Disney Vacation Club is offering its members two exclusive Disney Cruise Line voyages in 2019: a 5-night cruise along the Pacific coast and a 7-night voyage to Bermuda.
Members-only cruises have proven to be very popular with owners over the years and in 2019, DVC is responding with two unique offerings.
Between May 15-20, the Disney Wonder will depart from San Diego on a 5-night voyage along the California coast. Stops include San Francisco, Victoria and Vancouver, Canada. The itinerary is as follows:
- May 15: Depart San Diego
- May 16: Day at sea
- May 17: Dock in San Francisco
- May 18: Day at sea
- May 19: Dock in Victoria
- May 20: Debark in Vancouver
The cost for the 5-night voyage starts at 240 vacation points or $1,841 per adult based upon double occupancy.
Later in the year, the Disney Magic will make a 7-night trip from New York City to Bermuda:
- October 5: Departy NYC
- October 6: Day at sea
- October 7: Dock in Bermuda
- October 8: Additional day in Bermuda
- October 9: Day at sea
- October 10: Dock in Boston, MA
- October 11: Day at sea
- October 12: Debark in NYC
Cost for the Bermuda trip starts at 328 vacation points or $2,516. Complete charts listing the point and cash costs for both voyages are located HERE.
DVC Member Cruises are known for providing a unique slate of entertainment including celebrity guests and speakers not found on the typical Disney Cruise Line voyage. Daily stateroom gifts are also a staple.
In order to book, members must be eligible for the Membership Magic perks programs. Only qualifying points may be used toward the cruise. Any cash payments must be made in full at the time of booking.
The normal $95 fee for using DVC points toward a cruise is waived. However, any subsequent modifications to the reservation are subject to a change fee.
Reservations for both cruises will begin at 10:00am on Saturday, June 23, 2018. Only phone reservations will be accepted through DVC Member Services; there is no online booking option. Callers should be prepared with their DVC Member ID, Castaway Club ID, personal information for all travelers and a list of any special medical or dietary needs. Certain stateroom classes may fill early, so callers are advised to have multiple choices in mind when calling.
Due to anticipated high demand for the two cruises, extended call wait times are likely.
For additional details, visit DVCMember.com.
The next DVC Member Cruise--a 4-night sailing to the Bahamas aboard the Disney Dream--is scheduled to depart Port Canaveral on July 23, 2018. This cruise is sold out. Prior coverage of the 2017 Member Cruise highlighting entertainment and stateroom gifts can be found HERE.
Those sound like bargain prices for a Disney cruise--two weeks on a Disney cruise for the price of a member cruise. I always try to compare apples to apples or cruise departure city to the same destination, so for the member cruise that would be New York to Bermuda. But the Disney website doesn't show any New York to Bermuda cruise for 2019 (despite that it advertises the 2019 cruises). It does show a 6 night Bahamian October 2018 cruise from New York for $3203 for an inside. The member cruise starts at $2516 for an inside cabin for it's 2019 cruise.
Of course if we were comparing non Disney cruises to the member cruise you might be able to get a 10 -14 day cruise for similar pricing in a better cabin.
Was it worth it? Back then is seemed to be. It was not much more then a regular 4 night that we had booked for July (and we moved that to this one). What you pay for are all the perks like the gifts. Though getting 4 scrabble sets (one for each person in the family) seemed a bit much. But we had great guests: Marty Sklar, Tony Baxter (who I bumped into after the cruise coming out of Three Caballeros), Alice Davis, and Bill Farmer (voice of Goofy). Getting to hear all them speak was very cool. Also, the creators of Phineas and Ferb where on board to show us their Star Wars episode and discuss it before it aired on TV. That was done on funnel vision so we got to hang out in the pool while they did it.
It did have a different vibe them a normal Disney cruise and that made the cruise feel odd or at least different. The daily structure was different and activities from regular cruises were not there or moved to different locations to make room for the DVC special events.
Would be do it again? Looking at the cost of these now, I can't see us doing it again. We did it once and I am glad we did. If you can swing it, give it a try.