Wow Going to Alaska - help me choose

Discussion in 'Disney Cruise Line Forum' started by sarahandgreg, Jan 4, 2013.

  1. sarahandgreg

    sarahandgreg Mouseketeer

    Jan 23, 2011
    So excited just booked the last Alaska cruise of 2013!

    Now am so confused about port adventures and need help so here goes:

    I see Adventures by Disney offer some amazing port adventures - i want to know how I can book these? I booked my cruise through DCL not Adventures by Disney - does this make a difference?

    I guess what I mean is ABD offer things like private helicopter and dog sledding adventures, ziplining, etc etc. DCL offer different port adventures - which also look good, but I prefer the ABD trips. Do I have to have booked the cruise through ABD to experience these trips?

    When I called ABD they said to book the ABD trips through DCL but she was not sure - now I am confused - I want to get this right - can anyone help?
  2. stsomewhere

    stsomewhere DIS Veteran

    Mar 13, 2008
    I believe that ABD is a cruise add on.
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  4. kcashner

    kcashner DIS Veteran

    Dec 4, 2003
    To do the ABD excursions, you have to book the ABD add on package. This can be added to the cruise you have already booked (and it is very costly).

    Many of the excursions can be booked outside of the ABD package, either thru DCL or private vendors. Check out We used them in Alaska and found them to be well as about 30% less than booking thru the cruise line. MINIMALLY more effort as we had to follow their instructions to meet up with our guide rather than having instructions like "go to Promenade lounge"
  5. sayhello

    sayhello Have Camera, Will Travel

    Oct 28, 2006
    As kcashner said, the ABD excursions is actually an add-on package to your cruise. It's basically an ABD tour where the hotel is the cruise ship. You have to sign up for the ABD for the length of the cruise. You'll have activities with ABD throughout the cruise, even on sea days, and the services of the Adventure Guides. All transportation, activities & meals in port are handled by ABD. There are other benefits, such as having all your tips paid (servers, stateroom host, bus driver, etc, except for the Adventure Guide's tips), you get a CD with all photos taken by Shutters and the Adventure Guides, etc.

    They are not separate excursions that can be booked independently. You can call DCL and find out what the charge is for the add-on for your cruise (if there's still availability. They limit it to around 40 people.) You'll book it through DCL as an add-on to your reservation.

  6. mareeld86

    mareeld86 DIS Veteran

    Oct 4, 2008
  7. ItAllStrtdWAMouse

    ItAllStrtdWAMouse Fan for Life

    Feb 9, 2012
    According to a blog post on

    The Adventures by Disney Add on is no longer available during 2013 in Alaska.

    After reading a blog review by someone who did the ABD add on most of the excursions are still available but without the extra pins and personal Disney Tour guides.
  8. lbgraves

    lbgraves Little Cinderella's Mommy

    Feb 25, 2003
    I was going to post this also, along with the fact that you might want to do a search for the Alaska ABD. From what I remember there was a discussion about the pricing being the same with less than the previous year. I saw more posts about frustration with the program.

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