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Disney Cruise Line: Kids Sail Free FAQ
January 3, 2013
Author: Kimberly Fidler
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At Get Away Today one of the most popular promotions we get is the occasional Kids Sail Free on Disney Cruise Line. Yesterday we announced a slew of new dates on four, six, and eight night cruises from January 12 - April 26 to the Bahamas and Western Caribbean out of Galveston, Texas. (Find more information on all of the sailings on yesterday's blog article by clicking here.) Each time we promote an exciting offer like Kids Sail Free, we get a lot of questions. To help make your planning a little easier, we've compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions about Disney Cruise Line's Kids Sail Free Special:

Q: What ages are considered "kids" on Disney Cruise Line?
A: Kids are considered from infant to 17 years old on Disney Cruise Line.

Q: How many kids can sail for free?
A: Most staterooms sleep up to four guests, so normally it's up to two free children per stateroom. The first two guests in each stateroom must be paid, regardless of age, so larger families may require multiple staterooms. There are a limited amount of staterooms that sleep up to five guests where all three children would sail free, but the rate for the first two adults is higher because it is a larger room. Because staterooms that sleep up to five are limited, they tend to sell out first.

Q: How much are the adults?
A: Cost always depends on a number of factors, but the most important include: the dates you choose, the length of the sailing, and the category you book. The less expensive staterooms are normally the first to go, so you'll want to book first for highly desirable cruise dates (normally holidays and school breaks). Shorter cruises are normally less expensive than longer cruises. However, longer cruises often have a lower per night price, so you can compare overall cost vs. overall value. Cost also depends on which stateroom type and category you select. Inside staterooms are less than Oceanview or Verandah staterooms, and even within room types, you'll see pricing variations within categories. The best way to get an accurate price is to call our agents at 877.510.2929.

Q: Is there an average cost I can expect to pay?
A: Costs vary dramatically depending on a number of factors, but to give an idea of this current run of Kids Sail Free offers on Disney Cruise Line, here are some SAMPLE prices that can be used to get an idea of cost:
4-night Western Caribbean Oceanview Stateroom from $604/adult
6-night Western Caribbean Inside Stateroom from $900/adult
8-night Bahamian Inside Stateroom from $1,204/adult

Guests are also responsible for Government taxes and fees for all travelers (including children during Kids Sail Free) which average approximately $12/person per day.

Q: How can I get the best price on my Disney Cruise during Kids Sail Free?
A: Flexibility is the key when you're looking to get the very best price on your Disney Cruise. Our agents would love to look at all of the different dates, staterooms, and itineraries to determine which is the best price for your family's Disney Cruise.

Q: When do I have to book Kids Sail Free?
A: Sometimes there will be a cut-off date when Kids Sail Free expires. However, oftentimes the Kids Sail Free specials sell out long before the expiration date. Our best advice is to book as soon as possible to guarantee that you'll get the best stateroom availability and that Kids Sail Free will still be available.


We also threw in a few of our regularly asked general questions about Disney Cruise Line

Q: What is included with my cruise?
A: In addition to your accommodations, all of your onboard entertainment, kids camps, meals, snacks, and most non-alcoholic beverages are included. Plus, your cruise includes transportation to some of the world's best ports!

Q: What extras do I have to pay for on my cruise?
A: There are some optional activities that require an extra charge: spa treatments, salon visits, phone calls, photos, video games, babysitting for children 12 weeks to three years old, Internet, shopping, alcoholic beverages, and specialty drinks from select vendors.

Q: Do I need a Passport to sail on Disney Cruise Line?
A: A Passport is required to enter or re-enter the United States by air. If you are leaving and returning to the United States via Disney Cruise Line, you can use a Government issued photo ID with an original copy of your birth certificate. However, we strongly recommend Passports for all travelers in case you need to return to the States by air. Once you've booked, you'll want to visit Disney Cruise Line's Travel Document Information section for any further information and you'll need to bring all completed and signed cruise documents from the Guest Ticket Booklet which will be mailed to you.

Q: How old does my baby have to be to sail on Disney Cruise Line?
A: Children must be 12 weeks old on the day you set sail to sail on Disney Cruise Line.

Q: Can I sail on Disney Cruise Line if I'm pregnant?
A: You can sail on Disney Cruise Line up until your 24th week of pregnancy. Once you're in your 24th week (as of embarkation), you will be refused passage due to safety concerns. Disney Cruise Line will not accept a liability waiver or physician's statement. They also cannot be held responsible or liable for any pregnancy complications during any stage of pregnancy.

We hope these were helpful in answering some questions about Disney Cruise Line and Kids Sail Free. If you have any other questions, or would like personalized assistance for your Disney Cruise, call our Cruise Specialists at 877.510.2929.



