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10 Things Not to Do on a Disney Cruise

posted on August 26th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


The recipe for a great Disney cruise is pretty simple: show up, relax and have fun! But there are some other things you’ll want to make sure you do right so your family can have the ultimate Disney vacation. Take it from me, someone who has cruised many, many times with Disney, here are ten things not to do on a Disney cruise …

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  1. Carry your own luggage onboard. We’ll do it for you! Whether you arrive to the cruise terminal on Disney Cruise Line transportation or in your own vehicle, we offer services that keep you from having to lug your suitcases onto the ship. Just bring aboard a day bag with your personal items, and we’ll deliver your luggage to your stateroom in the afternoon.
  2. Live out of your suitcase. Our staterooms are designed with families in mind and offer lots of storage space, including a place to tuck away your suitcases. One of the perks of cruising is visiting multiple destinations and only unpacking once, so make yourselves at home on the first day by assigning closet space and drawers to each member of the family.
  3. Clean your stateroom. As difficult as it may be to break your daily habits, now’s the time to try! Forget about making the bed each morning, and don’t worry about washing your towels and taking out the trash. Our stateroom hosts are there to make your stay as pleasant as possible, and if there’s anything you need, just ask.

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  1. Introduce yourself to your dining servers each night. Your serving team stays with you as you visit different restaurants and enjoy new menus each night. That means only one round of introductions are needed. And chances are their personalized service and hospitality will make your servers unforgettable.
  2. Miss out on time for yourself. It’s your vacation, too! Activities for families to do together are endless on a Disney cruise, but there’s also no shortage of fun just for adults. The kids clubs are supervised by trained counselors and have the longest operating hours at sea, so there’s no excuse for parents to not take advantage of adult-only dining and other experiences.

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  1. Worry about your kids in the youth spaces. See number five. We have the most extensive youth activity spaces of any cruise line, with age-specific areas and interactive programs to entertain children up to 17 years old. Getting your kids to leave the kids clubs may be the one challenge of your cruise.
  2. Throw away the Navigator. Your only excuse for tossing this daily activity guide is if you already downloaded the Navigator app on your smart phone. With so many activities happening throughout your cruise, you’ll want Navigator info handy at all times. It gives you the scoop on what’s happening every minute of every day and even categorizes the fun for kids, adults and families.

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  1. Watch our fireworks at sea through your camera lens. This show is so spectacular that it’s completely understandable you’ll want to capture every moment on your camera. Resist the urge and just enjoy the moment! If you take your eyes off the fireworks, it should only be to glance over at the smiles on your family’s faces.
  2. Head back to the ship for lunch while at Castaway Cay. We’re the only cruise line that docks at its own private island, so it’s easy to go back on the ship throughout your day at Castaway Cay. But if you want to maximize beach time, head to one of three all-you-care-to-eat lunch buffets served under the shade of the island’s covered pavilions.
  3. Explore destinations on your own. Port Adventures are the best way for your family to have an unforgettable experience ashore. Along with the peace of mind that comes with having all the planning done for you, we offer one-of-a-kind activities that you can only experience through Disney. Many excursions even offer just-for-kids components, so parents have a little time alone.
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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Disney’s Private Island, Castaway Cay?

posted on August 19th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


It’s time to move from the sea to the shore and test your knowledge of our private island, Castaway Cay. Think you’re an expert? Take our quiz to find out.


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Disney’s Private Island, Castaway Cay

Which of these can you find on Castaway Cay?
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A ride vehicle from what former Walt Disney World attraction can be found in the snorkeling lagoon at Castaway Cay?
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Which Disney captain can often be found wandering Serenity Bay?
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Which Disney character inspired the new Summertime Freeze smoothie station at Castaway Cay?
The Disney Fantasy docks at Castaway Cay, Disney's private island in the tropical waters of the Bahamas, reserved exclusively for Disney Cruise Line guests. In a setting of crystal-clear turquoise waters, powdery white-sand beaches and lush landscapes, the 1,000-acre island offers one-of-a-kind areas and activities for every member of the family.
The Castaway Cay 5K, a fun run offered the morning the ship is at the island, gives runners the chance to run on what unique surface?
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Who Wore it Best on a Disney Cruise to Alaska?

posted on August 12th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Last week, Cruise Director Clayton shared with you some of the spectacular sights Disney cruisers are experiencing in Alaska. They aren’t the only ones having fun amid the stunning scenery … our Disney pals are also soaking up the fresh mountain air, and looking pretty stylish at the same time! So, who do you think who wore it best? Give us your vote!

