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Disney Magic Sets Sail for First-Ever Norwegian Fjords Voyage

posted on June 6th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

Yoo-hoo! Big summer blowout! Disney Magic cruisers are rejoicing today as we set sail for our first-ever Norwegian fjords cruise to the land that served as the inspiration and backdrop for “Frozen”.


Their journey will include sailing through the not-so-frozen waters of Norway’s majestic fjords, along with the chance for adventure in the charming ports of Stavanger, Alesund, Geiranger and Bergen. Some of the sights Disney cruisers can expect to see include magnificent mountain ranges, massive glaciers, steaming geysers, stunning architecture, historic city centers and storybook villages.


Your favorite royal sisters, Anna and Elsa, are joining us on our tour of the Norwegian fjords, along with their lovable friend, Olaf. They’ll be posing for photos around the ship, singing and dancing on stage and hosting a lively party up on deck – the perfect celebration in summer!

Cruise Director Brent will be posting a live voyage report on the Disney Parks Blog, so check back throughout the week to see some of our brand-new “Frozen”-inspired experiences, both onboard and on land. Farvel, Disney Magic cruisers!

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An Adult’s Guide to Castaway Cay with Disney Cruise Line

posted on June 4th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

It’s not just our ships that are a playground for adults. Our private island offers plenty of ways for adults to enjoy themselves, with or without the kids. For those of you looking to do just that, check out this adult’s guide to Castaway Cay.


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Dressing for a Disney Cruise: Tips from the Disney Parks Moms Panel

posted on June 2nd, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

What to wear on a Disney cruise is one of the biggest topics addressed on the Disney Parks Moms Panel. For tropical destinations, we all know that swimwear is a must for daytime fun. But what is appropriate for nighttime?

I reached out to the Disney Cruise Line specialists on the Disney Parks Moms Panel to find out what their family wears on nights designated as cruise casual, formal and semi-formal, and here’s what they had to say …

Cruise Casual


“For cruise casual nights, our family dresses in clothing that would be appropriate for a nice dinner out at a casual dining restaurant. That usually consists of khakis and a golf shirt for my husband and capris and a cute top for me. Since our kids are older, we choose the late seating for dinner. Our girls go directly to the Youth Clubs after the meal, so they prefer to wear something comfy and casual that they can wear straight to Edge and Vibe. You’ll probably find them in a cute tunic, leggings and sandals, or capri pants and a fun top.” –Diane W.

“For my husband and teenage son, collared shirts are always easy to pack and go well with his khaki pants or jeans. Boat shoes are a staple in my boys’ closets, since it pairs nicely for evenings out and practically goes with everything. My daughter will usually be comfortable wearing a sundress for cruise casual evenings, paired with dressy ballet flat shoes. I’m usually comfortable with my capri pants and a nice bright colored blouse. Comfy wedge heels are a must for me in the evenings, since we like to stroll along the deck after dinner before heading over to one of the lounges for a cocktail or a nightcap.” –Dolly M.

Formal and Semi-Formal


“On formal and semi-formal nights, you’ll see everything from tuxedos and formal gowns to sundresses. We like to find a happy medium. My husband will wear a jacket and dress shirt (sometimes a tie), and I will wear a nice (but not formal) dress. I do enjoy seeing those who bring ball gowns and tuxedos, and that makes for a precious photo op with the Disney characters in their formal best.” –Diane W.

“For formal night or an evening at Remy or Palo, I like to wear a dress with heels, and my teenage daughter wears a nicer sundress with the same ballet flat she wears on the cruise casual nights. We both bring a shawl or a light sweater to drape over just in case it gets breezy. My husband always packs a pair of dress pants and a jacket if we know we are dining at Palo or Remy, and he’ll bring an extra shirt and tie for formal or semi-formal night. My teenage son packs his Oxford shoes to match his dress pants and long-sleeved shirt. We never run out of collared shirts, since it’s our go-to outfits for the boys in the family.” –Dolly M.

For other tips on what to pack for your Disney cruise, check out my previous posts:

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The Ultimate Land and Sea Family Vacation with Disney Cruise Line

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

Sailing with us to a tropical destination before or after a stay at Walt Disney World Resort is the ultimate family vacation. I could spend all day telling you why you should add a Disney cruise to your next parks and resort trip, but I’ll keep it short with these top five reasons . . .


