Doing the DCL Grand Slam

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In Disney Cruise Line fan parlance, a “Grand Slam” is sailing on all four DCL ships (Magic, Wonder, Dream, and Fantasy) in a one-year period. I was able to complete this once, in 2015, with just four days to spare. But with new ships being added to the fleet soon, I started wondering if I could do this again before the new vessels arrive and the hive mind has to invent new terminology.

How long would a Grand Slam take if I wanted to do it quickly? How much would it cost?

One factor confounding this pipe dream is that in 2020, neither the Magic nor the Wonder are sailing out of Port Canaveral as they have during parts of some years. That means some driving or air travel between ports would be needed to make this happen. And to accomplish this with low between-port travel costs, I’d need to undertake the project in the winter or spring when the Magic is in the United States (rather than her summer home in Europe) and the Wonder is near the East coast (rather than her summer home in Alaska).

I’m sure there’s some way to program a search for the most efficient way to schedule four cruises, one on each ship, but that’s not my skill set. (Feel free to chime in if you know a way to program this.) By my eye, the most time efficient way to achieve a DCL Grand Slam in 2020 would be:

  • Disney Magic. February 6, 4-Night sailing from Miami, ending on February 10. Then drive immediately from Miami to Port Canaveral.
  • Disney Dream. February 10, 4-Night sailing from Port Canaveral, ending on February 14. Hang out in Port Canaveral for a night.
  • Disney Fantasy. February 15, 7-Night sailing from Port Canaveral, ending February 22. Drive or fly to New Orleans.
  • Disney Wonder. February 27, 4-night sailing from New Orleans, ending March 2.

That’s all four ships, with 19 nights on board, accomplished in 26 days.

Looking at costs (all are priced for two adults in the least expensive inside stateroom available purchased at the end of July 2019), this would be:

  • Magic $1,885
  • Dream $2,182
  • Fantasy $4,774
  • Wonder $2,266
  • For a total of $11,107

A similar, but slightly more expensive version, would be:

  • Disney Wonder. January 26, 7-Night sailing from San Juan, ending on February 2. Then fly from San Juan to Miami.
  • Disney Magic. February 6, 4-Night sailing from Miami, ending on February 10. Then drive immediately from Miami to Port Canaveral.
  • Disney Dream. February 10, 4-Night sailing from Port Canaveral, ending on February 14. Hang out in Port Canaveral for a night.
  • Disney Fantasy. February 15, 7-Night sailing from Port Canaveral, ending February 22.

The prices (again, all are priced for two adults in the least expensive inside stateroom available purchased at the end of July 2019) are:

  • Wonder $3,188
  • Magic $1,885
  • Dream $2,182
  • Fantasy $4,774

Here, for a total of $12,029, you get a Grand Slam with 22 nights at sea accomplished in exactly four weeks, with less driving than in the first version.

Given that there are plenty of single 7-night cruises that bump into this price range for concierge staterooms, and even some longer European cruises where a low-end verandah stateroom exceeds this range by several thousand dollars, spending a month completing a stunt starts to feel a lot less silly than it did at first glance.

Is something like this on your bucket list? Have you done a Grand Slam before? If so, how long did it take? Do you have a good name for doing five sailings in year? Let us know in the comments.

 

Erin Foster

Erin Foster is an original member of the Walt Disney World Moms Panel at DisneyWorldMoms.com, a regular contributor to TouringPlans.com, and co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Disney Cruise Line. She's been to WDW, DL, DL Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, Aulani, DVC Vero Beach, and DVC Hilton Head. She's a Platinum DCL cruiser and veteran of 10 Adventures by Disney trips. Erin lives near New York City, where she can often be found indulging in her other obsession - Broadway theater. Erin can be reached on Twitter @MsErinFoster.

4 thoughts on “Doing the DCL Grand Slam

  • August 4, 2019 at 8:21 am
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    In 2018 I sailed on 5 cruises with DCL:

    Wonder Jan 2018 4 nt Cozumel
    Dream Jan 2018 3 nt Bahamas
    Wonder April 2018 2 nt Ensenada
    Wonder May 2018 7 nt Alaska
    Magic October 2018 5 nt Bermuda

    Almost a grand slam but I really don’t like the routes on the Fantasy so I’ve only sailed it once in 2016. I’m not a huge fan of 7 nights in Caribbean because it starts to seem like deja vu. But I love DCL and refuse to cruise anything else!! As you can see the Wonder is my favorite ship. I know a lot of crew there having sailed on it 10 times

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  • August 4, 2019 at 11:44 pm
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    Did the old repositioning route from Dover English to Florida, 9 continuous days at Sea and 2 random ports in England…. the Disney ship was damn near empty and I paid until 3000 for myself, wife and son … it was the second week of September and he was only 4 at the time …. we had a ball, not to know the Cast Members well and got to “steer” the ship with the captain and my son

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  • August 5, 2019 at 4:55 am
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    Well, for those of us who aren’t Florida residents or wealthy, this is far more challenging. It means added air fair and travel time for cruises. I’ve only been on two ships so far, and those were from Galveston. Doing all four in one year from Texas is highly unlikely for me, but I suppose it could be a bucket list item.

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  • August 5, 2019 at 8:42 am
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    Until this post the DCL grand slam did not have a time restriction and has always been to simply sail on all four ships with no time restriction.

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