Sailing into Magic: A Journey on the Disney Vacation Club Member Cruise

Ahoy, Disney fans! I recently had the incredible opportunity to embark on my third Disney Vacation Club (DVC) Member Cruise, this time aboard the magnificent Disney Dream. Our voyage was unique as it marked the first Member Cruise to explore Europe, but it embraced all the magical traditions we’ve come to cherish. From fascinating seminars about Disney’s rich history to meetings with Disney Legends like Martha Blanding and Tony Baxter, it was a treasure trove of Disney magic.

One of the standout moments included exclusive preview screenings of “Young Woman and the Sea” and “Not Just a Goof.” We also enjoyed historical presentations about Disney in Europe and Walt Disney Imagineering. These cruises are renowned not only for their special programming but also for the bountiful gifts that await each member. It’s no wonder these cruises have become a beloved highlight within the Disney community.

Ryan March, the creative genius behind these Member Cruises, shared the cruise’s humble beginnings. It all started when DVC members embarked on a simple ship charter. A pivotal moment occurred when Disney Legend Art Linkletter joined one of these chartered cruises and delighted everyone with his presentation. This sparked a revolution in how DVC approached Member Cruises, infusing them with enriching experiences, engaging presentations, and unique entertainment.

March reflected on the core principles guiding these cruises, emphasizing the balance between exploring exciting ports of call and enjoying at-sea days brimming with activities. As he aptly put it, the goal is never to compete with the stunning Mediterranean but to complement the journey. Late-night programming further enhances the experience, ensuring there’s always something special for night owls after a day of exploration.

Looking ahead, March remains dedicated to constantly innovating the Member Cruise experience. His passion for creating something new and exciting each year keeps the magic alive for DVC members. The anticipation for next year’s cruise is already building, promising another unforgettable voyage.

The DVC Member Cruise is just one facet of the exclusive Membership Extras, which also include private lounges at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World, Moonlit Magic events, and much more. These offerings underscore Disney Vacation Club’s commitment to fostering lifelong relationships with its members, as illustrated by heartwarming anecdotes like AJ Spencer’s story of a close bond formed with a DVC family from the UK.

Don’t miss the chance to create your own treasured memories on the next DVC Member Cruise—a 5-night Western Caribbean voyage on the Disney Dream, setting sail from Fort Lauderdale with stops in Cozumel and Castaway Cay. Remember to pack an extra suitcase for all the Disney magic you’ll bring home!

We’d love to hear about your own DVC experiences or any questions you might have about these fabulous cruises. Share your thoughts in the comments below, and don’t forget to share this story with your fellow Disney enthusiasts!