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More Magic in the Mediterranean with Adventures by Disney in 2014

posted on February 13th, 2013 by Holly Lail, Public Relations Manager, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures By Disney, Disney Vacation Club


Earlier today, Jonathan told you more about how your family can spend time in Europe during the summer of 2014 with a variety of Disney cruise vacations. As if it wouldn’t be amazing enough to travel the Mediterranean with Disney Cruise Line, we’ve just announced you can also enjoy an Adventures by Disney trip – at the same time! It just keeps getting better, doesn’t it?
Venice Mask Making with Adventures by Disney
For many of the Disney Cruise Line European itineraries, including five-, seven-, nine- and 12-night options, you can enhance your voyage with group guided, all-inclusive port experiences from Adventures by Disney, plus exclusive activities and VIP privileges both on and off the ship. Your two Adventure Guides will sail with you, making sure your entire trip is completely carefree. Adventures by Disney plans activities in each port that showcase the best of the destination and include unique excursions developed just for you.

Here’s a quick look at some of the Disney Cruise Line itineraries that can be enhanced with an Adventures by Disney experience:

  • 5- and 7-night cruises from Barcelona to France, Monaco and Italy
  • 9-night cruise from Venice to the Greece and Turkey
  • 12-night cruise from Barcelona to France, Monaco, Italy, Greece and Croatia
  • 12-night cruise from Barcelona to Malta, Greece, Turkey and Italy
  • 12-night cruise from Barcelona to France, Italy, Greece, Turkey and Malta

See the Montserrat with Adventures by Disney
For most cruises sailing out of Spain, you can also add a four-day Adventures by Disney experience to explore the best of Barcelona just before your cruise. You’ll spend three nights at a beautiful hotel and fill your days with unique adventures like watching an electrifying Spanish flamenco show and exploring the incredible Montserrat monk retreat embedded in the mountainside. Your two expert Adventure Guides will take care of all the details – including transportation from the airport to the hotel and then from the hotel to the port – so you don’t have to worry about a thing.

Coming up, I’ll give you a look at some of these Adventures by Disney experiences in more detail. Until then, let me know in the comments if you think a summer in Europe with Disney might be in your future!


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Educational Experiences With Adventures by Disney

posted on February 8th, 2013 by Holly Lail, Public Relations Manager, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures By Disney, Disney Vacation Club


How do you cultivate educational experiences for your children?

Last week on my Disney cruise, I was pleased to meet several parents who viewed their trip as not just a vacation but also as a learning opportunity for their children. Whether it was an authentic cultural experience on a Port Adventure, or an educational craft in a youth club, these parents sought out how to expand their children’s knowledge and understanding of the world through a family vacation.

Not surprisingly, families are doing the same thing with Adventures by Disney trips. In this video, which was first shared on the Disney Post, Director of Trip Development Heather Killingbeck explains how Adventures by Disney creates immersive itineraries that engage, excite and educate families.

Do you agree with Heather’s perspective on travel? What are some of the ways you use real-world experiences to teach your children outside the classroom?

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Disney Cruise Line Voyage Report: Adventures on the Disney Magic

posted on February 6th, 2013 by Holly Lail, Public Relations Manager, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures By Disney, Disney Vacation Club


If you’ve read my last two posts about my adventures in Grand Cayman and Cozumel, or if you’ve been following @DisneyCruise on Twitter, you already know I had some pretty cool experiences on my 6-night voyage from Galveston, Texas, to the Western Caribbean.
Disney Cruise Line Voyage Report: Adventures on the Disney Magic

With three days at sea, I had lots of time to explore the Disney Magic and plenty to keep me busy! Today, I want to tell you about some of the lesser known adult-exclusive activities onboard.
The Art of Theme Show Tour on the Disney Magic

The Art of Theme Show tour is a brand-new discovery for me, and it’s something you should do on your next cruise, especially if artistic design and detail interest you. This tour takes you through various venues on the ship, explaining the choices behind names, color palette, materials, art and much more. The tour guide also reveals some very interesting facts you may never learn otherwise. For example, did you know that the name of the adult-only restaurant, Palo, is a tribute to Venice, the birth city to the Magic? The word itself means “pole” and is used in the streets of Venice to tie up the boats.
Art of Entertaining Culinary Demonstration on the Disney Magic

The Art of Entertaining culinary demonstrations show guests how to make some of their favorite dishes from the cruise. In the first session, the chef whipped up a yummy appetizer – Warm Water Lobster, Alaskan Crab Leg and Shrimp Martini – and, of course, gave us the complete recipe so we can make it ourselves at home. Doesn’t it look like we are on the set of a cooking television show?
Wine Tasting on the Disney Magic

On some cruises from Galveston, there is a special tasting offered for guests to experience Texas wines. I can’t recall tasting a wine from Texas before then, and I must say, I really enjoyed each one. If wine isn’t your thing, you’ll also find tastings for beer and specialty cocktails, all hosted by a very knowledgeable sommelier.

