The 2014 edition of Birnbaum’s Disney Cruise Line was published on September 24, 2013 by Disney Press.
Page: 240 pages
Publisher: Disney Press (Birnbaum Travel Guides)
Date: September 24, 2013
Size: 7.2 x 5.0 x 0.5 inches
The 2014 edition has updated details of all four of Disney’s ships, most popular itineraries, the Disney “rotational” dining experience, all the shows and onboard activities plus recommended shore excursions on offer.
Birnbaum is the official Disney guide book publisher and the Birnbaum’s Disney Cruise Line, as its name suggests, only deals with the Disney Cruise Line. If you are looking for an independent Disney Cruise Lines guide book, then consider Passporter’s Field Guide to the Disney Cruise Line and Its Ports of Call.
If you are planning on cruising with a different cruise line then you are probably better off with a more general cruise book like ‘Caribbean by Cruise Ship: The Complete Guide to Cruising the Caribbean’.
Birnbaum’s Disney Cruise Line gives a good overview at a reasonable price for the cruise novice but doesn’t offer a lot of information for seasoned Disney cruise passengers
The book is split into four basic chapters, the first chapter, Before You Sail, covers everything you need to know about the Disney Cruise Line including planning tips, how to select the right cruise package, details of the different levels of accommodation and a complete breakdown of each itinerary with sailing maps and arrival/departure times.
The second chapter, All Aboard, gives you a ‘stem-to-stern’ tour of the two Disney ships, the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder so that by the time you board the ship, you will know your way around. It also includes dining tips from breakfast with Mickey to gourmet dining, kids activities for all age groups, evening entertainment options and different ways to celebrate special occasions like birthdays and weddings.
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The third chapter, Ports of Call, takes up nearly half of the book and gives background details of the each port visited by the Disney Cruise Line, with information about activities, shore excursions and first-hand accounts of which tours are worth taking and which you can ignore.
The last chapter, Land and Sea Vacations, describes how you can combine a cruise aboard a Disney Cruise Line ship with a stay at the Walt Disney World Resort and the various options available.
Birnbaum’s Disney Cruise Line is part of a set of seven Birnbaum books about the Walt Disney World Resort, the Disney Cruise Line and the Disneyland Resort in California.
Note that most guide books are re-published annually so you can often pick up a bargain if you don’t mind last year’s edition of Birnbaum’s Disney Cruise Line.