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Five Most Memorable Moments for Disney Cruise Line in 2014

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


As most of us are reflecting on our year and thinking about our most memorable moments, I did the same for Disney Cruise Line. It was a pretty exciting year for us, and there are five things that stood out to me the most …

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  1. Awards include Top Mega-Ship Cruise Line and No. 1 Large Ship Line. For the sixth year in a row, we were recognized as a top cruise line for families in Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards. As if that honor isn’t wonderful enough, we also received the publication’s Top Mega-Ship Cruise Line award for the first time. What’s more, readers of Condé Nast Traveler voted us #1 Large Ship Line in the 2014 Readers’ Choice Awards, based on more than 1 million votes.

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  1. Holiday celebrations are more magical than ever. Not only did our Halloween on the High Seas voyages expand to all four ships, we also premiered brand-new events on our Very Merrytime Cruises. On almost every sailing from early September through the end of the year, cruisers enjoyed a ship decked out with decor and filled with extra special fun themed to the holidays.

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  1. Inaugural season from Puerto Rico kicks off with Southern Caribbean voyages. Our cruises sailing from Puerto Rico brought three more firsts for us this year: San Juan as a homeport, the Southern Caribbean as an itinerary option and Grenada as a new port of call. These four special cruises were just the beginning of our time in San Juan, as we recently announced we’ll be home porting from there again in 2016.

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  1. The Castaway Cay Challenge is announced as an add-on to the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend. We teamed up with runDisney to offer this exclusive experience just for runners competing in the 5K, 10K, half marathon and/or full marathon during the Disney Marathon Weekend in January 2015. The Castaway Cay Challenge takes place during the 4-night Disney Dream cruise that sets sail January 12, 2015.

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  1. The land of “Frozen” is revealed as a new destination in 2015. In summer, we’ll explore Norway for the first time, cruising through the breathtaking Norwegian fjords, in addition to other spectacular northern Europe destinations including Iceland, Denmark, Russia, Sweden, Finland and more. We’re also returning to the Mediterranean, Alaska, Hawaii, the Mexican Riviera and of course, the Caribbean and Bahamas.
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Get Disney Cruise Line Tips, DIY Crafts and More on Pinterest

posted on December 16th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Hey Pinners, have you heard the news? Disney Cruise Line is now on Pinterest!

So far we have nine boards and counting, dedicated to some of your favorite things like holidays, merchandise, food, Port Adventures and insider cruising tips. One of my favorite boards is the Disney Cruise DIY, which includes “how to” instructions for crafts, recipes and more. The gift box tutorial is a great one for the holiday season…

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Check out our page at www.pinterest.com/disneycruiseline, click to follow us and starting pinning away! We’re also looking for our favorite Disney Cruise Line content to repin, so keep sharing your photos and articles for other Disney cruisers to see.

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Disney Cruisers Celebrate Santa’s Arrival with Frozen Flurries

posted on December 11th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


In the video I shared this week, you got a first look at our brand-new Santa’s Winter Wonderland Ball. Today, I want to share even more details about this spectacular event during our Very Merrytime Cruises.

Created especially for the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus to the ship, Disney cruisers are invited for a celebration in the atrium lobby hosted by the Cruise Director. From time-to-time, special guests like the captain of the ship, or two royal sisters from a far away frozen land, join the winter wonderland fun!

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The festivities begin with a performance by our holiday dancers, the Snowbelles, dressed in their holiday finest and kicking up their heels to your favorite holiday tunes. Next to show up to the party are Mickey and the gang, who raise the energy in the room even more, just in time for the guests of honor to magically appear. As you can imagine, once jolly old Saint Nick and Mrs. Claus are in the room, our littlest cruisers can hardly contain their excitement!

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And right when you think the celebration can’t get any better, a magical snowfall overtakes the atrium. That’s right, a flurry of frozen fractals will make you feel like you’ve been transported from the Caribbean right to Arendelle!

If you’ve been on one of our Very Merrytime Cruises this year, tell us, what was your favorite part of the celebration?

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Video: A First Look at the New Events on Very Merrytime Cruises

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


This year’s Very Merrytime Cruises have been sailing for a month now, and from the #DCLHolidays photos you’ve been posting on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, it’s clear you’re having a magical time on these special holiday voyages!

