One of the highlights of attending a Disney Vacation Club members-only cruise is the package of exclusive merchandise left in each cabin. Here is a look at some of the items this week's cruisers had to squeeze into their luggage.
Custom "Scrabble" games, parking signs, pillows and trading pins are just a few of the items created especially for the "2014 S.S. Member Cruise."
While the DVC members-only sailings on Disney Cruise Line cost more than a typical Disney cruise, planners hope to bridge that cost difference through unique merchandise and guest appearances which are not available elsewhere. Participants in this week's cruise were treated to appearances by Disney Legends Marty Sklar and Tony Baxter, two days at Castaway Cay and special events throughout the sailing.
The next exclusive "S.S. Member Cruise" is a 7-night Alaskan voyage scheduled for May 2015.
Photos courtesy of Disney Vacation Club Facebook Page.
After hearing about the guest speakers and entertainment, I have to admit I have been thinking about doing this cruise in 2016.
The bag is an insulated cooler bag and the item the ear buds are on top of in the second picture is a folding beach mat.
I also went into the Princess and DVCMember websites to compare prices for the next DVC Member cruise in May 2015 to Alaska. The 7-night Member cruise cost about $3,500 per person for a Category 5C balcony cabin. A comparable 7-night itinerary on the Princess in May 2015 in a mini-suite cabin costs about $1,650 per person.
Are all the gifts and entertainment offered on the Member cruise worth paying about twice as much for a comparable itinerary? Like I said before, I'm still on the fence when it comes to a Member cruise.