  1. It’s a hassle-free vacation with the thrills and frills of Disney. You’ll quickly discover the convenience of cruising, especially as you only unpack once during your journey to multiple exotic destinations. What’s more, you’ll stay in world-class accommodations, eat food prepared by first-rate chefs and be entertained morning until night like only Disney can do.
  2. It’s the perfect balance of adventure and relaxation. One day you can zip line from tree top to tree top on a Port Adventure in the rainforest, and the next day you can stay put in a hammock on Castaway Cay. There’s no shortage of fun onboard or in port, but with so many options to recharge, you won’t need a vacation from your vacation when you return home.
  3. A 3- or 4-night cruise is a great way to test the waters. For those of you who are new to cruising, our shorter sailings allow you to see if cruising is the right fit for your family. And since most onboard activities, entertainment and dining options are included in the price of your cruise, you’ll know just what to budget.
  4. You’ll have magical experiences you can’t get anywhere else. From regal gatherings with princesses to dance parties with Mickey and the gang on our private island, Castaway Cay, a Disney cruise gives you the chance to interact with characters in a whole new way. And speaking of Castaway Cay, most of our cruises from Florida stop at this tropical paradise reserved exclusively for Disney Cruise Line guests.
  5. With two Disney Cruise Line homeports in Florida, it’s never been easier to make both a cruise and resort stay part of your Disney vacation. Port Canaveral and Miami are within driving distance of Walt Disney World, making it convenient to stay at one of our resorts and enjoy all four theme parks before or after visiting tropical destinations on a cruise to the Bahamas or Caribbean.


If you have questions about planning a Disney getaway that includes both a Disney Cruise Line voyage and a Walt Disney World Resort stay, head on over to The knowledgeable panelists will help make it your family’s most magical vacation yet.

Those of you who’ve already enjoyed a Disney land and sea vacation, tell us, what are your best tips?

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Behind the Scenes: Creating the Music for ‘Tangled: The Musical’ for Disney Cruise Line

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

Last month, we gave you a first look at the production of “Tangled: The Musical,” coming to the Disney Magic this November. Today we continue our all-access pass with an exclusive video all about the development of the spectacular music for this show—which will include three new songs that weren’t in the movie!

In the video below, you’ll hear from some of the musical masterminds behind this production, starting with Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken, whose work includes classic Disney films like “The Little Mermaid” and “Beauty and the Beast.” Also featured are Grammy Award-winning lyricist Glenn Slater and Tim Williams. What a team!

Stay tuned for more exclusive videos from behind the scenes of “Tangled: The Musical” over the next several months.

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Disney Cruise Line Announces New Sailings from the Big Apple in 2016

posted on May 18th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

The Disney Magic’s arrival to New York City today sparked a grand announcement: We’re returning to the Big Apple in 2016 for sailings to both the Bahamas and Canada!

Disney Cruise Line returning to New York

And that’s not all … We also revealed that we’re sailing again from Miami and Galveston, Texas with new options from these popular homeports. Cruise Director Ray tells you all about it in this video. Check it out …

Here’s a snapshot of what’s in store for the fall of 2016 from New York, Miami and Galveston:

New York


  • For the first time, we’re offering seven-night voyages from Miami to the Eastern and Western Caribbean, in addition to shorter options. All sailings from Miami include a stop at Castaway Cay.


  • A variety of seven-night cruises are departing from Galveston, including Bahamian sailings and Western Caribbean sailings. Plus, for a quick getaway, we’re offering two four-night sailings to Cozumel.

Bookings for the new itineraries open to the public on May 20, 2015. More details can be found on the Itineraries and Ports for 2016 page of

Sailings from New York, Miami and Galveston are in addition to our ever-popular cruises from Port Canaveral, Florida. Which homeport do you plan to sail from in 2016?

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Get Ready for the Next Castaway Cay Challenge with Disney Cruise Line

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

After this year’s Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, I had the awesome experience of cheering on Disney cruisers competing in our inaugural Castaway Cay Challenge. I had a blast chatting with the runners before and after the race, hearing their stories about how far they’d traveled to be there, how many runDisney medals they had collected over the years and what inspired them to be a part of this first-ever challenge.


For many, it was their first Disney cruise vacation, and they couldn’t stop talking about how wonderful it was to relax onboard the Disney Dream after their action-packed Marathon Weekend. Those few days of rest recharged them for their run through paradise, where they returned to lounging on the warm sand of Castaway Cay after the race.