Last week, we caught up with Cruise Director Clayton on the Disney Fantasy, so he could tell us all about what to expect when sailing with Disney during the holidays. Take a look at the video, and let us know in the comments your favorite part of celebrating the holiday season on a Disney cruise.

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Disney Cruise Line Premieres Messaging Through Onboard Mobile App

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


Our mobile Navigator app is now premiering messaging capabilities so you can stay connected with your family and friends onboard. This new chat function joins a long list of great features in the app, including maps of the ship and Castaway Cay and information about dining, entertainment, ports of call, shopping, youth clubs, character experiences and more.

Any Disney cruiser will tell you that our daily Personal Navigator, a quick glance at all of the fun things you can do onboard, is the key to planning your perfect cruise agenda. Our mobile app is the electronic version of the Navigator, and it allows you to see activities for the whole cruise all at once. Plus, you can save your favorites to one convenient list and get notifications when the activity is about to begin. The app is available for Apple and Andriod smartphones and is free to download and use.

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To find out more details about the app and see some of its coolest features, go to this page on disneycruise.com and check out the video. If you’ve used the app, let us know in the comments your favorite part about it.

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15 Things You’re Thankful for on a Disney Cruise

posted on November 24th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


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  1. Relaxing is each day’s priority.
  2. You only have to unpack once.
  3. Your bed is made for you every morning.

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  1. There’s a never-ending supply of ice cream.
  2. What to order for dinner is the biggest decision you have to make all day.
  3. Your menu options change nightly, but your serving team stays the same.

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  1. The dining servers take over the task of cutting up your kids’ food and refilling their drinks.
  2. The live musicals are replayed on your stateroom television so you can belt out the songs even louder when watching them again.
  3. Your kids talk about the youth counselors, stateroom hosts and dining servers as if they are their lifelong friends.

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  1. Date night is something you actually have instead of just dream about.
  2. The kids clubs stay open late (which your kids are even more thankful for than you).
  3. The options for fruity drinks are endless.

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  1. Chocolate and a really cool towel animal are waiting on your bed each night.
  2. You wake up in a new destination every day.
  3. On the last day you don’t feel like you need a vacation after your vacation.
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Planning for a Day at Castaway Cay

posted on November 18th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


As the weather cools down and winter approaches, do you find yourself dreaming about Castaway Cay more and more, too? I thought so.

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For those of you who haven’t had the chance to sail to our private island yet, let me sum it up for you in one word: paradise. Since it’s our most popular destination, we get tons of questions about it as guests anticipate their first visit. We checked in with Dolly from the Disney Parks Moms Panel during her recent family vacation to get answers to your questions about planning for a day here. Find out what she had to say…

What tips do you have for first-timers visiting Castaway Cay?


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How to Have the Perfect Day at Sea on a Disney Cruise

posted on November 17th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


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As much as I love adventures in our beautiful ports of call, I equally love the days we spend at sea. Not only is it relaxing to feel the warm ocean breeze and see blue water in every direction, sea days are a great chance to take advantage of everything our ships have to offer. Here are some tips for how to have the perfect day when sailing the seas from sunrise to sundown.

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Explore the ship on the first day of the cruise. Doing so allows you to maximize your time on the day at sea since you already know where everything is located. You can move from the sports deck to the sun lounge to the movie theater to the family lounge in no time!

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Spend time in and out of the sun. Sea days are known for water fun, and you won’t want to miss your chance to lounge poolside with a cold beverage. But also schedule time for the many unique activities you aren’t likely to do back home, like cheer on babies at Jack Jack’s Diaper Dash and solve a mystery with a virtual detective agency.

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Plan out your day the night before. With the evening turn down service, you’ll get a hard copy of the next day’s Navigator, a complete guide to the activities happening around the ship. Bring different colored highlighters for each member of your family so everyone can choose what they want to do throughout the day. Or create a favorite activities list on our new mobile Navigator App.

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Try out a different place to eat for each meal. If you enjoy a-la-cart table service for breakfast, go to the buffet or grab quick service for lunch. Take advantage of the many different dining options, including room service for those of you who want to sleep in and enjoy breakfast on your verandah.

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Splurge on at least one treat for each member of the family. When else can mom get a seaweed body wrap while dad taste tests tequilas and the kids have tea with Disney friends? Whatever your interests, there’s something special for everyone to add to your day at sea to make it even more unforgettable.

