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Somehow, my son got wind that Disney Cruise Line released Summer 2021 itineraries yesterday. I didn’t tell him, and he doesn’t read my blog, so he must have heard it from someone at school. He’s begging me to book one.
Since I am a Gold Castaway Club member (5 or more cruises on DCL), I have access to all the prices today. Just for kicks, I decided to see what it would cost to get my family on a DCL cruise next summer.
College or Cruise
My family prefers 7-night cruises. I took two of my kids on a short 3-night MerryTime cruise last November, but my husband says he needs a full 7 days to relax.
So I scrolled past the 3- and 4-night cruises and paused at this 5-night cruise on the Disney Fantasy with two stops at Castaway Cay. It’s almost identical to our very first Disney Cruise back in 2012, which cost us $3700 in June 2012. The price has gone up just a little:
If money were no object, I would hop on this 9-night Southern Caribbean cruise:
We’ve also talked about taking a cruise around Europe:
These prices are for all 5 of us in one stateroom, which would now drive us nuts. We do much better with two connecting staterooms, but that would drive the price up even higher on some of the ships.
Back to Reality
The closer my oldest son gets to graduating from high school, the harder it is to justify taking a vacation that expensive. Tuition at in-state schools in Texas runs $10k-$15k a year, not including room and board. I’m sure if I asked my kids if they’d rather go to college or on a Disney Cruise next summer, they would all pick the cruise. Ha! But, someone’s got to be the voice of reality, and that someone is me.
After I explained this to my son on the way to school, he said, “So we’re just giving up on Disney Cruises forever?” Cue the sad voice.
I hope not. I do plan to pull my daughter out of school next year during her last year of elementary school for a 3- or 4-night birthday cruise. My sons can’t miss school anymore, unfortunately.
And, I do hope we can swing a short cruise on the new Disney Wish when it debuts in early 2022. Rumor has it that the new ship will be going on 3- and 4-night cruises. So even though I’m sure the price will be crazy, it won’t be as crazy as a 7-night cruise on a new ship. I’m hoping we can try the Disney Wish over Spring Break 2022.
Until then, we have a cruise planned for next year on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas. I reminded my son how much fun he had on Royal Caribbean last year. Oasis of the Seas has some features I’m looking forward to, and I think the ship will be a good fit for my family.
Are you looking at Summer 2021 cruises on DCL? If money were no object, which itinerary would you pick?
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Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.