Earlier this week, Disney Vacation Club announced their 2015 Member Cruises which will include the usual 4-night sailing on the Disney Dream to the Bahamas and for the first time a 7-night sailing aboard the Disney Wonder to Alaska. Each sailing promises to take the Disney Cruise Line experience to the next with added special entertainment, in-room gifts and more!
The 7-night Alaskan cruise on the Disney Wonder will sail on May 25 through June 1, 2015, from Vancouver. This is the first Alaskan sailing of the 2015 season, and as a result, guests sailing on the San Diego to Vancouver repositioning cruise will be unable to sail back to back on the first Alaskan cruise unless they are DVC Members and book through DVC. The Alaskan cruise will sail on the typical itinerary to the regularly called ports of Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan, as well spend a day cruising the Tracy Arm Fjord. The Alaskan itinerary will also include two sea days filled with Disney Vacation Club-created entertainment. Both the special entertainment and the in-room gifts for this sailing will draw inspiration from the voyage’s wild and wintery setting.
The 4-night Bahamian cruise aboard the Disney Dream will sail from August 24 – 28, 2015 from Port Canaveral. The itinerary will include two stops at Castaway Cay on day 2 and day 4. Day 3 promises to be an activity-filled sea day, with Disney Vacation Club-created entertainment celebrating Disney’s storied history and exciting future.
Bookings for both DVC Member Cruises will open on Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 8 AM – 5 PM EST by calling 1-800-800-9800 or 407-566-3800. Due to capacity and the previous history of previous DVC Member Cruise filing up fast Disney Vacation Club is recommending that interested members call early.
The Alaska trip looks great. It looks pretty expensive, even for a Disney cruise. Who can tell me if it’s worth the hug price tag
it’s worth every penny. We sailed on 7/1/13 out of Vancouver and we’re still talking about it almost a year later. Endless scenery as you sail the Alaska Inside Passage and from there it only gets better. We tool over 4,000 photos and they still fail to fully capture the experience. Pair all that with a Disney Cruise and it was a vacation and experience that was just about perfect.
I bet it’s great. Thanks for the opinion. I have read trip reports that look amazing too. As far as member cruises, what “added bonuses” can be expected?
The bonuses and perks I’m not aware of other than what has been indicated above. I am wondering, however, if you’ve taken a cruise with Disney in the past if this cruise would apply toward ‘cruises taken’ for your Castaway Club level.
Dennis, I do not know this for a fact, but the sailing should count towards your Castaway Club sailing as you are technically paying for the cruise via your DVC points. The only difference between booking any other sailing with DVC points and these is they are reserved solely for DVC members.
I’ve done two member cruises in the past and they absolutely do count toward your Castaway Club level.
Thank you Scott and Matt! This is good to know.
My family an I just finished the DVC Member’s Only Alaska Cruise and it was FANTASTIC! We had very good weather the entire trip. In fact the three days a shore were very sunny and 70 degrees. Well worth it.
Dennis can you tell me are there any must to excursions on the Alaskan Cruise. We are going on one June 30 – July 7. Taking my mom who is 73 and three kids age 13, 16 and 18.
The one must is a whale watching excursion. We booked an excursion through Disney out of Juneau and it delivered in a big way. We were able to see a humpback and her calf, nesting bald eagles and some wonderful scenery. So, yes, a definite must!
If you love dogs a visit to a musher camp is also a lot of fun. Our cruise last year was 7/1 – 7/8 and the puppies were about 8 weeks old and they LOVE to be held.
If you want a little local color and history Liarsville in Skagway is also a fun stop for the salmon bake but it may not appeal to the 16 and 18 year old. My 16 year old enjoyed it but it wasn’t the most memorable part of the trip for him and he ultimately thought that it was just OK.
Enjoy your trip! We can’t wait to go back in a few years.
Dennis, thank you so much for replying. We are so looking forward to this trip and I will take your advice on the whale watching and musher camp excursions. I am wondering in the ports (Skagway for example) are the towns far away or could maybe some do their own thing instead of being forced to do the colors. I’m thinking I could possibly let my 16 and 18 year old explore on their own if town is right near the port.
When you dock in Skagway you’re a very short walk from town and there’s plenty to take in with restaurants, gift shops, etc. to keep you busy if you want to explore the immediate area. Ketchikan is even more convenient since the ship essentially docks right alongside the town (and you’re also a short walk from the Lumberjack show if you decide to attend).
In Juneau you’ll want to grab a shuttle or cab since the pier is a bit of a hike from town. It’s not miles away but the it would be a very healthy and tiring walk but just 5 minutes or so by car.
We split our days in Skagway and Ketchikan with excursions booked the first part of the day and wandering around time left for the second half of the day (the kids opted to abandon us at that point and remained on board).
One final suggestion: There’s a small coffee shop in the train station at Skagway which serves a great cup of coffee so you may want to bypass the local Starbucks (yup, there’s a Starbucks in Skagway) and give them a try if you’re craving a hot cup of coffee. Now if i could only remember the name of the coffee shop!
Does anyone know where a navigator for a member cruise is posted? Thanks!
Just completed booking my first member cruise. This will be my 2nd Disney Cruise. I greatly enjoyed the normal cruise and wonder what more /different I can expect from the member cruise.