Frugal Family Friday | Kids Sail Free on Disney’s Mexican Riviera Cruises

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Disney Cruise Line currently has a sale for Mexican Riviera cruises from October 30 – December 18, 2011.  They are offering Kids 17 and under Sail FREE when traveling with 2 Full Fare paying adults in the same Veranda stateroom (categories 4a-6a).  Government tax and fees are additional for all passengers. 

Make sure you use offer code “KFO” to get pricing for this deal on their website.  For more information check out Disney’s Kids Sail Free page.

The Mexican Riviera cruises are 7 day cruises out of Los Angeles and visit Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas (2 days).

Here are the lowest prices with this offer based on family size:

Family of 3

November 6, November 27, December 4, and December 11 -  Category 6a – $1389pp 1st and 2nd passengers, 1 kid free

Family of 4

November 13, November 27, December 4, and December 11 – Category 5a – $1619pp 1st and 2nd passengers, 2 kids free

Family of 5

November 13, November 27, and December 4 – Category 4E – $2009pp 1st and 2nd passengers, 3 kids free

photo credit: Tom Mascardo 3

Disney Cruise Line Newly Announced 2012 Itineraries

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Disney Cruise Line has just announced its new 2012 Intineraries and many are to and from ports that Disney has never cruised before.

Some of the departure ports include Galveston, New York, Los Angeles, and Seattle.  For the first time, Disney will be offering a 15 day cruise from Los Angeles to Hawaii. It is fairly unique in that it is round trip to/from Los Angeles so you do not have to pay for the expensive airfare one way back or round trip to/from Hawaii.  From the website, it looks like it is only being offered for one date: April 29, 2012 and they expect it to sell out fast.

To view the full details of the new itineraries visit Disney’s website: 2012 Cruise Itineraries.

These new itineraries can be booked starting on April 8, 2011 at 8:00 a.m. EDT.

photo credit: Wyscan

Frugal Family Friday: Best Disney Cruise Deals for 2011

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Castaway Cay – Disney’s Private Island

Disney Cruise Line is typically a cruise line that is best to book early!  The new ship, Disney Dream, is very expensive right now and many cruises have sold out.  With that said, you can still get some decent pricing (compared to typical Disney prices) on cruises this year.  Many of the deals will be for repositioning cruises that start and end at different ports.

There are cabins that will hold 5, but they are typically expensive verandahs (balconies).  If you are a family of 5, it could actually be cheaper to book 3 people in one cabin and 2 in another if you are willing to go with insides or oceanviews.  You could probably get two interconnecting cabins.

Cruise prices are posted with the lowest price per cabin category type (i.e. lowest inside, lowest oceanview, lowest verandah).  There could be other more expensive options within the cabin category type.  Tax is additional and varies by age of passenger.

October 29, 2011 –  Disney Magic - 7 night Western Caribbean from Port Canaveral
Visits: Key West, Grand Caymen, Cozumel, and Castaway Cay (private island)

  • Family of 3 (2 adults and 1kid under 13 – ages 13-17 and additional adults are slightly higher than listed):
    Inside 11B: $839 1st and 2nd passengers, $589 3rd, under 3 $374
    Oceanview 9D: $1029 1st and 2nd passengers, $639 3rd, under 3 $399
    Verandah 7A:  $1349 1st and 2nd passengers, $689 3rd, under 3: $424
  • Family of 4 (2 adults and 2 kids under 13 – ages 13-17 and additional adults are slightly higher than listed):
    Inside 11B: $839 1st and 2nd passengers, $589 3rd/4th, under 3 $374
    Oceanview 9D: $1029 1st and 2nd passengers, $639 3rd/4th, under 3: $399
    Verandah 5C: $1469 1st and 2nd passengers, $689 3rd/4th, under 3: $424
  • Family of 5 -in one cabin (2 adults and 3 kids under 13 – ages 13-17 and additional adults are slightly higher than listed):
    Verandah 4E: $2009 1st and 2nd passengers, $689 3rd-5th, Under 3: $424
    This date is slightly higher than others in October for cabins holding 5.

Bonus: Inside $75, Oceanview $100, Balcony $125 Onboard Credit

May 17, 2011 – Disney Wonder – 7 Day Alaska From Vancouver
Visits: Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan

  • Family of 3 (2 adults and 1 kid under 13 – ages 13-17 and additional adults are slightly higher than listed)
    Inside Guarantee: $739 1st and 2nd passengers, $649 3rd, under 3 $474
  • Family of 4 (2 adults and 2 kids under 13 – ages 13-17 and additional adults are slightly higher than listed):
    Inside Guarantee: $739 1st and 2nd passengers, $649 3rd/4th, under 3 $474

Bonus: $75 Inside Onboard Credit

April 27, 2011 – Disney Wonder – 6 Night Pacific Northwest Repo from Los Angeles to Vancouver
Visits: San Francisco and Victoria, BC