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Top Five: Halloween on the High Seas with Disney Cruise Line

posted on August 3rd, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Summer is an exciting time for Disney Cruise Line, with brand-new “Frozen” fun and itineraries all over the world. But autumn will be here again before we know it, so we’re already gearing up for another season of ghoulishly good times aboard our Halloween on the High Seas cruises!

Beginning early September through October, Disney cruisers are sure to get their fill of thrills, tons of treats and even a few tricks during this extra-spooky celebration. And the best part? In addition to the wickedly fun fall festivities, you also get tons of tropical fun in the sun.

Check out my top five favorite Halloween on the High Seas experiences, and let me know in the comments which one you’re most excited to see for yourself.

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1. The Pumpkin Tree
Looming eerily over the atrium lobby, the Pumpkin Tree magically blooms with Jack-O-Lanterns during the cruise. And on the final evening, the pumpkins let their bright personalities shine—literally!—during a spooky surprise performance.

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2. Mickey’s Mouse-querade Party
Who doesn’t love a family costume party with Disney characters? Plus, our “super” Cruise Staff get in on the fun with enough treats to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth.

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3. A Nightmare Before Christmas—Sing and Scream
Guests aboard our Halloween cruises get to experience this classic holiday film like never before with 3-D and 4-D effects, followed by an exclusive meet-and-greet with Jack and Sally.

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4. Halloween Isn’t Just for Kids
The adult nightlife district aboard each Disney ship becomes the frightfully fun setting for an adult-only costume contest and electrifying dance party, proving once and for all that Halloween isn’t just for kids!

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5. Haunted Stories of the Sea
Only the bravest cruisers dare to gather under the stars to hear haunted tales of the sea told by a mysterious sea captain. Is it just me, or are ghost stories scarier in the middle of the ocean?

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Cruising with Little Ones: Q&A with a Mom

posted on July 29th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Over the last few weeks, I’ve shared information about taking a Disney cruise with young kids. A lot of that information has come from chatting with parents who have sailed with children under the age of five. One of my conversations was with Debbie, an avid Disney cruiser from Minneapolis.

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Debbie and her husband have three kids who all experienced their first Disney cruise as toddlers. She has cruised three times with kids and three times without, which definitely makes her an expert on all things Disney Cruise Line! Here are her answers to some of my questions about cruising with little ones …

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What stood out about the amenities for young children?

Debbie: Everything was catered to the kids. The wait staff and housekeeping staff made my kids feel like royalty every day by adding many extra special touches to their service. My three-year-old twins especially loved the splash pad, and it satisfied their need for water activities, while putting my mind at ease in that it was enclosed. Plus, I didn’t have to worry about their swim abilities. The accessibility to the characters is phenomenal. Some of the characters even recognized my kids by mid-week, which made them feel extra special. Evening activities in the kids’ club (i.e. “pajama party”) allowed for some adult time. I felt the kids were very safe in the Oceaneer Club; check in and check out was efficient, yet thorough, and safety was a priority. Also, you can borrow amazing all-terrain strollers (for free!) so you don’t have to bring your own when you disembark at ports of call.

What are some of the ways Disney Cruise Line made it easy for you to enjoy time for yourself onboard?

Debbie: Bringing our kids to the Oceaneer Club during dinner allowed us to relax and enjoy our meal. We were able to enjoy an evening at Remy while the kids were at the Oceaneer Club. The counselors knew of our plans and promised to only call us if it was an emergency. When we did bring our kids with us to other dining rooms, the wait staff catered to them. Servers could sense if the kids were over tired or amped up and would find ways to entertain and amuse them. It was incredible. Also, you can request kids’ food right away during dinner. This way, when they are done, they can leave with a youth counselor and go to the Oceaneer Club. It allows for a much more pleasant dining experience for parents of children who get bored quickly!

How about in port?

