The Unofficial Guide Series is back with an update the Unofficial Guide to Disney Cruise Line for 2018. This latest edition will hit book store shelves in December. The 2018 edition features the return of the full crew Len Testa, Erin Foster, Laurel Stewart and Ritchey Halphen who have updated and expanded the guide once again.
Ok, here we go. Time for some perspective. The Unofficial Guide is not a brochure for Disney Cruise Line. It is not a marketing tool created by the PR department. The guide is set up as a no-nonsense, consumer orientated planning guide based on the authors’ personal cruise experience as fare paying guests. There are plenty of websites and other publications that will rehash the company line. The information and suggestions are what you’d expect to hear from a close friend or family member, not a salesperson.
The Unofficial Guide to Disney Cruise Line 2018 corrals the the countless options and amenities from DCL offers and add each year and presents them in a way for readers to make educated vacation planning decisions to get the best bang for the buck.
The 2018 guide is an update to last years so I think it is prudent highlight some fo the notable additions:
- How to decide between a Disney Cruise Line vacation and a Walt Disney World vacation
- Details on the recent changes to DCL’s Castaway Club program
- Tips on how to choose the best staterooms for your family
- Changes to DCL’s Online check-in procedures
- Information on the lates updates to the Disney Fantasy
- Updated and detailed information on the ship’s pools
- How to save money and take excursions of your own, using included detailed itineraries
I think one of the best sections of the book is the comparison between Disney Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean. Matt Hochberg from RoyalCaribbeanBlog.com, offers a fair comparison of the differences as well as the similarities between the lines.
Tammy Whiting from StorybookDestinations.com offered her tips on the fleet’s staterooms.
Ok, I may have lied, my favorite part of the 2018 Unofficial Guide are the Scott Says practical tips throughout the book. Sure, there is a bit of a conflict of interest going on here. I recently untied the constrictor knots to discover I am the monster at the end of the book.
Seriously, the book is a great resource for anyone planning a cruise vacation, especially those planning their first Disney Cruise.
Over the summer, we had the chance to try a few of the walking tours during our Alaskan cruise and found them to be very helpful, especially in a few of the ports were we were just winging it.
The Unofficial Guide to Disney Cruise Line 2018 will arrive at your local book stores in December as well the usual online retailers such as Amazon.com.