No matter your interests or your age, there’s something you’ll enjoy at all times on a Disney ship. Lounging on deck during the day and watching the live stage shows at night no doubt makes for a fantastic cruise, but I challenge you to experience new entertainment, too, each time you cruise with Disney.

Thanks for coming along on my voyage! Now I’d love to hear from you…what are some of the fun things your family likes to do on a Disney ship that others may not know about?


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Disney Cruise Line Voyage Report: Adventures in Cozumel

posted on February 1st, 2013 by Holly Lail, Public Relations Manager, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures By Disney, Disney Vacation Club


What a week! Today, we returned to Galveston, Texas, after a fun-filled voyage to the Western Caribbean. Not only did I have a blast on the ship (more on that later), I made incredible memories during Port Adventures in Grand Cayman and Cozumel.
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I already told you about some of my adventures in the Caymans, and today I want to show you sights from Cozumel.

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First we journeyed to the center of the island of Cozumel to explore Mayan ruins. I loved learning more about this ancient civilization from our private tour guide, Jose, who shared interesting tidbits with us all day. Plus, I didn’t expect to actually spot the iguanas he told us about, but they were everywhere!

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After leaving the ruins, we took a gorgeous scenic drive along the east coast of the island. We saw a few people taking a dip in a tidal pool, but mostly we passed untouched, pristine beaches and large waves crashing up against the rocky coast.

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Once we reached the west side with the calmer ocean, we spent the rest of the afternoon soaking up the sun on a beautiful golden beach. There were plenty of activities, with a pool, volleyball net and water trampoline, but the kids were happy just building sand castles and the adults relaxing on the loungers.

Be sure to check back next week to hear about some of the fun things I did onboard the Disney Magic during our three beautiful days at sea!

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Disney Cruise Line Voyage Report: Adventures in Grand Cayman

posted on January 30th, 2013 by Holly Lail, Public Relations Manager, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures By Disney, Disney Vacation Club


Hello from the Caribbean! Right now, I’m on a Disney Magic cruise that departed from Galveston, Texas, last Saturday. Hopefully you’ve been following along on Twitter, joining the #DCLTexas fun with @DisneyCruise.
Grand Cayman, One of the Ports on a Disney Cruise to the Caribbean

Yesterday we hit up our first destination, the charming Cayman Islands, where we tendered at Georgetown, Grand Cayman. With the view I had from the ship that morning, I knew it was going to be a good day.

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After being greeted by the islanders, we hopped on a bus with a friendly tour guide who gave us a rundown of the sites (including the many banks) as we drove to Hell and back. Despite the name of this unique limestone formation, the gift shop staff was very friendly and welcoming, even decorating visitors’ passports with an official stamp from Hell.

Ocean life, One of the many sights on a Disney Cruise to the Caribbean

Next, we hopped on a boat to the world-famous, and breathtakingly beautiful, Stingray City, where we saw tons of these beautiful creatures.

Today we’re stopped in Cozumel, which I can’t wait to explore. I’ll check back in with you later. Hasta la vista!



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Disney Cruise Line Voyage Report: Texas to Western Caribbean

posted on January 25th, 2013 by Holly Lail, Public Relations Manager, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures By Disney, Disney Vacation Club


After all of the excitement from the holidays, January can sometimes seem a tad boring, don’t you think?

Luckily for me, I have a fun getaway planned that I’ve been looking forward to all month. This weekend I’m saying “howdy” to Texas and setting sail for six glorious nights on a Disney cruise from Galveston!
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This is my first cruise from Texas, and my first time visiting the Western Caribbean, so I need your help finding the best things to do.

What are the must-do adventures in Grand Cayman and Cozumel? Any recommendations for what to check out in the Galveston/Houston area? And, of course, we can’t forget the shipboard fun…what are your favorite things to do on the Disney Magic?

I’d love to hear from you before I set sail — and throughout my voyage. I’ll be tweeting from @DisneyCruise with #DCLTexas starting tomorrow. And of course next week I’ll check back in on the Disney Parks Blog with photos and details about my trip.

What’s the next getaway you’re planning?


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A Disney Fantasy Family Vacation with Disney Channel Star Jason Dolley

posted on January 17th, 2013 by Holly Lail, Public Relations Manager, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures By Disney, Disney Vacation Club


Hi there! I’m Holly Lail, the newest Disney Parks Blog author, here to tell you about some of the fun stuff happening with a few of your favorite Disney vacation options – Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney and Disney Vacation Club. First up today, Disney Cruise Line!
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Just last week Disney Channel star Jason Dolley, who plays PJ on the TV show “Good Luck Charlie,” sailed on the Disney Fantasy with his entire family. He brought a video camera along, and lucky for us, he was nice enough to share some of the footage. Take a look at this clip of highlights from his family vacation:

If you had to choose one highlight of your last family vacation with Disney, what would it be?

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