  • Family of 3 (2 adults and 1 kid under 13 – ages 13-17 and additional adults are slightly higher than listed):
    Inside 10C: $1009 1st and 2nd passengers, $389 3rd, $264 under 3
    Oceanview 9A: $1219 1st and 2nd passengers, $409 3rd, $274 under 3
    Verandah 7A: $1269 1st and 2nd passengers, $439 3rd, $289 under 3
  • Family of 4 (2 adults and 2 kids under 13 – ages 13-17 and additional adults are slightly higher than listed):
    Inside 10C: $1009 1st and 2nd passengers, $389 3rd/4th, $264 under 3
    Verandah 5B: $1429 1st and 2nd passengers, $439 3rd/4th, $289 under 3
  • Family of 5 -in one cabin (2 adults and 3 kids under 13 – ages 13-17 and additional adults are slightly higher than listed):
    Verandah 4B: $1759 1st and 2nd passengers, $439 3rd-5th, $289 under 3

Bonus: $25 Inside, $50 Oceanview, $75 Balcony Onboard Credit

May 14, 2011 – Disney Magic – 14 Night Transatlantic from Port Canaveral, FL to Barcelona, Spain
Visits: Castaway Cay (private island); Funchal, Portugal; Cadiz, Spain; Gibraltar

  • Family of 3 (2 adults and 1 kid under 13 – ages 13-17 and additional adults are slightly higher than listed)
    Inside Guarantee: $799 1st and 2nd passengers, $639 3rd, $459 under 3
    Oceanview Guarantee: $1099 1st and 2nd passengers, $699 3rd, $489 under 3
    Verandah Guarantee: $1499 1st and 2nd passengers, $89 3rd, $589 under 3
  • Family of 4 (2 adults and 2 kids under 13 – ages 13-17 and additional adults are slightly higher than listed):
    Inside Guarantee: $799 1st and 2nd passengers, $639 3rd/4th, $459 under 3
    Oceanview Guarantee: $1099 1st and 2nd passengers, $699 3rd/4th, $489 under 3
    Verandah Guarantee: $1499 1st and 2nd passengers, $899 3rd/4th, $589 under 3
  • Family of 5 -in one cabin (2 adults and 3 kids under 13 – ages 13-17 and additional adults are slightly higher than listed):
    Verandah 4E: $2649 1st and 2nd passengers, $909 3rd-5th, $594 under 3

Bonus: $50 Inside, $100 Oceanview, $175 Balcony Onboard Credit

September 10, 2011 – Disney Magic – 14 Night Transatlantic from Barcelona, Spain to Port Canaveral, FL
Visits: Gibraltar; Funchal, Portugal; St. Maarten; Tortola; Castaway Cay (private island)

  • Family of 3 (2 adults and 1 kid under 13 – ages 13-17 and additional adults are slightly higher than listed)
    Inside 11C: $1059 1st and 2nd passengers, $639 3rd, $459 under 3
    Oceanview Guarantee: $1099 1st and 2nd passengers, $699 3rd, $489 under 3
    Verandah Guarantee: $1499 1st and 2nd passengers, $899 3rd, $589 under 3
  • Family of 4 (2 adults and 2 kids under 13 – ages 13-17 and additional adults are slightly higher than listed):
    Oceanview Guarantee: $1099 1st and 2nd passengers, $699 3rd/4th, $489 under 3
    Inside 11B: $1199 1st and 2nd passengers, $639 3rd/4th, $459 under 3
    Verandah Guarantee: $1499 1st and 2nd passengers, $899 3rd/4th, $589 under 3
  • Family of 5 -in one cabin (2 adults and 3 kids under 13 – ages 13-17 and additional adults are slightly higher than listed):
    Very Expensive – much better off getting two cabins

Bonus: $75 Inside, $125 Oceanview, $175 Balcony

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October 27, 2011 – Disney Dream – 3 Night Bahamas from Port Canaveral
Visits: Nassau and Castaway Cay (private island)

  • Family of 3 (2 adults and 1 kid under 13 – ages 13-17 and additional adults are slightly higher than listed):
    Inside 11A: $529 1st and 2nd passengers, $259 3rd, $189 under 3
    Verandah 5C: $759 1st and 2nd passengers, $299 3rd,  $209under 3
  • Family of 4 (2 adults and 2 kids under 13 – ages 13-17 and additional adults are slightly higher than listed):
    Inside 11A:  $529 1st and 2nd passengers, $259 3rd/4th, $189 under 3
    Verandah 4D: $849 1st and 2nd passengers, $299 3rd/4th, $209 under 3
  • Family of 5 -in one cabin (2 adults and 3 kids under 13 – ages 13-17 and additional adults are slightly higher than listed):
    only suites available

Bonus: $25 Inside, $25 Oceanview, $50 Balcony

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Cruise Line Policies: Minimum Age for Infants to Cruise

My 6 month old on the MSC Poesia with his grandpa and sister

Bringing your baby on a cruise can be a fun experience especially if you have help from the grandparents!   The crew members absolutely love to see babies on the ships as they often miss their own families back at home, and well babies are just cute!

