Ask It Results: How Much Does Your Upcoming Cruise Cost?

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We’ve got your Wednesday results for Ask It here on the blog. I don’t know about the rest of you all, but it has been quite the week, and booking a cruise right about now sounds like a great idea. Well, that is until the price tag comes up. Unless you go on an ultra-bargain line (you know who I’m talking about), cruising in general isn’t a cheap vacation. By far, Disney is one of the more expensive lines out there, and when you talk about taking the whole family, there’s a good possibility of sticker shock. Every year, cruises  get more expensive, and with the summer itineraries released for 2019 recently, that trend isn’t changing any time soon. So how many pennies did you roll to book your next Disney cruise? Last week we asked you:

If you have a Disney cruise booked or are planning to book one this year, how much have you spent/will you spend for that Disney cruise?

Here’s your results.

$3,000 or less (203 votes, 21%)

If you have money to take frequent vacations to Walt Disney World, taking a Disney cruise isn’t automatically out of the question. It is possible to take a cruise for under $3,000, but you will need to travel off-season. For example, a family of four (two adults, and two kids ages 6 and 10) can take a Halloween on the High Seas three-night cruise on the Dream this coming September and even get a verandah room for under that $3,000 mark. If you’re a Florida resident or eligible for military rates, keep an eye out for special deals, too. The cheapest cruise for four I found? That would be a two-night cruise on the Wonder out of San Diego in a couple weeks, where an inside stateroom will run you just over $2,000.

$3,001-$6,500 (405 votes, 43%)

This is the sweet spot for many people. It isn’t out of the question for a big vacation budget, but it also will provide for a longer, more enjoyable vacation. That family of four has a lot more options available, including some seven-night cruises as long as you aren’t too picky over dates and stateroom categories. If you’re able to put away $150 per month for three years or less, you can manage to find something in this price range. To put it another way, getting a pool view room at Port Orleans Riverside package (with park hopper tickets and dining plan) for a week in July would price towards the high end of this price range.

$6,501-$9,999 (205 votes, 22%)

When you slide up into this price bracket, you’re looking at traveling at peak times, longer voyages, unique itineraries, and upgraded staterooms. (Many concierge rooms fall in this bracket or higher, too.) For some people, saving up for these types of cruise experiences is worth doing fewer of the lower-priced cruises. This price range would also include people who, due to the size of their parties, need to book two staterooms to make a cruise happen.

$10,000 and up (134 votes, 14%)

Having sailed on a cruise in this price range (and having had to work an extra job just to pay for said cruise), once the initial sticker shock wore off, it was grit and determination to make that happen, but it was worth it in the end. Just how high can Disney cruises go? Well, for right now, if you’ve got an extra $41,000, your party of four can sail concierge (1-bedroom suite) on next year’s 11-night Southern Caribbean cruise on the Fantasy. Don’t have a party of 4? I’m available for adoption. Oh, and in case you didn’t have enough sticker shock for that, you can always book the royal suite for that cruise. That’ll run you around $70,000. I guess it’s a case of go big or stay home?

So there you have it…this week’s results for Ask It. Next week’s question is live on Twitter and on the blog here. Want to talk cruise in the comments? I’d love to hear about your dream cruise vacation–whether or not you booked it. We’ll be back next week with more of your results.

 

Julia Mascardo

Freelance writer and editor, living the dream in Central Florida with my husband, cats, and spirited nine-year-old daughter.

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