Disney Vacation Club (DVC) recently announced two 2024 cruise opportunities for DVC members:
- A DVC Member cruise Mediterranean cruise on the Disney Dream; and
- A DVC Member Exclusive sailing on the Disney Magic with two stops at Lighthouse Point (DCL’s newest island destination).
There are some key differences between these two cruises. The Mediterranean cruise will be a true “member cruise” including all the member extras like special gifts and onboard experiences. The Lighthouse Point sailing will be a “member exclusive” sailing not a member cruise; much like the member exclusive sailing on the Disney Wish that immediately followed her Maiden Voyage. Those booking the Lighthouse Point cruise should not expect special gifts or other onboard experiences similar to those on a true member cruise.
The requirements for booking these two cruises are also a bit different. Generally, both cruises are considered “collection exchange” opportunities. As such, DVC can require at least one person be booked on points. For the Mediterranean member cruise, DVC has waived that requirement; members may pay for their sailing entirely on cash. For the Lighthouse Point sailing, DVC has not waived that requirement, so at least one person in each stateroom must be booked on points. Generally, we book our third passenger (our 9 year-old) son on points as the number of points required to book the third passenger is much less than the first two guests in the stateroom, is the same across all room categories, and is also less for children under age 12. Using points to book a cruise is generally not a great value for points, so do research before using points to book your entire cruise; you can generally get a better deal by renting your points and using the cash from the rental to book a cruise.
Regardless of how you book or pay, you must be a qualifying member to book either of these sailings. Per the DVC terms and conditions:
Effective March 21, 2011, Members who do not purchase their Ownership Interests directly from Disney will not be able to use those Vacation Points to make reservations for the Member-Exclusive Voyage. Effective June 3, 2021, to obtain a Disney Vacation Club Digital Membership Card, Members must accumulate a total of at least 150 Vacation Points purchased directly from Disney Vacation Development, Inc.
If you are interested in booking either of these sailings, you will need to book directly by calling DVC member services. Bookings will open at 10am EDT / 7am PDT this Saturday, April 22, 2023. Specific points charts can be found at:
- For the 2024 Mediterranean Member Cruise: 2024-Med-Member-Cruise-Point-Chart-DRAFT-04132023.pdf (disney.com)
- For the 2024 Lighthouse Point Member Exclusive Sailing: 2024-Lighthouse-Point-Charter-Point-Chart-Final-04132023.pdf (disney.com)