Below is a list by cruise line of the minimum ages for infants to cruise.  Please note that even if there is no minimum age, it can be very difficult and expensive to get a US Passport for an infant shortly after his/her birth.  You need to receive the infant’s Social Security number as well as the Birth Certificate to apply for a passport.  Both of those can take several weeks to arrive after the birth. 

Planning a cruise for when the infant is 6 months old is fairly safe as long as you get the passport application in shortly after receiving your child’s Social Security card and official Birth Certificate.

Not all cruises require a US Passport, but it is definitely safer to have one in case anything happens while in port in a foreign country.

Carnival:

  • 6 months old – All except below
  • 12 months old - Transatlantic, Hawaii and South American cruises

Celebrity:

  • 6 months oldas of the first day of the cruise/cruisetour Except below.
  • 12 months old –  Transatlantic, Transpacific, select South American cruises/cruisetours and other select cruises/cruisetours (Any cruise that has 3 or more consecutive days at sea will require infants to be 12 months old on the first day of the cruise/CruiseTour).

Costa:

  • 6 months on embarkation
  • 12 months on embarkation for: trans-ocean crossings (Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, Arctic, etc.), World cruises, cruises of 15 days or longer duration, and any other itinerary which may in the opinion of Costa Crociere or CCL present serious risk to infants in need of emergency medical care.

Disney:

  • 12 weeks old on the date you sail.

Holland America:

  • 6 months old - All except below
  • 12 months old - For transocean cruises at the time of sailing

MSC:

  • No minimum age requirement

Norwegian (NCL):

  • 6 months old – All except below
  • 12 months old -  For cruises with 3 or more consecutive days at sea

Princess:

  • 6 months old - Alaska, Canada & New England, Caribbean & Mexican Riviera, Europe, and Panama Canal sailings
  • 12 months old – Africa, Asia, Antarctica, Australia, New Zealand, Indian Subcontinent, South Pacific, Tahiti, Hawaii, South America, Transpacific, and Transatlantic sailings

Royal Caribbean:

  • 6 months old - As of the first day of the sailing Except below
  • 12 months old- Transatlantic, transpacific, Hawaii, select South American and other selected cruises and/or CruiseTours.  Basically any cruise that has 3 or more days consecutive at sea will require infants to be 12 months old on the first day of the cruise/CruiseTour.

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Cruise Line Policies: Pregnancy

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Taking a cruise while pregnant not seem like a great choice, but I have seen several ladies do it and actually seem to enjoy themselves.  If it can be planned, cruising sometime between 13 weeks and 23 weeks of pregnancy would probably be ideal.  The second trimester is usually the best time to travel as you are usually over the morning sickness and not too big to be too uncomfortable.  Rough seas and morning sickness could make for a pretty miserable cruise vacation.

Here is a list of the pregnancy policies by cruise line:

Carnival

NOT reached 25 weeks by disembarkation (last day of cruise).

All pregnant women are required to produce a physician’s letter stating that mother and baby are in good health, fit to travel and the pregnancy is not high-risk. The letter must also include the estimated date of delivery (EDD).

Celebrity

Can NOT have entered the 24th week of pregnancy by the date of embarkation or the beginning of the cruisetour.

They also require a physician’s “Fit to Travel” note faxed to them prior to sailing, stating how far along (in weeks) your pregnancy will be at the beginning of the cruise and confirming that you are in good health and not experiencing a high-risk pregnancy.

Costa

24 completed weeks or less on the date of cruise disembarkation. 

Cost requires all pregnant women to provide a physician’s letter at embarkation stating the estimated date of delivery and that mother and baby are in good health and fit to travel

Disney

Can NOT have entered the 24th week of pregnancy on the day of Embarkation

Holland America

NOT entered 24th week by the end of the cruise.

MSC

NOT entered 28th week of pregnancy by the end of the cruise.

They also require a medical certificate of fitness to travel.

Norwegian

NOT entered 24th week of pregnancy by the end of the cruise.

Must provide a medical certificate establishing your due date prior to your cruise.

Princess

Can NOT have entered the 24th week prior to the end of the cruise.

Royal Caribbean

Can NOT have entered 24th week of pregnancy by the end of the cruise.

A physician’s “Fit to Travel” note is required prior to sailing, stating how far along (in weeks) your pregnancy will be at the beginning of the cruise and confirming that you are in good health and not experiencing a high-risk pregnancy.

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