See ya real soon, Miami! Earlier today I shared with you a photo where Captain Mickey Mouse met Miami in a Disney-style celebration.
Now, take a look at this video with Cruise Director Christiaan Abbott who shows you the sleek speed boat, dazzling fireworks and the grand unveiling of an enormous banner adorning Miami’s cruise terminal that ignited the countdown to Disney Cruise Line’s maiden voyage from Miami on December 23, 2012.
The Disney cruises from Miami will stop at multiple ports in the Bahamas and the Caribbean, including Nassau, Key West, Cozumel and Grand Cayman. Can you guess the port the South Florida families I talked to today are most excited about visiting? Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, of course! Miami is the newest addition to the list of Disney Cruise Line homeports from which guests can escape to this exclusive tropical paradise.
Which Disney cruise are you counting down the days until?
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Only 25 days to go! Today, Captain Mickey Mouse officially kicked off the countdown for the arrival of the Disney Wonder to Port Miami with a Disney-style unveiling of a larger-than-life banner proclaiming “See Ya Real Soon.”
When the Disney Wonder arrives in Miami on December 23, 2012, it will mark the first time a Disney Cruise Line ship has home-ported in South Florida.
The 600-pound balloon, which also measures 33 feet wide and 48 feet long, requires 14,000 cubic feet of helium and two hours of inflation time.
Check your local listings for Thursday morning so you can watch the Sailor Mickey Mouse balloon sail through the Big Apple…and use the “share” button below to make sure all of your friends don’t miss it!
Wish you were spending Thanksgiving on a Disney Ship? Me too! Well, the good news is that we can bring a part of Disney Cruise Line to our homes this year.
Each Thanksgiving on Disney ships, a very special dessert is served: pumpkin cheesecake. If you want to get a taste of what it’s like to eat on a Disney ship for Thanksgiving, or if you simply want to wow your friends and family with a delicious dessert on “Turkey Day,” check out this video of how to make it at home.
Be sure to download the keepsake Disney Cruise Line recipe card for the complete ingredient list and cooking instructions!
Do you love Remy as much as me? Well then I have some great news for you! In addition to dinner at this elegant restaurant aboard the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream, you now have a second gourmet culinary option with the recently introduced Champagne brunch.
In this video, Disney Cruise Line Food and Beverage Manager Salah Chetbi takes us inside Remy to give us a look at the popular Champagne brunch experience, which falls into the same must-do category as dinner at Remy…
Offered on sea days during cruises four nights or longer, the Champagne brunch is $50 and begins with a complimentary glass of French bubbly. An optional pairing with three additional Champagnes (Taittinger Prestige Cuvée Rosé, Pommery Gold and Moët & Chandon Ice) is an additional $25.
While dinner at Remy is a lengthy experience, brunch is enjoyed in about an hour and a half, still with an unparalleled experience. And while the atmosphere is unquestionably elegant, brunch is a bit more relaxed. Dressy attire is required, but men do not have to wear a jacket as they do at dinner.
Let’s take a closer look at what the six-course meal includes…
Brunch starts in the private wine room with Champagne and pata negra – the finest Spanish ham in the world.
Once you’re seated, the first course is a fluffy gnocchi paired with a light-as-air chili foam. That’s followed by lobster cannelloni, topped with a dollop of caviar and baby vegetables.
Next up, sea bass atop a bed of soft-cooked scrambled eggs, garnished with corn, and veal tenderloin with herb sauce accompanied by a potato croquette. A decadent chocolate duo dessert wraps up the extravaganza.
Is anyone else as hungry as I am now? Tell us in the comments which course you expect will become your favorite!
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Yes, you read that headline right! Today, Disney Cruise Line announced that kids 17 and under sail free on select voyages from Galveston, Texas, with two full-fare guests in the same stateroom. It’s time to don your cowboy hat and saddle up for some family fun with Mickey!
The offer is for most Disney Magic sailings from January 4 to March 1, 2013, making this the perfect holiday gift for your little cowboys and cowgirls! The offer is available for stateroom categories 4A-11B (government taxes and fees not included).
When the Disney Magic arrived to Galveston on Saturday with a Texas-sized cowboy hat on her funnel (check out my last post for photos!), the ship’s crew was greeted with more than just a great big “howdy” from locals and guests eager to sail.
Houston’s Ghostriders, the official rodeo drill team of Texas, also galloped nearby to salute the ship as she sailed into port.
You’ve heard the saying, “Everything is bigger in Texas,” and that rang true today when the Disney Magic said “howdy” to Galveston with a Texas-sized cowboy hat on the ship’s funnel!
This hat is an astonishing 19-feet tall and 14-feet wide. To put it in perspective for you, if a real cowboy was to wear this hat he would need to be about 43 feet tall!
Amazingly, the hat was installed while the ship was at sea, just one mile out from the Port of Galveston. I can’t imagine it was simple to don a cowboy hat that large, so I did a little digging to find out how it was done…
Here’s the engineering secret: The larger-than-life cowboy hat was actually printed on a polypoplene cover, and engineers created a frame for the hat that includes the shape of the funnel’s Mickey ears. Check out this behind-the-scenes shot as the riggers bolted the frame in place.
And in the next shot of the cover in production, you see it includes faux Mickey ears, giving the illusion that the hat is sitting on top of the funnel’s Mickey ears. Pretty cool, huh?