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Brand-New Events Premiere on Very Merrytime Cruises

posted on November 8th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Season’s Greetings! That’s right… our holiday celebrations are getting ready to set sail. And this year, our Very Merrytime Cruises are more magical than ever with brand-new events for the whole family!

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Today marks the first day of our Very Merrytime Cruises on the Disney Fantasy, and the party starts tomorrow on the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder and Monday on the Disney Dream. If you’re cruising with us this week through the New Year, here’s some of the new holiday fun you can expect…

Mickey’s Tree-Lighting Magic – In the atrium lobby on the first night of the cruise, Disney characters lead holiday carols and the lighting of the glittering, three-deck-tall tree. This special event is the perfect way to kick off the holiday celebrations!

Winter Wonderland Ball – To celebrate the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus, you’re invited to don your holiday finest and join Disney friends and princesses for a glamorous ball. On this night filled with dancing, singing and festive treats, you’ll be enchanted by the transformation of a snowman into jolly old Saint Nick himself before a magical snowfall overtakes the atrium.

Holiday Carolers – Dickens-inspired characters and carolers carry the spirit of the holidays throughout the ship while singing holiday classics, sometimes with the help of favorite Disney friends.

All of these special events are in addition to the activities you already love, like meet and greets with Santa, building gingerbread houses, listening to holiday storytellers and dancing at the tropical-themed “Deck the Deck Holiday Party.”

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Of course no holiday celebration would be complete without sparkling decor, and our team of elves works hard throughout the year creating decorations unique to each ship (more than 300 pieces of custom decor per ship!) Then they have just a few hours to install it! To give you a better idea of the work taking place right this moment on the Disney Fantasy, take a look back at the 20-foot tree going up for the ship’s very first holiday season…

Now that’s what I call teamwork! What part of our Very Merrytime Cruises are you looking forward to most?

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Everything You Need to Know About Castaway Cay

posted on November 6th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


How much do you know about Castaway Cay? No matter how many times you’ve been to our private island, chances are you learn something new with each visit. If you’re looking forward to your first day at this little slice of paradise in the Bahamas, here’s what you need to know …

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The island is reserved exclusively for Disney Cruise Line guests. If the Castaway Cay post office is open, be sure to stop by to mail a message (and brag) to friends back home. Also check out the merchandise you can only get on the island, like beachwear, hats and collectible pins with our Castaway Cay logo, at She Sells Sea Shells … and Everything Else!

You can walk right off the ship to the island. The dock built at Castaway Cay eliminates the need to tender, making the ship easily accessible throughout the day. Trams provide transportation to and from various points on the 1,000-acre island. All you’ll need is your Key to the World card to get on and off the ship as you please.

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There’s something for everyone. Disney Imagineers designed Castaway Cay much like our ships, with unique activities and areas for every age group. Places for the family to spend time together are plenty, but when it’s time to do your own thing, kids can head to Scuttle’s Cove, teens to the secluded Hide Out and adults to the pristine Serenity Bay.

All that you need is included. From complimentary beach chairs and umbrellas to an all-you-care-to-eat lunch buffet and ice cream station, we’ve got you covered. We even provide beach towels, wagons and strollers to make your day more comfortable. There isn’t much you’ll need to bring onto the island with you, except for of course plenty of sunblock and a good book!

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There are plenty of Port Adventures options for your family. Just like in our other destinations, we work with local operators to offer excursions such as parasailing, deep sea fishing and boat tours. Plus, you won’t want to miss the activities exclusive to the island, including Castaway Ray’s Stingray Adventure, the Castaway Cay Walking and Kayak Nature Adventure and the teen-only Wild Side Adventure.

The island is stocked with toys for water sports enthusiasts. Water cycles, paddleboats, sea kayaks, sailboats, stand-up paddle boards, floats and snorkel gear are all available to rent. There’s also a watercraft ski adventure for the chance to drive a personal watercraft through mangroves and around the island.

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You can stay cool even in the warm sunshine. Besides joining the water fun with one of the many activities listed above, the Pelican Plunge slide is a great way to cool off. When you need a break from the sun, shaded areas are located around the island, including covered seating near the lunch buffets and bars, In Da Shade Game Pavilion and private rental cabanas.

Disney cruisers, did I cover everything? If not, tell us what else we need to include to complete this list!

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