Disney Cruise Castaway Club Levels and Guide

Disney Cruise Castaway Club Levels and Guide

Taking a Cruise with Disney Cruise Line can become addicting. Consider this your heads up. Thankfully, this addiction can actually get you benefits! Say hello to The Disney Cruise Castaway Club. With 4 levels of membership, this Disney loyalty program rewards you for taking Cruise vacations. And the perks add up starting with your first cruise. Here’s everything to know about the Castaway Club. 

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We love Disney Cruises. All the magic of Disney without the lines or sporadic weather. We’ve collected all of our Disney Cruise posts so you can read up on restaurants, ships, planning, and ports of call. Of course, after all the excitement of a Disney Cruise, you may be wondering if there’s any benefit to choosing a cruise over a regular Disney vacation. To feel like an expert Disney cruiser you can grab loads of Disney Cruise Line Gear on shopDisney but what does it really mean to work your way up through the ranks of the Castaway Club with Disney Cruise Line? And what do you get? And is it worth the effort?

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What is the Disney Cruise Line Loyalty Program?

Plan on sailing with Disney Cruise once every 5 years? If so, then you’re in luck! Because as a loyalty member with Disney Cruise line you get free gifts, priority booking for rooms and excursions, and access to compounding benefits the more often you sail! As soon as you book a cruise you become a Disney Castaway Club Member. So you get access to the works right away, including the super helpful Castaway Club Website. It’s important to note that without the booking of a cruise, you don’t have access to the Castaway Club website.

Castaway Club Website

  • Castaway Club Downloads, Wallpapers, Screensavers
  • E-cards to send to friends and family
  • Printable coloring pages
  • Disney Cruise Recipes
  • Cruise Line News and Special Offers
  • Planning Tools and Reservation access

Castaway Club Requirements  (Updated 2024)

How long can you be a Castaway Club Member? And Still retain your Castaway Club Member benefits? Continued sailings, with at least one ever 5 years is required to maintain status. Effective immediately, Castaway Club members must book or sail on at least one eligible cruise within 5 years of their last Disney voyage. Check for full Terms and Conditions. 

The Program will continue until such time as DCL, in its sole discretion, elects to terminate the Program (the “Program Term”). Members can only receive Program Benefits during the Program Term and only by the methods set forth by DCL from time to time in its sole discretion. Members may only use Program Benefits during the “Redemption Term,” defined as the Program Term and a period of sixty (60) days immediately following the last day of the Program Term. Membership in the Program will automatically terminate without notice if Member does not book or complete an eligible DCL cruise within the “Activity Period.” The Activity Period shall mean the five (5) year period after debarkation day of the Member’s last eligible DCL Cruise. However, DCL may (but is not required to) extend the Activity Period and/or continue making Program Benefits available to Member if Member does not book or complete an eligible DCL cruise within their Activity Period; such decisions shall be in DCL’s sole discretion.

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Disney Cruise Line Castaway Club Levels

Disney Cruise Line offers 4 Castaway Club Levels that span between 1 and 25 completed cruises. Your first cruise is automatically added to the Disney Cruise Loyalty Program, so you’re a Silver Castaway Club member on your first trip, and earn your first free gift with that initial sailing. 

  • Silver Castaway – 1 completed cruise
  • Gold Castaway – 5 completed cruises
  • Platinum Castaway – 10 completed cruises
  • Pearl Castaway- 25 completed cruises 

What Perks Do you Get at Each Castaway Club Level?

In addition to the website you also get additional perks based on how many times you cruise and what level you’re at. Truthfully, it doesn’t take much to coerce us to book a cruise. But if you’re looking for incentives or need to choose between this and a trip to Walt Disney World or Disneyland, know that there are pros and cons for all of them. But getting to Pearl Level with Castaway Club can be a Disney Bucket List Item or something you strategically plan to achieve as soon as possible. Here are all the perks available at each level.

Castaway Club Silver Level

After 1 Cruise

Note: You don’t sign up for Castaway Club, you are automatically enrolled after completion of your 1st cruise. 

  • Access to website and update emails.
  • Early booking for Newest Itineraries 1 day before the general public
  • Early booking for Shore Excursions, Palo, and Spa at 90 days before sailing
  • Members-only toll-free number for booking your next cruise
  • The members-only line for Boarding Process
  • Welcome Back Stateroom Gift
  • Savings on Future Cruises

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Castaway Club Gold Level

After 5 Cruises

Note: You won’t be a Gold Level until you book your 6th cruise. On your 5th cruise, you’re technically still a Silver.

