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Sailing with Teens and Tweens with Disney Cruise Line

posted on October 30th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


How old was your “baby” when you first heard, “Mom, I’m not a kid anymore!” Chances are, if you have a teen or tween, this line is one you’ve heard a time or two. We know that your “little ones” may not be so little anymore, which is why we’re focused on making a Disney cruise a super cool experience for everyone in your family – even for those who may seem harder to impress these days!

Dolly from the Disney Parks Moms Panel has both a teen and tween, so she can certainly relate to parents of 11- to 17-year-olds. In the video I’m sharing today, host Danielle Bellini chats with Dolly and her kids about sailing with teens and tweens. Want a glimpse at what cruising with us will be like for your family’s Mr. or Miss Independent? Check it out!

What do your teens and tweens say about their last Disney cruise vacation?

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Disney Cruise Line Reveals Ports and Itineraries for Early 2016

posted on October 28th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Just announced, our tropical itineraries are getting an extra dose of pixie dust in early 2016! We’ve added the popular Caribbean ports Tortola and Martinique to our already spectacular destination lineup, and we’re returning to San Juan, Puerto Rico for another special season of Southern Caribbean sailings.

You can start booking early 2016 cruises on October 30, 2014, so keep reading for more details about our newest options …
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Port Canaveral to Eastern Caribbean, including Tortola

In 2016, Tortola, the capital of the British Virgin Islands, is a port of call on select Disney Fantasy and Disney Magic sailings to the Eastern Caribbean from Port Canaveral, Fla. These seven-night voyages also include stops at St. Thomas and Castaway Cay.

Tortola is known for tranquil beaches, stunning scenery, authentic Caribbean fare and activities for the whole family, like swimming with dolphins, exploring centuries-old ruins, sampling local spices on Main Street and taking in the views from Sage Mountain National Park.
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San Juan to Southern Caribbean, including Martinique

We’re returning to the Southern Caribbean with four sailings from San Juan, Puerto Rico, calling on the French island of Martinique in addition to Barbados, Grenada, Antigua and St. Kitts. These seven-night voyages on the Disney Wonder depart January 2016.

Known as the “Flower of the Caribbean,” Martinique offers a unique island experience with its natural beauty and cosmopolitan culture of French and Creole influence. Families can spend the day here exploring the rainforest, waterfalls and volcanic landmarks or, for a more upscale experience, enjoying delicious French cuisine and fantastic shopping.
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Port Canaveral and Miami to the Bahamas and Caribbean, including Castaway Cay

We’ll also continue sailing from Port Canaveral and Miami to the Bahamas and Caribbean on a variety of itineraries. Options include three, four and seven-night cruises from Port Canaveral and four and five-night cruises from Miami. All of these voyages include a stop at Castaway Cay.

More details on 2016 itineraries can be found on the Itineraries and Ports for 2016 page of disneycruise.com.

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Disney Cruise Line Joins the Instagram Fun

posted on October 27th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


We’re excited to announce that @DisneyCruiseLine is now on Instagram! Starting this week, we’ll be sharing your Disney memories from out at sea, just like we do for your vacations on land from the @WaltDisneyWorld, @Disneyland and @DisneyAulani Instagram feeds.

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In addition to featuring our favorite fan photos posted on Instagram, we’ll be sharing exclusive photos taken from crew members. I, for one, cannot wait to get this insider’s look at the fun taking place aboard our ships and in the destinations we visit around the world.

Follow @DisneyCruiseLine today and start sharing photos from your last voyage with us. Be sure to include #DisneyCruise, and your photo may be featured on our feed!

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Give the Gift: 12 Days of Disney Cruise Line

posted on October 22nd, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Holiday season is fast approaching! Are you still looking for that perfect gift? Here are 12 things that come along with the gift of a Disney cruise

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How to Make the Most of Pirate Night on Your Disney Cruise

posted on October 9th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Pirate Night is one of the most talked about parts of a Disney cruise and a great way to show your Disney Side out at sea. During most voyages, we give landlubbers of all ages the chance to act like true seafaring “scoundrels” for an entire evening (without the possibility of having to walk the plank, of course!)

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Here are my tips for how you can embrace the pirate lifestyle and make the most of the night’s swashbuckling festivities on your next Disney cruise:

  • Brush up on your pirate speak before the cruise. Practicing the delivery of your “ahoy matey” and “yo ho, yo ho” is the best way to ensure the respect of your fellow sailors.

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  • Pack the garb that best reveals your pirate style. Are you a sophisticated pirate? Consider a suede vest and a satin sash to tie your outfit together. A rambunctious pirate? An eye patch and a plastic sword are essential accessories for your evening attire.

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  • Spoil your little ones with a trip to The Pirate’s League when sailing on the Disney Fantasy. This ship’s exclusive Bibiddi Bobbidi Boutique transforms on Pirate Night to a place where children can be done up with beards and bandanas, swords and scars and earrings and eye patches. Mini pirate makeovers are also available on our other ships.
  • Get a family photo with Jack Sparrow, Pirate Mickey or one of their best mates. How cool would that photo be for this year’s holiday card? And for those of you tweeters, you may even be retweeted by @DisneyCruise if you tag us and include #DCLPhotos.

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  • Party like a pirate as Mickey’s Pirate Crew leads you in swashbuckling line dances. Kick up your heels and rock out to pirate-themed tunes with the coolest gang of pirates you’ll ever encounter!
  • Fill your belly with delicious pirate grub. As tempting as it will be to snack on ice cream and chicken fingers all afternoon, be sure to save room for tasty eats off our special dinner menu, like Captain Hook’s Macadamia Nut Dusted Mahi Mahi and Pirates Golden “Pot Stickers.”

