So, here we are – another summer DCL release. I’m always interested in how people react to these releases. There’s always the “wow, that’s expensive” reaction. Even to seasoned DCL cruisers who know the price points, sometimes it can be daunting. I advise everyone interested in any cruise at all with Disney to book very early as that is when the pricing is the lowest.

Let’s start off with some sample prices we’ve seen at Dreams Unlimited Travel. Now, keep in mind, these prices are from opening day for platinum Castaway Club members. These represent the lowest prices available. As the ships fill, the price goes up.

First, we have some pricing for next year’s Alaska sailings. Something to note – if you travel Alaska in shoulder seasons (mid-May / late August-early September), the prices tend to be considerably lower. Also, so are the temperatures in Alaska. For example, we saw a 7-night Alaska sailing in a category 7A (verandah) on September 6, 2021, for $5009.21. Let’s contrast that with a 7-night Alaska sailing on July 12 in a category 4a (Deluxe family stateroom, which is larger than other verandah staterooms). The price for 2 adults and one child was a bone-chilling $16,391 and that was without trip insurance.

Next, let’s take a look at Europe. The same rule of thumb applies – shoulder seasons (first few sailings or last few sailings of the season) are usually better bets price-wise. This is a classic example:

7-night Mediterranean cruise leaving Barcelona ending in Rome on June 4th for 2 adults in a category 10A (inside stateroom) was $6,046.28. The same sailing, in the same stateroom for the same 2 adults just two weeks earlier (May 22) was $4276.90

It’s the European cruises that tend to get the most pushback. It’s not just the price of the cruise. You have to add airfare to Europe, as well as at least one or two pre-nights. These can be VERY expensive cruises for Americans. However, one comment on that I found intriguing was from the standpoint of a Disney fan in Europe – and how she views it:

This is just a quick glance at some of what we’re seeing right now. I’ll put together another comparison in a few days, when we start seeing pricing for Gold and Silver Castaway Club, as well as the general public.

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Pete Werner

I'm an Orlando local I'm the owner of the DIS ( and as well as the host of the DIS Unplugged podcast. I have a special place in my heart for Disney Vacation Club and Disney Cruise Line :)

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3 thoughts on “Thoughts on Pricing for the 2021 Summer Itineraries

  • Curious how these compare to similar sailings a year ago… I wonder what percentage of an increase has occurred year over year?

  • Last year, you remarked that package prices for WDW were approaching DCL prices. $16,000 for 2 adults & 1 child for a July Alaska Cruise? Now DCL prices are approaching Adventures by Disney prices!

    I just priced a July Alaska cruise on Princess, and it would be just over $3,000 for a balcony stateroom for two adults and a child. I love DCL, but itโ€™s not worth the $13,000 difference.

  • We were going to book a generic Eastern Caribbean cruise on the Fantasy for late June to celebrate our sonโ€™s graduation from High School. His favorite ship is the Fantasy. We have cruised mostly on the Wonder and the Magic, so this has been a big deal to return to the Fantasy. When I heard about the release I started looking at pricing for current cruises to get a rough estimate. It looked like somewhere in the mid to upper $7000s for our family of four in a Deluxe Family Oceanview Stateroom. Someone was nice enough to post base pricing for all categories on all cruises on platinum booking day. I took those numbers for two adults and then added on current prices for our two kids and it was looking more like mid to upper $8000s. Gulp. So this morning we are able to see actual pricing for our regular, old, Eastern Caribbean cruise and it was $10,100!!! We booked it because we were in shock, and have been planning this for about five years. I searched EVERY cruise that Disney is sailing this summer for another option. We ended up switching our booking to a pre-graduation cruise in April, 2021 for $3000 LESS for the EXACT same cruise! We love Disney, but not that much!

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