, a cruise sounds pretty fun on its own. Add Disney to that, and, well, how could you possibly go wrong? And it’s not just Mickey and Minnie either. Oh no, Disney’s Magic at Sea involves the whole Marvel, Pixar, and Stars Wars universes too.
Disney cruises into Australia soon! All the details
As we mentioned, the cruises will take off in October 2023 and I promise you this, they will be HUGELY popular. Here are the specifics:
- The cruise ship is the Disney Wonder, home to 11 decks overflowing with restaurants and pools. This isn’t their newest cruise ship (that’s the Wish), but it still looks superb!
- The season starts on 28 October 2023 and runs through till February 2024.
- There are sailings of just two, three, four, five and six nights.
- The cruises depart from four ports – Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Auckland.
Disney Cruises bookings now open!
Here’s a run-down on the departures and costs of the various Disney Cruises. There are a few different variants here and pricing will depend on the port, room, children, etc.
FOR A FAMILY OF FOUR (TWO ADULTS, TWO CHILDREN), THIS IS WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING AT:
- 2-night cruises: Starting at $2,338 (Sydney to Melbourne) up to $4,231 (Brisbane to Sydney)
- 3-night cruises: Starting at $3,400 (Sydney to Melbourne) up to $5,484 (Sydney to Eden)
- 4-night cruises: Starting at $3,719 (Auckland to Brisbane) up to $7,184 (Brisbane to Sydney)
- 5-night cruises: Starting at $5,126 (Melbourne to Auckland) up to $8,759 (Brisbane to Sydney)
- 6-night cruises: $9,363 (Sydney to New Caledonia)
You can check out the sailing dates and prices for specific cruises right here.
What do you do on a Disney cruise?
It’s like a regular cruise, only Disnified. Eat, drink, swim, play – it’s all happening.
There’s the Aqualab – a massive water playground as well as three themed pools including Goofy’s Pool. The kids can swim with Ariel. You can drink cocktails served by Spiderman. Is there anything better?
There’s also the D-lounge for chilling out and the Disney Oceaneer Club – a huge playground plus imaginatively themed games and activities.
There are even the Edge and Vibe clubs for tweens and teens only, with computers, video games, and music. Yes, parents of teens – you can send them to their own teen zone where they can roll their eyes with other like-minded teens!
For the adults, there are plenty of adult-only areas including the Crown & Fin pub, cocktail bar Signals and a day spa and salon.
Magic at Sea also does an adorable Royal Court Royal Tea for the little royals in your world as well as the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique – a special salon for little princesses and princes.
Watch the magic
But the star of the Disney cruises has to be the live entertainment! There are roving Disney characters ready for photos and to meet and greet but there are also live musical performances including Frozen, Peter Pan, Pinocchio, Cinderella and Aladdin.
The Golden Mickeys are also a major crowd pleaser.
End the night with a Mickey Party set to DJ beats, nightly fireworks and a pirate shindig on the vessel’s deck.
Your very own Mouse House on water
Room-wise, you’ve got 10 different options to choose from, some with ocean views, others with private balconies, and plenty of Disney-themed options.
The standard rooms are pretty cosy but comfortable, while the Concierge rooms are more spacious than most hotel rooms I’ve seen.
And what about meals?
The dining setup rotates so each cruise will take you to a different location with a different theme from some of the popular culinary options from Disney films. This includes Tiana’s Place from The Princess and the Frog, and Tritons, named after Ariel’s father in The Little Mermaid.
And, of course, it’s all-inclusive so eat and drink IT ALL!
Okay, sign us up.
Catch all the details including specific sailing dates plus prices for families on their website.