Today, Captain Mickey and the Disney Magic arrived to San Juan, Puerto Rico, to kick off our brand-new Southern Caribbean sailings.
These 7-night voyages mark our first-ever itinerary departing from Puerto Rico. San Juan will be the homeport of the Disney Magic for the next four weeks until the ship returns to Port Canaveral for 7-night Western and Eastern Caribbean sailings.
To see some of the incredible locations Disney cruisers can visit in San Juan and our Southern Caribbean destinations, check out this video…
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One of the perks of my job is getting to join you in sailing to incredible destinations around the world. From my experience, I’ve learned a thing or two about packing for a Disney cruise – most importantly that there are some must-have items you never want to forget. Six to be exact …
- Pirate attire - Arrgh mateys! Disney cruisers go all out for Pirate Night, and if you don’t bring your own costume, you’ll wish you had! Bandanas and eye patches are available onboard, but this night is the perfect excuse to pull out that Jack Sparrow wig and those pirate pantaloons.
- Smartphone or tablet – Our newsletter of daily activities, the Navigator, is available as a mobile app. You’ll have a list of what’s happening every minute of every day and a map of the entire ship in your back pocket.
- Wrist watch – This one is especially important if you don’t bring #2… Most people recommend you leave your watch at home during vacation, but on a Disney cruise, you won’t want to miss any of the planned activities! A waterproof watch is even better so you can leave it on at the pool and during our water ride.
- Day bag – Put a few essentials, like a swimsuit, sunscreen and medications, in a small bag to keep with you when you board the ship. Then you can check the rest of your luggage to be delivered to your stateroom later that day. It can also serve as a beach bag for Castaway Cay and extra space to bring home your souvenirs.
- Autograph book – The number of Disney characters onboard never ceases to amaze new cruisers. Bring a keepsake for them to sign, and make sure it’s large enough to hold autographs from all of your favorites.
- Camera – There’s no shortage of picture-perfect selfie spots onboard and at Castaway Cay! Plus our crew members are always happy to snap a family photo for you on your personal camera.
What else has your family learned to always brings on a Disney cruise?
Any Disney cruiser will tell you all about the magical memories they are making on their voyage, complete with fun family activities, delicious dining and awesome entertainment. But as much as there is to talk about, there are some things you’ll never hear anyone say aboard a Disney ship …
- “I’m not sure a worry-free vacation is right for our family.”
- “One ride on the AquaDuck is enough for me.”
- “I don’t want any free ice cream.”
- “There’s not enough space to store my luggage!”
- “I’ll just wait to see that new movie back home in a theater.”
- “I totally didn’t cry at the end of Disney’s Believe.”
- “But I like to pay for room service!”
- “I wish the serving team wasn’t so good at keeping my kids happy during dinner.”
- “There aren’t enough fruity drink options.”
- “It’s Castaway Cay day? I think I’ll stay in my stateroom.”
I know you can relate, Disney cruisers! So tell me, what would you add to list?
It’s almost time to kick off the holiday fun aboard all four ships! Whether your favorite holiday is Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s, we have something special for you on either our Halloween on the High Seas voyages or Very Merrytime Cruises.
If this year is your first celebrating onboard with us, you’ll definitely want to read on. We asked our fans on Facebook and Twitter for their best holiday cruise tips, and we got some pretty awesome responses! I read through all of them (hundreds!) and pulled out my favorites.
Here are the best tips you gave for first-time Disney holiday cruisers:
- Dress for the occasion… Who says you can only dress up on October 31? Bring a different Halloween costume for each night of your cruise. Pack that tacky Christmas sweater and the family’s matching flannel pajamas. And as always, go all out for Pirate Night!
Stacy: “If you’re going for a Halloween cruise, make sure the adults bring costumes! The contest is for the adults and not the kids!”
Nichole: “Excited about dressing up for Halloween this year! Don’t forget your pirate clothes for pirate night!”
Colleen: “Bring costumes…even Christmas themed ones.”
Lorelei: “Bring your Christmas pajamas for holiday photos by the tree!”
- Get in the spirit and decorate… We’ll have the ship decked out from bow to stern, but you can never have enough decorations! Most stateroom doors are metal, so magnets are the perfect accessory to dress up your space. Just remember to follow the guidelines for decorating on disneycruise.com.
Tina: “Don’t forget the decor for your room… It really makes a difference!”
Suzanne: “For Christmas we decorate the door with Mickey and Christmas magnets. We also get a miniature Christmas tree and miniature ornaments for our room.”
Yvette: “Show your Disney spirit! Don’t forget your Mickey magnets and all things Disney to decorate your cabin door!”
- Join the festivities… From trick-or-treating to costume contests on our Halloween voyages, and the atrium tree lighting ceremony to meet-and-greets with Santa on our Very Merrytime Cruises, the celebration never ends! Plan to attend as many holiday-themed activities as you can for non-stop fun.
Lorie: “Read the Navigator so you won’t miss anything!”
Gail: “If there is more than one age group in your party get a couple of extra navigators at guest services. There’s so much going on every day you need to co-ordinate your activities and highlight the ones you don’t want to miss.”
Katie: “Sign up for free gingerbread house decorating as soon as you can. Fresh baked gingerbread houses! Tasty and make your room smell delicious!”
- Pack light… Swim suit, sunscreen, dinner attire, costumes and camera… You won’t need much else! We even provide toiletries in your stateroom and towels for the pool and Castaway Cay. Less stuff in your suitcase means more room to take home souvenirs and gifts you purchase for loved ones back home.
Traci: “Don’t over pack. Is the number one error of first time cruiser. Save room for the souvenirs.”
Salvatrice: “Half as many clothes and twice as many bathing suits than you think while packing!”