I also caught up with Cruise Director Christiaan later that day, who told me more about what runners were enjoying during the voyage. Take a look at this video, and let me know in the comments if I can expect to “run” into you at our next Castaway Cay Challenge!

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Top-Five Enchanting Princess Encounters on a Disney Cruise

posted on May 6th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

On a Disney cruise, you’ll not only feel like royalty yourself with our legendary service and first-class accommodations, you’ll actually be in the company of true royalty with several Disney princesses sailing the high seas. Throughout your voyage you’ll have plenty of opportunities to be graced by their presence, but here’s what I’ve selected as the top-five enchanting princess encounters on a Disney cruise.


Princess Gatherings: The magnificent three-deck atrium lobby on each of our ships is the perfect setting to meet with Disney royalty. A dazzling chandelier and a grand staircase set the stage for an elegant experience as you have the unique chance to greet and take photographs with three or more princesses.


Royal Court Royal Tea: Royal Court Royal Tea on the Disney Fantasy is truly a one-of-a-kind affair that celebrates the “royal” in everyone. During this afternoon tea event, you and your children are transported to a fairytale world where storytelling meets reality as classic Disney princesses dance and visit around the room.


Magical Port Adventure: When the Disney Magic sails to Ålesund, Norway, Anna and Elsa accompany Disney cruisers for a traditional Norwegian summer celebration on a Port Adventure like only Disney can do.The festivities culminate with the grand arrival of the beloved sisters and their ice-loving companion, Kristoff, who join in the lively revelry.


Story Time for Kids: Just for little cruisers, Once Upon a Time is a musical story time where a beloved princess shares tales of her adventures in a faraway kingdom. This special youth activity takes places in Disney’s Oceaneer Club on the Disney Magic, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy.


Live Stage Shows: With some of the most elaborate musicals presented at sea, it’s no wonder Disney princesses take center stage in the Walt Disney Theatre. Whether she is the star of the show or a leading role in one of the production numbers, there’s a good chance you’ll spot your favorite heroine singing and dancing in her fairytale world.

Tell us, what’s your most magical memory of a Disney princess onboard one of our ships?

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Finding Disney Junior Fun on a Disney Cruise

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

Sophia on a Disney Cruise Doc McStuffins on a Disney Cruise

If you’ve cruised with us recently, you may have noticed a couple more friends on board. Two of your favorite Disney Junior stars – Sofia and Doc McStuffins – are now sailing the high seas with Jake and sparking extra fun for the whole family!


You may spot them strolling the decks and delighting little cruisers with hugs, but did you know these friends also join our family dance parties from time to time? We have two opportunities for you to shimmy and shake together, Disney Junior style:

Wake Up with Disney Junior: A high-energy, early morning dance party that is the perfect way to start the day with your little ones.

Disney Junior Pirate and Princess Dance Party: A celebration for pirates and princesses with music and fun activities from Jake & the Neverland Pirates and Sofia the First.

The Disney Junior fun doesn’t stop there. In Disney’s Oceaneer Club, we offer both entertaining and educational activities for little ones throughout the cruise …

Mickey’s Puzzle Play Time: Mickey and his pals stop by the Oceaneer Club to play some of their favorite games and do other fun activities such as make puppets and learn dances with little cruisers and families.

What are some of your child’s favorite things to do on a Disney cruise?

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Castaway Cay Challenge Part of Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Open for Registration

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

Once again, runners in the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna have the exclusive opportunity to participate in the Disney Castaway Cay Challenge! Registration for these January 2016 events opened today, marking the second year that runners can extend their Marathon Weekend by setting sail aboard the Disney Dream and completing a 5K run through paradise on our private island, Castaway Cay.

Inaugural Castaway Cay Challenge 5K Event on Disney Cruise Line Private Island

The Castaway Cay Challenge takes place on the January 11, 2016 Disney Dream sailing from Port Canaveral, Florida. Visit to book your voyage, and then head to the registration page on to reserve your spot in the race. For a glimpse at some of the fun you can expect, take a look back at my post with photos of this year’s inaugural Castaway Cay Challenge.

Inaugural Castaway Cay Challenge 5K Race on Disney Cruise Line Private Island

If you’re among the select group that has completed the Castaway Cay Challenge, what was your favorite part of the experience? The scenic course? The character photo opps in front of swaying palm trees? The unique medal? Tell us in the comments!

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