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  • This will be a lot of firsts for me and family. 1st time aboard a ship, 1st time in bahamas and 1st time in castaway cay. I have a 2 and 5 year old. I was wondering what would be an "economical" way of visiting those ports and enjoying it for the
  • - Asked by Bon from California on 1/3/2014
  • Welcome aboard, Bon! Congratulations on your upcoming Disney cruise! Almost everything is included in your cruise fare, so you can very easily set sail and not spend much more at all!

    I have a few suggestions for ways to maximize your Disney dollars while sailing. First of all, if you have a grocery store that offers fuel rewards (cents off per gallon of gasoline for the car) for buying gift cards, take full advantage of that. At my Kroger they offer double fuel rewards all the time, and sometimes even triple or quadruple rewards. I buy Disney gift cards there to help pay for our cruise and for Port Adventures and any other onboard charges. Since I'm going to pay for those costs anyway, I might as well get fuel rewards for the gas I need for my car too! Most of the time I get more than a dollar off per gallon! 

    If you're considering only one Port Adventure, do it somewhere other than Castaway Cay. There are lots of fun adventures in Nassau, for example. I say this because though Disney offers many exciting Port Adventures on Castaway Cay, there are also tons of activities and events included already. There are crab races, character dance parties, fun water play areas like Pelican Plunge and Spring-A-Leak and many other things to keep your family busy all day long without spending an additional cent! 

    Alternatively, you don't need to take a Port Adventure at all. You might opt to simply walk off the ship in the other ports on your own to explore. Read up online on some of the places within walking distance of the cruise port and you'll find that there are many for families to explore for a few hours. Then, head back on the ship while many other guests are out on Port Adventures and you'll have the ship to yourselves to take part in more activities onboard and enjoy a quieter day at the pools. 

    I hope those suggestions help as you begin planning, Bon. Please stop back and let me know how else I can help before you set sail!
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