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Samantha - Please call our cruise specialists at 877-510-2929 or send us a direct message on Facebook for a cruise estimate. Thank you!


Budgeting a Disney cruise for 2020. Our family of 5 (2 adults & 3 kids) are flexible with schedule. What price range should we expect? Looking for mid-January. Thanks.


Hi Sue! Currently Disney Cruises is not offering a Kids Sail Free promotion; they haven't been known to do so for a number of years. However, if you'd like to save on a Disney cruise, we recommend booking early to lock in savings (and have a longer period of time to pay off the vacation before travel). We do currently have a Kids Sail Free promo with Royal Caribbean, and you can find more information about that in today's blog article: https://www.getawaytoday.com/travel-blog/virgin-atlantic-cruise-line-virgin-voyages The info about Royal Caribbean's Kids Sail Free in near the bottom of the post!


Hi do you have offer for kids sail free ??


Hi Alice! None of the 2019 sailings will be offering Kids Sail Free. This offer was last heard of in 2013 and hasn't been applicable to any sailings since. You can still save by booking in advance and taking advantage of making payments, though. Give our cruise agents a call at 877-510-2929 for more info!


Which cruises coming up through 2019 will be kids sail free.??


Hi Ann, It's highly unlikely. Disney hasn't done any Kids Sail Free cruises for quite a few years now. The best way to save on a Disney Cruise is to book as early as possible. Disney recently released 2018 dates and they are already booking up! By booking in advance, you can put down 20% for your deposit and the total is due approximately 75-90 before your sail date. It makes it really affordable to spread it out like that!


Any kids sail free days coming up in 2019


Hi Lisa, Disney Cruise Line doesn't have an offer for a single adult. Most cruise lines, including Disney, charge the same price for the first two passengers, regardless of age. Then, they will offer discounted rates for any additional passengers sharing the same stateroom. With that said, Disney hasn't had a Kids Sail Free offer since we published this in 2013 because they are so popular. If you're looking for a good cruise deal, we definitely recommend calling our cruise specialists at 877-510-2929. :)


Hi Jen, Disney has not had any Kids Sail Free offers since this one in 2013. Their cruises are incredibly popular and we don't anticipate this particular offer coming up again any time soon. Be assured that if it does, we will be promoting it like crazy all over our website and social media!


I'm a single mom. Is there anyway I can just pay for one person? I don't have a second adult and would be wasting money


has Disney announced Kids Sail Free dates?


I love it.


Hey Anonymous, no Disney has not released any kids sail free offers for 2016 or 2017. Be sure to follow us on FB, because if they do, we'll be sure to announce it there as soon as it happens. :)


Has Disney Cruise announced any Kids Sail Free dates for 2016-2017?


Ms. Williams - if you booked your cruise through us you'll need to call our cruise department at 877-510-2929 immediately so we can get in touch with Disney Cruise Line. Disney Cruise Line recently made changes to their infant sailing policy, so it will depend on when you booked. Also, we will need to ensure that your cabin will accommodate an extra guest and there will most likely be a fare (although greatly reduced) if your infant is allowed to sail. Thanks!


Hi i book a cruise and 2015 n i just had a baby she will b 12 weeks when its my cruise time so will she free n can she go.


Hi LO, We haven't heard any announcements of any upcoming Kids Sail Free. When they are released they are normally more for shorter booking periods. If a Kids Free Special comes up, we always post it to our Facebook page and website. It's a good idea to follow us there. :)


is there a kids sail free coming up for 2015? When might i start looking


Hi Brenda, If you've booked a Disney Cruise and a Kids Sail Free offer comes out, we can contact the cruise line to see if we can rebook it for you with the new special. Occasionally the cruise line will put a rule that it only applies to new bookings, but most of the time, they'll work with you. We're always happy to help with any questions. :)


If u purchase a vacation and the kids sale free comes available do you get reimbursed that


Julie, it's hard to say. We hope so! If it comes available we'll post it on our blog and social media sites as soon as we hear. The last Kids Sail Free offers from Disney Cruise Line have been for more last minute sailings.


Is there going to be any sail for free for kids in 2014?


Hi Alicia, there may be. When Disney Cruise Line offers Kids Sail Free it is usually for somewhat last minute cruises (normally a couple months in advance) that aren't as full. Because Disney Cruise Line is so popular, Kids Sail Free doesn't pop-up that often and we never get any advance notice. When it does come up, we always post it immediately on our blog, Facebook page, and normally send an email to those on our list as well. So, keep following us and hopefully we'll be posting some great deals!


Hello, hate I missed this sell. Will there be another opportunity for kids sailing free for this year (2013)? Thanks in advance for your help.


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