Bev: “Don’t overpack, you can do laundry onboard easily and it’s great to come home with clean clothes”
- Just relax and have fun… It is a vacation after all! The busyness of the holiday season will be waiting for you when you get back, so until then, take the advice of these very smart Disney cruisers …
Laura: “Just relax and be a kid again”
Anabel: “Have lots of fun take plenty of pictures.”
David: “Bring yourself, bring your imagination, tell your inner child he or she is coming out for some exercise and enjoy!!! Never, never (really never) be without the camera!!!”
Gene: “No matter the holiday, go ALL OUT! Dress up, sing louder, be merrier (or scarier). Holidays on a Disney Cruise are the best!!”
Recently we shared with you a mom’s take on cruising with us, hearing from one of our Disney Parks Moms Panelists, Diane, about her family’s experiences over the years. Today, we’re hearing from another panelist, Dolly, whose family has joined us on voyages all around the world.
Like many of you, Dolly and her family’s love for vacationing with Disney started with visits to our parks and resorts, and now their love also includes sailing with us – what she calls “a different way to do Disney.” Take a look at this video to discover how a Disney cruise combines what you love most about Disney with the relaxation, comfort and convenience of a cruise vacation …
What makes a Disney vacation at sea so special for your family?
We’re nearly two weeks away from the start of this year’s first Halloween on the High Seas cruise! As we prepare for our extra spooky celebration, bringing ghoulishly good fun to all four ships, we’re putting the finishing touches on our new Pumpkin Trees. Check out these behind-the-scenes photos of our team getting the trees ready to plant on the ships …
If you look closely, you may even see some of the décor for our Very Merrytime Cruises. And you thought you needed a lot of space to store your holiday decorations! Who else is excited to celebrate Halloween and all of the winter holidays with Disney Cruise Line?
For more about Halloween on the High Seas with Disney Cruise Line, visit these posts:
If you’ve never cruised with us, our 3- and 4-night sailings are a great way for you to “test the waters.” But something I hear all of the time from first-time cruisers is how much they wish they chose a longer voyage for their family vacation. For those of you who want to persuade your loved one to spend an entire week at sea with us, be sure to share my top seven reasons to take a 7-night Disney cruise …
- You have 165 hours to eat as many Mickey Bars as you’d like. And that’s not all … with our 24/7 beverage stations and room service, included in your cruise, it’s easy to satisfy whatever you’re craving, whenever you want!
- You can eat twice in each of the three family restaurants … and still have a night for an adult-only dinner at Palo. Your taste buds are sure to thank you – and so are your kids after they get to see not one but two awesome shows at Animator’s Palate. And I think no explanation is necessary as to why you won’t want to miss your chance to have a romantic date night at Palo, wining and dining like you’re in Italy!
- You’ll have more chances to be blown away by the spectacular entertainment in the Walt Disney Theatre. Every night is show time in our grand theatre, so not only will you get to see three Broadway-style musicals, you’ll also have time to catch a first-run film, watch an amusing variety performer and enjoy our heartfelt welcome and farewell theatrical productions.
- You can explore more of the world, still unpacking just once. All of our voyages visit stunning destinations … there’s just more of them on a weeklong cruise! Most of our 7-night cruises call on at least three or more ports, with itineraries visiting Alaska, Norway, the Baltic, the Mediterranean or the Caribbean (including Southern, Eastern and Western itineraries).
- You’ll have double the fun in the adult-exclusive night clubs. With the kids off having a blast in our clubs just for them, you won’t want to miss the fun in our clubs just for you! We have several venues to suit your tastes and mood, from a champagne bar and an elegant lounge to a sports pub and a dance club. Of course more nights gives you the opportunity to experience them all.
- You’ll get extra special chances to say hi to your favorite Disney pals. From character breakfasts to high tea with princesses and photo opps with Anna and Elsa, some meet-and-greets are exclusive to 7-night or longer voyages. Need I say more?
- More nights = more towel animals! Let’s be honest, walking into your stateroom each night to see a new towel animal creation never gets old, does it?
Now it’s your turn … why is a 7-night Disney cruise a great option for your family’s vacation?
Now that Santa is refreshed from his summer cruise vacation, planning for this year’s Very Merrytime Cruises is in full force! Our holiday fun kicks off in November, which means our team of elves is already busy preparing festive decorations to add a little (okay, a lot of!) sparkle to each ship.
What does it take to decorate a Disney ship so it’s decked to the “raft-ers” with holiday cheer? Take a look at this video full of fun facts about all we’re bringing onboard to make our Very Merrytime Cruises so very merry!
If you are thinking about cruising with us for the first time, you probably want to know more about what it will be like for your family. Who better to ask than another parent?
You may have heard about the Disney Parks Moms Panel, a super helpful resource for planning your Disney vacation, but did you know that there are three Disney Cruise Line specialists on the panel? These moms have sailed with us multiple times over the years and have so many good insights for families. We caught up with one of our panelists, Diane, to get her take on what a family can look forward to on a Disney cruise.
Check it out!
See below for more from the “Mom’s Take” Disney Cruise Line series
“Frozen” fun has gone nautical! If you sailed with us recently, you may have seen these two royal sisters for the first time in forever together on a Disney ship.
Princess Anna and Queen Elsa kicked off their Royal Tour of our ships and are surprising Disney cruisers with special appearances on select seven-night or longer voyages. I had the chance to meet Anna and Elsa on the Disney Wonder in Alaska, where this photo was taken, and for a moment I felt as if I’d been transported to Arendelle!
Of course we can’t forget about Olaf, who has been relaxing in the summer sun at Castaway Cay since last winter. I bet he’s looking gorgeously tanned by now!