Common Cruise Myths Debunked



Disney Cruise Ship at Sea


Recently, I was at my son’s music program. I was sitting next to parents from my son’s class..naturally, because of what I do for a living, Disney comes up. This time the discussion was cruising with Disney on Disney Cruise Line. I often have to debunk many myths surrounding cruising in general and how people feel about if they want to cruise with Disney.

Personally, I could cruise multiple times a year or even make it my only vacation destination for a very long time. Everything about it is appealing to me, service, atmosphere, destinations, food..I could go on and on.

Here’s what comes up a lot when chatting with people about cruising with Disney Cruise Line. Here’s some common concerns and here’s how I have dispelled the myths and turned many families into MAJOR Disney Cruise Line fans.

Q. Are cruise ships safe? 

A.Cruise ships are extremely safe. The cruise industry enjoys a safety record – with an extremely low number of safety-related incidents when compared to other modes of travel. In recent years innovative safety-related technology, processes and training have become even more sophisticated, making cruise ships safer than ever.

Q. Can I or a family member accidentally fall overboard while at sea? 

A.No. Although overboard incidents are extremely rare, investigations have consistently shown they are the result of intentional or reckless acts. According to cruise industry legal expert Larry Kaye: “You don’t get blown or swept off a cruise ship. It does not happen…these incidents, unfortunately, are some reckless or deliberate act.”

Q. What happens if I get sick on board? 
A. We are a CLIA recognized agency and only book travel with CLIA member ocean-going cruise lines. CLIA member ocean-going cruise lines must have certified medical staff on board. CLIA and its member cruise lines work with the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) in adhering to well-established guidelines for physician qualifications and medical facilities on cruise ships. Medical staff must be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Physicians must be able to provide advanced life support, emergency cardiovascular care and minor surgical procedures.

Shipboard medical staffing is generally based on the passenger and crew capacity of each ship. Smaller ships have at least one licensed physician and one registered nurse, but it is common for larger ones to have two or three licensed physicians and up to five registered nurses per ship.

These are the common questions that people are worried about when they chat with me regarding cruising. Now let’s see the data that shows how many cruisers are happy with their cruise experience.

Don’t just take our word for it. In the latest North American Cruise Market Profile study, cruise passengers told us what they really think:

  • 89% were satisfied with their cruise vacation (more than half were “extremely satisfied”)
  • 84% would recommend a cruise to their friends; 83% would recommend a cruise to their families; and 79% would recommend a cruise to their coworkers
  • 86% plan to take another cruise in the next 3 years
  • 69% believe cruises are a better value than land-based vacations

Do you still have questions? We want to chat with you about it..this is our area of expertise and we want to share our passion with you. Call us today at 877-825-6146 or email us at

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