“Buccaneer Blast!” Fireworks at Sea

  • Do not, I repeat, DO NOT miss the night’s famous buccaneer bash up on deck. A live-action pirate showdown between the good guys and villains culminates with a spectacular display of piratical pyrotechnics – fireworks at sea like only Disney can do!
  • Show off the skills you learned earlier in the night at “Club Pirate,” an open-air dance party for the whole family. It’s your final chance to unleash your inner pirate and dance your boots off!

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  • End your evening with a full plate at the late-night pirate buffet. All that dancing is sure to work up your appetite for a mouthwatering jumbo turkey leg!

Disney cruisers, what other tips do you have for making the most of Pirate Night?

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Celebrating Halloween on a Disney Cruise

posted on October 7th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Disney cruisers are no strangers to showing their Disney Side out at sea (arrgh mateys!) And this fall, Pirate Night isn’t the only excuse you have to put on a costume, let loose and bring out the fun in your family during vacation.

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Our Halloween on the High Seas voyages are jam packed with fun for the whole family (Mom and Dad … that means you, too!) And the best part? All of it is included in your cruise fare! In this video, hear from Cruise Director Christiaan about the fun you and your family can expect when celebrating Halloween on a Disney cruise.

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Eight Signs You Are Craving a Disney Cruise

posted on October 2nd, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


  1. You can’t concentrate at work because you’re too busy dreaming of Castaway Cay.
  1. You find yourself whistling “when you wish upon a star” at 5pm and imagining yourself at the Sail Away celebration.

  1. Your Throwback Thursday posts are all photos from your last Disney cruise.
  1. You can’t eat a meal without dessert, especially since every night you dream about Palo’s chocolate soufflé.
  1. You are considering replacing your home’s windows with portholes and redecorating with a nautical motif.

  1. Your friends wonder why you keep talking like a pirate and looking for excuses to wear your pantaloons and eye patch.
  1. You make towel animals and leave chocolates on your kids’ pillows each night.

  1. You hope every knock on your door is your stateroom host arriving to make your bed and tidy up your house.

Disney cruisers, what else can you add to this list?

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Tilt-Shift Video: Four Nights on a Disney Cruise

posted on September 30th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


We know how much you love to see our exclusive tilt-shift videos, a “miniature scale” of the fun you can have at our parks and on our cruises.

Our first tilt-shift video gave you a glimpse at a journey on the Disney Wonder, and to this day, it is one of our most popular videos. Now, we want to show you some of what you’ll experience over four nights on the Disney Dream sailing from Port Canaveral, Florida to the Bahamas. From Broadway-style stage shows and meet and greets with Disney friends, to fun in the sun at Castaway Cay and a relaxing day at sea, every member of your family will find something just for them.

Check it out … the magic of tilt-shift photography combined with the magic of a Disney cruise!

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How to Surprise Your Family with the Gift of a Disney Cruise

posted on September 25th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


It may only be September, but I know all of you creative gift-givers are already scheming up some pretty wonderful holiday present ideas for your loved ones. A Disney cruise is always a popular gift, and I’ve heard stories from so many people about the special ways they’ve unwrapped this present for their family.

Whether you’re brainstorming ideas for Christmas morning, or for when you give the gift “just because,” I thought you may be inspired by how some of our current and former Disney Parks Moms Panelists have surprised their families with a Disney cruise …

How to Surprise Your Family with the Gift of a Disney Cruise: Nancy W. How to Surprise Your Family with the Gift of a Disney Cruise: Nancy W.

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“Once we surprised our kids with a scavenger hunt on Christmas morning with clues placed all around the house. Each clue was wrapped in a package with items needed for our vacation like bathing suits, sunglasses and even pirate costumes! With every clue found, the kids grew closer to the final package which was waiting for them on the front porch. When they opened it, they found “tickets” for a magical voyage on the high seas with Captain Mickey and a Disney Cruise Line Planning DVD!”

How to Surprise Your Family with the Gift of a Disney Cruise: Diane W. How to Surprise Your Family with the Gift of a Disney Cruise: Diane W.

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“One Christmas morning, after we exchanged gifts and ate breakfast, I suddenly “remembered” another present that we’d “forgotten.” I told the girls to look on the back porch, and when they opened the door, there were two suitcases with big Mickeys hand sewn on the front, mouse ears and giant Mickey and Minnie plush to greet them. I think my neighbors two blocks away could hear them screaming. “We’re going to Disney!” What they didn’t know (until they opened the suitcases) was that we were going on a Disney cruise! The suitcases were packed with new swimsuits, outfits and pillowcases monogrammed with our sail dates and the name of the ship.”

How to Surprise Your Family with the Gift of a Disney Cruise: Marcy G. How to Surprise Your Family with the Gift of a Disney Cruise: Marcy G.

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“We wanted to announce our surprise Disney Cruise Line vacation to the kids in a unique way, so we sent them on a scavenger hunt throughout the house and yard for clues. Each clue they found related to the trip, such as “Do you like warm weather?” and “Did you SEA that your bags are packed?”. The final clues were our itinerary for our Disney Magic cruise and their Magic Bands for our stay at Walt Disney World Resort. They couldn’t stop screaming to know we were leaving right then for a land and sea vacation with Captain Mickey!”

Have you ever given the gift of a Disney cruise? Tell us how you did it in the comments!

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Something for Everyone Including Parents on a Disney Cruise

posted on September 23rd, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Even though you’ve heard there is something for everyone on a Disney cruise, do you still wonder if that truly means for you, too? Of course you know your kids will love it, but as parents, will you enjoy it?

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You know my answer is “absolutely!” But we also caught back up with Disney Parks Moms Panelist Dolly to get her take on this frequently asked question. Hear what she has to say in this video…

What’s your favorite way to recharge on a Disney cruise?

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