  • Access to website and update emails.
  • Members-only toll-free number for booking your next cruise
  • The members-only line for Boarding Process
  • Welcome Back Stateroom Gift
  • Savings on Future Cruises
  • Early booking for Newest Itineraries 2 days before the general public
  • Early booking for Shore Excursions, Palo, and Spa at 105 days before sailing
  • Castaway Club Reception 

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Castaway Club Platinum Level

After 10 Cruises

Note: You won’t be at a Platinum Level until you book your 11th cruise. On your 10th cruise, you’re technically still a Gold.

  • Access to website and update emails.
  • Members-only toll-free number for booking your next cruise
  • The members-only line for Boarding Process
  • Welcome Back Stateroom Gift
  • Savings on Future Cruises
  • Early booking for Newest Itineraries 3 days before general public
  • Early booking for Shore Excursions, Palo and Spa at 120 days before sailing
  • Castaway Club Reception
  • Complimentary dinner at Palo
  • Special Surprises just for Platinum Members
  • Concierge Priority Boarding at Check-In

Castaway Club Pearl Level 

After 25 Cruises

Note: You won’t be at a Pearl Level until you book your 26th cruise. On your 25th cruise, you’re technically still a Platinum.

  • Access to website and update emails.
  • Members-only toll-free number for booking your next cruise
  • The members-only line for Boarding Process
  • Welcome Back Stateroom Gift
  • Savings on Future Cruises
  • Early booking for Newest Itineraries 4 days before general public
  • Early booking for Shore Excursions, Palo and Spa at 123 days before sailing
  • Complimentary dinner at Palo
  • Castaway Club Reception
  • Complimentary Unlimited Digital Photo Package
  • Special Surprises just for Pearl Members
  • Concierge Priority Boarding at Check-In

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Differences Between Disney Castaway Club Levels

As you can see from the breakdown, Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Pearl come with 1, 2, 3, and 4-day Early Access to new itineraries. This is a HUGE deal when hoping to take advantage of new Ports of Call. When Hawaii opened up as a port location this past year, the cruises were booked full within hours. If you’re not seeking new Ports of Call, the 1,2, and 3-day advance notice that a cruise is open may not be a huge deal. At present all itineraries except Hawaii have plenty of booking room.

Early booking for Shore Excursions and Palo are somewhat a take or leave perk depending on where you’re going. For our Nassau, Bahamas Cruise, we didn’t book an excursion simply because we all had to be back on the boat by 2 pm, after docking early that morning. And this isn’t a discount on your excursion or dinner, just the ability to book early. Check out our Tips for Booking Cruise Excursions. 

And as a Platinum or Pearl member you get a Free dinner at Palo, and concierge priority boarding at check-in, along with ‘special surprises”. This also is something to get excited about… because dinner at Palo is pricey! So it’s a nice perk. 

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Castaway Club Welcome Stateroom Gifts

Your welcome-back stateroom gifts vary depending on your club level. Items range from bags to mugs, to luggage tags, and the like. Be sure to check out the Castaway Club Gifts as part of the free souvenirs you get on a Disney Cruise.  Of course, if you just can’t stand being left out or at your current level, you can also grab loads of Castaway Club welcome gifts from sellers on eBay.  

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Booking Your Next Cruise While On Board

While your focus for the cruise should just enjoying the vacation, you can actually start thinking about your next vacation while onboard. Deciding to commit while you’re still on property/onboard can save 10% on your next cruise. And you are often also eligible for special onboard credits based on the number of nights sailing.

Hopefully this post has helped you get a handle on the Castaway Club Levels so that you have even more reason to look forward to your next Disney Cruise! 

The Disney Cruise Line Castaway Club has 3 levels of membership with higher level perks at each! But what do you really need to know. What perks do you Actually Get!?? Here's all the info. #polkadotpixies #disneycruiseline #castawayclub #disneyvacations #disneycruise

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Rochelle Mariah is a writer, designer and photographer with an MLIS in Information Science and a B.S. in Arch and Design. Determined to make Planning a DIY Disney Vacation easier she makes lots of lists and drinks lots of coffee. When not designing apparel at Polka Dot Pixie Shop, she's watching old movies and planning the holidays. She has been traveling to Disney destinations since 2010.


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