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Maiden Voyage Merchandise for the Disney Fantasy

posted on January 13th, 2012 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


Tee-Shirt Available for Pre-Sell for Guests Sailing on the Maiden Voyage of the Disney Fantasy

I have a few places that I would like to visit this year – California, Key West, Ohio and even Wyoming to see Devil’s Tower (though I probably won’t make it to the last one). The one thing that should be at the top of my list is another Disney cruise. I haven’t sailed in a few years (my karaoke performance last time was epic). With the launch of the Disney Fantasy this spring, it seems like a great time to go! For those who are sailing on the Maiden Voyage of the Disney Fantasy on March 31, we are introducing a new way to purchase merchandise before arriving on the ship. I spoke with Holli Bleakney, merchandise planner for Disney Cruise Line, who gave me some additional insight.

Tee-Shirts Available for Pre-Sell for Guests Sailing on the Maiden Voyage of the Disney Fantasy

“We are offering Maiden Voyage guests a way to have select merchandise available in their staterooms once they board the ship,” explained Holli. “This new ‘pre-sell’ opportunity was based on best practices from the Disney Vacation Club Member Cruise and feedback from our guests. Our goal is to make shopping a convenient and enjoyable experience.”

Now through February 14, Maiden Voyage guests may place orders by telephone or complete an online form and send to Disney Cruise Vacations by fax or mail. You can download the form by visiting the Disney Cruise Line website. Once a guest has completed the process, the merchandise will be delivered to her or his stateroom on the first day of the Maiden Voyage.

Golf-Style Shirts Available for Pre-Sell for Guests Sailing on the Maiden Voyage of the Disney Fantasy

A variety of tee-shirts, golf-style shirts, women’s apparel and hats will be available with sizes ranging from small to 3-XL. Youth shirts will also be available.

Hats Available for Pre-Sell for Guests Sailing on the Maiden Voyage of the Disney Fantasy

I asked Holli about the most popular items have been since the pre-sell began on December 31, 2011.

“The shirts with the words ‘Maiden Voyage’ have been most popular,” answered Holli. “These shirts were especially designed for this cruise and contain the actual cruise dates, March 31 to April 7, 2012.”

In the coming weeks, look for an article from my fellow author Erin Catalano. She will be sharing details about unique Inaugural Sailing merchandise that will be offered to Maiden Voyage guests via a random selection process. I photographed those items and they look great!

If you have extra room in your suitcase, please take me with you! If not, then “bon voyage” to the Maiden Voyage passengers.

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Dana on January 13th, 2012 at 10:56 am

Hi Steven – Happy New Year!

Thank you for the update! We are VERY excited and can’t wait to sail. The Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy (even though 10 years was a long time) were WORTH waiting for!!!! It is a DISNEY MUST DO!!!! Looking forward to as many updates as possible on DCL! Thanks Steven, I think you should do an “onboard blog” for one of the sailings :) Take Care Dana

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Barbara from NY on January 13th, 2012 at 11:09 am

I have already ordered my maiden voyage tee shirts!

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Jackie on January 13th, 2012 at 11:43 am

Hello Steven,

I was very pleased to read this new method of pre-ordering prior to the sail date and best of all having the merchandise ready and waiting in the staterooms. This makes good sense and will avoid the excitement at the gift shops.

A Maiden Voyage Blog is a wonderful idea, and one that would be very popular with many of your past and future guests.

We look forward to sailing on our eighth voyage with DCL, for my Birthday Celebration in June of 2013. We have only cruised with Disney Cruise Line and will only cruise with them.

All the best,
Jackie

 

Steven Miller on January 13th, 2012 at 12:30 pm

@Dana – It is wonderful to hear from you! I hope you are doing well in this new year. Trust me, I would love to be sailing for the Maiden Voyage but I don’t think that is going to happen this time. :-)

@Jackie – Glad you liked the new idea! A birthday cruise sounds like the way to go … my birthday is in September so maybe that is when I should set sail. Meanwhile, a very happy un-birthday to you!

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Christine on January 13th, 2012 at 11:53 am

We are not sailing until May! Wish it were the maiden voyage! have fun!

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Shelly from IL on January 13th, 2012 at 8:21 pm

THANK YOU for posting the pictures of the shirts!! I had seen them on DCL’s website but the pictures were small and it was difficult to see the detail. I can’t wait to order my MV shirt and wear it on the MV cruise! Thanks again!

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Jason on January 13th, 2012 at 9:27 pm

Thank you so much for all your posts about great merchandise at the parks! Where in Ohio are you planning on visiting? I’d love to show you around Hartville, my hometown. If you come in thevsummer Cedar Point is a must see!

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Diana from PA on January 22nd, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Our order has been placed, our card charged, now the wait to pack. Only 66 days to sail!

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Diana from PA on January 22nd, 2012 at 12:57 pm

Only 66 days to sail! Our purchases await. Thank you. A wonderful surprise awaits.

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