The Unofficial Guide to the Disney Cruise Line for 2022 is now available to provide readers with updated information on what they may need to know in order to plan for an upcoming Disney Cruise. After a brief hiatus, the 2022 edition returns updated and enhanced with new information from Erin Foster along with insight from Len Testa, and Ritchey Halphen.
At this time, the world of cruising remains dynamic in terms of what cruisers need to know before, during, and after a cruise. We are in uncharted waters with regular policy and procedural changes. To address this, the authors added COVID Tips sprinkled in like pixie dust.
Similar to the Unoffical Tips, the COVID Tips aim to offer insight on aspects of the cruise that may be temporary due to the phased re-opening approach, or even possibly a new normal. The Covid Tips are an enhancement to the subject matter on the page.
The authors created an update mechanism for readers to check changes – there is a short weblink (URL) mentioned multiple times in the guide which is updated as on a regular basis. As of this writing, one of the authors is currently on a Disney Cruise and will have a number of updates posted in the near future.
There is early information on the Disney Wish, but at this point, we are all limited to the information provided by Disney Cruise Line. As a result, several members of the Unoffical Guide team are booked on early Wish sailings. The authors will provide additional Wish info on the book’s update page as it becomes available and share their own evaluations once they have a chance to experience the ship.
Some of the highlights in the 2022 edition include:
- Advice for first-time cruisers: money-saving strategies, packing tips and other pre-trip preparation, preferred ships and itineraries, and how to hit the deck running your first day on board
- Suggestions for deciding whether a Disney Cruise or a Walt Disney World vacation is the better choice for your family
- The scoop on different stateroom types and how to choose the best room for your needs
- Detailed descriptions of Disney Cruise Line’s ports of call around the world, including Hawaii
- In-depth coverage of Castaway Cay, Disney Cruise Line’s private Bahamian island: what to take along, where to eat, and the best activities for families
- What to do on a day at sea
- A discussion of Adventures by Disney river cruises and how they compare with Disney Cruise Line cruises
The Unofficial Guide is not a brochure for Disney Cruise Line, 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.
Competition in the cruise market is a great win for cruisers. With growing fleets, and destinations, there is an unending number of ships and itineraries to navigate though when planning a cruise vacation. Arguably, Disney’s biggest rival in the cruise market is Royal Caribbean. Matt Hochberg from the RoyalCaribbeanBlog.com once again shares his unique comparison breaking down the cruise lines in different areas such as who has the better dining, theming, and entertainment to name a few. This is a great starting off point for anyone on the fence about which cruise line you want to sail for your vacation.
My favorite part of the book… Well, it’s obvious! The Scott Says blurbs continue to be my favorite aspect of the publication.
The Unofficial Guide to Disney Cruise Line 2022 hit bookshelves this month, and is available at your local book stores, as well the usual online retailers such as Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and Books-a-Million.