Carnival Australia vs Disney

Can a Carnival Australia cruise ever hold a candle to a Disney sailing? Find out here.

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Disney is a household name. Its movies are watched around the world and its theme parks feature on bucket lists – but how is its cruise line? And how does it compare to other established lines like Carnival?

We compare the two right here, so you don’t have to.

Carnival Australia vs Disney cruises

FeatureCarnival AustraliaDisneyVerdict
Where does it sail to?
  • Asia
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Pacific Islands
  • Honolulu
  • Canada
  • The Caribbean
  • Europe
  • Central America
  • The United States
Disney covers more destinations.
Does it have Wi-Fi?Yes, paid for.Yes, paid for.Both charge for Wi-Fi.
Does it provide towels?Yes.Yes.Both supply towels.
Contact options
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Phone
Contact options are the same.
Is it all-inclusive?No.No.Neither is all-inclusive.
How much is the deposit?Deposits vary by cruise duration and itinerary chosen, but generally the following applies;
  • $150 for 1-6 day cruises
  • $250 for 7-16 day cruises
  • $400 for 17+ day cruises

Full payment due 75 days prior to departure.

Deposits are confirmed at the time of booking but are generally about 20%.Carnival’s deposits can be lower than Disney’s.
Does it have a gym?Yes.Yes.Both have gyms.
Does it have hairdryers, laundry and irons?Yes. Laundry and irons cost extra.Hairdryers – yes. Self-service and valet laundry services available for a fee.There is an additional fee for laundry on both lines.
Does it include food?Yes.Yes.Food is inclusive on both lines.
Does it have casinos?Yes.No.Carnival has casinos.
Does it have an ATM?Yes.No.Carnival has ATMs.
Does it have formal nights?Yes.Optional “dress up” nights and pirate nights.Disney is more flexible with formal nights.
How much are drinks?$5-$8 for beer and $6-$12 for wine.$6-$12 for wine, $4-$5 for beer.Drinks prices are similar.
Is it good for families?Yes.Yes.Both are family-friendly.
Does it have childcare?Carnival’s kids’ clubs are not classed as daycare. It does offer evening babysitting for children aged 6 months to 11 years.Yes.Disney has more childcare options.
Does it have virtual balconies?No.No.Neither have virtual balconies.
Does it have a waterslide?Yes.Yes.Waterslides can be found on both.
Does it have a promenade?Yes.Yes.Both have promenades.
Does it have free room service?24-hour room service costs extra.Yes.Disney offers free room service.
What are my payment options?
  • American Express
  • Carnival EasyPay
  • Carnival Gift Card
  • Cashier’s Cheque
  • Discover Card
  • Diner’s club
  • Mastercard
  • PayPal
  • Visa
  • Visa Debit
  • Western Union Quick Collect
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover Card
  • Diners Club
  • JCB
  • Disney Visa Card
Carnival has more payment options.
Can I price match?No.No.Neither price match.
Does it allow for cancellations/changes?Some fares come with cancellation penalties.Cancellation charges apply.Both have cancellation penalties.
How much are airport transfers to the departure port?Prices vary. But a 20-mile journey costs around $40.Round trips from Port Canaveral cost about US$70 ($88). That’s about 145km.Disney’s transfers can be cheaper, mile for mile.
How much are gratuities?Tipping is not required.Tipping is not required, but suggested.Tipping is not compulsory on either line.
Has a ship ever sunk?No.No.No ship has ever sunk with either line.

Who offers the best price?

Carnival Australia and Disney cover different destinations. However, their cruises are comparable in terms of price for duration.

Prices for a three-night round trip cruise from Sydney with all days at sea start at $499 with Carnival Australia.

Prices for a Disney three-night round-trip cruise from Port Canaveral around the Bahamas with two ports of call start at US$1,504 ($1,956).

The verdict?

While a complete like-for-like comparison is unavailable as Disney doesn't offer short sails around Australia, after comparing other three-day journeys Disney comes out significantly more expensive than Carnival Australia cruises.

One possible reason for this is that the Disney line is very high spec. For example, entertainment options include fireworks at sea and the chance to meet and greet Disney characters onboard.

Is this cruise line good?

Disney Cruise Line is rated as 4/5 on cruise review website Cruise Critic. Reviewers rave about the onboard shows and children’s entertainment.

Carnival Australia’s ships are rated the same. Reviews mention friendly staff and value for money.

Any other differences worth noting?

Disney Cruise Line provides Wave Phones on its ships that let you stay in touch with the people in your party if you get separated onboard.

What are the deals like?

Deals are limited with Disney. For example, you can get statement credit if you take out a Disney Premier Visa Card and occasionally the line will run Kids Sail Free promotions.

Carnival Australia runs regular deals on last-minute cruises. For example, a three-night weekend sampler cruise can cost as little as $319 if you book it with just a few weeks to go. Normal prices for these itineraries start at about $499. Carnival also offers deals on specific sailings that change every week.

The verdict?

You'll find some great savings if you're able to book with Disney during a Kids Sail Free deal. Otherwise, discounts are easier to find with Carnival Australia since they are offered more frequently.

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