Debbie: There are awesome activities for families and kids at Castaway Cay. We never once heard “I’m bored,” which rarely happens when we’re on a beach with the kids. We even went out on a limb and left the kids on the ship when we went to San Juan. We decided to do an adult excursion (kayaking/hiking/ziplining). Early on I was very nervous about leaving the kids on the ship, but it was INCREDIBLE. We had the most amazing time (I HIGHLY recommend that excursion!!) and the kids had a great time on the ship.

What impressed you most about the youth counselors?

Debbie: They are genuinely excited to be with your kids, seem to really enjoy their role, and are fully engaged and highly interactive with the children (they are kids at heart!) They get to know your kids during the week and cater to their needs. I felt like the counselors truly cared about my children. It was like leaving my children with a room full of magical nannies!

What is your response to parents who question if their children are old enough to truly enjoy and appreciate a Disney cruise?

Debbie: First and foremost – it’s Disney. No matter the age, there’s something for everyone. The service on the cruise is second to none. One of the many benefits of the cruise is that you don’t have to think about a thing and you can leave your worries behind. Kids hungry? There’s always food available. Kids bored? Not possible. There’s always something to do.

A big “thank you” to Debbie for her insights. For more on cruising with little ones, check out these past posts:

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Behind the Scenes: Recreating Rapunzel’s World for ‘Tangled: The Musical’ for Disney Cruise Line

posted on July 28th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


When “Tangled: The Musical” debuts on stage aboard the Disney Magic this November, audiences can expect to be immersed in a vibrant, Bavarian world featuring the storybook locales we know and love from the film.

The show’s set designer, Brad Kaye, is no stranger to the challenge of re-imagining an animated world for the stage; he also developed the scenery for “Disney’s Aladdin—A Musical Spectacular” aboard the Disney Fantasy. In the video below, Brad tells us all about the scenic elements he is designing for this new show . . . including a first look at the forest and Snuggly Duckling scenes!

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Creating Magical Memories With Your Little One Aboard a Disney Cruise

posted on July 22nd, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Are you ready to take your little ones on their very first Disney cruise? I’ve given you a look at some of our spaces and activities created especially for them, and I’ve shared ways we cater to families traveling with young children. Now, let’s take a look at some of the very special ways for you to create magical memories with your little one …

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Meet Favorite Characters
Kiddos will love meeting some of their favorite Disney characters while at sea. Found in special spots and during surprise appearances, these friends are always ready to share a hug, take a photo or give an autograph to their littlest fans. Opportunities to meet Disney characters are scheduled throughout every sailing, and other intimate and spontaneous character moments happen every day.

Spend Priceless Family Time
On a Disney cruise there are so many unique ways to bring the family together both onboard and in port. Deck parties and other family activities like game shows, talent nights and dance parties are just some of the fun ways to play onboard with your little one. And of course our family-friendly swimming pools, splash zones, sports decks and Port Adventures add fun to any day.

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Enjoy Kids Club Activities
Little ones can enjoy themselves and meet new friends at whimsically themed youth spaces onboard. During Open House, parents can join their children in these immersive areas filled with fun games and interactive play. From Flounder’s Reef and It’s a Small World Nursery to the Oceaneer Club and Oceaneer Lab, kids have plenty of places to take their imaginations to new levels.

See Favorite Disney Stories On Stage
With some of the most elaborate original musicals presented at sea, little ones will be thrilled to see some of their favorite heroes (and villains) take the stage in the Walt Disney Theatre. Extraordinary singing, dancing, costumes and special effects bring Disney stories to life in a whole new way, keeping the entire family entertained from start to finish.

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Talk with Crush at Animator’s Palate
In addition to enjoying a delicious kid’s meal at Animator’s Palate, little ones on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy will love when Crush, the animated sea turtle from “Finding Nemo,” makes a surprise appearance. The restaurant transforms into a shimmering undersea world where Crush swims around the room and spends some time “turtle talking” with them!


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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know the Disney Cruise Line Ships?

posted on July 21st, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


It’s time to see how well you know the Disney Cruise Line fleet – the Disney Magic, Disney Wonder, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy! From stem to stern, there are tons of cool details that make each ship unique. Take the quiz below to test your knowledge …

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How Well Do You Know the Disney Cruise Line Ships?

All of these movies inspired spaces aboard a Disney Cruise Line ship except:
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The anchor on the Disney Magic weighs nearly the same as how many full-grown elephants?
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Combined, the chandeliers on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy have nearly how many Swarovski crystal beads?
A dazzling chandelier glistens overhead in the expansive, three-deck atrium lobby on the Disney Dream. Descending more than 13 feet from the ceiling, and spanning more than 22 feet in width, the illuminated masterpiece sparkles with thousands of hand-crafted crystal beads. Reminiscent of early 20th century transatlantic ocean liners, contemporary design and Art Deco style grace the grand lobby to exude splendor and sophistication throughout. (Kent Phillips, photographer)
Nautical flags on the carpet of the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream spell out what?
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Pepe the King Prawn, the Muppet who stars in the Midship Detective Agency game, has his very own stateroom on the Disney Fantasy. What is his stateroom number?
Pepe the King Prawn and a cast of Muppets make their debut on the Disney Fantasy in “The Case of the Stolen Show,” a new Midship Detective Agency game. In the game, guests help the Muppets find their missing props for a big performance. Guided by a map and a unique game card, guests take an interactive adventure quest around the ship, uncovering clues via more than a dozen pieces of Enchanted Art and physical “evidence,” such as Pepe the King Prawn’s Muppet-sized stateroom door.
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Top Reasons Why Traveling with Little Ones is Smooth Sailing Aboard a Disney Cruise

posted on July 16th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Can traveling with young kids really be enjoyable for the whole family? With us, it can be! We make it easy to sail with children by offering numerous amenities that both parents – and little ones – will love! Here’s a look at the top reasons parents agree traveling with little ones is smooth sailing aboard a Disney cruise

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Staterooms Tailored for Families
Our staterooms are designed with families in mind and have ample storage space for everyone’s essentials. Plus, most have split bathrooms to make it easy for the entire family to get ready faster, and many include bathtubs to help little ones get squeaky clean.

Diaper Genie, Pack ‘n Play and Stroller Provided
No need to worry about bringing some of the basic necessities along because we have you covered. Diaper Genies and Pack ‘n Plays are available for use and can be reserved ahead of time and delivered to your stateroom. Also, a limited number of strollers that can be used both onboard and ashore are available on a first-come, first-serve basis at Guest Services.

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Nursery and Kids Clubs
When it’s time for parents to enjoy some time to themselves, the nursery is the perfect soothing space for little ones age three and under to be looked after and cared for by specially trained counselors. We also have kids clubs for children ages three to 12.

24-Hour Room Service
With complimentary room service available 24 hours a day, we make it easy so there’s no need to leave your stateroom when little ones are taking a nap or when they need some late night food.

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Kid-Friendly Dining
We offer a large selection of classic children’s food favorites to satisfy even the littlest of taste buds. In addition to the tasty kids’ menu, charming servers performing magic tricks throughout the meal will captivate little ones.

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Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Coming to the Disney Magic This Fall

posted on July 14th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Aspiring young princesses and knights are in for a treat when Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique debuts on the Disney Magic this fall! This whimsical salon for children ages three to 12 is coming to Deck 10 in the forward part of the ship.

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Our fairy godmothers-in-training are storing up fairy dust for the very special makeovers they’ll be granting at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. Kids can choose from several looks, including a Disney Princess, royal knight and more. On pirate party night, this boutique becomes The Pirates League, and pirates of all ages can be transformed here from landlubber to buccaneer.

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Tweens are also in store for new adventures when Edge moves to Deck 9 midship. This super cool space will feature a dance floor and high-tech gaming stations. What won’t change is the fact that this area is reserved just for 11- to 14-year-olds, giving tweens the chance for a little independence from their parents (under the supervision of our fun youth counselors, of course!)

Cruisers on our transatlantic voyage from Spain to Miami, departing September 19, will be the first to enjoy these enhancements. The Disney Magic will then sail 4- and 5-night voyages from Miami to the Bahamas and Caribbean throughout the fall.

Is your little one most excited about becoming a princess in a paradise or a pirate IN the Caribbean when you visit Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique on the Disney Magic?

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